Monthly Archives: October 2016

Baby Equipment Rentals

19Travelling with children can be tiring and stressful. The baby is crying for a feed, the toddler has just learnt to run and the older ones keep wandering away when something catches their attention. The last thing you want to be concerned with is the whereabouts of cumbersome baby equipment, excess baggage charges and damage or loss by airlines. Whatever your needs are for baby equipment, hiring for the duration of your holiday can be a very cost effective and convenient solution.

There is a substantial variety of baby goods available for hire in Geelong, Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Sydney, Surfcoast and Australia wide, whether for a number of days, weeks or months. You may require a baby capsule for your little one under 6 months, or perhaps an upright car seat for the toddler to complement your car rental. Pram hire and stroller rentals are also worth considering for resting weary little legs when wandering the tourist tracks. Or for greater convenience a “Travel System” baby capsule and stroller combination unit makes it easy to transfer the baby in and out of the car.

Staying with family or friends with no children?
When planning to stay with friends or relatives who don’t usually have need for baby gear then you might find portacot or crib rental useful. These particular items are especially difficult to travel with, but certainly not worthwhile for your hosts to buy for a short-term stay. It may also be necessary to rent baby furniture such as a highchair or safety gate especially if the house is not set up for children and might not be considered baby-proof.

Safety must of course be a high priority when considering baby equipment for hire. You can be assured of safety by the high standards maintained by professional baby equipment rentals services. Such businesses purchase products directly from manufacturers within Australia which must meet or exceed the strict Australian Safety Standards. Upon return, all baby goods are assessed for damage and records kept if a particular item is involved in an accident. Equipment no longer considered fit for use is destroyed and discarded.

For further safety assurance, when it comes to car seats and capsules, qualified child restraint professionals can be available for fitting equipment in the car. Cleanliness is also given utmost attention where equipment is cleaned and santised after each rental to eliminate risk of cross infection.

Baby Gear You Can’t Live Without

18Well, OK, it’s confession time. You (and your baby) can live without many of the items below. But even apart from the natural desire of parents to make their baby’s life as easy as possible, many of these help ensure their health and safety.

You’ll need an infant car seat, even if you don’t intend the baby to go out often. Many hospitals will require you to have one before they’ll release mother and child. If you don’t have one, some will supply you with a temporary. They have their insurance regulations to follow, you know!

You’ll want to carry your baby around, but your arms will get tired. A good strap-on baby carryall will do wonders for you and your child. Like a good backpack (whether worn on the back or front), it will free your arms and save your back. They’re also great for encouraging the bonding between parent and child that comes from physical closeness.

An adjunction to that is a good stroller. Even with a good carryall, babies can get heavy after a while. A sturdy stroller with a braking mechanism for hills and near the curb is always useful. Having one with an adjustable hood allows for the right amount of shading and sunlight filtering, too.

Both at home and away, a good diaper changing station is never wasted. A portable one will help you during those spontaneous moments that always seem to come at the most inconvenient time.

There are times when you want to rest your baby to relieve your arms and still want the baby to get a great view. A bassinet or cradle with adjustable arms is the perfect solution. Naturally, you’ll want one that is ultra-sturdy. Make sure there are no sharp corners and look for ones that provide a means of securing blankets, buttoning in cushions and other handy add-ons.

As your baby develops, providing him or her with a means to exercise those burgeoning muscles promotes health and psychological well-being. A rocking chair with straps is useful. A bouncy seat with musical danglers is another good option. Make sure that any noisemakers are removable. You don’t want to drive yourself crazy!

Speaking of music, a good CD or iPod-type player with speakers can be a great addition to the ‘baby toolkit’. White noise helps some young ones deal with colic. Classical music helps young minds develop. Gentle sea sounds and lilting tunes provide a peaceful atmosphere that will help both child and parent.

Of course, there are a whole range of toys that serve a number of good purposes. Babies are exploratory by nature. Providing safe things that will go into the mouth, but only so far, is one category. Building blocks of various sizes help the developing mind learn about shape, volume and other basics. Sound-making toys help them correlate self-initiated movement with the resulting noise. Learning cause and effect early is a big boon.

Finding Free and Cheap Baby Gear

17Having a baby can be expensive but if you know how and when to buy baby gear, either by receiving free samples or buying them at reduced prices, you can save a lot of money so that you will have enough when your baby gets older.

