- you're expecting!
We know these nine months
of your life are filled with excitement, change and lots of
important decisions to make all which are likely to
bring questions. Look through our guide for help with everything
baby from maternity sizing and style, to stroller safety and
picking playards, to newborn necessities and baby basics.
you'll find information on fashion, sizing and the basics!
size am I now that I'm expecting?
about buying maternity clothes that fit? Well, the worry stops here.
During pregnancy your body changes, but your size doesn't.
Typically your maternity size will be the same
as before pregnancy with a slightly larger cut, of course.
Maternity clothes are cut differently than regular sizes, but leave
lots of room for growth. They are also created for an average weight
gain of 25-35 pounds.
For example, if you're a size 6 before pregnancy,
which would be a size small, there's no need to size up to a medium
to accommodate your pregnancy.
Of course, there's always an exception. If you're
carrying twins or more, you'll most likely gain more weight than
otherwise. In this case, you may need to buy a size larger than
Below you'll learn how to properly measure yourself
for maternity clothes and you'll find measurement size charts, too.
After reviewing, you'll be ready to shop for the basics as well
as maternity must-haves!
How to measure
1. Chest: With your arms relaxed, measure around the fullest part
of your chest. Be sure to keep the tape measure parallel to the
floor. It's a good idea to have someone help with this step.
2. Hips: Stand with your legs together, then measure the fullest
part of your hips. (Usually near the top of your legs.)
|Chest (bra size)
34 ½ - 35 ½
36 - 38
39 ½ - 41
43 - 45
37 - 39
40 - 42
43 - 44
45 - 46
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do I need for a comfortable pregnancy?
During pregnancy, comfort and convenience
become important factors in your day-to-day activities. Below are
a few products that can help make preparing for and taking care
of baby a bit easier.
Maternity sleepwear and nursing sleepwear are often one in the same.
Plenty of tummy room and elastic provide the necessary comfort.
Plus, many have discrete front slits to make nursing easy. Available
as nightgowns or pajama sets.
Nursing bras are essential to a complete pregnancy wardrobe. They
often include wide, padded straps to provide extra comfort and cups
that snap into place for easy nursing. These are also convenient
during pregnancy due to swelling and tenderness.
Maternity undergarments provide comfort where it counts the most.
They come in a variety of leg and tummy cuts from full coverage
to bikini. Look for one that's most comfortable for each, or all,
stages of pregnancy.
Maternity tanks are a new trend that's becoming very popular. They
offer a built-in bra for support. And they have a drop-cup front
with quick-release snaps to nurse with ease.
Nursing pads are essential during and after pregnancy. They help
keep you dry and comfortable. Usually contoured for a great fit.
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do I stay in style now that I'm pregnant?
Just because you're expecting doesn't mean that you have to hide
under clothes too big or out of style. Here are some choices that
are sure to keep you comfortable and in style:
tops: A must-have for your maternity wardrobe. This style
fits closer to the body on top, and allows more room on the bottom
half for a flattering look that is comfortable for you.
tops: A fun style that fits and flatters like the tie-back
style. Try this style if you love tie backs, but want more options.
tops: A great way to add some style to an ordinary
outfit. Embroidery offers unique designs and subtle texture that
will help complete your look.
Dresses are one of the easiest ways to feel comfortable and look
great. Perfect for warmer weather, lightweight fabrics won't add
unwanted bulk to your figure.
casual style is a favorite that you can count on. Side pockets are
especially handy for later term months requiring no uncomfortable
bending or stretching to get to your pockets.
The search for bottoms that both fit and flatter can be a shopping
challenge. Follow these guidelines to help you determine what tummy
panel works best for you when:
HOW IT FITS:
Under the belly
Contemporary low-rise styling, with all-around elastic
panel that sits just below belly for light belly support.
HOW IT FITS:
Middle of the belly
Comfortable all-around elastic waistband that sits
mid-belly, with moderate coverage.
HOW IT FITS:
At the belly
Full belly coverage that is panel-free for a clean
look, with elastic back.
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Ready for Baby
can I stay healthy and in shape during my pregnancy?
