What gear you need before you bring baby home

Linda Meadow, Author and Mother, shares advice for parents on what to make sure you have before bringing your baby home from the hospital and how to choose the right gear for your baby and your family
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What gear you need before you bring baby home

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All you really need when the baby comes home is a car seat, because they won't let you out of the hospital without it, a place for the baby to sleep, which is not even usually a crib because they are too small for one -- it's a bassinet of some kind or the pack-n-play -- diapers, and wipes. You really can take your time and figure out what your needs are. So if you realize that you are going upstairs and downstairs all the time, maybe the bassinet should stay downstairs. You don't have to commit to what kind of stroller you need in the beginning, because often, you are just carrying that car seat around and you don't bother to pop it in a stroller. You end up not wanting to deal with the stroller. You are just carrying the car seat around. I always say you don't even really need a crib right away because they are too small for it. Often times, I know people go through their nesting stage when they are having a baby; but often times, you make mistakes. I find that it's best to figure out those couple of things that you really need. When you get used to having the baby, you can figure out what else you really need.

Linda Meadow, Author and Mother, shares advice for parents on what to make sure you have before bringing your baby home from the hospital and how to choose the right gear for your baby and your family

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Linda Meadow

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Linda Meadow is the founder and editor of gurumommy.com and is also the author of the City Baby L.A. series, which already is in its 3rd edition.  Linda started her career as an attorney, and after having her 3 children decided to recharge her career as an author and 'expert' mommy, advising parents in Los Angeles and beyond!  Linda has been featured as a style, parenting and travel contributor in InStyle, US Weekly, Cookie, People Magazine and online at modernmom.com, havefamilywilltravel.com, momlogic.com, jenandbarbmomslife.com and mommytracked.com. Linda is also a marketing consultant specializing in social media, mobile applications and e-commerce for several online sale sites.  

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