January 10, 2012

Registering for Baby Gear

Initially I did what many parents to be do and created a registry at Babies R Us.  I assumed they would have everything I could ever want for baby, and enjoyed poking around the store with my husband.  I immediately did some comparison shopping and chose a stroller, whose story I wrote about recently.  When I realized that stroller was not going to work for me, and Babies R Us told me to get a new car because none of the infant seats they carried would fit in the back seat of my Mini Cooper I began to rethink my registry with them.

As my list of quirky wants and needs started to pile up I dreamed of a registry where I could register for anything at any store.  Soon I realized that it existed at Amazon.com and I became an instant fan.

First of all Amazon.com offers a wide variety of products so many of my wants and needs were satisfied just by browsing the website.  As I noticed that most of the prices were cheaper then Babies R Us, and was finding just about everything I needed I became more and more pleased with my discovery.

I used the registry tools to add some products that I had not yet thought of, and my list began to grow.  As it grew I started to delete "wants" and make sure the list was comprised more of "needs"  I added everything to the list from cotton balls to nursery furniture so it would serve as a shopping list to let me know that I can use to make sure I am prepared for babies arrival.

The best benefit of this registry is that you can add products from any website.  It is really easy to do.
  1. Set up your registry on Amazon.com.
  2. Go to this link and follow the instructions to install the universal registry button.
Now when you are browsing a website you can simply click on your new button and add it to your registry keeping everything you want for baby all in one place.  Have I mentioned how much I love this feature?  I will say it again - I LOVE this feature!

Another great feature on the registry is that you can manually mark items as purchased from your list.  All you need to do is go to your registry, and look to the right side of each item.  Click on "Edit Comments, Quantity & Priority" and mark the quantity you received.  I also like to add in a little comment thanking who sent the gift or mentioning that we are all stocked up on an item.  When I am out and about and grab something for baby I simply add it to the list and mark it as purchased.  I am hoping this feature will help me get only what I need and not end up with gifts that I don't use.

This registry is my registry of choice.  If you are just getting started make sure to check out the Most Registered For Baby Top 100 Products to get some ideas.  Registering is a fun process, and for me having products from all over the web as options makes it even more exciting!






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Marie said...

Great tips and advice! Perfect for any mom to be as I know it does get a bit confusing especially for those who are first time moms.

Brooke Becker said...

It is VERY confusing! Especially for me when I realized that there wasn't one store with everything I needed thanks to my tiny car.

Rachel said...

Thanks for a great blog!!

wizkey said...

I love the Amazon registry. The best part of it is you can wish for anything (birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, whatever) and they have so many different products!!

Tilak Suri said...

Nice!

Beauty Make Up Addict said...

Great blog post
Simera H
beautymakeupaddict.blogspot.com

pinktaz60 said...

I would have loved to have this kind of information when I had my son 19 years ago.

bcpmud@boone.net

snowbear74 said...

I love amazon.Great blog post also

Jerri Davis said...

Thank you for the Giveaway. Amazons Great. Thank you, Jerri Davis

Lynne said...

You know, I had never thought about registering on Amazon. I think that is a great option. thanks!

Wendy said...

Thanks great blog.

Tiffany Mary Cecilia said...

Thanks for the tips. I think Amazon is the easiest for those who are internet savvy enough to use it.

josmama10 said...

awsome

astroqueen67 said...

This is great for soon to be Moms! Amazon is too cool ;) *Holly Hennessy Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

monicaandrew said...

i love amazon but not everybody shops online and i think if your registering for a baby shower you should register at a land store AND amazon. :-)
monicaandrew25@hotmail.com

fastone3104 said...

great tips, glad mine are grown a bit though

Amy Adams said...

This is a great tip for moms-to-be!!

xmd5 said...

Amazon is a great site.

Ted Kooper
fwdsd45 @gmail.com

skycode1 said...

Great blog post! Thanks for the great tips!

Aranda513 said...

I love amazon!

Arandamarie1992@yahoo.com

darlene miller said...

i love the name of your blog,makes me remember when my daughter was a baby and i fed her blueberry buckle baby food.do you remember this baby food and do they still make it? by the way my daughter is 40 now.

Dobie said...

Love it. thanks for sharing it! J DeAnn Wresh CIAwoman66@yahoo.com

seth said...

Amazon is one place that you can find everything you need especially the hard finds.

Heavenly Shadow said...

Great advice thanks for sharing!

twilightvamp1979 said...

I will definitely recommend this to my sister-in-law for her registry. There is always such cool stuff on Amazon that you can't get other places.

