Baby Gear / July 4, 2018 / Jaylynn Sample.
Important Questions! Here are some questions to ask yourself as you check out strollers in the store: Is the handlebar high enough? Take a few strollers for a test push. The most annoying thing when you're out for a walk is pushing a stroller with handles so low that you have to stoop, or so short that you kick the back of the stroller. Look for handles that fit your height and your gait.
Double strollers: If you have twins, a double is a necessity. If you have an older child and a baby, however, you may not use a double as often as you think. They're big and awkward and it's often easier to push the kids in separate strollers, have the older child walk, or carry the baby strapped to you while you push the older one. If you're buying a double stroller, side-by-side models are not too heavy and some have seats that fold all the way down for newborns. The front-to-back ones are bulkier but can often accommodate car seats, a nice feature. It's a toss-up!
Postpartum Care Products and Doula Services: In terms of products, nipple cream or gel packs can provide pain relief when adjusting to breastfeeding, and a sitz bath can relieve pain from childbirth recovery. Postpartum doulas are also a great service that teach newborn parenting skills, help around the house, answer your questions, and just generally assist you in adapting to life as a new parent.
Nice Big Bibs - Why buy them before starting solids? They protect baby’s clothes from drool. (Babies have a lot of drool especially when they’re teething.) For older babies starting solid food, they’re even more necessary. Hooded Towels - These keep your baby’s head warm after a bath, but it’s also about the photo opportunities. Hello duck towel. Baby Soap and Shampoo - Although adult products can be too harsh to use on babies, it’s possible to get baby pretty clean using just water and a washcloth. Baby Safe Laundry Detergent - It’s nice to have this for babies with sensitive skin.