Since clothes will be in direct contact to your baby's skin for the major part of the day, care should be taken on what kind of clothes you get for your precious one. Also, a baby's skin is very sensitive and you definitely do not want cases where your child begins to have rashes and other kind of skin conditions because of what comes in contact with his/her delicate skin.
On that not, check out our buying guide when it comes to babies clothing.
Get materials in cotton: This is very important especially in the hotter weathers. You can decide to choose from the variety of organic, combed or other varieties of cotton.
Selecting trousers or skirts: There are many trousers and skirts for babies out there which come with buttons. As nice as there are, it is better to opt for these clothing items with elastic bands instead.
Simplicity is key: Make sure to get only simple to take off and simple to wear clothes for your baby. Babies at this point do not have any business with wearing more complex clothes.
Choose colours smartly: It is better to choose colours of fabrics according to the weather. Warmer days will in this case, call for fabrics in brighter colours.
When all these factors have been considered and you have finally bought a new set of clothes for your little one, have these tips in mind:
Always wash new clothes: Make sure to wash every cloth you buy before wearing them on your baby. This will reduce skin irritations from chemicals or other things used on the clothes. Remember, a baby's skin is hyper sensitive and delicate.
General care: When you wash your baby's clothes, opt for detergents that are unscented as scented detergents can also irritate a baby's skin. Make sure you do not use harsh detergents. In fact, get detergents that are made specifically to wash a baby's' clothes.
Just because there are so many toys out there in the market does not mean that they are all safe for your kids. When shopping around for toys, make sure to get age-appropriate ones for your kids. Make sure you select toys that are shatter resistant when you are buying toys for your under-3 year old child. You want to make sure that the toys you get do not break to reveal sharp, jagged edges. This can cause an injury to the child. Also, for younger babies, try not to get toys that can easily choke or suffocate them. When you do, always be there to supervise as long as they use the toys. Moreover, for younger babies, ensure that the toys have no small parts that can be bitten or yanked off like buttons (in the case of teddy bears) or beads. Little babies like to put thing in their mouths, noses and ears. Also, avoid toys with magnets that can be swallowed. This can potentially cause death if babies swallow little parts of magnets. If buying masks, helmets or tents for your babies, be sure that these things have adequate ventilation gaps so that they do not suffocate your child.
You have just brought your bundle of joy out your womb into the world. It's an exciting experience. For first-time mothers, you may be overwhelmed at what to do next when you get home and how to really take care of your baby. Here are some basic tips for taking care of your newborn.
Wash your hands: Make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling your baby. Newborn babies are vulnerable and are easily susceptible to infection as they do not yet have a strong immune system.
Do not shake your baby: Shaking a newborn baby whether in play or for any other reason is dangerous as it can cause bleeding in the brain and it may even lead to death.
Support your baby's head: When carrying your baby upright or when you want to lay your baby down to sleep, make sure that you support the head and neck as you do this. Newborn babies do not have the ability to support their heads on their necks.
Do not play roughly with your baby: Remember that at this stage, your baby is vulnerable to a lot of things. At this stage, do not throw your baby in the air. When rocking your baby to go to sleep, do it gently. Whatever movement or activity you do on your baby, make sure it's done gently.
Diapers: These are a must-have when you are out and your baby is with you. The number of diapers you take with you depends on how long you will be out. It is best to take at least 8-10 or more diapers with you. This is because little babies need more diaper change each day than older babies.
Baby wipes: It is important to have a box of baby wipes in your diaper bag. Be sure you have enough to meet your needs.
Foldable diaper changing pad: This is a small padded blanket-like item where you can place your baby on as you change his/her diapers. This will come in handy especially when you are out for a picnic, etc.
Diaper rash cream or powder: This is important for protecting your baby's delicate skin from a sore bottom or rashes.
Burp clothes: These are needed when your baby has just eaten and you can throw them over your shoulder while you burp your baby.
Napping blankets: This is different from the diaper changing pad. A napping blanket is an essential item in a diaper bag for when you need to put your baby down for a nap. They are also important for protecting your baby from cool temperatures.
Fresh set of clothes: Always pack an extra shirt, pants, undershirt and socks for your baby as you may need to change your baby's clothes when he makes a big mess on his body. Remember to rotate the clothes as your baby grows.
Sunscreen: It is best to keep your baby out of direct sunlight if he/she is below six months old. Make sure to apply sunscreen on your baby when necessary and make sure what you apply is the appropriate kind and amount. As your child gets older, stick to sunscreen with SPF 30 or below. Sunscreens have limited shelf lives so make sure to replace at most every 2 years.
Feeding bottles: Make sure to pack a pack of feeding bottles. If you already filled the bottles with your breast milk, store the bottles in a little cooler. On the other hand, if you are using baby formula, carry along a bottle with dry formula in it. All these won't take up much space in the bag. Also make sure to carry a bib along.
Toy: You can decide to carry your baby's favourite toy along for times when he begins to cry or when he just wants something to play with. Also carry along a pacifier.
In conclusion, when going out with your baby, make sure that you have a form of identification in your diaper storage bag in case it gets lost, so that it can be traceable back to you. This form of identification could be a card stuck on the inside of the bag containing your name, phone number and e-mail address.