Gear Up for Baby With the Best Baby Gear



One of the most fun things about preparing for a baby is registering for and purchasing baby gear. Because there are so many new products on the market, it can be hard to decide which product will be the best for you and your baby. Which is why I’m helping you gear up for baby with the best baby gear. Be it strollers, nursery items, baby carriers or car seats, I’ve got you covered.

Let’s get this party started.


  1. BOB Revolution Flex – The first stroller I ever purchased was a BOB Revolution SE. (The Flex is the new-and-improved version.) I think the thing I like most about my BOB is the ease in which you can fold and un-fold the stroller. Also, its maneuverability is insane! When the front wheel is set to swivel, I can steer this baby with one hand and not break a sweat. The front wheel also locks, so that you can have more of a “jogging stroller” experience. The downside to the BOB is that you don’t have the option of converting it to a double stroller. So you have to “size up” to a whole new double stroller if you need it for two kids.
  2. Baby Jogger City Select – This is my other stroller. The one that I bought once I had two kids. This stroller is also super-maneuverable and has 16 different configuration options for one or two seats. The nice thing about the City Select is that you can purchase a second seat later, if you need it. Or, it works wonderfully as a single stroller. Configuring the seat is also quite intuitive, which is always nice when you’re working with a sleep-deprived brain.
  3. UPPA Baby Vista – The Vista is another great stroller option to buy if you want to add a second seat later (or you, know, if you’re having twins). This stroller also comes with a bassinet with sunshade, which is a nice addition. I think one of the game changers that the Vista brings to the table is that is has a one-step fold that stands on its own. That’s a big deal, especially because the frame is also lightweight. It can be folded this way with or without the seat, which is also a plus.

Nursery gear

  1. Owlet Baby Monitor – I mean, you know I had to include the Owlet, right? This is the perfect item to add to your registry. And we’ve made it easy for you… add it to your registry here, and get excited for your baby shower!
  2. Oeuf Sparrow Crib – I may be a little biased, but I think this crib is the best crib of all the cribs. It’s stylish and well made. It’s been a staple with both of my kids, and has held up to wear-and-tear beautifully. To me, the crib was a piece that I wanted to splurge on, and I don’t regret it at all. If you like this style, but don’t like the price, try this similar option.
  3. SoundBub Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Baby Soother – This white noise machine incorporates Bluetooth technology with the soft snuggly-ness of a stuffed animal. (Bonus points that it looks like an owl.) You can play preloaded ocean or rain sounds, and you also have access to 12 additional white noise tracks and four instrumental lullabies. There’s a timer, too, so you can customize how long it stays on.

Baby carriers

  1. Solly Baby Wrap – When it comes to baby wearing, the Solly Baby wrap has my heart. It features fabric that is lightweight, yet strong. It’s machine washable, and has a little pocket/pouch feature that allows you to wrap it up well, so it can easily go in your diaper bag. Plus, there are so many cute patterns… I feel like you should still be able to feel fashionable when you are baby wearing.
  2. Ergo Baby 360 Carrier – If you have a baby who hates facing inward, this is the carrier for you. You can still wear your baby front-inward facing, but this model allows for front-outward facing as well. As with other Ergo products, you can also carry on your hip or back.
  3. Ergo Baby Performance Carrier – This is a great option for those of you who like hiking and the outdoors. You can wear your child in three positions: front-inward, back or hip, and it’s rated up to 45 pounds. It features breathable mesh fabric, to keep baby cool, as well as a shade flap that can keep baby’s head covered. I have one and I love it.  

Car seats

  1. Chicco KeyFit 30 – Personally, I feel like this is the only infant car seat you need. It’s affordable, compact and stylish. Not to mention, safe. It’s great for smaller cars, too. With a lot of designer baby brands, you pay for the name, and not necessarily for more safety features. Sure, there are other seats with more bells and whistles (see option three) but I really like how user-friendly and intuitive this car seat is. It’s also one of the lightest on the market, which is a big deal when you’re carrying around a ten-plus pound baby.
  2. Nuna Pipa – The Pipa is new to the American market, and thus far, it’s been pretty popular. My sister has this seat and loves it, one of the reasons being that it has a stability leg that works in tandem with the base to ensure the seat stays level. The indicator on the leg turns green when it’s installed correctly, as does the indicator on the base. It also features a removable, full coverage protective canopy, which is totally cool. It’s a great mix of style, safety, and technology.
  3. 4Moms Self-Installing Car Seat – Admittedly, this seat is pretty cool. And the fact that it self-installs is kind of a big deal. It self-installs by automatically leveling and tensioning the seat, verifies installation before every car ride and continuously monitors its status during use. It’s not quite self-aware, but I’m, pretty sure that’s on the horizon. 😉

What are some of your favorite baby gear items? What are you hoping makes it on your registry list?

