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What to buy for baby

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Posted: February 9, 2007 6:20 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    Buying clothes and supplies in preparation for your new baby is exciting. But with so many products to choose from, making decision may be confusing.
    Babies grow rapidly and therefore outgrow their clothes in about three months. You will have to decide whether it is more practical to buy fewer items and wash more often or buy more clothes and wash less frequently. Many parent have found the following items useful:
  •  Knit shirts
  •  Stretch play/sleepers
  •  Kimonos or gowns
  •  Receiving blankets
  •  Socks and/or booties
    Proper laundry care is needed to help clothes last longer. First, remove stains before laundering. Soak formula and diaper stains in a mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, 2 teaspoons detergent, and 1 tablespoon ammonia for 15 minutes. Rinse with water then soak in 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon enzyme product for 30 minutes before washing.
    Select a stroller with the following features:
  •  A firm, vertical backrest
  •  A canopy high enough to allow headroom
  •  Seat belts
  •  Brakes that can be securely locked
  •  A latch that prevent accidental folding
  •  A wide base to prevent tipping.
    For more information on parenting and baby care, contact Diane at (912) 871-0504, dianem@uga.edu, or www.ugaextension.com/bulloch.
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