Why Amazon is the Best Thing Ever for New Parents and Parents-to-Be
Once you become a parent you realize just how much time you actually had sans child. Seriously – the struggle to fit it all in is real! Since joining the parent club one of the last things I want to do is spend any of my precious time lugging my little one to and around the store for diapers or food. And finding the right time for such an expedition is another story entirely – baby's schedule becomes a serious matter a few months in.
Luckily Amazon has strapped on the superhero cape and swooped in to rescue new parents from this problem. Seriously – Amazon is the best thing ever for busy parents and parents-to-be. Want to know more?
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You may already use and love Amazon – I know that I was a fan before I became a parent. But they've managed to do something really amazing with their programs for parents at a time when life is full of new challenges: they've made life easier.
Want free samples of popular baby items to try before you buy? Done. It's easy to qualify for their free baby welcome box.
Want to create a baby registry that isn't limited to a specific store, lets you set priority levels and quantities so that friends know what is most needed, allows your family and friends near and far to shop and ship straight to you, and allows for free returns for 90 days on most items? Done. In fact, you can easily add items to your registry online, not just through Amazon's site, but through their app which allows you to add items from other retailers – even in-store so you can see just how that stroller maneuvers in-person.
Babies are expensive. Amazon not only typically has the best prices on items you'll add to your registry, but they'll also give you a 10% discount on any items that family and friends may have missed, but you'll still need. Unless you're a Prime member – in which case the discount jumps up to 15%. And that's not the only reason that Prime rocks. You're going to want to hear more about this one!
Have you ever found a really great deal on something online, only to begin the check out process and see that the shipping charges are even more than the item itself? I'll admit to ditching many a cart of can't-miss deals after facing crazy shipping charges. Thankfully I never need to worry about that when I'm shopping Amazon Prime.
You can find free 2 day shipping on tons of eligible items and if you're fortunate to live in one of the 21 cities with Prime NOW you can score free same-day delivery. Let's talk about how amazing this is.
Say you're running low on diapers, the toddler is crying, and you're just trying to make it to naptime. You can visit Amazon and find a show for your toddler to watch with Prime video (unlimited streaming of tons of kid and family favorites) so that he'll stay busy while you order your diapers, wipes, and maybe even pick up a new book for your Kindle (we can dream, right?) Then all you've got to do is hang in there until naptime!
If you want to be sure that you never run low again, Amazon Family will help you to set it and forget it. Signing up means a 20% discount on diaper and baby food subscriptions. It's easy to adjust amounts and size up or down on diapers as needed, plus you can easily compare prices to see you're getting a sweet deal and never having to run to the store at 10pm with spit up on your shirt and who-knows-what on your sweatpants. (Not that anything like that has ever happened here … )
If you're ready to simplify your life, you can sign up for Prime anytime. If you're still not sure, consider the fact that you can try it out – for free – for 30 days. What do you have to lose?
So, you've started your baby registry and started to explore the many benefits of Prime. Make sure you don't miss out on any of the other great features that are available to you as an Amazon member.
Using Amazon Subscribe and Save allows you to automatically restock the most used items in your home with a 10 to 15% discount (coffee anyone?), and since you've signed up for Amazon Family you're saving 20% on diapers and baby food, right?
Don't forget that while Amazon is great for those staples, it's also the ideal place to shop for larger purchases as well. Want to find ideas for the perfect first birthday gift? Find age-based recommendations and check out ratings and reviews on products before you buy. Baby ready to move out of the bucket seat and onto a convertible car seat and you want to be sure you're getting the right one before making a big investment? See what other parents have to say and easily compare prices on models.
Of course, the fact that you can do all your important shopping from the comfort of your couch is right there at the top of the list for things that make Amazon amazing, but did you know that you can also feel even better about your purchases thanks to Amazon Smile? Select your favorite charity and each qualifying purchase you make will result in a donation. You may even be able to donate to your neighborhood school!
Let's review: the best baby registry around, all the benefits of free shipping and shopping from home, and saving money in the process seems to confirm what we've been saying – Amazon is pretty much a real life superhero for parents and parents-to-be.
The first step to savings is to sign up for your own Amazon Baby registry.
There are tons of benefits in addition to what is highlighted above, and you can claim your FREE Welcome box after just a few simple steps.
Check it out here!