Babylist.com is the online home of Babylist, a company that says they give people a chance to register for all their favorite baby products on one single registry, regardless of what store the item comes from.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, the creator of Babylist.com was pregnant with her first child when she realized how limiting and restrictive the traditional baby registry process was. While she did want to register for a variety of items, they weren’t all necessarily from the same store, and she didn’t just want to register for things you could buy from the store. She was also interested in registering for things like dog sitting services and some home cooked meals.
Since a registry this eclectic and all-inclusive didn’t exist, she decided to create Babylist.com. Since this company first launched, their website says that 1 in 5 first time families use Babylist for their registry and they have more than one million families using their website each month.
Babylist.com allows you to put any item from any store onto your registry, as well as to register for additional items like home-cooked meals, second-hand baby clothes, or help caring for a pet. They also let you register for cash items, like starting a college fund.
This website doesn’t only give their customers the ability to register for items from a bunch of different stores, they also provide them with a variety of guides for customers including Best Strollers, Best Car Seats, Best Baby Bottles, and much more.
Currently Babylist.com can be reached from a desktop computer, as well as on mobile platforms including iOS and Android.
Because some items will be purchased directly from Babylist, this website does not actually charge their customers any fees for using their service. The only time fees will be charged is when a cash gift is made using a credit card, and the fee of 2.9% plus $0.90 is intended to cover the cost of card processing.
Because not all gifts will be purchased directly from Babylist but will instead redirect customers to the original store to purchase, customers will need to first determine if the item they want to return comes from Babylist or another retailer. If it comes from another retailer, customers will need to go to that retailer’s website, find their Return Policy, and follow those instructions in order to successfully return their product.
If the item you are hoping to return was purchased through Babylist, you will need to contact their Customer Service team to return your item. They do ask that you include the Babylist order number in your email to make the process as fast and easy as possible.
All items purchased from Babylist are accepted up to 90 days from date of purchase and items must be in original packaging. Some items may have different restrictions or requirements, but these will be included with your Babylist product at the time of purchase.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them directly to their website through their Contact Us link.
This company does not appear to have many traditional customer reviews at this time, but new mothers on baby and pregnancy forums who have used this service appear to be really happy with both its convenience and its flexibility. Since it is free to create a registry, customers are welcome to try this product for themselves.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many different companies that offer customers the ability to create baby registries, including other websites which allow you to compile multiple registries into a single place, including MyRegistry for baby registries and Zola for wedding registries.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your Babylist.com reviews below.
6 ‘Babylist.com’ Reviews
I haven't had any problems with this website, except one: once someone reserves an item (even if they haven't purchased it) it becomes completely unavailable for someone else to purchase. This is annoying when the person who reserves the item(s) forgets to buy it or changes their mind. Only they can unreserve it, and I wish that I could. I've been giving people a week or two, but then I have to delete the item and add it again. Not the end of the world, but if they allowed the creator of the registry to unreserve items, I think the website would be damn near perfect.
People are complaining about it being difficult to return things or get things replaced, but I had no problem with that. As long as you have a gift receipt (or contact the person who bought it for you and get a receipt from them), then it's pretty easy. Most of the time, you have to contact the manufacturer, NOT Target or Amazon or Babylist or whatever.
I love this registry because it compares prices for your friends and family and I get an email telling me every time someone buys something right when they buy it. And they let you know if an item becomes unavailable or has a price change.
I made a registry and payed the shipping for my welcome baby box. Well my card was charged, I got an email with a tracking number. I waited. After waiting a week I checked the tracking number and UPS site stated they were still waiting on the PKG that only the shipping label had been printed. So I emailed the babylist customer service. They tell me ups lost a bunch of their pkgs that they would send out another one. Well long story short 19 emails and 2 months later still excuses and no new tracking number and of course no box! Oh and no money back!!!!!
I would give zero stars if possible. I ordered a baby carrier listed on a friend’s BabyList registry for $59. My credit card was charged $99. After researching, the carrier was actually 59 pounds plus shipping which converts to $99 US dollars. I contacted BabyList and they replied “sorry” our program does convert the price. Beware -false advertising with no intention of correcting their issue.
I strongly discourage you from using BabyList. I thought it would be easier to use one site that allows you to post from multiple stores, like Zola for wedding registries. However, you are FAR better offer having multiple registries w/ Amazon and Target than using BabyList. BabyList is not an accommodating universal site like Zola.
For one, BabyList does NOT update prices when they change at other retailers. So you can post something from Amazon, but the price may change significantly and you or your friends and family won't know until they attempt to purchase.
