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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.

Clothing

Onesies: Sure, frilly dresses and itty-bitty three-piece suits are cute, but what you'll really need are one-piece bodysuits. Lots of them. They're comfortable, versatile and easy to get little arms in and out of in a jiffy.

Two to try:
Bubele Baby mix-and-match sets are made from 100 percent cotton that's combed and "peached" for a luxurious soft feel. Each set includes a bodysuit, lounge pants and double-knotted hat. Unique to these is the patent-pending loop sewn into the side seam, to which you can attach a pacifier with the included Pacifier Snappy. 

First Step Organics bodysuits are super-soft, long-sleeved kimono-style bodysuits with cleverly positioned, nickel-free snap buttons. They are made from 100 percent organic cotton and are toxin free.

Gowns/Sleep sacks: Great for sleep and play, gowns make diaper changes easy (no snaps to fumble with in the middle of the night). Sleep sacks are zip-up nightgowns that keep baby warm without the need for additional blankets -- a SIDS risk factor.

Some to try:
Carter's sells coordinating sets with two gowns for under $10.

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