Attending a baby shower, or planning for one? Baby showers are a great way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a little one and are the perfect opportunity for close friends and family to show their support and blessing by gifting.
Most people, however, if they are not parents themselves, will find it difficult to find a good present – one that is actually useful to the new parents and will make their transition into parenthood slightly easier.
If you are the expecting parent, baby gift registries are a great way to be straightforward with your guests about what you would like to receive, so they don’t need to play guessing games, and you avoid unnecessary gift returns. Win-win!
I wish I knew about baby registries when I was pregnant with my first two, but now that I am expecting our third baby, I was absolutely thrilled to see that Amazon AU now has a brand new baby registry available!
So even though I don’t need one (and I don’t intend to send it to friends and family), I created a baby registry with Amazon anyway, just to test out what they offer. Without further ado, here is my review of the entire experience.
Walkthrough Of Amazon’s Baby Registry Set Up
The set up for the registry is very simple and straightforward once you’ve signed up for a free Amazon account. I like that it gives you the option of making your wishlist “shared” or “private” so outsiders cannot just search and find your registry.
The gift card option is also handy if you want to give people the option of making a monetary contribution if they cannot afford any of the items on your list. Amazon offers a wide range of customisable gift cards that you can send in an email or print-at-home.
(They also have some beautifully designed printed gift cards that they will post to the recipient on your behalf.)
Registry Account Dashboard
Once created, the registry dashboard interface is fairly clean and easy to navigate. On the top you have key shortcuts like settings and sharing options, and on the right from the “Your Wishlist” dropdown you can access a lot more options.
The first option is the “Baby Wishlist Checklist”, which gives you a good starting point for the essentials you may want. In each category, Amazon will display its bestsellers to help you refine your choices.
If you already know what you want, simply use the search bar to find what you’re looking for. ALL items on Amazon can be added to your baby registry, you’ll see the option to “Add to Baby Wishlist” in the pricing table next to the product description.
Once your registry is ready, you can then share it with friends and family using a link, or on social networks.
I love that under your registry settings, you can add a personalised greeting message for your visitors when they go to your registry page. It really adds a much needed warm touch to the online gifting experience.
(Apparently, there is also an option for you to send thank-you messages to those who have purchased and/or contributed towards your registry. However, since I haven’t shared my list and no one has bought anything, this option wasn’t activated for me yet.)
Amazon’s Complimentary “Welcome Box” Of Goodies
One of the perks for setting up a baby registry with Amazon is that you get a welcome box of baby essentials valued at over $200. The contents change every now and then but could include:
There are two criteria to receiving the welcome box, which are easy enough to achieve:
- Add at least 20 items to your baby registry – This sounds like a lot, but you don’t need to have people buying all 20 items, you only need to add them to your wish list.
- Have guests purchase at least $59 of gifts from your registry
And that’s it! Considering a month’s supply of Huggies Newborn Nappies costs $48, the minimum purchase of $59 to earn the welcome box isn’t too difficult to hit.
Key Benefits Of Amazon’s Baby Gift Registry
- Completion discount – Now this is a big one! For any items on your registry that are leftover, i.e. no one has purchased it, you get a 10% discount if you purchase them yourself. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get 15% discount.
(More info on the completion discount available here.)
- 30 days return – Most other stores only offer a 14 days return policy.
- A wide selection of products – Amazon AU offers products from both local and overseas brands, so it has the biggest selection available. You can add any item to your baby registry, even non-baby items!
- Free shipping – With orders over $49
Baby Shower Gifts Made Easy
Overall, I love the personal touch that Amazon offers, from the welcome box to 30 days return policy, because it goes to show how much they understand their customers and what mums really need.
Getting started with the Amazon Baby Registry is free and an easy way to take the stress out of a baby shower, so guests and parents can enjoy and celebrate what truly matters – the birth of a tiny new life.
Have you tried any other baby gift registries? Are there any that you would personally recommend? Let me know if the comments below, I would love to know what worked for you!