Target's baby registry is the easiest one our editors ever used. Here's why

Target won our hearts by saving our valuable time and money

Target's baby registry is the easiest one our editors ever used. Here's why

Let's face it: Preparing for a baby is a lot of work! From attending prenatal appointments and making a birth plan to getting the house in order for a brand new baby, there's a lot to do… and not a lot of time to do it. That's what makes Target's registry such a dream: It allows expectant parents to simplify and streamline the process of registering.

Better yet? Target is making the experience even simpler and more advantageous than ever with a Year of Benefits. Just for registering, expectant parents can look forward to perks like a free welcome kit with coupons and free samples valued at more than $100, two 15% off coupons to help complete the registry, and one full year of hassle-free exchanges or returns. And as of August 2020, if you also sign up for Target Circle, you'll gain access to a full Year of Exclusive Deals on essential items in baby's first year. With everything integrated with Target Circle, enjoying the benefits is as easy as opening Target's app.

Here are a few easy-to-use features of Target's baby registry that have won our hearts (and saved us hours upon hours!).

You don’t have to guess

Whether you're new to parenthood or are expanding your family, there's always the unknown element about what you really need. And who has time to scour reviews of every single product? With Target's baby registry, you don't have to guess or spend hours doing research since their expert team has already curated lists with the best items.

You can explore nursery favorites to create your own cohesive collection of furniture, fitted crib sheets, swaddles and more… or tailor your search to filter items by ratings or price. You can even shop the Baby on a Budget checklist. Since it's Target we're talking about, you can trust they have extensive insights from other mamas.

The deals keep coming

Registering for a Target baby registry comes with tons of perks, but it's easier than ever to gain even more discounts. By also signing up for Target Circle, you can take advantage of a Year of Exclusive Deals, which includes discounts on must-haves like diapers and formula. As the name suggests, this perk will take you through a full calendar year, after your baby's arrival.

The prices are (truly!) unbeatable—and that’s before you add 15% off

When it comes to registering at Target, there's also a little something in it for you: The two 15% off coupons from the Year of Benefits program allow you to purchase any items left on the registry within eight weeks of your baby's expected arrival and for a year afterward.

With Target's price match guarantee, you don't have to spend time shopping around for the best deal. If there is a better price either on Target's website or with a major competitor (like Amazon, buybuy BABY, Walmart or more), Target will honor the lower price.

Returns are a breeze

When you register with Target, you don't have to spend time stressing about whether the items will work for your family. If you change your mind, you can return or exchange unused items for up to one year after your expected due date. The online return process is also extra simple: Just print a free return label and ship it off for a refund.

There are picks for every lifestyle

Unlike some registry checklists that seemingly assume all mamas have the same needs and interests, Target created lists to suit everyone. It's so easy to mix, match, explore and discover, especially because Target's universal registry even allows you to add items from other retailers. You can even keep items on your registry hidden if you don't want to share them with the world... and then apply one of two completion coupons to score 15% off when you purchase it yourself!

It’s just as easy for gift-givers to use

With Target's great price points and group gifting function, your friends and family can pick gifts that fit into their budgets. Instead of one person shouldering the cost of a big ticket item (like a crib or stroller), multiple people can contribute to the expense—so you end up getting a gift you're eyeing without one person taking on the entire cost.

We just love their exclusive baby brands

Not only does Target have the best baby gear items from national brands, they also have amazing in-house brands like Cloud Island and Cat & Jack. The cohesion of Target's designs makes it easy to customize the nursery of your dreams or get a jumpstart on your baby's amazing wardrobe.

The best part of Target's baby registry? Well...we can't pick just one part. It's the whole efficient, fun experience, which makes preparing for baby so much simpler. Enjoy creating your registry at Target and experiencing the Year of Benefits with a Year of Exclusive Deals, two 15% off coupons, a universal registry experience, a full year of returns and more, mama!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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