Useless baby registry gifts

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  1. Mrs Teacher

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    Im going to be shopping for my neice's baby shower and since I don't have a child of my own... Perhaps we can share some items you got at your registry that turned out to be useless??
     
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    Great topic, Mrs Teacher!

    I haven't had our baby yet, but I've heard that the bouncer seats and swings are hit and miss. We're waiting until the baby is born, and will then test the store models. Apparently some babies love them and others hate them-if yours isn't a fan, it's a big items to have in your living room that you're not using!

    Also, I found this great pacifier in the shape of a raspberry on the end. You're suppose to freeze it, and it's nice for teething-the bumps sooth the gums. The problem? The cute colored ones are two pieces-the raspberry can pop off! The solid color ones aren't as cute, but the piece can't choke the baby. It has me looking at EVERYTHING to make sure that small pieces can't pop off, even on items meant to go in mouths!

    Our registry is currently filled with children's books and wooden toys. Especially wooden toys.
     
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    Short sleeve onesies were a waste for me. My kids were born in late winter and it was cold for the first 3 months of their lives, hot for the next 3-4, then cold. I had packages of short sleeve onesies that I never used because if it was too cool for me to feel comfortable in short sleeves, I wasn't putting my babies in them. I would recommend purchasing onesies by the season. I hate seeing babies in short sleeve onesies with purple little arms.
     
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    My mom has also told us to only get so many newborn sized pieces of clothing. She said that babies grow out of them quickly, if they fit in to them at all. But then I just read on a baby board that someone got all larger sized pieces of clothing at their shower and now they don't have any newborn pieces!
     
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    Everything on our registry was useful to us. We used our swing and bouncer seat a lot with DS. The swing was the only place he would nap occasionally besides on me. I guess one thing we did get that we didn't use a lot was a Bumbo seat. It was helpful for a little bit but DS could sit unassisted by 5 months so after that we didn't need it much and just put him in the high chair.

    I know this isn't what you asked, but here's what we DID use:
    -swing, bouncer seat (could put baby in this in the bathroom while showering), jumperoo, Rock n Play (only place he'd sleep at night besides on me - it's an incline so it helps reflux babies, too), Pack 'n Play (for travel and containment once they become mobile!), activity gym (great for tummy time and play time before they can sit up), SwaddleMe, large receiving blankets for swaddling (the regular receiving blankets are useless for swaddling - but great for other purposes), the old-fashioned cloth diapers for burp rags, Moby Wrap (for the baby that doesn't want to be put down so Mom could have 2 hands-free every now and then!), travel system (carseat/stroller), umbrella stroller, convertible car seat, monitor, Space Saver high chair, grocery cart cover (still use this all the time).

    I wish we'd gotten a video monitor because DS is a terribly light sleeper so going in to check on him would often disturb him but I couldn't go to bed at night without peeking in on him. He also didn't sleep through the night until he was almost 1 so it would have come in handy to be able to see if when he woke and was crying if he really needed me or if he was trying to put himself back to sleep. I'd end up going in and he'd want to nurse if he saw me. I didn't get a lot of use out of my breast pump because I stayed home and DS never really took to bottles/pacifiers but it was still good to have in case I needed to leave him for a little while.

    As far as newborn clothes, it's good to have some, even if you keep tags on them until you know if you need them. DS was just shy of 9 lbs at birth so he was only in NB size for a couple weeks. My friend's little girl was only 5 lbs so she had to ask to borrow NB clothes for awhile because she didn't have any. The side-snap newborn shirts came in handy for me, too.

    Oh, and I never really used my Beco baby carrier with DS. He wasn't a fan of being worn but I'm holding onto it because I think I'll have to wear #2 when he/she comes along more often.

    I didn't put books/toys on my registry because I knew we'd get a lot anyway (and we did)! There is a registry completion discount so it's better to put the big things on there in case you want to buy them at some point and get some $$ off.
     
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    Nothing on my registry turned out to be useless, but we also didn't register for too much. We only registered for what we knew we would need.


