(Closed) Getting all clothes at baby shower…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am sorry, but I don’t think there is a polite way to do it. Make sure the guests know that you are registered and beyond that wait and see what you get. If you do get all clothes, do like your sister did and return some of it to get things you really need.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My cousin in law got a TONS of clothes at her baby shower as well.

I’m wondering if it has more to do with how much people want to spend and clothes are so much cheaper to get at department store sales rack, etc.I’m not sure if there is a polite way to say that? The best option to me seems like letting the shower hosts spread the word.

Maybe putting some cheap items on the registry might help combat that? Like things in the $5 range?

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I never buy clothes as shower gifts for this reason!! Maybe you could put a note on the registry slip saying something like “baby has all the clothes he needs, everything else would be greatly appreciated!”

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

That stinks for your sister and totally understandable for you. I don’t think there’s a nice way to do that though. =/

I personally very very rarely buy clothing for a baby shower just for the mere fact that you don’t know how big/small baby will be where they’re born AND most of the time you get clothes in sizes that don’t match age/season.

If your mom spreads the word though I guess that’s no shame on you… and mom’s have a tendency to be able to get away with things like that. lol

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve heard of women not sharing the sex of the baby until after their shower, so they can minimize the amount of clothing they receive…

What about a themed shower?  For example, you could do a shower where all the guests are assinged an activity (like feeding, bathing, playing, etc…) to buy for.  That might get you more practical items and fewer pieces of clothing.

Or maybe you could do a onesie decorating activity at your shower?  Your mom could pass the info on to all the guests that you’ll be decorating onesies during the shower, which may make fewer people bring more clothes on top of that.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@penguinsaremyfriends: I don’t see anything wrong for a shower. Every single shower invite I have gotten has included registry info, and some have even listed specific things not to buy, or limitations and things like that. I don’t think its taboo at all for a baby shower – you are supposed to bring gifts!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@runsyellowlites:

most of the time you get clothes in sizes that don’t match age/season.

That boggles my mind why people do that!! Just do the math people! Usually I go for a big registry item then add a cute outfit in usually a 3-6 month or 6-9 month range, season appropriate with receipt.

@Mrs. Spring

I’ve heard of women not sharing the sex of the baby until after their shower, so they can minimize the amount of clothing they receive…

If I find out it’s a girl I will seriously consider this. My cousin in law’s shower was a pepto bismol explosions!!! *shudder*

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If it helps at all I was told the same thing – that most people buy clothes and little off the registry. I just had my shower on Sunday and I had the opposite happen. I only got a couple of outfits and those were in the 9 month range. Other than that the majority of stuff was off our registry. Maybe you’ll luck out too 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@regberadaisy: yea… I’ve never understood that either. DS wasn’t able to wear most of the clothes we got at his b/c of this.

@Mrs. Spring: hopefully since we’re team green we won’t have to worry abou the clothes issue!

I do really like the themed idea!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I didn’t register for any clothing and if anyone asked what I needed my first response was – not clothes.  We still got a lot of clothes but we got a lot of other stuff as well.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I told my mom to please inform anyone who wanted to buy clothes to send me to please not buy anything smaller than 6 months. I told her to tell everyone that they could pick any size between 6 months and 2T so that I would have a range of stuff instead of tons of infant clothes that will only get worn a few months.

Other than that, I don’t think there is a graceful way to say “no clothes”. Maybe do a registry and don’t put any clothes on it and maybe people will get the hint?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This post makes me laugh b/c I was always one of those people giving clothes at baby showers.  We’d usually pick something really cute from one of those boutique-y baby stores, but still.  Before getting pregnant myself I never really understood what kinds of things would be most useful to new moms, except for clothes and maybe toys or books.  Like others, I’m not sure that there’s a polite way to ask for no clothes.  Hopefully people will give gift receipts too, so you can exchange the clothes for more useful stuff. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsSl82be: I said to  make sure they know where OP was registered, that is not the taboo. Telling people “don’t buy this”, is kind of taboo regardless of the event, especially when it so easy to return things.

I really like MrsSpring’s idea of a thermed shower!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

No, unfortunatley I don’t think there is a polite way to tell guests not to buy clothes. It is their money ultimately so they can buy whatever they want. And people like buying clothes because they are cheap, cute and fun.

This may backfire, but what I would do actually is register for some baby clothing. Because if people are looking at your registry and see that clothes were selected and already purchased (they will go first) then they MIGHT be less likely to go out and pick out additional clothing. Also, like a PP suggested register for a lot of inexpensive items.

And if you haven’t shared the sex, DO NOT!! It’s a lot harder to find non gender specific baby clothing.

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