I’ve been writing about baby stuff since 2010, and I’ve seen a lot. When it comes to registering — ughhh, I can just hear a collective sigh from the audience.
I know, right?
Registering is right up there with taxes and dental cleanings (for me, at least).
Even if you don’t need to register because you don’t anticipate or expect gifts, it’s a good idea to keep all your “wants” in one place.
I want to introduce you to my friends over at Babylist. They have a great tool for registering.
- You aren’t married to one store. You can add anything from any store: Target, Buy Buy Baby, Nordstrom, Etsy? Sure, why not.
- You can conveniently (and subtly?) include requests for help and favors in your Babylist registry, like a home-cooked meal or an hour of babysitting. This is great for people who want to help and contribute, but might not have the funds.
- Price comparison & price/stock updates: Babylist sends email alerts when there are price changes or availability updates on your baby registry.
- There’s a great (free) app for iPhone or Android.
- If something goes wrong, you can talk to a person — simply email or call with questions or comments (her name is Angela, and YOU WILL LOVE HER and her Southern accent.. or any one of their other three Happiness Heroes).
- After you register, you can order free registry insert cards. If someone is throwing a shower for you, they can drop the registry insert card in your shower invitation so nobody has to play the awkward game of “Where did Waldo” register.
- Gift-givers can buy their items in store or online – so grandma can still buy your gift in store. No need to do all the newfangled “online shopping.”
- And finally, if you’ve already started a registry somewhere else, Babylist will link out to it or transfer all the items over (so you don’t have to re-do that work).
Ok, I’m done. Go check out Babylist. Tell ’em Meg sent ya.
– Meg & Friends at Lucie’s List