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An Organized Nursery? Sure!

If you're expecting for the first time, you may be wondering how one tiny infant can require so much stuff! We've got some ideas that might help.

Sure, things are bound to get a little messy (okay, very messy) once your little one arrives, but if you have items in place to help keep the nursery in order, clean—up time will be a breeze, which amounts to more quality time with baby.

Organize the closet

It begins with organization and making good use of all the space in your nursery. There are many great products available that are functional pieces for the nursery and also provide extra storage space.

Take a look at the functionality of the baby's future closet. You want to make sure you can utilize the entire space, no matter how big or small. Are there plenty of hanging racks, shelves and even drawers? If not, there are many closet storage additions available at places like Target, Home Depot and Lowe's that you can add into your existing closet space without a total renovation. ClosetMaid makes some affordable pieces that you can install yourself or simply fit into and around your existing closet layout.

Finding storage space

Let's face it: The crib takes up a lot of room in the nursery. But it also comes with a perk — hidden storage space underneath. Jessica Stone, mom to three-month-old Tyler, swears by her crib trundle, which slides underneath the crib. It is ideal for storing extra items that you don't use every day. You can even just use some plastic storage bins, such as those sold by Rubbermaid, in How To Buy Newborn Clothes which to store some non-essentials.

The Munchkin diaper change organizer is a great help when you're changing baby. With eight pockets for diapers, wipes, creams, powders, etc., having this little number by your side when you're changing baby will make the process go a lot smoother, and it frees up the extra shelves and drawers in the diaper changer for other items.

Toy chests can make quick work of organizing the myriad of playthings your little one is sure to accumulate, but they can often be bulky and take up quite a bit of space. If your nursery doesn't allow room for a toy box, consider a toy bag that can be affixed to the diaper changer. Allison Handler, mom of two, hangs several cute ones on the wall that serve as functional decor. The best part is, you can't tell what's in there, so Allison even tucks clothes and extra diapers in them.

Organize the bathroom

Bath time for little ones is a lot more fun with toys, bubbles and don't forget rubber ducky! But that can crowd the bath for other members of the family. Enter Secure Baby's bath-time corner organizer, a mesh bag with different compartments that attach via suction cup to bath and shower walls. Voila — you've got bath time all cleaned up!

One last tip — keep in mind that less sometimes really is more. Be realistic about what you and your baby will actually need and use. Just because there are a million baby products available today doesn't mean you need all of them. Keep your registry list simple, stick to the basics and discover what you might need and use as your baby grows. Just think of all the extra room you'll have to play!

By: Molly Cerreta Smith

An article from SHEKNOWS.COM.

Nursery That Grows With Baby

Nursery preparation can seem daunting: where do you begin? Here are a few smart steps to get you started.

One size does not fit all

When it comes time to plan for your baby's nursery, don't just hit the shops until you have a plan. A smart plan emphasizes safety and convenience, facilitates organization, and can save you both time and money. Put first things — like safety — first.

As you purchase furnishings for your nursery, remember that little hands like to explore. Cracks, crevices, holes, and slots are there for prodding — virtually nothing is off-limits in the mind of a child. Think safety first when making your wish list for furniture, bedding, and accessories.

Hand-me-down cribs and changing tables initially save on expenses, as long as you make sure they are safe. If the slats on the crib are not up to code, a child could get his head or arm stuck between them and get hurt.

Also remember that gliders can pinch curious fingers, rockers can smash fingers and toes, and flimsy shelves can fall onto baby as she is trying to stand or walk. Toy chests provide storage and additional seating when closed. However, they can injure or even trap a child if not equipped with a special safety hinge that remains open until closed by an adult.

Stow away!

Nursery storage is not limited to the traditional changing table or decorative wooden shelves.

• Provide additional storage for your child's growing wardrobe by installing a customized closet organizer in the nursery closet.

• If you relocate frequently or don't want to install a permanent unit, hang a three tiered crate over the dowel rod in the closet.

• If you have limited wall space, move baby's chest of drawers into the closet to increase floor space. Or invest in a heavy-duty bookcase made from plastic to store toys, clothes and out-of-season clothing in your closet.

• Use under-bed storage to store baby clothes that are out of season, too big or outgrown. Keep an extra one on hand for outgrown clothes, then take to your favorite charity, resale shop, or hand down to relatives when full.

• Make a home for all those treasures you will want to keep for years to come. Photographs, baby's footprints, and other memories can be stored in a box under baby's bed, filed on a regular basis.

