Post # 1
So what have you researched so far, and what have you found?
We are using the book Baby Bargains, along with customer ratings online. We won’t be registering for at least a couple of months, but the research has already started!
So far we have decided we like the Graco Sungfit 35 infant seat. Next we are moving to swing/bouncers.
Post # 3
I’ve been looking at cribs mainly and my top two contenders right now are both from Walmart. Graco Lauren & Baby Mod Park Lane.Babymod is actually from the Baby Bargains book, I lean towards this one but $300 is on the high end of what I was looking for. But both have really great reviews and are affordable. Beddings, etc. Breathable crib bumpers.
I’ve started looking at diaper changing bases.
And briefly at strollers and car seats. With car seats I’m hoping to find one that will last them till we have to go to a booster seat. With my nieces and nephews they both had car seats like that but my memory could be wrong. ETA: Just looked, convertible seats (infant/toddler).
And oh! I just bought the Baby Bargains book, do you like it so far?
Post # 4
@regberadaisy: I like the book but the editing is terrible! You will find a ton of mistakes, and even repeated paragraphs. But the advice is really good.
Post # 5
I’ve been reading it and I’m loving it so far! It gives me a good starting point for research instead of just blindly searching on the world wide web.
Have you looked into any of the recommended products thus far and decided to go with them?
Post # 6
we took out consumer reports best baby products from the library. i thought it had some good info in there.
Post # 7
@heathaah: I don’t have any books yet, but this is the website I’ve been using to start researching my registry choices that I highly recommend:
I think I originally got this link from wedingbee actually…
Post # 8
boo my local library does not have the current version. Does anyone know anywhere else I can get it for free?
I also have been using Babble.com. I really like it because it breaks it down to best overall, best budget, best if you had all the money in the world, etc.
Post # 9
We have this swing: Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing and love it. Ours plugs into the wall and has an option for batteries. I think it was why she was such a good sleeper. Bouncers all seem kinda similar to me but I do like that ours has handles that come down so she can pull it and play music for herself She figured out how to pull the lever with her feet before she could use her hands so it was a fun thing to have around.
Post # 10
Just my two cents: In my experience, if you have a Buy Buy Baby near you, their return policy is way more generous than Babies R Us. Their prices are a smidge higher, but they have a lot of 20% off coupons floating about and they accept Bed Bath & Beyond coupons, too. We found that a lot of the items we registered for we didn’t actually end up wanting/needing/using, and it was really nice to have such a liberal return policy. I bought one thing from Babies R Us which I had to return, and it was a nightmare.
Post # 11
i second the snuggabunny cradle n swing!!!! it’s kind of pricey but so worth it.
Post # 12
Yeah, I’ve read that about Babies R’Us return policy. I guess Target’s isn’t much better either and I know buying off a Target registry is a PITA!
Unfortunately no Buy Buy Baby near me. 🙁 Doesn’t leave me with a lot of retail location registries. I do plan to go online more like we did for our wedding but there’s lots of aunts and uncles that are more old school and would need a actual store to go to.
Post # 13
I am so lost when it comes to pre-registry research.
One thing I know is that I LOVE the peg-perego car seats from working with them in NICU, they tend to have the best results with car seat tests (babies do a lot better in them oxygen saturation wise), they have awesome looking support, and the adjustments and clips are easier to use than any other brand. Cicco infant carseats come a VERY close second, and do better with the smallest of babies (they are the only one rated for 4 pounds).
Otherwise, I am just not sure, DH liked the peg-perego switch travel system, but I am not totally sold based on reviews.
I may start browsing comsumer reports, because my mom has a membership so I will use hers to browse things. We also have to see what FBIL/FSIL have to give us for hand-me-downs, because they said we could come take any baby stuff they have left.