Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Essential Things To Consider When Buying a Double Jogging Stroller

It is a very difficult task to choose a baby stroller since there are so many different types of jogging stroller available on the market. It is imperative to purchase a double jogging stroller in case you have got twins and don't like to sacrifice your exercise regimen whilst taking care of them. Although it is better to go for double strollers in case you have got twins, you should purchase a single jogging stroller if you have just one toddler. If you're having a tough time in selecting the right jogging stroller, you have arrived at the right page in this article. You will be provided with guidelines on how to purchase the best double jogging stroller needed for your infant.

Multi-purpose double jogging stroller

A regular stroller is going to be much more affordable as compared to a jogging stroller and, therefore, it is not going to be a pain in the neck. The issue that you have to face with a jogging stroller is that it is required to spend a considerable amount of cash on it. Nevertheless, the advantage for buying it is that it provides you with a multipurpose benefit. Apart from keeping your little ones secure and comfortable, it will also assist you to perform your workout routine simultaneously. In a nutshell, it is possible to do both at the same time - jogging as well as caring for your baby.

Fixed front wheel

It is recommended for you to select a double stroller featuring a fixed front wheel which will prevent it from flipping over. A number of strollers include swivel front wheels; however, it is not advisable since it can turn upside down rather easily. This will happen whenever you try to change directions. Nevertheless, in case you just want to utilize the stroller for shopping purpose and aren't a serious jogger, then you can always purchase a stroller with a swivel front wheel.

A flexible handlebar

Always bear in mind that you must purchase a double jogging stroller featuring an adjustable handlebar. It is a fact that you will not be the only individual in your family who will use the stroller, and each person in your household varies in height. It will be much inconvenient for a tall person in case the handlebar is short for him. Therefore, always select a stroller that can be adjusted manually for any individual who would like to use it.

Adjustable suspension system

The majority of the double jogging strollers feature a suspension system; however, not every stroller is able to absorb the shock from the rough and uneven ground. Select a stroller which has got an adjustable suspension system. It is going to absorb the shock and will also adjust to the weight of the infant. In case the newborn weighs less than 40 pounds, then it will be advisable to tighten up the suspension system. Also, in case the baby weighs over 40 pounds, then the system must be loosened.

Padding and cushion

It is very important to properly cushion your babies while jogging. A lot of purchasers are going to purchase a stroller which has got more padding. In fact, it is also essential to consider the style of the seat. Take care that your infant is comfy while sitting. The padding is meant to protect the baby from any kind of ground shock as well.

While purchasing a double jogging stroller do not consider only these guidelines mentioned above. It will be much better to consider some additional features like pockets, built-in speakers, odometers, snack trays and so forth.

Author Bio

Ivy Norton is a mother of 3 and founder of mommasbaby.com. She’s a passionate mommy blogger and focuses on providing parenting news, tips and advice.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Choose a Great Baby Name!

Congratulations! If you are reading this article you are probably expecting a new baby. What an exciting time for you.

I recently talked to a number of parents and grandparents on how they made their name choices. There appeared to be two basic camps in the naming of babies – family names or non-family names.

I found this to be odd, because when my children were born, my husband and I both assumed we would name our children after their grandparents. When my sister had her children I wondered how far back in our family tree she had to go to find the names she chose. I only found out recently that she intentionally chose non-family names.

For those of us that choose family names, the choices are usually based on uncles, aunts and grandparents. But with a little bit of research, the family tree provides a wealth of unusual and beautiful family names. In my family tree I have found Hattie, Lyman, Amelia, and Serenity. All great names, but I also found Obedience and Purity from my puritan branch and I don’t think I would saddle a daughter in the 21st century with those names.

Those who choose family names typically do so to honor the person whose name is being used, but in my case it was also to provide a role model. Both my husband and I not only loved our parents, but admired them as well. Having lived with my own mother’s name all my life, I feel I have had a strong connection with her and chose to follow her lead in many ways my sister did not. In the same way, my sister has my father’s middle name and has tended to imitate him in many ways.

In questioning others I learned that in Jewish families, it is taboo to name a child after a living relative, so if a family name is chosen one must go back a generation or so. Therefore my Jewish friend fell into the non-family name category.

For non-family names there are several directions to go. For my Jewish friend, she wanted a Hebrew name and was selective about the meaning of her daughter’s name. Likewise there are many other cultural influences on choosing a name. In my own case, my husband was from Peru so one of my requirements was that their names could easily be pronounced by a Spanish speaker as well as an English speaker.

Others liked choosing a popular name. They felt a sense of belonging by having a name in common with other children growing up, and want to pass that comfort on to their children. My sister however intentionally chose names that were neither popular or a family name to encourage her children’s sense of individuality.

