Like most first time parents we selected a car seat/carrier/stroller combo when we were registering for gifts. And like most first time parents we researched what was safest, easy to use and could meet our needs. We selected one that would support our baby through 35 pounds or 2 years of age. (In fact 35 pounds was written in bold letters on the box, the instruction book, even the advertisements on the tag hanging on the product in the store.) Around her 5th month we noticed the carrier/car seat was getting snug and hard to get MacchiOTTo in and out of. So I checked and if you read the fine print it states that the carrier only handles baby up to 29 inches long. Only online could I find out how long the baby could be. So I spoke with a person who inspects car seats at our local hospital and she said that as long as the babies head was 1 inch from the top of the carrier we were fine from a safety aspect, but at 29 inches long we were still at that point of being 1 inch from the top of the carrier.
Check for a 5 point harness to strap your child in.
Check the weight and get one for the heaviest you can afford as I found the weights for the children in the seat range from 80-120 pounds.
Check to see if when you move into the booster seat that your vehicles own seat belts can then be used instead of still using the belts that come with the seat.
The same can be said for swings and bouncy seats. They all have weight limits, but you will need to check for height limits as well.
Organize your clothing by length and not by the size on the label. I have found a lot of sizing discrepancy's in brands of clothing and sometimes have missed out on wearing items because I had clothing originally organized by months of age instead of actual size of the outfit.
Onesie extenders: I found these by google searching. They are pieces of fabric with snaps on both ends that you can snap onto both ends of snaps on your onsie and give you additional length. And when you put a pair of pants on over the onesie extender no one will ever know. I've also noticed that Disney Baby brand clothes makes their onesies with two sets of snaps giving you some extra room as well.
Baby's feet grow too, but I found a brand of shoe that will grow with your baby and you can use the same pair from 6 months to 20 months. Shupeas! Here is a link to my review of these shoes showing how they use Velcro to adapt to your baby's growing foot.
We now use a sleep sack for MacchiOTTo which is quite roomy for her, but prior to this we went through lots of blankets and swaddlers. While we kept upgrading to bigger swaddlers, we did find that muslin swaddling blankets are stretchy and can work with bigger baby's if your baby likes to be swaddled up tight.
No one knows when they are expecting and registering for gifts how fast their baby will grow. I've seen friends how had big babies at birth and then grew at an average pace, or some with small babies who stayed small, these are just some ideas to keep in mind if you have a longer than average baby.
And if you have any advice, tips or insight on baby items/prodcuts to use for long baby's please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
Please note all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are my own and I did not receive any compensation from any of the products or companies listed here, these are just some of the products that worked for me that I wanted to pass along.