Tips to make the most of your baby registry

 
 

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.

 

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."

 

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?"

 

Forward thinking

When it comes to selecting furniture for the nursery, Glasson says think about products you are going to want and need in the years to come. "Why register for your glider in bright pink when you could do a great charcoal gray that can transition down the road into your main living space or a big girl bedroom," suggests Glasson. "Pick furniture that can move with you as your family grows and evolves."

 

Gift cards

Glasson says people often register for things they think they want or need, but end up never using them. She suggests registering for gift cards as part of your registry. "Gift cards make a lot of sense because you can use them down the line for items like high chairs or toddler needs," says Glasson.

 

Keep it simple

When it comes to registering, keep it simple or you will be overwhelmed. "You don't need a 100 different things many checklists suggest such as a wipe warmer," says Goyal. "You really only need certain items to make your life easier and processes with the baby faster. Don't get carried away, and remember that less is always more."

 
 

The must-have baby gifts this season

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.

Glasson and Goyal recommend these current must-have items for baby:

Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago mother of two

 
 
 







 
 
 
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