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When it’s time to start thinking about where your baby will live during the first years of her life, there’s a lot to consider before you even start shopping for furniture. You want a comfortable home for your baby — and you want it to have a personality all its own.
A style of furnishing and a color scheme are important decisions. So are furniture placement and scale. If the room’s too small for a large crib, everybody will feel cramped. And what’s the best place for the crib and changing table? You want easy access; baby needs comfort and pleasant surroundings. Don’t forget to add a few decorative touches – they are the fun part of planning a nursery. Wall art, window treatments, photos and the warmth of an area rug – all add up to a room with a real point of view.
Think, too, about enhancing your baby’s sensory development by giving her a space that’s full of sights and sounds. For her visual contentment, think about soft colors and restful patterns – soothing options to lull her to sleep for those morning and afternoon naps. And what about music? She’ll love the sound of a musical mobile or crib toys with built-in tunes. Make sure she’s got plenty of different textures to feel, too… a few soft toys are perfect to introduce her to the joys of cuddling.
Cradles, bassinets and portable cribs are smaller than regular-sized cribs. While they do not replace the crib, they are ideal in those early weeks and months when you want baby close to you, to either monitor or feed. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding baby’s weight requirement, and make sure that mattresses fit snugly with no gaps.
Cradles have an old-fashioned charm that makes them a favorite with many new parents. And babies enjoy the soothing, rocking motion so much that sleep almost always follows. To ensure baby’s safety, most cradles have locking pins that prevent the cradle from tilting to an angle greater than 5 degrees.
When shopping for a cradle, make sure it has a sturdy bottom and a wide base, and can lock into a stationary position when required.
Cradles are primarily constructed of metal or wood, depending upon the manufacturer. The standard cradle size is 18" x 36". The cradle mattress is almost always included.
The bedding for the cradle is usually sold separately.
Bassinets serve the same purpose as cradles, however they come with bedding. Some models feature a rocking base or rocking basket, which may also lock into a stationary position. Meshed sides and padded top rail ensure baby’s safety, while a retractable canopy protects your newborn from direct light. Most bassinets have extra storage space at the base and feature wheels that make it easier to move them from room to room. The mattress is usually included.
Types of Bassinets a) Traditional Bassinets are ideal when you have a set place for one in your home, like next to your bed, but they can still be moved from room to room. b) Portable/Travel Bassinets are perfect for traveling since they fold compactly and are about 20% smaller than traditional play yards, and come with a travel/carry bag.
As the name suggests, these cribs are lightweight and portable. They are particularly handy when you want baby to be comfortable, yet close to you… no matter which room you are in. Plus, they are great for visits to the grandparents too! Easy to assemble, portable cribs usually have wheels or can be folded for portability and easy storage. The mattress is usually included.
Types of Portable Cribs a) Traditional Portable Cribs, though smaller in size, resemble regular cribs in appearance. Most feature an easy-sliding, single drop-side for easy access to baby. (shown below) b) Bedside Bassinets function as cribs by night and play yards by day.
Bedside bassinets make it easier to monitor or feed baby from the comfort of your own bed.
Buying nursery furniture is like buying any other piece of furniture for your home. You want each piece to reflect just what you have in mind for baby, plus, you want the color and style to coordinate with the rest of the room. Fortunately, there are a lot of furniture pieces you can mix and match with your crib… in just the style you are looking for.
Typically, this style is more decorative than any other, with features such as spindles on cribs and metal accents on drawer handles. Traditional furniture lends a warm feel to the nursery and features dark wood finishes such as Cherry or Oak.
This is a fine example of simple elegance, and is distinguished by neutral finishes such as Hardwood Maple, Aspen, or metal.
It creates a lighter and brighter nursery environment.
There’s an old-world charm about colonial furniture.
Largely influenced by European styles, you will find it in a greater variety of finishes, with distinctively ornate features such as wood engravings.
This Early American style is characterized by simplicity and purity of design, along with sound construction and complete practicality.
From traditional favorites to more contemporary styles, you can find just the nursery furniture you want, in a variety of wood finishes, like Black, Natural, Cherry,
Oak/Pecan and White, to name a few.
Black Natural Cherry Oak/Pecan White
The crib is the first piece of nursery furniture usually purchased. Since much of baby’s time is going to be spent in the crib, make sure it’s safe and comfortable for your little one. The range of cribs available has expanded over the years, giving you an overwhelming variety of choices. In order to make your shopping experience easier, we have listed some crib features and their benefits to help you find the one that’s right for you.
Single Drop-Side allows one side to be raised and lowered for getting baby in and out. Benefit: Crib is very stable because one side rail is permanently attached to both the headboard and the footboard.
Double Drop-Side has two sides that raise and lower. Benefit: Lets you get baby in and out from either side, without having to walk around.
Kickbar Drop-Side Release enables you to simply lift the drop-side a little with one hand, then push your foot against the kickbar to release the drop-side. Benefit: Strong metal drop-side release ensures that the side rail does not drop accidentally. Also, it’s durable enough to last through several children.
Shin Drop-Side Release lets you lift the drop-side a little with one hand, then push it inward with your shin to release it. Benefit: You keep your balance at all times as you use your shin and not your foot to release the drop-side. This is especially convenient while holding the baby.
4-Position Mattress Spring permits the mattress spring to be lowered to 4 different positions.
Benefit: The mattress adjusts position as baby grows. metal (steel tubing) wood
• U.S. Consumer Products Safety
Standards must be met. You may see a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers
Association) certification on some cribs.
A JPMA certification is not mandatory.
• DO NOT use a crib that has corner posts more than 1 ⁄
" high, unless they’re over
16" high and used with a canopy.
• Slats should be spaced no more than
• Crib Hardware such as screws, bolts and fittings must be secured tightly into place to prevent the crib from collapsing.
• Mattress must fit snugly into the crib.
The space between the two should not be wider than two adult fingers.
• Pillows are not recommended for use in a crib.
• Crib Gyms, mobiles and all hanging cords must be removed from crib once baby is able to push up on hands and knees (usually at six months).
• Cutout Designs in headboard or footboard are not recommended due to potential entrapment and strangulation hazards.
• Crib Placement is vital in determining the child’s safety. Avoid placing the crib near lamps, dangling cords or ribbon, windows, fans, heaters or climbable furniture.
• Plastic Bags or similar materials should not be used as a mattress cover. Children can suffocate on plastic materials.
• Portable/Non-Full-Size Cribs should not be used on a permanent basis, as they are not designed to withstand the wear and tear that regular full-size cribs can endure.
• Second-Hand Cribs are always a temptation and in many cases work out ideally for new parents. However, not all are risk free. If the crib is more than two years old, you should carefully evaluate it against all the safety features mentioned above.
• Always keep the drop-sides up whenever your infant is in the crib.
For additional information on cribs and infant safety, call the CPSC toll free at 1-800-638-2772 or visit their website at www.cpsc.gov
People often look for more value for their money, and convertible cribs offer just that to all new parents.
Extremely versatile, these cribs grow along with your child, usually converting from infant cribs, to
3-sided day beds to full-size beds too! The bottom line is that you get a lot more use from a piece of furniture that your child would have otherwise outgrown in approximately two or three years.
Convertible cribs come in popular finishes and styles to complement any décor.
It’s a Crib!
It’s a Crib!
It’s a Day Bed!
It’s a Full-Size Bed!
It’s a Toddler Bed!
Consumers today are more savvy about their purchase decisions than ever before. Versatility and convenience seem to be the order of the day.
In response, the industry has created furniture with multiple uses, stroller systems that have a range of features, bassinets that have an extended life as toy boxes and even potties that convert into step stools! As a result, more and more new parents are beginning to invest in items that give them more value for their money.
Many experienced parents will tell you that while the utility of the crib lasts for 2-3 years, case pieces such as chests, armoires and combo units will remain with your children until they leave for college!
These pieces are available in finishes and styles to complement any nursery, and remain in style well beyond the toddler years. It’s best to work out a budget for the nursery so that you can narrow down your furniture choices to the ones you really need.
Usually available in 3 to 6 drawer styles, a chest can accommodate most of baby’s layette.
Features to look for
• Drawers with safety stops
• Sturdy construction to prevent toppling
• Easy-to-clean surface
An armoire is a tall cabinet with
1 to 2 drawers and wardrobe space with a hanging rack that’s ideal for clothing and/or bedding storage.
Features to look for
• Drawers with safety stops
• Sturdy construction, heavy wood to prevent toppling
• Easy-to-clean surface
At first glance, a glider may seem like a luxury, but on your return from the hospital nothing will be as appealing. Gliders have a smooth forward and back motion that’s comforting for both baby and mom. The thick, soft cushioning makes them extremely comfortable.
Matching ottomans with the same gliding feature are also available. It is best to buy both, as every glider motion is synchronized to perform with the ottoman. This provides extra support to the lower body and brings a greater sense of complete relaxation. There are gliders to fit almost every room décor. Wood frame styles tend to have a more contemporary feel, while fullyupholstered designs offer a more formal charm.
This style doubles as a dresser and changing table. Practical and appealing, combo units have anywhere from 3 to 6 drawers, and may also feature a compartment with a door. It’s designed for use as an infant changing station, when used with a contoured pad. As your child gets older, use it as a dresser. For even greater storage and organization, add a matching hutch.
This handsome unit brings style to any décor.
Features to look for
• Non-toxic finish
• Easy-to-clean surface
• Drawers with side-mounted glides & safety stops
Additional pieces of nursery furniture include:
• Night Stands
• Blanket Chests
A changing table is a safe and convenient place to change and dress baby. It gives you the advantage of having baby at a convenient height level for easier access and a better hold as you change him.
There are three different styles to choose from.
Open Shelves have a sturdy table with a protective guardrail to prevent baby from falling. It keeps all changing needs within reach.
Dresser Drawer combines spacious drawers and storage shelving behind a door. This style provides versatility and convenience.
And once you no longer need it as a changing table, you can use it as a dresser... to fit even a teen’s needs!
Combo Units are ideal if you are tight on space. It fits a contoured changing pad on top for a safe changing area, plus keeps all supplies within reach. The long drawers store the layette and the top side-drawer holds powders, lotions and wipes. Open the door below for a perfect space for stacking diapers. A matching hutch is sold separately.
• Never leave baby unattended for even a second.
• Never turn your back on baby.
• Always keep one hand on baby.
• Make sure the changing table is sturdy and will not collapse or tip over under the child’s weight.
• Always use safety straps when changing your baby.
• If the changing table does not come with safety straps, purchase a changing pad that comes with them.
• Have all the baby products you need within easy reach.
Changing pads are a cushion for your baby to lie on while you change or dress him. It can rest on the top of a combo unit, dressing table or any wide, stable surface.
They are designed with different features to ensure your baby’s comfort. Here are three types of changing pads:
Contoured Pads have upward curved edges that prevent baby from rolling over. For additional safety, the pad includes adjustable safety straps to help hold baby in place and non-skid bottoms to prevent the pad from slipping. Vinyl exteriors make them easy to clean. For baby’s comfort, changing pad covers are available and they come in a variety of colors to complement any nursery.
Multi-Use, Waterproof Pads are designed with vinyl or waterproof cloth exteriors and can be used nearly anywhere – for a quick change in the crib, on baby’s day out or even while traveling. These multiple use pads protect, comfort and keep moisture from leaking through.
Disposable Pads are quilted on top providing absorbency, as well as softness next to baby’s tender skin. They’re waterproof on the bottom, too, to help avoid moisture from soaking through. Because they are easy to dispose of, they are ideal to take on long trips.
While a changing pad is included with some changing tables, you can also purchase them separately. If your changing table does not have safety straps, be sure to purchase a changing pad that does.
Once your nursery is complete with crib and bedding, it’s time to get organized! Since baby’s clothing does not require much hanging room, an armoire or closet organizer is an ideal way to maximize your space.
Use it to separate hanging and folded items.
• Another smart idea is to organize clothing by size. Some items will be worn right away – like layette bodysuits and blanket sleepers – and should be kept front and center. Larger sized clothing can be hung in a different part of your closet.
• Of course, not everything will be hung up. That’s where baskets and bins come in! We carry a selection of soft fabric colors to match any nursery. Fill them up with bedding, little hats and booties, even soft toys.
Whether you use them in the closet, armoire or under the crib, they’re a storage must for all nurseries!
The second most important part of the crib is the mattress. When pricing the crib, it’s important that you keep in mind the cost of a good quality mattress too. Since your little one will be spending a lot of time sleeping, the mattress is vital to your baby’s comfort and safety. It is worthwhile to invest a little time in choosing a good, long-lasting mattress that meets your satisfaction.
Innerspring mattresses are by far the most popular. They usually consist of a metal spring unit with coil counts that range from 150 to 600. The spring unit comes encased with light padding and insulators for added comfort. The mattresses are bordered with wire rods that prevent sagging along the edges and help keep the shape better. The insulating material, too, affects the durability of a mattress. Most innerspring mattresses have waterproof exteriors.
Other features you might look for when buying a mattress may include: densefoam cushioning for comfort, a hypoallergenic/flame-retardant cover for safety and a bacteria-resistant & staticresistant cover.
• Always check the mattress for firmness. Compare the firmness of crib mattresses by squeezing at the edges and at the center.
• Always measure the crib for mattress size, especially if it’s an older crib. New crib mattresses measure approximately 51 5 ⁄
(length) by 27 1 ⁄
4 inches (width) and cannot exceed a 6-inch thickness.
The mattress should fit the crib snugly, leaving no more than a twofinger width space between the mattress and the side of the crib.
• Quilted vinyl or multiple layers of laminated vinyl reinforced with nylon adds to the durability and water-resistance of any mattress.
• Fabric binding along the seams allows air to escape, preventing the seams from straining and splitting over time from pressure caused by the child’s movements.
• Carefully positioned vent holes help to keep the mattress fresher, by allowing odors to escape and to alleviate air pressure against the seams.
• Never use the mattress’ plastic shipping bag or any other plastic to waterproof the mattress. Children can suffocate on plastic.
• Leave no more than an adult twofinger width space between the mattress & the crib to prevent the child’s body or face from getting trapped in the gap.
• Firmer is better!
