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Cynde - posted on 06/16/2009
we found the mittens at target. they were handing in a display at the the end of one of the isles. they were with the safety and grooming stuff if i remember correctly... best of luck to you!!! oh, and we had the same problems with deciding on which monitor to get. after reading TONS of reviews, we finally just went with the one we liked the best and figured if it didn't work, then we would just exchange it!
Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009
Thank you Stacie,
that is one thing that i do. I Love reading the reviews prooducts get from other mom's because it gives a better idea of what im in for. However, the same thing happened to me we ended up putting 3 different moniters from every price range on the registry. When i got home i looked all 3 up and the 2 most expensive which is "suppose"
to be the better ones had a bunch of cons and least expensive one had nothing but good reviews. I do use the BRU registry through the website but i will be going back and fourth to the store as well:)
Stacie - posted on 06/16/2009
My one piece of advice is to check out the reviews on the BRU website for some the bigger tickect or electronic type items that you have registered for. I picked one monitor in the store because it seemed okay (in the packaging mind you) and the price was good, got home and read the reviews, and every single one said how bad it was. I worked on my registry over a couple of weeks both on the internet (whch you can update your BRU registry through their website) and in the store where I could touch and feel things.
Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009
Thank you Cynde & Sarah, so much!
I'm due in October and the shower(s) i believe will start end of August and the start of September (i was told to just show up). I will be going back and fourth to check, edit, and update my registry with my mom. I will ask one of firends who just had a boy to tag along too. I look in Target where i lived at and they didnt have much at all. As far as bottles i was giving a Playtex Bottle from Motherhood and an Avent Bottle from B.R.US. I will take time to look at the other kinds of bottles. (thats the one thing i found confusing.) When i went to register i couldnt fnd the mitten things, i hope i can soon.
Sarah - posted on 06/16/2009
One of my biggest suggestions for new parents who are registering (I do part-time work as a baby consultant) is not to get too many of any one thing. For example, if you register for a bunch of Dr. Brown's bottles and baby doesn't like them, then you are stuck with a ton of stuff you can't use. Instead, just register for one package of a few different kinds of any item. If you end up getting lots of duplicates, keep just one pack and return the rest while you can (don't let the time limit on returns catch you). As tempting as it is to do otherwise, open/wash only what you need (again, if you find the right bottle or paci the first time around, you want to be able to return the other kinds). The same thing goes for diapers...pick up one package of each type you think you might use.
I don't know when you are due, but the problem with items on your registry not being available at BRU is often related to a year/model change. New models of products usually come out at the beginning of the year and that's when the numbers change, causing problems on registries. Regardless, it's always a good idea to go back and re-check your registry a couple of weeks before your shower. If you see an item is no longer available, you may just need to search it/scan it again to get the new number.
Cynde - posted on 06/16/2009
when my boyfriend and i went through the process of registering, we did it over several weekends so we didn't get irritated or overwhelmed. also, we dragged along a friend of mine on one of those days who has a 2 year old daughter so she could help us with the stuff that we didn't know too much about, like bottles (we ended up going with dr. browns). she also helped us by telling us what we wouldn't need or use (like the wipe warmer) and what we WOULD need that we hadn't thought of ourselves (like the little "mitten" things for the baby so she wouldn't scratch her face). if you have a while before your shower(s), i would definitely recommend taking your time and spreading out the process over a few days or weekends. i have seen so many people registering for their baby shower, and they are fighting and arguing over every little thing because they're trying to do too much in one day and are getting stressed out. i would also recommend taking along a new mother if you know one. most new moms are more than willing to go along and offer advice. we just took my friend out to lunch afterwards and that was her "payment"! i agree with the women before me who said not to register for too many clothes. most people will pick up a little outfit when they go shopping anyway because they are so cute! also, you can buy used clothes in bulk on ebay or craigslist (if you aren't opposed to used clothes) or get hand-me-downs from friends and family because they outgrow the clothing so quickly. also, we registered at target and babies-r-us, and you can monitor/change/update your registery online with those two stores (i'm sure you can with others as well, but i don't know anything about them). once you get more familiar with all the baby items, it's nice to be able to add things to the registry from your own house instead of having to go to the actual store. ok, one last piece of advice, and this is for AFTER you start getting gifts from people. be sure to back to your registry (this is another thing we do online from our own home...) and update the things that you got. for example, if someone buys you a high chair, be sure that your registry shows that that request has been fulfilled. we had a few people use the registry to pick out the gifts, but then they forgot or didn't know to take the registry to the checkout counter. this way you don't end up getting TWO high chairs because then you have to go through the hassle of returning one of them later.
Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009
oh ok i see the difference between the two blankets now. i hear a lot of people love Pampers and LUVS and hate huggies. But i have coupons for all of them so i dont mind. Earlier today my sister told me about the bottle thing, i didnt know it mattered at first.
Esther - posted on 06/15/2009
Don't do a regular swaddling blanket. They'll work themselves out of those in no time. The miracle blanket really is like a straight jacket, but my son loved it (and therefore so did mom ;) I don't think wipes make much of a difference. They all work fine. For diapers I agree it's trial and error. I love Pampers (swaddlers for newborns) but many moms swear by Huggies, which didn't work for me at all. I think it may depend on the shape of your baby too so you may just have to try a few out when your baby is born. Same with bottles. My friends all loved Avent bottles and my son didn't like them at all so we went with Dr Brown. Don't let it overwhelm you though. I was never a baby person and when I first got pregnant with my son my husband took me to a BabiesRUs and I took two steps in the door and felt so overwhelmed by all the stuff and all the choices that I practically ran out again. Now I practically live there - haha. It'll grow on you. You don't have to be an expert on day one.
Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009
My mom went through my list and i do had to take some stuff off and your the second person to say that about the wipe warmers lol. We didnt really put clothes on the list because i know people are most likey to buy them and gift cards. I will check out the website in a few mintues. Diapers and wipes however made me confused. i think its trial and error because i saw every type of wipe and diaper.. so i guess that depends of the baby when the time comes..
Esther - posted on 06/15/2009
Oh yeah - and get yourself a miracle blanket (a swaddling blanket). It saved my sanity. Without it my son would not sleep for more than 30 mins at a time. When we put him in this swaddle (receiving blankets won't cut it) he slept for 6 hours straight the very first night. LOVE LOVE LOVE the miracle blanket.
Esther - posted on 06/15/2009
I would suggest doing your registry at www.myregistry.com. It allows you to pull in items from any other website (including BabiesRUs) so you are less limited in your choices. I agree with not putting to much newborn stuff on there or any clothes. I actually used my registry as my own shopping list too, so I put everything I needed on there and if I bought something I would remove it, and if someone else bought something off the registry that would just be one down - 10 million to go - haha. When you finish your registry ask a friend who already has kids to look it over and give her take on things. For example - baby wipes warmers are a waste of money in my humble opinion. Another mom would probably catch things like that. It's often hard to tell what you really need when you're a first-time mom. I put diapers on there too. However, word of caution, don't ask for or buy too many in the small size. They will outgrow them in no-time-flat. I ended up giving away a few packages to a friend who was due a little later than I. Good luck! It's fun to set up a registry. And it's OK to add some cute, but maybe not really necessary stuff too.
Carol - posted on 06/13/2009
DO add everything you need, from the crib , carseat, stroller, etc. And dont skimp or think people won't buy certain items. People love to buy for babies. I know from experience. My last child i was reluctent to adding certain items and believe me at the shower i was so overwhelmed at the gifts i recieved. I didn't have to buy too much of anything. God Bless you with your new bundle of Joy!!!
Amy - posted on 06/13/2009
Firstly I did my registry at babies r us and they are terrible, you go and pick out all the things you want and then when your guests go to get them NOTHING is available!!! I had such a hard time with them, and other people I know did too!!! Walmart was good but I dont think they do registry's anymore!
Make sure you put some large price item on your registry list because alot of people get together and chip in for one big gift!!! That saves you alot of money!!!
Dont be afraid to put expensive things on your registry! You want people to buy those ones so you dont have to fork out alot of money after,
I would just put the main important things on your registry, Dont g ocrazy and just starting putting everything you think is cute cause then you will have 10 pages of stuff and people are most likely going to pick the things you really could of done without over something you are really going to need!!! Gift cards are great too, then you can just go and get the things you need! That was the best part of my baby shower cause now a days no one really even goes off the registry and they go get whatever they think you will need or what looks cute! So I just went after and got the things i needed and also SAVE some gift cards you will definetly need them later if you run out of diapers/ formula!!!
Congratulations! Hope I helped some!
Joy - posted on 06/12/2009
I agree with most of Ann Marie's suggestions except that I registered for everything under the sun that I thought I would possibly need. I can honestly say that everything I got, I used. The way I looked at it, the more things I put on the registry, the more choices my friends and family had when shopping. It also made it easier on everyone because with such a wide variety of choices, there were things in every price range. Some of our registry items cost $2 and some were $200. Some of the best gifts we recieved were the people who went down the registry list and made gift bags with lots of the smaller things. One friend did a bath basket for us. It had wash cloths, baby wash, a tub, a rubber ducky, baby towels, some lotion and a nasal aspirator. She didn't have to spend much but we got a LOT of great useful stuff. We (my husband and I and my family) made sure that we got the big ticket items like the crib, dresser, etc. One piece of advice that I would suggest for you to do is this. If you register at more than one place (we did Target and Wal Mart), make sure that after you register at one place, take the registry with you to the second place so that you don't double up on items. I registered at Target first and when I went to Wal Mart I didn't have the Target registry with me so I had to go on memory as to what I had already scanned. I ended up going home and getting the Target list so that I could keep the two straight. In the end though, what I found is that registering at both places was almost unnecessary. Both stores carry pretty much the same things for around the same cost. I think if I have another baby, I'll just register at Target. Because I had registered for so much at Target, there wasn't a whole lot left to put on the list at Wal Mart except for diapers and wipes.
Ann Marie - posted on 06/12/2009
I would recommend only registering for things you think you'll need. That way, you'll get more of the things you need and have less to buy yourself. So don't go crazy and register for everything in the store.
Depending on what crib and rocking chair you want, you may have to order that a few months in advance, so you may or may not have your baby shower early enough.
Go ahead and put the expensive things like a stroller, a car seat, and a pack n play on there. We got most of the expensive things we registered for, between our parents and groups of friends who got together to buy things.
Don't register for any baby clothes, except maybe a few onesies, socks, and sleep sacks, because you'll probably get too many clothes anyway. People just can't resist buying them because they're so cute. Plus if you're like us you may know someone who's willing to give you hand-me-down baby clothes, which is great.
We ended up getting a ton of baby memory books too, so you probably want to skip putting those on the registry. But if you want to register for nice decorations for the nursery, those are fun for people to give you as gifts.
Also, I wouldn't register for much in the NB (newborn) sizes, because the baby will grow out of those very quickly, and if you have a big baby, s/he may go straight to the 0-3 month size.
- Ann Marie
mom to a toddler, who just registered for baby #2 :-)