    We didn't really use a lot of the baby onesies, but we didn't get a lot of them either.

    Is your niece planning on nursing? If so, I would look into a breastfriend or boppy and some lanolin cream. These were lifesavers that we didn't think about before the baby.

    Another great thing that we didn't think about was a plastic portable diaper changer. It was so nice because when we were out we could use it to change our daughter anywhere.
     
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    My boppy was used a ton! I used it when I breastfed, but my husband used it longer than I did when he fed him bottles. It was also a great cushion when he was just learning to sit.
     
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    I didn't use the Boppy much for breastfeeding because I felt it was cumbersome but it is definitely multi-purpose! I used it a lot for tummy time and when he was learning to sit.

    I was at a baby shower a few weeks ago and one childless guest picked up the Boppy and asked, "Is this what you sit on after you give birth?" so I suppose it could be used for that purpose, too! :lol:
     
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    I only liked jammies that zipped, not snapped. Much faster.
     
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    And I absolutely detested zippers.

    The definition of "useless" is as varied as mothers are. Actually, even more so, because if you have more than one kid, each kid will be different, and the thing that one kid absolutely adores will be abhorred by the next one. My advise is to not get too many of any single type of garment, and hold off on the big stuff until you have a chance to figure out what your mothering style is going to be, and what your child actually likes.
     
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    I was at a baby shower the other day and one of the guests complained that at her own shower nobody got anything for her. It was all for the baby. She was of the opinion that mothers always got shafted. I also had a boss a few years ago who made a similar comment when a cowoker of ours was thrown a shower at work.

    Personally, I think that is a short-sighted view. The idea of a wedding or baby shower is to shower the mom with things she will need - it's not her birthday. The tradition is a throwback to the old days when you needed more established friends and family members to help you out. Nowadays many people wait until they're a little older and have some money in the bank before they have these expensive life-changing events.

    Anyway, sorry for the vent. I just wanted to point out that while you asked about what would be wasteful items, there are people with the point of view that the mother should be spoiled at her party.

    In my own experience, if there are a lot of things on a registry and the seemingly important things are already chosen by other guests, I'll purchase clothing for 6 or 12 month olds. Lots of people get newborn stuff and don't have much for later on.
     
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    Wow! What a thought-it's a BABY shower, silly! Pretty much anything I purchase right now is for the baby, or is a piece of clothing that will fit over the baby bump. That's just as fun as buying for me.

    Also, dh and I were hesitant to even make a registry, as we feel really bad expecting people to purchase items for us. We're the ones who decided to have a baby, not my friends. And yet they are getting us things like a baby bath and nail clippers? It's so very sweet when people offer, or WANT to get you items, but I still feel guilty. We're trying to grab as many of the larger items off Craigslist as we can so our friends and family don't feel they need to get the items. And we totally don't mind used items, but I'm sure people feel they need to get your baby shower items new, which just adds to the cost.
     
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    I will soon be a great-grandmother (in case anyone forgot). This new baby and all my grandchildren have been clothed from Goodwill. In fact, I gave my best friend 8 boxes of baby stuff from Goodwill. She, too, appreciates used. I was able to give her enough stuff that she had to buy little new.

    If I buy something new, it is usually useful. My gift of choice is a mattress pad. So many babies sweat when they just have a sheet covering the plastic on the mattress.
     
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    Actually, if it is someone she is close to, my mom always buys two nightgowns for the new mom - one comfy one (or robe) that she can sit around the house in and be comfortable when she comes home from the hospital - usually a nursing gown, and then another cuter nightie, as my mom says, to help her feel pretty and sexy again. I actually do think it is nice to give the new mom a gift.
     
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    Just as each baby is different, so is each mom. So anything but a gift card is likely to be subject to taste. Don't sweat it, and just include a gift receipt, then don't worry about whether or not your gift is one of those she won't use.

    I'm not a believer in registries (and besides, our firstborn arrived at age 7 months.) So, how about instead of useless, we talk about some very useful gifts?

