Why should you have a footmuff?


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Why should you have a footmuff?

A footmuff is both practical and smart and also comfortable and cosy for the child during autumn and winter.

Besides keeping the child warm enough regardless of weather and wind, it’s also very practical for the parent to quickly open and remove the upper part when entering a shop and ensuring the child doesn’t get too hot.

Smart details

Some footmuffs come with reflective seams which is useful during the darker autumn and winter seasons. Make sure the footmuff fits your pram, looks nice and doesn’t easily get out of place. Also make sure the footmuff has a opening at the bottom which is practical when shoes are dirty. Footmuffs with opening at the bottom have a longer life span as they can be used until the child is about 4 years old.

Enjoy long walks with the pram!


Preparing the pram for all four seasons!


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Preparing the pram for all four seasons!

Did you know that research show babies that sleep outdoors during daytime sleep three times (!!!!) longer then when sleeping indoors. In this article we help you prepare the pram regardless of the weather. The baby should neither be too hot not too cold.

A good base layer for both bassinet and seat is a sheepskin, which is both temperature-regulating and moist absorbing. A lambskin is cooling in summer and warming in colder weather. Some lambskins have been treated so make sure to buy a lambskin intended for children.

Keep in mind

The canopy, the sides and the bassinet cover shields the baby in the bassinet and the temperature inside can differ from the temperature outside. Buy a small thermometer and place it inside the bassinet if you are unsure of the temperature. You can also put your hand at the baby’s neck to make sure he or she is not too warm or too cold.

Autumn

  • The weather can change quickly during autumn and it is therefore handy with layers making it easy to quickly adjust the temperature. Tips! Dress the baby in jumpers with front zippers, making it easy to open and release some heat if the baby gets too hot.
  • A woollen blanket is warming and breathable, unlike a fleece blanket. Buy a blanket that can be folded if you need the double warmth.
  • The bassinet often comes with a cover and the seat sometimes include a footmuff. These protects the baby from the cold and the wind. It’s a great extra layer over the woollen blanket.
  • An easy to clip on rain cover that fits the bassinet or the seat and which opens quickly for good pram ventilation.
  • Gloves and warm slippers that stay in place (!!).

Winter

  • When mercury drops below zero it’s important with proper pram bedding and warm clothes for the baby.
  • Get a winter seat liner. The liner insulates against the cold and there is no need to dress the baby in a winter overall. The winter seat liner is cosy and shields the baby well, including its head (still use a warm beanie though).
  • Depending on the temperature, it may be a good idea to add a thin overall to the wardrobe, for the baby to wear when inside the liner.
  • Thick woollen socks that not easily slip off and a pair of thick gloves that stay in place are recommended as a baby quickly gets cold feet and hands.

Spring

  • Like autumn weather, spring weather also changes rapidly, hence similar seasonal accessories and pram bedding can be used.
  • A warm woollen blanket. Preferably foldable to double thickness if needed.
  • A wool overall or a thinner fleece overall.
  • Those gloves and socks that don’t easily come off when the baby kicks and moves around.
  • Thin cotton beanie that protects from the wind and the spring sun.

Summer

  • In summer it is important the baby does not get too hot in the pram. Monitor the pram conditions regularly and never hang a blanket over the canopy. Different sun shades and umbrellas with UV protection are available.
  • A breathable blanket for when it is warm outside. Babies love to sleep tucked in and a breathable blanket is good as it still provides good ventilation.
  • Thin sunhat protecting the baby form the sun rays.
  • Sun shades that fit your pram, such as a hanging shade or an umbrella. A tips is to buy a sun shade with UV protection.
  • A insect net that fits your pram and you don’t have to worry about wasps and other insects.


Time to buy a pram? Below you’ll find some mistakes you want to avoid!


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Time to buy a pram? Below you’ll find some mistakes you want to avoid!

You may have had a look around, just to feel completely lost and realising what everyone have been talking about – it’s a jungle out there. Take a deep breath, sit back and relax and read our guide about the mistakes you want to avoid when shopping for a pram.

