Baby Planners To the Rescue
Confused by which strollers are best for your kids? Unsure what to do first when you set up a nursery? Every new parent is bound to be a bit overwhelmed. "We bonded over that and we thought, 'Wait a second there has to be a way we can turn those feelings and that experience into a business,'" says Ellie Miller and Melissa Gould.
So these Los Angeles mommies teamed up and launched Baby Planners to help expectant parents shop, plan and gear up for their new arrival. Melissa says they get phone calls and emails from people who want to know everything from “what kind of car seat should I get, to what size diaper pail do I need?”
And while it's easy to get overwhelmed by all of these decisions, Ellie tells Rachael that new parents should keep in mind when you leave the hospital you “only need a few things to take baby home.”
To get started here are some of the essentials:
Choose a car seat: Safety first! While there are different styles and colors to chose from, with this purchase Ellie says “it comes down to safety.” To make sure the car seat is installed correctly the Baby Planners suggest using Seatcheck.org to find a police department or hospital in your area to have it installed.
Choose a stroller: Before you take your baby out you’ll want to pick the best stroller for your lifestyle, and the three features to focus on are maneuverability, weight and style. Bigger wheels are more durable and can be used on different surfaces – even the beach!
Try a bouncy chair: The baby planners say this is the “must-have” item for every family as the baby can sit safely and give parents a chance to leave the room. “I love to call it mommy’s first shower,” Melissa says. “You put baby in here, turn it on to either music or vibrate, baby is happy as can be -- you get to take a shower. It’s the best shower you’ve ever had.”
Carry a diaper bag, in style: “You’re getting a lot of stuff for your baby, get something for yourself. That’s the diaper bag. Every woman needs a great bag,” Ellie says.
Look for a diaper bag that suits your style, or consider a sporty one with lots of compartments. There are even totes designed for dads. After you pack the necessary bottles and baby wipes toss in an item for your memories. “We always say keep a disposable camera in your diaper bag," Melissa suggests. " You never know when baby is going to do something really cute."
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