Online Baby Freebies

Manufacturers and retailers profit with every purchase you make. To promote their sales, many of these businesses give away baby products to new and expectant moms, because they are hoping that you will buy from them later. You can get free samples when you do an online search of products. Whilst searching, you might find a manufacturer’s website that is offering discounts on what you need. You can search for all products including baby foods, diapers and formula. Shopping online will also save you precious time and of course you can do this while baby is asleep. It is always easy to know which baby products to buy online, when you have already trialled the product.

It is possible to get trial subscriptions to parenting magazines. These magazines often give free sample products, delivered direct to your home. However, you need to be cautious when signing up for sweepstakes, newsletters and baby freebies. Read their fine print and privacy policy, as otherwise you could find your name and address added to a mailing list that you did not want.

Savings on Formula and Diapers

Formula and diapers are usually the most used items, before your baby grows into a toddler. Buying formula and diapers in bulk, saves you money. Some grocery stores have a baby club which could result in extra savings coming your way. It is important to know when to buy baby gear to save money and it is always best to be prepared.

You will be able get freebies and online products as long as you know where to find them. You can ask your friends about where they subscribe or what website you should visit to get these freebies. It is still possible to get the products you want at a price you can afford. Your friends and family can also recommend what baby gear to buy, depending upon the age of your baby.

Above all enjoy the impending birth of your baby or if your baby is already here, spend the time you have saved bonding with him knowing you are doing the best for him now and in the future, by being careful with your money.

Creating Your Baby Shower Registry

16Have you walked through a Babies R Us store recently? The sheer amount of baby items is simply overwhelming! It’s hard to know what to register for beyond the essential car seat and crib. To help you navigate the plethora of “essential” baby gear items out there, here is a list of 10 items that will make your life a bit easier.

1. Swing

When you just need a break for a bit, a swing can offer your little one the second best thing to being in your arms. Swings today offer a variety of add-ons including front-to-back and side-to-side swinging motion, music, lights, and mobiles.

2. Nursing Pillow

Nursing pillows such as the Boppy Pillow or My Breast Friend assist you in finding comfortable feeding positions for your baby. They also reduce the strain on your arms and back, making feedings a more enjoyable experience for both you and your little one. It’s a great idea to purchase at least two covers so when one is in the wash, you have another one ready.

3. Click and Go Stroller

When your baby is little, hooking the car seat straight into the stroller can prolong those naps when you most need it. Also, these stroller bases are less bulky and can be easier to manage with one hand.

4. Umbrella Stroller

Although you won’t need one of these until your baby is older, a good umbrella stroller is a wonderful investment. Much smaller than other strollers, these are great for sidewalks and inside malls or other large buildings.

5. Jumper

Who doesn’t love some good exercise! Jumpers can help your little one build strength in their legs as well as watch you while you’re elsewhere in the room. Your baby will have a blast bouncing and jumping, while you are able to get some work done or cook dinner.

6. Waterproof Mattress Pads

Although small, these pads can be a lifesaver when that diaper doesn’t hold or that milk is spit up. Invest in two sets so when one is being washed you can put new ones down immediately.

7. Baby Bathtub

There are so many out there, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs. Whether it’s a cheerful inflatable rubber ducky or the Puj baby bathtub that nestles your little one in the sink, this is an essential baby gear item.

8. Dishwasher Basket

If you’re planning on using bottles, than a dishwasher basket is a must-have. This small contraption keeps all the bottles’ parts together, which means you’re not hunting for those small pieces all over the dishwasher.

9. Baby Carrier

Baby carriers help you increase the time you spend bonding with your child while allowing you a bit more hands-free time. Wearing your baby allows him or her additional skin to skin contact as well as the reassurance that you’re close by.

10. Co-Sleeper

Co-sleepers are a nifty mini crib that can be placed right beside your bed. They reduce the need for you to get out of bed to respond to your baby’s needs.

One thing is for sure: babies need a lot of stuff! The items on this list will help to make your little one’s first year as amazing as possible. When deciding which brands to register for, a quick web search of reviews is extremely helpful. If there are items that you still need after you’ve had your baby shower, consignment boutiques may offer some great deals.