It feels like a rite of passage for first-time moms to finally be able to create that oh-so-special baby registry with *everything* you will possibly need to take care of that little one when he or she arrives. I know for me, I couldn’t wait to start ours and did practically the day we found out we were having a girl at 21 weeks.
We spent hours in Babies R Us looking at all the wonderful things that we were absolutely going to need. Friends advised us on exactly what we would need and the store provided a checklist of the top 250 items to register for. Now, some of these things we knew wouldn’t apply to us, but others… well, we were sold that if everyone said we needed them, we did.
There’s just something about other’s opinions that we take as gold sometimes. I had never heard of a sheet saver before but clearly we needed to register for at least 3 of them. And the bottle choices: forget it. I had a meltdown, cried in the store and had to go home. EVERYONE has an opinion on which one is best and why. After a few days and many many product reviews, I made my own decision.
I think that’s when reality started to set in for me. I am not going to be this mom that totes around 9 million things in my diaper bag or walks upstairs to the changing table every time the baby needs changed. No, its not because our awesome pack and play also has a changer in it… I will most likely throw a blanket on the couch or floor and do the changing there. I don’t need a bottle sterilizer because I have a dishwasher (although I do know the sterilize for the first use). I don’t need 7 changing pad covers because we have a washer and dryer… 2 sounds about good enough for me.
Sometimes you have to remain true to yourself through it all and remember what you will really use and what will ultimately sit on a shelf and eventually be either given away or re-gifted to some other sucker mom who thinks she needs everything under the sun. I’m totally not telling anyone to not get tons of changing pad covers or not get a bottle sterilizer if you plan on using it all the time at all! For me personally, that’s the kind of junk that will just take up room and sit on shelves. My best advise is to use YOUR judgement on what you need.
As far as our registry and our shower… well, we got almost everything we need for this little one! I plan to use the rest of our gift cards for diapers… many, many diapers!