It’s time to start putting together a Baby Registry for your Baby Shower! Since just about everyone is a Prime Shopper, you may be wondering what are the pros and cons of Amazon’s Baby Registry.
I actually used Amazon for my Baby Shower. I contemplated using Target and Babylist but ultimately felt that Amazon was best for us. So, I’m going to share all the good and bad dealbreakers that will help you to decide whether Amazon’s Baby Registry is right for you!
11 Pros of Amazon’s Baby Registry
Let’s start with all the pros of Amazon’s baby registry. All in all, I loved using Amazon as my registry. They had so many perks and benefits, along with their ease of use that made me choose them. So, let’s get into all the reasons I loved Amazon’s Baby Registry:
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1. (Almost) Everyone has Prime
I put this first because Baby Registries can be confusing for guests. Almost everyone knows how to use Amazon and has Prime (even great-grandma)! Guests simply find your registry, select what they would like to purchase, and can either have it shipped to you or themselves.
2. 15% Off Items Left on your Registry
If you are a Prime Member you will get 15% off any items not purchased on your registry. If you don’t have Prime, they will still give you 10% off. This came in super helpful because there were a bunch of items that I truly needed and was able to get them at a discounted price. When I doubled this with gift cards…. I didn’t have to pay much out of pocket!
Here is Amazon’s Rules on the Completion Discount:
3. 20% Off Diapers for Baby’s First Year
This was AWESOME!!! And a huge Pro for Amazon. We saved quite a bit of money on diapers because of this. You must have over $500 in purchases to qualify, but that happens pretty quickly if you are a new parent.
4. Diaper Fund
They also have an option for a diaper fund. This was awesome for guests who lived far away but still wanted to contribute to our diaper raffle! We had quite a few family members give, so we hit the $550 max. That would be the only downfall, is that Amazon caps the amount that guests give!
5. 365 Days of Returns
I was surprised that we actually used this! But after my daughter turned 6 months, we realized there were some items that we never opened. Amazon gave us no trouble when we decided to make some returns. It’s nice to have that full year to be able to take things back if need be!
6. Group Gifting
This was really important to my husband and I since we didn’t need a ton of items. It was nice to be able to put some bigger items on there like the crib, dresser, and baby monitor. It helps guests to feel less pressured to make a big purchase, especially after your registry has been picked over.
7. Every Product has Reviews
Everyone loves that Amazon’s products have hundreds and thousands of reviews from customers. I liked that I could also see pictures that other moms have posted of the item. It’s helpful to choose items based on people who’ve already tested them out!
8. You can add Products from Other Stores
Before I knew anything about Amazon’s registry, I assumed you couldn’t add products from other stores. It made me hesitant to use it, but they do allow you to add products from other stores! There were quite a few items that were Target Exclusives or from a small boutique that I wanted to add. You do need to install a plug-in to use this feature, but it’s totally worth it.
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9. Add Gift Cards
You can add the option for guests to give you Amazon Gift cards. Once a lot of the items have been purchased, this gives guests the option to buy something at your price point.
10. Built in Thank-you List
This page will tell you who purchased what! This makes writing out all your Baby Shower Thank-You’s a breeze! You can also return items on this page, which makes that process super easy.
11. Gifts Can be Sent to Your Home
Guests have the option to send presents to your home or themselves. Since we had a virtual party, this was a huge help so family and friends didn’t have to pay for shipping.
6 Cons of Amazon’s Baby Registry
If I’m being honest, there are very few cons of Amazon’s Baby registry. That’s why I ended up using it for my Baby Shower. But, there were 6 things that I was disappointed about and would be mindful of if you use it!
1. Free Welcome Box
You are gifted a welcome box with baby goodies valued at $35. There is a catch though, you must be a Prime Member, Complete the Registry Checklist, and have a $10 Purchase from your Registry. This was a con for me because I already had some items from the Registry Checklist. I felt like there were too many hoops to jump through compared to other registries!
2. You Need a Prime Membership for Most Benefits
Since I’m constantly buying from Amazon this wasn’t a problem. But, if you don’t have a Prime Membership you won’t receive most of their registry benefits. This is probably to encourage you to purchase one, but I’m not sure it’s worth it just for the registry bonuses.
3. You can’t See the Items in Person
If you want to see the quality, color, or size of an item, it’s usually not possible to see it in person. Unless another big box store sells the same brand or product. This can mean more returns if you don’t like the items once you receive them.
4. Product Price Changes
I felt like the prices of products kept changing. Which was great when it went on sale, but if the price was higher it was frustrating. My baby shower was during the pandemic, so thermometers ranged from $25 to $100+. I ended up purchasing one myself with a gift card.
5. Unavailable Products
I found that many of the products that I loved would randomly be unavailable. Especially with clothes or products with specific colors. It was frustrating that I had to keep constantly monitoring my registry.
6. Can’t add Services
One thing I loved about Baby List was the option to add services like house cleaning, home-cooked meals, or even dog walking! You could add a Postpartum Doula to this list…. Which is like the BIGGEST help ever to get you adjusted!
FAQ About Amazon’s Registry
Q #1 – How long does Amazon Baby Registry stay active?
If you were to search for my Baby Registry, you can still find it and buy things from it! Which I like so I can remember what I asked for. But, the completion discount is only valid for 60 days prior and 60 days after your baby’s arrival date!
Q #2 – Does Amazon Baby Registry show who purchased?
Yes! On the Thank-You’s and Return page, you can see who bought what. Although, not everyone’s address is shared.
Q #3 – Does Amazon notify you when someone buys something off your registry?
Yes, they tell you when something was purchased! Although, it does not say who purchased it unless you go into the Thank You’s page.
Starting your baby registry is so much fun! Picking out all the baby products, adding clothes, and trying out strollers is such an exciting thing. Now that you know all the pros and cons of an Amazon Baby Registry, I hope you can make a better decision on whether or not it is right for you.
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