This weekend DH is out of town again for his NG Drill weekend (which is dumb since they had it just 2 weeks ago). Anyway, being home alone is the most boring thing ever, even though it is nice to be lazy on the weekend.
So, I decided to venture into the world of baby registries.
Oh. my. word.
Let me just say, there are WAY way way too many things out there for babies. I mean really, what did people do 100 years ago when their child didn't have 2 playmats, a bouncer, a swing, an entertainer, a walker, a myriad of toys, and every type of stroller under the sun?? I don't know, but I have a feeling that not all of it is absolutely necessary.
Thankfully, I do have 3 registry checklists. That has helped. But, they're all different. One has about 50 things on it. Another has 100. The other, I can't even count! So far, I've decided to register at Target and Babies R Us.
Another problem I'm finding is that most of the stuff I like is not available in store but only online. This creates problems for people who don't have internet or want to pay for shipping. Blah.
As a first time Mommy, I am already feeling registry overload. Since I've had gobs of experience with babies and children in a number of ways/settings, I do know a LOT of what I'll need. However, I don't know everything that is absolutely necessary. I also do not know how to tell what things are absolutely NOT necessary.
As far as clothes go, I don't plan on registering for gobs of them. So many people have already been generous enough to tell me they are giving me lots of things their child barely used or didn't use at all. Plus, babies outgrow clothes SO quickly. However, I did buy one thing from Old Navy the other day, just because it was too cute and on sale for $2.00! When I saw it, my heart lept!
Anyway, if you are a Mommy, or a soon-to-be Mommy, and you can give me some advice on this problem, I would sincerely appreciate it!
Tell me the things you haven't been able to live without (as many as you want). Also, tell me the things you didn't need or decided were not necessary. As an FYI, I am going to breastfeed exclusively, and I plan to use both cloth diapers and eco-friendly swaddlers (for those times when washing diapers would be too difficult - travel and such).
Thank you sincerely in advance for your help! I can't wait to hear the responses!!! :)