Michelle Macaluso
twilightvamp1979@yahoo.com

Devona Fryer said...

Cool idea! Thanks

Devona Fryer
04coupons@gmail.com

AnnCluck said...

I love Amazon. Great post and information!!

Ann Fudge Cluck
ann.cluck@yahoo.com

Amber said...

Thanks for sharing!

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I am still loving and utilizing my Amazon Registry ... slowly checking things off the list. I LOVE the thank you note feature.

Brooke Becker said...

PS - People CAN buy items from a store like Babies R Us, and mark them off as purchased on the Amazon Registry. You don't have to buy everything on-line :)

Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN said...

Good post and very helpful.

wpogrant said...

Thank you for the Giveaway.

Tamra Augostino said...

I've used the Amazon registry for Christmas gifts before. I love it.

bake1856 said...

thanks for the give away.

Anne Milkie said...

Thank you for the giveaway

nikkilynn46 said...

I love amazon.com its a great place to shop and get great deals!

Elizabeth Braun said...

I did not realize that Amazon had a baby registry too. That's pretty awesome

Deb Hornick Gotham said...

Sounds amazing..Makes me wish they had this back when I had my kids:)

Stefanie McMullen said...

Great idea using Amazon! Wish I would've done the same.

graceInk said...

I wish I had known about the Amazon registry when I registered at Babies R Us...I'll be sure to recommend that my friends register at Amazon instead!

Carolyn H
graceink at yahoo dot com

April Reynolds said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Seadon said...

I didn't know Amazon.com had a registry. I'll have to let my daughter know when she gets ready to start a family. Thanks for this great blog !

Pam2424 said...

I did not realize you could create a registry on Amazon.com. I love Amazon.com and shop there for everything from pet supplies to unique gifts.

p_halligan@yahoo.com

crystal said...

I wish I knew of this when I was pregnant!

Deal Dishin' Momma said...

Great post, thanks for the tips!

Crystal Mexico
Cmex84@yahoo.com
www.dealdishinmomma.blogspot.com

AnneLoyd said...

Great information! I am so with you on the registry at Babies R Us! I think most new moms took that approach! It's great that you threw this information out here to help new moms avoid the same mistake most of us did!

Anneliz702@hotmail.com

francis485 said...

i love amazon, and did the registry it is so cool i love it, thanks for the tip on this

Debra Guillen said...

Thanks for the tip dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

jopb said...

Thank you for all the info.

tjallison said...

Yes, I too learned Toys'R'Us/Babies'R'Us are not all what they appear to be in those tele commercials!

BoltBrothers said...

Thanks for sharing

kima86 said...

Thanks for reminding us about the existence of the Amazon gift registry. I don't have a need as far as the baby registry, but I have used it for other occasions.

Shannon V said...

Great idea!!

ky15ky said...

That is such a great idea!I ran into the same problem at Target!

Jenn said...

That is a great idea. btw, Emptynester Savings sent me! Thanks!!!

trishden said...

Good tips. I love Amazon. They have just about everything. We had a problem with Babys R Us with my niece. They didn't keep the list updated and she ended up with 3 activity centers. I wouldn't recommend them.

Christina Perry said...

What a nice idea! Thanks!

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for the comments & for stopping by!

Dianna said...

Thanks for interesting info-- checking in of this

Marthalynn said...

This is the best! Hands down, the coolest feature is that you can manually mark items as purchased. That way if you find a great deal on something you can go ahead and get it and not worry that someone else will buy it for you as well. I just love Amazon!

Julie Wood said...

This is a very informative blog post. I think that it is neat that she found out that Amazon could help her with all her baby needs! Good information for all parents

BlackAsphodel said...

I didn't even know something like this existed. No wonder: I don't have kids. XD I like the way you write: your explanations are easy to follow and to the point.

nene58 said...

I will soon be a granmuma of twin boys ... really looking forward to this event :>)
I love this site for information - crikey things have sure changed since my boys were my wee babes....

Peter Dale said...

Thanks for the great info!

Admin said...

I know someone who loves baby deals like this. I sure will let her know about it.

Lynn said...

Great blog.

Susan Peck said...

I never thought about registering on Amazon, great post!

Stacie Teston said...

Frugal Gals sent me. My daughter-in-law is having a baby soon and we are all so excited. Love your site!

SJB aka SUELYN J-B. said...

Thanks for sharing.

nataliaellin said...

thanks for sharing

Kathy Idol said...

Great tips& advice.

