Baby Gear / July 25, 2018 / Hazel Clemens.
Specialty Strollers; Joggers: First, we don't recommend them unless you're actually going to jog or walk recreationally with one. They look cool, but they're big, heavy, hard to turn, and often impossible to fold. The only reason you may want one aside from jogging is if you take your baby on trails or rough terrain. Because they have big bike wheels, joggers give smooth rides over bumps. Umbrella strollers: You can get these dirt cheap, and that's great. Still look for JPMA certification, which means a stroller has been tested for stability, among other things.
Play Yard - The play yard is incredibly versatile. More commonly called a Pack ‘N Play, this item can be a crib, a bassinet, a changing table, and a play area all in one. If you plan to travel with your baby, having a play yard ensures that he or she will have a proper place to sleep while away from home. It’s also a safe place to lay your baby down while you take care of yourself or your other children.
The past year was no different. Here are some of the smartest baby gadgets that launched in 2017—all designed by entrepreneurial parents. Breastfeeding mothers are always worried they won’t produce enough milk for their infants. But saving pumped breast milk and reusing it from one feeding to the next is tricky, since babies can contaminate an entire bottle with their saliva just by taking a single sip. aLoo is the first device that prevents contamination from baby backwash. The disc-shaped, plastic-and-metal valve fits inside a baby-bottle cap and allows milk to flow to the baby but keeps saliva from permeating the bottle’s main chamber, so parents can save the unconsumed milk and serve it later.
Video Monitor - I can sum up the benefit of a video monitor in three words: peace of mind. That is what you’ll get when your baby is alone in the crib with the door shut. It’s comforting to always be able to see your child peacefully sleeping. And if he or she is not sleeping, it’s certainly nice to see what he or she is up to. It’ll also help you know if it’s a good time to go in to get your baby.