Baby registry....HELP!!!

Laura - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I just tried doing a baby registry and even with a guide I still felt lost. What is worth putting on the registry and what is worthless... What brands should I avoid? Is it necessary to put diapers on there or will people automatically think of it? Please help!

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Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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I would definately put a swing on there.Like a 3rd arm for you,I got the fisher price papasan swing.goes side to side and back and forth.daughter loved it.2 mattress pads are good.maybe 4 sheets.cloth diapers are great for burpclothes.swaddle me's are good for first few wks.only way they sleep;)diapers r good to put on...along w/wipes.will ALWAYS use those.I still use now w/3 yr old for after meals.sleeps sacks..2-3 would be good.They grow so quick in begining don't go crazy w/clothes.will be in for 6 mo.at a time till they get out of 18mo size.no need 4 wipe warmer..a waste.diaper champ is good for diaper pail.Also I find Chicco products to be good and good quality.Not too $$$ but not cheap either.middle of road.changing table nice to have.Oh Don't go w/Eddie Bauer brands.always have bad reviews.if you see something you like check out the user reviews online...that may guide you.good luck and put whatever you see you may like for baby on reg.you never know what you will get.don't put clothes on...people will get...who doesn't like buying baby clothes;)

Karla - posted on 10/21/2009

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I know how you feel. I felt lost too when I did mine. Your best bet is this. What I did was I went through and had a store clerk help me. I went to Babies R Us and I just put anything and eveything that I could think of that i would need. i did not care about brands or anything like that. I just wanted help with stuff. I also went to Walmart and Target and did them there. I put the same thing down pretty much on all 3. I got a lot of stuff at mine. I put Formula adn diapers down along with wipes. I also told people that it would be a big help if they got diapers and wipes for us because babies use so many.

Just put whatever you think that you will want or need and then go from there. I would tell people and put things down for people taht way you know that there is more of a chance to get things.

Christine - posted on 10/19/2009

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Don't get stuck on one particular brand of diaper. Each brand fits diferently on each baby. With my son I found that at different ages different brands fit him better. A diaper that doesn't fit properly will naturally leak regardless of brand. The Target brand of diaper was thin and flimsy. More than 80% of the products at baby stores, especially if they say that they are safety related are unncecessary or can even be dangerous. For example the sun shades for the cars - the ones that attach to the window with the suction cups and resemble window shades. Think about it folks when they become detached either by drying out and losing suction or if you car is struck the window shade will detach and will be a loose object in your car. If can hit your child. The plastic is hard and can hurt your child. Get the window sun shade that attaches to the window without suction cups. Secure everything in the passenger section of your car-remember everything that is not attached will travel loose in the passenger section or cabin area of your vehicle. These are things that we would teach new (and experienced) parents when we would install/check car seats. Also it is more important that the car seat is installed properly in the vehicle - securely with little to no movement and that the child is securely placed in the car seat than to spend hundreds of dollars on an over-priced car seat. ALL yes all car seats are subjected to the same tests to ensure that they are safe. By spending more money on a car seat you are not making your child any safer you are just showing people that you will can waste more money. The more expensive car seats are not any safer or better than the less expensive car seats. Save your money and spend it on things that make an actual difference or save that money for college expenses. Save time and register on line. You can put anything you want on the registry but it's true there are a lot of people who use the registry as a guide. I also look at the registry to see what someone wants but I will not buy anything off it if the person has just put over priced items on it that they really don't need or won't use. I find that insulting whether it's a bridal or baby registry. The diaper genies are a waste of money. Just use a garbage can with a lid. People have fun buying the cute outfits that's why they get them. Some people complained about gettting them or getting all of the clothes in the same size but too bad. At least these folks cared enough and were generous enough to get something to celebrate the birth of your child. Don't be greedy. Remember to let your husband help. It's his baby, too. He can change diapers, cook,clean or make returns to the store. You won't need a swing, bouncer or exersaucer. Every baby is different and enjoys different sensations. We had all three and found the exersaucer the best for our kids. Make friends with other new moms and you can all trade/share some of these items. Good luck!

