Besides needing clothing, a baby also needs somewhere to sleep, to be a bath, to sit and to play. It is also helpful to have some choice of nursery equipment for keeping the baby. The baby safe when necessary, and you can be taking to the shops or park to the choice of baby room equipment. Some of the equipment design for these purposes discussed in this topic
- 1 Cot or Bed is the Most Important Nursery Equipment for Sleeping
- 2 Nursery Equipment For going out
- 3 Nursery Equipment For sitting
- 4 Nursery Equipment for Baby bath
- 5 Nursery Equipment For playing
- 6 Final word Buying Equipment Consumer Law
Cot or Bed is the Most Important Nursery Equipment for Sleeping
A cot or bed of the type shown in the drawing is suitable for all babies, even when new-born. The space and safety of a cot of this type are essential nursery equipment after the age of about 6 months. Another advantage is that the slatted sides allow the baby to see out.
The safety features to check for in a cot are:
- The bars should not more than 7 cm apart, to prevent the baby’s head from being caught between them.
- The mattress must fit so that there is just sufficient room for the bed-clothes to be a push in. There should be no dangerous gap in which the baby’s head, arms or legs can become stuck.
- Cots generally have one side which drops down, bycatches to hold the drop-side in the higher position. The catch wants to be too problematic to be half-done by the baby or a young brother or sister. When the baby can climb out of the cot it is time for a bed.
These foam padded screens which fit around the sides of the cot. They protect the baby from draughts, and from knocking his head on the sides. Alternatively, a blanket can be pin firmly round one or more sides.
A carry-cot makes a suitable first bed. It is useful for the first 6 months or so until the baby becomes too big and active to left in it safely. The sides and hood keep out draughts and it can carry from room to room, or strapped in the back of a car, or taken on a bus when traveling. If made of weatherproof material and fitted with hood, apron, and wheels, a carry-cot or travel bed has the added advantage of being a pram as well as a bed.
Folding travel beds or cots, often large enough for an older baby, are very convenient.
A cradle, crib or ‘Moses basket’ can use as a bed nursery equipment for a young baby. The latticed sides enabled the baby to see out, but it will not be draught-proof. If draughts a problem, the cradle lined and made to look very pretty. Cradles and cribs sometimes made to rock.
Mattresses are one of the Nursery Equipment
The mattresses needed for the cot, carry-cot, and pram. The baby will spend much time lying on a mattress, so it should be comfortable. A firm mattress is safer than a soft one because the baby cannot bury his head in it and suffocate. A waterproof covering on the mattress allows it to be sponge clean.
Blankets and Sheets
Blankets and sheets better for these to made of materials which easy to wash and dry. Babies often dribble milk on them or are sick, and they can also become very damp and smelly with urine after a night’s sleep.
Sheets needed to cover the mattress of both cot and pram. A minimum supply of three required, although six will be more useful as they need to be washed regularly. The material which usually recommended when warmth requires is flannelette.
Acrylic blankets, particularly the cellular ones, are lightweight, reasonably warm, and easily washable. Woolen blankets are warmer, but they do not wash so well and take much longer to dry.
A baby does not need a pillow for sleeping. He will be safer without one because of the danger of suffocation. When a pillow used to prop up the baby in a chair or pram, it should firm and not soft.
These devices enable noises made by a baby heard by the parents when they are not in the same room. Depending on the type of alarm, the sounds may be carried:
- Through a flex of about 15 meters in length
- The electricity ring main in the house
- By radio to a portable receiver up to 100 meters away.
Nursery Equipment For going out
Various types of pram-some of the lighter prams have a body that can lift off for use as a travel bed or carry-cot and a base which folds for easier storage. The baby will not mind what types of pram it is or whether it is new or secondhand. A suitable pram should:
- Have efficient brakes
- Be stable-should not tip over easily
- Be easy to steer
- Have anchor points for a safety harness
- Have a basket which fits underneath where heavy parcels will not cause the pram to overbalance
- Be the right height for the parent to be able to push easily without stopping and yet still be able to see where she or he is going.
