Baby Showers and Registries??

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Baby Showers and Registries??

I know we have a bunch of BTDT moms, and was wondering if you ladies are having baby showers?

I had a baby shower with my first daughter, but none for my 2nd and 3rd because they were girls and we pretty much had everything we needed already. This time around though.....Its a boy!! I have NOTHING (besides what we bought last weekend, car seat, double stroller, pack n play and bouncer). Everything I have baby wise, is pink. SO this means we have to replace everything. A friend of mine is planning on throwing a baby shower, so I'm relieved!! Biggrin I started a Babies "r" Us registry and plan on creating one for a few other places.

Also...when would be a good time to have a baby shower? I was thinking May or June, but I have so much going on in May and I hate the thought of entertaining people in June when its so hot and I'll be so huge.....Would April be too early??

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I had one with DS and will probably be thrown one for this baby, as the wives of the guys that work with my husband are all really close. We call ourselves the 'Mrs. Mounties' and have seasonal potlucks and monthly appy and drinks nights, just the girls. We also always throw each other baby showers. We like to have them after the baby is born though, so that we get to meet the little one. I prefer to do a shower this way, especially if it is a 2nd or more baby, as mom already has at least some things.

What we typically do, is if the baby is a first, or a first of that sex, we do a traditional baby shower with each person giving a gift of clothes or whatever. If the baby is not the first of that sex and mom says she has everything then we usually just take a collection of $20 from each person and give it to mom to put towards something we know she wants. Popular ones are spa days, a specific larger item (like the expensive stroller she couldnt afford with her first), cleaning services, or just a 'must spend on yourself'.

We also assign 3 people to bring hot cooked meals to the new family when they come home from the hospital, which rocks because, well, you dont have to make 3 dinners that first week or so Smile

As much as I hate DH's job sometimes, it is nice to be a part of a community of women in the same situation.

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I think my MIL is giving me one in May, I haven't even begun to register yet, but we just found out its a boy so now we can get down to the nitty gritty.

Kyla, that sounds like an amazing group of women. It's nice to have such a great support group especially with new babies. The 3 cooked meals sounds like it would take a lot of energy off of the new mommy.

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Nope, we don't do showers here except for the first kid. I made sure everything was gender-neutral for my first just in case, and it turns out I don't need to worry about that. Smile

We needed to replace the stroller, and I did get a new crib bedding set because I think DS1's is a little raggedy. For clothes, I would imagine we will have to buy some new clothes as DS2's seasons will be a bit behind DS1's, so we're ready to do that. Other than that, I only need to replace a few bottle parts.

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"SunDevil28" wrote:

Nope, we don't do showers here except for the first kid.

This Smile Plus I am totally type A and have went out and bought everything already, so a shower would just provide an excess of stuff I really don't need. Not to mention we live 2000 miles away from friends and family anyway Smile However my parents, and IL's have been asking what they can buy, so I just tell them diapers, can never have too many of those Smile

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I won't have a shower either, but I imagine friends will get outfits/little gifts once the baby arrives. All of our gear is neutral but I am one of those moms who wants an expensive stroller this time! I am looking at this one (which I love since it has a little place DD can hop on and ride if she's tired). I think a 4+ year old is too big to ride in a stroller regularly. This stroller is good from birth to 45lbs. I like the Pois Grey for the polka dots. The real question is, will I be able to bring myself to pay $400 for a stroller???
http://us.pegperego.com/babyproducts-catalog/2012/Pliko+Four

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Like the stroller! Have you seen this: http://mountainbuggy.com/en/free-rider-buggy-board-and-scooter#_find_connector

I think it is SO cool, and fits a variety of strollers. Plus, it converts to a real scooter! If I didnt have a sit and stand already, I would be getting one Smile Might be an option though so you could go for a more affordable stroller, though honestly, I think you should just buy the stroller you want Smile Maybe, when people ask you what you want or need for the baby you could tell them the only thing you want is that stroller and hopefully they will contribute. Best way to do that I find is to actually tell your parents and best friends that and let them pass on the message if asked. That way its not like you are asking for the money directly.

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Not sure I will have an official shower like I did with DS and I don't think I'll do a registry or anything since I still have most of DS' baby stuff, but I DO like the idea of having some kind of party special for this LO. DS got his own shower, why shouldn't this baby have a party too? I'm helping to throw a "babywarming" for my sister who is due next month, and it will be after Baby is born and be mostly about getting together to meet baby and help support her. Gifts are welcome but not expected/required.

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Kyla, that's cute! DD has a scooter already and I love it because she can steer it. The best part about that stroller is that both DH and I could push it because the handles extend. DH is 6 feet tall and I am only 5'2" so the umbrella stroller we already have (Chicco) really does not work for him. Our huge Graco travel system does work for both of us, but it's so heavy. I am for sure getting a snap and go frame to make it easier to drop off DD at daycare and run errands while I am on maternity leave and the baby is in the bucket seat.

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As a FTM I'll be having 2 showers, one in May and one in June. Usually we do "sprinkles" for second babies here where we just have close friends get together and buy FUN stuff. Smile

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Around here you only get one shower - but I think i may do a small registry for a few items i would like - I know some ppl (Like parents, in laws, siblings, grandparents - thats like 30 ppl right there) will want to buy SOMETHING for the new baby. I really won't advertise the regisrty expect to our parents so if anyone asks them what we NEED - they can be refferd to the registry - I hope that doesn't sound too tacky.... but we really don't need much and i hate to end up receiving like 30 stuffed animals - we hate to waste I prefere to both give and receive practical items (i usually give gift cards to costco, BJ's Sam's club for showers - really its most useful for diapers and wipes and was one of my fav gifts from my shower with DS)

We really don't need much - just bought the crib this past weekend (the first thing we bought!!!) and are considering a cheap changing table from IKEA with bins for storage underneath - but not sure if it will fit in the room or not. DS and baby#2 will be sharing a room so clothing stoarge space is limited as well and we don't want to buy another dresser so we think storage bins will work for new baby onsies, bibs, etc... and there is a HUGE walk in closet in the room where 99% of the clothes are hung up.
Other than that just clothes I think and we don;t get them until the baby is born and we find out the gender - we have plently of gender neutral items from DS - but they are mostly all for winter not a July baby... so I may buy a few things first...

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*lurking*
Whats cool about regestrys- even if you're not having a shower because its the 2nd + kid- at least then you get coupons! Like Target and Babies R us and baby depot- you get a ton of coupons/free stuff just for making it, so it really helps when you're buying everything on your own!!! Smile

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Won't be having one. I have everything still from Bella and this one is a girl too. I will however, will have our "Welcoming Party." I had it with my last, where we have a party to welcome the newest one into our family. Everyone can come and meet the newest one and have lunch with us. It's pretty fun! Smile