For the baby items mentioned here, you won’t need until your baby is about five-months-old or even older.
Silicone placemats easy to clean so they are perfect for home and great for eating out. The pocket included in this placemat is something you will also love having. I really like the Mini Mat and wish it had a pocket to catch crumbs and spills.
First spoons should be shallow and short. This helps baby learn and eventually master self-feeding skills.
Current recommendations state that solid foods should be introduced at 6 months. Some pediatricians are a little behind and still recommending solids at 4 months. According to the Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control, babies should only have breastmilk or formula for the first six months and solid foods should be introduced at six months. Unfortunately, many parents ignore these recommendations and this research and introduce solid food too soon.
These are very popular for when you first introduce solids. We waited patiently for them to arrive because they were on backorder, and it was worth the wait. Because of the design, it is the only utensil we have that my 7-month old can use and get the food in her mouth without spilling.
Dentists, lactation consultants and feeding specialists will advise you to avoid cups with spouts. The spouts can promote poor oral skills and impact jaw growth and the way teeth come in. However, parents and kids like spouted cups. So, research, talk to your dentist or feeding specialist, and decide for yourself!
Foogo Stainless Steel Spouted Sippy Cup
Umbrella strollers have fewer features than your typical full-sized stroller, they are lighter weight and fold more easily. You will likely want this, but I wouldn’t register for one yet. Wait until the time comes that you would use it (usually closer 6 months) and decide what meets your needs. Your everyday stroller may serve the same purposes as an umbrella stroller, or it may be too heavy and you will really want an umbrella stroller as well. You probably can’t go wrong with any umbrella stroller, but here are some that people really like.
- Summer Infant 3D Lite: (12lb; $59-$80) This has a 3-position reclining seat, and accessible storage basket, cup holder, and a pocket.
- Chicco C6 / Capri: (11lb; $80) This has a 2-position recline seat and comes with a bag and carry strap for easy transport.
- Uppababy G-Luxe: (15lb; $259-$280) It reclines to almost flat, it stands up on its own when folded and it has an extendable sunshade. However, it costs a small fortune. We have this one because I got it on major sale. The fold requires two hands, which is a bit annoying for an umbrella stroller. Overall, I like it a lot but you can get an umbrella stroller that does the job for way cheaper.
- Quinny Yezz: (11lb; $280ish)
- Maclaren Mark II Stroller: (7.3lb; $150-$200) This one is barely over 7 pounds, yet it is strong enough to have a 55-pound weight capacity!
- GB Pockit: (11lb; $170) This looks awesome for those of you that are city-living! it just two steps it folds down smaller than any other stroller (folded measurements: 12″ x 7″ x 20″). Look into it if you live in an urban area.
You don’t need to worry about this for several months. This is something I would recommend not registering for, and instead getting when your baby is close to being on the move because you may change your mind about what you want or need.
For the stairs, get a retractable gate. It’s worth the money! The gate fully retracts when not in use. So, it isn’t in the way and you don’t have to step over anything to get through. We have the retract-a-gate and love that. It was the only one we found that didn’t require drilling into the wood post at one side of our stairs.
This one from Summer Infant doesn’t look awful. In fact, it looks kind of nice! It is pressure-mounted without a walk-through. The downside is that you have to step over it to get by, but the upside is that it is more affordable and easier to install since it has a simple function. The gate has an attractive walnut finish with a modern decor panel. As far as low-priced baby gates go, they can’t look much better than this!
Shopping Cart / High Chair Cover
This is useful once they can sit up on their own. I used it a lot with kid #1. I only used it once or twice with kid #2, because at that point I was already hauling around too much stuff whenever we left the house. However, with baby #3 I use it a lot. She is happier when sitting in a high chair at restaurants, but she still needs the padding provided by this cover to help stabilize her.
Other Baby Proofing
We really like Safety Baby Magnetic Cabinet Locks for our cabinet doors.
Convertible Car Seat
Assuming you are starting with an infant car seat, you won’t need this until closer to a year. So, it’s probably best to wait and decide which one meets your needs when the time approaches. The perfect convertible car seat for you is the one that fits in your car and your child. If your child is tall for his/her age, a different car seat would be recommended to allow for more time before it is outgrown. Also, before you actually need this, they may come out with an awesome car seat that you want even more! Ideally you would want one with high weight and height limits to allow for extended rear-facing — NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and every single certified car seat safety technician says the absolute minimum age to flip a child forward facing is age two, but to ideally wait until your child has outgrown the car seat height/weight requirements for rear-facing. Fortunately, with most convertible car seats, most children can rear face four-years-old! Kids are about 5X less likely to die or have serious injuries when they are rear-facing. If you want to know some of the science behind rear-facing, check out Car Seats for the Littles. In Sweden, they rear face kids in cars until they are between four and six years olds. Child fatalities and serious injuries in car accidents are close to zero! Another great site for Convertible Car Seat ratings is Baby Gear Lab.