Post # 1
i know this question is very early for where i am at in my pregnancy and also silly because i am sure i can do some research. But really i feel lost when i think about a baby actually being here. I love being pregnant and learning what is going on in my uterus. And i am careful to follow all the do’s and don’ts. But when I think about taking care of a newborn, I kind of freak out!
And one thing i think of is what do i even need to buy to get ready for it?! My mom already told me she will plan a shower for me in August or September, so i was thinking i should register this summer. How did you go about making a list when you were absolutely clueless to start?
Any recommended websites, books, or ideas would be appreciated!
I am just usually a last minute procrastinating type of person, but i don’t want to do that for when it comes to getting ready to be a mother to a newborn! I would rather prepare waaay in advance for this!
In fact, maybe we can use this thread to post a list of what is on our registries to help each other out?
Post # 3
@dynamic_duo: I used Lucie’s List as a guide. Too many options overwhelm me in the worst sort of way, and she really helped narrow it down for me. I set up private wish lists on BRU and Amazon.com, and when I was ready to make an actual registry I just moved them over.
Post # 4
I started making my registry at about 15 weeks. I would research some of the big items to figure out what I wanted and then added it to my list. Then at about 28 weeks or so Darling Husband and I went to the store to register for everything else we wanted to see in person. At BRU they give you a checklist of things they suggest you register for. Some things you can choose to skip over, but it was a good guideline and reminded us of some things we may have forgotten.
Post # 5
I had no idea what to register for in the beginning either. I looked at friends’ registires to get an idea, also Lucie’s List emails you a registry guide which was super helpful and I loved the book Baby Bargains. They cover a lot of the big items, like cribs, car seats, high chairs, tubs, bouncers, swings, etc. Another useful tip from friends, register for items in a wide range of price points so people have options when picking out your gifts. So I put books, cd’s and bibs, cups, etc. for the people that wanted to pick out a little something, but then some big ticket items because some people did group gifts. Another great tip I got was to register for a lot of things because you will get a registry completion discount (10% but it still helps) that you can use after your shower or even after baby to stock up on things you like and may have forgotten. Also, the big stores (BBB, BRU, Target) allow you to return anything from your registry and get store credit.
Post # 6
@Mrs Sarah McK: thanks for the tip about Lucie’s list, i never heard of it, but will definitely look it up – sounds great!
@mwitter80: so you created a registry online before you ever went into the store? that sounds like a good idea to me. then i can actually do something productive in front of my computer rather than procrastinating on here all day, lol.
@shortcake15: thanks for the tips. i have heard about the 10% discount thing from wedding registries, so its good to know that it probably works the same for this too.
honestly i am feeling less overwhelmed already!
another bee sent me a PM to say i could “stalk” her registry, lol. which means in general i can probably look at other already made registries too. i hadn’t thought of that!
Post # 7
I just checked out Lucie’s List- her website is awesome. I laughed so hard I was in tears after reading the postpartum section of her site.
She does some great comparisons on different essential equipment, which I found helpful because I get way too overwhelmed by all of the choices.