Baby Registry Questions…

We’re registered at Babies R Us (BRU) and will soon have our Target registry started.  The plan is to get most of the big baby stuff at BRU and the diapers, wipes, and other miscellany from Target.  Here’s some of the questions that I have as we’re going through this process:

  1. Diapers – how many of each size to get?  I *think* we’re set on Pampers Swaddlers for now but have no idea how many boxes / bundles to get of them.  I don’t want to register for too many little ones and then not be able to use them all.  Plus, people LOVE to buy diapers and if they can buy enough of them for the first few months, that’s be great.
  2. Pacifiers – When should you give your baby a pacifier?  I’ve seen some that are rated 2+ months, others are rated 6+ months.  Will this cause confusion? 
  3. Baby Bath / Diaper Cream Stuff – what’s necessary and what’s crap?  I’ve seen some stuff on the shelves that I wouldn’t let near my baby.
  4. Clothing – How many onesies should we request?  What sizes should we ask for?  (I know – no newborn!) but should we ask for clothing in the 3-6 month range, too?  That’s primetime for summer!
  5. Activity Stuff – do we REALLY need a bouncer or an exermat or whatever these baby things are?  Isn’t a blanket on the floor away from the dogs and a few toys good enough?  Grrr…
  6. Diaper Disposal – How do you recommend we get rid of those stinky things?  Have a receptacle in the garage or should it be in the baby’s room?  Diaper Genie? 
  7. Should Nots – What SHOULDN’T we register for?  I felt weird registering for the furniture but Mom said it’s just easier to buy it from there than to have us with her when she does it.

Also, how did you guys handle returns of obviously ugly stuff you didn’t request and will never use?  Hopefully, people provide receipts!

Here’s a link to our BRU registry – if you can, take a look at it and tell us where we’re being idiots.  Keep in mind, just the ‘big’ decisions have been made and registered for.  We haven’t even delved into the world of onesies and wash cloths yet.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sherri
    Jan 26, 2009 @ 18:29:08

    Well, let’s see. I hated my Diaper Genie, stopped using it pretty quick. Didn’t seem to hide the odor like they said it would, and I found that just keeping the diapers out of the house worked better.

    EVERYONE hates the Diaper Genie. Good, because it was only my ‘do not want’ list.

    Definitely get some Lansinoh for breastfeeding.

    I have no idea what this is, but will note it on the list.

    As far as clothing goes, I found the easiest/warmest outfit to be those sack/dress onsie things. No legs to mess with when changing a diaper, and keeps the baby nice and warm, has little fold-over sleeve ends to keep her hands covered…Just easy and cute. You’re probably going to change her at least a couple of times a day at first, probably more like three.

    I’ve been reading more like TEN times a day! That’s a lotta diapers, even if they are mostly just wet. Are there different sleep sack thicknesses for spring / summer / winter or just one weight fits all?

    I used Vaseline for diaper rash, a hair and body wash in one, the pacifier they sent us home from the hospital, and those thin cotton receiving blankets for burp cloths. But I was way poor, so maybe you’d want to upgrade. 🙂

    Not sure how I feel about Vaseline – I think my friend Allison has the perfect stuff for diaper rash to recommend. She is the AD of a daycare and has seen it ALL come through their doors. I consider her a diaper rash specialist 🙂

    Things that I got but didn’t need: those little baby wash cloths, baby oil and lotion, tons of blankets (the knit kind that their little fingers get stuck in), baby brush and comb.

    What was useless about the baby wash cloths?

    TMI? lol You asked….I haven’t looked at the registry yet, though.

    Not TMI – I definitely asked and appreciate the input! Like I said, I’m steering blind here and need all the help from moms that I can get!

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  2. DarcsFalcon
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 01:41:47

    1. Diapers – how many of each size to get? I *think* we’re set on Pampers Swaddlers for now but have no idea how many boxes / bundles to get of them. I don’t want to register for too many little ones and then not be able to use them all. Plus, people LOVE to buy diapers and if they can buy enough of them for the first few months, that’s be great.

    Probably 2-3 packs of sz’s 1 and 2 to start. You will be buying diapers. Learn to accept this. You won’t get enough diapers to get you through the 1st 6 mos.

    Damn, and I was so hoping that would happen! 😉

    2. Pacifiers – When should you give your baby a pacifier? I’ve seen some that are rated 2+ months, others are rated 6+ months. Will this cause confusion?

    You can give a paci from birth. Get the newborn ones, most babies are okay with Nuk (except for my son who insisted on the more nipple shaped Gerber one) I found the clear latex paci’s were WAY better than the orange-y rubber ones, and didn’t give baby rubber breath.

    I’ve seen some on the registries of people I’ve been stalking. They look funny as compared to the regular pacifiers I’ve seen but hell if I know *shrug*

    3. Baby Bath / Diaper Cream Stuff – what’s necessary and what’s crap? I’ve seen some stuff on the shelves that I wouldn’t let near my baby.

    An all in one shampoo/bath product is fine. Johnson’s makes one, there’s also store brands that are just fine.

    *Whew* All in ones makes things easy. I’ve seen people register for entire gift baskets of this crap.

    4. Clothing – How many onesies should we request? What sizes should we ask for? (I know – no newborn!) but should we ask for clothing in the 3-6 month range, too? That’s primetime for summer!

    You’ll probably need about 6-12 onsies, lightweight since you’ll have a spring baby. Since you’ll eventually be a working mom, you’ll prob want a few extra since your laundry days will be farther apart. Laundry will go up some, but not a ton. Baby clothes are small. You do NOT need to get Dreft or anything, just put their clothes in with yours. Maybe 2 more loads a week than you have now.

