The Best Gear for a Portable Baby in the City
Well Rounded NY
There’s nothing more important as a new mom than getting out and about with your new baby in tow.
But as the founders of Well Rounded NY, an expert resource for urban moms and moms-to-be, we know that getting from Point A to Point B can seem like a daunting task at times – especially if you live in a city filled with fast cars, subway stairs, and lots and lots of people. We swear, you can do it, mama! Having a portable baby is all about having the right baby gear.
Whether you’re traveling by cab, subway, or the old-fashioned sidewalk, here’s our Well Rounded picks for the best gear for a portable baby.
We know your friends in the suburbs have cars too, but a cab is not a car…at least not a car you can leave your car seat in. So you’re going to want a light one like the Nuna Pipa, which weighs in at less than 8 lbs. without its base. You may want to practice strapping it in safely on a friend’s car, so you’re ready to go when that cab pulls over. No need to rush and risk a mistake installation though – while some city laws exempt taxis from having passengers buckled or car seated-in, drivers are required to allow passengers to install their seats.
You can also opt for the Doona, which is a car seat that turns into a stroller at the press of a button, meaning you can check two registry necessities off your list at once. Some car services, like Uber Family, also offer car seats (make sure you request infant or convertible depending on your baby’s age!), so you can just grab a nice roomy, diaper bag like the new Skip Hop Highline, and go!
If a subway is in your travel plans, then so are stairs.
If a subway or some sort of other underground transportation is in your travel plans, then so are stairs. Plan accordingly. If you’re not quite comfortable folding and unfolding your stroller, check out which stations are accessible by elevator and/or auto-opening gates (NYC’s list is here). Otherwise, invest in a lightweight stroller option that you can fold and unfold quickly, like the Maclaren Mark II, which at just over 7 lbs., is lighter than a newborn baby. Babyzen’s YoYo is a nice option if you’re planning on encountering a crowd: it folds up into the size of a tote bag so you won’t be bumping into your neighbors.
When you live in a walking city, you spend an awful lot of time, well, walking. Except now you have to do it with a baby. Your stroller is kind of like your suburban friend’s car: you should be able to throw anything into it, so a big basket is a major plus – the Britax B-Ready has got one of our faves. If you’re looking to turn heads (the sidewalk is the new runway, mama), we’re kind of obsessed with Bugaboo’s Bee3, which comes in plenty of eye-popping hues, and the Cybex’s beautiful Butterfly Priam.
And remember, getting home (even in an emergency) can take time, so don’t leave the house without everything you need from sun-up to sun-down. While that’s different for everyone, add to your must-haves an Aden + Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle for a quick nap in the park or nursing session on somebody’s brownstone steps, a thousand extra pacifiers, you know, just in case, and an extra diapers and wipes for the blowout that will inevitably happen exactly where you can’t believe it happened.
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