Thursday, March 14, 2013

Baby Registry Advice... Help!

I might be a little ahead of the game, but I'm starting to gather my thoughts as far as a baby registry. While my showers are still three months away, I'll need to have everything in place by the time the hosts ask where I'm registered for invitation purposes.

18 weeks yesterday. Not the best picture, but you can see the bump is growing!
If you haven't created a registry before, it's kind of overwhelming. Personally, I think the baby registry is tougher to navigate than a wedding one. When we registered for our wedding, it was more "I like that pretty china pattern" than "what is safest/has the best features/is super helpful for baby?" Babies seem to require more research.

But I also know that you simply can't anticipate everything. While the wedding registry items were things we chose for our own use, the baby registry includes items for a baby who may have particular opinions and preferences. And we won't know until the baby arrives what he/she'll likeor what we'll like. To continue with the wedding registry comparison, I know what kind of plates I like, but I'm not sure which type of swaddle blankets or baby carrier I'll prefer. I've never used those kinds of products before (at least not on a regular basis).

Don't worry though, I'm not going nuts over here. My plan is to get informed via friends' recommendations, online reviews, and some other Internet browsing and then just make a choice. We'll get what we get and figure it out as we go. There's no such thing as perfection when it comes to something like preparing for a baby. It's just not possible. So like many times in life, I have to simply do my best, do what I think is right, and see what happens.

This post is a long, winding way of asking for your advice. Moms or moms-to-be out there who have tips on registering: please feel free to share your thoughts! I've received some amazing recommendations from a few mommy friends of mine, but I'm open to any and all advice at this pointproducts/brands/models/quantities as well as general tips on building a registry, best places to register, etc. I'm in the info-gathering stage here!

Which items could you not live without?
Which products were a waste of money?
What do you wish you had registered for originally?

30 comments:

  1. I'm going to forward you an email a friend sent me with recommendations. I was also a little blind going into this, so I walked around Buy Buy Baby with a "registry consultant" to talk through some of the smaller items. We made our own decisions about some of the big things like the stroller, car seat, and high chair.

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  2. PS - You look super cute in this picture!

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  3. I have no skill in this area, but I just want to say you are so cute. Congratulations again.

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    1. Oh, thank you -- that's so sweet :)

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  4. Hi Melissa,

    Let me know what you think of this checklist quiz...

    http://babyli.st/baby-registry-checklist

    It's based off of your budget, parenting style and life style so the list you receive at the end is completely custom for your family. And, BabyList is a universal baby registry so you can choose to create your registry directly from the responses created.

    Congratulations!
    Patty

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