Shopping for your baby especially when you're pregnant can be loads of fun. But it can also be a bit overwhelming. How many bibs will you need? Will they always wear a vest? And what exactly are swaddles?! When it comes to the bigger buys like cots, car seats and pushchairs - it's hard to know where to start. That is where the Baby Boffins are here to help!
First you have to decide what is essential and what is a nice-to-have, the three big essential buys for baby are Pushchair, Car Seat and Cot.
Pushchair – so, you will need a pushchair (of course) and here at Direct2Mum we have a large range of Brands and Styles you sure to find the right one for you. As each parents have their own individual needs it is important to do the homework and find the model that fits your lifestyle. Will you be using your pushchair on public transport? Best to be looking for something light weight and compact. How about those country walks as a family? You should consider suspension and manoeuvrability for those difficult walking grounds. All of these aspects that may not even cross your mind need to be considered. For a more specific guide to buying a pushchair read our pushchair buying guide for a thorough walkthrough! Or to shop for a pushchair straight way Please Click Here.
Car Seat –Although there are so many styles of car seat the law helps to narrow the car seat’s you should look at first. The law requires you to secure your baby safely in the backseat of your car rearward facing with a Group 0/0+ car seat. Also parents should check their car before purchasing a car seat to seat if they are compatible you don’t want to walk out of the shop with a gigantic car seat and struggle to fit it in. check your car for IsoFix points also, Under the current UN/ECE R14, all new vehicles produced since February 2013 are required to have IsoFix lower anchorages and top tether attachments. Now I bet you’re thinking what is IsoFix? These are the point in which your car seat can be connected into your vehicle for a secure fixture.
So now that’s clear base or no base? Bases come in really handy if you’re on the go a lot and need a quick way of unlatching your car seat from the car without the fuss of fiddling car seat belts. You will also have to buy a base that corresponds with your car seat as they all connect differently so it’s best to find the right car seat and then buy to base that matches. To view our range of Group 0+ car seats please click here.
Cot – From Moses baskets to cribs, cot to cot bed no matter where you start your little one will need somewhere to sleep as babies spend over 14 hours every day sleeping. Most parents like their baby’s in the same room as them for the first couple of months so in this case you would need a moses basket or crib..
Cribs - There are many benefits to side-sleeping, it can help to regulate a sleep-wake rhythm, it is important when your baby reaches 12 months old to have an established bedtime routine. Sleeping next to your baby can be reassuring for you and can reduce anxiety you may be feeling. Side sleeping is also very practical for the night feeds and looking after your baby because sleeping close to each other gives a sense of well-being and tranquillity to you and your baby. Here at Direct2Mum we sell two of the best side sleeping cribs on the market Snuzpod & Chicco Next2Me - to shop the range please click here.
Now that is out of the way, you can start considering all the smaller yet still important purchases–
Baby Monitors- As we know, babies cannot stay glued to our hip 24 hours a day especially as mums often have a million and one chores to do. This is where a baby monitor will come in handy not only during the night but also during the day time too. Baby monitors will video link would be an ideal monitor for busy mums so they can keep an eye on their little one and feel reassured. It is always a good idea for mums to nap when baby does, so if you lay baby to rest in the nursery and take a rest yourself on the sofa keeping a monitor close by will enable you to still feel close to baby and wake up when baby does.
Babymoov Lovenest Pillow - The Lovenest is a very comfy heart-shaped pillow that features a specific inclination and heart shape to guarantee pressure is well distributed over the baby's skull. In this way your baby will keep a nice round head! The Lovenest is a great product to own as you can use it in any bed, bouncer, carrycot and pushchair.
Swaddling - Young babies love to feel all snug and secure, just like they were in mummy’s tummy, a blanket can help to recreate this feeling. Swaddles are simply a cleverly shaped wrap that goes round your baby with no need for Velcro or ties and with just enough fabric to keep your baby snug. If you chose to swaddle your baby, they should be placed only on their back and monitored so they don’t accidentally roll over. Don’t worry if your unsure how to swaddle most mums learn after birth in the hospital from a midwife or if you would like to practice now the Baby Boffins have that covered too:
1. To swaddle, spread the blanket out flat, with one corner folded down.
2. Lay the baby face-up on the blanket, with their head above the folded corner.
3. Straighten their left arm, and wrap the left corner of the blanket over her body and tuck it between their right arm and the right side of her body.
4. Then tuck the right arm down, and fold the right corner of the blanket over her body and under their left side.
5. Fold or twist the bottom of the blanket loosely and tuck it under one side of the baby.
6. Make sure their hips can move and that the blanket is not too tight. You should aim to get at least two or three fingers between the baby’s chest and the swaddle.
Soothers and Comforters – As the names suggest, you can use them to calm and settle babies and toddlers too. Babies are soothed by the action of sucking. You may find your baby needs to suck on something for comfort when they are awake and not feeding. Pacifiers and soothers are completely parents’ preference and you may never want to use them so a good alternative is a comforter. They make ideal sleep companions so babies don’t feel alone, they can also stimulate a babies senses through touch, sight and smells, especially if mummy and daddy decide to have a snuggle as well. At Direct2Mum we have a range of soothers and comforters including brands such as Jellycat, Mam, Babymoov, Little Giraffe and Little Bamboo.
Cot Wedge – Cot wedges are great for babies who suffer with reflux, colic or incorrect breathing. Reflux is what happens when a baby’s milk comes from their full little tummies back up into their mouth (this is when muslins come in really handy). Cot wedges elevate the upper part of your baby’s body while they’re sleeping to help ease these symptoms. Recommended by paediatricians to help breathing and digestion a 15° angle is the perfect position. A cot wedge is placed half way down the mattress and can be placed under the sheet so you don’t even know it’s there, and a baby lies on the wedge with their bottom touching the mattress. If you have a standard cot, the width you need will be 60cm wide or a cot bed is 70cm wide.
Baby bouncer & swings – with so many designs and motions which one will you chose? Some things you should consider...
Some babies are big right from the start, while others stay itty-bitty for much longer, If your baby is 10 pounds at birth and is gaining weight at warp speed, a bouncer with a 15 pound weight limit isn't a great choice for you so find one with a larger weight limit so your bouncer can be used for longer. Check to see if you can adjust the angle of the bouncer seat, some basic bouncers just have one seat position, other bouncers allow you to adjust from a flatter recline for newborns to a more upright position once your baby is trying to sit up to see the world. You can find very basic bouncers with no fancy features, or you can go all-out with a full-featured, vibrating, musical, iPod-connecting bouncer wonder. The vibration feature is great for soothing babies with tummy aches or colic. Some bouncers even do the bouncing for baby! Many bouncers have toys that attach to the frame for built-in fun. Have a look at Direct2Mum’s large range, from a 4moms mamaRoo to a Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance you are sure to find the right bouncer for your little one.