When we were preparing for baby to arrive, my wife and I had no clue about what to buy. And to be honest, it was a little overwhelming. She was doing the research, I was doing the research, but we kept asking ourselves – do we actually need any of these things? Now at the time, because we were unsure we thought to ourselves ‘OK we’ll get these things anyway’, but now that we look back, half the stuff was either unused, or used a handful of times only, and even then there are alternative options for some things they try to sell you. And while all of our circumstances will be different, in many cases it will be better to wait until baby is here to purchase those few extras. So in the first of a series of posts, lets start with the essentials for transporting baby.
For the soon to be dad’s out there, even if your partner is making the decisions on what to purchase, she will want your input, so it’s worth doing some research into what she wants to purchase and what she needs. This is a good first step to helping out your partner and staying in the good books!
Want to check out my essential list of sleep and bedroom items you need when you have a baby? Click here.
Or for the list of items I recommend for feeding, cleaning and washing baby, click here.
The Quick List Of Transport Essentials
- Car seat
- Bassinet attachment
- Portable white noise-maker
- Baby Bag
Transport Essentials – The Detailed Version
Looking at what we bought and used for transporting our daughter, everything we bought was essential. Which was either good purchasing on our end, or there wasn’t a lot of good gimmicky items that caught our eyes! So, what did we get?
Do you drive? You plan on transporting baby in a car on a regular basis? Then you need a car seat. Almost all families will need to purchase this item, unless you don’t own a car and aren’t planning on using a car. Now there are lots of car seats out there, all of varying prices, but the main thing you want to check for is that they meet your countries safety standards (which all car seats sold new should do).
From here, the next thing you want to consider is the age range of the car seat. Some seats last from Birth to 8 years, others last less than that. In our circumstance, we chose a Maxi Cosi car seat that lasts from birth to 4 years of age. We chose this seat based on its ease of use, the cost (while a high upfront cost, over the course of 4 years was deemed a good investment) and the number of good reviews we saw out there. We did end up buying a second car seat for our other car, which was a cheaper seat from Target, but it met all safety standards and also had a lot of positive reviews.
I personally recommend getting a car seat that lasts from birth to at least 4 years of age, because it is an item that will get significant use considering the price you pay, but if you choose to purchase a car capsule, then you can get a car seat that is for ages 6 months plus, because the capsule usually is for babies between birth and 6 months.
Once again, unless you plan on carrying baby with a carrier or your hands until they can walk or run, you will want to invest in a decent pram. Considering that you could be using this pram for a good few years, the high upfront cost can be seen as an investment with how often you will use it.
Now when you go buy a pram, particularly the pricey ones, you’ll soon realise that you are purchasing the frame, and then making additional purchases for the attachments. The main two attachments you will need to purchase are the bassinet, for 0-6 months of age, and then the main seat for 6 months plus. You may also want to think about whether the pram will be able to cater for additional children, but in the first year of having bub you probably won’t need to think about this for a while (unless of course you are having twins).
The exception to needing the bassinet – if you have purchased a car capsule for baby, then make sure your pram can take the car capsule because you will most likely use this in the first 6 months rather than the bassinet.
OK you don’t necessarily *need* a baby carrier, but you will definitely want one. Baby’s like being close to their parents and hearing our heartbeats, it’s the closest thing they get to being back in the womb. So when they are difficult to settle and your arms are hurting, the baby carrier will be a life saver.
My daughter wasn’t much of a fan getting into the carrier, but once she was in there she would chill out and snooze pretty quickly. And you have lots of options to choose from, whether you get a carrier or choose to use a baby sash, but we ended up choosing the Ergo Baby carrier due to its ease of use.
Bonus, instantly turn any form of cardio exercise (like vacuuming the house or taking baby for a walk) into a weighted workout!
Portable White Noise Maker
Because we set up our daughters room with a white noise-maker to help her sleep, and she seemed to sleep better with the noise on, a portable white noise-maker became a necessity to make car rides and pram rides that little easier when it was nap time. It was also useful if we were out a bit late and needed the noise to help her calm and settle. (I actually used spotify and YouTube in the beginning to play the white noise, but I wanted to use my phone so it made sense to get a standalone device to play the noise instead. The exact white noise video on Youtube I used you can find here).
A baby needs a lot of items accompanying them wherever they go. Whether it be nappies, spare clothes, baby food, milk, bibs, toys etc, you will need somewhere to store it all. The baby bag then will be one of the most important investments you make, and realistically you will still need the bag until they are at least toilet trained.
We started off with one of those big and bulky shoulder baby bags, which really wasn’t convenient and a real pain to bring everywhere. Plus, it was so large that it took up most of the space in the pram under carry. We eventually purchased a back pack baby bag, which although was smaller, was designed a lot more conveniently than the shoulder bag making everything easier to access. This plus it being easier to carry meant we could use the pram under carry for other essentials (like shopping or picnic items).
What Was On Your List?
This was my list of things you need when you have a baby to transport around, and I’m sure there are some changes that parents out there would make based on their circumstances. I’m sure there are also items out there that I might’ve used, but I just didn’t know of. So, let me know, is there anything you would add or change to my list? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!