There are so many things to do and learn while you're expecting,
on top of your normal busy day, that it can be easy to forget about
one of the most important things you. Eating right, light
exercise and relaxation are three simple ways to pamper your body
and to keep you and baby happy and healthy.
During pregnancy, it's important to remember
that your baby is eating what you eat. Here are a few tips to be
sure you're both getting the nutrition you need.
Exercise & Relaxtion
you're expecting, it's not uncommon to feel like your life has become
unfamiliar to you as you learn about, and adjust to, the changes
a new addition is sure to bring. One popular way people learn to
cope with, or even embrace, change, stress or anxiousness is through
therapeutic exercise such as yoga or Pilates. And the good news
is that you can do these, too!
Yoga and Pilates are both usually acceptable activities
for expectant mothers, but everyone should check with their doctor
prior to starting a routine.
Though yoga has many different intensity levels, yoga is believed
to be beneficial during pregnancy because it helps you breathe and
relax. Two very important, and many times very difficult, tasks
throughout your pregnancy and during labor.
Through concentrated breathing and relaxation/strengthening
poses, your body is able to let tension slip away resulting in a
new connection with yourself. Practicing yoga is thought to help
prepare your body for the process of labor.
Like yoga, Pilates is another methodical exercise that is popular
during pregnancy. Pilates is controlled movements designed to improve
flexibility, strength, body alignment, proper breathing and concentration.
The benefits of this type of exercise for expecting
mothers are that it allows you to gently strengthen your body, as
well as, raise your awareness of the body itself and breathing.
These are all traits that are expected to help you maintain a more
comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
· Don't attempt any sort of exercise without consulting with
· Don't stretch your muscles too much, especially the abdominal
· Don't continue to exercise if you feel light-headed, nauseous,
· Don't do any techniques that require you to lie on your
back in the second and third trimester.
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Feeling anxiety about being ready for pregnancy,
labor or baby? Two easy ways to calm your nerves so you can enjoy
your time is to be aware and be prepared.
|At three weeks, your baby
is only the size of an apple seed, but the heart has begun
|Although baby is still much
less than an inch, fingers and toes can be seen as they
begin to develop.
at nine weeks, fingerprints are developing as well as
fingernails and hair! Also, in about a week, baby can
stretch and even make fists.
|Baby sleeps and wakes up
and soon will be sleeping on regular intervals.
Little exercises are performed as baby moves its head
or curls its toes.
|Baby can hear
mom's soothing heartbeat as well as muffled voices and
noises from outside. Soon, baby will start to suck its
thumb and kick!
|Sh-h-h, baby's hearing is
getting better. Loud noises can make baby jump!
|Baby may start to hiccup,
causing a jumping sensation in your belly.
have developed and become more sensitive, including taste
buds! Baby can "see" changes in light and may
be blinking frequently in response.
to grow and its bones are getting stronger. By this time,
baby will start to gain weight rapidly, approximately
one half pound per week! Mom will start to feel less movement
as baby doesn't have much room to move anymore.
While preparing yourself for the arrival of your baby, be sure to
prepare your home, too! To do this, you may want to change your
perspective that's right, down on your hands and knees from
a baby's view. Follow these tips to safely welcome your baby home.
- Place outlet plates and plug protectors on all
electrical outlets so curious little
ones don't pull or play.
- To keep bathtime fun and safe, always stay within
arm's reach of the tub.
- Be prepared with cabinet locks and drawer latches.
Baby will be crawling before you know it!
- Look for refrigerator, freezer and oven latches,
- Corner guards sometimes help clumsy little ones
from sharp corners as they're
learning to crawl or walk.
- Purchase a toilet lid lock. Those heavy lids
can hurt little one's fingers!
- Doorknob covers: When turned, the cover moves,
but the doorknob does not keeping
baby out of closets and unwanted places.
- Baby gates will also prevent baby from crawling
from room to room.
- Nightlights will help mom and dad during those
What to Pack for the Hospital
Packing a bag for the hospital well before
your expected due date is not only a good idea, it's common practice.
To keep the load down on the bag, consider packing two bags for
the hospital one for labor and one for coming home. Below
are items that many other moms have found to be necessary or helpful.
