Baby Gear / July 22, 2018 / Heidi Rinehart.
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.
Freezer Meals - Cooking with baby can be a challenge, especially if baby wants to be close to you every single second. It helps to have a stash of freezer meals saved up. Nursing Bra - For breastfeeding mothers, we recommend one sleep nursing bra to start (the sleep bras are a more flexible fit) and shopping for more bras once your milk has come in and you know your real size. (What exactly makes nursing bras different from normal ones? The cup unclips from the strap to give baby access.)
A Snug Secure Sleeping Spot. During the first six months, it’s safest for baby to share a room with parents, but a full sized crib might not fit in your bedroom. You’ve got options: mini cribs called bassinets are easy to place by your bed or move around the house. A co-sleeper attaches to the parent’s bed for easy nighttime nursing. Bed-sharing with your baby has much-debated risks and rewards. You can place your baby in a soft area with firm sides that rests on your bed to make bed-sharing a bit safer. Keep in mind that crib and bassinet mattresses are sometimes sold separately, and you’ll need the right shape & size for the sleeping option you select.
Baby Items You Don’t Need: There were some baby purchases I made that I didn’t end up using, found a better alternative for, or that just didn’t work like they were supposed to. Here is my list of items I wish I didn’t get for my baby: Diaper Pails - When I was deciding on a diaper pail for my nursery, there seemed to be a negative aspect to every pail on the market. Some were expensive and required refill cartridges, others had bad reviews, and the rest required lots of batteries.