My husband and I have decided not to register anywhere for baby #2 (due in March).
We already feel overwhelmed by baby gear in our home and we have discovered that babies need very little:
- A loving home? Check!
- Arms to hold that little bundle? Check!
- Super sweet kisses? Check!
- Mama's milk? Check!
- Diapers, wipes, a few receiving blankets, and some basic baby clothes? Check!
That's about it!
That said, I thought I'd give a quick "overview" of the current baby registry options in case you're pregnant with your first baby and are investigating the possibilities.
Current Baby Registry Options:
- Department store options: Baby Depot @ Burlington Coat Factory, Dillards, JCPenney, Pottery Barn Kids, and Sears
- Super Store options: Target and Walmart
- Online-ONLY options: Amazon and MyRegistry.com
- Baby-specialty store options: Babies R Us, buybuy BABY (Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia only), and giggle (California, Connecticut, and NY only; IL and MD coming soon)
My Take on the Current Registry Options:
- Department stores have a limited selection, are overpriced, and don't have the registry system perfected. I think it's safe to say that they're not worth looking into.
- Super Stores are handy (so many locations, so many items!), but they also rate extremely poor when it comes to customer service. Try asking a question about a specific baby carrier or ask for a recommendation for the best breast cream on the market - and you'll probably be greeted by blank stares or blushing cheeks from the associate. *Plus, Target has the most ridiculous return policy. That alone would keep me away from the registry wand at Tar-Jay.
- Online-only options offer limitless selection and rock-bottom prices, but they make shopping difficult for non-tech-savvy family members and friends. If your "circle" is comfortable with online shopping, this may be the best way to go. If not, it might be preferable to register somewhere with brick-and-mortar locations.
- Baby-specialty stores are probably your best best because they "know their stuff" and they have a wide selection. Plus, they typically offer other "perks" like complimentary gift wrap, in-store events, nursing areas, etc.
YOUR TURN: Where did you register and were you impressed by the service/selection/etc.?