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What does the baby really need

  1. Diapers. You can't have too many diapers, as newborns can go through as many as a dozen diapers a day. For easy, convenient access, place a stocked diaper hanger near baby's changing table.
  2. Wipes. Baby wipes are versatile. Use them for baby's bottom, to clean your hands, wipe away spittle, and keep the nursery spic-and-span (and sanitary).
  3. Toiletries. Baby oil, lotion and powder create that identifiable "baby" scent while protecting and moisturizing skin. Keep diaper rash cream, nursery jelly and cotton swabs handy too.
  4. Diaper Bag. Make your style choice — personalized totes, hands-free backpacks, masculine dad bags and more — and keep a well-stocked diaper bag ready to grab-and-go.
  5. Onesies. These tiny T-shirts come in every color and pattern imaginable and snap at the crotch for easy diaper changing while keeping baby's back and belly warm.
  6. Receiving blankets. Use these small square blankets for swaddling, as a clean surface to lay the baby on, and for draping over shoulders to avoid drool and spit-up.
  7. Hooded towels and washcloths. Stock up on super-soft baby washcloths for cleaning baby's tiny parts. Wrap her bare body in a hooded towel for extra coziness and to avoid a chill.
  8. Sheets. Whether you opt for a crib, bassinet, cradle or basket, prepare it with a fresh, clean sheet for baby. Have several washed — you'll change sheets frequently.
  9. Gentle laundry detergent. Dirty duds that will pile up quickly. With a gentle, fragrance- and allergen-free detergent, you can do one daily load of baby-clothes-only laundry.
  10. Furniture. In addition to the crib, have a changing table and dresser to keep supplies handy and house itty-bitty clothes, blankets, sheets and other must-haves.
  11. Baby monitor. You can't spend every waking moment with baby so, while she sleeps, rely on a baby monitor for peace of mind and enjoy a change of scenery.
  12. Rocking chair. You'll appreciate a comfortable chair for middle-of-the-night feedings. And when baby's awake, rock away while you read, sing or relax and bond.
  13. Baby bathtub. Models are available to set in your bathtub or kitchen sink and keep baby at an upright angle so you can use both hands to rub-a-dub-dub.
  14. Slings. Mothers have long used slings to transport and discreetly breastfeed their babies. Slings also offer the freedom to be mobile while keeping baby close.
  15. Stroller or baby carriage. Unless the weather is extremely hot or bitterly cold, it's healthy to take baby for daily outings. Talk to her about the sights and sounds and enjoy the opportunity to drop some baby weight.
  16. Car seat. Make sure baby is securely fastened in an age-appropriate baby car seat. If you have questions or concerns about how the seat works, visit your local State Police barracks for hands-on assistance.

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Top 10 Must Haves
for the Nursery

Mobile

Hang a safe, exciting mobile over the crib and keep the little one happy and content as she falls asleep. Try a black-and-white one during the first few months as she learns to follow high-contrast shapes and objects. Some mobiles even have clips where you can change out the cards or insert family photos.

Glider rocker

Whether it's a large, overstuffed chair or a simple rocker, a quiet, comfy spot is important for breastfeeding, bottle feeding or just rocking the little one to sleep. Pick a comfy one — you'll be spending a lot of time here.

Changing pad and diaper caddy

You don't need to invest in an expensive changing table or dresser with a top — just find a functional changing pad for diaper time. Most are waterproof, with removable covers that are easy to wash. And, you can use a simple wicker basket with a handle as a portable diaper caddy. That way you always have easy access to diapers and wipes.

White noise

Capitalizing on the fact that babies find white noise soothing, many companies make machines that produce sounds such as a rainstorm, a babbling brook — or even the sounds the baby heard inside the womb. Some look like small radios, while others are tucked inside cute stuffed animals. Be careful not to rely completely on these magic wonders, because some children become addicted to the noise and cannot sleep without it. Use only when needed, and you will understand why these are so popular.

Ceiling fan

Overhead fans have been promoted as helping to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when installed in a nursery. You don't have to run it at full speed to keep a nice breeze moving throughout the room.

Trash can

Whether you choose the Diaper Genie or a simple receptacle with scented garbage bags, you will appreciate the proximity of this item to the changing table. When the trash cans nearby, it's easy to toss out diapers, wipes and other items to keep the nursery clean.

Temperature with control

Babies need to sleep at a different temperature than adults, and they're not able to regulate their own body temperatures. A thermostat just for the nursery helps you keep a handle on the situation and ensure that Baby has an optimally healthful environment in which to snooze.

Play mat or rug

Tummy time is very important for newborns. Buy a mat or rug on which your baby can lie in the beginning months while playing with family members. Later on, you can set his toys out on the rug, which the baby will learn is his special spot.

Books

No matter the age of the baby, the benefits of reading to her are incredible. Read often to the baby, and she will learn to cherish and look forward to this time with you. Knowing this, you can never have too many books (you probably received many as shower presents). Find an accessible space to store them, and in doing so, show her that books are an important part of her world.

Calming colors

While many parents want to go wild with bright green or fire-engine red in the nursery, such choices can keep a baby awake or make her anxious. Soft, calming colors are far better for a baby's sleeping area. Paint stores offer low-VOC paints that are almost odorless, are non-toxic and come in a variety of pastels and soothing colors.

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12 Exceptionally Memorable Moments of New Parenthood

You’ve read every baby book cover to cover, but these are the milestones you never saw coming—and you’ll never forget.

1. When you realize the baby in the hospital bassinet is going home…with you.

2. When you can finally distinguish the difference between a ‘hungry’ cry and a ‘poop’ cry.

3. When other moms ask you for advice.

4. When you get what all the fuss over that "new baby smell" is about.

5. When your baby notices himself in the mirror for the first time.

6. When you see yourself in baby for the first time.

7. When the baby squeals with delight as you change his diaper. Who cares if it’s because you were on the wrong end of a surprise spray?

8. When your baby’s cuteness stops a stranger in her tracks.

9. When you make your baby laugh so hard he gets hiccups.

10. When you discover daddy and junior napping together, in identical sleeping positions.

11. When you’re told that you’re a great mom.

12. When you actually believe it.

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