May 24, 2007
Here's a unique idea for your nursery: consider a Puzzle Carpet! If you have a weirdly shaped room or just want something different, we think this carpet would be great. It comes with seven pieces, each of which are 36 cm in diameter. If you have a larger room, you can always buy more. It's available in three different designs: sand, water, and grass. So you can mix and match to make a beach, desert, or whatever you want!
May 17, 2007
Now that we've finally moved into a house that we'll stay in for a while, I am trying to figure out a good way to store all of Andy's toys. Currently I'm using a few baskets, but he rarely sees the toys at the bottom because he's not the type of child to dump them all out. So I'd like to find a better way, and one that looks nice too. The Jax Organic Storage Tower at Oompa would be perfect I think. Made of organic cotton and a sturdy frame, this tower takes up little room, looks fun, and is easy to access. It can also be used for diaper supplies, clothes, and more. It is available in green, orange, and pink, and there are also similar toy boxes, toy bags, and toy cubes available as well.
May 4, 2007
Everybody needs a convenient place to write things down. The great thing about these Chalkboard Wall Panels is that they can go anywhere with their self-adhesive back. Hang one up in your nursery to keep track of changes, and feedings so you never have to think too hard in the middle of the night. You could stick one by your refrigerator to keep track of your expressed milk supply. The possibilities are endless, and at $38 each, you could get a couple to put around the house.
April 30, 2007
I've just discovered the Butterflies Click-a-Mobile, and I think it's so beautiful. The butterflies' colorful wings are translucent, and they will overlap to create new colors. They also hang at different lengths. It comes mostly assembled, only a few clicks needed before it's all set to hang above your baby.
April 19, 2007
One of my most prized possessions when I was young was my piggy bank. I had a classic one that was all white, and I had a hard time opening the bottom, so I never really knew how much money I had in there. I'd like to get one for Andy too because I think they are an essential part of the nursery, and it'll be good for teaching him about money when he is older. The Personalized Piggy Bank at The Corner Stork would be a great addition to any nursery. You can choose between dozens of different designs as well as have it personalized with your baby's name hand painted onto the side.
April 18, 2007
Before Andy was born, I dreamed of a teddy bear nursery. I thought it would be so cute, and how hard could teddy bear things be to find? Turns out, it's very hard. After much searching, I finally found the the Dream Teddy collection. It was a neutral teddy bear design with no sports sub-theme (which seemed to be pretty common). Of course, I could not locate this bedding set, so I never received it. And after Andy was born, I just didn't have the time to think about decorating his nursery. Of course, now I'm finding this set all over the place. But at this point, I really can't justify it anymore. If you are all about teddy bears like I am, it's available at Amazon and Shop.com.
April 6, 2007
When Andy was first born, I was obsessed with how much he weighed. I was so scared that he wasn't gaining enough weight, and I'd try to weigh him on our bathroom scale. It wasn't super accurate though, so I would have loved the Baby/Toddler Scale. To me, it looks very similar to the scales that my pediatrician uses. The tray is removable so your toddler can easy stand on it, and the infant tray has sides to help prevent him from rolling off. You can measure in half ounce increments as well as in kilograms instead of pounds, and the large dial is easy to read. If you are as worried as I was, you might want to consider this product to help easy your nerves. And as for Andy gaining weight, he quickly entered the 95th percentile in weight, so I had no need to worry!
April 5, 2007
A few months before Anderson was born, my boss gave me a piece of advice. "Peter," he said, "I'm only going to give you once piece of advice. Buy a Diaper Champ. Do not buy a Diaper Genie like everybody else will tell you. Go with the Diaper Champ." At the time, I had no idea what he was talking about but I listened to him anyway. And I'm very glad I did.
The Diaper Champ and the Diaper Genie both operate on the same principle: contain the smelly diaper so it doesn't stink up your diaper changing area. They accomplish this using very different means. With the Diaper Champ, you put the diaper in the top and flip the lid over. The diaper then drops down into a standard kitchen trash bag. With the Diaper Genie, on the other hand, the diaper is twisted into a special (read: expensive) bag like you're stuffing a diaper sausage.
So far, the Diaper Champ has done an excellent job of containing the smell in Anderson's nursery. I have never noticed anything funky coming from the diaper pail. Occasionally I'll have to clean out the lid when an especially full diaper goes through. If you don't, you'll probably notice it smelling pretty quickly. I usually just clean it with a wipe or two. Changing the bag is easy. You just push a button on the front and the top flips up. Seal the bag as quickily as you can (I find that drawstring bags work especially well for this) and pull it out. A new bag goes in just as easily.
I'm definitely very happy with our decision to go with the Diaper Champ, and I continue to recommend it to all the first time parents that I know.
April 2, 2007
When Anderson was first born, like many new parents, we worried endlessly throughout the night. However, we never wanted to wake him up, and ruin all the hard work we put into getting him asleep. This movement sensor would've been helpful. It detects the slightest movements while your baby is sleeping. Movements like breathing and moving around. An alarm sounds if the baby is ever perfectly still for more than 20 seconds. Alternatively, you can have the unit continuously 'tic' as long as there is movement. Personally, I think this is a great product if your child is at high risk for SIDS, but I bet a lot of people will develop 'tic's themselves if they use this too much. The movement sensor is also available with a single parent unit.
March 28, 2007
From the beginning, we've wanted something at the changing table for Andy to look at and play with. He's always been very aware, and when he was only a few weeks old he would stare intently at the wall during changings. And as he's gotten older, it's harder to distract him when we change him. We never found anything we liked, so we never put anything there. I really wish we had the Wall Mounted Mobile & Mirror. This very colorful product has a lion with dangling legs and a mirror that faces the baby. I think any child would love this, and any parent who has had a hard time with changing the baby would appreciate the distraction.