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A safe, comfortable place for your baby to sleep until age 2 or 3.
Baby Crib Safety Net - Crib Tent
Our very own design, breathable crib netting that fits inside the crib. Stops any nasty creepy crawlies and cats entering the crib. Stops baby getting caught in the crib slats. Stops baby climbing and falling out of the crib.
Crib mattress & waterproof cover
A cushioned surface for sleeping plus protection from moisture, dust, and odors.
Crib sheets (2-3)
Soft, fitted sheets that stay safely tucked around the crib mattress.
Changing table & pad
Reduces back strain by placing your baby at just the right height.
Changing table pad cover
A washable cover that keeps your baby comfy during diaper changes.
Receiving blankets (2-5)
For swaddling, added warmth, burp cloths, and even to protect from sun or wind.
Undershirts, stretchy sleepers, socks or booties, hat, sweater or jacket.
Lets you keep tabs on your baby from any room in the house.
Towels and washcloths (2-3)
Perfectly sized and soft against a baby's delicate skin.
Stock up - newborns go through 10 to 12 diapers per day. Both disposable and cloth.
Wipes and creams
To gently cleanse, moisturize, and protect your baby's sensitive diaper area.
Lets you check on your baby without turning on a bright light.
A convenient, sanitary, mostly odorless way to dispose of diapers.
Pacifiers and bottles
A safe way to satisfy your baby's need to suck. And if you are unable to breast feed or your baby needs water.
Electrical outlet covers
To keep curious fingers and small objects out of wall outlets.
A safe, portable seat to hold your baby.
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Naming your baby is one of the most exciting things that you get to do when your baby is born. Remember that you only get to do it once, and you can take your time. You probably spent months thinking about it while you were pregnant, but when the baby is born you may change your mind. That's fine, but having decided that the name you had before doesn't suit him or her, don't rush into a new choice. Baby naming is a task that you should take very seriously.
Remember that a name can define a person in many ways. Most first names in our culture are gender-specific: we think of Paul as a boy's name and Paula as a girl's. We take this for granted. But a person's first name can also be a sign of religion, heritage and class in many cultures. Some people will make assumptions about your child because of his or her name. Your child may have problems if their name does not fit their identity - like in the Johnny Cash song, 'A Boy Named Sue'.
Of course you will want to pick names that you like, but also choose something that your child will be able to live with happily, at least most of the time. A lot of kids go through a phase of hating their names for a while and giving them a middle name can help them accept your choice or give them something to switch to. Experimental names and unusual spellings are often chosen to make a child's name unique but it can be annoying for the child if they constantly have to correct people on the spelling of their name.
Try to avoid names or combinations of initials that will cause the child to be teased. Sometimes it is hard to imagine this yourself, but if you ask your friends they may see what other kids might laugh at. Don't give your child a name that rhymes or a name that sounds funny with your last name - even if you think it sounds cute. Be careful that your child's initials are not going to spell something embarrassing. If you live in a country where your mother tongue is not the main language, check with native speakers if the name you are thinking of sounds good in the other language too.
It is also best to avoid fad names that will associate your child with a particular trend. These names are usually fashionable for 2 to 5 years and then drop sharply. Naming your child after a pop star is usually a very bad idea. In 8 years' time when your child is in grade school who knows what that pop star will be doing.
Many people like to use a name that is in their family and has been passed down. This is great for helping the child to identify with your family history. Make sure that both you and your spouse like the name. If you don't like the name so much, you can make it a middle name.
I am sure you want to give your child a name that he or she can carry proudly and happily all though life. Try to find a solid, strong name that will suit an adult as well as a child and that they can shorten if they want to, a name that will grow with them. When naming your baby, choose wisely.
Most new parents quickly begin to start looking at all aspects of safety within the house and there are many areas that need to be considered when a baby or small child is living in the house.
You can never be too careful as it only takes a few seconds for an injury to occur that can affect your child's well-being for the rest of their life.
Most accidents that occur to children can be prevented if consideration is taken towards safety precautions that remove the possible dangers that are lurking in every household. Starting with your baby's crib, fit a Baby Crib Safety Net and stop any nasty creepy crawlies and cats fron entering the crib also stop baby from climbing and falling out of the crib.
It is best if you have prepared for your child by looking at the safety aspects before the arrival however if that isn't the case then there is no time like the present to take stock of possible trouble spots throughout the house and this is made easier if you look at each room at a time and preferably with the help of your partner to ensure that nothing is missed.
Look at any items that are within reach of a small child or even those that can be reached with the use of other items lying about the room such as chairs or boxes or anything else that the child can climb on to access objects at a higher level.
You will be surprised at the places that an inquisitive child can get and how quickly they can get in those places when you are occupied with other tasks in the house.
Many a child has been severely burnt by pulling on electrical cords and having appliances or boiling water land on them. Fortunately these days many of the appliances are a lot safer where for instance most kettles no longer have a cord attached to them that can dangle below the level of the kitchen bench.
Electrical outlets are another area of concern as they are down at the level where a young child can quite easily put foreign objects into the outlet and get a shock. You need to look at the house from the eyes of a child and that might mean getting down on your hands and knees to notice all the objects that are assessable.
