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For those of you who do them... when did you start your's with your first?
 

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My first was 4 years ago- practically an era in terms of computer stuff. I just came up with a list of things I wanted/needed and circulated it among family. Since we are spread out, I needed an actual store, so I did Babies-R-Us (no flames please- they had the basics and my grandma could get there herself and so we did that). Now-a-days, you can make whole on-line registries to share from lots of stores, do on-line ordering, etc. (now I would do that and grandma- or anyone else out of the computer loop- can just get a "You know we could use a few more cotton blankets" type thing. Specifics can go on-line). And you could start keeping the registry from the beginning and then make it "public" the third trimester or whatever.<br><br>
I'd be interested to hear what sites everyone here uses...
 

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I just finished registering and I'm at 29 weeks. I picked 3 sites. I know others have registered much earlier -- in 2nd trimester.<br><br>
1. <a href="http://www.naturallytrendy.com" target="_blank">www.naturallytrendy.com</a><br>
2. <a href="http://www.buybuybaby.com" target="_blank">www.buybuybaby.com</a><br>
3. <a href="http://www.babysrus.com" target="_blank">www.babysrus.com</a><br><br><br>
First one is an organic, eco-friendly website which had stuff that I couldn't find elsewhere such as a natural pacifier, organic furnishings, etc. They have very unique items that are very cute and the shipping is very reasonable, too. Plus I have a friend who had a positive experience with the site so I registered there.<br><br>
I also registered at both BuyBuyBaby and BabysRUs since I couldn't find all the items I was looking for in one of these stores and sometimes some items were less expensive at one of them.
 

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For this time, I just have one simple registery at wildflowersdiaper.com, which only has some diapering acessories and maybe 5 diapers, fluffy choices, not the everyday ones that I'm getting on my own. We don't need anything else this time, not even clothes for either gender, as either way we have it covered. Of course, people around in my area of friends (the church people) are really not tech and internet savvy at all and prefer actually going to a store and getting a print-out....or just getting whatever. I'm hoping to avoid a shower so hence the small online registery.
 

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I can't remember how early I started putting together mine... I was bored at home and it was an exciting thing to keep my mind off puking.<br><br>
It was before I found out what the sex was which was at 21 or so weeks.<br><br>
A friend of mine who has a 1 year old e-mailed me a big list of things that she had sat down and put together when her son was 5 months old for all of her friends. It covered so much stuff that she found she really needed.<br><br>
Now this particular friend isn't that crunchy and tends to "need" a bunch of stuff in life in general. So I submitted my list to a few friends and some moms on a different eco-friendly message board to get feedback.<br><br>
After their feedback I took a few things off and added more. Then I started registering away.<br><br>
I'm registered at <a href="http://www.onebabyregistry.com" target="_blank">onebabyregistry.com</a><br><br>
I really like it. It's easy to use. I can link to any store that has a website and I can even put stuff on there without a website (like "gift certificate for spa day after baby is born", or "gift certificate for prenatal massage", etc.).<br><br>
We also use their sister site, <a href="http://www.familywishlists.com" target="_blank">familywishlists.com</a> for birthday and Christmas wish lists in our family. That has been so great and pretty much put an end to endless amounts of Avon junk from my MIL.
 

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Holy Cow! I was so excited I started and finished my registry at babies r us and wildflowerdiapers.com before 16weeks. We aren't having a shower until October but I am just so excited!
 

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I just started mine yesterday. There is a shower for me when I'm home in 2 months from now & the invitations are about to go out. I used AGiftWish.com which allows you to put links for ANY site or store.
 

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I created one at BRU online at 18 weeks, before we knew the gender. Then at 23 weeks, when we did know, I kinda went a little nuts and added to the BRU one, started a Target one. Now I'm 26 weeks, and I feel I have mostly everything I want on them - but only just finished adding stuff this past weekend.<br><br>
With onebabyregistry.com, I couldn't figure out how it would keep track of things bought in stores. Like, for example, my older relatives won't buy things off the internet through the website. So, if they saw I wanted a certain item, they would be more likely to run to the store and buy it. If I didn't have a registry at that store, only through that website, how would it keep track of what was purchased? It was enough to make me not do that sort of registry.
 

