Baby Products, Safety

January is Bath Safety Month!

Accidents while bathing babies and kids can happen quickly. Below are five tips on bathing and safety for infants and young children, including our recommended and best-selling bath time products (and why we love them):

 

1. Bathing

Pediatricians strongly recommend that you give your infant a sponge bath until their umbilical cord has fallen off (if a circumcised boy, wait until that heals as well). After that, your infant is ready for a tub. Remember, you should never leave a young child or baby alone near water; even for a minute. Keep everything you will need within arm’s reach to allow you to always have one hand on your baby at all times.

Puj Tub
Why we love it. The Puj Tub is made from a soft foam that is mildew resistant, and folds and conforms to almost any sink, cradling and protecting the baby during bath time. Designed to not submerge the baby in water, it is great for the sponge-bath period and for the early infant months. Hang or store the tub flat anywhere you would like…even on the back of your door and out of sight!

 

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Baby Products, Gear, Safety

Infant Car Seats: What You Need To Know

Becoming a new parent throws you into a vast world of unfamiliar baby products, and it can be difficult to know what to choose–especially when looking at car seats. A car seat is the most important product you will purchase for your baby, so if you’re going to research anything, make it this.

To make navigating this world a little easier, we are here to educate and recommend anything baby related. Today, it’s infant seats.

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The Basics

The most common car seat style for the first stage of a baby’s life is the rear facing infant carrier. This bucket-style seat keeps baby safe and comfy and provides function for mom and dad.

The Components

This style seat has two components: the carrier (where baby sits) and the base (what securely holds the carrier in the vehicle).

The nice thing about using a bucket seat from birth is that you can easily take the whole seat in and out of the car without disturbing baby. This is especially helpful in the cold winter months and when baby is sleeping. It’s also good to take a look at the weight of the carrier itself when shopping because you will be carrying around the weight of a baby plus the carrier.

The other component to this type of car seat is the base. This is what you will install in your vehicle, and the carrier then clicks in and out. Finding an easy to install base will make your life much easier, and keep baby much safer.

We would suggest getting additional bases for your infant seat, especially if baby will be moving between vehicles frequently (i.e. Mom drops baby off at daycare, Dad picks up). That way you won’t have to worry about installing the entire seat every time baby switches vehicles, you can just click the carrier into the base and be on your way.

The Specs

Most carrier seats will last from birth to about 9-18 months, depending on how quickly your little one grows. Pay attention to height and weight limits when shopping around. From our experience, a lot of babies reach the height limits of a seat before exceeding the weight limit, so try to find a seat that has a good range for both. Most weight ranges are around 4-32 lbs and heights are usually around 32″. 

Each child will outgrow these at different times, so watch for some signs that mean it’s time to switch. Of course, pay attention to baby’s weight to make sure they are still within the seat’s specifications. To measure height, watch for baby’s head to be approaching 1 inch from the top of the car seat–that means it’s time to switch. 

All car seats have an expiration date, typically 6-7 years after the manufacture date.

Here’s our favorite and number one selling car seat!

pipa nightOur pick: Nuna Pipa
Specs: 4-32 lbs
Up to 32 in
7 year expiration
Why: Easy installation (5 second install with LATCH) Super safe (Load leg feature on base) Comfortable. Lightweight (only 7lbs).

 

Hopefully you now feel a little more confident in your search for an infant car seat. Continue your search on our website and reach out with any questions.

 

 

 

Baby Products, nursery, Safety

4 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car Seat

used car seatIt’s no secret that babies can be expensive, so buying used items is a great way to save money. But before you agree to purchase a “gently used” car seat, you want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting. Here are a few questions to ask before you buy.

Has the car seat ever been in an accident?

Did you know that you are supposed to replace your car seat after any accident–even if the car seat seems fine, and even if the child was not in the seat at the time of the accident? A car seat it meant to protect your child in the event of an accident, but it’s not designed to withstand multiple collisions. Small or internal damages caused by an accident can compromise the safety of any car seat, even if it appears to be fine.

With that in mind, you want to be 100% sure that the car seat you are getting for your child has not been in any accidents before. If you’re getting a used seat, it’s usually best to get only from someone you know and trust. Ask them about the entire history of the car seat. Continue reading “4 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car Seat”