• Don't forget the little things in life, because they truly do multiply. Rattles, teethers, socks, mittens and anything with small parts will take over the living areas in your home if you don't contain them from the very start. Clear plastic shoeboxes hold all types of small items for baby. Invest in boxes with good-fitting lids so that you don't have frequent spills on the nursery floor. Plastic boxes with hinged lids carry blocks, locking rings, and bath toys for an active child.

• Corral the plethora of stuffed animals you will quickly accrue by hanging a toy hammock in the child's room, or use a doll playpen. If you would like to store toys that are not frequently used, wrap a tension rod or dowel with Velcro, then wedge it between floor and ceiling. The furry toys stick to the Velcro, adding height and dimension to your room.

Ages and stages

Bear in mind that your baby will not stay little for long. Your newborn will quickly outgrow a bassinet, so if you don't have room for one, consider using a Moses basket or heavy-duty stroller. Both are small, easily stored and portable.

• Try to stay a step ahead of your baby's exploration by baby proofing before he arrives home from the hospital. You are never completely prepared for crawling, pulling up, sitting or walking. Each baby develops at a different rate, and although your baby is not sitting up yet, he soon will be. Maybe he'll be a roller and will roll into a fan or humidifier on the nursery floor. Be prepared for anything by organizing in advance for safety. You'll soon be so busy with the daily routine of feeding, bathing and cuddling your baby that these milestones will creep up on you when you least expect it.

• Once baby begins to crawl and pull up, you will probably want to move stacked clothes and toiletries from the changing table to a closet or high ledge where they can't be rearranged by your little decorator. Convert the changing table to a toy shelf. Remove the changing pad after your child grows too big, securing the straps underneath. You now have additional shelving for toys or stuffed animals.

• Nurture your child's need for independence by hanging a second clothes rod in the nursery closet (or use a hanging crate as described above). This allows toddlers to help decide what to wear, reducing the temptation to climb and reach favorite outfits.

• Storing toys in plastic tubs eliminates clutter, but it also teaches your child to pick up on a regular basis. Tape or glue colorful pictures or stickers to describe the contents within. Baby will have fun matching, and it teaches early math and language skills.

• Purchase a set of colorful stacking bins. Use in a single layer when baby is small, then stack two and three high as she grows. Keep them in the kitchen, by the phone, in the living room and bathroom. They're practically indestructible and grow with the needs of your baby.

Closing thoughts

Planning for the arrival of your first baby can be fun, creative and practical. Be as frivolous or frugal as you like, and still be well-organized. Plan, shop, and plan some more. Remember that you can always change your system at any time when it stops working for you and your child.

Keep an eye out for creative uses of wicker baskets, baby wipe containers and other things to contain the clutter in your nursery. No matter how much you organize it, you'll find that it mysteriously multiplies, taking over your entire house. But don't worry — by that time, you'll be so enchanted by your little one that you won't mind at all.

You will grow with the flow of things, adapting your standards to focus on more important things, like rocking, singing, bathing, and catching stolen moments with your baby.

By: Debbie Williams

An article from SHEKNOWS.COM.

A Gender-Neutral Disney Nursery: The Lion King
If you’re searching around for a unique gender-neutral baby nursery theme, and you also happen to be a fan of (ahem) Disney, here’s a cute idea: The Lion King!
8 Tips for a Healthier, Eco-Friendly Baby Nursery
If you’re committed to a green lifestyle (or if you want to start being more eco-conscious), it’s only natural to take this approach with your baby, too. But it can feel like an overwhelming goal when there’s so much stuff to buy — so much furniture and clothes and short-lived baby gear that only lasts a few months before heading to storage. And what’s eco-friendly about that?
Super Easy DIY Sock Puppet Toddler Craft Activity
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Essential Gear for Baby's First Six Weeks
<p>Babies don't really need a lot of gear the first few weeks at home. Despite the temptation to buy all the wonderful baby clothes and gadgets available, a few basics are all you and your baby need.</p>

