In my last community accommodation & shopping guide, one of the services I mentioned that’s used by my readers is the Amazon Baby Registry service.
Today, I’d like to tell you a little more about the service and how it could benefit you if you are expecting a child.
But first, let’s get warmed up with a little video.
First of all, what is a baby registry?
To put it succinctly, a baby registry is a list of products, at a given store, that you would like to own in relation to the arrival of a new baby.
Presumably, your friends and family, to mark the occasion, would like to give you gifts and support as you welcome your new bundle of joy, so a registry is a great way to let them know exactly what you want and need.
Is it entitled to have a baby registry?
This might be a strange second question for this post, but if you, like me, come from a culture where it is not common to have registries (be they for births or weddings), it might feel inappropriate to tell people what to give you as a gift. After all, you don’t want your friends and family to think of you this way (brilliant article, Felly, in case you are reading this! 😆 )
I think having a registry could be a little entitled if your registry is at a super high-end store and if the only products on your registry are far from must-haves and very expensive.
If, on the other hand, your registry allows for products that cover a wide price range and includes not only things that you’d like to have but also things you need, then I think having a baby registry is not entitled at all but rather an awesome way to let your loved ones know how to best support you during an important time in your life.
How a Baby Registry Can Serve Your Friends and Family
Take for example: I was recently invited to my niece-in-law’s baby shower.
As the baby’s great-aunt, I absolutely wanted to support my nephew and his wife as they welcomed their second child.
Also, I was excited about buying a cute first gift for my new great-nephew.
But…I don’t have kids.
My friends don’t have kids…for the most part.
My siblings don’t have kids (my nephew is my cousin’s son).
Suffice it to say, I had no clue what would be most appropriate for the occasion.
I walked around a baby store for about an hour, super-confused about what present to buy. Frankly, the store attendants were not very helpful.
Now, if my nephew and his wife had had a baby registry (no blame imparted), I could have simply looked at that, bought something that I felt I wanted to come from me, that was within my budget, and that would have been that. (I ended up among other things, getting a cute hooded towel that my great-nephew got to use after his very first bath. Awwww…)
Ok, so now that you know it’s not entitled to have a baby registry…
What products should you include on one?
Absolutely anything you would need or want related to the birth of your baby.
It could be anything as basic as onesies and bibs, something baby-related for mom such as nursing tank tops, breast pads, and nipple cream, or something even further afield like an Instant Pot, to make meal times easier, or your favorite coffee, for those moments when you are operating on little sleep.
To give you an idea of some of the items you might need at the very beginning of your parenting journey with your new baby, you might want to include on your registry (especially if this is your first child):
- an infant car seat
- a stroller or baby carrier
- a layette (a set of newborn clothing)
- a crib, a crib mattress, a mattress cover and crib sheets
- a baby monitor
- baby bottles
- a breast pump, if you are breastfeeding, and formula, if you are not
- bibs and burp cloths
- newborn-size disposable or cloth diapers and wipes
- a baby bathtub and toiletries
- a baby first aid kit, rectal thermometer, and nail clippers, and
- a baby bouncer.
(How do I now know this? Because I did some research for you, that’s how! 😉 )
For babies after your first, you might not need to include all of these. You could reuse some of the items from older children.
Whatever the case, with an Amazon baby registry, you’ll get a lot of help deciding what you should put on your registry.
Amazon has a (very detailed!) Baby Registry Checklist (here’s a general outline of it), with general categories of things you might need, subcategories within those, and a slew of products in each of those subcategories for you to choose from.
But why have an online baby registry instead of an in-store one?
Because it’s is 2019, duh! (Just kidding. 😆 )
In my answer to the first question of this post, I mentioned that one of the purposes of a baby registry is to make it easier for your friends and family to support you during this important time in your life.
With an online registry, not only is it easy for you to share your registry with your loved ones, near and far, but in the particular case of an Amazon Baby Registry, they can purchase an item directly from your registry, have it shipped directly to you, and all that while shopping at a store that they probably already use regularly.
With an Amazon Baby Registry, are you limited to only including items that are available on Amazon?
Not at all…even though that wouldn’t be too restrictive. After all, Amazon sells practically everything! 😆
With an Amazon Baby Registry, you can also add items to your registry that are available at any store online.
This you would do by using a simple browser extension that allows you to add any items while you are browsing other online stores.
So…why should you set up a baby registry on Amazon?
Well, for me, I would do it for a couple of reasons:
- It’s free.
- Amazon has a HUGE selection of products to choose from.
- If there is still something you want to include from another online store, you can.
- The free shipping (did I mention that already? I don’t think so.)
- Amazon is a store that many people use and trust so it is convenient and worry-free for your loved ones.
- The completion bonus
Oh right, I haven’t told you about the completion bonus yet.
The Amazon Baby Registry Completion Bonus
When I first heard of the completion bonus, I thought that this was simply a discount Amazon gave you for setting up your baby registry. It turns out it’s a little more nuanced than that.
The purpose of the completion bonus is to help you acquire the things on your registry that none of your friends and family have bought for you yet.
Therefore, you can redeem the completion bonus starting 60 days before your expected due date and up to 60 days past it.
The completion bonus is a 10% discount for general Amazon users and 15% for Amazon Prime members. (You have to be an Amazon Prime member at the time you redeem the discount, so you can join Amazon Prime even after setting up your baby registry. Join Amazon Prime here or you can also sign up for a 30-day free trial through the same link.)
The discount value can be up to $300.
Even if you don’t plan on sharing your Amazon Baby Registry with friends and family, but rather would like to use it to keep track of the things that you want to stock up on for your baby’s arrival, then the Amazon Baby Registry Completion Bonus is a way for you to get a discount on high-ticket items, like a stroller or crib, that you might have bought from Amazon anyway.
Can anyone in any country have an Amazon Baby Registry?
Technically, yes, everyone can get a free Amazon Baby Registry, BUT…for those of us who live in countries with no Amazon storefront, there is a restriction on what baby products can be shipped internationally.
Amazon Storefronts with Baby Registry Services
Check the Amazon storefront you normally use to find out if they have a baby registry service.
And…I think that’s that. Those are the highlights of what you can get from signing up for an Amazon Baby Registry. If you would like to sign up for a free baby registry now, you can do that here for Amazon US, here for Amazon UK, and here for Amazon India.
You can also find more information about the service here.
I hope this information was useful to you. If it was, then allow me to wish you an as-pleasant-as-possible pregnancy, a safe delivery, and lots of happiness when your bundle of joy finally arrives! 🙂
Until the next time,
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