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The Essential Pregnancy Gear List for Expectant Moms

WebMD makes pregnancy gear simple for expectant moms.

Pregnancy Gear: Third Trimester

Car seat . While many future moms are superstitious and don't believe in buying anything until their baby is born, a car seat is a wise investment as you get closer to your due date, Bertens says. "You will definitely need a car seat regardless of where you live. You can't leave the hospital without one. It's regulation."

A crib, bassinet, or pack-and-play crib -- or some place picked out 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.

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Layette. A layette is a collection of clothing for a newborn, and it's a good idea to have it on hand ahead of time. A layette typically includes receiving blankets to swaddle the baby, pajamas, onesies, socks, hats, bibs, burp clothes, and towels. It's a good idea to wash everything in advance with a mild detergent, as baby's skin is very sensitive.

Bottles, pumps. If you are going to breastfeed, you may need a breast pump and extra bottles to freeze and store milk. Pumping will give you more flexibility if you need to leave your baby with a sitter. If you will be using formula, you will need bottles (which must be sterilized) and more formula than you can possibly imagine.

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Reviewed on February 06, 2009

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