Ad hoc baby registry
So just like when you get married, when you have a baby you're supposed to make a registry. Here is our problem: there is no store where we like the stuff enough to register at it.
The stuff we like is scattered all over. We'd be happy to buy it for ourselves (the whole registry idea squicks me out, frankly), and if no one ever reads this- we're ok with that.
But just in case people ask for a registry, I thought we'd make this to point them in a direction.
First off: generalities. We do not want anything that's extremely gendered. What do I mean by this? We don't want anything that says "Daddy's little sports fan" or "Princess" (unless you're buying it for Cara). The other day I saw a onesie that said, and I'm not kidding, "Boys like dogs and trucks." Well, I hope that it will like dogs, or it's in trouble, but I assume not all boys like dogs and trucks, and it's equally likely girls will like dogs and trucks, so that onesie is stupid.
I'm not even all that keen on things that say "I love Mommy" because according to the book The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil, babies don't develop the capacity to love until they are four months old. So there's no point in having the baby lie before it's old enough to talk. Also, there's a disproportionately small amount of stuff that says "I love Daddy" and we find that strange and troubling. Perhaps it is because they assume women will be buying the majority of the baby's clothes? Perhaps it is because the bond between a mother and a child is privileged in our society? We dunno.
We don't really like pastel all that much either.
We're also planning on using a diaper service, so we don't want disposible diapers. We could, however, use some diaper covers.
I know, I know. This makes it difficult to buy things for babies. This is why we couldn't register any place.
So here is a collection of things we would like for the infant. If nothing else, it can serve as a central repository shopping list for us.
Thank you very much, Eric, Jenny, and Oliver Grey Kokai-Means