How to Choose a Crib Mattress for Your Nursery

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Among the best experiences in life is bearing a child. Once you have delivered a baby, you want to make sure that he or she feels the love you have on him. One of the best ways to do this is by purchasing a comfortable and safe crib mattress for the baby.

The problem is the fact that there is a variety of companies manufacturing these mattresses today. As a result, they are available in a range of brands and at a different price. Each of the products has unique qualities from others. In this way, selecting the best crib mattress turns to be a tricky exercise.

In consideration of this, we devoted our time to generate a guide on how to choose a crib mattress for your nursery. We aim to make sure that your selection process gets simplified. The followings are seven things that you should look out for when purchasing a crib mattress.

  1. Safety Standards

The first step to make sure that you are buying only the best is by considering safety standards. The federal regulations outline the rules of a full-size crib as well as the mattress. Understanding these regulations gives you a chance to buy both the crib-bed and the mattress separately. You’re sure that they’ll fit each other perfectly.

Such regulations ensure that there is no head entrapment between crib and mattress sides. Therefore, it helps to reduce any chances of the baby suffocating. You should make sure that the space between cannot fit two fingers stuck together. It’s a regulation that got enacted by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. This article will help you learn more about these regulations.

  1. Construction Structure

In the market, you will have a variety of materials used to make the mattresses. These include foam, innerspring, and organic mattresses. With foam mattress, they are less expensive in comparison to innerspring. Their thickness ranges between 3” to 6”. However, we advise that you consider picking a foam mattress that gets the specific design for babies. By doing this, you help to reduce the chances of SIDS or suffocation. Excellent foam made crib mattress should be firmer than softer.

An innerspring mattress is a better option than the foam crib beddings. You can evaluate the efficiency of the bedding by checking on the amount of steel used in the making. You can also consider purchasing organic mattresses. However, the materials used such as organic cotton and wool are expensive. In this way, this mattress type is more expensive in comparison to other mattresses.

With these types of mattresses, you’ll have a variety to consider. Therefore, you should spend time learning about the benefits of each brand. By understandings pros and cons for each mattress type, you can comfortably purchase a category of your choice.

  1. Weight

Another significant factor that you should consider checking is the weight of the crib mattress. For a foam mattress, consider picking a weight that ranges between 7 to 8 pounds. The density can, however, rise to 20 pounds. For the innerspring baby mattresses, you should run for something that ranges between 15 and 30 pounds of weight.

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  1. Double Side Mattress

It’s possible that you have seen some mattresses marked 2-stage while in the market. What it means is that one side of the bedding is firmer and the other one softer. You can use the firmer surface for infants while the fainter side will perfectly suit the toddlers. You, therefore, stand a chance to reuse the mattress as your baby develops in different stages.

However, whether to turn the mattress should not be a random choice. You should consider talking with a pediatrician before making the final decision. Also, before you can purchase the bedding, you should check for a tag showing which side is firmer and which one is softer. If the label is missing, ignore that particular product.

  1. Air Venting

When you purchase a mattress, you should consider buying one that has a proper venting. The cover should be in a position to ensure sufficient airflow throughout the bedding. The venting should also assure that the baby can adequately breathe without any complications.

There are chances that the baby will roll and sleep on their stomach. When such a situation happens, and the beddings lack proper venting, the baby can suffocate and die. A flawlessly vented mattress should consist of side vents to keep the air moving correctly.

  1. The Cost

The cost of bedding is also an ideal factor on how to choose a crib mattress for your nursery. You should consider a price that comfortably fits into your budget. From the statistics, a perfect quality mattress will sell at the cost of approximately $90 to $200.

It’s good to note that, higher prices means extra unique features incorporated. Take an example of someone shopping for an organically manufactured mattress. Or a cushion that comes with an allergen-reducing cover. Such a buffer will not sell for a price of less than $190. You can, however, find crib mattresses that cost as low as $40 but the quality is not up to standards.

The best thing to do when it comes to cost is not to consider saving money. If you want something that is perfectly comfortable for your baby, be ready to spend as much as possible.

  1. Crib Mattress certification

The first certification for a standard mattress is the Consumer Product Safety Commission certificate. If you’re purchasing the bedding in the US, you should also check if it passes the “American Society for Testing and Materials.” You can as well check on other certifications such as the Global Organic Textile Standards. The GOTS is a regulation that runs all organically made textiles. The procedures call for 70% organic fibers in the making of the product.

The Final Verdict

When you consider selecting a mattress, you should always think of the comfort and safety of your baby. For proper guidelines of safe baby sleep, consider these tips, which will help you make sure that your kid sleeps safe and out of possible injuries. Don’t worry about the cost of the mattress if the quality is your drive. Make sure to purchase the best to make sure that your baby enjoys the comfort of the bed. Also, make sure to check on the presence of all independent certifications if you aim to buy the best.

Checking Out The Smyths Baby Room Catalogue

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Smyths is a shop I spend a lot of time in. We have a store the next town over and I could easily spend hours in there. Forget all the toys and stuff for my kids, there’s plenty in there that I want. The majority of Jack and Olivia’s birthday and Christmas presents came from the store and they are one of our go to places when Jack needs to buy a present for a friend’s birthday party.