    One that was incredibly thoughtful was a book on baby's symptoms. I forget which one it was, but it was my go-to resource when something new came up. So when we had our first episode of croup, I followed my instincts while Pete checked the book. That's where I checked the first time we met a fever that might or might not have been scary-high. Even though I had always been around kids, it was a wonderful resource when I wasn't sure whether or not we needed to call the pediatrician. You could combine it with some board books (Good Night Moon, and others) or with some other medical stuff- a thermometer, alcohol, and so on.)

    Here's a homemade gift if you're crafty: when my kids were little, each day I wrote down a sentence or two about something that had happened that day. I posted a sheet on the fridge, and found time each day to jot something down for each of the kids. I put them into binders, and now have this remarkable record of their early years.

    You could always think well ahead and buy a snow suit for NEXT winter. Maybe combine it with a sled? Something like this?
    http://www.amazon.com/Paricon-936-I...DC0M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1329914535&sr=8-3

    Or offer a night's free babysitting, along with a restaurant gift card.

    One of my favorite gifts for baby #2 or 3 (I forget which one) was a friend who called the day we got home from the hospital and left a message on the machine while Peter was picking me up. She told me she had dinner taken care of, and would be by at 5:30 with it. At 5:30 on the nose, she arrived with a pizza, 2 bottles of soda, paper plates, and Carvel for all of us. She didn't ask to see the baby, didn't even come into the house, but dinner was taken care of.
     
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    Jem, just a warning about used items. Most are wonderful; most moms I know are part of a whole network of moms who pass down used items to the next one who can use it.

    BUT-- be careful about a few things:
    a. Car seats. Unless you KNOW, because it was used by a personal friend of yours, that the car seat has never been in an accident of any sort, pass it up. One "small" accident can weaken the frame and endanger your baby.

    b. Be careful about acccepting a used crib unless you're sure it meets current safety standards. These things change fairly frequently. Also, of course, make sure the mattress is a good fit; a little too much room around the outside is enough to do immeasurable harm to an infant.

    c. Check the recall list: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/category/child.html
     
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    Also, car seats have an expiration date.
     
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    Diaper Genie...USELESS!!!!! I got one that my cousin had...so I didn't have to pay for it. Used it like 4 times!!!!

    We signed up for stuff we would use as babe got older, sippy cups, little bowls, we signed up for gift cards as well.
     
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    Each baby is different. I had one who lived in her swing, and one who hated it. I had one who had to be worn on me ALL of the time, and one who could only sleep in a prone position. It's hard to predict...

    I can say that one thing I rarely used were onsies or undershirts of any sort. I had two summer babies (and one winter one) and I felt that the clothing was sufficient to keep them warm, plus a blanket. But other moms swear by them. And, of course, I had bumper pads and one of those sleep positioners...but nowadays, they are frowned upon because they are SIDS hazards, so they are pretty useless. Use the registry to determine what you think that mom will think.

    I think one of the most useful items was the playmat I got where toys dangle over the babies. All of mine loved theirs and I got some good hands-free time that way.
     
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    I think a gift for the mom is a nice idea, but to complain that people only brought you gifts for the baby is sort of....rude?

    I LOVE the snowsuit and sled idea! How sweet!

    I have to disagree, because I adored my diaper genie and had three - one in the baby's room, and one in each bathroom. (all were hand-me-downs). And all have been handed down yet again to the local senior center, which gives them to seniors in need. I hadn't even thought about that...but sometimes seniors that are still active and healthy have incontinence issues that need to be addressed.

    I went to a shower last weekend for a second baby. When I was pregnant, second babies (especially like this one, same sex, two years later, same season of birth) didn't get showers. And this mom openly said she didn't need anything...she'd saved it all. So...I bought a huge pack of diapers, size 1-2 mixed, at Sams' Club. Something that will definitely be used, lol. And I also got two cute pairs of footed jammies - one for the big sister and a matching pair for baby.
     
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    The two jumbo packs of diapers I received were definitely one of my favourite shower gifts! My favourite gift "for me" was a huge food basket that was delivered the day I got home from the hospital with Alex--cheeses, crackers, fruit, juices, cookies, cans of soup and stew, coupons for pizza and chicken delivery, and so much more. I didn't need to worry about shopping for a couple of weeks.
     
