Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Buy Buy Baby Registry Consultation

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On Saturday morning, Chris and I had a one on one consultation with a Personal Shopping Consultant at Buy Buy Baby. I realize that usually, a couple does this sort of consultation when they first set up their registry after they find out they're pregnant. But Chris and I didn't do this. I set up 99% of my registry completely online. I did my own research on products online and then added my decisions as I went along. Going to the store when you initially set up your registry is extremely overwhelming and daunting. I remembered it not being so pleasant when we set up our wedding registry, so I could only imagine how overwhelming it would be for baby stuff. There is SO MUCH to think about and I didn't really want to go to the store and leave feeling exhausted.

So I took a few months to set up my registry, had my Baby Shower, and left it at that, feeling confident in my decisions. There are still a few lingering items on our registry that weren't purchased that we've been debating whether or not are necessity items or not. Last week I was contacted by Leah, a Public Relations Assistant for Buy Buy Baby, and asked if I wanted to set up a consultation to help us finalize and complete our purchases before the baby arrived, and I thought "why not?"

This consultation was actually QUITE helpful. Since I've already had my Baby Shower, I've already set-up my registry, and I've already done the research, the pressure and "overwhelm-ness" was gone and I was able to have more of a conversation with the consultant and ask my burning questions, rather than her just telling us the products that they recommend while we nod and go along with it. I came in with my questions: "Do I need this?" "I didn't get this, should I have it now, or later?" I came in saying "I know these are the best two carriers, can I try them both and see for myself which one I like?" Our "Personal Shopping Consultant", Alexa, was on the ball and gave us her honest opinions and advice on each product I had a question about.

My big question was the carriers. I got two wraps for newborns (still trying to decide which one will be best, but I need a baby to really know!) but I wanted a sturdier one for longer walks and for a larger child. Alexa brought out a 10 pound baby doll for me to use when trying out the different carriers!

If I may brag - Alexa said I was a natural with the baby! Haha, good to know I can handle a 10 pound baby doll!! I tried on two different Baby Bjorn carriers: The standard and the active. The active had SO MUCH more support on my back. I quickly made that change to my registry so I know which one to buy. I also tried on the ErgoBaby, but that was much harder to get the baby in and out of without the help of someone else. I liked the ease of the Baby Bjorn Active carrier best.

What carriers do you recommend?

She also pointed us in the direction of a snap n' go stroller that is more compatible with our specific car seat than the one we got, which I was grateful for.

She showed us what bottles she recommends for mothers who plan to mostly breastfeed (again a change from what I had on my registry), She suggested we buy some pairs of baby mittens, and pointed us in the direction of a small, lightweight swing since we only have a bouncer right now.


We left there with a better understanding of what we still need, and what we received that we maybe don't actually need. Our local store is having a registry completion event on Sunday, November 3rd where couples can get 20% off their entire purchase!! So, now we are assessing our current inventory, and making a list of all the things we still need, plus all the things we thought we'd need but maybe don't. We will have QUITE the trip to Buy Buy Baby on the 3rd! Can't wait!

Thank you so much to Leah, Alexa and Buy Buy Baby for setting up this consultation. It was very helpful for us as we complete our registry, and my experience with the BBB registry has been a very pleasant one!

Disclaimer: I was given a $25.00 gift card in exchange for writing about my personal shopping experience at Buy Buy Baby. Of course, all opinions are my own.

19 comments:

  1. First let me say that seeing you hold that baby doll caused an instant flashback to watching you in "Into the Woods" in high school and you walked out on stage 9 months pregnant! Without warning your mother beforehand! That baby doll looks so real and it's so early in the morning as I type this that my reaction was the same as when you were in "Into the Woods"-When did that happen? Ahh such fun memories.

    I'm glad your meeting with Buy Buy Baby was so successful and not overwhelming or left you feeling like you wasted your time. I will contact you later with my list of items we'd like to get for Little Italy.

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  2. That's great that they do that. What bottles were recommended? We have the Moby and Ergo carriers but I haven't used either, yet.

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    1. Hey Sarah! They recommended avent and born free for babies who will be going back and forth from breast to bottle feeding. They were shaped more like a natural breast. I chose the avent bottles, so hopefully they work for us. We won't know until the baby comes! I will def. be interested in hearing your advice on the moby and ergo carriers when/if you use them! Hope things are going well with your new little one!

