One of the reasons hate being invited to showers is registries. Now I get the point of registries. You are supposed to register for stuff you need and want.
I get it.
But what kills me is when I print these things off and I see that a person has registered for absolute shit. Tonight I'm shopping for a baby shower that is happening in March. I'm trying to be ahead of the shit for once. So I'm reading.. and this bitch has signed up for 5 packs of newborn diapers. Stupid. You know why? Because your baby will be bigger than 7 pounds because I know how many meals you ate from McDonald's. And let's face it- you will use those for maybe a week. Then move to 1's and sometimes you go straight to the 2's.
Then I see she registered for 8 packages of baby wash cloths. For those of you who don't have children- I'm going to tell you these are stupid. They are thin and they will not get the crusted vomit off your baby. Or the green stained ass from their poop explosion. Just use your own wash cloths.
Then I see a wipes warmer. I can't even tell you how much I hate these. Guess what babies? Life is harsh. Your ass will recover from the hard reality of a room temperature wipe. Seriously. And if you think your baby won't cry during diaper changes with a warm wipe.... you are delusional.
I also don't understand why people aren't stocking up with receiving blankets. Receiving blankets are the best ever. They are the best burp cloths (seriously- both of my kids projectile spit up EVERYTHING.. these saved everything around me), they make great blankets to throw on them, they wipe up puke when your baby throws up all over a table in a restaurant. They make fabulous "boogie towels" when you have toddlers. Seriously. That stage when they get runny noses but don't know how to blow their nose. So much better than your cute shirt.
The other thing that sets me over the edge are the people who want the pink shit for a baby girl. Um.. what if you have a boy really? Or what if your next baby is a boy? You need all new stuff. And if that isn't wasteful I'm not sure what is. Go neutral for your basics homies. Get stuff you can use again. Come on.
I know that first time parents don't really get it. I know this. So take a friend, who has kids, with you. Get the tips from them. Have them help you not look stupid. I usually buy practical things I know they will use. Things that I know from experience are awesome and you will be glad you have. I like to buy clothes that are size 9 months and up. Nothing is more frustrating than waking up only to realize your baby got fat over night. And you have nothing for them to wear without risking getting their head stuck. I get it. Been there, done that. Diapers that are the next sizes up, lots of wipes, baby food, etc. Stuff that you know the new parents will need at that moment they are the most broke. It happens to every new parent and it sucks, but it's nice to have stuff stocked up.
So yeah. I was frustrated. I ended up not getting anything off the registry but oh well. It was still a nice gift and think they will like it. The baby will at least. :)