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    Another very useful gift (IMO) is to "stock baby's medicine cabinet" with things like Mylicon/gas drops (come in handy with a wee one!), Infant Tylenol/Ibuprofen, Teething Tablets, Desitin, Vaseline (and gauze if they're having a boy and he will be circumcised, not that you might necessarily be privy to that info), thermometer, baby saline spray/boogie wipes, Lanolin cream for mama, etc. We go through some of this stuff so quickly and since it's not super cheap, I think it'd be helpful to someone!
     
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    The best gifts I got came from the heart. My daughter got a John Deere child's push mower from a friend when she was born. My husband is an Ag teacher and our friend wanted to get her her first Deere. Another friend made her a quilt.

    I got a book I think called...What to expect the first year?, maybe...I loved that book. It saved me several times.
     
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    With my second daughter, the gals at school through me a diaper shower. It was fantastic! Diapers, wipes, creams, you name it. And, they told everyone to attach a receipt in case I wanted to exchange brands (which I did-I am a loyal Pampers customer).
     
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    I always give books at baby showers.
     
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    My favorite gift was a laundry basket filled with little essentials people don't ever thing about: paper towels, toilet paper, ziploc bags and things of that nature. It was just the sort of odds and ends that you never think about until you really need them, but as a new mom, knowing I didn't have to go to the store was a huge relief.
     
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    Betty-that's a great idea. My sister in law is a nurse, and that's what she always gives.

    Alice-great points. We're buying the carseat new, and the crib has been fully checked out. It's a drop side, but we're securing the side with bolts so it won't move (apparently you can't use drop sides anymore). I'm not carrying this kid for 9 months only to have him get hurt on his crib! ;)
     
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    We always did a "sister's shower" when any of my siblings had a baby after the first. That way, the new baby had SOME new stuff and we had an excuse to all get together.

    And the drop sides became an issue when too many new-standers toppled out of the crib and ended up with concussions.
     
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    Jem, please be careful with the crib....the drop sides are a huge issue and illegal to see here in NY (not sure if that is a nation wide law or not).

    As far as gifts go, does the mom to be have a regsitry? If so, buy something from there. It is what she wants/needs. Be sure to include the recipt incase she changes her mind. We ened up returning a bunch of stuff once baby was born b/c we just didnt have the need for it.

    If you are looking to do something more personal, food, meals etc... for when mom & baby are first home are great ideas. Something that can freeze is even beter since she might be getting lots of help the first couple of weeks and have people cooking for her. My mom and mother in law were over cooking or dropping off meals for us for the first few weeks.....then that stopped and we had a bunch of stuff in the freezer....what a life saver!! :)

    Also, gift cards for things later down the line like baby's first hair cut or gift card to local photo studio for baby's first pictures are great too! My parents gave us a gift card to my fav. local photographer for baby's first christmas and I love, love, love the pictures we got!

    Needless to say, diapers, wipes, cream, etc....are always appreciated! They add up!! :)
     
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    Drop side cribs were banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission last year. It's even illegal to sell secondhand drop-side cribs. I personally wouldn't take the chance, even with the kit. We got our crib, a Graco, at Walmart with the crib mattress for under $200. It's worth the peace of mind.
     
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    I don't want to hijack the thread, but I researched why the drop sides were banned, and it seems like a simple solution to me. Apparently on a FEW cribs (like, less than 20 in all), the parents were not getting the side back in the 'runners' and the drop side was jutting out. This left a gap at the bottom that a child could fall in to and get caught. So now the cribs need to be fixed on the side so that the bottom can't gap out. We're just going to take some long screws and drill them through the side, securing it to the crib and making it a fixed side. Done and done. The side won't go up and down, and def. won't come off it's runner, because it won't go up and down.

