Many adoptive parents-to-be have found it practical to create a baby registry while waiting to adopt. Making a baby registry can give you the security of knowing you’re ready for the day you bring your baby home. “Having an online registry was really a blessing for us. When we were traveling to meet our baby, I ordered some needed items and had them shipped to our hotel. The registry also helped my family and friends plan a baby shower for us when we were back home!” shares one adoptive mom.
So the news about Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores closing across the nation in the next couple of weeks might come as a shock. According to CNBC, Toys R Us is planning to either sell or close all of its more than 800 stores across the U.S. The closing and liquidation of Toys R Us stores has lots of people wondering, ‘what happens I have a Babies R Us registry?
Sometimes when a retail chain closes all of their physical stores, they still allow customers to purchase and return items online. But Babies R Us is going to liquidate all of their assets, with all locations being sold or closed, says USA Today. This may mean that their website will disappear, too.
Baby registries, coupons, gift cards (and even warranties!) could disappear, according to the Better Business Bureau. It’s disheartening to know that your Babies R Us registry might simply vanish. Right now, the Babies R Us online registries are working, and people can purchase items from them. But returns might not be processed, and you can’t return a gift card in exchange for cash. Babies R Us is still offering a discount off of a total purchase if you complete your registry. But if you opt to use it on a larger item, it’s smart to find out if you can have that item serviced through the manufacturer.
If people are shopping for gifts off of your Babies R Us registry during this liquidation, they’ll get some steep discounts. But it’s worth it to mention to them to avoid getting you a Babies R Us gift card.
Everything at Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores is going to be “final sale only.” So if someone buys an item from Babies R Us that doesn’t work out for you, you probably won’t be able to return it in the near future. This news doesn’t have to be crushing, though. Many items on your baby registry probably aren’t things you’d want to return. Think essentials like socks, onesies, diapers, and wipes. All told, the best action to take might be to move your registry elsewhere, such as Amazon, Target, or buybuy BABY.
Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.
Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.