Baby Gear / July 16, 2018 / Lola Guajardo.
A Stroller That Works With Your Living Situation. Hefty strollers glide better while lighter strollers are easier to carry and store, so you’ve got a tradeoff to make. Regular strollers fall midway between, but do you need one that will convert into a double stroller when the second little one comes along? And do you need a travel stroller for the plane?
Co-Sleeper or Co-Sleeper Bassinet - For nursing mothers, the co-sleeper is a lifesaver! Or at least, a sleep saver. This is a safe place for your infant to sleep that attaches securely to your bed. It’s a better alternative to directly sharing the bed with your infant and allows you to easily breastfeed your baby in the middle of the night without having to get out of bed and travel to the nursery. Plus, I found that next to me, my baby slept much more soundly than he did in his crib.
Owlet Smart Sock 2 - Most baby monitors use audio and video to detect whether newborns and infants are moving, crying, or in any type of distress. Owlet goes a step further to track babies’ heart rates and oxygen levels via a "smart sock" powered by a sensor, battery, and Bluetooth connectivity. Parents attach the fabric sock to their baby’s left or right foot using Velcro straps and connect it to a mobile app to view stats in real time.
Stroller Accessories - Depending on the weather in your area, a stroller rain cover might be an essential. Also, some parents love cup and phone holders that may or may not come with your stroller. Sun Shade for Car Windows - Babies can be really fussy in car seats, but they’re less fussy when they’re not overheated. Wipe Warmers - There’s a lot of controversy about whether this product is useless or amazing. Some babies yell in protest when you touch their butt with a cold wipe, other babies don’t care. Wipe Holder - This one is more for the parent’s convenience than baby’s preference. It’s a convenient way to store wipes so they’re easy to grab, but won’t dry out. Photo Props - Having photo props (like memory cards) can make baby photos so much more satisfying and fun.