How To Buy Baby Care Products

If you are planning for a baby or already have an infant in the house, you are probably aware of the mass amounts of products on the market tailored to your baby's needs. Here is a list of some of the essentials.

  1. Clothes. Since you can't send your baby out in a just her diaper, you will need the basic clothing essentials. For newborns, you can get away with comfortable items such as layette sets, onesies and footed pajamas. As they get a little older you may want to expand their wardrobe to include items like overalls, sweaters and other clothing suitable for older infants.
  2. Crib. You can start your baby out in a bassinet but she will soon outgrow it. Find a crib that is sturdy and meets safety requirements. Make sure the mattress is firm and fits snug in the crib.
  3. Car seat. A car seat is an absolute necessity while traveling in a vehicle. Read the manufacturer's instructions on weight and age safety requirements for each seat.
    • Infant carrier. A fully-removable seat that attaches to a secure base in your vehicle. You can leave your child in the seat and carry it with you, place it in grocery carts or snap it in a stroller. You can purchase these carriers alone or as part of a stroller/infant carrier travel system.
    • Convertible seats. Often, infants as small as five pounds can sit in a convertible seat and depending on the seat, typically holds up to 40 pounds.
    • Booster seats. These are for older, heavier children who may be in between the convertible seat stage and going without a car seat entirely. Some older children who may fight the convertible seat, yet fit the requirements may better accept this as an alternative.
  4. Strollers. A must have for mom's on the go. You can select travel systems, single, double and even triple strollers for multiples or strollers meant for athletic use by you, such as a jogging stroller. Evaluate your lifestyle to determine the best fit.
  5. Bottles. You have to experiment with these before settling on one your baby will like. Try different brands with different nipple flow levels before settling on the one your baby is comfortable using.
  6. Pacifiers. Start out small. Pacifiers are labeled by age groups for developmental stages. A newborn will take a smaller pacifier and as she gets older, she will grow into a larger one.
  7. Infant tubs. Look for a convertible tub that grows with your baby. Buying one with an infant sling allows you to wash your baby without fully submerging her, allowing time for her umbilical cord to heal. Once she is done with the sling, a convertible tub allows for comfort as an infant and then as a toddler.
  8. Cleansers. Looks for gentle shampoos and body cleansers meant for infants.
  9. Diapers. This is a process of trial and error between what you prefer and what your baby prefers. Sometimes store brand diapers work just great, while other times you may opt for the brand name pack. Diapers are sold in stages (1, 2, 3 and so on) relative to the weight of the child.
  10. Formula. Babies tolerate formula differently. There are major brands and store brands. Most of them contain the essential nutrients a baby needs. Experiment with the different brands to determine which settles best with your baby.
  11. Baby Food. When your baby is ready, you can get her baby cereals (rice and oatmeal), jarred food and snacks. Your doctor can tell you the best age to start introducing different foods.


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