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Trust us, we’re not judging you for not having your Christmas cards in the mail yet this year… or even for just thinking about it for the first time during this holiday season. We get it. But, if you’re feeling the twinge to send cards this year, consider using one of these Christmas card apps that make sending cards easier than building a gingerbread house.

Ink Cards

Christmas Card Apps- Ink Cards Logo

Available for: iPad, iPhone, Android

If you love pretty, designer holiday cards, Ink Cards is going to be your favorite new app. You can upload any picture from your phone, or one of your social media accounts, and even edit it as you’d like within the app. Then, simply choose your favorite card, personalize it and add any messages you’d like to include, add recipients from your phone’s address book and pay to send them. Cards cost approximately $2 each, including postage.

justWink

Christmas Card Apps- JustWink App Logo

Available for: iPad, iPhone, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire

JustWink is a card-sending app that specializes in sending digital greeting cards… for free! Once you’re in the app, pick your card, add a photo and message and even a personalized signature. Then, choose how to send your card — via email, Facebook or text. You can add multiple people to send it to and it delivers it to them immediately. JustWink will send old fashioned paper cards for a fee as well, approximately $3.50 per card, although Christmas delivery is no longer guaranteed.

Red Stamp Cards

Christmas Card Apps- Red Stamp

 

Available for: iPhone, iPad, Android

Another Christmas card app that will have you swooning (and, likely hugging your phone with excitement!) is Red Stamp Cards. A spin-off of the popular Red Stamp Cards website, where you can send both paper and digital greeting cards and invitations, the app is just as fantastic and the card selection is top-notch. Pick your card, add your photo and custom message, then save it to email or send digitally via social media straight from the app. They will also send traditional paper cards or postcards for you, starting at $3.

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Tykester knows leaving your kids is hard

You don’t have to be a new mom to know being away from your kids can be tough. Whether your little ones occasionally stay with friends or family members, or you drop off your child with a caregiver each day, wanting to check in is natural. Calling all the time can be awkward, either because it’s inconvenient for you or for the person in charge of your child. Paper notes passed between parents and caregivers at the end of the day feel a little incomplete and can get lost in the car before you even have a chance to look at them.

Tykester

Tykester app helps parents and caregivers stay connected

The Tykester parenting app is an amazing — and paper free! — way for parents to connect with their children’s caregivers when on the go. Updates can be done in real time, so parents know if kids are currently playing outside or just woke up from an extra-long nap. Not only does Tykester let caregivers provide current, detailed information on children, it gives parents the opportunity to feel connected to their little ones. Knowing your toddler had a super-short nap before you pick him up can help put parents in the right frame of mind for the mood their child will be in when you arrive.

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The Tykester difference

Not only does Tykester give parents more detailed access to their children’s days, the app is helpful for caregivers as well. Available as a free app for mobile devices and desktops for both iOS and Android, Tykester is an easy way for anyone to stay connected with their caregivers — and because it’s free, parents can connect with regular childcare providers, family members, or even friends watching their kids for the afternoon. Instead of filling out several forms saying the same thing, for various parents, caregivers can update a group of parents with one click of a button. Playing outside? Fingerpainting? An entire group of parents can be updated with the information instead of a paper system that involves multiples copies containing identical information. Solid communication goes both ways — parents can check in quickly with the “What’s Up?” feature of the app. Learn more FAQs about Tykster and find out if it’s right for your family.

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Why Tykester will work for you

Even if you don’t use a childcare provider on a regular basis, Tykester is a fantastic app for on-the-go parents. Parents can use Tykester as a stand-alone app to track their child’s patterns in behavior, moods, eating, and sleeping. Moms and Dads can use it to communicate, and it is a fun way for grandparents to see a tot’s schedule in action before coming over to babysit for the day. Tykester can even be used to share photos.

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Print photos you love

Don’t let all those adorable photos sit in the black holes of your camera’s memory or your computer’s hard drive. With so many places to print photos, you can keep your current favorites displayed in your home all the time. Printing Instagram photos may quickly become your home decorating guilty pleasure.

