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3 Piece Crib Bedding – What To Look For?

Some of you who read a couple of my posts could already figure out that I do most of my shopping online. Amazon is an excellent option, especially for the people like me. Here is the thing: I don’t like having a huge variety of choices without knowing what other people think about them. Crib bedding is the perfect example. I got a task from my wife to find this item at a reasonable price. I’m guessing a lot of you know as much about crib bedding sets as I did a couple of days ago – practically nothing. 2 days of exploring and reading reviews after, and you can say that I am the most informed dad in the world on this subject. So here is what I learned.

The color matters

Usually, girls get pink, boys get blue bedding and white is sort of a universal choice. But, here is the thing: you want to go with patterns. First, if you spill something or stain it the first day, it’s not as noticeable. Second, the colors and patterns attract your baby’s attention and stimulate the brain. Many parents reported that patterned crib bedding made their kids calmer during the day.

The feel

Where you might think that material matters the most, it is actually the feel that you should be focusing on. Most of the manufacturers use cotton to make crib bedding, but there are major differences between the softness and the quality. And another misconception is that softer is always better. That is not necessarily true in all cases. A lot of kids, especially infants, like their bedding to have a bit rougher feel to it. When they touch it, it gives off a sharper, definitive feedback that stimulates their sensory center. It sounds like a science mumbo-jumbo, but if you actually watch your kid “scratch” the bedding, you can see this effect in action.


Crib beddings usually come in 3 pieces: quilt, crib sheet, and skirt. But some of them don’t actually offer other optional accessories that you can incorporate into the kid’s room to make it look like a set. These accessories include stuff like window valance, crib bumpers, side skirts, etc… This is more for the parent’s sake than for the kids, but I came to a conclusion that the sets with more accessories options do better sales wise.

Using this knowledge, I found a crib bedding set that had positive reviews in all of these categories.


Based on what I read, this is one of the better crib bedding sets on Amazon. A 4.6-star rating and very positive reviews gave me the confidence to present it to my wife. She was thrilled with my choice and satisfied with the time and effort I’ve put into this task. Needless to say, I got a special lovin’ that day.

-Marko Lipozencic

Disposable Diapers, A Greater Thing Than Sliced Bread?

The Awesomeness Of Disposable Diapers

I was pondering the disposable diaper today.   And I realized what a great invention it truly is.

Before disposable diapers, I suppose there were clothe diapers.  That would be a lot of work.

Now think about that… cloth diapers.   They need to be washed, right?


So, Why Better Than Sliced Bread?

I know that this is not the most pleasant topic to talk about.  But, think about it, when you drop a piece of sliced bread on the ground, what do you do with it?

You either chuck it across the yard to feed the birds or you just drop it in the trash can.   Problem solved.

However, with cloth diapers, you don’t really have this option, do you?  I mean, they have to be washed.  That takes both time and energy.

So, therefore, I think disposable diapers may be a much greater invention than sliced bread.  Easier to deal with.  No cleaning dirty baby diapers.

But, I could be wrong?  What do you think?  Sound of in the comments below.   Am I way off base here?  Are you a fan of disposable baby diapers?


History of Disposable Diapers

I’m not that interested in the history of disposable diapers,  but if you are, there is plenty of information on Wikipedia under “diapers”.  It goes through a bit of history about early attempts that basically failed to the first commercial success in the late 40s, early ’50s.

Anyway, it’s not something I’m interesting in rehashing here,  check it on Wikipedia if you would like to.


Abortion and Catholic Viewpoint Meets Real Life…

IMG 0371What happens when religious dogma and real life clash? If you think there would be the metaphysical equivalent of an explosion – you guessed correctly.

I just listened to an NPR radio program where the situation was described:

A woman presented to A Catholic hospital pregnant. The doctors determined that she and the baby would die if they did not abort the baby. The doctors told the woman that her chances of dying were pretty much about 100%. The woman agreed to the abortion.

The hospital director was a Nun who had to make the decision to go against Church Doctrine in order to save the woman’s life. She made that decision and was promptly excommunicated by the presiding Bishop.

