(Closed) what to buy Vs. registry?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We bought the furniture, closet system (with lots of shelving and rows and rows of rods for tiny clothes), and TONS of clothes.  People will tell you that you’re going to get tons of clothes at the shower, but, I’m really picky about clothes/style and wanted to pick them out myself!

We registered for everything else, and, if we feel the need to buy something, or see something on sale, we buy it off the registry!  Lol  That’s probably lame, but, we do.  

We haven’t had the shower yet, but I’m hoping to get the necessities from it!  We started shopping right around 12 weeks, only because I couldn’t contain my excitement.  The REAL full on shopping started at 19 weeks, when we knew his gender.


Post # 4
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We only bought furniture and decorations for her room and then little things that we liked. Our shower was 6 weeks before our due date so we registered for everything and then it gave us plenty of time to buy things we needed after. We got some duplicates and money so we used the returns plus cash gifts to get the rest of our registry items. 

Post # 5
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

So far, I’ve purchased (or had) the big furniture and bought the decorations.  We registered for everything else.  I’m very lucky in that I get 4 showers, so we’re hoping to get most of the “must haves” then, or at least gift cards or cash to buy what we don’t get.  As for clothes, we’ve purchased a few things.  But, I’m getting about 7 rubbermaid bins of hand me downs (woo hoo!!!!), so I haven’t purchased much and didn’t register for any.

Post # 6
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We purchased the big stuff or were gifted the crib, changing table, pack and play (get with a changing table in it), crib mattress. Getting the big stuff beforehand helped. Once he arrived, we needed things like burp cloths and receiving blankets which weren’t gifted. From my two showers, we were pretty prepared for his arrival. Having been gifted a lot of diapers and wipes, we didn’t need to buy them for almost a month. We’re borrowing my brother’s baby bjorn carriers. Our guy doesn’t like them or didn’t when he was smaller because he couldn’t see anything. The Maya wrap has been our most used babywearing device which we bought when he was about a month old.

Post # 7
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Things I bought without registering for:

  • breast pump
  • car seat & stroller (I wanted a specific color that the stores I registered at didn’t have, otherwise I would have registered for them)
  • cloth diapers
  • crib matress

Pretty much everything else I registered for. If I didn’t get it, I tried looking on Craigslist before buying new. (I got a $165 swing, barely used, off CL for $75!)


Slow down on buying things, evaluate what you really need. Wipes warmer and bottle warmer? Some people like those, but many people find them a waste of money and space.

Post # 8
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We bought our stroller/car seat pretty early on because we got a great deal and didn’t expect people to get us all the “big ticket” items. After that purchase we pretty much put a hold on buying until after our shower.

Things we were gifted at our shower:

Diaper Genie (might return), High Chair, Glider, Wipe Warmer (might return), Bath tub, LOTS of clothes, lots of lotions/shampoos/ointment, baby k’tan carrier, bibs, thermometer, stuffed animals/toys/blankets.

Things that were donated by friends:

Crib Mattress, Breast pump!!

Things we bought ourselves/need to buy:

Crib, Bedding, changing pad, diaper bag, bottles, pack n play, swaddle blankets (didn’t get any)

Post # 9
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We bought our furniture (well my parents did), crib mattress and any decorations for the room, but that has been it. I’ve registered for everything else (including car seat, stroller, breast pump, etc).

This is the first grandchild (and great grandchild) on DH’s side, and my side likes to buy all sorts of stuff. I did feel a little silly registering for a $400 stroller, but my whole thing is that if someone wants to buy it they can, else after we will buy it.

My first shower is in less than 2 weeks, so I’ll see what I get. I know what’s been purchased so far (car seat, extra base, attachments for stroller, diapers, and other things), but I know a lot of people wait until right before.

Post # 11
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have registered for everything but furniture, stroller and breast pump. trying not to feel greedy, but I really hope we get everything else!

Post # 12
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Bought or were gifted before shower

  • Carseat


  • Practical clothes (white tees/onesies, winter coat, fleece sleepsack with seatbelt hole)


  • Crib quilt (found one at consigment store that was perfect!)


