If you are expecting a new baby, you are already thinking about what you can do to keep your child safe and healthy. You may be reading parenting books and magazines. You may be talking to friends and family with more experience. No matter where you are getting your information, you will be exposed to differing opinions.
Like with anything in life, rearing a child is a bit of trial and error. Ask any parent with multiple children and they will tell you that their first child was a learning experience that their second or third child benefited from. Research and use has shown that some products are better than others when it comes to keeping your child safe and healthy. Some products also make better financial sense than others.
Here are a few products that you should consider purchasing if you find them necessary. They have been named as the best by Parenting magazine and are worth more than a passing glance.
These products may be called by different names, but they all serve the same purpose: To keep cords from blinds and drapes away from tiny curious hands and small necks. Cords are particularly dangerous to infants who can become entangled quickly. Not each room is set up in an ideal way, meaning that you may have to place your sleeping child under a window. Making sure that cords are securely wound helps to protect your little one.
Your pediatrician will insist upon a rectal thermometer for your newborn. The right thermometer can go a long way in helping you monitor your child. Find a thermometer that lets you know when it is inserted correctly, will take an accurate temperature and alerts you to a fever. There are thermometers on the market that will flash or glow if your child’s temperature registers above 99.9 degrees.
No matter how well you take care of your infant, they will experience congestion at some point. You don’t want that point to be in the middle of the night when all the stores are closed, but it happens. Preparing yourself ahead of time is a great idea. A humidifier will add moisture to the air and can help relieve not only cough, but dry skin.
Forget a bulb syringe. They are messy, unsanitary and not entirely powerful. Today’s infants have access to better breathing through battery-operated aspirators. One such machine made by Graco even plays a few tunes to keep your baby distracted while you are clearing their nose.
Sure, an infant doesn’t move much, but why wait? Getting used to baby gates can take time, so buy them now. Put gates at the tops and bottoms of staircases. Gate off rooms that you don’t want your little one to have access to without your supervision. Speaking of gates, if you have a hot burning stove or fireplace, there are gates that can be set up around it so that your child isn’t able to get close enough to be burned.
Your infant will be crawling before you know it. You will be posting pictures on social media asking your friends where the time has gone. Before that time does come, install some outlet covers. There are several types on today’s market that are much more stylish than the old option of plastic plugs.
A baby monitor is simply a must. There are a variety of monitors on the market, and we recommend trying out several in store before you choose the one that is right for your needs. As with any bit of technology, no two baby monitors are the same. Each will have distinct features that you may or may not need.
We don’t mean to say that suggestions are products, but really ask your friends and family what they suggest. You will get more than one opinion of something that they just couldn’t have lived without while they were rearing their newborn — and the expensive “must have” items that were ultimately never used. You may even hear about the same product several times. If you do, give it some consideration. If this is your first child, take all of the advice you can get.
With the hundreds of baby products on the market, knowing which you need and which you can pass up can be difficult. Use the above as a starting guide and go from there. Before you purchase any product, be sure to check government recall lists to make sure they have not failed to work as intended.
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