Hopefully we'll be registering in the next few weeks. I'm actually looking forward to it. I know some people find it overwhelming, but I think it will be enjoyable. I already told you that I've done a lot of research. I spent an entire Saturday afternoon researching some items and making a list of what I wanted to register for at Target and what I wanted to register for at Babies R Us.
Some things I absolutely know I want. I have a pretty good knowledge on kids things. I've done a lot of reading and research. I pay attention to what people say. On the other hand, there are some things I'm not sure of. That's where you come in! :) Consumer Reports: The Best Baby Products was also pretty helpful.
For example, Consumer Reports recommends a bath tub with a sling. It says it holds newborns better. I don't think I've ever seen anyone use a baby bath tub with a sling. I've never seen anyone receive one at a shower either (at least that I can remember). I never would have thought it was important. We've pretty much decided that bath time will be Michael's deal (unless his work schedule prevents it). Therefore, anything that can make him feel more comfortable is worth it to me.
On the other hand, CR said those cart covers are not a good idea. They are cute and all, I'll give you that. The main purpose is for baby comfort and to protect from germs. Most people use them to protect from germs. CR reported that they are actually worse than just sticking your baby in the cart!
They collect all the germs of the cart and can keep them in the cloth even after washing. So if you wanted to use one, you'd have to wash it after every use. That seems like a lot of work. I've also heard a lot of moms say it was just one more thing to have to carry around and worry about and it was a hassle. Normally, I probably would have put one of these on the registry. Now I won't. CR said it's much better just to wipe the cart off with a wipe that most stores provide. Michael already does that, so I think we'll be OK.
I'll be registering for a boppy for sure. Although I haven't been thrilled with the selection of boppy covers recently. I'm hoping they break out something cute soon! :)
I've bought boppy covers for others before, and I know they were cute!
Other things I've heard are a must have: a bumbo, a bouncer, a gym/activity mat and a miracle blanket.
Of course there are a ton more items we are registering for.
Here are my questions for all of you...
*What is something you registered for and didn't really use?
*What is something you wish you would have registered for, but didn't?
*What is/was your favorite baby item?
*I've heard not to register for blankets because you end up getting 50 anyway. True?
*I know they say babies are all different and opinionated--some love the swing, while others hate it... some love the bouncer, while others hate it... I've heard the same is true about bottles and nipples. CR recommends using silicone nipples only. Babies (and adults for that matter) can develop an allergy to latex. So here is my question--register for one type of bottle and hope it works, or register for a few starter kits just to be covered? I will be breastfeeding, so ones I'm thinking of are Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature and The First Years Breastflow. These are suppose to be closest to a breast nipple. CR recommends Playtex VentAire Advanced, BornFree and Nuby Non-Drip. Anyone have a preference?
*Also, thoughts on a carrier/sling? I really can't picture myself (or Michael, for that matter) wearing one. I mean a Moby sounds like it might be convenient, but I'm just not sure I'll use it. Do you have a carrier or sling? Do you love it? Should I get one? And if so, which one?
Thanks for your help! :)