Everything you need to know about using an online baby registry
What Is A Baby Registry?
A baby registry is a list of things you think you will need for your new bundle of joy. You add things to this list and let your family, friends, co-workers, etc. know where the registry is. From there, the loved ones in your life purchase things off the list. Easy enough!
When Should I Make A Registry?
There is no specific time when you should make your registry however, you do want to give you loved ones enough time to purchase things on there. Especially if you plan to list bigger things like furniture, strollers, car seat. Most say about half way through your pregnancy you should begin your registry. You can create one and work on it before you let people know where you are registered. Add things, delete things, think about a theme for a nursery, ALL THAT! Just make sure you give yourself enough time to think about what you really want and enough time for people to buy things for you!!
Who should I give my registry information to?
EVERYONE! Just kidding but kind of serious too! I suggest giving the information to the people who will be guest at your baby shower. You can even post it on Facebook or Instagram. Who knows, maybe your BFF from high school will want to purchase a special gift for your bundle of joy.
Store or Online?
Going to a store with a scanner, searching through the aisles of Baby’s R Us, scanning every cute thing you can find… has become a thing of the past. Not only because Baby’s R Us is becoming a thing of the past but quite honestly most specialty stores are. It’s kind of sad. There is something about being pregnant and walking into a store, seeing, touching, smelling all the baby stuff that begins your journey. It’s like another step closer to parenthood.
But there is a new sheriff in town and it’s the internet!
The internet has taken over …
The internet has taken over the world! This time in a good way! Now creating a baby registry can be done in the comfort of your own home. No putting pants on- win for me! If this isn’t your first baby then you may find it beneficial to create the list during nap time while the other kids are sleeping or just while they are playing so you don’t have to pack up the whole family to do a special three-hour trip to the store.
What are the pros to an online registry?
•Friends all over can buy off the registry
•You can see reviews of items before you put in on the list
•Easy for on the go purchasers
•Not get side tracked like in a store
•Items can be shipped directly to your house
•No duplicate purchases
How to Create a baby registry on Amazon
Not only does Amazon have everything else we need but they also created a baby registry service.
First click “Get Started”
From there, you will have to register your account answering questions like, do you want your registry public, email options and adding a co-registrant.
You can fill out optional information like gender, if it’s your first baby, and add a personal message.
Another great feature with this online baby registry is that you can check off if you want amazon gift cards. As everyone knows, amazon sells everything so I recommend checking that box. I learned after my daughter I needed different things than I thought I would.
After you create your account, you will go into the home page of your registry that looks like this:
This is your registry home page I created a test registry just so you guys could see how this works. On the left is the menu. Here you can view your registry, complete your checklist, as well as sending thank you’ s and returns (back to amazon). I promise you if you already have kids or this is the first, this online registry is life changing!! The convenience is unreal!!
Adding to your registry:
After you get set up start adding things! How do you do that? Well, you can search at the top like you always do or you can go to the menu on the left and click Shop List & recommendations. Not sure what to get? This page will help you! Click on it and this is what you will see (something similar as it changes)
Scroll through and see if anything interests you. start clicking away!!
For example, lets choose top strollers (top row, middle picture). If you click on that picture you will be taken to a list of the Top Strollers, you can search, read reviews, and when you find one you want just click “add you registry” just like you would “add to cart”
Once you have everything added you can then click Share your registry. You will be directed to a page that has a personalized link that goes straight to your page as well as Share buttons for Social media.
Easy as that!
Click the link below to create your Free Amazon Registry!
Here are free invitation inserts for your baby registry. Just print them, add your unique link and add to the baby shower invitation! Easy as that!!
Did you get everything?
Click the link below to be taken to a registry list. It will ask you a few questions to make sure you are getting everything you NEED and not just want the retailers want you to buy ($$$$). I’ve found this list to be most helpful!!
Here is a baby registry check list to make sure you didn’t forget anything!
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