Baby Strollers Tips and Advice

Written by Martin Smith

You have just learned that you are expecting a bundle of joy and now you need to begin gettingrepparttar things your baby will need. If this is your first baby allrepparttar 147961 decisions you need to make may seem overwhelming at first. One ofrepparttar 147962 biggest purchases you will need to make is aboutrepparttar 147963 type of stroller you will use for your baby.

There are so many different types of strollers to choose from and one ofrepparttar 147964 first things you need to do is determine your budget. There are strollers that can cost as little as $10.00 or as much as $400 and up. The lower end strollers are generallyrepparttar 147965 very light weight umbrella strollers. The advantage to these strollers isrepparttar 147966 fold nicely and can store almost anywhere. Asrepparttar 147967 price gets higherrepparttar 147968 features and quality ofrepparttar 147969 stroller may increase.

Strollers can come with a variety of features. What is important to you? Do you want a convertible travel system or a stroller that is just that and a car seat? There are travel systems that include a stay inrepparttar 147970 car base, an infant carrier/car safety seat, and a stroller frame forrepparttar 147971 infant seat which it is attached. These are great especially when your baby is newly born.

Strollers have a play tray that has insets for a bottle or juice cup. Many have canopies with a vinyl window so you can keep an eye onrepparttar 147972 baby. The brake on most strollers now are attached to both rear wheels and is easily applied with your foot and some also have a wrist strap brake that is used in conjunction withrepparttar 147973 foot break. It gives extra safety when you are stopped andrepparttar 147974 stroller won't 'roll away' while you haverepparttar 147975 strap.

There is usually a large storage basket underrepparttar 147976 seat(s) ofrepparttar 147977 strollers and many strollers now are coming with a parent tray that is place overrepparttar 147978 handle bar. It has a spot for a cup of coffee or a soda, a place for your cell phone, your keys and a place to hold a snack.

Handlebars are now height adjustable on most strollers and are reversible moving from eitherrepparttar 147979 front to back or vice versa. The height adjustable feature is a great saver onrepparttar 147980 backrepparttar 147981 reversible handle can help you see your baby while he rides if necessary.

The seat isrepparttar 147982 next consideration. Doesrepparttar 147983 seat recline and if so will it recline enough so that your newborn can lie almost flat? Isrepparttar 147984 seat well padded and will it be comfortable for your baby? Isrepparttar 147985 seat padding removable for washing?

Baby Crib Advice and Tips

Written by Martin Smith

Congratulations! You have just learned that you are having a baby. Whether this is your first or not you need to look at cribs. Do you have one already? Is it an antique? A second hand crib whether antique or not needs to be carefully looked at. This is forrepparttar safety of your new baby.

The screws, bolts, and/or other fasteners should all be in place. Are they loose? Willrepparttar 147960 position ofrepparttar 147961 mattress hold under your baby's weight? It is imperative that this be tested before you put your baby inrepparttar 147962 crib. Take something that approximatesrepparttar 147963 weight of your baby at about 4 months old. Bounce it offrepparttar 147964 mattress to be certain it will hold its position. If it doesn't it could cause serious injury to your baby or worse.

When setting uprepparttar 147965 nursery (if it isn't already up) consider very carefully where you will placerepparttar 147966 crib. If you placerepparttar 147967 crib near a window and you have Venetian blinds, either shortenrepparttar 147968 cords or anchor them somewhere that your baby can't reach and get a hold of them. If it all possible avoid placingrepparttar 147969 crib nearrepparttar 147970 window. As your baby grows into a toddler and s/he attempts to climb out ofrepparttar 147971 crib; s/he could possibly fall which could cause serious injury to your baby.

Blankets and your baby are not necessarily a good mix. Withrepparttar 147972 incidents of SIDS today, you want to be sure to do everything that could possibly put your infant at risk. It is more advisable to put your baby to bed in a sleeper. If you absolutely have to have a blanket onrepparttar 147973 baby, tuck it tightly around and underrepparttar 147974 foot ofrepparttar 147975 mattress with your baby's feet touchingrepparttar 147976 footboard. Also you don't want to putrepparttar 147977 blanket any higher onrepparttar 147978 baby than up to his chest as that will help prevent him from slipping underrepparttar 147979 blankets and suffocating.

Bumper pads are a great concept but unless they are secured properly, there is a risk of your baby slipping betweenrepparttar 147980 mattress andrepparttar 147981 bumpers and possibly suffocating. If you use them they should be anchored in at least eight places one at each corner ofrepparttar 147982 crib and at least two spaced evenly on each ofrepparttar 147983 sides. There should be a total of 16 ties in all, forrepparttar 147984 top and bottom.

Mobiles are a nice addition and look adorable but...repparttar 147985 caution here is that if you use a mobile as soon as your baby starts to sit up on his ownrepparttar 147986 mobile should be taken down to prevent your baby from getting tangled in it. Also make sure that it has no small removable parts that your baby could choke on. If your crib is second hand no matter whether you had for a previous child or you got it from someone else check outrepparttar 147987 mattress carefully. Make sure there are no cracks or holes inrepparttar 147988 mattress covering. Make sure too thatrepparttar 147989 mattress properly fits inrepparttar 147990 crib. Here again, your child could slip betweenrepparttar 147991 mattress andrepparttar 147992 sidebars orrepparttar 147993 end boards and suffocate. The mattress should fit snugly inrepparttar 147994 crib. Nowrepparttar 147995 sheets you use in your baby's crib should also fit properly and not slip and slide. Sheet anchors are available that hook onrepparttar 147996 sheet underrepparttar 147997 mattress and keep it in place.

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