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How to create a responsible baby registry

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Welcoming a baby into the world is an extraordinary journey filled with dreams and aspirations. It’s so exciting to have every hope in the world for the new life you are creating. It’s only natural to get swept away in the thrill of making a baby registry, but remember, amidst the array of choices, stay focused on what truly matters for your baby’s health and development.

Twenty years ago, I founded an organic baby food company called Happy Family, to make enlightened nutrition accessible. It started in my kitchen, and today, now Happy Family has changed the baby food category in our country. Clean nutrition is one of the major building blocks for biological and neurological health. It stands as a testament to the importance of clean nutrition during a child’s formative years. From conception to the first 2,000 days, the right nutrition lays the groundwork for your baby’s future.

Now, as the founder of HealthyBaby, I understand that every giggle, every step and everything that touches them plays a role in wiring their little brains, creating the foundation for their future cognitive abilities and their emotional and physical well-being.

I also have two babies of my own, and I love my kids more than anything in this world. One has lifelong health issues, and I protect him every moment. His special needs are more demanding than anything life has thrown me. The other doesn’t. Of course she will have her own issues, but I have learned too much about programming resilience not to share.

The wisdom I share here is to save you money, space and stress on how to approach this all. When I had my first in 2010, we lived in a tiny apartment with a dog and a cat and didn’t have room for anything unnecessary.

Which is why it’s helpful to be especially mindful of the products you’ll use with your infant day in, day out. It starts with your registry. Here are my tried-and-true tips on creating a responsible baby registry.

6 tips on creating a responsible baby registry

1. Make mindful choices when it comes to daily use

As a parent of two, one with special needs, I understand the gravity of every choice. When it comes to products that will be in daily contact with your baby, choose wisely. Opt for plant-based, safe materials, like our Healthybaby diaper subscription that offers both quality care and developmental support. Similarly, for items like mattresses, choose toxin-free options, like Naturepedic, known for their commitment to safety.

2. Rethink what’s essential

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the plethora of baby products. When building your registry, prioritize items based on longevity and necessity. Consider secondhand options for items like strollers or cribs. Remember, the right choices aren’t always the most expensive ones, but those that contribute positively to your baby’s health and well-being.

3. Foster lifelong learning

Encourage your child’s development through activities and engagement rather than an abundance of toys. At HealthyBaby, we design our packaging to double as educational toys, turning routine interactions into opportunities for cognitive development.

4. Invest in your child’s future with a 529 plan

A crucial addition to any registry should be a 529 plan. Encourage friends and family to contribute to this education fund. Even small contributions can grow significantly over 18 years, ensuring a bright future for your child.

5. Swap, share and try Buy-Nothing groups

Embrace the spirit of sharing and connection. The nobility of sharing is a human trait we all treasure. Swap and share baby items with other parents, a practice that not only is practical but also fosters a sense of community.

6. Look for brands with integrity

When selecting baby products, align with companies that share your values. At HealthyBaby, our commitment extends beyond selling products; we focus on impacting human health. Our EWG-Verified diapers set a new standard in an industry previously lacking regulation.

A note on creating a responsible baby registry: Embracing the magic of parenthood

Finally, revel in the beauty of the unexpected. You’ve got this.  Each day with your baby is a step towards a future filled with wonder, achievements, and dreams realized. Remember, health always comes first—a mantra I live by and encourage you to embrace too.