How to Use Your Babylist Registry as a Holiday Wish List
How to Use Your Babylist Registry as a Holiday Wish List
October 4, 2022

How to Use Your Babylist Registry as a Holiday Wish List

Babylist editors love baby gear and independently curate their favorite products to share with you. If you buy something through links on our site, Babylist may earn a commission.
Pinterest logo.
How to Use Your Babylist Registry as a Holiday Wish List.
How to Use Your Babylist Registry as a Holiday Wish List

If you’re a parent to younger kids, especially if it’s your baby’s first holiday season, the winter holidays can sometimes mean lots of presents. In order to get ahead of the gift giving (thank you, well-meaning family members) and ensure you get what you really want and need, you might consider creating a holiday wish list.

Just like a baby registry, a holiday wish list of desired gifts for your baby or toddler can help guide family and friends toward the things you want your little one to have. And the good news is that if you already have a registry on Babylist, you don’t have to start your holiday list from scratch somewhere else.

Here’s everything to know about using your Babylist registry as a holiday wish list, plus some ideas for what to wish for.

How to Use Babylist for Your Holiday Wish List

You’ve had your baby, and you’ve moved on from your baby registry, but don’t feel like you have to abandon the platform you know and love if there are more gifts you’d like to ask for. Babylist works just as well for holiday and birthday wish lists as it does for baby registries (and you can easily keep your Babylist baby registry going if you still need it).

To create a separate, from-scratch wish list, make sure you’re logged in and go to https://www.babylist.com/lists. You’ll see your baby registry there, and you’ll also see where to create a new registry.

holiday-wish-list-demo

Once you’ve chosen a title and URL for your wish list, it’s time to start adding items. Unlike when you created your baby registry, there’s no quiz or walkthrough, and you can ignore most of the “Finish Your Registry Setup” action cards (except adding your shipping address, don’t forget that!).

Still have that Add to Babylist browser button? It works just the same as with your registry. Add any item to your wish list from anywhere on the internet with just a couple of clicks.

And of course the Babylist app still works perfectly for a holiday or birthday wish list, and so do the product guides. There’s even a whole section of our website dedicated specifically to holiday gift guides to make it easy to find things to add to your list.

Don’t want to start from scratch? You can easily repurpose your existing Babylist registry into a wish list. (Just be sure to remove any information about your due date and baby shower, since it’s no longer a baby registry.)

And if you still have items on your baby registry that were never purchased, that’s even less work for you to do—if you still want those things, leave them on your new wish list. But if there are registry items on there that you don’t want anymore, you’ll have to manually delete them.

Why Make a Holiday Wish List for Baby?

We get it, you may be thinking that it’s just another thing to add to your holiday to-do list. But making a wish list for your little one’s holiday gifts can make things easier on both you and your family and friends who want to buy gifts for baby. A wish list enables you (and baby) to get what you want so you can avoid gifts that end up as clutter. It also answers a question you’ll inevitably get over and over: “What should we get the baby for the holiday?”

If you had a Babylist baby registry when you were expecting, you probably already understand the perks of having a list of your must-have and most-wanted items readily available online. An online holiday wish list has the same perks:

  • Easy to curate
  • Easy to organize by category
  • Include direct links to specific items
  • Easily include correct size and color info
  • Easy to share (you can even share on social media or via text)
  • Reduce the risk of doubling up on gifts since purchased gifts are automatically removed from the list
  • Have the option to see what’s been purchased (and who bought it)
  • Provide buying options so gift givers can choose their preferred store (Note: not every wish list website has this perk, but Babylist does!)

What Should You Put On Baby’s Wish List?

If you’re not sure what you need or where to start, or if you’re feeling like the list of things is neverending (understandable; babies seem to need a lot of stuff), our suggestions for what to include and how to organize your list can make the process feel more manageable.

Holiday Wish List Gift Ideas

You’re obviously not limited to these ideas; put anything you want onto baby’s wish list! But these are the most popular wish list items that family and friends love to give:

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Experiences: zoo memberships, indoor playground passes, subscription boxes, classes—experiences are perfect for receiving from family who live far away, especially if anyone is traveling for the holidays (so you don’t have to cart back gifts or make extra space in your luggage).
  • Baby gear
  • Keepsakes

The number of items on your list will be determined by a few factors, including the amount of space you have for new things in your home, the number of loved ones you anticipate getting gifts for your little one and how many you think they might give, any budget/gift price agreements you may have made with loved ones (assuming they actually stick to that agreement—if you have a family member who likes to go overboard every year despite being given a spending limit, narrowing your list by cost can help keep them in check) and whether you prefer a more minimalist approach to gift giving.

As you start gathering ideas for baby’s wish list, here are a couple more things to consider:

  • Start by adding everything you want/everything that catches your eye, then pare down the items based on what you and baby really want.
  • Don’t expect to receive everything on the list. It would be amazing if you did get everything you asked for, but keep in mind that the longer your wish list is, the less likely you are to get everything on it.

Organizing Baby’s Wish List

Using Babylist for your child’s holiday or birthday wish list means you have the capability to organize your items into categories, which can make your curation process feel so much more streamlined. Specific categories can also help your friends and family as they’re going through the list and deciding what to get. There are a few ways to organize a wish list, and you can choose the one that works best for you:

By general category:
By minimalist category:
  • Want (toys or fun extra gear)
  • Need (stage-based items or bigger gear you may be missing)
  • Wear (clothes and accessories)
  • Read (books!)
By price range:

(Totally customizable based on any budget you’ve set; this is just an example of ranges that can help others decide what gifts to give):

  • < $25
  • $25–$50
  • $50–$75
  • $75–$100
  • $100+

If you have multiple kiddos, there are two ways to create holiday wish lists for each of them (regardless of age difference):

  • Create separate wish lists for each child, or
  • Create individual sections or categories on the same wishlist, one section for each child (this will help limit the number of links you end up sending out to family and friends!)

Ready to get baby’s wish list started?

It’s easy to transform your Babylist registry into a holiday wish list for your child.

Don’t have a Babylist account yet? Click here to get started from scratch!

This information is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. We do not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here. Babylist may earn compensation from affiliate links in this content. Learn more about how we write Babylist content and the Babylist Health Advisory Board.