Most Useful Essential Baby Products
A cot mattress was rated as the most useful item by parents, and 67% of them own one. A proper cot mattress is vital to ensure your baby can sleep safely and comfortably. A firm, flat cot mattress that is the right size for the cot, and fits with no gaps down the side that are more than 4cm, is best for your baby. It should be protected by a waterproof cover (sometimes called a mattress protector) and you should avoid second-hand mattresses where possible.
Stair gates were rated as the second most useful baby product, with almost 60% of the parents we asked saying they owned one. If you’ve got stairs in your home, or a kitchen that you want to keep young children out of, a stair gate can be a safety essential.
3. Video baby monitor Video baby monitors are more sophisticated than simple audio monitors. Not only can you see your baby, but some also have night vision and can hook up to your PC, TV and/or smartphone.
4.Baby changing bag
You could use any old bag to carry around your baby products when you’re out and about. But the advantage of a specifically designed baby changing bag is that it usually has different compartments to help you find what you need quickly. Many come with a foldaway changing mat, and the parents we surveyed certainly appreciated theirs.
5.Microwave steam steriliser kit
As well as electric steam-steriliser kits, microwave versions are also popular. Microwave steam-steriliser kits are more compact and tend to be cheaper than electric ones.
A baby bath is also useful because you don’t have to spend ages waiting for a bath tub to fill up, and this could also make it easier to keep control of a suitable temperature. As your baby grows, and starts being able to sit up on their own, a baby bath is less useful. However, for the first six months, it could be a particularly handy bit of baby kit, as our survey suggests.
7.Digital ear thermometer
The ear is considered to be the most reliable place to get a consistent reading of internal body temperature. A digital ear thermometer can give you a quick temperature reading for your child, and help you identify signs of fever.