4 Products that Grow with Baby

4 Products that Grow with Baby

April 10, 2018

4 Products that Grow with Baby

4 Products that Grow with Baby
Here are some tips on which baby gear products will last you longer than others. 4 Products that Grow with Baby

When you’re registering for items for baby, it’s easy to just think about what you’ll need right when baby comes home—the essentials like a car seat, diapers, cute bodysuits, maybe a breast pump.

But as babies get older, they’re going to need even more stuff. And that stuff costs a lot of money. Where you can, it makes sense to buy baby gear that will last as long as possible—beyond a few months, so you really get your money’s worth.

With some baby items, of course, you can’t do this. Clothes, bottles, pacifiers, even a lot of toys are only appropriate for a short time.

But where does it make sense? Luckily, some of the bigger items! Here are four categories to consider.

Strollers

A stroller is big investment, and it makes sense to get one that will last you as long as possible. When choosing a stroller that will go through many stages of baby’s development, it’s good to look at the stroller’s weight limit, if you can use it with a newborn or if baby has to be able to sit up and how durable the stroller is.

A travel system is a great option for many families. With travel systems, you can snap an infant car seat into the stroller so you can use it right away. Once baby reaches about 6 months and can sit up on its own, you can use it as a regular stroller. Very convenient! Some travel systems can be a bit heavy, though, as you’re pushing the regular stroller with a car seat. But many families are happy to deal with the bulk for the flexibility a travel system offers.

Here’s a unique travel solution for lighter-weight strolling:

This on-the-go combo from Chicco eliminates much of the heft of travel systems—you can remove the stroller seat and click your infant car seat right into the frame, creating a lightweight travel system alternatve. The popular Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat is included, but it works with all Chicco KeyFit and Fit2 seats.

The Bravo Stroller’s quick, one-hand fold allows for easy storage, and there’s a large basket underneath for tucking away toys, a diaper bag or whatever you need for your journey. For older babies and toddlers, there’s a multi-position reclining backrest, five-point harness, child tray with two cup holders and large adjustable canopy. Oh, and there are two cup holders for caregivers, too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Bravo Stroller: up to 50 lb.; KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat: 4-30 lbs. and up to 30”
Dimensions Assembled: 35.5” x 43” x 21.75”; Folded Stroller Dimensions: 16” x 28” x 21.75”
Weight Bravo Stroller: 23 lbs.; KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat (w/o base): 9.6 lbs.

Car Seats

A car seat is one of the most important baby gear purchases you’ll make as a new parent. All car seats are required to meet federal safety standards, but some come with extra safety features and bells and whistles that can make it harder to choose. Here are two kinds of car seats to be aware of when you’re expecting:

Infant car seats: Many parents love infant car seats because they have a stay-in-car base and carry handle that allow you to take baby to/from the car without having to wake them up. Plus they click into strollers. But many babies outgrow them by the time they’re one (or before).

Convertible car seats: Other parents choose a convertible car seat. Convertible car seats transition from rear- to forward-facing for longer-term use. Most have a higher weight rating and can be used from birth. But they are big and bulky and not easy to take in and out of the car. You also can’t use them with a stroller.

Here’s a new kind of car seat that lets you retain all the convenience of an infant seat beyond the first year:

The Chicco Fit2 is designed with two unique positions to accommodate infants and toddlers, making it easy to stay rear-facing for the first two years. The infant position is more reclined, with removable head and body support, while the toddler position is more upright with extra leg room to accommodate your growing child without taking up more space in the car.

The Fit2 has other solid features like one-hand leveling, bubble level indicators and a SuperCinch LATCH tightener for easy installation. It’s also compatible with Chicco strollers for extended travel system convenience, and it has a removable, machine-washable seat pad for those inevitable messes.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Stage 1/Infant Position: 4-35 lbs. and up to 35”; Stage 2/Toddler Position: 15-35 lbs. and up to 35”
Weight 11 lbs. (w/o base)

Where Baby Sleeps

You have many sleep options for baby, and some last longer than others. Many parents opt to have their baby sleep in their room for the first 6 months to a year, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Bassinets are great for this—they keep baby close, making nighttime feedings and changings easier. But babies can outgrow them quickly. Playards are another room-sharing option, as they fit larger babies.

For parents interested in a longer-lasting room-sharing option, this is a playard you can use until baby is 30 lbs.

This full-size travel playard works with newborns through to toddlers up to 30 lbs. For the littlest babies, there’s a napper that creates a cozy environment (this can be used up to 15 lbs.), and then the extra-large sleeping area is great for bigger kids. The napper flips over to create an extra-large changer, and both the playard and 2-in-1 changer/napper fit into included carry bags for travel. With an innovative snap-open setup and zip-and-wash fabrics, this playard makes traveling and cleanup convenient and easy.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Napper: up to 15 lbs.; Changer: up to 30 lbs.; Playard: up to 30 lbs.
Dimensions 25” x 38” x 33”
Weight 31 lbs.

High Chairs

High chairs are great for keeping the messes of new eaters contained—you’ll be amazed at how food can get everywhere, thanks to those little hands! Some high chairs only work for babies who can sit up; others have a recline position that allows for bottle feedings, meaning you can use them earlier. Still others convert to booster chairs or even full-size stools, meaning you can use them for longer (assuming you like the design).

Here’s a high chair that will take you through all the stages:

This highchair takes you from newborn through big kid. For times when you can’t cradle baby while they take a bottle, there’s a recline position for easy feeding. There’s a standard infant high chair position, complete with a cushy backrest and snap-on tray. The Progress then converts into a toddler booster, big kid booster and a youth stool. You can even use it with two children at once—one in the booster and one in the stool. When mealtime is over, it folds easily down to 11.5” so you can store it away.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Highchair: up to 36 months or 40 lbs.; Booster mode: up to 50 lbs.; Youth Stool: 3 years+ and up to 60 lbs.
Dimensions 32” x 23.5” x 42”

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