What do you say when you post a baby registry?
There are plenty of ways to tell your guests about your baby registry! The most common way is to include a registry announcement card in your baby shower invitations. This should include the store or website you’ve chosen, and any other details (like a specific department in the store that you want people to look at).
Some people don’t like including this card because it seems brash or demanding. In that case, there are several more subtle ways to let people know about your registry:
- Post on social media when you set up a new registry. If someone asks where you’re registered, don’t be afraid to share!
- Tell a few close friends. They can help spread the word for you by telling other people who may have been wondering but were too shy to ask.
- Send an email to your entire address book letting them know that you’ve registered for a baby shower and would appreciate their help as you prepare for life with an infant.
How do you put registry information on a baby shower invitation?
It’s a good idea to include the baby shower registry information on a separate card. When you put it on the invitation itself, you run the risk of overdoing it and making guests feel uncomfortable. The best practice is to include a separate card with your registry information. In addition, make sure that your registry card has a picture of either a baby or a logo for the store at which your registry is located. This will help tie in the theme of your baby shower and keep guests excited about finding gifts for your new little bundle of joy!
Your registry card should be sent with each invitation, included along with an RSVP (respondez s’il vous plait) card. This allows guests to respond not only whether they’re coming or not, but also whether they need directions to the party or have any other questions regarding what you’ve requested in terms of presents!
When should you announce your baby registry?
You don’t have to wait until the baby shower, but it’s good to let people know a few weeks before the shower. That way, they can visit your registry and select gifts ahead of time. However, keep in mind that most parents-to-be are not aware of everything they need for the baby, so there will be things you’ll add to your registry as time goes on. Remind your guests that they can always check back to see if you’ve added more items.
How do you announce a registry?
The most important thing to do when announcing a baby shower registry is to be subtle. Your guests should never feel like they are being asked to contribute, and it should never be the first thing they see when they walk in. Once you have your registry set up, here are some things you can do to help spread the word:
- If you are having a public shower with both friends and family, you can include a small note that mentions the registry on your invitations.
- Mention it casually if someone asks where you’re registered.
- Have a close friend or family member who will attend the shower tell those heading your way about the registry so that it doesn’t seem like pressure coming directly from you.
You shouldn’t announce your registry at all if you are having an intimate shower with only close friends and family. However, even then, many people will still ask where you’re registered before your big day rolls around. It’s okay for them to know!
What should be on a baby shower invite?
Baby shower invitations should include the following information:
- the baby shower date and time
- the location of the baby shower
- who the baby shower is for (with or without any other details you’d like to share, such as gender or name)
- whether or not it’s a surprise party and if so, whether or not guests can mention it to the guest of honor if they see them while they’re in town
- who is hosting it or who to contact with questions about anything related to your celebration
If you have a separate registry, you should also include this on your invite. It’s important that your guests know where to go shopping for gifts that are both practical and something you’ll genuinely enjoy. A written invitation typically doesn’t address this, but it’s good etiquette for anyone hosting a baby shower—whether parents-to-be, friends, family members—to give instructions on how guests should RSVP. This could be through phone call/text message/email with either host(s) listed above; via snail mail by sending back their card in an envelope addressed either to one of those hosts’ addresses (that’s what we would do), or by replying directly from this invitation using our reply function here by clicking “yes”/”no” under their names and then filling out any other fields requested after selecting one of these options before clicking “Save Response” at bottom right corner. Thank you!
What is a registry baby?
A baby shower registry is a list of gifts that you’d like to receive before the birth of your child. It’s a way for friends and family to show their support for the parents-to-be. They can choose items from the list and give them as gifts at a baby shower or other event.
Some people choose not to have a baby shower at all, but if you go with this option, it’s still important to let your friends and family know about your registry. This way, they can purchase items for you if they want to—but there won’t be any pressure on them to do so.
Does everyone have a baby shower?
