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Baby shower and registry checklist

Melissa Chapman and her brood of three live in the urban concrete jungle of NYC. She writes Kids in the City Kids in the City a weekly column and blog for the Staten Island Advance, contributes to SheKnows, Time Out NY Kids Time Out N...

Ready, set, register!

That first visit to register at the baby superstore can be overwhelming. With all those aisles full of strollers, blankets, toys, bathtubs, clothing, bibs, highchairs etc. etc. (etc.!), that dazed and confused feeling is perfectly understandable. Not to worry: We've whittled down the possibilities into a list of the most important baby basics. Remember, you can always add or delete items later, so don't feel pressured to build the perfect baby registry all at once.

Nursery toys, layette, etc

Baby registry ideas for:

Feeding

Feeding pillow: Whether you're breast- or bottle-feeding, a C-shaped pillow makes feeding more comfortable for you and baby -- relieving stress on your back, neck and shoulders, and providing a cradling and resting area for your little one.

One to try:
The Boppy brand pillow comes with assorted slipcovers to coordinate with your nursery decor or general mood (and let's face it, they're going to get spit up on!). Named by American Baby Magazine as the number-one baby product that new moms can't live without, the Boppy pillow has become essential for every mom-to-be. No wonder it's one of the most popular shower gifts in America.

Bottles: Even if you plan on breastfeeding, register for at least a few bottles in case you are unable to nurse for any reason. Look for brands that are free of chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates and PVCs, which can be harmful to baby's health.

One to try: The BornFree line of baby bottles is an all-natural line of bottles, cups, pacifiers, teethers and accessories for babies and kids. Among these products, you'll find unique venting systems that minimize vacuum pressure, as well as orthodontic silicone nipples and pacifiers that are safe for babies' developing teeth. All are free of bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates and PVCs.

Burp cloths: These wonderful little cloths do everything from catching spit-up to wiping goo off baby's hands. In fact, you'll wonder how you ever survived without a stash at hand! Whatever brand you choose, make sure they're soft enough for baby's cheek and absorbent enough to keep your shoulder dry.

One to try
: The fashionable BabbaBurpie is available in sets of two and features extra-thick absorbent material. It's also reversible -- so when one side is soiled, you can simply flip it inside out for a whole new cloth.

 

Next up: nursing!

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