Spamgirl @ CanContests.com (Kitty Cartouche) said...

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Excellent advice, thanks!

Michele said...

Thanks for the chance to win 700!!

AuntyKissy said...

Very useful advice. I have never heard of the universal registry. Toys R Us is way too expensive anyway.

Lisa T. said...

Great article on Baby registries! I am about to shop from one for a family member.

Catherine said...

I'm always so appreciative when a pregnant friend actually does a registry. I so want to get them something they want or need, and not just yet another blanket just because I thought it was cute!

Mj Heckert said...

I never really used any registry. I didn't even know they were there until after the baby was born!

CelticLady said...

I never used a registry but I can see the benefits...thank you

STORM BLOGGER said...

loving amazon. thanks for sharing

~Celtic Ceili~ said...

very informative, NICE blog!! :-)
Sarah aka celticceili

Ron Casteel said...

sounds like a great tool wish it was that simple 30 some years ago but it is worth passing on to the kids so thanks for the in sight

Debbie My empty nest said...

Very informative!! Thanks

evie said...

thank for the giveaway

Magenta said...

I'll recommend to nedw parents and parents to be

Sheri Carpenter said...

Great post thanks so much for sharing

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Couponmaster said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with registering. I have order a lot from Amazon but never thought about baby registering. Thanks for the tip.
couponmaster = Deb Kovac

Glenda said...

Awesome I would never have thought of that. I sed Wal Marts and Babys R Us too but was not to happy with them and the prices as a lot of people could not afford there prices.

Tracy said...

Great post... thanks for sharing with us!

mperkins37 said...

Thanks Good post.

keisarogers said...

Thanks for the info!

Autumn said...

I don't think that you signed up for baby gear when my kids were born.

Shannon M said...

Great post. Thank you for the information.

Bianca Roman said...

I wish I would've done this when I was pregnant lol. You never think of all this until after the baby is born and it's like two years down the road. Great information!

Donna George said...

I LOVE Amazon! It used to be (back in the day) only be for books, and wow how it's grown!I always use my Swagbucks for stuff there.

Renfie said...

I love that you can wish for almost anything!

McMasters Family said...

Love Amazon.com! Great stuff for great prices!

carmenn22_pr said...

awesome

Leslie Galloway said...

I love the Amazon registry too. I use it to remind myself of things I think I'd like to get the kiddos... and I keep one for myself so my hubby knows what would be nice to buy me. When I registered for my babies, I did it at Babies R Us and Target. BRU is over-priced, and I got peeved at Target b/c the day before my shower the registry system completely crashed... so I ended up getting lots of random stuff I hadn't asked for b/c people said the registry wasn't there. Everyone shops last minute -- glad I'm not the only one! Anyway, Target wouldn't help me out and let me return the items because I didn't have a receipt and I didn't have the items on my registry. ARGH! ok, I'll quit now. hehe

-- LesGalloway—at—Hotmail .d.o.t. com
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Vhay said...

I love Amazon! They have EVERYTHING!!!

Teri Butcher Douyon said...

Thank you for sharing such a great idea. I wouldn't have thought of Amazon for a registry. I do love Amazon and their add to my wish list feature for things I want to get later, but don't want to loose track of.

Lisa Kraemer said...

love it thanks

lisagee1234 said...

That's the one thing I hate about shopping. When I go to a store I know exactly what I want. They usually don't have it. Shop online, then you can find anything you need.

hargygirl said...

What a great post for new mommies who are blown away by all the decisions that have to be made anyway! Just another star in Amazon's crown! They are awesome! :)

lelandsweepstakes said...

Thanks for the wonderful info, it's much appreciated!

mysticamami said...

I can't wait to share this with my daughter - she is having a baby in August.

lgd118 said...

Thank you!

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! For those of you without kids the Amazon Wishlist is a great feature. I use it for items I want, but don't need and then treat myself every once in awhile :)

julescar74 said...

I love Amazon.com too! its amazing how you can add anything from any store to your registry so nice to not have to sign up for registry's everywhere.

somalyman said...

I am currently expecting and was planning to go to Babies R Us to start a registry. Now that I know about Amazon.com's registry, I will be doing that. With Babies R Us telling you that all of their infant car seats were too big for you Mini Cooper, I wonder what they would tell me for my little Toyota Yaris. Amazon's registry it is for me!!

Mary Ann Sanchez Cueto said...

Wow! Thats something new to me!

leah swelfer said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

golb232 said...

Thanks

all91707 said...