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I created "wishlists" that were private on Amazon and Babies R Us right when I found out I was pregnant. This way I could keep track of things I had found for when I was finally ready to register. I also did a list on thethingsiwant.com so I could again keep track of things I saw that I liked. I did my official registries at BRU and Amazon at about 26 weeks (prompted by my co-worker asking me if I had registered yet since my office was going to buy me a car seat as a gift).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">With onebabyregistry.com, I couldn't figure out how it would keep track of things bought in stores. Like, for example, my older relatives won't buy things off the internet through the website. So, if they saw I wanted a certain item, they would be more likely to run to the store and buy it. If I didn't have a registry at that store, only through that website, how would it keep track of what was purchased? It was enough to make me not do that sort of registry.</div>
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The person doing the purchasing, even if they buy it in a store, has to go the site and mark that they purchased the item.
 

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I was going to wait until six months to make a registry, but around month 4, my dad started calling every day asking when I was going to register, so we did it early. We registered at Babies 'r' Us for those out-of-state who would want to do shopping in person and who would want to buy something like a carseat or pack-n-play. Then we also registered at two local crunchy stores.
 

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We registered at Target and Babies R Us at around 5 months. Then my fancy aunt insisted I register at Pottery Barn Kids because she had already put it on the shower invitation. Yeah, I didn't find much there, but did end up getting a $100 gift certificate... which I sold to a friend for $95 to buy diapers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Folks seemed to choose equally from both registries, although out of town folks mostly did big things at BRU, while local folks stopped at Target since it was 2 blocks from my house and work.<br><br>
I would *definitely* say that BRU has a MUCH better return system than Target! If you don't have a receipt, don't even both trying to return, refund, or exchange at Target.<br><br>
If this baby is a boy, I suspect we'll register for some small things at Target around 6 months, mainly blue stuff like crib sheets and socks and onesies. We already have all the big stuff we need, although i'd like a new crib from Ikea.<br><br>
Ha! Just read the OP-- you just wanted timeline. Hope it helps, anyway! We're just full of helpful info... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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You guys are full of wonderful information! lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br><br>
I'm in month 4 and have a really really strong urge to go start one... but DP thinks I'm nuts for wanting to so early. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I waited patiently through the first tri and am just really wanting to go now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I think I started the actual registry somewhere in the early 20-ish-weeks? But I started my research a long time before then (I'm a bit of a Consumer Reports freak) because I was so overwhelmed by all of the choices. I started by going through all of the lists that told me what to register for, and combining and whittling down, then I started researching the car seats, strollers, etc. Plus, like lwuertz I was puking up a storm for most of the first and second tri, so it gave me something baby-related to do from home in small doses.<br><br>
We did BRU- My family simply would never use an online registry (especially one that wasn't attached to a bricks-and-mortar store) and I was disappointed with Target's selection and return policy. It was the one place that had just about everything that we needed. It also didn't take us long to register with the gun because I had done the majority of the work ahead of time.<br><br>
I did feel kind of silly, though, in the store- it took forever for me to show, and it seemed that all of the rest of the people in the store registering were HUGE! People were looking at me like "What are you doing here?"<br><br>
Sorry- rambling.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We registered at Target and Babies R Us at around 5 months. Then my fancy aunt insisted I register at Pottery Barn Kids because she had already put it on the shower invitation. Yeah, I didn't find much there, but did end up getting a $100 gift certificate... which I sold to a friend for $95 to buy diapers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Folks seemed to choose equally from both registries, although out of town folks mostly did big things at BRU, while local folks stopped at Target since it was 2 blocks from my house and work.<br><br><b>I would *definitely* say that BRU has a MUCH better return system than Target! If you don't have a receipt, don't even both trying to return, refund, or exchange at Target.</b><br><br>
If this baby is a boy, I suspect we'll register for some small things at Target around 6 months, mainly blue stuff like crib sheets and socks and onesies. We already have all the big stuff we need, although i'd like a new crib from Ikea.<br><br>
Ha! Just read the OP-- you just wanted timeline. Hope it helps, anyway! We're just full of helpful info... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:</div>
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I have also registered with BRU and not Target for the same reason above I put in bold (plus an Amazon registry for stuff from smaller vendors) then I heard from a friend this past week that as of this month, BRU is changing their return policy to what Target's is...no returns without a receipt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
Its a new thing. Great huh?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'd do it a month or so before your baby shower so that its in place for people to look at as they get their invitation.
 
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