Labor Bag Checklist
||Bathrobe and nightgown,
if you prefer your own to the hospital's. Make sure they
are loose fitting and comfortable. Remember, you will
want at least one for labor and one for after.
Many laboring mothers prefer to bring their own comfortable
necessities (shampoo, soap, comb, deodorant, personal
holder, headband, etc.
designated relaxing tools (tennis balls for your back,
music, candles, books, etc.)
and contact numbers for friends and relatives
phone or calling card
for vending machines
with second hand for coach
||Activities to keep you and
coach busy during "down time"
||Loose-fitting clothes, nursing
bra and pads
||Change of clothes for coach/partner
||Going-home outfit for baby,
including cap & booties
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you have a name picked out?
Giving your baby a name that will suit him/her for life is an exciting
and fun process. One good place to start is to take a peek at what
the most popular names are currently. Whether you want to steer
clear, jump on the bandwagon or just use it as a sounding board
here are the top ten boy and girl names reported in 2004
by the Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov).
It's A Boy!
It's A Girl!
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& car seats & highchairs, oh my!
Get the gear that suits your
How do I decide what
baby gear is the best for us?
Strollers and car seats and playards, oh my! With so many choices,
it's no wonder most consumers are intimidated when purchasing their
first baby gear items. You have a baby on the way and the last thing
you want to stress out about is figuring out what kind of stroller
you're going to buy. That's where we come in. This guide is geared
to provide you with all the information you need to make a great
choice, so you can concentrate on the important things spending
time with your little bundle of joy.
bottom line on bouncers and swings.
Why buy a bouncer or swing? They're great
for calming fussy little ones! They rock baby back and forth, creating
a soothing effect and giving you valuable hands-free time. Most
are lightweight and portable, making them convenient at home or
for visits to grandma's house. Some also include activity bars,
lights and music, so your little one can stay entertained.
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So baby has developed a healthy appetite and has
the ability to sit up without support. It's time for a highchair!
Research has shown that preschoolers who listen and take part in
mealtime conversations tend to have better verbal, reading and writing
skills. So pull your little one up to the table and be ready for
are lots of different highchairs out there that vary
dramatically in terms of style, quality, features and
safety. Take a look at the following characteristics
to help in your decision.
For an older child, booster seats replace a traditional
highchair. They strap down to regular dining chairs,
making your little one's transition to the table easier.
Highchairs made of metal are understandably more durable
than others. They're often easier to clean and can fold
for storage. However, they can be heavier than other
constructions like plastic or wood.
construction: These highchairs tend to be the
most convenient. Most models offer great features like
reclining seats, padding, adjustable heights, removable
trays and wheels. They are also usually lightweight
and foldable for storage.
Visually appealing, these highchairs are very traditional
and full of old-fashioned charm. Because they wear well,
they can be passed on to future generations. Practically
speaking, however, they can be less comfortable for
baby to sit in. They also tend to be heavier and harder
TO LOOK FOR
Now that you're aware of the basic
types of highchairs, knowing what to look for is equally
It goes without saying that you should purchase a highchair
that fits your child. However, you should also purchase
a highchair that adjusts well to the growth of a child.
Adjustable reclining positions, trays, heights and footrests
all help accommodate the comfort of your little one.
cleaning. Let's face it, kids are messy. What
this means is that you'll definitely want a highchair
that's easy to clean. Look for smooth trays and frames,
so little spills and messes wipe away easily. A removable
tray is your optimum choice. And, the fewer nooks and
crannies in the highchair, the easier it will be on
you come cleaning time. The seat area should also be
easy to clean. If the cover is cloth, look for one that
is removable and machine washable.
Ease of use.
Who has the time to mess around with a complicated highchair?
To save time and headache, evaluate the accessibility
of the highchair. You should be able to get your little
one in and out easily. Trays should slide smoothly.
Harnesses should be able to fasten quickly and easily.
Wheels (if applicable) should lock safely. And everyone
Products Manufacturing Association). You might
want to look for a chair that has this logo. The JPMA
works with the American Society for Testing and Materials
and the Consumer Products Safety Commission to develop
standards for baby products like highchairs.