Soft, down-filled mattresses have been linked in some studies to Sudden Infant Death
Just like everything else for your little one... you’ll want your nursery to be perfect! And like every other part of baby’s life, there are a lot of choices to be made. Remember, this can be a lot of fun...
especially if you take it one step at a time. Start by choosing a dominant color and/or theme. Then, go out and find coordinating nursery accessories that will bring that theme to life! Here are some of the components you may want to consider:
Window Valances are the most popular window treatments chosen for use in nurseries.
These are shirred curtains designed to cover the top portion of your window. Use them to complement your color scheme and let the natural light shine through.
Bedding dictates the theme you will carry throughout your nursery.
Depending upon your particular taste and preference, you’ll find that a wide variety of themes, colors and patterns are available. For daily use, you may prefer to use separate blankets and coordinating solid or print sheets. Bedding is made of cotton or a cotton/polyester blend so it’s comfortable next to baby’s skin, durable and easy to wash and dry. Most crib bedding sets include crib bumpers.
Rugs help buffer sounds from the floor below or create a separation between “sleeping” and “changing” areas.
Wall Borders come mostly in 15- or 30-foot rolls and coordinate with many crib bedding sets. Choose from pre-pasted (which has to be moistened) or self-sticking
(when backing is removed).
Blankets are available in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics, and most are machinewashable. For more information on blankets, see page 18.
(for infants under 12 months)
• Place baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress . Use only cribs that meet current safety standards.
• Do not place baby to sleep on an adult bed , waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow or other soft surface.
• I f using a blanket, tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress , reaching only as far as baby’s chest.
Ensure baby’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
• Consider using a sleeper or a wearable blanket no additional covering as an alternative to loose blankets. For newborns, consider “swaddling.” with
• Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys and other pillow-like products from the crib.
• If bumper pads are used in cribs, they should be thin, firm, well secured , and not “pillow-like.”
Remove crib bumpers once your baby starts to roll or pull up to standing.
Wall Border Lamp
Lamps are not only pretty, they’re useful... especially during midnight feedings. All lamps are UL-listed and many are available with fabric shades that match baby’s bedding set.
Mobiles entertain baby while in the crib and encourage baby’s visual development. Most styles are wind-up, although battery-operated and remote control styles are also available. They are designed with music boxes that soothe and lull baby to sleep, and come in a wide variety of motifs. Look for prints that coordinate with popular crib bedding sets. Infants respond best to bright colors and stark contrasts, so mobiles in bright, contrasting colors are often popular choices. As soon as your child can sit up or roll over by himself in the crib, mobiles should be removed from the crib. Some mobiles can be wall-mounted so that they can continue to be enjoyed safely out of baby’s reach.
Wall Hangings serve not only to accessorize your nursery, but also to visually stimulate baby! Most bedding sets offer coordinating wall hangings.
Keep potentially hazardous accents like ribbons or other dangling objects from hanging within baby’s reach.
Pillows are a pretty part of any bedding set and are a nice accessory to add to a rocker or shelf… however, pillows can pose a suffocation risk and should be used strictly for show and not in the crib.
Diaper Stackers neatly hold diapers and hang in the changing area, usually on a door knob. Using one means diapers are conveniently within reach whenever they are needed... and you’ll find that will be often! For safety reasons, never hang a diaper stacker from the crib or any area within baby’s reach.
Night-Lights are as important as a lamp in your nursery. Although it will not illuminate the entire room, it will shed enough light to allow you to see your way safely. Night-lights are also important in developing a sense of comfort and security as your child grows. They are available in specific themes as well as solid colors that will complement your décor.
Other nursery accessories you might look for
• Wall Shelves
• Picture Frames
• Framed Art
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You’ll find everything from lamps, curtains and accessories to additional fabric. You’ll also find a huge selection of furniture available in a wide assortment of finishes and styles.
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Wendy Bellissimo™ Butterfly Love™ Nursery Décor and Cherry Furniture Collection
Come discover Wendy Bellissimo™ Baby & Kids! This bedding and décor collection is one that you’re sure to fall in love with. And it’s part of an ever-expanding line of creative solutions for growing families from this leading lifestyle designer.
Wendy Bellissimo’s passion for family has both inspired her career and perfected her signature style. In addition to designing nurseries for celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Brooke Shields and Cedric The Entertainer, Wendy started her own exclusive line of baby products from nursery décor to clothing. With energy to spare, Wendy also wrote “Nesting,” a popular design book for growing families. Through an exclusive partnership with Babies“R”Us, Wendy can share her unique sense of design with the world… at an affordable price.
Now everyone can enjoy the comfort, convenience, touchable elegance… and limitless imagination that are the hallmarks of her designs.
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If you’re looking for sophistication and style that goes beyond the ordinary, you’re sure to find it in the signature collections of Wendy Bellissimo. Her bedding & décor feature luscious fabrics, soothing palettes & delightful touches such as detailed embroideries & appliqués. Honey Bee™, shown here, is just one of the many beautiful Wendy Bellissimo™ designs. And it’s only available at Babies“R”Us.
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Your infant will be spending a lot of time in the crib. In order to create a comfortable place for your baby to rest, there are many components you should know about.
Sheets are available in five sizes: for cradles, bassinets, portable cribs, single/convertible cribs, and play yards. Most are made of 100% cotton, but there are some available that are made in a polyester/cotton blend.
You can choose from knit, traditional woven, or flannel sheets. All sheets are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Crib sheets should fit the mattress snugly.
Bumpers protect your infant from bumping into the side rails on any of the four sides of your crib. Three sizes are available to fit: single/convertible cribs, cradles and portable cribs.
Bumpers should be removed as soon as your baby starts to roll or pull up to standing.
Dust Ruffles hang from the mattress support springs to complete the look of your crib.
Sheet Savers are absorbent, quilted pads placed between baby and the sheet. They’re designed to protect your crib sheet, provide comfort and absorb moisture. The ends tie easily to the crib bars. Sheet savers are fully-washable. Always use a tightfitting crib sheet and make sure the sheet saver attaches securely onto the crib.
Quilted Mattress Pads are placed between the crib mattress and crib sheet. They are made to not only soften the mattress surface and make baby more comfortable, but keep your crib mattress dry, as well. Some styles feature waterproof liners sewn in, others have waterproof liners and sheeted surfaces and still others have a rubber backing to protect against stains. Available in sizes to fit single/convertible cribs and toddler beds. Quilted mattress pads are machine-washable.
Waterproof Pads/Lap Pads are vinyl pads used to protect bedding and other areas from spills and moisture. They can be used between the crib sheet and mattress or directly under baby when they are not sleeping. They are available in a variety of sizes. Waterproof pads and lap pads are machine-washable.
Receiving Blankets are used to swaddle baby… it’s the blanket you’ll take your baby home from the hospital in! Made of pure cotton, it is comfortable next to baby’s skin and easy to care for. 100% cotton styles include thermal, flannel and fleece.
Receiving blankets are available in a wide range of colors and designs and are fully-washable.
Baby Blankets are designed to be soft, warm, breathable and cozy.
These blankets can be used any time of the day or night. Depending upon the time of year used, select from
100% cotton and cotton blend styles that include thermal, hi-pile, chenille, fleece and more. Baby blankets are available in a wide assortment of colors and designs and are fully-washable.
Coordinated crib bedding sets make it so easy to carry a theme throughout your nursery. Depending upon your preference, you can choose from either 4- or 6-pc. sets… each with matching coordinates. To take the theme even further, you can choose from a wide assortment of wall borders, wall hangings, mobiles or lamps too! These accessories and many others will help you to create a unique look in your nursery.
Comforter • Sheet • Bumper • Dust Ruffle
Comforter • Sheet • Bumper • Dust Ruffle • Diaper Stacker • Window Valance
Babies are much more sensitive to heat and cold than adults. Just a few degrees variation in room temperature can cause your baby to overheat or catch a chill.
Swaddling in a lightweight receiving blanket is a way to help your baby feel safe, snug and secure… re-enacting the comfort felt in the womb.
It not only keeps your baby warm, but also helps keep baby from bumping into the sides of the crib during a restless sleep. Swaddling is a good idea for infants up to 6 weeks old. After that, your baby will be more comfortable with his surroundings and may no longer need the security of swaddling in a receiving blanket.
Place the receiving blanket in the crib with the corner point facing the center of the head bumper guard. Fold corner down so that it aligns with the back of baby’s neck.
Take the right hand corner of the blanket and wrap it around your baby, tucking the excess in back. For comfort reasons, you may want to leave baby’s arms folded on chest before wrapping.
Fold the bottom of the blanket up and over baby’s feet.
Lastly, fold the left side of the blanket around your baby, tucking the excess underneath. (Be careful to flatten blanket underneath. Lumps will cause discomfort.)
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There’s a big difference between the protected environment of a mother’s womb and the outside world. Vibrating devices help comfort newborns with gentle motions, while sound soothers remind them of sounds from the mother’s womb. These are designed to calm and soothe babies to sleep.
Crib/Bassinet Vibrators can be attached to the crib or bassinet. Most feature multi-speed vibrating options so you can choose the speed that comforts baby best.
Some bassinets, bouncers and play yards feature attached vibration devices.
Sound Soothers offer actual recorded sounds of the womb, and heartbeat sounds as well. These familiar sounds have a calming effect on babies and make it easier for them to fall asleep. Most soothers include a safety strap for secure fastening to the crib.
Babies have never looked so good! Fashion has finally come into the nursery closet, and pink and blue are not the only colors for infants anymore. So check out the many shapes and patterns that make up today’s layette.
Looks are important, but you also want your baby’s clothes to be practical, so fit and comfort matter too. And don’t buy too big too soon; it’s hard to wait for baby to grow into his clothes. Also consider the amount of laundry you’ll be doing now – perhaps three to four loads a day – so clothes have to be easy to clean, and not lose their shape or color after several washings.
With so much to choose from, you’ll have fun deciding on which colors, styles & sizes to buy. Just ask a knowledgeable sales associate to guide you through the children’s clothing department. This is an area where experience counts, and if you’ve never bought a wardrobe for baby before, you’ll need some seasoned help. Maybe
Grandma can come along – she’ll probably be adding to the layette from time to time, and this is a good chance to have fun shopping together for the newest family member.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the term lots of times, but many parents are surprised to learn that layette is a lot more than just baby clothing. Layette consists of many of your baby essentials including feeding accessories, bathing accessories, bedding, sleepwear and outerwear. All pieces are easy to care for, simple to use and designed specifically with your baby’s comfort in mind.
Bodysuit is actually “one-piece underwear.” It is usually designed with a stretch or envelope neck to fit easily over your infant’s head, non-binding or raglan (wide) sleeves for comfort and snaps at the bottom for convenience when changing.
Side-snap Shirt is primarily for newborns because it isn’t pulled over baby’s head, and you can easily provide head and neck support while putting it on baby. It fits similarly to a jacket and is secured with snap closures in front. To ensure baby’s comfort, it’s designed with no side-seams and wide, raglan sleeves.
Pullover Shirt can be used for newborns or toddlers beginning potty training. Design features may include a stretch neck to make it easy to dress and undress baby, raglan sleeves to prevent binding. Additionally, for baby’s comfort, there are no side seams.
Infant Gowns offer an open, banded bottom to make changing easier and keep baby warm; wide or raglan sleeves for comfort; and mitten cuffs which cover baby’s hands and protect baby from accidental scratching.
Sleepers are designed with long sleeves and legs to keep baby warm and comfortable, especially during the cooler months. To make it easier to dress and change baby, snaps go all the way down the front and down each leg. Due to Federal Regulations, cotton sleepwear may only go up to size LARGE. X-LARGE sleepwear must be flame-retardant polyester.
Caps & Booties help stop the loss of body heat from an infant’s head and feet (the two places where body heat is lost rapidly, causing a chill). You’ll find a wide variety of cap & bootie sets. Caps may feature multiple knitted layers for additional warmth and no side seam to prevent chafing. Booties may include Velcro ® closures, elastic at the ankles for a snug fit and large cuffs to tuck in pants.
Teething Bibs are used specifically for drooling. They are designed to keep baby dry where it is needed the most... from the neck to the chest area.
Feeding Bibs are different than teething bibs because of their size. They are designed to protect a large area of clothing, while baby is being fed. They feature adjustable necks and are available in a wide variety of prints, materials, styles and patterns.
Hooded Towels and Washcloths are two bathing essentials. The hooded towel is used to wrap around your infant and cover baby’s head after a bath to avoid chills. The soft washcloth is needed to gently wash baby’s tender skin.
Receiving Blankets are used primarily for infants during the first 6 weeks. The soft, warming material actually helps re-enact the “womb” experience. Receiving blankets are made in a variety of weights and materials, making it easier for you to choose one that is appropriate for the season.
Layette is the basic essentials needed for baby! The information in this section and below explains everything you’ll need to prepare for your newest arrival.
You can find layette in every color and pattern under the sun. There are styles and colors that are most commonly used for boys and girls, plus many neutral colors that are appropriate for either gender.
6-9 Newborn Bodysuits
9-12 Medium Bodysuits
4-6 Side-Snap Shirts
4-6 Pullover Shirts
6-8 Stretch Sleepers
2-4 Cap and Bootie Sets
2 Wearable Blankets
4 Hooded Bath Towels
4-6 Receiving Blankets
New parents will have lots of fun choosing clothes for their infant. There is a wide variety of clothing to choose from… each in an array of colors and patterns. You’ll find different fabrics and textures, and lots of adorable accessories from caps to booties. As baby’s personality makes itself known, so will your sense of baby’s style. From which colors look best to which fabric appliqué fascinates baby most, you’re both sure to develop favorites from a wide variety of fashionable choices.
Romper is a one-piece garment with short sleeves and short legs, and is traditionally made of a woven or knit material. It features a snap crotch for newborns and infants, and is worn for play during the warmer months.
Coverall is a one-piece garment with long or short sleeves and long legs, footed or unfooted. It features a snap crotch for newborns and infants. It’s available in a variety of fabrics, and is appropriate for play anytime during the year.
Shortall is a short-legged overall and is usually sold in a two-piece set. For infants and newborns, the overall has a snap-crotch and may come with a shirt with shoulder opening for easy access. It is made of a woven or knit material and is worn during the warmer months.
Since every infant grows at a different rate, there is no set sizing standard for layette. For this reason, layette packaging indicates size by the age and height/weight of your infant. As a rule, infants usually wear clothing one size larger than their actual size.
