Dos and Don’ts When Using a Baby Swing

Nowadays, a baby swing has become an essential baby furniture that parents include in their list of things to buy. Not only can it work wonders in calming a fussy infant, it also provides temporary reprieve for parents and caregivers. Because it relieves them from having to cuddle baby all the time just to keep him quiet and satisfied, it permits them to find some time to relax and to do other chores. However, as a precaution in using any infant accessory, it is still considered dangerous to leave an infant unattended in an infant swing. Therefore, there are certain limitations on what you should and should not do when placing your baby on a swing.

Dos

Make sure that baby is comfortable. Check the mattress or padding for any hard sides or portions and for any crawling insect that may have landed on it.

Buckle baby up safely. Always strap him completely. As most infant swings have 5-point harnesses, make sure every strap is secured.

Place a mosquito net over the swing. Some models come with nets as an added accessory. If your unit doesn’t have this, you can get one of these separately in baby accessories stores. You will need this to keep baby from mosquito bites to avoid malaria or dengue.

Don’ts

You should never leave your baby by himself for a long period. When leaving baby for a long bath or shower, make sure you assign someone to watch over him. Getting coffee or something very quickly may be fine but be sure not to leave him by himself for more than 5 minutes.

Setting the speed of motion on the highest level for a long period of time is also not advisable. You may think that it may instantly calm or soothe a crying baby but she might just get dizzy after a while. Shaking baby too hard whether in a swing or manually may cause serious head injuries and trauma which can lead to long term brain damage.

A baby swing may really be very handy when taking care of babies. But careful handling and use should also be taken to ensure that baby is safe and away from harm.

How to Choose Baby Car Accessories

In the UK, baby car accessories such as car seats and belted bases, are mandatory by law. Also, babies below 20lbs need to be seated rear facing in a car seat. Babies, who cross this prescribed weight, may be seated at the front.

Baby car accessories are essential because they protect babies from death and grave injuries in case of car accidents. Note that these accessories:

* need to meet the government crash testing and safety measures

* are advised to bought along with a product guarantee

Baby Car Accessories: Varieties

Consider the following varieties of accessories for your baby car:

* Adapters: Convertible accessories can be used as strollers and car seats.

* Belted bases: They are used as an easy tensioning system. They provide extra stability.

* Covers: These are necessary to protect your child while traveling.

* Cup holders: They are used to hold bottles and cups safely while travelling in a car.

* Foot muffs: Keep your baby warm in winters. It can be used in strollers and car seats.

* Isofix bases: It stabilizes the baby in case of an accident.

* Rain covers: These will cover and protect your baby from wind and rain. It is a ‘must-have’ in the UK.

What to Choose

Choose baby accessories using these tips:

* Choose a convertible car seat that is durable and fits your baby. Buy a seat which can be used even when a baby becomes a toddler.

* Consider your baby’s height, weight and age.

* Identify the features of these accessories. Go to an online store to get side-by-side comparisons of various accessories.

* Buy a head support cushion for your infant to help your baby sleep safely and comfortably.

* Select a lightweight stroller frame for the car seat carrier. This would make it easy to put the baby back into the car.

* Use a car seat cover or foot muffs to give extra warmth in winters. Use sunshade accessories to make a small canopy. The bug netting cover protects a baby from insect bites.

* Use a seat mat that is easy to install. Some seat mats have a pouch for holding small baby items and snacks.

Buy reputed brands, such as Baby Style, Phil and Ted, Stokke, Bugaboo, Maxi-Cosi and Britax.

Baby Accessories – The Baby Changing Bag

If you plan on taking a baby out with you anywhere then you need to take a substantial amount of items and supplies with you too. A blanket, a toy, dummies, bottles, tissues, a change of clothes, spare nappies, wipes, and creams, being just some of the essentials that you need.

It goes without saying that you need a bag to carry these things; it would literally be impossible to cope without one. Fortunately, there are plenty of baby bags on the market to fulfill your needs, but they are not all equal, and some, frankly, are a waste of time. So then, how can you be sure of getting a baby bag that completely meets your needs?

The bag should be fairly lightweight, since you will need to carry it around a lot, and all of a baby’s equipment will soon add pounds to it. A lightweight bag that is made out of a flimsy fabric is no good though, it needs to be tough, sturdy and well-constructed.

A bag that is both washable and waterproof is necessary, so look for ones made out of materials that meet those criteria. Washable because inevitably it will get dirty; there are just too many creams, bottles and dirty nappies around for it stay clean for long. Waterproof because you will get caught out in the rain at some point, and wet baby items and supplies are of no use to you until they have tried out again, and crying babies are not known for their patience!

For hygiene purposes, make sure there is a large enough pocket to store the dirty nappies in when you are out and about, so you can keep everything else clean. It really would be a nightmare to find that the change of clothes or the clean spare dummy has been dirtied too. And, having plenty of small side pockets will help you locate your baby’s things in a hurry, or even your mobile.

The next thing to consider is what added features it has. Whilst these are not essential, they can really make your life easier. Examples being having a bag with see-through linings, so that it is easier to find items hidden away at the bottom, or one with an insulated bottle carrier.

Other things to consider are whether you prefer carrying a rucksack, a holdall, or a satchel style bag. Depending on the design of your pushchair, you may find yourself running out of hands, especially on a shopping trip.

Finally, there is price and style to consider. Price wise, you are looking at anywhere from $10 for a second-hand one from eBay, to hundreds of dollars for a brand name designer one. As for the style, well, choosing that is the fun part, with so many attractive bags on sale, so choose something that reflects your dress sense and lifestyle.