Too many registries?
I'm finding more and more that certain things I want are only available at certain stores. No one store seems to be carrying the items I want. Is it wrong to register at multiple stores? For instance, we think we settled on the travel system we want, but it's only at Target. The cloth diaper accessories I want are at two Canadian stores (Snugglebugz and Safety Superstore). Then there's Walmart and BRU for other items like clothes and such.
Right now I've created online registries at 5 locations, but not gone into stores to actually select anything. 2 of the stores off discounts on the items that are left after so I'm trying to focus most on them.
I'm mostly registering for the discounts and to see a physical list of what I want, not for people to get us gifts. I have very few friends and poor relatives so I don't really expect much except the odd small gift like an outfit or something.
The only issue with more then one, is if any items are on more then 1 registry - then you could end up with doubles. As long as you manage them and make sure that anything you buy or receive is checked off - it should be fine.
People can be very generous when it comes to babies and you may get gifts from people you least expect - so registries are great so people get an idea of what you want (breast pump versus formula containers, cloth versus disposable, etc)
Thanks. Yeah, I'm not duplicating anything across registries so I should be good.
What happens if I get too much of something, can I usually return it?
I wish there was a generic way to register though. I would rather put down that I would like a nursing cover, nursing pillow, some onesies, some baby wash clothes, etc, rather than selecting specific ones....
I think it is fine to have more than a couple. I would think about things you really want and think about things that you may prefer to buy (like inexpensive things that you may not need for 4-6 mos), unless you are prepared to store a bunch of stuff. I won't be registering for this baby, but after having two others, I think back and say why in the heck did I register for that. I preferred to buy my on nursing pads, nipple creams etc. I wanted to try out different brands and see which I preferred and not be stuck with a ton of a kind I may not have liked. I also returned my wipe warmer as I found it to be unnecessary...baby had to get used to cold wipes as I wasn't going to have warm wipes out and about. I also heard they were a breeding ground for bacteria. As for writing a general want list, I think BRU lets you fill in a comment or note section that appears at the top of the registry giving buyers some instructions(like gift cards welcome). This is where you could put your "generic list" without having to select specifics. It was fun to register, but was very overwhelming. Enjoy!
Just thought of something else. The one mistake I made was when I picked some of the bigger items, I didn't choose the ones I really wanted, but picked more affordable items that I thought I had a better chance of getting. It back fired on me as my co-workers went in together and bought me the swing plus a bunch of other things, so I could have picked the swing I really wanted.
i registered at amazon, and walmart, and an online cloth diaper store, and i only got ONE item i wanted. seriously. ONE.
then someone who couldnt make it to the shower did send me the cloth wipes i wanted, so i guess i got 2 items.
nobody even looked at or cared about what i wanted it seems. i like baby showers for the food and fun not for the gifts.
There is a website... Mygiftlist.com That you can keep everything in one place for friends (keep whatever you want on as many places as y ou want for discounts).... But. Direct people who ask to this site and then they can see everything in one place... You can add prices and places to find it too.