Baby Gear / July 5, 2018 / Milan Ellsworth.
Want Your Car Seat and Stroller to Snap Together? Why’s it nice to have a stroller and car seat that snap together? You can take your baby out of the car without waking them up, and stroll them before they can sit on their own around seven months. A car seat and a stroller that are designed to snap together is called a "travel system." The stroller is a big, expensive purchase and there are so many models, it's not surprising that shopping for one makes new parents anxious. The good news: Any JPMA-certified stroller will do. The bad news: You'll end up buying more than one anyway as your needs change and your first stroller gets worn out. But here are some basics to get you started.
Occasionally Essential for Newborns: Changing Pad or Table (with Covers if Necessary) - Any surface with a comfortable height can become a changing table if you throw a changing pad on top of it. "Official" changing tables offer some extra storage and safety features. Rocking Chair or Glider - A comfy armchair that rocks back and forth to help you soothe baby may be a bit of a splurge– but it’s a cozy splurge you both can enjoy.
Library Card - We all know that reading to children at a young age is of great benefit. It develops their vocabulary, their understanding of words, and their listening and communication skills, and gives them a love for reading. To expose your baby to as many stories as possible, get a membership card at your local public library instead of buying books. This will make reading to your baby more fun for both of you.
Easy Wash High Chair - Picking the right high chair is a lot about how much space you have to put it (and weight matters too if you’ll be moving the high chair around a lot). You definitely want a tray that isn’t too annoying to adjust, wash, and remove. Crib - If you opted to put a bassinet or a cosleeper on your registry, remember that your baby will usually outgrow it around six months, so you’ll need to switch to a crib. If you started with a crib, keep in mind you’ll need a "big kid bed" some day. Some cribs have the ability to convert to toddler beds!