Baby Gear – Tips for Selecting Travel Gear For Babies (Also Twins).

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A friend recently asked me for some guidance as to what to buy for her baby due later this year.

Checklist for Selecting Your Baby Gear

  1. Function: Try out your items – especially the larger items. It’s important that you can navigate these items with one hand, since you often have the other one full of something…perhaps the baby?
  2. Safety Ratings: Check the consumer reports and safety recalls before buying the items. Often just an Internet search will provide the information you seek.
  3. Style:We all have our own personal style – don’t feel like you have to give this up! Find something that you love because you will be looking at it A LOT!

Gear to Help You Get Around:

Stroller: My sister-in-law gave me the best stroller advice. She said “Don’t waste your money buying something you don’t love. This is the one item to splurge on – buy the best one you can afford.” This advice came after she bought three strollers because she didn’t want to splurge and she didn’t get the one that best fit her needs. Eventually she did get the one she wanted and she was soooo much happier with that!  We bought the Baby Jogger Citi Mini Double stroller – it fits through standard doors and is easy to fold up. We love it! But you don’t need to buy this straight away – your baby will fit (with blankets, padding or the extra attachment) because the seat is quite large.

I know I'm not looking that "hot" but I was just happy to get out the house at this point!

We also got the Baby Trend Snap n Go (Double for the twinsies but they have them in single). This item was fantastic, because the car seat just pops right into the stand and away you go. It’s super slim line and light weight. Great for trips to the malls and the best part is that you don’t need to wake your baby to put them in it. You literally just Snap and go! You can actually get this first and wait to get the bigger stroller till they are older. At first I didn’t want to “waste” my money on this because we loved our larger stroller, but it was really key for quick trips, and it was well worth the money. I actually felt like I should have gotten this one sooner!

(Random Baby Gear Item: See the little monkey on the car seat above – that covers the straps/ belts and makes it more comfy for baby. Also when they spit up in the car seat it is easy to clean those covers instead of worry about cleaning the straps. You can get those at Walmart or Target I believe).

Car Seat:

You can’t go wrong with car seats – again, it comes down to personal style and of course safety ratings. I had heard wonderful things about Graco, so that’s what we got. The Graco Infant 35 Snug n Ride car seat, because we were having twins and this car seat could work for very small (5lb ) babies.

Coming home from the hospital with our tiny twins in their Graco car seats

Baby Carriers:

We got the Baby Bjorn – most of my friends swore by it. It was very comfortable, but we rarely used ours. I think it’s because we had two babies to carry so the stroller was easier for us to get around. I have also heard great things about the moby wrap, but I have never used them myself.

My biggest piece of advice is get something that you like. There are so many pro’s and con’s to each product out there, that it can really get overwhelming. The truth is you can’t go wrong (or not VERY wrong). If in doubt check the safety rating because all the rest is really about function and style.

*** Please note that these are my opinions based on the experience raising my twins. I was not reimbursed for writing about the products in this post (although I would happily accept money from them! 😉 I hope you found this helpful.)

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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12 Responses to Baby Gear – Tips for Selecting Travel Gear For Babies (Also Twins).

  1. Leigh… well said! But I must add… although I loved all my children as babies, I am so happy that they have all outgrown carriers, high chairs, strollers and especially diapers!! 😉 Grace, peace and blessings, Carla

  2. Rosey says:

    I have a friend with two little ones who swears by the fold up cart that goes under a car seat turning it into a stroller of sorts (and it folds up small for onboard carrying too, when going by jet airliner). I never did try it, but there many times I wished I had.

    Kudos too on the stroller advice. We purchased two because we didn’t want to splurge the first time, but couldn’t tolerate the deficiencies in the first one. The second one was a charm and we still use it today from time to time (and our little one just turned five).

  3. Olusola says:

    The City Mini Double is one of my favorite twin gear. (I actually have a post on it coming up later this week). I totally agree with you, splurge on things you love

  4. Alicia H says:

    so true if you are one to use a stroller of any sort of gear don’t settle or you will likley hate it

  5. Hezzi-D says:

    Great advice for new moms who don’t have a clue as to what to buy! Glad you mentioned safety reviews-these are so important!

  6. Jess says:

    Like the shout out!

  7. My kids were not really into strollers so we got them a carrier. The ergo was the best purchase for me.

  8. Liz says:

    Totally agree with you! Always go with what you love. My fave item is a sling from Comfy Joey! I love it! Take it everywhere we go!

  9. michelle says:

    A couple things I would say about strollers is — Make sure you get one with a cup holder (for mom). You’ll miss it if you don’t have one. And make sure the basket underneath has plenty of room for diaper bags, shopping bags, etc.

    I didn’t use my baby carrier until I had my second one. I just couldn’t get the hang of it with the first. But, by the time the second one came it became necessary to figure it out!

    Great tips!

  10. OUPA says:

    You go Leigh. Hope somebody does pay you.
    The manufacturer could not have done a better job.
    You can go into marketing.

  11. Pamela says:

    Wonderful advice Leigh, I had a side by side stroller, and the lock and go one that would hold the car seats.

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