A restraining belt is probably the most crucial safety
feature to look for when buying a highchair. It will
secure your little one in place and prevent him/her
from standing up or slipping underneath. For maximum
restraint, look for the five-point harness which will
secure your little one at the shoulders, waist and crotch.
Make sure there are no sharp edges. The underside of
the chair and tray should have no rough areas. If you
choose to purchase a wooden highchair, make sure it
is free of splinters.
Look for a wide base. Sturdy chairs are a lot more difficult
to tip over. All legs should touch the floor evenly
with no rocking. If the chair has folding hinges or
wheels, make sure there are reliable locking mechanisms
to keep them in place.
Now that you've thought about the style
and construction of purchasing a highchair, keep these
safety tips in mind.
- Read your safety manual and/or instruction manual.
- Never leave your child unattended in a highchair.
- Always make sure your little one is belted into
the restraint system.
- Make sure wheels and other latches are securely
- Follow manufacturer's guidelines for instructions,
assembly and weight restrictions!
- Always register your product. This makes sure you
are notified in case of recalls.
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As proud parents, you'll always want baby by your
side. But there will be moments when you need to answer the phone,
finish a chore or just take a break. And baby needs a safe place
out of harm's way. Now what? A playard may be your answer. They
offer a secure, convenient and fun place for your baby to spend
the '60s and '70s, playards had metal frames, wide meshing,
exposed hardware and tendencies to collapse. They've
certainly come a long way. Today, playards are a lot
safer and more versatile. How you choose to use your
playard will determine which model will suit you and
your baby's needs the best.
The basic playard can be used as a playpen or a place
for naps. Most are now made with mesh netting that makes
for easier cleanup. Most also fold for easy storage.
Some have wheels, so you can move them from room to
room with ease.
While playards can double as a space for naptime, some
also have built-in bassinets for newborns. They are
designed to hold little ones up to about 15 pounds.
If you like to take baby outdoors a lot, a playard with
a canopy is recommended. It protects your little one
from damaging sun rays, and provides shade to keep him/her
cool and comfortable.
Designed to fold more compactly, the portable playards
are ideal for those who travel often. They're even great
for short trips to grandma's house.
Some playards are marked as travel cribs. This type
of playard includes different warnings and instructions
for using the playard as a crib. It also meets two sets
of industry safety standards. These types of cribs allow
you to leave your little one in another room while they're
Take a look at these features to determine
which will best suit your baby's needs.
area: This will be a removable changing table
that provides a convenient and safe place to change
your little one quickly and easily.
If you intend to use your playard for naptime as well,
sheets will usually have to be purchased separately.
They will help keep your little one comfy.
Little ones need a soft landing place to keep them safe
from tumbles and falls.
These are helpful in a number of ways. They allow you
to easily keep an eye on your little one, provide better
ventilation and are easier to clean.
Helpful for outdoor activities and little enthusiasts.
It will help protect baby against pesky bugs and mosquitos.
rails: Teething youngsters will find this a favorite.
Make sure to get a fabric that is durable.
Handy storage compartments for lotions, diapers, wipes,
etc. Keep everything an arm's-length with this convenient
Similar to the parent organizer, it's a handy storage
area for blankets, toys and clothes.
A removable bar that can hold various toys and pieces
to entertain and visually stimulate your little one.
Make it easy to transport.
- Read your safety manual and/or
- Never leave an infant unattended
in a playard.
- Make sure the playard is sturdy,
so it won't collapse on its own.
- Always make sure your playard is
locked before putting your baby inside.
- Make sure your little one cannot
get loose from the playard on their own.
- Do not add large objects into the
playard that might permit your little one to climb
- To avoid entanglement, do not leave
sheets or bedding in the playard. Also make sure the
side of the playard is always upright to avoid loose
- Frequently check fabric for tears.
- For newborns, less than 15 pounds,
only use the bassinet portion of a playard.
- Make sure there is padding around
the top rails and corners.
- Mesh holes should be no larger than
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Strollers are a safe and easy way to transport your new little bundle
of joy. With so many of these wheeled marvels available in the market,
it's no wonder that shopping for one can be overwhelming. Because
this is a product you will use often, it is important to find one
that best suits your lifestyle needs. Consider these tidbits of
information before you shop.
||All-terrain & joggers.