The following guide is approximate. Because manufacturers design clothes differently, refer to the sizing chart offered by the manufacturer on the package.
Whether it’s cold or warm outside, you’ll want to protect your infant from the elements.
During the cooler months, clothing keeps your infant warm by trapping warm air next to the skin. During warmer periods, clothes serve to protect tender skin and keep your infant cool.
The following suggestions will help ensure that your baby can enjoy both summer and winter months safely and comfortably.
The following is a scientific approach using layering to keep your infant warm, dry and comfortable. Keep in mind, the layers listed are on top of your infant’s undergarments and clothing. Because body heat is rapidly lost through the extremities, be sure to keep your baby’s head, feet and hands bundled well.
Regulating zippers and adding or subtracting layers will keep your infant from overheating.
First Layer should be made of a non-absorbent, loosely woven material that allows any perspiration to be absorbed by the next layer. Because cotton absorbs moisture, it is not recommended for a first outer layer.
Second Layer will trap air between the first and third layers, as well as allowing any excess moisture to move to the outermost layer, away from baby’s skin. It should be constructed of a light, breathable material such as wool or polyester fleece.
Third Layer protects your baby from the elements, such as wind, sleet, snow and rain. The outer layer should also be made of a breathable fabric, but one that is also water and windresistant. Materials such as polyester and specially-treated nylon are good choices.
An infant’s tender skin is particularly sensitive to the sun’s rays. High mid-day temperatures pose another concern. The following tips will keep your infant safe during the warmer months.
• Children of all ages should ideally avoid direct sunlight and peak sun hours. If your infant is out in the sun, and if her skin & scalp are exposed, use a sunscreen with
SPF-15 or higher and both UVA &
• Use insect repellents only as directed on product labels and also check with your pediatrician.
• Do not wear perfumes or use fragrant soaps before walking with your infant. This may attract bees and other insects.
• Avoid walking in areas where insects may gather, such as in the woods.
• In high temperatures and/or humidity, keep your infant indoors.
• Venture outdoors before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. when the sun is weakest.
• Dress your infant in loosely-fitted, tightly-woven fabrics, like cotton.
• Choose light-colored clothing over dark to reflect the heat.
• A wide brim hat will help protect your infant’s face and scalp from the sun.
• Use sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection.
• Avoid walking near bodies of water or sand; they reflect light.
• Make sure your infant continues to drink enough liquids to avoid dehydration.
Splish, splash. There’s nothing like a bath. It’s one of the best times to bond with your baby and have fun in the process. From his tender skin to his wriggly body to those soft tufts of hair, he’s a delightful little package just waiting to come clean.
How much bathing does an infant really need? He’s not doing a whole lot right now that’ll make him very dirty. For about the first year, he’ll probably get messy primarily after eating and dirtying his diapers. If you keep his face, hands and bottom consistently clean, bathing him once every 2 or
3 days may be all that’s necessary. Even once a week may be enough to keep him clean. Bathing an infant too often can make his skin dry. You want to be sure your baby is comfortable during bathtime – that means not covering his eyes with a towel or clothing while you undress him. Many babies get disoriented and upset if their vision is obscured.
Try to keep your little one covered as much as possible during the bath, though – it can get chilly pretty fast for that tiny body. So turn up the heat in your house before you start bathtime activities. And make it fun: When baby gets a little older, sculpt his shampooed hair into silly shapes, make a hand puppet with two washcloths sewn together and run the puppet all over his body while soaping and rinsing, or use a small sand shovel to wet and rinse his hair. You can find plenty of bath toys out there that will help your baby enjoy the delights of water.
To help the umbilical cord dry up and fall off without getting infected, newborns are given sponge baths instead of being submerged in bath water. Since you will be cleaning your baby’s bottom and genital area with every diaper change, you will only need to sponge bathe once or twice a week. Begin by choosing a safe, comfortable and convenient area to work in. You can use a padded tabletop, dressing table, even an infant bathtub (minus the water).
• Throughout the entire bath, be sure you support baby’s head and neck.
• To avoid irritation and infection, it is important to change your washcloth often while sponge bathing your baby.
• Up until you are actually ready to wash baby below the neck, there is no reason to undress him.
• Do not introduce soap into the sponge bath until your infant is at least 1 week old. Until then, plain water is sufficient.
• Wrapping a washcloth around your hand may offer you more control than simply holding it in your hand.
• Your baby’s physician will provide you with direction on how to properly care for your baby’s umbilical cord; remember to keep it dry and exposed to air.
• You should continue to sponge bathe your baby until the umbilical cord has fallen off, usually within 1 month before full baths will be necessary.
Place everything you need nearby. Before undressing baby, moisten a cotton ball or soft washcloth with warm water and gently wipe baby’s eyelids while he’s in a reclined position. Wipe from the inside corner out and use different cotton balls for each eye.
Dampen a cotton ball with warm water and gently clean around baby’s nose area, being careful not to penetrate the nostrils. If needed, you can dampen a cotton swab and gently clean the outside of the nostrils. Repeat for baby’s ears, being sure to wipe both outside and behind the ear. Never insert a cotton swab into baby’s ear canal.
With another washcloth, clean baby’s face and neck. Usually patting with warm water will be enough, plus this way you can avoid the risk of irritating baby’s eyes or nostrils with soap.
Now it’s time to wash baby’s hair. Sit baby up, supporting his back while tilting his head back. Either squeeze warm water from a face cloth or use your hands to sprinkle water over baby’s head. Use just a small amount of gentle shampoo or cleanser. Don’t be afraid to wash over your baby’s soft spot (fontanel).
This developing part of your baby’s body is a lot tougher than you would believe, and can be gently washed and rinsed, like every other part of baby’s body. Pat dry using that same gentle touch. If your baby cries when you wash his hair, save it for last, but be sure to use fresh water.
Lay baby gently on a soft towel or pad and wash his front. Then, wash baby’s genital area, being sure to clean from front to back. For both sexes, clean genital areas before cleaning bottom. Be sure to thoroughly wash all creases.
Note: Using soap in the sensitive genital and anal areas may cause discomfort and irritation. If soap is used, be sure to thoroughly rinse. Pat dry.
Turn baby around and repeat this process with the back area. Pat dry.
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Bathing your infant can be one of the most joyous experiences you have with your child. It’s a precious time spent together… and with the presence of water and bubbles, think of the fun you can have, too!
Soft words, smiles, laughing and comforting touches will make this a time you’ll both cherish.
Before bathing your infant, decide the best location for your infant bathtub – the kitchen sink, inside your full-size tub, or any secure flat surface that will allow you to comfortably hold and support your baby. Soft music can help to make the experience a bit more relaxing for nervous babies. Check water temperature with your elbow (remember baby’s sensitive skin). It should be between 90°F and 100°F. You may want to use a bath thermometer. Baby should only be immersed in water once the umbilical cord has fallen off (usually within 2 to 3 weeks of birth). Prior to that, sponge baths are sufficient.
Baby’s bottom and genital areas will be cleansed with each changing, so there’s no need to wash your infant everyday.
You can bathe baby once or twice a week until baby warrants more frequent bathing, such as when he begins to crawl.
During warmer weather or periods of frequent spitting up, you may want to bathe baby more often.
Place everything that you’ll need for the bath within arm’s reach, including a hooded towel. Fill your infant tub with about 2" of water.
Undress your infant, remove the diaper and clean any soiled areas.
Check the water temperature. Now, cradle your baby with one arm, supporting the head and neck. With the other hand, grasp the baby’s thigh and slowly lower him into the water. Glide the baby in feet first, keeping a firm grasp.
Just as you did when sponge bathing your infant, clean baby’s eyes, ears, nose and face gently with cotton balls.
Wash baby’s hair. Dampen or wet his head with a washcloth or your hands. Apply a small bit of baby shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Pat dry. Baby can either lie in a semi-recline position or remain seated in an upright position.
Clean baby’s body with a slightly soapy washcloth. Do the front of the body first, taking care to wash inside all skin folds. If bathing a baby girl, wash her genitals with a non-soapy cloth from front to back. If washing an uncircumcised boy, do not attempt to pull back the foreskin. This will remain adhered for several years. Ask your pediatrician when it is safe to do so.
Sit baby up – supporting him with your arm underneath his arm. Grasp his far arm from the front and let him lean forward on your arm. This will support the head and neck.
Wash baby’s back and buttocks.
Use the same hold to remove baby from the tub as you did to introduce him into it. Wrap in a hooded towel and pat dry. Be sure to dry all areas, especially in creases of skin.
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2 Hooded Towels one to dry… one to wrap baby in afterward to avoid a chill
Cotton Balls to clean eyes and nose area
Cotton Swabs to clean outer part of ear and umbilical cord
Washcloths - one to soap baby, one to clean baby... and an extra for final rinse
Mild Soap or
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Tub with Bath Sling
• Mildew-Resistant Pad keeps baby from slipping, while it adds to baby’s comfort.
• Head/Neck Support cradles baby comfortably, and allows you to keep your hands free while bathing baby.
• Quick Drain Plug allows you to more easily discard bath water.
• Temperature Strips tell you at a glance if the water temperature is suitable for baby’s bath.
• Attached Spray Head or Pour
Cup makes rinsing baby easier.
• Folding Option is found on some models. They fold compactly for storage or travel.
Adult Kneelers are padded knee rests that make giving baths a whole lot easier for mom and dad.
• Bath Toys are available in a wide variety and make bathing an experience you’ll both look forward to. Included in these are foaming toys, stick-ons, floating toys, toys that make sounds and more.
• Bath Seats are only to be used for infants who are able to sit upright unassisted and have complete head and neck control.
These are placed directly in an adult tub and are kept stationary with an attached arm, supported by the adult tub. Attached toys make bathing even more fun.
• Before you begin bathing your child, have all supplies in front of you and within arm’s reach.
• DO NOT leave a baby unattended for a second.
If you need to leave the bathroom, take baby along. Empty bath water immediately after use.
A baby can drown in as little as an inch of water.
• Baby bath seats and baby bathtubs are not substitutes for supervision. They are only bathing aids, not safety devices. Strictly follow all warnings and manufacturer’s instructions.
• Never use a bath seat on textured or non-skid surfaces unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state the seat is intended for such surfaces.
• “Tubside” seats are not suitable for sunken or non-standard size tubs. If the bath seat moves or tips while your child is in it, stop using it.
• Remember to set the maximum temperature on your hot water heater to no more than 120° F.
• Never run the water with baby in the bathtub.
Fill the tub, then test the temperature with your elbow or thermometer before putting baby in the tub. Temperature should be between 90 and 100° F.
The options available to new parents and parents-to-be can be overwhelming, to say the very least. Even if this isn’t your first child, new products are being introduced every day, giving you an extraordinary number of choices. So exactly where do you begin? Here’s a helpful list that has all the basic necessities you’ll want and all the key items your baby will need from the moment you arrive home from the hospital. With these suggestions, your bathroom will be fully stocked, and you’ll be ready for nearly anything that comes your way.
• Brush and Comb with baby’s needs in mind. Look for soft bristles on the brush and a comb designed specifically for baby’s fine hair.
• Nail Clippers for baby’s fastgrowing nails. Cut them after bathtime to avoid scratches. Roundtipped scissors or “baby” nail clippers are designed to trim baby’s nails safely and effectively.
• Nasal Aspirator or bulb syringe, helps baby breathe easier when faced with a stuffy nose by gently removing mucus from the sinuses.
• Thermometers are available in many styles including rectal and underarm models. All oral, ear and forehead models offer a digital read out.
• Diaper Rash or Other
Medicated Ointment for irritated, red or chafed areas. If unsure about the cause of a rash or irritation, please seek medical attention. Daily-use diaper rash creams help prevent diaper rash and keep moisture away from baby’s skin.
• Fever Relievers can help to bring baby’s fever down. Contact your pediatrician before dispensing.
• Alcohol Swabs are good for disinfecting thermometers.
• Cotton Balls and Swabs are best for gentle cleaning of the umbilical cord, eyes, ears and nasal passages. Safety swabs are specifically made for baby.
• Petroleum Jelly comes in handy when inserting a rectal thermometer or to help prevent diaper rash. Also, when baby is ill, apply to irritated areas such as the nostrils.
• Gas Relief Drops help to relieve painful gas caused by eating certain foods or swallowing air.
• Soaps/Baby Bath Wash are formulated not to dry out or irritate baby’s skin. Aromatherapy formulas can help to calm babies and improve sleep.
• Baby Shampoo is made to be gentle on baby’s skin, rinse easily and will not burn eyes or mucus membranes.
• Baby Oil or Baby Lotion is best used to soften baby’s skin after baths, for dry skin and infant massages.
• Vapor Bath may help soothe colds and sniffles with menthol vapors.
New moms may be hesitant to trim their infants’ nails, but keeping baby’s nails short will help avoid scratches.
You’ll be surprised at how quickly an infant’s nails will grow, so you may need to trim them as often as twice a week. The best time to do so is after a bath when the nails have softened, or when baby is sleeping. Use either rounded, blunt-end baby scissors or baby nail clippers. An emery board may be another alternative, especially if your infant’s nails are particularly soft.
• Health Kits contain all the basic essentials for your infant’s health and safety in convenient carry cases.
Great for gift, home or travel.
• Keep infants out of direct sunlight.
If areas of skin and scalp are exposed, use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
• Keep a list of phone numbers for your local Poison Control Center, doctor & pharmacy by your phone.
Let’s get you prepared, because you’ll be changing your baby’s diaper up to 10 times a day.
We know you want to keep your baby smiling. And since a happy baby is a dry baby, keeping her as dry and as comfy as possible is a large part of everyone’s happiness. So learn the basics and you’ll be a pro in no time!
Have the supplies you need on hand for easy diaper changing:
• A Clean Diaper kept in a diaper stacker on the side of the changing table, so diapers are readily available.
• Wipes are the most convenient and simple way to clean up baby.
Choose from different ingredients, hypo-allergenic or sensitive skin formulas, moisturizing, scented or unscented types of wipes. can help you make sure those sweet little creases are all clean & dry!
• Changing Pad protects the floor, carpet, or even changing table from any unexpected leaks.
• Toy or Play Mirror for an active baby. She’s more likely to stay still when distracted
• A Trusty Diaper Pail is a great idea for keeping the nursery germ- and odor-free. Many units are clean and compact, sealing soiled diapers in an air-tight pouch.
