So we’re in the process of trying to come up with a baby registry. So far it has been way more difficult than I thought it would be. There’s so many options out there, and so many things that they at least want to sell you. So far we’ve looked extensively at Sears and Baby ‘R’ Us. Does anyone have any other recommendations, or good or bad experiences with baby registries?
- Were there any items that you received that you thought were useless but turned out to be indispensable?
- Were there any items that you asked for that you never used, or regret getting?
The other challenge that we have with this whole process is that Karin and I are not historically minimalists, but it is where we’re trying to go. Given that we feel that it’s mostly a learned behaviour, we want to be there from the beginning with The Passenger so that they don’t learn bad habits. That also makes it difficult to fill out a gift registry.
That said we think we’ve actually finally managed to get it down to things we probably actually will use when raising The Passenger™. I won’t claim that we’ve managed to pare it down to only things that we actually need but I do think we’ll use this stuff, and that we haven’t gone too crazy.
We’ve got two registries at this point, and they do overlap a little (but not completely), so if you do decide to get something from the registry please do get a gift receipt (just in case).
If you are reading this, please don’t feel that you need to get us anything. It would be appreciated but we don’t want anyone to feel obligated. Cards are totally adequate should you feel the need to give us something. Otherwise, feel free to make a contribution to an RESP (although please let us know if you intend to do this, as we’ll need to manage the lifetime contribution amount, and provide you with a valid SIN).
The registries are (spaces are added for readability):
If you’re at a store without the numbers you should be able to find them under “Karin Abel, Burnaby, BC” or under my name.
Other really cool options if you want to think outside the box a little:
- bring Karin food after The Passenger arrives (apparently there are some cultures where this is the norm)
- babysitting ;-)
- video messages
That’s the limit of my creativity at the moment. Somewhat related, Karin’s shower is on November 17th. She’s a little shy about it, so if you haven’t received an invitation yet, but would like to go let me know. People aren’t being excluded on purpose.