These durable and fun strollers are made for active
parents. If you plan on taking walks through bumpy trails,
or bringing baby along on workouts and adventures in the
great outdoors, this type of stroller is perfect. With
a lightweight frame, shock absorbers and bigger wheels,
they allow you to move at faster paces without concerns
of bumps in the road. You also get better traction on
various surfaces including dirt, grass, gravel and sand.
Features may include an adjustable handlebar height, all-terrain
wheels, better suspension, canopy, durable fabric, padded
seats and sturdy construction. Keep in mind that most
doctors recommend waiting until your little one is approximately
6 months of age to use this stroller.
||Carriage. Want to stick
with tradition? This is your stroller. It's generally
designed to fully recline in a carriage position. Most
newer models have a boot feature that prevents baby from
sliding through the leg openings when the seat is fully
reclined. They are usually heavier in construction and
do not fold as compactly as other strollers. Reversible
handles are common so that you can keep an eye on your
little one as you're strolling along.
||Double & Triple.
Lucky enough to have more than one little one running
around? Strollers that are designed for two or more children
may be the answer you've been looking for. They are a
great convenience when you want to travel comfortably
with more than one child. They also come in two different
styles: tandem or side-by-side. Tandem (or front-to-back)
strollers are designed so infants are facing forward,
one in back of the other. Some models also are boosted
in the back, so that both little ones can enjoy the view.
Side-by-side styles seat your babies next to each other.
Most fit through normal-sized doorways, but because of
their width, they can be more difficult to maneuver. Both
styles are constructed to fold easily and compactly. Usually,
you can use double and triple strollers until your little
one reaches 3 or 4 years of age.
||Full size. The king
of strollers, this type is a great all-purpose choice.
They offer numerous comfort and convenience options. One
great feature most models have is convertibility. They
can be used as a stroller or a carriage because they grow
with your baby. Larger and sturdier than some other types,
these strollers are also heavier. But, there are some
that are constructed with aluminum frames, so you can
maneuver easily. They are also appropriate for newborns
because most of them fully recline, have oversize wheels
and great shock absorption. Typically, they can be used
until your child reaches the age of 3 or 4. Features may
include extra seat padding, dual brakes, multiple seat
positioning and strong back support.
||Lightweight. A great
basic, these strollers are lightweight (usually under
15 pounds). Inexpensive and easily foldable, these strollers
are made to store easily. They're perfect for traveling,
quick errands and trips to the store when bigger models
seem too bulky or heavy to lug around. However, they can
be more uncomfortable than midsize or full-size models.
Unless they recline fully, these types of strollers are
not recommended for newborns or infants that still need
complete head and neck support.
Middle of the road. You're sure to find the greatest
range of features and prices in this category. Relatively
lightweight, these strollers usually fold easily and
are designed to be portable. Durable and easy to maintain,
they are typically made with aluminum frames, so baby
gets a smooth ride. Like other strollers, they are not
recommended for newborns unless they fully recline.
||Travel Systems. Convenience,
convenience, convenience. A stroller and infant car seat
in one! With the car seat fitting directly into the stroller,
this type offers great head, back and neck support for
newborns. It can also be used as a carrier, so you can
transport your baby from the car to the stroller with
ease. Plus, once baby outgrows the car seat, you can remove
it and the stroller can be used alone. These types are
generally designed to fold easily and compactly, and offer
a range of features to provide baby with comfort.
Umbrella. Dubbed umbrella
because of their curved handles, these strollers are inexpensive,
very lightweight and easy to use. They are ideal for quick
trips and travel. And, because they offer the most basic
features, they are recommended for use as a second stroller.
Also, keep in mind that most models do not recline and
are not recommended for newborns. Umbrella strollers can
weigh as little as 5 pounds and are available in a wide
range of prices.
As a general
rule, more expensive strollers offer more options. Keep
these features in mind when choosing a stroller that
best suits your needs.
Protective leg coverings that can snap over a baby's
legs to prevent them from sliding through the leg openings
of a stroller. They can also create added warmth.