There are numerous choices in diapers available today, and both cloth and disposable diapers come in a variety of sizes and features. Disposable diapers can be sealed up in a special disposal system and thrown away, while cloth diapers are laundered and reused. Whichever type of diaper you choose, make sure baby’s genital area is clean after every diaper change.
Today’s unisex diapers are designed to address the needs of both sexes with comfortable, absorbent padding throughout. They offer leakage and wetness protection with extra-absorbing systems and unique features such as waist barriers. Some include aloe to soothe baby’s skin.
Disposables are far more convenient than cloth diapers, eliminating the need for plastic pants and require no pins or folding.
• Breathable outer cover
• Stretchable sides/elastic waist
• Absorbent inner layer
• Self-sticking fasteners
• Elasticized leg openings
• Reusable self-adhering tapes
There are two types of diaper fabrics to choose from: birdseye and gauze. Birdseye is a tightly woven, textured cotton that’s both soft and absorbent. All of its edges are finished.
Gauze is a finer, open-weave fabric that is also comfortable, but looser. It is usually designed with unfinished edges. Cloth diapers, in whichever fabric you choose, come in flat or pre-folded styles.
Now that you have everything nearby, just add baby and you’re ready for action.
Place baby on her back on the changing pad, and free her legs from clothing. Undo the sides of her dirty diaper, using one hand to lift her ankles and another to gently pull away the soiled diaper.
Keeping one hand on baby, clean baby’s bottom, paying particular attention to those little creases. Cleanse a girl from front to back, so her genital area will be free of germs. While cleansing a boy, drape a cloth diaper or paper towel over his genitals to keep from being sprayed. Then wipe clean his genital area.
When you’re ready to put a clean diaper on baby, lift your little one’s legs and spread the diaper beneath baby’s bottom, keeping it straight and wrapped evenly around hips. (Carefully diaper a boy by tucking his penis in a downward position to prevent leaks around the waist.) Open the tabs and first fasten the side closest to you.
Then roll baby toward you to fasten the other side, keeping the overlap as neat, even and comfy as possible.
Your infant will need to be changed often, so if you’re on the go a lot (and what parent isn’t?), a diaper bag is a must! It’s a convenient way to carry all of baby’s essentials, and it’s available in many fabrics & styles.
Having a diaper bag filled with necessary items will make your outings with baby more pleasant and less stressful. Below, we’ve listed a few items that every well-stocked bag will have.
For The First 6 Months
• Rash Ointment
• Changing Pad
• Change of Clothes
• Burp Cloth
• Lightweight Blanket
• Bottled Water
• Plastic Baggies
• Toy and/or Book
• Bottle & Formula
(if not breastfeeding)
• Bibs (two)
• Hats (winter & sun)
• Disposable Camera
(in a sealed plastic baggie)
• $20 (just in case)
Wipes are a must for anyone taking care of an infant. They are the most convenient and simple way to clean up. When choosing a wipe, some important factors to consider are: cleaning ability, thickness and durability.
Wipes are available in tubs, economical refills and compact travel packs... great for diaper bags or anytime you are on the go! To make them more comforting for baby, consider using a wipe warmer. This compact, electric unit is easy to use and designed to fit on most changing tables... so warm wipes are within reach when you need them!
Types of Wipes
• Hypo-Allergenic Formulas
• Sensitive Skin Formulas
• Extra Moisturizing
• Scented & Unscented
• Hands & Face Formula
Tote, Mini & Backpack
Full-Size Diaper Bag
Wipe Warmer & Diaper Organizer
When baby comes into the world, your innate ability to detect the slightest variation in her output also arrives. And that’s where you’ll find clues to baby’s health and well-being. Nourished or hydrated, feeling good or not so peppy, the diaper holds the keys to baby’s inner workings.
As a newborn, her very first BM should be a thick dark green or black substance called meconium. This is what was in her intestines before she was born. As soon as baby expels the meconium, normal digestion will start and from then on, her BMs will generally be softer and lighter in color.
Since breastmilk is more easily digested, breast-fed babies will have soft, almost runny BMs that look like seedy mustard. They may have as many as 2-5 BMs per day, or as few as one per week. Constipation, or hard, pebble-like stools are less likely in breast-fed babies since breastmilk is more easily digested.
Formula-fed babies will have firmer, tan, yellow, brown or green stools and may have one after every feeding. Since formula is a bit harder to digest for baby, don’t be surprised if constipation does occur.
As baby starts on cereals and solid foods, when you change her diaper you’ll discover that the consistency and color of her stools reflect the food she ate during the day.
And although baby’s wet diapers may start slowly at first (1 for every day of baby’s life), by 6 days old, there should be 6-8 wet diapers a day.
With all those diaper changes, a pail system will certainly keep your nursery germ-free and odor-free.
These clean, compact units seal soiled diapers in an airtight pouch. A reliable diaper pail will also cut down on your trips to the garbage.
Diaper Pail Features
• Easy to use and refill
• Simple to empty
• Child and pet proof
• To “dispose” of disposable diapers, don’t flush in a toilet.
Instead, place in a plastic bag, tie tightly and throw into the trash.
• Choose a diaper disposal system.
• Be sure to choose a system that can grow with your child.
You’ll need a pail that can handle those larger and smellier diapers as your child starts on solid food.
Most parents know that when used correctly, car seats are lifesavers. Putting your infant or toddler into an approved and properly installed car seat should be as routine as turning on the ignition.
In September 2002, government regulations mandated that new cars and car seats must be manufactured with the LATCH (which stands for Lower Anchors & Tethers for
CHildren) installation system. This system allows parents to quickly secure their child’s forward-facing car seat at
2 points: the upper and lower rear of the car seat (almost all rear-facing car seats attach with lower anchors only).
The intended result is greater ease of installation which in turn increases the likelihood of a more secure car seat.
All car seats are designed to be safely used with either
LATCH installation, or using the vehicle’s seat belt system.
You can use whichever is easiest and provides the most secure fit. Contact your car maker’s national headquarters or a local car dealership for details, or the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration toll-free at
1-888-DASH-2-DOT or Babiesrus.com.
There’s just no excuse for not being properly buckled in.
And that includes you too, Mom and Dad.
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Every state in the U.S. enforces the use of car seats for infants. Hospitals will not let you leave with your newborn without one. Car seats are responsible for saving thousands of children’s lives each year. For these reasons, a car seat is one of the most important purchases you will ever make.
Weight Type of Seat
Age Seat Direction Always Make Sure
5 -22 lbs.* or
5 -35 lbs.
Infants ride REAR-FACING until at least 1 year old AND approx. 20 lbs. If baby reaches 20 lbs. before 1 year of age, switch to a rear-facing convertible car seat.
Harness straps should be at or shoulder level, using only those slots designated for rear-facing use in the user’s manual.
20 - 40 lbs.
20 - 40 lbs.
Forward-facing Harness straps should be at or
shoulder level, using only those slots designated for forward-facing use in the user’s manual.
Harness straps should be at or above shoulder levels. At 40 lbs. remove internal harness and use as belt-positioning booster seat.
40 -100 lbs.
Booster Car Seat
All booster car seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts, never with the lap belt only.
*Some models accommodate up to 30lbs.
WARNING: All children 12 and under should ride in a back seat. This guide is not meant to be a substitute for manufacturer instructions & is for informational purposes only. Please consult manufacturer instructions & your Vehicle Owner’s Manual for further details.
Not securing your vehicle’s seat belt or LATCH system tightly
The car seat should not be able to move more than an inch side to side.
Check your car seat each time you use it. Some cars may require the use of locking clips to keep seat belts securely in place. These clips are usually packaged with your car seat. They can also be purchased separately.
Switching to a forward-facing car seat too soon
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies ride rearfacing until they reach at least one year of age and 20 lbs., but ideally longer if possible within the rear-facing limits of their seat. When your child exceeds the infant car seat’s height or weight limits, switch to a convertible car seat. This will allow your child to continue to ride rearfacing up to a higher height or weight limit before having to switch to forward-facing.
Incorrect usage of harness straps
Be sure that the car seat’s straps are threaded through the proper slots.
When used rear-facing, the straps should be positioned at shoulder height or lower. When used forward-facing, the straps should be threaded through the slots that are at or above shoulder height. In some seats, the shoulder straps must be threaded through the topmost slots when used in the forwardfacing position, regardless of where your child’s shoulders sit. Keep in mind that the straps should always fit snugly, but not uncomfortably. You should be able to slide no more than one finger comfortably between your child and the strap.
Although there are many brands and features to choose from, all infant car seats share one thing in common:
They are designed to support the back, head and neck of a developing infant. Infant car seats must be installed rear-facing (facing the back window) in the back seat.
Most will accommodate infants from 5 lbs. up to 22 lbs.
(some accommodate up to 30 lbs.) The AAP recommends that babies ride rear-facing as long as possible within the rear-facing limits of their seat, but at least until they reach one year of age and 20 lbs. For convenience and comfort, use a car seat with a stay-in-car base for quick installation and gentle removal from the car without awakening your sleeping child.
• Be sure to purchase a car seat that is appropriate for your child’s height, weight & age.
• Follow manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
If you have questions, call the manufacturer (most provide a help-line number to call).
• Never install a car seat in a front-passenger seat that has an active air bag and remember that children are generally safer in the back seat.
• The base of your car seat should rest firmly on the seat, and the vehicle’s seat belt system or LATCH system must be able to secure it tightly.
If it moves more than an inch side to side, it’s too loose.
• If your vehicle’s seat belt is not able to lock your child’s car seat securely in place, you may need to use a locking clip which may be packaged with the seat or can be purchased separately.
• To make sure you have installed your car seat correctly, attend a car seat safety check.
Many local fire departments, police stations, healthcare facilities... even Babies“R”Us periodically holds these events where a certified technician can examine your car seat installation at no charge.
• Send in the manufacturer’s registration card.
If your car seat is recalled, you will be notified by the manufacturer.
• Avoid used car seats. Older car seats may not conform to present safety standards. Also do not use if car seat is cracked or damaged.
• Avoid using car seats involved in a crash.
Involvement in accidents may limit their effectiveness.
An infant car seat with a stay-in-car base will double as an infant carrier outside the car.
• 5-pt. harness system
• Front harness adjustment
• Energy absorbing foam for impact protection
• Adjustable canopy
• Carry handle
• LATCH-equipped stay-in-car base
5-Pt. Harness System
Secures your child at the shoulders, hips and between the legs.
Soft Roller Shade/Sunshade
Car Seat Undermat
Infant Carrier Cover
Additional Base (for infant seat)
Car Seat Carry Bag
A convertible car seat can be used as a rear-facing car seat for infants from 5 lbs. up to 30-35 lbs., then converted into a forward-facing car seat for toddlers 1 year of age or older, and approximately
20-40 lbs. Some convertible car seats convert into a high-back (belt-positioning) booster car seat for children approximately 40-100 lbs. Refer to manufacturer’s instruction manual for specific weight requirements.
• 5-pt. harness system
• Adjustable harness heights
• Washable padded seat
• LATCH-equipped for easy installation
Convertible car seats can be used rear- and forward-facing for longer use!
When your child has outgrown the convertible car seat, but is too small to use the vehicle’s seat belt system alone (approximately ages 4 through 8 years old), it’s time for a booster car seat.
Booster car seats are used after your child has outgrown the convertible car seat. All belt-positioning booster car seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts, never with the lap belt only.
1) Combination Booster Car Seat functions as a forward-facing car seat with 5-pt. harness restraint system for children over the age of 1 and approximately 20-40 lbs. As the child grows, the harness is removed to convert to a beltpositioning booster to be used with the car’s own vehicle seat belt system for children approximately 40-100 lbs.
2) Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat for toddlers approximately 30-100 lbs. Features full-head support and raises the child up for a better fit while using the car’s own vehicle seat belt system.
3) No-Back Booster Car Seat uses car’s own vehicle seat or seat belt system and head support to appropriately restrain and protect children from approximately 40-100 lbs.
Once your child reaches an approximate height of 4’9”, he or she may no longer need to use a booster car seat. State and local laws vary. For details, contact your state or local government.
Use this 5 Step Test to see if your child is ready:
1. Your child sits all the way back against the auto seat.
2. Your child’s knees bend easily at the edge of the auto seat.
3. The shoulder belt should be centered across the shoulder and chest and not across the neck.
4. The lap belt is as low as possible, touching the thighs, and not across the tummy.
5. Your child is comfortable like this for the entire trip.
Are we there yet? But who really cares when baby strolls around town with a bunch of his favorite toys, plenty of food, and a cushiony reclining seat. And if the sun gets too strong or rain threatens, a canopy provides that extra bit of protection.
There are so many strollers out there today that you’re bound to find one – or maybe two – that are just right for your needs. Strollers have come a long way since the days of the baby buggy. There are now endless variations on this classic way to walk about with baby. They’re such a great convenience that most moms take baby along almost anywhere. And why not? The only trick is packing up baby’s gear for an outing. Even a trip to the local mall or supermarket has to be planned down to the last detail.
It’s more than a walk in the park – it’s a field trip. As with so much else about parenthood, get organized. Plan your day, your errands, how much food and how many diapers and clothing changes you’ll need. Take a portable changing pad, toys, emergency phone numbers, maybe even a camera – and the attitude of an adventurer, because that’s the kind of fun you’ll have when you’re out and about with your little one.
Your baby is going to spend a lot of time in a stroller...
and you’re going to spend a lot of time pushing it, so you’ll want to choose yours carefully. Be sure to take factors like space limitations, stairs, storage capabilities and the surrounding environment into account before you make your purchase.
• Make sure that your stroller is completely in the open position and the brakes are fully locked before putting your baby inside.
• Always use the harness system.
• Adjust stroller seat to the recline position when baby falls asleep to ensure comfort.
• Always use the safety brakes when you stop the stroller.
• Check your stroller to make sure it’s in good operating condition.
• Do not allow your child to stand in the stroller.
• Keep baby away from stroller when folding or unfolding it.
• Do not hang shopping bags, purses or anything else on the handles of a stroller. It may tip.
• Never leave your child unattended.
