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Choosing the Right Baby Products

35If you just had a new born baby and are wondering what products you should buy for your little one, what you can do is go on the internet to search for suitable products to use for your baby. Babies are delicate little beings so proper care of them is of utmost importance. For new parents, selecting the right products for your child can be quite difficult. From the clothes that babies wear to the powder that is applied on them have to be selected carefully. Too rough cloth or a powder that contains harmful chemicals may cause negative reaction to the baby’s sensitive skin. When selecting items do not go for the design but on the comfort it will bring to your baby. With the developments in technology, manufacturers now produce products that are comfortable, attractive and of good quality. There are wide selections of baby products such as bottles, strollers, cribs, clothes, shampoos and diapers available in the market so one can be assured that there is one out there that matches the needs of your precious one.

Even though a mother prefers to breast feed her child, parents cannot be certain that the mother will always be available for her child. One way or another, feeding bottles would be an essential item to use for the baby. Manufacturers now produce bottles that can reduce or eliminate the air that gets into a baby’s stomach. This reduces the chances of the baby having stomach problems. Although these bottles tend to be more expensive than regular baby bottles, they are still worth the investment. The baby’s crib can be considered one of the most important products that parents would need to get for their child. There are many types of cribs available in the market that comes in different styles and colors. After picking the crib, parents need to choose an appropriate mattress for their baby. It has to be comfortable enough so the baby can sleep peacefully and the cover should be firm so it would stay intact even when the baby keeps changing position while he sleeps..

The clothes that babies wear have to be carefully selected as clothes made of rough materials may harm the baby’s soft and tender skin. The same goes for diapers. They have to be easy to put on, soft and firm. They should also be able to hold or not spill baby’s waste. Selecting the right shampoo can be an issue for parents. The ideal shampoos for babies are those that will keep his head or skin soft and smooth. They should not cause eye irritation as they tend to get into baby’s eyes. There are “no more tears” shampoos in the market today so you can choose that instead. However, you must be very careful as there are many products that may claim that are safe to the baby’s skin but might still contain chemicals that would give bad reactions to your baby. Same precaution should also be applied when choosing powders. Parents should know what causes allergies to their babies so only compatible products will be used to them.

To all the parents, always remember to do proper research before going out to buy products for your baby. You can search the internet or ask your parents, elders or friends who have experiences with a new born. The safety of a baby should never be compromised.

Buying a Baby Car Seat

34If you’re thinking about purchasing a baby car seat soon then it’ll be handy to know which ones are the most popular and which ones other parents have found to be a great buy!

Well look no further, we have searched high and low on the net and on the high street to find you the most popular baby car seats around saving you hours of searching.

Here are the results…

NUMBER ONE

MAXI COSI CABRIOFIX Infant Carrier Car Seat

From birth to 13kg or up to 15 months.

Good Points:

  1. Award winning safety features – Side Protection System
  2. Lightweight so its easy to take in and out of your car.
  3. Handle has 3 different positions which is easy to adjust.
  4. Comes with a sun canopy which is easy to use and put away.
  5. Comes with newborn baby head support.
  6. Can be compatible with certain prams such as the Mura 3 or Quinny Buggy as part of a travel system.
  7. Harness is easy to adjust and fits comfortably around your baby.
  8. Good storage space in the back of the seat.
  9. Highest recommendation from Which?
  10. Installed using the 3 point seat belt or by using this with the maxi cosi EasyFix base.

Bad points:

  1. Quite pricey.
  2. Can’t remove cover completely to machine wash but can sponge clean bits which can’t be removed.
  3. May not be great value for money if not used as part of a travel system or not going to taking in and out of the car on a regular basis.

Has it won any Awards?

  • Best Buy Award & Best Value – Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine
  • Gold for Best Infant Carrier – Mother & Baby
  • Which? Best Buy 2009
  • Gomama Today Winner
  • Cabriofix & Easyfix base – winners of Best Infant Carrier – Practical Parenting Awards 2009/10.

NUMBER TWO

Maxi Cosi Tobi Forward Facing Car Seat

From 9kg to 18kg or 9 months to 3 and half years approx.

