Baby Gear / July 24, 2018 / Baylee Felton.
You can spend as much or as little as you want. Set a budget before you begin that's an easy way to narrow down stroller choices. Are you going to splurge on something deluxe in the $300 range? Go for one of the popular styles between $100 and $200? Or seek a real bargain? There are also strollers upwards of $600, but we assume those are for royalty, celebrities, and the wealthy people who imitate them.
Cut through the jargon. Strollers come with their own language. A "carriage" is just another name for a stroller, but often refers to one where baby faces you. A "pram" describes the old-fashioned carriages (big wheels, fancy canopy) that keep an infant lying down -- they're bassinets on wheels and are meant for newborns. A "travel system" is a stroller that comes with a car seat that snaps into it. Baby can ride in the car seat when he's an infant and in the stroller seat once he's older.
A Place to Park Your Baby: Rocker, Bouncer, or Swing. Babies find motion soothing, but your arms get tired from rocking them all the time. Rockers, bouncers, and swings give you a place to park your baby while you take care of things or get a shower. Bouncers and rockers (not to be confused with adult rocking chairs, also called rockers or gliders) vibrate or move with a manual push. Swings are machine-powered (so you don’t have to keep pushing them), and they’re more expensive.
Easy Wash High Chair - Picking the right high chair is a lot about how much space you have to put it (and weight matters too if you’ll be moving the high chair around a lot). You definitely want a tray that isn’t too annoying to adjust, wash, and remove. Crib - If you opted to put a bassinet or a cosleeper on your registry, remember that your baby will usually outgrow it around six months, so you’ll need to switch to a crib. If you started with a crib, keep in mind you’ll need a "big kid bed" some day. Some cribs have the ability to convert to toddler beds!