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Monday, September 11, 2006

Baby Crib Information

Getting your baby's first crib (or even just a new and improved crib) can be a challenging task. Here is some general baby crib information that should be helpful while you search.

One of the most important things to look for when buying your baby's crib is safety. Comfort is important but not quite at important as your child being safe in her crib. She will probably spend more time in her crib than anywhere else. You want to make sure you get a sturdy crib, as well. Your child will be sleeping in it until she moves into a real bed, which most children do between the ages of 2 and 3. Amazon has many cribs to choose from. And if you can't find quite what you're looking for there, The Nursery Depot also has tons of cribs to choose from. Shop at Nursery Depot & save 30% on 20,000+ baby nursery & kids room items from 20+ leading brands. Free Shipping. Low Price Guarantee!


Your crib should have a railing that lowers so you can pick up and lay down your baby without too much difficulty. It should also have slats that are close enough together to prevent your baby's head from slipping through or getting stuck. Some of the more expensive models have railings that lower on both sides. Some cribs even have storage drawers build right in. How convenient!

It is very wise to go crib shopping several months before your due date. Most stores don't tend to keep many cribs in stock and will probably need to order one for you after you make your decision. If your baby happens to arrive before your crib does, she will be fine in a bassinet or Moses basket for the first several weeks or even months. (My daughter actually slept in her little bassinet until she was about two months old before she began sleeping in her own crib. I liked it because it was small enough that she could stay in my bedroom with me at night.) Dreamtime Baby has many bassinets and Moses baskets to choose from. And be sure to check out Dreamtime Baby Closeout Specials - Click Here for Great Deals on 1000's of Baby Items. Another great place to look through bassinets is thebabyoutlet. And if you act quickly, you can Buy 3 Baby Closeouts Get 1 FREE! at TheBabyOutlet.

While you're setting up your crib, make sure not to put it (or any other child furniture) near window blinds or drapery. Your baby could strangle on the cords, and and older baby could pull herself up and fall through the screen. You can use a clamp or clothes pin to keep cords out of your child's reach. You can also tie the cord to itself, or cut the loop in half to make two separate cords.

Most crib models range from $100 to $500. However, fancier cribs can run anywhere from $800 to $1,000 or more.





Thursday, September 07, 2006

Car Seats

Buying a car seat for your child can be tricky as it seems like the "dos and donts" about car seats are constantly changing. So this article has some helpful advice for those of you who have perhaps gotten a little confused or frustrated over the whole car seat topic.

There are two basic styles of car seats for an infant who weighs less than 20 pounds and is under a year old: infant car seats and infant toddler car seats. Babies under 20 pounds are better off in the smaller infant car seat rather than the convertible car seat. They are shaped to securely hold newborns and offer good support in all the right places. Some infant car seats can handle infants weighing up to 22 pounds. They are also more convenient for you. The infant car seat (which is more lightweight than the convertible car seat) can also be used as an infant carrier, feeding chair, or even a rocker. This means you can take your child from one destination to another without necessarily having to wake them up. With an infant-toddler car seat, you have to unbuckle your baby and transfer him to a stroller or other carrier, which can be a really big pain (especially if you're in a hurry).

There are several things you should look for when buying a car seat for your baby:

1. Easy Installation.
You want to be sure you pick out a car seat that is easily installed. If you don't install the seat correctly, your baby may not be properly restrained. You should also look for a base that you can permanently install in your car. Then all you need to do is settle the seat securely into the base, buckle up your baby, and go.

2. Adequate Restraints.
Look for an infant car seat with a five-point safety harness. There should be one strap for each shoulder, one for each thigh, and one between your baby's legs. These are more adjustable (which means safer) for an infant than plastic shields or T-bar restraints.

3. Belt Adjustments.
Try to avoid car seats that require you to adjust the buckle from the back of the car seat. The better car seats allow you to make any adjustments from the front and have raised belt slots for buckling ease. Some even adjust automatically.

4. Tethers.
As of September 2002, all new child safety seats and vehicles must be compatible with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system. This system was created to make installation of a car seat easier and safer by attaching it directly to the vehicle instead of using the seat belt to secure the car seat. Rear-facing infant car seats will be required to have lower anchors only. Convertible car seats (which can face the front or the rear) and front-facing toddler seats will be required to have both the upper and lower attachments.

5. Washability.
Be sure to pick out a car seat that comes with pad covers you can take off to wash. (Be sure they are machine washable, as well.)

6. Comfort.
And, of course, pick a seat that will be comfortable for your baby. He will have a better ride if you buy a well-padded seat with plenty of head support.

