The Heat Lamp
Newborns get cold very quickly, especially when being naked against their will which means most of the time, unless it happens on hot summer days or in warm baby massage rooms. In Germany, it is a very common thing to have a heat lamp in the nursery that is either fixed above the changing table or stands on a pillar. It comes in handy as it keeps newborns warm during nappy changes and dressing sessions after a bath. Personally, I felt that it made sense so the heat lamp was a must-have item to tick off my list when preparing for our baby’s arrival.
Well, what counts for a German mother-to-be does not have to be logic for a French future daddy. Yes, he was also born in December like our child would be but being from the mediterranean area his understanding of winter was definitely not the same as mine. Moreover, with heat lamps generally not being part of a baby’s nursery in France, this item just seemed weird to him so what followed was what always happens when two stubborn people with different cultural point of views discuss: deadlock. However, at eight and a half months pregnant with a belly that pushed my intestins almost up my throat, I had no energy left so I decided to loose this battle and leave the nursery without the lamp.
Did our nursery stay without a heat lamp? Of course not. It turns out that Dutch hospitals are equipped with heat lamps above each changing station for babies. My man could see the lamp’s benefits for our son’s wellbeing so knowing that my intention had been right, he finally gave in and we ordered the lamp last minute for our return from the hospital.
Which Lamp ?
I think that mainly (or only?) Germans buy heat lamps so I guess this is why we only found German brands on amazon that sell these products for nurseries (click for various products here). As we did not want to go for the version that needs to be drilled in the wall (seemed less secure and well, we’re lazy), we decided to buy the heat lamp with stand by reer. The lamp cost around 60 EUR and was delivered in a big box. It came unassembled and it took my man approximately 30 minutes to build. Once assembled, we saw that the foot was much bigger than we thought, making it difficult to stand between the wall and the changing table so we positioned it next to it. The lamp featured three different light options: light with heat, heat only and light only. The heat only option is really handy especially for night nappy changes as the red light from the heat was sufficient to see in the dark and we didn’t have to switch on the strong light and risk that our baby wakes up. When switched on a couple of minutes before the nappy change or dressing the baby, the lamp allowed to warm up the changing station and make it all cozy for our little one.
We were really happy with the heat lamp by reer. We purchased it for functional purpose only so we did not care about the look (it does not look very special). The warmth from the lamp made nappy changing and dressing up after bathing our baby to activities without stress.Thanks to the heat only option night nappy changes happened smoothly without any problems. Around five to six months, Thiago started to become very mobile so changing him on the changing table became impossible. Since then, we did not use the lamp anymore. However, we still don’t regret buying it, even if we used it only for a couple of months.
That said, the heat lamp still represents our cultural differences. Although it was useful, my man never liked it so when we moved it to our living room where I wanted to take a picture of it for this post, I only got to take one photo before my man banned it directly to our entrance hall. We want to sell it eventually but in the meantime it stands there on its own, receiving mean looks like the black sheep of our family.