___ One or two changes of clothing for baby.
___ An extra T-shirt for yourself (or be sure to dress in layers).
___ A plastic bag to hold all soiled laundry items.
___ A bottle of water -- for you to guzzle when you're nervous and sweating.
___ A small pocket mirror to make sure none has landed in your hair -- baby also can play with it when you change him for the umpteenth time.
___ A blanket or towel to double as a wrap for baby when all his clean clothes are gone.
___ A vanilla-based spritzer or scent so you can blame that sickly sweet smell on your new perfume.
Excerpted from the AmericanBaby.com Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 12.
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, March 2006.
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