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Busy, Smart and Strong: New year, new baby

The new year will undoubtedly bring lots of changes: New beginnings, fresh starts. We’re just wrapping up the first full week of the 2014, and apparently people hit the ground running right after the ball dropped in Times Square.

I know several people who are having babies this year, and are due very soon. If a new addition to your family is on the way in 2014, it’s probably already consuming your life. In the months leading up to the big event, everything needs to be ready: Crib purchased, bedding selected, babyproof the house, stockpile of diapers and bottles, monitors (audio or video), pajamas, onesies, cute little coats (but not too many, because you don’t know if it’s a boy or girl — well, you might), blankets, towels, pacifiers and the list goes on and grows every year!

As you stroll through the aisles of your local Babies “R” Us, USA Baby and Target, you’ll soon realize there’s now a gadget for practically every single thing that could cross a mom’s mind while raising her baby.

By the time your baby is 1 year old, you’ll realize that most of these things are the brainchildren of moms just like you. They needed it, created it and then found a way to make it profitable. Because they knew if they needed it, so did you. Or, perhaps, they shared the idea in a corporate focus group and someone else is getting rich off of it.

So, what gadgets do you really need, and what can you live without?

You’ll be tempted to buy tons of cute, little devices — but many money wasters. If you’ve already had kids, what things did you consider to be totally unnecessary, silly and worthless? Let me know at and we’ll spread the word to all the moms-to-be.