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Printstagram brings your Instagrams to life

If you like Instagram, you’ll love Printstagram. Prinstagram takes your most-obsessed over Instagrams and delivers them to your house without sacrificing anything you love about the app. Their square prints are their hottest item, but there’s so much to love about Prinstagram you won’t want to stop there (Printstagram, $12 for a set of 24 prints). You can order your prints pre-framed to hang in your home, and your kids will swoon over a Tinybook filled with 24 photos of their favorite people and adventures (Printstagram, 3 for $10).

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Costco Photo Center provides quick, quality print photos

You’ll want to print your photos in bulk at Costco after you see their quality prints! With overnight delivery available to their warehouse locations, Costco is a fabulous option, especially for those of us who suddenly realize we need seventy-million photos printed, because we haven’t done it in almost a year. (Costco Photo Center, prints start at $0.13). Costco even has an app available that lets you upload and print your photos from everywhere, which means your vacation photos can be waiting for you by the time you get home.

Speaking of Instagram, are you following these crush-worthy Instagrammers? Their photos will inspire you to take even more fabulous shots.

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Use Kindred for photo books

If you love adding a personalized touch to gifts, try the Kindred Photo Books app for inexpensive, high-quality photo books. Each book is a six-inch square and contains up to 20 of your favorite photos. The adorable books are only $5 each, with a monthly app subscription of $6. Kindred Photo Books are a thoughtful — but easy — gift for grandparents and anyone else who can’t get enough of your little ones! (Available for iOS and Android, $6 a month.)

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Print photos you adore on canvas

We all capture them, occasionally, the sort of photos we know we want to display in our homes for more than a few weeks. Have your most-loved moments printed on canvas for wall decor that looks neat and professional. Canvas Champ prints your photos with a 100% quality guarantee, and one of the best things about their service is each canvas is printed and ready to ship within 48 hours (CanvasChamp.com, starting at $10). That’s quick enough for even the most impatient decorators!

Little changes can make a giant difference in your home. For more decorating inspiration, check out these 10 ways to brighten your home decor.

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Who to follow on Instagram

Ahhhh…my favorite topic: Instagram

I love Instagram. It’s my favorite social media platform. Everyone who is anyone has an Instagram account, but which savvy Instagrammers tell the best visual story? Which photo storyboards are the most compelling? Which Instagram photographers make you want to double tap whenever they share a special moment of their life? Most importantly, which IG’ers avoid jamming up your precious feed with in-your-face spammy content and actually post rad snapshots? Whether they are strategically staged or on-the-fly, the best Instagram accounts are the ones that inspire and make us smile.

Superstar Instagrammers have a very special skill when it comes to visually laying out their photo stream. They have transformed their Instagram feed into their very own media channel or lifestyle network complete with video and they are not afraid to edit. See, even you can have an OWN, GOOP or Food Channel network courtesy of Instagram without even realizing it.

jugglinginheels 

Instagram | Blog

Meet Sarah. She’s got style, grace and a fantastic story. From her OOTD and trendsetting fashion finds, to her family travels, home decorating and soirees, she takes and posts fantastic Instagrams with real zest for life. She calls it chaos, we call it sassy.

Who to Follow on Instagram

drewbarrymore

Instagram | Blog

Remember my bestie, Drew? Well, she’s a mom just like us. But the thing most don’t know about America’s sweetheart, Drew Barrymore, is her Instagrams ROCKS. Between sweet mommy pics, and BFF weekends away with Cameron and Reese (Obvs, my invite must have been stuck in my SPAM folder,) her IG’s always put a big smile on our face.

Who to follow on Instagram

alicedubin

Instagram | Blog

She probably doesn’t know it, but I have quite the girl crush on our next Instagrammer. The blogger responsible for Homebody In Motion has beautifully designed an Instagram feed for her followers to join her on life’s big adventures: A new home, traveling the world and now? Mom to newborn twins!

