Baby loungers: What are they used for?

PreviousNextSponsored by DockATot Have you seen baby loungers featured on social media pages or parenting sites, and wondered what they were all about? The babies look so cute and content lying in them, but if you’ve also noticed their price tag, you would hope that they had endless uses. You’d also want to know that […] The post Baby loungers: What are they used for? appeared first on Newborn Baby.

Baby loungers: What are they used for?
Sponsored by DockATot

Have you seen baby loungers featured on social media pages or parenting sites, and wondered what they were all about? The babies look so cute and content lying in them, but if you’ve also noticed their price tag, you would hope that they had endless uses. You’d also want to know that they’re safe, and could potentially make your life that bit easier before considering one.

Well, we’re here to show you just some of the many wonderful ways your baby can use a lounger. Plus, we’ll look at how to use them so that you feel rest assured that your little one is snug and safe while you get some much needed hands-free time.

Baby loungers: What are they used for?

Babies are beautiful, but they’re also a lot of hard work. Particularly in the early months, they require a lot of feeding, cuddling, wearing, and settling. There’s nothing wrong with wishing you had an extra pair of hands, or at least somewhere soothing and comfortable to put your baby down, so that you can get on with other things like shower, eat, or rest.

Baby loungers are the next best thing to having your little one in your arms. Let’s look at just 20 of their many uses:

At home:

  1. For newborns, baby loungers, otherwise known as nests or pods, offer a cosy womb-like environment, making the transition to the fourth trimester smoother.
  2. Place bub on the kitchen floor in one while you cook or make a cup of tea.
  3. Using a waterproof base, you can place the lounger on the bathroom floor while you shower, keeping an eye on bub.
  4. For mums recovering from the birth, particularly C-Sections, it’s the ideal way to keep your baby close without you having to move much.
  5. If you like to do home workouts, and rather than trying to fit them in during naps, you can keep your baby beside you and continue to chat to them and make eye contact while you have some vital self-care time.
  6. Give your arms, shoulders, and neck a rest while you continue to play and bond with your baby without constantly holding them.
  7. The rounded edges and soft padding makes it comfortable and supportive under your baby’s arms during tummy time.
  8. It allows you to take your baby everywhere with you around the house, so you can get on with chores such as laundry, cleaning, and tidying up.
  9. Baby loungers often convert to play gyms with attachable toy arches, so your little one can spend time playing independently, thereby encouraging their motor skills and meeting their sensory needs.
  10. Keep some nappies and wipes in each room, and then simply place a towel or muslin wrap down, and a lounger becomes an instant nappy change mat, so you don’t have to go to another room.
  11. They make the perfect snug spot to dry your baby and give them a gentle massage after a bath.
  12. Keep your hands free while you attend to the needs of older children at bathtime, mealtimes, homework, or playtime.
  13. They make exceptionally cute places to take weekly milestone photos of your precious little one.
  14. For the opportunity to get some rest, you could both cosy up on the floor while you read or watch TV, and your little one takes in the scenery or plays.

Outside the home:

  1. Take your lounger with you to mum and bub yoga or other fitness classes, so you can keep your baby content and close to you.
  2. If you find a lounger that can also have a sunshade and bug screen attached to it, you will enjoy using it at the beach where your baby is protected and not going to get covered in sand.
  3. The same applies to visits to the local swimming pool or on camping trips. Baby loungers are lightweight and portable, so you can take them anywhere.
  4. Picnics in the park can be made much more relaxing for you if you’ve got somewhere to pop your bub down comfortably while they gaze up at clouds.
  5. If you’re visiting family or friends, or anywhere new, taking your baby’s lounger with you means that they have a space that is familiar and comforting in a world that is ever-changing and overwhelming.
  6. Take your lounger on holiday with you, whether it’s only an hour’s drive away or an overseas trip. Get yourself a special travel bag to make it easy to carry, whilst keeping it dry and clean.

Baby loungers: What they shouldn’t be used for

Now that you’ve had a glimpse into just some of the amazing ways you could use a baby lounger that would undoubtedly make your life easier, you’ve probably got some questions. Namely around sleep, and where you can and can’t use them safely.

When and where it’s unsafe to use baby loungers:

  • Baby loungers are not safe for overnight sleep for infants.
  • They should not be used in bassinets, cots, portacots, Moses baskets, or playpens.
  • Loungers are not to be used as bed sharing devices, so should never be placed in the parents’ bed.
  • Babies should never be left unsupervised in a baby lounger.
  • They should be placed only on the floor and not on a raised surface such as a bed, couch, or bench.

 

When and where it’s safe to use baby loungers:

  • If your baby isn’t rolling yet, you can swaddle your baby and place them in a bare lounger on their backs.
  • Young babies should always be placed with their feet towards the foot end with the buckle closed to prevent them from wriggling downwards.
  • As they grow, they can be positioned higher up and clips can be left open so that your older baby or toddler can easily enter or exit it independently.
  • Babies should be dressed appropriately for the temperature of the room. Blankets, pillows, and any other loose items should not be used either underneath their body or on top.
  • If you’re settling your baby for a nap, you should place them in their bassinet or cot, and not a lounger.
  • If your baby happens to fall asleep in their lounger, they should be transferred to their safe sleeping space.
  • You don’t always have to lie your baby down in one. If your baby can sit or is learning to, they might enjoy the security that a lounger provides around their lower body.

What are other parents saying about baby loungers?

