Tales of the 2nd Trimester: The Great Registry Debacle

After our 20 week scan, my husband and I decided it was the right time to start our baby registry. I knew this would be an overwhelming experience so I started to do some recon before actually stepping foot in the store. I spoke to numerous friends with children and asked them for advice on items they just couldn’t live without. The list turned into everything I absolutely needed to register for and I was back to square one feeling overwhelmed amongst a sea of diapers and binkies.

But, I was super excited; this is what I have been waiting for! I can’t wait to scan all the things! Although I only knew the car seat and stroller that I wanted, I just knew someone would be there to guide me in the right direction.

Welp, I was wrong. 

Besides signing me up for the registry, all they did was make me fill out paperwork, show me how to work the nifty scanner and wish me luck.


Turns out, I needed it. I walked around aimlessly, scanning every stroller accessory under the sun, toys that my child can play with when she’s two, hooded towels shaped like unicorns, shampoo and conditioner sets, a pack of pacifiers that I already imagined losing, amongst other random things. After an hour and a half, I was done. My back hurt, my legs hurt, I had already made two trips to the bathroom, and I was over it. I was thinking, how am I going to do this mother thing when I don’t even know the correct diapers to register for?

I brought the scanner back to the desk, defeated, and the guy looked shocked. “Done already?” he asked in a chipper tone. I thought the tired look on my face said it all, but instead, he said, “Do you want someone to walk around with you? To show you things you absolutely need to register for?”


Thankfully, I swallowed that statement, and politely declined the invite for a tour of the baby store. I said I would add whatever else I needed online.

Word to the wise: ask for the guided tour at the beginning of the registering process.

Or, you can do what I did and ask the experts, aka your mom friends.