Buyer’s guide for Car Seat

It can be a matter of concern to travel with your little ones. While nothing will totally take away your fears about safety of your little one, a car seat will provide peace of mind while travelling.

Here’s what to consider when you are looking for buying a car seat-

Primarily a newborn can be put into two kinds of car seat- An infant car seat & a convertible car seatinfant carseat

Infant car seat / carriers are generally good for about year and function as an entire travel system: They latch into a base that stays in your car and can also be snapped into (onto) specific strollers or stroller frames. (If you decide to go this route, make sure your carrier is compatible with your stroller.) This means when you’re out with baby, there’s no need to unbuckle and buckle (and risk waking up a sleeping baby). For suburban families who use both the car and stroller frequently, this is generally the way to go. Look for a handle that’s comfortable for carrying –this becomes more and more important the older (and bigger) baby gets.

Convertible seats simply stay in the car. You’ll have to snap baby in and out every time and there’s no carrying option or separate base, but the advantage is they can be used much later into babyhood. If you’re looking to save money and will generally be using the same car, this is a good option. The best thing about convertible car seats is that they grow with the baby. It’s cheaper to buy a car seat-Gbconvertible car seat for a new-born instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible. But experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their new-born seems to be swimming in a convertible seat, and they have to use head rests, towels, or other cushioning to prop him safely in place until he grows into the seat.

Booster Seats-You can safely making switch to booster seat once your child is 4 years old or over 18 kg. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat withbosster seat a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat of car. Booster seat can be generally used till your child is 12 years old.

Expiration date
yes, car seats have expiration dates. Car seat is a safety device, it is best when used new. It is like a helmet, once there is an impact on it, the  best thing is to do is replace the helmet. Similarly, only accept hand-me-downs from someone you truly trust, make sure the car seat has not had any impact. Avoid buying car seat from a second hand store as it might have been recalled or might not be in line with the current safety standards.

Few other things to keep in mind:

A five point harnesses would give a better safety and hold during an event of collision.

Avoid-Car seats with fancy mirrors or accessories as they can harm the child during collision.

Although all companies continue to simplify the installation process — videos on YouTube.com supplement some instruction books. So YouTube comes handy when you need guidance on installing the car seat.

We all think that we will never face any uneventful thing on our journey or travel but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take Care.

Diapering tutorials for DADS

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We have traditionally known of deep bonding between mothers and their babies, with fathers playing a more distant role. But times are a changing and so are the roles of fathers.

Here’s a Step by Step process on how to change diapers

·         Be as quick as possible. Have everything laid out ahead of time so you’re not fumbling for a diaper or digging for diaper rash ointment.

·         Undo the sticky tabs and close them so they don’t stick on the baby and you can reuse them to wrap up the dirty diaper when finished.

·         With boys, place the clean diaper low on his tummy and over his penis to minimize the risk that boys present.

·         As you undo the dirty diaper and pull it down, use it to wipe off as much poop as you can. Grab your baby by the ankles, firmly but gently, and lift his bottom up so you have full access to his backside.

·         Either set the dirty diaper aside or fold it under him with the clean side up. With his bottom still in the air, grab a baby wipe and wipe him down.

·         Clean your baby’s bottom area thoroughly, using multiple wipes if necessary. If you have a baby girl, be sure to wipe from front to back to avoid wiping poop into her genitals.

·         Pat her dry and dab ointment on any areas that are red.

·         Place the new diaper tab side first under your baby’s bottom. Bring it up between his legs and fasten it on either side with the tape tabs. The diaper should be snug, but not tight.

·         For new infants, fold the front of the diaper down so it does not cover his umbilical cord.

·         Roll up the used diaper, refasten the tabs, and stick it in a Diaper Genie (highly recommended by Boot Camp vets.

 

What should your baby wear?

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You might think that buying clothes for babies is quite simple – with so many adorable options, how can one go wrong? Sometimes, parents do go wrong. Below are few tips that will help the baby stay comfortable.
 
A few quick tips to consider before buying clothes for your baby
  • Parents prefer to buy apparel that looks cute on their kids plus is long-lasting. Babies who crawl would need high quality durable clothing. Some of them are actually built with additional padding on the knee area to assist shield the baby’s skin while crawling.
  • Lots and lots of bibs – if bub has reflux, you will really need heaps even when they are little.
  • When they get older, snap crotch pants are actually more of a hassle than pulling them down to change a nappy. The snaps pull open all the time making it more uncomfortable
  • Think about the climate your baby will be born into – what season? It may be that you really don’t need any singlets at all – or it may be that you really do need socks!
  • Be wary of tiny buttons, hooks, snaps, pom-poms, bows, and appliques. They can be choking hazards. Routinely check clothes and fasteners for these loose items. Some clothing with heat-transferred or “tagless” labels may be associated with rashes.
  • Avoid loosely knitted clothes–sweaters, booties, or hats–that might trap a baby’s tiny fingers or toes. Cut all dangling threads before your baby wears a garment and avoid clothing that has seams with very few stitches per inch.
  • Your baby will outgrow these tiny garments fast–sometimes in less than a month.