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Bringing home a newborn can be a daunting prospect for anybody. Most parents find that the first few months of parenthood are quite exhausting. Therefore it is important to think about the most energy efficient ways of carrying out daily tasks.
Some parents with arthritis may find it easier to lift their baby using their larger joints, such as the elbows or forearms. Carrying slings can be useful before babies become too heavy at nine months. Other parents use baby carriers or pushchairs. There are a few things to think about when choosing equipment.
Get comfortable when feeding as it can mean sitting in the same position for a long time. This may involve using cushions under your elbows, a special support or a small bean bag.
The choice of whether to use disposable or towelling nappies is a personal one – the former may be easier to manage, but will be more expensive and less environmentally friendly. To make changing easier, you can get changing tables that attach to a wall at any height. When choosing clothes avoid fiddly buttons and press studs. Button hooks can help you manage buttons or you could you try adapting zips by adding a keyring, making them easier to grip.
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