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Baby Gift Registries: Way More Fun than Dishware!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Years ago, I remember someone telling me that babies were cheap.  As in, “You might as well have a slew, ‘cause babies don’t cost nothin’.”

Well, I don’t know what they were talking about (or why on earth I was listening to someone who talks like that) because having a baby is an expensive venture!

There’s all the gear, furniture, and gotta-have paraphernalia, not to mention baby-proofing your house and decorating your nursery!  And the diapers…don’t forget the diapers!!

And if you fall prey to the notion that you’ve got to have the hottest stroller, the most expensive diaper bag, or the latest and greatest high chair…you’re in trouble.

But we can help! We’ve made it so incredibly easy to create a registry here at Carousel Designs and even easier to let all of your friends and family know exactly what you want in your babies crib!  It’s a great way to get a little help decorating your nursery from people who really want to help (think grandparents, aunts & uncles, your non-parent friends who have no idea what to get you).

We’ve made it blissfully fast for registrants to register…just enter your first and last name, an email address, pick a password and you’re in!

You’ll then decide whether you want your registry to be public, invitation-only or private.

  • Public registries are searchable and viewable by anyone.
  • Invitation-Only registries are not searchable and only viewable with a direct link which we’ll provide to you.
  • Private registries are not searchable and only viewable by the registrant (a great way to create a wish list for yourself).

You’ll also enter an event date (i.e. when you expect the baby to make his/her first appearance) or as I like to put it, a deadline.

Anybody can set up a gift registry for an expectant parent and we have many that are managed by soon-to-be grandparents or even a friend.  And if you include the name of a co-registrant (i.e. baby daddy), gift buyers will be able to search for your registry by this name as well.

Though we require an address, it will not be shown to anyone…even gift buyers.  This address is the location where your registry gifts will be sent unless your gift buyers choose to send to alternate addresses (which they have the option to do).

And it’s super easy to share your registry information with friends and family.  With a simple click, you can share it:

  1. On Facebook;
  2. With a direct link we provide to you for emails, Twitter, or chats; or
  3. With a snippet of code that you can embed into websites like a blog.

And then all you do is click the “Add to Registry” button just below “Add to Cart” when you’re browsing our crib bedding collections.

How much fun is that?

All that’s left for you to do is to sit back and wait for your baby’s bedding to roll in.

Or…start regrouting the tiles in your bathroom (a little nesting never hurt anyone).

The secret to picking the perfect Crib Bedding online: Swatches!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I thought about naming this post, “The secret to picking the perfect Crib Bedding online (without pulling your hair out)”, but the title was too long and I’m a stickler for one-line blog post titles.  But, that would’ve been a fairly accurate assessment about how difficult it can be to choose the perfect baby bedding for your nursery, eh?

Ordering online can be a bit daunting regardless, but factor in the emotional nature of something like baby bedding and it can become even more challenging. Without being able to see and feel the fabrics, it’s tough to get a good sense of the bedding’s feel and quality.  And we all know how important your baby’s bedding is in the overall design of your nursery.  (It’s kind of like picking out your wedding dress…am I right?)

Fortunately, the zoom and pan features on will help alleviate some of those problems by allowing you to get a close-up view of even the smallest details of our crib bedding collections.

Even with the best of technology, though, colors of fabrics may differ from how you see them on your monitor. Until modern technology invents some way for you to feel the fabric through your computer screen, fabric swatches can be an online-orderer’s best friend.

At Carousel Designs, we want our customers to be over-the moon happy and satisfied with their purchase, because we know how important your baby’s first room is.  To ensure an exact match for your nursery, and satisfaction with fabric texture and quality, we recommend ordering swatches before placing your bedding order.  They’re only 50 cents each, and the cost of your swatches will be refunded to you when you place an order.  So it’s a win-win!

And while you’re shopping our crib bedding collections, don’t forget about our Design-Your-Own-Baby-Bedding interactive tool.  You can customize any of our collections by simply clicking “customize this collection” and adding your personal touch.  I’ve said before (but I’ll say it again), it’s baby couture!

And, as always, Customer Service is just a phone call away to help address any concerns or answer any questions.  If you’ve run into a challenging design issue or just can’t decide between toile and floral, give us a holler…we’d love to hear from you and get a real kick out of making our customers happy!

Talk to you soon!