Sunday, December 19, 2010

PRESENTS! (aka questions about registries)

So, people have started to ask, really ask about registries and such and we're already getting presents. I guess it's time. I've been fiddling around on a few sites and we've been to some stores, but it's all overwhelming, of course. Exciting and fun, but dang, 98 million things to think about.

So... to all you with experience, help me out here. I assume this is like weddings and you're supposed to pick one or two places? Which was best for you as a mom? Which was best for you as a shower GUEST? Why yes, I would love a present, please go to this obscure little store that is located 100 miles from your house and is only open from 1-4PM on Wednesdays...

I'm trying this poll thing, but I'd still love specific comments. I'm soliciting advice, so please send it!


Shoeaddict said...

Also try

My SIL registered there. You can register at different sites but on just one registry. I'm not sure how user friendly it is but it seems like a great idea.

Tim said...

Target's definitely a good idea for overlap. Also if you do register for clothes do so at Target. There's some hope people will find them. Finding clothes on a registry is ridiculous at Baby's R Us. You basically just have to go from rack to rack comparing SKUs.

Lawfrog said...

I've been a shower guest at least a thousand times this year alone. I love baby shopping so here is what I have learned from being both a guest and from so many friends who have had babies:

1. Don't register for clothes. You will get those anyway and half the time the child will never wear them because they grow out of them before they can.

2. Use the site that someone else posted and add gifts from Walmart, Target, Babies 'R Us and Amazon. That gives everyone a range of places to choose from.

3. If you have a theme for the nursery, tell people what it is. That helps in gift selection sometimes if, for whatever reason, someone can't buy from one of the stores you register at.

4. You'll receive a ton of advice about decorating the nursery, raising your child, breast-feeding vs. formula feeding, diaper bags, and which college the baby should attend. Ignore it all and do what YOU feel is best for YOU and YOUR child. I capitalize there because this is your baby and you have to do what works for you. You are not a bad mother if you choose not to breastfeed and/or you cannot do so. You are not a bad mother if you do not/do use cloth diapers. You are not a bad mother if you choose daycare or you decide to stay at home. Make choices that work for you and to hell with everyone's "good advice."

Julie said...

i voted for babies r us, but i would also register at target.

Kate said...

Thanks so much for all of the suggestions! I'm checking out I am wondering if people would really want to be able to print off a list in-store, though. Or am I the only one who doesn't have a smart phone.

Plus, I got things off the Target registry I made and 5 hours later the items are still showing as unpurchased, so I'm not sure how important it is to have an updated list since I've been to SO many showers where someone got duplicates. I really don't get it from Target since they're so pissy about returns.

Tim, I hear you about clothes! I went to the closest BRU by me (tiny) and finding clothes was a nightmare.