I’ve gathered up some solicited Momma advice over the past few months. I’ve been asking my friends and family about labor, gear, maternity leave, and lots of other baby-related topics. I wanted to gather it all into one place, and this seemed like the place to do it. So, here’s the advice I’ve received about gear. Some of the gear decisions didn’t have to/aren’t going to have to make since we have such a generous group of family and friends that want to give us their stuff. We can’t thank them enough! Its a relief both financially and to my brain.
I’ve literally copied and pasted advice that has been emailed to me, so its a bit all over the place. And some advice is conflicting. (Obviously, we’re not going to get 5 different stroller combos.)
MUST HAVE BABY ITEM: Fisher Price’s ROCK N PLAY SLEEPER
Strollers: (I’m so overwhelmed on this one. I’ve told Gregg to pick one out for us.) Graco carseat and stroller combo, Graco carseat with “snap n go,” City Mini GT, BOBs are amazing – often can find one on Craig’s List a little cheaper. For non-jogging/lightweight: Combi umbrella stroller.
Carriers: “Boba (check out the website!) and love it. It’s recommended for “petite” mommas…under 5’4,” Ergo, Moby wrap, Dolcina woven wrap, “I would recommend something that goes over both shoulders as opposed to a one-shoulder sling. Those really start to hurt after a while.” I’ve also been told the Ring Sling and the Fabric sling carrier(which are both one-shoulder) are awesome.
Bottles: Tommee Tippee, Medela bottles, not Avent, “Best advice I got though was to not open any in advance because you don’t know what your baby will like.”
Miscellaneous: Swaddleme velcro blankets, activity mat, Bumbo seat, Ingelsina Fast Baby Chair as a high chair, swing, Aden & Anais blankets.
And one momma of six, my cousin Kendra, dedicated an entire blog post to the topic. She has a lot to say about what you don’t need which I also appreciate.