Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Choosing Crib Bedding For Your Baby?

If you’re expecting a new arrival in your family, you already
know there’s plenty to do in preparation. One of the most
important is getting the nursery ready so your newborn will have
a cozy, safe, and pleasant place to sleep once he or she returns
from the hospital. That means you’ll need to go shopping for
crib bedding. Below are some tips that can help you choose the
right crib bedding for you new bundle of you. 
Setting a Budget 
As you may have already experienced, getting ready for that baby
isn’t going to be cheap. That’s one of the reasons baby showers
were invented. That means you need to decide in advance how much
you can afford to spend and stick to that budget. Otherwise you
may end up deep in debt or without all of the necessities your
little one is going to need. 
Crib bedding will be one of the bigger costs on your budget but
it can also be one of the more flexible ones. Generally, a
quality crib bedding set could cost from around $400 up to more
than $800. However, if you don’t want to purchase an entire set
at once because of budget limitations you could choose to buy
the pieces one at a time or to leave out some of the less
important crib bedding accessories. 
Match the Décor 
If you’ve already started decorating the rest of the nursery,
then the crib bedding you choose will need to match what is
already there quite nicely. After all, you do want to create a
visually appealing space for your baby. Sure, he or she may not
appreciate it now but that crib bedding will probably be used at
least until your baby turns three. That means he or she will
definitely have some time to appreciate all of your hard work. 
Another idea is to pick the crib bedding before you do any type
of decorations. That way you can match the rest of the décor to
the crib bedding instead of vice versa. 
Gender Appropriate 
While any color crib bedding is appropriate for any gender of
baby, most people still adhere to those classic color
stereotypes. That means if you are having a little girl you
probably won’t be going for blue crib bedding. What do you do if
you don’t know or have chosen not to know the gender of your
baby before birth? 
One answer is to choose so-called gender neutral colors for the
crib bedding, such as green or yellow. These are both very
tranquil colors to consider and look beautiful in any nursery.
Choosing a print or pattern that incorporates multiple colors is
also a good idea. 
Choosing a Theme 
Some parents decide to decorate their nurseries in a theme. For
example, you could choose a jungle look and even paint a jungle
mural on one of the walls. In that case, you might want crib
bedding, such as the Doodlefish Safari set from Pure & Honest
Kids, that matches your theme.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Organic Baby Products - Saving Our Planet

Organic baby products have the advantage of contributing to the
comfort and health of your baby which makes them the preferred
choice by discriminating parents. In addition to the individual
benefit to each baby who is not exposed to harmful ingredients
in traditional baby products, the use of organic baby products
is helpful to the health of our planet. Each year thousands of
tons of waste products are dumped in landfills and into the
streams and rivers of this country. Unfortunately, the
manufacture of many traditional products includes the release of
carcinogens into the waterways. Tremendous improvements have
been made in recent years, but reducing the amount of these
substances even further is a positive move.

Social Responsibility

Now that you are the parent of a new baby, you are more likely
to realize the importance of taking good care of the planet that
you will be handing on to your children and grandchildren. Using
organic baby products is just one way of improving the quality
of air and water on the planet. On an individual level, using
organic baby products is more likely to ensure that your baby
doesn't suffer the effects of unpleasant ingredients being
placed on tender skin as you use lotions, creams and powders in
an effort to protect the skin.

Water and Air

It is hard to believe that purchasing organic baby products is a
way to help take care of the planet Earth, but it is true. As
you reduce your use of products that contain irritants and
allergens and commit to eliminating the use of products with
dangerous chemicals involved in either the production or the
manufacturing of the item, you will reduce the number of
challenges to the air and water of this planet. There will no
longer be chemicals released into the air and water. Refuse to
purchase detergents, for example that contain hidden
carcinogens. If organic baby products are safe for infants,
shouldn't we all be using organic products?

Sustainable Products

Organic baby products are a great choice in another way.
Because the materials that are used to produce the items are
made of naturally occurring substances, such as cotton, silk and
wool, there will always be more of the product, so long as
farmer and agriculturalists continue to do their chosen work.
The materials going into the making of organic baby products are
grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers so there is
nothing harmful going into the soil or air.

