Baby Gear / July 27, 2018 / Jaylynn Sample.
As for wipes? The best wipe brand depends on the sensitivity of your baby’s skin. Eco-friendly brands are great for sensitive skin, but can be pricier. A Comfortable Baby Carrier If your baby cries whenever you put them down, tucking them in a carrier leaves your hands free for household tasks. Wrap carriers are the most snuggly for newborns, but structured carriers (the ones that look like baby backpacks) ease the strain of carrying older babies. There’s a lot of different styles to choose from, and some easier to use than others.
Can you steer it? We have to laugh at the number of strollers that call themselves "an SUV for baby." It's not easy to park an SUV, and it's not easy to squeeze a giant stroller through store aisles. Some barely fit through store doors. Always test-push a stroller. Can it turn corners? Maneuver through tight spaces? Pretend baby just tossed his sippy cup on the sidewalk and you have to spin around 180 degrees. Easy?
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?
The most practical purchase is a regular stroller with a seat that folds back, so you can continue to use it in the upright position as baby grows. You can log onto Web sites to get a feel for what's out there in your price range, but eventually you should go to a store to do test runs. Consider whether you may also want a jogging stroller andor an umbrella stroller once baby can sit up (more on those later), in which case you don't want to overspend on this initial purchase.