I don’t know about you guys, but when it came to putting together a baby registry for the first time I was a total newbie and in serious need of direction.
1. Use the hidden feature to get your list started early
I started listening to The Birth Hour immediately upon finding out I was pregnant and there are great recommendations for baby products from guests and sponsors of the show. I wanted to capture these items, but didn’t want anyone to accidentally stumble upon my list. Maybe that’s unlikely, but who knows!
Starting my list early was a huge advantage for me because when it came to slimming the list down I knew what I really wanted. I had been looking at these items over and over for months.
2. Use it as a Pinterest board during registry brainstorming
Seriously this is the Pinterest of Baby Registries.
3. Add items from any shop or site hassle-free
For the most part, I stuck to Amazon and Target for my registry. But there were several items that I reallyyyy wanted that weren’t available on either platform. I know. Hard to imagine something that isn’t available on Amazon. For example, I fell in love with the shorter, stretchier, lightweight Sollybaby wrap that was only available on their site. And I found a few decor items that were just perfect on Etsy. Babylist allowed me to register for everything I needed without managing 12 systems.
4. Register for one item on multiple sites without the risk of duplicate gifts!
When Jeff and I were getting married, we registered at two stores. We loved the stores we registered with and were able to get everything we needed, but we definitely could of had better pricing and more niche items had we been able to register at more than two places (p.s. I think you can do this now via Zola). With babylist it was super easy to put one item on the registery and let each individual pick where they wanted to buy it, no matter where it was purchased from, it was off the master babylist once it was bought.
5. Compare prices from different stores
Sometimes I would find an item on one site and then find it for $30 cheaper on another site. And I love giving gift givers the flexibility to find the item cheaper somewhere else or use Amazon prime if they are into that. Babylist even lists out the prices of items side by side so you can make a quick cost effective decision.
6. Email notifications when items are on sale
Price drop, out of stock, etc.? Babylist will let you know! That way if there is something you just don’t want to miss, you can buy it right away.
7. Babylist has a top 10 list for just about everything, read them!
I loved reading about how other people registered and what babylist had as their top 10 list of items. It didn’t mean that is the product I would buy, but the compare and contrast and list of benefits they provided helped me figure out what the list of criteria is that I should think about for certain products. And it introduced more brands to me that I wouldn’t of otherwise known about.
8. Use Babylist’s sample registries to see if you’re missing anything
Ok, ok. This is one part just plain fun and one part practical.
9. Keep using Babylist after baby is born
Remember, this thing is like Pinterest. And you’re not done getting items for baby once baby is born. I haven’t done this yet, but I even thought about continuing to use this to direct grandparents in the direction of useful gifts around holidays and birthdays in case they wanted some inspiration.
Something to think about, not everyone will love that you used Babylist
It’s getting easier and easier with each update, but you do have to be a certain level of tech savvy to use babylist. I don’t think this has to be a huge issue, but it’s a consideration if Grandma’s friends are all joining for the shower and don’t have access to the Internet. Then again, they might just get you what they want to get you anyways so maybe it’s a non-issue…