Baby Gear Directory
Before your baby is born, you'll want to make sure you have the basics in baby gear to make life easier for you and the little one. Experts say the essentials are a car seat, a new crib or bassinet, and a stroller. If your baby will not be breastfed, you'll want to buy baby bottles, as well. If baby is going to sleep in a crib from the get-go, you'll need a crib that meets current safety standards, along with a mattress, waterproof mattress pads, fitted sheets, and light blankets. You may also want a place to store baby clothes and change and dispose of baby diapers. When buying the gear, consider your lifestyle. If you'll be in and out of a car, bus, or subway, stick with strollers that fold easily and are lightweight. If you live in a rural or wintry area and plan to do a lot of walking, you may want an all-terrain stroller. There are many choices available, so it's a good idea to step back and think it over before you register for a particular baby carrier or stroller.
Are Baby Walkers Safe?
Baby walkers let your little one explore on two feet before they're ready to walk. But how safe are these devices?
Essential Baby Clothes for the First Month
WebMD's guide to buying essential baby clothes.
Baby Bath and Bed Needs Checklist
Things you will need for your baby's bath time and bedtime.
Essential Baby Gear: Strollers, Bedding, and More
A list of essentials -- like baby diapers, a car seat, and baby bottles -- and what else to buy for your baby and for the nursery.
Baby Showers: Getting One That’s Right for You
Baby showers can be fun, useful -- and a little touchy if the hostess's idea of a great party clashes with yours. But with tact, you may get the shower and baby gifts you want.
Baby Furniture: What Do You Really Need?
There are all kinds of furniture you can buy to deck out your nursery. Learn what you’ll really need and what’s optional.
Newborn Basics: What You Need to Care for Your New Baby
About to welcome a new baby? Experts share the products you’ll need -- and the ones you won’t.
Shopping for Baby Gear: Q&A With Alan Fields
Is the most expensive baby gear always the best? An expert talks about what to look for in furniture and other items for baby.
RA Friendly Baby Carriers
Carrying your little one can really stress joints and muscles. Find out your best options for baby carriers before you buy.
Baby Walkers, Swings, Play Yards, and More
From jumpers to play yards, we’ll help you keep baby busy and safe, step by step.
Choosing a Rocker or Glider for Rocking a Baby
Explore rocking chairs, gliders, and other baby items that enhance feeding and bedtime routines step by step.
Slings, Baby Wraps, and Other Carriers
From slings to wraps to backpacks, there are many great ways to keep baby close to you. Get the pros and cons of each type, step by step.