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Baby Registry Basics

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While your baby is busy growing in your womb, your friends and family are prepping for your little one's arrival by showering you with presents. Before hitting the stores, UPC scanner in hand, think about the basics to put on your baby registry. Whether you're a first-time mom or have done the baby thing before, making a list will make life easier for you and the people who are buying you gifts.

Driving and Strolling

A car seat is a baby basic that you'll need to take your little one home from the hospital. A rear-facing seat is necessary for your baby until she is between 22 and 40 pounds and either 1 or 2 years old -- depending on your state's laws -- according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can also add a convertible car seat -- one that faces the rear and is good for up to 40 pounds and also works facing front for up to 80 pounds. Baby registry basics can also include items for walking such as a strap on carrier or a stroller. Stroller choices include combination travel models that have a carrier-car seat, basic snap-in carrier frames, reclining single strollers, jogging versions and light-weight umbrella types.

Care and Cleaning

Baby care products basics include soap, shampoo, lotion and other cleansing items. Look for an all-purpose product that is mild and made for infants, suggests the American Academy of Pediatrics. Continue the bath-time items list with infant-sized wash clothes, hooded towels and even bath toys. You may also want to include diapers, wipes, mild baby lotion, zinc oxide diaper rash cream and a place to pitch the dirty diapers such as a plastic diaper pail. If you have chosen to use cloth diapers, add on coverings and fasteners. Don't forget crib sheets, changing pads and covers and mattress covers.

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Feeding Basics

If you're planning to breastfeed, choose items such as a nursing pillow and a breastfeeding pump. Although you may plan on breastfeeding, adding bottle basics to your registry may prove helpful in case things don't go as you think. According to Consumer Reports, parents may need to experiment with bottle type and nipple combinations to find the one that works best. With this in mind register for a few different options along with bottle cleaning brushes and burp cloths. Look ahead and add sippy cups -- which your child will start to use by 12 months -- as well as bibs, toddler-sized bowls, dishes and utensils.

Dressing and Sleeping

Add baby clothes to your registry, including onesies, socks, caps, pull on leggings, snap-front T-shirts and sleepers. Don't forget non-clothing items that you will wrap your newborn in such as swaddling blankets.

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