She also was concerned with the short names that her children would get from friends or chose for themselves. So she chose names with several syllables giving them the freedom to use several versions of their name. In some families nicknames and pet names are very common, and one of her sons has been Paddy, Patrick, Pat, and now is using Rick.

In the case of one of my stepdaughters, her mother wanted to name her daughter after two friends, Terry and Linda. Since they didn’t seem to flow well as a first and middle name, she combined them and named her daughter “Tarinda.”

There are so many options in choosing a name. On the internet there are many sites for suggesting names and baby name books abound at the library. Undoubtedly, you will receive a multitude of suggestions from family and friends. Just remember your child must live with the name for the rest of his or her life, so take your time and choose a name that will inspire your soon to be born child.

Helen Pearre has been a mother, step-mother, foster-mother, custodial mother, non-custodial mother, working mother, at-home-mom, grandmother, aunt and great aunt. She now works as a consultant and writer for KidoodlesByKim.com which offers personalized kids and baby gifts.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Buying Furniture that can Grow with your Child

Shopping for furniture that will last your children past the nursery stage is necessary if you are on any sort of budget. The secret to finding pieces that will work and grow with your child from infant, to toddler, and beyond can be discovered as long as you are willing to take the time to shop smartly to begin with. Know what you want the furniture piece to do for you both initially and down the road. Think broadly, not just for the needs of your child when they are just tiny infants, but also as they become toddlers, even teens.

Oftentimes, the problem many parents face is the allure of ever so cute furniture pieces that are manufactured to appeal to first time parents. Pastel colors, smiling clowns and bears, small, even tiny features that fit what people think of when they think of an infant. Changing, or dressing tables as they are often referred to, that fit the needs of an infant and look adorable are tempting for example, but if the table has no obvious use beyond those very first few months, spending a good portion of your furniture budget on it is not a wise decision. Yet that is exactly what many first time parents do. Sure, by the time a second child rolls around, it might once again come out to be put to use, but then again, by that time, many have decided it is just not worth the short time period it will be put to use, to even warrant it being brought down from the attic it was stored in. When you consider what many of these changing tables cost retail, this is almost a crime!

This is a classic example of a piece of furniture that has been created in hundreds of designs as consumers came to realize that they want more than just a couple of months use out of something as budget hungry as it is. This does not mean that this piece of furniture should not be purchased. What it does mean is that it should be shopped for as wisely as any other major furniture acquisition, such as a dining set or living room couch. Think of it as a piece of furniture that you want to be able to use when your child is an infant, but also down the road a few months, even years.

To accomplish this, consider how various models might be used once the child is past the early diaper stages. Is there storage space below that can be converted to hold clothing or books for example? Would bins you add later fit below, or does it come with secondary storage options that are already in place or that can easily be added. Can the top be exchanged or easily altered for something else, creating a multi purpose piece or are there straps attached making it nearly impossible to use it for anything but its initial purpose.

Cribs are another good example of a large ticket item with often-limited use. If you are planning to have several children, a typical designed crib might get its fair share of use, but what if you only plan to have one or two children, or you have decided that you would rather buy a new crib for each child you add to the family. Then consider a crib that converts to a toddler bed or even into a twin-sized bed that literally grows with your child. These look identical to an average crib, yet once baby has outgrown them, a few simple adjustments to the frame and you quickly have a toddler bed, lower to the floor, sides gone or lowered considerably to work as a toddler sized guard rail, and still able to work with the original crib mattress. Some even go a step further and by adding a conversion kit along with a twin-sized mattress to transform into a bed that can last your child well past infancy into the pre-teen or even early teenage years.

If shopping for furniture for a new baby is in your future, be sure to approach each purchase with a bit of a look into the future, especially if long term use and budget control are part of your shopping strategy.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Bath Time Fun with Babies

One of the most blissful times for babies is bath time when the child enjoys a warm bath brimming with bubbles. This is especially true for toddlers who love to splash mom or dad before going to bed. While parents or caregivers usually enjoy the toddler's bathing, many cases of concerned parents are seen especially the complaining mom who is worried about her kid trying to climb out of the bathtub while she takes a jiffy to reach for the shampoo. Yet other moms find their kids turning petrified of having their hair washed. Some do show tears and tantrums and the bath-giver has to yield. Many of these toddlers would rather eat spinach than having their hair shampooed, their nails trimmed, or their teeth brushed. Since kids must get themselves dirty and parents or caregivers must wash them clean, bath time is inevitable. To make this time fun rather than tears, some points of import are described below.