<p>Newborn Necessities </p>
<p>Newborns don't require an extensive wardrobe. But there are some basics that you will want to have on hand when your baby comes home. Buy a couple of side-tie or side-snap T-shirts to put on the baby until the umbilical cord separates. After that, dress your little one in his "working" outfit, the onesie. These little pull-over-and-snap T-shirts are the equivalent of a farmer's overalls for your baby. Buy at least six -- more if you don't want to launder as often -- because your baby will likely wear two or more every day. Have a half-dozen pairs of socks on hand, too, to keep his little feet warm.</p>
<p>Learn the physical, intellectual, and emotional milestones your little one may reach by 6 weeks.</p>
<p>Nightie Night </p>
<p>Purchase a half-dozen stretchy sleepers that will cover your baby from neck to feet, with snaps in the leg area for changing diapers. Sleepers, as you might guess, are perfect for nighttime but are also good all-around traveling clothes. Babies grow out of these quickly so don't give into the temptation to buy all the cute ones you see. </p>

<p>Nightgowns with cotton mittens are also good jammies. The little mittens will help prevent Baby from scratching herself. Sleep sacks are good for cold nights -- one will see you through the first few weeks.</p>
<p>Snow Baby </p>
<p>If you have a winter baby or live in a cold climate, you will want to have a knit sweater and a cap or two for your baby to keep her warm. Since heat is lost out of the top of her head, these little caps are essential to maintaining Baby's body temperature. Buy a baby snowsuit, too, if your winters are very cold; otherwise, wrapping a well-clothed baby in a heavier blanket will suffice.</p>
<p>Changing Times </p>
<p>You should have two packages of disposable diapers or enough cloth diapers for two days on hand at all times. But since babies do tend to go through several every day, look for sales and coupons and stock up whenever possible if you're using disposables. Make sure to purchase the right size, too, to avoid leakage. Use a natural diaper cream when necessary, avoiding those made from petroleum products. A good diaper pail is also helpful, but remember to empty it frequently.</p>
<p>Bath Time </p>
<p>You will be bathing your infant daily, so a small plastic baby bath to place in the tub or in a large sink will help make the task easier -- even fun! Be sure to hold onto Baby while in the tub. Use specially formulated baby wash and baby shampoo to clean your baby -- they are gentler on new skin than regular soaps.</p>
<p>Rub-a-Dub </p>
<p>Disposable wipes are handy for diaper changes and for messes away from home. Keep a good-size pack near your changing area and a travel pack in the diaper bag. Avoid fragrance and use only after the first few days (use alcohol wipes on the cord area before it falls off). You'll want to have three hooded towel and washcloth sets to keep up with the frequency of bath time.</p>
<p>Grooming Gear </p>
<p>Keeping baby's nails short will prevent him from scratching himself and you. Use blunt nail clippers made especially for baby's soft little nails. Buy a bottle of baby lotion to rub on his skin after a bath to keep it moist. Be sure to purchase lotions formulated for babies, and if your little one is prone to rashes or eczema, try oil made with calendula. If your newborn has hair, purchase a fine-toothed baby comb to gently style his hair after bathing.</p>
<p>Doctor Time </p>
<p>Newborns are uncooperative little patients at doctor visits when they're sick or they've just had immunizations, but a few tools will help calm your fussy baby. Keep a bottle of infant acetaminophen drops for treating fevers with a doctor's recommendation. Make sure you have a nasal aspirator for stuffy noses since newborns can't breathe easily through their mouths. And don't worry about that startled look on your baby's face when you use it -- it doesn't hurt. To help track temperatures for the doctor, have a digital baby thermometer on hand.</p>
<p>Beddy-Bye </p>
<p>Purchase a new crib and mattress for your first baby to be sure that it meets all consumer safety requirements. There are so many styles available that it can be overwhelming, but even the simplest crib can be dressed up with adorable linens. Buy a couple of quilted mattress pads to prolong the life of your mattress and two waterproof liners if the pads are not already lined.</p>
<p>Crib Notes </p>
<p>Buy fitted crib sheets to suit your nursery decor. You will want to wash them frequently, so have three or four on hand. There is no need for a top sheet or blanket in the crib. Purchase a matching crib bumper to line the inside of the crib and protect the baby from the wooden slats of the crib sides. Your newborn won't be moving around in the crib for a while, but the bumper will also protect her from drafts.</p>
<p>Snuggle In </p>
<p>Baby blankets make wonderful gifts so you might never have to buy one for your own baby. You should have four receiving blankets to lay the baby on wherever you put him down (except the crib -- never put blankets in the crib). Receiving blankets are usually a thin, soft flannel or knit. Have a couple of heavier blankets on hand to wrap your baby in colder weather or for outdoor walks.</p>
<p>Fill 'er Up </p>
<p>For the first few weeks, your baby will seem like a sleeping and eating machine. Fortunately for you, the menu's pretty limited. You will need to have four to six 4-ounce and 8-ounce bottles, a bottle brush for cleaning, and four to six bibs. It's also a good idea to have about a dozen burp cloths on hand to protect your clothing. Cloth diapers make ideal burp cloths. </p>

