As you probably know if you’ve been a reader here for more than five minutes, I love to keep things simple. Before Little Dude came in April, I was determined not to fill our tiny cabin with unnecessary baby items.
The baby gear industry–like the wedding industry–is huge, and if you buy everything that retailers suggest, you’ll need a whole new bedroom (with a big closet!) to fit it all. My goal, on the other hand, was to build a thoughtfully-curated baby registry of just a few items that I felt we would truly need and use.
Rather than creating multiple registries at stores like Target or Babies R Us, I wanted one simple, universal registry where I could add items from any store or online shop. I wanted to be able to research items on my own and not be limited to one particular store or get sucked in to what the industry recommended. In fact, I didn’t even want to go to a physical store to create a registry! As a one-car family, it’s easier (and more comfortable) to browse from home.
I searched online and found Babylist. It was exactly what I was looking for.
Babylist lets you build a registry that’s exactly tailored to your needs and wants. And because you’re saving all of your wish items in one place, it keeps things simpler for friends and family, too. They don’t have to track down or navigate multiple registries.
10 Things I Love About Babylist
1. You can add any item to your baby registry, from any store or online shop! This allows you to find the best prices on the items you want, so you can help family and friends save.
2. Babylist helps you promote small businesses. Although you’re welcome to add items from big box stores, you can also register for products from small businesses like Wild Mint, Spark of Amber, or your favorite Etsy stores.
3. Adding items to your list is super easy. If you’re using a computer, you can drag the Babylist button onto your bookmarks bar, and when you see an item you want online, just click the button to add it to your registry. Here’s a screenshot of an item I added from Amazon:
4. As you add each item, you can type in notes for friends and family. I registered for a couple of books off of Amazon, but specified in the notes section that it was okay if they were purchased used!
5. There are options to add non-traditional things to your registry, like requests for home-cooked meals or housecleaning. (Both are excellent ways to help a new mom, as I can attest!)
6. If you are registered at multiple stores, you can link them all to your Babylist registry so that they’re all in one place.
7. It’s easy for family and friends to find and use your registry. They can search using your name, or type in the unique registry link that you create. As they purchase items off your registry, they can mark them so you don’t get duplicates.
8. Babylist has apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad, so you can create and access your list from your device if you don’t want to use a computer.
9. The Babylist website has a crisp, simple layout that’s easy to navigate and intuitive to use. Plus, it’s gorgeous!
10. The team at Babylist are super friendly and helpful. I found that they are happy to answer questions or just hear feedback!
For a baby registry that will simplify gift-giving, I can’t recommend Babylist enough!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Babylist. All opinions are enthusiastically my own!