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Dressing Up and Cute Kids’ Clothing

30Kids clothing and dressing up goes extremely well together. Parents like their children to be well-groomed at all times, and teaching them how to dress up nicely could be quite a talent when they start growing up. Playtime is a part of growing up, but so is children’s clothing.

Toddler dress up is fun, enjoyable and could sometimes be educational for children. Though boys clothing might be harder to find, it isn’t impossible to look for one. Some parents could spend more for girls clothing, because they could be much more intricately designed and made of more expensive materials.

Babies could join in on the fun too, as there are hundreds of creative ideas centred on dressing up babies with very colourful baby clothing. The fun of dressing up a baby is mostly with the parents, but they must be sure that the clothes are comfortable enough to be worn for long hours. Dressed up babies could join other dressed up babies in a dress up party, and this party would be in full swing if most of them are enjoying themselves and feeling comfy in their pretty dresses.

Children’s clothing isn’t exactly cheap, and this is what makes parents think twice about buying outfits for their child. Dressing up children should be fun, but the costs of that enjoyment could hurt a budget of a struggling family. Both child gear and baby gear are fun things to shop for. Many parents feel the need to shop clothes for their child, especially when they are in those times that they don’t ever stop growing and they keep outgrowing the clothes you buy for them.

Dressing up isn’t all about wearing pretty clothes and dresses. It is about fun and enjoyment as your children learns how to socialize with other children their age. It also develops imagination and role-playing in children, as well as teaches them the importance of building relationship with other people.

If you want your baby or your child to have fun dressing up while spending significantly less, a discount store on child clothing is your best bet. There are many online discount stores on baby outfits, but choosing the best one could be hard. Check the material and check the price. Sometimes, you are only paying for the name. Make sure that the brands you purchase could live up to your expectation, or you risk paying for something that would only cause you a headache.

After the birth of her own young children Karen found it difficult to find good quality cheap children’s clothing on the high street or online. This was the catalyst for setting up the Cutie Pie Kids Clothing website.

Luxury Baby Bedding and Baby Furniture to Match Your Baby’s Style

29Many parents only have a vague idea of all of the baby gear they’ll need for their baby. The basics include a car seat (assuming you have a vehicle), a stroller (unless you plan to wear your baby in a wrap, and even then most babies are too heavy to wear by the time they are a year old), an infant seat or high chair (somewhere to place your baby for feeding time and snack time), and a place to sleep. Depending on the parent you speak with, you’ll find that there are many different options for what a baby should sleep in.

You have your standard crib, a playpen (often referred to as a Pack ‘n Play, which is actually the name of Graco’s playpen and not a synonym for playpen or activity yard), bassinets, Moses baskets (these are only appropriate for babies who are not sitting up) and cradles. There are also in-bed and bedside cots for those parents who wish to co-sleep with their babies. These sleeping choices are perfect and convenient solutions for breastfeeding mothers, as they put baby within arm’s reach. Not having to get up and go across the room or down the hall for a hungry baby at two in the morning is always a relief!

Most parents will tell you that the best solution for sleeping is a crib outfitted with luxury baby bedding. A crib grows with your baby, and many convert into toddler beds and even full-sized or queen-sized beds. The crib is the queen of baby furniture, simply because it lasts so long and provides a truly safe haven for your baby. Cribs feature adjustable bottoms and sides. This means that infants can have their crib mattresses raised up so that Mom and Dad don’t have to lean too far into the crib to pick them up or place them down. For babies who are pulling themselves up and young toddlers that are standing, the crib mattress can be dropped to a very low height, so that there is no risk of the child being able to push themselves over the railing and out of the crib.

Once you do select the appropriate baby furniture for your child to sleep in, you’ll need to think about baby bedding. Luxury baby bedding is one choice that many new parents, mothers especially, will often make room in their budget to splurge on. This is because baby bedding is a once-in-a-lifetime investment for your baby, as you only need one dust ruffle, one crib bumper and headboard cover, one blanket or quilt and a few different crib sheets. Not only is luxury beautiful, it also feels super soft on your baby’s skin. While luxury baby bedding is often more expensive than standard crib bedding, you’re paying for exceptional style and quality materials that will last with even the most active of babies.


Baby Trends

28More functional designs

Manufacturers have decided that functionality is essential to success, and they’re right. The best products are not only safe, they’re durable, user-friendly, and tailored to your busy lifestyle. You’ll find ergonomic strollers with comfort features such as cup holders for parents, built-in containers for baby wipes, and customized storage. Many products today are developed with several uses in mind: dressers that do double duty as changing tables and play yards that function as portable bassinets and changing tables.

More stylish choices

Manufacturers have upped the style ante. You’ll find products from cutesy to sophisticated, inspired by popular children’s television and movie characters, and chic lines that fit your sense of style. You’ll find all-terrain strollers in today’s hottest colors–chartreuse, periwinkle, orange, cognac and black. You’ll also find baby products sold in collections: car seats, strollers, play yards, and swings all in the same French country, camouflage, African, or nautically-inspired fabric, designed to blend in with your home decor and satisfy the strong nesting instinct that manufacturers believe pervades today’s culture.

Greater attention to safety

Safety is a major concern among product manufacturers, and safer designs continue to evolve while new safety-related products continually are added to the mix. You’ll find an array of products–supermarket cart covers, high chair covers for restaurants, and disposable place mats–designed to keep babies safe from germs.