Appropriate for Newborns
Infants (6 months or older)
Can Be Used as a Carriage
System w/ infant car seat x x x x
Stroller if seat fully-reclines
3 months x x some x
Stroller x x x x
Stroller if seat fully-reclines x x
Stroller x x
Lightweight Frame x x x x x x x x x
Infant Head Support
Height-Adjustable Handle some some some some some some some some some some
Approx. Weight of Child
Approx. Age Range of Child up to 40 lbs.* up to 40 lbs.* up to 40 lbs.* up to 40 lbs.* up to 40 lbs.
each seat up to 4 yrs. up to 4 yrs.
6 months up to 4 yrs.
up to 4 yrs.
up to 50 lbs.
up to 4 yrs.
6 months to approx. 5 yrs.
*Some models accommodate up to 50 lbs.
Newborns should have strollers with a full-recline position.
Infant to Toddlers can ride in a convenience stroller until approximately 3 years old.
More Than One Child can ride in a double stroller, and if an infant will be riding, be sure it has a fully-reclining seat.
Toddlers Only may use an Umbrella Stroller since it’s a great choice for convenience and portability.
• Multiple seat recline positions
• Removable weather boot for protection in the colder weather
• Extra seat padding
• Removable front tray
Adult Height differences call for strollers with telescoping, adjustable or pivoting handle heights that adjust for comfort.
Stride of the parent. Since longer legs take longer strides, choose a stroller with smaller wheels and adjustable handles so the walker can avoid constantly kicking them.
Weight of the stroller should be considered if you expect to be climbing stairs or frequently lifting the stroller in and out of vehicles.
In these cases a lightweight stroller works best.
Ease of Use is key, so check for smooth opening and closing functions and wheel locking features.
Full-size strollers are larger and sturdier than convenience strollers. They are the “limousine” of strollers because they offer numerous convenience and comfort options. Although most are heavier than other styles, some full-size, lighter-weight models are made with aluminum frames and are easier to maneuver as well as rust-resistant. Full-size strollers are appropriate for newborns because they have a full-recline feature and remain suitable for use until your child reaches approximately 3 or 4 years of age. Full-size strollers offer a wide range of features and come in a variety of fabrics.
• Large storage basket
• Adjustable footrest & canopy
• Oversized wheels to absorb shocks and provide greater maneuverability
• Machine washable seatpad
• 5-pt. harness system
• Shock-absorbing suspension system to keep baby comfortable while strolling over different terrain
• Dual wheel brakes for more responsive braking
A Travel System is an Infant Car Seat attached to a Stroller!
• 5-pt. harness system
• One-hand fold
• Multiple-position seat recline
• Large storage basket
• Adjustable canopy
• Parent & child trays with cup holders
• Machine washable seatpad
• All-terrain, swivel wheels
• Brakes that set with lever or foot pedal
• For up to approximately 40 lbs.
• Energy absorbing foam for impact protection
• 5-pt. front adjust harness
• Infant head support
• LATCH-equipped stay-in-car adjustable base
• Adjustable canopy
• Carry handle
• Machine washable seatpad
It’s a Convenience
It’s an Infant Car Seat
& an Infant Carrier!
It consists of a convenience stroller and an infant car seat, which attaches to the stroller.
The infant car seat provides head, back and neck support for your newborn, while keeping baby in a comfortable, reclined position, just like a carriage. With the stay-in-car base feature, the infant car seat can also be used as an infant carrier. This allows you to take the infant car seat from the car to stroller and vice versa without ever disturbing your baby. All travel systems are designed so that the car seat inserts with baby facing you. Once baby outgrows the infant car seat, it can be removed, converting the system into a convenience stroller. The stroller’s own seating and restraint system is used up until your child is approximately 4 years old.
These strollers are designed to fold quickly, easily and compactly for storage, and offer many features that will make it a comfortable ride...
for both of you.
This metal frame allows you to snap most major infant car seat brands into place, creating a stroller. Each frame is extremely lightweight, easy to transport and folds compactly. A basket is usually included. This is a great waty to utilize your existing infant car seat!
Convenience strollers are made for ease of use.
They are designed to be lightweight, portable and durable, and fold easily and compactly. Although convenience strollers offer infants a safe and comfortable ride, only models with a fully reclining seat are appropriate for newborns.
Because of their many convenient features, they are ideal for travel and for active parents.
• Roomy storage basket
• Fully reclining seat
• Height-adjustable handle
• Larger all-terrain wheels
• Many models can accommodate an infant car seat
(sold separately) to create a travel system appropriate for newborns
Want a workout while you stroll with your baby?
This is the stroller for you. You’ll recognize a jogging stroller by its unique design.
They are threewheeled vehicles, complete with comfortable seating, a parking brake, storage basket and all-terrain wheels.
This style is also made to fold quickly and easily. Because they don’t offer a fully-reclining seat, they are appropriate for infants from
6 months old and can be used up until the time they reach approximately 50 lbs.
This style was dubbed as the “umbrella” stroller because of its hooked “umbrella” handles and umbrellatype fold. If you are looking for a highquality, lightweight stroller that’s easy to move in and out of a car... this would be the perfect choice.
When it’s folded, it is very compact. They feature lightweight frames and weigh as little as 5 lbs.
Umbrella strollers are available in a wide variety of prices, according to the features offered. They are recommended for use with infants - from approximately 6 months old - who don’t require head and neck support and can be used until the child is 3-4 years old.
If you’re the lucky parent of twins... or if you have an infant and toddler in your household, taking them for a stroll by yourself may sound next to impossible... unless you have a stroller made for two children. Double strollers, duo strollers or tandem strollers let you walk with two children as easily as if you were walking with just one. These strollers are also handy for carrying a child and groceries, once one child has outgrown it. For the parents of twins, some offer the option to attach two infant car seats, creating a duo travel system. Another version includes a rear platform/seat where an older child can sit or stand on the back while an infant car seat or younger child can be accommodated in the front. All are available in a wide variety of fabrics and features. Double strollers are appropriate for newborns only when the fully-reclining seat feature is available and can be used until your toddler reaches approximately 4 years old.
Children sit facing forward, one in back of the other. These strollers fold easily, quickly and compactly for storage or travel. Features may include: separate canopies, individually reclining seats, rear wheel brakes, full-recline rear seat for a sleeping infant, removable/washable pads, separate footrests and restraining straps with safety buckle. If you prefer more options, there are some front-to-back full-size strollers with expanded options. Most models accept infant car seats.
Children can sit next to each other while you take them for a stroll!
These strollers are lightweight and fold quickly, easily and compactly.
Most fit through normal size doorways, making them even easier to use.
Features may include European styling, thick padding, individually reclining seats, single or shared canopy, storage basket, footrest and restraining straps with safety buckle.
Infant Head Support
Cup Holder for Mom
At one time, a stroller was the only way to take baby along when you were on the go… but now with the advent of carriers, taking baby nearly anywhere is easier than ever! Different styles of carriers are designed for different stages of development. No matter what your shape, size or strength, there is a carrier that is perfect for both you and your infant.
Sling Carrier is a soft carrier that is designed for infants of any age. The infant is carried in front in a “hammock” position. This style is particularly effective when used with newborns for several reasons:
• The sling shape allows your infant to rest in a comfortable, natural sleeping position while the “swaying” motion actually may help to lull your infant to sleep.
• The soft material “wraps” around the newborn, mimicking the “swaddling” effect of a receiving blanket. This adds to baby’s comfort and security by simulating the “womb” experience.
• The carrying position allows nursing moms to breastfeed comfortably and discreetly.
Front Carrier allows infants to be carried facing you, while older children can face outward to enjoy the world around them as you walk.
• The infant is carried in a seated position.
• Most are soft carriers with no metal or plastic framing.
• Styles which provide stiff support behind an infant’s head are appropriate for newborns.
• If head support is not included, it should be used for infants who have already gained head and neck control.
• Most front carriers offer adjustable seats and straps.
Multiple-Position Carrier is an adjustable soft carrier that allows you to carry baby in a variety of positions.
• Some convert from a sling to a front carrier.
• Others convert from a face-in carrier to a face-out or back carrier.
• Ideal while working around the house, lulling baby to sleep or simply taking a walk.
Frame Carrier is carried on the back as a backpack, and used once your child has adequate head and neck control and is approximately
4 or 5 months of age.
If carrying your child is a problem because of strength or discomfort, a framed back carrier might be a good option.
• Because of its frame and belt features, baby’s weight is evenly distributed, reducing the risk of strain on shoulders and back.
• Some styles have adjustable sternum straps or lumbar support panels that further distribute weight.
• Back carriers are commonly constructed of either metal or plastic.
Often, these feature removable seats that can be washed.
• Many styles include a storage pouch, bottle pockets and a toy loop.
• Back carriers feature adjustable seats and straps.
• Carriers should not be used while driving, jogging, skating or biking.
• Frame-style carriers should be used only when baby can sit upright unassisted.
• If picking something up while wearing the carrier… always bend at the knees, or baby could fall out.
• Do not cook with baby in the carrier.
• Always stay off stools and ladders while using a carrier.
• Do not reach for overhead items that could fall and hit baby on the head.
• Do not use carriers during airplane take-offs or landings. They are not approved by the FAA for this purpose.
A play yard (sometimes referred to as a travel yard) provides your child with a cozy place to play or nap, indoors, outdoors and onthe-go. As long as a parent or caregiver is nearby, the child will feel reassured and comfortable in his own little space. Plus, it makes it convenient for a parent to interact with the child as well as keep a watchful eye.
Baby mirrors, building blocks, soft rattles and other developmental toys will keep your little one entertained.
However, a play yard is not a substitute for a parent and should be used for short periods of time only.
• Coordinated Play Yards are part of a coordinated grouping available in prints that match the travel system, infant car seat, stroller, swing or high chair.
• Play Yards with Removable Canopies are great for both indoor and outdoor play.
• Bassinet features are ideal for newborns. Once your infant outgrows the bassinet section, simply lift it out and let your toddler have fun in the play yard underneath!
• Changing Stations fit securely on top or nested in play yards. They are fitted with pouches to carry diapers, wipes and ointments... all for greater ease and convenience when changing baby’s diaper.
• Mobiles, Toys & Electronics are designed with baby’s enjoyment in mind and can include playful elements such as music, lights and vibration.
• Always be sure all four drop-sides are locked in the upright position whenever your baby is inside.
• Check mesh sides and railing for holes or tears.
• Do not place large toys, bumper pads or boxes inside the play yard. A child can use them to climb out.
• Do not place string toys in or across the top of the unit.
• Never leave your child unattended in a play yard
(or a travel yard).
• Follow manufacturer guidelines on baby’s height and weight requirements for all three modes (bassinet, changing station and play yard).
If you’d like to have the baby items in your house match… then a coordinated grouping is for you!
Some of the most popular prints are now available in a wide assortment of baby items such as swings, high chairs, play yards, strollers and car seats. It’s a great way to carry your favorite theme throughout your entire home!
• Stroller/Travel System
• High Chair
• Infant Swing
• Play Yard/Travel Yard
• Diaper Bag
• Car Seat
• Baby Carrier/Infant Car Seat
Travel System Baby Carrier Play Yard
You’ll find that feeding time is one of the most enjoyable experiences of infant care. For most mothers, the big question in those early days is how to know if your baby’s getting enough to eat.
It may come as a big surprise how much time you’ll spend either feeding or getting ready to feed your baby during the first few months. Before your newborn comes home, you’ll want to be prepared by having the right feeding supplies on hand. It’s a good idea to be choosy about a bottle or breastpump, especially if this is your first baby.
Whether you plan to breastfeed, bottle-feed or both, choose a system that helps you easily transition from one feeding stage to another. A feeding system works together, so you can pump, store and feed using the same container, which can be a huge time-saver for new parents.
If you begin breastfeeding with a plan to alternate with bottle feeding, it’s best to wait about 4 weeks before introducing a bottle, until your milk supply is established.
If you decide to breastfeed exclusively, you won’t need as many feeding accessories, but you may want to invest in a breastpump.
If you are adopting a baby or decide to use a bottle right away, bring home a few different types in case your baby prefers a particular nipple or bottle. Your baby may take to the first bottle you give her, so choose one that also appeals to you.
How much does baby eat?
At first, breastfed infants will nurse 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period and spend between
15 and 45 minutes at each feeding. Bottle-fed babies will usually take about 2 to 5 ounces at each feeding in the first few months and will look for the bottle every 2 to 4 hours.
Breastpumps can help relieve engorgement, and give you the flexibility to let others share the feeding experience. If you decide to return to work, you don’t have to give up breastfeeding. Many pumps come in travel-friendly, stylish bags, so you can discreetly carry and use your pump.
When choosing a pump, you may want to consider which bottle feeding system you will use. Some pumps are part of a feeding system that will allow you to pump, store and feed using the same container. Label and date breastmilk accurately, and store it carefully in the refrigerator or freezer.
Breastpumps express milk from both breasts simultaneously, providing more milk in less time. Electric pumps have an automated pumping action that does the work for you. Look for one with the maximum amount of personal control over the suction level and speed. You’ll want to eliminate any chance of nipple trauma, or excessive tugging at the nipples.
Advances in technology have produced electric pumps that offer moms a comfortable and efficient pumping experience.
A double electric pump can usually be converted to work as a single pump, and can sometimes be converted into a manual breastpump.
Breastpumps combine the automated pumping of an electric pump, with the portability of a manual pump.
You’ll want to choose one that’s gentle, and allows you to have maximum control over your comfort.
Manual Breastpumps are lightweight, quiet and portable. You manually compress the handle to express milk, using fingertip adjustable suction that allows you to choose what feels comfortable. Manual pumps are generally more economical, and some are as effective as electric pumps.
Rental Breastpumps are available through hospitals or rental stations for home use. You may want to rent a pump if you plan on pumping exclusively, or if you are trying to maintain your milk supply after a multiple birth.
Pumping gets easier as you go along, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t expressing a lot of milk right away. Here are a few tips to get you started:
• Always wash your hands thoroughly before pumping.
• Stay hydrated: keep a glass of juice or water nearby.
• Choose a time when you won’t be interrupted, and try to relax.
• If your breasts become engorged (swollen from an abundance of milk production), place warm compresses on before pumping.
• Stimulate more milk ducts by adjusting the pump’s breastshield or cushion.
• To maintain your milk supply, it is important to pump as frequently as possible, and as often as you would normally breastfeed.
• Enjoy a healthy balanced diet, frequent intake of liquids, and get lots of rest.
