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Things have been less then fun during pregnancy and the newborn days, but one of the things I really did enjoy about pregnancy was picking out the items that we wanted for our baby registry. When preparing for baby girl’s arrival I set up two different baby registries: a Target one and an Amazon Baby registry. I wanted to have an in-store option for people that would prefer to shop that way, but the truth was that only two people ended up shopping in the store for gifts. It was a challenge to find items that were actually in stock in store and I definitely preferred the Amazon Baby registry.
Benefits of the Amazon Baby Registry:
- A 10% completion discount, and a 15% completion discount if you are an Amazon Prime member. It is valid on two orders with total value of up to $2,000.
- The Baby registry welcome box. Mine included a bib, a swaddle blanket, samples of diapers and personal care products, and various coupons.
- A brand new option for group gifting for pricier items.
- You can add items from any website, not just Amazon.com.
- The absolutely awesome bonus for Prime members: Diaper Bucks. Once you reach $1,000 bought off your registry (by you or other purchasers within 90 days after your due date) you are eligible to pick out $100 worth of items on their Diaper Bucks list, which includes certain brands of diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, diaper pail refills, and occasionally other items such as strollers. I redeemed mine for wipes and a safety gate. Note that certain items, such as books, are not eligible for either the diaper bucks or completion discount offers, so double check before you add and buy if you are looking to take advantage of this. This benefit is definitely worth joining Amazon prime for.
Now that baby girl is five months old here are the items from our registry that were wins, along with the ones I wish I had asked for on our Amazon baby registry.
Amazon Baby Registry Winners
Carseat- Graco Snugride Click Connect 35
A lot of moms-to-be have hesitations around adding big tickets items to their registry because of the fear of appearing greedy. However, it is a good idea to have a few larger items, such as a stroller or car seat, on your registry for close family members that may want to give one larger gift instead of a bunch of smaller items. We actually received most of the bigger items at our baby shower, but you can also use the registry discount to purchase larger items yourself. For our car seat and stroller, we went with the Graco brand, which is both affordable and has a long history of being safe and reliable.
Baby Monitor- VTech DM221-2 Audio Baby Monitor
More and more parents are choosing to go the route of video monitors these days, but even the slim possibility of someone hacking into one made me choose to go the classic route. This highly reviewed version has two parent monitors, plugs for all units, and a talk back feature.
Diaper Pail- Dekor Classic
You always have the option of using a regular step trash can, but a diaper pail can cut down on odors in the nursery. I choose the Dekor for several reasons: The continuous roll makes refills more affordable and so you can toss a few or a bunch of diapers without wasting a full sized bag, it can be converted to a regular step trash can, and it is only $30 compared to other brands which can run twice as much. Don’t forget to add the refills as well.
Crib Linens- Mattress Protectors
After picking out all the cute bedding to match your nursery theme, don’t forget the more practical items, such as waterproof mattress covers. Ask for a two pack, because accidents happen.
Diaper Bag- Skip Hop Duo Signature
Right now leaving the house with my daughter is quite a production, but it has to happen sometimes. And eventually maybe it won’t feel so stressful. Choose a diaper bag or backpack that has plenty of space for all the paraphernalia that you will now be traveling with, from diapers to onesies to bottles. I asked for the Skip Hop one on our registry, but I also got this Fisher Price backpack after she was born because it has an insulated pocket for formula bottles.
Decorative Nursery Elements- ABC Playmat
I made most of the nursery decorations myself, but we did ask for this foam puzzle rug with an ABC theme for our book themed nursery. Other ideas include artwork, a night light, white noise machine, lamp, or a fun Etsy find that matches your theme.
Diapers- Pampers Swaddlers
Having diapers on your registry is a easy way to clue in gift givers to your brand of choice and also whether you are choosing to go the disposable or cloth route. We tried a couple bags of Huggies that we got, but I found them lumpy and smelly, so we are sticking with Pampers.
Safety Items- Baby Gates
Just because your baby won’t be mobile for awhile doesn’t mean you don’t want to be prepared for the eventuality of a crawling or climbing baby. Cabinet latches, plug covers, and furniture straps are all must haves for baby proofing your home. Since we live in a three story home, we also added several walk through baby gates.
Favorite Board Books
I already have a large collection of children’s books, but I also asked for some classic board books that I didn’t have yet.
Infant Developmental Toys
These basic toys encourage your infant to reach developmental milestones. They definitely don’t need to be flashy to capture a newborn’s attention. I found our play gym used and it is no longer sold, but it has definitely been a must have as she is learning to hit and kick items and also the perfect place for tummy time.
What I should have had on my Amazon Baby Registry…
Car Seat Protector- Piddle Pad
After a blowout left our car seat stained and smelly, we discovered that it was chore to wash it and that it then was out of commission until it hung dry. And it definitely took me 15 minutes to find out how to wrestle the cover back on the seat. This ingenious invention of a “piddle pad” is a cover for the car seat that is washable and machine dryable and is easily removed and popped back on after cleaning. Definitely wish that I had known such a thing existed before the “incident.”
All the Linens
Get four sets of sheets for your crib, bassinet, or pack and play, so you don’t have to do as much laundry. And definitely ask for more bibs and burp clothes then you think you need. Trust me, you don’t have time to do laundry every day when you have a newborn. We definitely were placing an order for more pack and play sheets after several diaper leaks the first week when our daughter was between diaper sizes. And now she just spits up all the time, all over everything.
Swaddles that Velcro- SwaddleMe Swaddles
We asked for muslin swaddle blankets, which serve many other purposes, but swaddling apparently wasn’t one of them. Our little Houdini wiggled out of them in no time. We aren’t using swaddles anymore, but they were a lifesaver for the first 10 weeks.