Baby Gear / July 9, 2018 / Milan Ellsworth.
Where will you put the diaper bag and groceries? You'll seldom be out just strolling. You'll be running errands or visiting friends with an afternoon's worth of supplies. A basket under the seat is important, and it's lacking on some European strollers. (Where do Europeans stash grocery bags?) Less important, but certainly nice, are cup holders and storage spaces on the handlebar. You can keep water for yourself, pacifiers for baby, and other things in easy reach. Still less important are side pockets you can readily buy a storage bag to hang off the back of the stroller. But keep in mind that if you hang too much on the stroller, it could tip over backward.
Humidifier - This is great for helping your baby feel (and sleep) better when they’ve got a cold! Portable Playard - A playard is a worry-free play spot that can double as a portable crib, so it’s a great thing to have when traveling. Some playards come with diaper-changing stations and built-in bassinets, too. Storage - Do you have space to put all the new things you’re buying? Extra laundry totes, storage hampers, and toy cubbies could come in handy.
Library Card - We all know that reading to children at a young age is of great benefit. It develops their vocabulary, their understanding of words, and their listening and communication skills, and gives them a love for reading. To expose your baby to as many stories as possible, get a membership card at your local public library instead of buying books. This will make reading to your baby more fun for both of you.
Swaddle Blanket - Unless you are a nurse, wrapping a newborn in a swaddle can be a bit foreign. As much as I tried and tried, I just could not get my little one swaddled as tightly as the nurses did in the hospital. So instead of wasting my time and getting frustrated, I used a blanket specifically designed to easily swaddle an infant with the use of flaps and Velcro. Not only did it simplify my life as a parent, but my son looked so cute all swaddled up!