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Stroller Ease of Use
One of the most underestimated yet important factors to consider when purchasing a new stroller is its ease of use. A stroller that is easy to use allows you to spend less time fighting with and more time enjoying a stroll, walk or jog with your baby. If ease of use is your primary concern in purchasing a stroller, it is important to evaluate the ease in which it folds and unfolds. Other details, such as a lightweight frame, well-designed safety features, swivel wheels, and whether or not the pram, buggy or carriage is infant car seat compatible add to its ease of use.
Easy to Fold
An important consideration when searching for a stroller that is easy to use is whether or not it folds and unfolds easily and with minimal effort. A stroller that opens and closes with one hand is an invaluable convenience and will make outings with your baby that much easier. One-hand fold also makes getting both it and your baby in and out of the car easier. Many of the easiest to use strollers will fold and unfold in two simple steps or less, some even on their own.
A stroller’s weight can be a determining factor in its ease of use. For the same reason, it is important that a stroller opens and closes easily, it is important that the stroller be lightweight. In many ways, the two go hand. Many lightweight strollers offer a handle to use for carrying when the stroller is folded, making transporting the stroller all the easier. A stroller that is lightweight will also be easier to maneuver when in use, often requiring less effort to push.
Safety features, such as rear-wheel brakes, are important when purchasing a stroller. It is just as important, however, that safety features be easily operated and accessible. One-touch rear brakes will make stopping on hills or in crowded shopping malls much easier. Another important, popular safety feature is a five-point harness. The harness and buckle should be easy to operate. You do not want to spend valuable time fighting with the buckle when putting your child in or taking your child out of the stroller.
Front swivel wheels add to a stroller’s ease of use by increasing maneuverability. Swivel wheels allow you to make sharp turns- a great feature when strolling in a crowded shopping mall. There are few things more frustrating than trying to push a stroller that won’t cooperate or that will not go in the direction in which you need it to go. Swivel wheels enable you to push and steer with minimal effort and are especially important for those using a double or triple stroller.
Car Seat Compatible
A stroller that is compatible with your infant car seat is the ultimate convenience feature for moms of infants, allowing you to seamlessly transfer your infant car seat from its car seat base to the stroller. It is important to note that some strollers may only be infant car seat compatible when used with an adapter. These strollers may require the use of an added belt or strap that may be difficult to use. The most convenient and easy to use strollers are often made by the same manufacturer as your infant car seat so that you can simply click the seat into place- requiring little effort.
Buying a crib for your baby can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, so many stores to go to, and so many brands to choose from. Which style to pick? What color is the best? What type of crib fits my nursery the best? It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and get stuck by focusing on the complexity of this seemingly difficult task. To help you clear any confusion we will introduce you to some basics about cribs for babies.
The market offers the following major styles: Standard Baby Crib. The most common one on the market, a standard crib, features a simple design, is made from solid durable hardwood, has a metal mattress support system, arched sides and flat spindles. Standard models often have large casters to roll the crib from room to room, along with locking brakes, for safety. Standard styles usually feature timeless designs.
Sleigh Baby Crib. A very classic style, this design features elegant sleigh style curves and decorative legs. Many of sleigh of these have sophisticated details and add gracefulness to your nursery.
Iron Baby Crib. Some of the most expensive and sophisticated on the market. Created by skilled craftsmen, iron often feature elaborate designs. Iron allows for designing quite intricate headboards and footboards and neat crowned canopy. Some are hand-forged, crib parts are cut by hand and bent by hand, and the connecting joints are formed by hand pouring molten metal into a mold. Many come in vintage designs.
Canopy Baby Crib. Canopy style is very stylish and elegant. Canopy cribs are made from a variety of materials: from solid hardwood to fine cast iron. The canopy part often features funky designs such as animals or safari theme, angels, bunnies, cherubs, garden, stars, canopy in the form of an airplane, cat and the fiddle. Details are often meticulous. If you want your nursery to have a subtle elegance and a luxurious look, the canopy style is the right choice for you.
Round Baby Crib. Although a round crib looks a lot different from the rest of the cribs on the market, it is a perfect choice for you if you have a small nursery. It takes less space than a traditional style, and it can be placed in the middle of the nursery to give the baby a full view of their surroundings and create quite a unique look to your nursery.
Jenny Lind. Jenny Lind is a traditional crib with fully turned distinctive spindles. It is named after a famous opera singer Jenny Lind who was rumored to sleep in bed with turned posts or spindles. Jenny Lind cribs are produced by all major manufacturers.
Designer. Designer cribs are custom made, priced much higher than a regular crib, and in many cases cannot be returned or canceled after 24 hours of placing your order. They are often made by skilled craftsmen, have custom made iron cast designs, some are hand-painted and decorated with flowers and vines, stripes and dots.
Others have animal or nautical hand-made designs. There are luxurious custom painted cribs with anything you want to be painted on them: from pastoral scenes to fly fishing painting designs. A designer crib is almost a work of art, a hand-crafted beauty, created by talented artists. Whether you’re buying a standard crib, or aiming for a hand-crafted one, always remember to check the crib for safety certification and make sure it fits the overall design of your home.
Are you baffled on what kind of soap to buy for your baby? Well, choosing the best soap for your baby can be difficult sometimes. But take it easy and relax, because there are a variety of soaps to choose from that will be right for your baby.
How do I know what’s the best soap for my baby?
Finding the best soap for your baby is something you should take some time to think about. Keeping their skin smooth and clean is usually the priority of parents. Baby soaps play a vital role in a baby’s health. So, because of this, you need to make sure that you use a baby soap that is mild and gentle because a baby’s skin is very sensitive to anything since they are in a very young and vulnerable stage of their lives.
Make sure that it is hypo-allergenic so that your baby will not end up having rashes all over their body. It is somewhat normal for babies to have few rashes, since their immune systems aren’t as developed yet, but you can reduce these occurrences by choosing the right products.
Last but not the least is making sure it is free from SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) which is a chemical usually included as a foaming agent in soaps. It is harsh and can gradually damage the functions of the immune system. This means that it will cause separation of baby’s skin layers or inflammation of the skin. You don’t want that to happen to your baby, so always watch out for this harsh chemical.
What type of soap is best for my baby?
Natural baby soap is often the best choice for your baby. It usually contains all-natural ingredients like fruit and plant-derived ingredients, natural fragrances and oils that come from olives, coconuts, etc. Of course, different brands have different ingredients added as well. Natural soap promises to make your baby’s skin clean, smooth and free from harsh chemicals.
Where can I buy natural soaps?
You can always purchase these soaps at any store in your local area or even online. There are online specialty stores where you can buy this kind of soap. Just make sure to read reviews and find out the ingredients before rushing to buy them. When shopping in local stores, look at the labels to be sure. Furthermore, you can even find natural baby soap which can be of different shapes, including fun animal shapes. Although they may not be as cheap as ordinary soaps, they are still very affordable.
Finally, when you do choose soap or any other bath product for that matter, be sure to pay attention to how it reacts with your baby’s skin. Although most babies will react well to natural soap products, some may have unknown allergic reactions to certain things. If the soap that you chose aggravates the skin, then you should try something else.
At the end of the day, it is your obligation to really find the best bath products out there for your baby. Take responsibility and remember it is the health of your baby that is on the line, so take some time to carefully choose a bath soap that will be beneficial to your baby.