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#1 Posted : Friday, 10 April 2009 2:13:47 PM(UTC)

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Your baby's needs are simple. consider the huge "baby" industry which has been built up in the past few decades, and the sophisticated advertising aimed at new parents: Consider to spend your money properly!

Sleeping: Bassinettes and cradles may be pretty, but the baby will outgrow them in 2-6 months. A full-size cot is recommended. Modern ones have bases that can be raised while baby is tiny, and any "extra" space can be used as a "change table". Some parents like to have their baby in their bed with them. If you go visiting frequently, baby will sleep better in familiar surroundings: a "Porta Cot" may be useful once baby can rll over.

Bathing: Baby baths are outgrown in a few months too. They are also bothersome to fill and empty. A clean Laundry Trough is ideal. Some parents like to take baby into the adult bath with them. For safety, Never Stand in the Bath Whilst Holding Baby - always put baby on a towel on the floor Before entering or leaving the tub.

Changing: Change tables take up extra space and are often too low. The top of your washing machine is recommended. Usually, it's a good height, and is near a tap and your nappy equipment. Add a foam mat for comfort. Your bathroom may also suit. Some parents find a Mobile Cart containing their change equipment handy - it goes where you go, and you can change baby in your lap.

Pramettes: Can also be used as mobile "bassinette" during the day, if you wish to have your small baby close by.

Baby Slings/Pouches: Increase body contact and are soothing for distressed, crying babies - a good one will support baby's head, leaving your hands free, will "grow" with the baby and won't hurt your back!

Cacoons: Are useful for keeping baby snug in bed and the pramette.

Bouncinettes: Are quickly outgrown - a Baby Seat may last longer. Useful for the older baby who needs to see you for reassurance, but limit how long baby spends in it at one time, e.g. an hour or so. For Safety, Place On The Floor ONLY.

Highchairs: Are not needed until baby is at least 6 months of age. check that it is easy to clean. Some parents prefer to feed their child whilst its sitting on their knee.

Nappy Bucket: 18 litre capacity with a vacum-seal lid (one only).

Car Restraints: Only use Approved models (see Road Traffic Authority pamphlet for further information).

Carry Baskets: Are totally unnecessary and inconvenient to carry.

Walkers: Are not recommended. Crawling is excellent for baby's co-ordination and development, and she/he will walk when physically ready to do so.

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