Post # 1
Hi Hive! DH and I are expecting a baby in August and we’re starting to look at the things we’ll be needing and wanting. I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to have a shower due to some family drama. We’re totally ok with this, and understand that this is probably the best option for our family. Also, our friends are pretty scattered and wouldn’t be able to organize a shower for friends. There are a lot of people in our lives that I’m sure would love to get us a gift, but we won’t be having a shower. Would it be silly to create a registry? I’m not sure of the ettiquette here, except that it’s a no-no to solicit gifts, host one’s own shower, etc… Advice?
Post # 3
Congrats on the baby! Heck yes I would still register! Whatever is left on the registry you usually get a certain amount off (10% usually) that you can use on the items.
Post # 4
I’m not having a shower for religious reasons but still registered as people want to send us gifts when the baby is born and want to know what we want/need.
Post # 5
Do it. People will want to get you something and then you can direct them there.
Post # 6
I would regardless of a shower for the following reasons:
1. Some people will want to get you something so make sure you’re getting those things you want/need.
2. Use it as a checklist of things you still need. There are things on our registry I don’t expect people to buy – but it helps me keep track.
3. Registry completion discounts! Why not get 15% off something you’re going to buy anyway?
Post # 7
@sarahcisme:Peple love buying baby gifts. Even if you don’t want to have a shower you can have a sip and see. People can bring gits then too.
Post # 8
I am interested in this topic as well, because I’m in the same boat. I am probably not having a shower either. My best friend just moved to another country and won’t be back for a year, a lot of my other friends are in grad school while working and I don’t want to stick them with the headache or expense of throwing a shower. I have no relatives that live in my state (even my parents are 400 miles away), and my husband’s family is similarly scattered. I might have a real small work baby shower, but that’s it.
Anyways, my mom said her family will still want to send presents, so she really wants me to register. I am not entirely comfortable with the idea of registering though- I didn’t with my wedding and wouldn’t even think of it now except my mom wants me to. I won’t have to do anything about it until mid summer at the earliest though, so I have lots of time to think it over.
Post # 10
We didn’t have a shower, and I still registered. It was helpful to have a checklist of sorts of things we needed, and we bought of the stuff off the registry after we received our completion discount coupon. That 10% goes a long way when you are buying so much stuff!
Post # 11
Thanks for the input everyone. I definitely agree that it will be an easy way to organize all the things we need/have.
@Tatum: I totally see where you’re coming from. I’ve never been totally comfortable with the idea of registering (although I love shopping off others’). Plus I think most of the things I do in life I do because “my mom wants me to.” Lol