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Anyone who’s expecting a baby or who already has that bundle of joy at home knows there is nothing more thrilling than that new life that will now be part of yours forever. However, raising that cuddly kiddo comes with some serious financial realities since youngsters need all manner of things: diapers, clothing, high chairs, cribs, car seats, bathing items, blankets and much more. Unless you have an extraordinary number of hand-me-downs, it’s always smart to look for bargains before purchasing. We looked at buybuy BABY and Babies R Us to learn more about the similarities and differences of these baby stores.

Is buybuy BABY or Babies R US Cheaper?

Anyone who’s expecting a baby or who already has that bundle of joy at home knows there is nothing more thrilling than that new life that will now be part of yours forever.

   Anyone who’s expecting a baby or who already has that bundle of joy at home knows there is nothing more thrilling than that new life that will now be part of yours forever.

Anyone who’s expecting a baby or who already has that bundle of joy at home knows there is nothing more thrilling than that new life that will now be part of yours forever.

 

Anyone who’s expecting a baby or who already has that bundle of joy at home knows there is nothing more thrilling than that new life that will now be part of yours forever.

     
     

 

This is a tricky thing to calculate. Both retailers carry products from major manufacturers, but they do not always have the same models in stock at the same time. For example, at the time of publication we checked BABYBJORN potty chairs at buybuy BABY and found they were available in seven colors for $29.99 each. Babies R Us had four versions of the same chair, but the pink, blue and gray ones were on sale at $24.99 (down from $29.99), while the white model was priced at $27.99. The pricing for each store is similar, but as for which one offers the best deal, it will depend on when and what you’re buying.

One area where Babies R Us does better is on shipping prices since it simplifies the process and appears to have lower rates, overall. The shipping plan for Babies R Us is straightforward, with free U.S. Postal Service shipping for orders of $29 or more if you choose the Economy shipping, which gets your order to you in 4-6 days. The company charges $4.99 for Standard shipping (2-5 days). Expedited shipping (2-3 days) costs $9.99 and Express shipping (1-2 days) is $19.99. Big or heavy items might incur surcharges.

In contrast, buybuy BABY’s has a detailed chart of 12 shipping costs throughout the contiguous U.S. The shipping cost depends on the price of the order. If you buy items that total up to $25, it costs $5.99 for Standard shipping, $18.99 for Expedited shipping and $37.99 for Express shipping. If your order adds up to, say, $200.01 to $250, Standard shipping is $19.99; Expedited is $41.99; and Express is $63.99. Here, too, big or heavy items might be subject to a surcharge.

Can You Use buybuy BABY Coupons Online at Babies R Us?

Unfortunately, no. You can use other retailer’s coupons only if you buy something in a Babies R US store. If you’re in a physical store, the company will price match several competitors’ prices, including those of buybuy BABY, and will apply coupons or discounts. However, there are a number of restrictions that exclude certain merchandise, such as items that are part of limited-time sales, out-of-stock items, things are part of a “buy one, get one free” promotion and the like.

If you want to use a competitor’s coupon at buybuy BABY, you cannot do it online, but you can use it in a store or call the company. This retailer will take the coupon or apply a price match, whichever gives the best deal for you. You can combine a competitor’s coupon and a price match only if the competitor would take the coupon at the price being matched. This retailer also imposes several restrictions. In addition, you can use coupons from buybuy BABY’s sister corporations, including Bed Bath & Beyond and six others.

Is buybuy BABY or Babies R Us Better?

This is a tough question since it depends on what you want to get for your child.

Babies R Us has one advantage: It has been in business longer and offers considerably more locations, with over 880 Toys R Us stores (which usually include a Babies R Us section) in the United States. This makes it easy for in-store shopping as well as in-store pick up or returns on merchandise. In contrast, buybuy BABY has 135 stores in the U.S.

However, many consumers love to shop online, and both stores provide an abundant selection of merchandise that can be delivered right to your door. You can track your order online with both retailers.

Both buybuy BABY and Babies R US offer registries so you can sign up for things you need, and both make standard and electronic gift cards available. You also can sign up for mailed, emailed or mobile messages at buybuy BABY, and Babies R Us emails special offers, alerts, sales notices and coupons. Babies R Us also offers a credit card, a rewards program, a birthday club that sends a present and card to your child and an “Endless Earnings” program that offers up to 10 percent back on items bought from your registry, even if you buy registry merchandise yourself.

Are There Better Options? Amazon and Target Think So

Although Babies R Us and buybuy BABY are popular, other retailers also cater to the massive market for children. Target provides online sales for baby items, a registry, gift cards and coupons for online and in-store purchases. Target also offers debit and credit cards, which are part of its REDcard program that includes free USPS Standard shipping for most merchandise. You must pay more if you want faster delivery, and Target can apply a handling fee if your items needs special care in transit. In our research, prices for baby items generally seemed to be similar to other retailers.

Retail e-commerce giant Amazon also serves consumers well in this area. It offers The Baby Store for online purchases, and it contains an extraordinary range of merchandise and prices comparable to other retailers. An Amazon Prime membership ($99 per year) gives you free two-day shipping, even on heavy things such as a nursery rocking chair. You also can sign up for subscriptions, so things like diapers would be sent at regular intervals that you establish and your payment is handled automatically through whatever method you use for Amazon. This company also provides Wi-Fi connected devices (Dash Buttons) you can simply push to automatically re-order things before your supply runs low. Dash Buttons cost 4.99 initially (but you get that back after the first purchase), and you must be a Prime member to get them.

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