From baby baths to diaper bags your list of ‘essential’ can seem endless. The good news is that a lot of things can be purchased after baby’s birth, as and when you need them, so there’s no hurry to have every item on your wish list straight away. However, there is one piece of equipment that is vital before the big arrival, and that is a car seat. After all, how are you going to get your little bundle home from the hospital without it? Of course, finding the right car seat can be overwhelming as there are so many brands and types to choose from. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of questions you need to ask before you hit the shops.
It’s not easy to choose the right baby carrier. When I found out I was expecting, one of the first things that sprang to mind was babywearing. In my head I saw myself strolling effortlessly with my newborn strapped against me, close enough to kiss and cuddle. A romantic notion indeed, but as it turns out, as well as being idyllic, there are also numerous benefits to ‘wearing’ your baby. Modern research shows that it’s a wonderful way to bond and that the physical and psychological benefits encourage children to feel secure and content.
No surprises then that when I started my baby shop-a-thon (about a week after that thin blue line came into my life) the first thing I decided to invest in was a carrier. However, the world of baby carriers is a complicated one. There seems to be a new one, well, born every minute, and the glut of options can make it difficult for an inexperienced babywearer to know which style or brand is the best buy.