Baby Gear / July 24, 2018 / Nancy Sotelo.
Pacifier - Before I actually had a baby to take care of, I always thought I wouldn’t let my child have a pacifier. However, when my son was three days old, I remember crying, "Where’s a pacifier?!" My belief about pacifiers was forever changed. For the next several months, I was highly reliant on the pacifier to calm my son during the difficult transition from womb to world. Plus, he broke his pacifier habit on his own once he discovered his thumb.
Video Monitor - I can sum up the benefit of a video monitor in three words: peace of mind. That is what you’ll get when your baby is alone in the crib with the door shut. It’s comforting to always be able to see your child peacefully sleeping. And if he or she is not sleeping, it’s certainly nice to see what he or she is up to. It’ll also help you know if it’s a good time to go in to get your baby.
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.
Can you fold it easily? There may be some families that never fold their strollers. But most parents need to fold them to get them into the car, if not into the house. If you have to wrestle the stroller to the floor, that's not an easy fold. If the stroller doesn't lock in it's folded position, but instead springs back open at the slightest provocation, that's not good either. And sometimes it's just too hard to remember which buttons, latches, and bars you use to fold some models. Test before you buy, and choose one that's easy.