As a parent, deciding what essential items you need to buy for your child can be overwhelming with the wide variety of products available in the market. We have compiled a shopping list of the 5 most necessary items you need to get as you enter the world of parenthood;
This is a gear that needs to be at the top of your list – if you have a newborn baby, hospitals in the UAE won’t let you drive baby home without a car seat. It is also against the traffic law for a child under four to be seated in a car without a car seat – and with good reason to ensure your child is as safe as possible. There are several kinds of car seats all catering to children of different ages. If you have an infant, a curved, rearward-facing infant car seat offers the best protection. Another type is a convertible car seat, which can be used as rear-facing and forward-facing. An ideal follow-up from an infant car seat would be a forward-facing seat that is suitable for kids from 12 months to four years. There are also convertible seats that can be used for an extended period of time – from birth to around four years. Booster seats are portable seats without a back for children from four to 12 years old and are used to raise your child to an adult seatbelt level.
Every car seat has an expiration date and is only safe to use as long as it is in date. No matter how good the condition or the price is, when a car seat is over its expiration date, it cannot be used. Hence, before buying a used car seat, make sure to check the expiration date to ensure it is safe to use and examine it thoroughly to see if there are any faults or wear and tear. Research suggests not to use a seat more than five years old unless specifically manufactured for long years, to make sure it’s in line with the latest safety guidelines. Before buying a used car seat, ask the seller for the owner’s manual for all information. Also, make sure to check with the seller if the car seat has been in an accident (even a minor one) as most car seat manufacturers recommend disposing of the car seat once it’s been in a crash.
There are plenty of types of cribs and cots you can get for your child to have a comfortable, safe, and blissful sleep. Cribs are ideal for infants up to six months before they become active and start moving around. Cots or cotbeds are basically beds with a high railing and the most traditional choice as they can be used for a longer period of time. Depending on the size of the cot, it can be used from birth until when the child is two years of age. If you prefer to have your child sleeping beside you, you can opt for a co-sleeper, commonly known as a ‘next to me’ cot that you can safely and securely attach to the side of your bed. Are you on a budget? Check pre-loved cribs on dubizzle.
Your stroller will be one of the most frequently used pieces of baby gear you buy, particularly in the 18 months before he/she starts to crawl and walk independently. There are different kinds of strollers you can choose from depending on your baby’s age and needs.
- An all-purpose or full-sized stroller like the name suggests is ideal for every kind of usage combining a smooth ride with features like a storage basket, seat recliner, and cup holders. However, they tend to be bulkier, have more steps to fold down and take up a bigger space in your car trunk.
- Lightweight strollers, also known as travel or umbrella strollers weigh less than the average all-purpose stroller and take up less space, which makes it ideal for traveling. However, they don’t provide as much support so are generally preferred for children over six months.
- Jogging strollers are sturdy enough to go running with as they have an enhanced suspension system that absorbs the bouncing that comes with intense speed or uneven surfaces. These are best used with children at least 12 months and above.
- Travel strollers are compatible with car seats and great lightweight options, handy for short trips out, or to take on holiday, but are only suitable for kids over six months old.
To ensure everything your baby uses is sterile, it is best to invest in a good quality sterilizer to always keep all milk bottles, lids, teats, and pacifiers germ-free and clean. There are many different types and sizes, including ones for use in the microwave and electric ones.
Many parents enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a baby monitor, so you can check in on your little one while they are napping or while you are away at work or have popped out for groceries and they’re home with your partner, family or nanny. Some monitors can be synced with smartphone apps and others allow you to record and download videos so you to check on baby anywhere, anytime.
As your child grows, you will need to buy other essential items like walkers, high-chairs, bouncers, food steamers, and so on to make your life as a parent smoother. All these gadgets and toys can get expensive, so you can find great deals on used baby products in excellent condition on dubizzle.