Who to follow on Instagram

hollywoodhwife

Instagram | Blog

It has been proven by Laura, the curator behind Hollywood Housewife, that a little bit of this, plus a little bit of that, equals a whole lot of awesome. Laura is one of the few IG talents that has successfully created a platform that feels like an on-going novel you secretly hope never ends. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Laura’s are worth a million.

Who to follow on Instagram

mydiaryofus

Instagram | Blog

Her IG bio states she is a “Blogger. Wife. Dog Mom. Food Addict”. I’ll be honest, I’m obsessed with Leigh Ann Chatagnier’s food styling. She takes foodstagraming to a whole new level and makes me oh, so very happy. Her blog is quite delightful as well and so are the photographs!

Who to follow on Instagram

michellenocera

InstagramBlog

Embark on an exciting wellness journey around the world, as stylish ex-pat and designer of FitandWellDaily.com, Michelle Nocera, shares her favorite destinations, explores new cultures and embraces different traditions as she discovers new people, places and things throughout her travels and adventures. Next stop…Paris.

Who to follow on Instagram

So whether you are looking to follow a traveler, fashionista, foodie or life stylist, this list should help you find the exact vibe to fill your Instagram feed.

Find us on Instagram: Savvy Sassy Moms | Nicole Standley

 

What’s your Instagram style? 

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InStyleNextIssueApp
Fall in love with fashion each fall

Fall fashion magazines are the style lover’s version of a Christmas toy catalog for kids. Fashion mags are crammed with fall fashion, the hottest designer ads, and the trendiest accessories and must-have wardrobe updates. They’re the perfect eye candy for a day at the beach, the long hours of a road trip, or the time between arriving at the airport and boarding your plane — but they’re heavy.

NextIssueApp

The Next Issue app lightens your load

With the Next Issue app, you don’t need to drag anything along with you except for an electronic device. You can install the app on iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and Windows devices. Let’s be completely honest — most of us don’t leave home without one of those things tucked into our bags already. The app is a subscription-based way to carry any fashion magazine you want, anywhere you want. Next Issue doesn’t only let you dream-shop your ultimate wardrobe.

Next Issue gives you options

The Next Issue app has two subscription options  — and they’re both killer deals. For under $10 a month you can access 131 magazine, and for an extra $5 you can add 11 weeklies for a total of 142 magazine. With all those options, you don’t need to only lust after the latest Marc Jacobs bag. See a beach house across the water you adore? Flip through a design magazine or architectural selection. Recipes, fitness inspiration and entertainment news are all at your fingertips — Next Issue even has kids’ selections.

Additional benefits of Next Issue

You create a library with Next Issue, and once you add a title to your library, your choices expand. Back issues are available to read. The app even alerts you when a new issue of one of your library’s magazines is available to read. The magazines themselves are more in-depth than the ones on the newsstand, with many of the selections offering digital-only content. You can try a 30-day subscription for free, and this is a fantastic time of year to do just that. From your last days at the beach to waiting in line in the school pick-up lane, you’ll have lots of time to read at your leisure.  You can try the Next Issue app 30 -day trail for FREE.

Would you want to try a magazine app?

 

Disclosure:  Savvy Sassy Moms was given a 6 month subscription to check out this App and nothing more. We do it all for you!

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Fitness apps keep goal setting fun

Health goals are easier to meet if you use tools to track your progress. Fitness apps make it possible to keep your fitness at your fingertips. Meals, workouts and even sleep can be tracked, logged and referenced while you’re on the move this summer.

