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Newborn Essentials and Nonessentials

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    Lots of wipes (get the ones for sensitive skin).

    Huggies Gentle Care Sensitive Baby Wipes from diapers.com, $3.69

    Learn more in out Guide to Baby’s First Weeks

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    8–10 burp cloths (cloth diapers are cheap and work great).

    Gerber 6-Pack Premium 6-Ply Cloth Diaper from babiesrus.com, $11.99

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    A few packs of diapers with umbilical stump protection (but don’t go overboard, because your baby will grow out of these unbelievably quickly).

    Pampers Swaddlers Newborn Diapers Jumbo Pack from diapers.com, $9.59

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    Rectal thermometer.

    Safety 1st Rectal Thermometer from buybuybaby.com, $11.99

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    About 6 “stretchies” (footed long johns—your baby will live in these 24/7).

    Carter’s Easy Entry Sleep n Play from carters.com, $8

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    Swaddling blanket (one that’s specifically made for this purpose will simplify your life a bit).

    SwaddleDesgins Lightweight Marquisette Swaddling Blanket from target.com, $14.97

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    Petroleum jelly (for the thermometer and circumcision care).

    Vaseline from cvs.com, $2.99

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    Pacifier (grab 3–4 extras when you find one she likes).

    Soothie Newborn Pacifier from diapers.com, $4.49

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    Stuff you don't need...

    Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs. These are no longer recommended for drying up umbilical stumps.

    50% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol from cvs.com, $1.67

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    Bassinet/cradle/moses basket.
    The crib is fine, even for the first night home from the hospital.

    Badger Basket Sage Waffle Natural Hooded Moses Basket from target.com, $49.99

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    Small “drool” bibs.
    The burp cloths can do double duty.

    Carter’s Set of 3 Teething Bibs from diapers.com, $10.99

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    Baby powder.
    There’s just no reason for its existence.

    Johnson’s Baby Powder from target.com, $3.84

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