The Best New Baby Gear Recommendations From Parents Who Just Had Their Third Baby in less Than Five Years

Baby-Jogger-Travel-SystemSometimes the best advice grandma can give on research as to what gear is needed  for a new baby is to recommend that the parents-to-be call parents who have just had their third baby in less than five years. That is just what I did.

In our family, we happen to have new parents to be planning for their first baby and we happen to have experts they could turn to for the best advice, cousins who just had their third baby in less than five years. They know best as to what to get.  They agreed with Grandma that Amazon is the first and best place to create a registry.

Here are their recommendations with links for ease of creating an Amazon registry:

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Travel System

Here is what Amazon had to say about the product:

“The Baby Jogger Travel System pairs City Mini GT with the City Go infant car seat to securely bring baby along for all of your adventures, from day one! The car seat can be easily and securely installed with or without the base, so you can easily go from taxi to car. The stroller’s one-hand, compact fold is as easy as it sounds! Stroller features like all-terrain wheels, extended canopy, telescoping handlebar and hand brake make your life easier and little one comfortable on the go. Now you can be ready to tackle everyday adventures with baby!”

A reviewer writes: “Baby number 6 and this is the best stroller we’ve owned. The maneuverability functionality as a jogger is phenomenal. Extremely lightweight and folds up quickly and easily. Takes up minimal space for a stroller.”

This Grandma does recommend extra car seat bases (for grandmas)

And accessories, such as the Baby Jogger Parent Console.

Baby Jogger City Mini GT, Weather Shield.

Baby Jogger Single Child Tray – Mounting Bracket.

Stroller Hook – 2 Pack of Multi Purpose Hooks – Hanger for Baby Diaper Bags, Groceries, Clothing, Purse

Arms Reach co sleeper bassinet

On Amazon, the version they recommend is the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet, Natural.  It is the number two best seller in baby products, adjustable in height, and described as:

“The Cambria Co-Sleeper bedside bassinet features beautifully curved wooden ends. The linings vary by selection, but all feature a good amount of mesh for great breathability, as well as added visibility. Like all of our Co-Sleeper bedside bassinets, the Cambria Co-Sleeper bedside bassinet allows you and your baby to sleep comfortably next to each other from the moment your baby arrives. This bedside bassinet enables you to reach over and draw your baby close for comforting and bonding. The innovative design also makes breastfeeding easy. The Cambria Co-Sleeper bassinet is the ideal sleep solution for any concerned parent. Easy to assemble the Cambria Co-Sleeper bassinet is 34″ x 20″ x 31″ and has convenient storage underneath. For bed heights starting at 24″, measured from the floor to the top of the adult mattress. The Co-Sleeper and bassinet modes are only for an infant up to approximately 5 months in age or when the child begins to push up on hands and knees, whichever comes first. Move your child to another sleeping product when your child reaches this stage.”

Again, this Grandma says do not forget accessories:

Arm’s Reach Concepts Inc. Mini Co-Sleeper Mattress Protector, White – 2 Count

Arm’s Reach Concepts Mini Co-Sleeper Organic Fitted Bassinet Sheet

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad, White, liners and cover

Piano Gym

Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym, Blue

As described on Amazon:

“Baby kicks. Music plays. And that’s just the beginning. Movable toys on the overhead gym encourage baby to bat and grasp. Move the arch down for tummy-time play, or let baby sit and entertain you with a piano concert! And now with a removable piano, you can take the musical fun wherever you and baby go!”

Honest or Costco diapers

Honest Baby Diapers, Space Travel, Size 0 Newborn, 160 Count

Amazon carries Honest Baby Diapers, but be careful as to amount for newborn size as the newborn might be big!

Ergo Baby carrier

There are several models and accessories.  Check out Amazon.

Here is the product description for the original, and it is impressive.  Things have changed even since our first grandchild who is now a teenager.

Product Description

Our premium Original baby carrier is award winning, ergonomic, and a global best seller. It is great around the house or on-the-go and it has a big, roomy pocket to carry all your essentials. MAXIMUM COMFORT FOR BABY: Ergonomic for baby with wide deep seat for a spread-squat, natural “M” seated position. The Original carrier keeps your baby ergonomically seated in multiple carry positions (front- inward, hip and back carry) MAXIMUM COMFORT FOR YOU: Long-wearing comfort for parents with padded waistbelt & cushy shoulder straps that distribute baby’s weight evenly between hips and shoulders. LARGE ZIPPERED STORAGE POCKET: Allows you to conveniently store your essentials when on the go HIGHEST SAFETY STANDARD: At Ergobaby, we take safety seriously. We hold all of our carriers to higher safety standards than those required by our industry ADJUSTABLE: The Original carrier is designed to fit all parents. It easily adjusts to fit different wearers from petite to larger body types. All parents can share the joy of babywearing STRONG, DURABLE, LONG LASTING CARRIER: Can be used for multiple years and multiple babies. All baby safe materials. Carrier retains shape after wash for long-lasting use and comfort BABY HOOD FOR SUN PROTECTION & PRIVACY: Provides support for baby’s head while sleeping and sun protection EASY TO NURSE IN CARRIER: Adjust shoulder straps for easy nursing on the go HIP HEALTHY: Acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a hip healthy product MACHINE WASHABLE: Made from 100% premium cotton.”

Baby K’tan wrap

Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier, Black, Small

I saw the baby cousin carried in this and did not realize how wonderful it is.  On Amazon, there are instructions on how to select the size and a product description:

“*Easily switch between 6 different carrying positions: Offering multiple positions without the need for wrapping or buckling, the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier provides added security when wearing baby and privacy for mom while nursing. Multiple carrying positions will make wrap last for years with your child from birth to toddlerhood. Safe for babies 8-35 lbs.

*Easy to clean & convenient: 100% cotton material is as comfortable as it is easy to keep clean. Machine wash as needed. Comes with a matching sash that converts to a carrying bag.

*Individually sized for moms and dads: Ensure your wrap fitsjust right with our sizing chart based on PARENT CLOTHING SIZES. It will be the most comfortable wrap you ever use, as it evenly distributes weight across back and shoulders.

*Unique, one-way stretch: Unlike other baby wraps, the soft fabric stretches with each use to provide your baby with a secure, cozy hold and ergonomic positioning for healthy infant development. It’s an innovative blend of a sling, wrap, and carrier all in one.

Como Tomo baby bottles

There are many sizes and varieties.  Check on Amazon.

A diaper backpack

Again, how clever of this experienced mom.  There are many sizes and varieties.  Check on Amazon.

It was so different when we were new mothers, and different again in a decade or so since our first grandchild.  The new products are wonderful, and seem to make life easier for the new parents.

One thing not easier: sleep deprivation.  I asked if the cousins still look as tired as when we visited them when the new baby was weeks old.  The new parents-to-be said yes.  Sleep deprivation times three – our wonderful cousins are brave . . . and just wonderful.

 

Joy,

 

Mema

 

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