Baby shower registry lists – guide to choosing registry and products

So what is a baby shower registry list? Well, it’s pretty straight forward. It’s a a list of things parents (you) need or want for the baby. Sounds easy enough. But I know it may seem daunting. Babies need so much stuff. And where to register? If you read this article, I promise you will get some clarity. I will go through some of the most popular, and in my opinion, best baby shower registry lists. We will also have a look at checklists for must haves and the avoidables.

Are you still wondering why you should do this? I can give you three good reasons,

  1. You help your friends and family giving you gifts you truly want and need, where to buy them and no risk of duplicates
  2. It’s a great way to organize what you need for the baby.
  3. You can often get additional bonuses
which is the best baby registry list

Which is the best baby registry?

Well, that depends on you and your needs. You should know that there are store registries and universal registries. Some are online and some are store based. The registry can be online or physical. There are even registries that combine lists from different stores and retailers.

I will go through 4 of the most popular ones. They’re all a bit different and have different perks. FYI, there are no store registries included. I will summarize everything for you. Let’s get started.

Amazon – my number 1 choice in baby shower registry lists

Amazon is great. They have almost everything you can ever think of. Big and little. Napkins, monitors, books, and furnitures. And their prices are often the best you can find online. They ship fast, even free if you shop for $25 or are an Amazon Prime member. Except from the millions of cheaply priced products, you can add stuff from any other online store.

amazons baby registry

Store or universal registry?
Amazon is a universal baby registry. That means you can add gifts from any other website.

Online and/or physical store?
Amazon is only online.

Negative things?
No physical store – everyone is not comfortable shopping online

Any Bonuses and perks?
Yes, there are more than this, but these are the best ones.

  • A 10% completion discount (the items left on your registry)
  • Amazon Prime members get 15% completion discount, a welcome box with free samples and other discounts.
  • Amazing customer service and trusted returns and exchanges.
  • Free extended return period – 365 days.
  • Group gifting – people can contribute to bigger and pricier gifts.
  • A Thank-you-list that makes it easy for you to send your thanks. I like that people can choose to be anonymous here.

MyRegistry – all stores in the world, one registry

This is a universal registry like the others, but it’s still very different. It’s not store based. MyRegistry just sync baby shower registry lists from all the stores you want. What makes them extra special, is that you can add items not just from online shops and websites, but from any physical store you want. For website you can use their browser button and in-store you can scan barcodes with you smart phone (you just need their app to do that).

baby shower registry MyRegistry

Store or universal registry?
MyRegistry is truly universal. Add stuff from any website or store you and your guest have access to.

Online and/or physical store?
Online and any store you want in the world.

Negative things?

  • You might miss out of some discount perks.
  • It can feel a bit complicated and not as easy as some of the other registries.

Bonuses and other positive stuff?

  • The obvious – you can add things from any store, both online and irl.
  • You can register for cash gifts (although there are fees). Maybe you’re building a nursery.
  • Sync all your registries here – you can still get some of the discounts by doing this.
  • Beautiful eCards to announce and share your registry.

Target – both stores and website

Target hits number 3 on my list and has a very simliar offer compared to Amazon. It’s a universal registry and your guests can choose to shop online or in a physical store. The prices are great and you’ll get some bonuses. I guess it comes down to which shop you personally prefer.

baby shower registry lists on Target

Store or universal registry?
Target is a universal baby registry, so you can adorable stuff from Pottery barn kids and Buy Buy Baby.

Online and/or physical store?
Both online and nearly 2,000 stores in the United States.

Negative things?
They have a lot more stuff online compared to in-store, you need to know how your guests shop

Bonuses and other positive stuff?
Of course you get a lot of nice stuff here as well.

  • Free welcome kit ($100 value) with samples, coupons and varying goodies.
  • 15% discount on the remaining items on your list 8 weeks before due date.
  • 365 days registry returns.
  • 2-day shipping on orders over $35.
  • Gift tracking, see who gave you what.
  • Group gifting where your guests can contribute to larger items.
  • Checklist to make your life easier.

