Quoting kr.r:" <blockquote><b>Quoting The Doctor:</b>" IMO, baby showers aren't to give you the things ... [snip!] ... one, that way if and when you are gifted something, the gratitude you feel genuine and you won't have to be disappointed."
I didn't include my registry with my invites-- if someone called and asked I told them where it was, but honestly the things I did get were just so sweet. Someone handmade her crib sheets-- we still use them to this day. All of the big things I had before the shower, aside from a stroller (which I didn't really need until she was way bigger).