March 2012 Moms

Just a little unsolicited advice from a 2nd timer

Don't register for blankets. Seriously, I can see you there reading this and thinking "but it will be March and baby will be cold." just as people love to give clothes, they love blankets! They are soft and fuzzy and a great filler gift. I was just cleaning out DD's closet to get it a little organized. There are 21 blankets in there. I am not exaggerating, that is the exact count. That is not including the one she sleeps with, or the one we keep in the car, or the stack of receiving blankets I gave a girlfriend who said she liked them and I didn't.   I am grateful for the gifts and that so many people thought to give us something but I pinky promise you will never go through over 20 blankets. The end. 

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  • Lol. I was just thinking about the ridiculous number of blankets we have as well. I've tried to donate some but feel guilty because most were given after the fire. So I store them in the garage. I still have at least 10 in his closet though. 
  • image Irisheyes1247:

    Don't register for blankets. Seriously, I can see you there reading this and thinking "but it will be March and baby will be cold." just as people love to give clothes, they love blankets! They are soft and fuzzy and a great filler gift. I was just cleaning out DD's closet to get it a little organized. There are 21 blankets in there. I am not exaggerating, that is the exact count. That is not including the one she sleeps with, or the one we keep in the car, or the stack of receiving blankets I gave a girlfriend who said she liked them and I didn't.   I am grateful for the gifts and that so many people thought to give us something but I pinky promise you will never go through over 20 blankets. The end. 

    So true!!  DS has so many we never used.  

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  • I can see this!  I was doing some organizing in the nursery today and filled up two dresser drawers with blankets!  I haven't even had my shower yet!
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  • So true!  People love to give homemade blankets too, no matter what time of year your baby is due.  I have blankets that were given to me that still have the tags on them. 

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  • Oh I can definitely get behind this advice! I didn't register for any and I already know of about 5 blankets that are being made by various friends and family. I'm so grateful for all of them, but I have no idea what we are going to do with so many!
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  • Yes  I'm finding this out - and we didn't even register for a single one.  My husband's grandma has knitted 4 or 5 for him (one is the most ridiculous mishmash of colors ever, including oatmeal heather and mauve "blocks"). Last time we visited her, she said, "In case I don't make it, I want Andy to know how much I love him."  (BTW, she's in great health - her doctor just said she wishes she were like Mary when she's 84!)   Then, at our family shower yesterday, we got 4 more blankets! He will never have a problem keeping warm...
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  • well, where the shiit was this advice months ago?!  haha, i have already rcvd quite a few blankets.  my mom is knitting me one for each month of pg.  yes, over the weekend i just rcvd my 6th one.  they are beautiful and hand made, but then i registed for more and i got one or two for xmas.  i'm sure i'll get more before we are done.  maybe i'll delete the unbought ones from my reg.  haha...

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  • Yes would you say not to register for burp cloths too? Thanks for your advise I know I really appreciate it!
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  • image manda1129:
    Yes would you say not to register for burp cloths too? Thanks for your advise I know I really appreciate it!

    I wouldn't register for them just because they are worthless.  Some of the best advice I got when I was pg with DS was to use plain cloth diapers as burp cloths: http://www.target.com/p/Gerber-Weave-Flatfold-Cloth-Diapers-12-pk/-/A-93433

    After trying these, I never used the cute ones that had been given to me ever again. 

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    image manda1129:
    Yes would you say not to register for burp cloths too? Thanks for your advise I know I really appreciate it!

    I wouldn't register for them just because they are worthless.  Some of the best advice I got when I was pg with DS was to use plain cloth diapers as burp cloths: http://www.target.com/p/Gerber-Weave-Flatfold-Cloth-Diapers-12-pk/-/A-93433

    After trying these, I never used the cute ones that had been given to me ever again. 

    Yep, I got 2 packs of gerber cloth diapers and it was plenty.  I used the receiving blankets for burp clothes too, or for cleaning up little messes too.  Might as well find some use for them, although they can be handy for diaper changes too. 

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    maybe i'll delete the unbought ones from my reg.  haha...

    do it, seriously!

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    Yes would you say not to register for burp cloths too? Thanks for your advise I know I really appreciate it!

    Your shirt works pretty good as a burp cloth. Seriously though, it seems to me that burp cloth or no, your clothes will probably be in the line of fire more often than not. 

  • So true!  Not that it mattered for us, since the in-laws disagreed with where we registered and so didn't tell anyone (at least that's my husband's going theory), but our shower wasn't even that big and I think we ended up with about 8 blankets, with one more I'm fairly certain is on the way from a knitting friend of mine.

    They are soft, though.  I'm tempted to steal one and use it as a lap blanket!  She'll never know... 

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  • I've actually heard this advice from many moms!  LOL!  I have my shower in 2 weeks and I am interested to see how many I get because I am a quilter myself.  I am wondering if that will keep people from making me blankets or if it will make them think that I will appreciate their craftiness.....we'll see!

