Thursday, 5 April 2012

High Chairs

Clearly you wont need a high chair straight away, but while your in this whirlwind buying frenzy you might as well get one now. Considering your baby will most likely use their high chair at least once a day everyday until they are about three years old it is a good idea to do a bit of research.

·         Fold Flat - First you need to think about how much space you have in your house. High chairs normally take up a lot more room than a standard chair, and you cant push them under a table either, or they would be a low chair and that would kind of defeat the whole object! There are lots of chairs on the market that fold flat, look for one of these if you don’t have an awful lot of space.

·         Tray or No Tray? – Many highchairs come with either an integral tray or a removable tray. I found that having a tray is a lot better as it puts the food in the right position for your child and makes it easier to reach. Also most trays have some kind of lip around the edge to help food bowls from being pushed off, and believe me this will happen a lot!.

·         Wipe Clean Surface – This is essential as your chair will get covered in food practically every time your child has a meal.

·         Height Adjustability – This can be useful if you will be positioning your child in different locations to eat and want them to be at the same level as everyone else, for example we sometimes let our daughter eat in the living room and we can lower her down to the same level as everyone else sitting in sofas and comfy chairs.

·         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

Feeding (Part 3)

Bottle Insulators
You will definitely need a few of these they are insulated covers that go over your bottles and keep them warm for quite some time.

Bottle Brush

Fingers just wont do the job here, buy a brush and save yourself some effort.


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.

There are a few other things that you may want  to buy, but it really does depend on your personal preference. We bought an electric bottle warmer which is a device that you put a single bottle onto, and after about 15 minutes your bottle is at the correct temperature, I used it once!
We were also bought a travel bottle warmer as a gift, which is essentially a small flask, with a large cup over the top of it. The idea is that you fill the large cup with the hot water from the flask and place your baby bottle in the cup of hot water, we used this practically every time we were out with our daughter.