Tonya - posted on 10/17/2009

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Hi we had 2 registries ( babies r us & wal-mart) that way it covered all our family members. Put everything on the registry even if you're not going to use it right away(bouncer, toddler carseat, exersaucer, walker), vary clothes sizes to avoid over abundance of one size, and definately diapers & wipes. I received a variety of sizes of diapers at my shower so as my little one grew I had at least one package of the next size on hand. Keep the price range wide. Some people like to give a more expensive gift from a group (co-workers, older aunts). My daughter loved her swing, bouncer & exersaucer. I also used the Baby Bjorn carrier with her so that way I could continue to get things done around the house and she was able to be "held" & felt safe.

Amber - posted on 10/15/2009

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Register for lots of stuff. Most places that you register at will give you 10% off anything left on your registry a few weeks before the baby is due. Every baby is different some babies will love bouncy seat and swings. My son personally only used the swing. The infant bath tubs are really a pain it is better in my opinion to just get a bath sling. The sling carriers are also a pain the seem to smother the baby. I tried to use it a couple times but it never lasted a full min. I really liked to use my travel system. Yes the stroller takes up the whole trunk but it is nice so you don't have to carry the whole car seat through the mall or if you want to take walks at a park or something they are good for this as well. Also if they are sleeping you don't want to have to wake them up to put them into another stroller. I also agree with Lauren; make sure to put stuff from lots of price ranges.

Katty - posted on 10/15/2009

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I had two registries Babies R Us and Great Beginnings. We registered for everything (small and big ticket items) and received a lot of stuff. I had to return some things that weren't on our registry and some clothing which would be out of season when my son could wear it. Where ever you register check their return policy and most places will give you a discount on items still left on your registry when you are ready to close it out. The worst thing is to be stuck with an item that you don't want. I guess you can always re-gift it but the gift was meant for you.

Personally, I found the pack n play especially helpful. We still use it and my son will be 6months next week. I got the one with the bassinet he slept in it the first couple of months. He sleeps in both his crib and pack n play now. Of course you need a car seat. But you don't need to get a travel system. Those strollers are huge and take up so much trunk space. We got a frame instead. Now we're in the market for a stroller and we can take our time to figure out what we really want in a stroller. Register for onsies, sleepers, playwear, socks, hats, diapers, detergent, lotion, bath items, bottles, bips, sheets (no need for expensive bedding set), feeding pillow, and gift certificates. You'll figure out what your likes and dislikes are once the baby is here and those gift certificates are great to buy what you really want.

Lisa - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think I got several of the things I registered for off my registry, mostly from hubby's side of the family because most of those ladies I had only met once or never met. People who don't have babies will pull the registry. Women who have had babies will buy cute clothes and necessities that they liked when they had babies.
I use my pac 'n' play every day. My mom bought me one that had a bassinet and we used it in our bedroom while I was nursing so I could keep the baby next to the bed. With my second child, he refused to sleep in his crib so I finally got rid of the crib and at 10 months old he still sleeps in the pac'n'play every night.
Biggest advice - register at the store where you will shop after you have the baby, register for what you want and in the end you'll get a lot of great stuff that your thankful for and some stuff you never thought you used but then most of the women at showers have already had kids so they know what works best.

Davida - posted on 10/14/2009

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Diapers, cleaning supplies, onesies,sleepers nail clippers, hardware all of one theme at more than one store

Kristen - posted on 10/13/2009

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Register for diapers, wipes, baby soap (you will need these things for a long time so if you get alot its ok), also register for size 9mo 12mo & 18mo onesies and sleep'n'plays most people only think to buy newborn & 3mo clothes and ost of the time the baby has out grown them before they are 2 months old & then you have to go buy a bunch of new clothes. Reister for only the essential large gear items, although it looks nice it may not be nessessary and will take up a lot of space. If you don't get something like a high chair or play pen and really want one check out a couple thrift stores before you buy one at a dept store.

