the other night i took thatcher to babies r us for what i referred to as a "no pressure walk through." haha! having never set foot in that store before, he was completely overwhelmed and frankly, not a fan. he kept saying "how the heck are you supposed to know what stuff to buy? and how do you compare the different brands? i'm so out of my element!" i agree, it is overwhelming. even for someone like me who is interested in baby gear and has already been doing some researching online, but we need to register for stuff soon (since my baby shower is in mid february) and i don't know where to start. i hate that there aren't a lot of affordable places to register/shop for baby stuff. babies r us (and target) pretty much have a monopoly on that market.
that's where you come in, dear reader. care to share any "must have" or "don't bother" items? brands would be helpful too. anything from carseats to carriers to bibs to bottles to nursery furniture (which we are buying, not registering for). i think hearing about what people have had luck with (or not) would really be helpful. thanks!