Jul 022013
 

There are many styles of diaper changing tables available, and you can customize the diaper changing area for your convenience with baby changing station accessories. Some parents skip the traditional diaper changing table altogether and design a baby changing system that works best for their home. Here’s how to choose the best baby changing table for your needs.

Better to have a Solid Changing Table

Before buying any diaper changing table, look carefully to the construction and shake it to see if it’s uneven or unsafe for your beautiful baby. If the changing table seems rickety in the store, it likely won’t get any better once you get it home and especially when you put a wiggly baby on top of it. Also, if there’s a rail to help keep baby on the changing table, be sure it’s securely attached. Antique stores can be a great source of beautiful changing tables that still have lots of life in them. Just be sure there are no exposed nails or other structural problems before using an antique changing table.

Unlike cribs and car seats, diaper changing tables hasn’t changed much in the past few decades (not much new technology in this product 🙂 ), so don’t be afraid to look at used tables in this area. As long as there’s a safe area for baby to lay down for diaper changes, and you don’t leave the baby unattended, it shouldn’t matter whether you buy the top-of-the-line new changing table or use the dresser top from your own childhood nursery.


Changing Table Size

Diaper changing tables come in many shapes and sizes. Check the height of the changing table and be sure that it is easy for both parents to reach the diaper changing surface without stretching or stooping. You wouldn’t want to have a changing table that you won’t be able use comfortably.

Enough Space for Supplies

Consider all of the diaper changing items you want to have on hand at your baby changing table. Diapers, wipes, lotions, washcloths, extra clothing, nail trimming supplies and baby thermometers are common changing table items. Are there places to store these items in the changing table you like (an example one)? If not, are there places to stash baskets or containers with those supplies in or near the changing table? You’ll need to have diapering supplies close to the changing table so you don’t have to leave the baby unattended to gather diapers and wipes from across the room. This may not be that important for the first couple of months, but when your baby starts turning right and left, definitely this can be dangerous. Pay extra attention to this one.

Alternative

If you’re short on space or just don’t want to spend money for a separate changing table, you can easily put a diaper changing station on top of a low dresser (often called high-low dressers) or other nursery surface. Again, antique stores can be a great source for beautiful nursery dressers that can be used as changing tables. Most baby products stores carry changing table pads that sit on top of the dresser to create a comfortable changing station. Add a basket on top for supplies or stock a dresser drawer with diapers and wipes to complete your diaper changing area.

Go Without a Changing Table?

I know it’s tempting to buy a complete nursery set up for your baby, however you can safely cut the changing table out of your nursery budget. I know many families have gone without a changing table altogether. You can use a basket with diapering supplies and a small, waterproof changing pad. You can move the basket around the apartment for a portable, cheap and convenient diaper changing area. We had one of these and it helped us a lot for both our sons. Even if you will have a changing table, I can confidently suggest you to have something like this :

Jun 272013
 

Getting started

The gliding motion of a glider or rocking chair will add to the soothing effect your baby feels when being held, and there’s nothing better than a cozy glider for you for quick catnaps, those 3 a.m. feedings, and snuggling in to read to your little one.

Basic hardwood rocking chairs has been around for ages. A glider is an updated version that’s designed to slide forward and backward rather than rock in an arc.

Most gliders come with cushions. An ottoman you can prop your feet on is also available as a stand-alone item and is purely optional, so don’t feel like you’re missing out if you skip it. Some ottomans are stationary while others glide back and forth with their matching gliders (we have one of those and if you have the budget for this one, I strongly suggest you to go ahead and buy… Great help.)

To narrow the selection, make a list of must-have features, coming as close to matching the list as you can within your budget.

In general, look for;

  • solid wood construction,
  • dense, darkly colored cushions that won’t lump and that are covered in woven fabrics that won’t fray,
  • high-padded, supportive back cushions,
  • padded arms,
  • and dense-foam seat cushions.

