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Baby Registry Tips

I didn't know about baby registries until I was pregnant with my daughter, but since I like the surprise involved in opening presents, I never put a list together. Lately, it seems like more and more stores are registry ready. From Pottery Barn Kids to Babies "R" Us, and Giggle to Amazon, everyone is in on the action.
Here are my must haves for any child's registry:

  • Britax Boulevard Car Seat — Since you can't drive around with baby without one, I recommend this one ($299) that provides side impact protection for children who are 5 to 65 lbs.
  • Nano Highchair — I have an old-fashioned wooden highchair, but after cleaning all the nooks and crannies after each meal, I'd much prefer The Nano ($180). It's simple design looks easy to wipe down and you can fold it up to store between feedings.
  • Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper —My son leaped like crazy in this brightly colored musical contraption ($80) until he walked at 10 months.
  • Baby Einstein Neptune Ocean Environment Play Gym—Baby can travel under the sea during tummy time and play with plush aquatic friends on this mat ($70).
  • Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Cradle Swing — This swing ($100) lulled both my kids to sleep and was light enough to move around the house so I could keep an eye on them while I tidied up or showered.
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lollypoppers lollypoppers 8 years
I think the Britax is by far the best investment but your going to need to also get extra covers. After 4+ years the seat can get a bit nasty.
linz linz 8 years
This highchair is awesome too: http://consciousplay.blogspot.com/2007/11/fabulous-new-highchair.html its so easy to clean and looks great in the house!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
Ooh, good to get more confirmation, luckyme. I actually just bought it the other day since I didn't get it for my shower. I'm expecting a January baby, so it sounds very useful!
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Schnappy - I LOVE the Bundle Me. It's so nice not to have to put her in a big puffy coat and try and maneuver her into the carseat. I only wish they had adult sized ones :)
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I was a bit of a crazy freak with my registries. I studied the Baby Bargains book for best products/safety, looked at online consumer and organization reviews, used common sense, visited stores, and talked to friends before carefully choosing the products I felt were best. Of course, once the baby comes he'll probably hate it all, but at least I know I thought about what might be the best and tried to figure it out. Heh. There were a few products consistently touted (like JJ Cole's Bundle Me), so that made it slightly easier.
Saturn9 Saturn9 8 years
My daughter loooooved her Tiny Love Symphony in Motion mobile. She's outgrown the mobile, but still plays with the music box part of it.
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