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Amazon Baby Registry Start Up Guide

As any brand new expecting couple understands, the process of starting a family is daunting, from conception, to appointments, to dietary restrictions, to the unsolicited advice to the actually prep for getting ready to add a brand new member of the family.

It’s a good thing that there is a lot more technology these days that is taking the headache out of some of the items on the long to-do-list.

In my day, over a decade and more ago, if you wanted to create a baby registry for your family and friends who wanted to help you out with your initial childcare expenses, you had to load yourself and your growing girth in the car, stand in line for a clerk who’d give you a scanning gun and then, you’d have to waddle all over a big box store like Target or Walmart scanning items to add to your list. After that, you had to go back in line and have another clerk upload the list. Phew!

These days, there is Amazon Baby Registry

Here is how it works:

Got to the Amazon Baby Registry landing page and click the “Create a new Baby Registry” button.  You’ll be directed to a page with questions you need to answer, enter the address to have gifts sent to and then create the registry.

After that, you can start adding gifts you want. As you probably already know, Amazon has the Earth’s Biggest Selection of products to fill your house with all the right baby things.

Now, here is a bonus that you get with Amazon that you won’t get with other one off stores, if there is a product that isn’t carried or available on Amazon, you can add it using the University Registry option. It’s a browser plug in and you can add items from any site to your registry.

Mobile On the Go

If you are not at your desktop and you think of something to add, you can do it via the Amazon app on your phone. It allows you to access and update your registry whenever you want, from wherever you are.

Instant Organization

Once you’re done with your registry, Amazon works its magic and organizes it by categories to make it easy for your family and friends to search and decide what they want to buy.

Publish It

Once  you’re done, you can decide if you want to make your registry public so anyone can find it by  searching your name.

You can also limit your registry so that only people with the link can access it. Or you can make it totally private to yourself only as you build it out and before it’s ready for public consumption.

Gifts for Parents Just for Creating the Registry

When you sign up, Amazon sets you up with a welcome box with up to $35 worth of baby products. Yay!

Option for Group Gifters

When your co-workers, or college friends want to go in on one large expensive gift like a stroller, glider or car seat on the list, they can utilize the Amazon group gifting option.

Friends and family or coworkers and associates can pitch in towards the purchase of one costly item.

The average annual cost of diapers for the first year of life for an infant is $550.

Another option for friends who want to help offset the expense of a new baby is for them to contribute to Diaper Fund. Friends and family can contribute any amount of money, up to $550 total, toward diapers.

You’ll get this money in the form of an electronic Amazon gift card, which can be used toward diapers and a variety of other eligible baby products as well.

For Gift Givers

All you have to do is go to the Baby Registry search page and look for the name of the mom-to-be, pick gifts, then check out. You can opt to pitch in towards a large group gift or contribute to the Diaper Fund.

If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you’ll have to spend at least $25 to be eligible for free shipping. If you have Prime, you’ll get the regular, two-day free shipping rates you’ve come to know and love.

What happens if you don’t get all the items on your list

Once you’re registry is closed, or after baby is born, you can go back and order items unpurchased for 10% off or 15% off if you are an  Amazon Prime member.

Returns are Generous and Easy

If you have to return an item, don’t worry about rushing because Amazon gives you an entire year to return items from your list! That’s the best part if you ask me!

And you have no store to drive to, just print out the return label and drop it off at an Amazon location or ship it back through regular carriers like USPS.

Start your Amazon baby registry today


Solved: Problem to No Live TV on Your Chrome, Firestick or Roku (REVIEW)

Remember, when I shared that my family was cutting the cord and ditching cable television?

It’s been 8 months and counting and all is well. We barely miss it.

The downsides to curb cutting:

One of the things you don’t get to do is channel surf, you know, going up and down the dial looking for a show. Not that many people do that much anyway given a lot of folks binge watch their fave streaming channels or know precisely what they want to watch.

The other thing we missed was local television. We had tried to use a generic antenna to get a signal but recall, we live in a heavily wooded area and the signals couldn’t cut through the trees. It is the same reason why satellite television was not an option or alternative to cable back when we were first considering to cut the cord and exploring options.

Well, about a few months ago, an innovative company that produces this thing called ClearStream TV contacted me and asked me to test it out.

In a nutshell, it is a digital tuner that lets you get picture clear over-the-air television wirelessly. I didn’t think it would work. We had tried the updated versions of TV rabbit ears and just got static and fuzz. Boo!

With ClearStream TV you don’t connect the device to the TV but to the antenna in the back. It works with other modern streaming sticks like Roku, Chromecast, Apple Fire Stick, Apple TV , iOS and Android phones, tablets and other devices! Sweet!

Picture Quality is Tops

Here is how clear the picture quality is when we set it up in our basement:

To work it , you simply connect the ClearStreamTV Digital tuner to your HDTV antenna and plug in the power adapter. Download a free companion app to the Android or iOS smart phone, tablet or streaming devices.

That’s it! Follow the on-screen instructions (like in this video below) to connect ClearStream TV Digital Tuner to your in home wireless network, use the device remote to scan the available channels and you get to watch all your fave live, network TV shows FREE! No need to get subscriptions like the ones they offer on Amazon Prime or Hulu.

The only thing is that you have to hope you pick up all the best over the air channel. We get all of our local except CBS via our DirectTV NOW subscription (our early solution to get local TV which is important if you have children or commute to work, you need local news)  so we only wanted that channel, the CW and a few others so we were happy with the channels that came up for us.

Love it!

Antenna Boost in a Wall Frame

Another bonus is a brand new option: a  photo frame that is like an amplified indoor HDTV antenna disguised as a photo frame. You can actually put an 11 x 13 photo in it. Embedded inside the frame is the antenna. It can amplify the feed for over 50 miles.  This means if it is connected to your toddler’s tablet, you can stream his fave PBS show from the nearby park or while playing in the backyard as you garden or grill in the summer. That’s a powerful range. Hang it on the wall and angle it towards the sky.

Before this option, people would have a random black object on their wall that stands out and could look unsightly or not blend in well with the rest of the decor. This eliminates that problem.

Easy To Install

It took us (well my 15-year old son) only 15 minutes to hook up and connect the entire thing! That’s not even the best thing,  because you are essentially turning your  TV antenna into a WiFi antenna, you can pause, rewind and record live TV shows!

Now this is the solution for those who miss Live TV with their Chrome and who didn’t want to invest in another subscription. No need to.

That was the other thing we cannot do with our streaming: record TV and this lets us do it. Well we’re playing around with this function now! I”ll keep you updated.

Even More Cost Saving Than Before

It’s a superb cost-saving means to watch TV for FREE. The tuner retails for $129.00 which is not bad because you don’t have to pay for reoccurring monthly fees as you would Prime, Amazon.  The tuner pays for itself after a year or so when you’re done paying those monthly fees.  It gets great ratings on Amazon by verified purchasers. If you get a splitter, you can connect multiple devices and really make it work for the money, and get your investment to really stretch.

I am so excited about this because now I feel like my Cord Cutting adventure has had a successful run! Woot! Get yours today!