     

  • I am making one for my LO, but I've already been given 4 blankets, and haven't had a shower yet.  I think people are making ones for me too..
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  • I think this is a personal preference thing. When we hAd FS, we went through a lot of blankets, and my best friend who has an 8 week old said her 8-10 receiving blankets were not enough and she suggested I register for more blankets. I think each parent and baby is different, and needs will be different. 
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  • image Alliebooberz:
    I think this is a personal preference thing. When we hAd FS, we went through a lot of blankets, and my best friend who has an 8 week old said her 8-10 receiving blankets were not enough and she suggested I register for more blankets. I think each parent and baby is different, and needs will be different. 

    Oh, we definitely used them a lot more when DD was little - for the carseat, to lay on the rug to set her down on, to clean up whatever she spit up. But I registered for ONE blanket and rec'd more than 20.

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    . But I registered for ONE blanket and rec'd more than 20. 

    LOL!! I missed that part.  

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  • I completely agree!  I kept my favorite 10 after the shower and returned the rest (about 8).  It's crazy the number of blankets you are given!!
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  • What about receiving blankets? I only registered for one pack of 4, but do you need/use them?
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  • image LizzyBlueEyes:
    What about receiving blankets? I only registered for one pack of 4, but do you need/use them?

    I think this one is a personal preference. I personally did not like or use them, but my best friend had a very spitty baby and used them as burp cloths all the time - in fact I gave her a bunch of them.

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  • I did buy one as I really, really liked it. Big, fluffy, soft one. I am crocheting one as I want LO to have something special I made for her.

    But was given 2 big bags of clothes by a friend of DH's. Most of it was 12mo or 3T but there were at least 10 blankets in there too. I have no problem holding on to all the blankets until after my showers then giving away the ones I don't like.

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    image LizzyBlueEyes:
    What about receiving blankets? I only registered for one pack of 4, but do you need/use them?

    I think this one is a personal preference. I personally did not like or use them, but my best friend had a very spitty baby and used them as burp cloths all the time - in fact I gave her a bunch of them.

    I have cloth diapers for that, but didn't know if people used them for swaddling? Maybe they're too small for that? (Can you tell I am a FTM haha)

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  • What about receiving blankets.  I registered for 3 packs of 4.  Too much???
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    image LizzyBlueEyes:
    What about receiving blankets? I only registered for one pack of 4, but do you need/use them?

    I think this one is a personal preference. I personally did not like or use them, but my best friend had a very spitty baby and used them as burp cloths all the time - in fact I gave her a bunch of them.

     

    SORRY!  Just saw this. 

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  • I also didn't use receiving blankets that much, and my son had reflux. But that is definitely a personal preference thing. I would say to open a couple and see how well you like/use them and then you can return the rest if they aren't useful for you.
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    image Irisheyes1247:

    image LizzyBlueEyes:
    What about receiving blankets? I only registered for one pack of 4, but do you need/use them?

    I think this one is a personal preference. I personally did not like or use them, but my best friend had a very spitty baby and used them as burp cloths all the time - in fact I gave her a bunch of them.

    I have cloth diapers for that, but didn't know if people used them for swaddling? Maybe they're too small for that? (Can you tell I am a FTM haha)

    I used the cloth diapers as burp cloths myself, but my friend's son had reflux and some pretty amazing projectile explosions so she liked the larger ones. Also, I received both larger and smaller receiving blankets - I gave her the larger size ones, and the smaller ones are still unused. We used one of those Summer Infant sleep sacks to swaddle, as I could never get the hang of it with the receiving blankets, but I have heard other mothers say they are too small to swaddle.

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    What about receiving blankets.  I registered for 3 packs of 4.  Too much???

    Yes, I'd say that's too many. I personally hated receiving blankets- they always felt so stiff to me. I think one pack of 4 is sufficient, as they are sometimes handy for keeping baby in one place. We used 2 of them rolled up and used them instead of a positioner in her crib. We were also sent home from the hospital with 3 of them, which I actually liked better than the ones from the store. They seemed softer to me.

    Gerber cloth diapers work best for burp cloths, definitely!

    And I totally agree about not registering for blankets. I believe we have about 15-20 of them, not counting receiving blankets. TOO many.

    Don't register for stuffed animals either! By the time your child is 2, you will have about 30 of them, I promise! 

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  • I received about 5 or 6 blankets total for DS1.  We only really used the waffle ones.  He still sleeps with the 1 fleece one we got.

    As for burp cloths, I still use them for snotty noses.  I don't think you can have enough.  I used them all.the.time--for both spit up and wiping noses, etc.

    It's all a matter of opinion.

  • Thanks for this advice!  I've been trying to cut down my registry, and I already got 5 blankets for Christmas!!!

     

    heading to edit registries right now...

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