How to choose the best baby gear

How to choose the best baby gear

Do you feel like you are drowning in a sea populated by strollers and car seat? This guide is your lifeguard. It's packed with useful information and expert advice so that you can make informed decisions and choose gear that fits your style, budget, and needs. You'll find it a lifesaver.

It is not an easy task to choose the right wheels for your child. There seem to be more strollers than cars. Be realistic about your needs and wants before you overwhelm yourself with choices. Hollie Schultz, Baby Gizmo's founder, says that knowing your needs will help you choose the right stroller for you family.

Are you a parent in a big city who uses public transport a lot? Are you a country mom who has to navigate uneven terrain and gravel? Schultz asks: "Are you a suburban mom who can transport the largest stroller possible?" These questions will help you to define your needs, such as a compact fold, all terrain tires or compatibility with car seats.

After you have determined the deal-breakers consider convenience factors. Do you prefer a large basket? Schultz asks, "Do you like snack trays or parent trays?" An adjustable handlebar is a great option if you and your partner have different heights. You can fold the stroller in one hand, so you can carry your baby around. A large canopy offers sun protection and is perfect for napping while on the move.

The product's use time will depend on your height and weight, as well the size of the seat. The stroller's weight should also not be ignored. You will be aware of its presence every time you lift it up the subway stairs, or load it into your car trunk.

You will need to decide whether one stroller is enough or multiple strollers that cater to specific activities. For example, a stroller that can be used for all outdoor adventures and a stroller that can be used for travel. Go to the store and test them out. Although reviews are a great way to make informed decisions, they don't replace firsthand experience.

Car seats

For the first six months to one year, most parents choose an infant car seat. This is also called a bucket seat, pumpkin seat, or a bucket seat depending on baby's age. The base of an infant car seat is fixed in the car so that it can be easily clicked in and out. It makes it simple to secure baby before you leave the house. This also means that you don't have to wake your baby if you go to a restaurant or shop.

Safety certifications for car seats are subject to rigorous testing. However, proper use is essential. Jamie Grayson, TheBabyGuyNYC warns that car seat misuse is widespread. According to TheBabyGuyNYC, studies suggest that 70-80 percent are misusing car seats.

Schultz says that a car seat that's easy to fit in your car--the right way every time--is essential. Many stores offer the opportunity to test install car seats in your vehicle.

The seat's weight should be considered, in addition to its ease of assembly. Grayson says that once a child reaches 20 pounds, they all become heavy. Grayson suggests that you consider the weight of the seat.

Stroller compatibility allows you to attach your car seat to your stroller to make it a travel system. A no-rethread harness makes it easy to adjust the harness straps for your growing baby. The size of the base and seat can also affect the amount of space available for passengers in the back. Other important characteristics to consider are the canopy size and breathability.

Remember that baby must be able to travel home with you in a car seat. Grayson suggests looking for models with a lower weight limit in the event that your bundle is less than 5 pounds.


Babywearing has many benefits (page 80). It also gives you the ability to do things even with a baby in your arms.

Although it can take some practice to get used to a carrier, it is well worth the effort. Grayson suggests that parents start with a stretchy wrap. He says that they are easy to use and parents don't need to worry about sizing. Meg Collins, Lucie's List agrees that while most carriers are soft-structured for newborns you can still use them for the first six months. However, she recommends purchasing a separate wrap or a newborn-specific carrier. Slings are another option that is suitable for newborns. It's a crucial time for mom to regain confidence in getting out into the world again. A good baby carrier will help her have a 'Yes I can' attitude.

Grayson says that instructional videos are extremely helpful and readily available online. He also suggests that you contact your local Babywearing International chapter to get help.

However, don't assume you will need (or desire) only one carrier. Grayson says that it is common to have multiple carriers for different needs. Grayson likes to wrap the baby and then introduce a soft-structured carrier. This can be used for larger babies as well as mama's back.

You can use different carriers in different ways. Consider whether you want your baby to be held on your side or your back. Look for a carrier that is compatible with an insert or has a minimum weight.