The short answer is no. A baby shower is only one of many ways to celebrate parenthood, and it’s totally up to you to decide if that’s something you want. The negative stigma surrounding showering a mother with gifts more than once is a recent one—and it’s not even the case in all cultures.
In fact, in some places, multiple baby showers are the norm. In Hispanic and Latin communities, for example, parents-to-be hold two separate celebrations: one hosted by the family and friends of each parent. It’s not uncommon for various family members (like aunts or uncles) to host their own separate showers as well. This means that some babies may have anywhere between five and 10 parties celebrating them before they’re even born!
And if you’re on your second or third kid? You might be surprised to learn that most people view it as perfectly acceptable—even encouraged—to throw another party when you have multiple children. After all, those expenses add up fast!
You don’t have to be awkward about telling people where you’re registered.
We’ve been getting more and more requests to share the registry, so we wanted to make sure you have all the information on how to register.
Include registry information in invitation: The recipient will need to know their registry is included in the invitation. For us, this meant including it as part of the RSVP-a-Friend form (the link is at the bottom of your invitation). For other registries, text or images might work better for inclusion.
Announce on social media: Good news! You can announce your registry on social media by sharing a post about it with an appropriate hashtag. Make sure you include where you’re registered, how many people are registered, and any ways that registries may benefit a guest personally or financially. Here are some examples of hashtags we’ve used successfully: #babyshowerregistry #igotyou #registrygiftguide #registryrewardsclub
How many hours should a baby shower be?
Baby showers tend to last anywhere from two to four hours, but the perfect length of time depends on several factors. Of course, if you’re hosting a surprise shower or if parents-to-be are planning it themselves and keeping the event under wraps, there’s no need to let guests in on the secret until they receive their invitation. Otherwise, here are some things that affect how long your baby shower should last:
- How many guests did you invite? If you’re only inviting a handful of people for an intimate shower, a shorter duration might be ideal. The more people there are, however, the more complex logistics can become—especially if most attendees don’t know each other—and the longer it will take for everyone to arrive at the venue.
- What activities do you have planned? Some types of shower activities may call for a briefer duration than others: games like “guess who said it?” or “baby food bingo” aren’t particularly time consuming and allow for plenty of mingling between turns; gift-opening rituals can be fun but also tedious; preparing crafts like onesies requires a fair amount of time; planning group meals or cooking demonstrations takes even longer.
If your activities don’t require anything but the presence of partygoers (examples include having them sit in chairs around a table while watching someone open presents or playing baby food bingo), then feel free to keep things short and sweet by scheduling an hour or two during which guests can come and go as they please. However, if your activities require participation (examples include eating together as an activity such as painting onesies), then allow enough time that one particular activity doesn’t end too early before another begins. About three hours is likely sufficient in this case because any longer than three hours could make people antsy.
Do you bring registry gifts to baby shower?
No, you don’t have to bring a registry gift to the shower. If the mom-to-be is registered somewhere and you invited her to the party, it’s assumed that she’s aware of her registry and will let you know where it is if she wants guests to shop from it. You’re absolutely allowed to purchase items from the registry for her shower, but if you want to shop elsewhere (or are planning on giving something that isn’t a gift at all) that’s totally fine.
If you do want to use a registry though, there are several ways in which you can do so. Some popular methods include:
- Buying an item online directly from the site where they’re registered
- Going into a store and letting them know what item(s) you’d like to purchase
- Having an employee pick out your selected items
No matter which method you choose, keep in mind that many sites will allow only one person per account or address (such as a home or business office) further discounting items with 30%, 40%, 50% and sometimes even more off at checkout. That means if multiple people want your desired products, they’ll need their own accounts for each one.
How far out should you send baby shower invites?
It is good etiquette to send out your baby shower invites around 4-6 weeks before the actual baby shower. However, if you are hosting a destination baby shower, you should send them out earlier, like 6-8 weeks ahead of time. If you are hosting a baby shower for an out of town friend or relative, and they will be bringing their own family members, give them more notice and send the invites out 8-12 weeks in advance.