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We’re excited to bring you another great article from LilSugar, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their Alternative Baby Registries.

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For some moms-to-be (myself included), there’s something just slightly uncomfortable about specifying a “wish list” for friends and family to gift you and your new baby with. People expect it though, and if you’re having a shower, it’s almost necessary to create a registry to ensure that you don’t end up with a stack of identical baby blankets, or frilly, feminine nursery decor for what you were envisioning as an ultra-modern baby room.

The trick is to look at creating a registry as doing your loved ones a favor. They’re not required to abide by it, but if they want to give you something special, and need some guidance, it’s there. Alternative registries have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and the best thing about them is that they offer a wider breadth of options than heading to a single store. Here, five unexpected registry spots that we think are worth a click through.

Organic and Eco-Friendly: Abe’s Natural Baby

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Abe’s Market offers a range of organic, natural, and eco-friendly lifestyle products. The online boutique’s recently launched baby registry is a great resource for “green” mamas and papas to find everything they need for the little one on-the-way.

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One-of-a-Kind: Etsy

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You knew you could shop ’till your heart’s content for handmade, one-of-a-kind finds on Etsy, but did you know that you could also create a registry there? While you may need to supplement an Etsy registry with a secondary option for strollers, cribs, car seats, and other gear, you’ll be surprised at all of the great baby goodies that artisans are making on their own.

It’s All About the Benjamins: Deposit a Gift

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The premise behind Deposit a Gift is that it allows you to create a registry based upon what you’d like to save for in the future rather than your immediate wants or needs. So instead of registering for a crib bumper or high chair, you can ask friends and family to give a monetary contribution towards your baby’s college fund.

It’s not for everyone, but if you think that this is something your friends and family will be comfortable with, and it makes the most sense for your situation, it’s a great option to have, and the site’s presentation makes it a lot nicer than saying, “We’ll just take cash, please.”

The All-in-One: MyRegistry.com

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Can’t commit to just one or two (or three, or four) spots to register for your little one? MyRegistry.com is the site for you. You download their handy little bookmark widget, and can add literally anything for sale on the Internet to your registry with the click of a button.

For the Surprise Baby: NotFindingOut.com

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If you’re not finding out the baby’s gender, NotFindingOut.com offers a very cool service. Upon registration, you’ll receive a confidential “Shhh!” card for your doctor’s office to fill out and send back to NFO. Only they will know your baby’s gender.

Once shower guests start shopping, they’ll discover that everything on the site is paired in boy/girl complements, so the mom-to-be won’t receive a sea of yellow and green, she’ll just have to wait until the baby’s born to get all of her gifts. In the meantime, NFO sends gender neutral “preview cards” of all gifts purchased in both their pink and blue variations. Once the baby’s born, you call to confirm the gender, and a few days later, receive all of your actual gifts.

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Photo Source: Sara Westbrook Photography, Danna Bananas

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