Posted by Vered on August 25 2010
When buying baby bedding, always insist on the following:
1. Affordability. This is definitely your number one priority when shopping for baby bedding. After all, you need at least two sets (young babies manage to wet and soil bedding even when wearing a diaper!) so cost is a major factor.
2. Quality. As much as you want to save, quality is obviously very important when it comes to crib bedding. Ideally, you want a combination of quality and affordability. In other words, you want value.
3. Softness. Babies’ skin is very sensitive. You want your baby to be cool and comfortable when she sleeps. The last thing you want it to put her to sleep on a scratchy sheet that will keep her up!
4. Uniqueness. Are you tired of baby bedding sets that all look the same? We are too! Decorating the nursery is fun, and part of that is the bedding. You don’t want your baby’s room to look exactly like hundreds, or thousand, of other rooms.
5. Beauty. When you purchase baby bedding you want rich colors and beautiful designs. Why should you compromise on less, when beautiful, affordable designs are available to you?
6. Ease of Care. This one is HUGE. If this is not your first baby, you already know that doing loads upon loads of laundry is part of life with a baby. If this is your first child, just trust us – you want those sheets to be washable, machine dryable and as wrinkle free as possible when you remove them from the dryer.
7. 100% Cotton. Cotton will keep your baby cool and comfortable and will help avoid perspiring and overheating. It’s the ideal fabric, regardless of the season.
8. Part of the General Room Décor . If you can find baby bedding sets that coordinate with your general nursery décor, that would make your life super easy. Some baby bedding designers, such as Sweet Jojo Designs (LINK), offer general décor items that match their bedding sets.
Posted by Vered on August 19 2010
"I need my kids to go back to school," says Type A Mom, and thousands of moms are nodding in agreement. I mean, we love our children dearly of course, but let's get real - raising kids these days is exhausting. It's the hardest job I've ever had! Of course, a lot of it has to do with HOW we raise kids these days. The emotional involvement is huge, and kids, who historically used to be workforce, helping the family out in the farm or wherever they were needed, are now the center of the family, the jewel in our crown - our future. We invest in our children more than parents ever have - time, money, and energy.
When Jill describes her afternoons - driving her kids from one after-school activity to the next and supervising their homework - I'm thinking that my afternoons are very similar to hers, and I'm also thinking that back when I was a kid, during the late seventies, things were quite different.
Both my parents worked long hours outside the house, diligently working their way up from middle class to upper middle class, and I was pretty much free to do whatever I wanted to do during the afternoons. Each day, from the end of the school day until dinnertime, I spent my time playing with my friends and roaming the streets. I was expected to finish my homework before dinner, but with no scheduled after-school activities to speak of, there was always plenty of time. I never felt stress until I reached high school, and even then it was quite manageable.
I'm not trying to say that things used to be better - that would make me sound way too old and grumpy! I am saying however that with these crazy afternoons, and with a summer vacation where we have (or feel like we have) to keep the kids busy, I 100% relate to Jill's "I miss my 6-hours-a-day-to-myself-while-the-kids-are-at-school."