Baby Gear / July 14, 2018 / Sandra Jameson.
Where will you put the diaper bag and groceries? You'll seldom be out just strolling. You'll be running errands or visiting friends with an afternoon's worth of supplies. A basket under the seat is important, and it's lacking on some European strollers. (Where do Europeans stash grocery bags?) Less important, but certainly nice, are cup holders and storage spaces on the handlebar. You can keep water for yourself, pacifiers for baby, and other things in easy reach. Still less important are side pockets you can readily buy a storage bag to hang off the back of the stroller. But keep in mind that if you hang too much on the stroller, it could tip over backward.
To get you started, here’s a list of baby essentials and a list of items to stay away from based on my experience with my son. 10 Essential Baby Items You Need, While only a handful of things are actually necessary to raise a healthy child, the following items simplify the demands of caring for your baby. Here are the things I used and appreciated most when caring for my newborn son:
Does it have the features you want? Once your child is old enough, it's nice to have the bar on the front of the stroller swing open and shut so he can climb in by himself. But if there's not a bar, there's probably a snack tray, and those are nice too. All good strollers have locking wheels, and they all have harness straps, but five-point harnesses are considered the safest. Look for a removable seat cushion for easy washing. We know plenty of parents who, despite all of this, still buy based on brand name, color, or some other superficial reason, like the stroller being named after a car. So be it you have to live with it. A better way to choose if you're overwhelmed is to get a solid recommendation from a friend you trust, who has a lifestyle similar to yours.
Your Basic Baby Clothes. Stores cycle through baby clothes every season, so you need to register for clothes pretty close to your baby shower date. Make sure you ask for the right amount (how much is the right amount depends on how often you plan to do laundry). Ask for varying sizes: Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Otherwise people will default to the smallest size, and some babies are born bigger than newborn sizes.