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Basic Things You Need For a New Baby

Jul 4, 2008
When you first bring home your newborn baby there are only a few essential things you really need to begin with. He or she will need somewhere to sleep, clothing, a method of transport and something to bathe in. The most important factor when choosing things for your baby is safety.

Clothing. Go for comfort rather than style. Your baby really doesn't care whether he is wearing the latest designer clothes. Choose soft, machine washable fabrics. Cotton is perfect as synthetics don't always absorb sweat and wool can be irritating to a baby's sensitive skin. Sleep suits and vests are ideal for the first month or two.

Sleeping. When your baby first comes home he or she can very comfortably sleep in a baby basket or carry cot - it's not even unheard of for a baby to sleep in a drawer (as long as it has been removed from the chest or cupboard it comes from!). The mattress should be thin and fit snugly, and be covered in a cotton sheet. He must not have a pillow and cot bumpers are not really suitable either as they can stop air circulating properly resulting in your baby getting too hot. For coverings, choose cotton cellular blankets and don't have any fringes or loose ends on them as these could be a choking hazard, particularly as the baby gets a bit older.

Bathing and Changing. Something that is useful but in no way essential is a changing table. A plastic changing mat that you can use on the floor or on top of a solid chest or table is more than adequate. To start with your baby can be bathed in a sink but if choosing a baby bath with a stand make sure it is sturdy. Alternatively you can get baby baths which fit across your bath.

Travel. If traveling by car you will need a car seat . Unless you can be 100% certain that it has never been in an accident, under no circumstances buy a second hand car seat . The damage is not always obvious to the eye and it is essential that safety of the seat has not been compromised. Baby slings are fantastic for small babies when you are walking around as they get huge comfort from being able to hear your heartbeat and feeling the warmth of your body. When using a pram or pushchair you will need one that goes flat to begin with. If you want to save money then look for a buggy that can recline to a flat position. There aren't a lot of these around but if you find one it will last you from birth until your baby no longer needs a buggy.
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For lots of useful tips on looking after babies and toddlers including essential essential items for newborn babies please visit out site, Parenting Tips.
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