Baby Gear / July 3, 2018 / Milan Ellsworth.
An Odor-Proof Diaper Pail: Diaper pails are more odor-proof than regular trash cans, and unless you’re throwing every diaper in an outdoor trash can, it’s definitely nice to have a diaper pail. Some require special liners and others use regular trash bags, so stock up on liners if necessary. A Suitable Baby Monitor - If you live in a small enough space that you can always hear or see what your baby is up to, you don’t need a monitor. Otherwise, it’s great to have! There’s a lot to consider: video or audio? Smartphone integration? Security? Durability?
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!
"Jogging strollers" are sporty three-wheelers you can run with, though now there are some three-wheel strollers that are not for jogging, just for show. Finally, an "umbrella stroller" is a small, lightweight stroller that's more or less a fabric sling on a frame, suitable for a baby 6 months or older. It's the stroller you'll pooh-pooh initially, but will love by the time you've got a toddler and are fed up with lifting, folding, and pushing anything larger.
Can it carry a car seat? Travel systems became so popular that now many strollers accommodate car seats, even from different manufacturers. This is nice, because it's great to take a sleeping infant out of the car and snap her right into the stroller. If you know you want a car seat from a certain manufacturer, it's worth looking at their travel systems. They might price the strollercar seat combo cheaper than the sum of the separate pieces. Another option is the car seat frame. Baby Trend's Snap-N-Go and Kolcraft's car seat frame are ways to put your car seat on wheels, making a lightweight stroller that accommodates a newborn. Get a canopy for your car seat and a warm boot to sit your baby in if it's cold, and you're set.