Do I need a breast pump?

Some new mums still wonder if they need a breast pump? That is because they don’t know what they are missing! Breast pumps can never be underestimated and every breast feeding mother should have one.  There are numerous breast pumps on the market today, but it doesn’t really matter which one you get as long you get one.

We will explain you the benefits of using breast pumps. And in case it was not clear yet -yes, you need one!

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What To Buy For Your Baby, And When To Buy It

There are two main shopping periods when your baby is on the way: before and after.  Many people attempt to buy everything they need before the baby has arrived, but this can often be a mistake due to the financial burden you put on yourself and your family, and often simply because many people don’t even know the sex of their child.

In today’s article we will be covering the checklist of what you will need to buy before a baby is born and after they have been delivered.

What to buy before a baby is born

What follows is a list of the most popular things that people buy before their baby arrives, based on our research; [please note that they are not in any order of importance]:

  • Cot or crib.  This is by far one of the most popular choices for parents before their baby arrives.  The old wife’s tale about not buying a crib and putting it into the house is ridiculous, it makes far more sense to get your baby somewhere to sleep so that you don’t have to rush around and make do with what you can find when it arrives.  You may also want to consider what bedding your baby will need including a correctly fitting mattress; you should be able to get this from the same place you purchase the cot.
  • Steriliser.  A baby bottle steriliser is an excellent idea before your baby comes along.  This is something you’re going to need almost straight away if your baby is to be bottle fed, and even if the child will be breast fed there is still a necessity to use a steriliser for such things as breast pumps etc in order to prevent dangerous bacteria.
  • Pram.  A pram seems to be a logical choice these days and there are a huge variety of them out there.  Getting a head start on choosing one of these is certainly necessary simply due to the choice!
  • Car seat.  A car seat is a practicality that needs to be considered, not least because your baby will need to get home from the hospital.
  • Feeding bottles.   Even if you’re not going to bottle feed your baby, and breastfeeding is the option you prefer, you are still likely to need some bottles in the event that you express some breast milk to be used at a later date or to allow the father of the child to feed.
  • Basic clothing.  Items of clothing like grow suits, vests and hats are important to get in and get ready for the baby before it arrives.  If you’re concerned about gender specific items you needn’t be; just buy neutral colours.

What to buy to newborn babies

There are too many things to write in this list, and we would need a website of encyclopaedic length to get it all in, but here are a few of the things that people tend to buy after the baby has arrived:

  • Breast pump.  A breast pump is usually purchased after the baby has arrived simply because the mother doesn’t always know if she’s going to breast feed or not.  In the event that she is, she is certainly going to need one of these.
  • Baby monitors.  A baby monitor will eventually be required for when you want to leave baby for particular lengths of time.  These are incredibly sophisticated these days including: video multi screen monitors and devices that enable you to talk back to your baby.
  • Clothes.  Now it’s time to dress your baby up how you like them, and if you want to be gender specific you should by now whether your child is a boy or a girl.
  • Baby baths and accessories.  Now that your baby is home they are likely to need a bath.  It’s arguable whether or not you get this paraphernalia before or after the birth, but with the ease of online shopping these days you don’t really have to go out for any of it anyway.

Remember that there will be a whole lot more stuff to buy for your baby while it grows into a little person. These are just the very basics of what you will need to purchase before a baby arrives and once that is here.  Good Luck and enjoy your time!

Travel cots: parents on the move

Many parents are prevented from travelling around when they have a new baby simply because they don’t feel as though their child will settle down at someone else’s house or in a hotel etc.  However, most of the time there are also practical concerns, such as: where will the baby sleep?  Travel cots are no longer a new idea and they have evolved enormously over the last twenty or so years into something really quite impressive.

They are all relatively easy to assemble and carry around, but some are easier than others.  If you’re buying something to go touring with, staying in various different places, or perhaps camping then you’ll want to go for something that pops up easily and goes away just as well.  Many of these travel cots are very much like tents in many respects and some of them even come with UV protection screens and/or mosquito nets built in so that you can safely allow your child to sleep outdoors.

If you only really need a travel cot to take to a friend’s house or stay with relatives for extended periods of time then a more solid design might be a good idea.  These travel cots are a little more heavy and cumbersome, but they are more solid and will perhaps allow a greater comfort and security level than the more flexible models on the market.

Whichever type of travel cot you go for it is important to remember that you needn’t be a prisoner in your own home just because you have a baby; you will find babies to be more flexible than you could imagine and they will be comfortable virtually anywhere as long as they have a place to sleep.

It’s good to travel with your baby

Putting your baby down to sleep in a travel cot in different places, with different surroundings and different people around them is a great way to accustom them to, and socialise them with others and deal with change.  This is also an excellent way to train your child to be looked after by relatives or friends if you want to get away from it all for a while; if they are already accustomed to staying in their carer’s house and they deal well with change you’ve already won half the battle.

This article was submitted by BabySecurity, the Baby Safety Superstore.  BabySecurity have an enormous range of travel cots and other baby supplies on their website.

Blackout Blinds: helping your child to sleep

When the summer months are upon us it becomes increasingly more difficult for any of us to sleep if we choose to have an early night, so there is little wonder that children struggle the way they do.  It doesn’t seem to matter what age your child is, whether they’re a baby or a preschooler, they can all struggle when the light nights appear.

You can explain to your child as much as you like about how the clocks have changed and how its light at bedtime but they’re still not going to be too pleased about having to go to bed when it’s still light, and they’re going to find it even more difficult if the light is shining through their curtains.

When this is the problem the only real solution is to either lock your child in the cupboard under the stairs like Harry Potter, or invest in a blackout blind.  If you get a perfect fit for your window frame, these blackout blinds are an extremely effective way of shutting out the sunlight when your child is trying to get to sleep.

Blackout blinds and babies

Quite a common problem when getting your baby to sleep through the night is the change in season.  If you’ve managed to do this in the winter season, even though your baby naps during the day, they will not be used to sleeping at night with the sun streaming through the window.  Night time sleeps are the deepest, and sometimes if you don’t manage to get your baby off to sleep early enough they can get what’s called “locked out” and it’s quite possible that you will find them restless all night and unable to enter the deep sleep they need.  If you fit a blackout blind before the light nights begin to creep in you’ll be able to maintain the consistency of your night time routine throughout the spring and summer too.

Fitting a blackout blind

Fitting your blackout blind is as simple as fitting any other blind, the only difference is that you will need to be very careful when you select the size.  If you get one that’s too small you’re likely to get light creeping around the sides of the blind, and sometimes this can be just as distracting as light shining through a pair of curtains.  Ensure that you consider where you’re going to put the brackets for the blackout blind and try not to put them on the inside of the frame, too close to the window, because this will almost certainly turn out to be a bad fit and let light around the sides.  If you’re in any doubt about fitting your blackout blind it’s a good idea to ask a professional, or at least someone that’s done it before to do it for you.

Mobile blackout blinds

Because we’ve become a nation of travellers, so too have our children.  Therefore it has become necessary to take our blackout blinds with us.  You can’t always expect to have blackout blinds when you go away on holiday or stay with friends and family, but your children may still need that comfort in order to get a good night’s sleep.

The mobile blackout blind usually comes in a handy bag that allows you to fold it away and pack it into a suitcase or underneath a pushchair, and it’s fully adjustable to fit any size window.  It attaches in minutes; and what’s even better than this is that you don’t have to get your drill and screwdriver out to fit it!

This article was submitted by Baby Security, the Baby Safety Superstore.  Baby Safe UK stock an excellent range of baby comfort and safety items and also stock the mobile blackout blind.

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