You've just had your baby and you're getting settled into a new way of life. You're also probably wondering what kind of gear to get for your little one.
A baby lounger can be a great addition to your home if you want to keep your little one close by while you work on chores or shower.
However, there are some very important facts about Baby Loungers that you should be aware of before making your decision as to whether you want to include one in your home.
In this article we are going to explore everything you need to know about baby loungers, We will look at both sides of the coin - the benefits and cautions we believe every parent should know.
Baby lounges can be a confusing term for many parents. Many refer to baby swings or baby carriers as a baby lounger. However, in the context of this article we have a specific definition for what a baby lounger consists of.
For the purposes of this article we refer to a baby lounger as a baby product that consists of soft cushion material that is designed to comfortably house your little one. If you think of a portable baby sized day bed, you will begin to understand the design of a Baby Lounger. They usually have belts that can be used to strap and secure your baby into the lounger, which is there for the parent's peace of mind to prevent accidents and rolling.
The materials that Baby Loungers are made from are generally fire retardant and breathable. This is both for your baby's comfort and safety. The breathable material allows for air to circulate through the material to ward off sweat and over heating of your bubs. The permeable materials are also there to prevent any breathing hazards that may arise when your baby presses their face against the side cushions.
Here are some examples of some baby loungers:
The baby loungers are used to provide comfort and relaxation for the babies. The best baby lounges have soft cushions that can be adjusted according to your child’s size, shape or weight. They also come with an adjustable backrest, so you can adjust it as per your need. These chairs will help in providing support while sitting on them. You can use these lounge chair for both indoor and outdoor purposes.
As blissful as baby loungers may sound, there are some words of warning that every parent should heed when considering purchasing one for their home. In this section of the article, we are going to highlight the issues surrounding baby loungers.
Baby lounges are designed with safety in mind. They provide an excellent place for babies and toddlers to relax, play or nap while you’re at home doing chores around the house. The loungers come equipped with features that make them safe for your baby.
Having said that, it is important to note that these products are not included in any of the regulated groups of baby products. This means they have not been vetted by the appropriate authorities that govern the safety of baby products. The AAP always advise putting babies to sleep on their backs on a firm surface such as a crib or cot. It is for this reason, we believe a baby lounger has its place within a parent's routine, but should not be used for the longer nighttime sleeps - you will find out more below.
Yes! Babies love sleeping inside the lounger because it provides warmth and safety. We do, however, recommend they only use it for naps and a baby lounger is not used for their main sleep throughout the night. We do still prefer a cot or crib for the longer sleeps as this will become important for their development later on. Also note if your baby suffers from colic, it is advisable to avoid placing him in the lounger during his first few months of life.
The easy answer to this question is if your bubs still fits in the baby lounger and still finds it comfortable, then you can continue to use it to provide a sense of security and comfort.
The answer to this question is always going to be situation dependent. If you travel around a lot, as we have discussed earlier, a baby lounger can be a fantastic solution to help your baby adjust to new and unfamiliar places.
The best baby lounges are designed with safety in mind, and they have a variety of features that will make your life easier. They come equipped with soft pads or pillows, so you can lay down on them without worrying about hurting themselves if your baby falls off.
There are however some considerations to make when thinking about including a baby lounger in your household. This includes HOW and WHEN you are planning on using the loungers.
When used properly, these wonderful contraptions can be a godsend - let us know how baby loungers have helped you in your parenting journey in the comments below.