Your new bundle of joy needs more than a crib and some adorable onesies. These unconventional services provide more options, so you can register for everything the new baby could possibly need.
There are few things as exciting as preparing for a baby, but stepping into that big-box store to craft the perfect baby registry can be dizzying. For many new parents, the aisles are filled with a vast array of unfamiliar (and pricey!) options.
Our advice? Skip the store, get comfortable on your couch, and start the process with the click of a mouse. These unique baby registry websites manage to make the daunting task of curating a list of everything both parents and baby will need feel more approachable. From universal access to any and all stores to specialized functions like experiential gift options, these five unique sites are doing more so you can do less.
Worried you’ll be so consumed with the new baby that you forget to prepare dinner for yourself? Ask a friend or family member to lend a hand with Babylist. Did you just stumble upon the stroller of your dreams at an exclusive boutique? Automatically add it to your account on MyRegistry’s mobile phone app. Whatever the necessity, one of these registry sites is about to become your most-visited link.
The online powerhouse is also home to a universal baby registry (parents can select products from any online store!) that features free 90-day returns on most items and discounted rates. Prime members with a baby registry are also eligible for limited time offers like the Welcome Box, a free parenting eBook, discounts from Tiny Prints, maternity savings, and more. Sixty days before baby is due, parents with Prime will also get a 15 percent completion discount (non-Amazon Prime members receive 10 percent) on orders up to $5,000.
To help expectant parents tackle everything from product purchases to hiring a dog walker, BabyList is there to save the day. Users can not only add products from any online store (a simple bookmark button makes adding items a breeze!), but they can also register for favors, like preparing a meal or help finding the right doula, and ask for cash contributions for diapers or college funds.
Started by the founders of Honeyfund.com, a crowdfunding site for honeymoon registries, Plumfund tackles other life stages, like starting a family. The Babyfund option helps expectant parents register for financial aid to mitigate the cost of adding another member to the family. From baby clothes to cloth diaper cleaning services or even childcare, registrants can provide a breakdown of what the money will go toward. Campaign funds can be accessed using PayPal, WePay, or bank account.
With MyRegistry’s convenient bookmark option, parents-to-be can find anything online and drop it into their baby registry. There’s also an option to bundle registries you already have at other stores so friends and family can find everything in one easy-to-find place. The Universal Gift Registry also has a funding option, so parents can ask for help padding baby’s college fund long before their due date. If inspiration strikes while you’re out shopping, the service's online app allows you to scan any barcode and add it your wish list.
SoKind focuses on experiential gifts, rather than "stuff." Parents can upload descriptions of what they’re looking for—from babyproofing services to a prenatal massage—to share with friends and family. The calendar function allows a seamless delivery process, and the organization sends reminder emails to keep everything organized.