September 13, 2007
The TykeLight is a fully rechargeable, portable night-light. It can go with your child on her way to the bathroom, or under the covers, or outside in the tent. With its soft glow feature, you can use it to check on your little one at night, without disturbing her. A third mode is
gentle sleep, which is a 15 minute dimmer that automatically turns the night-light off, hopefully after your child has fallen asleep. Fully charged, the light will run for 10 hours, and if there is a power outage at night, it will automatically turn itself on. The TykeLight is available in blue, orange, green, pink, yellow, and lavender.
July 24, 2007
As a child, I loved forts and sleeping outside. You'd obviously not want your toddler to do so though (unless you are there too), so this is the best of both worlds. The Pink Western TeePee is like a tent for indoors. The teepee, which is also available in Red Geronimo is made of pine poles with fabric covering them. You could use this alone as a fort, or buy the Western States Bed Roll in pink or blue so your child could sleep under the teepee.
July 23, 2007
We've been using sleep sacks for quite some time now with Anderson. They're a great: we don't have to worry about him being too cool at night, and we don't have to worry about him kicking off the blankets at night. These sleep sacks from Alex Casey Baby don't come in the usual boring designs. Featuring bright colors and characters they're functional and sure to delight. The simple design features snaps at the shoulders and a zipper that goes across the bottom and up the right side. Hopefully, this will help prevent your child from removing the sleep sack himself (as Anderson has been known to do at times).
June 13, 2007
You've probably realized that I'm a fan of Dwellbaby. They have the most magnificent patterns and fabrics that I've ever seen. I just discovered their Garden Crib Set, and I am now desparate for a girl so I can buy this. I love brown and pink together, and the floral pattern is beautiful. Included in this set are a reversible quilt, reversible bumper, fitted sheet, and a crib skirt.
June 5, 2007
I recently found Kukunest, and I love it! They make colorful and fun bedding for children. Right now they only have twin sets, but soon they'll be coming out with bedding for cribs, bassinets, and full sized beds too. Each set has a fun theme such as lantern festival and around the world. You can buy a duvet cover, sham, two different coordinating sheet sets (a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and standard pillow case), and a matching art print. Although it can be hard to transition some children from the crib to an adult bed, I think this adorable bedding will at least make it a little more fun for your child.
May 14, 2007
Do you like the idea of attachment parenting, but find yourself exhausted by lugging your baby around all the time? This new product, Zaky, may be just what you're looking for. The Zaky was developed for the following reasons:
- The need to bond parents with the babies when they cannot be together.
- The resourcefulness of the nurses as they rolled towels, used stuffed animals and improvised other items to provide babies with boundaries, comfort, a sense of security and support when they are not held or touched.
- The knowledge that hands help babies — it can be seen in the monitors - and that leaving the scent with the baby gives reassurance, a sense of protection and comfort.
- The need to provide the babies with something familiar and constant.
You can place the Zaky around your neck to give it your scent. You can toss it in the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up. And best of all, its machine washable for cleaning up those inevitable accidents! This is a great baby shower gift — one of those things that new mothers won't even know that they want.
April 19, 2007
We never brought Andy to sleep in our bed. We were always afraid of all the warnings they give you when you choose to co-sleep. But with the Snuggle Nest, you can rest a little easier. To use the Snuggle Nest, you simply place it on your bed between your pillows. The walls provide a safer environment by keeping your child enclosed, and since she is sleeping at head-level, there is less risk of overheating or suffocating from your bedding. Best of all, the Snuggle Nest folds into a small case for easy portability. This would be great for hotel stays, or even when you sleep over at the grandparents house! And when you're ready to make the move to a crib, you can use the Snuggle Nest as a transitional tool to help you baby grow accustom to her new sleeping environment.
February 21, 2007
When Andy was first born, he could sleep through almost anything. Then summer came and we installed an air conditioner into his room to keep him cool at night. It was an old one, and very loud. But once October came, we obviously had to take it out as it was now freezing in his bedroom at night. I didn't know what to do about the sound, or lack thereof in his room. Our upstairs neighbors would bang around a lot, and Andy would be woken up from many of his naps as well as at night. One thing we did is put a fan in his room. But what has really worked best for us is the Sound Sleeper (also available at Baby Wise). Originally we kept it in his crib, now it's on the bureau by his bed, and it's allowed him to get much more sleep because he's no longer woken up all the time. And that's lead to a happier baby and happier parents.
Continue reading: "Review: Sound Sleeper"
December 29, 2006
There are many lists out there of what a new mother needs and what she can do without, and each list seems to have totally different things on them depending on who is writing them. This basically tells me that all babies are different, all mothers are different, and you have to figure out what will work best for you and your family. That being said, if I had to choose only one product that I think is a necessity for all parents of newborns, it would have to be the Baby Bouncy. It can be used for a ton of things, including a chair at your desk, a workout ball, and a birthing ball (I couldn't believe how much it helped with my contractions while I was at home waiting to be allowed to go to the hospital), and I've used it for all three. But it is worth a billion dollars for getting Anderson to sleep every night. We would bounce him at bedtime, and it always helped him sleep. If he was cranky, we bounced him and he calmed down. He loved the ball, and therefore it became my best friend. Now that Andy's a little older, we aren't using it. But it really is the one thing that I couldn't have lived without because what a new mother needs more than anything is sleep. And boy did it help Andy, and therefore me, sleep. It comes with a stand, which I didn't have and didn't need, as well as a pump. Also available at Amazon.
November 14, 2006
We bring our Pack 'n' Play whenever we stay somewhere overnight where there is no crib for Anderson. We won't be able to do that for too much longer though, as he's growing like crazy. The Gentle Air Dr. Watters Childs' Portable Overnight Bed seems like it would be a great bed until Anderson is big enough to sleep in a regular bed. It inflates in 60 seconds with the included rechargeable pump, and takes twin-size fitted sheets.