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My Fitness Pal

Tracking what you eat has never been so simple. With an extensive database of food, plus the ability to scan package bar codes for nutrition information, My Fitness Pal is an easy, user-friendly way to track your food intake. Though the app bases its overall input on calories, it also tracks carbs, fat, protein, sodium, and sugar, so you can tailor your diet to specific health goals and plans. Your account can be used on the website or the app, so you can track everywhere — there’s even an option to input recipes directly from a URL, making it much easier to gauge homemade dishes. (Available for iOS and Android devices, free)

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Couch to 5K

Beginning runners, or those who want to be beginning runnings, will love the Couch to 5K app. One of the most iconic programs for building fitness from sedentary to 5K ready, the app has features that help runners follow the program. The program takes beginners to the finish line of a 5K in 20-30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for nine weeks. (iTunes store, $2)

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Sleep Cycle

Sleep is an underrated — but crucial — fitness component. Too little sleep will encourage your body to secrete hormones that make it more difficult to lose weight — not to mention how much more difficult it is to get up in the morning for your workout if you’re always exhausted. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app works in two ways. It analyzes sleep patterns, which can help you determine if your sleep is being interrupted during the night, even if you’re not fully waking. By analyzing your sleep cycle, it determines the ideal take to wake you — during a 30 minute, pre-determined window so you don’t miss your morning meeting. Waking at the right point during your sleep cycle will help you feel more alert and more ready to tackle your fitness plan. (iTunes store, $1)

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RunKeeper

RunKeeper is a powerhouse of a fitness app. It’s a GPS tracker, activity logger and personal trainer. RunKeeper integrates with your phone’s music to play in-app, so you can continue to receive real-time training updates about pace and timing. The app collects a bunch of data from your runs — and other activities like cycling and walking. You can also log workouts after the fact, follow training plans or design your own. Any level of fitness will benefit from this user-friendly, data-happy app. (iTunes store, free)

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Hot5 Fitness

Toning up can happen at home, not just at the gym. Hot5 Fitness is a library of quick, effective toning workouts that you can customize to what you need from a fitness app. You can do a 5-minute workout every morning to work your abs or a 45-minute yoga routine to increase flexibility. All workouts are synchronized to music that will motivate you — and you can even have friendly competitions within the app to push you even harder. (iTunes store, free)

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Gym Pact

If competition keeps you on your toes, Pact: Earn Cash for Living Healthy is the app for you. The app itself is free, and the premise is that a group of people pledges a certain amount of money toward a goal each week. If every person hits their goal, everyone gets her money back. Unmet goals means forfeiting your pledge, with the money split between the people who did meet their goals. (iTunes store, free)

Do you have a favorite fitness app?

 

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The season for gift giving

Late spring and early summer are prime gift-giving seasons. Besides December holidays, the end of the school year and beginning of summer put the most stress on gift-givers. From teacher appreciation gifts to graduation presents to wedding gifts, May, June and July calendars fill up with events, parties and end-of-the-year good-byes that involve gifts.

HipChip

HipChip simplifies group gifts

Group gifts let parents and friends simplify the gift-giving season — at least a little. Moms juggling multiple teachers and coaches can keep all their gift lists in one app, and HipChip is the ideal app for gift-giving a variety of different gifts.

Group gifts usually start with an email. A class mom takes the initiative to send out an email or chats with other moms at drop off. A mother or aunt shoots off a Facebook message to other family members about contributing money for a large wedding gift. Conversations volley back and forth about whether to give a gift or gift card, and then there are discussions about the amount for the gift card or to which store it should be given.

Of course there are awkward pauses about money.

Some moms have a single child in school and are ready to contribute a significant amount of money, where a mom with twins in first grade plus two other children might want to contribute a smaller amount but doesn’t want to feel she’s being unfair. HipChip smooths out the kinks in group gift giving.

HipChip

How HipChip works

With HipChip, all you really need to do is figure out who you want to invite to your gift pool. Once you input the email addresses for the group gift invitation, HipChip contacts your friends and even sends a reminder as your “close” date nears.

The organizer can see who has seen the invitation and who has donated, which can be helpful when you aren’t sure if you have the right email for people in your child’s classes or on your child’s sports team. One fantastic thing about HipChip is that only the organizer knows who’s contributed to the gift and how much has been contributed, which can eliminate some of the gift-giving pressure.

