BabyList offers an offbeat spin on the traditional baby registry

June 17 2011 | offbeatbride
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When it comes to the world of baby registries, there are two main options: taking the more traditional route by hand-picking your items in a store, or using a redeem-as-cash registry online. Our sponsor BabyList is the perfect hybrid between the two. Instead of just turning all of your gifts into dollars, BabyList allows you to find items from anywhere online that'll ship to where you live and add them to your list. And I mean anywhere — you can add everything from that adorable owl earflap toddler hat you saw on Etsy to a pair of socks from a big box store with a single click.

Since the only baby registry I made two years ago involved cruising Target.com and adding stuff at random, I decided to try my hand at BabyList and see just how easy it would be to add the stuff I'd want for a new kid. After signing up, I followed the handy instructions for my browser (plus: BabyList automatically detected I was using Chrome. Niiiice.) and began the process. Wouldn't you know it — it's as easy as it sounds.

The first item I added came from Etsy, which I figured was simple enough. I decided to challenge the system and find out how easy it'd be to add something like prenatal yoga lessons. I picked two cities — a big one (San Francisco, CA), and a small one (Albertville, AL). I don't live in either city, but I wanted to see if a) prenatal yoga lessons for both cities were easy to find, and b) BabyList could add them both. Not only could I easily ADD the lessons, I could also leave notes saying when I could attend classes and which facilities I was most interested in — basically spelling it out for friends or family members who might be purchasing the gift in the first place.

Of course, you aren't limited to only items for your baby — I was also able to add swimming lessons for a fifteen-year-old and a membership to the Portland Children's Museum to my list. So basically, BabyList is rocking the registry world.

If you're curious, here's the sample registry I made — it's not the end all and be all, but just a few things I tried out for fun. To get inspiration for your own list, check out BabyList's compilation of their faves. Once you're ready to go, head over and create an account. Happy clicking!

  1. This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing! I'm pregnant with my second baby (another little boy) and people have been asking for a registry. I've been having a hard time coming up with one because what we actually need for #2 doesn't all come from one place. I was about to just break down and make several registries, all with one or two items each, but this is nice because I can put all the items from all the different places in one list that's easily accessible and sharable for the family. I also love that for the shower I can put fun easy stuff on it like our favorite diapers or gift coupons for baby sitting! I have been having way too much fun with it!

  2. I am pregnant with my first child and created a list on Babyli.st. I found the creation and management of the registry very easy.

    I also like how I could create registries elsewhere online, and then add that link to Babylist, my "real list".

    I also had some feedback for the creator and she was great at responding!

    Now if there was only a way to get people to buy items I actually ASK for on the registry, instead of picking up other stuff I need less because they couldn't resist… 😉

  3. This is fab! I was looking for something just like this 🙂 I especially like the fact that they encourage feedback on their list.

  4. Oh my freakin' God this site is so much fun. It's soooo easy to add and remove items. Hopefully the gift-givers will find it as cool as I do.

  5. I agree that this site is super easy to use, and very convenient- or at least it WAS. Today the site is down and the domain name avallable for purchase, and I've lost my entire registry! Emails to Natalie @ Babylist were returned undeliverable (rejected by the domain).

    • I've just encountered this same thing today and have lost my ENTIRE registry. I'm also having my baby shower October 6th and already ordered invitations that list this registry. Unbelievable. I'm SO upset. I have no idea what I'm going to do now, as I had items from all over on the registry. I hope this is all just a fluke and that they get it up and running again. If they really did let the domain run out without even so much as a warning to the users, would just be despicable.

    • Sounds like this is a temporary issue with their domain registration. They said on Twitter:

      It is a momentary fluke. We'll keep everyone in the loop. Nobody's registry is lost. Can be accessed at http://www.babylist.ca

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