– Contributed by Lauren Soderberg

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9 Interesting Facts About Fall Babies


So you’re having a fall baby. Congratulations! Did you know that autumn babies are unique in a lot of ways? Neither did I. Consequently, today, I’m sharing nine interesting facts about fall babies, to get you excited. (And also because I kind of geek out on random facts.) So put on your favorite sweater, grab a cup of hot chocolate (or a pumpkin spice latte, I’m not going to judge you) and enjoy!

Fall babies weigh less

According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, babies gestate an average of a week less than their non-fall/winter peers, and weigh less too. So maybe knowing that will make your lady parts a little less nervous to give birth?

They tend to be taller.

If you’re hoping your kid’s the next LeBron, you may be in luck. According to a Bristol study in the United Kingdom, late summer/early fall babies are slightly taller on average than children born in the winter or spring. This could be because the final stretch of these pregnancies happen in the summer, when the mom is more exposed to the sun. Her body then produces more vitamin D, which may aid in the skeletal growth of her child.

They have stronger bones.

The same study mentioned above also found that late summer/early fall babies also have thicker bones (by 12.75 square centimeters, if you like numbers). I’m not saying you’re birthing a superhero… but I don’t know, anything’s possible. Just ask Luke Cage.  

They are great athletes.

Research shows that autumn babies have an edge when it comes to athletics. September and November babies are the most fit, with October coming in second. This may be due to the increase in vitamin D, or the fact that older kids may have an edge over their younger counterparts who are in the same grade, but either way, it’s science.  

Autumn babies live longer.

Depending on the study, anywhere from 160 to 219 days longer. And, according to another study by the University of Chicago, the most centenarians were born between September and November.

They may be more prone to asthma.

According to a Vanderbilt University study, babies who tend to be around four months old during the height of the cold and flu season (which is when they no longer can depend on their mothers’ immune systems for protection) tend to have higher rates of asthma than their summer-born counterparts.  

Fall babies tend to have more food allergies.

A Finnish study found that babies born in October and November were more likely to develop food allergies, particularly to eggs and milk. The theory is that this may be due to the high pollen counts that occur in spring, which coincide with important immune system development that is happening in utero at the same time.

They excel academically.

So you may have a super athlete and a super mathalete all in one child. A study of 48,000 British kids by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that children born in September are 20% more likely to get into elite schools than those born in August. Could this be because of the September 1 cutoff for school enrollment? Maybe. But I’d still probably start planning for early retirement now. 😉

More babies are born in September than any other month of the year.

If you take a look at this cool graph, you’ll see a ranking of US births from 1973 to 1999. It shows that more babies were born in September, with September 16 being the most common birthday. This trend seems to be holding, as the winter months (when these babies are conceived) tend to encourage a little more “coziness.”  

– Contributed by Lauren Soderberg


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7 ways to protect your child during flu season

7 ways to protect your child during flu season (1)

Every parent goes into flu season with baited breath. Knowing illness, sniffles and sneezes are lurking around every corner. While keeping your little one 100% illness free may be impossible, there is a lot you can do to keep your little one as healthy as possible. Here are seven ways to protect your child during flu season.
1. Wash hands
This may seem like an obvious action to take during flu season, but it is that important. It’s not only important as a caregiver to constantly wash your hands, but don’t forget to wash your baby and kids’ hands too.

Washing with soap and water is the best way to keep your hands clean, but if you do not have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer is a good alternative. However, for babies, do not use hand sanitizer and instead use a baby wipe to wash their hands.
Be sure to wash hands before any meal, when you walk in the door and after using the restroom.

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8 tips to help make your return from maternity leave easier

8 Tips For Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

I remember my first day back from maternity leave. In a lot of ways, I was ready to hit the ground running; in others, I just wanted to stay home and snuggle my baby. Even though the transition back to work can seem daunting, here are eight tips to help make your return from maternity leave easier.

Plan and prepare for your new routine.
Establish your new work routine before your return, and practice it. If possible, set up your childcare a week earlier, so that you have time to practice pick ups and drop offs, and so that you can get used to saying goodbye to your baby. I’d suggest setting your alarm a little early your first week back, to ensure that you allocate enough time to get yourself and baby ready.

Become a pumping pro.
If you are planning on pumping when you return to work, you should start pumping and freezing your milk at least one month prior to when you plan on resuming work. Have others practice bottle-feeding your child so that she can get used to that. Prior to returning to work, ensure that you have a designated area to pump privately once you resume working, and communicate with your boss/team about times that will work to do so.

Finalize childcare.
Have your childcare situation substantiated in advance, whether it’s a nanny, daycare or other arrangement. Try to also have a backup plan in place, in case of illness or other situation. If sending your child to daycare, visit the establishment in advance with your child and spend time observing and acclimating. If your caregiver is coming to you, invite them over and observe their interactions with your baby. Trust your gut; you’ll know what’s best for your child.

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