Raising kids is hard. It’s wonderful too, don’t get me wrong. But is also really tough at times. It is things like the lack of sleep Or all the energy you need to carry everything and the kitchen sink around that can really get to you. Plus all the little stresses and strains of everyday life that are an amplified when a little one comes along can be a lot to deal with. You really don’t want to be caught being unprepared. But you can somewhat lessen your burden by getting the right things to enable you to care for your child properly. Read on to find out what they are.
One of the first things to get sorted when you know you’re going to have a baby is where they will sleep. For this purpose, most folks choose a crib. There are thousand on different ones of the market, though, so you will have to put some thought into what sort will be the best for you and your baby.
For example, you can get wooden old fashioned style cots, with bars that drop down. Or more modern fabric ones. That are made from breathable fabric in case baby sleeps up against the side.
You can even get ones that fix to your own bed with an open side. This allows you to co-sleep without the worry of rolling over onto the baby, or Baby falling off the bed.
Another item that is pretty high up most ‘mom to be’ list’s is getting a stroller. In fact, if you are lucky some other member of your family might even offer to help you out with the cost of this. Then all you need to do is pick one. But something that is a lot easier said than done. With so many makes and models out there to choose from it can be a little overwhelming.
You really need to not be dazzled by all of the types of offer. To do this make a list of key features that you want before you start to look. Then the one that ticks the most boxes is going to be the best buy for you.
Look out for models that can be converted from a stroller into a pram. Or, that can even have an extra seat added, in case you want to extend your family, are good value for money. You can find out more about this sort of stroller by reading this Baby Jogger City Select review.
But not all families want to use a stroller, and those that do, don’t necessary want to use them all of the time. That is where a baby sling comes in. These are fabrics carriers that are designed to comfortably hold Baby to their parent’s body.
The great thing about using a sling, either indoor or outdoors, is that it leaves you with both arms free. So you can get on with something else, other that just holding the baby. Babies can also respond well the physical closeness of being in a sling. Which can calm then and help them get to sleep.
There are two main types of baby carrier to consider. The first is a modern style carrier with straps and buckles that fasten around the parent’s body. The second is a cloth tie carrier that is more traditional in design.
Of course, something else that a new parent will need is a baby bath. Unless you just want to wash them in the sink that is! Baby baths are necessary because of two factors. The first is that they can be placed on a table or worktops. Which means mom or dad doesn’t have to bend down to wash their infant. Which can not only be difficult on the back but very tricky and not that safe.
The other thing about baby baths is that it’s a lot easier to control the temperature of the water. There is also a lot less water in them by volume, making them a bit safer than an ordinary bath. Of course, you can also get added safety features like these which will prop baby up, so you have free hands with which to wash their hair.
Baby Sound Machine
Something else that is useful to have when thinking about items for childcare is a baby sound machine. These clever little technological devices generate relaxing noises. Which have been shown to help some children fall off to sleep quicker.
Some just play white noise. While others include nature sounds such as rain falling, running water or even gentle thunder to soothe baby off to sleep.
Many are designed in cute nail shape to so they make the perfect addition to baby’s nursery.
Something else that new parents may want to consider investing in to help baby get off to sleep quicker is a decorative mobile. These are hanging decorations that are fixed about the baby’s crib. Some move under their own power while others use the wind to rotate.
The nice thing about these is that you can get them in all sort of design that will fit in with your theme for their nursery. Just like these ones.
All parents expect to be changing their fair share of diapers once their baby is born. But to do this, you need to make sure that you have the right resources to hand. Essential for this task are, of course, diapers, either washable or disposable, a changing mat and the obligatory baby wipes.
The type diapers that you chose to use with your children can be influenced by a number of factors. Time and convenience is one that often leads people to chose disposable diapers for their kids.
Whereas parents that are concerned about the environment often pick washable diapers. This is because less waste ends up in landfills, where it takes a long time to decompose.
The diaper issue can be a bit of a controversial one, but don’t let anyone tell you what is best for you and your family. You make the choice that suits you best, and other people can keep their opinions to themselves.
Another childcare item that you should probably consider investing in is a breast pump. These ingenious devices are used to extract breast milk from the mother so it can be stored and fed to the baby at a later date.
People use breast pumps for different reasons. It could be that Baby is having a little trouble feeding at the nipple. Or it could be that you want to share the night feeds, but continue on breast milk.
Just remember though if you want Baby to feed on the breast during the day, but bottle feed at night, it can be a good idea to use special bottle and teats. This is because they are designed to be more natural, so it makes Baby less likely to reject the breast.
One of the most fun things about having a baby is that you get to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for them. Most parents wait until the know the sex of the baby before they do this. Although there are plenty of things, you can get in neutral colors such as lemon, green and white, beforehand.
You will probably also find that folks will gift you a lot of clothes, which is wonderful as it saves a loads of money. But that doesn’t mean you won’t want the pleasure of buying some of your own items as well.
Essentials to get in this area are a baby grows, a sleep sack, and muslin squares for wiping Baby’s mouth when he spits up. These can save your clothes too, so are definitely a great buy.
Something that will also be needed, although not right away, is a high chair. High chairs are designed to support baby’s posture and provide them with a surface of which they can eat from.
They are ‘high,’ so the parent doesn’t constantly have to bend down to reach the baby.
These become more important as the baby develops, especially during the time they start to eat semi-solid foods.
Some people prefecture to buy wooden high chairs like the one that you see in restaurants. Whereas other prefer the plastic ones. Primarily for their comfort, and the fact that you can keep them nice and hygienic with antibacterial spray.
Something else that you will probably want to think about in term of childcare when the baby is starting to grow is a baby walker. These are devices that baby sits in and can help them walk around.
They are great for little ones that can’t quite stand under their own steam yet but are desperate to be racing around the living room. They usually come with a comfy seat and a few fixed in toys, to keep your little one amused. Although some are available that are free standing like the is train or brick cart.
Baby walkers are a wonderful way of helping your little one to establish the connection between moving their legs, feet and motion.