Here is everything you need to know about all the major baby registries out there. (And it is totally ok to create multiple registries!)
Benefits: Amazon is the easiest place to create an online registry if you don’t want to go into stores and use the scanner. Amazon offers a Universal Registry which means you can add items from any site to your Amazon Baby Registry with a special “Add to Registry” button.
Perks: Amazon is currently giving away amazing free Baby Registry Welcome Boxes valued at $35! Here is what you need to know.
- You need to be an Amazon Family member so sign up HERE for a free trial.
- Create a baby registry here
- Use the Jumpstart Guide to add items to your registry
- Wait until $10 worth of items have been purchased off your registry (either by you or someone else)
- Click the “Claim Now” button to add the free welcome box to your cart
Amazon Family members also get a 15% off completion discount which will save you a significant amount of money on the baby items you need.
Benefits: Babies “R” Us has a great selection because it’s a store dedicated solely to babies and because of this, they are experts at the entire process. Plus, this is a very popular store for friends and family to shop at for baby shower gifts.
BRU Baby Registry Perks:: Babies “R” Us has recently changed their baby registry to include a program called Endless Earnings. Now you can get up to 10% back on all registry purchases, even your own! You’ll also get a completion coupon for 10% off any unpurchased items from your registry and there are no exclusions.
Benefits: Target is a very convenient place to have a baby registry because many of your friends and family members shop there anyway. There are touch-screen kiosks in stores that make it easy to get your registry started or you can also start one online. You can also keep your baby registry unlisted so only the people you choose can see it.
Target Baby Registry Perks: Target has really nice free welcome gifts available at their customer service desks for everyone who has started a baby registry. You’ll find coupons and free samples in your gift bag and you can pick it up the same day you start your registry.
You’ll also receive a 15% off completion coupon for use in stores and a 15% off code for online shopping 4-6 weeks before your baby shower date. You can use these coupons one time each to buy remaining items on your registry.
Benefits: Kohl’s might not be as well known for their baby registry but their customer service and return policy is excellent which makes it a great place to create a registry. Plus, your friends and family will appreciate shopping there for a gift because they always have great coupons and deals.
Kohl’s Baby Registry Perks: Kohl’s will email you a 15% off completion coupon just before your due date so that you can purchase items remaining on your baby registry. This coupon is valid until 3 months after your due date.
Kohl’s will now give your guests an extra 20% off their in-store purchase of $100 or more. Just let your baby shower hostess know about this coupon so she can pass it on to any guests who inquire about your baby registry.
Benefits: Walmart is also a convenient place for your friends and family to check on your baby registry and shop for gifts because they’re probably going to be there at some point anyway.
Walmart Baby Registry Perks: Walmart just started offering a free welcome box when you start a baby registry! They also have a “Thank You Tracker” that tracks registry purchases and allows you to click “note sent” when you have sent a thank you note. There is no completion coupon available at this time.
Benefits: While Pottery Barn Kids isn’t as easy to find as Target or Walmart – it is a really fun place to create a baby registry! Pottery Barn Kids is a beautiful store and it’s a great experience just checking everything out.
PBK Baby Registry Perks: You’ll receive a 10% completion discount to purchase items remaining on your registry as well as items you’d like to add for 6 months after your baby shower. I signed up for a registry at Pottery Barn Kids so I could get a discount on my one budget nursery splurge – a beautiful baby quilt to hang on the wall.
They also have a multiples program so if you’re having twins and have to buy 2 of the same item you’ll get 10% off. Pottery Barn Kids also offers free nursery design advice and you’ll be automatically entered into a Registry Sweepstakes where you could win everything on your baby registry up to $2,500!
Benefits: Buy Buy Baby offers registry consultants to give you some one-on-one help with your registry.
Buy Buy Baby Registry Perks: When you register, you’ll get a goody bag full of samples and coupons! According to their FAQ page, you will receive a completion coupon for 10% off about 2 weeks after your due date. If you refer a friend to start a registry at Buy Buy Baby, you will earn a coupon for $25 of $100!
Tips for First-Time Parents
Creating a registry can feel a little overwhelming at first but it will likely be worth the time and effort. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process.
Make sure you have a wide range of items on your baby registry with items under $20 to accommodate everyone’s budget.
Involve your partner. Your husband or significant other might not seem too thrilled about creating a baby registry but this is a joint effort and these baby items will be used by both of you! It can also be a bonding experience as your plan for your baby.
Don’t feel you need to finish everything in one day – break it up into a couple visits!
Talk to experienced moms before you set up your registry and learn what they used and didn’t use with their babies. You’ll learn a lot!
Maintain a list of gifts you receive and who they are from so you can mail thank you cards to everyone and show your appreciation for their generosity. You might want to print out my free printable baby shower gift tracker.
Now you are an expert on baby registries. Have fun!