When you’re pregnant, you have a lot to do. And there are a whole lot of baby essentials you need to register for and stock up on– all before your baby is born.
I remember when I was pregnant for the first time, and I had registered in-store. By the time we left, I had been in the store for hours, and I was exhausted- physically and mentally. I still had more items I needed to register for, but there were so many things.
But there is an easier way than what I did- wasting hours wandering around a baby store, tiring myself out, and still not finding everything I needed.
The easier way to register is with an online baby registry.
So this post will walk you through, (with pictures,) how to set up a baby registry on Amazon. And the best part is you can literally start your Amazon baby registry in less than 5 minutes.
So here’s how to get started.
Click the button to start a new baby registry, (as shown above.)
You can disregard this step if you are already logged in.
On the other hand, if you don’t yet have an Amazon account, you can also click the button below the sign-in field to set one up now for free.
Note: The fields shown in the picture above may be subject to change with Amazon.
At the time I’m sharing this tutorial, the fields you need to fill in currently include the following:
You can put in your due date here. An estimated due date is fine if you don’t yet have an exact date or can’t remember what it is.
Simply mark yes or no.
Depending on the other settings you choose, you can choose not to do this.
But if you allow others to access your registry (either by having it public or by sharing a link,) AND you check the box that says, ‘Allow gifts to be shipped to my address from all sellers,’ this will allow any purchases made from your friends/family/acquaintances to be sent directly to your address.
This means your loved ones won’t need to worry about remembering your address, or have to ship your gifts to themselves and then have to find a way to get them to you. The gifts will be sent to you directly as they are purchased.
You can choose whether or not to register for Amazon Gift Cards, a Diaper Fund, and/or if you want to allow ‘group gifting’ for items priced over a certain amount. You can set the amount.
Just know that diapers, (unless you choose to do cloth diapering,) are going to be one of the most expensive recurring baby costs you’ll have, so a Diaper Fund can help with that.
You baby registry can be marked as public, shared, or private.
If your registry is public, this means anyone can see it or look it up. So if you tell a friend you’ve registered on Amazon, they can then look you up and find it- as long as they type in your name (or whoever’s name it’s under.)
With a public registry, Amazon also gives you the option to include your registry on TheBump.com (But you can still have it public on Amazon without sharing it on The Bump.)
The shared registry setting means your registry is not public, so people cannot just search it up on Amazon and access it. In order for your family and friends to see your registry, they will need you to give them your unique baby registry link, and then they can see it and choose to make purchases/give you gifts.
So if you do a shared registry, you’ll want to make sure you give the link to anyone you want to use it. For instance, if you have a baby shower, you’ll want to include the link on the invitation.
With a private registry, no one can access your registry besides yourself and anyone else who’s name is listed with yours on the registry account.
I suggest you only use the private setting if you set up the registry for your own personal use and/or the use of your baby’s other parent or caregiver. If you actually want someone else to get you gifts, you’ll want to choose either the shared or public registry setting so people can access it to get you things.
You can choose whether or not to get email alerts when someone purchases a gift, registry updates and discounts, and/or a baby registry email newsletter with maternity tips & deals.
This is basically just for security purposes and Amazon’s way of making sure it is a real person setting up the baby registry.
Congrats! You’ve successfully set up your Amazon Baby Registry.
Your screen will look something like the picture shown above.
You can start adding whatever items you want to your registry- either now or later.
If you don’t already have one, click here to download our free baby registry checklist. Or read our full post on all the baby items you need here.
Of course, Amazon has their own checklist of baby items, which is helpful. And a lot of the things on there are needed. But not all of the items on their list are 100% necessary, (in my opinion.)
If you set up a baby registry on Amazon, and complete their 3 steps, which currently are to join Prime, make a minimum amount purchase, and complete your baby registry checklist, they’ll send you a welcome box of surprise items for expecting parents and a new baby. (This is valued higher than the purchase you need to make to qualify for it.)
Note: At this time it appears they will only ship this to a physical address in the continental US.
Amazon will give you a discount on select items for some of the time you are registered. You can read their official rules regarding the current discount percentage you’ll qualify for and when you can use it. (You’ll benefit from the highest discount possible as a prime member.)
So those are the 4 steps you need to take to start an Amazon Baby Registry. Then you’ll be able to add whatever items you need to it. It really is super simple.
Even with taking screenshots as I was setting mine up, it only took me a few minutes.
I can definitely say it’s a lot faster to start an Amazon Registry than to set one up in-store elsewhere, (not that you can’t do that too!) And now that most people use Amazon and don’t mind shopping online, it makes it convenient for loved ones to get you registry gifts.
Before you go, grab our free checklist of baby essentials here.
I hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
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