Baby Dresses – Making A Good Choice

It is always an exciting time when you have to make that all important shopping spree to buy baby dresses for your sweet little daughter. Even the simple act of planning for this activity makes your heart skip a beat when you imagine all the cute dresses that will invite you once you step into the store. It is very possible to get carried away when shopping for baby dresses as the varieties are simply overwhelming! Having a few things in mind to look out for when shopping for your little one will ensure you get the most out of this experience.

Sizes

Babies grow very fast and when shopping for baby dresses, always make sure you buy larger ones so that your daughter can use them for longer. If you are buying dresses for an unborn girl, it is best not to buy too many of them until she is born. You will then know her size and can then comfortably buy as many dresses as you like which are a bit larger and which she can use for a while.

Ease Of Wearing

When shopping for baby dresses, you should ensure that they will not give you a hard time when putting them on or off your little girl. The design of the dress should make it very easy to clothe your daughter. A dress which has several buttons may give you a hard time if you have a child who will not stay still. Zippers are very convenient as are snaps which make it easy to quickly clothe or unclothe your girl. You should watch out for the neck hole which should have a snap or elastic to allow easy access to her head.

Fabric

The type of fabric baby dresses are made of is critical since the baby’s skin is very sensitive and can easily react to the uncomfortable fabric. You cannot go wrong with dresses made from cotton, and you can also look out for the soft fabric that has a certain percentage of cotton. A dress which is made from fabric that is uncomfortable for your girl will cause her to be agitated and irritable.

Some dresses have the size and washing instructions printed at the back of the neck rather than having a tag. This ink can sometimes cause irritation to your daughter’s skin. In case your daughter has such dresses, always check to see whether there is irritation on the back of the neck. It is also important to wash the baby’s dresses before she gets to wear them. This is because chemicals are sometimes used to make the dresses crisp, thus washing them will get rid of the chemicals and ensure your daughter’s skin is safe.

Bargains

When a season is ending, there is normally very many ends of season sales. You can make use of these sales to get some baby dresses for your daughter for future use. You can, therefore, buy dresses for the next season which means you should buy what your daughter will be able to wear in the next twelve or so months.

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The Ideal Baby Monitor for You and Your Child

Baby monitors Vs indoor security camera Vs wireless webcam-you decide.

Every new parent deserves a little peace of mind-a break from constant nursing and worry. It’s not selfish for moms and dads to enjoy a little “me-time” when their baby is sleeping. If anything, it does them the world of good. That doesn’t mean they can forget about their child of course, and nor would they want to. A couple of generations ago things were quite different. Parents would have to keep checking in on the newborn periodically. Today, there is less need for the constant up-and-down, thanks in part to the new range of audio visual baby monitors. As with all these gadgets, parents know that not all monitors are equal, hence this article. So what makes the best monitor of 2016 / 2017?

They come in three basic guises:

Purpose made baby monitor
Indoor WiFi security camera
Computer webcam (wireless)

All these devices perform in a similar way, but prices vary and each offers different features-so which is best? Well, it’s fair to say that the majority of parents these days prefer the video (visual) monitors over audio-only. There is a warning though, and that is watching your baby can become an obsession- highly addictive even. The whole idea is to let you relax and take a little time out. You can hardly do that if you’re unable to take your eyes off the screen, so try not to form bad habits from the outset.

Security Camera, Baby Monitor or Webcam
One thing’s for sure, and that is today’s monitors for kids have grown up. Not so many parents use the old two-way radios anymore, and why would they bother. Now we have WiFi connectivity and live video feeds to name two of many high-tech features. Monitors for babies, home security cameras and webcams can all do the job, and you will base which one you use on personal preference. Let’s look at each of these in more detail.

Home WiFi Security Camera as a Monitor
You can hook your home WiFi security camera up to any device that has a connection to the internet. Because IP cameras operate via an online connection, it means there is no range limit. This allows you to keep an eye on your baby from just about anywhere. Another beneficial feature of the home WiFi camera setup is that you can view your baby on multiple devices. This includes desktop computers, notebooks, smartphones and tablets, etc.

