Equipment for Your Baby

December 02, 2017 08:36 PM

Equipment for Your Baby

December 02, 2017 08:36 PM

You must be feeling very excited as you get ready to welcome your baby into your home! You may be feeling tempted to purchase absolutely everything you see in the baby stores. Here, we provide you with a list of necessary equipment that may help you during this phase.

 

Your Baby’s Bedroom:

The first and most important factor to consider when preparing your baby’s room is to keep it safe and baby friendly.

Try to consider these points when preparing your baby’s bedroom:

  • Choose bright baby colors for wallpapers and bed sheets.
  • Avoid having carpeted flooring, as this can cause an allergy in your baby.
  • Ensure proper ventilation and lighting in the room.
  • An air conditioner is necessary to keep the room at the proper temperature.
  • Avoid any furniture that could harm your baby.
  • Ensure the safety of the electrical wirings in the room.

The bed is the most important element in furnishing your baby’s room, therefore, keep in mind the following points:

  • The depth of the bed must be suitable for your baby.
  • Make sure that the guardrails are not more than 5cm apart and are of the correct height.
  • Place the bed away from the heat of the sun.
  • Use bed sheet cover materials that your baby will love.

 

Baby Bottles and Other Feeding Equipment:

You will probably need baby bottles, whether you are breastfeeding or using a baby formula. Consider the following points when purchasing your baby bottles:

  • You will need a number of baby bottles, taking into account:
  • The bottle should hold at least 4 ounces of fluid.
  • A bottle which indicates the temperature of the milk may be suitable for new moms.
  • The nipple should be as close as possible in shape and texture to the mom’s nipple.
  • The bottle should be easily sterilized.
  • Plastic bottles are the best choice, as they are safe for your baby to handle.

You will also need to consider buying:

  • A baby bottle sterilizer (electrical or microwave system).
  • A breast pump if you are a working mother.
  • A thermal portable container to preserve the temperature of the milk.
  • A breastfeeding cover for use in public.
  • Protective ointment for your nipples and breasts.
  • Breastfeeding bras.
  • Cotton nipple caps to protect yourself from leaking milk.
  • A baby pacifier. This comes with many possible side effects. Although babies love their pacifiers, it may increase his risk of an ear infection or teething issues.

 

Your Baby’s Stroller:

When buying your baby’s stroller, take note of the following:

  • Choose a stroller with a comfortable cushion that is water and sweat resistant.
  • A good baby stroller gives you several options of seated and lying positions for your baby, as well as a safety belt.
  • A good quality baby stroller should have brakes installed over the wheels.
  • Portability is important: choose a stroller that can be easily transported and has a security lock.
  • Choose a lightweight stroller.
  • Make sure that the stroller has a protective film to protect your baby from rain or sun.
  • Choose a good brand with a certification.
  • Test the baby stroller before purchasing it.

 

Equipment for the Bathroom

  • Baby baths are available in several sizes and shapes. Choose the most suitable one for you and your child.
  • A baby shampoo.
  • A soft and smooth baby loofah.
  • Baby powder can reduce risk of your baby developing rashes under his arms or between the legs.
  • Baby towels with hoods are preferable, as they protect your baby from air.
  • A baby nail cutter, suitable for your baby’s tiny fingers.
  • Baby ear swabs.
  • Baby oil to keep your baby’s skin smooth and hydrated.
  • A baby nasal aspirator (or a boogie sucker). This will help you clean your baby’s nostrils of mucus.

 

Baby Clothes:

Your baby is likely to grow out of his baby clothes quite fast, so keep that in mind when purchasing clothes. To make sure he has the basic and necessary clothes, focus on the following:

  • Comfortable cotton underwear bodysuits.
  • Overalls, fleeces and pajamas made of cotton.
  • When buying pants and tops, avoid ones with an elastic band on the waist, as this can irritate your baby.
  • Baby socks suitable for different weather conditions.
  • Bibs to protect your baby’s clothes while eating.
  • Cotton beanies to protect your baby’s head from the cold.
  • Both a light and a heavy baby blanket for use as you see fit.

 

Diapers:

  • Choose a high-quality diaper that will prevent leaks while your baby is sleeping.
  • Make sure you have a good stock of diapers at hand.
  • A diaper changing station with a properly supportive padding.
  • Wet napkins in case you are changing your baby’s diaper on the go.
  • An ointment or a cream for preventing nappy rashes.
  • A hand sanitizer.
  • Most importantly, you will need a baby bag that will contain the items you will need when changing diapers.

 

References:

http://www.parents.com/

http://www.kidspot.com.au/

http://www.webmd.com/