What is on your list of baby essentials? Gear You Didn't Know You Needed


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Here's the baby gear an expert and moms say you can't live without when you have a newborn.

Basic Needs

"The basic needs are: baby wash and shampoo, hypoallergenic laundry detergent, swaddle cloths,

bottles, and diapers. There is no need for over-the-counter cold, cough, or decongestant medications, as they are not approved for use in children under 4 years. Any fevers in infants under 2 months require immediate medical evaluation." -- Gary M. Kramer, MD, pediatric specialist, Coral Gables, FL

Babywearing Wrap or Carrier

"My carrier allows me to wear and nurse my baby while getting things done around the house. The baby sleeps, or is just content to be close to me."

Jogging Stroller

"I've used my jogging stroller almost every day for nearly five years now. It makes me feel good and I am a better mom when I get out for a walk."

Feeding Essentials

"I was happy to have a nursing cover, nipple ointment, and pads to keep from leaking. If you decide on bottle-feeding, you'll need newborn bottles, formula, and a pump, if you plan on expressing milk."

Breastfeeding Pillow

"I breastfeed, and having a feeding pillow gives me so much support while I'm nursing! Even for bottle-feeding, it would be really helpful to have!"

Keep It Simple

"Diapers, clothing, a few toys, blankets, maybe a baby carrier, a car seat, and a crib or bassinet -- those are about the only things you really need for a baby. The rest are optional."

Cloth Diapers for Multi-Use

"I got a pack of 12 of the old-fashioned tri-fold cloth diapers and use them for everything! I throw it on the bed for middle-of-the-night changes, burp cloth, etc. They are cheap, easy to clean, and nice to have on hand because you don't care if they get messed up."

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