Planning for Baby
Got a little one on the way? Have you begun shopping around for baby gear?
Though you won’t need to purchase the items until the middle of the third trimester, it’s often a good idea to begin shopping early. There’s often a lot of information to wade through and options to consider. By getting a head start, you’ll be sure to have time to make the choices that are best for your family!
Three of the major items you’ll need for baby are a crib, car seat and stroller. Here’s some information that may help jump-start the research process:
Crib – Decide whether you need a bassinet, cradle or standard crib. When shopping for a crib, find one with an adjustable mattress height. This will ensure baby is able to use it as he/she grows. Be careful when considering drop rail cribs, as these have seen some recalls in the past few years.
On top of this, opt for a firm mattress that fits snugly. Crib bumpers will also help create a cozy environment while protecting little fingers.
Car Seat – The most important consideration here is safety, so make sure to get a new car seat that complies with NHTSA standards. Second-hand seats are never a good option, since it’s impossible to tell whether they’ve seen an accident, extreme use or weather conditions and other instances that could compromise the seat’s performance.
A car seat base that’s permanently installed in the car is a feature many parents find convenient, as it allows them to install and remove the seat with a simple ‘click’!
And, finally, always consider head supports for newborns, since their muscles need time to strengthen.
Stroller – First, assess your lifestyle and needs. Do you have other young children, or is this your first baby? Will you be out and about a lot, running errands or walking through the neighborhood? Do you live in a big city, a suburb or the country? How important is weight and fold?
Though no one stroller can ‘do it all’, there are strollers for each of these needs. By narrowing your stroller selection to the strollers that will best adapt to your lifestyle (instead of choosing whichever one looks coolest), you lessen the risk that you’ll be disappointed in your stroller’s performance.
Once you’ve got it down to three to five options, head out to a local retailer and give them a try!
*adapted from Peg Perego’s Planning for Baby—a guide for expectant moms. To receive a free copy, contact Customer Service or visit Planning for Baby online.
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