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Now that Babies”R”Us is closed, a lot of moms are wondering where the best place to register is! You don’t have to be limited to just one retailer! Check out this comparison of all the top baby registries to make your life a little bit easier.
I actually had three registries. Amazon, Target, and BabyList. I feel that each one played a specific role. Amazon was the primary registry that gifts were purchased from while Target was a close second. Most of the items bought from target were in-store. I would recommend having at least one in-store registry for anybody who prefers physically shopping or may not be comfortable with computers (grandparents). Babylist was where I linked all my registries to so I only had to send out one website.
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You can’t really go wrong with any of these retailers, and it really comes down to personal preference. Here is my review of some of the top baby registries.
Amazon is amazing because you can add countless items to your registry without even having to put pants on. Although a lot of other retailers are allowing you to register online, none of them have the vast selection that you can get from Amazon. In addition, registry items do not have to be baby related! We registered for throw pillows and a blanket to go over the rocking chair, lamps, an area rug, and even breastfeeding support books for me.
Amazon has over 100 million Prime members, and that doesn’t include non prime users. This means most of the people looking at your registry have, or have used, Amazon before. People like familiarity and are more likely to order from a store they have previously shopped at. Additionally, Amazon makes it so easy to order items now with their one-click purchase and quick delivery. Where else can you get same-day, or even 1-2 day delivery at no additional cost? Most of the items I received as gifts were from my Amazon registry, so at the very least I would suggest it as a secondary if you prefer not to use it as your primary.
The best thing about Amazon’s baby registry, is that you get a 10% completion discount, or 15% for prime members, that you can use on two separate orders! The discount window starts 60 days before your due date and ends 60 days after your due date.
One of the down sides, is not everything is eligible for the completion discount – unlike other retailers. When you add items to your registry, check your registry list to see if it says “Completion Discount Eligible”. Some items, like the Dr. Browns bottles I added, were eligible for a completion discount on only certain packages. The “Gift Set” was, but the basic “Feeding Set” was not. Just keep an eye out when you are ready to use the coupon!
Example of where it lists eligibility:
To read more about amazon’s completion discount, you can check out their page here.
Another great perk to the Amazon registry, is that you can receive a free Amazon Welcome box. There are a few limitations to qualify, but you can check out my how-to guide here for steps on how to order!
The boxes vary based on what they have in stock to give out, but a common gift will include:
- Avent bottle
- Baby lotions, soaps, shampoo
- Small diaper case
- Gender neutral onesie
You have 90 days after your due date to return items to Amazon for store credit, and the purchaser will not know you returned their item! If Amazon doesn’t have a specific item, you can also install the Amazon Assistant for Universal Registry items. This is a browser add-on that allows you to add items from any website to your Amazon Registry!
You don’t have to feel bad about adding big ticket items to your Amazon registry. They now give the option for group gifting so people can contribute money towards the higher cost items. You can also mark an item as “must have” or even “private” if you have it on the registry just for the discount.
Amazon also includes a nice checklist to give you ideas on what to add to the registry, which I found to be very helpful.
To get started, just click the link below. They will ask for your Name, address, due date, and shipping address.
Target has over 1800 locations in the US, which means there is a good chance you or your friends/family live close to one. Everyone has heard of target, and to be honest, Moms especially love shopping at target. This is a great option because your friends and family can shop your registry during their regular Target visit.
In my experience, I am more likely to buy multiple add-on items if I am shopping at a store compared to online. When shopping online, you can see the exact total every time you add an item and it tends to limit spending. When shopping in the store, you have your spending budget but then you see that ADORABLE baby blanket that is just SO SOFT, or the cute little onesie with elephants and it’s SO SMALL, and next thing you know you have a basket full of items and the urge to have another baby.
The other thing I noticed, is that people are HUGE procrastinators. A good portion of my registry items were purchased 2-3 days before my baby shower online and so many items from my Target registry were purchased the day before or even the day of in store. This is the great thing about Target or even having dual registries – those who don’t have time to run to the store can order online, but those who miss the shipping deadline can quickly run to the store for last minute gifts.
You will get your coupon 8 weeks before your due date and expires 6 months after your due date. You can use the coupon in addition to your 5% redcard discount, or you can use up to 10 gift cards per purchase. They send you two 15% off coupons; one for in store and one for online shopping.
Once you create your registry, you can stop into any Target store to pick up your bag. It has coupons and samples in there for both you and baby, but the contents change based on availability.
In my bag:
- Dr Brown’s 4oz bottle
- Pampers Diaper
- Pampers Travel wipes
- Dreft Sample
- Baby lotion sample
- Baby shampoo sample
- Up&Up Diaper sample
- Stretch Mark cream sample
- Small travel bag
- Various coupons to babyganics, seventh generation, target, etc.
You can add anything to your registry and the completion discounts work on almost anything in the store. For the short list of exclusions and more info you can check out the Target FAQ page here.
Target also gives you a checklist to help you determine what to add to your registry. If you select a certain topic (ex: car seats), it will bring up all of the items in that category for you to scroll through, check prices, and look at the reviews. You can access the checklist through the button on the top menu bar.
