The Top 5 Most Common Questions About Your Baby Bouncer

Rainforest themed baby bouncer with happy baby enjoying the overhead play items.
Rainforest themed baby bouncer with happy baby enjoying the overhead play items.
The Fisher Price Rainforest Baby Bouncer has more than 150 five star reviews on Amazon (4.5 star average).

There are many accessories that parents need for their new baby, and for many a baby bouncer or rocker is at the top of the list. Many parents know that a bouncer can be a great item to have available, but there are a few common questions that arise:

Q: What ages are best for using a bouncer?

A baby can start using a bouncer when they are big enough to hold up their head, most companies recommend waiting until the child is 3 or 4 months old. The child can continue to use the bouncer until they grow out of it; typically that is when they start walking. Once the child is mobile, they will no longer want to stay in one place to play in the bouncer.

Q: Can a baby bouncer cause shaken baby syndrome?

Sometimes when a baby gets in their bouncer, they are so excited that they start jumping around very fast and hard. Parents worry about shaken baby syndrome, but there is nothing to be concerned about because they are not experiencing violent movement in their neck. Bouncers are safe to use, and your child will not suffer shaken baby syndrome by playing in a bouncer.

Q: Which brand of baby bouncer is best?

There are many great brands of baby bouncers, but one of the best is the Fisher Price baby bouncer. Online reviews are very positive for the Fisher Price brand, and many parents have said that they love the features that are included in their bouncers.

Baby Bouncer in earthy colours with overhead "toy bar"
The Fisher-Price Coco Sorbet Comfy Time Bouncer has a five star rating on Amazon.

Q: Can a bouncer move on its own to bounce the child?

Most baby bouncers include a vibration feature or a bouncer feature that allows the child to bounce without a parent moving the bouncer. Some of the bouncers have a spring type of reaction, so that even slight movements of the baby’s arms or legs will bounce the bouncer. Read the detailed description for the bouncer that you are going to buy to be sure that this feature is included.

Q: Should I buy a bouncer or a swing?

If you are trying to decide if a swing or a baby bouncer is better for your child, consider purchasing a combo. There are certain brands that offer detachable parts that can be purposed for both a swing and a floor standing bouncer, which allows multiple uses as your child gets bigger. Buy a combo unit to get the most bang for your buck…and its space saving too!

However, if this is not an option, my own experience is that a baby bouncer or rocker is more useful – for a longer period – than a swing. It also generally takes less space, and is more portable.

NB A baby bouncer is not a jolly jumper or other jumping unit, which is a jumping/bouncing unit that your baby stands/hangs in, usually in a stand-alone own frame or suspended in a door frame, and ‘jumps’ on the floor. These are generally not recommended by experts, for developmental reasons.

Buying a Cheap Double Pram

side-by-side double stroller
side-by-side double stroller
The InStep Safari double jogger stroller has 39 five star reviews on Amazon.

A double pram is an essential item on your baby shopping list if you’re expecting twins or if you already have a baby or young toddler and you’re expecting a second child. However a pram is likely to be one of the more expensive items on your list, particularly a tandem or twin model, and thrifty parents will be looking for ways to keep the costs down. It may seem an impossible task to find a cheap double pram but if you’re not too specific about the model that you buy and you know where to look, it is possible to get significant savings.

One of the first steps to take in order to keep the costs of buying a pram down is to stay away from the designer makes. Double prams are available from many manufacturers but some of the trendier and popular brands will often have large price tags and are not always better than cheaper alternatives. Remember that a pram is a functional item and you shouldn’t just consider it as a fashion accessory, especially if you are looking to save a bit of cash.

It is worth reading a few reviews online to see which prams are really worth the money and which models you’re paying a premium for the design or the name. Often certain models of pram become popular because they are very user friendly so if you have your heart set on a particular model, don’t despair. Baby shops often offer large discounts on certain items, especially if the manufacturer releases a new model or color and you can often find double prams / pushchairs on sale.

Keep an eye out for baby clubs for new mothers and special offers that will give you coupons and money off codes for shopping online. If you’re spending a lot at one particular store the discounts can be quite significant.

Decorating a Nursery with an Art Poster for Every Character You Love

Two piece wall art, 5 giraffes
Cotton Tale Designs 2 Piece Play Date Wall Art

When you have a baby on the way, your attention will be focused on designing your baby’s nursery. There are mothers who would prefer to design their baby’s room with the traditional pink if it’s a girl and blue if it’s a boy. While others, prefer to have a room that is designed for both a girl and a boy. That is not a bad idea and it can help your growing baby adjust to the variety of colors displayed in the room as well as its contents. Perhaps you are on a budget, since you are saving for the medical expenses and baby needs once your baby is born, so choosing an affordable style for the room is a practical thing to do. You can have the walls painted in one pastel color and have an art poster for every cartoon character you would love to introduce to your baby.

