When it comes to major purchases for a baby, there are about a million things to consider. After you have done your research on safety and quality, you then have to decide style and price. But there are a couple things that you might not think about when it comes to those purchases, especially if you are a first-time parent. I am going to let you in on three tips to consider when shopping for Car Seats, Strollers, and High Chairs. You may or may not realize that infants spend a lot more time in their car seats than they do in the actual car. Even if you don't opt for the travel system, you will be carrying them around almost everywhere in the carrier. Before you purchase your car seat, go to a store where you can actually lift the carriers. There are two major types of carrier handles. One goes straight across the seat.
And one has a 90-degree turn.
They make a difference on how you will carry them and your baby as it grows from a cute little 7-pound newborn to a 20-pound butterlump. I have carried all three of my kids with the car seat on my forearm, resting against my hip. The straight handle works a thousand times better for this.
So the moral of the story is you will be carrying around a lot of weight in that car seat, so make sure you get one that you can carry comfortably. Try them out before you plunk down the money for a travel system.
Speaking of a travel system, there are even more features to take into consideration for a stroller. Again I recommend going to a store where they will let you test a stroller out. Push it around and check the turning radius and DEFINITELY try collapsing the stroller. It can be a lot harder than you think. I also highly recommend cup holders and storage under the stroller.
Last but not least, when looking for a high chair, make sure you consider a space-saving-style high chair that straps to one of your regular kitchen chairs. It gives you all of the benefits of a regular high chair, but it is also portable, easily stored away, and typically less than half the price of a traditional high chair.
And without a doubt you want a chair with a completely removable tray for easy cleaning. One that is dishwasher safe will make your life very happy.
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