As a first-time mom, registering for baby can be an overwhelming experience. What do you really need when it comes to all the bottles, bouncers, bibs and bassinets? While it's obvious that your impending bundle of joy requires a plethora of baby equipment and accessories, it's not always so obvious how to make those choices.
When it comes to the do's and don'ts of registering for baby, Rachel Glasson and Marti Goyal are experts and both mamas to two little ones. Glasson owns Twinkle Twinkle Little One, a baby and child boutique located in Roscoe Village. Goyal founded Urba Baby, a community baby store with locations in Lincoln Park and Wicker Park.
Both agree that when it comes to baby registries, less is really more.
"Rather than register for every item under the sun you may need for baby, instead select special items that you really want," says Glasson.
Here are their top tips when it comes to registering.You might also like:
Pare down the basics
A common mistake many moms make is registering for way too many of the basic baby items.
"For some reason, people overbuy the necessities they don't need," says Glasson. "You don't really need 12 bottles, you can get by with six bottles. You don't need 15 onesies. Cut down on the amount of basics and instead leave room on your registry for special items that will make you smile every time you enter the nursery."