Thursday, May 16, 2013

Best Tips for Newborn Baby Clothes

Babies grow very quickly during their first few weeks. As a result, you may find that you do not need to buy many newborn baby clothes. However, most expectant Mums will wish to purchase at least a few key items in preparation for the birth of their baby. To help you out, we have put together a list of some tips to keep in mind whilst you are shopping for baby clothes.

Don’t go overboard
You will find that friends and family purchase newborn baby clothes for your baby in the weeks leading up to and immediately after the birth. As a result, try not to bulk buy newborn clothes and instead buy a mixture of clothes in newborn and 3-6 months sizes. When you receive newborn clothes, keep the tag on until you are sure they will fit your baby.

Practicalities matter
Babies are certainly bendy, but it is less distressing for them if you do not need to manoeuvre them too much when getting them dressed. Look for baby clothes which have a long zip down the front and a wide neck opening. Clothes should be stretchy and soft to the touch.

Keep it simple
The first few weeks after the birth are going to be stressful enough, without having to worry about hand washing or dry cleaning baby clothes. Invest in clothes which can be washed and dried in the washing machine and give yourself a break! Check the label to make sure.

Comfortable Clothes Make For a Happy Baby
Unfortunately, there are lots of things on baby clothes which can cause distress and discomfort to your newborn baby. For example, zips, catches and even elastic waist bands can irritate if they are too close to the skin or in the wrong place. Ideally, try to purchase clothes which have a layer of material between the baby and the zip. Elastic waist bands need to be closed within fabric and catches should have smooth edges.

One day old Mr. Burrito.
Layers Are Good
Generally, babies should wear one more layer than what an adult would wear on the same day, unless it is very hot outside. Bearing this in mind, you should choose clothes which can be added to or removed with ease and which are comfortable for the baby. Bulky clothes are not a good idea, so if you do live in a cold climate consider purchasing a fleece snowsuit instead of a thicker option.

Socks and Shoes?
Newborn babies will need to wear socks, especially if they are born in the autumn or winter time. You may need to shop around a little to find socks to fit and you may find that the socks tend to fall off a lot! Some parents like to dress their babies in shoes as well, but this is not a necessity. If you decide to do so, bear in mind that the baby will chew on the shoes.

Keep an Eye Out
Most baby clothes are perfectly safe for your baby. Do however keep an eye out for loose buttons, drawstrings, and any embellishments which could come loose. Likewise, ensure there is no way that an item of clothing could become entangled around your child’s neck.

There is so much to think about when you are expecting a new baby. Try not to worry but instead to relax and look forward to that wonderful moment when you meet your little one for the first time. By following the hints above you should be able to stock up on decent baby clothes and have a wonderful time dressing your newborn. 

A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.

Top 5 Prams for 2013

Now that I have two young children of my own, I feel I have a little bit of knowledge which I can impart to mothers-to-be. Finding a pram is a tricky thing to worry about when you are pregnant. Along with choosing baby clothes, decorating your nursery and deciding how exactly you are going to fit all the baby stuff into your already full house, pram shopping can be a stressful experience! Right when you are meant to be feeling at your most calm and benevolent, you actually have your hands full of things to do!

When it comes to actually making a purchase, I can not say I am the most decisive of people. In terms of pram shopping, there are soooo many to choose from that it can feel like an almost impossible task! Then there’s the fact that they often cost a fair bit of money, with prices ranging from £150-£1500. Who wants to waste half the month’s food bill on a pram which will turn out to be impractical? No pressure! So, it’s worth researching different types of pram to find the right one for you and your little one. Here, I have compiled a list of 5 prams which won’t break the bank and which are good value for money.

Mothercare Xtreme Pushchair Travel System

This pram is suitable for babies from birth. Included is a shopping basket, cosytoe, raincover, infant car seat, removable bumper bar, pushchair, harness pads and hood. You do not need to purchase separate adaptors in order for the car seat to attach to the pushchair, so you are saving some money.

Silver Cross 3D Pram System

This is a rear facing mattress system which converts to a lightweight forward facing pushchair. Included in the purchase are the foot muff, raincover, pushchair, pram liner, mattress and apron. By purchasing the Ventura Car Seat you can use the Silver Cross 3D Pram System as a travel system.

iCanBee Nectar All in One Travel System

This system is perfect as an all round travel system for the first year and can then be used as a pushchair up to 3 years. Included are a changing bag, pushchair raincover, carrycot, car seat and apron.

Graco Mosaic Travel System, Mode Gris

The system includes a window attached to the hood so you can check up on the baby when they are lying facing away from you. It also comes with a detachable hood, basket and car seat so it is great to use right from birth. The arm bar makes a nice space to hang travel toys to keep your little one entertained!

Hauck Apollo 4 All In One Travel System

Literally everything you could possibly need for your first baby is included in this system. Carrycot, stroller, car seat which attaches easily to the frame, PVC raincover, apron and even matching changing bag! A very snazzy purchase indeed!

Whichever pram you end up buying, make sure that you are going to be comfortable using it in your everyday routine. It also needs to suit both you and your partner’s physiques, so if there is a great difference in height between you then try to buy a pram with adjustable handles. The most important thing is that the pram is going to be safe enough to transport your baby. Ensure that it complies with all relevant safety standards and that you are confident to attach and remove it from the car or travel system. To make sure you aer 100% happy with a pram you want to buy I would go to your nearest store that sells them a push it around the store to get a feel for it! Once you know for sure it is the one that’s when you can look around for great deals!

Go forth and purchase a pram with confidence, yummy mummies-to-be!

A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.

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