Baby Gear / July 15, 2018 / Nancy Sotelo.
Cribs. Strollers. Onesies. Bacteria-trapping bottle valves? Baby gear may not seem like a dynamic technology sector, but each year engineers, scientists, doctors, and designers introduce gadgets that aim to make caring for newborns and infants safer, more efficient, and less messy. Often, the creators are first-time parents who grow frustrated with existing gear and invent their own solutions.
Moby Wrap - My son has a really big personality and a really big voice to go along with it. He is extremely vocal about what he wants, and most of the time, his number one want is to be held. Holding a baby can be an amazingly peaceful thing, but holding a baby 247 is not only impractical, it can also drive you a little nuts. That is why I loved the Moby Wrap. It allowed me to carry my son with me and still have my hands free without overly straining my poor arms.
Items for Older Babies: Although it’s nice to get more expensive items (like the high chair) at the baby shower, there are a lot of items your baby won’t need right away. Your baby probably won’t show any interest in toys until they’re at least two months old. They won’t start solid food until they’re 4-6 months old, and the crawling (and thus, babyproofing) doesn’t start until 7-10 months. If you want to get them at your baby shower, go for it. If you’re running out of time and energy to research this little later gear, these are all fine to postpone.
"Jogging strollers" are sporty three-wheelers you can run with, though now there are some three-wheel strollers that are not for jogging, just for show. Finally, an "umbrella stroller" is a small, lightweight stroller that's more or less a fabric sling on a frame, suitable for a baby 6 months or older. It's the stroller you'll pooh-pooh initially, but will love by the time you've got a toddler and are fed up with lifting, folding, and pushing anything larger.