There are many lists that outline the "must-have" items that every mom should register for, but it is rare to find a list of what NOT to register for. So, I've decided to provide this somewhat subjective list for your consideration...
1. Wipes Warmer - Unless you live in an unusually cold climate, wipe warmers are really unnecessary. Contrary to what the product makers will tell you, babies are actually very adaptable and really won't mind the cool touch of the wipe at diaper changing time.
2. Hooded Towels - A normal towel will do just fine. Baby will outgrow hooded towels by about six months anyway. Instead, invest in some high-quality, super-soft towels that will match your bathroom decor.
3. Baby Shoes - Baby shoes are impractical. Not only are they unnecessary until baby is at the crawling stage, they are also semi-uncomfortable. Bare feet or little socks are much better options.
4. Extravagant Outfits - Sleep-deprived parents will attest to the fact that anything that is difficult to get on or off is not worth it. Ditto for clothes that are ultra-frilly or fancy. Stick with onesies and footsies for newborns - and casual items (jeans, t-shirts, overalls, etc.) for older infants.
5. Bottles, Bottle Warmer, & Bottle Accessories - This seems strange, I know, but you should weigh your post-baby situation carefully. If you are a stay-at-home mom, a work-from-home mom, or a bring-your-baby-to-work-mom, AND you plan on breastfeeding exclusively, you may not need bottles at all. Our little girl went right from breast to sippy cup...
6. Crib - This is a novel concept: no crib. Some parents choose to co-sleep or use a bassinet when baby is little - and then transition right to a twin-size mattress on the floor. This is an intensely personal choice, but do consider whether or not you will actually use the crib - or if it will simply take up precious space.
7. Swing - This item is better borrowed than bought. Or buy one off Craig's List. Even if your baby loves it, he/she will outgrow it quickly.
8. Breast Pump - If you plan to breastfeed exclusively and will not be leaving your baby, a breast pump might not be needed. Talk to other moms to see if they used theirs and how often.
9. Baby Bath Robes - We received 2 baby bath robes as gifts and they are still tagged and hanging in the closet. Babies go straight from bath to towel to clothes - and don't lounge around the house in bathrobes. Buy mom a nice bath robe instead.
10. Diaper Bag - Most hospitals will provide you with a new, black diaper bag after birth. If they don't, ask for one. Even if the hospital doesn't provide you with one, spend your money on a nice, new purse instead. About 75% of the time I just throw a diaper, a wipes case, and an extra outfit in my purse. Diaper bags are too big and bulky for every day use.