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Back-to-Basics Baby Gear

Over on our message boards, a mom-to-be with a tiny house and a tight budget wondered what the bare minimum is for baby gear. What are the must-haves, and what are the can-do-withouts? Other moms chimed in to list the essentials, like a pack ‘n’ play, swing, car seat, burp clothes, a nursing pillow, and a high chair that straps to the table. On the skip it list? Bassinets and too many 0-3 month outfits. Travel systems, swaddlers, receiving blankets and slings/carriers seemed to divide our informal mom panel.

We’d like to hear from been-there, done-that moms. What do you truly need for a new baby – and what’s a waste of money?