There were a few things that I registered for, got, and didn't need. There are a few things that Babies R Us thought I should register for that I didn't see the need for. These are the things that were/would be a waste of money for us.
We have this swing in another pattern (Catalina, like my pack 'n play). Tillie never really liked it. At all. Some kids love swinging, but she never did. Sometimes I wonder if I had a different swing she may have liked it better. I've heard good things about the swings that can swing from side-to-side as well as front-to-back, like this one. Some swings have wall plugs as well as batteries, which is another thing to look into. (We loved the owls on our swing. Also, it was pretty cheap.) There are some kids who will only sleep in their swing. Tillie did that probably all of 4 times. I did use it often for a photo prop. It was a good angle to lie her in to get a cute picture of her outfit.
2. Avent Isis Manual Breast Pump
I think it's obvious why this wasn't necessary for me. I got nothing when I tried using it. I had heard good things about this one from my breastfeeding class. Since I was mostly going to be staying home, I didn't think it would be necessary to get an electric pump. I had planned on pumping just so I could go away for an afternoon or so. Mine is packed away, with hopes of breastfeeding success with future kids.
3. Bedding Sets
Bedding sets are adorable, but they include so many things that you can't/aren't suppose to use. I decided that this was one major area to cut costs. They're pretty expensive and have quilts and bumpers. Bumpers aren't recommended due to SIDS (some people still use them, I'm just too cheap. They're so darn cute, though!) Quilts can't be used in bed, but some people hang them up as decoration. Tillie's room is so tiny that wasn't an option. I bought a plain white crib skirt and a few few coordinating sheets. Sometimes they have diaper stackers. Yeah, I don't think I'd take the time to move diapers to the cute hanger after about 2 months. The only problem is that it's sometimes hard to find sheet and crib skirt separates. I've very happy with Tillie's room now, though -- it's my favorite room in the house.
4. Crazy Diaper Pail
We mainly use cloth diapers, so I just use a regular trashcan with a lid and a waterproof liner. We used the same thing with a garbage bag before the switch. Smell was never a problem.
5. Dishwasher Basket
This seems like a great idea in theory, but I never machine wash my bottles. I need them again before it runs. I finally packed the basket up with the newborn things in the attic because I was sick of it taking up space in my cupboards. I'm sure some people love it, but it seems like most people I know hand wash bottles. Am I wrong in that thought?
We never went overboard in our baby (gear) buying, so that's about all of our fails. Was there anything you bought that was a total dud? Let me know!