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When I became pregnant the first time around, I was completely clueless when it came to putting together a baby registry. I was overwhelmed by the amount of choices and confused trying to figure out exactly what I needed. It wasn’t until I actually had my baby that I better understood what products were helpful and which products were totally unnecessary -- and in some cases even dangerous. In my five years of doing this parenting thing, I’ve found some great brands and products that are not only useful and safe, but also environmentally friendly. Add these 8 great picks to your baby registry, and you’ll be sure you get shower gifts both you and your little one will love.

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They say a watched pot never boils, but every pumping mama knows the expression should really say "a watched bottle never fills."

When I think back to those early days of pumping, I remember settling in front of the TV to attempt to distract myself from the tedium of being hooked to a machine. It never worked: I'd always pay little attention to whatever I was watching, opting instead to stare at the bottles I was pumping into and wonder why they were filling so slowly.

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