Essential Equipment to Get Before the Birth of a Newborn
Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times in a parent’s life. Aside from the anticipation of meeting your little one, the preparation for their arrival can mean lots of fun shopping and styling. But before you get ahead of yourself, it’s best to focus on the must-haves first. As a parent-to-be, you might already be aware of some of the baby's needs, such as nappies, clothing, and food. But do note that you'll also be needing some equipment to survive the baby's first few years — here are some of those necessities:
A Sturdy Car Seat
Regardless, if you drive or not, a car seat is a must. In the UK, the law dictates that all children must use a car seat until they’re 12-years-old or 135cm tall. Other than ensuring they're approved, you can find the correct model for your child based on their height and weight.
According to a guide for car seats on The Independent, newborns weighing 0-13kg or 0-15 months old fall under Group 0+. This means that they need rear-facing car seats. If you’ve never used one before, trained experts can help you fit the product into your vehicle. There is plenty of jargon around car seats, but a safe bet would be to opt for a rear-facing model with ISOFIX connectors, so you don’t have to rely on seatbelts to attach them.
A Multi-feature Pushchair
Another must for your baby’s mobility is a pushchair. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling with your baby (and even if you’re not) it pays to get a model that can be adapted to different travel situations. The pushchairs showcased on iCandy represent how the actual seat in many designs can be taken out to become a carrycot, with some models even able to become a full travel system with car seat adaptors. Another consideration when buying a pushchair is the option to switch between parent- (rear) and world-facing modes, so you can transition as they get older. Studies have shown that younger babies prefer facing their parents while toddlers are much more inquisitive.
Other aspects you should look for in pushchairs are weather-proofing and lightweight designs, so your baby can feel safe and comfortable in the city or in the country; come rain or shine. If you’re planning on having multiple children, you may also want to look into models that can be converted from a single into a double pushchair.
A Comfortable Bathtub
Bathing your baby is an important bonding experience. But it can be quite stressful without the proper equipment. The most important quality you should look for is that your baby’s back is supported, that there are no hard ridges they can get scratched on, and that it is stable enough should they kick around. If you’re avoiding plastic, you can also look into inflatable or convertible designs. These are perfect even for small flats since they can easily be tucked away and then adjusted as your baby grows. Pediatric safety researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital for Injury Research and Policy recommend getting a temperature gauge too. This way you can make sure the bathwater never exceeds 37 degrees Celsius.
It might not be on your shopping list before the birth of your baby, but storage can be extremely useful for new parents. You’d be surprised how quickly your baby’s things will accumulate. What with you shopping for them and the countless gifts they’re sure to receive, you can expect your home to become a baby centre in no time.
To stay organised and free from clutter, acquire a few storage containers. They don’t have to be plain and boring, either. Beautiful baskets can add so much aesthetically to any room giving you ample and gorgeous storage.
As your child gets older, this storage setup can even be a chance to teach them how to tidy up. The Montessori method even believes that children taught to organise their things during clean-up are also learning how to categorise at the same time.
You can find more on how to decorate and re-decorate your baby's nursery or kids' room for any season in our ‘Nursery And Kids' Bedroom Decor Tips and Ideas’ post below.
In a way, buying baby equipment is a form of getting yourself practically, mentally, and emotionally ready for parenthood. But considering that the average cost for a newborn in the UK is £500 a week, being a practical and discerning shopper means being more secure and able to invest in your baby's ever-changing needs.
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