When MH and I got married, we had a private and quiet wedding ceremony. In spite of not inviting friends or extended family, people still wanted to share in the excitement of our marriage and so we were encouraged to register for gifts. We did but it felt awkward especially because we married at an older age and as fairly successful professionals, we had most everything that we needed to start our life together. Now, as soon-to-be new parents, we are registering once again. This time, we have NOTHING baby related in our possession and need all the help we can get!
When considering and creating our baby registry, we decided on two things: 1) keep it simple and 2) put only what we absolutely need on it. I did a lot of research when pulling it together. It actually is three different registeries, by the way! We registered at Babies R Us (BRU), Amazon and a local shop for our cloth diapers. I chose three different places to register because BRU doesn’t carry everything that I wanted but Amazon does and I really like the cloth diapers that a local Seattle small business carries.
I chose my items based on the advice of friends and from recommendations from the Baby Bargains book that I’ve written about before. I actually found that book to be incredibly useful. Some advice given to me includes not registering for a high chair as Roo won’t need one until she’s at least six months old, maybe longer, skipping the diaper wipes warmer as it grows mold, not buying a changing table and just using the top of a dresser, etc. Incredibly useful information that I wouldn’t really think of myself.
Some of the larger (aka more important) items on our registry include:
- Chicco Keyfit 22 carseat – it fits in the backseat of our car, which many other carseats don’t
- UppaBaby Cruz Stroller plus the infant seat adapter
- Graco Pack-n-Play – will be used as a bassinet in our bedroom during the first few months
- Ergo Carrier
Some of the smaller items (aka things we could survive without) that we’ve registered for include:
- Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets
- Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym
- Fisher Price Papasan Cradle Swing – Little Lamb
- Philips Avent Dect Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor (audio only)
These are just some of the items but honestly there aren’t that many more on our list. I put some smaller, less expensive items on there too for different price points such as Sophie the Giraffe, etc. If you are really interested in what I fully registered for leave a comment and be sure your email is included and I’ll email you links to the registeries!
For those of you also building your registry, please share any items that you’ve heard are MUST have items! Note that there are few baby diapering items as I’m cloth diapering and those appear on the cloth diaper registry!