You may be surprised at the sheer number of baby travel systems that you will need once your baby is born. Many pregnant women tend to have an idealized vision of carrying their babies in their arms on walks in the park. However, the actual reality of motherhood is that you will have times when you need to get somewhere quickly or your baby starts to become very heavy in your arms. It is at these times that having some extra help will make your life a lot easier.
While specific recommendations for your infant car seat can be found at www.safercar.gov, you will need to make a decision about the style of car seat before choosing a particular brand. The first option is a click in, click out system. The most common format for this is a large plastic base that straps into the seat using the seat belt. You then have a hand held baby carrier which clips into the base unit, which does mean that one seat of the car is permanently out of action but makes it very easy to get the baby in and out of the vehicle.
The second option is a large seat with newborn inserts. The whole seat buckles in underneath the padding and you simply lift your baby in and out of the seat in the same you would if they were in the full chair. You can also take the whole car seat out if you do not want to wake the baby, but you will find they can be very heavy and a little unwieldy to move.
Once you are out of your car, you will need a variety of other baby travel systems to help you get around. The most common of these are baby strollers with many different varieties available depending on their use:
The final baby travel systems you will need are those for when you go away for the night. The most important one that you will need is a porta cot or a pack and play, which is essentially a portable cot. This means that your baby will always have somewhere familiar to sleep as well as meaning that you do not have to rely on your family to have a permanent crib waiting for you.
The sheer cost of baby travel systems make them a great thing to ask for as part of your shower registry. You may find it easier to suggest that people give you money towards a particular stroller or buy small accessories like umbrellas or rain covers to give the gift givers a range of options.