Baby Lounger

Baby Loungers - Are they Safe and What Not To Do?

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. 

What are Baby Loungers?

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:

 

What is a Baby Lounger Used For?

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.

Benefits of Baby Lounges

Cautionary Measures for Baby Loungers and FAQ's

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.

Are Baby Loungers Safe?

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.  

Can my Baby Sleep in a Baby Lounger

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.

How Long Can My Baby Use the Lounger?

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. 

 Do I need a Baby Lounger?

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. 

Key Takeaways for Baby Loungers - Everything You Need to Know

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.  

Co Sleeping Tips

Best Co-Sleeping Tips for New Parents - What NOT To Do

If you have a baby, you’ve probably been advised to have them sleep in their own bed. On the other hand a lot of literature and professionals also recommend that you don’t have them sleep in your bed.

As is the case in the world of new parents, there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there. 

If you are a regular reader, you would know at the Best Baby Care Tips Team, we always recommend going with your gut.  If your baby just wants to sleep with you, do it.  Just do it with the right information and knowledge of how to approach the situation.  

This article is going to step you through the DO's and DO NOT's of co-sleeping with your bubs.  

Top Co Sleeping Tips with your Baby - Must Do's 

Co Sleeping Tips

It’s common for your baby to want to co-sleep, especially if you are breastfeeding. The closeness, smell and warmth of the bed can make the baby feel safe.

But there are a lot of different opinions on co-sleeping. Here are some helpful tips from moms who swear by it.

Be Alert to Your Baby's Signals

It is important to be aware of the signals your baby is trying to communicate to you.  If your baby is not settling in a co-sleeping arrangement, acknowledge it and try alternatives.  Just because it is easier for you, doesn't necessarily mean it is the best option for your little one.  

Being flexible and versatile is one of the cornerstone traits you will need to master as a new parent.  Embrace change and don't be scared to choose the more inconvenient option. 

Determine the Best Bed Set Up

Finding the right set up may be a case of trial and error.  There are so many options available to new parents now, it is hard to find the best path for you.  

Obviously your options will be dictated by the amount of space you have in your room and the specifications of your adult bed.  

We recommend looking at co-sleeping attachments that connect to your bed.  This way you can have the best of both worlds - co-sleeping AND your own space with peace of mind that you can sleep without incident. 

Each Baby is Different

Just because it worked for your neighbor or best friend's baby, doesn't mean it is going to be the best solution for you.  As you can appreciate, all babies are different. They each have unique temperaments and personalities.  

Circling back to our first co sleeping tips 'be alert to your baby's signals' - always listen to your babies feedback.  If they are struggling to get comfortable in your bed, try moving them to a cot next to your bed.  Or even try on the opposite side of the room with some white noise.  They may be sensing your presence or smell that is stimulating their sense, thereby not allowing them to settle. 

Take Care of Yourself

One of the best co sleeping tips we can give you is to make sure you are looking after yourself.  Co sleeping may be the best option for your baby. However, if it is impacting your ability to rest then it may be a recipe for a disaster.  Lack of sleep can lead to cognitive malfunction and making both you and your baby prone to accidents.  

Do NOT's of Co-Sleeping with Your Baby

Co Sleeping Tips

Do Not Get Complacent 

We always recommend setting up a strategy from the beginning.  It's easy to become complacent and let the first few months of co-sleeping stretch into a few years.  We understand it is easy to have everyone sleeping in the same room, however it is important to not allow your baby to become accustomed to co-sleeping.  Your baby needs to find independence.  We like to think of co-sleeping as a tool that helps you transition in the world of new parenting. 

Do Not Put too Much Pressure on Yourself

As a new parent, it is only natural to feel inadequate and unsure of the 'right' way to sleep with your newborn.  

At the Best Baby Care Tips Team, we are here to say - STOP!  Don't do it to yourself! Stop doubting your ability to make decisions.  If you are struggling to find a solution to sleeping arrangements with your baby, get some help from your partner.  Recruit the grandparents into the mix.  Spread the load with as many people as you can.  

Remember you are in a completely foreign world too (not just your baby).  We like to remind our readers of an old African saying 

"It takes a village to raise a child".

Do Not Co-Sleep After Consuming Alcohol or Drugs

We know it probably goes without saying, however we believe it is prudent to cover all bases.  It was noted by the Infant Sleep Information Source that most co-sleeping accidents happen when an adult has been smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs (illegal and legal) and they smother their baby to death. 

To avoid these situations we recommend avoiding these substances completely.  And if you do decide to ingest any of the above, then to avoid co-sleeping arrangements. 

Final Thoughts on Co Sleeping Tips

When it comes to co sleeping you have a choice.  Try to not allow the varying opinions of friends, family and other external parties influence your decision. 

Do what you gut tells you to.  Go with the option that works best for you, your baby and your family. 

Yes - there are some risks associated with co sleeping.  However, with the right knowledge and stepped approach you can reduce and eliminate those risks from your co sleeping arrangement. 

Let us know what has worked for you and your baby in the comments below.