What were some of the items you overlooked (ie forgot to add)? breastfeeding cover, carseat canopy, baby gym thing, clothes in size 9 months or higher (hard because you don’t neccessarily know seasonal clothes if your baby will be big or small). We purchased major large items for ourselves (carseat, stroller, swing, furniture, etc. My mom gave us $500 towards a crib and we found one on sale for like $198, so that paid for some furniture too)
What was your favorite item? Favorite items that I got that were ON my registry were a jumparoo, baby carrier, and ABC mat (foam tiles that make a 6 by 6 mat, definitely get something like this!)
What item could you have done without? I would suggest not registering for a ton of bottles or pacifiers because you have no idea what your little one will like. We got some bottles I thought would be awesome and we used once and never again because they didn’t work well for us. Ours also never took a paci. Also, I probably asked for too many toys.
Did you find you got the exact brand you asked for or did they deviate from the list?
When it comes to big items, people purchased right from my registry, but pretty much everyone gave me clothes, books, and small toys I did not ask for, these were fine with me though! I did take some of the clothes back though and a few other things that were not on my registry (if they had receipts) and used this money to purchase my breast pump (which I think is now covered by most insurances).
What would you have done differently during the registry process?
I am actually really happy with how it turned out! I registered at a few different stores and pulled everything together with a myregistry.com page. This was also useful because if I found 1-2 items from any particular store, I could register for them without making a store registry for JUST that. People also liked looking at everything in one place. People were extremely generous for me and I feel really blessed.
My advice- have fun and if you have some sort of theme you like (ours was Winnie the Pooh), make it known, then people will often buy in the theme or from your registry. Also, you can NEVER have too many books, ever!