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Five Popular Baby Registries: Pros and Cons of Each

Updated on June 10, 2011

Number One Baby Registry Pick - Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/baby/homepage

In 2009 I was blessed to adopt the precious angel in these pictures, Kassidy Lynee Whiting.

In my lens "Top 10 Things You Should Not Put on Your Baby Registry," I give some advice about things which I don't think new Moms and Dads should put on their baby registries.

As an adoptive Mom, and someone who has attended and thrown many baby showers, I have some thoughts on the pros and cons of five baby registries.

Pros of Amazon Baby Registry -

1. Almost everyone has an Amazon account and many of us have "one click ordering," making ordering very convenient.

2. Friends and family can order from anywhere, even mobile phones and Ipads.

3. They offer Super Saving shipping plans.

4. They have a great selection of everything,

5. They have a great selection of books.

6. They offer multiple reviews on products

7. You can choose used items (like toys and books) if you choose to. For instance, I highly recommend board books for babies and toddlers. They are very expensive but can be purchased used through Amazon for a very reasonable cost.

8. You can complete your registry from the comfort of your own home.

Cons of Amazon Baby Registry -

1. Some people like to see what they are purchasing.

2. Some people might not feel comfortable or know how to order online.

3. You (the expectant parent) can't see what you put on your registry.

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Number Two Baby Registry Pick - Walmart

http://www.walmart.com/giftregistry

Pros of Walmart baby registry

1. Probably lowest prices

2. It seems there is a Walmart on every corner

3. Your friends/family can purchase items in the store also

4. Free shipping to local store - can be store close to parent or person buying gift

5. Can easily return items to the store

Cons of Walmart baby registry

1. Not as much variety (of course I'm one who recommends basics only anyway)

2. When I've used Walmart online ordering in the past, it seems that sometimes items are often not available

Here are some little things we found very helpful. - We almost couldn't have lived without them.

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Number Three Baby Registry Pick - Target

http://www.target.com/registry/baby/portal

Pros of Target baby registry

1. There are Target stores around the nation, but not as many as Walmart

2. Your friends/family can purchase items in the store also

3. Free shipping to local store - can be store close to parent or person buying gift

4. Can easily return items to the store

5. Cons of Target baby registry

6. Not as much variety (of course I'm one who recommends basics only anyway)

7. When I've used Walmart online ordering in the past, it seems that sometimes items are often not available

Things We did "Spluge" On

We tried to be frugal but here are a few things we did splurge on.

1. A video baby monitor.

2. A good sling- Actually we had several.

3. One good backpack/diaper bag. We used thsi Columbia diaper bag every day for two years.

4. We used Soothie pacifiers and they had recently come out with "Wubanubs" which is a Soothie pacifier attached to a stuffed animal. It was so nice that she could find her "binky" in the middle of the night. We only used the Wubanub pink horse at nightime only.

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Number Four Baby Registry Pick - Buy Buy Baby

http://www.buybuybaby.com/regHome.asp

Pros of BuyBuy Baby Baby Registry

1. In my experience, BuyBuy Baby has the best variety of any baby store - When you walk in you will find floor to ceiling items of every type, size and shape.

2. Buy Buy Baby has great variety, especially for specialty items, like special nipples for bottles, specific breast-feeding supplies, or special/organic hair, skin and body products

3. Their prices seem reasonable.

4. Free shipping to local store - can be store close to parent or person buying gift

5. They regularly send out 20% off coupons for one item

Cons of BuyBuy Baby baby registry

1. The number of choices can be overwhelming

2. I've had a difficult time navigating their site in the past due to the extensive advertising.

3. They will really try to sell you things that are not necessary and are overpriced - I've seen this happening to young, naïve couples who don't know that bottles are bottles, for instance, or that a $400 stroller or an $800 crib are not a necessities.

4. There might not be a Babies R Us near to where you live.

Recommended Bath Products

I bought a baby bathtub but I never used it. I gave Kassidy a bath in the kitchen sink until she was almost nine months old because she was a preemie and therefore little. Instead of a bathtub, I used a "sling" in the kitchen sink much like the one below. I didn't have many hooded towels, mostly using regular bath towels, but baby washclothes are a must-have. Due to Kassidy's frequent runny nose, I love Johnson and Johnson's vapor bath and I love all of their bath products as well.

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Number Five Baby Registry Pick - Babies R Us

http://www.babiesrus.com/registry

Pros of Babies R Us baby registry

1. Like Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us has great variety, especially for specialty items, like special nipples for bottles, specific breast-feeding supplies, or special/organic hair, skin and body products

2.. Their prices seem reasonable

3. They offer free shipping to your local store - can be store close to parent or person buying gift.

4. You can easily return items to the store

5. They regularly send out 20% off coupons for one item

Cons of Babies R Us baby registry

1. The number of choices can be overwhelming

2. I've had a difficult time navigating their site in the past due to the extensive advertising.

3. They will really try to sell you things that are not necessary and are overpriced - I've seen this happening to young, naïve couples who don't now that bottles are bottles, for instance, or that a $400 stroller or an $800 crib are not a necessities.

4. There might not be a Babies R Us store close to you or your friends and family.

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