When you begin to shop for your baby’s needs you may feel overwhelmed by the vast array of baby gear. Do your homework before you go shopping . What will make caring for baby easier? What’s a must have? In this chapter we will try to narrow things down to bare necessities and the little extras that will go a long way.
All cribs should comply with the CPSC standards. To verify this, look for a label stating compliance with these standards. This is especially important when purchasing a second hand crib. On older cribs make sure the paint used is lead free. You can purchase lead test kits at most hardware stores. Regularly check baby’s crib for signs of wear and follow manufacturer’s directions for use and maintenance.
Select a firm mattress that fits snugly into the crib so there are no gaps between the mattress and crib.
A changing table makes the task of diapering and dressing baby easier. Look for a table that has a comfortable height, washable padding, security buckle, and good storage areas. Keep diapering accessories such as pins and powders away from baby’s reach.
This may or may not be a necessity to you. It is great for feeding and rocking baby. Be sure to try the rocker out first and look for a comfortable fit.
These can be very handy in the early months when frequent evening trips to baby’s side are necessary. Look for mobility so it can be moved from room to room.
This will work good for storage of sheets, blankets and extra clothes. Choose a dresser that can’t be easily pulled over when baby begins to walk.
Traveling is a lot easier with a lightweight play yard that can pack up in minutes. Be sure that the play yard you choose meets all current safety standards.