The necessaire of the newborn

From the cradle to the cot, from the pram to the stroller, from the changing table to the playpen: all the accessories needed to look after the baby at home and away

The wheelchair
It is the first means of transport for the child until he learns to sit and has to go to the stroller.

Tips for shopping:

– When choosing, the first parameters to keep in mind are comfort and, above all, safety. Aesthetics, which are often favored as a criterion of choice, are the last thing to consider. Before the purchase, the check on the braking system is fundamental.
– The brakes must be mounted on both rear wheels to prevent the single locked wheel from pivoting by turning the wheelchair on itself.
– Speaking of wheels, the fixed ones are more comfortable for going up and down stairs, while the swiveling ones give greater stability to the wheelchair.
– As for the frame, the aluminum one is undoubtedly lighter than the chromed iron one.

The stroller
It can be used from the first days when the baby learns to sit and, in any case, from 4 months.

Tips for shopping:

– The important thing is to choose a model that allows the child to sit up and support his back correctly (better, therefore, the rigid backrest).
– The back, then, must be swiveling outwards for when the baby has grown up and towards the mother for the first time.
– Even in the case of the stroller it is necessary to check that the closing mechanism is efficient, equipped with at least two locking systems to prevent sudden closing.
– The brakes must guarantee excellent braking in any situation, they must be fast and easy to reach, while great importance must be given to springing, especially if you take the child for a walk on rough terrain.

The cradle
The most suitable cradle is made of wood, painted with natural and non-toxic colors, not excessively large and equipped with a structure that allows the baby to swing in moments of despair. Some models have an "elle" structure at the top that allows you to apply a veil or mosquito net, very useful in the summer months to keep away annoying insects and mosquitoes that could disturb the sleep of the newborn.

In recent years, the Indonesia cradles have achieved enormous success, a particular model that can be moved without difficulty from one part of the house to another and that can be hung from the ceiling or door structures, allowing you to swing the baby comfortably anywhere is located (on sale in ethnic and fair trade shops).

The changing table
The changing table is not an indispensable piece of furniture because the baby can be easily changed even lying on a bed or sofa. It is useful, however, to have everything at hand and often acts as a large chest of drawers.

Also in this case, there are numerous models on the market, some even equipped with a bath tub. The choice, therefore, may differ according to personal needs. The important thing, however, is the choice of material (wood treated with natural paints), functionality, safety and, possibly, future adaptability. The changing tables and drawers, in fact, can be safely reused later when the child becomes older and his room needs a new rearrangement.

The cot
After a few months, as the baby grows, it will be necessary to replace the cradle with a larger cot that must be at least 140 cm long and 70 wide. The height of the bars must be at least 60 cm to prevent the baby from falling and the distance between one bar and another of about 6 cm. The most suitable material is, as always, wood treated with non-toxic and natural paints. There are various models on the market. Preferred are those with dual functions which, if necessary, are transformed into classic beds or sofas to welcome their friends.

As for the mattress, this must be quite rigid, possibly resting on a wooden board, padded with breathable, absorbent fabrics and natural fibers that do not accumulate electrostatic charges. These include sheep's wool, pure cotton, coconut fiber and natural rubber latex (less breathable than other materials). However, expanded polyurethane should be avoided. The pillow is not necessary in the first months of life and sheets and covers must be made only and exclusively with natural materials and dyes.

The box
Tips for shopping:

– The meshes of the net should be thick enough to prevent the child from slipping into the head
– The height of the banks should be such as to prevent the child from standing up, falling on the other side or climbing over the banks.
– The metal parts should be completely covered in soft and non-toxic materials. Same thing goes for the floor.
– The structure should be impact and push proof so that once the box is opened it does not wobble.
If you decide to buy one for the baby's room, not earlier than 6 months.

The pros:
– Allows parents to leave the child alone without endangering his or her safety.
– If used in the correct way (only for short periods during the day, with mom and dad always more or less present, changing toys from time to time so that the little one can continue his explorations of the world) can be transformed by the newborn in a territory of its own, in which to play and learn about the world, even if from a limited perspective.

The cons:
– It is a convenient loophole for parents who do not want or have time to play and be with their child.
– Prevents the child from leaving to discover the world with his legs.
– If used too frequently, it delays the start of walking.
– It can be experienced by the baby as a sort of isolation from the family: for this reason it is essential that parents, even when they are distant, engaged in their chores, make the child feel their presence, calling him from time to time, humming out loud , playing with him most of the time he is locked in the box.
– It must not become the only space allowed for the child. If, in fact, it was purchased for safety reasons, remember that in the presence of a newborn baby, the whole house (or, at least, its small room) should be transformed into a large box, possibly limiting access to the baby only to those rooms where the presence of dangerous objects (detergents, iron, stoves …) could jeopardize its safety.


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