Baby Gear / July 20, 2018 / Kendall Stockton.
Could Be Handy for Newborns: Colorful Play Mat - These are great for entertaining your baby and teaching them motor skills. They can lie on their back and swat at the toys. Then when they get strong enough to hold up their heads, playmats are great for tummy time, too. (Tummy time is when you lay baby tummy-side down to help them strengthen new muscles.)
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.
Specialty Strollers; Joggers: First, we don't recommend them unless you're actually going to jog or walk recreationally with one. They look cool, but they're big, heavy, hard to turn, and often impossible to fold. The only reason you may want one aside from jogging is if you take your baby on trails or rough terrain. Because they have big bike wheels, joggers give smooth rides over bumps. Umbrella strollers: You can get these dirt cheap, and that's great. Still look for JPMA certification, which means a stroller has been tested for stability, among other things.
"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.