Category Archives: Baby Shopping

Pregnancy and Gardening

Pregnancy and Gardening –

Here are some thoughts from “Web” Known bloggers.

1- Some women want to get exercise and get fresh air.

2-  “Gardening while pregnant is really enjoyable and a great idea to stay healthy.

3- To enjoy the natural beauty and take some stress off.

But as always take all safety measure and consult your doctor.

Here is a great link to learn how to start a vegetable garden

Shopping for baby equipment part two

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The basics you will need for your baby from day one include:
Cot/Crib or Moses basket
Pram/Buggy – suitable from birth
Bedding – pick suitable material suitable for babies soft skin
Towel for baby – again pick a variety suitable for babies
Changing mat
Nappies and baby wipes
Baby clothing
Bibs
Breast Pads
Scratch mittens
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Baby clothes are a part of shopping that can be very exciting. It is important to remember that babies grow very quickly and buying too much of the same size would be wasteful. Being practical is always key when it comes to shopping for babies and being prepared is also key. Making sure you have a small amount of every kind of clothing is best. Baby clothes, like adults can be bought in high end luxury stores or cheaper high street alternatives. As people become more aware of the things that effect us and our children we see organic cotton becoming more widely available in all baby shops. Organic cotton is more expensive, but softer and will mean there is less likelihood the babies skin will become irritated. It is important to bear in mind things such as buttons and zips. These should not contact the babies skin as its likely this cause irritation. Making sure the outfit is practical is of the upmost importance, if an outfit is difficult to put on this will cause frustration especially when you will be changing the babies nappy regularly.

Babies do not really need shoes. Socks are sufficient and booties keep babies feet nice and warm. Remember when you are shopping to be aware of what season your baby will be born in. In would be very easy to get carried away while walking around a baby shop but what your looking at in the shop may not be appropriate when your baby arrives.

Other essentials you need when baby shopping will include a cot. This could be a basic cot or a cot that become a bed as your baby grows. Moses baskets are another option although they will not last as long. The advantage of Moses baskets are the fact that they are more mobile. This is most advantageous for the kind parents that travel a lot. Blankets, car seats and feeding utensils are all important. I feel it is important to not get carried away with what a product looks like but first consider how practical it is. Always ask yourself ‘Will I really that’, it is easy will the amount of baby equipment on the market to think you must need it all – but this is rarely the case.

Shopping for baby equipment part one

With safety being at the forefront of any baby equipment’s designers mind there will always be room for improvement. It is entirely natural for any parent to worry endlessly about their baby. No sooner has one new device for babies hit our shelves than another one coming right around the corner. Some concepts are so simple yet very effective such as reins. A non technical device, in which you harness your child into a simple arrangement of  straps and hold onto them to make sure they cannot run away. A more more modern idea is the digital baby thermometer, this is an updated version of the thermometer strip parents used to stick too their child’s head. The old version was not that accurate and difficult to use. The two keys things I think the designers of baby equipment keep in mind in that it must be easy to use and very safe. It is also a real plus if equipment can adapt with the baby.

The high street is full of shops willing to sell the parents to be everything they need to assist with the new addition. Dozens of types of buggies are available and they have changed dramatically over the years. Think back to the Silver Cross buggy very fashionable in the 1960′s and 1970′s. They were big, bulky and not great at keeping baby strapped. Looking at what is available these days the differences are clear. Buggies should be easy to manoeuvre, sturdy and safe. A more traditional idea that is becoming more popular is the baby sling. These have not really been widely available in this country until the past couple of years. In certain parts of the world they are the only to carry your baby. The idea is that you wear your baby. This comforts the baby, keeping them warm from your body and cuts out the inconveniences a buggy can bring. These slings are widely available online, the only problem with this is you then cannot ask for a demonstration from shop staff.

Buggies can in hundreds of varieties and with in mind how can you know which is the right one? In fact this applies to all baby equipment. The easiest thing to do is assess our life and understand exactly what you will need. This is all so new you are not going to understand everything all at once. One good idea, before you hit the shops, would be to talk to new mums. They will be able to advise you on what brands provide the best value, quality and support. Another source of advise would be forums. Deciding on what you want depending on your life and the things you do on a regular basis is important. Some of the bigger pieces of baby equipment are expensive and you would not want to be replacing them because you bought something in haste. Things such as the width of the buggy you pick are important. If you use public transport daily the width of the buggy you pick would really matter.