A baby registry is certainly a necessity but fun! I never created one for my children, but I recently helped a friend create hers. We checked some different options and want to share them with you here. There is no “right choice” for a baby registry; it is just a matter of preferences and what you are looking for.
Take a look at the pros and cons of the ones we checked out!
All the stores we checked out have baby registries that are free to join, so you can actually create an account with all these stores and then decide which one to go for. Some offer discounts on what you buy. Why choose more than one? Well, when you start out, you might not know for sure what you want. OR you want to have a few different registries that will suit different friends and relatives.
A word of warning, though – don’t start up different registries with similar things in them unless it is for things that are OK to get duplicates of!
Creating a baby registry (or a few!) for your baby-to-be can be a really fun part of being pregnant. There’s so much stuff to choose between and dream about.
When I was pregnant with my youngest son, I knew his gender already in week 14 of pregnancy. With my daughter, I didn’t find out her gender until week 32. (Her pregnancy is a story of its own – you can find my pregnancy diary in each pregnancy week post here.)
Anyway, a baby registry can be started pretty much early as you want, and it is not at all necessary to know the gender of your baby. Some sites even target moms who choose not to find out the gender at all – I specify one such great site below.
You can certainly have a special “cool clothes” registry, everything on a shoestring registry, or all organic stuff. But if you create a broad registry, at least register the big one-off things (like strollers and car seats) only in one place!
Have fun with creating your baby registry!
6 Online Stores For Your Baby Registry
I guess Amazon is the crown jewel of baby registries. I am sure you know Amazon already, but do you know their Baby Registry? It has a lot of great benefits, such as a huge number of baby stuff to choose between (with reviews – I love Amazon for those!), a 10% discount on purchased items, sweepstakes, and more.
If you register to become an Amazon Prime member at the same time, there are additional benefits, such as up to 15% discount (instead of 10%) on anything bought from the baby registry, 20% on diapers, a welcome box (limited time offer) and a lot more!
Being an Amazon Prime member is NOT free, though, more than a free trial for 30 days. After that, the cost is $99 per year. Worth it or not? It depends on you!
But registering for their Baby Registry is completely free! A novelty for the baby registry is what they call the “Universal Registry“, which is a service where you can add items from any website in the world to your Amazon Baby Registry. Kinda cool.
MyRegistry is a great option if you simply can’t decide where to create your baby registry. Just like Amazon (with their new Universal Registry option), you can register stuff from any website around the globe.
MyRegistry also has yet another great service – you can sync registries you already created for many other websites, including, for example, Amazon, Macy’s, Target, and many more! So if you got a little carried away and started creating registries on several websites, you can combine them at MyRegistry. Neat, huh? MyRegistry is free to join, just like all the other registries listed here.
Did you know that you can create a Registry on Etsy? Etsy is filled with entrepreneurs selling their own crafts, and this will be the place to find unique stuff for your Baby registry. You will definitely not find a regular stroller here, so Etsy should be an additional registry to offer the possibility of getting something really unique for your baby-to-be.
Be aware that Etsy calls their registry a “Wedding registry” but a lot of moms still use it for their Baby registry. :-) I don’t understand why they don’t add a specific Baby registry possibility, either. (Not that it matters what it’s called.)
Carter’s have adorable baby clothes. Not much of anything else, but certainly a nice add-on to a general baby registry. A word of caution – if you add clothes to a baby registry, don’t add seasonal clothes unless you are very close to when your baby shower will take place. Clothing stores often change their offerings often, so what’s in your registry may not be available three months from now.
Target, of course, has to be included. Don’t get me wrong, Target is great, accessible, and convenient – and juuust a little bit boring. Or no? Anyway, they do have quite a lot of baby stuff, and if you know that you have a lot of friends or family who want the convenience of shopping close to home, a baby registry at Target can be a good solution.
They also offer coupons when you register and 15% off on remaining items in your registry eight weeks before the due date.
Of course, Walmart should be part of the list! They have a great selection of baby stuff at good prices!
So, these were the registries we checked out for my friend. What do you think? Will you try any of these, or do you have a better option to share?
What else to do..? A baby shower, of course! Here’s a fun who knows mommy best baby shower game to try!
Paula Dennholt founded Easy Baby Life in 2006 and has been a passionate parenting and pregnancy writer since then. Her parenting approach and writing are based on studies in cognitive-behavioral models and therapy for children and her experience as a mother and stepmother. Life as a parent has convinced her of how crucial it is to put relationships before rules. She strongly believes in positive parenting and a science-based approach.
Paula cooperates with a team of pediatricians who assist in reviewing and writing articles.