The 8 Best Baby Registries of 2021

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The 8 Best Baby Registries of 2021

Best Overall: Amazon

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

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If you’re looking for an all-in-one registry that offers a vast collection of baby gear, from big to small items, Amazon is an obvious choice. Amazon’s prices are very competitive, and their shipping policies are among the best. If you spend more than $35, you’ll get free shipping, while Amazon Prime members get free 2-day shipping on any Prime-eligible items.

As if that isn’t enticing enough, Amazon also allows you to add gifts from any other website, so you can create your own custom, universal baby registry. Amazon also has phenomenal customer service, and it’s super easy to return or exchange items within 90 days. They also offer a free Welcome Box when you start your registry and a registry completion discount of 15%.

Best Budget: Walmart

Comotomo Baby Bottle - 5oz, Green, 2 Pack

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Walmart is best known for its affordability and with more than 5,000 stores nationwide and an easy-to-use website, you can’t beat it for convenience. With a huge selection of baby essentials, you can easily complete your entire registry.

Upon registering, you’ll get a free welcome box stuffed with coupons and samples. Walmart also offers a price-match guarantee for baby items from most retailers, including Target, Amazon, and Kohl’s. Keep in mind that unlike other retailers, there’s no baby shower registry completion discount and you have to make all returns in person.

Best for Free Gifts: Babylist

Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

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If you’re looking for the ease and simplicity of a universal registry, you definitely need to check out Babylist. Babylist allows you to pick your favorite baby items from multiple stores and compile them into one convenient registry. So that crib you’ve been eyeing at Crate & Barrel and those cute crib sheets from Target can all be found in the same spot. You can even register for unique, hand-crafted items from sites like Etsy.

Plus, Babylist lets family and friends “register” for acts of service such as extra meals, pet-sitting, or anything else you might need help with while you’re in the hospital or caring for your newborn.

And that's not all. When you start your registry, you’ll receive a free “Hello Baby” Box, which is filled with up to $160 worth of samples, as well as coupons and other goodies.

Best Perks: Target

Target

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With more than 1,800 stores in the U.S. and free shipping for online orders over $35, Target is a convenient and popular option for your friends and families to shop for baby gifts. From car seats and baby slings to clothes and bedding, Target features a huge selection of name-brand and affordable baby products, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one baby registry.

Once you register, stop by guest services at a store to pick up your welcome bag that’s stuffed with $80 worth of coupons, samples, and other goodies. The registry allows family members and friends to pitch in to buy a single gift, so you’ll be more likely to receive some of the big-ticket items on your list.

And two months before your due date, you’ll get a coupon for 15% off any items remaining on your registry, plus anything else you’d like to add.

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Best for Multiple Stores: MyRegistry.com

Wrap Top Baby Outfit | Tea Collection

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If you can’t make up your mind about where to register or you know that you absolutely want baby items from several different stores, you may want to consider MyRegistry.com, a universal registry. The site allows you to add gifts from any store in the world, even if they don’t have a website.

MyRegistry.com makes it super easy with an “Add to MyRegistry” button that you can place on your bookmarks bar and then just click to add items. If you’re shopping in a store, simply scan any product’s barcode or snap a photo using the MyRegistry app with your smartphone to add items to your registry. You can also sync your baby registries from other stores, so friends and family members can view all your selections at one time.

And you’ll still get to enjoy some of the after-baby discount perks such as completion discounts from those retailers. It’s the perfect way to get those benefits, while still managing your registry in one place. MyRegistry.com also allows you to tastefully register for cash gifts in case you’re trying to save up for a nursery renovation or college tuition.

Best for Twins: buybuy BABY

Baby Jogger® City Mini® GT Double Stroller

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With its great selection, buybuy BABY has become the go-to place for an all-in-one baby essentials store. With its tremendous selection of products, from strollers and diaper bags to breast pumps and bottles, BBB is perfect for parents-to-be of twins who have a long list of necessary baby items.

