Baby Safety and Grooming Essentials

You will want the best for your baby and safety and grooming plays a huge part in their care. If you are concerned about any aspect of your babies health or development please seek medical or professional help. Below we have included some of the basic baby necessities when it comes to safety and grooming.

First Aid Kit

This generally won’t be needed in the first 6 months of the babies life. However, as they start to walk they become more accident-prone and get the occasional bruises and bumps. A small first aid kit is ideal to have around the house for when this occurs.

St John Ambulance offers a small Tiny Tots Safety Kit which is handy to have. They are reasonably priced so you may wish to have one in your house and one in the car. It contains the basics of any good first aid kit. This includes bandages, dressings, scissors and wipes, and much more.

First aid course

Although not something you buy, we recommend putting a first aid course on your babies to-do list. St Johns Ambulance runs a tiny tots first aid training course which goes for 3 1/2 hours. This course teaches you how to perform CPR, manage bleeding and burns, and a range of other childhood related injuries and illnesses.

Nail scissors

These are included in the St John Ambulance tiny tots safety kit above, however, we do recommend buying a second pair.

Any brand scissors are suitable and you can buy them from most pharmacies. You can also buy a whole baby nail care set however this is a bit over the top.

Thermometer

Baby thermometers should be on the top of any newborn baby essentials list. These will be used several times a year and it’s important that you have one on hand at all times.

There are many types available including an underarm, forehead, ear, and non-contact thermometers. We have included the benefits below on each style.

The underarm thermometer retails around $10 mark and is a no thrills thermometer which takes roughly 30 seconds to read.

Vicks make a forehead thermometer which retails around $90. Ideal for a sleeping baby as its non-invasive. It has a very quick 3-second reading and recalls the last 12 reads.

Around the $100 mark is the Oricom non-contact thermometer. It has a quick read, under 2 seconds, and recalls the last 32 recordings. As it is non-contact it is hygienic with no risk of transmitting viruses.

Finally, the Braun Thermoscan unit is around $150 which gives a fast reading of less than a second. Most importantly it is accurate. It comes with a protective case and has a two-year warranty.

We suggest buying two. We had the cheap underarm thermometer to put in our nappy bag and the Braun Thermoscan for use at home. The Braun thermometers are our favourite as they are quick. accurate and come with a case. If you have to splurge on one item, this is it!

Baby Gate

You will not have to worry about a baby gate for the first 3 months however as your baby becomes more mobile this is an essential item to have. We had one installed at the top and bottom of the stairs. We also had another one that surrounded the TV unit as we didn’t want the baby to crawl near the TV.

Child Proof Locks

Once again, you won’t need this for a newborn but babies do get curious as they grow. Child proof locks for draws and cupboards are not an essential item however if you want to save yourself some cleaning up they are a good idea. They will stop your baby toddler from getting into draws where you may be storing some sharp or dangerous items.

Child Proof Locks

Once again, you won’t need this for a newborn but babies do get curious as they grow. Child proof locks for draws and cupboards are not an essential item however if you want to save yourself some cleaning up they are a good idea. They will stop your baby toddler from getting into draws where you may be storing some sharp or dangerous items.

Baby Proof Power Points

These are a small plastic cover which fits into the electrical power point. Ideal for stopping inquisitive toddlers from putting things into the power point and stop them from being electrocuted. They won’t be needed straight away but since you are baby-proofing the house you may as well buy them at the same time as the other items. They are very cheap and can be brought from Bunnings or any baby store.

 

This post is part of a series of baby essentials articles that provide a comprehensive list of all the must have items for your baby. In this post, we have covered the safety and grooming essentials. We hope this has been helpful for you to choose the baby products you will purchase. Continue reading our next article on pram essentials.

 

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