Are you planning to share the babywearing duties of your partner? You should choose a carrier that is both man-friendly in style and size. For the sake of dad and mom, the simpler the carrier, the better.

Infant tubs

Collins says that even though they are short-lived, an infant tub is vital in the first half year. A kitchen sink is an acceptable bathing place, but it's only suitable for babies who are at least 6 months old and can stand up on their own. It's difficult to bathe your baby while keeping him from getting under.

Some tubs can be used at multiple stages. Collins recommends that you look for one with a hammock or sling for newborn days. They can also be removed when they become too big.

Lindsey Krummenacher, of The Wise Baby, suggests that you think about where you'd like to put the tub. You should make sure the tub can be used anywhere you want it to, even if it is not a full-sized one. Make sure you choose a product that can be used in your bathroom or kitchen sink.

Krummenacher suggests that you also consider where the tub will be kept. If space is an issue, choose a tub that can hang on the back side of your bathroom door.


Your highchair will be an integral part of your kitchen for at least two years. There are many styles to choose from, including traditional and elegant. However, even the most beautiful seats will not win parents' approval. "The No. Schultz says that the most important feature of a highchair is its ease of cleaning. Avoid cracks and crevices in highchairs for toddlers. Instead, choose wipeability.

Krummenacher reminds parents that a chair should be able to grow with their child. She says that many highchairs are recommended for babies as young as 6 months. "Babies can start solids as young as 4 months old, so consider how your highchair might help bridge this gap. Some chairs also have the option of being converted to toddler or booster seats as your baby grows.

It is important for parents to consider whether they prefer a highchair that can be used alone or with their children. The space you have and the frequency you plan to eat with your child will influence what highchair you choose.

Schultz says that tray size doesn't matter as much, but having one that is easy to remove with one hand is important. This might seem like a minor point for expectant parents, but it will be a huge benefit once you start using the chair. It's likely that you will only have one arm to lift the tray, as baby will most of the time be using the other.

Schultz says that reclining seats are great for little ones who fall asleep during meals or want to lay down with a bottle. A foldable highchair can be a great option if space is tight.

Bassinets & co-sleeping devices

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, baby should sleep in her own room in the same space as mom or dad. Many parents opt to use a co-sleeping or bassinet for their baby's first few weeks or months.

Schultz says that she used a play area with a bassinet with all three of her children. She likes that the play yard function can be used after her babies have outgrown the bassinet. It's all about me being versatile.

Krummenacher describes an inclined lounger/sleeper as "a new mother's best friend". The incline is ideal for acid reflux babies... and it can be moved from one room to another. It can also fold up and can be taken with you to Grandma's for easy transport. It was a lifesaver for my girls, who slept in it all their first week at home.

Bassinets and sleepers are small in size, especially when compared to cribs, so it is easy to fit one in the mom or dad's bedroom. Co-sleeping devices can pull up to, and often attach to, the adult bed. This allows baby to be close enough to soothe and feed at night. The convenience of being close to baby is a great benefit for exhausted mamas after a difficult time.


Although she will not likely use it immediately, parents often have the crib ready for their baby well in advance. This is the piece de resistance that makes a nursery look like a nursery. The process of positioning and assembling the crib is often the most important part of the whole "we're-having a baby" thing.

Safety should be your number one consideration when buying a crib. 1 consideration," says Krummenacher. Krummenacher says, "But with the rules & regulations in place today, almost all cribs can be safely used when used correctly."

There are many styles of cribs available, from timeless and traditional to modern or minimalist. They can also set the tone in baby's bedroom. Find the one that you love and have fun!

While the crib's sleeping area is standard, the furniture can vary in size and shape. When making your choice, consider the nursery's space. For city dwellers, mini cribs are an excellent choice. It is important to remember that babies will outgrow them faster.

Convertible cribs can be converted into a toddler bed if your child is ready. You could buy the conversion kit separately, but it's best to get it together with the crib in case it is discontinued.