And if you get overwhelmed by all the options, you can schedule an in-store appointment with one of the store’s registry consultants, who will guide you through the store and your decisions. And if the total value of gifts purchased from your registry exceeds $1,500 (which probably isn’t that hard with twins!), you'll earn unlimited free standard shipping for your babies’ first year.

When you create a baby registry with BBB, you'll also receive a goody bag full of samples and coupons. Other fantastic perks are BBB’s 15% off completion discount of 15% off and their return policy of up to 90 days after your due date, even if you don’t have a gift receipt. BBB also offers a price-match guarantee and because they’re a sister company of Bed Bath & Beyond, they honor that store’s popular 20% off coupons.

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Best for Nursery: Pottery Barn Kids

Kendall Convertible Crib

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If a stylish nursery and adorable baby décor are high on your priority list, Pottery Barn Kids is a great baby registry choice. Their high-quality, beautiful collections are a bit pricier than some other retailers, but they’re very functional and durable.

With organic bedding lines and Greenguard Gold Certified furniture, PBK offers products that you can feel good about putting in your baby’s nursery. And if you love customized keepsakes, there are plenty of blankets, bags, towels, and other items that offer personalization. With the Pottery Barn Kids baby registry, you’ll receive a 20% completion discount for six months after your baby’s due date.

Best for Furniture: Crate & Kids

Milo Velvet Glider and Ottoman

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With a huge selection of unique and stylish baby gear, Crate & Barrel’s Crate & Kids is another fantastic choice for chic nursery décor and furniture. Although they only have about 40 stores in Crate & Barrels across the country, their website is user-friendly and convenient.

Popular registry items include trendy diaper bags, adorable bedding, playmats, as well as their high-quality, durable cribs, rockers, and other baby furniture. Once your baby arrives, you have three months to get a 15% discount on the remaining items on your registry.

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FAQs

What is a Baby Registry?    

A baby registry is a list of baby products from retail stores that you would like to receive in preparation for your baby’s birth. It lets your friends and family members know which items you want most, and it also gives you a way to keep track of your baby gear before the baby’s arrival.

You can include anything that you’d like on your registry, from infant care products like bottles and onesies to big items such as strollers and car seats. Some parents-to-be create registries at multiple stores or use a universal baby registry to pull baby items from various stories into one checklist.

How Does a Baby Registry Work?

Similar to wedding registries, a baby registry can be viewed online by friends and family members who want to buy a baby gift for you. They can select a gift that fits their budget and once they buy it, that item won’t be available for other people to purchase from your list.

When Should I Start a Baby Registry?

When you start a baby registry is totally up to you, but there are some general guidelines to make it easier for those who want to buy gifts for your baby. You should try to get it completed before the baby shower invites go out, especially if there are specific items you really need and want.

It’s common for many women to start their baby registry at around 20 weeks when they know the gender of the baby. However, some women get started earlier, at about 12 weeks, and include lots of gender-neutral items. Many online baby registries even allow you to start working on your registry in private mode if you’re not yet ready to share your news.

What Should I Put on a Baby Registry?

Compiling a baby registry can feel like an overwhelming task, especially when you get lots of input from friends and family members. You can use checklists of baby essentials to help you build your registry and make sure you’ve covered the basics. 

You’ll need newborn care products, such as bottles, blankets, and burp cloths, but you may also want to think about toddler gear such as larger size clothes and sippy cups. For big items, look for products that will grow with your child, such as convertible car seats and a high chair that turns into a booster seat.

What Should I Not Put on a Baby Registry?

What you include on your registry is really up to you, but you’ll want to stick to items that are practical and, of course, safe. Although some stores still sell crib bumpers, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend against using them. 

Experts and parents also suggest not including too many bibs, baby toys, or dressy clothes on your registry. Your baby won’t really need a lot of them and you’ll most likely receive them from people who don’t consult the registry. And before you register for a breast pump, make sure you check with your health insurance because most will cover the cost of a rental or new one.

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