<p>If you are nursing, you will also want to have two nursing bras, several nursing pads, and a breast pump so that you can keep some milk in bottles in the fridge. A nursing shawl is also nice to have if you need to feed the baby in public.</p>
<p>In the Bag </p>
<p>A diaper bag is a must-have for outings with your newborn. Choose a roomy style with compartments that will help you find necessities quickly. Also look for one that includes a foldout changing pad since you can't control your surroundings when Baby needs a diaper change. Select a style that suits you -- not your nursery décor--and if you ever want Daddy to carry it for you, you might want to consider his style, too.</p>
<p>Baby's First Wheels </p>
<p>Sitting Pretty </p>
<p>An infant car seat is the only baby gear that you are absolutely required to have, as the hospital will not allow you to take your baby home without it. Buy it a few weeks before your due date and practice securing it properly in all your vehicles to get familiar with it before the baby comes. Find a seat that doubles as an infant carrier so you have an easy resting spot for the baby in a grocery store or restaurant, for example.</p>
<p>Baby's First Wheels </p>
<p>Taking walks with your new baby is one of the simple joys of motherhood. A stroller is a necessity for these ramblings around the neighborhood or, especially in cold weather, the mall. There are so many different styles available that it's worth shopping ahead of time and "test-driving" as many types as you can to see what fits your needs best. For example, if you live in a city apartment, an easy-to-fold style might be best for you to store or get on the bus. On the other hand, if long, suburban rambles are on your to-do list, a stroller with a sturdier frame and plenty of storage pockets might be just right.</p>
<p>Lights and Sounds </p>
<p>Although most new moms are inclined to hover over their babies every moment, it's not always possible. A baby monitor offers some peace of mind in those moments when you have to be out of earshot of your baby's cries or coos. The best monitors offer a handset that you can take with you around the house or out into the yard. </p>

<p>Keeping a nightlight in the baby's room is also a good idea. There will be many nighttime visits, and stumbling around the room when you're half-awake isn't safe for you or the baby. A low-level light won't startle either of you and is perfect for feeding or changing.</p>
<p>Words to Love By </p>
<p>Many studies have shown the benefits of reading to your baby from a very early age for her intellectual development. But it's also a wonderful time to cuddle with your baby and reacquaint yourself with some of your favorite stories from childhood -- and discover some new ones. Keep a small library of picture books within reach of your favorite rocking chair.</p>
<p>Photo Finish </p>
<p>Finally, you simply will not be able to get by without a camera. In fact, this little device will never be far from your hand and after a few weeks it might start to feel like a part of it. You will find yourself snapping photos of your baby in every change of clothing or environment. Minute changes of your baby's expressions will also come under the camera's scrutiny until you finally capture the one when the eyes light up and the lips curl because he saw your face. And despite everyone's assurances that newborns can't smile, you know, in your heart, that he's happy to see you. </p>

<p><em>By Debra Wittrup</em></p>
<p><em>Used with permission. © Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. </em></p>
Diapering Supplies Checklist
<p>Everything you need to make diapering quick and easy.</p>

<p>Before long, you'll wish most of your parenting tasks were as easy as changing diapers. Now, preparation is the key to success. Here's what you need:</p>
<p>___ A changing table or other safe, sturdy, flat surface to rest baby on (your bed can work).</p>
<p>___ An ample supply of baby wipes or cotton balls and a basin of warm water.</p>
<p>___ Baby cornstarch (use if it's warm out, if baby has a moist rash, or if the baby wipe leaves baby's skin too wet).</p>
<p>___ A stack of fresh diapers.</p>
<p>___ Diaper rash cream. A barrier ointment such as Balmex Daily Protection helps prevent rashes, while a cream with zinc oxide, such as Desitin Creamy, treats a rash once baby has it.</p>
<p>___ A diaper disposal system, which is a fancy name for a trash basket that masks diaper odor, such as Safety 1st's Neat.</p>
<p>___ A sense of humor.</p>
<p>Avoid tears on the changing table by covering your new baby's bare skin with a blanket to keep him warm. Offer an older baby a soft toy to keep him busy. Smile as you sing his favorite songs -- at any age -- to distract baby while you get the job done.</p>