More reliable and easier to use than ever, brakes are
an important feature. Single-action brakes are activated
by a bar in the rear of the stroller frame. Double-action
brakes require two actions to engage the brakes. Some
more expensive strollers have brakes on both the front
and rear wheels.
This feature will protect your little one from sun damage
and windy conditions. Some feature adjustable positions.
Still others have see-through vinyl or mesh windows,
so you can keep an eye on your little one while traveling.
Every stroller has a different way of folding. Some
require more steps than others. You'll want to test
out the stroller to make sure that it is easily foldable.
The less time it takes and the easier it is to fold,
the more convenient it is for you.
Most models of strollers have some type of footrest,
so that your little one can sit comfortably without
his/her legs dangling. Make sure the seat rim is soft,
so it doesn't press uncomfortably into the back of your
little one's legs.
There are few varieties of frames to choose from: aluminum,
plastic or steel. Plastic and aluminum frames are more
lightweight. Steel frames are the most durable.
These arm bars give your little one a place to lean
or hold snacks or toys. The most comfortable for your
child will be those that are padded. Also, look for
ones that are removable or adjustable so it's easy to
convert as your baby grows.
You'll want to look for the most comfortable. Padded
handles are cushioned for extra comfort. Adjustable
bars accommodate different heights. Reversible handles
can be swung over the top of the stroller and locked
in position so baby rides facing you. Umbrella strollers
have two handles that require both hands to maneuver.
Harness/safety belts: All strollers feature three-
or five-point harnesses to keep your little one safely
in place. Look for buckles that are difficult for little
hands to unfasten, but easy for you to operate.
Strollers that are used for very small infants or newborns
should have openings that close so baby can't slip through.
Most manufacturers will use fabric shields or footrests
A great feature that offers support and comfort for
your little one. For maximum stability, newborns should
be placed only in strollers that offer a fully reclined
These covered sprigs or rubber pads above the wheel
give baby a smoother ride.
Usually found under the stroller, convenient and accessible
storage areas make running errands easier. Your best
bet is to choose a storage area that will at least fit
your diaper bag. Look for one that doesn't drag on the
ground when loaded.
It's all about easy care. Look for durable fabric that
can be easily sponged off from little spills and splashes.
A removable seat is your best bet for easy cleaning.
The larger the wheels, the easier to get around curbs.
Front wheels feature two positions: forward-facing for
rough terrain and full swivel for smoother surfaces.
Wheels that are constructed well will contact the floor
evenly on all sides.
THE SAFETY DANCE
- Always be sure to read your safety and/or instruction
- Always make sure your child is fastened and secured
into the stroller.
- Choose a stroller with a wide base to prevent tipping.
- Do not place shopping bags, purses or other items
over the handles because it can cause the stroller
- Be sure there are no jagged edges or parts on the
- Make sure to use the locking device to avoid accidental
- Make sure the wheel brakes are on when the stroller
is not moving.
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up baby - take the chaos out of car seats.
Let's face it, the seats in your car just aren't designed
for little ones. That's why a car seat is important for your baby's
comfort and safety. Plus, car seats are required by law in all 50
states. Many hospitals also require that you buy a car seat before
you can take your little one home. As with any other product, you
want to be sure you read and follow manufacturer's instructions
first. Then use this guide as a secondary source to provide information
that might help you narrow down all the choices that are available.
OF CAR SEATS
There are lots of differing opinions
on which car seats are the most comfortable, safest
and most convenient. The best car seat for you will
depend upon your needs and the needs of your child.
However, all car seats MUST pass the Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. Take a look at the following information
to help determine which type of car seat best suits
your little one.
These seats fill in the gap between convertible seats
and your car's own safety belt system. They are designed
for children who have outgrown convertible seats, but
are still too little to use regular car safety belts.
They play an important role in preventing potential
These types of seats can be very convenient because they
can be converted as your child grows. They are designed
to change from a rear-facing infant seat to a forward-facing
seat for bigger kids. Some also convert a third way to
become a booster seat.