Even items that we wouldn't consider being a problem can cause considerable damage to a young child if they fall upon them from a height. An example of this would be books falling from a bookcase or ornaments falling from furniture. Any objects that could fall from shelves or furniture should be removed and stored away in a safe place.
Plugs to protect electrical outlets are relatively inexpensive and certainly there is no amount of money they could replace the damage that could be done to your child.
Any furniture or items in the house with sharp edges should also be protected in some way or removed as a young child unsteady on his feet can sustain a lot of injury when falling onto these types of items.
Staircases are one of the biggest causes of injury to young children. You should always secure areas where children are above staircases with suitable barriers that cannot be tampered with, moved or removed by a child.
If there are other children in the house they need to be aware of the safety concerns of the youngest child as while they might be safe in their surroundings they can cause other problems for a younger child by leaving barriers open or objects lying about the house that can cause damage.
Baby proofing your house is an ongoing process that needs to be looked at more often when there are others living in the house. Your child needs to rely 100% on your ability to supply the safety in their life.
It is one of the most important aspects of bringing up your child.
Make sure that you are completely happy with the safety of your child's environment before it learns to crawl.
Most houses have an array of small items that can easily fit the child's mouth and that presents the danger of the child choking.
These should all be kept behind locked doors and all cupboards on the house at child level should have childproof latches to keep out of harm's way.
Another area that many people overlook are doors that lock from the inside making it difficult for you to get into a room where a child might have become locked in. Most door locks will offer an alternative solution where you can unlock them from the outside if needed in an emergency. If you don't have these types of door locks fitted and there is no time like the present to consider getting it done.
Most items to baby proof your house can be obtained by good hardware stores or online hardware suppliers. Check them out as it is money well spent on your child's future.
Every Day Dangers
It is all too easy to forget that there are so many dangers present for a baby or young child about the house that you wouldn't have even considered before having a child in the house.
Even having shopping bags within reach of your child presents the danger of suffocation. The same problem is present with balloons and other forms of plastic products.
Strings, cords and anything that can cause strangulation need to be kept well out of reach of your child. You will be surprised at how many items in the house fall into this category and how many items of clothing have cords and so on that can cause problems by getting wrapped around your child's throat.
Cords from blinds fall into this category and need to be tied up well out of reach.
Toy manufacturers are a lot more careful these days about the construction of their products but you still need to be diligent in determining whether the toys that you give your child can pose a danger with smaller items that could break off and get lodged in your child's throat.
The recent incident of products made in China having excessive levels of lead in the paint is something that many parents never thought would be something they would need to be concerned with and just goes to show that even when buying from reputable brands you can never be too cautious when it comes to the health and safety of your child.
Any toy that looks like it has parts that will break off is to be avoided as children will chew on objects for extended periods and before long they will start to deteriorate and break apart posing the danger of getting lodged in the throat.
While most people are aware of the dangers that small items present to a child you will also need to consider large items that can either be pulled down on top of your child or those that will allow your child to climb up and access other dangers that are at a higher level in the house.
Never underestimate your child's ability to get to places where they shouldn't be.
Life will never be the same after having a child and it will be constantly changing and you need to adapt to these changes as time goes on.
You also need to understand that you have a life of your own as well and while it will be devoted to bringing up your child everybody needs some time out to maintain sanity.
By developing a trusted support network of friends and family you should be able to include some time to yourself without neglecting the needs of your child.
In fact it is only by looking after your own health and well-being that you are going to be able to give your child the support that it needs.
It is not selfish to consider yourself as well because you are the provider of your child's support and without maintaining a balance in your own life you will not be able to do the same your child.
Finding other young mothers to help share and support one another is an excellent way of maintaining your sanity and will help to understand the various different aspects of bringing up a child that come about from experience.
One thing you must not do however is compare the progress of your child to that of others as every child reaches different milestones in their life at different rates and there is no set rule to say what is normal and what isn't.
Provided your child is having healthy development and progress in their abilities and achievements then you have nothing to worry about.
If you are at all concerned about your child's development then it pays to consult professionals rather than try to sort these problems out with other young mothers or people who don't have the necessary knowledge to give you sound advice.
Make the most of any opportunities that others offer to help out and use that time to spend on yourself.
Getting Into A Routine
Getting into a routine with your baby and the things that need to be done can actually lead to more freedom for you.
Your baby will become accustomed to this routine and that will actually free up more time for you to do the things that you desire.
One of the most important routines is getting your baby to know when it is time to sleep and if this is at the same time every day it will soon become a lot easier.
Initially you might have to adapt to the routine that dictated by your newborn but as a child gets older you will be able to start dictating the times when certain things need to happen.
A child will soon associate specific things with these various different routines such as the fact that it will be bedtime after a bath or possibly that your partner will be putting the baby to bed when he gets home from work.
Try to include fun events with these various routines as they will make it a lot easier for the baby to accept them.
Even with a very young child you need to ensure that you get out of the house enough to meet other people and include some social interaction in your life. This could be as simple as a trip to the shops a few times a week.
By doing these things at set times during the week your child will also adapt to this and will be a lot more relaxed when you go out either with the child or with somebody else minding it.
You will find that you will be able to manage a lot more tasks by staying well organized and knowing that your child will be asleep at certain times of the day or night when you need to do other things.