Thanks for the info!! Alot of this is new to me!!

chelesa sims said...

That was so rude of babies R us . I never shopped there before however i went in there with someone else and their prices were outrageous. it has been a couple of years since then so i don't know now. Amazon has always gotten my attention because it is a one stop shopping experience and they aren't expensive.

Becky said...

Amazon is just an all around great site to get great deals. I am glad the baby registry is better than BabiesRus is your last choice. To me they are too expensive.

dv8 said...

I also use Amazon to keep track of stuff I've bought.

Frugaldoodlebug said...

Oh how I wish my niece had known about this! I have started to spread the word though, and I think this is a really great idea. I like that you can go buy something and then amend the registry

won said...

Amazon pricing is quite often the best when I comparison shop. I love the idea of doing it from home, too!

Marco Polo Demo said...

I'm a Dad and I sure did experience those listing problems and tying figure out which one is needed and which one is want. Perhaps I should try this registry thing in amazon. Thanks for this post.

Brooke Becker said...

@somalyman Try the Maxi Cosi Micro ... it was the smallest infant seat we could find and fits great with the Mini Cooper!

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

If I was going to have more babies I would defintely use this.

Amber E. said...

This is a great idea!

Sylvia Ortiz said...

Thank you for the insightful views of the Amazon Baby Registry. I may put some thought into using the other available registries Amazon has to offer; such as their Birthday and Christmas Registries! :)

jenrenh said...

I love amazon but I never would have thought about setting up a registry with them. Thank you for the great idea!

sandie333 said...

thank you for the tip about Amazon. My daughter is expecting a new baby in April I'll pass this on to her.

Christina Serrano said...

thanks for the giveaway!

GramMarie said...

Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway.

Kayce said...

Wow!this is great! I will share this awesome website to my sister in law who has a little baby! :)

Elizabeth said...

I am sooo glad I no longer have to deal with baby stuff! I miss the baby stage but I don't miss the baby gear!

Minta's Creations said...

Love Amazon. but don't have babies anymore.
Minta

mintab@gmail.com

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I never thought about doing a baby register with Amazon.

Gayle Sabiano said...

Thank you for the tips. Have a nice day!

Char W said...

I honestly was not impressed with Babies R Us and they are not located near me (nearest is about 1.5 hrs drive away).

Good suggestions because I know that when we registered for our son, they gave us a little price gun scanner thing and it was kinda cool to walk around zapping things. Of course DH added non-baby stuff that HE wanted which I had to delete.

But it is always a great idea to look back on your list and trim it down from the wants to the needs. If you register for 20 blankets you might end up with 20 blankets and you don't need 20 blankets ;)

Emiline said...

This is nice, Thank you!

AdriLisa said...

I like Amazon but shipping charges are something else!
adriana(dot)grillo(at)live(dot)ca

exotic1 said...

Oh I so agree Amazon is Amazing~! I even have signed up for their deal alerts as well. They even send you an alert for anything you want them to.
Rhonda Martin

Donna said...

great site love it

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I never realized you could register on Amazon. That's brilliant! And so much better than having to go to the worst store on earth- anything of the R Us variety!!

KK

Christina Ives said...

Great blog!

reignbough1973 said...

I have never heard of a registry at Amazon.com but that is a great idea! Much better than having separate registries at multiple stores. :0)

Angela Solis said...

Great blog! I used amazon when I did my registry and I also registered in stores. Great advice.

momentum said...

great blog!

Captive Embroidery said...

Great information, I'll pass this along to my expecting friends.

Linda Kwolek said...

Thank you for listing the baby registries and how to do this.

Linda Kwolek said...

And thank you for the blog post from MammLuvsBooks $700.000PayPal.

ravenn366 said...

I just recently learned Amazon has a registry - love it! Thanks for the giveaway, also!

Jan Messali said...

Amazon.com makes it so easy to create a baby registry. My daughter was registered on Amazon for her baby shower.

desitheblonde said...

i will have to let my couisn and then the neice to get there that way i do not have to worry about sending gifts

Alura said...

I am consistently amazed at what Amazon has to offer. And I love that you can read reviews about most of what they carry!

Gretchen said...

I love the fact that you can register for any occasion or non-occasion. And also it is accessible world-wide.

posts said...

Great post. My experience was very similar - I found Babies R Us to be very limiting. I ended up creating registries with multiple companies.

(jennifer.am.lewis@gmail.com)

Sarah said...

Great Blog!

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by & the bits of good registry advise! I am trying to keep to "needs" but I do have a want or two for the nursery on there ;)

jannamartinez said...

tyvm for the giveaway. very sweet of you.