A lifesaver’

‘It’s like having an extra pair of hands’

‘Gives me the freedom to take baby anywhere around the house with me’

‘I’d be lost without it!’

‘It’s by far my favourite baby essential’

‘We’ve used it every single day since day one!’

 

The post Baby loungers: What are they used for? appeared first on Newborn Baby.

Source : New Born Baby More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

The breastfeeding struggle is real

NextIf only breastfeeding was as simple as feeding a hungry baby with their mother’s breasts. Rinse and repeat. It’s immensely much more than that. If you’re struggling with breastfeeding in any way at all, you’re absolutely not alone and it’s not your fault. We hear so much about how wonderful breastfeeding is, the many benefits, […] The post The breastfeeding struggle is real appeared first on Newborn Baby.

The breastfeeding struggle is real

If only breastfeeding was as simple as feeding a hungry baby with their mother’s breasts. Rinse and repeat. It’s immensely much more than that. If you’re struggling with breastfeeding in any way at all, you’re absolutely not alone and it’s not your fault.

We hear so much about how wonderful breastfeeding is, the many benefits, and the advice around how to have a successful breastfeeding journey. But, so often mums feel like it’s something they need to navigate alone, especially since it surely should come naturally to a mother, right?

That’s not the case, though. Breastfeeding does not come naturally to many. It’s a skill that needs to be learnt and requires knowledge, time, patience, but most importantly, support.

Do any of these statements resonate with you?

  • Breastfeeding just isn’t for me.
  • I’m crying most of the day because breastfeeding is hard and exhausting.
  • I just can’t continue breastfeeding.
  • I feel that my baby’s sleep problems are because he wants the boob all night.
  • My baby isn’t gaining enough weight, so I’m worried I’m not making enough milk.
  • I feel really uncomfortable breastfeeding in public so I stay home.
  • Breastfeeding is painful and I’ve tried everything to soothe my sore nipples.
  • I’m feeling so touched out and overwhelmed; I need a break.
  • I don’t like breastfeeding but I keep doing it out of guilt for my baby.
  • I want to quit breastfeeding but I’m scared of the judgement.
  • My baby only falls asleep at the breast and I’m worried they won’t learn to fall asleep alone.
  • I’ve tried everything to boost my supply but nothing is working. I feel so frustrated and defeated.
  • I have past trauma around having my breasts touched so I feel uncomfortable emotions when I breastfeed.
  • The reality of breastfeeding is nothing like what I expected, which makes me feel sad.
  • I really wanted to bottle-feed but I felt pressure from family/society/healthcare professionals to breastfeed.

The most important thing a breastfeeding mum needs right now

These breastfeeding struggles are very real and incredibly common. So, why are mothers feeling this way? How can we improve the situation for mums who are having these concerns, issues, and anxieties?

It all comes down to the right support.

If you don’t feel supported by those around you, then you will need to seek it and advocate for yourself. You shouldn’t be sitting at home with your baby suffering silently.

Women were never supposed to raise children alone. They were surrounded by other women who have guided them and been there for them since time began. Modern Western life has changed all of that unfortunately.

However, a mother’s village isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still there. Now it’s your midwife, your obstetrician, your maternal and child health nurse, your lactation consultant, breastfeeding support groups, and evidence-based parenting resources like Newborn Baby.

So, to help other mums who are struggling also, you can start by talking about your experience, and normalising the complexities and emotions that are intertwined with breastfeeding.

Understand that breastfeeding is natural but it can be difficult too. It doesn’t mean that you have to stop unless you want to. There is always the option to have a break from breastfeeding – read about this here along with our steps to start pumping without worrying about your supply. This way someone else can take over the feeds occasionally. You may even prefer to exclusively express.

Don’t delay, mumma. Get the help you need today. The right support will assist you physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It will also guide you to stop breastfeeding as well if that’s your wish. It’s not something that’s easily done alone, so it’s crucial to have someone there for you every step of the way.

Be gentle with yourself. Here is a mantra that will help you to reframe some of those negative thoughts:

My baby and I are learning together. I’m not failing. 

Where to get help today

  • Join the Australian Breastfeeding Association. The ABA has local support groups, plus virtual and online get-togethers. A local group is looked after by trained, volunteer breastfeeding counsellors or educators. You’ll find other mums going through exactly what you’re going through, and some facing other challenges. You’ll soon discover that you’re making progress when you can offer support to another mum who has the same concerns you did when you first joined.
  • Join breastfeeding Facebook support groups, such as our Newbornbaby Breastfeeding Mumma’s group to ask questions, share your experiences, and offer your own tips in a confidential and judgement-free setting. Alternatively, we can post your question for you (anonymously if you prefer) on our page.
  • Find an IBCLC. Support from other parents, friends, and family can be wonderful, but there are times when you need a professional to help you recognise what is causing the issue. A lactation consultant will support you emotionally as well as pick up any breastfeeding problems. Read more here about how an LC can help. To find one, ask your Maternal and child health nurse, Australian Breastfeeding Association, or Australian Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand
  • Breastfeeding isn’t just about nourishing your baby. Feeding to sleep is normal and healthy. Feeding for comfort is normal and healthy. If your issues are focussed around your baby’s sleep and breastfeeding, seek help from a sleep specialist whose approach is based in attachment, neuroscience, and responsive parenting (such as our resident baby sleep expert).

 

The post The breastfeeding struggle is real appeared first on Newborn Baby.

Source : New Born Baby More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.