I'm looking for tips on how to handle our baby registries.
Most of the big items (strollers, car seats, etc.) that we want are way too expensive to register for so we are just buying those on our own. We have registered for a few items that are much less expensive than our very large items but still expensive, like the Baby Bjorn Playyard.
But even for smaller items, the things we want are more expensive than usual, e.g. we mostly want wooden toys, organic clothing, etc. We have registered for a ton of stuff around the $25 range (some less), so it's not an issue that everything we've registered for is crazy expensive. More the problem is that people who buy off the registry will get "less for their money" than if we were registering for more of the standard items.
My mother-in-law reacted negatively to this and encouraged us to register for other items. I considered registering for items we will not want and then returning them, but I think I decided we are not comfortable with doing this. We can afford the items we want, and it seems inappropriate to register for things that we only intend to return. I am also sensitive, though, to annoying people or being judged.
Any tips for me?