After talking to a few girlfriends who have recently had babies, I feel better that I am not alone in thinking this. It's funny how smart gals with common sense can be overwhelmed by putting together something as seemingly simple as a baby registry.
There are so many silly and unnecessary products out there and it's hard to cut through the noise to figure out what you really need and when.
I have spent hours reading baby product books and researching, comparing features, and reading product reviews until I've narrowed down the items I think we'll like best. I've kept by my side the sample registry list I found in a magazine and slowly - very slowly - I have either checked an item off as "registered for" or scratched it off as "not necessary."
Some items have been saved after being written off as not worth it once I consulted with others who have kids. Like the Boppy pillow, for example. It seems like a gimmick to make you spend money on yet another baby "supply." Why can't you just use a pillow if you need support? One friend did just that, but she was outnumbered by four others who absolutely insisted that the Boppy was a lifesaver. One girlfriend told me last week they have three, I believe - one for each floor of their house. My youngest sister went so far as to just buy me one out of fear, I think, that I wouldn't register for it. So, the initially silly Boppy was saved and arrived last night on our front porch.
I find I have to really think through even little things like sleep sacks. Little Kittel will be a winter baby, so she'll obviously need something on the warmer side. Ok...a fleece sack it is. In fact, two fleece sacks in case an accident in the middle of the night warrants a change. But which size? How long are babies, particularly newborns, in those sizes? What if she's like another girlfriend's baby who, I just learned, runs hot. On to the list went a cotton one, which then required another round of deciding on colors.
And so it has gone for the last month. Read, review, compare, list.
I am happy to say the list is almost done! Just a few more items to decide on and the registry will be good to go! Now which stroller system should we use...?