If I understand Catholicism correctly, the Nun’s soul is now in peril and she will not be able to go to heaven.

The Bishop, in an interview said, “You cannot commit evil to do good.”

An interesting point was brought up on the program. Why has not a single pedophile priest been excommunicated? And there have been many pedophile priests – I do not think anyone is going to argue that point. Many known and proven pedophile priests have not even be defrocked after decades of exposure.

Yet, the Nun, who faced the agonizing decision to save a woman’s life, was immediately excommunicated.

The bishop was certainly unapologetic (excuse the pun) and defended his position strongly.

Should this Nun have been excommunicated? Was it right for the Nun to give consent to the abortion – when the doctors agreed that it was necessary to save the mother’s life?

Is the Catholic church correct in it’s viewpoint that not a single baby should ever be aborted for any reason – including putting the mother’s life at risk?

Comment below… (All viewpoints welcome! – Discussion is healthy!)


crawlingThis article was submitted as a comment originally. I decided to give it it’s own page. I think it is pretty good. – Dave


Prepare Emotionally for the Birth Experience That You Want – Writes Psychologist Susan Dalby.

Birth is such an extraordinary event for families and for the whole com-munity. We have come a long way, and it is now rare for women to die in childbirth. There are still, however, many unanswered questions. Why is birth still perceived as dangerous, when it is such a natural event and there has never been a safer time in history to give birth? Were we truly cursed by God in Genesis? These are questions that can become important for a woman, particularly after emergency intervention in the birth of her child. Birth is a rite of passage into womanhood and if unplanned major assistance is provided it is not uncommon for a woman to feel that she has perhaps failed. Unresolved relationship issues may also surface which can be detrimental to the birthing process while also be ing distressing. “What happened?” a woman may ask, or even “Am I fit to be a good mother?”

My own beliefs regarding child birth have developed from a life long in-terest that began for me in rural England, as a small child, watching farm animals as well as my own pets give birth. I was likewise drawn to the local women who regularly shared stories, not meant for my young ears.

This of course only whet my appetite further!

Telling ones story has, in psychology, always been the beginning of understanding and of healing. In my practice, in my research and now on my website I encourage women to share their birth stories. By sharing our words we open new possibilities for the entire community.

flying babyA growing body of research together with my years of experience, including working with post birth trauma, has led me to predict a swing back towards natural birth, and indeed a new psychological model for birth is now emerging.

The emphasis for those wanting a natural birth has been to be physically and mentally prepared. Caregivers often lack a psychological viewpoint and because of this I am often invited and consistently welcomed training and supervising medical staff in understanding the deeper emotional needs of mother and child at this significant transition.

Being psychologically prepared for the birth of a child is as important as the physical preparation! Your wellbeing in both areas requires planning and preparation. This will benefit both you and your child.

Hypno birthing, calm birth and an experienced Doula are all beneficial tools to consider for yourself. I will share with you my five golden rules of natural child birth;

1. Birth is a inward experience, such as meditation or prayer. Don’t have anyone present while you are birthing that you don’t feel totally com-fortable ignoring or who is going to distract you. Your partner may be better helping with preparing food for the next few days, answering and making phone calls cleaning house or keeping company with other friends and relatives. Can you meditate comfortably for an hour or more with your partner present without being distracted by their presence or them being hurt by you ignoring them? Even if you don’t meditate, try doing something like this with your partner to see if it feels comfortable. This can be a useful guide. Hypnobirthing is becoming very popular now and is very good for preparing both partners for the kind of state that a woman will deliver the most positive outcome for all in-volved . This can and should be part of your childbirth education or childbirth classes.

cartoon-babies2. Adrenaline slows and disrupts (and can even put a brake on) the sequence of natural body chemicals necessary for a smooth delivery and bonding between mother and child. Any issues of fear around the birth (experienced by either partner) need to be addressed well before time. The doctor, midwife or support per-son that you choose should be trained to help keep you calm and focused “inward” if you should be-come agitated or afraid.

