Babylist Registry Reviews
Babylist Registry is a company that states they give customers a chance to register for all their favorite baby products on one single registry, regardless of what store the item comes from.
How Does Babylist 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 any experience with Babylist Registry or their services, please leave your reviews below.
Babylist Registry Customer Reviews
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Beware of Baby List
Horrible customer service! Be warned!
Received the dresser for the baby's room in a timely matter. As the gentlemen were unboxing the dresser, I ran downstairs to get them each a bottle of water.
They were downstairs when I gave them the water and signed the paperwork confirming receipt of the dresser. I immediately went upstairs to look at the dresser, my bad for not checking it before they left, and noticed there was damage to the top right corner of the dresser.
I immediately called the gentlemen to let them know the dresser was damaged. They told me I had to contact Babylist directly.
I did and all I have so far is an email stating "that the item was shipped from the vendor directly, and they can send out parts/pieces for damaged items". I don't want parts/pieces, I want a new undamaged dresser. That's what I paid for!
Poor cancellation option- non existent
Santa lists should stop by age six.
Horrible customer service
Horrible customer service.
Terrible customer service, you probably won't get what you ordered.
Poor customer service. AI chat is ignorant. Customer service will not talk to you, hide behind ignorant wall of chat which is unsatisfactory.
Agree 100%. Had the same experience. I had difficulties making a purchase and there was absolutely no customer support for this problem. Then I found the same item selling for 15% less on Amazon.
Increases costs, no safety net for returns.
They allow for group gifts, but in the fine print it says that you can only spend the funds at their store. You can't fix this once someone has already contributed to the group gift. Since their store charges more than other vendors, you end up wasting your friends' money.
They also are useless if you receive a damaged product from a vendor and the vendor does not respond to attempts to return the item. I understand this is their business model, however I found the babylist staff who responded to messages/inquires to be condescending and unhelpful.
They are essentially like an Amazon registry, but without the customer service, refund policies, or ease of use. They are not a small enough business to make it worth putting up with these additional hassles. I would recommend using another site.
Poor customer service
If I honestly could give them a 0 a would . I purchased Dr Brown’s Milk spa for my 3 month old . The item stopped working within a month of purchase. When I reached out about returning the item,
This what I was told : please read below . This is a nightMare to ask a new, non sleeping mom.
How is this helpful to a new mother. I really did not want a refund. I wanted a replacement. However. I do believe the machine may have been defective , but Babylist should be your advocate. When do we have the time to chase and call the manufacturer?
I do NOT recommend them ! They will take your money and if the machine breaks , then you are done . You can’t reach anyone by phone . You have no options . Order from Target , Dr Brown or Amazon. You will come out better .
Debbie Y. (Babylist)
Sep 19, 2022, 1:07 PM PDT
Thanks so much for reaching out to us about this. I'm so sorry you're having difficulties with your Dr. Brown's Milkspa Breastmilk And Bottle Warmer. Since this sounds like a manufacturing defect, contacting Dr. Brown's would be the best place to start. Click here to see their contact information.
In most cases, they can repair or replace a malfunctioning unit within their warranty period. It's also really important for them to record this information in the event other units are experiencing the same issues.
I've attached your receipt to this email should their team need it to help. While this is absolutely the first step in getting this resolved, rest assured that it's not necessarily the last.
It may take the manufacturer up to 10 business days to respond but please let me know if the manufacturer isn't able to get this taken care of for you. I'm always happy to help!
Debbie Y. • Happiness Hero Specialist
Horrible customer service
Horrible customer service! Sent wrong item and then wanted me to bring it to FedEx to return the wrong (large) item.
No compensation for my time or trouble.
Buy from Amazon or another retailer.
Customer Service and Returns
Terrible customer service. Received an item and opened it, did not work. Tried to return and they would not accept. They had an option in the return section for “does not work” and they would still not accept the item back. Told me I had to contact the manufacturer to get it replaced. Highly recommend not purchasing anything directly through Babylist.
Terrible Disorganized & unavailable
Worst company ever. It’s a 3rd party scam. I have ordered 3x for different showers. They sent all 3 without telling the sender. One was never delivered One order was received by someone other than me ( it had “not Purchased” when I ordered) No phone #. No response via email. Buy your gifts directly from Vendor. This website is horrid and mismanaged. Stay away
Do not use for a registry
Gift Cards only used at Babylist store. New Element of surprise for email.
