by candy » Oct 30, 2012 My apologies if this has been covered before -- maybe someone could point me to an existing thread? I'm trying to get a handle on what baby gear I will actually need and would like to keep it as minimal as possible. In other words, I'd like to avoid buying things that will only be used for a short period of time because I hate accumulating unnecessary stuff. For example, do I really need an infant travel system when I could get a stroller that can last from infant through childhood? A bassinet that a baby will use for a month? It would be great if people would post a list of essentials, or products that they couldn't live without. Thanks in advance!