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8 REAL Newborn Essentials

The “newborn essentials” or “baby registry” must-have lists aren’t new, but they’re still a useful tool to take a glance at before making big purchases.

What do you really need for your baby (car seat) and what’s a total waste of money (wipe warmer)?

Babble put together a comprehensive Top 100 Newborn Essentials list – although a few are thrown in there to plan ahead (like a high chair and teether) and some aren’t material items (like a shoulder rub and scheduling time with your parents).

In my opinion, here’s the 7 real bare-minimum newborn essentials:

1. Somewhere for your baby to sleep:

Whether it’s a bassinet, co-sleeper, baby crib or even your own bed — doesn’t matter. Just have somewhere safe, warm and dry to lay your baby to sleep.

2. Something for your baby to eat

Whether it’s breast milk or formula. (We like these Lifefactory glass bottles as an alternative to plastic.)

3. Diapers

Coming from a cloth-diapering mom, it is easier to use disposables during those first few weeks of non-stop fecal matter, but it eventually gets easier to use cloth. Take a look at our favorite cloth diapers of 2011 + the cutest cloth diapers we’ve ever seen + one of our favorite hybrid diapers.

4. Something that bounces, vibrates or swings

Some kind of soothing movement (whether it’s vibrating, swinging or both) is usually very soothing for newborns, such as with this high-tech Mamaroo bouncer. (Of course every baby is different.) When your baby gets a little bigger, we love this BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance.

5. Something for your baby to wear

See our favorite baby onesies.

6. A car seat

Read our Babble Best Car Seats review for the best of the best infant car seats.

7. A baby carrier

Attachment parenting or not, a baby carrier is a must-have for cranky, colicy, crying babies. See our favorite newborn baby carrier and then check out the Best Baby Carriers of 2011.

8. Swaddlers

Not all babies like to be swaddled, but even so, moms can use these Aden + Anais swaddlers to drape over strollers, line portable cribs or even lay down for on-the-go diaper changes. In fact, my two-year-old son still uses his swaddlers as a security blanket to sleep with each night.

See the entire Babble.com Newborn Essential List.

What would be on your list?

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