Jesus Mary Joseph and the Camel. There is a lot of shit to register for when you have a baby.
And not only are there a lot of things you need, there are also FIVE HUNDRED DIFFERENT MODELS of said thing. I’ve spent hours and hours and hours comparing so many things, reading reviews, asking friends for advice to build a registry of something like seven or eight items.
And granted, they’re seven or eight VERY IMPORTANT items, like a car seat that converts so it will “grow with your child” and a pack in play with newborn sleeper and changing table, and a bath tub, and a swing. Staple items. Important stuff.
But ohmahgah. So many options.
I know other stuff will be easier. Once we know gender (ten days!!) we can go crazy with little clothes and sheets and shoes and stuff. That stuff will be easy for me to pick out. I’ve been picking out clothes successfully and with great panache for years.
But it’s the important stuff that is hard. The “this is holding my child’s life in it’s plastic contraption paws” kind of stuff. We’re not going to pick out a stroller until we’ve read hours worth of reviews and “test driven” a few models. Furniture is going to depend on gender as well, because I’m leaning towards cream if we have a girl because that’s what I had-although we’ve already decided we’re DEFINITELY getting the crib that, again, “grows with your child”.
I actually emailed yoga girl to ask her for a list of must haves, and she was so excited to help that it made me feel really good. I mean, I hate that it took me getting pregnant for her to understand me and be able to relate to me, but that’s where we are so I’m making lemonade out of lemons and accepting her help. I might even see if she’d be willing to bring her newborn over to my house sometime to do a pet test run. Is it wrong to ask someone to do that? I’ve read that it’s recommended when you have pets to see what you might need to deal with when you bring your own baby home by “experimenting” with someone elses child, but it seems so wrong to say “Hey, can you bring your baby over so I can see if my dog is going to attack it?”
I mean, I won’t use those words, but it’s the general gist. The only real problem I can actually see is that our dogs are great with us, but with new people they FREAK OUT, so I’m afraid to ask anyone to bring their kid into that because I’m not sure it would be an accurate representation anyway. I mean, maybe if I made her stay in the car and just took her kid into the house with me, but that also seems rude. Oy.
This has become rambly. I mainly just came on to talk about the madness that is registering. Luckily Amazon has at least tried to make it easy by guiding me to the basics, but man, be prepared to shop around!