If you like the car seat shown just below, go ahead and click on it. That will take you directly to the page to order that seat or look at others. MiniTots has many, many car seats for you to choose from for infants and toddlers. And right now, get 5% off any purchase! Use coupon code 5CJ (not valid for Bratt Decor products). Dreamtime Baby also has many reliable car seats to choose from. And right now, you get a Free Gift With Orders Over $99. Click here because this is for a Limited Time! Amazon also has many car seats to choose from that are not only reliable but also affordable. Getting the best for your baby shouldn't always have to cost you an arm and a leg.

So if you're looking for a car seat for your little one, you've come to the right place. You're bound to find at least one (if not several) car seats that are exactly what you're looking for. Safe, affordable, reliable, and even cute!

Graco Fiesta™ SnugRide® Infant Car Seat

Top rated for safety and ease of use by leading consumer magazines, it's no wonder that the SnugRide is America's favorite infant car seat. Equipped with a 5-point harness, an ergonomic carrying handle, a stay-in-car base, a canopy, and an infant head rest for added comfort and support, this SnugRide infant car seat will serve you and your baby well until he or she reaches 22 lbs and is ready to move up to a Graco convertible car seat. Plus, harness straps that adjust at the front of the SnugRide infant car seat make getting your baby in and out of the SnugRide infant car seat even easier.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Taking Care of a Baby with a Cold

Children get sick. This is just a fact of life. There isn't too much you can do to prevent it from happening. The only thing you can really do is make her "comfortable" until the virus works its way out of her system. Here are a few tips:

1. Try saline nose drops.
Saline nose drops help to thin and clear out the nasal mucus. It's a great way to relieve congestion. For best results, try using a bulb syringe. If she'll let you, tilt your child's head back slightly, then gently squeeze the bulb to deposit the saline drops into your child's nose. Then use the bulb to remove the excess mucus. (If your child is old enough, simply have her blow her nose.) Repeat this process several times a day.

2. Make sure she gets enough rest.
While it's probably easier said that done, the more rest your child gets, the sooner she'll feel better. Even if she doesn't take naps anymore-encourage a nap or two each day she's sick. When she isn't resting, sit her on the couch with a kids' video or children's book on a tape. Encourage her to do quiet activities instead of things that require her to exert a lot of energy. She needs that energy to get better.

3. Hook up the humidifier.
This works especially well at night and during naps. This is when a persistent cough or trouble breathing can prevent your child from getting the rest she really needs right now. The moist air from a humidifier thins mucus secretions, which helps to calm her cough and relieve congestion. The humidifier shown at the end of this article is a great buy! It works very well and doesn't cost as much as many other humidifiers you will find. I found this one at thebabyoutlet. They have a couple other high quality humidifiers in case this one isn't quite what you're looking for. And right now, Enter Coupon Code: YG05 and Take 5% Off Your Order at TheBabyOutlet.com!

4. Urge her to drink up.
Children lose body fluids fast when they're sick (especially if they're running a fever or have diarrhea). Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids (such as juice, an electrolyte solution, or milk) to replenish those fluids. There is no scientific proof that dairy products make congestion worse. If she doesn't want to drink a lot of fluid, try offering her an extra juicy fruit (such as watermelon or oranges). And warm chicken soup actually does help relieve cold symptoms by soothing a sore throat and thinning nasal secretions.

5. Try vitamin C.
There is evidence that shows vitamin C helps make cold symptoms less severe and might even shorten the amount of time a cold lasts. Be careful not to "mega-dose" your child, though. Kids shouldn't have any more than 500 mg of vitamin C a day.

6. Know when to call the doctor.
Be sure to call the doctor if your child complains of: ear or face pain, which can signal an ear infection or sinus infection; a very sore throat combined with a high fever (strep throat); wheezing or trouble breathing (bronchial infection or pneumonia); diarrhea and vomiting (which can lead to dangerous dehydration); a fever over 102 degrees; or a temperature over 100 degrees that lasts for more than three days.

7. Make time to snuggle.
When kids are feeling bad (like most of us), they need an little extra attention and love. If it makes you feel better, isn't it only logical that it would make your child feel better? So make some time to snuggle up together and watch a movie or something. Amazon has some really great entertaining and educational kids' videos that you and your child can enjoy together.

8. Keep it all in perspective.
When you're taking care of a sick, miserable child, always remember that most winter illnesses pass in a week or so. And ultimately, all of them will help strengthen your child's immune system. As she gets older, you'll notice your child has fewer and fewer sick days. In the meantime, encourage hand-washing and stock up on Kleenex!

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