Congratulations! You have a new baby on the way. Parenthood is a grand adventure and so much joy lies ahead of you.
Since you are newly pregnant, you may want to set up a baby registry sometime over the next few months.
A baby registry will allow your family members, friends, and coworkers to purchase much-needed maternity, baby, and postpartum items for you and your expanding family.
In Tucson, there are five different stores where you can register in-person for baby clothing, nursery furniture, books, and gear.
The process works like this. You make an appointment to set up a free baby registry (*you may be able to walk in during non-busy seasons). You will then download an app on your phone where you can quickly and easily scan items that you need and/or want for baby's arrival. You can add almost anything - board books, baby carriers, car seats, onesies, rockers, and strollers. Your family members and friends can then search for and purchase items that you have pre-selected.
There are four Bed Bath & Beyond locations in Tucson:
Bed Bath & Beyond offers an established baby registry with plentiful inventory and a few perks. When you register, you'll receive a free goody bag with samples and coupons. The store also offers a 10% completion discount, which allows you to purchase the items on your list at that discount.
Although you may think of Bed Bath & Beyond as a bath & bedding store, you can find lots of baby gear both in their stores and online - strollers, car seats, monitors, baby bath tubs, diaper bags, carriers, booster seats, toys, and clothing. As a bonus, you can also add registry items that aren't solely in the baby realm like a new coffeemaker, a blender, or a cozy throw blanket.
MORE INFO about the Baby Registry at Bed Bath & Beyond
There is only one buybuy BABY in Tucson, which is located on the northwest side of town in the Foothills Mall at 7475 N. La Cholla Blvd.
buybuy BABY is the only "exclusively baby" store in Tucson that offers a baby registry.
Their collection of baby products includes:
Monitors, gates, and safety essentials
Swings, bouncers, and playards
Bathtubs and accessories
Strollers and car seats
Bassinets, cribs, and convertible cribs
Diapers and diaper bags
Personalized baby gifts
Baby toys, books, and games
Baby food and fun feeding tools
Crib sheets, blankets, and bedding
There are perks for registering at buybuy BABY. For example, the store accepts competitors’ coupons and offers a price-match promise! They also offer hassle-free returns, comfortable feeding and changing rooms, and free gift-wrap service in-store. Plus, you'll receive a free Goody Bag when you open a registry.
MORE INFO about the Baby Registry at buybuy BABY
Mildred & Dildred, a locally owned toy shop at La Encantada Shopping Center, does not have a formal baby registry with all of the bells & whistles. That being said, they have a delightful and whimsical selection of unique, handmade, and beautiful toys, books, and games. If you prefer to stay hyper local and support a local shop, you can go into the store and request a "baby basket." Essentially, you'll pick out items that you like and put them in a basket. Your baby shower guests can then come to the store and request your particular basket from which they can select a gift. Mildred & Dildred is locally owned and offers complimentary gift wrapping services.
There are seven Target stores in the Tucson area:
Target's baby registry comes with the following perks: a free welcome kit and a 15% discount on all of your registry items 8 weeks before baby's expected arrival.
Like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target is an excellent option if you have family and friends all over the USA since the store boasts 1,200 locations, free 2-day shipping on orders of $35+, and free order pick-up. They also offer a limited price match guarantee, which includes competitors like Amazon and Walmart.
Another great perk is that Target offers maternity clothing, nursing bras, postpartum care items, prenatal vitamins, and other products you may want before and after your pregnancy.
MORE INFO about the Baby Registry at Target
There are 19 Walmart stores in Tucson and 4,756 Walmart stores in the USA.
When you register at Walmart, you will receive a free baby welcome box. As an added bonus, Walmart offers "free and easy returns" for up to 1 year on eligible registry items, which can be super handy for new parents as they figure out what products work best for themselves and for their baby.
MORE INFO about the Baby Registry at Walmart
In addition to the above options, there are a number of registries available online. We, however, recommend that you register and shop local. Even if you choose a national retailer, by choosing to register at one in our community, you are helping to keep local dollars here in Tucson.
Quick note: Babies R Us closed in Tucson in 2018 and Kids Center (a local toy & gift shop) closed in 2019.
Again, congratulations on your new baby! Warmest wishes from the entire TucsonTopia staff!