Babies - awesome, cute, screamy, icky things, and indeed the future of the human race. Where would be without them? These days, they apparently come with a whole host of optional extras available to buy. From baby lighting to baby safety products, via toys, gadgets galore and pushchairs which can tackle Everest, there's enough choice on the market to dazzle parents.
We're reviewing the best of the best to help you make an informed choice.
Baby Equipment From Day One
For your newborn, you'll need a car seat, a pushchair which is suitable from birth, a cot, moses basket or other secure place to sleep and suitable bedding and clothing. Most new parents also opt for a baby monitor of some kind, whether it's a simple sound monitor or a bells and whistles movement/temperature/sound sensor system. You might want to also consider a nightlight of some kind, or a light and sound system to soothe baby at night.
Growing with Your Child
The best value products are often those that will grow with your child, adapting to his or her needs as they move from baby to toddler. Consider multi-function gadgets and equipment which will do just that, or look for robust items which can be inherited by your next child.
Obviously safety is of paramount importance in all baby products. All baby products and toys sold in the UK must meet basic safety standards, which will be indicated by the presence of CE mark, a Kite mark and other symbols. Choosing a trusted brand is reassuring for parents, with some of the biggest players in the UK marketing being Mothercare, Boots, Tommee Tippee, VTech, Tomy and Mamas and Papas.