    But do I really want baby clothes with spit up and the results of a diaper blow out on them in with my work clothes? For now I’m planning on doing separate loads… but that will probably change once reality sets in and I have a screaming newborn who needs fed every 2 hours.

    Also, are onesies like undershirts for babies? Do you automatically put one on them before you dress ’em? How do these things work? No laughing – I’m serious here!

    The sack things Sherri mentioned are great too. You can find those and onsies in multi-packs at Walmart for less $$. Just get the less expensive ones – baby will grow too fast to invest in really “chi-chi” ones.

    Pfft… I’m not investing in this stuff. This list is for other people to buy me so that I don’t have to. You don’t know my family. It’s best that I register for everything and anything that we’ll need since I’ll most likely get it. If not, I’ll use the gift cards and 10% off coupon to finish off the list.

    5. Activity Stuff – do we REALLY need a bouncer or an exermat or whatever these baby things are? Isn’t a blanket on the floor away from the dogs and a few toys good enough? Grrr…

    Nope, you don’t need a bouncer or exermat. A blanket on the floor is fine. Make sure the puppies don’t get the idea that they share baby’s toys too! 😉

    We’re actually going to babygate off one entire room (the upstairs living room) so that we CAN put the baby down on the floor without worrying about the dogs bothering her or her toys. Plus, it will be a dog hair free room – yay!

    6. Diaper Disposal – How do you recommend we get rid of those stinky things? Have a receptacle in the garage or should it be in the baby’s room? Diaper Genie?

    Do NOT invest in a Diaper Genie. WASTE OF MONEY. You can find packs of little plastic diaper bags in the baby aisle and use those for the dirty diapers. Wet ones are no big deal.

    Hallelujah… I don’t want a diaper genie. I’ll figure something out.

    7. Should Nots – What SHOULDN’T we register for? I felt weird registering for the furniture but Mom said it’s just easier to buy it from there than to have us with her when she does it.

    Think simply. The baby industry will play on your fears/guilt about what they try to convince you you absolutely HAVE TO HAVE or your baby will SUFFER!! When my oldest was born, the big advice was put them to sleep on their stomach – now it’s their back. They will always have evidence to support their claims and JUST the product you NEED, only $49.99! Tune it out and trust yourself. Talk to other moms you know. Let your common sense rule your decisions.

    Yeah, that’s what I’m worried about. I’m trying to make the best decisions I can based on an extremely limited personal experience. Stupid brands and their marketing firms
    preying on me!

    Babies need love, hugs, and boobs. Diapers, a couple of blankets, and some clothes. All the other stuff is icing. I used to say the nursery is really for the parents because the baby couldn’t care less. You seem pretty much covered.

    Yeah, the nursery *is* for us, pretty much. The baby won’t really care what color it is, what’s on the walls, or how things are arranged (hanging or folded), but it will make a big difference for me and Ben. I can do love, hugs, and boobs!

    The only thing I can think of not to get is that stupid Diaper Genie. I love my wipes warmer but some moms don’t think they’re necessary. I just couldn’t stand the thought of cold wipes on tiny tushies. I now have a tome and we can talk more later!

    LOL – thanks for the advice… I reeaaaaaaaally appreciate it! Having multiple sources of input really helps me figure out this whole baby mystery. I might have to give you a call once the entire registry is complete to get your opinion on, “Where am I being a dumbass?” 🙂

    Oh, of all the diaper bags I’ve used over the years, this one is THE best: http://www.landsend.com/pp/DoItAllDiaperBag~109422_-1.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::ADB&CM_MERCH=IDX_00005__0000001289&origin=index

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  3. Jenny
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 13:20:05

    Oh this is so nice!!! I am so thankful that I have something to refer to, even though I am a long way away from creating my registry. These are questions that I have been asking myself!!!! My mom is trying to plan a shower for me in May, and I just don’t know if that is too early. My cousin JP is getting married and she says it is a good time, the family will be in town. That means a registry needs to start in two months! I won’t even know the baby’s sex by then.

    Welllllll, smart thinking on your Mom’s part while everyone is in town. There’s a TON of stuff that you’ll need regardless of if it’s a boy or a girl (think high chair, furniture, gift cards, baby care stuff, etc.) that you can register in advance. Lots of the stuff on our registry isn’t gender specific except for a few blankets that we want.

    Register for a crapload of white onesies, all the safety stuff, teething rings, etc. People will buy you the ‘fun’ stuff like clothes once the baby arrives. Personally, I think my mom is totally holding back and will spring a pink avalanche on us when the time gets closer… I KNOW her.

    What’s your due date again?

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  4. Sherri Cornelius
    Feb 03, 2009 @ 15:48:01

    Sorry I didn’t get back sooner. To clarify, when I said you’d be changing the baby 3 times a day, I meant her clothes, not diapers. Unless you’re superhuman fast with a burp rag, the baby WILL spit-up on her clothes. I found that the key to keeping the stains from setting was to not let the spit dry. Here’s a tip that worked really well: Keep a 5-gallon bucket half-full of water and a cup of Borax, then when you’re changing her clothes, drop them into the bucket. It can stay like that for a couple of days. When you go to do laundry, pour the whole bucket, water and clothes, into the washer and then fill it the rest of the way like normal. Keeps the stains from setting, and Borax helps deoderize without synthetic chemicals.

    The tiny washrags were too tiny to handle easily. Maybe it’s just because I have man hands. 😉

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