I've been working on our baby registry intermittently for the past few months, and last week I confidently announced to Frank that it was "All done!" Other than picking a stroller (which we want to test out in person first), we had everything we needed on there.
But as I looked over the list, it occurred to me that 60-some items seemed a little high. Off the top of my head I could only think of a handful of things we really need, besides clothing and diapers (which do make up a large part of the registry). What was driving the numbers up so much?
I had put a lot of books on there... but books are important, right? Babies need to be read to, and I figure this is my one chance in life to get as many free children's books as I want. It was only smart to register for all the books Baby could ever want, right?
Then I counted how many books were on the registry.
There were thirty.
Thirty books. A full half of our baby registry was books.
Sheepishly I informed Frank, "Oh by the way... half the registry is books." No big, right?
Um, yes big. He politely but firmly asked me to please remove the books from the registry. We should focus, he said, on acquiring the stuff we actually need.
"But we need books," I said.
"The baby can get books for Christmas and birthdays," he said. "Baby doesn't need all those books right away.
"Do I have to take them all off? Can't I leave I'll Love Your Forever on there?" (And The Velveteen Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit, I added in my head.)
"Yes, all of them," he said. "Why don't you make an Amazon wish list? That way you'll know which books you want for later."
I pouted for five minutes and then finally admitted he was right.
So I went through the registry and one-by-one looked up each book on Amazon, added it to a "Books for Baby" wish list, and deleted it from the registry. Goodbye, Paddington Bear. Goodbye, Frog and Toad. I also added a few more books I found on Amazon, because I totally forgot Ferdinand the Bull, and you can't forget Ferdinand the Bull.
As I was doing this, it occurred to me that this was becoming a pretty epic book list. Since this blog began when my mom was trying to choose what books to give as gifts at a baby shower and asked for my advice, it seemed only fitting to share my Books for Baby wish list on Amazon with you.
Am I forgetting any good children's books? What books would you add to the list?
And has anyone else had to stop herself from filling up a baby registry with books? Please tell me I'm not the only one. :)