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Top 3 Baby Keepsake Products

Parenting keeps you busy day in and day out. You are little aware that time is going to fly off and your little one is going to get out of the crib and get ready to walk out into this big world. You will be left with sweet memories of raising your sweet pie. 

So, now itself its the time to collect and preserve all those moments and things related to them. It may be the first smile of your baby, the little heart shaped locket that you first got for your little girl or the silver spoon that you used to feed your angel. Actually every moment and every silly thing associated with that moment is a life time memory for the parents. But still there are some special moments that you can treasure and revisit several times, even when your kid grows up and gets busy in his or her own world.

The market is flooded with keepsake items and you have a wide choice today. However, I would recommend 3 basic types of keepsakes that you can opt for. They help you preserve a whole lot of memories.

Scrapbooks: These are pretty colored and decorated scrapbooks. You can add photographs and enter specific dates and events. You can also embed hand and foot prints of your little one in this book. You can create customized scrapbooks at home too or you can order specific designs from online baby stores.
Similar to scrapbooks, you have baby calendars that help you to note down events. You may opt for baby frames that occur in combination with baby hand and foot prints.

Keepsake Boxes and Tins: These are cute little tins and pretty boxes which can be used to preserve baby items. Keepsakes like baby jewelry items, feeding spoons and bowls, anklets can be stored in the boxes. You can also get chests large enough to enough to hold the first pair of shoes, birth announcements and first toy as well.

Silver Keepsakes: This involves a range of products. You may opt for pure silver or silver plated products. The first baby cup, bowl or spoons that you had specially bought for your little one. A silver frame that embeds special memory pics. It may be the silver or gold baby jewelry that you have been using from 0 to 2 yrs old.

Well, love and emotions have no limits. Every little moment and every little object has its own significance when it comes to preserving it as a memory. So keepsakes are a must, aren't they?


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Diapers and Related Diaper Accessories


Once your baby comes into this world and you get her home, diaper becomes an inevitable item on your regular shopping list! The more the quantity, the better. You cannot predict the number of times that you will need to change the diapers of your little bundle. Diapers may be the cloth ones, handmade ones or the branded disposable diapers, but you cannot do without this item.

Okay, but it is not just the diaper, there are a whole lot of items that come along with it. These are the items that you may use occasionally or regularly. So the list goes on, there is no escape. What are these items? Do you really need them, and if yes, how do you go about it?

Here you go! Let us begin with the source item, the diapers:


Diapers: These are basically of 2 types, if you go in for the ready-made ones available in the market. You have the cloth diapers and the disposable ones. Cloth diapers also occur in wide range of varieties. They are leak proof, customizable and soft enough to make the baby comfortable. Disposable diapers of brands like Huggies and Pampers are famous. They occur as simple diapers, diaper pants and as nappies. There are many other well known brands as well.
When selecting a diaper, you need to find out the correct size for your little one. You need to test whether the baby is comfortable in the diaper and has no tendency of any allergy or rashes. Gradually you also need to follow up with the change in size. For the cloth diapers, you need to verify the texture of the cloth and the nature of the anti-leak mechanism.

Baby Wipes: You can clean your baby at home the usual way. However, when you are out or you are travelling, it is advisable to carry wipes. Baby wipes are wipes that are extra soft for the baby skin. Most of the baby wipes have the specifications described on them. They are alcohol free, fragrance free and so on. Wipes may be dry or moist. You may select as per your choice and convenience.
There are a variety of wipe holders and wipes dispensers available in the market. These items are very convenient when you take your baby for outings.

Diaper Pails: Diaper pails depend on the type of diapers that are used. For cloth diapers, you need to rinse them if they are stored till laundry time. These pails are dry and have liners that can be washed along with diapers. For disposable diapers, the pails come in varieties. They are deodorized and have filter mechanisms to prevent unpleasant odour. They contain liners that can be disposed with the diapers.

Diaper Refills: These are containers or holders where you can stack in diapers and then use them throughout the day or night. Some refills come in a combo along with diaper pails. You need to ensure the excellent quality of the refill since the diapers are supposed to be stored in it for a long time.
Alternatively you can go in for stacks or organizers. Stacks come in varieties as multi purpose stacks, where you can store the baby's clothes and other items as well. However, if you are a travel person, then you need handy portable refills.

Changing Pads: These are soft pads that come in various dimensions are are made of variety of material. They are used for changing diapers and can be used at home and outside as well. Changing pads are leak proof and deodorized. Some are washable while some are disposable. You can also have covers for changing pads that are not disposable. The cover helps the pads to last longer.
Another option for changing pads is Changing Kits. These are amazing fold-able kits that you can carry in your purse as well. Just open them to turn them into a changing pad. You can use them conveniently anywhere on the go. They occur in various sizes and shapes.

Diaper Bags: These are not exclusively meant for diapers. They are also called Mommy's bags and are customized to carry all the baby necessities. The Mommy bags market has revolutionized and now you get a whole new range of bags that include Daddy's bags and stylish Mommy bags too!

Diaper Creams and Powders: After cleaning, Moms usually apply baby creams or powders to keep the skin moisture free and clean. There are anti-rash creams specially available for babies who have a sensitive skin.