Second, if you list items from other retailers, BabyList doesn't transfer over shipping information so your family and friends have to ask you every time they purchase from an outsider retailer where to ship to. On Zola, it gives the purchaser the option of "buying" the items from outsider retailers by essentially giving you cash for that amount that you can use to purchase the item from the outside retailer. BabyList does not do this. This also means you cannot easily return, even for store credit, items that are bought from outside retailers. Whereas, if you have a registry with, for example Target, you can easily return for store credit anything bought by someone that you no longer need.
Third, BabyList doesn't price match and their items are much costlier. So even though you can list items from BabyList that are also sold by other retailers, on average the items from BabyList are near twice as expensive for the same item (check out Babyganics Wipes from BabyList v. Target).
Finally, BabyList's store has very limited options for sale. On most of the "Best of 2018" guides I've looked at on the website, the top ranked items are not even sold on BabyList. (see Best Travel Crib of 2018 and Best Humidifiers of 2018 and Best Disposable Diapers of 2018). Additionally, they only sell diapers sizes to NB to size 3, though they go up to size 6.
I used BabyList bc I didn't want people to have to look at multiple registries, but I ended up making multiple registires anyway and regret using BabyList.
This is the very first review I've ever written in my life. I'm writing it because as a first time mom to be, you want your baby registry to be easy breezy. While Babylist promotes itself in a way that makes it seem as though it is undoubtedly easy, allowing you to add whatever from wherever to your baby registry, it comes at a cost. If you have an issues with items purchased through Babylists ecommence portal - returns, deliverers, incorrect sizes, etc.... to get them fixed is next to impossible. Not only do you have to continuously chase their "Happiness Heros" aka Customer Support reps but even when you get a response it's incorrect.
Here is my main example( although I actually have several, I'm only going to explain this one). I had 2 baby showers in different states that were 2 months apart. After the first shower I changed my shipping address to the new location for the second shower, again as it was in a different state. Someone gifted me a baby carrier that they purchased through Babylist but they ordered it in the wrong size. I contacted BL customer support not once but twice until I got a response. They emailed me a prepaid label and told me once they received the incorrect size they would ship the new size. Within this email the BL customer service rep even specifically confirmed the address that it was going to be shipping to, which at was the correct address.
I waited a week and a half and heard nothing from them. So I contact support again. 2 days later they responded apologizing about the delay, told me a new one shipped out and provided me with tracking. Only the tracking was to the address of my first shower. Ok- this is a mistake I could see happening and so I didn't raise a fuss even though it meant when it arrived to the destination, it would need to be shipped to me, as i live in a different state.
So comes the day it's delivered. The person accepting the package does not receive it on the day it says it was delivered. Ok strange, maybe the postal service messed up. I wait 3 business days and still nothing. I thought perhaps it was stolen. So I contact customer support again. 2 days goes by, no one gets back to me, so I reach out again. Finally they get back to me and tell me that the item was in fact sent to THE GIFT GIVER and not to me the recipient/mom to be. Not even sure how the tracking could have read one thing but they claimed another. So no wonder it didn't show up, as it went to a different address than expected.
I wish it ended there but it doesn't. The customer service re emails me says something along the lines of "oh it shipped to so and so...is that the correct address... i've gone ahead and shipped another" So she shipped another before even allowing me time to respond to the email confirming the correct address -WTF? . It's the wrong address. How is this so complicated? I've skimmed my email chain with them and I told them the correct address to send it to 4 times, and 1 time it was actually confirmed with their rep.
With expecting your first child or even second or third, the last thing you want is any additional headache. I would not use Babylist again if I had to do it all over again, as it has caused unnecessary stress. Baby registries, baby showers and baby gifts are supposed to be the easy, exciting and fun parts of having a baby and not stressful. Sorry babylist to write this review but you really need to step up your customer service and pay closer attention to detail.
I signed up for this site thinking it would be different and cool. However as soon as I received a gift that was broken - the UBBI diaper pail, they refused to help me out. They stated because it was purchased through a secondary vendor they would not help me. Well after an exhaustive search with the gift giver's credit card (how embarrassing) - low and behold the item was purchased though the baby-list store. They again refused to help. I decided to contact UBBI - in less than 24 hours the UBBI company had a new pail in transit to me...what a difference in customer service. I suggest when picking a baby registry - go with baby bump or the other, more main stream sites that always outsource to amazon, target, babiesrus -so when there is an issue, those reputable companies will help you.
- New mommy learning new things.