Perfect for newborns and small infants, these car seats
are designed to properly support a developing child's
back, neck and head. They allow for your baby to recline
at a comfortable angle, with proper restraint that doesn't
impede breathing. Infant car seats should be installed
Although there is no one perfect car
seat for every child, a number of features can improve
the safety, convenience and comfort of car seats. Keep
the following in mind when starting your search.
locking clips. If you have an older vehicle,
it will require the use of a metal locking clip to make
sure the seatbelt holds the car seat properly. Clips
that are sold separately are often used incorrectly.
The built-in locking clips are much easier to use and
often get a tighter fit.
harness. Experts and studies confirm that this
type of harness system is the safest. There are two
straps placed on the child's shoulders and two low on
the hips, so that tough crash forces are absorbed by
the strongest parts of your baby's body, instead of
the abdomen. With another strap in between the legs,
it usually provides the best fit and reduces the chance
adjustment. Some car seats have mechanisms on
the front to adjust the tightness of a safety harness.
The easier this is to adjust, the more likely you will
properly adjust it every time. Look for this feature.
A tight harness can reduce overall risk of injury to
your little one.
protection. Some car seats are designed with
an added layer of energy absorbing foam or plastic around
the head area to improve crash safety on impacts.
weight limits. Some car seats are now available
with higher weight limits for bigger babies. For larger
infants, look for a car seat that can be used rear-facing
to fit an infant up to 30 or 35 pounds. Newer boosters
also have up to 100-pound weight limits.
The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) is
a newer system that allows a car seat to be installed
without seatbelts. It created a universal system that
makes it easier to install car seats safely and properly.
LATCH can be found on rear-facing, front-facing and
combination booster seats that have internal harnesses.
According to government regulation, new passenger vehicles
manufactured after Sept. 1, 2002 should have the LATCH
system. For specific information on which 2002 vehicles
are LATCH equipped, visit: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/csr2001/BASChtml/BASC2001.html.
Built-in recline positioning can be found in car seats.
This is helpful for newborns who need to be in a reclined
position to properly support their neck and head. Some
models also have indicators to help you adjust the degree
of incline properly.
protection. Look for wide, padded wings on each
side of the head for protection while baby sleeps. These
help keep baby's head upright and can help keep the
child's head safe from hitting hard objects in an impact.
This strap can improve safety by reducing forward and
side-to-side head movement. It is used in addition to
your vehicle safety belt to reduce the chance of injury.
A wider strap is intended to lie flat against baby's
body to reduce twisting and distribute force over a
larger surface area. Twisted straps can reduce the restraint
area and cause additional body injury because they can
apply too much pressure to certain areas.
- Always read the instructions for your car seat,
as well as, your car owner's manual to ensure proper
fit and installation.
- All children are safest in the back seat.
- Premature babies and small newborns may require
a car bed if an infant car seat cannot provide a secure
fit or if it interferes with breathing.
- Newborns and small infants need to ride semi-reclined
at a 45-degree angle and facing the rear.
- Children weighing more than 40 pounds should use
a booster seat until they can sit in your car's rear
seat with their knees bent comfortably over the edge.
- Replace car seats that have been involved in crashes,
even minor ones.
- Return the car seat warranty card so you can be
notified of recall information.
- Do not use a car seat or booster in a seat with
an air bag.
- Be sure the car seat you purchase is appropriate
for your child's weight and height.
- Avoid used car seats. Normal wear can limit their
effectiveness. They also might not conform to present
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baby ready early!
Read your layette guide for
information on newborn basics.
Expecting, or know someone
The information below is a guide* to just the right necessities
for any newborn baby (0-9 months).
Since comfortable babies are happy babies,
use the list of garments below to determine what every newborn needs.
These make great tops or undergarments for any sleepwear
or outfit. Bodysuits have inseam snaps for easy dressing.
And occasionally have larger necklines to fit easily
over baby’s head. Bodysuits can have various other
necklines, such as a collar or turtleneck, and long
or short sleeves.
Newborn necessity: Every newborn
should have 9-12 bodysuits in various sizes for growth.
These long-sleeve garments will keep baby warm and cozy.
They usually have zip- or snap-front closures from chest
to foot. Sleepers are footed for warmth and have inseam
snaps on both legs. They should be worn snug-fitting
depending on the fabric.
