Over the weekend, we decided we'd start looking at creating a registry. I mean, time is flying . . . and we have a mere 24 weeks (or fewer) until the baby is here. Like. IN THE FLESH here. Thing is, when we started browsing possible registry sites, the sheer number of products and gadgets scared us away.
The project is on hold until further notice.
OK. Question: How many different types of EVERYTHING does the world need?
And as hopefully responsible parents, which of these items is the RIGHT pick? For safety, eco-friendly, and budget-y reasons. Here's something I'll tell you now -- we both absolutely loathe reading reviews and agonizing over this information. That's why we bought our crib already.
We wanted something modern with style. We wanted it to be safe. Tested and reviewed. So, we let Sherry and John at Young House Love do the work for us.
We're long-time fans, so I had stored their crib choice in my memory bank. When it came time for us to start looking -- or, long before we really HAD to -- we didn't scour the internet for hours. I simply referred back to their post. Read their reasons behind picking the Baby Mod ParkLane 3-in-1. And pulled out my credit card.
$299 (+ tax) later, we had happily checked one purchase off our list. Thanks, YHL!
Phew. That was a relatively painless one. But now we have strollers, baby carriers, bottles, breast pumps, cloth diapers, and a multitude of other things we "need" -- or DO we? Here's the other frustration: What do people get that they don't really need? We're not exactly minimalists, but we'd like to move more in the simplicity-is-best, so-is-clutter-free direction.
Think more of what's on the left than what's on the right. (Images sources here and here.)
Then there's the whole BOY stuff versus GIRL stuff thing. Neither of us is incredibly girly (me) or masculine (Stephen). Even when we do know the sex, we don't anticipate that factor making a huge difference on our purchases. We also don't love really blue or pink, daddy's-little-slugger or mommy-'s-special-princess clothing or prints on other items. However, though there are definitely neutral options out there, there aren't nearly as many, especially for clothing.
Right now, we're obsessed with the unisex styles at the Gap . . .
I'm sure this will be a topic for more discussion. Just getting out those early thought and frustrations! Do you have suggestions for us as we begin this part of the pregnancy journey? Certain tried-and-true products you stick by. Or other ones you could have done without?
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