<p><em>By Isadora Fox </em></p>

<p><em>Used with permission. © Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. </em></p>
Baby Shopping Guide
<p>Going shopping for new items for your baby? Here are the must-haves (and the don't-needs) to help you shop smart.</p>
<p>By Jessica Hartshorn  </p>

<p>Around the House </p>
<p>Register at a baby gear store and you may be given a list that's even longer than this one. Of course, they want you to buy everything they've got! Try to keep in mind that all you really need for baby is diapers, a place for him to sleep, and a blanket to bundle him in.</p>
<p>But we know you're not living in the Stone Age. You need and deserve the accessories that will make your job as parent a whole lot easier. We've listed those as "necessities." Other things that you might appreciate (but which some parents have found to be a waste of money) are listed as "It's nice to have." Items that are merely decorative or not very useful are categorized as "strictly optional." Products that are unsafe appear under "no-nos."</p>
<p>Nursery furniture </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ Crib</p>
<p>____ Crib mattress</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Changing table</p>
<p>____ Bassinet (though it's only safe until 3 months or 15 pounds)</p>
<p>____ Rocking chair or glider</p>
<p>____ Humidifier or vaporizer</p>
<p>____ Dresser/chest</p>
<p>____ Hamper</p>
<p>____ Baby monitor (if you have a big house)</p>
<p>•	A secondhand crib (get a new one for safety)</p>
<p>Linens </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ 2 fitted crib sheets</p>
<p>____ Crib bumper that ties on securely (this is controversial -- some people worry that they're a SIDS risk; others say they keep baby from banging into the bars)</p>
<p>____ Several thin cotton receiving blankets</p>
<p>____ 2 waterproof mattress protectors</p>
<p>Strictly optional:</p>
<p>____ Matching quilt or a crib skirt (they're only decorative)</p>
<p>•	Pillows (a SIDS risk)</p>
<p>•	Sleep positioners (yet another SIDS risk)</p>
<p>•	Mattress padding (ditto)</p>
<p>Babyproofing </p>
<p>The necessities (not an issue until 4 months or later):</p>
<p>____ Gates at the top and bottom of all stairs</p>
<p>____ Cabinet latches</p>
<p>____ Drawer latches</p>
<p>____ Outlet covers</p>
<p>____ Fireplace bumper</p>
<p>____ Furniture anchors</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Toilet lock</p>
<p>____ Corner guards for low tables</p>
<p>newborn nipples (try several brands to find the one your baby prefers)</p>
<p>____ Bottle-cleaning brush or a dishwasher basket</p>
<p>____ Bottle-drying rack</p>
<p>____ Several weeks' worth of baby formula to start</p>
<p>____ 6 or more cotton bibs</p>
<p>____ 6 or more burp cloths (cloth diapers do the job)</p>
<p>____ Insulated cooler/carrier for outings</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Dry formula dispenser</p>
<p>____ Bottle sterilizer</p>
<p>Strictly optional:</p>
<p>____ Bottle warmer (heating in hot water takes the same amount of time)</p>
<p>____ Bottle proper (unless you have multiples and use it sparingly when you can't otherwise feed all the babies at once)</p>
<p>For breastfeeding </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ Nursing pillow</p>
<p>____ 2-3 nursing bras</p>
<p>____ 2-3 boxes of nursing pads</p>
<p>____ 6 or more cotton bibs</p>
<p>____ 6 or more burp cloths (cloth diapers do the job)</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Breast pump (electric if you'll use it every day at work, otherwise a hand pump is fine)</p>
<p>____ Breast milk storage bags or containers</p>
<p>____ Several bottles and nipples if someone else will be feeding baby pumped breast milk</p>
<p>____ Nipple cream (for the first few weeks)</p>
<p>Solid-food feeding </p>
<p>The necessities (not an issue until 4 to 6 months):</p>
<p>____ High chair</p>
<p>____ Plastic bibs</p>
<p>____ Infant feeding spoons</p>
<p>____ Infant bowl</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Mess mat for under the high chair</p>
<p>____ Baby food mill (if you're ambitious enough to puree your own baby food)</p>
<p>newborn diapers to start</p>
<p>____ Wipes</p>
<p>____ Diaper rash ointment</p>
<p>____ Waterproof changing table pad</p>
<p>____ 2-3 changing table pad covers (usually cotton or terry cloth)</p>
<p>____ Diaper pail or trash can with a lid</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ 4-5 waterproof square or rectangular pads for under baby's bottom (protecting the cover that's protecting the pad -- you won't be sorry)</p>
<p>____ Baby cream (if your baby has dry skin)</p>
<p>____ Non-talc powder (to help the diaper area dry faster)</p>
<p>Strictly optional:</p>
<p>____ A wipe warmer</p>
<p>____ A diaper stacker (though they're pretty)</p>
<p>For bathing and grooming </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ 2 hooded towels</p>
<p>____ 4 washcloths</p>
<p>____ Infant tub (for after the umbilical cord falls off)</p>
<p>____ Bath seat or inflatable tub-within-a-tub (for after 6 months)</p>
<p>____ Baby bath wash</p>
<p>____ Baby shampoo</p>
<p>____ Baby comb and brush set</p>
<p>____ Nail scissors/nail clippers/nail file set</p>
<p>____ Cotton swabs</p>
<p>____ Cotton balls</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Bath toys</p>
<p>____ Mesh bag to hold bath toys</p>
<p>____ Bath thermometer</p>
<p>____ Faucet guard</p>
<p>Strictly optional:</p>
<p>____ A baby-size robe (it's hard enough to get baby dressed in her real clothes!)</p>
<p>Clothing </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ 7 or more snap-crotch bodysuits/onesies</p>
<p>____ 3-4 T-shirts and/or side-snap shirts</p>
<p>____ Several snap-up rompers</p>
<p>____ Several shirt-and-pant sets</p>
<p>____ 7 pairs of pajamas and/or sleeping gowns</p>
<p>____ Sun hat</p>
<p>____ Cold-weather hat</p>
<p>____ Cardigan sweater</p>
<p>____ Bunting or snowsuit if it gets cold</p>
<p>____ 6 pairs of booties and/or socks</p>
<p>____ Baby hangers for the closet</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ A special outfit to bring baby home in and/or show her off</p>
<p>____ Several diaper covers</p>
<p>____ A wearable sleep sack, to use instead of a blanket</p>
<p>Strictly optional:</p>
<p>____ Shoes (until baby is walking outside, i.e., the toddler years)</p>
<p>____ Stroller that accommodates a newborn</p>
<p>____ Diaper bag filled with diapers, wipes, and a spare outfit</p>
<p>____ Front carrier, like a Snugli or Baby Bjorn</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Sling (for the newborn stage)</p>
<p>____ Baby backpack (for after 6 months)</p>
<p>____ Stroller that your car seat fits onto</p>
<p>____ Rain cover for the stroller</p>
<p>____ Infant headrest for the car seat (if it doesn't come with one)</p>
<p>____ Warm blanket or "boot" to wrap baby in during winter strolls</p>
<p>____ Sunshades for the car windows</p>
<p>____ Big diaper bag for overnight trips</p>
<p>How to Pick the Perfect Stroller for Your Baby</p>

