In store versus online. Glam versus basics. Old reliable versus high tech. What’s the best registry for you? Whether you already have your nursery theme picked out (right down to the monogrammed burp cloths) or you don’t have a clue where to start, check out this round-up of the best baby registries around. Read on to discover what stores are offering completion discounts, shopping consultants, mobile apps, exclusive products and more.
Who Should Register: Looking for high end, innovative baby product brands like Oeuf furniture, UppaBaby strollers, Skip Hop toys and accessories and 4moms gear? Go to Giggle.com online (or their handful of retail stores in NYC, Chicago, and California).
What’s the Deal: Their Registry Rewards program gives you a $25 credit for opening a registry, plus 10% in credit from purchases made from your registry. And there’s no limit on how much you can earn. Helpful guides like an ultimate registry checklist, newborn must-haves and what’s trending now will help you with your buying decisions. Plus their customer service team of GiggleGurus can help pick top of the line products. Spread the word by easily sharing your registry with friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+, right from your registry dashboard.
Gimme More: You’ll get 25 free Paperless Post Coins to use towards personalized shower invitations and birth announcements that link directly to your Giggle registry. Or request complementary registry cards to include with a paper invite. Plus, free gift wrap and free shipping so your Aunt Mary can stop complaining.
2. Pish Posh Baby
Who Should Register: If you prefer to share your baby news via social media, register with Pish Posh Baby online (no retail stores) where you can share your registry via social media. PishPoshBaby.com offers high end baby products like Stokke and Bugaboo strollers, Ergo carriers, and Timi & Leslie diaper bags.
What’s the Deal: Sign up for a registry using your Facebook account and your “friends” can purchase gifts as a group or contribute a dollar amount towards a gift. Gifters can create a personalized video to go along with their gift. Buying guides like Top 20 Baby Products and Registry Checklist will make sure you cover the basics and beyond. Plus, a team of real life moms serve as Baby Gear Experts and are available via online chat.
Gimme More: Free shipping on orders over $75 and next day delivery to NY tri-state area. Plus, you’ll receive a 10% completion discount to buy remaining items on your registry.
3. Buy Buy Baby
Who Should Register: Is your mother-in-law insisting on escorting you to a baby mega store and spending hours browsing every baby item known to mankind? Then register at Buy Buy Baby. With over 90 retail stores across the U.S., they have it all from basic burp cloths to organic bedding to fancy strollers and mod furniture. You’ll find brands like Carters, Dr.Brown’s, Baby Jogger, and Aden +Anais.
What’s the Deal: You’ll receive a goody bag full of great samples and coupons. Turn to online tools for help like a registry checklist, list of favorites, and other buying guides for the most popular products. Or work with a Registry Consultant in store. Download the Buy Buy Baby app and manage your registry from anywhere.
Gimme More: You’ll receive a completion discount of 10-15% off remaining items in your registry. Print registry announcement cards from the website. Attend a Rock Your Registry baby shopping event in store to see the latest must haves in person. They even offer complimentary gift wrapping in stores for your gift givers.
Photo: Pottery Barn Kids
4. Pottery Barn Kids
Who Should Register: If you can’t stop paging through glossy catalogs of dreamy baby bedding and chic nursery decor, forget all practicality and just register at Pottery Barn Kids. Because who doesn’t want a monogrammed Unicorn Faux Fur Plush Play Mat? They also offer silver and gold keepsake jewelry, charms and gifts.
What’s the Deal: Take your nursery to the next level of adorable with a free in-store or at home design consultation or check out the photo gallery Design Studio on the website for nursery design ideas.
Gimme More: Receive a completion discount of 10% off remaining items in your registry. You’ll receive discounts on birth announcements, thank you cards, and stationery at TinyPrints.com. Plus receive 10% off when purchasing multiple products. (And with all that spit up, you’ll want to have two of nearly everything.)
5. Land of Nod
Who Should Register: Are you an overly enthusiastic nester? Will you spend the next 9 months planning every detail of the perfect nursery? Well get planning at Land of Nod using their room planner and design consultants. Land of Nod offers adorable modern baby bedding, furniture, decor, plus a few toys and accessories.