Initially I was happy with this site because it allowed me to have baby items from other websites, so I could support etsy artisans and other ma and pa outfits...
BUT began to realize everything is geared towards their Babylist store.
A couple friends got me Babylist Gift Card, come to find I can only use the gift card on 17 of my entire list of my items! The support team seemed unbending, because the gift cards have no expiration date...and said we can buy diapers...and other consumable items, or car seats as the child leaves infant stage... However, if you do not log in after 6 months Babylist registry closes down from disuse.
Babylist compared itself to Target, in the way that gift cards are only redeemable at that store, but Target carries house hold goods and essentials, not just baby stuff.
I went with Babylist originally because I was opposed to Target and Amazon and I wanted to support small business.
....Now, I have to spend countless more hours trying to see what Babylist sells that crosses over to the ma and pa stores. And hope I can wheedle away at the generous gift card sum. Achieving my goals through this company feels like a let down. If not for the Gift Cards I would have given this service a 4 or 5 star Rating. In hindsight I would leave a note about giftcards on the intro page to avoid this situation... I did not educate myself about Babylist giftcard policy because I didn't imagine people would give giftcards.
Babylist gave a refund back to the patrons who had given us the gift card! I did not expect that from the company. This has saved me a lot of extra hassle during a time were my bandwidth is pretty low. And I am super grateful. It has allowed me to achieve my goals in supporting small artisans, businesses, and Eco-friendly products.
Element of Surprise with the registry....
The Babylist sends an email with the title- "someone is getting you something" every time someone purchases an item from the list. I just don't read these emails, and that way I remain unaware of who sent what.
In the registry when an item is purchased it says " Marked as Purchased" It doesn't give away the surprise of who bought it.
The emails, are useful to save for later- because they act as a catalogue for sending out thank you notes.
BUT Babylist has added a new element in their emails "someone is getting you something" during the period I have had my registry up! Now, there is an option that allows you to maintain the surprise or see who was the sender, so peeking at emails is not an issue.
I don't look in the boxes as they are delivered. I have my friend, pull out who it is from... (If that is included) and wrap the box nicely. In this way I am able to maintain surprise and not have the room look like a warehouse.
Babylist has been really easy to use and straightforward up until to the gift card frustration which was remedied through emails with their support staff.
DON'T DO IT!
Seems like an easy thing to have everything together BUT it makes returning hard. Some of the retailer are not affiliated with Babylist so when you return the product it will be a no receipt return which will take an amount of the regular price of the item.
Somethings ship from vendors directly not any of the stores you registered at so it's hard to know where it was purchased. To get what the gifter paid for your items PLEASE register with the actual store!!! Trust me it will save you the time and headache!!!
Babylist Hello Baby Box
The box that “comes” with the registry is very underwhelming. They charge you $10 shipping along with several other steps to qualify but it does not have $10 worth of stuff in it. I’m not sure if they forgot some of the stuff in my box, but amazons was much better.
Even target and Buy Buy Baby had equal to better boxes with less hassle. Besides a ton of ads, it contained a bottle, two pacifiers and a few SMALL samples of wipes, diapers and stretch mark lotion. Went through the hassle because I heard it was a good box and you received a bottle sampler, onesie, blanket, hats, etc but that must be the old box. Very disappointed.
Absolutely ZERO Surprise!
I was very disappointed to hear that my daughters, who had back-to-back baby showers, were able to see every single item that I personally bought for them.
Now while I think it's a great idea to have a registry, I think it's wrong that the surprise of knowing who bought the gift/s can be known ahead of time, instead of after the baby shower date.
Where's the Gift I Ordered??
Babylist receives a low rating because, after all, keeping track of items that have been ordered off the registry and shipping them in time for a baby shower is their job!! I placed my order one month prior to the shower date and received confirmation of my order and a notice that it had shipped.
So I waited. And waited. And nothing. I couldn't get a "live" person, their tracking tool only got me to FedX that said the order was pending, and their trouble shooting options were not satisfactory. I canceled the order. They refunded my money, but gave no explanation.
Fortunately, I was able to order the same item through Amazon. My gift will arrive just one day before the shower! Frustrating when I initiated my order a month in advance.
Ok. Just updating. Babylist came through and canceled the order for me. Thank you!