Public Eye

The concept of using organic baby products as opposed to
standard products is increasingly in the public eye nowadays.
When you take a sensible concept such as the organic marketplace
and provide it with good word of mouth approval and availability
of the product through a world wide internet, the concept will
continue to grow in popularity and usage. Online marketing is
the best venue for the small business owner and the business
start up entrepreneur. It is a situation where the more sales
there are, the more products you are likely to find in the

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Baby Bedding - How to Choose a Theme

One of the fun aspects about having a new baby joining your family is that of picking out baby bedding for the new arrival. Today's fabrics and designs offer a wide range of options to choose from. The selection of a theme is largely a matter of personal preference, but there are some factors to consider before picking out baby bedding for your infant. Each baby room and associated bedding can be designed to fit your lifestyle and the look you prefer in your home decor. Whether you like bright primary colors or soft pastels, you can find a theme that matches your preferences.


Regardless of the theme you select for your baby bedding, you should look for safety features on each item. Extensive product testing for most items of children's toys, bedding and clothing means that there are standards which must be met and maintained before the product can be released to the market place. For example, fire retardant materials are critical items in baby bedding and sleepwear. Bedding with attachments that are not securely fastened is not something that should be used in a baby's room, no matter how clever. Bedding that is plastic can cause danger of choking or suffocation.


Even though babies tend to outgrow clothing quickly so that you don't usually have to worry about clothing's durability but the opposite is true with baby bedding. It is important that the baby bedding you select for your child is going to last for months, or sometimes even years for the more expensive items. Part of the durability is how easy the bedding is to clean and maintain in pristine condition. You must be able to depend upon the bedding lasting through routine wear and cleaning efforts.


Extensive study on the subject of color and its effect on babies' growth and development has occurred over the years with some replicable conclusions that have been published. Baby beddinghas been manufactured in solid colors that include pastels whites, and bold primary colors. In addition, there are many sets of baby bedding that are either bright prints or delicate florals or stripes. Sometimes the colors reflect a theme of movie characters or comic strip characters. Obviously, an infant is not going to recognize the characters, but the colors selected will be an inspiration to the parent and can be a fun and imaginative way to create a baby room theme.


The texture of the baby bedding you select will also affect the comfort of your child. While bedding with a plasticized finish may make sense for ease of cleaning, it doesn't 'breathe' in the same way that natural fibers do. Many parents select cotton because it is washable and comes in many colors and designs. Cotton items are rarely the cause of irritation to baby's skin. Because the baby's skin is so delicate, parents naturally want to surround the child with soft and gentle textures. Because there is a huge selection of colors and designs in soft texture fabrics, you can put together a theme that you love and still treat baby gently.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Baby Slings – Common Sling Problems and How to Correct Them

Properly worn baby slings are not only comfortable for you, but
for your baby as well. Also, if you and your child are
comfortable with a sling, you are more able to wear it for
extended periods of time. This increases the bond between wearer
and child and may even reduce your baby’s crying due to longer
carrying time. 
Here are some common problems encountered with baby slings and
how to correct them for maximum comfort: 
Ring Position For Ring Slings 
Many people find that wearing the ring at or around the
collarbone level is the most comfortable for them. You can
position the ring lower, but bear in mind that the sling the
baby is carried in will be smaller. These rings are very strong,
often being made from marine grade aluminum or metal used for
heavy livestock. This ensures that the ring will not break or
crack even with a heavier toddler. Because of the size and make
of the ring, you’ll want it to be as comfortable on your body as
possible, and the “pouch” of your collarbone is an ideal place. 
Shoulder Position 
With the ring sitting nicely at your collarbone, the fabric that
comes up and over your shoulder needs to be spread over your
shoulder and somewhat down your upper arm. This distributes the
weight of your child and the sling evenly. If you bunch the
fabric up on your shoulder, you’ll have unnecessary pressure on
your shoulder muscles and this will fatigue you rather quickly. 
If you are looking at baby slings, which have a padded shoulder
strap, then make sure it is properly centered on your shoulder
and not up against your neck. Again, this will reduce muscle
The Back Of Your Baby Slings 
The baby slings back need to be spread out as widely as
possible. Basically, the more you spread out the fabric in the
back, the more comfortable you’ll be. Also, spread the fabric
down low on your back. This, too, will reduce pressure on your
back. You will be surprised at how wide you can spread your
sling across and down your back, so take the time to do it and
notice the difference in your comfort level. 
The Height Of Your Baby 
Basically, the higher you carry your baby, the more comfortable
you’ll be. Baby slings are pretty easy to adjust, so just keep
at it until your baby is comfortable and you are, too. The
weight of your baby and the baby’s age will also determine
carrying height. 
Remember, if you are finding that you are getting tired easily
from using your sling or that it’s uncomfortable, it may not be
adjusted ideally for your body. If possible, have someone that
also uses baby slings help you in adjusting your sling for a
better fit. If that’s not possible, check online for a local Le
Leche group. You will likely find someone in this group that
will assist you in fitting your sling.

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