Baby Gear / July 24, 2018 / Maliyah Trahan.
Very ssential for newborns: A Safe, Convenient Car Seat. Baby needs this to get home from the hospital, so it’s a great place to start. Your first decision will be: infant or convertible? The infant car seat is light to carry and will snap into strollers, but will only be useful for about a year. Convertible car seats work for both infants and toddlers, but they’re so heavy they stay in the car. New car seats are all really safe, but if you pick a used one, research it carefully.
Infant Car Seat Stroller - This is great option if you want to streamline and multipurpose your infant car seat if you have made the decision to buy one. The infant car seat stroller is relatively light and easy to unfold one-handed. Your baby’s infant car seat then clicks into place atop the stroller, and voila, you have a stroller that doesn’t require a bunch of handling of the baby. Most importantly, your sleeping baby doesn’t have to become an unsleeping baby through the process of unbuckling from the car seat and rebuckling into the stroller. This is a huge stress-reliever in and of itself.
Infant Car Seats - For me, the infant car seat turned out to be a waste of money. My son really hated being in it, and apparently, this is the case with many babies. I ended up having to buy a convertible car seat when my son was only a few months old. Eventually, all babies need to be in a convertible car seat when they grow out of their infant car seat, but any baby can ride in a convertible car seat as long as they meet the minimum weight, which is usually about five pounds. So why not start your baby out in a convertible car seat? One advantage to an infant car seat is that it provides added protection and prevents newborns’ heads from falling forward or swaying too far to either side.
You can spend as much or as little as you want. Set a budget before you begin that's an easy way to narrow down stroller choices. Are you going to splurge on something deluxe in the $300 range? Go for one of the popular styles between $100 and $200? Or seek a real bargain? There are also strollers upwards of $600, but we assume those are for royalty, celebrities, and the wealthy people who imitate them.