Safety considerations for baby cribs

Buying a baby crib by a first-time parent is a very exhaustive and pensive task. You will be leaving your baby in the care of an inanimate furniture item, so you must ensure that it is safe for your little one. The following are the safety considerations that are recommended to be carefully checked in a baby crib.

Safe and smooth edges

Most of the baby cribs are made from wooden or polyethene bars. If a baby is more than 10 months old she may try to stand by holding the bars. You must check that these bars do not have sharp, rough or uneven edges. The bars must be properly sanded and painted with a baby-safe varnish or paint.

 

Proper joints

If you are looking for the best baby crib, the joints must be clean – it’s a must. Carefully check that all the screws and nails are tightened properly. The crib must not be made with rusty nails or screws because it may spoil the mattress or other linen of the baby.

 

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Keep the appropriate height

When you are around the baby, then you can adjust the crib height according to your convenience to pick the baby or put her to sleep. But when you are busy with some other chore, ensure that you keep the height of crib at such level that the baby should not be able to climb out.

 

Keep it minimal

Do not stuff the crib with extra pillows and soft toys. It will be too suffocating for the baby. If your baby is grown up, she may try to climb out of the crib by stacking all the pillows, cushions, and quilts you have kept for her protection. Do not hang too many toys above the crib.

 

 

 

Right inter-bar spacing

The space between bars must be from 2 to 3 inches so that baby does not fall off the crib accidently or gets her head trapped between them.

 

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Fixed side rails

As the baby grows, she will be strong and will try to apply her newly learned skills to escape from the crib. To prevent such situations get a crib with fixed side rails.

These are a few suggestions to ensure the safety of your baby in a place where she spends her maximum time. She is in your care, so you must pay special attention to the mentioned things as well as to other aspects which your parental instincts warn you about.

 

The essential items you need to buy for your baby

When you were expecting your baby, you must have given up so many activities that you enjoyed earlier. They can be shopping, watching movies, going for long drives, travelling, and countless others activities. You must be waiting eagerly to start the same adventurous life and fun days again. But now with a baby, you may have doubts whether those days will be back or not.

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They will be. For that, you have to get the right things in your car and you will be back to your routine fun in no time. So, here is my list of items that you must get before travelling with your baby. For other essentials, you can read this article.

 

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Diaper bag

This is one of those things without which one cannot imagine any mother’s life. A diaper bag is the special piece of luggage that  carries the feeding bottles, water bottles, formula box, diapers, one or two sets of clothes, baby wipes and tissues, a small blanket and sheet and baby food, if you are travelling with a toddler.

There are so many styles of diaper bags available in different patterns, fabrics and compartment count.  Size is also an important consideration. Get a bigger bag if you travel frequently or spend long duration outdoors with the baby. You can select from pretty baby patterns or a simple masculine backpack style diaper bag. Just think about your ease of carrying it.

 

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Stroller or pram

In outdoors you need a stroller so that if the baby feels sleepy or gets cranky, she can have her quick and refreshing nap. Another advantage is that strollers come with a handle to hang the diaper bag and a separate section for keeping other stuff needed by your baby. With the baby in the stroller, all you have to do is enjoy these trips. But one thing you must ensure is that the stroller must be easily foldable and takes minimum space in your car.

 

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Car seats

Last thing that you cannot think of traveling without is a good convertible car seat. Car seats for babies must be purchased according to their age and weight. It must be easy to install and place the baby in it comfortably. It should have the belts at right places with easy-to-close buckles so that you baby stays safe in case of an emergency brake. A car seat needs to be padded so that she feels as though she is in her parent’s lap.

These are the essentials to buy before you plan a family outing. You must check that the stroller and car seat is manufactured according to the strict guidelines of manufacturing baby furniture.  This will guarantee the maximum safety of your adorable one.

