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Expectant mom’s guide to baby gear

Mary Fetzer is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a marketing degree from Penn State University and 15 years of international business experience. Mary specializes in writing about parenting, children, pregnancy, college, h...

Beyond the crib, stroller and car seat

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in baby gear? From feeding to cribs, strollers and car seats, we sort through all the options so you can find the best products that will be of most use to you and baby.

Clothes

Tempting as it may be, avoid loading up baby's closet with adorable outfits. Ultimately, you want to keep baby comfortable, have access to dirty diapers, and easily change out stained garments. Consider practical clothing such as onesies, pants to match, gowns for nighttime changes, and footed outfits (socks fall off). Hats, snowsuits, and outdoor gear vary by season and climate. Shoes aren't necessary until baby begins walking. Don't buy too many items in newborn sizes. Your little one will outgrow them before you know it.

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Seats

You'll want your newborn close to you, but sometimes you need your hands to be free. Bouncy seats and pods work, but many are considered unsafe. The Boppy Newborn Lounger is safe and snuggly, and keeps baby propped up when you're unable to hold her.

Bottom line

As you prepare for baby's arrival, don't overlook the day-to-day items you'll need every day.


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