Baby Gear / July 12, 2018 / Annalee Dangelo.
Your Basic Baby Clothes. Stores cycle through baby clothes every season, so you need to register for clothes pretty close to your baby shower date. Make sure you ask for the right amount (how much is the right amount depends on how often you plan to do laundry). Ask for varying sizes: Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Otherwise people will default to the smallest size, and some babies are born bigger than newborn sizes.
Breast Pump or Formula - Include a supply of formula if you don’t plan to breastfeed. If you’re breastfeeding, breast pumps can sometimes be handy for stay-at-home moms, not just working moms. It’s nice to have the schedule flexibility that comes from letting other caregivers do feedings sometimes. Newborn Bottles That Suit Your Baby - If you’re using a breast pump or formula, you need bottles. Note that babies can be pretty picky about what bottles they like and dislike. One safe approach is to get a variety, then buy more of the type your baby likes best.
Very ssential for newborns: A Safe, Convenient Car Seat. Baby needs this to get home from the hospital, so it’s a great place to start. Your first decision will be: infant or convertible? The infant car seat is light to carry and will snap into strollers, but will only be useful for about a year. Convertible car seats work for both infants and toddlers, but they’re so heavy they stay in the car. New car seats are all really safe, but if you pick a used one, research it carefully.
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.