Baby Shopping List Revisited

In my previous article I gave a list of clothing items that you will need for the arrival of your newborn. Now I’ll turn your attention to other items that are just as necessary for when your baby comes. Now aside from clothing your baby will need a few pieces of equipment to be transported in, somewhere to sleep and something to bathe in.For those planning to decorate a specific room, nursery we’ll also explore the best options in terms of furniture etc.

As we all are aware the economic downturn has us more or less watching the pennies and as such we should be very wise with the impending spending. Not only are we looking at quality but also value for money and the functionality of the item for years to come. There are certain items that are not a very good investment as you will find that your baby will grow quite quickly. To give an example, its best to by a crib which will later be easily converted into a child’s bed. I’ve read on several forums, baby books etc where they encourage you not to splash out on expensive items and opt for second hand well kept equipment. But as its your first child many of us much prefer buying brand new stuff , then passing it down to siblings to come. This of course is totally up to you. When your baby comes he will need to be transported in a car seat. In the UK and other parts of the world I imagine, it is mandatory or the law that when leaving the hospital your baby is safely strapped in his or her car seat.

Instead of buying a carseat and push chair separately they have got the travel system which has the carseat and baby buggie or pushchair all in one, now thats a good investment. There are many mothers who prefer using a babysling for the convenience it provides. This is especially suited to a mom who is always on the go and wants not to be held back by a bulky travel system or pushchair. They may also be considering the storage factor as well.

Where sleeping is concerned a baby can fit quite comfortably in a bassinette or moses basket in the initial few weeks. If however you’re thinking of buying a cot or crib it is important that the baby’s bedding is light, the right size and comfortable. Sheets should be cotton and the mattress waterproof. The advantage of one having a moses basket or any of the baby beds for that matter is being able to have it by your bedside the initial six months or so as it is encouraged that you share the same room up to this time with your baby. For those among you opting to get a baby crib it isn’t necessary to get the cot bumper. It impedes air circulation and may make your baby too hot. Yes there’re all pretty but more decorative rather than a necessity. But then its your choice. Your baby’s room should be draft free and if he does appear cold you are encouraged to add layers of sheet instead of just one big blanket or fleece as babies overheat quite quickly.

You’ll see baby books, brochures and websites encouraging you to get all these baby furniture which you probably won’t have that much use for and one of them I find has to be a changing table. It has the advantage of you not having to bend over too much and the convenience of the storage space. If this is what you want thats fine. But you can also consider having a sturdy table top designated only for changing and place a plastic changing mat a top it. For bathing your baby will need to have his own bath tub or bathing pail which should be sturdy and plastic. There is nothing else much to this one. You can get your bath toys but need not rush to get this, not until your baby is more aware of his surroundings which happens anytime from six weeks onward…. it may even be earlier as each child develops at a different pace.

For those of you getting a coronary decorating your babies nursery, breathe, it’ll be fine if you cover the necessaries. This designated space for your baby should tick all the boxes in that bathing, sleeping, changing, dressing and feeding can be done. The room doesn’t have to be over the top or contain really expensive furniture. It needs to be clean and adaptable as your child grows older. For the room you need to have a chest of drawers for storing clothing and other items and the crib or cot. The lighting in the room should not be too bright especially for the times when you want to quietly creep in the room without being noticed, you could consider installing a light dimmer, making the room brighter or dim as you please. The floors and walls of the nursery should be warm and easily cleaned. Walls being painted in non toxic, washable emulsion paint and if opting to use wall paper have it wiped clean and ensure it doesn’t stain.

Finally the windows and curtains should provide the room with good ventilation but not to be drafty. Having blinds and curtains block the light from coming in when it is nap time.

Among the other items you could purchase from birth could be a musical cot mobile as it is attached to the crib or cot and hangs down to provide entertainment for your loved one. Purchasing a brightly coloured mobile will stimulate your young baby and the music provides a new noisy environment. When buying toys for your newborn ensure they are all highly coloured, light weight, not easy to swallow or designed so they trap your newborns tiny fingers. Following these simple and doable tips will make for a less stressful time for all involved.

Source: Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Miriam Stoppard

How Do You Know If You’re Buying Your Baby Products From A Quality Online Baby Shop?

Becoming a parent is a particularly exciting time and one that is enjoyable for most.

However, it can also be a time that’s expensive, as you’re buying everything from nappies right through to nursery furniture.

