When you’re pregnant, it can be hard to imagine that you will soon have a tiny, little baby in your home...let alone a bigger baby, and then (gasp!) a toddler. And while we acknowledge that there’s a lot to prepare for when that newborn first arrives, those baby weeks and months pass quickly, and you’re left with a whole lot of stuff that you don’t need anymore...and a whole lot of stuff you need but don’t have. So rather than asking for yet another layette set, why not use your baby registry to get some stuff that you’ll actually be using months -- or even years -- after baby arrives?


Here’s a few bigger-baby and toddler necessities that are worth adding to your baby registry now -- while someone else is footing the bill. We’re also giving away one of these registry must-haves to three lucky Well Rounded NY readers - read on to find out which one, and how to get the goods!

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GIVEAWAY! Win an OXO Tot Booster Seat for Big Kids in the color of your choice! We've got three of these super chic seats to give away to Well Rounded NY readers! Just sign up for our newsletter and tell us about your "must-have" registry item in the comment box below! For extra entries, follow Well Rounded NY and OXO Tot on Twitter and leave a comment below for each.

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Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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