Tips To Selecting a Portable Toddler Bed

A portable toddler bed has one major advantage, it allows your toddler to sleep on their bed wherever you may be whether at home or away from home. Knowing children very well and their sleeping patterns it would be ideal to think about a portable bed as it will give your child sound sleep anywhere.

Many have been booking enough hotel rooms with beds for everyone including their little ones but we realize it’s an extra expense that can be avoided by using the portable bed and we also increase our choices for accommodation.

Portable beds have been specially designed to make it very easy to travel with. They are compact, easy to fold and put together and compatible giving a comfortable serene sleeping environment for your child everywhere.

Why Is It Advisable To Use A Portable Toddler Bed?

Sleep is very important to each one of us and more so to children. If you want a day without tantrums and drama invest in some good sleeping time. If you know children well, you know that they hardly sleep in a strange new place and if they don’t sleep you don’t either, you all end up frustrated and moody. To save you all that, simply invest in a portable toddler bed and allow your child to sleep well wherever you may be and you will all happily enjoy your travel.

Choosing The Best Portable Toddler Bed

First of all, it is very important to assess how toddlers sleep in their own beds. Are they overly active? Do they need to be contained in a more firm setting? Are they able to sleep without confinements?

With these questions answered, it is time to invest in a bed that they will love sleeping on. Ensure you buy quality so it can serve you for a longer period of time even with other kids coming or you can later donate or sell it at a thrift store still in good condition. Today’s choices come with even color and you can shop according to the color you love to see on your children.

Different Types Of Portable Toddler Bed

The two main types of portable toddler beds are the foldable toddler bed and the inflatable toddler bed.

1. The foldable toddler bed:

  • Foldable toddler beds are more comfortable and supportive to the child’s back while they sleep.
  • They come in two varieties, ultra-easy folding beds fold up real easy with no need to inflate while others require assembly before use.
  • Fold ups are the easiest type of toddler beds to set up, they are also common to many homes as they are known to last longer.
  • Their greatest advantage is that they can be used anywhere due to their easy to wipe down material.
  • You can use them at the beach or any outdoor setting.
  • One major concern though is that the foldable do not have raised sides and are not favorable for kids who move while sleeping.

3. The Inflatable toddler beds:

  • This bed is a regular inflatable mattress with raised sides so the toddler is made use even though he rolls in his sleep.
  • They are more expensive than a fold up and more secure too
  • They are also more durable than the regular inflatable pool toy we know. The plastic used to make this mattress is high quality and tear resistant which can last up to four years.
  • Some come with an electric pump ensure either way you get a pump to put air in.
  • You only need to let the air out and your little one can happily do so and then roll it up to a compact that fits easily among your luggage.

Calming Nerves and a Crying Baby

Babies cry. There is no changing that. Yet handling a crying baby seems easier said than done, but, with a few tips and a little patience, a parents nerves can be saved and the crying baby soothed.

First, figuring out the root of the tears is first, and it takes thinking about the baby’s instinctual needs. One reason could be that the baby is hungry. Since babies eat every few hours, they get into their own routine. If it gets thrown off, the baby might eat too fast which causes yet another reason for crying – he needs to burb. During feedings and after, make sure the baby burps to release any extra air that could cause gas or a tummy ache. Also, babies naturally suckle. The activity is comforting, and a pacifier will work instantly, especially if the baby is not hungry.

Second, having a soiled diaper makes some babies cry. Checking the diaper often will ward off unnecessary crying fits.

Next, babies cry or fuss when they are tired. Since newborn babies sleep up to 16 hours per day, this could happen often. As well, just moving around, whether rocking or walking or literally changing position, babies sometimes cry when they need to move and cannot do so independently. Some babies also prefer to be bundled or swaddled. Being snugly wrapped could give them the security they need to sleep. However, be sure to make sure he does not get to hot because that, too, could trigger crying.

 There really is not exact science to figuring out why the baby is crying, but if these tips do not work, consider that maybe the baby has had enough at that moment in time. Overstimulation can cause fussiness. Turning on white noise of some kind might help the baby relax, and, if that does not work, consider the schedule and how the baby acts at that particular time each day – it could really just be that time of day.
 Letting a baby cry for a little while is perfectly acceptable, although it might be difficult to listen to it. Give it a several minutes, though, and see if it just the baby attempting to relax. If it does not stop, however, consider that it might be colic. Colic is when a baby has fits of crying for several hours a day, several days per week, when the baby just cannot be comforted. If it becomes a true concern, consult the pediatrician for tips for treatment and to verify that there is not another health concern at play.

