Get the answer to this never-ending discussion once and for all and see what is the best baby registry!
There has been a never-ending debate on what is the best baby registry out there. You have probably read several moms advising to register here because of this and that, or some moms warning you not to register here or there because of blah blah blah.
One thing to consider before jumping to a conclusion on what the best baby registry is that one parent's experience might differ from another one, hence, the various feedbacks.
I have been reading all the online "debates" and tried to find a solution and hope that it will eventually help parents to settle where to create their baby registries.
One solution to probably end the "best baby registry debate" is to know what exactly to put or not to put on the registry. Once parents know, they can make narrow down their list and take it with them while they research online for the lowest price of the items.
It also helps if shipping and returns are free. You will never know when you need to return an item.
Regardless of where you end up registering, customer service always changes. Some online feedbacks about a lousy customer service happened four years ago. For all you know, the employee is no longer working for that company, hence, a different experience with customer service.
Let us start by enumerating some most talked about baby registries.
1. Baby Registry* with Amazon (*affiliate link)
2. The Babies "R" Us Baby Registry
3. The Buy Buy Baby Baby Registry
4. The Target Baby Registry
5. The Wallmart Baby Registry
6. The MyRegistry Baby Registry* (*affiliate link)
7. The BabyList Baby Registry
8. The Pottery Barn Kids Baby Registry
9. The Giggle Baby Registry
10. The Baby Depot Baby Registry
11. The Land of the Nod Baby Registry
Out of this 11, there are three that would allow you to add any item from anywhere. Amazon, MyRegistry.com and BabyList.
Note the different return policies of the gifts you are adding from third-party sellers to avoid future returning issues. Adding gifts from any store in the world can be overwhelming. So it would be good to have a list on hand to help you before you discover tons of items you might end up not using.
For example, if you choose Amazon and found an item on Babies R Us, you can add that Babies R Us item in your Amazon Registry via their Universal Registry Button. MyRegistry.com also allows you to do the same thing. You can add items from Amazon and Walmart and can literally add items from anywhere and even upload your Target and The Land of Nod registries. BabyList would also allow you to do the same and would even accept lists such as paid help, cooked meals, and college funds.
People should learn to accept the usefulness of things like a universal registry. Until they do, there will be twice as many returns and useless gifted items as there have to be.
Does The Amazon Baby Registry Work?
- Amazon has the most extensive and unbeatable selection of products of all so you might not need to find another product from off Amazon.
- Prices are mostly cheaper than other stores, so you might not have to search anywhere else most of the time.
Amazon Completion Discount:
- Automatically activates once you hit a particular date.
- Can be used on onetime purchase for remaining registry items within 30 days of the baby's due date, for up to $5000 worth of products
- Default completion discount: 10% discount
- Amazon Mom: 15% discount
- Amazon has one of the most comprehensive and unbiased items' reviews on the internet.
- Return or exchange process (within 90 days) is free. The gift giver also does not find out that the gift was returned or exchanged.
- Highly competitive prices
- Fast shipping (and free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime)
- Excellent Customer Service
Sweepstakes that you can enter for a chance to win your entire registry for free.
- Not all items are eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping.
- No physical store to see products. You can go to Babies R Us for example so you can touch the product and add them to the universal registry system afterward.
How About The MyRegistry Baby Registry?
- You can add gifts from stores that don't have a website.
- You can register for cash gifts by creating a cash gift fund. Cash gift funds are great for anything you might need!
- You need not be using a desktop to add an item to your list. Use your mobile while you are on the go.
- You can scan any barcode and add items to your gift list while browsing your favorite store.
- Scan and compare prices to find the best prices on the items you want and add them to your list later on.
- Be careful of adding items from stores with limited reviews. To limit future problems, look for things on Amazon, which has the most comprehensive reviews online and add them to your MyRegistry list.
How Is The BabyList Registry?
- Aside from adding any item from any store, you can order home-cooked meals, housecleaning, or used baby clothes.
- Access list on all devices
- Very flexible to accept your other registry list such as your Amazon list
- Rewards only available if you purchase from 5 specific stores.
- Relatively small company and have limited help for urgent matters.
Have your list ready and go to physical stores to test drive strollers, touch baby clothes and see other options that you cannot view online. Amazon is well-known for the cheapest deals and comprehensive reviews. If you cannot find some needed items on Amazon, use the MyRegistry to see price comparisons of things to find the best deals.
Use Amazon to take advantage of free shipping and free returns and completion discount. Once you have the list, you have the option to upload them to MyRegistry. MyRegistry would allow you to
- Add other items from physical stores as you scan them;
- Add items from stores without a website;
- Sign up for cash gifts. The cash gifts can be used for home-cooked meals, housecleaning and used baby clothes (the major selling point of the smaller company BabyList).
While BabyList sounds tempting because of their unconventional offers (e.g., home-cooked meals), the completion discount you get is minimal. You can only be discounted in specific stores.
Which one gets your vote, and why?
I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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