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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.

Baby care & diapering

Diapers: Cloth or disposable, you've got a lot of choices to make for your baby's bottom.

Some to try: For cloth, try FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers, the original modern cloth diaper. FB holds the patent on the pocket design, which is highly imitated in the cloth diapering world. For disposables, request a gift card to be used toward your choice of brands.

Diaper bags: Saying goodbye to itty-bitty bags doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your style. Look for a diaper bag with sass and size to store all the items that go along with your little one.

Some to try: Amy Michelle bags come in bright candy apple red, deep eggplant and champagne, and they look like modern totes. These diaper totes each include a washable changing pad, internal and external bottle pockets, quick-release pacifier holder and compartments for diapers and wipes.

Diapering essentials: Don't forget to register for the other diapering essentials, such as wipes and diaper rash ointment.

A baby bathtub keeps baby secure during bath time and helps mom and dad hold on tight. Don't forget to register for hooded bath towels, baby wash cloths and baby wash, too.

One to try: The Fisher-Price Dreamsicle Collection Bath Center includes a tub with an adorable fabric sling that cradles your newborn (or infant) in comfort, allowing him to rest comfortably and securely in the warm water, and leaving your hands free to bathe him. When Baby's ready to sit up on his own, just remove the sling.

Next up: play time!

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