Cynthia Brooks said...

I really love Amazon.com baby registry. I made one there and I loved that I could do it from home and that I could pick things from more than one store. Totally agree with you.

Robin Quick said...

Having a gift registry is great! It can keep you from getting double of the same gift. Who wants to exchange things? Not me!

Terri's Little Haven said...

Great tips and advice, I'm going to tell my nephew and his wife who are expecting about the baby registry at Amazon.com. Thanks for sharing.

slogan1990 said...

Thanks for the advice!

Terri. said...

I love amazon! Great tips!!

~Sherie~ said...

I never registered for any of my four babies, and I only had a shower for the second one.

Amy Adams said...

When I was pregnant 32 years ago they didn't have baby registries; this is such a time saver for both the mom-to-be (returning non-needed gifts) and shoppers (not knowing what to buy). You have done a nice job detailing how to register very nicely for those doing it for the first time!!

Elkaye said...

I love Amazon, but I have yet to use their registry feature. Reading this has made me more interested in trying it out though. :)

MsAngelasFinds said...

Wow things sure have changed since I've had babies. I think there was like 3 car seats to choose from! lol
Angela Michels

Brooke Becker said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. As a side note - I have returned a few things and it was quick and easy!

Nichole said...

I love Amazon! So many options to choose from.

Lazy Giraffes said...

i never thought to register at amazon. so much more convenient for everyone!

Nicki's Diaper Reviews said...

Awesome tips! Amazon is awesome!

wisedup1 said...

Great! Thank you

abur said...

I love Amazon as well. They have great prices for TONS of baby stuff. I attempted to register for Amazon Mom but they aren't accepting new users at this time. Total bummer! Great post, thank you!

Deal Bunny said...

ohhhh i never thought of registering for baby gifts on amazon! what a good idea. those little humans need SO much stuff! (dealbunny20@gmail.com)

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

Awesome! Thank You :-)
Fiona N

Cheryl said...

I created a wishlist so my family knows what I would like as gifts. I don't have any babies in my near future but there are wants I won't spend money on for myself.

MarzBarz said...

This is one of the many reasons I love Amazon... they just do it all! Thanks for posting.

Marlena Curley
marlena.curley at live dot com

Tarri said...

I'm glad I was sent to this post through the giveaway. I had NO idea that Amazon had a gift registry! I'm excited to share the news with others. Thank you.

alena said...

Thanks for sharing!
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Mom's Freebies said...

Great Blog :)

Kristie Betts
Momsfreebies17@yahoo.com

mystifiedbyitall said...

Thanks for all the great information, really great ideas!!

steffie said...

i helped my sis set hers up for my little nephew born on dec 6th 2011. it ws very easy to set up, and for others to look thru, and although we didnt ultimately go with the theme we had picked out, we enjoyed the process! its always fun to dream!

anglsage said...

Thanks for the info! Great blog!

Peggy said...

Hello, Building Carpenters sent me this way to talk about their 700.00 paypal cash giveaway!

Brooke Becker said...

@Donna - I use all my Swagbucks on Amazon too ;)

brich2222 said...

I have already signed up for it. Great idea and easy


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Renski17 said...

Great tips and advice for any mom to be. It does get a bit confusing especially for those who are first time moms.

Renski

RINOABROOD said...

Thanks for this wonderful info

Lindamincy Taylor said...

Great blog!

jkeze said...

Love your tips!

xxripsurferxx said...

great blog

FreeIndeed said...

i used myregistry.com because u can add stuff from any store
- anna pry

Teresa Peschke said...

I used Amazon for my registry too, with our first we registered at Target an it was a nightmare. I loved having my registy with Amazon.

couponing2ourdreams said...

Thanks for sharing kristin D k.donley(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kirsten Klink said...

Very good advice. I will totally remember it when I have a child and register

krista lafave said...

great tips for new mommnies

Brooke Becker said...

Good luck everyone with the contest! Just one more day to enter ;)

Marti Parks said...

Thanks for the info.

Sasha said...

That is genius to have a button to add items to the registry while you are browsing the web. It kind of reminds me of Pinterest, lol. Thank you so much for sharing, I will keep this in mind when I get pregnant. I wonder if this works for wishlists for a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas??

Athenas Accessories said...

Wonderful contest thank you for the chance to win

skdk833 said...

Nice refresher course for both first time mothers and parents with more than one.

mglawler said...

There is very little Amazon doesn't have!

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