Feeling overwhelmed by your buying-before-baby-is-born list? Don’t be! The fact is, your newborn won’t need a lot in those first few weeks and even first months of life. Sure, comfy clothes, diapers and wipes are a necessity, but things like toys and active centre can wait. The list below contains some baby equipment items that aside from been essential, will also make your life as a mum much easier.
One of the most important baby equipment every new parent needs to buy is a stroller. Strollers allow you to carry your baby and store other baby necessities when walking in the park or mall. When looking for baby equipment for sale look for a stroller that fits a newborn. This means you need to get a model that allows your baby to ride lying down flat or almost flat. You should also look for a model that is lightweight and has an easy folding system, which makes easy to transport it. And because you want a stroller that keeps your baby safe and comfortable, check if it complies with Australian industry standards.
To be able to run around the house trying to get a load of laundry done, cook a meal, or even just go to the bathroom, you will need a swing to put your baby in. Full-sized swings are designed for babies from birth to 10-15 kilos and many models feature a variety of speeds, music and toy bars to keep your little one entertained.
Toting your baby around will be much easier with a baby carrier that’s actually comfortable to wear. Make sure the baby carrier has easily adjustable straps on the shoulders and hips so you can evenly distribute the weight and save your back some pain as well.
A play gym is a versatile baby product that can be used in a variety of ways. In addition, it provides several important developmental benefits for your baby. Suitable for newborns, a play gym is usually a soft mat with two arches which dangle overhead and support toys. While some models have baby-safe mirrors, lights, music, etc., and/or a variety of textured material, others provide a simple, safe space so your baby can lay down and play.
When your baby is ready to switch to solid foods, you will want to have a high chair where your baby can enjoy his/her first rice cereal. While many assume a highchair is not something you need to have, it does provide a safe place for your baby to try new tastes and flavours, and makes it easy for you to manage meals and clean up afterward.
Before you buy or receive a baby equipment that you won’t need or can’t use, do your own research. The range of baby equipment for sale available on the market is enormous, so it’s important that you research a product before you buy one.