Newborn necessity: Newborns
should have 4-6 sleepers in various sizes for growth.
Off-center snaps make these garments easy to dress baby.
Side-snap shirts usually have short sleeves. They can
be worn as a top, or a layer under any sleepwear or
Newborn necessity: We recommend
4-6 side-snap shirts in various sizes for growth.
These are garments with an elastic bottom for easy access
to baby’s bottom. Layette gowns are usually long-sleeved.
Newborn necessity: Newborns
need 4-6 layette gowns. They are available in various
sizes for growth, but do come in one size fits all.
Great for baby to wear in cooler weather, pram bags have
a zip front and closed bottom. With long sleeves and hoods,
baby is sure to stay warm.
Newborn necessity: Newborns
should have 2-3 pram bags. They often come in one size
Similar to sleeping bags, snowsuits have legs and sometimes
even feet. They zip or snap down the front for easy dressing.
Newborn necessity: Depending
on climate, newborns may need up to 2 prams in several
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As they learn and play each day, babies should
always be wearing a comfortable outfit.
Similar to bodysuits, creepers are outfits that let
baby’s arms and legs free to explore. They usually
have short sleeves. And button or snap in the front
or back to make dressing easy. Creepers also have inseam
Newborn necessity: About 4-6
creepers should suffice for a newborn’s wardrobe,
depending on the climate.
These are one-piece outfits with short sleeves. They
usually have short inseams (similar to shorts) and inseam
Newborn necessity: Rompers make
great outfits for the warmer months. Buy 4-6 depending
on the climate.
Pullover shirts usually have larger necklines to easily
fit over baby's head. Occasionally these shirts have shoulder
Newborn necessity: Every
baby should have 4-6 pullover shirts that coordinate with
a variety of bottoms. Choose several sizes.
These are sleeveless one-piece outfits with elasticized
leg openings and inseam snaps. Sunsuits are great for
playing in the water and for warmer months.
Newborn necessity: A baby typically needs 4-6 sunsuits
depending on the climate.
Just as the name says, these cozy outfits cover it all.
With long sleeves and full-length legs, baby is sure
to be comfortable. Coveralls can have front or back
closure and inseam snaps.
Newborn necessity: Coveralls
are perfect in cooler climates. Buy 4-6.
Pants are available in various styles and colors, and
in fabrics from denim to knit. They usually have full
or back elastic waistbands. And occasionally have inseam
Newborn necessity: Every baby
should have 4-6 pants that coordinate with a variety
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Look to this section of the guide for hints on
the little extras that make baby comfortable and happy.
Baby’s feet should always be kept warm with socks
Newborn necessity: Every baby
should have 6-9 pairs of socks or booties in various
Bibs protect clothes from spills and messes. They usually
have Velcro® or snap closures. Many are accented
with cute designs and are reversible.
Newborn necessity: Every baby
needs at least 4-6 bibs. Usually sold as one size fits
These blankets will keep baby warm and cozy. Select
a fabric that’s appropriate for the season.
Newborn necessity: Newborns
should have 4-6 receiving blankets.
Made of soft cotton or terry cloth, hooded towels are
the perfect accessories for keeping baby warm after
Newborn necessity: Hooded towels
are so very handy. We recommend 3-6.
With soft cotton or terry cloth fabrication, washcloths
and bath mitts are the perfect accessories for bathing
baby. They usually feature fun designs to make bathtime
Newborn necessity: Keep about
6-9 washcloths on hand.
*Note: These guidelines are general layette suggestions
only. They may not be specific to any particular products sold on
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Sizing information varies slightly by brand. The
chart below is a general guideline to assure baby’s clothes
are fitting comfortably.
||To 12 lbs.
||To 23 in.
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Please note: The information provided in this guide
is for general information only. It should not be substituted for
informed medical advice or manufacturers' or other applicable instructions.
Please refer to any manufacturers' information and instruction manuals,
as well as any applicable state or federal laws and regulations
for further product information. Any health- and safety-related
information found in this guide should be discussed with a physician
or other healthcare professional. Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.,
its subsidiaries and related entities are not responsible for action
or inaction based upon the information provided in this guide.
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