Invest in a good stroller! Imagine yourself, by yourself, walking to the car from the mall with a (#$* load of shopping bags, a diaper bag, a purse, a stroller and a crying baby. (This scenario is very close to home). The last thing you want to worry about is lugging a heavy stroller into the trunk of your car! Don’t go for the cheapest stroller out there… remember, this is an investment that should last you a few years. I love my Peg Perego Pliko P3, but my advice is to test drive some to find one that’s right for you. Push some around to see how smooth they are, see how easily you can open and close them with one hand, and see how light it is. Also look for compatibility with your car seat, a full-reclining chair and a 5-point safety harness.
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2. Infant Car Seat
A lot of parents don’t bother with the infant car seat because it doesn’t last very long and you can use a convertible seat from birth. Our son outgrew his after only 4 months, but I highly recommend splurging on one anyways! When the baby’s asleep, you can move him/her from the car straight to the stroller or carry him/her around without waking him. I recommend the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, but again, shop around to find the right one for you.
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I personally think a changing table is a waste of money because it only lasts a couple of years and then it just turns into an ugly piece of furniture. The positive is it’s a lifesaver on your back. My solution? Purchase a nice dresser and create your own changing table! Find one that’s long enough to hold a changing pad and a basket with diapers, wipes and toiletries on the end. If you have a son and run into “accidental squirts”, it’ll be a breeze to clean up (as opposed to changing the baby on the bed and having to wash sheets, etc.). Now that my son doesn’t need a changing station anymore, I put frames and his books on the top of the dresser.
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