All those posts I read about people going nuts about their registries I just thought they were crazy but its all true!!! Especially if you are splitting between multiple stores. A friend of mine with a one year old helped me go through everything on one but then I got the brilliant idea to price compare which led me to splitting it.
Since I have never been married or previously had children, I have never registered for anything. More importantly I don’t know what tools I need to keep this baby safe, fed, clean, etc. All three stores I registered at have lists to follow on things you need to have. They were extremely helpful but I kept having to ask is this <insert random product> really necessary? I went back to the message boards and asked what could you have not lived without? I scoured websites and magazines for best products lists. I cornered people in the lunchroom at work and stalked them to their desks if I couldn’t catch them. I wanted to know what people actually need. But just like anything with pregnancy the longer you search the more likely you are to get the answer you are hoping for and the answer you aren’t. You would think choosing items that you are suggesting people could buy for you would be a snap and fun. It is not.
Top ten things I have been told I need (not including what you would expect like crib, diapers, onesies, wipes, bottles, etc.):
Travel System (car seat/stoller/car seat base)
Fisher Price Snug-a-bunny Sleeper
Motorola video baby monitor
Waterproof crib sheet
Double electric breast pump
Soft baby carrier
My mom has also been help in the way that reinforces I cannot follow her advice in public. While looking at shopping cart seat covers for the baby she was amazed and told me that she would just put us in the seat with a bottle of laundry soap on either side to keep us propped up. It is no wonder there are so many things for babies out there with all of these tips and tricks they used to do.
Anybody have something they couldn’t live without I should know about???