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April 7th, 2012, 04:08 PM
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So, I'm having TWO baby showers and I'm super excited.

As many of you know, I'm moving back to Indiana with my grandparents within the next month or so, and everyone out here in SoCal is planning my baby shower! Since this is my first, I don't know what to expect or ask for.

I think I'm only going to ask for small things during this one because I don't want to have to go through the hassle of shipping things. Anything I should expect, or do? Were thinking of having it May 10th or so, so not much time at all. >.< I'm excited but nervous.

How did you guys like your baby showers?
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April 7th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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I think baby showers are awesome!! That's so nice that you'll get one before the move! I think you have the right idea about asking for things that are easy to pack- clothes, receiving blankets, bibs, etc. Most people tend to get clothes anyway so you should be set!
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April 7th, 2012, 04:57 PM
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That's awesome! It's smart to keep the desired items small for shipping purposes. My best advice is to use a baby registry (from a store that has a location in both areas) so that if you do get multiples of things you can return/exchange them easily. I had some guests remember to take items OFF of the registry when buying them and others not so I ended up with like 8 boxes of newborn diapers lol Thankfully I registered at BRU and they exchanged them for larger sizes
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April 7th, 2012, 10:18 PM
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BRU? I'll have to try that out, I just don't want people going all out, I feel terrible asking for things!! Lol.
Missing baby Elliott Thomas since March 10th. I love you forever and always. <3

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April 8th, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Baby showers are super fun!! I think it is a great idea to ask for small things since you are moving soon. Receiving blankets, clothes, diaper bag, and baby accessories would make easy items to transport back to Indiana BRU is a great place to make a registry. I have heard many people have trouble returning and exchanging items at Target and as much as I love Amazon, you would have to ship items back to them if they needed to be returned.

As far as what to expect...just expect lots of fun and even extra excitement for your precious little baby's arrival!!
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April 8th, 2012, 12:47 PM
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I've had trouble exchanging and returning things from Babies R Us. I vowed never to shop there again.

but I do totally agree, let people know that you will be moving and need to consider how to pack the things for move, so smaller items are very much appreciated.
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April 8th, 2012, 07:42 PM
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I actually have been in your exact boat before so I have lots of advice on this. I was living in Cali at the time and flew back to Indiana for my baby shower with my family (we also did it super early for traveling purposes- I think I was around 25 weeks or so??)

I found that the best place for returning things was WAL-MART! Babies R Us is fine too, but you have to have either a receipt or gift receipt (same goes for Target- they are a total pain for registry/gift returns).

I didn't even have to say anything about only buying things that would be easy to travel with, everyone already took it into consideration. I would say register for things like:
-Baby sheets
-Changing pad covers
-bath towels
-wash clothes
-breastfeeding things if you are going to breastfeed (such as)
-pads (for leaking
-lansinoh cream
-milk bags if you are going to pump
-baby socks
-clothes (don't even bother registering for clothes, they are impossible to find on a registry and it doesn't matter because people will buy the stuff they think is cute anyways)
-baby toys
-teething toys
-bath toys
-swaddle blankets (I used these suckers like crazy and even used them as changing pad covers instead of the fitteds because they were so much easier to just pull of and replace often)

Hmm that's all I can think of for now! When I had my shower I kept enough stuff to fit into an extra suitcase and I jammed it full to 50lbs. I returned the rest of the items and got gift cards for them and used them towards big ticket items we needed like a carseat/stroller, etc. We also got a TON of giftcards from the time of my shower until after baby was born which we just put towards stuff we didn't realize we needed until it was midnight on a weeknight with a screaming baby! LOL
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April 8th, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Hopefully people will consider that you have to pack all this up and move it across the country, so I'm hoping for you that you'll get gift cards. Gift cards to places like BRU or Target or even Walmart will be useful pretty much wherever you are and you can wait to get settled to start shopping. Clothes and blankets, burp clothes, shoes, and bedding should pack up pretty easily as well.
So happy for you that you are getting a shower before you leave. It sounds like you've been through a lot lately...you deserve something nice to happen for a change!
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