There are countless benefits when you choose to breastfeed. Here are just a few:
• The Perfect Food – Your breastmilk changes according to what your baby needs. The first few days it is thick and full of immunities, exactly right for a newborn.
• Stronger Immune System – Breastmilk is shown to protect against allergies, ear infections and diarrhea, and breastfed babies have less illnesses during the first year.
• Easy to Digest – Breastmilk is filled with over 100 nutrients that cannot be duplicated by formula, and it never causes constipation.
• Promotes Normal Weight Gain – Breastmilk promotes normal weight gain, and protects against future obesity.
• Heals Your Body – Breastfeeding causes your uterus to contract which helps bring it back to its normal, pre-pregnancy size.
• Burns Up To 500 Calories A Day – Once your milk supply is built up, you are burning between 200-500 calories a day.
• Reduces Stress Levels – Breastfeeding can reduce stress levels, and helps you feel happier.
• Less Sick Days – Breastfeeding moms take less sick time off, because their babies are generally healthier.
For many mothers, learning to breastfeed takes time and practice, but the commitment is worth all the great benefits. To make nursing a more comfortable and convenient experience, here are some breastfeeding accessories that every new mother will appreciate:
Nursing Pillows provide support when feeding or holding baby, and help you prevent a stiff back, neck or shoulders. A pillow elevates baby for easier “latch-on,” and most do not require repositioning when switching breasts during feeding.
Foot Stools help you to sit in a more comfortable and relaxed position by raising your lap, relieving you of back and shoulder strain when feeding your baby.
Nursing Bras are extremely convenient for feeding your newborn on demand or expressing milk when you are away from home. Ideally, shop for the bra in your last trimester to ensure the best fit.
Breast Shells are designed to protect sore nipples from further irritation or to draw out flat or inverted nipples.
Breast Pads protect clothes from leakage. Most pads are contoured to fit in your nursing bra in the most natural way. Available in washable and disposable styles.
Breast Creams help soothe and heal sore nipples that can result from breastfeeding.
Nursing Shawls/Wraps give you privacy while feeding your baby in public places.
Nursing Clothes could be found in your own wardrobe or in maternity stores. While a tank top that allows baby easy access might do the job at home, clothes designed specifically for breastfeeding moms are more convenient while you’re out.
Burping Cloth/Diaper takes care of the spit-ups caused by baby in the early months. Experienced parents recommend keeping at least three to four handy.
Nursing Pillow Breastfeeding Accessories Breast Pads
Choose a bottle with cute characters or with a clean, simple design. Your baby will let you know which one works best. If your baby dislikes his or her first bottle, try several other types. Any bottle that reduces gas and keeps your baby happy and content is a good bottle.
As the name suggests, these bottles can be used over and over again. And whether it’s a straight or angled-neck bottle, a clear style is best to see how much baby is drinking. All bottles are marked in ounces for easy, precise measuring.
Babies are particular about the nipples they accept, which accounts for the availability of many shapes, flow rates and materials. Use nipples & collars from the same manufacturer to ensure a tight fit and avoid messy leaks. Replace nipples every
2 to 3 months.
Straight-Neck Bottles come in tall and wide shapes. You may prefer the wide shape since it’s more stable and easier to clean. A wide opening can also make it simpler to pour liquid into or out of a bottle.
Many also have an anti-vacuum function to reduce gas or discomfort.
Angled-Neck Bottles are designed to keep the nipple filled with liquid to reduce air intake during feeding. They promote holding baby upright. Many doctors believe that feeding baby in this position helps prevent ear infections. Some are insulated to keep milk fresh longer.
• Naturally Shaped Nipples are soft, with a wider base and are designed to encourage proper latch-on and suckling so baby can switch between bottle and breastfeeding.
• Orthodontic Nipples resemble a mother’s nipple after baby’s repeated sucking. Elongated and indented in the center to evoke the same tonguing action of breastfeeding babies.
• Traditional Nipples are bell-shaped with a thinner base and tip. They’re good for babies who only bottle-feed, with a range of flow rates: slow for newborns, fast for toddlers. The number of holes vary, too.
offer economical, on-the-go convenience using a holder with pre-sterilized, disposable liners. After a feeding, just toss the liner, with minimal clean-up necessary. They feature wide-based nipples to help baby switch between breast and bottle.
• Anti-Vacuum Nipples allow air into the bottle to prevent a vacuum while feeding. A vacuum causes the nipple to collapse, making it hard for baby to drink. If baby works to get liquid, it can lead to discomfort.
Pre-Sterilized Liners are airtight and flexible so they contract, reducing air ingestion and preventing painful gas. To avoid spills, disposable nursers can be fully-assembled for traveling.
• Multi-Flow Nipples can be adjusted before feeding for slow, medium or fast flow rate. The multi-flow nipple ensures the right flow rate, every time.
Pre-Sterilized Cups are sturdy and offer reliable protection for liquids or breastmilk. You can write on them for easy identification and stack them in the freezer or refrigerator. When ready for use, they can safely be put in a bottle warmer. For on-the-go feeding, attach a nipple to the cup.
For leak-proof breastmilk storage, add a twist-on lid.
Slotted, Multi-Flow Nipples have slots instead of holes to feed thin cereal or pulpy juices. They are turned during feeding to accommodate the flow needed for the thickness of the food or fluid.
• Silicone Nipples are made of clear, heat-resistant material that can withstand a dishwasher’s high temperatures. Silicone is less porous than latex and not as prone to bacteria. Silicone nipples can last three to four times longer than latex.
• Latex Nipples are more flexible than silicone and made of a brown, soft material, which may allow for easier suction. They need to be replaced more often and inspected regularly for cracks or signs of wear.
Mix and match feeding systems can fit your daily needs with products that work together… whether it’s a breastpump or cup, or a nipple that can be used for both a disposable nurser and a reusable bottle.
With a feeding system, parents stay prepared for each feeding stage.
• Feeding systems consist of bottles, breastpumps, disposable nursers and various cups that work together.
• Using a breastpump, you can pump and store milk in reusable bottles, disposable nursers or cups.
• Feed baby with any nipple or spout that he prefers.
• Attach handles to bottles or cups as baby grows.
For warming, cleaning, sterilizing or transporting, there is an accessory available to make bottle-feeding easier.
• Sterilizers are very useful to keep baby’s nipples and bottles bacteria-free. These should also be sterilized before their first use! There are several types to choose from: a) Stove-top bottle sterilizers have rings and racks to keep bottles and nipples in place.
b) Electric steam sterilizers and free-standing bottle sterilizers have automatic shut-off mechanisms which keep bottles sterile while protecting them from damage if water evaporates.
c) Microwave steam sterilizers kill bacteria quickly and easily.
• Dishwasher baskets keep nipples, pacifiers & collars from being tossed around in the dishwasher.
• Bottle organizers keep baby’s bottles, nipples, collars, hood and pacifiers clean and organized.
• Bottle brushes are used to make cleaning standard or angled bottles less of a challenge.
• Day or night, warmers help keep bottles cool for up to two hours or warm them up in just minutes. They’re a great help when feeding baby in the wee hours of the night.
• Bottle warmers for cars are perfect for moms and babies on the go! Plug it right into the car lighter socket and your baby’s formula is heated in minutes.
• Use a hot/cold insulated bag for formula or snacks when out with baby.
• Never try to warm formula in the microwave because it may heat unevenly and parts could scald baby.
• Do not let baby fall asleep with the bottle, as bedtime bottles may lead to tooth decay from formula accumulation in the mouth.
• Do not prop the bottle when feeding baby as it may cause choking. Always hold baby in a semi-upright position and angle the bottle accordingly.
• Do not pour overheated liquids into a plastic liner, as it can burst.
Gas is very common in babies, and can cause discomfort, and bouts of crying along with it.
When baby’s body is crunched up with legs tight against his tummy, gas pain is probably the cause.
How can I prevent my baby from getting gas?
• If you are bottle-feeding, make sure the nipple has a flow rate that is right for your baby. If the nipple has too large an opening, or flows too quickly, baby may eat too quickly. If the nipple has too small an opening, or flows too slowly, baby may gulp air.
• Burp baby every 3 to 5 minutes while feeding or nursing.
• If baby suffers from gas, give baby an anti-gas medicine, to gently break down gas in minutes. If symptoms persist, or if in doubt, talk to your pediatrician.
Babies need plenty of nutrients to grow, and next to mother’s milk, formula is the best source.
In fact, formula alone can meet a baby’s nutritional needs for the first 4-6 months, and then serve as a staple along with baby foods for the rest of the first year. Check with your pediatrician, as every baby has a different schedule.
There are basically 2 types of formula:
• Basic – Milk based
• Specialty – Includes organic, soy, lactose-free, hypo-allergenic, low iron and preemie formulations
Physicians may recommend the use of a hypo-allergenic formula if your infant does not tolerate regular
(basic or soy) formula. Do not give cow’s milk to infants since it lacks the nutrients babies need. And their digestive system is not yet capable of breaking down and utilizing its nutritional components.
New infant formulas contain DHA
(Docosahexaenoic Acid) and ARA
(Arachidonic Acid), nutrients found in breastmilk. These are important for mental and visual development.
Formula is found in three forms:
• Liquid Concentrate
It is important that you follow the instructions to prepare the formula, using the same measuring spoon provided by the manufacturer.
Diluting the powder or liquid concentrate form too much or too little is not good for your child. Also, be sure to follow storing instructions.
Usually, once the concentrate or ready-to-feed cans/bottles have been opened, you need to refrigerate and use them within the time specified by the manufacturer.
Ask your pediatrician when to introduce solids to your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing baby to solid foods between 4 and 6 months, ideally closer to 6 months and once your baby shows interest in eating by watching you closely or leaning forward with her mouth open when you eat. Most doctors recommend starting with iron-fortified infant cereals. Typically, rice cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula is baby’s first food, as rice has virtually no allergens. In the following weeks, doctors usually suggest introducing fruits, vegetables and meats into baby’s diet one at a time. This way it is easier to identify intolerance, if any, to specific foods.
Commercial Baby Food
Most leading brands of baby food try to keep their product free from added sugar, starch and sodium. Some brands go above and beyond by offering organic baby food, the purest form of unprocessed nourishment. Overall, you’ll find an extensive variety of choices in fruits, juices, vegetables and dinner combinations that will allow baby to develop a taste for many foods.
Homemade Baby Food
Homemade food lets you decide the ingredients, variety and texture of your baby’s meals. Plus, it has the taste of freshness you may want for your baby. When preparing fresh foods, take extra care in chopping and mashing foods to the appropriate consistency. It’s usually only after the first 9-12 months that doctors recommend introducing the baby to “family” food.
Storing and Heating
Store jars of baby food in a cool, dry place, and serve at room temperature.
Serve jars of food in a separate dish and refrigerate what you don’t use immediately. Don’t feed baby directly from the jar as baby’s saliva can put bacteria into any leftover food. Though the food jars are microwave-safe, experts advise warming the food by placing it in a bowl of hot water or in a food warmer. Microwaving heats unevenly and causes hot-spots that can scald baby’s tender mouth.
Mealtime is a special time to bond with your baby. It is also a time to expect the unexpected as your little one turns his cheek to the spoon full of peas or decides to finger feed himself! It is always a good idea to be equipped with mealtime accessories. You’ll learn there is no typical mealtime routine for babies who have just gotten their first taste of independence.
Training Cups allow your child to transition from drinking milk, juice or water from a bottle to a cup. The cups are designed to be spill-proof and have a handle or are contoured for a comfortable grip.
Spill-Proof Cups feature a special design that allows liquid to flow through an opening only when your child takes a sip. Great for travel!
Feeding Bowls may have a suction-cup base to prevent your child from grabbing and overturning bowls. Most come with plastic lids for storage and are microwave and dishwasher-safe.
Soft-Bite Spoons have a long handle that allows better control and a cushioned spoon that lets baby bite down on it without any discomfort. Some spoons even gauge the temperature of the food and change color if the food is too hot.
Splat-Mats are placed under baby’s high chair or booster seat and prevent spills from getting on the carpet or floor. They’re convenient and easy to clean.
Mealtimes can be a messy ordeal... and bibs were invented with this in mind! An absolutely essential feeding accessory, it’s best to stock up with at least 8-12 bibs. There’s a great selection for every stage of baby’s development.
Drooler and Feeder Bibs
• For babies from newborn to one year
• Feature popular characters, great designs & appealing colors
• Soft and absorbent
• Some have a waterproof vinyl backing
• All are washer and dryer safe
• Available in self-fastening, snap and tie-back styles
Coverall Style Bibs
• Ideal for toddlers
• Long enough to protect child’s torso from spills and messes
• Made from an absorbent terry cloth towel material or waterproof vinyl
• Have a stretch, pull-over opening to easily slip onto the child
• Wide-neck opening for easy wear
• Gutter pockets to collect liquid and food spills
Feeding Essentials Training Cups & Spill-Proof Cups Bibs
You’ll find many great choices when it comes to choosing a high chair. Just look for a model that fits your needs, as well as baby’s needs in terms of comfort and age/size appropriateness. As a guideline: children generally begin to sit in a high chair when they start on solid foods, typically between 4 and 6 months. The duration of usage varies with yours and your child’s needs. If the seat fits, it can last through the toddler years. But you may prefer the convenience of a booster seat as time goes by.
• The reclining position on some seats is used for infants during bottle-feeding.
• High chairs should be used in the upright position only after your infant can sit up unassisted.
• Tray should be operable with one hand, while you’re holding baby.
• Adjustable seat heights allow your high chair to grow with your child.
• The waist and crotch straps secure children, and keep them from standing. A rigid crotch bar keeps little ones from sliding down, reducing the risk of strangulation .
These features address some of the most important high chair safety issues.
• Adjustable tray
• One-hand folding/opening
• Removable, dishwasher-safe second tray
• Toys on the tray, removable toy pod
• Adjustable footrest
• Wheels with brakes
• Use the restraint system every time.
• Make sure all safety straps attach securely.
• Never depend on the tray to restrain baby.
• Do not leave baby unattended, ever.
• Never let a child stand in a high chair.
• Check the locking mechanism to avoid accidental folding while in use.
• Keep high chair away from tables, counters, walls, and keep all breakable bowls, plates and glasses out of a child’s reach.
