Spring Cleaning Registry Picks

3 parents share their experts tips and spring cleaning registry picks.

Spring Cleaning Registry Picks

There are these moments during pregnancy that feel somewhat...normal. Moments when the idea that you’re doing the magical job of growing a human inside of you becomes oddly ordinary and you continue on your days. That is until you feel a kick or get a glance of your growing belly in the mirror. Quickly, you’re reminded of the beautiful babe inside, and of course, the million things you need to do before he or she arrives. Not to mention all that spring cleaning you said you’d get done like two weeks ago. And not to freak you out or anything, but now with baby on the way, your Spring Cleaning is going to look a little different. Obvi, you know we -- along with our friends at Gugu Guru -- have your back. We asked 3 “Spring Cleaning” experts (think: cleaning out your closet...or your beauty bag...or your nursery!) to share their top registry picks to help you simplify your new parenting life. Here’s what they said. Jenny Greenstein of Your Soul Style, personal stylist, style coach and mom “When entering motherhood during pregnancy or beyond, personal style typically evolves as your body and day-to-day life changes. While it’s critical to keep style in check throughout this transition so you feel good, organizing your wardrobe is a key strategy to make things easier. I recommend creating a capsule collection of styles worn on rotation (think nursing-friendly clothes, oversized jeans, dresses with undefined waists and comfortable shoes!) and keeping them in the focal part of your closet. It’s worth the investment to purchase a few pieces during these motherhood transitions that fit your current size too. Set aside the pieces that don’t fit and are not practical in a separate area (or if you have the luxury, in a separate closet altogether). Keep what works in arms reach and you can revisit the pieces you set aside next season. Getting dressed should be simple, quick and empowering when you’re balancing this ‘new normal’ life as a mama, and if getting dressed is complicated, it becomes neglected.” Jenny's Closet Cleaning Registry Picks: 1. Loyal Hana Marni Jumpsuit: This style works both during pregnancy and beyond with both enough room to flex with your changing shape and with hidden zippers that accommodate breastfeeding. This jumpsuit can also be dressed up with heels or down with sneakers and can be worn as-is in warmer temperatures and with a chunky sweater or blazer during colder months. 2. B&Me Booker Coat: If you’re into baby-wearing, the booker coat is a must, allowing you to be out and about while keeping baby cozy and warm. The coat can be worn as-is or underneath a heavier style. 3. MZ Wallace Bag: Both the Sutton Oxford tote and Metro Backpack are key “diaper” bags for new mamas. Super lightweight, functional, durable, water-resistant, these carry-alls will hold all of your baby essentials while keeping style on point. Gunnar Larson, NYC Interior Designer and dad “My spring cleaning motto is always, ‘when in doubt, throw it out.’ It is always good to purge of things not needed, but at the end of the day, having effective storage is a great feeling. And an even better feeling when it looks good. When it comes to designing and decorating the nursery you, the parent, should always be kept in mind. Let the nursery be an extension of you and your home because soon enough the line between living room and nursery will be blurred. Keeping things streamlined and simple is a great base to build upon and allows cute toys and small bits of color pop. Don't hold back from selecting items you love that may seem more mature -- a cute stuffed animal or adorable blanket makes a mid century chair fit right in with the kids room.” Gunnar's Simple Nursery Registry Picks: 1. A coat rack might seem like a good fit in the hallway but this CB2 Hidden-channel-wall-mounted-coat-rack works great in the kids room. Display cute books on hidden track and use the hooks for their bath towel, diaper bag and for displaying the cute outfit on a hanger that you can't wait for them to wear. This allows for display and organization. 2. We all know that a perfectly clean Pinterest nursery can be hard to maintain. Sometimes we just need a place to throw all the excess. This is when 3 Sprouts - Wall-Organizer comes in handy. Whether it is for toys, wipes, books or socks; this wall organizer can be the perfect hiding place mounted on the wall behind the door or get a couple of them and hang them on the inside of the closet door. This helps keep all the small clutter off the floor or any other flat space in the room and keeps it hidden out of sight, but when you do see it, it’s cute. 3. When it comes to toy storage, I love baskets. They can easily be moved around from room to room and be gathered in a corner out of the way while looking good together in a grouping. I love Eliza Gran's baskets as they add a pop of color and look good anywhere in the house, especially the nursery. These Eliza Gran Venice-pom-pom-baskets can be easily paired with cb2 Parkay Hamper for more toy storage. Spirit Demerson, founder of Spirit Beauty Lounge and mom “The last thing you need when you're pregnant is even more things to be afraid of, but the fact is, skin absorption of potentially harmful ingredients is a reality often overlooked. You've already changed your diet and lifestyle to avoid anything unhealthy reaching your baby, so it's important that we don't forget our beauty products need to be non-toxic too -- especially the ones with maximum skin exposure, like body lotions and deodorant.” Spirit's Non-toxic Beauty Bag Registry Picks: 1. The only thing proven effective in preventing or reducing stretch marks is not cocoa butter but Vitamin E. I used this Pai Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Stretch Mark System on my belly and tush every morning and night and even though I have always been stretch mark-prone, I didn't get a single one. 2. I used this Lina Hanson Global Baby serum for my hair, nails, face and everything before baby arrived. Now I use it for his everything. 3. A lot of women are afraid they have to stop using anything effective when they switch to pregnancy-safe beauty. On the contrary! I would never give up my anti-aging skin care or my signature lipstick color by Ilia Beauty! These non-toxic beauty heroes are even better than conventional because they're high-performance and nourishing at the same time. *We are so grateful when brands support our content and community. This post was sponsored by Gugu Guru.

Want to win some of the best Spring Cleaning products around? Head on over to Gugu Guru every day this week to get helpful cleaning and organization tips and enter to win great prizes from Casabella, Good Home Co, Baby K’tan, Lorena Canals, BabyBackups, Trend Lab and UviCube!

My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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