Joann - posted on 10/07/2009

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yes it is worth putting the brands that you like put every thing you want then see what you get thats what i did

Trisha - posted on 10/07/2009

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I found that most people shopped from my registry. One thing that is definately a waste of time is the Diaper Genie! I would put lots of diapers(choose several different sizes), wipes, baby shampoo and lotion, and anything that you know you are going to use regularly. Anyway....just my thoughts. Good luck with the new addition to your family.

Katy - posted on 10/06/2009

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I had a registry at Target and Walmart, I just put basically one of everything. Yes, put Diapers, wipes, clothes you want, bottles, nipples, pacis, everything You could probably use just about anything there. Nothing is really worthless but make sure you put what you don't already have on there too.

Shelly - posted on 10/06/2009

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I know with my registry, people didn't really stick to it because they wanted to make things, but they saw the registry as a guide for what I needed. So put whatever you need on them. For the first few months you don't just need the basics. Plus, I found that a lot of people give you clothes and blankets. If you do babies r us and target, most brands are good and they those store will show comments from actual user whether or not to avoid the item.

Lauren - posted on 10/06/2009

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I had two registries one at Babies R Us and one at Target when I was pregnant with my twins. I got mostly all of the necessities from them and gift cards for those stores to make up for what I still needed. I would recommend not putting diapers on unless you are only planning to use one brand because many people usually pick up diapers anyway. I put diapers on my registry and it was such a waste only one person picked up the diapers that were on my registry. I did receive a ton of diapers but they were mostly from other stores than where I registered and even some store brands. I would also not recommend putting clothes on the registry as people love shopping for baby clothes and are going to buy the outfits they want anyway. There are however several pieces of baby clothing that I do suggest (the stuff that people do not naturally think of) onesies, hats, socks, and head bands (for girls). I suggest registering for the stuff you absolutely know you want or need first and then see if a lot of people have been buying from the registry. Most registries have an online option where you can add, delete, and see what has already been purchased. I ended up having to add to my registry because the higher priced items that I felt no one would buy were gone early because people all chipped in as a group. You can always add later or split up registering into a few trips if it is too much by only doing a certain section each time (ex. bedding, health care, feeding). I hope this helped good luck with everything. I also would strongly advise that you make sure to put items on from every price range because some people like to chip in for larger items or pick up a bunch of lower priced items and make a basket.

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I also had 2 registries (Walmart & Target) & got about 3 things. And they were the cheapest on the list! It was very annoying. Most people want to buy the all the cute outfits, which is great, but you need other stuff, too. I ended up taking back A LOT of clothes because pretty much everyone shopped from the same place & we got a lot of duplicates. Also because for some reason, people can't understand that she won't be able to wear a summer dress in the winter!
By your picture, it looks like you're pretty far along so this might not be as helpful, but my husband & I began buying diapers as soon as we found out we were pregnant! Just a package every week. My daughter is 5 months old now & we have yet to buy diapers! As far as brands go, we have been very pleasantly surprised by Parents Choice (Walmart). They're cheap & work great! STAY AWAY FROM LUVS! They leak like crazy!!
Congrats & good luck!

Amanda - posted on 10/04/2009

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u dont have to put diapors onit but if u like put a good diaper like hugges or pampors. put the stuff that ur baby need like bottal swing bed closes bed stuff bathstuff for him or her wipes boncer baby blanket and other baby item. tyr to pick a them like pooh or mickey mouse or any othere them u like and put the them u pick on ur resitry

Melissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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I agree, put everything on your list (big and small). most products you will have to wait and see what works for your baby. I used huggies with my daughter and pampers with my son. A must have for me was the sweet pea gowns , makes it very easy to change diapers without upsetting the baby! They make them for boys and girls. Two more good things to have on hand are gas drops and tylenol. congrats!

