i'm due in April, I started shopping as soon as i found out... i found some things here and there on clearance racks or whatnot and picked them up. once i found out the sex, i started buying clothes and things of all sizes. babies-r-us is having a FABULOUS clearance sale, and we just bought clothes that our bundle can grow into. i registered early, and for christmas got a travel system and playpen from my family. picking up a package of diapers every time or every other time you go shopping is smart, because then you don't have to add that on top of this and that and the other, especially if your baby is on formula... just think $20-40 for diapers and $25 for formula is a big chunk of change to have to spend every couple weeks...start now, but buy larger clothes and diapers and different things to get ready... and then let your shower guests get other things you may use as soon as the baby is born.Good luck!!!