What do you really need?
The problem is, it's different for every family and every baby. I could tell you that you absolutely must have a noise machine if you ever want to sleep again. But, you might not need it. I could tell you that if you don't have a baby swing you'll pull out all your hair within the first 2 weeks of being home. But, I think that's a lie because we really only used our swing as a photo prop.
I've decided that this week I'll post the baby items that we loved, liked and could care less about. I'll also post some registry tips. I've had some people ask me, so I thought I might as well make a blog post about it!
1. Remember the buyer.
- I tried to make nearly everything I registered for available in the store. A lot of people buy last minute. Also, people hate paying for shipping.
- If you're registering for something that they have at both stores, chose the store that's most accessible to your shower guests. This meant I put more on my Target registry than my Babies R Us registry. Most people are going to Target for something anyway, so they don't have to go out of their way to pick up the gift. (And, BRU is one the opposite side of town from most people where I live.)
- If it's something they have at both stores, chose the store with the cheaper price. This seems like common knowledge, but I see it all the time. Especially things like diapers, lotion and baby wash will be cheaper at Target.
- Include a large variety of price points. After I went to the store I would go online to my registries and sort them by price. That way I could see if my registry was evenly spread out of price points.
- Make notes on your registry. You can do this on Target.com, but I don't think it's available at BRU. For example, I registered for some newborn sized diapers. I included a note with that saying we planned on cloth diapering after the newborn stage so I didn't get a lot of bigger diapers. (As it turns out, I sometimes still use disposables because of rashes or traveling.)
- When you register for bottles or pacifiers, make sure they're available at a store close to you. You're not going to want to drive across town on an emergency pacifier run.
- Even if you know you're having a girl, don't overload on the pink. If you plan on having another child, it could be a boy. Do you really want to have to buy a new bouncer, excersaucer, swing, bumbo, etc. (Yes, I know boys can use pink, but why not just get gender-neutral to begin with.)
- Try out strollers in the store. If you're like me, your feet just might kick the basket of half the strollers when you walk at a normal pace. If you're in the market for a stroller than they don't sell locally, don't be afraid to ask a mom at the mall if she likes her stroller. I'd be happy to talk about mine. We're all moms now. It's like you're part of a not-so-secret club.
- Don't register for a convertible car seat. They have a five-year expiration date from the date of manufacture. Most newer seats kids can use for that full five years. If you get one at a shower and the baby doesn't use it until they're 9-12 months old, you might be missing 1 or 2 years of its use.
- No one's sure what bottle, pacifier, blankie the child will take to. Don't register for 4 packs of Gerber Nuk pacifiers. Maybe your cute little daughter won't like the darling flower or dragon fly ones. (I speak from experience here. I think Nuks are so cute! Tillie had another plan. Namely, trying out 3 styles before settling on MAM.)
Check back tomorrow for Tillie's "Must Haves".