Baby Gear / July 8, 2018 / Jaylynn Sample.
A Place to Park Your Baby: Rocker, Bouncer, or Swing. Babies find motion soothing, but your arms get tired from rocking them all the time. Rockers, bouncers, and swings give you a place to park your baby while you take care of things or get a shower. Bouncers and rockers (not to be confused with adult rocking chairs, also called rockers or gliders) vibrate or move with a manual push. Swings are machine-powered (so you don’t have to keep pushing them), and they’re more expensive.
Where will you put the diaper bag and groceries? You'll seldom be out just strolling. You'll be running errands or visiting friends with an afternoon's worth of supplies. A basket under the seat is important, and it's lacking on some European strollers. (Where do Europeans stash grocery bags?) Less important, but certainly nice, are cup holders and storage spaces on the handlebar. You can keep water for yourself, pacifiers for baby, and other things in easy reach. Still less important are side pockets you can readily buy a storage bag to hang off the back of the stroller. But keep in mind that if you hang too much on the stroller, it could tip over backward.
Breast Pump - A good breast pump is essential if you’re a working mother and want your baby to have the benefits of breast milk throughout the day. Moreover and this may be the biggest perk you can pump before bed at night and your husband can wake up to feed the baby while you get your much-deserved sleep. You can purchase expensive electric pumps, but I recommend a simple manual one that is easily portable, such as the Avent models. It’s also a relief to have one on-hand if your body thinks you need to nurse when you’re somewhere without your baby, like at work.
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.