It still seems like yesterday that I was registering for wedding gifts; now, I’ve moved from Bed, Bath & Beyond to Babies R’ Us. I wonder these days what my mother did when she had Baby Berryhill #1 (me). I turned out just fine, it seems, despite any “must have” baby items she may have lacked. I don’t remember suffering from a lack of a $100 Soft Sleep Baby Sound System (wouldn’t my iPod or my own voice work for that?) or a $70 Super Deluxe Infant Fleece-lined Snuggle Nest (I am pretty sure that Mom’s bosom is a good substitute).
At least I had some semblance of an idea of what I would need as a married woman. Some sturdy pots, spatulas, sheets, a blender, a vacuum.
I have almost no idea what I will need as a New Mom.
Babies R’ Us is kind enough to have lots of “help” for the new mom creating her first baby registry. There are “quick start” and “shop by your mom personality” options, as well as an overwhelming 5 page print-out list of “Must Haves.”
Being an ex-advertising major doesn’t help when I’m trying to decide what Michael and I will really need for Baby Franco. First of all, I know that every product on this “Must Have” list paid a lot of money to be there. Secondly, I do have a few friends with (happy and healthy) babies, and if those families had half of what Babies R’ Us says are “must haves,” their houses would be overflowing with baby gear–which they are not.
In the end, I have somewhat grudgingly allowed the Babies R’ Us Quick Start application help me begin my baby registry journey. After all, I had completely forgotten that I needed baby shampoo, and the Johnson Baby Gift Set looked like it had exactly what I’d need.
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You can check out my (probably comical) start at registering for baby gear by looking our registry up on Babies R’ Us Website. Constructive, good-humored advice appreciated!