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August 15th, 2013, 04:02 AM
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Did you get most of the stuff on your registry? I've heard a lot of people ignore the registry and buy clothes. I'm just trying to figure out how much i'll have to buy after the shower. I'm starting to wish my mom didn't plan for it to be a month before my due date I'm also considering buying a few things now but my mother keeps insisting I wait till after the shower to see what I get.
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August 15th, 2013, 04:25 AM
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I haven't had one as this is my first, but I did plan 1 for my sister, and I would suggest that you buy the big stuff like the crib and stuff before, and leave the clothes till after the baby shower. Most of the time they do ignore the registry and just buy what they want.

I've only created a registry to keep track of the stuff that I need and for my baby shower I'm leaving it open to whatever they want to buy because they don't ever give you what you need most of the time. And if they give you gift receipts for the stuff that they buy you, I would keep it just in case that you get 2 of the same thing you can return one of it and get something else that you need.
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August 15th, 2013, 06:07 AM
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I don't put clothes on the registry. People will usually buy hat in their own. Keep receipts! S yo can return what you don't need and buy what you do need. I got every single thing on my registry plus more with both of my showers
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August 15th, 2013, 06:47 AM
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Family members pretty much got off the registry -- friends got clothes, bottles, diapers, etc.
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August 15th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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I had one with friends and they paid attention to the registry They bought the smaller stuff as little gift trinkets/basket fillers and the bigger stuff as main presents. Some even added an outfit or two because, they said, it's impossible to have a shower for a girl, go shopping for a baby, and not buy super cute girly clothes
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August 15th, 2013, 07:04 AM
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I notice that people tend to stick to the registry when it is useful and not too expensive.

Add things like first aid kits, diaper bins (if you want one), humidifier, diapers, thermometer, monitor etc. Make sure you do put a couple bigger things on there like the swing, a stroller and maybe a pack n play if you want one...just in case a couple people want to go in together.

My SIL just had her shower and she had three registries all full of things like a crib, two pack n plays, rock in play, swings, 2 LARGE strollers, etc. Not everyone can afford those big ticket items and she certainly didn't get a lot of them. I think my MIL was the only one to buy her a big thing from it.
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August 15th, 2013, 07:31 AM
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I didn't get too many things that weren't on my registry. I did get a couple doubles that people didn't get taken off the registry when they bought the item so I was able to take the doubles back and get store credit to buy what I needed. I got a lot of money and gift cards also. I think I only got a couple clothing items because we didn't know the sex so people shyed away from buying clothes aside from basic onesies and socks, which I did register for. People did buy my son outfits and pjs after he was born when they came to visit.

ETA - I did not register for big ticket items ie crib and other furniture. My parents bought us those items as our gift. The biggest ticket items we registered for were the swing, high chair, bouncer, baby monitor, and pack n play.
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August 15th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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With my last, we got a lot of things from registry. Mostly close relatives got from the registry. I would not suggest putting clothes on there. You will probably get those anyway.
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August 15th, 2013, 08:00 AM
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I bought my own crib and had a dresser for a changing table. My mom bought me a rocking chair. All the other stuff I registered for. I found I got pretty much what I wanted. (I may have bought my own breast pump too--can't remember). I didn't get clothes much because we didn't find out the gender ahead of time. I find I get a lot of clothes AFTER the baby is born, when people come to visit.
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August 15th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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We bought all of the big things and didn't get a single thing off of the registry. I got mainly clothes.
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August 15th, 2013, 09:17 AM
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ugh im so torn on what to do! I dont know if I should take the chance and wait to see what I get or start purchasing stuff now..
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August 15th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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I got a lot of gift cards and random things. A few did go off my registry
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August 15th, 2013, 11:01 AM
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Mine was about half and half. A lot of close family friends, relatives and those who already had kids purchased things from the registry. Others bought things like clothing, embroidered blankets and awesome developmental toys.
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August 15th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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I'd wait, or buy the big ticket items first... but maybe your mom wants to surprise you with a bigger gift and thus her reason for asking you to delay a shopping spree.

Any chance to move up the shower? I think 36 weeks is a great time for a shower, but if you are a little anxious about shopping for things, maybe even 2 weeks early can put you at ease... If not, I bet your mom would LOVE to shop and help you get ready after the shower if you explain why you are so antsy.

If your mom is throwing it for you, then she can also be the one to mention to others that there's a registry and suggest purchasing off of it so you don't have to worry toooo much about random things
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August 15th, 2013, 08:28 PM
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Not really off the registry but they used it as a guide... but I got a few of the really big things, crib, rocking chair, high chair, and jogging stroller...everything else was mostly clothes. I was fine with it. I would just set the money aside that you want to use to buy stuff now, Nothing sucks more than getting a gift of something you already bought. and 4 weeks or so ebefore your due date is pretty common for a shower. I'm fairly sure that's when I had mine.
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August 15th, 2013, 08:43 PM
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I definitely got a lot from my registry but I also never really had big stuff on there. I would buy the big stuff if you feel you need to get something and let the smaller stuff be available for friends. If you think about it, with it being a month before your DD you can still go buy everything, just one big shopping trip. You could stash away money now if needed.
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