HipChip

What HipChip offers

In addition to HipChip’s ease of use, the app offers a truly wide variety of gift card options. From restaurants and retail stores to spas and charitable contributions, gift givers will find forty — and counting — options for their gifts. Once a gift pool has been established, the money can be used on one card or split up to five different ways. HipChip is truly an app that will work for any gift-giving occasion on your calendar this year.

A gift from HipChip

HipChip is offering Savvy Sassy Readers $10 off their first group gift of $50 or more. The exclusive deal is just in time for end-of-the-year teacher appreciation gifts. Start your group gift now — the link automatically takes $10 off your group gift.

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pinterest t-shirtDear Sassy:

It was over a month ago, but I still have a Valentine’s Day craft hangover because of the Despicable Me 2 Twinkie Valentines I had to make for my twins’ preschool class. The girls saw the blog photo over my shoulder as I was looking on Pinterest and I was suckered into being that mom who staples little overalls to each Twinkie to make it perfect. I even bought a hot glue gun. This is so not me, and I hated it. But all those sweet crafts and perfect party decorations people post on Pinterest are starting to make me feel terrible for not wanting to do those things for my kids. Doesn’t anyone just buy stuff anymore?

Dear Anticraft Mom:

Yes. Yes they do. In fact, lots of moms do. Especially because they have busy lives and no time to sit hunched over with a pastry bag and a Cricut paper cutter getting everything just right.

But there are plenty of people who do these things, and instead of letting them make you feel inadequate as a mother – as a person – think of Pinterest as a stack of magazines. Millions and millions of them. When you flip through, say, Real Simple and you see a cute craft for kids’ lunchboxes, do you then scramble to your kitchen and start cutting hearts out of whole grain bread for an adorable PB&J?

No. No you don’t.

(Well, some of you do, but this post is not for you. It’s for you to link and send to your friends who often express jealousy and thinly-veiled rage.)

You might dog-ear that page, or rip it out and pin it on your bulletin board, or let it get lost in a pile of other magazine pages you’ve torn out to save recipes or gardening ideas or a picture of a celebrity hairstyle you might want to try. And then you forget all about it.

With Pinterest, these torn out magazine pages are IN YOUR FACE with relentless cheerful pressure. The bombardment of just-so images can be overwhelming and make you want to curl up in a ball in the corner of the room eating M&M’s (the store-bought kind, not lovingly individually-piped preservative-free homemade chocolate covered candies) or at least running to the drugstore at 9:30 the night before Valentine’s Day to purchase the last 2 boxes of lame cards with Spongebob on them.

But you know what? That’s okay, too.

Parenting is such a stressful job all around. There’s absolutely no reason for you to pile more pressure on top of what you already feel. When you start to feel like a shitty mom because someone posted an edible Bunny Food recipe and you can barely remember the date of Easter, click away, my friend. Click away.

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(Incidentally, clicking away is the best antidote for most of the ills caused by the internet.)

Pinterest will be there — and it will be billions of pins stronger, like a boil that has swelled during the night — when you’ve regained your sensibilities and you’re ready to poke around again for some ideas for how to decorate your child’s playroom.

Side rant: must we keep using the phrase “bucket list,” even with activities for young children?

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I mean, imagine that conversation.

“Look, kids, I printed out this colorful Summer Bucket List from a blog I found on Pinterest!”

“Mom, what’s a bucket list?”

“It’s a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket.”

“What’s kick the bucket?”

“It means DIE.”

(Children are horrified, speechless for a moment.)

“Are we going to die at the end of the summer?”

“No, honey, it’s just an expression.”

(Kids walk away, not believing you, convinced they will die before Labor Day.)

The moral of the story? Be careful what you pin!

Send in your problem for Sassy to solve, whether it’s a parenting question, relationship dilemma, or a snafu with social etiquette and it may get answered in a future column. Sassy is here to help! Submit your question for Ask Sassy here! (Or just email me, darling. We can keep it between us. [email protected]) You can also follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page, where I share pro tips on life every week.

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Have you been keeping up with your new year’s resolution to get organized and stay organized? These 4 apps to keep you organized are designed to help you manage day to day appointments, calendars and keep your life on track.

