Baby Gear / July 15, 2018 / Lola Guajardo.
Crib Sheets and Mattress Protectors - Make sure you pick out your crib before you look at sheets because the sizes can vary depending on your crib or bassinet. A waterproof mattress protector can protect the longevity of your mattress, so it’s definitely a good buy.
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.
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.)
Start with a stroller that fits a newborn. This means one where baby can ride lying down flat or almost flat. We love old-fashioned prams, but because they're expensive, heavy, and only safe until the three-month mark, we don't recommend them. A better alternative is one of the "carriage systems" sold by some European companies, in which you buy a separate bassinet that snaps onto the stroller frame for those first three months, and then use the stroller seat after that. But they're pricey, too.