Preparing for parenthood is a particularly daunting time. Deciding which products will give your baby the best possible start in life can make the process even more challenging. Here at Only Reviews we aim to give new parents the best information about baby products so that you can spend less time researching and more time getting excited about your new arrival!
Regular repeat purchases can really take a toll on your baby budget. Buying wipes, cream, talc, milk, toys, and bottles can be incredibly expensive but you shouldn’t underestimate the costs of one-off purchases.
One of the most important purchases you’ll have to make is a high-quality pram, these can cost anything up to a couple of thousand pounds – so you’ll want to be certain you’ve made the right decision.
Parents should also consider the spaces they’re likely to be in most often. Pram’s with a greater width can become a hindrance for those who will need to take their baby out more frequently, especially with double pushchairs that have side-by-side seats. It’s wise to consider whether a double pushchair will be able to fit through standard sized doorways as it can be incredibly inconvenient to fold them down each time, especially with two little ones running around. If you’re likely to be out and about with the pram often, you ought to consider the weight of it – it can be incredibly draining to push around bulkier models all day.
Some prams come with features that make them multi-purpose, eliminating the need to purchase some other products like car seats and Moses baskets. While purchasing a three-in-one set might be cost-effective initially, the seat itself can be damaged over time with the general wear and tear you can anticipate from any child’s product. Some parents prefer to purchase these items separately to ensure their longevity.
Adjustable products can make a big difference to the longevity of these big buys, too. Bigger baby items like car seats can sometimes be customised to fit with your baby’s growth. Often new parents underestimate just how quickly their child will develop, and it really pays to have products that will accommodate this.
Baby-proofing a home can prove incredibly difficult. It’s all about eliminating any risks that could potentially harm your baby, and it’s amazing how much could harm a curious baby! Some new parents will opt to hire a professional to risk-assess their home and kit it out with everything needed, but it’s quite possible to save much needed baby budget by doing this yourself. There are plenty of self-help guides on the internet and plenty of suppliers of the baby safety devices required.
One of the first steps is to put soft protectors on any corners of furniture that are around your baby’s height, it’s not possible to keep an eye on your child at every waking moment, and so you need to ensure they’re safe to wander round. It’s also very important to use covers for electric plug sockets to prevent electrocution. These covers are available relatively cheap from any baby store and there aren’t many requirements they ought to fulfil – just ensure they’re a snug enough fit in the socket that the little ones won’t be able to remove them themselves.
Seeing your child learn how to crawl, walk and climb is exciting, but it opens up a whole new range of possibilities for risk. It can be a good practice to get down to your child’s eye level to understand the hazards that your child might encounter.
There are a few different types of baby gates, the most common are hardware-mounted gates (using screws into surrounding walls and doors) and pressure-mounted gates. Which to use is entirely down to personal preference, the obvious detraction of hardware-mounted gates being the requirement to drill holes in walls. However, it’s best to avoid pressure-mounted gates at the top of stairways where they could potentially give way if a child were to throw their body weight against it – children are remarkably unpredictable, and so it’s best to be cautious.
Also, we’d strongly advise against old-fashioned accordion-style gates as the diamond shaped holes that they form can create the risk of a child’s head getting stuck between them. Of course, research the brand before purchasing. In the past there have been product recalls of several brands for giving way too easily.
Sticking to reputable dealers minimises the risk of purchasing faulty, or low-quality products. There are places where you can scrimp with your baby budget, but safety essentials aren’t one of them.
Buying a car seat for your child is required by law in the UK, and for good reason. It’s incredibly important that car seats are bought new, as second-hand car seats can be damaged in a way that isn’t always apparent. Be sure to purchase from a well-known, reputable brand and always check reviews – there are plenty of horror stories about faulty car seats that you needn’t be a victim of! Be sure to watch out for the padding and shock absorption of a car seat. You’ll need to ensure that your baby’s head won’t move around when travelling as your child’s bones are softer and more prone to injury. Consider not just safety, but also your baby’s comfort. During longer car journeys it can be especially beneficial to have a car seat that your baby is comfortable enough to sleep in!
Where possible, go for a retailer that has staff trained in fitting baby seats. They’ll be more than happy to test out a few models in order to ensure the sizing is suitable for your car, not all car seats are applicable for all cars. Also, it’s important to remember that car seats are very different depending on whether they’re for toddlers or new-born babies, so ensure you’re definitely purchasing the right type – especially if purchasing online without an adviser to consult you on the best option.