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Essential tips for starting out with baby

Babies are superbly designed. Better than anything a company could make. The best anyone can do is to design things that work perfectly with babies, helping them to grow safely and naturally. A lot of companies claim to be baby experts. IKEA designers and product developers have a perspective that’s a little different: a baby is part of a family, and if everyone who cares for the baby is feeling good, the baby will feel good. It’s not just about your baby – it’s about baby and you. Together.

A young child sits in a SUNDVIK cot with one side removed and GULSPARV bed linen looking at her mother who sits nearby.
A young child sits in a SUNDVIK cot with one side removed and GULSPARV bed linen looking at her mother who sits nearby.

Baby prep checklist

Four good ideas: Block-out blinds or curtains mean you can make your baby’s room dark when necessary. But get a night light so you have a slow-glow option when you need it. A nursing pillow, LEN nursing pillow for example, can make feeds easier and more comfortable. Stock up on washcloths. Babies burp a lot.

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A lit SOLBO LED table lamp sits on a MAMMUT stool in the dark in the middle of the floor in a child’s room.
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Natural baby zone

Babies are born with very thin skin, they take lots more breaths than an adult and they’re highly sensitive to light and sound. All this means they’re a fragile package. Make home as chemical-free, soft and calm as possible. You can trust that everything in the IKEA baby range is designed with their safety in mind, with zero tolerance for harmful chemicals.

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A small child wearing a black and white striped top holds up a duvet inside a blueberry patterned GULSPARV quilt cover.
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Music for baby

In their first months, a baby’s eyesight and hearing is still developing. Light and shade matter more than colour, and melody matters more than words. The movement of leaves or a mobile over the cot will capture baby’s visual attention, and a voice in song or a musical toy such as the KLAPPA caterpillar will make them prick up their ears.

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A KLAPPA musical toy, shaped like a caterpillar, lies on a babycare mat on top of a white SOLGUL changing table.
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You need less than you think

If you’re a seasoned pro you already know this, but for the first-timer, a baby can feel like a step onto another planet. You are ready to buy 10 of everything, plus back-up supplies in case you run out. Surplus guaranteed. Sure, baby deserves your best – but quality is more important than quantity.

A small child wearing a dotted top, brown shorts and long brown socks lies on its back in a white cot.

Seriously, you’ve got this

A mountain of advice awaits every baby carer. The deeper you dig, the more contradictory it seems to become. This reality could turn you into a bundle of stress – which is the last thing your baby needs. Relax, trust your own gut instincts and remember that it’s just advice.

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A small child stands in a SUNDVIK cot looking at its father who is sitting on a bed beside the cot holding a soft toy.
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Made for baby milestones

One thing’s certain with babies – they’re always changing. It can make buying things feel like a waste. No sooner are they bought than babies are past needing them. IKEA products are designed with that in mind. From adjustable cots with a detachable side to the SUNDVIK changing table that becomes a chest of drawers, you can adapt many products so your child can use them for much longer.

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A SUNDVIK changing table stands in a traditional-style children’s room next to a window and near a SUNDVIK wardrobe.
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Designed and tested for baby

Babies are the world’s smallest explorers. IKEA products have child safety designed into them. This means rounded edges, no gaps or openings small fingers can get stuck in, no small parts or loose cords, and wall safety fittings for all furniture that requires them.

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A dark yellow SOLGUL blanket lies over the edge of a basket next to a white SOLGUL cradle with foam mattress.
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