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Sterling silver baby gifts or personalised baby blankets?

When you are looking for a personal gift you might consider jewelry and go for sterling silver baby gifts or opt for the blanket and look into personalised baby blankets. Both options are good but the blankets will most likely be cheaper than the sterling silver. If you are a close relative you might even want to go for both! A set of beautiful jewelry bracelet and necklace together with a blanket that carries the name of the baby is really a very tasteful baby gift. The parents will for sure appreciate this one!



It is important that you plan ahead. The silver jewelry for the baby is easy to take care of before she is born but the blanket must be embroidered with the right name which you will only know about some time after birth. Choose a swift service for personalised baby blankets online in order to get the ready blanket as fast as possible once you know the name and don’t forget to double check that you spelled it right!

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Is it enough to give personalised baby blankets as a gift?

A blanket is a good gift but can one say that personalised baby blankets are enough as gift for newborns? This all depends on who is giving the gift. If a friend comes with a simple blanket that includes the name on the corner it is a wonderful gift but if a parent gives the same one might feel that it isn’t enough. it would be wonderful if everybody could be grateful and just appreciate what they get but the truth is that many expect more from close family and parents.

Some personalized baby blankets are quite posh and not at all that cheap. If one comes with this type of blanket it can even be considered a luxury baby gift. The answer to the question is that a blanket is enough but that the parents might not think so depending on your relationship with them. When the blanket is given can also influence the feeling it gives over. At the hospital flowers and a blanket will be more than enough while a party or reception might call for more.

Elegant Baby Ultra Plush Blanket, Satin Border Blanket 36 x 45 Inch in Baby Blue

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Personalized baby blankets – what to write on them

Easy enough you think, I will write Betty in the corner and that’s it! Well, what if her name is Sarah Betty, will she be called Sarah or Betty or both? This is something you need to think about when looking at personalized baby blankets because if it’s going to be personal the name needs to be right. Take the time to ask about this before you order and don’t worry, they will not know what you are using the name for. Today there are so many cool things that could require the baby’s name so your gift will still come as a complete surprise.

Spell it right!

It can’t be stressed enough, don’t go for a personalized baby blanket with the name spelt wrong. This is something you must double check and go straight to the source. Calling new Grandma asking her could be a mistake because she could be as sure as you of the wrong spelling. Once that name is on the blanket, there is no going back.

Messages

Yes, you could also write out a little message if you want to. Some providers of personalized baby blankets will give you this option. A sweet message like “I love you little Rita” or “Snug hug from Auntie Beth” could be more personal than just the name. So this is something to consider. If you are out of ideas for special messages that are short enough to fit the corner of a baby blanket you could simply opt for the name and perhaps add a little symbol like a bear or a heart.

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Personalised baby blankets

If there is something parents always need for a new baby, as well as for a toddles, it’s a blanket. You need something to keep the baby warm with in the car, on the couch, in the sitter in the kitchen, wrapped around the baby carrier and so on, and blankets tend to get dirty so it comes in very handy to have a few spared ones. If you are thinking about treating a new mommy or daddy to a baby blanket you have a great idea and to make it even better you should consider looking into personalized baby blankets that will let you monogram the blanket with the baby’s name. This is so easy to do and the result is a gift that is both personal and much needed.

Personalised baby blankets

These are blankets that include the name of the baby somewhere on the fabric. It is quite common that the name is printed on the corner but some brands might have other layouts. You should be able to choose between different colors and personalized baby blankets can also come in different materials. Choose something that you think will be appreciated both for the stylish look and for the smooth fabric. With babies the most important is the comfort but pretty design doesn’t hurt!

Custom Embroidered Monogrammed Name Pink Fleece Personalized Baby Blanket Hot Pink Thread

Spell the name right!

Don’t forget to double check how to spell that name! You think that it is obvious that Susanne is spelt just like that but your best friend thinks that it is obvious that the name is spelt Suzanne. Little Sue won’t care all that much but it is not so nice to come with a personalized blanket that has the wrong name on it because that is just what it is, even if we are just one letter off. You can discreetly ask about the name and how they spell it without revealing your surprise. In some cases you might even know before the birth and then you can arrive at the hospital with a much needed blanket that will make everyone smile.