  • Moses basket (found on Craigslist)


  • Pack n Play hand-me-down


  • Umbrella stroller hand-me-down

Received at shower from registry

  • Humidifier


  • Bottles


  • Bouncy seat


  • Muslin swaddle blankets


  • Painting for nursery


  • Moses basket stand


  • Twilight Turtle


  • Changing pad and cover


  • Halo sleep sack


  • Brest Friend feeding pillow


  • Diapers

Received at shower, not on registry

  • Clothes (most for 6 mo+)


  • Toys


  • Books


  • Baby food maker and storage container


  • Receiving blankets


  • Bibs (16 of them!)


  • Baby food spoons


  • Tiny hangers


  • Swaddle blankets (different from ones I registered for)


  • Burp cloths


  • Crib sheets


  • Waterproof pads
  • Hooded towels and baby washcloths (I had specific ones on my registry but got a different kind)

What we have left to buy

  • Crib (no rush since we’re using moses basket for few months in our room)


  • Crib mattress


  • Baby Joger City Mini stroller (including carseat adapter and parent console)


  • Baby monitor


  • Baby first-aid kit


  • Bathing brush


  • Safety latches for cabinets


  • Diaper pail (we’re waiting to see if we stick with cloth or disposable before picking one)


  • Cloth diaper supplies


  • Baby bath products (I have a specific brand I want that is only sold online)


  • Baby bathtub


  • Sheet savers


  • Crib sheets


  • Carseat mirror


  • Breastfeeding supplies (bottles, sterilizer bags, hand-pump)


  • Nursery decoration

We actually have very few newborn clothes overall, but I’m waiting until way closer because I have a friend who’s LO will be 3 months + when I’m due and she’s said I will get a bunch of his clothes. I’m hitting the consignment stores next week, both to trade in a few things I received but don’t need and to search for any items on our “still to buy” list. I’ve had pretty good luck with bedding and other practical items that are new and very inexpensive at local consignment shops so I hope my luck holds!

Post # 13
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would say first buy whatever you can find secondhand.  We got a ton of stuff in great condition from a secondhand baby store: bouncer, swing, tons of clothes.  We were also given (as hand-me-downs) an infant car seat and tons more clothes.  Babies don’t use those things for long so they were all in great condition.  We bought our own nursery furniture, and registered mostly for little things like bottles, blankets, bedding, and a monitor.

Post # 14
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our sister-in-laws passed down the crib, bassinet, pump, pack/play, bottle parts

We then bought the car seat and stroller from a friend

I bought a few outfits that I thought were really cute.  But held off until after my shower so that I could see what sizes I got.  I didn’t get any Newborn but lots of 3-6 sizes.  I also bought packagaes of diapers when I had coupons.

I registered for everything else.  I put things on the registry that I wasn’t quite sure I’d use just because I wanted to give people options.  I also put an expensive and a cheap version of items.  For example, a cheap monitor and an expesnive one.  I got both so I returned one and got other items I needed.  My reasoning for this is some people don’t like buying breast pads but they’ll buy a $40.00 monitor.  If that makes sense.

After the last shower that’s when I really focused on getting what we needed.

Post # 15
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

With the exception of furniture, we put everything on the registry.  If we found a good deal on something, we took it off the registry.   It really helped us keep things organized.

Post # 16
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it depends on what your family typically does.  Mine does smaller gifts (blankets, clothes, photo albums) and my husband’s family doesn’t have baby showers traditionally.  They did end up having a book shower for me, which was awesome.  So many sweet books!

We bought all the furniture, baby monitor (I wanted the expensive Angel Care monitor), pack n play, high chair, infant car seat (we were gifted a convertible car seat), baby bath, diapers, and some clothes.  The rest of the stuff I have been able to buy with gift cards received at showers.  I still have two more showers, so I’m hoping to get some more gift cards to purchase the remaining larger items like the Ergo.


We pretty much went into it knowing that we would be buying most of the stuff, and anything extra would be a perk.


– I will add that if this is your situation as well, I would buy things when you see them on a good sale!  I figured we can always use any surprise gift cards for diapers or things the baby needs as he/she grows.

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