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Pregnancy Gear 101: Guide to Essential Pregnancy Gear

If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, make sure you are equipped with the right pregnancy gear.

Pregnancy Gear: Third Trimester

Many future moms are superstitious and don't believe in buying anything for baby until they give birth. Still, Bertens recommends that you make an exception and purchase a car seat well before your due date. By law, you can't leave the hospital with your baby unless you have an infant car seat.

You will also need a crib, bassinet, pack-and-play, or some other designated place for the baby to sleep, even if that's in bed with you. If you are superstitious, have a crib picked out and paid for in advance and call the store to have it delivered once you do.

Finally, your pregnancy gear should include a few essential items to have when you come home from the hospital with your newborn:

  • Diapers. If you plan to use a diaper service, make arrangements ahead of time, or purchase disposable newborn diapers. You will also need diaper wipes and a safe, comfortable place to change your baby's diapers.
  • Baby clothing. Purchase and launder some newborn clothes and other items including blankets, booties, hats, towels, and washcloths.
  • A feeding plan: breast or bottle? If you plan to breastfeed your baby, you don't need any equipment. If you plan to bottle feed, you will need to purchase formula and bottles, which should be sterilized.

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Reviewed on October 17, 2008

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