Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dad tip #95: It's okay to want the baby furniture to match the room

When shopping for baby highchairs, I seem to recall looking at the Chicco Polly Explorer Highchair and the Fisher-Price Rainforest Healthy Care Highchair. Both chairs seemed to get pretty decent reviews, but the Fisher-Price highchair definitely seemed to have the slight edge.

I honestly can't remember how we came to a final decision, but I suspect that we went with the Chicco at least partially because it matches our dining room better. The modern lines and earth tones of the Chicco Explorer clearly fit in with espresso wood furniture better than the bright primary colors of the Fisher-Price Rainforest.

Don't get me wrong, the Fisher-Price chair is wicked cute, but it really wouldn't match as well as the Chicco does. In the grand scheme of things, as long as the chair is functional and safe, it doesn't matter what it looks like ... but, if by CHANCE you can get the baby furniture to match the room, what's the harm in that?

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Dad tip #91: Did you know Amazon has an outlet store?

Anyone who's been reading this blog for any amount of time has probably guessed that I'm a total hooker for My previous posts about Amazon include bits on the Amazon Gold Box, the Amazon 4-for-3 promotion, and Amazon Prime.

What other Amazon offering could there be left for me to sing the virtues of? Well, there are actually plenty of money-saving features, but tonight's selection is ... the Amazon Outlet.

I'll be the first to admit that there are pile of things in the outlet that I have absolutely no interest in. However, they do have an entire baby section. The #2 item right now is the Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing for $99.99 (which apparently is good for the Nature's Touch, New Nature's Touch, Nature's Wonder, and Butterfly Garden models). Not bad considering some of the models' list prices are as high as $174.49 and the cheapest price (from a reputable vendor) that I can find for any model in Google's product search is $118.99 (Walmart). All of these models are eligible for Amazon Prime free shipping, too.

Oh yeah, if you're anything like me, you might also be interested in the Xbox 360 games and Nintendo Wii games in the outlet, too. (For those of you with slightly older kids than ours, can I interest you in Spider-man: Friend or Foe (Wii) for $15.92? It's apparently a decent "bonding" game for dads and their kids according to the reviews.)

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dad tip #12: This crib's too far away, this bassinet's too flat, this baby papasan is just right

As a parent, you'll end up buying all kinds of crap that does essentially the same thing. You'll buy any combination of crib, bassinet, cradle, and/or Moses basket all to have a nice cozy place for your baby to sleep.

Perhaps you'll find that the nursery is too far away for your newborn to sleep, so the crib will go unused for some number of months. And perhaps your baby will find the bassinet in your master bedroom just to expansive for his/her tiny little body. And just maybe the Moses basket is too old-fashioned and frilly for your hipster baby. Now what?

Well, you may have also purchased a number of things for your baby to sit in like a baby papasan, a car seat/infant carrier, or a swing of some kind. Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) for you, your baby might prefer to sleep in any one of those things.

I say fortunately because as long as you find ANY place that your baby is happy to sleep, you should consider yourself lucky, blessed, and more well-rested than a lot of other parents out there. I hint at "UNfortunately" because I have a co-worker who's spent many a night sticking his kid in a car seat (yay for Graco SnugRides!) to drive around the block for a few hours to let his wife nab some precious sleep. But hey, you can always sleep in shifts! Don't give up ... you've bought more than enough redundant baby stuff that hopefully something has to work.

For the record, my son preferred the Fisher-Price baby papasan above all else for the first couple of months. Good luck!

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