Good Points:

  1. Easy out harnesses, harness belt and buckles – spring like action so they don’t get in the way.
  2. Easy adjustable headrest and harness belt with one pull at the front of the seat.
  3. Well padded head cushions for maximum side protection.
  4. Colour indicator at the front of the seat to confirm your child is secured correctly.
  5. There are 5 different reclining positions with easy one hand operation.
  6. Installed by using a 3 point car belt system – easy to install.
  7. Conforms to ECE R44/04 regulations.
  8. Value for money – can last for a few years.

Bad Points:

  1. Quite pricey.
  2. Position of baby can be quite high up – some may see this as an advantage.
  3. May need to use your knees to secure the seat whilst tightening the car seat belt.

Has it won any Awards?

  • Best Buy 2009 – FQ Magazine
  • Best Buy Toddler Car Seat – Mother & Baby Show
  • Best Buy 2008 – Practical Parenting
  • Mother & Baby Silver Award 2008/09

NUMBER THREE

Britax Evolva 1-2-3 Plus Car Seat

From 9kg to 36 kg or approx 9 months to 12 years.

Good Points:

  1. 5 point click and safe audible harness system.
  2. Adjusts as your child grows – the headrest and harness adjusts to suit your childs height.
  3. Deep and softly padded side wings for maximum side protection.
  4. The seat cover can be removed quickly and with ease for washing.
  5. There is a pull out drink holder and snack tray.
  6. It offers upright and recline positions for extra comfort.
  7. Best value for money – it can last from 9 months to 12 years.
  8. Easy to fit in many different sized cars.
  9. The baby’s head is supported well.
  10. Adjustable side wings.

Bad points:

  1. The harness and buckle is quite fiddly and the harness needs to held in a certain way to be fitted into the buckle.
  2. There are only two settings, recline and sitting position.

Has it won any Awards?

  • Practical Parenting Best Buy
  • Baby Gear Gold Award 2006
  • Practical Parenting Silver 2009/10
  • Mother & Baby Silver Award 2009

Baby Shower Games You Could Try

33Planning a baby shower is something that can be a little bit tricky. While the subject matter doesn’t necessarily change, you want something that people haven’t done a hundred times over. This is where the use of some clever and fun baby shower games comes into play. If you are planning a shower, you are going to want to check some of the unique games out.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing these games. However, through the course of the upcoming paragraphs you will get introduced to some of the most unique and popular shower games that you might consider. Having said this, you should consider a few of these later listed games for your own upcoming shower planning.

The first game that would be on a list of really fun and easy to plan games would be a matching game of sorts. This involves getting a number of different candies together and seeing if the guests of the shower can somehow tie these candies to various things involving pregnancy, birth or babies. An example might be Whoppers which can be related to contractions.

Another fun game that you can set up in the background of the fun of the shower would be a game called “When Will The Water Break”. In this game, your guests are only asked to guess a time during the shower itself. You are going to give them a glass of water with an ice cube inside. Within this ice cube is a cake decoration baby. The time is to determine when the ice will melt and free the baby. Closest time wins.

A unique game that you can try for your shower would be a guessing game. This can be a matching game as well if you so choose. However, the object of the game would be to make a detailed list of different animals and have the participants attempt to name what the appropriate name of a baby would be for the particular animal. For instance, a goose has a gosling and an ant has an antling.

A memory based game is always a fun one to have as well. Dress someone up in all kinds of baby gear from head to toe. Allow them to present themselves in front of the group for two minutes. After this time have the guests attempt to name all of the items that the model was sporting. The guest with the most right wins the game.

There are all kinds of baby shower games. Hopefully some of these might do the trick for your shower, or perhaps have inspired you to put your own twist on these classics. Either way, it should be quite a lot of fun for all.

Unique Baby Bedding

32Many of today’s parents are tired of the typical baby nursery themes. Winnie the Pooh, Thomas the Train and other familiar characters are not longer taking center stage in the world of crib bedding. A new trend has emerged, replacing the primary colors and packaged crib sets, parents now want DESIGNER baby bedding, UNIQUE baby Bedding, STYLISH baby bedding that will blend in with the rest of their home decor.

