Monthly Archives: November 2016

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.

Planning Your Baby’s Clothes

25One of the routine a pregnant mom does is looking around for baby clothes. As soon as you learn about the gender of your baby, it is ideal to look around for smart buys baby clothes. Doing so gives you abundant time to create a list of what your baby will need.

Thus, you will be up to date on schedules of mall sales. A fully stocked baby closet will lessen the burden of shopping for clothes when your baby is born. Learn from this article how you can save time and money when buying clothes for your infant.

Since a baby seems to grow quickly on the first month, it is just right to buy a number of clothes enough for a week. Buying bulk clothing will just disappoint you as there are some that would no longer fit after a couple of weeks. Just buy what your baby needs like socks, mittens, upper and lower wardrobe. This will save you money especially if the budget is limited. It is also advisable to buy on sale even if the clothes that you are buying will be used on the ninth month. Prices will go up sooner or later so it is smart to buy when it’s on sale.

Changing layers of clothes is easier than removing the entire outfit for a baby. This is important especially that a baby’s schedule of peeing is unpredictable. Thus, dirty clothing should be removed immediately since a baby is sensitive to germs and bacteria. In buying clothes for you infant, it is important to note that socks can always get lost due to the baby’s unpredictable behaviour. That said, it is important to buy socks in bulk so you’ll not run out of stock for the baby to wear. In the event you decide to buy infant shoes, make sure that the baby will feel comfortable on it. You can find a pair of shoes with soft soles and with a wide space at the top.

Another consideration you have to make when planning to buy infant clothes is the safety hazards. These include zippers, buttons, laces and other stuff that are attached to the baby’s wardrobe. You have to see and feel the infant clothes that you will be buying before letting your baby wear it. Imagine yourself as the baby, will you be comfortable wearing it? If you say so then go ahead and buy it. Though these clothes go through quality check, as a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure safety of you baby.

Planning your baby’s clothes will always be exciting and fun. You exercise your first responsibility of being a proud parent. Don’t you forget that there are things after the clothes that you need to invest on like education, food and shelter. It is equally important to choose just quality clothes for your infant. Combining these two considerations, you will be able to give your infant the best wardrobe. Always take note of quality, cost, safety of your infant and looks. Enjoy planning your baby’s wardrobe.