These are lightweight alternatives to full-size high chairs and are perfect for travel and while dining out. A seat and backrest are attached to a metal frame, which then attaches to a tabletop with a grip that tightens like a vise. Most come with locking mechanisms, suction cups or spring latches to further stabilize them.
Hook-on chairs allow your child to be a part of family dining, unlike a high chair which is safer if kept away from the table. However, with a hook-on chair, children are within hand’s reach of everything on your dinner table and there is a need to watch your child more closely to avoid accidents. For occasional use, it is a good choice for all parents. Like high chairs, portable hook-on chairs have safety straps to keep your child secure and to prevent them from standing up. They are recommended for toddlers up to approx. 37 lbs. Discontinue use when your child starts trying to stand up or begins to push himself from the table, actions usually exhibited by 3 to 4 years of age.
Years ago, a thick telephone book was used to elevate baby to the dinner table level. Now there are specially designed seats that do the job more accurately and much more safely. Most booster seats are made of a durable, molded plastic that is easy to clean. It is placed on a kitchen or dining room chair at mealtime and includes two sets of safety straps: one to secure the booster to the chair and another to secure your child in the booster.
• Adjustable tray
• Removable tray
• Dishwasher-safe tray
• Adjustable backrest
• Folds with one hand
• Built-in handle
• Vinyl/padded seat
• Make sure the table is no less than 1 ⁄
• Do not use on glass tabletops.
• Do not use on a counter – it allows the child to push against counter and dislodge the hook-on chair easily.
• Dining table must be secure enough to hold the child’s weight.
• Never leave your child unattended.
• Do not use over tablecloths or place mats.
• Always secure waist and crotch straps.
• Discontinue use when child has reached the manufacturer’s recommended weight.
• Never use a booster seat designed for the table in any moving vehicle.
• Never use in a tub.
• Never use as a stepping stool.
• Be sure the chair seat is larger than the booster.
• Always remember to secure the booster seat to the chair.
• Do not use any cushions between the booster and the chair.
• Do not let your child stand on a booster.
• Do not leave your child unattended.
In the early days, babies spend a lot of time lying around the crib looking at whatever comes their way.
But once they can sit up and move around, there’s a whole new world out there to explore and enjoy – all they need is the right piece of transportation to get them moving and shaking.
In the early months of infancy, up to about 6 months, babies love being able to see the world from their swing or bouncer. Once they gain better head and neck control and attempt to crawl, your baby may be ready for more action. Developmental charts suggest that by 7 or 8 months of age, most babies have the muscle control and body development to sit up comfortably by themselves, followed closely by the ability to pull up to a standing position. Of course, some babies do this earlier than 7 months and some later, so try to remember that the charts are guidelines only
– there’s quite a range in which certain skills are perfected.
Once your baby starts to crawl and cruise (at about
6 months), there’s no stopping him. This newfound mobility will have him after everything in sight, and he’s sure to get a real kick out of using a stationary entertainer or activity jumper. It’s like going to a baby gym! Let him go – but be sure to keep an eye on him at all times.
Bouncers, entertainers and activity jumpers are designed to keep babies safely entertained while giving them a sense of independence. To ensure baby’s complete safety, parents should take necessary precautions, heed manufacturer’s guidelines and supervise play. In addition, never carry the unit with your child in it.
Babies find the motion of a bouncer very comforting and enjoy watching activities around them from their semi-upright position. Lightweight and portable, a bouncer can be moved from room to room, and even to visit grandparents! Most are well-padded for support and many sport a toy bar.
Types of Bouncers
• Most Battery-Operated Bouncers have a built-in vibration unit with a choice of multiple speeds.
• Portable Bouncers and Bassinets fold for travel. Multiple recline positions allow these multi-purpose bouncers to convert from a bouncer at playtime to a bassinet at nap time.
• Convertible Bouncers grow with your child and have an extended use as a rocker, too!
An entertainer is a terrific exerciser and entertainment center in one. It allows babies to swivel, bounce, rock, stand, sit or play in it, indoors or out.
Plus, it gives parents some handsfree time to relax while baby enjoys playing under their supervision!
Most entertainers feature:
• Multiple height adjustments
• 360° swivel seats
• Wide surrounding trays with toys
• Sound & light toys
• Bouncing, rocking & swivel base
• Removable, washable seatpads
• Fold-down legs for easy storage
• Always strap your baby into the seat
• Never leave your baby unattended .
• Do not place bouncer on a raised or slippery surface.
• Check the base for rubber tips or other non-skid devices.
• Choose a wide base for added stability.
• Always supervise your child.
Place the unit so that your child is in full view.
• Ensure all the legs are at the same height before placing your child in it.
• Place entertainer in a safe place, away from heat sources.
• Use only for a child who is able to hold head upright unassisted and who is not able to walk or climb.
• Until your baby has good head, torso and neck control, do not leave him in an entertainer for long periods of time.
The smooth rhythmic action of swings have a calming effect on babies. You may also choose one with a swing seat that can also be used as a feeding stand.
When choosing a swing, look for an opentop style for easy access to baby. Swings can be used until your little one reaches approximately 25 lbs., though some models accommodate up to 30 lbs.
• Multiple speeds
• Music, lights, sounds
• Plug in
• Toy mobile
• Open-top design
• Front-to-back & side-to-side motion
• Machine-washable pads
• Battery operated
• Never leave baby unattended.
• Fasten all safety straps on the swing once you sit the baby in it.
• Make sure the seat is securely attached to the swing frame.
• Have the swing seat in a stationary position when placing baby in it.
• Make sure the legs are set properly prevent tipping over.
• Follow the weight limit the manufacturer.
• Do not use the swing as a substitute for holding or spending time with baby.
Babies need and thrive on human contact.
The up and down bouncing motion of a jumper offers great entertainment to babies, while keeping them in close proximity. There are 2 types of jumpers, a free-standing activity jumper or one that clamps onto a doorframe.
When used properly, each can offer safe and secure exercise plus enjoyment for your little one.
• High-back seats
• Play trays
• Safety straps
• Special clamps that won’t mark the doorframe
• Extra padding on the seats
• Washable seatpads
Activity jumpers have lots of toys to entertain and tons of safe jumping! They are a terrific place for baby to play once she outgrows bouncers and swings, before she’s ready to walk.
• Colorful lights & sounds plus character friends
• A stable frame for safe jumping
• Multiple heights for grow-with-me play
• Soft comfy seats
• Non-skid feet for solid flooring use
• Folds when not in use
• Never leave baby unattended.
• Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on securing the clamp to the doorway.
• Stop using the jumper once baby reaches the weight limit suggested by the manufacturer.
• Place baby carefully into the seat, ensuring both legs are placed securely through the leg holes.
• Initially, stay next to baby until he starts feeling comfortable in the unit.
• Use only for a child who is able to hold head upright unassisted and who is not able to walk or climb.
• Never use near steps , pools, hot surfaces or areas that may be hazardous to a child. Product may move during use.
• To avoid tip-over , place product on a flat, level surface.
• Use only for a child who is able to hold head upright unassisted and who is not able to walk or climb.
• Never leave child unattended.
Always keep child in view while
• Never use near steps , pools, hot surfaces or areas that may be hazardous to a child. Product may move during use.
• To avoid tip-over , place product on a flat, level surface.
Toys and playthings are the tools that make learning come to life. Just watch a 6-month-old at play.
Though he’s thinking, testing & learning, he’s having tons of fun.
From the earliest days – even in the first few months when to move on his own, there’s a fleet of toy cars and trucks to an infant’s vision is limited – your baby will respond to an help him on his way. In fact, for every skill or interest a child object with strong contrasts, such as a black and white toy, so you know he’s starting to focus and learn. Mouthing everything within reach starts early too, so safe teethers and toys with many textures help develop his sense of touch.
Making things happen is a major step in your baby’s progress, and once again, playthings show him how it’s done – give him anything that rattles, moves, makes noise, or works with push buttons or wheels. And once he’s ready could possibly have, there’s a toy that’s just right. Why do children get so attached to toys? You can probably remember your own favorite wagon or doll. A toy is an important first connection to the larger world – it’s something you can touch and love. And it offers endless sparks for the imagination. Go ahead, get down on the floor and play together. Let your child show you some of the magic that he finds in a simple plaything.
Pacifiers, teethers and rattles are great companions for your little one. They serve different purposes yet all help to calm and soothe baby. So it’s no surprise that moms bring them along on all baby’s outings.
Pacifiers are basically nipple substitutes that helps calm a restless or fussy baby. Mounted on a plastic shield, babies suck the nipple when they are not actually drinking milk.
Some experts believe that pacifiers satisfy a baby’s inherent need for
“non-nutritive” sucking which has a soothing effect on them and is not related to hunger. Some parents offer pacifiers to babies as a substitute for thumb-sucking, which may interfere with tooth alignment later.
• Always choose a pacifier that resembles the nipple of a breast or bottle.
• Never offer the pacifier to a nursing bab y before a nursing pattern is established. Allow your baby to get comfortable with suckling first to avoid confusion that may delay nursing success.
• Never put the pacifier on a ribbon or string to tie around baby’s neck… or to attach to his clothing, stroller or crib.
• Always check the nipple and shield for tears and cracks.
• Offer a pacifier at nap and nighttime .
Recent studies suggest that letting baby fall asleep with a pacifier in his or her mouth may decrease the risk of Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Teething time brings about different reactions from different babies. Some babies fuss and fret and have sleepless nights while others drool and just want to chew on everything.
To ease the distress that babies go through, doctors recommend giving your baby something to “teethe” on.
Teethers are designed with this specific purpose in mind.
Types of Teethers
Teethers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Choose from bright, water- or gel-filled, chewable, chillable teething rings to soft, smooth or firm-textured styles... all designed to give relief to baby’s hurting gums plus stimulate and hold your child’s interest.
• Always make sure the teether does not have small parts that could get lodged in a baby’s throat.
• Read label to ensure that the teether is made of a non-toxic material and is safe for your baby to chew on.
• Always wash the teether at the end of play or if it falls on the ground.
Rattles can prove to be one of your baby’s best friends. Holding one and merely shaking it gives them great joy. Plus, it serves as an effective distraction when baby starts to fuss or cry. Keep one handy in the diaper bag for times when you head out with baby. Usually in bright colors and interesting shapes, rattles are made in a variety of materials: plastic, soft cloth and even stuffed toy styles.
While some have pellets that make the rattling sound, others include little bells that tinkle when shaken. With smooth, rounded edges, rattles make a great crib/travel yard toy. Since babies tend to chew or suck on them, it’s best to choose rattles that can be easily cleaned.
• Never leave your baby unsupervised with any toy.
• Always check the rattle for loose or broken parts.
• Never get a rattle that’s small enough to fit into a baby’s mouth or has sharp edges that can hurt baby.
• Remove rattles and teethers from the crib when baby falls asleep.
Play isn’t just entertainment… it’s actually an important step in the developmental and cognitive growth of your infant. Thought processes and learning begin at the moment of birth… so it’s important to know what type of play will stimulate your newborn.
Choose toys you feel will be fun for your child to play with. No matter how beneficial you think a toy may be, if it doesn’t hold your child’s interest, the possible benefits will be lost. Remember, no two children develop at the same rate, and age recommendations on packaging are offered as guidelines mainly for safety purposes.
Playing helps develop the learning process and creativity, enhances language development, increases physical fitness and even helps build important social skills.
• Touch is one of the first senses to be developed. You’ll notice a very strong grasping reflex almost immediately.
• Rhythmic motions will stimulate the sense of touch.
• Baby will quickly recognize voices and sounds in general.
• Baby will begin to recognize faces.
• Soft, rhythmic sounds will calm and comfort your child.
• A newborn is only able to see objects clearly between 8 to 10 inches away. (Any closer or farther requires the use of eye muscles that have not yet been developed.)
• Focusing will begin to take place in about six to eight weeks.
• Full-color vision is not achieved until about 4 months of age; therefore, high contrast toys with geometric patterns are preferred.
• You will know if your baby likes a particular toy by an interested look and rhythmic movement of legs and arms.
• If your baby is naturally active all the time, you will notice that your baby will react by becoming still while scanning the object.
• Toys with high-contrast colors
• Patterns with geometric shapes like stripes or circles
• Toys with faces
• Mirrored toys
• Rattles, music boxes and toys that make noise when moved
• Rings to grasp
• Toys that provide some comforting, rhythmic motion
High contrast colors and new textures are noticed by newborns.
Will it be fun to play with?
Will it hold my baby’s interest?
Does it match my baby’s strengths and abilities?
Does it match my baby’s motor skills and/or language development?
Is it safe to play with?
You’ll notice that your baby may begin to move in response to voices and show outward signs of developing hand/eye coordination. Vision is nearly perfect, so your infant is more visually stimulated.
• Social interaction becomes more apparent with family members.
• Audible responses, such as laughing, will let you know how much interest your infant has in a particular activity or toy.
• Your infant may also begin to form rough consonant sounds, the giant step in language development.
• Teething may also begin during this period.
• You may be weaning baby from breastfeeding. Toys that soothe and entertain are of particular importance.
• Toys with an electronic voice chip
• Toys that light up when touched
• Toys with flaps or lids to simulate playing peekaboo
• Toys that shake and make sounds and/or music
• Colorful toys
• Big picture books
• Soft, huggable toys
• Teethers that can be frozen to reduce teething discomfort
• Teething toys
• Textured toys that can safely be put into mouth
• Bath toys
Toys with interactive features add educational value.
• Always supervise baby when playing with toys.
• Make sure battery compartment seals tightly and cover cannot be removed by baby.
• Make sure to choose toys without small parts to prevent choking.
• Make sure all toy surfaces are smooth.
• Do not leave large stuffed toys in crib with baby unattended.
• Make sure toy can
• Do not choose toys with strings more than 7" long.
Irritability and crying for seemingly no reason
Slight raise in body temperature
Swollen and/or red gums
Increased biting & mouthing of objects
Teething toys help soothe sore gums.
Crib soothers visually stimulate while music relaxes baby.
Enhanced fine and gross motor skills may be some of the major developments you’ll notice at the start of this stage. Baby will more easily grasp and hold objects, a result of increased strength and improved coordination. Toys that allow your infant to use his newly developed coordination and grasping skills will be particularly enjoyable.
Lights and sound toys help employ physical skills.
Problem-solving toys hold baby’s interest.
