How Does Amazon Baby Registry Work?Your doctor has confirmed that you are having a baby, and you can’t wait to get together with loved ones to celebrate. We understand – pregnancy is happy news!Sharing your joy with everyone in your private and professional life is one of those memorable moments you’ll never forget, and neither will they. No doubt friends and family will want to throw a baby shower for you.Before circling the date of the shower on the calendar, take some time to set up a baby registry on Amazon. This is a convenient way to let loved ones know what you need and want for your newborn baby.In this post, we offer tips for creating a baby registry on Amazon, one that’s easy to set up and easy for others to navigate.The best feature of an Amazon baby registry is how convenient it is and how broad the shopping options are. For example, the site offers your virtual baby shower guests the chance to contribute to a diaper fund.That means that your guest can spend (for example) a few hundred dollars keeping you and the baby in fresh diapers for several months. All you have to do is order them, and Amazon ships them immediately. They arrive on your doorstep within a day or two, and you’re spared the panic of late-night shopping when your supply is running low; now that’s convenience, which is something all new mothers appreciate and need.Here are some tips to keep in mind when you log onto the Amazon site to launch your baby’s registry.
1- Decide On Your Priorities
If you know what you’re having – a boy or a girl — spend some time perusing Amazon’s inventory and choose items that are in keeping with the gender. If you don’t know who’s coming in nine months, let the surprise be your guide: opt for gifts that work for a boy or a girl, like a stroller, baby blankets, toys and other things. Setting up the registry is a breeze – even if you’re not particularly tech-inclined, the steps are 1,2,3, and it’s done! Amazon thought of virtually everything on this and made the setup and follow-through really simple for parents, family, and friends.What if some folks are nervous about online shopping? How to handle requests from some folks for a registry at a traditional outlet? This is sometimes true of older people, like your grandmother, who may want to buy a crib, but is loathe to do so without seeing it first. How to quiet her hesitation?Reassure her that you’ve chosen every item on the registry’s list and that the many benefits of this method are why you chose to do it. Explain that an Amazon registry avoids the awkward problem of duplicate gifts, as they track what has been purchased for you and by whom. An Amazon registry allows you, the mom-to-be, to see every item on the screen before it’s added to your wish list. If an older person you know has a difficult time shopping online, ask another (younger) relative to help. Problem solved!
2- If You Have Certain Preferences, Include Them
If you are doing your nursery in gender-neutral colors (yellow, green, etc.) and want to be sure gifts are selected that are in keeping with that, be explicit on your baby registry. If an item you want isn’t available in a gender-neutral color, white is always a great fallback choice. It’s important that you give buyers as many details about the items on your registry as possible – color, size, even fabric if that’s important to you.
3- Keep The Registry Limited At First
Experts recommend keeping your baby registry fairly small, at least initially. For example: go with essentials for the baby’s first three to six months, then expand the registry later if you need to. You don’t want to end up with too much, as that’s a sure way to clutter up the baby’s room.One exception is clothing – choose clothes that carry you through a couple of seasons. If your baby is born in the fall, pick a few sweaters and pants with a holiday theme that he or she will grow into during the coming winter months. Try to think ahead several months – what will your baby need when they’re four months old?
4- Even Staples Should Be Limited
What happens if you set up a disposable diaper fund on your Amazon registry, and it turns out that the ones you’re sent aren’t suitable somehow? Set a limit, so you don’t wind up with hundreds of dollars worth of diapers needing storage or, worse, that need returning.
5- Ask For a Limited Number To Be Delivered
Because having a large number of them taking up storage space can be a nuisance. It is also a good idea to hold back a little until you’re sure you’re pleased with the product. Since this is Amazon, the chances of problem products being shipped are remote. However, it’s best to get a few first, then order more, so you don’t have to worry about returns, although Amazon’s return policy is comprehensive and lasts a long while.
6- Gifts For Mom Matter Too
Don’t be shy about including a few things for yourself on your baby registry. A nursing bra, for example, or a basket of health and wellness products makes for a departure from the usual supply of tiny socks and baby blankets. You need and deserve these items!When you finally have a few moments to yourself to soak in a hot tub while your partner or nanny tends to the baby, you’ll be grateful for the new bubble bath. Many registries have items like this geared to moms, so include a few on your list. You’ll be glad you did!
7- Think Beyond The Usual Registry Goods
This is related to #6. It’s important to think outside the traditional baby registry box when you’re setting up yours. Make good use of the registry checklist Amazon provides, as the company has thought of lots of things, so you don’t have to. For example, Amazon offers guidelines on which baby gifts are best for the budget minded and offers details on products that are eco-friendly, like organic cotton baby clothing. Once you set up your registry, you send out a link to your registry to family and friends. Or, if someone is hosting a baby shower for you, she can send out the link in the guest invitations.
An Amazon registry lets everyone attend and give presents at a virtual shower. No matter where your family resides, they can likely access Amazon and shop for baby gifts on your registry. This is one of the best features of this service. Gone are the days when friends and family gathered in your shower host’s home, and those who live far away couldn’t attend. Today, a baby shower over Zoom for those who don’t live nearby is a great way to spend some (virtual) time with them and gives you a chance to thank them for the gifts they’ve sent from the registry. Of course, you can still have an in-person baby shower, but doing both means nobody gets excluded simply because of distance.Setting up a baby registry on Amazon is a fun and productive way to pass a couple of afternoons before the baby comes. Your friends, family and colleagues will be grateful because it takes the guesswork out of shopping for mom and baby.Do it about mid-way through your pregnancy, before the sleepless nights and the chaotic joy of new motherhood set in once your little one comes home. And remember: you needn’t close the registry once you’ve given birth. Keep updating it on Amazon so that friends and family can continue purchasing gifts and necessities for your baby.Is their first birthday coming soon? No problem! Aunties and cousins can log onto your registry on Amazon and pick out a whole new set of onesies and booties.Or establish a library of favourite children’s books on your registry so that on each occasion, a friend or family member can purchase them a copy of a classic like “Winnie The Pooh” or “Alice in Wonderland.” With each passing year, you can select new titles that suit their growing and changing reading habits. One of the best features of an Amazon baby registry is that you can edit and update it over time so that gifts for your baby constantly change to meet their expanding needs.Trust us on this – you’ll be very glad you have an Amazon baby registry for your baby shower and that it’s still there when you and the baby come home and beyond!
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