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:
Skip the gear
Rather than register all at once for the baby gear you don't immediately need, such as toddler car seats and high chairs, Goyal suggests only registering for the items you are going to need and use for baby right away. "For example, babies don't start eating solids for months and items like high chairs just take up space until you really need them," says Goyal. "Plus, there are new products out constantly, so why get something now that will sit in storage and then decide later you want the one you see all your friends using?"