• Baby may now be able to sit unassisted for up to
30 minutes at a time.
• Baby may move by bouncing (baby loves to move at this stage and encouraging this movement is beneficial).
• Your infant’s attention span may lengthen considerably.
• You may notice that newly achieved actions are repeated over and over. (This is an example of improved memory skills and a stronger understanding of cause and effect).
• Your baby also wants to figure out what things do, examining toys like never before.
• Babies love to repeat games over & over again. Try introducing a new twist every now and then for additional interest.
• Learning how objects work in relationship with one another and problem-solving skills may be developed and strengthened during this period.
• Baby learns that for every action, there is a reaction… and you’ll find that games such as peekaboo and bath toys where splashing is involved is a particular delight.
• Speaking and reading to your infant at this stage is particularly helpful for both language and overall brain development.
• It may be time to move your infant out of your room and into the nursery, which may create separation anxiety. Pacifiers and other teething toys can offer comfort in your absence.
Toys that encourage movement enhance motor skills.
• Advanced “peekaboo” toys
• Teething toys and pacifiers
• Toys that make sounds or “speak”
• Activity centers
• Stacking toys
• Shape sorters
• Musical toys
• Toys with “surprise” actions
• Music CDs
When’s the best time to start thinking safety? Before you even have the baby. You’ve got more time on your hands, and you’re much more likely to tackle the baby-proofing job with extra vigilance.
Plus you’ll be able to practice and get comfortable with some of the new safety devices you’ll install.
Once you get into the habit, it’ll be almost automatic to think about all the places in your home that might be hazardous for your baby, starting with the crib. Besides making sure your crib adheres to all safety standards, don’t put stuffed pillows, plush toys, or loose bedding inside (they can cause suffocation). And once your baby is 5 months old or starts to push himself up on his hands and knees, take out the bumpers, mobiles, crib toys or other objects that he might get a hold of or tangled in. By the time your baby is mobile – usually 6 to 8 months – you should have all your safety measures in place because there’s no stopping your little adventurer. Now‘s the time to decide what’s off-limits.
The two most dangerous rooms in the house? The bathroom and kitchen. In fact, experts suggest that it is a matter of safety, young children should never be allowed in the bathroom alone – there’s so much there to swallow and play with. But most safety-proofing is a simple matter – a combination of common sense, planning and some creativity.
“Better safe than sorry” is the best approach to adopt when it comes to making your home a safer place for your baby. As your child grows and gets more curious and mobile, the potential hazards increase too.
The best way to assess what could be dangerous for your child is to see your home from a child’s point of view, quite literally! Start by getting down on your hands and knees and exploring your home from a whole new perspective. You will then notice just how dangerous that coffee table corner is or just how easy it is for your curious toddler to stick a finger into the electrical socket. Here, we present a room-byroom checklist of precautions. Use it, along with other safety tips featured throughout this guide, to make your home safer for baby.
• Use safety locks on all windows.
• Use outlet plugs or covers for all unused sockets.
• Install smoke detectors in all sleeping areas.
• Install a carbon monoxide detector.
• Exercise extreme caution when using space heaters. Always keep baby at a safe distance.
• Keep batteries, ashtrays and purses out of reach of children.
• Use corner protectors and edge cushions to protect your child from sharp corners.
• Use cord shorteners to avoid exposure to window cords and wires in the house.
Lever Handle Lock
• Never leave baby alone in the kitchen.
• Do not let baby play on the floor by the stove while you are cooking.
• Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove top so that your toddler cannot grab them.
• Keep all dishwashing liquids and cleaning agents locked up.
• Secure all appliances (ovens, trash compactors, dishwashers, refrigerators) with a safety lock or latch.
• Keep sharp and potentially dangerous objects out of reach.
• Install cabinet and drawer latches/locks.
Even harmless items like toothpicks and bottle covers present choking and other hazards for your little one.
• Do not seat your baby on a counter where she can reach sharp objects or hot items.
• Use stove and burner guards so that your curious toddler cannot reach or touch the stove burners.
• Keep a list of important emergency numbers handy.
Outlet Plugs Cabinet Lock Stove Knob Covers Drawer Latch
• Keep toilet lid down and secure it with a latch. Toilet bowls have often been used for water play by children. An open toilet bowl also presents a potential drowning hazard.
• Place soft or inflatable covers over tub faucets to prevent bumps and bruises.
• Use non-skid mats in the tub to prevent slipping.
• Do not leave water in a tub when it is not in use. Kids can drown in as little as 1-3"of water.
• Keep the medicine cabinet locked.
• Keep all medications in childproof containers.
Door Knob Covers
• Attach one-piece, screw-in door stoppers to prevent toddlers from getting locked into a room or getting pinched by a closing door. Styles with more than one piece have rubber caps which may be removed and swallowed by a curious child.
• Check the locking mechanism of toy boxes. Avoid those that could lead to pinched fingers or accidental closures that may trap the child’s head.
• Put up a fire rescue decal, such as a
Tot Finder, that, if necessary, will indicate the location of the child’s room to the firefighters.
• Use a night-light socket cover.
• To help prevent injury, consider using angle braces or anchors to secure furniture to the wall.
Finger Pinch Guard
Outlet Plugs and Covers
Corner Protectors and Edge Cushions
Cabinet Locks/Drawer Latches
Bathtub Soft Spout Covers
Smoke, Fire and Carbon
Stove and Burner Guard, Knob Covers
Locking Medicine Cabinet or Locks for the Cabinet
TV and DVD Player Guard
Outlet Cover Corner Protector Crib Rail Teether Appliance Latch
Monitors are an extra pair of ears or eyes for
Moms and Dads when it comes to looking out for baby. It allows parents to keep tabs on a sleeping infant while working around the house or even outdoors. Although a monitor allows parents more freedom and flexibility, it is important to remember that it does not replace adult supervision.
Monitors are actually a set of small radio receivers. With audio monitors, the base transmitter is placed in the nursery near your infant and the receiver portion of the unit can be carried with you or left in a primary location. Video monitors are also portable and require the receiver to be placed near you. It is important for you to test and establish the operating range of the monitor by testing the unit in different room combinations. Obstructions such as terrain, walls and interference from other devices can cause static and unclear relay of sounds from the baby’s room. You may want to look for models which offer more than one frequency range to minimize this potential problem. If your unit will be in use for extended periods of time, you may opt to use an
AC adapter to avoid frequent battery replacement.
Works as a Video Monitor
Portable Parent Unit Receiver
Monitors may have multiple channels to minimize interference, a low battery indicator and volume control. An LED display allows you to “see” the sound, and most feature an “out-of-range” signal light as well. Monitors can operate on batteries, electricity or a combination of both. Most monitors have a portable receiver that can be clipped on and taken wherever you go.
Video Monitors enable you to actually see and hear your child on a TV screen. These monitors utilize infrared technology that allows you to see the nursery... even in total darkness!
Monitors allow you to communicate with others in the house with just the push of a button and also transmits baby’s sounds. Sound lights let you “see” when your baby stirs.
Digital Monitors offer the utmost in privacy, as the signal is encoded so that no one else can hear.
900 MHz/2.4 GHz Monitors are more powerful units that provide you with superior sound quality. They generally have a much longer range than traditional monitors.
• Do not use the monitor to justify leaving your child alone while playing. Parental supervision is essential.
• Do not place near water. As with any electrical gadget, monitors present shock hazards if misused.
• Always follow manufacturer’s instructions on placement and usage of monitors.
• Protect monitor from direct sunlight or heat source.
• Handle monitors with care.
Do not carry the device by the antenna, as they are fragile.
• Remember to place the baby monitor up high where it cannot be reached by other children.
Household gates are an important part of safety in any home with a wandering toddler. When a baby starts to crawl, explore or use a walker, it’s time to install gates wherever potential hazards may be present in your home. At the top of stairs, at the bottom of stairs, in-between rooms… gates are often used as barricades that help to communicate which areas are off-limits for your little scooter. There are several types of gates designed for specific purposes.
Pressure-Mounted Gates should only be used at the bottom of a stairway or between rooms. They rely on pressure applied to the bumpers to hold them up. Basically, two sliding panels adjust to the dimensions of the doorway and a locking mechanism supplies the force to wedge the gate in place. All gates are designed to fit standard openings.
Plus, many manufacturers offer extension kits for non-standard sized entrances. Some pressure-mounted styles are designed to be hardwaremounted as well.
Hardware-Mounted Gates are used at the top or bottom of stairs and at window openings. This type of gate is mounted with screws directly into the wall and therefore has the ability to withstand more than pressure-mounted styles. Some hardware-mounted styles have a special swing-stop mechanism to prevent the gate from swinging out over the stairs.
Walk-Through Gates have a simple, one-hand release that allows an adult to swing open the gate in either direction.
Free-Standing Gates are ideal to create an exclusive play yard for your toddler anywhere. Panels form a fairly large area for your child to play in. Plus, for easy access, every other panel works as a gate.
Most gates are washable, portable and easy to set up. The newer models of gates come in various materials that complement any décor. You can choose from wooden gates, plastic gates, plastic-coated steel gates and soft mesh gates too!
• One-hand release allows you to open and lock the gate with one hand. Great for times when you are carrying baby (and that is sure to be often).
• Dual direction swinging allows you to open gate in either direction without having to re-install each time.
• Expandable feature allows the gate to fit different sized doorways or openings.
• See-through feature allows you full vision of baby through widely-spaced bars, clear plastic or mesh for better supervision.
• Installation kits help in mounting gates on various surfaces.
• Extension kits allow some gates to fit openings up to 13' wide.
• Do not rely on pressure-mounted gates at the top of stairways. Instead only use a hardware-mounted gate that is securely installed.
• A gate should never be less
4 of your child’s height.
• Install bar side away from baby when installing gates with expanding pressure bars.
• Follow installation instructions and anchor the safety gate firmly in the doorway or stairway.
• Always close the gate behind you when leaving the room and never leave your child unsupervised.
• Do not use older models of gates that are not certified for safety. They are more prone to be hazardous.
Low humidity in the home that results from heaters or the sun’s heat can cause potential discomfort for everyone... especially your baby. As the air gets drier, so does the lining of your child’s upper respiratory system. In addition, lack of room moisture can dry out baby’s skin. A humidifier or vaporizer can restore the moisture in the air and alleviate many of these inconveniences. In the event your child comes down with croup, every parent’s nightmare, adding moisture to the air can help to reduce the classic symptoms of a barky cough and scratchy throat. There are three styles to choose from:
These are typically used for very short periods of time and may help relieve the symptoms of a cold, flu, sore throat or infant croup by moistening the dry air and mucus membranes. A heating element boils water from a reservoir, turns it into steam and releases it into the air. Water temperature, when dispersed into the air, is approximately 170°, so keep it at a safe distance from baby to avoid scalding. Some models feature auto water cooling, weighted bottoms to prevent tipping, auto-stop and convenient timers. It is especially important to keep this type of vaporizer far away from your child when in operation.
These are used to maintain a comfortable level of humidity in the air and can be used year-round. Cool mist humidifiers are designed to help relieve many cold and flu symptoms by simply moistening the air. A spinning propeller inside draws water from a reservoir through a tube. The propeller’s motion disperses the water into the surrounding atmosphere in the form of invisible water droplets or a fine mist. Features may include a child-resistant switch, safety top lock, a cleaning filter that extracts pollen and dust from the air and an auto-stop system.
This type of humidifier also helps to combat room dryness, yet operates differently than a cool mist humidifier. Dry air is drawn in, absorbs moisture from the base and the moist air is directed back into the room in the form of an invisible vapor. Features may include a wicking filter which removes pollutants and bacteria, and a special internal device which helps to maintain a constant moisture level in a room.
• Be sure to clean your humidifier and vaporizer every day and sanitize approximately every week or so to avoid bacteria and mold growth.
• Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
• Do not use the humidifier or vaporizer for extended periods. This can cause mold growth on plants, furniture and other surfaces.
• Keep the temperature of your home under
68° during the cooler winter months to prevent dryness.
• Make sure your home isn’t completely air tight and allows a flow of fresh, moist air to enter.
Toddlers between the ages of 2 and 4 are generally ready for toilet/potty training. However, it is important to remember that each child develops at a different pace. No matter how anxious and ready you are, your child must be both physically and mentally prepared to master this developmental skill. You can only offer your child the materials, encouragement and methods necessary to do so.
Your child’s readiness will take it from there.
Remember, the ultimate goal in toilet training is to have your child use the bathroom on his own.
There are other tasks that go along with that, such as flushing and washing, dressing and undressing.
All are accomplished around the same time.
• Feels “uncomfortable” after dirtying diapers.
• Knows when it’s time to perform a bodily function.
• Has “scheduled” bowel movements.
• Understands and follows simple instructions.
• Awakens dry more frequently.
• Remains dry for longer periods of time throughout the day.
Adapter Rings fit onto a toilet seat and are available in padded and folding versions. A child will probably need a step stool to reach it, so adult supervision is recommended.
Floor Models are your child’s very own
“toilet,” sized just right! Although these models foster a feeling of independence, an adult must empty and wash the pot.
Some floor models are available in
“convertible” styles. These can be used as a stand-alone potty. Some have a removable seat which can be used as an adapter ring. Features may also include a removable plastic bowl and a base that doubles as a step stool.
• Potty chair or adapter ring for the toilet
• 8-12 pairs of training pants or disposable training pants
• Loose-fitting clothing
• Books or videos about toilet training
• A doll that wets
Potty Training Tips and Hints
• Pretend play may help you tell if your child is ready for potty training.
Dolls that wet and stories about potty training can encourage and stimulate.
• During this period, dress your child in loose, easy-to-remove clothing.
• Buy training pants big enough so they can be pulled down unassisted.
• Ask your child “Do you want to try the potty?”
• When accomplished, reward your child with praise.
• Some children become upset by a toilet’s
“flushing” sound. If so, flush after your child has left the room.
• Buy a supply of underwear, and let your child practice pulling them on and off.
• Learning full bladder control may not be complete for a while. Your child may have daytime bladder control, yet need to wear diapers at night time. If night time bladder control is a problem, cut back on giving your child liquids before bedtime.
• Even if your child normally wears disposable diapers, using a cloth diaper without rubber pants while potty training makes it easier for the child to feel wetness and associate it with “dryness” after using the potty.
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