LOL! Just to ensure I'm getting sufficient use out of all of them :P
The other option is to keep them all, and leave one at Mum's place and another at MIL. Would save me having the awkward conversation, would that be rude?
I don't know what to do about the nappy bags and record books though? Any advice for how to have that conversation? Or is keeping them and subtly giving them away later the better option?
I reckon regift the baby record books and the excess bumbos. I would just not use a bumbo in front of the bumbo giving guests or are any if them the same colour? That could work
Being that you want to return the nappy bags to buy your own that you've been saving for I probably wouldn't have that conversation. If you fib and say to both of them you're keeping the other one, then it might mean further lying when they ask if the bag you've actually bought is the one that so-and-so gave you.
You're either going to have to be completely honest and say you've picked out a better one and been saving for it (very awkies) or just tuck them in the cupboard/donate them further down the track when everyones forgotten everything.
I probably wouldn't worry about exchanging the baby books either. Keep them and then give them away later.
I've had this and found the doubles came in handy I kept one at home one at Nannas and one at auntys place where we visit most frequently gifts like high chairs baby books dinner sets prams car seats so I always have spares at the places we visit most and don't have to lug them with us. Worked out really well
Quietly get someone else, like your mum or a trusted friend, to sell the excess. Then buy a bag you like. If anyone asks about the nappy bag they gave you, you could say
"Oh yes, that bag! It's really great but it...
... doesn't fit over my stroller handles.
... isn't a back pack.
... something- a nappy, sudocream, anything- leaked and ruined it!"
or I would say it was great, but I rotate bags. Or say you like it so much, you want to wait till bub is a big older and less messy because you are scared of ruining it.
If a friend comes over and sees a different bumboo, say the one you sold is with your parents.
Baby books are a load of useless crap. Sorry. I don't know ANYONE who fills them out. My mother is super organized SAHM and I'm an only child, and everyone marvels that she even got as far as labeling photos, and putting them into the goddamn albums :P When I had my vaccinations checked over, the nurse was looking over my immunizations/ health book and commented that a lot of mothers don't bother to keep on filling it up with information, and that I was lucky my mother recorded my measles and first period.
So seriously. if the vast majority of mothers, for the past few decades, struggle to record important stuff in the immunization/ health book... are you REALLY going to carefully fill out a baby book? Just screen capture your facebook updates when you tell all your facebook friends that bub is walking/ said ma ma/ etc.
And wow, that was a big rant on baby books. I think I was given six or so.
I am keeping baby books for my girls, plus i did a first year photo album and i keep a yearly diary. My eldest is only 3, but already we love looking back at them. I think it is quite special, both books were gifts, love them.
I received some double ups also, some stores will return without a receipt or give store credit. So I swapped some items for things I would get most use out of. Guests did tell me that they had the reciept to swap but I felt bad that I wanted to swap their gift. So doing it this way no one was the wiser.
I know this is an old thread, but why not give the excess to charity?
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