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New Parents Need Basics for Bundle of Joy

Posted April 18, 2007 5:28 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2007 9:24 p.m. EDT

It can be hard for new parents to know where to start, so Consumer Reports compiled a list of baby basics to make sure you are ready for those first few months.

Getting ready for your baby's arrival is exciting and stressful at the same time.

"(It's) a little overwhelming because there's too many choices," said Laura Radigan.

"Now that the baby's coming closer, (it's) the anxiety of 'Oh, I have to have everything ready,'" said Maria Pietracatella.

In the clothes category, Consumer Reports said onesie sleepers are essential. They keep your baby warm at night without a blanket. One-piece undershirts that snap at the bottom are also useful.

"Babies also need two or three comfortable daytime outfits. But everything doesn't have to be in newborn size, because babies outgrow those things really quickly," said Artemis DiBenedetto, of Consumer Reports.

At bath time, Consumer Reports said soft, hooded towels are indispensable. They recommend you get at least three. Consumer Reports said you will also want lots of baby washcloths and some baby body wash that doubles as shampoo.

As for bedtime, Consumer Reports recommends at least four soft cotton blankets for swaddling. You should also have two or three fitted sheets for your crib.

Consumer Reports said you should skip bumpers and quilts because a crib is safer without them.