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Baby to Toddler : Baby to Toddler 2009
Baby to Toddler 2009 The Border Mail 28 Buyingforyourbabybabybaby It’s a class for 4 year olds designed for Pre-school children, operating 5 days per week during school term. is per fect for children who need that “little bit more in education but who are not quite ready for Primar y School. Phone the school today to receive an information pack and enrolment form for this exciting new program! Have you heard about “Little Saints?” Email: email@example.com Or visit our website at: www.stjls.nsw.edu.au Lutheran School, Jindera. St John’s Primary School 154 Adams St, Jindera 2642 Ph: 02 6026 3220 Fax: 6026 3289 You don’t need to spend a fortune on buying for your baby, You ca n save by borrowing, hiring and buying second-hand. Here’s a list of some of the main items you will need. Cot or cradle IF you want to keep your baby in your room with you, a bassinette or cradle can be useful for the first 12 weeks or so. After that, baby will need to be moved into a cot, so if you are looking to save money a cradle is something worth borrowing, or doing without. If you are not planning on using a bassinette, then look for a cot with an adjustable base height to save your back while baby is smaller. Consider a cot that can be converted into a bed. For information on cot safety go to the CHOICE website: www.choice.com .au Cot bedding Whether for a cradle or cot, bumpers and pillows are a safety hazard. You’ll need: • A clean, firm well-fitting mattress, • A waterproof sheet or mattress protector, • Two sets of sheets, flannelette or cotton, and, depending on the time of year, either a sleeping bag for cold weather or a muslin wrap in summer. Change table Some parents swear by these, while others are happier using a bed or the floor. Anything up high needs a safety harness. Some change tables have compartments underneath to store nappies, wipes/washcloths. Others fit over a playpen or cot. One very important considera- tion: you need to ensure that whichever option you choose will not strain your back. If you buy a change table that can be converted into a chest of drawers (eg. the change top can be removed) your baby can use this for years to come. Car restraint You are required by law to use a car safety restraint for your baby and it must meet the Australian Standard. Have the restraint fitted to your car before the birth of your baby. There are approved child restraint checking stations that can ensure that the fitting is correct. You can hire or buy the restraint. The RTA, Vic Roads or Kidsafe in your state have more information. Pra m Write yourself a checklist of all the things you want in a pram. Should it convert from forward to backward facing? Will you need storage areas? Do you want a lightweight pram you can pop in the back of the car, or a more substantial stroller? Where will you be walking? Is the handle adjustable?