- The BIG GUY: Bab.ies "R" Us. Obviously the most well known, and quite frankly, the most convenient for a couple like us with a bicoastal family. His family will, I imagine, be doing gift cards in lieu of trying to ship big things. I don't know. Anyway, they were friendly, but quite frankly, the place is incredibly overwhelming and just a little too commercial for us. Plus, a touch on the expensive side (ummm, alright, all this baby stuff is, but they are top-price from what we saw).
- The REALLY SMALL GUY: Burling.ton Coa.t Fac.tory. Also fairly widespread, but going in the store is much like going into a Thrift Store. It just felt terribly chaotic, and the in-store selection was mediocre. Again, convenient, and the crib prices were the best we saw, but it made me twitch. I couldn't handle registering there. Twitch, twitch. That being said, GREAT PLACE for maternity clothes on the cheap :)
- The ALMOST PERFECT GUY: Tar.get. Okay, I LOVE Tar.get. LOVE. I'm using the word LOVE here. But...they are mostly online, and again, I like to be able to SEE the goods we are choosing. They were the best prices we saw though. I will give them that. And who doesn't like a trip there?
- The JUST RIGHT FOR US GUY: Buy Buy Ba.by. We felt a "small store" atmosphere, and the staff was incredibly friendly. We lucked out in that there is one near us. They are not nearly as widespread as the others, so unfortunately for family, much will have to be done online. BUT we loved going in there, we felt comfortable, and the pricing is middle of the road. They have a whole organic product line, including gender-neutral garments and such. Which we LOVED. They take competitors coupons! Can't beat that! So, this is the one.
So that was the big decision of the week! Very exciting! We already have some items chosen, though again, no registering until we hit 13 weeks. But we'll start then, to get a head start. Perhaps we can get some items out of the way at Christmas, before we even have a shower.