After seeing post below about buying, I just remembered a few issues I had with DS and getting gifts ahead of time. It goes along with buying too early...my baby shower was in June and I had DS I. Sept, I got for my shower the maclaren umbrella stroller. before I even got to use it there was that issue with the fingers getting stuck/recall. By that time it was too late for me to return it and so even though I wasn't happy, I put the covers on the sides and kept it. Another item I had issues with was my convertible carseat. Our cousin got us the Eddie bauer one for my shower, so I did t need it until a year later when DS was 1. When we tried to put it into the car it didn't fit right rear facing. Plus the latch system was the cheap one with the hooks, not the clicky ones. So we had to go to bru and tru to try to return it, bru wouldnt do it, but tru did because they still had them in stock, with a little persuasion. Sooooo my long winded advice, be careful when buying things or getting gifts you won't be using for an extended period of time. If youdo get a gift and you are iffy on it,return it and hold on to the store credit until you need it item. Also, BRU has the shittiest return policies, so beware of your receipt dates.
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Baby # 2 ...3/22/12