Baby Gear / July 3, 2018 / Jaylynn Sample.
You can spend as much or as little as you want. Set a budget before you begin that's an easy way to narrow down stroller choices. Are you going to splurge on something deluxe in the $300 range? Go for one of the popular styles between $100 and $200? Or seek a real bargain? There are also strollers upwards of $600, but we assume those are for royalty, celebrities, and the wealthy people who imitate them.
Double strollers: If you have twins, a double is a necessity. If you have an older child and a baby, however, you may not use a double as often as you think. They're big and awkward and it's often easier to push the kids in separate strollers, have the older child walk, or carry the baby strapped to you while you push the older one. If you're buying a double stroller, side-by-side models are not too heavy and some have seats that fold all the way down for newborns. The front-to-back ones are bulkier but can often accommodate car seats, a nice feature. It's a toss-up!
Sheet Savers - Sheet savers are waterproof pads you put on top of the fitted sheet on the crib mattress. When your baby spits up or has a leaky diaper during the night, you can supposedly change the sheet saver instead of the entire fitted crib sheet. When I heard of them, I thought it was such a good idea that I went out a bought a whole bunch. The first night my baby came home from the hospital, I put him in the crib on top of the sheet saver thinking he would stay right there. Little did I know that even newborn babies can move all over their cribs and get some distance with their spit-up. Needless to say, the sheet savers never saved my crib sheets from anything.
Easy Wash High Chair - Picking the right high chair is a lot about how much space you have to put it (and weight matters too if you’ll be moving the high chair around a lot). You definitely want a tray that isn’t too annoying to adjust, wash, and remove. Crib - If you opted to put a bassinet or a cosleeper on your registry, remember that your baby will usually outgrow it around six months, so you’ll need to switch to a crib. If you started with a crib, keep in mind you’ll need a "big kid bed" some day. Some cribs have the ability to convert to toddler beds!