Baby Gear / July 4, 2018 / Maylee Stump.
There is a lot of baby gear on the market these days that can significantly enhance your ability to care for your child or just make it that much easier. But sorting through the available items and making sense of the marketing hype is often overwhelming. Plus, the potential expenses can be frightening. So how do you determine what is worth spending money on and what is essentially worthless?
A Stroller That Works With Your Living Situation. Hefty strollers glide better while lighter strollers are easier to carry and store, so you’ve got a tradeoff to make. Regular strollers fall midway between, but do you need one that will convert into a double stroller when the second little one comes along? And do you need a travel stroller for the plane?
Changing Table - Many bedrooms are very small and there is not much room to squeeze in furniture. If this describes your situation, consider which nursery furniture you really need. You will definitely need a crib, you’ll probably want a dresser for your baby’s clothes, and you may want a rocker as well. This leaves little or no room for a changing table. So instead of making the costly purchase of a changing table, consider making a changing area on the dresser or on the floor. I found that changing my baby’s diaper on the floor was the safest place once he became mobile.
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.