You’ll also want to seek out chairs with springs underneath the seat for support, a smooth gliding mechanism, mechanism bearings with a warranty, a locking mechanism, and the ability to recline. Second hand is an option, but look for the same features you’d want in a new chair, such as the list we just mentioned, and make sure that the locking, gliding, and recline features still work.

Types

Here are the types of gliders and rocking chairs to consider.

Rocking chairs

Basic hardwood rocking chairs has been around for ages. If you plan to spend a lot of time in it, you may want to add some padding and cushions.

Gliders

These are updated versions of rocking chairs that are designed to slide forward and backward rather than rock in an arc. If in doubt, choose a glider over a rocker. Gliders are more comfortable, and you’ll use one more than you think, especially in your baby’s first year. They also dominate the market, so you’ll have more to choose from.

We have 2 sons, 5 and 2 years old; and after 5 years we are still using the same glider (for example; we read “before the sleep” books on it).

You may think buying a glider is not necessary and they are too expensive; however if you have enough budget and some space in your home, go ahead buy one. I’m sure you won’t regret. Here is our glider after 5 years of heavy (! 🙂 ) use :

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Features

In the early months when your baby wakes often to eat, you may be spending a lot of time in your rocker or glider. Here are the glider and rocking chair features to consider.

Generously wide seat and arms

Both these features are especially important if you plan to use a nursing pillow. And with a baby aboard, you’ll need the room.

Seat-cushion springs

For wooden gliders, you want to make sure the fabric underneath the seat cushion has springs attached to it. You may find four small springs that secure a bottom piece of fabric to the chair frame. That’s good. The underbelly of the seat shouldn’t be just fabric glued to a frame. You won’t have much support or shock absorption.

Darker-colored cushion

Stay away from natural beige or pastel fabrics. Furniture fabric can appear soiled from just normal wear and tear. And, of course, washable fabrics are a plus.

Lock or protective cover for gliding mechanism

Choose a glider that locks in place or that has a base that’s constructed to hide the gliding mechanism if you have a toddler or if you have only a newborn now but plan to have more than one child. You don’t want to be gliding when you’re feeding your newborn if there’s a curious toddler underfoot; little fingers can get caught in the gliding mechanism. You’ll also want to lock it to keep your toddler safe when you’re not around.

Our glider has this feature, however we have never used it, and –thanks god- we didn’t have any accidents. I would put this feature to the bottom of the list.

While you’re at it, think about how the glider might look outside the nursery in several years. Although you may be rocking with your baby well into the toddler years, rocking chairs and gliders tend to have a limited use. Once your baby goes to sleep without rocking, you may find yourself sitting in the chair less and less–at least until the next baby comes along.

Many manufacturers make gliders that are fully upholstered to look like a bedroom chair or one that might warm the corner of a den. That’s something else to consider when choosing the fabric for your glider–how it might look in the family room or a bedroom later.

Check the warranty

If you choose a glider, you’ll want to know if the bearings, which run the gliding mechanism, have a warranty. They take the brunt of a person’s weight over time. Ten years is a good warranty length, although a lifetime warranty is better (although that’s not the case for many baby products).

Example – high-rating Rocking Chairs & Gliders

[Most of this post is taken from Consumer Reports. I have added our own experience and some little personal suggestions]

May 222013
 

If your baby has his/her own room you can decorate the room how ever you like. But if you ask my opinion, I suggest you to not to go too fancy. Baby rooms have to be functional. And also choosing simple materials (like cotton curtains instead of velvet curtains) is better, because everything has to be washable easily in the room (You never know where your baby will vomit or where your baby will pee…).

Decorations are all related with your taste and budget, so there is not much to talk for me 🙂 I will give couple example photos, they may help you to imagine… Until next post, take care…

May 102013
 

The mobile can be defined as moving sculpture. Early mobiles did not necessarily move, as do most crib mobiles today. Some were wind driven and others were moved by motor. The modern crib mobile is usually driven by an attached motor, and tends to rotate in circles to the lively or peaceful music.