Wendy - posted on 10/03/2009

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I agree, ppl get what they want even though you have a registry. I would totally put diapers on there because you will go thru them fast. The trick is to mix up the sizes. There is nothing worse than getting 10 boxes of the same size then all the sudden your baby is in the next size. You will find ppl love to buy clothes even though you will never put half of them on your baby. But you can always exchange. I would avoid a pricey pac n play unless you guys travel a bunch or your baby will be taking naps away from home. Rocking chair for me was a life saver!! You really won't know what brands work for your little one till you try them out ans see what you like. Good luck and have fun!!!

Krista - posted on 10/03/2009

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my advice is to put EVERYTHING you think you will need on your registry. people will appreciate the variety and you will have a better chance of getting most of what you need. and yes that includes diapers!!

Lacey - posted on 10/02/2009

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When I registered it was a bit overwhelming. I took my mom with me to let me know of things I may need but didn't think of. I just put a little of everything on there in all different price ranges so the guests could choose something they were comfortable with. I was a little annoyed when I really only got two things off of the registry. I found that people will get you what they want, whether you need it or not. It's fun to shop for cute little outfits for a baby and I think they get caught up in that. After that, any time I went to a shower I specifically bought off of the registry.

Brenda - posted on 10/02/2009

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ppl will ge u what u want and u will end up returning most items. alot of the things are the same but different colors. make sure u get gift recipts so u can return things with out the hassle. some ppl brng diapers some dont. u really only get the things form the registry form parents and grandparents. and if u have a lot of expensive things on there dont expect them. its almost pointless to register anymore... good luck and have a great shower

Randi - posted on 10/02/2009

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LIke they said put everything on especially for the fact that you can return anything from your registry easily (Babies R Us) They give you a hard time about a receipt unless it is on your registry. Unless you have a SUV or something, avoid a travel system. Wish I did. The stroller is huge and doesnt fit in any trunk! The $200 pack and play I found to be a waste too, the cheaper ones prob even better cause they fold up easier. If you can get a stroller that flips back and forth to allow the child to face out and towards you, get it cause I hate mine that faces out only now that they older. Helps avoid sun in their face as well! :) Bundle Me is amazing. I returned the big expensive bedding and went with the breathable bumpers. You dont use the quilt and they say these bumpers are safer with SIDS and all. Not as cute but not awful either. Hope this helps some. These were just things I was discussing with my friend who is pregnant so it was all fresh in my head. My son is 7 months so its all new to me
Good luck!!

Michelle - posted on 10/02/2009

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For my registry I put on everything I could think of. I didn't put diaper's on thinking that people would just assume we might need them, and I got NONE! So if you would like diapers, put them on:o) If you need it put it on, you never know what people might decie to get you. Good luck and enjoy your new little one!!

Cori - posted on 10/02/2009

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registries.... i had 2 (at target and at babies r us) and i got 3 things from both of them... no one shopped from them even though everyone pulled them and looked at them... people just get you what they want to get you and mostly i got clothes and gift cards so i could decide what i wanted... when we were making it we put EVERYTHING we could possibly think of on there (even the $400 rocking chair.. haha) thinking you never know what someone may or may not want to get you.. we put diapers but just because we were being brand specific (only wanted pampers diapers) and we put different sizes of them so that people didnt just get us 100's of nb diapers that we only needed few of... so basically my only suggestion is put EVERYTHING you can think of on there... in my experience through motherhood i have figured out that the cheaper things seem to work better for us (like diapers, wipes, toys, clothes sippy cups and stuff like that) so dont just ask for the expensive name brand stuff (like we did :) and really look at the stuff that will be most functional not just fancy! if you have anyother questions dont be afraid to ask me.. i swear i have tried every product out there and a couple versions of them to figure out the ones i feel work best...

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