Order the blanket online

It is easy to order the blanket online. You will find that online trusted shops like Amazon can help you with this service. It is easier to buy online than to try and find a local store that will help you with personalized baby blanket, even if you do find a store you should know that it most likely get the job done by the company that you can contact directly through your computer or iPhone. Ordering online saves you time and money and it will also make it easier to keep the whole thing a secret when you are not seen in certain baby stores.

While you are at it, why don’t you get another blanket for the sibling! Even if the big brother or sister is no longer a baby a blanket with his or her name will be very much appreciated and it is quite common that older siblings regress and become baby like when a new baby arrives. A good idea might be to have one blanket personalized for the sibling’s bear or doll. This could be a wonderful gift that will show that you really care about the family and that you realize that the older sibling, or siblings, also need some attention and pampering.

If you like to, you could also make this blanket yourself, have a look at this video:

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Gift ideas for girlfriend when broke?

If you can’t afford the gift you would like to give her you need to think differently. Here are some cool gift ideas for girlfriend when broke that you will be able to afford. The idea here is that you will replace the money with some action, no silly, we are talking about experiences that she is not expecting. The rest you will obviously continue to give her, as usual…

1. A picnic – This is a wonderful way to connect. If you don’t live close to a forest or some naturally beautiful spot you can find something different. Pack a bag with her favorite sandwiches and take her to the nearest airport. Have lunch why watching jumbo jets fly over. Romantic and special.

2. Teach her something new – If you know something that she doesn’t, take the chance to teach her. Get her a knitting kit and let her know how to do it. The actual gift is not so expensive but the experience you have together making scarf out of yarn is a memory for life!

WHATWEARS Knitting Accessory Kit Supply Set Basic Tools + Case Lots Pcs

3. A show – The serenade will never go out of style. User a karaoke system or sing without any props. Show up outside her window and let her hear the tones of the sweetness in your heart.

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How to wrap boyfriends gift?

Why do we wrap gifts so beautifully when we know that the paper will soon hit the trash bin? The answer is all about presentation and therefore it makes sense that we try to wrap a gift as beautiful as possible, even if it is for a boy who couldn’t care less about the 3D patterned wrap. When I get the question of how to wrap boyfriends gift I say, do it the way you see fit but don’t ask me to do it. That’s right. It is NOT your Mom’s job to wrap your gifts. If you ran out of time and paper, take a magazine or newspaper and use this. Believe me, he won’t notice the difference!

Minecraft Diamond Wrapping Paper

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Talking about Life after Death with Children

When children realize that we are not here forever they start to ask questions like “where did Grandpa move” and similar. As parents we will tackle this according to our own knowledge and understanding. For religious people it isn’t all that difficult, we will just teach our children that which we know and believe. But if we don’t have a clue about the meaning of life and what we are doing here, the children’s’ questions can be quite troubling.

The first step would therefore seem to be figuring this out for ourselves. There are great sources for questions of life after death such as Rabbi Mizrachi. Once can also watch eyewitness movies where people who were clinically dead talk about the subject. What one must always ask is if the information can be tested as true or if it represents yet another fairy tale.

The idea of telling kids stories about death that aren’t true might not be so wise. As soon as the child realizes that it was all a story this could hurt the trust between the parent and child. In this situation it might be better to simply say that we don’t know.

One thing is for sure, if we panic about life and death questions and feel that it is very scary to even think of if there is an afterlife or not, our children will pick up on this. So if this is how you feel it could be a good idea to do something about it before the death questions come up…

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Whens mothers day? Did you miss it already?

She bore you for 9 months, gave birth to you, fed you, soothed your boo boos and what not… If you are wondering whens mothers day you are most likely in a rush, thinking that you might have missed the day. Who has time to spell it right when today might be mothersday!?! Did you reach the second Sunday of May? Well, then yes, you missed it! At least if you live in the USA. In the UK it will be the 30th of March 2014 and the 15th of March 2015.