Today, the crib mobile comes in many forms, usually varying most by the type of shapes used. Many people prefer animals or things like clowns and there are even some mobiles with licensed cartoon characters. The typical crib mobile attaches to the rail of a crib, and has wind up music that may also vary. Many music choices are lullabies, though again music associated with licensed characters can be used too.


Many people intend for the crib mobile to keep babies interested and satisfied for a few moments (so moms can take a quick shower or prepares lunch/dinner). Some babies will drift off to sleep after intently gazing at a mobile, though at first your infant’s ability to see the mobile may be fairly limited. Some suggest using figures or designs that are black and white (like this one) as these colors contrasts are usually the first noted by babies and may be most helpful in stimulating developing vision.

When buying a crib mobile, I suggest you to buy the motion one (the chances are higher that your baby will keep an eye on it longer periods than the static one) and the one with a couple of different music options (after a while, you got really tired of hearing the same melody over and over and over and over…….).

You can really choose any mobile you like They should be placed on a crib rail that is well out of reach of the baby. Once a baby begins sitting up or is able to perfect a few seconds of standing supported by crib rails, crib mobiles should be put away. The strings that attach to sculptures / characters or interesting shapes can be dangerous. Some crib mobiles have the ability to convert into fun baby toys when they can no longer be used on the crib. You can cut animals or shapes off strings, or untie them, and allow baby to play with them. You should only do this if the objects on the mobile are choke safe and intended for child play. And also if you plan for another baby in the future, better not to cut them.

You can find many different good crib mobiles (or nursery mobiles) for about 20 – 40 USD.

 

For our kids, we have used this crib mobile, and it helped us a lot:

 

Some example beautiful crib mobiles:

 

2 Simple DIY Crib Mobiles

May 012013
 

You cannot (or better you should not) use anything to cover your baby while s/he is sleeping before one year old, because of the security reasons.

Product safety experts advise against using blankets along with pillows, overly soft mattresses, sleep positioners, bumper pads, stuffed animals, or fluffy bedding in the crib and recommend instead dressing the child warm and keeping the crib “naked”.

If you decide to use blankets, they should not be placed over an infant’s head. It has been recommended that infants should be covered only up to their chest with their arms exposed. This reduces the chance of the infant shifting the blanket over his or her head.

Even if you decide not to use blankets in the crib, probably you will need couple blankets to go out or for strollers.

Now; let’s see the different types of baby blankets:

Swaddle blankets

Babies coming from a very tight place – mom’s womb. When they are new born, they don’t like the extra space very much, usually. Some babies get calm when you wrap them tightly. With these blankets wrapping them is very easy. Even though I bought one, I’ve never used because both my sons loved the space immediately. They didn’t want to be wrapped.

 

Receiving blankets

Receiving blankets are typically for newborns. The blanket can be placed around the baby for warmth and used for swaddling. It can also be thrown over a parent’s shoulder while the baby is being burped or tossed on the floor so that the baby will have a clean place to be changed. Receiving blankets are typically fairly small, about 1 square yard.

Hospitals use receiving blankets to wrap newborns snugly to lessen the shock of their new, open environment.

Many come in the standard baby colors of pink and blue. Green and yellow are popular for those who don’t yet know the gender of the expected baby.

Smaller newborns and premature infants in particular have difficulty regulating their body temperature. An important aspect of the receiving blanket is that it is generally made of thin material so you can wrap the baby in as many layers as necessary and add or subtract layers as the environment demands.

 

Sleeping bag

You don’t need to go camping with your little one to use one of these. Since you can’t put any blanket to your baby while s/he is sleeping, it is very nice to have that bag. This sleeping bag will keep him/her warm and safe while he is sleeping.

 

Baby Blanket DIY

You can create you own DIY baby blanket in a very short time. Here is an example:

Some Example Beautiful Baby Blankets

 

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