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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK AFTER YOUR BABY?

Getting around with your baby

Your pram or pushchair is likely to be the most expensive purchase that you'll make and unless you travel everywhere by car you'll be using it a lot, so take your time to weigh up the options before you buy. In particular, think about how you'll be using the pushchair: Will it fit in your car? Can you use it on public transport? Is it possible to fold while holding your baby in your other arm?

The choice is huge and can be confusing, but your basic options are

1) A traditional pram;
2) A two-in-one or convertible pushchair. This can be used flat for a newborn baby, or with an upright back for when your baby has head and neck control;
3) A two-in-one-plus. This comes with a lift-off lie-back seat that can be used for carrying a sleeping baby. However, it is not suitable for overnight
sleeping;
4) A three-in-one or combination pushchair, which is like a two-in-one but comes with a lift-off carrycot. If you buy a special mattress, the carrycot can be used for overnight sleeping;
5) A travel system: all of the above, plus a Group 0 car seat which can be locked on to the pushchair chassis;
6) An 'umbrella' buggy that is easy to fold up quickly. This is unsuitable for a newborn.

Slings

A sling, or baby carrier, is invaluable if your baby likes to be carried a lot, and is useful if you use public transport. There are lots of different slings on the market, but most are one of two types. The first holds your baby upright against your front or back. The second is worn across your body like a sash, forming a kind of hammock in which your baby can sit or lie. Backpacks are not suitable until your baby is at least six months old

Car seats

If you have a car you'll need a car seat suitable for a newborn. This can be either a baby seat, which can be used until the baby is about nine months, or a combined baby/child seat. Rear-facing seats are safer for small babies, but shouldn't be used in the front passenger seat if your car has air bags.

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