Back in the days when your parents were having kids, a baby registry was a much easier thing to create. Since you basically only had one option (it was called Babies ‘R’ Us, and it had everything), letting people know what you needed, wanted and couldn’t live without was a simple matter of checking off items at the store. Your friends and family would then actually have to drive to that same store to buy them, but it was just a different time.
Today, there is no Babies ‘R’ Us (well, technically there is but it’s not what you’d call functional), which leaves the baby registry landscape completely changed. And probably for the better. Not only are there a ton of options out there, with their own pros and cons, but no one has to get in the car to go pick them up.
Sure, Amazon may be the 300-lb gorilla of online retail, but don’t count Target out just yet. Everyone’s favorite place to buy an entire patio set on impulse (“I swear I just walked in here to get deodorant”) is also bringing some serious incentives to sweeten its baby registry.
- Free shipping on orders over $35, making it easy for your family and friends to get you what you need.
- One-time 15 percent discount on anything from your registry that went unpurchased.
- An entire year to return anything you didn’t use.
- $50 welcome kit.
- You have to pick up your welcome kit at the store.
- You’ll probably walk out of there with a new patio set. Again.
Buy Buy Baby
Carrying the standard for brick-and-mortar baby stores, Buy Buy Baby is one-stop shopping for everything your baby needs (except for the world’s best diaper bag, obviously). It’s essentially what Babies ‘R’ Us was.
- Covers every aspect of the whole baby experience, from diapers to bedding to strollers.
- Built-in registry analyzer that scans your registry and points out anything you may have forgotten to ask for.
- Since Buy Buy Baby is a sister company to Bed Bath & Beyond, it accepts their coupons. You know those 20% off coupons that show up in your mail every other day whether you want them or not? Now you can put them to good use.
- Their return policy can be pretty strict. Some have reported that if you open an item and it turns out it’s damaged, they won’t accept it back. So if you suspect your item is broken, we guess you’ll have to x-ray the box first if you want a refund.
- Being a big-box store at heart, they suffer from the same kind of customer services issues that plague other retailers. We’ll let Mommyish explain.
A “universal baby registry,” BabyList works a little differently than most registries, starting with the individualized personality profile you create after taking a short quiz.
- You can fill your registry from a selection that includes literally every store you can think of. See something you like at Wal-Mart? Add it to your BabyList. See a hilarious onesie on Etsy? On the list it goes.
- You can get really creative with it and add non-gift items to the registry. Your friends and family can sign up to do everything from preparing a home-cooked meal to walking your dog with printable coupons. You can even have them send cash to jumpstart junior’s college fund.
- Purchases for your registry can only be made online, forcing your friends and family to plan weeks in advance of a baby shower.
- Anyone purchasing items from multiple stores is going to get hit with shipping fees from each store.
The go-to registry for weddings and baby showers, MyRegistry has a little bit of everything. And thanks to its array of apps and browser plug-ins, it’s pretty easy to use not just for creating a registry, but for your friends and family fulfilling that wish list.
- Interoperability with Pinterest let you “pin” your gift items so everyone can see your wish list all at once.
- Partnerships with Costco lets your friends check off items in the store.
- Tons of content on their website to guide you toward what you need, want and can’t live without.
- As with other sites, there is an extra shipping charge for anyone buying items from multiple stores.
- Actually purchasing an item requires a redirect to that retailers site, which can cause less internet-savvy guests to go back after purchasing to check the item off your registry.