The crib or the cradle is a place where the newborn baby will spend a lot of time. While buying a crib, the overall quality should be kept in mind. Low-quality cribs may break. There should be no sharp edges or exposed bolts and the gaps between railings should be checked too. The height of the crib must be such that the child does not fall over. It should be kept in mind that no toys and other objects are in the crib when the baby is sleeping. A baby should not be left unattended in a crib.
Baby carriers also double as an infant car seat. Parents should check the straps of the carrier because if it is not strong enough it could pose problems and injuries to the baby. The child may face discomfort if the strap is too tight or the fit is too snug. Regular checks for wear and tear especially around the joints must be carried out. Some babies may feel suffocated or stressed out when carried around in a carrier.
Pram or stroller should be easy – to- fold so that it can be carried around and does not take up much space while storing. A baby should never be left unattended in a pram. Regular checking of brakes, joints and wheels of the pram must be carried out. The parents should be cautious while crossing the roads with the baby in a pram.
Walkers allow mobility to the infant beyond his natural capability, in fact, faster than a parent’s reaction time. This may cause accidents like head injuries and fall down the stairs. Walkers now are fitted with safety devices like wheels that lock into place, rubber grips, wheel lifts, or friction strips designed to sense when babies manoeuvre their walkers over uneven surfaces.
Rockers have a calming and relaxing effect which lulls the baby to sleep. Being portable, it is helpful as a safe place for the newborn while the mother is away for a short duration. But it is not safe to let the baby sleep in the rocker unsupervised for prolonged periods. Even sitting upright for long can lead to an increased risk of SIDS. It is best not to use the rocker as a sleeping aid.
Feeding chairs can be used once the baby is able to sit up confidently on his own. This allows the mother to continue eating while feeding her baby. A good feeding chair should ideally have a good wide base for stability, adjustable seat heights, removable tray and easy to clean or removable seat cover. The child should be under supervision when he/she is on the feeding chair to avoid accidents like falling off or choking.