Preparing for Your New Baby

Babies grow very quickly. During the first few weeks, you will need enough clothes to keep your baby warm and dry. You will need stretch suits, nightdresses and booties, cardigans, vests, a shawl or blanket, a hat, mittens, socks for going out, and a sun hat for when it is hot. Everything should be made from wool or cotton, and light rather than heavy. Several layers of light clothing are best for keeping your baby warm.

Baby Bedding

You will need a cot for at least the first few months. Your baby needs to sleep somewhere safe, warm, and close to you. You should buy a new mattress for the cot which is firm, flat, fits snugly, and is clean and dry. It should also be protected by a waterproof cover. You will also need some sheets to cover the mattress, and light blankets for warmth. Kiddie Country can supply all of these items. Pillows and duvets are not safe for babies less than a year old due to the risk of suffocation. Duvets will also be too hot for your baby. Sheets and blankets should be firmly tucked in below your baby’s shoulder level.

Baby Carriers

Baby carriers are secured around the mother’s body with straps so that the baby is carried in front of her. The back part of the carrier should be high enough to support the baby’s head. From about four months old babies can usually hold up their heads and so can be carried on the mother’s back. The material of the carrier should not be allowed to cover the baby’s head.

Pushchairs, Prams, and Carrycot

Pushchairs are suitable for young babies only if they have fully reclining seats allowing them to lie flat. Once your baby can sit without support, you can use another type of pushchair, preferably something light so that it is easy to lift. Prams allow your baby to sit and lie comfortably, but they take up a lot of space. Find one that dismantles easily, as this will make things easier in cars, buses, and trains. A carrycot is a light, portable cot usually attachable to a frame on wheels. A carrycot is highly practical as the baby can sleep in it for its first few months, and the cot can be attached to the frame when you want to go out.

Car Seats

If you have a car, you will need a baby car seat. Ideally, buy a new one. Your baby must always be secured in its seat, even when you bring them home from the hospital for the first time. The best way for your baby to travel in a car is in a rear-facing car seat on the back seat, or the front passenger seat if it is not fitted with an airbag. The car seat should be held in place by the adult safety belt. It is very dangerous, and also illegal to carry a child yourself in a car.

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