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Getting out and about with a baby is important for you as much as them.
A baby has to travel – not necessarily in style, but definitely safely!
Here is a list of things you need to consider when it comes to getting out and about with your new baby.
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If you have a car, or intend to travel by car, then a newborn suitable car seat is a definite new baby essential. Purchasing a car seat for a newborn is a minefield, and it’s unsurprising that people often get it wrong.
When we bought our first group 0 baby carrier, we also bought with it a ISOFIX base which would apparently see us through. Except that was a complete waste of money, because at the time the next car seat up was a forward-facing one which wasn’t well rated, and of course by then the child is way too heavy to lift inside their seat anyway so the whole idea of a base for it is redundant.
After that, we bought a Britax Römer DUALFIX, a swivel chair which can be used until the child reaches 18kg.
Five years on, this seat is now in my parents’ car and still serving my three year old very well indeed when the children visit their grandparents.
The latest model, the Britax Römer DUALFIX i-SIZE*, is a group 0/1 car seat which is suitable from birth. It comes with a sturdy newborn insert which can be removed as the child grows.
The car seat can be can be reclined easily, and rotated 360 degrees which makes it easy to get baby in and out of the car, and harnessed correctly. The DUALFIX i-SIZE can be used rear or forward facing, but of course I would always advocate rearfacing as long as possible.
Installation of the car seat is easy using the ISOFIX tethers and the stabilising leg/prop, and although it’s heavy, once it is in it is stable and sturdy. And, as you can see from my very NOT newborn 3.5 year old below, it can be used right up until the child hits 18kg (around 4 years old, or longer in his case!).
A full review of this car seat will be available once we’ve put it to the test!
With a pushchair, the best one will be entirely dependent on your circumstances. If you drive, your priority will be something that collapses down small enough to fit in the boot, and it would be handy to have a pushchair compatible with your baby car seat like one of the baby travel systems from Kiddies Kingdom.
If you walk everywhere, an all-terrain buggy like the Baby Jogger is probably a better buy. If you live six flights up then you want something light like the Cosatto Woosh. If you’re thinking of having children close together, a pushchair that can be adapted to become a tandem (we had an Oyster Max) could be a good investment.
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If you’re working with a tight budget, a lie-flat buggy will generally cost less than one with a separate pram top; this is what we opted for and as it happens it was a good buy as my kids wouldn’t go in the pram anyway.
Make a list of your must have features – but remember, in six months or so, you’ll probably move towards a lightweight buggy anyway so my personal advice would be don’t go mad, and definitely keep an eye out for a second hand bargain.
Of course a pushchair for a newborn isn’t a new baby essential if you are a committed babywearer. I’ll admit that life can be a lot easier with your newborn strapped to your front; it certainly saved my sanity.
For a newborn, a stretchy wrap or sling is the best choice, although wraps can be a bit daunting so as a newbie you might be better off with a buckled soft structured carrier (SSC) like this beautiful teal cotton carrier from Izmi*. Suitable from 7lb, it can be worn front or back. It comes with a newborn insert and a bag to keep it in.
This Izmi carrier cost £75 from Kiddie’s Kingdom here.
A sling library will be able to help you choose the right one for you.
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