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  3. That's great that you did that! I think the consultation after the whole registry process would be less stressful and that's a good idea. We got the Ergo carrier and it does seem a bit tricky but I've heard from several friends that it was their favorite. And I like that it keeps the baby's hips how they're supposed to be as they get bigger because that wasn't even something I considered but once I looked into it, I decided that even though the Ergo seemed more tricky, I liked that part better. Yes for baby mittens! Especially in the hospital since you may not have a chance to trim/file their nails. I'm bringing a couple baby nail files in my hospital bag for that reason but I have baby mittens ready!

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    1. Yea the Ergo seems to be getting a lot of attention here today on this post...so I'm actually going to go back and rethink/research that topic with the carriers! Good call on the nail trimmers/files I'll be sure to add that to my packing list.

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  4. I loved registering at Buy Buy Baby. I would have been so lost with out a consultant! I went with the ergo and the newborn insert. I had read some really great things of the way the baby's legs settle in the ergo. I also went with a Cico car seat and carriage. The snap and go also turns into an umbrella stroller. Can't wait to see some of these goodies at my shower this weekend.

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    1. Yayaya! can't wait to hear all about your shower, have such a good time!!! People really seem to be on board with the Ergo, so I'm going to revisit that and see if I want to switch....oy just when you think you've settled on something huh? ;)

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  5. Sounds like you got some great info! I did find that so much of it is trial and error - each baby likes different things! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about what we used and didn't!

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    1. Thank you! I know...half of the things I have may just have to be returned after the baby arrives for the exact opposite product that I def. didn't want because that's all they like...why are babies so picky?! ;)

      Did you use any carriers with Abbie? Also: Thoughts on a cool mist humidifier?

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  6. I had the Moby and only used it a few times, for me it was a pain trying to wrap with all that extra fabric and it never seemed very sturdy. I also had the Baby Bjorn and again only used it a few times because it made my back hurt. I think if I ever have another one I may try the Ergo.

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    1. Hmm..I hope to use these carriers quite a bit. I like the idea of them a lot, at least in the beginning. I've heard that the moby is a LOT of fabric - maybe I'll look into the ergo again...

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  7. I'm glad the consultation was so helpful for you! I think the way you did things, going now rather than right at the beginning was a great idea, to avoid feeling overwhelmed. I remember going into a Babies R Us with my pregnant cousin last year, and just the thought of all the things you need and how expensive they are made me feel overwhelmed at just the thought of having a baby!

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    1. Yea it DEF. was a much better mindset having a consultation now than if I did in the beginning - though I totally get the benefit of having a consultation to start up the registry as well - I would recommend doing two consultations - they're always free and it helps to do one in the beginning and then again at the end.

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  8. The Baby Bjorn is NOT a good carrier (sorry to be blunt, but in the babywearing world it's like running in flip flops or something). It's not ergonomically correct for the baby or for the person wearing the baby. The Ergo is much better for that. However, if you want a baby carrier that allows the baby to face outward, look at the Beco Gemini or the Lillebaby complete.

    I actually have an Ergo and a Lillebaby (my favorite) and I had a Gemini (sold it because 3 was too many). A ring sling or a Boba Wrap is great for a newborn, a soft structured carrier (like the Ergo, Lillebaby and Beco) aren't great for newborns. A lot of people like the Moby too, but once the baby hits like 10lbs or so it can start to sag and hurt your shoulders.

    I know a lot about carriers---I'm super into babywearing...so let me know if you have questions.

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    1. Thank you for being blunt...totally fine! It seems that many people seem to feel the same way - but I hadn't heard that..so I'm going to check it out! But I've also heard all the horrible things about baby's facing outward not being ergonomically correct..ever...so what are your thoughts on that? Oy...there's just so much conflicting information!

      I'm going to look up all the ones you mentioned here, and will probably email you with some questions later on this week...thanks so much!

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  9. I LOVE Buy Buy Baby. They are so helpful there. Registering for baby is so much more fun than registering for a wedding in my opinion. Good luck on the baby carrier. We never got one so I can't give any advice except my sister in law loves the Moby wrap!

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    1. Yea registering for baby was def. more "intense" because everything just "matters" so much more than say..which waffle maker to get you know? I'm still confused as so which carrier to get!

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  10. I have never even heard of Buy Buy Baby. We don't have those here in CO. But it sounds like it was a great appointment. Glad you got some questions answered. And 20% off your entire purchase? Heck yes! I would definitely take full advantage of that too!

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    1. oh man! I hope they open a buy buy baby in your area soon - they're the same company as Bed Bath and Beyond - the stores are organized just like BB&B except it's just ALL baby stuff. It's a great place!

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