Acting Practically

A key point to make bath time free of tears is to make sure you have everything in reach. Do not leave things like shampoo or nail scissors etc. out of reach even if they would take only a couple of seconds to get for use. The child is likely to make a quick getaway attempt in the brief time you take to hand an item. When it is time to wash their hair, remember that toddlers are often as afraid of water pouring on their head as they are of getting their eyes irritate with soap. It makes things less painful for the kid if you brush the locks through before shampooing. This is helpful in detangling the hair. Use a shampoo that has a no-tears formula. Use a hand-held shower spray for extra control. For comfort and protection, put a flannel over the toddler's eyes. Since nails are the easiest to cut at bath time for they are soft then, it is the ideal time to get your baby's nails clipped. Use baby scissors or small clippers to cut the nails, either in the tub or afterwards. If the child resists to baby scissors or clippers, try an emery board.

Leaving the Kid a Go

Often the child's drive for independence is the source of the caregiver's irritation. But in several cases, allowing the baby to take control of the situation quells his/her fussiness. Let the baby help you rub in the shampoo or make bubbles in the bath. You may encourage the child to clean his/her own face. You can then take your turn to finish things off. If you find your toddler steadfastly resisting brushing his/her teeth, buy three different brushes and allow the kid to make his/her choice. Kids may pick a different one on different occasions (that is what kids are like!) so let them have their way. Before you take over, let the child brush his/her teeth. If the resistance continues, try to coax him/her into brushing teeth by promising that he/she can brush yours afterwards.

Making a Game of Bathing

Kids normally love to play and all situations, bathing included, are more fun to them if they are made to look like a game. To tackle the toddler's possible anti-bathing tantrums, make use of the role-playing opportunities that you will find on tap at bath time. For example, you can take the role of a hairdresser. You can make up a funny style to say to your baby girl, 'Now, dear madam what shampoo would you like for your hair?' and ask if the temperature of the water is easy for her, what style she would like after the hair is washed, and so on. A luring way for washing her hair is to let her do her doll's hair while you are busy with hers. Another fun game is Dentists. Let your child look into the mirror while you clean his/her teeth. Give a tooth-by-tooth commentary to amuse the kid. Try to make her laugh by doing things like brushing his/her nose or chin as if by a mistake. Trim the toddler's nails while playing This Little Piggy or any other amusing piece. Put a mirror at the end of the bath so that the child can watch making soapy funny hair sculptures. The trick is to create a situation that offers the kid lots of fun. You then get the cooperation and also the fun!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Sharing Problem in Children

Sharing one's possessions is an important quality that helps in effective social interaction both in childhood and adult life. However, learning to share is one of the hardest phases for the child to pass. Often you would notice parents who wonder whether their child would ever stop battling over his toys. The fact is that even the nicest children have sharing problems at some point in their growth. And of course, it is not a hopeless situation.

As babies, sharing comes natural to many a child. Babies would handle their rattle or their half-chewed food to parents or anyone else, especially to familiar faces. This is a cute way of communicating and bonding at this stage. This readiness to share changes when the babies enter the toddler stage. The child now starts swiping toys from other children and screams if his/her possessions are touched by others. Psychologists believe that this problem is rooted in the fact that the child is starting to understand and use language; sharing things for communication thus becoming less important for him. Also, the kid is becoming wiser, learning that some of the shared things do not come back. If a new baby arrives and reaches the stage to help him/herself to the elder kid's possession, the generosity of the owner dampens.

At the age of about two and a half years, children start to grow territorial, becoming aware of what belongs to whom. It is a positive, though difficult, stage as the child develops a sense of identity.

Psychologists believe that parents do play an important role in strengthening the child's feeling not to share his/her things. Children learn that parents or grown ups dislike their kids' sharing certain things like a piece of dirt or rotten food from the garbage. In many cases, parents' reaction is cross if their kid shares his/her coat or some other thing, especially of a higher value. The negative reaction of the parent or caregiver tends to inhibit the child's tendency to share at all. At the age of about three years, the child understands enough of the parents' language to give them a chance to help him/her learn sharing. If you are a parent or caregiver concerned about the sharing problem of your child, the following ways will guide you nurture the urge to share in your kid.

The most practical way to help your child learn sharing is by example. Offer him/her a taste of the sandwich you are eating. Let him/her see you sharing your possessions with other children or adults. Also, ask if you can play with his/her toys. Sharing children grow in sharing families.

Tell your child in simple words why sharing is nice. If another child (or even grown up) starts to play with your kid's toy, explain to the child that since the other kid hasn't got a toy now so he/she wants to play with this toy. It is helpful for your kid to learn waiting his turn or even missing out since it will teach greater tolerance and cooperativeness in later life.

