Am I the only one who thinks that major baby/toy/clothing companies are missing the boat here?
When I was engaged to be married, I registered.
When I was pregnant with my first son William, I registered.
All for a very good reason.
SO PEOPLE WOULD KNOW WHAT I NEEDED AND WANTED… and be happy to know that they were purchasing things that I needed and wanted.
(The people who ignored the registries and thought that they were getting me things that I needed and wanted? It’s
payback time when you’re getting married or having kids the thought that counts).
And so here I am, 3 weeks shy of William (turning 3) and Alexander’s (turning 2) birthdays. And fielding phone calls from (and I love all of you because you care so much about my children, and making them happy) family, friends, parents of friends, all asking me what my boys need and want for their birthdays.
Enter BIRTHDAY REGISTRIES. I know this is a touchy subject.
Maybe it’s a little tacky.
Maybe it’s a little over-the-top.
Believe me, I used to be one of those people who thought those things.
But now I can see that it’s a way that mothers of young children could prevent well-meaning birthday attendees from wasting their money (and time – and we all know how valuable time is) on things that children do not need or want.
How many times have you had to return or exchange things your kids get as presents for any or all of the following reasons – 1) too big; 2) too small; 3) already have ten of those; 4) sorry, my kid just declared all things Diego “totally three months ago” 5) my kid wouldn’t wear that if it was between that outfit and a loincloth; 6) thanks, but our home is tobacco-free
( Oh, come on – you haven’t had to deal with #6? What kind of friends do you have?)
I know there are such things as “Wish Lists” out there – but come on, let’s just take the next step (I promise it won’t be scary) to the Birthday Registry!
A “Wish List” gives the idea that a child can simply “wish” for something and get it… no specific occasion, just keep adding things in an indiscriminate fashion.
A Birthday Registry is specific, time-sensitive and special. Just like during my engagement and pregnancy with William.
Can someone get Toys ‘R’ Us on the line? I have 2 birthdays in 3 weeks and getting kind phone calls everyday from people asking me what they want!
I’ll tell you what I want… a birthday registry!