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When it came time to create a baby registry, I went with Amazon. For better or for worse, Amazon has successfully ensnared me in their clutches (I just renewed my Amazon Mom Prime membership) and I don’t know if I’ll ever be free. Amazon generally offers the lowest prices, tends to have reviews on all their products, and has blazing fast shipping.
Five reasons why I chose Amazon for my baby registry:
1. I didn’t register at any of the big box baby stores because I hate buying things at full retail when I know I can get it cheaper online. It’s the one area I’m a total scrooge.
2. When I do make purchases online, I hate paying for shipping. Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members. Non-Prime members still receive free shipping but only on orders over $25.
3. Unless your friends and family have been living in a cave, they’ve heard of Amazon. Brand recognition is important for a registry because some people may be wary about buying gifts from an online retailer. (Plus, when I buy people gifts, I prefer to buy from their Amazon registry because I feel like I’m getting more value for my money.)
4. Amazon has a free 90-day return policy for baby registry items. I don’t know about you, but I live in NYC and it’s a pain for me to get to a Buy Buy Baby or Babies”R”Us. I had to plan time for a trip to return some items at one of the stores. And I didn’t really want to buy anything with the store credit I received because, like I said, I hate paying full retail! Bonus: If you end up returning any Amazon products, you can use the credit to buy virtually anything – not just baby items.
5. My absolute favorite part about the Amazon baby registry is this: Amazon offers a 10% completion discount on items remaining on your registry up to 60 days before your child’s arrival date (or up to 180 days after). Plus, if you become an Amazon Mom Prime member, you receive a 15% completion discount!! (Yes, that is how I got sucked into becoming a Prime member.) Since Amazon prices already tend to be lower than other retailers, this is an AMAZING deal.
BONUS: Amazon now offers a Welcome Box for Prime members that have over $10 of purchases from their registry. The Welcome Box has a retail value of $35, which you can purchase as well, and is reported to contain sample and full-sized baby products.
Four main caveats:
1) The discount can only be used on up to two orders for a combined total of no more than $2,000.00, so plan your registry and final purchases wisely.
2) The discount only applies to products that are sold by Amazon.com.
3) The discount only applies to baby-related or maternity items. Books, even baby-related books, do NOT fall under that category. Trust me, I tried to make that argument with customer service.
4) If you sign up for Amazon Prime for the 15% completion discount but then cancel your Prime membership, the discount will revert to 10%.
When creating a baby registry, I recommend putting all of the baby products you want to buy for your baby on it – even big-ticket items. I’ve heard people say that you should keep items on your registry within a certain monetary range so as not to appear “greedy.”
This is my two cents: Yes, it may seem greedy when you register for an $800+ UPPAbaby stroller. But, in reality, when no one buys it for you and you use your 15% completion discount to save over $100 on a stroller that never goes on sale, WHO CARES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK.
UPDATE: Some of the baby products I originally featured have been discontinued. I have updated this guide to reflect that. Also, with experience, comes more wisdom. I made note of a few baby products that I might not have purchased if I knew then what I know now. However, I still included all items since this is supposed to be the ULTIMATE Amazon baby registry, not a “must-haves-only” registry 😉
*I organized the products based on Amazon sub-categories. The products that I linked are all items I either received through my registry or personally purchased on a later date.
1. Wash cloths – aden + anais Muslin Washcloths – I love aden + anais products. The wash cloths are the perfect size and super soft.
2. Baby bathtub – PRIMO EuroBath – Be prepared for a gigantic baby tub. Only get it if you have the extra space. You can bathe a newborn in a large sink. Or, better yet, get in the tub or shower with your baby and hold him/her while washing. This usually results in the fewest tears. Just watch out because wriggly wet babies are slippery!
3. Baby shampoo – California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash – I love this non-toxic shampoo and body wash. Extra gentle, smells good, and doesn’t seem to sting the eyes.
4. Baby lotion – Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream – Neither of my kids had eczema but it’s also great for dry skin.