A crib set should be unique to your personal style and nursery. Choose baby bedding that you fall in love with, a set that suites your taste and the feel of your home. In today’s online world of stylish baby and children’s boutiques, the choices are unlimited. It is very easy to find a crib set that fits your taste.

The first step is to determine what your style is and how much of it do you want to bring into the baby’s nursery. You can design a nursery that incorporates all the decor elements of the rest of the house or try to simply bring in a few key elements of your style. Create a nursery that you will long to spend time in by filling it with what you love. Find a baby crib set that suites YOUR style!

If your style is classic: you are drawn to traditional design elements and sophisticated details.

Serena and Lily create stunning crib bedding that often has a classic feel yet is still HIP. They focus on luxury fabrics, simple textures and often elegant patterns.

If your style is modern: you are drawn to crisp lines, bold colors and patterns. No pastels here, modern is not meek and quite… it is full of life. Modern baby bedding comes in many colors, styles and patterns and it is often gender neural which can be a great option for those parents strong enough to wait for the surprise. We LOVE the unique Caden Lane Crib Bedding, their Avery Crib Set will fit right into a modern nursery!

If your style is vintage: you are drawn to flea market finds and items with a story to tell. You probably love design touches that evoke feelings of the past. We feel Pixie Dust crib bedding captures the vintage feel, with a childlike twist, soft fabrics and a strong nod to fun. You could really get inspired by their vintage toys baby bedding set!

A new baby brings about Sweet Beginnings! Enjoy this time and the magical space you create for your little one and for You! Find unique baby bedding that you fall in love with! Create the baby nursery of your dreams!

Trina Dunn is the co-owner of Polka Dot Moon, a baby and children’s boutique specializing in nursery and kids decor, kids furniture, baby gear and unique baby gifts.

Cool Diaper Bags

31One of the hardest things about having a baby is getting out the door with all of the stuff you need. From small trips to the grocery store to long, overnight trips, leaving the house with baby in tow can feel like one, humongous chore.

It can be so difficult that some parents can make the argument to never leave the house again during baby’s first year. Fortunately, for those of us who would suffer from a major case of “cabin fever,” there is a whole new plethora of cool diaper bags on the market to make getting out of the house with your baby and all of your baby’s gear a piece of cake.

Diaper bags are coming equipped with more than ever. Really cool ones come with an array of accessories to make users’ lives easier. In addition to functionality, cool diaper bags look the part. They are chic, upscale, and sophisticated, instead of babyish or cartoonish. There are even great bags for dads that are totally functional and look great as well.

Great accessories take a regular bag and elevate it to a cool diaper bag. These accessories include stroller clips for easy mobility, changing pads for portable changing stations, and insulated bottle holders, to keep bottles and snacks the proper temperature. Some of the coolest accessories included a dirty clothes sack, bags that can be clipped together for multiple babies, combination baby bags and baby carriers, magnetic closures, and traveling cases for smaller trips. Some even come equipped with portable, battery-powered charging stations for cell phones and ipods, battery-powered cooling and heating stations, and portable DVD players. Can we say cool to that?

Cool bags have to look the part. Gone are the days of cartoon characters and smiley-faced rainbows gracing the sides of bags. They have since been replaced with bags made of genuine Italian leather, bags with cool “tattoos” on the sides, customized bags with monogramming, and great prints like Burbury plaids, pinstripes, and gorgeous animal prints. For dads, cool bags mask as a regular messenger or laptop bag but still come equipped with all the great amenities of a diaper bag. Cool daddy diaper bags come in camouflage, skulls and crossbones, and any other masculine marks you can think of.

If you have to (or want to) get out of the house with a baby you know you will need a baby bag, so you might as well get out the door with one of the new cool bags on the market. These bags make toting a baby and all of their gear, cool. In fact, a lot on the market today are designed to be used well beyond the years of needing a diaper bag. They are designed to be great-looking, functional bags to carry all of the stuff you use after the years of babies and baby gear. Great diaper bags of today go a long way!