An important issue in healthy development of the kid's personality is setting boundaries i.e. the child should learn that he/she is not allowed to play with everything at any hour; some things belong to others and some things are quite dangerous to play with.

It is helpful if you let your child decide which of his possessions are not to be shared. Those he/she is very possessive about should be put away in a box and the kid should be told that he/she can play with them later after the group play is over. Do not force him/her to share these things since this can make him/her more possessive.

Consistently return a snatched toy to your kid while not snatching it yourself from any kid. You can use an egg-timer to time each child's turn for the play.

If kids start a fight over a toy, find another toy and give it to your kid, asking him/her to ask the other kid for swapping the toys. This will teach your child negotiating skills.

Encourage you kid your express in words what he wants to do in an irritating situation rather than letting him grab things. This type of teaching will improve the child's linguistic and social skills.

With your consistency in guiding, your child will soon learn playing more enjoyably in groups and easily sharing his treasures.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Finding Out You're Pregnant

If you find out that you are pregnant and you did not intend to be, that news can be joyous or devastating. Much of that decision rests on your shoulders. Should you be in a less than desirable situation and pregnant, you still have the opportunity to make the best life you can for you and your new baby.

Planning is the most important step you can take right now. Your first decisions will be medical. Do you have insurance? If not, find out if you can qualify for public assistance. Though you may not be able to get Medicaid per se, there are other programs available for people who do not have health insurance. Many states have programs specifically for pregnant women, so start making those phone calls today. Getting in to see a doctor or midwife immediately is important to be sure the pregnancy progresses as smoothly as possible.

Next, you should look at your finances. Babies are expensive as any parents will tell you. With a little ingenuity, though, you can begin to work your budget around the cost of having a baby. First make sure that you know how much you make every month. If you have unstable employment, such as serving, then use the figure you know that you make each week or month. Then determine how much your bills are. Include everything with high estimates for utility bills.

Once you know how much you make and owe right now, you can begin planning for the added cost of having a baby. Begin calling daycares to see how much you can expect to need for childcare. Begin pricing the necessities for the baby. Remember that most of the information out there is intended to get you to purchase the best and most expensive of everything, but it is not necessary! Your baby will need a bassinet or crib unless you will be co-sleeping 100 percent of the time, and you can find good quality secondhand cribs at baby consignment shops.

Also start to look around for places you can go to get help from friends and family. If you know of someone who just had a baby, you may be able to get some of the baby items from her. You should not feel badly about asking; most moms are happy to share what they have because babies are so expensive.

You also should begin preparing for the baby a little each week. Although you may not be that excited right now, and you probably do not feel a bond with the baby yet (despite what books and movies will say), you should begin to do some things for the baby. If you will have a room for a nursery, begin picking out what you will need, even if you cannot buy it yet.

Also begin working on smaller things, such as washing and hanging the baby clothes when you get them. It is tempting to toss everything into the room and move about your day, but you will need to begin preparing now for the changes that the baby will bring to your life. You should think about when you will get the crib and how you will manage to paint when you are not supposed to inhale the fumes. Even if you only spend an hour every Saturday on decorating or getting something ready, it is important that you do not wait until the last minute.

Read up on everything you can right now. You may be overwhelmed with the information, but get a couple of good books on prenatal care and baby development. What to Expect When You’re Expecting is considered the bible of baby books, and it will answer most of your questions. You can find it at most used book sales or new for only about $12. Also get a journal so that you can record how you feel. Although you may be sad now, you will be excited to meet your new little guy or girl in the future. These moments are fleeting so you should capture them.

Try to find a support system as soon as possible so that you can begin to share the good news of your baby with others.

Changing Baby's Last Name

When you have your baby, you will have to fill out a great deal of paperwork. It seems odd that everything has to be completed for a baby just born, but you will have plenty to complete to make your baby officially yours. One of the big questions will be what you are naming the baby. You will be told to make sure that you get everything correct and that you definitely want to choose this name. (Just as an aside, you can change it legally later, but it is easier to pick what you want now.)

For most people, the first name is the biggest question, but for a growing number of people, the last name is just as questionable. That may be because the mother is unmarried, and the father is only vaguely in the picture. It may be because of immigrant customs of naming that differ from local customs, or it may be because of the political decisions of the parents. For whatever reason, you may find yourself with a decision to make regarding the last name of your baby.

