Thursday, September 5, 2013

Amazon Baby Registry is the way to go!

Like many new moms-to-be, I wanted the best baby products out there for the biggest bang for the buck.  So how did I go about deciding where to do my registry?  Well, I did A LOT of research.  I must’ve registered at 5 different places until I finally made my decision.  My sister and two sister-in-laws were planning for my baby shower, so of course I turned to them (the two who already had showers) for advice.  Not gonna lie, I learned a lot from them, but I didn’t exactly go the traditional route (via my sister’s advice/pressure).  She told me to register at a store rather than online because it’d be much easier for my guests.  She tried to convince me time and again that no one would buy from my online registry.  Despite her other very helpful advice, I proved her wrong.

So here’s what I did.  I made a registry at Babies ‘R Us, Target, Walmart, and a few other places, including an online registry and an Amazon registry and I must say.. Amazon FTW!  Here’s why:
  • On Amazon you can easily compare baby items based on reviews.  I would put items on my registry that had a fair amount of reviews and items that were 4.5 stars and up.  
  • Amazon prices are usually significantly cheaper for most products than its competitors.  So if one of your guests wants to spend $50, that money will be better spent.
  • If your guest spends $25+, they don’t have to pay for shipping if the item you chose has Prime shipping or qualifies for Free Super Saver Shipping – most items have this option and all the items I chose did
  • The item can get delivered right to your door (if the guest chooses that option) rather than lugging around a big gift to your party
  • Amazon has great customer service and their return policy is excellent.  Visit this link for more information.
  • One of the main reasons I chose Amazon is because of its Universal Registry.  This allows you to add items from different stores.  It will link your guest directly to the item being sold at another location.  For example:  I found a crib at Walmart that was cheaper than Amazon.  I was able to add this to my Universal Registry.  When the individual clicked on the link, it would direct them to Walmart.
  •  Lets say your guest wants to buy something from your registry but they’ve found it from a different location (maybe another store, eBay, etc.).  Amazon allows the guest to mark the item as purchased from elsewhere, so no one else buys it.
  • And many more perks. 
As a result, I chose Amazon and Babies ‘R Us.  Babies ‘R Us for the more traditional registry goers.  In the end, most people bought items from my Amazon registry.  With their no fuss return policy, I was able to return items without leaving my home.  They would simply send me a return shipping label, UPS would come to my door, and I’d get store credit.  

I also have an Amazon Mom account and an Amazon Prime account.  This allows me to always make purchases with free shipping and all baby items can be returned, money back, within 90 days.  The Amazon Mom account also has unbeatable Subscribe & Save options for diapers, wipes, and more with savings up to 20% and even digital coupons that you can clip.   Visit for more reasons to choose this as your baby registry. It's very user friendly and you don’t need to be internet savvy to get the gist.

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