Getting Ready – Baby’s Coming!

Here at the Baby Boutique, we’re helping people across the land get ready for their exciting new arrival, whether that’s with useful advice that you might need to reassure you in the middle of the night, or with recommendations for products to make your life that little bit easier.

The first few nights of parenthood are likely to be some of the most memorable of your life, and possibly the most stressful too. Knowing where to turn in moments of panic can make life a lot easier, so if you’re here before the big arrival, you’re in the right place.

Preparing for the birth is so much more than attending ante natal classes – you might have been decorating, spending a fortune on baby gifts, and telling anyone that will listen about the intricate details of pregnancy.

As the big day approaches, it’s natural to feel nervous, and possibly even out of your depth. So, shall we get started?

Keeping Baby Warm

A quick update today to address one of the common questions we hear from new parents – how warm does baby need to be at night?

Well, surprisingly, not as warm as many of us were led to believe (usually by our own parents)!

Generally, advice is to keep the air temperature to around 16 to 18 degrees, and use either a sleeping bag or sheet over baby, tucked in well around the cot mattress. That’s on top of their nightclothes – usually a baby grow or pyjamas.

There’s no need to wrap them up really warm, in fact that’s been linked with a higher risk of cot death by some studies. Many baby monitors come equipped with room temperature monitors, and often they’ll send that reading to your hand-held unit so that you don’t need to be in your child’s bedroom to check it.

Of course, there’s a limit to how much control over the baby’s room you can have particularly in the summer months. Unlike the USA, few of us have air conditioning in our homes, so we can’t do much about very hot nights. A few tips include to leave curtains drawn during the day to minimise the warming for the room as the sun bears down, and to reduce the baby’s clothing if its really warm and you’re struggling to bring the temperature down. If the winter it’s less of a problem, unless you’re suffering from a boiler breakdown or other heating complications.

Above all though, remember you can only do what you can, and our parents and their parents used to wrap their children up as if they were trying to cook them. On the whole though, we all turned out OK didn’t we?

 

Relatives Badgering For Baby Gift Ideas?

A common feature of pregnancy has absolutely nothing to do with the biology of baby making at all – the constant contact from excited relatives about the new arrival. For some parents, this can start as soon as you break the news that you’re expecting. To begin with it’s usually exciting, but soon it can become mildly irritating, especially if the advice starts to become unwanted, and critical of how you’re doing things.

A slightly more bearable feature of baby-mania is that relatives will often come clutching gifts. If you’re lucky, you might find that you’re asked in advance what you need, otherwise there’s a high chance that you’re going to get several similar or even identical items. Let’s face it, no-one ever needed three monitors.

A good tactic is to drop subtle hints, or even not so subtle hints. Drop into conversation that you need to sort out a baby monitor, or you’ve got one already. Perhaps you know nothing about cot mattresses, and you don’t know when you’ll find the time to go shopping. You get the idea!

Having a baby is an expensive business, and once they arrive there’s little relief from spending either. Kids grow up so quick, that it won’t seem like more than a couple of years and they’ll be demanding an XBox for their birthday, along with bikes, computers and all the latest fashion. If you’re lucky, one of those relatives will gift you a money tree!