The first key, particularly if you are making the decision for political reasons, is to know what your rights are. Sometimes in hospitals, doctors and nurses, as well as members of the administrative staff, will try to tell you that you do not have a choice on the last name. We were told that when our son was born. Because my husband and I are married, the child must get the father's name automatically. While that is true in some states, it is not the case everywhere. It was not the case in the state where our son was born, but it makes people more comfortable to do things the traditional way.

So, know the law before you get there and do not allow yourself to be convinced that you are wrong. Take printouts or the names of officials who gave you the information. You should call the vital statistics department for your state to get the word. If someone in the hospital tries to tell you that you are wrong, ask for proof. Refuse to sign any birth certificate that does not have the name as you want it.

Should you have to sign the birth certificate to be able to take the baby home, such as may happen for a Friday birth, then you will need to be sure that you ask who to call locally to change it when the business week is back. Ask for the name of the person in the hospital who is responsible for making this decision on the name of the child. You will want to contact that person if you are in fact correct to let him or her know that you are unhappy with the staff members pushing you to change the name.

Should you need to change the last name because of the above situation or because you were a single mom who later got married or had paternity proven, then you will need to contact the Social Security Administration. They are in charge of all names in the United States. They have forms that you can complete to have the name changed legally. Most of the time it will be a simple process. You will complete the form, take it to the local office, and have everything processed there. Your child will then get new social security cards.

Sometimes the process can be more complex, particularly if you are making structural changes to the name. For example, a Robert Andrew Smith who you want to change to Robert Andrew Jones-Smith. You may have to go before a juvenile judge in that matter. Never fear. The process is not as scary as it sounds. Basically you will explain the reasons (succinctly and objectively), and the judge will make the final decision. Since juvenile court judges tend to be overworked, they are not likely to hold up the court over a request they will consider small potatoes for their courtroom. It is just a matter of going through the motions of the hearing.

Remember that it is best to take care of this issue before it becomes a problem, so the best step you can take it to find out now what you can do.

A Low-Key New Year's Even With Baby

Preparing for the New Year with a baby can seem like it will be no fun. The truth is, though, that most of us outgrow our penchant for crazy celebrating in our early 20s. If this is your first new year with your baby, do not think that you will not be able to have any fun. Just plan a different type of celebration that you have had in the past.

First try to keep your baby on a schedule. I say this with all seriousness although I am guilty of it. I always want to keep my son up to have fun with him and celebrate holidays. The reality, though, is that babies do not care about the new year. Everyone will be happier in the long run if you just let your baby go to sleep like normal. Then you can plan your own celebration. The only change you may want to make is to move baby to a different room in a portable crib if you will be up and loud near where the baby normally sleeps. Also consider adding some white noise, such as a fan or sound machine, so that the baby can sleep with the celebrating.

After you have put the baby to bed, you and your partner can break out the fun stuff. Try to be good spirits about the evening. Get a nice bottle of wine and some good cheese and bread if that is your thing. Otherwise order some pizza or make something special. Once the baby is down, you can eat together and enjoy your evening.

I always like to plan my resolutions at some point on the last day of the year, and this night is a good a time as any. Having a baby is a big change in your life, and you likely have seen the need for some changes. Maybe you want to lose weight and get back to your pre-baby body. Perhaps you realize your family needs some major organizational tools. Or you may want to increase your income for this year. Write down your goals for the new year, keeping in mind that you have a baby who will be competing for your attention.

You and your partner could rent a good movie that you have been wanting to see. Try to get something fun and light-hearted so that you do not mind if baby interrupts you with crying or feeding and so that you can feel good about the new year. Depressing movies will only put you in a depressing mood, so sticking to something fun is best. You also could watch the various specials on television during this evening or just sit and talk to each other. Try to avoid serious talk, such as about the baby or about finances or any of the topics you probably cover fairly frequently. Instead you should spend some time just talking to each other about whatever is on your mind.

Try to pamper yourself a little during your mini-celebration. Give your partner a back massage (in hopes of getting one in return, of course!) or give yourself a manicure. Do something to make yourself feel good, and you will get as much out of the celebration as if you had gone out.

Having a drink or two is okay as well as long as one of you moderates the drinking enough to take care of anything the baby needs. If you are breastfeeding, express some milk in the hours leading up to the celebrating so that you can have a drink without worrying about any effect on the baby.

Do not use the evening to think about what you could have done. Sure, considering that awesome New Year’s Eve you once spent in Los Angeles with your friends from college may be fun, but do not dwell on what you have done in years past that you cannot do now. Even if you wanted a baby desperately, you can begin to long for the good old days when you had less responsibility. Do not do that tonight. Instead focus on having a low-key good time and enjoy your little night so that you can ring in the new year with a positive attitude.