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Baby? What Equipment to Choose

Choosing baby gear can be overwhelming. There are so many choices on the market today and in so many price points. When considering the purchase of baby gear, spend the money on the all-important pieces of equipment—The Three C's: Crib, Car seat, and Carriage. These are the pieces that will take the most wear and tear over the years; therefore, they need to be durable and high quality. Also keep in mind that if you're considering having more than one child, there's the future wear and tear factor. The Three C's 1. Crib Next to the stroller, this piece of equipment is the most widely used. With baby sleeping more than twelve hours a day, napping, and sometimes having quiet time playing or looking at books, it's important to purchase a sturdy and durable piece of equipment. Also, consider whether it makes sense to purchase a crib that converts into a toddler bed. It may seem pointless now, but your life will soon take on a more frenetic pace, so it may be best to simplify now for the future. 2. Car Seat Infant car seat—this piece of equipment is required by most hospitals before you can take baby home, which means you need to take it to the hospital with you! The car seat not only keeps baby snug and safe in the car, but you can also flip the handle back and use it to feed baby or as a play seat. To ensure you understand how to properly install the infant car seat, you can go to the car dealership where you purchased your vehicle or to your local police station for assistance. Dr. 3. Carriage (or Stroller) A carriage or stroller, in general, will take the most wear because you use it often and you use it outdoors. A good carriage/stroller is a wise investment. More likely than not, your baby will use it for up to four years, and if you have a second or third baby, you could be using the stroller for longer. There are many brands and price points on the market. Consider the resale value of the stroller you purchase. It may be most efficient for you to purchase the stroller/infant car seat combination. However, I recommend purchasing those items separately as opposed to a matching set because you usually wind up with a better quality piece of equipment. Plus, infants grow out of the infant car seat generally by age 8 to 10 months or 20 pounds—which leaves years of stroller use without it.

posted on: 9/17/2008 9:00:00 AM by Stacey Crew
category: Family

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Having a Baby? Have a New Baby? G.O. Here!

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I'm Stacey Crew, mom, author and professional organizer. With more than 12 years of experience in the corporate world, 10 years as a parent, and professional organizer and business owner for the past 4 years, I'm excited to share my experience with you. Since I started my business in 2003, I've published two books and serviced well over 100 organizing clients. Prior to that, I had the experience of moving five times in six years and having two children along the way. I guess you could say I've been busy. I'm passionate about my work to help ease women's stress through time and space organizing solutions. I look forward to sharing my expertise with you and answering any specific questions you may have as they relate to organizing.

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