Tips in Buying Baby Products
Every mom, when shopping for baby products, probably feel like they’re Alice in Wonderland.
The market today is flooded with all kinds of products to cater to the increasing demand for them. From the most basic and essential products like diapers and feeding bottles, to the new and innovative ones that may not be labeled as necessary for child care but are a plus for your baby’s development – and makes life a tad easier for mothers. When it used to be just selected items for babies, you are now served with a plethora of products which make shopping for your baby’s needs confusing.
So as not to end up missing out on the essentials, go overboard with the unnecessary, or end up with no-good baby products, parents must shop armed with knowledge and understanding of what’s truly good for their baby. This articles aims to help you in that endeavor.
Tips to Keep in Mind
* Don’t disregard quality. The first thing any mom should keep in mind when purchasing baby products is to check its quality. The market is laden with the good and the bad stuff – bad as in crappy in quality – you must be careful on ending up with the latter. Because the demand is increasing, supplies is as well and with that, the number of the not so quality products also increases. Especially when it comes to baby foods and drinks, mind the nutritional value of the products since it’s extremely important for the baby’s growth.
* Consult your pediatrician. This is a wise advice since pediatricians are professionals and taking care of a baby’s wellness is their field. Chances are your pediatrician already has specific products and trusted brands he or she can recommend to you. So don’t hesitate to seek out his or her advice.
* Comfort and convenience. It all goes back to the baby. Shop for your baby’s convenience without hurting your pocket. There are quality, comfortable products that don’t hurt the pockets either – especially for parents who are a bit tight on the budget. When it comes to the baby’s clothes, choose cotton as it’s more comfortable for the baby without any risk of causing any skin rashes and allergies.
* Mind the size. Don’t get fitting clothes for your baby as they do grow up fast. Purchase clothes extra sizes larger so you can still use them for a longer time as opposed to constantly shopping for new ones every time your baby grows.
* Buy soft toys. Your baby will need to have toys, and parents will always buy them – that’s a fact. Toys can help in your baby’s development – a lot actually, which I’ll touch on later in the article. When shopping for baby toys, purchase soft ones which will not be harmful to your baby. Besides, babies have this habit of putting anything and everything in their mouth and hard toys might hurt their gums.
Checklist of Baby Products
1. Clothing – Must include one-piece outfits and pajamas (or onesies), sock and booties, sweater/jacket and bonnet or cap for seasonal apparel, mittens, bibs, and muslin cloth. The cloth can be used as a burp cloth or a swaddle blanket.
2. Feeding – Whether you’re breastfeeding or not (though a lot of studies and professionals can attest to the benefits breastfeeding has on child care and development), you need to have these – breastpump and breastmilk storage bags, bottles and nipples. An optional product is a sterilizer.
3. Diapering – For the first few months, you’re baby’s routine will mostly be comprised of eating, sleeping and pooping. Make sure to get a lot of diapers – disposable ones or cloth, it’s up to you. Also a must are baby wipes, washcloth, diaper ointment, pure cornstarch powder, sealable trash can for soiled diapers. An optional is a diaper box to store all unused diapers – for organization and sterileness.
4. Furniture – Crib though this is optional for the first few months, crib mattress, newborn tub for bathing, changing mat or table, car seat and stroller.
This is just a list of the basic baby products you’ll need. There are a lot of brands to choose from for every item so weight carefully your choice. These are the basics, yes, but the market still has a lot to offer that may not be labeled necessary, but can still be essential for the baby’s development, or just to make child rearing easier.
Role of Toys
There are studies that show toys can stimulate the growth and development of the baby’s brain. In essence, the toys can be models that challenge a baby’s intuitive physical and mental abilities, articulation and speech development are improved by simulating the sound the toys make in real life. Take a stuffed toy for example that makes a sound when squished. Babies react to the sound – mirth, joy then leaps to recognition and finally to a semblance of imitation.
Some parents have this preconceived notion that toys come next to books. Rather than let their toddlers play, they buy them books in the hopes that they’d develop their brain faster. Ultimately though, parents end up stimulating only the right side of the child’s brain.
Toys are best for children below five years of age. It is at this stage that they fully develop the connection between their limbs and their senses. Toys can stimulate the creative side of the child’s brain by stimulating their imagination.
Toys can be a tool to prepare them for competitive situations in life. At such a young age, they are able to perceive things that have impact on them. The funny toy makes them laugh, the red ball is boring, and the squishy thing can provoke a certain sound from them. Playing with toys can teach them the virtue of purpose and order by being the only one engaged in the activity.
Certain wooden toys, electronic ones (though fairly expensive), toys that produce soothing music – all these have their own corresponding role to play in your child’s growth and development. Point remains that more than just for fun and diversion, toys are essential baby products.