Something lovely for Mom

You don’t have to run out and by Mother’s days gifts. This is something you probably don’t have time to do when you are typing whens mothers day in a search engine hoping that you haven’t missed it. How about looking into mothers day poems that will show her just how much you care? You don’t even have to be cheesy, find something extremely funny and make her laugh. If you did indeed miss the day this could be a way to make up for it. Those who can’t compose their own funny poems for Mom can find them online and there must be some lines about forgetting about the most important person on earth and making her forgive you for it…

Do something together

She will probably enjoy a nice gift but even if you have the time to buy one, it is not always things that will express your true feelings for Mom. Try something different where you will spend some time together. A mothers day movie can be any film that you both feel interested in. Rent it and stock up with her favorite snacks or make it a night out to see the movie in a movie theater. Remember that doing something together can be far better than regular presents because it creates a memory that will be dearer to Mom than any diamonds or kitchen tools could ever be. If you have the time you could always get her a gift and present it as you have a snack before or after the movie.

Order a gift

If you still feel that mothersday demands a special gift you should be able to take care of this through your computer or phone. You really don’t have to hunt proper things downtown when you can order them online. Just go to Amazon or another trusted online store where you can find smart things and have them delivered to your door or directly to hers.

Here are some things you might want to go for and that can be found online:

• Chocolate
• Jewelry
• Flowers (real or fabric ones)
• Slippers and robe
• Skin care products
• Gadgets like an iPad or Kindle
• Rocking chair
• Workout equipment

There are so many things out there that could be just right for Mom. If you didn’t miss the date for Mother’s Day now is the time to take care of it. Write that poem (or find a good one online), order the flowers and set the date for your movie night, enjoy!

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Expertmom reviews the Graco baby swing

I borrowed the baby swing from Graco from a friend when my third baby was about 1.5 months old and I do wish I would have gotten a baby swing for his older siblings. The question of whether a baby swing helps to soothe a baby has a definite answer, yes it helps! I am not going to say that my baby sits content in this swing day around because he doesn’t, but it gives me time enough to do dishes, brush other kids’ teeth, pack a laundry and write an article, and that is a huge help.

Now, let’s look at the actual baby swing to review its pros and cons…

Putting it together

The Graco baby swing comes in 3 different parts that are easy to assemble. You don’t need a manual for this because the parts show you where they should go and how. This is a plus both for the actual process of assembly and for moving the swing around. Remember, I borrowed mine and we managed to pack it into a small car without any problems.
The swing is powered by 3 size D E95 batteries (the big ones) and it can be used for weeks without needing new ones (of course depending on how much you use the swing) The batteries are also easy to insert and you don’t need a screwdriver for this. A kitchen knife will pop the lid open but siblings won’t be able to do this, perfect!

Putting the baby in the swing

The swing has belts but I never figured how to get the upper part to fit over my baby, the lower belt is enough to keep him in so this doesn’t bother me. There is also a tray, with 2 toys, and this tray folds over the baby. I am not completely satisfied with the tray function because it can easily snap over the hands and fingers of the baby if you are not careful when putting it in place. You must raise the baby’s arms when sliding the tray in place.

Effects and music

The baby swing from Graco comes with a few classical tunes that can be played while swinging the baby. These are pleasant and I find that the rest of the family enjoys hearing them. You can also play white noise like birds chirping but I personally find these sounds annoying so I don’t use them. There is also vibration in the chair but I don’t use this either as it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to the baby.

Speed

The speed can be adjusted in 6 steps. I find that level 1 and 2 are fast enough and levels 4-6 makes my head spin. Since my baby is starting to be too heavy for the swing (to 9 kg) I find that I often have to give the swing a push to make it run smooth. This could also be due to need of new batteries and it is not something that bothers me. You can swing manually if you want to.

Cleanliness

To clean the swing you can take the fabrics off the chair and run them in the laundry machine. The materials are easy to keep clean and the rest of the swing is made of plastic parts that are easy to wipe off. The only detail that could be tricky to clean is the belt but the one in my swing is in perfect condition, this most likely because you don’t really feed a baby this age in the swing so it stays clean. Just make sure to instruct older siblings not to play with food, colors or other staining materials around the swing.

Summary

This Graco baby swing review will simply have to give the swing thumbs up. It is a big help and even if you will only use it for a few months it can do a lot to keep you sane and happy during a period when things can be very hectic. I would say borrow one if you can and buy one when you know that you will hopefully use it more than once.

Since the swing stays in such nice condition it should be perfectly fine to buy one that has been used without much difference from a new one.
I will put this post under gift for Mom because this is a great gift for a new Mom since it can really help out during the day and night!

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