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A Simple Guide to Baby Supplies

Overwhelmed with lists of what you should buy for your new baby? Here's what you really need.

Baby Safety

Before your baby starts to crawl, you'll want to baby-proof your home with cabinet locks, safety gates, covers for electrical outlets, and other safety products.

But in the earliest months, you'll need to stock only a few key first-aid items: a rectal (not ear) thermometer (rectal thermometers more accurately take a baby's core body temperature), infant acetaminophen to relieve pain and fever, and a diaper rash cream or ointment. "You'll want something that's soothing and protective," Danielson says. "It's nice to have something on hand for a rash that shows up." 

Reviewed on September 15, 2013

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