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Don't be swayed by department-store registries that call for an endless array and supply of infant clothing. Certainly, for starters, you'll want to purchase several pairs of socks or booties, two hats (one for warmth and one for sun protection) and a few body suits, undershirts and sleepers or gowns, preferably in soft fabrics. But some babies, for example, dislike the confinement of blanket sleepers, and some mothers find one style of clothing easier to change than others. So don't fill up the closet until you and your baby have gotten to know each other better.
Few sights are as sweet as a sleeping infant cuddled in a soft, warm blanket. Have a good supply on hand -- at least a half dozen - because you'll find many other uses for baby blankets (such as a fun game of peekaboo). Choose several types of blankets so your baby has a variety of fabrics and textures to touch and experience. And don't be surprised if one blanket becomes your child's favorite for years to come.
After you've weighed the advantages of each type, decide whether you'll use cloth or disposable diapers (or a combination of the two). Then further define your preferences. For instance, some cloth diapers are paired with plastic pants, while others fit into an easy-to-use Velcro cover. Some disposable diapers have adjustable tabs or feature extra absorbency; others do not. Disposable diapers are sized by weight, so check the package to be sure you're getting the right size for your child.