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post #21 of 34

Generally people register for baby towels, beds, nipples, clothes, bottles, toys, pillow etc.  I personally advise you    to go for online gift registry they provide lots of benefits, you can easily access, modify and update it. It also provide you time and cost benefits.

post #22 of 34
I don't think anyone can go wrong with a Boppy, because its useful in so many ways. Helps with nursing, propping baby up, etc and it has add-ons for later. I used mine for so many things and it was handy for what seemed like forever.

Gift cards

Swaddling blankets - one of the best gifts I received that I didn't register for

Also, because once baby is here mom sometimes feels a little left out, gift baskets with things to pamper her. Manicure set, lotions, things to make mom feel pretty. Add handmade coupons for later, moms day out, free sitter so she can nap, a time when you can come clean up, some home cooked meals, etc. You know mom, think of things she'll love and make sure that she knows you love baby and her.

Just my 2¢.

Amy :-)
post #23 of 34

Slightly off-topic but I think having a baby registry solely online is not a great idea if you are having a shower in person. (That may not apply to Cynthia's niece, but may apply to others.) My experience was basically nobody bought stuff from the registry because they couldn't get it in a local store and bring it with them to the shower. 

 

I favor the My Breast Friend over the Boppy. It's hard to recommend a carrier as they are so individual--maybe a Mei Tai style, can be used by most people. Clothes in bigger sizes since everyone will get tiny ones. Infant prefolds are a nice size for burping and rags even if you don't plan on cloth diapering. Waterproof cloth sheets to lay under them when changing or for the crib. Cloth breast pads are awesome. Maybe something like a nursing tank if mom has an idea of her size, although that could be hit or miss too.  

post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by erigeron View Post

Slightly off-topic but I think having a baby registry solely online is not a great idea if you are having a shower in person. (That may not apply to Cynthia's niece, but may apply to others.) My experience was basically nobody bought stuff from the registry because they couldn't get it in a local store and bring it with them to the shower. 

This is why I love Amazon for registries. For anything you put on there, your gift-givers will always see a "buying this elsewhere?" button, so they can shop wherever they want and still get the stuff you asked for. Clicking that button takes it off your list without actually buying it online.
post #25 of 34

^^^Well, apparently either they added that since I did my registry, or my friends are not that savvy. ;) 

post #26 of 34
For anyone else considering online registries, it really depends on your circumstance wether it makes any sense at all.

For one, many smaller items are more expensive than at a local store because they cost a lot to ship, and that cost is either built into the item cost or added later, where you as a register-er may not see it. So getting that stuff online makes little sense.

Secondly, you end up with insane amounts of packaging waste (plus piles of the hideous stuff they consider "gift wrapping"). It's amazingly wasteful.

We used it for out of town family, and they loved it since they would have had to ship stuff anyway, but we only put a handful of things on there.

Then, when I was getting some things, I noticed other quirks. Like we had 3 of the same bedsheet sets on there, and when I ordered them all, they each came individually packaged from different warehouses!

It's an extremely inefficient business, unless you pay very close attention to where things are coming from.


Really only worth it for a few, larger items or things that are hard to find in your local stores.
post #27 of 34
A copy of (the new version of) The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and some treats for mom! Mostly, the gifts I got (I did not register) got me pennies on the dollar at a re-sale store. Babies don't need much, but I sure needed a lot of taking care of and support...and FOOD. If I had bucks, I would give Fruit-of-the-Month Club...I would have loved it!
post #28 of 34

McGucks, how about a meal registry? I've seen pages where people sign up to bring a meal to a family. 

 

cynthiamoon, I think the advantage is either for out-of-towners or if your local stores don't carry what you want. BRU did not have most products I wanted. I registered for a lot of cloth diaper stuff from different retailers, because you can add anything to your Amazon registry. But then again, people didn't buy most of it, so *shrug*. 

post #29 of 34
I don't know if this has been mentioned, but post partum care supplies. I found a neat website that allows you to create a registry using any store/ website/product you choose. I am planning to do this for my shower in August.
post #30 of 34
This thread is kind of old so the baby shower has probably passed, but for anyone looking for gift ideas, i suggest items that are useful during pregnancy as long as the mom-to-be has at least a few months left to go. So often baby shower gifts are centered around baby clothes and items or postpartum gifts for mom, but i think it would be nice and creative to give goodies that are good to have during the remaining weeks of their pregnancy. This will no doubt help a mama feel appreciated for what she's going through, things like:
-pregnancy tea or red rasberry leaf or nettles tea
-cocoa butter or other cream or oil to prevent stretch marks
-gift certificate for prenatal massage
-prenatal yoga DVDs
-books on pregnancy or birth

Thats all i can think of atm, i'm sure there are other ideas too smile.gif
post #31 of 34

Nice thought , the things you have mentioned are definitely necessary and important . At my cousin's shower,  she had also registered with the things like power yoga DVDs and pregnancy books. She has created her registry with ourwishingwell.com and really we enjoyed her shower very much. Many fun games, music and nice food were there. 

post #32 of 34

With a new baby, I have found a waterproof wet bag to be useful.  It's designed to carry wet cloth diapers, but I have used it for diapers and clothes that got wet or dirty while traveling about.  I keep it in the diaper bag just in case.

post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

For anyone else considering online registries, it really depends on your circumstance wether it makes any sense at all.

 

Amazon allows you to mark things purchased that you bought in a B&M store.  

post #34 of 34

I don't know if there's an equivalent in the UK, but on the "meal registry" note, I have been member of some groups spread across the US that have taken collections and then placed a timely order for Omaha Steaks as a lady was in labor - too distant to actually drop by with a meal, but a collection of people could easily donate enough for a week or two of meals that were just ready to pop in the oven. I think it's a very thoughtful idea, especially if it is for a new mother/family who might not have a large support network in their area to do a more traditional "meal registry." Plus, it's one delivery person bringing a week or more of meals; not a daily delivery by someone that you might feel pressured to entertain for a bit or to show off baby too.

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