The cartoon character portrayed in an art poster could be Garfield, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or even Pink Panther. Their 1 to 2 featured colors are great for a baby’s developing eyes and brain. Better yet you can use posters of unknown characters or orginal designs that have strong contrasts to help your baby’s developing eye sight. As they grow up they will be curious and fascinated wanting to watch, draw and hear stories about these characters.

Art 4 Kids "Silly Jungle Animals" Mounted Art Print
Art 4 Kids "Silly Jungle Animals" Mounted Art Print , 30"x17"

Choosing characters that they don’t have ready access to on television or through books is a good way to encourage your angel to be artistic and imaginative, creating stories of their own.It will also allow you to make up stories to entertain your little ones without the bias of ready made characters. Just make sure that these posters are hung by poster frames that will help preserve and maintain the condition of the posters from tearing, sagging and stains, dust and mold. The frames will also add style and depth into the nursery with your chosen frame designs.

Creating a nursery does not have to be expensive as an art poster as well as poster frames are very affordable. Remember, designing a nursery does not have to be expensive, but it should be beneficial.

Do Parents Need A Baby Changing Bag?

Many parents see baby changing bags as a necessity but others don’t use them at all. This begs the question – do parents actually need a baby changing bag? There are many good features designed into a purpose made baby changing bag that make life a lot easier. However, they may not be essential to what you need and you could find separate accessories elsewhere that can be used with any suitably sized bag.

You Need One

There are some funky baby changing bags available that suit many different tastes and styles. The key advantage of baby changing bags over just any bag is that they are designed to be useful for that very purpose. With separate compartments it is easy to sort clothing or accessories within the bag, making it easy to get to what you want. Many changing bags incorporate an insulated bottle pocket enabling you to keep bottles of milk or water warm for longer. Baby changing bags are frequently made from materials that are easy to clean or wipe. They will at some point have spills over them or in them and being able to wipe and clean is a definite plus. It’s all about accessibility and functionality with a baby changing bag.

You Don’t Need One

There are arguments and opinions against using changing bags supported by many parents. After all, it is just a bag for carrying stuff, right? In which case you could choose any nice bag that you like form a wider range available that will carry all that you need for your baby. As for insulated bottle pockets, what is to say that your bottle will actually fit? Or maybe you don’t even use a bottle. Or you may take more than one bottle and only have one pocket to use. You will probably find that most of the design features like changing mats and bottle warmers are available to buy separately. Again this gives you extra choices.

What Are The Alternatives?

The alternatives to baby changing bags are as diverse as you want them to be. Many parents go for a cheap, over-sized bag that everything fits into.  Just an average day pack will do. This saves money for other essential items that a baby or family needs. When a child gets older they could be allowed some independence by having their stuff in a toddler backpack. This will free you up to carry less and gives the child a sense of being all grown up. There are also purpose-made inserts you can buy. Simply put a reduced amount of baby items in one of these and it is still small enough to transfer from one bag to another. It also means you don’t have to take a whole bag to change your baby somewhere.

Whilst there are conflicting opinions as to whether baby changing bags are necessary it is really down to you as the user. If you think they are useful and make life easier then get one. It’s much like the arguements over needing a changing table (or not) or even a pram (or not). It may be a little pricier but you can benefit from it. If you want to save some money and don’t find the arrangement of a changing bag useful, use an alternative with added optional extras that you choose.

Modern Cloth Diapers Are a Good Choice for Most Occasions

Baby beehinds rainbow edged fitted hemp diaperCloth diapers (or nappies) have many benefits but the main on is the ability to be reused saving you a LOT of money as well as being great for the environment. They can also be better for you baby’s skin, just be sure to wash them with a non-toxic laundry detergent (without enzymes, so it won’t damage the cloth).

Many parents choose to use cloth diapers rather than disposable varieties as cloth diapers do not contain chemicals within them to mask odour and wick away moisture. These chemicals are thought by many to influence whether a baby has a simple rash or even more serious ailments later in life such as asthma and male infertility.

If you want to potty train your toddler early then it is best to use cloth diapers as they  allow the baby to feel the results of their ‘bodily functions’. Studies have been carried out at shows babies who used cloth diapers respond to potty training earlier than those using disposable.