Security cameras can cost less than other high end monitoring systems too. Best of all is that you don’t have to buy extra units for viewing, if you want more than one display. I suppose the only real downside to IP cameras is that they’re vulnerable to hijacking because they connect to the internet. Although this is unlikely, it’s still a possibility all the same and something to think about.

The Purpose-Made Baby Monitor
These come with just two units, at least most of them do. One is for the baby’s room or nursery, and the other is for the parent. If you need more parent units it will cost extra, that’s if you have the option to add more to your model. These monitors, unlike security cameras, have a range limit too. This limit is probably fine for most homes, but you may want to check it prior to purchase. A lot of the baby monitors are available with up to four cameras, though most come with just the one parent unit. In general, a purpose made monitor is a lot more user-friendly out of the box compared to a WiFi Home security Camera.

The Wireless Webcam Baby Monitor
When using a wireless webcam as a monitor, it needs to be free standing. If it’s not, you’ll have to have one computer connected device in the nursery at all times, and another device (the parent viewer) at your side. So you really need a quality wireless webcam if you want to use it as a monitor. By the time it takes to setup and run your wireless webcam, you may as well just buy a purpose made monitor. Note that even the best monitoring app will drain smartphone batteries pretty quick if you use that as the parent monitor, which most folks do. Video quality can be a bit hit and miss with a lot of webcams as well. And if you want night vision, the cost goes up again.

I think the wireless webcam is okay if you already have one. But I wouldn’t go out purposely to buy one instead of a baby monitor. Which of the three options you use will depend on a few things. Budget, personal preferences, features and functionality will all play a part in your final decision.

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Your Toddler’s First Bike

Balance bikes are bicycles that are for kids aged between 1 ½ and 5 years. Whoa! Wait a minute! They do not have pedals! That’s right. They are meant only to teach the little ones to balance. Pedaling will come later. Balance bikes, glider bikes, run bikes are all pedal less bikes.

They come with adjustable seats and handlebars and are extremely lightweight for the kids to be able to manage on their own if required.

Why should your toddler’s first bike be a balance bike?

· Compared to a tricycle, it is easier to maneuver over uneven surfaces.

· A tricycle tends to tip over on uneven surfaces.

· A toddler cannot ride a tricycle for long distances, whereas with balance bikes, he or she can run or walk long distances without feeling tired as the wheels have a smooth gliding motion. You will notice that most tricycles come with handles for the parents to push. A balance bike does not have any as it is not required.

· Kids learn to balance on balance bikes, so they are more prepared when faced with a sudden situation where the balance is threatened. Unlike balance wheels, which teach the kid to pedal without balance.

· They are more fun to ride than regular (toddler’s) bicycles fitted with balance wheels.

· They are lighter than the smallest pedal bikes and so can be managed by toddlers all on their own. Removing the pedals of a regular bike is not a good idea either!

Some FAQs

Where does my child put his feet?

He or she doesn’t have to put them anywhere on the bike! Give the child one and you will see how he uses it. The feet will be on the floor

What is the correct height of the seat I should look for while buying it for the first time?

An inch less than the inseam measurement of your child (Crotch to ground) should be fine. Seat height adjustment of two inches more than this is sufficient for the bike to last for another 3 years while the child grows

When will my child be ready to ride a regular pedal bicycle?

By his or her fourth birthday, the child should be ready to ride a regular pedal bicycle after ‘training’ on a balance bike.

How much do they cost?

There is one to suit your budget, from reasonably priced to more expensive ones. The expensive ones build in more features yet maintain the weight low.

How to choose a balance bike for your kid:

· Seat height- The child should be able to hit and push off with his or her feet to go on a balance bike. While sitting on one, her knees should be slightly bent, not straight nor very bent

· Wheel size – 12″ are recommended for beginners, going up to 14″ and 16″ for taller beginners and grade-schoolers.

· Light weight – keep the weight to 30% of your child’s weight. Anything more will get too heavy for the average child.

· Tires. Foam tires are good but don’t provide traction on smooth floors. Air tires are the best, but they can get expensive (fat boy tires) and regular ones should have sealant.

Hand brakes are not generally recommended for toddlers, but if you are planning for their continued use of 4 or 5 years, they can be fitted. Kids generally pick up their use soon.

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