Baby equipment – what is needed??
Before a baby is born, parents should go on a shopping spree. Of course you do not need everything that is offered in the baby business. Much can also be purchased after birth. A basic equipment but you should already have ready.
These pieces of furniture should be purchased as a basis
In addition to diapers, bibs and other things, the parents must also buy different pieces of furniture. This includes, among other things, the changing table. This has in contrast to a simple changing table the advantage that in the drawers or doors all winding utensils can be stored. So everything is always ready on site. The wrapping area should have a comfortable height, so that the parents do not have to bend over during the winding. The surface should not be made of PVC, otherwise there may be plasticizers that can harm the child.
The cot should have a height-adjustable slatted frame. As long as the child is small, you can adjust the grate upwards, which makes it easier for the baby to be taken out of bed. Once the child is able to stand independently, you should adjust the grid down so that it does not fall out. The mattress should be neither too soft nor too hard. For sleeping in the first few months is particularly well a baby sleeping bag. It protects the child from cooling down and prevents it from rolling on the stomach. Experts found that children sleeping on their tummy are more likely to die from sudden infant death than children sleeping on their backs.
Especially for stressful situations, such as cooking, a playpen can be an important help. The decisive factor is that even here no harmful materials were installed and no corners and edges can cause injuries.
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Safety First in traffic
For babies, there is only one safe seat in the car: the infant carrier. It is placed opposite to the direction of travel. In the event of an impact, a baby can not catch the momentum like an adult with the spine. Serious injuries can be the result. The rearward-facing seat distributes the impact force to the entire body, which in turn is pushed into the seat. Newborns should generally not be exposed to long trips. For longer trips, the parents should always take breaks to give their offspring a little exercise. In addition, draft by an open window or the air conditioning and direct sunlight should be avoided.
If the child is too tall for the baby peel, a reboarder is the best and safest solution. Even in infants, the spine is still very sensitive and can not absorb strong-acting forces. As this infographic shows, children under the age of four should sit in a back seat. That’s just safer. When buying car seats and baby carriers parents should not save. High-quality seats are often more expensive, but convince by their high safety standards. As orientation aids serve different test seals.
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Walking on foot – stroller and baby carrier
Before buying a stroller, you should think carefully about which model suits you best. A classic stroller offers the baby great comfort, especially in the first few months, but as soon as the child can sit, it is often no longer suitable. Then you have to make another model. If you also want to go jogging with the baby, you have to buy a sportier model. The stroller must then be well sprung, so that the child can not hurt. Rund-ums-baby.de helps to find the right stroller for every type. Sun and rain protection as well as a reliable insect net should be mandatory in every stroller.
In addition, the car should have the following characteristics:
- He should be tip-proof
- It should be collapsible, so it fits comfortably in the trunk
- He should have a large sleeping basket so that the baby has enough space to sleep
- He should have safety belts
- In the best case, it has a generous storage space, for example in the form of a net under the lying surface
In many cases, a baby carrier is more useful than the stroller, which applies, inter alia, in public transport or rough terrain and when stairs have to be climbed. It is important that the child should always be worn facing Mom or Dad. On the one hand, you always have the baby in view, on the other hand, this is also healthier for the baby’s posture. Whether a sling or a pre-made baby carrier is used is a matter of taste. The sling has the advantage that it can be individually rewrapped again and again according to the physical requirements of the wearer. On the other hand, of course, it takes some time and patience until the right winding technique is learned.
For babies, there is only one safe seat in the car: the infant carrier. It is placed opposite to the direction of travel. In the event of an impact, a baby can not catch the momentum like an adult with the spine. (# 02)
The nursing pillow – a great help even before birth
Mothers who breastfeed their baby will not want to miss their nursing pillows. It helps with feeding, since the arms and back are relieved. But even before birth, a nursing pillow can be an important support for the expectant mother. It can help with gym exercises, help with back pain as a support or improve the sleeping position. To prevent the child from being damaged before or after birth, the pillow must not contain any harmful substances. The seams need to be well finished, as the pillow has to endure a lot, and the cover should be washable because the child will surely spit on it one or the other.
For all cases – the diaper bag
It contains, among other things
- wound cream
- Changing pad
- Laundry / trash bag
- spare clothes
- burp cloth
It is important that many individual subjects are contained in the interior. So everything finds its place and in an emergency, the parents have everything at hand. You can also store your mobile phone, purse or keys in a separate compartment. The material has to be stable, after all the bag has to endure a lot. In the event that something runs out, the bag should be washable.
In addition to diapers, bibs and other things, the parents must also buy different pieces of furniture. This includes, among other things, the changing table. (# 03)
What clothes does a baby need?
The parents should not exaggerate when buying clothes. In the first time, the child grows very fast, then the clothes do not fit anymore. The most reliable fit in the first few months, the sizes 56 to 62. These can be bought without a guilty conscience at the second-hand store. Rompers and bodysuits are also a popular gift. In the first days after the birth, so maybe one or the other comes here. In addition, the following items of clothing should definitely find their way into the wardrobe:
- T-shirts and sweaters
- Pants and tights
- One-piece pajamas
- A thick and a thin cap
- A scarf
- If necessary, a winter suit
The equipment can be extended individually
Something always comes to parents, they could use for their offspring, especially many little things, such as a fever thermometer, a vial, pacifier and much more. The basic equipment must also fit individually to the parents. While some consider a nursing pillow useless, others can do without a stroller. For example, in this post, mothers and fathers talk about their most valuable purchases and confess what they would not buy today.
Something always comes to parents, they could use for their offspring, especially many little things, such as a fever thermometer, a vial, pacifier and much more. The basic equipment must also fit individually to the parents. (# 01)
Who expects a baby, should create a grocery list, which he works off step by step. Because when the child is first there is often not much time left for a long shopping trip. Anyone who is afraid of high costs may breathe a sigh of relief: many things can be bought cheaply by acquaintances who already have children themselves, before or shortly after birth the parents are usually given many a present. Financial relief is also provided by second-hand shops that offer high-quality second-hand goods at reasonable prices. However, especially with things like the car seat, where safety is paramount, parents should not pay attention to the price.
Picture credits: © Shutterstock Cover Picture: Iakov Filimonov – # 01: _Mariola Anna S- # 02: antoniodiaz- # 03: ariadna de raadt
About Sabrina Müller
Sabrina Müller, born in 1982 in Berlin, is now the mother of three children. Actually, she did not want so many kids. However, after her first daughter was really easy to care for, Sabrina and her husband decided to have more children. No one could know that easy care is not always followed by easy care. After the first daughter followed a girl and a boy. Her rascals are currently filling Sabrina’s life. In addition to caring for the children, Sabrina is also involved in kindergarten and sews and tinkers like.
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