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At CVS, we know that the safety of your baby is your top priority. It can be stressful trying to keep your baby safe when you’re out and about in the world, but the right equipment can go a long way towards your peace of mind. Overwhelmed by the choices? We can help! Check out our guide to some of the most popular baby safety products on the market today.

Car Seats

Infant and baby car seats are rear-facing and designed with the safety of your little one in mind. Strategic cushioning cradles your baby’s neck and spinal cord to reduce stress on the area in the event of a crash. Infants should always be placed in a rear-facing car seat that is properly secured in your vehicle. If you need to keep your baby warm, be sure to place the blanket over the straps – not underneath. This ensures a snug fit, which will help keep your little one safe if an accident occurs. Also, be sure to get professional instruction on how to secure your baby’s car seat in your vehicle before your baby arrives; it’s very important to be able to install it correctly, every single time you drive.

Once your baby grows to be about 8 or 9 months old, his or her infant car seat may be too small. It is recommended that parents replace this car seat with an all-in-one or convertible car seat and use it in the rear-facing position until the child is at least 2 years old or reaches the maximum height/weight limit allowed by the manufacturer. Once your child reaches this milestone, switching to a forward-facing car seat is appropriate, followed by a transition to a booster seat used in tandem with a seatbelt for older children.

Strollers

Baby strollers are an absolute essential for most parents, but it can be overwhelming to view all the options and try to decide on the best one for you. Well, CVS is here to help! When buying a stroller, start by asking yourself a few key questions:

  • What type of terrain do you live around or spend the most time in? This will help you decide if you should purchase an all-terrain stroller or a lightweight model designed for breezing around shopping malls and well-paved walkways.
  • What is your budget? While you want to make sure you get a stroller that will last, you don’t need to shell out an insane amount of money to get a quality ride for your little one. If you have a budget, don’t feel bad about sticking to it!
  • Where do you live? If you have a fourth-floor apartment with no elevator, or if you’re going to spend most of your day running errands in the car, you’ll want to prioritize a stroller that weighs little and folds down easily.
  • And finally, do you want to use your stroller as soon as you bring your little bundle of joy home? If so, you’ll need to purchase a lay-flat stroller or a baby travel system, because newborns aren’t strong enough to sit up in a stroller seat until they are around six months old.

In fact, even if you’re just looking for convenience, baby travel systems may still be a good choice for you. Basically, a baby travel system consists of a car seat that then clips into a stroller base. This is a good choice for parents who want to be able to transfer their baby from the car to a stroller without waking their little one, and it ensures beyond a shadow of a doubt that your car seat and stroller will be compatible together.While there are a lot of additional factors to consider when buying a stroller (and some parents even choose to buy multiple strollers for different situations!), your answers to these questions should help you form the basis of your stroller shopping strategy.

Playpens, Playards & Portable Cribs

So you’ve reached your destination. Now you need a place to put your baby where you know he or she will be safe and able to sleep or play freely. This is where playpens come in. Sometimes referred to as playards or portable cribs, they all serve a similar function – providing a safe environment for your baby to play, sleep, and grow in! Playpens can be used in the home and are often very useful there, but they also come in handy when your family is on the go – think at the park, at grandma’s house, etc. Whether you need a hands-free moment to grab baby’s bottle from your travel bag or want to help put the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven at your cousin’s house, a playard is the perfect solution, providing a safe, enclosed space where you can put your baby down without worrying about electrical outlets, knick-knacks, rocks, or whatever else your child might come into contact with that could be dangerous

Keep in mind that unless your chosen model is classified as a travel crib and comes with corresponding instructions, you should not leave your baby unattended in it. While playpens have sometimes been associated with safety issues, overall they are still a very useful item that many parents swear by. If you think a playpen would be beneficial to you and your little one, don’t be deterred from trying it. There are many versatile playpens available from top brands like Graco that include helpful features designed to grow with your child, such as a removable bassinet and an integrated changing table. If you are concerned about safety, you may wish to purchase a playpen that has earned a Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) certification seal, which ensures that the product was independently tested for quality assurance. Although regulations were strengthened in 2013, it is still very important to follow basic safety guidelines when using a playpen. Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions and be sure to discontinue use of your playpen when your child reaches the height and weight limits outlined in the instructional booklet.

Baby Swings, Rockers & Bouncers

A baby rocker, swing, and/or bouncer is a good alternative or even addition to a playpen. These products, while all a little different, serve the same basic purpose – they utilize gentle motion to soothe your baby and provide a safe place for you to put your baby down for short periods of time. It’s a good idea to spend less money on these products until you know how your baby will react – for example, while some babies may find a motorized swing soothing, other babies will be overstimulated and upset by the motion. But which should you try first? You may not have to choose! Many products combine all three functions in one. But just to keep things clear and simple, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the basic characteristics of each:

  • A baby bouncer in its simplest form consists of a well-cushioned seat with some springs beneath and a buckle to hold your baby securely in place. Some may have a motor or play sounds while more basic models simply use your baby’s own squirming and kicking to generate an up-and-down motion.
  • A baby rocker works similarly to a baby bouncer, but offers back-and-forth motion instead of up-and-down.
  • A baby swing, as the name suggests, involves a swinging motion and features a suspended seat with a wider base to facilitate this. Many products offer a combination of two or three features in one – look for a product with the words “multifunction” or “plus” on the label if this is what you’re after.
  • No matter which version you choose, be sure to supervise your baby at all times. If you plan to move it around a lot or travel with your baby bouncer, swing, or rocker, consider a portable version that breaks down easily and is lightweight.

Products like car seats, strollers, playpens, and swings are designed primarily to keep your baby safe and happy, but they can also make your life as a parent a whole lot easier. CVS carries a large selection of products to help make your transition into parenthood as smooth as possible. In addition, we also carry all of life’s little essentials for baby, from diapers and diaper cream to baby clothes and formula, so you can get everything you need in once place and get back to what’s most important – enjoying every moment of your baby’s development!

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