You can return gifts up to a year after your due date, use the universal registry to add items from anywhere, and use the group gifting option for the pricier items on your list.
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Buybuy Baby makes shopping so easy with their personal assistant. If you schedule an appointment, you can get one-on-one assistance with building your registry. A lot of women love buybuy Baby for the same reason they loved Babies”R”Us, it’s a baby specific store. You know that every item in the store has to do with babies, so it typically has a much greater selection than other general retailers. Also, they are owned by Bed Bath and Beyond, so you may know how amazing their coupons can be! The downside is that they only have 135 stores so it may be hard to find a local place to shop and pick up your free goodies.
You will get a 15% off coupon in the mail several weeks before the baby’s due date to use in-store. They will also send you a digital coupon that you can use online a couple of weeks before the due date.
After starting your registry, you can visit any Buybuy Baby store to pick up your free goodie bag. As always, the contents depend on what they have in stock, but a typical bag might include the following:
- Honest Diapers
- Honest wipes
- “Baby on Board” sign
- Bottle (one bag had a Tommie Tippie)
- Lotion samples
- Baby wash & shampoo
- Buybuy Baby coupon
Buybuy Baby’s registry is probably the most high-tech out of all the options. Some of the best features include:
- Interactive checklist that keeps track of items you have already added, and things you may be missing from your registry.
- Registry Analyzer: This is a neat feature that keeps track of the average prices for all items on your registry. It will let you know if you are missing items in a certain price range. It’s always a good idea to have multiple different items in each price range so it’s easy for friends and family to stay in budget. If you only have high priced items, people may feel uncomfortable and will ultimately purchase from outside of your registry. Alternatively, if you have an overabundance of inexpensive items – it can be hard for close family members that want to spend more. They would have to purchase 10-20 items to reach the same price point as something like a crib or stroller.
- Ask a Friend: Buybuy Baby gives you the option to invite friends and family to suggest items. This can be great for first-time parents that may not know what the best items or brands are. You can ask someone who recently had a baby what items were invaluable so you can be prepared for anything that comes your way.
- Referral Rewards: For each person who registers with BuyBuy Baby, you will get a $25 off $100 in-store coupon.
- Free Shipping Rewards: If you exceed $1,500 in gifts purchased from your registry, you will get free shipping for a year. For more info on this program, you can check out the FAQ here.
You are almost guaranteed to have a Walmart close by with over 11,000 stores worldwide and 400 in Canada. They also offer free two-day shipping on qualified orders over $35, to make things a little easier!
This is the biggest downside to Walmart’s baby registry: no completion discount! This was reason enough for me to use a different registry, especially one like Amazon that has most of the same products you can find at Walmart.
Once you create your registry, copy and paste the URL into the welcome box page along with your shipping information to receive your welcome box.
Items in the box might include:
- Pampers Diapers
- Palmer’s stretch mark cream
- Dr. Brown’s bottle
- Lansinoh freezer bags
- Diaper rash cream
- Baby lotion
- White onesie
Some other perks to using Walmart is they price match competitors. However, you can only price match one item per day. They offer free returns for store credit 90 days after your due date.
Walmart has an inspiration tab to help you decide what to add to the registry. They have baby age ranges and categories that you can look through. They also give you a checklist so you have a basic idea of what to buy. This includes suggestions for all categories such as feeding, bathing, and clothes.
The best thing about Babylist is that you are not limited to one store. You can link whole registries (like I did) or just add items from any store on the internet. They also give the option to request items such as a homemade meal , housecleaning, babysitting, used baby books/clothes, or dog walking. You can also fill in your own favor if you have something specific in mind.
Starting 60 days before your due date, Babylist will send you a 10% coupon to buy the remaining items. It is valid for 6 months after your due date. Just to note, this coupon is only valid for items sold on babylist.com.
After you create your registry you have to add 3 items from babylist.com and 3 items from outside babylist (amazon, target, walmart, etc). After you are eligible, they will ask you to verify your shipping address for the Hello Baby Box. They charge $5 for shipping, but I feel like I got my money’s worth with the items in my gift. Here is the link to babylist’s FAQ if you have more questions on eligibility!
- Chicco Pacifier
- Pampers Diaper
- Pampers Wipes
- Dreft soap sample
- Lansinoh milk bags
- Baby soap and shampoo
- Registry card inserts
For every item you add to your registry, Babylist will give multiple purchasing options so you always get the best deal. They will also send you an alert when something is no longer available or the price changes so you can reevaluate.
Although it’s an amazing concept, most people have never heard of it and can be wary. I probably had 5 items purchased from my Babylist registry total. People seemed to prefer using well-known retailers for now. Hopefully, as Babylist becomes more popular, people will feel comfortable purchasing from their website.
Hopefully this list helped you decide on what registry (or registries) you want to go with! Although it may seem like a big decision now, people are going to want to help you out regardless of where you are registered. Good luck with your decision, and happy shopping!
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