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Baby Gear & Toys: First-Year Essentials

Natalie G.
NATALIE G.
Baby Gear Specialist
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Receiving an extra special bundle this holiday season? We can help you gear up! Join the conversation, and make your first year with baby a breeze. Led by Natalie Gentile, Tinyhood Baby Gear Expert and founder of baby gear and registry consulting service, King Kidlet.

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Changing pads?
BEATRICE, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

I have a beautiful vintage dresser I would like to use in my nursery. Which changing pad would you recommend I purchase?

Natalie
NATALIE

The best changing pads to use on a vintage dresser are those with non-slip surfaces. The Keekaroo Peanut is beloved because of its large size and shape. The Hatch Grow which is great for those who appreciate the built in technology that tracks baby’s growth. A more budget-friendly option is the Bumbo Changing Pad. All three are waterproof with no need for a changing pad which means you can simply wipe them clean!

https://www.keekaroo.com/index.php/peanut-changer.html

https://www.hatchbaby.com/pages/grow

http://www.bumbousa.com/bumbo-changing-pad.html

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Strollers
NANCY, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

I'm torn between the UppaBaby Vista and Cruz. I know I want to have children close together but I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to such a large stroller.

Natalie
NATALIE

If having children close in age is part of your plan, then I'd advise purchasing the Vista over the Cruz. However, if you don't feel you need a large stroller right away, another option is to buy a stroller that's even smaller than the Cruz first and then upgrade to the Vista when you need it down the road. I'd look for one that can be used with a car seat as a travel system such as the Baby Jogger City Mini or Uppababy's new travel stroller Minu that's coming out in Spring 2018.

http://www.babyjogger.com/en-US/city-mini%C2%AE

https://uppababy.com/minupreview/