Make sure the pram you choose is safe, tested and approved under the European standard EN 1888 (SS-EN 1888 in Sweden). The standard outlines various tests and certain minimum requirements the manufacturer must fulfil for the pram to be deemed safe.

Don’t get hung up with the bassinet. It’s only used during a very short time in the beginning. Most parents swap it for the pram seat after three to six months. Put more focus on the pram seat as it can be used for up to two to three years. Make sure it’s comfortable, spacious and reversible. And don’t forget the canopy – it must protect from both sun, wind and snow.

The pram basket – the bigger the better! There is no such thing as a pram with a basket too big. Check out how accessible the basket is with the bassinet in place. You don’t want to reassembly the pram every time you need something from the basket.

With the above ticked off, we need to consider the car. Does the pram easily fit in to the boot or do the wheels need to come off? Detaching the wheels may not seem like a big thing, but that’s not the only thing to consider. There must also be room for all other necessities with the pram stowed into the boot. If you travel by car often, then it can be a good idea to buy a baby capsule that easily “clicks onto” the pram chassis, with or without baby capsule adaptor. That way you don’t need to wake the baby when getting in or out of the car. Read more about baby car seat and car seat adaptors/travel systems here.

If you are two who regularly will push the pram then both should do a “test drive”. You may spend more time than you think pushing the pram, and it’s important that you both feel comfortable regardless of how long your walks are. Ensure the handlebar is at the right height, even when you walk fast. You don’t want to be kicking the basked when you stretch out your steps.

Pushing-comfort is determined large based on the wheels; air, foam or plastic wheels, swivel wheels or fixed wheels, three or four wheels? This is when personal preference comes into play. Try and get a feeling for what you need. An easily maneuvered pram may be best if you live in an urban environment, where you need to make narrow turns. If you live in the countryside and walk a lot on uneven grounds, good suspension often makes the walks more comfortable.

Don’t forget to measure the elevator in your building! Realising that the elevator is 3 centimetres too narrow is a real bummer! When you finally have decided on which pram to get, don’t forget to check the delivery time. You don’t want to stand there with no pram when the baby has arrived. That will only make life stressful and limit your chances of spending time outdoors.

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Shopping list for everything needed ahead of the baby’s arrival


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Shopping list for everything needed ahead of the baby’s arrival

The Baby Bubble. It really does exist. And you won’t want to leave it so be prepared and buy everything well in advance. This shopping list covers EVERYTHING (and a bit more) you need when you have a newborn baby at home.

Are you panicking when thinking of all you need to buy?

It can be a bit stressful with everything you want to buy ahead of your baby’s arrival, but keep in mind; you don’t need everything that is available. Most important is some cloths and lots of nappies. Thereafter, relax and have a think about what’s required for you and your family to get things to work. If something is missing, you can always get it later.

The baby wardrobe:

  • 5-9 pcs wrap-around bodysuits (saving you from having to pull things over the baby’s head)
  • 2-3 pcs cardigans with zipper
  • 4-6 pcs soft leggings with cuffs (good to grow with)
  • 3-4 pcs pyjamas (with zipper, great for changing nappies during night time)
  • 1-2 pcs thin beanies
  • 4-6 pairs of socks
  • For colder seasons:
  • 1 quilted overall
  • 1 fleece overall
  • 1 lined beanie
  • 1 pair of soft slippers
  • Gloves

By the bed:

At the changing table:

  • Changing mat (preferably in waxed fabric, easy to wipe off)
  • Nappies, cloth or disposable
  • Washcloths, fabric or disposable
  • Thermometer
  • Baby cotton buds (good for early navel care)
  • Ointment against nappy rash
  • Children’s pain relief (paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Salt water nasal rinse
  • Nappy bin
  • Baby manicure set
  • Changing bag

In the changing bag:

  • Nappy bags
  • Mobile changing mat (often included with the changing bag)
  • Extra sets of clothing
  • Pacifiers
  • Small soft towel
  • Comfort blanket (you get a lot more use of this than you may think)
  • + items from the changing table. Soon enough you will know what you need to bring for your baby!