Life Noted

Life Noted AppLife Noted merges calendaring, note taking, PDFs, photography and video all into one app. Start each day by viewing your notes, events and photos all in one screen. I love that you can customize your calendar by adding photos. You can manage multiple calendars and can choose to either show or hide each one. You can create a custom tag for certain events which helps searching for it that much easier! And how about those times where you have a baby in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. We all have those moments where we need to write a note before we loose the thought, don’t we? You can record your note to Siri and it will instantly be saved to your calendar — hands free.

Life Noted app is free and available for iOs

Mynd

Mynd App

The Mynd app not only keeps your calendar and appointments organized, but it takes care of everything in between. Mynd alerts you when to leave for a meeting based on current traffic conditions and launches a navigation app to get you there on time. It syncs with all your current calendars, Evernote meeting notes, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts. The attractive home screen shows you what time your next meeting is, the location of meeting, current weather and more. It’s an intuitive app that is very helpful for personal and work life.

Mynd app is free and available for iOs

Any.do

Any.do App

Any.do is an organizational app that categorizes your to-do lists by today, tomorrow, upcoming and someday. You can set reminders for a certain time or date or just for a particular date. Once you are done with a task or event, simply swipe to cross the task off your list. It easily syncs your tasks from your mobile phone to your home computer. This app sends you a friendly reminder to enter your to-do list for the day.I really love the no-frills, simple and clean design of this app.

Any.do app is free and available for iOs and Android

Cozi

Cozi App

The Cozi app allows family members to stay organized by sharing calendars, appointments, shopping lists and to-do lists. The app color codes each user, so you can see where the kids are and where they need to be next at a glance. You can send reminders to your self or other family members so they don’t forget important appointments. Another great feature is the Family Journal, you can quickly add notes and photos about a special family moment and share them via email or Facebook. The Meal Planner and Recipe Box feature allows you store save and store your favorite recipes to make family meals super easy. Family members can even see what’s for dinner each night. These features sync with mobile phone and a web version of Cozi as well. I love that this app covers everything a busy family needs.

Cozi app is free and available for iOs and Android

 What are your favorite apps that help keep you organized?

 

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Putting together a baby registry can be a very overwhelming experience. There are so many stores, boutiques and websites to choose from leaving you with multiple registries to manage. BabyList has simplified your baby registry experience with a unique website that is free and easy to use. BabyList is a beautifully designed site built by a mom for moms.

BabyList

When ex-Amazon software developer Natalie Gordon was pregnant with her son she wanted a way to avoid going through a department store with a price gun and be able to include “nontraditional” items on her list. BabyList was born!

BabyList is a free online service. Like Pinterest, you simply add a button to your web browser. Then you are ready to begin adding to and managing your registry list. It is that simple! No matter where you are on the web you can add any item to your BabyList registry, from cribs and bottles on babiesrus.com to frozen meals or money towards an eco-friendly diaper service.

BabyList

What makes this universal registry stand out is the easy to use and very practical features:

  • You can categorize or reorder your registry by clicking the Organize List button.
  • Automatically show all of the stores that offer an item.
  • Set your list to be private or public.
  • Show what has been purchased and who purchased it.
  • Share your registry by email, on Facebook or Pinterest

BabyList

Still feeling overwhelmed on what to put on your registry list? BabyLists features a collection of lists to inspire you. See what giggle, Women’s Health, The Land of Nod, and others say are must-haves for baby.

The BabyList Registry Checklist is a simple quiz with questions like, “Will you use cloth diapers?”, “What will the weather be like when baby is born?”, or “Which Friends character are you most like?” Once you complete the quiz BabyList will personalize a product list of items that fit your needs.

BabyList

Already have multiple registries set up? Don’t worry the BabyList staff will merge your registries for you! They can either add a link to your current registries, or move over each individual item to your new BabyList registry.

To make your life even easier, BabyList is now available for iPhone and iPad! Don’t worry Android users, you can sign up for a beta version now.

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