Gone are the days when expectant moms just went to their local Babies “R” Us store and registered for the baby items they wanted. Today, Moms are increasingly turning to the internet for their baby registries. There are many reasons to use online registries, including ease of use (shopping or registering in your pj’s!), nationwide or worldwide availability, simplicity of ordering and comparing items, and the unlimited options of using multiple shops.
In our Exploring Baby Registries series, we are aiming to demystify online baby registries by looking at the features of each one and giving you the information you need to choose which one is right for you! Come along on the journey, today we’re looking at Blueprint registry.
*Disclaimer: This post is not endorsed or sponsored by Blueprint. All opinions are my own and information obtained was from my own internet research. For more information about Blueprint, visit their website at www.blueprintregistry.com.
Blueprint is one of the newer online baby registries. You may already know about Blueprint if you used their online wedding registry. They also offer registries for fundraising or other celebrations.
What makes them stand out:
Blueprint is a very visual baby registry. When you’re creating your Blueprint baby registry, they have a room-by-room layout for building your registry. You can visually see what areas you’ve registered for and where you have yet to go. They will offer you suggestions for each room (or area) of your registry.
Blueprint’s website has Sample Registries and Gift Guides to help you find popular items that others register for. You can also register for gifts you find across the internet, from big box stores online to Etsy or other small unique shops.
Blueprint allows for “group gifts”, where a group of people can each pay for part of a gift for your baby.
Blueprint has an “add to Blueprint” button for your shopping convenience. Add it to your bookmarks, and you can quickly and easily add items to your baby registry you find while surfing the internet on your laptop.
Blueprint allows you to import your existing baby registry, to keep everything in one place.
Blueprint has a Gift Tracker, allowing you to manage your gifts and Thank You cards.
Blueprint has a 10% completion discount for select items on your baby registry you didn’t receive.
Blueprint also offers a free concierge call to help you get started or while you’re creating your registry. They also offer email and phone support for questions.
How to get started:
Starting a Blueprint registry was easy. You can start it on your laptop or on your mobile device. You will have the ability to customize it by uploading a profile picture and cover photo (it looks like Facebook!). You can also add a message to your friends and family.
If you’re using your laptop, you can get an “add to Blueprint button” that will make it quick and easy to add anything across the web to your registry. If you find something you like while on the web, just click the “add to Blueprint” button in your bookmarks and it’s added to your registry.
Once you’ve started your registry, your registry options will be laid out. You can go category by category and register for recommended gifts in those areas.
Blueprint registry works well on both mobile and laptop. However, if you’re building your registry on your mobile phone, you can only add items to your registry that are in their recommendations. You’ll have to move to your laptop or desktop and use their “add to Blueprint” bookmark button to add products from the web.
When your friends and family are checking out your registry, they have the option to ship the gift our home or theirs (you give Blueprint your address when you sign up).
Baby registries are not private. Anyone can search for your name and see your registry. You will be given a direct link to your registry that you can share with your friends and family.
Now, the fun begins! Go find your favorite baby products from across the web, and don’t forget about your favorite small shops!
And may I suggest registering for a Mega Mom Diaper Variety Package (or any Diaper Dabbler Sampler Package). It is the perfect gift to help you decide which brand of diapers will work best for your baby.
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