So this is the list of all the possible diaper related items that I can recollect.

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Tips to Select a Baby Carrier


Parents today are busy and hence are required to multi-task. As a result, baby carriers become an evitable object most of the times. Baby carriers enable the parents to carry the baby along with them and yet have their hands free to carry out their tasks. Baby carriers occur in wide varieties and different brands in the market. Selecting the right one can be quite confusing. Considering the basic styles like backpacks, slings and frontpacks, you can map them to your routine, the age and personality of your baby and then arrive at a decision to buy the correct baby carrier.

Evaluate your requirements

The first thing that you need to take a look at is your routine and the person who is going to use the baby carriers. You need to answer questions like - Are you required to walk for considerable distances with your baby? If the Mom is going to carry the baby, will she be able to balance and bear the weight? Are you travelling with the baby? Which baby carrier do you think will suit your baby, the frontpack or backpack?
Men and women have a different choice in this case too. Hence you need to come to a common choice.

Study the carrier types and their specifications. The baby carrier needs to offer the comfort to you and the baby as well.  It needs to be sturdy and flexible with respect to the baby's weight changes. For the specification details, check the maximum weight that the carrier can acomodate and the sitting position for the baby.

Have a trial of the carrier. Verify the strength of the straps. Map the current size of the baby and the carrier. Ensure that the baby is not uncomfortable and you do not stress your back while carrying it. Be very careful in case of infants. Using large carriers for infants can be risky.

Type of carrier, as discussed above is important. Slings are advisable for infants or premature babies. They remain cuddled to you and it also provides privacy for breatfeeding. Frontpacks are preferable for slightly older infants who can hold up their heads. You can position the baby inward or outward depending onher moods and personality. BackPacks are for the next age group that can sit independently.

Warning
  • Ensure that you are well trained in adjusting and managing the baby carriers before you start using them. Practice them at home and learn the minute details from some experienced person.
  • Verify that the carrier is sturdy and comfortable and has a size proportional to the baby's size. Keep observing for any defects that can come up or any wear outs.
  • Each time you take your kid in the carrier, verify if the carrier is placed and tied appropriately.

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How to Manage the Baby Bath Toys

                                        
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 Your baby loves to have a bath while playing with the bath toys, or you are getting her comfortable with the bath by using bath toys.Alternatively, you may be very enthusiastic in buying toys and may land up with numerous bath toys. Now you have an additional job of managing the bath toys. You need to ensure that they are cleaned and dried thoroughly. Managing bath toys can be tedious. Every time you clean the bath tub and the bath space, you need to collect the toys, dry them thoroughly and make space to store them.

There are some objects that can really ease your task:

Nets and Holders for Bath Toys: You can get get scoop nets exclusively or along with the set of bath toys. It is convenient to just scoop up the dispersed toys in the tub.Your toddler can also help you with this. There are netted holders which can be suspended and which hold the toys easily. The net helps to drain the moisture and the toys can dry up gradually. However, you need to be careful to thoroughly clean and dry up the nets too.

Bath Toys Bags: These are netted bags that come in various sizes. You can collect the toys in this bag and allow the excess water to drip off. It is then easy to dry them and the bag in sunlight.

Bath toys Organizers: You get storage baskets or toy organizers in different shapes and sizes. According to the design of your bath space or nursery, you can place them. Some are large enough with independent spaces for bath accessories and bath toys. They are easy to clean and have slits that drain off water.
Some organizers come in suitable sizes to be fitted on to the bath tubs as well.

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How to Select Bath Toys for your Baby

You may have visited the baby toy shop to find an exciting range of bath toys or you may be planning to shop them online. The next thought that flashes across your mind is whether they are safe for the infant. As the toys are bound to be immersed in water, preferably hot water, they are expected to be of the best material. You are also aware that the baby is quite likely to put the toy in her mouth. You may have similar questions in mind when you plan to gift bath toys.

How do you select the correct bath toy for your little one? Here are few tips:

Rather than going in for offers and quantity, go in for well known brands and quality. Baby toys of established brands like Fisher-Price are a bit costly but they are safe and durable.

Check the age group for which the toys are meant. Some toys that are safe for 6 months and above may not be recommended for younger babies. Infant and baby toys vary for different age groups.

Be careful to read the specifications on the cover. Ensure that the colour and material are safe and free from any type of hazards. Make sure that the toy size is safe for the baby and is free from any kind of choking hazards. Especially the squirking or squeaking toys have small parts that may pose a risk.

Ensure that the toy material does not pose the risk of growing molds. You also need to clean and dry the toys after the bath in any case.

Research different brands and their reliability before you go shopping. Read reviews related to the product. Bath toys is an item that you may frequently shop for. They make the bathing experience a delight and babies may love the varieites.

Ideally do not let the baby chew the bath toys. Let the baby enjoy the toys under your supervision. Prefer teethers for chewing. However, prefer BPA free toys in case the baby does put the toy in her mouth.

Tip to remember: Along with the bath toys, be careful to follow all the safety measures for your baby's bath too!

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