<p>•	Mirror to see baby in the car (it can be a hazard if there's an accident)</p>
<p>•	A secondhand car seat (always get a new one)</p>
<p>Crib mirror</p>
<p>____ Toys that attach to the stroller</p>
<p>____ Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks</p>
<p>____ Baskets to store toys in all the key places: baby's room, the living room, the kitchen</p>
<p>•	Car seat toy bars (an added risk if there's an accident)</p>
<p>For sitting baby in </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ Bouncer seat or infant seat</p>
<p>____ Stationary activity center (once baby is 4 months old)</p>
<p>____ Heavy blankets and quilts to lay on the floor</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Swing</p>
<p>____ Moses basket (though only usable until baby reaches 3 months)</p>
<p>____ Portable play yard</p>
<p>•	Walker (get a stationary center instead, for safety)</p>
<p>•	Jumper (also generally considered unsafe)</p>
<p>crib or changing table</p>
<p>____ Lullaby CDs or other soothing music</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Music box made for the crib</p>
<p>The medicine cabinet </p>
<p>The necessities:</p>
<p>____ Thermometer</p>
<p>____ Petroleum jelly</p>
<p>____ Infant Tylenol</p>
<p>____ Nasal aspirator</p>
<p>____ Electrolyte drink (such as Pedialyte, to treat dehydration)</p>
<p>It's nice to have:</p>
<p>____ Teething ointment or other teething remedy</p>
<p>____ Vapor cream and/or vapor bath</p>
<p>____ Saline nose drops</p>
<p>____ Antigas medicine</p>

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