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Old 02.12.2006, 23:51
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Hello, my husband and I are moving to Basel from the US in about 2 months. When we arrive, I will be 6 months pregnant. I am going to wait to purchase nursery furniture as well as electronic things (baby monitor, breast pump, etc.) until we get to Europe.

Does anyone have any recommendations for stores in Basel and/or online stores that would delivery to CH? Thank you!!
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Re: Baby registry

Hi and welcome.

I'm not sure where you're coming from, but it sounds like North America.

You'll find things are very different here than in the US and Canada when it comes to shopping. There is a Toys R Us about a half hour or 45 minute drive away towards Zurich (in Spritenbach, at the Shoppi / Tivoli), not sure where others might be.

I was married here in Switzerland, and did a bridal registry here - but it was not such common practice (four years ago). Registries haven't really caught on. I don't have kids, so I don't know all the ins and outs for baby stuff.

If your family and friends want to buy gifts for you and baby to be, it is probably better you register at home and have things shipped to you by a family member or friend as part of your household belongings. But perhaps some of the women here who have had children in Switzerland would have better advice.
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Old 06.02.2007, 20:51
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Re: Baby registry

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Can you post a link to the location map of Toys r US.

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Old 06.02.2007, 20:59
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Re: Baby registry

Behold the power of the internets
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Re: Baby registry

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Can you post a link to the location map of Toys r US
- Although I see someone already has.
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Re: Baby registry

In Basel the "Nuggihuus" (translates as the dummy/pacifier house) is quite well-known.
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Re: Baby registry

This thread has been quiet for a long time but my wife and I (recently relocated to Basel) are looking for a baby gift registry which could be set up in CH and used by our friends and family in the USA?

Babies R'Us has a CH site but no list / registry as far as I can see. I consider this strange as the French site has La Liste de Naissance and the UK site has Gift Lists. Therefore, I have emailed Toys (Babies) R Us to get to the bottom of this.

Back to the original point, I was wondering if anyone knew of a good baby registry, either based in CH or competent at shipping to CH which would be reasonably navigable for US citizens (ideally in English)?

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Re: Baby registry

First let me clarify, I don't have a good solution for you.

But, as an American that moved here and had two babies (while my American parents stayed firmly rooted in the midwest) I can feel your pain. As far as I know, there's no equivalent to a baby registry here, and even online sources like amazon.de or amazon.co.uk will usually not deliver here (and you really don't want to deal with the Swiss import duties, anyway). Baby stores online don't generally have English as an option, unfortunately.

If you're handy with the internet, you can set up a wishlist yourself, on a blog, and use a paypal account so that your friends and family can send you money. It's not as seamless as a traditional registry, but it will keep you from receiving checks and western union money orders that are useless here (yes, I know, Western Union exists here. But, I've gotten one of those money orders, and it had to be sent back to the US, to my dad, who has a checking account with me).

The other option is to open a "student checking account" with a trusted family member who can then wire the money to you, allowing people to send you checks within the US. I did this with my dad as the co-owner. We used Bank of America, which has a good online banking setup and gives student accounts to anyone as long as you don't visit the ATM too often or write too many checks (which you won't, obviously). I'd actually do this anyway, if you plan to be home once in a while. We regularly wire money there and order clothes and whatnot online (oh, and plane tickets, ahem) have the goods delivered to where we're going, and pack light. This is especially good once your baby arrives, since diapers.com and other sites are great-but only take U.S. credit cards.

Finally, if you're planning on giving your child American citizenship (I don't know if you're both American, because if not, you should probably NOT do this, speaking as someone who made that mistake...twice), you can set up a 529 account for his or her educational expenses. Vanguard is great, and you can send people information on contributing by check or online transfer. We did that, and it's perfect once people on a budget realize that sending cutsie baby clothes here costs a fortune. Plus, let's face it, you'll need all the help you can get once you're facing college costs. Gulp. You'll need a social security number, though, which will take about three months from the birth.

Okay, so not as romantic or exciting as the baby showers. But, at least here nobody will use yards and yards of ribbon while guessing how big your belly is!

And, congratulations!
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Re: Baby registry

What I did is use an amazon.com wishlist, which allows you to put items on that are not from the website. I then requested items to be sent to one of my parents, who then brought the item along in an extra suitcase when they arrived. Not an elegant solution, but it did allow for some gifts. Just keep in mind that each person who comes is only allowed to bring 300CHF/person/entry. And big items are probably not realistic, which is unfortunate.
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Re: Baby registry

nahooge2 & swiss_in_training - Thanks for the input and glad to hear I am not missing an obvious solution but yes, I believe the suggestions you both made are very sensible. If I stumble upon anything brilliant, I will let EF know.
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Re: Baby registry

Impressed with Toys R Us's quick response and unfortunately, not surprised by the content. "We are sorry to inform you, that there isn’t a baby gift registry option in Switzerland''
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Re: Baby registry

hi, i'm in a similar situation, hence how i found this forum. having a hard time finding a baby registry for friends/family in the states to have stuff shipped within switzerland to us in zurich. even if i find a site, will be hard for americans if it's only in german. either they pay through the roof on shipping or we deal with lugging stuff back from the states.

i did just find this though, thought i'd share with everyone here:
http://www.nuggihuus.ch/L/0/Geschenktisch.7720.0.html
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