What’s the Deal: The online Design Workshop allows you to browse photo galleries of nurseries and playrooms, plus their room planner let’s you create a floor plan. You can share your registry with friends and family using an email blast tool on their site or request free registry announcement cards.
Gimme More: Free shipping and free returns by mail. You’ll receive 10% off items purchased in multiples and a completion discount of 10% off items remaining in your registry.
Who Should Register: Looking for a mainstream, easy access baby store with over 800 locations across the U.S.? Head to Babies”R”Us. Have your pick of popular brands like Johnson’s, Playtex, Graco, Baby Bullet, Medela, Dream on Me, and a whole lot more.
What’s the Deal: Create a registry online or walk through a store with a handheld scanner. Not sure which swaddle blanket is the snuggliest? Ask a Registry Consultant or use online buying guides and a registry checklist. Your friends and family will be able to shop from your registry online or at any Babies”R”Us or Toys”R”Us stores nationwide.
Gimme More: Online event planning guides will help you plan the perfect shower and in-store parenting classes like baby care basics, to classes in safety, infant CPR & breastfeeding. Plus, there’s a 10% completion discount on items remaining on your registry.
Who Should Register: Don’t have time to wander aisle after aisle of baby blankets? Register at Target for all your baby needs. This one stop shop allows you to add items to your registry using your mobile device – in between buying more yoga pants and picking up laundry detergent. Target has everything from onesies to furniture to strollers and toys. Don’t forget about diapers, wipes and baby safe cleaning supplies.
What’s the Deal: Register for items in store (you’re going there anyway) or browse online resources like must have lists for products from birth to one year, nursery inspiration boards and popular brands. Babycenter.com has also partnered with Target to give you a Mom’s Picks list of items based on a nationwide survey of moms. Download the Target app and you can manage your registry anywhere and anytime.
Gimme More: Pick up your free gift in store – $50 coupon savings and free samples. You’ll receive a15% off completion discount. Free shipping on all orders $25+ or order online and pick it up the same day for free.
Who Should Register: If you manage your pre-baby life online, keep the status quo with a registry on Diapers.com. The online retailer sells a range of product brands from diapering and feeding to clothing and books to nursery and gear.
What’s the Deal: Use their online ultimate interactive check list, plus keep track of gift purchases and status of thank you cards. Download the app to manage your registry from your phone. Plus, scan items from any store and add to your Diapers.com registry. With our Dollars for Diapers feature, friends and family can give registrants credits to spend on cloth and disposable diapers at Diapers.com.
Gimme More: You’ll receive a 15% coupon for your gift givers to encourage them to get shopping and a 10% completion discount. Plus, earn 5-10% credit back from all purchases made on your registry. And they offer free shipping.
Who Should Register: You buy everything else on Amazon.com so keep the trend going. Amazon offers competitive prices and extensive product reviews from real parents. You’ll see which baby products are best sellers and recommended by Amazon Moms. Plus a universal registry button allows you to add items from other websites to your Amazon registry.
What’s the Deal: Create a registry using their interactive registry checklist, refer to product reviews from real parents, and manage a thank you list for purchased items. Download the Amazon app and manage your registry anywhere anytime.
Gimme More: Sign up for Amazon Mom and receive 20% off subscriptions to diapers, wipes and other supplies making Amazon one of the cheapest places to buy baby necessities. You’ll receive a 10% completion discount, or up to 15% if you are an Amazon Mom member with Prime.
Photo: Serena & Lily via BabyLi.st
10. Baby List
Who Should Register: Can’t decide on just one registry? Go wild and register for your favorite swaddles and bottles from stores all over the web and keep all your baby picks in this central registry Baby List.
What’s the Deal: Start with a Baby Checklist Quiz to find out what you really need. Explore their Inspiration lists from top retailers like Land of Nod and Etsy or browse lists for urban living, outdoorsy babies, celebrity splurges or on a budget. You can even add gifts not found in stores like home-cooked meals or babysitting hours. Plus, you can manage your registry on the go via the app on your mobile devices.
Gimme More: You’ll receive Registry Rewards for 10% off popular retailers and brands like Motherhood Maternity and 4moms. And request free printed registry announcement cards to share with your family and friends.
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