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12 Modern Essentials Every Mom Needs to Prepare For Baby

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There's nothing that can prepare you for the feeling of being a mother. The first time you see your little one, the instant bond you feel holding your baby in your arms, even his or her first coos — it's all so magical. What you can prepare for, though, is the actual arrival of your baby. Even if you don't subscribe to the traditional newborn necessities (pink booties for girls, blue blankets for boys), there are just some things that are universal and will come through for you when you need them the most.

For starters, you're going to need wipes — and more wipes than you think you need, because as cute as babies are, they're also messy. In addition to those wipes, grab more than a few bibs.

For bath time, sensitive washes and shampoos are the way to go. And of course, no list would be complete without a continuous supply of diapers. In partnership with Cloud Island at Target, we've compiled a list of what we've dubbed the modern mom essentials. Read on to see the full starter kit of all the things you'll need for your newborn.

Bathtime Essentials

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Bath time with a baby can be a great time to bond, no small thanks to all the adorable splish-splashing. To cater to their sensitive skin, make sure to stock up on ultra-gentle body wash, shampoo, and bubble baths. Don't overlook the super-soft washcloths, either.

Mealtime Essentials

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Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, make homemade baby food or serve store-bought, mealtime is important. Have catch-all bibs, easy-to-hold utensils, and cute plates and bowls on hand, especially when they get into their picky eater stage.

Diaper Bag Essentials

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If there's one thing every mom knows it's that when you have a newborn, you'll be changing a lot of diapers. An endless supply of wipes (scented or unscented), diapers that are hypoallergenic and free of chlorine processing, latex, lotion or fragrance, and a bottle of diaper cream are all diaper bag necessities.

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