A Pushchair is the Important Nursery Equipment
(baby buggies or strollers) are for babies who are old enough to sit up. Being smaller than prams, pushchairs are often more convenient for shopping and traveling. But as they not so well sprung, they give the baby a jerkier ride and do not give such good protection against the weather. Nevertheless, a pushchair is a very useful piece of equipment which is likely to be in use until the child has passed through the toddler stage.
It is necessary to use a harness in the pram, pushchair, and chair as soon as the baby is able to turn around without help. The harness should fasten over the shoulders as well as around the waist, and adjusted so that the baby cannot kneel or stand up. When the baby can walk, the harness made into walking reins.
If there are cats around, a cast net over the pram will prevent one from snuggling against the baby’s face for warmth and comfort.
This looks like a tiny sleeping bag, with or without handles. It designs to keep the baby warm while being carry. The baby will only to be safe when lying on his back, otherwise, the face may be buried in the soft surface and the baby may suffocate. For this reason, the baby should never be left alone when in a baby nest use like a carry-cot for sleeping.
parents may find it convenient to carry their child in a pouch on the back or (with small babies) against the chest.
Nursery Equipment For sitting
The baby can be propped up in a chair from the age of a month or two, or be put in a ‘bouncing cradle’ or ‘safe sitter’ which is specially designed for this purpose. This makes a change for the baby from lying on his back in the cot or pram, and the baby will enjoy looking around. When a bouncing cradle is used, it will be safer placed on the floor rather than the table. Babies can wriggle quite a lot and may cause it to move and fall of the table
The high chair has the advantage that the baby is at table level and can be part of the family at meal-times. Low chairs are safer because, being less top-heavy, they do not topple over so easily.
Whichever type of chair is used, it needs to have a broad base and be very stable so that it will not easily topple over. Besides a harness, the chair should have a central bar between the baby’s legs so that he cannot slip through.
A baby chair has trays in front which used at meal-times or for toys. The best type of tray is large with rounded corners which are easy to clean.
Nursery Equipment for Baby bath
A baby bath is not an essential item of equipment because a young baby can bath in the wash basin. Care must then be taken to ensure that the baby does not knock himself on the taps. It also the risk that the baby could receive burns from touching the hot tap. Some parents, therefore, prefer to buy a baby bath.
After a few months, babies reach the stage when they love to splash the water. The best place then is the ordinary adult bath. A rubber mat in the bottom of the bath will help to stop the baby from slipping.
Nursery Equipment For playing
Although not essential, baby bouncers popular for babies from 3 months onwards. The harness supports the back, so the baby can be put in a bouncer for a short while as soon as he can hold his head steady. Babies like bouncing softly up and down and it gives them the freedom to move their legs and arms. It is also good exercise and helps to strengthen the legs.
A play-pen is useful when the baby starts to move around. It will keep the baby safe though the parent is busy or out of the room for a little while. Most babies will play happily in a play-pen until they start to object to their freedom being restricted. This sage can be reached after one week or several months. A baby in a play-pen will learn to pull himself into a standing position and to walk while holding on to the edge for support
It is an advantage if the play-pen folds up easily for storage. Both of the types shown here do this. A square play-pen fits more easily into a corner. The plastic mat, which is tied in position in A, protects the floor and makes it more difficult for the child to push the play-pen around or escape underneath. The raised floor of play-pen B keeps the baby off the ground.
Final word Buying Equipment Consumer Law
The sale of Goods Act and supply of Goods and Services Act give customers (consumers of goods and services) certain rights.
- Correspond with their description
- Be of saleable quality and fit for the purpose for which goods of that kind are commonly supplied, unless damage has been drawn to the consumer’s notice, or the consumer has examined the goods.
If these conditions are not met, the customer can return the item to the shop for a replacement, refund or credit.
A person or company supplying a service must do so with reasonable care and skill, within a reasonable time, and make no more than a reasonable charge.
The Consumer Protection Act covers three main areas:
- Product liability-if damage has been caused by faulty goods, the consumer no longer has to prove that the manufacturer has been negligent
- Consumer Safety-it is a criminal offense to supply the consumer with goods which are not reasonably safe
- Misleading Price Indications-it is an offense to give any misleading indications to consumers about the price of goods or services.