Post # 1
Ok, when registering for wedding items, this seemed a zillion times easier. I know my way around a kitchen, I know what a nice thread count does for sheets. Now for baby registry, not only do I feel like yet another gift-grab (less than a year after the wedding) but it’s all items that I’ve never used or even thought much about! I am doing whatever “research” I can, but ultimately, the proof seems to be in the pudding?
What have you all done with baby registry? And what do you put on it? The big things? Assume everyone with a beating heart will be gaga over baby clothes, thus removing the necessity of registering for them?
Post # 3
@drlolaz: The problem is that you register with your first kid, when you have NO IDEA what is actually going to work for you!
I worked in infant care for a few years, so I had a general idea of what I wanted/what works for me. I found that for the other stuff, the Amazon reviews were the best way to go!
Post # 4
I read lucieslist.com and got a lot of ideas for necessities and basics from that. She does a great job with her reviews and she’s funny. She has a list of 10 subjects such as clothing, sleeping, feeding etc in which she goes over key products. Id highly recommend taking a look. She also provides a registry checkList.
I’m not registering for high end furniture or anything because we are getting hand me downs and re using a dresser but some do.
look up the top things that people register for that seem to be useless, like bottle and wipe warmers. Gives you an idea what NOT to register for
ive heard to not register for lots of bottles but to choose one, try it and if it doesn’t work then you can try another. If you register for a hunch of kinds and brands like some people do, you seem to end up with a lot of wasted bottles that baby won’t take.
Post # 5
@drlolaz: I say put a combination of things on it. Include big ticket things like crib, stroller, car seat, bassinet, pack n play, swing, etc. Even if family and friends don’t buy them, you will get a discount on them later because they were on your registry. For the smaller necessities, Babies R Us and Target typically have a suggested list of things. You’ll probably want things like a Boppy, receiving blankets/swaddles, bathing supplies, baby carrier, crib bedding, etc. I agree that you probably don’t need to put baby clothes on there.
Just take a stroll through the store. Again, it doesn’t hurt to have things you might purchase later to get a discount. And have a wide variety of prices for all budgets.
Post # 6
I think this is a great question! And I felt the same way about our wedding registry. We knew what we wanted and needed and exactly what we didn’t want. Babies!? I have no clue…
Our plan for baby registry:
– no clothes, except maybe some sleep sacks (new moms I know swear by them),
– reseach what we likely won’t need or use, like PP suggested bottle or wipe warmers,
– get Baby Bargains. I heard it’s a great resource,
– figure out what we’ll be using as hand me downs,
– talk to all my mom friends and fellow August Mamas about what they couldn’t live without and what they loved…or what they’re planning on buying.
I also think the PP suggestion about bottles is a good one.
Post # 7
@drlolaz: I put every single thing I needed on there (except clothes) because I used it as a checklist for myself for what I need. No one needs to buy me breast milk storage bags or pump parts but my brain is fried and. Can’t remember shit so having it all in one place was a huge help.
i think it’s a waste of time to register for clothes because people will buy whatever they want in that department! It’s much more fun then buying diapers and bumbo seats lol.
Post # 8
I’ve taken the “it’s a checklist for myself” approach as well. I started the registries early (like 6 weeks, ha!) and have just added things here and there when I’ve seen a recommendation or had time to research a bigger item. It’s been reallllllllly helpful to look at registries from other new moms, so thankfully I have several friends who have had babies within the last year to stalk. i was able to do so much online that it was probably 2/3 done before we even went to the store with the scanner. I still edit quite a bit, even with my first shower coming up. we overdid it for the wedding and I am trying to take a more minimal approach this time.
Post # 9
I totally understand about the baby vs. wedding registry. I thought registring for a wedding was fun and exciting. Aside from picking out the color of things, we knew what we wanted and needed. A baby registry was so much harder. I looked at a lot of people’s registries to see what other people registered for, and I asked around to see what they used and ended up not needing. For example, I know a lot of places say not to get a bottle warmer, but DH and I ended up arguing about it because he wanted one, so we asked around. Apparently eveyone I know that just had a baby used their bottle warmer pretty regularly, so I lost the battle. I also used Baby Bargins and Lucie’s List quite regularly as well.
Post # 10
The baby bargains book has been a huuuuuge help! Love that thing!
Post # 11
I starated my registry months ago, so that when something popped in my head or I saw something, I would add it.
the closer it was to the shower, I weeded rough it and removed things I didn’t need, I’m pretty happy with the registry, it’s mostly necessities as oppose to just novelty stuff you’ll use for like 2 months.
if you wanna take a look at what I have, feel free to PM me and I’ll give you my name so you can copy off my list 😉
Post # 12
I am not close to registering yet, but I did bookmark this list and plan on looking over it when it’s time:
Post # 13
I just had my baby girl in November, so far the best thing ever is the rock n play. It’s the only thing she will sleep in for more than 20 minutes. Also add a drying rack for all the pump and bottle parts. Don’t waste your time with a diaper genie. I had one on my registry then after my shower some friends told me how awful they are. I didn’t think to take it off our list since the shower was over. My mil ended up getting it for us for Christmas and it really does suck. The refills are expensive and it doesn’t keep the room from stinking.
also, don’t put pacifiers on your registry. We did and got about 6, all of wich DD doesnt like. We ended up trying a kind that I didn’t even think of and now we have a bunch if pacis that she won’t use.
Post # 14
Thanks ladies! I’m feeling inspired now! And I like the suggestion of using the registry somewhat as a “pinboard” for things I like, regardless of whether they are bought as gifts. I am putting things together on babyli.st Have you guys seen this?
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
The Baby Bargains Book is a great resource!
Post # 16
agree with lucieslist and baby bargains!