Where did you register?

I know it's a little early, but I was thinking that as I research different things and figure out what I want, it would be nice to add things online. Here are the three options I'm looking at:
  1. Target--close by me and probably most people I know, but will take very few returns without a receipt
  2. Babies R Us--better return policy, but there is only one in this metro area over 30 minutes away, so returns would still be a pain
  3. Amazon--good return policy for amazon products, but if ordered from an amazon merchant then you have to go through that company (so who knows); also, it's possible to register for some slings and cloth diapers that aren't available through Target and BRU; I don't know how people would react to an only online registiry???
I thought of registering on Amazon for the things only available through them, and then using Target or BRU for the rest.

The reason I'm concerned about returns is that I've been to several wedding and baby showers where people showed up with the same gifts. Either the store failed to take the gift off the registry or someone didn't bother to use the registry.

Thoughts? Your experiences? Did you need to return very many things after a shower (if you had one)?

TIA!
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You register for babies? I never did that. I just got what I got or some people asked what I wanted or gave money. Most of it worked out. Some clothes were the wrong season or size, and I got way more clothes than he can wear, but I figure they can be re-gifted or used with another baby.
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I registered at Target, and I was mostly happy with them. I did have a few people buy me things off the registry but not have them taken off, but that's not the store's fault. If you also want the online amazon items, I'd say do a second registry for the less common items there. I definitely would not do an online only registry though. People like going to the store to pick things out, and Target is common enough that everyone should have it nearby. On the other hand, the nearest BRU to us is 2 hours away. Another nice thing at Target is that after the baby's due date, they send you a coupon for 10% off whatever is left on your registry. If you go with them, you may want to set your date a few weeks ahead of the due date, so you can get and use the 10% off for any last minute baby shopping you may need.
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If you go with them, you may want to set your date a few weeks ahead of the due date, so you can get and use the 10% off for any last minute baby shopping you may need.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Thanks for the hint!
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We registered through BRUS (when we lived in Pittsburgh, there was one really close by), and had a great experience overall. Very few duplicate gifts, and they are really good about returns. I'd heard some negative things about the return policy at Target, plus BRUS had a better selection for us, so we decided not to go with Target. We don't live anywhere near one anymore, but for baby #2, I think we'll still register for the few things we could use through BRUS again.
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I registered at BRUS and it was a complete waste of time, and not worth the agony that my feet went through. First of all the nearest one to me is over 30 miles, and NO ONE got me a single thing on the list, even the person who drug me there.

It might work out different if you have more considerate gifters then I have, but pretty much all my requests went in one ear and out the other, and they just got me whatever they wanted and ignored everything I said . . . as usual.
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Thoughts? Your experiences? Did you need to return very many things after a shower (if you had one)?

TIA!
Originally Posted by Brown_Eyed_Girl
we didn't register either time. my husband and i bought almost everything for our babies because there was nothing that we couldn't afford to get on our own: crib, convertible high chair, front pack, carseat, stroller, clothing, personal care stuff, etc. of course, friends and family brought gifts, but we didn't request anything from them; they brought basic things that every baby would need. we took what we got and used almost everthing. anything we couldn't use, i was able to successfully swap with my colleague who had a baby close in age to ours.

i think wedding/baby registries are good for young couples who don't have much and need everything. we were 27 and 30 when we were pregnant with our first. we were quite financially stable at that point.
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with both boys I registered at Target and Walmart.. Target is a little picky about returns with no receipt but if I had already returned my limit I just sent it in with my hubby or whoever was with me so it wasn't that big of a deal.. Registering is so much fun I loved going around with that little gun thing and zapping everything i wanted







i registered at babies r us. didnt have to return anything that anyone bought us off the registry--they did a wonderful job!

my sister and i had a huge fight about where i should register (target vs. babies r us) because i refused to register at both target and babies r us. where we live both stores are in the same shopping center and the prices are identical.

even after all the baby showers were over people still went online and sent us things from the registry. i found it very convenient to go online and delete things i no longer wanted or needed anymore.
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Babies R Us, mostly because they had an offer of a $10 gift certificate to register. Also, out of town relatives can go online and see what I need. They can buy from there or elsewhere, and then I can update online.

We don't need a whole lot for this one, as I'm a packrat and saved most of the stuff first time around, but it was nice making a list of what we do need. When someone asks, I just tell them we're registered there and that's really all we need this time.
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I registered at BRU the first time around, per the suggestion of several people. I really didn't feel 100% comfortable w/ the idea of registering because it seems a little pushy and presumptuous to me but I did it anyway. Well, no one bought me ANYTHING off my list...and I had $2 items and $200 items. People got me tons of stuff, but none of it was from my list! My mother just gave me cash so she wouldn't have to mail it all out of state. It all worked out, though. And I realized after the fact that much of what was on my list was unnecessary...and I was missing some important things that other people knew enough to get me.

The second time around I didn't register anywhere (only two people asked this time). But I still got lots of stuff! I didn't think most 2nd timers got baby showers thrown for them but I did.

Anyway, I figure parents (us) and grandparents buy the big stuff...the stuff that we're particular about. But the smaller things that friends, more distant relatives and coworkers buy don't really need to be specified. I wanted the blue onesies...you get me the white ones...who cares, right?
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We registered at Target and Amazon/BRU (they were combined back then). I don't know if Target has changed their return policy but I was able to return things without a receipt if it was something bought from my registry.


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We registered at Target and Amazon/BRU (they were combined back then). I don't know if Target has changed their return policy but I was able to return things without a receipt if it was something bought from my registry.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
As long as the person had the registry scanned when they made the purchase, you CAN return your gifts to Target without any kind of receipt. You only run into a problem if they never bothered to hand the registry to the cashier, as Target limits how many regular (non-registry) no receipt returns you can do per year. But as picklesgirl said, you can ask DH or a family member to do it for you and use their drivers licence.
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I registered for very limited things at Target. The majority of mine was at BabiesRUs. Pretty much everyone bought off our registry. I'm keeping everything for the next kiddo so we definitely won't need much of the big items. I'm keeping clothes too just in case the next one is a boy.
I registered at the Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory because at the time it was pretty much the best place in town to get baby stuff. At some point though, after I had prepared my registry, they started to remodel the store and the Baby Depot was practically thrown into a couple of make shift aisles in the rest of all the jumble. So I didn't really get anything specifically off the registry that I can remember.
I registered at Babies R Us and at Pottery Barn Kids (for bedding and room decor type stuff) - I didn't have any problems with either registry.
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Babies R Us. I got almost everything off my registry at the baby shower and a lot of additional clothing/little things.

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