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What On Earth Do I Really Need to Register For?

So friends and family have already started asking me if I’m registered. Seriously? I thought I could hold off until a few weeks before the little one is due, but new mothers tell me it takes a lot of time to research the safety aspects of the items I might want to receive.

I have absolutely no idea where to begin. I googled for baby registries and came across a bunch of sites with long lists of items I don’t think I’ll need. I’m a bit clutter-phobic, (I know I’ll need to get over that once the little one arrives), so I’d really like to stick to the basics initially and then add on additional items as necessary.

This list looked relatively simplistic so I thought I’d pick and chose items from there, but I’d love to get some advice on this one. I know I need a crib, car seat, stroller, bottles (although I plan to breast feed as much as possible initially), breast pump and baby monitor, but what else do I really need?

I don’t know why I feel so clueless. I’ve been to enough baby showers to know what is usually received, but I want to make certain that friends and family buy us items we really need. I hate the idea of anyone wasting money on things we won’t use.

So if you have any thoughts on this one feel free to leave me a comment. Not only what to register for but also where to register for it.

I might need to take a field trip to the store this weekend to familiarize myself with the long list of products.

One Frugal Girl

Monday 23rd of May 2011

@Mary --- Thank you so much for your comments! I made notes and read them to my husband!

Mary

Monday 23rd of May 2011

A couple more thoughts - it is truly worth the money to buy the best rated carseat you can afford. Do not buy a used carseat - it's not worth your baby's safety to save $20 by buying used.

Think about getting a good blender or grinder to make simple baby food. Why pay $1 for a container of mashed cooked carrots when you can make 10 containers yourself for less than $1?

Invest in a good stroller, too. I don't recommend an all-in-one carseat stroller for the simple fact that most resale shops won't take a carseat, so they won't sell your combo for you, either. Get a good carseat that will grow with your child, and a good sturdy lightweight stroller. You really don't need a huge 70-lb "travel system" and you'll love the ease of popping a light stroller out of the trunk and not having to mess with removing a carseat to put it in the travel system.Some advice - if you think you need something, try to get along without it. Like a bathtub - try a few weeks without it first - if you make it that long, you can probably get along fine without spending the money.

Mary

Sunday 22nd of May 2011

Maybe I can give a little advice - not a mom yet, but I owned a children's resale shop for 5 years. If you plan to have more than one child, invest in a good crib, one without drop sides as most of them have been recalled.

If you only plan to have one child, think about investing in a good pack-n-play instead of a crib. They are more versatile nowadays and you can get a large one that will fit up to a 2-yr old. By the time your child is just past 2, you'll be thinking about a toddler bed anyway. Most people who brought in pack-n-plays never used the changing attachment, the bassinet portion or the diaper stacker. Spend money on sturdiness, not attachments you'll probably never use.Keep the tags on EVERYTHING. Until you have the baby and know how big she or he is, you will likely over or underestimate the sizes for the seasons during the first year. Keeping the tags on may allow you to return items, or re-gift, or sell at resale shops at much higher prices than if you've taken tags off and washed items.Invest in good bottles but only AFTER you know if the baby takes to a certain type. Try just one of any brand to start before you buy multiples. If you get anything you know you won't use, or doubles of anything, return them right away. Target, Kohls and a bunch of other stores will give you gift cards - you can hang on to these and use them over the first few years as you need them. Go for quality, not brands. Some of the best wearing clothing is Carters, for sure, and outlet prices for Carters can't be beat. Gap items are often long and thin and don't fit the average pudgy baby. Get just what you need to start. Styles change even over a years' time. You can sell items (mom to mom sales, Craigslist) as your baby outgrows them, unless you plan on have many children - then go for what gets the best ratings. Amazon has great ratings on all the items - read what other people think before you invest.

Stanley the baby car seat guy

Saturday 14th of May 2011

I registered for a ton of bottles and since I mainly breast feed, I haven't used more than 4. Other stuff can wait until the baby gets here - you'll have no idea what size your baby will be, so sometimes newborn clothes can be a waste of money.

One Frugal Girl

Friday 6th of May 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who left comments and all of you who sent me emails. This was EXTREMELY helpful. I wrote down notes from all of your comments and plan to take them with me when I register. Who knew a bouncy chair was such a staple!