Crib mattresses are not often given much attention. They look almost identical and will be covered with a crib sheet. However, they deserve some attention and money. Grayson says that the mattress is a top product to invest in. "Better mattresses can be made from better materials, end of story."

Babies sleep a lot, up to 18 hours per night as newborns! This can lead to long hours spent in their cribs. Avoid flame-retardants, synthetic rubber and polyurethanes. Certifications such as Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and Global Organic Textile Standard GOTS (GOTS), and GREENGUARD Certification can be trusted and reassured.

The mattress must be firm enough to fit in the crib. The combination of the mattress and crib should not be more than two fingers apart.

Travel beds & play yards

A travel bed is a great option for baby's rest when you travel around the country. Corrine Stokoe, Mint Arrow advises that if you are a road-tripper, it is important to consider ease of setup. If you plan on flying often, you should consider lightweight options. It won't be practical to carry a heavy luggage bag and other gear around the airport.

Although play yards can be used to travel, they are generally heavier. They work well in a 2-story home, where they can be used as a nursery or secondary baby station. You can enjoy a bassinet and changing table, as well as extra storage, if you choose one with all the bells & whistles.

A smaller option is best if you don't anticipate that you will need a safe and contained area for your baby once she's moved.

Diaper bags

As you are unlikely to leave your house without it, a diaper bag will become one of the most important pieces of baby gear. You will use it more for your baby than for you, so it doesn't have to be cutesy or pink.

Schultz says that mom should think of her diaper bag her new accessory. You can choose a similar style if you like a leather bag, but it's best to make sure that the baby's items are protected. There are bags that will please everyone, whether you like a bit of hardware and color.

Stokoe says, "Fashion is much more important than I would have guessed at the beginning." If you don't love a bag, and you pick it for its function, it's unlikely that you will use it much.

Besides the aesthetics, practical considerations are also important. Collins says that durability and washability are the most important characteristics of a diaper bag. Your diaper bag will be subject to a lot of abuse so make sure you get one that is built to last. Because fluids are bound to get spilled on your bag, make sure it is easy to wash, especially the inside.

A lot of pockets can be helpful in organization, though too many might make it difficult to keep up. Also, a light-colored interior will prevent the black hole effect. The zippered top prevents items from falling out. Stokoe shares, "The diaper bag that I bought originally didn't have zippers and it drove me crazy how many times all the contents spilled out in my car," If you're starting out with a heavy bag, it will soon become heavier when you add baby necessities. So make sure to start with a lightweight bag.

Multi-purpose bags are an advantage. Multi-purpose bags are a plus.

Remember that your diaper bag can be used for as long as three years per child, so it is worth getting a bag that you love.

Breast pumps

The Affordable Care Act allows nursing mothers to receive free breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment through their insurance. Ask your provider about the pump coverage you have, and ask your doctor for a recommendation. Most insurance companies will cover medically necessary treatment.

Stokoe suggests that you look for a pump that can pump both sides, particularly if you intend to pump exclusively or frequently. The double electric breast pump is the perfect choice and is ideal for mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding after work. This allows for efficient milk retrieval by expressing both breasts simultaneously. You should also look out for a cooler bag, bottles, and a tote to make it easier to carry everything from home to the office.

A single electric pump is a good option for a pumper who is not able to travel with her baby every day. One electric pump can only express one breast at a given time, but it can also be used to feed the baby from the other side. Although they are labor-intensive, manual breast pumps can be very effective and are great for engorgement relief. These are very inexpensive and an excellent low-tech option for emergency pumping.

Rockers & gliders

You can choose from a rocker, glider, or armchair. Your little one will spend a lot of time in it, as you cuddle, feed, and soothe him. A rocker or glider is a great option if you have the money. Collins says that both of you will enjoy the relaxing motion it provides. A simple club chair, however, can be just as effective as Collins says. As long as it is comfortable.

To ensure that the backrest is supportive enough and the seat doesn't reach the ground, make sure your partner and you both sit in the chair. It may be difficult to get out of a glider that is too soft, especially if you have a baby in your arms. However, a rocker that is too hard will make it difficult to nurse for more than an hour. You can channel Goldilocks and be picky. In this situation, "just right” is the key.

