· Ability to Recline – We found that this was a useful feature when our daughter was young and still having milk from a bottle, although now that she is older we do not use the feature at all.
Monday, 2 April 2012
Make sure you get lots and lots and lots of bibs. Dad TIP: You will probably want to buy some nice cute bibs which is fine, but also buy a big pack of cheap plain no-nonsense bibs for everyday use as you will find that often a bib gets so messy that the only sensible thing to do with it is throw it in the bin.
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
The main features of each system are show below:-
o Tablet Solution :-
o Easy to use
o Takes a long time (about 15 minutes).
o Can be carried out anywhere, i.e. where there is no microwave or electricity.
o Can sterilise all your equipment in one go.
o Need to keep stocking up with tablets.
o Electric Steamer :-
o Takes up space on your kitchen worktop.
o Very quick (about 5 minutes).
o Most expensive option.
o Can sterilise all your equipment in one go.
o You can store your bottles inside of the steriliser.
o Can usually be bought as part of a system, i.e. along with bottles, spoons, brushes etc.
o Very easy to use, can be turned on then left alone.
o Microwave Steamer:-
o Not as easy to use as the other two, as you have to carry the whole thing in and out of the microwave.
o Cheaper than an electric steamer.
o Microwave Steamer Bags:-
o Small and compact system, doesn’t take up any space in the kitchen.
o Each bag can only be used about ten times
o You cannot do multiple bottles in one go.
o Good for travelling (as long as there is a microwave where you are travelling too).
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Now I am not going to go into the discussion of whether you should be breastfeeding or not, this is a personal choice and all I would say is that whatever feels right usually is right. So if you are going to be bottle feeding here’s what you will need.
DAD TIP: Try to get teats that have an air-inlet valve these allow the air to enter the bottle as the milk comes out of the bottle, helping things flow nicely.
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Friday, 23 March 2012
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
- Seat covers - many car seat covers are removable for machine washing.
- Installation - most seats need an adult lap and diagonal belt to secure them, although some forward facing seats can be secured with just the lap belt in the middle of the back seat. It is best to try the seat in your car before you purchase it, if it doesn’t fit correctly then don’t buy it.
Watch out for Part 3 which will explain 'Buckle Crunch'
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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Approx. Age of Child
Birth to 10kgs/22lbs
Birth to 6-9 months
Birth to 13kgs/29lbs
Birth to 12-15 months
0+ & 1
Birth to 18kgs/40lbs
Birth to 4 years
9 months to 4 years
1 & 2
9 months to 6 years
4 to 6 years
1,2 & 3
9 months to 11 years
2 & 3
4 to 11+ years
Clearly some car seats are designed to span more than one group which means that you can use them for longer before upgrading to a bigger seat.
Most people start off with what people tend to refer to as a ‘baby carrier’ this is a car seat that has a handle over the top of it that allows you to detach it from the car and use it to carry your baby around in. Now if you have opted for a travel system this will also attach to your pram frame.
It is worth pointing out at this point that it is not recommended that you keep your newborn baby in a car seat for too long as it is much better for you baby to be lying flat for proper lung development. As soon as you are able to take your baby out of the car seat the better, even if they are sleeping it is better to transfer them into a Moses basket rather than let them sleep in the car seat.
DAD TIP: Bear in mind that boys are generally a lot bigger and grow faster than girls. Our friends son outgrew his 0+ baby seat after about six months while our little girl didn’t outgrow hers until about 13 months.
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Monday, 19 March 2012
Ok now you’ve kitted out your nursery, there are a few more things that you are going to need, so lets start with a biggie, the pram. This an absolute minefield so here’s a few pointers:-
· Size is important – You need to know what size the pram is when folded.
o Big wheels or small wheels – Part of this argument stems back to the size debate as the big wheeled versions also tend to be the flat fold versions. The big wheeled prams are definitely easier to wheel, as the large wheels offer less resistance. If you intend to do a lot of ‘outdoorsy’ walking, ie on the beach, through the woods, over gravel then a large wheeled pram is the only way to go. There are lots of models which offer a compromise of small wheels at the front, and big wheels at he back, which is useful as if the going gets really tough all you need to do is tilt the pram backwards onto the back wheels while you get through the rough stuff.
· Suspension – Again if you are intending to do a lot of countryside walking over rough ground then suspension really does make a big difference.
· Storage – I would recommend that you get a pram that has as much storage as possible. You will not believe just how much stuff you have to take with you when out with your baby, and your pram will quickly become your ‘packhorse’!
· Footmuffs – I know what your thinking, what an earth is a footmuff!. Its essentially a cosy little sleeping bag that attaches to the pram to keep your baby nice and warm. They are quite useful but don’t worry if your pram hasn’t got one as you can always snuggle them up with a blanket or two.
· Raincover – Most prams will come with a Raincover, but you can always buy a separate one relatively cheaply, so don’t worry if it doesn’t.
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Friday, 16 March 2012
If you have the space it is a good idea to have a comfy chair in the nursery. We used ours most nights once our daughter had moved into her own room for night time bottle feeds.
Never underestimate just how many clothes you will acquire for your baby, especially in the first year when not only you are buying baby clothes, but all your relatives, friends workmates, neighbours etc. So a wardrobe is good idea to store all those clothes and blankets.
DAD TIP: Don’t bother buying clothes hangers, most of the baby clothes you buy will come with hangers, we bought hangers and now we have a big carrier bag full of spare hangers!
It is a good idea to have a bin for all your nappies. You can wrap your dirty nappies in plastic ‘nappy bags’ and throw into a normal bin. Or you can buy a special nappy bin that has an integral system that seals the nappies in plastic automatically. The second system is a lot more convenient but bear in mind that you need to replace the ‘plastic bag cartridge’ every so often which normally costs in region of £5, whereas you can buy a bag of 100 ‘nappy bags’ for about 50 pence.
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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Kitting out your Nursery - Baby Monitors
I would certainly recommend that you get a baby monitor for the peace of mind that it gives you. What you get generally depends on how much money you want to spend but here are a few pointers:-
· Digital or Analogue. Having used both I would say always go for a digital monitor. You don’t get the annoying fizz crackle with digital that you tend to get with analogue which can be very annoying. Also the sound quality is much much better. They are more expensive, but I think that some things are worth spending a bit more money on and a baby monitor is certainly one of those.
· Video function. I never went for a video option but sometimes I thought that it would have come in handy for those times when you hear some noises coming from the nursery but don’t want to go in and investigate for fear of disturbing your little one.
· Movement sensors. These consist of a mat which is placed beneath the bed sheet and alarms if your baby stops moving/breathing. I didn’t have one of these but if you are the sort of person that is a born worrier, and you think you will be kept awake at night worrying about the safety of your little one then I would recommend that you get one of these.
· Other options. Our monitor has a night light on it which we use every night, also it is able to play five different lullabies which we have used on many occasions. Another useful feature is a room temperature gauge, ours let us know what the temperature was in the nursery and displayed it on the parent unit.
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