2. Crib sheets – aden + anais Muslin Crib Sheet – It’s hard to go wrong with aden + anais muslin products. (You should register for a few crib sheets. I would say, at a minimum, three.)
3. Waterproof mattress cover – American Baby Company Organic Waterproof Quilted Crib Pad Cover – I would get two since you need at least one extra for when accidents happen.
4. Sleep sack – HALO Sleep Sack or Zipadee-Zip (read my review here) – The Zipadee-Zip is NOT available on Amazon but I had to mention it since I love it more than the HALO Sleep Sack. You learn some new tricks with a second baby and Alexa has been using it since she was 3 months old.
5. Swaddle blankets – aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket – Don’t overdo swaddle blankets. You will receive a lot of receiving blankets as gifts. I had two sets and ended up never using the second one.
6. Security blanket – Angel Dear Cuddle Twin Set – I love this as a super cute and soft security blanket.
1. Books – I registered for a lot of books but here is a list of my Top 5 Books to Read to Baby.
2. Cloth books – Lamaze Cloth Book
1. Infant car seat – Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect Car Seat – UPPAbaby used to make a car seat adapter that you could use to snap into other manufacturer’s car seats into their strollers. It appears that the converter has since been discontinued. If you decide to use an infant car seat, either get one that is compatible with your stroller system or get a stroller frame like this one. It is worth noting that, with the second baby, I used a hand-me-down infant car seat (from a trusted source and no prior accidents) and transitioned her to the convertible car seat at 3 months.
2. Convertible car seat – Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 5/70 Convertible Car Seat (read my review here) – I now own two of these car seats: both the leather-trimmed and regular version. The leather one looks awesome but only get it if you don’t care about $50.
1. Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers – If you register for diapers, choose size 1. I received a case of 240 newborn diapers. Max wasn’t a large baby but we still ended up with a few bags leftover.
2. Diaper changing pad – Keekaroo Diaper Changing Pad (read my review here) – As a second-time mom, I can tell you, diaper changing pads aren’t a necessary purchase. You can just throw down a pillowcase and change your kid on it (we do for our second baby.) BUT, if you must have a diaper changing pad, the Keekaroo is THE BEST. We still use it daily for our son and it looks brand new. However, second-child syndrome means the baby uses one of those travel pads that come as a bonus when you buy a diaper bag.
3. Baby wipes – Pampers Sensitive Wipes – These wipes are thick, moist, and gentle on the skin. No complaints.
4. Diaper bag – Storksak Tania Bee Diaper Tote Bag – This bag looks pretty glam but is another one of those things that I shouldn’t have bought. Get a nice big backpack with lots of pockets + a travel changing pad. Done.
5. Diaper pail – Ubbi Diaper Pail (read my review here) – I love this diaper pail. I change the trash bag with pee diapers about once a week and it holds in the smells like a champ. (Do not throw poop diapers in the diaper pail. Read my review to see why.)
6. Diaper rash cream/ointment – Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Diaper Rash and Dry Skin Protectant – Recommended by the pediatrician and has helped prevent both my babies from ever having diaper rashes.
7. Wet bag – Itzy Ritzy Zippered Wet Bag – Great to have in the diaper bag for when you are out and have soiled clothes.
*Some of these items are only for moms who plan to breastfeed/pump. If you would like to breastfeed, also check out my Ultimate Breastfeeding Gear Guide for all the gear you will ever need to breastfeed.
3. Bottle set – Born Free Glass Bottle Set – A great glass bottle set and I bought a second set to use for the baby. They do break… because, you know, glass. (This has since been discontinued by the manufacturer. But they have a new line called Born Free Breeze.)
4. Bottle drying rack – Munchkin Sprout Drying Rack – A nice and simple rack. Exactly what you want in a drying rack.
6. Breast pump – Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump and Medela Harmony Manual Pump – Check with your insurance company first because most insurance policies now offer free breast pump options! Surprisingly, I ended up using the manual pump more. It is more time-consuming but the manual pump allowed me to feel more in control and, as a result, was more tolerable.
