CRIB: For newborn babies a crib is essential. Babies can use cribs till they are two years old, depending on the size. Baby cribs can be locked in place with wheel locks. Care should be taken to choose a comfortable mattress and baby pillows. How much you wish to spend on it depends on what you are looking for. Remember, your baby’s comfort is supreme.
BABY CARRIERS: Carriers have a calming effect on the baby. You can carry your child in a carrier till she is six months old or as long as the child is comfortable. Carriers are defined by a baby’s weight and not by age.
PRAM: Perambulators or prams can be used to transport newborns even as they sleep or lie down. The main difference between prams and strollers is that prams are used to carry newborn babies until they are able to sit up while strollers are used to carry toddlers or infants who are already able to sit up. While prams are bulky and heavy, strollers are lightweight and most models are collapsible. Prams with a wide base, a single footrest and safety features like brakes are some of the important things to consider before buying. Most prams have trays under the seat or mesh pocket for storage. Others have hooks for the baby’s blanket. Some also have extra features like net and shade.
WALKER: Walkers can be given to a baby depending on how fast the baby grows. There is a variety of baby walkers with different mechanisms such as wheels that lock it into place, rubber grips, wheel lifts, or friction strips designed to sense when babies manoeuvre their walkers over uneven surfaces and protect the baby from toppling over.
ROCKER: A rocker starts out as a baby carrier with an adjustable frame. But as the child grows, it can easily be converted to an infant’s seat, and then made into a toddler’s rocker. It is a very useful and handy gear. Colourful hanging toys may be added to the rocker to entertain the child.
FEEDING CHAIR: When the baby can sit up on his own and is eating solid food, usually around 6 months, feeding chairs are a good way to keep the baby in one place. Some feeding chairs come with extra padded seats, safety belts, wheels with brakes, detachable trays and tray covers and adjustable height and a reclining seat. Be sure you lock the seat when you adjust the height.