Quality cotton or hemp diapers are a real money saver even though they can cost quite a lot to buy initially. Also taken into account that you have to wash them or pay someone to wash them, they still work out cheaper than buying disposable diapersYou can save anything from a couple of thousand to several thousand dollars over the lifetime of your cloth diapers, depending how many children use them. Once the diapers are no longer suitable they can be repurposed into bibs or other types of household rags.

A common thought by new parents is that they should use cloth diapers in the comfort of their own home but change disposable when they are out and about. This is usually down to convenience but it does not have to be the case. All you need to do is pack your diaper bags slightly differently and include some different items.

When using cloth diapers the main thing you need to remember in your diaper bag is a suitable waterproof bag or container to store your dirty diapers in. This will make sure that the rest of the contents of your diaper bag will not get soiled. Make sure you do not forget the things such as additional spare diapers, baby powder and safety pins. If you feel the need to carry extra items such as a baby’s bottle or your own wallet or purse you should have enough room in the diaper bag.

A newborn baby can dirty his or her diaper up to 70 times within their first week on earth. Choosing the best type of diaper for your child comes down to your own personal ethos on raising children, and your baby’s shape and size. Many opinions are given but there is no one size fits all answer so do your own research, try some different diapers on your child, and make your own choice.

Picking Out a Baby Mobile

So which baby crib mobile is the best one and does it really matter which one you choose?

Most new parents are probably extremely excited to start decorating the nursery and planning the theme for the new baby’s room and there might not be a lot of consideration into the type of mobile you purchase.

It is common to simply choose something that will match the theme of the room but it doesn’t have to stop there.
Many baby mobiles come fully equipped with music as well as movement though there are quite a few that do not.

Both kinds can be of benefit, and non-motorised mobiles can often be spun or bounced while your baby is watching to engage her attention, which can be particularly beneficial when you are changing her diaper and want her to stay calm. Mobiles can be hung over baby cribs or change tables, or in a place that is visible from both.

If you want something that will soothe your little one then consider getting one that comes with music in addition to movement. The movement and the music both capture baby’s attention and engage her.

They both serve a purpose and the music just makes it easier to relax your baby when she starts to fuss. Many mobiles come with a wide selection of songs and sounds programmed into the mobile which is great for keeping your baby interested.

She might get tired of hearing the same song and it’s nice to offer her some variety in addition to new and different sounds. Many also come with sweet lullabies that can help put your baby to sleep and calm her especially when she doesn’t want to go to bed.

In addition, you can opt for a baby mobile that has different colors as well as characters attached. If you want even more options then look for those with soft, detachable animals that can later be used by your little one to play with and practice her dexterity.

This is especially helpful when she can no longer use the mobile. After they reach a certain age, it might be dangerous to keep a mobile hanging over the crib since many come with strings that may pose a hazard. If you have a mobile that hangs from the ceiling and is far out of your baby’s reach, then that is fine to leave in place.

For the first few months of your infant’s life do consider a mobile as they can help entertain her as well as sooth her.

Nappy Bags, Diaper Bags – The Solution to Your Packing Problems

Are you feeling an enormous amount of pain each time you go out with your baby? Are all the things inside your bag really the things you need to bring just for a short time that you need to spend outdoors? Are you interested in finding a way to be able to carry all the necessary baby items without looking bulky and stressed? If your answer is yes to more than one of these questions, then maybe it’s about time that you get yourself a nappy bag (or diaper bag).

Oftentimes, mums tend to pack more baby items then needed. This is simply because of their nurturing nature. Aside from that, they also want to be prepared for any possible situation or circumstance that could befall them and their little ones. Are you one of those moms who always brings two sets of nappies, several extra baby clothes, bottles, toys, baby snacks, first aid items and many more whenever you spend some time outdoors with your baby? If so, this is probably the main reason you are feeling this unexplainable pain in your shoulder. A diaper bag can put an end to your suffering.

It can help you keep your baby items and supplies organized. If you buy a nappy bag, you should pack only the necessary baby items that your baby needs throughout the day. The amount of things that you must bring should also depend upon the length of time you need to spend outdoors. If it’s just going to be a quick trip to the nearby convenience store or just a mini stroll around the park, just bring enough baby supplies so that your bag will not become too heavy for you to carry. This is also a wise and practical way of packing to prevent the pain that constantly haunts you on your shoulder. With the help your nappy bag, all things shall fall into place. You can even fit your bedtime baby bag in there.

There are so many different types of nappy bags available. You can get ones that attach easily to the stroller. This is very nice so you don’t have to use up the pocket space of your stroller with your bag. They also make ones that are a backpack style. This style is usually prefered by men. Also, if you are looking to stay in style and don’t need to pack too much stuff then you may want to look into a messenger bag style bag.