Best Amazon Features When You’re Having a Baby

Amazon is one of those rare things that can make the life of an expecting mom or brand new parent a whole lot easier. It  promises to keep your cheese puffs a secret, and may recommend a nice foot massager to use while you eat them and binge-watch Transparent. Here are the best deals and features available!

 

Subscribe & Save

Cost:

Free

What it is:

Have your favorite products shipped to you at whatever frequency you choose (monthly, once every 6 months, etc). You’ll also automatically receive a hefty additional discount, and if you subscribe to 5 or more items, another 15% off on top of that. You can check it out here.

What it’s good for:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Coffee
  • Formula
  • Toilet Paper
  • 2-ton bags of dog food
  • Earplugs

Amazon Family

Cost:

Free 30-day trial; $99 a year to subscribe (it’s essentially Amazon prime but the recommendations and hub is skewed to family.)

What it is:

A version of Amazon Prime that will provide recommendations tailored to you based on the reviews and feedback of other parents, eliminating the need for you to proactively go do things like research which diapers best contain the poo explosion currently gracing your lap. You can find out more about it here.

What it’s good for:

  • Save an additional 20% off diapers when using the Subscribe & Save option
  • Exclusive registry benefits
  • Endless streaming of kids movies and music (also adult stuff)
  • Free two-day shipping on everything
  • Share Prime Benefits with your family
  • Makes it easy to research which products are best for your family at every stage

Dash Buttons

Cost:

$4.99 each, but the first one is free with rebate.

What it is:

The Future. Dash buttons are literally physical buttons that you can put in places in your house and press them when you need a thing. Stick a Huggies Dash Button next to your changing table. Press it whenever you’re low on diapers and POOF, your diapers will be ordered, and they will be at your doorstep in two days. They are also coming out with a Amazon Dash wand thingy that looks cool. You can find out more about the Dash Buttons here.

What it’s good for:

  • Cleaning products
  • Formula
  • Diapers/wipers
  • Pet stuff

Prime Pantry

Cost:

$5.99 to ship one 45 lb. box of your choice of products (for Prime members)

What it is:

Click on products to fill your box, choosing from thousands of items. The site will tell you what percentage of your box is full, and you may need to buy yourself something nice to take it from 95% to 100%, if you know what I mean. You can find out more about it here.

What it’s good for:

  • Food and snacks
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cleaning products
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bags
  • Anything heavy you don’t want to schlepp
  • Razors if you ever want to shave your legs again (not recommended)

Amazon Baby Registry

Cost:

Free

What it is:

The baby registry that literally has it all. You can find out more about it here.

What it’s good for:

  • You can get literally everything you need for baby (or you) in one place
  • Search the registries of other parents to see what the heck you actually need
  • Create a Baby Registry Advice Team by asking friends and family for their recommendations
  • An automatic 10% discount (15% for Prime members)
  • Qualify for a free Welcome Box
  • A Thank You list that tells you who bought what
  • Free 2-day shipping for Prime members

Prime Video

Cost:

Free with Prime membership (Free 30-day trial; $99 a year to subscribe)

What it is:

Free streaming on thousands of shows and movies. You can also rent or buy new movies and shows a la cart. You can find out more about it here.

What it’s good for:

  • Entertainment for you during the hundreds of hours you will spend feeding the baby
  • There is nothing good on actual TV in the middle of the night, and you will be awake then.
  • Watch new-ish movies from the comfort of your home to pretend that you’re still culturally relevant while not leaving your house because you just had a baby

Prime Music

Cost:

Free with Prime membership (Free 30-day trial; $99 a year to subscribe)

What it is:

Amazon’s answer to Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, etc. Free streaming on tons of music for kids and adults. You can find out more about it here.

What it’s good for:

  • If you’re already a prime member, it eliminates the need to pay monthly for another music service
  • Unlimited on-demand streaming
  • Curated playlists and personalized stations (ad-free)
  • Add your own CDs and listen through their app or site
  • Includes over a million songs
  • Can play that demonic Kidz Bop Album ad nauseum when your baby is screaming in the back of the car and nothing else will quiet them

Deal of the Day

Cost:

Free (early access to deals for Prime members)

What it is:

An excuse to go shopping (a single item or small set of closely related items discounted for one day only) You can see what’s on ‘baby’ today here.

What it’s good for:

  • Get crazy-good deals on selected items each day
  • You can convince your partner that you really have always wanted a portable DVD player with a built-in gogo gadget arm

Additional stuff:

  • Coupons! Clip now, because later on you will be busy, and also have poop on you.
  • Here are a bunch of awesome videos about how to do things like install a car seat, or why you might consider a breast pump.
  • There are also some Kindle deals but really – people with newborn babies are not big into reading, unless you count trying to decipher the very confusing instructions on the back of the formula container.
  • Shipping is free on orders over $35 if you don’t have Prime. If you’re close to the $35 and don’t want to throw money at shipping charges, consider adding on items like diaper cream, wipes, pacifiers, bibs, burps cloths, board books, socks, teethers, or other small stuff to get you over the $35 mark.
  • Head to camelcamelcamel to see the price history of any item on Amazon. You can also set price alerts and they’ll send you an email if the price drops.

Amazon Prime costs $99 a year or $10.99 a month to join, but the savings add up quickly. Also, as a new mother, you can’t put a price on “not having to think about stuff for a while.” The more you can prepare now by stocking up and setting up auto-delivery for essentials, the more time you’ll have later to coo over your perfect pudgeball, instead of trying to remember when you’re out of Clorox.


Erin Williams is a new mom to little lady Lucy, which she blogs about at goosecamp.co. Her interests include teaching herself how to make janky crafts, the new trend of “joggers” aka socially acceptable sweatpants, and eating pizza 3x a week while trying to stop looking like she just had a baby. She’s also the co-founder and maker of weird little things over at glamcamp.co, just in case you’re in the market for a tiny George Washington pillow with real wooden dentures or an embroidery kit about how few fucks you give.

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5 Comments

  • Oh. My God. How have I NEVER heard of Amazon Dash before?! That is literally like the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of before. Seriously, I want like 5 MILLION of these buttons, stuck all around my house. I had no idea Amazon was so family oriented, but it looks like I need to learn a bit more haha. Thanks so much for sharing <3

  • Subscribe and save is THE WORST. Disappointed you guys would recommend it. It’s fabulous in theory but definitely check the reviews (I also used it for a year) – they’ll raise the prices without you knowing (even after an email telling you the current price) so please be careful! Love me some Amazon prime (two-day shipping is a no brainier with a baby) but I cancelled all my "subscribe and saves" after I paid $75 more than my "confirmation" email.

  • And don’t forget about Alexa. I love our Amazon Echo. It has been so helpful with Mommy brain for making grocery lists, playing music and even setting timers for potty training.

  • Unfortunately Amazonhas just dropped the 7 day price matching. :(. Doesn’t hurt to still ask, but apparently there were apps coming out that took advantage of it so they have stopped (other than TVs.). I also have to point out the wonderful website/tool CamelCamelCamel which will show you the price history of an item on Amazon. You can create price watches as well and they will notify you when an item hits your desired price. So without the price adjustment, you can at least know if you’re paying a historically good price for that item.

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