Newborn gear

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 August, 2011, 12:00am
 

Hot seats

The Maxi-Cosi Opal car seat is designed to take children from birth up to the age of four years, or 18kg. The design allows for extra legroom, and the height can be adjusted so that children can travel in the safer rear-facing position for longer. When the child is old enough or big enough, the seat can be turned to a forward-facing position. HK$4,390 at Bumps to Babes, units 14-18, 21/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 5000

Clothes basket

Babies need relatively few items in their first weeks of life, but that rarely stops doting parents, grandparents or friends from showering them with gifts. The Dim Sum Skewer set makes a cute nod to Hong Kong for babies born in the city. Packaged in a dim sum basket, the set includes a vest and two bibs made from organic cotton. HK$574 at Organic Baby, shop 220, Windsor House, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 6328

It's in the bag

Sleeping bags are widely considered a safer option than blankets for babies, as they are unlikely to get tangled in or smothered by them. Austrian firm David Fussenegger has a reputation for making luxurious textiles with classic and modern designs, including this one with a cute car motif. The sleeping bag is 95 per cent cotton and made in Austria. HK$390 at Jellybean, shop A, 138 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2527 8600

Bundle of joy

The Funky Baby Gift Basket contains practical items and playthings for babies. The gift set includes an organic cotton bodysuit from US brand Sckoon, which specialises in organic baby clothing, as well as a hat and a bib. Toys include rubber ducks for the bath and a brightly coloured Jellycat Hoopy Loopy play ball. HK$520 at www.babycentral.com.hk

Clean and green

Eco-Bio Baby & Kids bath and body products by Apivita are made from natural ingredients and without synthetics such as parabens, making them gentler on the sensitive skin of newborns. The Hair & Body Wash contains calendula, honey and almond, which all have moisturising and soothing effects on skin. It also contains lavender essential oil and an organic chamomile blend that is used in place of water, both of which have soothing effects on skin and baby. HK$210 at Apivita, shop 203, New Town Plaza Phase 1, tel: 2699 1859

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