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Autism Speaks

For every book sold, $3 is donated to Autism speaks. When a child speaks the first word, it is memorable, but if a parent never hears the first word, it is most memorable.

What to Have for the Newborn Baby

When you’re expecting, there are lots of items you’ll want to purchase and put on your baby registry to be sure you are prepared when your little one arrives. I’m not paid to promote products, but I wanted to share my list of my personal favorites.  Locate a good used baby store, but remember, there are some things you don’t want to buy used.

Nursery Furniture

  • A safe crib that hasn’t been recalled.  If you buy a used one, make sure it meets safety codes, including tight screws.
  • Graco SnugRide infant car seat and stroller
  • Kiddopotamus Snuzzler and rear mirrors
  • Place a heating pad under a changing table and purchase a wipe warmer.
  • Pack-n-Play for sleeping in different rooms/traveling
  • Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer
  • Boxes and tubs to pack outgrown clothes (can anyone say “hand-me-downs”?)
  • Comfortable chair with arm support while nursing – an overstuffed rocker works great!

Bath Products


  • Longsleeve kimono tees w/fold –over cuffs
  • Infant gowns w/fold over cuffs
  • Longsleeve and shortsleeve onesies
  • Infant caps and socks
  • Bunting that works with the carseat
  • Footed sleepers
  • Lots of swaddling blankets, receiving blankets
  • Thick prefolded diapers for burp rags
  • Halo Swaddle Me, or other swaddling blankets

– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series

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