It’s not every time I look through a catalogue that I have a little cry, but that’s just what happened this afternoon with the new Smyths Baby Room Catalogue. I was looking for ideas for Little W’s first birthday next month and I suddenly realised how quickly the time is going. I’m positive it was just a month ago that I was sitting in the living room at 4am with a newborn, wondering if the effort of going up the stairs to bed for a couple of hours was even worth it. Maybe it’s because he’s my second, but it feels as if he’s been a baby for such a short time. For about a month he’s been keen to walk around holding my hands and I know it won’t be long until he’s off walking by himself, getting his own back on his older sister for all the times she’s terrorised him!
Firstly, let me say that this catalogue contains so much more than just baby toys and play mats. From the car seat you’ll need to bring your baby home from the hospital, right up to the furniture you’ll need for their nursery – you should be able to find everything you need for your newborn and beyond. There are pushchairs, travel systems, bottles, bouncers, changing bags, highchairs, bath seats….the list goes on.
But all this can be a bit overwhelming, can’t it? I remember how daunting it was when we were preparing for Little B’s arrival 4 years ago. As first time parents, shopping for items such as baby monitors became stressful as there were just so many options! Did we need a video monitor? A sensor pad? What about a monitor with a night light? How many handsets? Thankfully, the Smyths Baby Room Catalogue contains a few tips to help new parents work out what’s available and what might suit them best.
But that’s not all. As well as advice on monitors, the catalogue also offers tips on weaning your baby, helping your baby sleep, bathing your baby, dealing with colic, choosing a mattress for your baby’s cot, and even has advice on potty training (and let’s face it, you can never have too much help with that!).
However, the most helpful section for us at the moment, as Little W continues to grow at a ridiculous rate, is the section on car seats. Not only does the catalogue contain a huge range of car seats, it also sets out a handy guide on the current legal requirements, as well as the things to consider when buying a car seat, including why extended rearward facing is so highly recommended. We’ll definitely be referring to this when the time comes.
What surprised me most however, was that Smyths offer a free car seat fitting service and that they have certified experts in store. I hadn’t realised this before now, but I think it’s a service we’ll look into using in the future.
So if you’re expecting a baby or have a small baby at the moment, I’d definitely recommend a look through the Smyths Baby Room Catalogue for all their feeding, changing, nursing, potty training, sleeping, toddling and playing needs!
And of course, I haven’t forgotten Little W’s birthday. I’ve seen a swing in the catalogue which is just the right size for his age (and small enough that he’ll be able to have it all to himself!). Coincidentally, he went in a swing for the first time last week and loved it. It may mean that he’s growing up, but it’s not all bad. Every day he gets older is another day to have more fun and make more happy memories*. I can live with that.
*But someone please remind me of that when I’m next sobbing about time going to quickly. Please.
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