The brand have just released their Baby Room catalogue which is filled with gift inspiration for kids under three. I’ve been checking it out – seeing what products they have to offer and making a mental list of some items I plan on getting Olivia in the near future. Why not take a look and see if any products take your fancy?

As is to be expected in a baby catalogue, there are plenty of pushchairs, strollers, car seats and other baby accessories. There’s also plenty of nursery furniture available too. I knew that you could get these items from Smyths but did you? So many think of the brand as just selling toys and games! There’s even products for sleeping, for weaning, for potty training and for when they are on the move. Smyths really have covered all bases when it comes to every stage of your child’s life from birth to age 3.

I loved going through the catalogue, making notes of products I know Olivia would love and seeing some old favourites such as the Big Steps Play Musical Activity Cube (which I reviewed here). There’s a great selection of brands available such as Big Steps, V-Tech and Fisher Price and gifts that suit every price point.

There’s also a variety of indoor and outdoor toys.  If you are looking for a scooter or a trike for your child, there are plenty to choose from and if play equipment for your garden is what you are searching for, there is plenty of that too.

What I also love – and didn’t actually know that they offered until today – was the note about free car seat fitting on the back of the catalogue. You just need to ask their certified Baby Experts for free advice and a free car seat fitting in-store. I was also made aware of their new Facebook group ‘Smyths – The Baby Room’ which I also didn’t know existed until today. Both these things fill me with confidence that Smyths are totally a brand to consider when it comes to all things baby.

It seems that Smyths have plenty to offer families who have children between the ages of 0-3. Not only do they have a vast selection of toys and games for this age group but they also have an amazing selection of baby safety products and so much more. With the ability to get a free car seat fitting in store and be able to buy all your baby needs in one place, it sure would be difficult to make the decision to go elsewhere.

Did you know Smyths had all this to offer? Do you shop with Smyths – whether in store or online?

Britax Römer Has Expanded Its Range With The Launch Of The 2-In-1 KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S Child Car Seats

I have not been compensated for this post. As an ambassador for this brand, I am sometimes asked to share information on new product launches, review some products and host some of competition for some of their products. Today’s post is letting you know about their latest products.

Britax Römer, the leader in child mobility, have today announced the launch of the KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S child car seats. These are joining the award-winning highback booster KIDFIX range.

The KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S are 2-in-1 child seats suitable for children in the Group 2/3 car seat stage (3.5 to 12 years of age; 15 – 36 kg; up to 150cm in height) and come with state-of-the-art safety features and the option to remove the backrest for children above 135cm for added flexibility.

These are highback boosters up to 150cm in height and are modelled after Britax Römer’s popular KIDFIX XP and KIDFIX XP SICT car seats. The high backrests come with softly padded side wings for comfort and side impact safety. The upper and lower belt guides ensure the seat belt is correctly positioned, while the SecureGuard helps protect the child’s abdominal area by adding a forth contact point to a three-point seat belt.

The KIDFIX² S comes with additional Side Impact Protection (SICT) which offers superior protection to a child in the event of a side collision. It reduces impact forces by minimising the distance between the car and the car seat and deforms to absorb the energy before it reaches a child.

Comfort on the go

Between the ergonomic headrest and V-shaped backrest, children will travel in cosy comfort from day one. The headrest protects and provides comfort for a child’s head and neck and can easily be adjusted to the correct position with one hand, even while the child is sitting in the seat. The unique, V-shaped backrest provides a spacious fit for children of all sizes. As the child grows and the car seat’s headrest is moved up, the V-shaped backrest ensures the child’s shoulders – typically the widest part of the body – corresponds to the widest part of the seat, up until the child reaches 150cm in height.

For children above 135cm, parents have the option to remove the backrest of the highback booster for instances when additional flexibility is required. The booster cushion of the KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S comes with cutting-edge safety features extensively tested in Britax Römer’s crash test centre. A unique belt clip optimally positions the vehicle seat belt directly over the shoulder of the child for the duration of the journey. The booster is installed using ISOFIX connectors and comes with the SecureGuard feature to ensure the lap belt is positioned over the pelvic bones of the child. European regulations followed in the UK require children to sit in a car seat until they are 135cm or 12 years of age, whichever comes first.

Award Winning KIDFIX Family – Made In Germany

The KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S are Britax Römer’s latest additions to join the award-winning KIDFIX range. All KIDFIX child seats have been designed, developed and manufactured in Germany. This enables Britax Römer to carry out numerous tests in its in-house crash test facility and guarantee the highest possible quality.

The KIDFIX family has also been extensively crash tested in real cars.  More than 95 percent of cars crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 used a Britax Römer child car seat. Of these, more than 25 global automotive brands selected a member of the KIDFIX family for cars of various sizes and designs, such as the Mercedes Benz C-Class Cabriolet, BMW 5 Series, Ford Fiesta, Mini Countryman, Citroen D S7 CROSSBACK and Land Rover Discovery. These range from city cars to SUVs and large family vehicles.