    I can understand the concern, but I also think a little common sense goes a long way. If you know that a drop side could cause some issues, just turn it in to a fixed side. Why throw away a great crib when you can eliminate the problem-if there even is one. If you paid attention to the runners in the first place, your side wouldn't gap! (but I understand that at night you're tired and may not be paying attention)
     
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    Jem-all 3 of my kids slept in a drop side crib (gasp!). They all made it out ok!
     
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    Jem, from an engineering perspective, I would be leery of drilling holes into the rails of a crib. Drilling holes and driving screws and bolts can weaken the frame, setting you up for potential collapse or warping. I'd be more concerned about warping, as that would open up the opportunity for the baby to get his head or a limb caught, which could cause injury or death.

    That said, two of my three kids slept in drop side cribs with no issues. The third one did not because A) #2 wasn't even a year old when #3 was born, so I needed a second crib and B) #3 came home still attached to several pieces of medical equipment and I didn't want to take the chance of a drop side accidentally dropping and cutting off oxygen or IV fluids, or unplugging a monitor (who's alarms are so loud they wake up everybody in a 3 mile radius).
     
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    I have to agree about drilling holes. Especially if the crib isn't solid hardwood. We just left the side up all the time, with the mattress lowered. But I know you-you have done your research! You'll be fine. :hugs:
     
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    I tend to be a rule follower. If something is banned as unsafe, I tend to listen to the recommendation and use the preferred version.

    When I was a kid, there were no car seats. Someone held the infant. We now know that's unsafe. It was also incredibly uncommon to use seatbelts; I don't remember ever using a seatbelt until I got into driver's ed. Now I will not move the car unless everyone is belted in.

    We can't wrap our kids in bubble wrap. But there are some unsafe situations we know we can avoid. Particularly when they're too young to look out for themselves, I think it's important to do what we can to keep them safe.

    As to "less than 20"-- Jem, three years ago my niece lost her almost-3-year old daughter. Not through negligience; Cassidy had a number of health issues and died due to natural causes in her sleep. Her mom still stuggles emotionally. Losing ONE child is way too many, particulaly if the loss is preventable. "Fewer than 20" is no consolation if your child is the one involved.

    Look around for another crib, Jem.
     
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    Jem, We used my husband's crib with my son. With my daughter I bought a used one from a used furniture store. I think that if you feel safe that is what is important.
     
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    This is how I feel, too. Car seats and cribs were the two things I wouldn't budge on safety-wise, especially knowing they'd be used for more than one child more than likely. There's at least 8 hours overnight when I'm sleeping and not checking in on my son so I wanted his crib to be as safe as possible. Same reason we went with the more expensive car seats, because even though all car seats have to meet certain safety requirements, some make it through crash tests much better than others. I like to err on the side of caution with my child. It's why, for example, he will stay rear-facing in his car seat until he outgrows the rear-facing limit (even though the law says I could turn him at age 1 and 20 pounds). Safety standards are changing ALL the time so even though I used a drop-side crib and my sister's kids used drop-side cribs just a few years ago, I still wouldn't use one for my child even though logically I know the chances of something happening were slim. I'm sure there will be stuff I used or did with DS that will be recommended against by the time my last child is born!
     
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    Really think of the cribs some that our parents slept in.... The horror!!!! LOL!!!!
     
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    Thanks for the advice! I'll take it in to consideration.

    Another shower present idea: dh asked today for some song books to sign to the baby. I found two books that have common folk songs and lullabyes, with pictures and guitar cords. He remembers singing with his dad every night and wants to do it with our kid. That could be a fun gift-song books with cds.

    Also, we're collecting picture books with the plush version of the main character. Then the baby can hold the main character as we read about it, and later can read the book to the character. It could be fun to put together a little basket of these-Barnes and Noble has a great selection, as does Amazon!
     
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    Feb 23, 2012

    The Kohl's Cares program is also a good place to pick up books with matching stuffed animals. I think right now they have Eric Carle (unless it's changed since I was last year). They would make cute gifts. I'm always tempted to buy the animals for DS but at 14 months he doesn't have much interest in stuffed animals so no sense cluttering our small place. :( Maybe when he's a bit older he will like them better, once he can connect them to the stories.
     

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