The Truth About Babies: Must-Have Items You Can’t Find on a Registry

You’ve spent the last nine months reading pregnancy and parenting books, perusing nursery decorating sites, registering for coordinated nursery linens and filling a closet full of tiny ruffled frocks. As your baby’s arrival creeps closer you think you know what to expect, but there are surprises ahead.

Real parenting involves more snot than tears of joy and more white onesies than precious outfits. You’ll never be able to anticipate every surprise your little one will bring you, but you can get ahead of the game with a few baby essentials that you won’t find on any registry checklist.