Reclining is possible, as well as a footrest and separate ottoman. Collins says that arm rests are essential for feeding or nursing.

She reminds us that a chair is something you will use for many years, and possibly for multiple children, so make sure to choose a chair that will last.


Parents can find entertainment in bouncers, swings and other activities, as well as doorway jumpers, swings and activity centers.

Collins says that for the 0-6 months, it is really important to have a safe place where baby can play or take a break, so you can accomplish things.

Is a swing better than a bouncer? A rocker is better than a lounger. All depends on your baby. It's impossible for anyone to predict what your baby will enjoy, so start by taking practical steps. Because swings take up more space, you might have to consider whether your space limitations will affect your decision. Collins suggests Collins that you ensure the entertainer is portable and lightweight so it can be moved from one room to another.

It is a good idea to start with just one option, and then expand your options as you need them. Collins states that the exception is: "If you have two-story houses, you should get one for each level so that you don't have all those stairs to climb and descend, especially if you had a C section."

You can choose to go for a high-tech entertainer with a battery-powered battery and is compatible with your smartphone or opt for something quieter, that moves by baby's kicks, or gentle pushes.

For the first six months, most recliner entertainers (e.g. bouncers or swings) can be used. Collins says that baby will be able to enjoy upright delights after 6 months. They're not essential, but they are a great addition to your toolbox.

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Sizing Chart

Since every baby grows at his/her own pace, measure the baby's height for the best fit. It is much more accurate than going off of the baby's age. Call us with any questions and we will be happy to help you determine the best fit for your baby.

Newborn Onesie's

Size Weight Height
Newborn (NB) 5-8 Ibs. / 2.3-3.6 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
0-3M 6-12 Ibs. / 3.6-5.4 kg 21-24 in. / 53.3-61 cm
0-6M Up to 16 Ibs. / Up to 7.3 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
3-6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-26 in. / 61-66 cm
3-9M 12-20 Ibs. / 5.4-9.1 kg 24-28 in. / 61-71.1 cm
6-9M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 26-28 in. / 66-71.1 cm
12M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 28-30 in. / 71.1-76.2 cm
18M 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 30-32 in. / 76.2-81.3 cm
24M / 2T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 32-34 in. / 81.3-86.4 cm
3T 32-35 Ibs. / 14.5-15.9 kg 34-38 in. / 86.4-96.5 cm
4T 35-39 lbs. / 15.9-17.7 kg 38-40 in. / 96.5-101.6 cm
5T 39-43 lbs. / 17.7-19.5 kg 40-44 in. / 101.6-111.8 cm

Cotton Pajamas

Garments are designed to fit snug for child's safety.

Size Weight Height
6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-27 in. / 61-68.6 cm
12M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 27-30 in. / 68.6-76.2 cm
18M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 30-33 in. / 76.2-83.8 cm
24M / 2T 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 33-35 in. / 83.8-88.9 cm
3T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 35-39 in. / 88.9-99.1 cm
4T 32-36 Ibs. / 14.5-16.3 kg 39-42 in. / 99.1-106.7 cm
5T 36-42 Ibs. / 16.3-19.1 kg 42-44 in. / 106.7-111.8 cm


New Balance Boys

17-19 inches
39-41 inches
19-20 inches
41-45 inches
20-22 inches
45-46 inches
22-23 inches
47-50 inches
23-24 inches
50-54 inches
24-25 inches
54-58 inches
25-27 inches
58-62 inches
27-28 inches
62-67 inches


New Balance Girls

Size Waist Height
4 17-19 inches 39-41 inches
5 19-20 inches 41-45 inches
6 20-21 inches 45-46 inches
6x 21-22 inches 46-48 inches
7/8 22-23 inches 48-52 inches
10/12 23-25 inches 52-58 inches
14 25-27 inches 58-61 inches
16 27-29 inches 61-63 inches