Due to the expense being potentially very high, the last thing you want is to be buying baby products from online baby shops that don’t live up to their word, with the products that they’ve supplied you being of a poorer quality than first thought- or worst still, you hand your money over and they don’t deliver your products at all.

To ensure that you only buy baby products from quality online baby shops, take a look through these handy hints that should help reduce the risk of you dealing with a company that simply doesn’t provide you with what you want.

1. If the online baby shop’s website doesn’t look professional, be careful. Just because a company doesn’t have a professionally designed website doesn’t mean that they’re a bad company, but if the website in general looks like it’s been thrown together, you have to wonder what the quality of their products is like.

2. If you’ve found a product you like from a certain online baby shop, put their name into a search engine before you hand over your money. By having a quick look through Google, for example, you should be able to see if any other parents have had particularly bad experiences with the company.

3. To make sure that your money is safe, always pay using a credit card and ensure that the website processing your payment is secure by having a look around your browser for a little locked padlock.

Depending on what browser you’re using will depend on where the padlock is located – if there is one – but if you can see an image of a locked padlock on your actual browser and not on the website itself, this means that it’s secure.

4. One of the best things to do when buying baby products is to go with your gut instinct. If you think a website isn’t trustworthy or you just don’t get a good feeling about it, walk away – the baby products you want will be available elsewhere.

As a parent, you’re likely to have a few moments where you make a mistake and wish you hadn’t done something – you’re only human. With the right knowledge, however, shopping for baby products doesn’t need to be one of those moments and you should be able to get the products you want without any hassle or headaches.

What Is The Better Choice Of The Toys For A Baby In The Period Of 6-9 Months Old?

It is always a challenge to find a proper and useful toy for your child. On the one hand a toy must be useful for the baby’s development, on the other- it must be harmless. To select a correct toy for the baby you know some of his or her peculiarities of thinking and behaviour at stages of his or her development. Let us help you to discover the interesting and beautiful world of baby toys for your child from the ages of 3-6 months old.

In the period of 6-9 month the agility of your baby develops and becomes more complicated. He or she is grabbling freely and even tries to stand up onto two legs. Simultaneously small hand mobility develops: little one tries not just to grip the object in his palm, but also take it with his or her fingers.

Formerly a baby got acquainted with his or her surrounding objects occasionally, now their actions are purposeful. Liberalisation of the little person’s horizon will depend on adults. It is a serious thing for you to show your baby how to play with various toys: how to bang a little drum, how to play the small piano and press the keys, how to handle and ring the ball. At this age babies still chew and play with the rattles and tweeters, but they are also interested in more compound toys like little cars and books with bright pictures (note, always buy books with thick cardboard for small children!).

This age is a special period of time for the parents. Expression “being all eyes” more precisely describes the given situation. Some parents try to restrain the moving activity of their children from considerations of safety or not having enough time to look after them. But you must protect your child only against that is really dangerous to them. Children must learn out from their mistakes.

At the 9 months old the child understands that he or she can play with two toys simultaneously. For example, if they beat one toy on another, a sound will appear (tinkling, rattling) and the child likes these kind of sounds. Now they can play with bricks and pyramidions. In the beginning the child will smash and destroy the built houses and castles, but with time he or she will try to build them on their own. There are special meccanos of flexible plastic for 7-9 month old babies. As a rule, these are open-ended rings, which are linked easily together (though children like to nibble them).

By now a child can play simple games with the adults like “clapping palms”, “cuckoo”, and “let’s fly” etc. Ask your baby to find this or that toy, asking “Where is the rabbit?” If your child does not understand or finds a difficulty in finding the toy, help him “See, the rabbit is here!”

1) Toys must not be broken or cracked easily; these contain fine details, which can get into child’s mouth or nose.

2) Plush toys are given to the child only in case if they are easily cleaned.

3) When the child begins to open the surrounding world in his or her room, cover the sharp corners of the furniture with something soft, close up plug sockets, and clear the wires away from the floor.

4) When entering your child’s room, dear parents, do not forget that your child might be standing behind the door.

5) Look carefully after your child and what he or she plays with. Among their “toys” can be not only the safe Mother’s slipper, but crackling plastic sachet (your child certainly will want to try it on).

Any baby store can offer you a wide range of toys, but, dear
parents please see carefully what toys you buy your little one, as not all are good and safe for them.

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