How to Choose the Best Cot for your Baby Online

When myself and Dave found out we were pregnant for the first time, we had our nursery ready a full five months before our bundle of joy arrived!
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This involved a lot of store visits, back and forth comparing products, much moaning from Dave and a few arguments! Eventually, we had everything we wanted, a baby cot, a bassinet, nursery furniture, clothes and toys!

After having three more bundles of joy, I have become much wiser. Kids will do that to you right!

My advice for any soon-to-be mom is to shop ONLINE! Everything you might need for your child can be found in cyberspace.

One of the first things you will need is a cot. This is an important purchase as you want to make sure your newborn has a safe and comfortable place to sleep at night.

Tips for buying a cot

Remember the following when looking to buy your babies cot.

1. Safety is your number one priority.

There are many cots to choose from online. Make sure that the cot you choose adheres to the safety standards of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). I didn’t compromise on this and you shouldn’t either.

2. Well made

The cot should be sturdy and durable. All finishes should be rounded and you should require a tool to construct the cot or to take it apart.

3. Drop sides

It is important the cot has at least one drop side. I found a drop side made it much easier taking baby in and out of the cot. Dave insisted that the drop side have a bottom locking mechanism, so that it cannot accidentally fall down at any point.

4. Movable with brake system

If you are like me, you are going to change the layout of your baby’s nursery pretty often. Make sure the cot has wheels that allow you to do this even when your hubby is not home. If the cot has more than two wheels, it is essential that a brake system is in place to make sure it stays in position even though baby might be wiggling around in it!
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5. Consider a bassinet

We found a bassinet very useful for the first three months. It is easy to move around and more importantly, baby can sleep near you in the room. I make sure I put it near Dave’s side so he could wake up first to handle our screaming bundle of joy! Only kidding!

Tips when shopping online

Although Dave shops online regularly for music, I was a little sceptical at first. The prospect of not actually having to go to the shops with my kids in tow convinced me to give it a go, but not before I had researched some safety tips for online shopping.

  • Scan your computer for viruses and malware. Also make sure that you have the latest version of your web browser installed.
  • Have a unique password for each different store you might shop at.
  • Make your passwords long and with multiple characters.
  • Make sure the online shop is SSL secure. Look at the web address. It should start with https://. If it is http:// the site is not secure.
  • Always save or print copies of your online orders.
  • Check your bank statements for any irregular activity.
  • Delete spam emails, never click on the links in them.

I hope I have helped you with some practical tips in choosing your baby cot and shopping online. It really is the easiest thing to do!

How Young is Too Young for Bunk Beds?

bunk bedsSo as you can imagine, with four kids in a three bedroom house, space is at a premium.

Dave suggested that one way to help with creating space in the twin’s room would be to get bunk beds. I think this is a perfect idea, especially as they are now three years old and outgrowing their toddler beds fast! Twins should have bunk beds right? It is a rite of passage! I instantly jumped online to see what our options were and found this site that sells kids bunk beds. I was hooked!

Growing up, my sister and I had bunk beds and we loved them, although I am not sure my mom was as keen as we were. We would always fight about who would sleep on the top bunk and this drove mom mad. Eventually she made us take turns on the top bunk. Later, as we grew older, we wanted our own rooms and we no longer wanted bunk beds. I suppose our new found interest in boys might have being the cause for that!

Although I do think they are a good space saver, I do have concerns about bunk beds, especially as I have childhood memories of falling off my own a few times. I wonder if the twins are just too young. I decided to do some research online about the best age to put children into bunk beds.

Bunk bed safety

It seems like kids should only be really using bunk bed from the ages of six and up. I can see the logic in that. I think children, especially boys will always want to play and climb on the bunk beds, so they need to be slightly older and able to understand some ground rules before you consider using bunk beds as a sleeping and space saving solution.

bunk bedI found a few smaller, mid-height bunk beds, so as the twins get older we will definitely look into that as an option. I think as they grow and their personalities come out more, we should be able to see if they are suitable for bunk beds, or if we will have to make them run around with helmets on! The latter option might be in our future! Boys will be boys!

When we eventually buy bunk bed for the twins we will consider the following.

    • Place bunk beds in the safest area of the room

Placing bunk beds in corners is of utmost importance. This will only give the twins one access point and the walls will add support.

    • Make sure the bunk beds have railings

Railings are a perfect way to stop a child from rolling out of bed. Both twins are very restless sleepers, so protective railings are a must.

    • Rules, rules and rules

Most information I have found online stressed the importance of having a set of rules for your children and their bunk beds. No climbing, jumping or fighting, in fact, NO ANTHING other than sleeping on the bunk beds. Let’s hope the twins listen and follow the rules!

bunk bed
So at this point bunk beds are not an option, but we will be looking at them when the twins are slightly older.

Quick and Easy Kitchen Makeover!

wall clockAs you can imagine with me as a stay-at-home mom and our family officially a one income household (we appreciate the hard work Dave!), money is tight for home makeovers.

I didn’t let that stop me when I wanted a makeover for my kitchen. It is the one room in the house where we hadn’t changed a thing since moving in. Dave agreed we needed to do something, but painting or redecorating were out of the question. We decided the best approach was to change a few things in the kitchen by buying new bar stools for our counter, a funky wall clock and installing some pendant lights.

I turned my attentions online once again as it really is possible to find whatever you want!

Speciality online stores

As I wanted very different items for the makeover, I decided that buying from speciality stores would be the best option. Dave would have preferred if we bought everything from one online store, but who listens to a man when it comes to makeovers!

Starting with the bar stools, I jumped online and had a good look around. I found that specialty stores that only sell stools are often the best pace to get as much information as you need about the products you are after. Because they are just focused on one thing, I find that they have a lot more knowledge and can give you some great advice.

Next I went on the hunt for a wall clock. Now I was skeptical about this because I wanted a big wall clock and I thought the shipping costs of buying this online might be prohibitive. Turns out that’s not the case. There are plenty of stores that sell large wall clocks that offer free shipping. Go figure!

Lastly was the pendant lights. These were a bit more difficult because I was worried about breakages. In fact, I didn’t event think you could buy them online because surely, the they when handled by all the people required to get them to you. Turns out my fears were unfounded. There are tones of stores selling pendant lighting and shipping is not a problem!

Sourcing the bar stools, wall clock and pendant lights proved very easy and they were delivered within a week. Our kitchen looks amazing!

A few tips for online shopping

As I have been shopping online for a fair amount of time now, I have some advice to make the experience as safe as possible.

1. Only use reputable online stores

Do your research. Make sure the store is reputable and has had an online presence for a number of years.

Read customer reviews and see how they rate the store.

2. Get the contact details for the store

Make sure you have an email address, phone number and physical office address for the store, especially if you are using it for the first time.

3. Check guarantees, billing and delivery before you buy

Dave is a stickler for this, and he always makes sure I double check these, especially if we are using a store for the first time.

4. Only enter your credit card details on secure sites

Sometimes we can get so excited when we find a product we have searched for that we do not check if the site is secure. Never input your credit card details on an unsecure site.

5. Never email your credit card details

If you receive an email asking for credit card details from a site you might have browsed, never, ever send it!

6. Record your purchase details.

This is something I forget to do sometimes. Either print your order, or take down the order number, time and date of purchase and the cost.

Online shopping really is the easiest way to buy any items you might need. Oh and did I mention my kitchen looks amazing!