Baby Gear / July 13, 2018 / Jaylynn Sample.
Bedding - On the cover of every baby gear catalog, there is always a crib with a nicely laid out quilt and bedding set complete with bumper and dust ruffle. Most of them are very cute and they tend to set the theme of the room. However, bedding for a baby is not only completely unnecessary, it is also a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends not putting any soft bedding in, on, or near a crib. This includes bumpers as well. Truly, the only bedding a baby really needs is a sheet. If your baby is cold, put them in a wearable blanket or footed pajamas instead of baby bedding. You can still design a strongly themed nursery without the bedding.
Can you steer it? We have to laugh at the number of strollers that call themselves "an SUV for baby." It's not easy to park an SUV, and it's not easy to squeeze a giant stroller through store aisles. Some barely fit through store doors. Always test-push a stroller. Can it turn corners? Maneuver through tight spaces? Pretend baby just tossed his sippy cup on the sidewalk and you have to spin around 180 degrees. Easy?
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.
Diaper Stackers - This is another baby item that many people buy because it will fit into the theme of their nursery. At first, it seems like a good idea to put your diapers in a decorative bag that is hooked onto your changing table. But after a while, the diapers end up stacked on the changing table for easier access. Also, some diaper stackers can be very expensive (up to $100). It’s just not worth spending that much money on something that will become useless or at best is unnecessary.