You are joining us for the third and final installment of When Registering for Baby series. Click HERE to view part one . . . The Things I Learned, and HERE to view part two . . . What I Should Have Scanned.
I have to begin this post by acknowledging the fact that some of my readers may have in fact attended my baby shower and for that I am truly grateful. If that’s you, and you happen to remember what you bought me, and it also happens to appear on this list, please understand I had no idea what I was registering for back in 2008. It’s me, not you. I did actually ask for these things. You just did what every kind-hearted shower-goer who wants to make the momma-to-be happy does and purchased a gift off the registry.
I’ve since learned what works for me and my boys and what doesn’t. The following list is product of that education. This is everything I didn’t need when registering for baby:
- Bedding Set
They still sell the exact bedding set I bought at JCPenny, and I still love it. It was just impractical for us. My OB strongly suggested against the use of the bumper in the crib. By the time either baby could use a blanket, the one included in the set was too small and surprisingly rough. I actually never used the sheet because it didn’t match my decor so all I was left with was the crib skirt . . . a very expensive crib skirt I might add :).
- Baby Blankets
Yes, of course I use baby blankets . . . but this also happens to be something that EVERYONE buys and/or makes for your shower! I got so many blankets I didn’t know what to do with them all! Definitely didn’t need to put any on the registry.
- Bottle Warmer
I think my sister-in-law got more use out of this than I did when she came to visit. It was more convenient for me to run the bottle under a little warm water. Baby number two takes his bottle cold anyway.
To be honest, I still really love the concept of this product, but the hospital wouldn’t let us take baby number one home with it in the carseat because of the potential suffocation hazard. Kinda freaked me out, so I gave it up.
- Cart Cover
Infantino is why I wasn’t a fan of my cart cover! It was extremely difficult to attach to the cart while holding a squirmy baby and said baby was never content to leave the sides alone (they are not actually attached to the cart). With all the hassle and the bulk, I was done. I think I’d be willing to give cart covers another try with one like this.
- Too many uncomfortable and impractical Diaper Bags
I got this diaper bag because it matched my stroller. I quickly learned it fit almost nothing. Then I got a diaper bag that looked something like this – which was just awkward for me to carry. I tried this diaper bag, but it dug grooves into my shoulder (ouch!). I finally ended up using my college Jansport backpack for long runs, and the Gerber sample bag they gave me at the hospital for short runs.
- Silly-cutesy Baby Clothing
You remember my adorable baby bath robe from the first post? Cute just doesn’t match function.
- Microwave Steam Sterilizer for Bottles
I didn’t understand when I registered that the dishwasher does the exact same thing. I run it at least once a day and therefore had no need to sterilize bottles in the microwave.
Mobiles are only recommended to be used in baby’s crib until they can sit up. Both of my boys have slept in our room until past six months. By the time they got to their crib, the mobile was no longer safe to use. 🙁 And the one I registered for was so cute too . . .
- Wipes Warmer
We just never got around to plugging the thing in. I was also a little unsure of how often to change the pad that comes with it. I don’t do well with routine maintenance on small appliances.