3. Practice positions for first and second stage labour that you feel comfortable meditating or relaxing in. In the bath, in Open Lotus posi-tion, sitting up in a chair etc. Follow your bodies signals about what is comfortable. Feeling totally relaxed and no pressure on you to perform or give attention to others is powerful pain relief. Accept totally that your body knows what is happening and knows what to do. Birth is a neuro-chemical process, trust your body and let the process unfold.

4. Have a good relationship with your doctor or midwife who will be present at the birth. Make sure that they are aware of your intended ap-proach. Not all caregivers have had training in the positive psychology of birth, these ideas may be new to them and you may need to take some time choosing the right support. This is vital to you feeling safe and se-cure.

5. Resolve emotional issues with yourself and your partner before the birth. Do you long for more attention from your partner? The birth process is not a good time to look for this. Do you feel resentment or fear about your partner controlling or possibly abandoning you? These issues can arise during birth bringing unwanted adrenaline into the equation. If unre-solved they can get worse after the baby is born rather than better. There is wonderful help available for these and other unresolved emotional issues and needs. Start preparing psychologically for the best birth ex-perience for yourself as soon as you plan to become or become pregnant.

crawlingFor those who have suffered an in-vasive or traumatic birth in the past, understanding what happened and how it might have been different can be very healing. For Child birth edu-cation and childbirth classes visit for more information. For those with unre-solved emotional issues from a past traumatic birth experience help is available and will make you a stronger and more confident woman and mother.

Happy new beginnings.


Teaching Sign Language to Your Baby

Many people are turning to sign language as a teaching tool for their babies. Teaching sign language is not just a trendy thing to do, but it has become some of the earliest education many children are receiving as parents are taking the lead in educating children from their earliest days.

Teaching sign language to your baby may seem like a difficult task (especially if you don’t know sign language yourself!), but it is easier than you may think. In fact, we teach babies sign language without even thinking about it! When we show them to wave, we’re teaching them “bye-bye.” When we point at objects, we’re teaching them to try to tell us what they want by pointing as well. A baby’s mind is like a little sponge – it takes in everything. Learning comes so very easy to them. You will be amazed at just how quickly you and your baby can communicate using signs. It’s never too late to start this process, and the whole task can be fun for the entire family!

It’s nice to be able to know what it is that your baby needs and to be able to provide it for them quickly. And we all want to be able to communicate with babies as soon as we can beyond the babbling and cooing stages. Start out by using signs that will help you learn what your baby wants, whether it’s food or milk or to be changed or some other sign that would be an indicator of his or her needs.

You should start off by using just a sign or two until you all begin to get the hang of it. Use the sign for food at mealtime or when you are feeding the baby. Show them an object and the corresponding sign so that they will begin to make the connection. Consistency is the key in this process. If they see the sign everytime the word is used, they will quickly learn the connection and sign. Just don’t forget to say the word as well! Saying the words along with the signs is important, as it encourages speech development. While some people believe that babies will not learn to speak if taught sign language, this is simply not true. When done along with spoken word association, sign language can advance your child’s verbal abilities.

There really are so many great benefits to babies who use sign language. Studies have shown that they learn to speak earlier. They have less frustrations about being understood, which means less crying. As they grow, they have an increased vocabulary, a greater interest in books, higher IQ, and many believe that they will have greater self-esteem. Sign language will help in the development of your child’s vocabulary and can be a huge benefit in the future, as it will allow them to communicate with both hearing and non-hearing individuals.

We all hear about the “terrible twos.” But did you know that the stage so many parents dread is mainly caused by the child’s frustrations of not being able to communicate their needs and wants? Even if they can’t quite communicate their thoughts fully to you, being able to communicate through sign language helps in reducing all those frustrations, which can dramatically decrease the whining, crying, and temper tantrums that come at that age.

If you don’t know sign language yourself, there are courses you can take in sign language, not to mention books and videos specially designed to help with teaching sign language to babies and children. Sit down and take some time to learn these as a family. Teaching your baby sign language is an easy, fun and exciting way to begin communicating with your newest member of your family. Make the most of your time with your little one. Sharing, bonding and learning together as a family.

Amanda Baker writes for All Things Pondered: and for

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