Best Baby Registry Sites: Babylist vs Amazon Registry

Last Updated: January 30, 2024
Liesel Teen, RN-BSN

By Liesel Teen

BSN, RN, Practicing Labor and Delivery Nurse

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Are you ready to create your baby registry but feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there? Look no further!

In this article, we will explore two popular baby registry platforms, Amazon and Babylist, and help you make an informed decision based on their unique features and benefits.

Whether you’re a tech-savvy parent-to-be or seeking a more personalized registry experience, we’ve got you covered!!

Plus, don’t forget to grab our FREE Baby Registry Guide PDF! It’s packed with helpful tips and insights, to make creating your registry even easier.

Ready to dive into the world of baby registries? Let’s take a closer look at Amazon and Babylist and discover the pros and cons of each platform. This will help you choose the perfect registry platform for you!

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Babylist vs Amazon Registry

We polled the MLN community and the majority of women use Amazon for their registry, with Babylist as the runner-up. These two platforms were far and away the most popular!

For the sake of thoroughness, I want to give you a list of things to consider when choosing where to register:

  • Variety of products: Look for a retailer with a wide range of baby products, from clothes and toys to strollers and car seats. You want to have plenty of options to choose from so that you can customize your registry to fit your needs
  • Ease of use: The registry platform should be easy to navigate, with clear instructions and helpful features like filtering options, search functions, and user-friendly interfaces
  • Completion discount: Some retailers offer a discount on any items that remain on your registry after your due date has passed. This can be a great incentive to choose a particular retailer for your registry
  • Registry perks: Look for retailers that offer perks for creating a registry with them, such as free samples, gift cards, or other rewards

Now, knowing that the two most popular platforms are Amazon’s Baby Registry and Babylist, I thought we could look at some pros and cons of each platform.

Baby Registry Guide

Amazon Baby Registry Pros and Cons

Pros of Amazon Baby Registry

  • Largest selection of baby products available: Amazon offers a huge variety of baby products, from popular brands to harder-to-find items and specialty brands
  • User-friendly interface: Amazon’s registry system is easy to use and navigate, making it simple to add and manage items on your list
  • Free shipping for Prime members on eligible items: If you have a Prime membership, you can take advantage of free shipping on eligible items, which can save you money in the long run
  • Option to receive a completion discount: Amazon offers a 15% completion discount on eligible items remaining on your registry that weren’t purchased, allowing you to save money on the things you still need (read the fine print here)
  • Free and easy returns and exchanges: If you receive a gift that you don’t want or need, Amazon makes it easy to return or exchange the item for free for up to 1 year
  • Group gifting: Amazon’s baby registry does allow for group gifting on more expensive items
  • Diaper fund: Amazon has a diaper fund option that people can contribute to, but be aware that the funds will be delivered to you via Amazon Gift Cards

Potential cons of Amazon Baby Registry

  • Shipping times may be longer for some items: Depending on the availability of the item, shipping times may be longer than you’d like
  • Third-party sellers: While Amazon offers a wide variety of products, some specialty items may only be available through third-party sellers, which may have less reliable shipping and customer service. Be mindful of this when adding items to your registry
  • Limited ability to customize registry layout and appearance: Amazon’s registry system offers limited customization options, so you won’t be able to create a unique look or layout for your registry

Babylist Registry Pros and Cons

Pros of Babylist Registry

  • Universal registry: Babylist allows you to add items from any store or website, so you’re not limited to just one retailer. This is a huge benefit if you know you want to register for items from multiple different websites
  • Customizable: You can personalize your registry by adding notes, photos, and even experiences (like a meal train or diaper service)
  • Cash gifts: Babylist allows for cash gifts, which can be used towards bigger items or items not found on traditional registries
  • Group gifting: You can add expensive items to your list and allow guests to chip in together
  • Completion discount: You get access to a 15% completion discount to the Babylist shop
  • Free samples: Babylist partners with some brands to offer free samples and discounts to registry creators
  • Mobile app: The Babylist app is user-friendly and allows you to scan barcodes in-store to easily add items to your registry

Potential cons of Babylist Registry

  • Not as well-known: Babylist is not as widely used as some other registry platforms, so some guests may not be familiar with it
  • Potential shipping issues: Because you can add items from any store, guests may accidentally ship to the wrong address or use the wrong shipping method
  • Transaction fees: Babylist charges a transaction fee for cash gifts, which can be a downside for some users
  • Limited perks: While Babylist does offer some free samples and discounts, they don’t have as many perks as some other registry platforms

Final thoughts

Wrapping up, I want to put it out there that you don’t actually have to register in just one place! I have been invited to plenty of baby showers where the expecting parents have two registries – and I didn’t think anything of it.

Want some more support with the registry process? Our FREE Registry Guide is here for you!

We want to walk you through the process of creating a registry and help you make informed decisions about the items you’ll actually need.

This registry checklist is broken into nine essential sections. From there, you’ll find pros and cons of various options and other things to consider to confidently decide what your growing family needs.

Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking for the best of the best, we’ve got you covered with shoppable links to products at every price point.

Baby Registry Guide
Liesel Teen, RN-BSN

Liesel Teen

BSN, RN, Practicing Labor and Delivery Nurse

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