Knowing what is safe for your baby is so important, this is why we created a part 2 of our series. Here we will discuss more about baby essentials, as well as more safety information.
Putting breastmilk in your baby's bottle should always be the first choice as it contains so many essential vitamins and minerals. Even if you choose formula, it is important to know what type of bottle is the safest, and the best choice amongst pediatricians.
Nipples made from latex rubber are known to sometimes cause allergic reactions, and should not be used. Silicon nipples are the best choice, as they are the most durable and will not move out of place. Bisphenol A or "BPA" is an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics. This is a worry because of the effects it can have on an infant’s brain and prostate gland. So it is best to choose bottles that are BPA free.
Do not microwave bottles. There are other ways to warm the formula or breastmilk, such as a bottle warmer. This will help with the life and safety of the bottle, as well.
The same goes for pacifiers as far the choice in the nipple, silicon is best. Always throw away a pacifier if it begins to discolor or has a rip – even the smallest of tears. Some studies suggest that pacifiers can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Never use a bottle nipple as a pacifier as it can be a choking hazard.
Swings are great for many reasons. One of which is soothing a colicky baby. It also mimics the same gentle sway they experienced in the womb, which further relaxes them. Just always remember:
To never leave baby unattended in a swing
Never let toddlers push the swing
Always strap them into place with the safety harness
Even if your baby is content, it is not recommended to let your baby swing for longer than 30 minutes at a time
Younger babies will prefer the lowest setting
If your baby is old enough to try to exit the swing, it is time to stop using it altogether
Diapers. These you will become very acquainted with. Now, when it comes to diapers, absorbance is always the prime factor. You want to get diapers that trap in as much wetness as humanly possible. This will help to keep baby from getting a diaper rash. Diaper rash is pretty much unavoidable. However, the dryer you can keep baby – the less often and the less severe the diaper rash will be. Remember that diapers do not have to be big and bulky to offer premium absorption. Many brands today offer great absorption with a thinner diaper, and without the premium price tag to go along with it.