Baby Gear / July 13, 2018 / Hazel Clemens.
The past year was no different. Here are some of the smartest baby gadgets that launched in 2017—all designed by entrepreneurial parents. Breastfeeding mothers are always worried they won’t produce enough milk for their infants. But saving pumped breast milk and reusing it from one feeding to the next is tricky, since babies can contaminate an entire bottle with their saliva just by taking a single sip. aLoo is the first device that prevents contamination from baby backwash. The disc-shaped, plastic-and-metal valve fits inside a baby-bottle cap and allows milk to flow to the baby but keeps saliva from permeating the bottle’s main chamber, so parents can save the unconsumed milk and serve it later.
How much does it weigh? The lighter the stroller, the easier it is to push, travel with, pack in the car, carry up stairs, and so forth, There are now super-lightweight ones (8 to 10 pounds), but they're generally umbrella strollers for older babies. A good weight for a newborn stroller is more like 11 to 16 pounds. Once you get to the heavy-duty prams, which are no lie often more than 40 pounds, forget about it. A note: Some new parents worry that if a stroller feels lightweight, it's shoddily made. Not necessarily true; weight does not equal quality.
Play Yard - The play yard is incredibly versatile. More commonly called a Pack ‘N Play, this item can be a crib, a bassinet, a changing table, and a play area all in one. If you plan to travel with your baby, having a play yard ensures that he or she will have a proper place to sleep while away from home. It’s also a safe place to lay your baby down while you take care of yourself or your other children.
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.)