Marketing companies know that one of the beat groups to sell to is new parents. Having a baby is a massive step into the unknown, and when you are expecting your first child you just want everything to be absolutely perfect. It’s therefore easy for them to convince stressed out, hormonal women that they must have a gadget to heat their baby wipes or enough bedding to kit out the entire maternity department of the local hospital. Most baby gadgets are a complete waste of money, but there are some relatively simple products out there which are a good investment.
Once your baby is a little bit older than the newborn stage, but not quite at the crawling stage, it can be awkward for them to sit for any length of time. How do you keep them sitting safely while you nip to the loo or make the dinner? The Bumbo seat is a godsend for all parents of babies aged from around 4 months to a year, as the solid base and supportive back keeps your baby sitting safely upright. The seats are completely washable, easy to carry around with you and can be used on carpet or hard wood flooring. It does go without saying though that babies should never be left sitting unattended on high surfaces.
Small babies can’t tell you when they are feeling ill and often a doctor or nurse will ask if they are running a temperature. The most accurate way of doing this is with a digital thermometer which you put in the baby’s ear. It only takes a couple of seconds and you read the result from a digital display rather than trying to read the result off a scale. Digital thermometers do not have to be expensive, and can be picked up for less than £10 in many supermarkets. As they can be used for other children and adults too, a digital thermometer should be the first thing you reach for in the bathroom cabinet.
Gone are the days when you had to sterilise items by boiling them on a stove for ages or leave them submerged in chemicals overnight. A microwave steriliser is very quick, and will sterilise items by steaming them in around 5 minutes. These sorts of sterilisers are not expensive to buy but do vary in size, so before going mad and buying the biggest one, check that it will fit in your microwave first.
Babies are like Houdini when it comes to their clothing, and little toes seem to wriggle out of socks with alarming frequency. Many’s the time we’ve lost socks in the supermarket or park, and the first we’ve noticed is when we’re halfway home. A neat little gadget called the Sockon is designed to do just that – keep baby socks on. Sockons are worn over the socks and make it impossible for a baby to wriggle out of their socks or pull them off. Invest in a pair of Sockons and you’ll save yourself a fortune buying socks to replace the ones you’ve lost.
Morag Peers is a keen writer and busy mother of three young childen who lives in Scotland