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Cloth diapers or disposable? Baby Einstein or Barney? The list of decisions new parents have to make
is endless and can be overwhelming. Fortunately, choosing an infant car seat doesn’t have to be. All infant
car seats manufactured and sold in the United States are required to meet federal safety standards, so you can focus on
Pronto’s Infant Car Seat Buying Guide to help you determine which infant car seat best meets the needs of your baby,
your budget and your lifestyle. Proper fit and installation are critical. Be sure to save the original box, packaging and receipt
and be familiar with return policies (see also Child Car Seat Buying Guide).
Don’t short change your choice of strollers. How the stroller feels and drives can make the difference between great outings and difficult ones. With so many makes and models on the market, how do you begin to narrow your options? You can start by thinking about where you live, where you’ll be taking your child and what you need to bring with you when you go. Have more than one child? There are strollers that can tow the entire family. Pronto’s Stroller Buying Guide takes you through all the points you need to consider before clicking the “buy now” button (see also Jogging Stroller Buying Guide, Baby Carrier Buying Guide).
Baby swings can soothe parents as much as they soothe their little ones by providing a comforting environment when parents with jangled nerves have run out of ideas to get a baby to sleep. Today’s models offer parents a variety of options to choose from. From traditional hand-wound swings that lull baby to sleep to full-activity centers, there’s a swing to suit just about every need and every budget. Some manufacturers have even based their designs on how the human body moves when it holds and rocks a baby. How to choose one which one works for you and your baby? Let Pronto’s Baby Swing Buying Guide help you decide.
Most new parents would like nothing more than to snuggle their newborn for weeks on end. Too bad the realities of today’s hectic life mean most moms and dads are up and running within days, if not hours, of returning from the maternity ward. Fortunately, one piece of baby gear is designed to help parents get through their daily routines while providing the physical closeness every infant needs: the baby carrier. Studies show that “babywearing”, or using carriers to hold babies results in happier, healthier children. Pronto’s Baby Carrier Buying Guide can help you decide which of the many styles best suits your family’s needs.
Jogging strollers are showing up everywhere from city streets to country paths and every road surface in between and with good reason: they’re a great way for babies and toddlers to get fresh air while parents get their heart rate up. Although some jogging strollers do offer full recline positions, don’t mistake that for the OK to take your infant running. Infants need to lie flat and you don’t want to kick your child inadvertently when you hit full stride. Doctors recommend waiting to run with your child until they’re approximately 6-7 months of age and can hold their heads up. Even at that age, there are several things to consider before you invest in a jogging stroller and embark on family fitness. Let Pronto’s Jogging Stroller Buying Guide take you through all the points you need to consider before clicking the “buy now” button (see also Stroller Buying Guide).
The problem with buying a car seat is not that you have to buy one, it’s that you actually have to buy several—one for infancy (or two) for infancy, one for toddlerhood, and one for young children. You’ll have to assess your family’s needs closely to get the best value from your purchases.
The day you try to go grocery shopping with a newborn in a bulky stroller, you’ll understand the wonders of baby carriers. But choose the wrong carrier and you could end up experiencing intense back pain and losing a lot of time each day as you struggle to load your kid in and out of some contraption.
Got a crib yet? Many expectant moms and dads race to finish the nursery before the baby’s arrival, but it’s not necessary to complete everything. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or cradle in their parents’ room until they are six months old. Still, decorating that nursery is something parents enjoy, and the centerpiece of baby’s naptime and sleep time will undoubtedly be the crib. Before you choose the place where your baby will spend the better part of the next two to three years, let Pronto’s Crib Buying Guide help you identify your purchasing priorities.
For parents of little ones, a baby monitor may be the next best thing to cloning yourself. These handy devices, which in their most basic form consist of a transmitter and receiver, allow parents to keep an ear out for — and in some cases even keep an eye on — their snoozing tykes from as far as 600 feet away. That means that while baby naps, mom and dad can garden, change the oil, do the laundry or tend to the myriad other household chores that are often neglected during baby-awake time. With hundreds of baby monitor options to choose from, selecting the one that’s right for your needs can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re not an electronics whiz. Pronto’s Baby Monitor Buying Guide helps simplify the task by zeroing in on the key factors you may want to consider when making your choice.
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