Baby Gear / July 18, 2018 / Annalee Dangelo.
Humidifier - This is great for helping your baby feel (and sleep) better when they’ve got a cold! Portable Playard - A playard is a worry-free play spot that can double as a portable crib, so it’s a great thing to have when traveling. Some playards come with diaper-changing stations and built-in bassinets, too. Storage - Do you have space to put all the new things you’re buying? Extra laundry totes, storage hampers, and toy cubbies could come in handy.
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.
A Snug Secure Sleeping Spot. During the first six months, it’s safest for baby to share a room with parents, but a full sized crib might not fit in your bedroom. You’ve got options: mini cribs called bassinets are easy to place by your bed or move around the house. A co-sleeper attaches to the parent’s bed for easy nighttime nursing. Bed-sharing with your baby has much-debated risks and rewards. You can place your baby in a soft area with firm sides that rests on your bed to make bed-sharing a bit safer. Keep in mind that crib and bassinet mattresses are sometimes sold separately, and you’ll need the right shape & size for the sleeping option you select.
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.