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From strollers and slings to cribs and car seats, it appears like your baby needs more stuff than you (and he has not even arrived yet!). But with a bit help on what to ask for from family and friends and what big-ticket gear you should buy, you will have all the essentials covered when your little one comes.

Wearing Your Baby

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Looking for ways to snuggle your tiny tot without having your hands fastened? Here are three great babywearing options.

A baby carrier or sling can be a mummy’s lifesaver, especially if your munchkin likes to be held 24/7. Most newborns love to be nestled up right next to you and dig the rocking motion as you move about. And there is a significant benefit for you too: Your both hands are free to pick that delicious melon at the market, push a sister on the swings, or even vacuum (if you must). Here is a quick rundown on a few babywearing options.

Finding (and Using) a Safe High Chair

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How to Tell if it is a Safe High Chair

You will find all of the following in a secure high chair:

  • Safety belts. A high chair should have seat belts that fasten your munchkin across his hips and between his legs to make it impractical for even an escape-artist-in-training to break free. The safety belts should also be modifiable, so you can keep using them (and you certainly should) as your little one grows.
  • No sharp edges. Run your hand around the tray and under the seat where your munchkin’s legs will dangle. It is also smart to make sure the material on the seat has smooth stitchings. Not only will that mean a more comfy pad for your baby, but it will also decrease the chances of food getting stuck in cracks (ugh).
  • Locking wheels. If the high chair can sweep — even if there are just two back wheels — you should be able to secure them so your baby can not bust a move while eating.
  • A broad base. This will make the high chair more sturdy and harder to fall over if, say, you bump into it, or your munchkin tries to climb into (or out of) the chair on her own.
  • A strong clamp for hook-on high chairs. These keep the seat level and stop your little one from kicking the high chair off the table.
  • The JPMA mark. Along with the other types of infant gear, it gives a thumbs-up to, the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certifies 17 high chair manufacturers. This mark means the high chair has met the organization’s high safety levels.

Sippy Cups for Babies: Pros and Cons

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Sippy Cup Pros

Spill-proof, portable, and almost indestructible, sippy cups are the ultimate in mealtime simplicity. The spouted lids help your little one switch from sucking to drinking. That helps make the transition from the breast (or bottle) to a regular cup less incongruous. Sippy cups also help minimize the clutter (in your kitchen and your car) when your pint-sized pitcher (inevitably) throws his cup in the air.

Sippy Cup Cons

Kids drink more slowly through a sippy cup lip. That means liquids hang around a bit longer in their little mouths. That may cause cavities (especially if your tot drinks between meals and brushings). Plus, babies can become fairly attached to their sippies, and being stuck to that lip can slow down speech development.

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