After hours and hours of research I have decided that lots of people love lots of different things for lots of different reasons. And others absolutely hate the exact same baby item! I have been told "My xxx is my favorite baby item and couldn't live without two of them!" and about the same item heard "We got a xxx and never used it. I'm so glad we didn't get two of that!". People's opinions vary so greatly! I have managed to narrow most of our registry choices down, but I'm still struggling with exactly what my preferences are. I tried using facebook and twitter for advice, but that wasn't particularly helpful (people keep telling me what they have, but not why, and in particular, not why that over something else).
With that in mind, I will never have a perfect registry or have all of the right things. My registries will change as we get closer to the due date and I continue to learn.
And that's okay!
But I had to start somewhere. So for this post I'll start with a simple one: where we are registering.
We are registered at:
You can always access our registries here by using the "Baby Registeries" Tab on my blog page as well.
We chose to register at:
- Target: because it is really convenient for gift buyers everywhere given its large number of locations. This registry doesn't have many of my "bigger items" like stroller because Target just doesn't carry many double stroller options. I made up for this by putting more of the feeding items and toys at Target than anywhere else.
- Amazon: because while I was on bed rest I used Amazon to start a baby items wish list. It was an easy way to keep track of things I liked from many different stores and sources. Since it was already created, I decided to go ahead and make it public. I don't know how many people will choose to shop at Amazon, but I personally find free shipping and not having to go to the store really convenient! This registry is the most complete and contains duplicates off of the other two.
- Buy Buy Baby: We debated for a while between Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. While BRU is closer to our house (I mean super close) we have yet to have a good shopping experience there. Every time we go in it is crowded and there are no sales people anywhere to offer help. Just the opposite is true of BBB. The sales associates were amazing about answering questions and helping us figure things out, even before we registered! We also love that BBB accepts the 20% off coupons from Bed, Bath, and Beyond - what a deal!
Take a minute and go explore. See what we chose. Then come back and leave me feedback - are we missing something you couldn't live without? Do you absolutely love something you see? Is there something you see that you registered for and then never used? A product that completely fell apart on you? There is a lot of stuff between the three registries and I am well aware that we don't need most of it, but creating a registry is hard work so I am using the registries as idea keepers while I weed the registry down over the next few weeks before my first shower.