Walmart – convenient and with price match guarantees

Walmarts baby shower registry list is pretty awesome. The best part is the combination of online and physical stores and that it’s a universal registry. That makes it super convenient for your guests. They can choose what ever they want. It’s a one-stop shop for a lot of baby items. Another nice thing is that they offer a price match guarantee for baby products. Including Amazon and Target.

universal baby registry at Walmart

Store or universal registry?
Walmart is a universal baby registry. That means you can add gifts from any other website.

Online and/or physical store?
Both online and over 5,000 stores across the US.

Negative things?

  • No baby shower registry list discount upon completion.
  • Returns must be made in person.

Bonuses and other positive stuff?

  • Free welcome box. Baby essentials up to a $40 value of products to try & more.
  • Next-day delivery on $35 orders
  • With the Walmart app you can manage your list from your phone where ever you are.
  • A virtual registry assistant that provides recommendations.

How to create a baby shower registry list

It’s super easy. And I’ll make it even easier for you. Just click the link you’re interested in and I’ll send you to the page where you fill out a form and get started. Keep on reading here if you want tips on what to put on your baby shower registry lists. There are also guides on all the different sites if you prefer that.

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What should you put on your baby shower registry list?

Does the whole thing feel daunting? Don’t you know where to start? Let me help you. There are a bunch of stuff all parents need. Here are some essentials. Try to make sure that there are always both cheap and more expensive items on the list so that everyone can get something that’s affordable to them.

  • Car seat for infant
  • Stroller
  • Crib, mattress and sheets
  • Baby bouncer
  • Activity center
  • Baby monitor
  • Bottle, breast pump and/or formula
  • Diapers – disposable or cloth
  • Changing table
  • Wipes and diaper cream
  • Bathtub of some kind and toiletries
  • First aid kit for babies, including thermometer and nail clippers
  • A few toys
  • Baby clothes – they grow very fast so don’t get to much
baby shower list items

How many items should be on your baby shower registry list?

I don’t think you should worry too much about this. Just make sure you really want and need the things on your list. It’s very easy to get carried away. You can add and remove things all the time. If you want something to relate to, users on Babylist had an average of 120 items on their registry under 2018.

What should you not put on your baby registry?

Don’t add things you don’t need. That sounds simple enough but it’s actually really hard. When you start looking through baby registry checklists and baby registry ideas, it’s so easy to get caught up in WANTING. I mean, you want the best for your baby, and everything is so darn cute. But, trust me, unnecessary things just takes up your already crowded storage space and are a hassle to get rid of.

After 2 babies I know a thing or two about this. Here are a few things that I found to be a waste of space and money. Stay focused and resist the urge, lol.

  • Baby shoes – shoes never stay on and can inhibit normal growth in infants
  • Wipe warmer – the wipes just dry out and the baby butt can handle room temperatured wipes
  • Baby towels and robes – they never ever stay on, and the diaper must on
  • Pacifier wipes – you will go crazy if you have ti use this every time the pacifier ends up on the floor
  • Diaper stacker – this is cute until you have to fill it or can’t reach your diapers, think practical
  • Bath thermometer – just use your wrists, it’s free and easy
  • Baby food processor – use a regular blender
  • Bumbo chair – don’t force your baby to sit up before it can, it’s also a safety hazard

All things are of course debatable and subjective, I mean all babies and families are different, but there are some kind of consensus among most mums around these items. A lot of parents also peg the Diaper trash can as unnecessary, but I absolutely love it. The special plastic bags does cost a little but they keep all stinky stank at bay. That’s worth something.

Store specific baby shower registry lists

I only included universal regsitries in my posy because that’s what I prefer. I don’t see the point in using a store based registry and limit myself and my guests to that. I want options. But feel free to disagree. Here are a few popular store baby shower registry lists to choose from.

  • Buy Buy Baby Registry
  • Ikea Baby Registry
  • Pottery Barn Kids Baby Registry
  • Crate & Kids Registry