Having a child for the first time can be both an exciting and daunting experience. There are so many things to think about, and you want to make the right choices for your baby. One of the most common questions asked by new parents is when they should begin to replace common items their baby uses. This is very important because holding onto old items can sometimes make an infant sick or even lead to injury. Here are three items you should know when to replace.
Any parent can tell you that the primary thing requiring constant replacement is a child’s clothing. However, clothing isn’t the only thing children outgrow. This applies to their car seats as well. The best way to determine if your child’s car seat needs to be replaced is to adhere to the label placed by the manufacturer. This will tell you the maximum weight and size a child can be to safely use that seat. However, there are instances where you might need to replace it even sooner. One of these is when your vehicle is involved in a crash. The car seat still needs to be replaced even if your child wasn’t in the accident. Damage to a car seat often goes unnoticed by the average person.
Bottles and Dummies
One of the most common concerns of a parent is the replacement of their child’s bottles and dummies (or pacifiers, as they are known in America). Hygiene is a very serious issue to keep in mind since a baby hasn’t yet developed an immune system strong enough to fend off serious illnesses. Fortunately, the signs you need to replace a dummy or bottle are usually quite clear. If you notice thinning of the material, any cracks or tears, deterioration or discolouration, discard the item.
Items that are often neglected by new parents include their baby’s bath toys. This is because they are often seen as non-essential; however, babies intimately interact with them. In fact, recent studies have determined that bath toys are often the dirtiest of a child’s toys due to their long exposure to water. Ironically, because they are often in water, parents don’t take the time to wipe them down each time they are used. It is paramount that parents not only clean these bath toys but also replace them every few months.
Your baby’s health and safety should always be your foremost priority. This begins with making sure the items used routinely are functional and clean. When they no longer hold up to your scrutiny, replace them.
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