Overall, products marketed specifically for babies are generally safe, partly because of government regulations. They’re approved for safety or certified as meeting safety requirements mandated by federal regulations, or enforced voluntarily by manufacturers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, regulates some baby equipment and oversees recalls. It enforces industry standards that apply to most product categories, as well as mandatory government standards for a few specific categories, such as cribs and clothing.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets mandatory safety standards for the crash performance of child car seats. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates baby formula and most baby food, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture monitors baby food containing meat, poultry and eggs.

Industry groups such as the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association administers a program that certifies manufacturers that make products that meet voluntary safety standards. Consumer organizations such as Consumers Union work to refine those standards. Consumer Reports regularly tests cribs, crib mattresses, car seats, diapers, infant carriers, strollers, play yards, gates, toys, and baby monitors. They often hold products to more rigorous standards than the government requires or that manufacturers and retailers must meet to comply with voluntary industry standards. You’ll find results of their safety tests throughout their Web site.

Other children’s products may be certified by an independent laboratory as meeting safety standards, or a company may test its own product and vouch that they meet the safety standards. Those products may be just as safe as products certified under the JPMA program, but the JPMA seal is a good guide to safety for consumers–look for it on product packaging.

Baby Travel Beds Make Traveling Easier

27Traveling with baby can be easy and enjoyable, given all the baby products, such as car seats, strollers, and baby travel beds, that are currently available to modern parents.

Car seats and baby strollers have long been necessary items that make traveling safe and convenient. Although not as essential as car seats and strollers, baby travel beds are also great items of baby gear that you should seriously consider owning. Car seats are required by law in all fifty states, and have been for some time. Strollers have been popular for decades. Before strollers, there were the old-fashioned buggies that you see in vintage photographs. There are people who still buy buggies today, although the versatility of modern strollers makes traditional buggies seem rather quaint and impractical for a modern lifestyle.

However, if you are going away overnight with your baby, a secure place for the baby to sleep is indeed essential whatever your circumstances. Although some parents just place their baby between them when sleeping in a hotel room, this is a controversial practice that is likely to result in little sleep for mommy and daddy. Most hotels or motels keep a limited number of cribs on hand, although these generally have to be reserved ahead of time, and one might not be available just when you need it. There’s also the issue of whether your baby will be satisfied in a “strange” crib, especially when in a strange place. Moreover, you may have legitimate concerns about the cleanliness of a hotel crib or the quality of its mattress.

The advantage of baby travel beds is that these concerns are eliminated. If you take your own bed for your baby, you don’t have to worry about whether a crib will be available in your hotel. A portable bed you carry along with you can conveniently and easily unfold wherever you are and whenever you need it. Plus, the travel bed will become familiar to your child, thus increasing his sense of security. In fact, if you use it regularly, a travel bed can become as familiar to your child as his or her own car seat or stroller. Perhaps you will even prepare your baby for your trip beforehand by having her sleep in the travel bed for a couple of nights at home. This is a smart practice many parents who use baby travel beds follow.

Portable beds are also perfect for overnight camping trips. Just place the travel bed next to you inside your tent. Other circumstances that could find your little one happy to have her own little bed available would be a day at a park or even the beach. In these cases, a crib would certainly not be practical or convenient.

If you are planning a day-long outing or several days away from home, give yourself time to make sure you have all the baby gear you need.

Any item that makes traveling with baby easier and more pleasant is a great thing for parents. Baby travel beds certainly fit that description!

Affordable Baby High Chair Choices

26Are you a new parent looking for both quality and savings in baby gear? While the recession rebounds, you might be hoping to find economical products for baby without sacrificing safety and style.

Look no further than an online e-tailer like High Chair Station. More than just baby highchair products, you’ll find bouncers, play yards, carriers, and toys. At High Chair Station, you can save on lots of essentials while shopping for your plastic or wooden highchair. Everything you need to keep baby eating in style!

Regular sales and products with free shipping make it worthwhile to browse often and keep tabs on all new arrivals. Popular brands like Badger Basket, Bloom, Boon, Cosco, Disney Baby, Dream on Me, Eddie Bauer, Fisher Price, Graco, Inglesina, Keekaroo, LA Baby, Mia Moda, Mutsy, Safety 1st, Teamson and many more are all available at great prizes.

Fisher Price Highchairs

Moms and dads looking for baby gear collections will find several themes to choose from. Start with a Fisher Price high chair and add a matching bouncer, swing, or play yard for a coordinated look. For a sophisticated contemporary style, try the Zen Collection. Or if you like lively colors, animals, and additional toys, the Rainforest Collection is ideal.

If space is at a premium in your home, another affordable option in a Fisher Price high chair is their Space Saver model. This plastic baby high chair mounts to one of your existing kitchen or dining room chairs to use furniture you already own.

Wooden Highchairs

When working with your current furniture is a high priority the finishes available in contemporary wood high chairs can fit with almost any d├ęcor. You’ll find finishes like cherry, chocolate, espresso, and natural or colors including red, black, blue, gray, green, pink, and white. For European-inspired designs, look to brands like Minui, Scandinavian Child, Stokke, and Svan.

Many parents are looking for wood chairs as an alternative to plastic, but still need an affordable product. Badger Basket, Eddie Bauer, Minui, and Svan have affordable chairs that cover an impressive spectrum of style. However, when searching for a wooden high chair, remember that most models still use plastic trays. Look for polypropylene plastic to ensure your tray is BPA free.

Convertible Baby Highchairs

Get more mileage out of your highchair by choosing a convertible model. When you have a larger chair, and then a booster seat, all from the same original purchase, you’ll save even more in the long run.

When considering a convertible baby highchair, weigh your priorities against each product’s features. Convertible models from Basket, Bloom, Graco, Stokke, and Svan come in many colors and materials. Some swivel, some recline, and some convert into a seat any family member can use.