Every day the inside baby is getting closer and closer to being an outside baby. Sometime around Christmas my wife and I will get to hold our little guy for the first time and I am sure that will be one of the greatest moments in my life. I am gonna love him, care for him, laugh with him, cry with him, help him, teach him how to throw a football, help him hide my wife’s expensive yarn that he tangles into a bird’s nest, clean him when he is messy, make him messy when he is clean, and all the other wonderful stuff that comes with being a dad.
But why do babies need so much stuff???
Earlier this week my wife and I went to Babies R Us and started our baby registry. We had previously started one at Target but for the most part they really had a limited selection so we decided to switch to Babies R Us. They had a much better selection, similar prices, and more stuff in stock to test out like strollers, car seats, etc. We have also added a bunch of stuff to an Amazon registry as well. Just to make it easier for people to buy us stuff.
Anyway, after about three hours we had 175 or so items added to our registry and there is probably a bunch more we could add. 175 items? Seriously. This baby will only be 8 pounds or so. How can they need all that stuff? I have seen a bunch of different lists of stuff you need for a baby and it usually amounts to over $2000. And that isn’t even counting diapers and food and stuff like that.
Some of it is pretty cool looking and I wish some of it was made in adult sizes. Like this thing called the Nap Nanny. If I had something like that in my size I don’t think I would ever leave it. It is like a barcalounger for babies.
Pretty much the only two events in life that are worthy of a registry are weddings and babies. But why do we need to stop there? Everyone is a fan of other people buying them stuff. Why can’t we create registries for more events in life? Here are a few suggestions:
1. The Grumpy Day Registry – If someone wakes up grumpy they can go to a site and activate their “Grumpy Day” and all their friends get a notification that they are grumpy. It would then list a bunch of items that would cheer that person up. Stuff like a new video game, a book, some cookies, a puppy, or whatever. The friends buy an item and it helps make the person un-grumpy.
2. The Dinner Registry – Maybe you just don’t feel like cooking dinner. Well, all you would need to do is send out a dinner registry. List your favorite restaurants and meals from them and a friend could then buy you dinner and deliver it. It is a win-win. OK, it is mostly a win for the person getting a free dinner delivered to them.
3. The Housework Registry – This might be useful in conjunction with a baby registry. Maybe you are super busy with work for a couple weeks and can’t get to the housework. Maybe your kids have been a terror and are making messes faster than you can clean them up. Or maybe you are just lazy and would rather watch TV. Just set up your Housework Registry and have all your friends and family come over and do all your housework.
But enough of that silliness.
My wife and I, for the most part, are pretty clueless when it comes to babies. We were babies at one time but we really don’t remember that time of our lives. So we need your help. What are some baby items you really like, what are some items you thought you would like but ended up not using at all, what are some things you wish you had? Please leave any and all suggestions in the comment box below.
And if you do feel inclined to help us buy all this stuff for our baby. Maybe we will name our baby after you. But probably not.