While consumer organisations test child car seats on sleds in specific environments, Euro NCAP tests the entire restraint system – the car in combination with the child car seat – and crashes actual vehicles in real-life accident scenarios. Excellent child protection in these simulated crashes is a condition for cars to achieve five stars in Euro NCAP.

The KIDFIX² R and KIDFIX² S are now available to purchase, starting from £150. For more information, please visit www.britax-roemer.co.uk.

3 Reasons Why Every Parent Should Invest In A Family Photoshoot

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Everyone knows that part of childhood is begrudgingly standing still for family photos when you’d much rather be off causing mischief.

Refusing to smile, pulling ugly faces, pinching your sibling when no one’s looking… it’s all part of it and makes for some hilarious pictures to look back on.

These days, it almost feels like the magic of family photos is being lost. We’re living in the technological age. So instead, we find it much easier to snap pictures of our children sneakily and ad-hoc rather than getting everyone together and creating a lasting memory.

When we do remember to take family pictures, it is even more rare for every member to be included. Mums or dads are usually stuck behind the camera, shouting ‘say cheese!’ but being greeted with a range of moody expressions.

These are just some of the reasons why investing some time to attend a family photoshoot is a wonderful idea. All you have to do is choose a good outfit, drag your kids along (good luck) and follow instructions. But what you will leave with is professional and high-quality photographs of all the family which are sure to last a lifetime.

Your kids will most definitely thank you later!

Let’s have a look at the three big reasons why booking in for a family photoshoot is worth your time and money.

1. Recording memories and growth… 

 

 

The first big reason why going for a family photoshoot is a great idea is for the lasting memories that they create.

Photos might just capture a certain moment in time, but when your family look back on them, all the memories from that time will come flooding back. Having family photo shoots at different stages in your children’s lives is an amazing way to capture their growth on camera – it’s shocking and pretty sad how much information our brain lets go.

As well as being a beautiful thing for parents to look back on, your children will be grateful to have photos to remind them of their cute, interesting and some downright hilarious phases.

Capturing memories in a professional setting will also benefit not just your family but future generations to come. Although smartphones these days are capable of producing relatively high-quality pictures, we are all guilty of having far too many photos stored on our phones. This ends up meaning lovely family snaps end up getting lost in the abyss.

Going to a photography studio and spending money on a family photoshoot means the pictures that come out of it will be printed, framed, sent around to various family members and more. They definitely wouldn’t be forgotten about.

2. Have fun together…

 

 

A family photoshoot doesn’t have to be the bog-standard boring type either, with everyone standing in a group with cheesy grins. They offer a bonding opportunity for your family of all ages to get together and have some fun.

In today’s society, we are all about capturing ‘candid’ moments, but why not let someone else worry about this part for you?

Nousha are a professional family and child photography company based in London. They take a fun and unique approach to the typical family photoshoot by encouraging all families to just let loose and be completely themselves in the studio. Having this relaxed and fun nature means that all the pictures produced are real and represent your family’s individual character.

3. High-quality pics… 

 

 

The third and final big reason why you should get cracking and book in for a family photoshoot is just simply the quality. It is highly unlikely that you have fancy camera equipment just lying about the house and it is definitely not worth going out and buying any. At professional photography studios, top of the range equipment is all there, set up and ready to go.

The extremely high quality of the pictures and the range of forms that you can have them printed in, makes a family photoshoot well worth the investment. You can order your prints blown up onto canvases to decorate your home or even just use a few as greeting cards. Whatever your preference and budget, the option is there with a professional family photoshoot.

(All images included taken by Nousha themselves)

Now You Are Two

This post is going live at the exact moment you turn two. How has it been two years already? It has been a whirlwind two years, I can’t quite believe it but having you in our life has been amazing and you’ve made a wonderful addition to our family.

Jack adores you and although you two bicker like anything and wind each other up, you are as thick as thieves together and you miss him a hell of a lot once he’s at school. He’s back at school today from Christmas break and I just know you’ll be upset and miss him like crazy.

It has been a struggle to know what to get you for your birthday this year – you don’t really need anything and you are at that weird age where certain things are too babyish and others are too old for you. Trying to find the middle ground has been without great success. You’ve got a couple of presents from us and one from Jack, I hope you like them.

You’ve learned so much in the past year – so many words, your vocabulary is getting quite extensive and it is quite funny to hear what you say next. It still makes me laugh everytime you say ‘You’re Waddle!’ when you want ‘You’re Welcome!’ from Moana played. That is one of your favourite songs – the other two are Let It Go from Frozen and of course, Baby Shark!

You absolutely love your playgroup on a Thursday, you’ve made some lovely little friends there and it seems to be the highlight of your week. You’re obsessed with Disney princesses, Teletubbies, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly and seem to have developed quite the obsession with Gekko from PJ Masks.

You’ve been loving your Tickle Me Elmo from Christmas a lot – I love hearing you giggle everytime you pick him up. You’ve grown up so fast in the past year and whilst I don’t want you to grow up too quickly as you’re still my ickle bubba, I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you. I love you, happy birthday!