August 14, 2012

Registry Anxieties

Pottery Barn Kids Brooklyn Crib Bedding
 
Picking out baby things for someone I've not yet met is challenging. Will she like swings? Will she like being worn? Will she like being swaddled? All of these questions remain unknowns until she arrives and we get to know her.

The very dense and lengthy registry checklists offered by major retailers seem to inflate the amount of gear they claim you will "need." But it is difficult not to feel overwhelmed by this new consumer realm. Sections of stores that never mattered to me suddenly matter. Sale racks that I would have previously ignored get at least a once-over. Predicting clothing sizes as they correspond with seasons is a gamble but some of the end of summer clearances have been too steep to skip. And the plethora of information regarding products is both helpful and annoying. How much trust do I place in reviews? And how much time do I invest in researching things like mattresses, strollers, and cribs?

I do know that I fell in love with the above pictured bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. It is so pretty that I would use it if it existed for adult beds! And when I compared the quality and price with the sets I saw at Babies R Us and the like, there was really no contest. If only the other big product decisions were as fun to make!

3 comments:

  1. I used a book called the Baby Bargain book-they break everything down by category, rate brands, and also give recall histories for the brands. Not that everything you buy should be a bargain, but they explain what you're paying extra for with different brands--sometimes it's for stuff you eon't use. My baby does not sleep in his crib yet, but I got a convertible so he will use it someday! We bought an ergo carrier from a friend and it is a lifesaver! We bought a swing and he didn't like it much, preferred mommy. Some things you absolutely need like a boppy, diaper pail, pack n play is really handy too.

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    1. Thank you for this tip! I will track down the book.

      I too picked a convertible crib because I want furniture to be versatile and hopefully last a few years.

      Thanks for the Ergo rec too. I registered for one as well as the other must needs on your list.

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  2. I used a book called the Baby Bargain book-they break everything down by category, rate brands, and also give recall histories for the brands. Not that everything you buy should be a bargain, but they explain what you're paying extra for with different brands--sometimes it's for stuff you eon't use. My baby does not sleep in his crib yet, but I got a convertible so he will use it someday! We bought an ergo carrier from a friend and it is a lifesaver! We bought a swing and he didn't like it much, preferred mommy. Some things you absolutely need like a boppy, diaper pail, pack n play is really handy too.

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