7. Breastmilk Storage Bags – Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags – Pro-tip: make sure to get out as much air as possible when sealing the bag. Then freeze on a flat surface for easier storing.
8. High chair – Abiie Beyond Junior Y Chair – I used this high chair but there are probably better options out there.
2. Activity gym – Tiny Love Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym – An activity gym is great for tummy and floor time.
3. Play mat – Baby Care Play Mat (read my review here) – I no longer recommend this play mat (even though I still use mine – ha!) Read my guide about non-toxic play mats for babies which helps to explain why.
4. Baby swing – Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle ‘N Swing – One of those things that every first-time parents get but may or may not work for their baby. It did not work for mine but you won’t know until you try!
6. Baby jumper – Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo – I don’t like jumpers. (I ended up barely using mine.) Too busy. Too noisy. Too chaotic. Bad for baby’s development. But also something most first-time parents just have to get.
7. Baby carrier wrap/sling – Baby K’tan Baby Carrier – Babywearing is an absolute must-have and lifesaver for me.
8. Soft-structured baby carrier – Beco Gemini Baby Carrier – When it comes to babywearing, I’m a soft-structured carrier fan. I love the Beco for newborns to about 3/4 months. Then, Kinderpack all the way (read my review here).
1. Nail clippers/scissors – Piyo Piyo Baby Nail Scissors – These are excellent, precise nail scissors for those razor-sharp baby talons.
2. Nasal aspirator – NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator – You will be grateful to have this when your baby is sick. Definitely a must-have. (Unless you want to suck the snot out with your own mouth, which is pretty effective too.)
3. Thermometer – Braun Ear Thermometer – A little too big for infant ear holes. You might want to consider using a this as a rectal thermometer for infants. However, awesome for older babies and beyond. My toddler loves getting his temperature checked with this!
1. Décor – Lambs & Ivy – I registered for a few pieces separately from Lambs & Ivy which were all absolutely adorable.
2. Sound machine – Marpac DOHM-DS, Cloud b Sound Machine Soother, and Ecotone Sound + Sleep Machine (for travel) – I do actually have all three. I even have a white noise app on my phone. White noise has proven to be invaluable in helping Max sleep well. Must-have a white noise machine/app of some sort!
3. Night light – MOBI Tykelite WallMate – Max played with this too much once he was mobile and I haven’t seen it since.
1. Baby movement monitor – Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor – Great to help ease your panicky mind. I can’t knock safety. Except, our second baby has not used this at all. (Does anyone else see a pattern here?)
2. Baby monitor – Motorola Video Baby Monitor – An excellent baby monitor camera for right over the crib.
1. Standard stroller – UPPAbaby Vista Stroller – This is the Cadillac of strollers. It’s an excellent, diesel, glide-over-every-bump stroller. Every single first-time parent will think they need one. And waste lots of $$$. You will probably read this and ignore me. But, you don’t need one. Baby wear and then use an umbrella stroller when your baby is old enough. If you heed my advice, you can thank me later.
2. Umbrella stroller – UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller – An umbrella stroller, on the other hand, is a must-have. Get a good one. Personally, I love the UPPAbaby umbrella stroller.
3. Stroller muff – JJ Cole Urban Bundle Me – Great to have for those cold winter days. I never have to worry whether or not I dressed the kids warmly enough.
4. Stroller organizer –Diono Buggy Buddy Stroller Organizer – Useful for holding drinks, keys, and small items.
5. Stroller hooks – Think King Mighty Buggy Hook for Stroller – These hooks are must-haves (depending on your stroller bars) if you ever plan on going shopping while pushing the stroller.
1. Music toys – Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes – Both of my babies have loved this musical toy.
2. Teethers – Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether – Because every parent you know will have this teether even though you have no idea why.
3. Bath toys – Boon Water Bugs – Look for bath toys that are seamless and don’t have holes in it. Rubber duckies grow mildew!!
4. Baby mirror – Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Double-Feature Mirror – Babies love to see themselves. This is a great baby mirror.
5. Sensory toys – Lamaze Clip and Grow Firefly and Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy
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