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Archive for April, 2009

Wooden Toys Are Great Baby Gifts

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Wooden toys not only entice the children to play with them, they also allure the adults to use them in their home and office as decorative articles. Wooden toys manufacturing is a good cottage industry business which provides employment opportunities to many people and also brings enormous profit for artists who are agog at making these wooden toys. The most appealing wooden toys that can be manufactured at home are the wooden trains, puzzles, wooden cars, wooden soldiers and dolls, blocks with engraved alphabet, blocks used for building a house or a castle etc. The wooden toys can be designed according to our imagination and there is not hard and fast rule for making them.

Wooden toys are perfect presents for a baby shower gift, a birthday or a simple family get-together. One reason is the nonexistent threat of toxicity that is ever present in toys made of plastic and metal. Toxicity is big concern when picking toys for infant and toddlers, as they would tend to chew on their toys for long periods of time, especially teething babies. Another upside in picking wooden toys for children is that you can actually have it modified according to your specification. A wooden doll house or a wooden horse with matching names of its owners is great ideas for a personalized baby gift.

While some wooden toys can cost significantly more than their plastic counterparts, many parents feel wooden toys still remain the best play options for their children, regardless of cost. In a ‘cost conscious’ consumer market, with many budget-wholesale-discount outlets, why do so many parents go the ‘extra mile’ in time and expense? The answer can be found in the advantages of the ‘Wooden Toys Direct’ for their children.

Wooden Toys Direct is The Online Specialist for KidKraft wooden toys for the UK and Europe. Wooden Toys Direct sells the best quality, safest and often unique wooden toys and furniture around which will last for years and provide children with endless hours of fun and imaginative educational fun play time. All KidKraft items meet all applicable U.S. regulatory safety standards. KidKrafts testing program ensures that the products meet or exceed all requirements, including mechanical hazards, lead and other heavy metals, and flammability.

Always keep in mind that play will always be an essential part of person’s childhood, as most of the important lessons and skills are learned during this phase. It is during this stage they learn to explore the world around them learning to express themselves, and learn to bond with their families and with other children. Wooden toys provide features that really help children make most out of this stage in their lives. Durable, safe, and possessing the aspect of craftsmanship, wooden toys simply ranks as one of the best gift ideas one any person can give to children.

Choosing Modern Swimwear for Your Baby

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Summer is fun for you and your baby, so you need modern baby swimwear. Health professional and doctors recommend swimming for babies from one month onwards. There is no need to wait for what was thought of in the past, that baby needs to have their two month immunisations first. The earlier a baby is introduced to the swimming pool, is conducive to teaching them how to swim early on in age. Baby needs to be appropriately dressed in swimwear.

Swimwear for newborns younger than three months is rather hard to come by. Most manufacturers start their swimwear sizes anywhere between three and twelve months, which is okay because babies younger than that are better off swimming au natural. For the older babies and toddlers there are a good number of swimwear choices available.

Swim Diapers

One potential issue that used to keep parents from bringing babies into the swimming pool was the worry about what would happen if the child had an “accident” in the water. While it was really never that much of an issue (pool chlorination is intended to combat exactly this sort of problem), parents would refrain from bringing their babies to public pools for fear of the embarrassment this would cause and were reluctant to bring them into their own pools if they did not know what steps would need to be taken in the event of a solid waste accident. With the advent of swim diapers, those fears no longer need to prevent a child from going in the water.

Swim diapers are polyurethane lined with cotton cloth. Machine washable and dryable, they are the perfect answer for parents who are concerned that their babies may relieve themselves while in the pool. Available from many stores and online retailers, swim diapers typically cost anywhere from ten to fifteen dollars.

Flotation Devices

The most popular and effective children’s floatation devices are the “water wings” that slide over the arms and keep the child afloat and free to splash and play in the water. These are, unfortunately, not suitable for children under twelve months. There are floatation devices designed for younger babies, but the general recommendation is that babies that age stay with the parents unless being taught to swim (swim classes for babies can start as early as twelve weeks).

Swimsuits and Trunks

You can find baby swimwear in many styles, including the full body tanks and the trunks as worn by children who are older and adults. You can buy one or two piece swimsuits for girls. Most importantly, you should remember that baby’s skin needs proper sunscreen as they are very sensitive so should be well protected at all times, especially in the pool.