Finding a good mattress for relieving back pains

With a sensitive back and frequent back pains, sleeping on a wrong mattress can be very devastating. You can end up in severe pain and sleepless nights. If you are a frequent traveler, have long work hours or you have to keep standing most of the time, getting a right mattress is an emergency situation that you must not postpone  at any cost.

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Before getting a mattress, have an appointment with your doctor and get a few important questions answered about the right mattress for you. These are some other suggestions that will help you in purchasing a mattress that helps in relieving the lower back pain.

 

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Identify your sleeping style

Different persons feel comfortable in different sleeping postures. Prominent ones are back sleepers, side sleepers, and tummy sleepers. Each of these sleepers needs a different kind of mattress. The back sleepers need a mattress that supports the curve of the back, so it should not be very stiff or very soft. A medium one will do for them. The side sleepers need a mattress that can provide a cushion to hips and shoulders. It has to be soft. For down facing sleepers a firm mattress will provide the firmness needed by the soft belly.  Combination sleepers can select from soft to the medium mattress.

 

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Material used in making the mattress

Most of the mattresses are made from coir, springs, foam and a quilted cover. It will be your concern to ask as well as check the quality and materials used in making the mattress you have chosen. A firm mattress is identified by strong springs that give just the right amount of cushioning. Whereas softer mattresses have lesser stiffness, more cushioning and foam that curves down under the body weight of sleeper.

 

 

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Recommended by users and doctors

Once you have selected a mattress you can discuss with an orthopedician about your selection. You can read the reviews and feedback given by the users who are going through the same back problems as you are. This will give you an idea about the reliability of your purchase. No two persons can have the same experience with a product, but a bit of research and exploration will not hurt you. It will surely underscore your decision.

et6Back pain is a common ailment on a rise due to stressful lifestyle and lack of physical exercise. After you purchase a good mattress for relieving your back pain, you must follow a routine of exercising under guidance from an expert. Your goal must be to purchase a normal mattress next time!

How to use a flat iron – my advice

Using a flat iron to get a gorgeous hairdo is not very difficult. It only takes a few careful steps to follow and you will get bouncy, voluminous and glossy hair.

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Set the right temperature

First things first. Before styling your hair check with the accompanying user’s guide about the temperature setting and advice for different hair textures. As a general rule if your hair is damaged, fragile or thin, don’t torture your mane more than it can bear. Set the lowest temperature. But if you have coarse or thick hair set a high temperature to tame these unruly friends.

 

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Moisten, detangle and apply a protection spray your hair

The second step is to get your hair ready for a new adventure – a new hairstyle. Moisten your hair, it will be better if you use a water spray bottle. Take a tooth comb and detangle them thoroughly. This is essential since you have to move the flat iron on the entire length of hair. If you don’t detangle them you will not get the look you desire. Now apply a generous amount of heat-protecting spray. It works as a protective sheet on hair to prevent any damage from a hot appliance.

 

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Divide the hair into small sections

Now take small sections of hair and part them with hair styling clips. Once you start the straightening process, you will know how much hair section is enough for easy movement of the flat iron. The size of the heating plate is a guide for this.

 

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Straighten hair upwards

Yes, that’s what you read. You don’t have to pull your hair down. It will give you limp hair. To add volume and bounce you must start from the roots and steadily move the flat iron towards the end while taking hair upwards. Repeat this process for a section till you are satisfied with the results.

 

Let the hair cool down

When you finish the entire sections wait for hair to cool down. This is an essential step if you want to get a glossy and longer-staying hairstyle because the hairdo will sustain only because of this cooling time.  Once you are done, you can comb and tie them as you want.

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By following these steps you will get a glowing crown of hair. But to keep your flat iron ready for next use, ensure that you clean it thoroughly.  Wipe off the hair style products you used and any hair that got stuck to the iron. If you leave the flat iron unclean, you have to pay the price next time. An unclean flat iron will damage your hair.

All you need to do is find the right flat iron that matches your hair’s needs:  here you can find a few suggestions.