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What you need: furniture and equipment
Here's a checklist of the essentials for baby’s room:
  • Bassinet or cot
  • Changing table
  • Chest of drawers or clothes storage
  • Car seat
  • Rocking chair
  • Lamp
  • Swing
  • Humidifier
  • Radiator cover
  • Non-slip rug
  • Feedry monitor
  • Cot gym or mobile
  • Door gate (not accordion-style)
  • For that first trip home form hospital, dress your newborn in enough clothing and blankets to keep warm and protected. In warmer weather, a short-sleeved jumpsuit may be fine. In cold weather, you may need a hat, cardigan, and extra blanket. Also be sure to bring formula if you are bottle-feeding your baby.
The most important gear for your trip home, of couse, is an infant car seat.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education