In the bathroom:

  • Bathing tub
  • Bathing support (great bathing tub accessory)
  • Bathtub thermometer
  • Baby oil
  • Baby shampoo/soap
  • Soft bath towels
  • Washcloths

Carry & Sit:

For walks:

  • Prams (find the ultimate guide here!)
  • Bassinet bedding (pillow, quilt & linen)
  • Mattress protection (protects against vomit and possible nappy accidents)
  • Rain cover
  • Insect net
  • Pram toy
  • Cotton blanket
  • Sheepskin (cooling in summer and warming in winter)
  • Cup holder
  • Pram lock (to securely lock the pram outside if it can’t be brought inside)
  • Winter seat liner (required during winter months)

In the car:

  • Baby car seat + base
  • Sun shade
  • Mirror

Breastfeeding:

  • Nursing bra
  • Nursing clothes
  • Breastfeeding pads (both disposable and washable are available)
  • Nipple shields (great for protecting sore nipples, especially during the early days)
  • Breastfeeding pillow (our favourite)
  • Breast pump (manual or electric)
  • Nipple soothing cream
  • Breast warmers (protects and warms the breast during breastfeeding and helps prevent mastitis)

Bottle feeding:

  • Baby bottles (come in many different models, test to find out which model suits you best)
  • Baby formula (again, try different brands to find out which works for your little miracle)
  • Baby formula dispenser (handy to keep next to the bed or when you are out and about).
  • A small thermos
  • Baby formula dispenser
  • Water kettle (handy!)
  • Bottle brush
  • Dish rack

Practical and important things:

  • Pregnancy insurance
  • Child health insurance
  • Plan your parental leave

After childbirth (for the mother):

  • Pre-cooked meals in the freezer, snacks and sweets (you will need all energy available).
  • Maternity pads
  • Large panties
  • Comfortable leggings
  • Thermos mug (preventing you to have to drink cold coffee if you get distracted for a couple of minutes)
  • Soft toilet paper

Bonus:

Eternize the pregnancy and the baby’s first year by creating a photobook (nice to show to the child when they get older).

Did you know…

There is already a checklist in Preggers for you to use during your pregnancy. Removing and adding products to the list is easy, or why not create a completely new list that suits your needs. Find the checklist in the main menu!


Contractions may be a sign of urinary tract infection


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Contractions may be a sign of urinary tract infection

Pregnant women are at increased risk of urinary tract infections and it is one of the most common pregnancy complications.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract. The kidneys and urinary tracts expand during pregnancy, causing the urine to flow slower and risking urinary tract infections and kidney infections to occur easier. Pregnant women with urinary tract infection are treated with antibiotics as it may cause early labour, low birth weight and risk developing into kidney infection. Contact your midwife or the health care centre if you suspect you have a urine tract infection

Common symptoms of urinary tract infection are:

  • Contractions. Contractions can be the first and only symptom of bacteria in the urine.
  • The need to urinate often, which is a difficult symptom to detect as most pregnant women urinate more often without having a urinary tract infection.
  • Burning pain when urinating.
  • Pain in the lower abdomen.

Testing for urinary tract infections is done through a laboratory urine culture test. Most cases can also be determined by dipstick urinalysis. Doctors prescribe antibiotics if treatment is needed. After completing the course of antibiotics, a new urine culture test is performed to ensure there is no more bacteria in the urine.

Group B streptococcus in the urine

Urinary tract infections are sometimes caused by a common streptococcus bacterium called Group B streptococcus, GBS for short. The bacterium is sometimes found in the urine culture test without the pregnant woman having symptoms of a urinary tract infection. About one third of all women are carriers of GBS without having symptoms. If GBS is found in a pregnant woman, she will be given antibiotics through an intravenous drip during labour to minimise the risk of GBS being passed on and later infecting the baby.