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 ownsTwinkle Twinkle Little One, a baby and child boutique located in Roscoe Village. Goyal foundedUrba 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
Skip the toddler items when registering for baby and try a few of these must-haves.
Aden and Anais Bamboo Swaddles, $44 for set of
“These super soft muslin swaddle blankets are great forswaddling, as well as nursing covers, burp clothes and tummy timeblankets,” says Glasson. “Plus once baby is done, they can be usedas scarves or sarongs for mom!”
“You’ve got to have a good swaddle because the gift ofsleep is what every new parent needs,” says Goyal. “This is thebest swaddle blanket with no Velcro, no snaps and it’s easy touse.”
Initials or Letters,
starting at $6 per letter
“Some form of letter for the baby’s name is the perfecttouch in a nursery,” says Glasson. “From traditional wood to modernsteel letters, you can do the baby’s name, initials or monogram asthe perfect personal gift.”
Kicky Pants pajamas,
“We swear by these pajamas that regulate the baby’s bodytemperature by two to three degrees,” Goyal says. “They are made ofbamboo and help babies sleep better.”
Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bag,
“You need a practical diaper bag that isn’t huge becauseyou will just fill a large bag with unnecessary stuff,” Goyal says.”This bag is smartly laid out with easy access to all thecompartments.”
Faux Fur Blankets,
“These are the softest machine washable blankets for babythat can be used in the car seat, stroller or crib,” Glasson says.”They are great to use for hospital or professional photos, or justto wrap up your sweet little one.”