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What to put on a baby shower registry



You better put useful stuff on your registry. Or else.

You better put useful stuff on your registry. Or else.

As a wannabe status mom, I sheepishly confess I wanted to be registered on a hip online baby registry. I ended up registered at Babies R Us. Why? Mostly because my friend Y, a mom, told me such registries really won’t have all the things I wanted or needed for baby. True. How many organic onesies can a baby wear, after all? And how dumb do you look registering for them? Also, won’t Aunt Tilly be peeved that you’re asking for a ridiculously expensive XYZ instead of something more affordable from somewhere she trusts, like Sears? 

I was still in adult mindset when thinking about registering. You see, when you’re an adult, you can sacrifice functionality. You love that Marc Jacobs purse. Granted, it’s a bit heavier that you’d like, but it’s so cute! It doesn’t have a zipper to close it up, but that’s ok, the snap will work just fine. So you buy it. You use it. It wears a deep red welt into your shoulder, but you don’t care, you can stand it for the price of looking chic.

But when you have a baby, functionality is everything. It’s the difference between something being a good buy, and being worthless. Will the baby take to it or reject it? That’s what it comes down to. So, I registered at Babies R Us.

Here were some tips my friend Y imparted:

“You should literally have everything from a playpen to $1.99 washcloths, diaper wipes or whatever. Here are some
ideas for stuff I think is useful to have from this store:

–12+ cotton washcloths
–6 or so bottles if they sell Bisphenol free ones
–tons of onesies (size 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 months, you pick what you want or else others will find some weird looking sh*t)
–sleep sack
–6 to 10 receiving blankets
–warm fuzzy tactile blankies
–stacks and stacks of wipes, if you are using them
–Diaper wipe warmer (very important but I seem to be the only one who sees this!!! Seriously, put a winter-room-temperature wipe on your stomach and you’ll see what I mean)
–Fisher Price-type singing mobile we discussed
–A mirror/decorated fabric thingie that hooks onto the side of the crib which the baby can look at while lying down as you change the diaper
–toys (Manhattan toy, Parents Magazine toys, Fisher Price all have great developmental toys (albeit plastic),that I actually do suspect are better from a cognitive perspective than a lot of the wood, organic-y ones they sell at the yuppie stores. Think: complementary care and get a mix of these too. The Parents Magazine branded toys actually come in great colours, once they hit the 9 month plus mark, the Parents toys are really awesome.)
–Johnson’s Soothing Lavender Baby Wash (great used in the front loader to wash delicate newborn clothes (not including diapers. I never used this on  skin, just initial laundry.)
–Jolly Jumper

Hope this helps. Just stack that registry. It doesn’t look greedy. It just
gives people options and anything can be returned later.”


What Cillian did: Came with us to a casual Italian resto in our nabe to celebrate my nomination for a National Magazine Award, improbably slept through the whole repast in his Maclaren, continues to doze peacefully in said stroller, though it fast approaches his usual bedtime.


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