Baby Gear / July 9, 2018 / Sloan Zambrano.
Can you steer it? We have to laugh at the number of strollers that call themselves "an SUV for baby." It's not easy to park an SUV, and it's not easy to squeeze a giant stroller through store aisles. Some barely fit through store doors. Always test-push a stroller. Can it turn corners? Maneuver through tight spaces? Pretend baby just tossed his sippy cup on the sidewalk and you have to spin around 180 degrees. Easy?
Humidifier - This was one of the few items I did not receive as a gift before my son was born. Understandably, a humidifier isn’t too exciting. However, since I didn’t receive one as a gift, I blew it off as not very important. I realized how wrong I was when my son got his first cold. When a baby has a cold, there really isn’t much you can do for them in regards to medication (and nose blowing). A humidifier, however, allows your baby to breathe easier, especially in the case of stuffy noses and coughing. Once I got a humidifier, my child slept much better. Tip: Get a humidifier that has a filter and is simple to clean. Consider adding a few drops of an essential oil like eucalyptus to the water or in the medicine well if your humidifier has one. This worked wonders on clearing my son’s most stubborn stuffy noses.
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.
Can you fold it easily? There may be some families that never fold their strollers. But most parents need to fold them to get them into the car, if not into the house. If you have to wrestle the stroller to the floor, that's not an easy fold. If the stroller doesn't lock in it's folded position, but instead springs back open at the slightest provocation, that's not good either. And sometimes it's just too hard to remember which buttons, latches, and bars you use to fold some models. Test before you buy, and choose one that's easy.