(Closed) Your Baby Registry: Must Haves vs Nice To Haves

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@regberadaisy: My baby registry is nothing special, but I will tell you a bit about our expereince at Babies ‘R Us, in case you register there, or it’s similar somewhere else.

They tell you “The average baby shower guest brings 5 gifts.”  They spout that all over the store.  My Mom told me “If they bring 5, it’s more like 2 socks, a onesie, and a couple of hats.”  I very much was concerned with keeping things realistic, I didn’t want to look selfish when I was registering.

Anyway, I ended up with about 40 things (I was also registered elsewhere), and by the time I got that far, I was exhausted.  Like, I didn’t even care anymore tired, those stores are so big, and I needed to eat, and I was just done.

The first thing they said to me was “Oh, you did a bad job!  You have so much more work to do–you know, the average baby shower guest brings 5 gifts!”

I found it so annoying, and if I hadn’t been so tired, I might have scrapped it all.  My best advice is to bring someone with you who has had a baby.  I registered with my Mom while Darling Husband was working, and then, Darling Husband and I went over the registry together at home.  It was nice to have someone say “Oh, you’ll never use this,” or “Oh, you’ll want 10 of these”.  

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Are you looking for specific products, or general information about how much of each item?  We didn’t have a baby shower with Dirty Delete, so our registry was mostly the smaller items we needed since the biggest items (crib with attached changing table, dresser, travel system, and rocking chair) were all purchased ahead of time. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@regberadaisy: I put everything on my registry, from the stroller we want, to crib sheets.  Unless I knew for a fact that the gift had already been purchased, on it went.  If nothing else, I’ll use the registry completion discount for those things afterwards!

Honestly, the appeal for me of Babies R Us was the return policy, and the traveling had a lot to do with that.  We traveled when we got married, and we were able to return some gifts to the store, and they shipped us out the exact same thing at no cost.  I might consider doing that again, because it was SUCH a money saver, in terms of shipping.

I really, REALLY wanted to register at Target, but I’ve heard such terrible things about their return policy, that it completely turned me off from it.  But when you do choose a store, and go to register, bring some water, and bring a snack (no joke), because it really took longer than I ever thought it would, and I’d researched before we went!

Also (I have a lot to say, since we just did this last week) don’t feel pidgeon-holed by what’s at the store.  The crib set Darling Husband and I fell in love with is actually from Sam’s Club, so we decided to buy that for ourselves, and register for other things we would have bought, instead of registering for one that we didn’t like as much, but was available where we were registering.  Price was a big factor for us too-I didn’t want our guests to pay more for something just because that was how much it was at that particular store.  If you think your guests will use Amazon, put the item on there instead of on your in-store one!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Put it all on the registry.  Even if it’s crazy expensive stuff, if folks don’t go in together on it you’ll still get a discount/completion bonus-type thing.  And it’s easier for you to keep track of everything in a list as baby brain is real.  I just did Amazon and Target.  More people used Amazon than I was expecting but it was nice!  I loved being able to change things without going into a store.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@candicemcc:  I agree, just put everything you really want on the registry.  If people don’t buy it, you may decide later you don’t really want it or you may decide to purchase it with your completion coupon. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m doing Babies R Us, Target and Diaper Junction (for cloth diapering stuff). I’ve been doing it all online so far.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are doing Babies R Us, and possibly Target.  There are items carried by both stores that cost less at Target, which is why we will go there too.  What are the horrible things about the return policy?  You might change my mind!  We have not gone there yet.

 

Post # 12
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1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@heathaah: I read about bad things for Target when wedding registering, and then even more about baby registeries.  They supposedly have a limit on what you can return, they are notorious for not taking items off of your registries, so you end up with doubles, and then not letting you return them, or returning them for the lowest price, even if it was something off of your registry.  

Basically, the reviews were overwhelmingly negative, and I figured the last thing I’d want to do with a newborn was hassle with a Customer Service rep.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I found that BuyBuyBaby was the most expensive, then BRU, then Target/Walmart. Things like the same model pack n play or carseat were different prices at each. I went with BRU because my family usually goes to the store to buy, rather than online. Otherwise I would have registered with Amazon.

I put everything on there. I did it very early (still TTC) and put everything on there. If I was researching a product – like a stroller, I added all the ones I liked until I had it narrowed down the deleted the others.

I only put a few clothing items on the registry, ones that I really liked. Clothing is something people like to pick out themselves. When they are that little I was only concerned about having a few cute outfits and the rest didn’t matter as much since you change them so often anyway and things only fit for a few weeks or maybe months.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

@heathaah: Really? I found the opposite was true. Some of our large items were cheaper at Babies R Us, so we did most of our registry there with a few things at Target (they carry those awesome Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets.) We couldn’t do Amazon either because our families don’t like to order online. :

We will probably end up ordering our pack n play, activity mat, swing and bouncer from amazon.

Post # 16
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405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

fwiw… things that I loved were a Bumbo seat, a boppy pillow, swaddle blankets. the basket for washing bottle parts in the dish washer, soothie pacifers, Butt Paste Spray, boggie wipes, the book the happiest baby on the block, a baby moniter, a baby groming kit, and a pack n play I loved the one that had a cradle part in it too, and a diaper genie, and onesies… I regestered at BRU and target. BRU always sends coupons in the mail like every few weeks for 20% off an item or when you shop they give you coupun books…

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