Having a new baby is exhausting, and it is important to stay healthy. When patience is wearing thin, ask for help or break to take a nap or just to have a few personal minutes to rejuvenate. Eating healthy, getting a little exercise – even taking baby for a walk, and getting some rest, is essential to maintaining some sanity. Remember that the crying is temporary, and the laughing moments will make up for the crying.

A crying baby is stressful, so know that it is fine to call the doctor when there are concerns. Doctors are trained to know when the crying is normal or something serious. Also know that parents have their limits, too. If the crying baby is causing uncontrollable stress, put him in his crib and go to another room to re-center, and if it gets worse, call a friend or family member, your doctor or a crisis intervention line.

Unique Crib Bedding Styles

Ever since drop-side cribs were banned in 2010, crib manufacturers have been coming up with clever styles. One crib style that is popular with fashion-forward parents is the round crib. Celebrities like Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, and Shania Twain have also used a round crib for their children. You can find some very creative baby bedding styles for round cribs. They usually have canopies that touch the floor and can be drawn all around the crib to keep out sunlight.

Bridal Baby Bedding

Bridal baby bedding is gaining popularity. As the name suggests, the bedding is all white with lace edging. The canopy is made of white satin held back by white ribbons. Stylish? Yes, but perhaps a bit difficult to clean! This sort of baby bedding would work best in a very girly nursery room.

 Sophisticated nursery themes are also catching on with younger parents. Neutral colors and black or white colors look elegant in a baby’s room. A black and white theme by Boutique is punctuated by only a few pink accents on the crib bedding and wall hangings. Finish off the look with black-and-white polka dotted décor items.

Crib Bedding for Boys

Western-themed baby bedding is hot for boys right now. CoCaLo makes a complete set that comes with a Western-themed lamp and shade, two wall hangings, a musical mobile, window valence, diaper stacker, crib bumper, and crib sheets. The colors are olive, brown, baby blue, and yellow, so you can have a lot of color choices for the walls and carpet.

Rock ‘n roll crib bedding is also a chic decor theme. Lambs & Ivy makes a set that predominates with blues, whites and browns. The quilt has images of guitars, stars and pianos across it, with matching crib sheets and window valences. There are other matching rock ‘n roll items you can purchase separately.

What Features are Important to Look for in a High Chair?

The most important feature of any high chair is the safety rating. Children in high chairs are prone to accidents if the chair has any structural defects. That’s why it’s important to read the reviews and ratings online before making a decision. Major brands like Graco and Fisher-Price are known for their quality products. Overall, the features you should look for in a high chair include safety, comfort, adjustment features, and removable trays.

Graco high chairs usually have two trays that are interchangeable. A bonus is that the trays also have cup holders. The convertible models are fine for infants and toddlers, too. Convertible high chairs can be used as booster seats for older children. They cost more upfront, but you can use them for a few years.

The choice of wood or plastic is a personal decision. Wooden high chairs are classic and can be used for several generations, but they are heavier and harder to clean. Plastic high chairs are easy to move around, but the components can break easily and won’t last as long as wooden ones.

 Look at the amount of padding in a high chair. Wooden ones need more padding for comfort, but you can add more pads to any chair. Some high chair brands sell separate pads in different patterns for easy customization.

Check out the safety straps. There should be one that goes between the child’s legs and around the waist. Some high chairs have adjustable legs that you can shorten and lengthen. If you are using a folding high chair, check the locking devices to see if you can easily collapse the chair.

Finally, never leave a small child alone in a high chair. There is the danger of him or her falling out, getting trapped or getting fingers squished in hinges.

Making Toddler Tantrums Manageable

Managing toddler tantrums might seem impossible, but it can happen with a few tricks and a lot of patience. Emotional outbursts are normal, and every toddler has their moments. By following a few tested guidelines, these tantrums could be diffused quicker than expected.

Sympathizing with children and letting them know that it really is alright to be upset can help immediately. Reasoning with them and validating their feelings make them feel like they are being taken seriously, and even little kids need that sometimes. It is also important to let children explain what is wrong without interrupting, and then take the time to repeat that their feelings are understood.

When regular tantrums turn physical, know that it is normal behavior for children to kick, hit, bite, or throw things. Staying calm is key because they have to know that it is inappropriate. Make room for the child to be alone and let them have a few minutes. If they are determined to be physical, give them pillows and leave them alone for a few minutes – then address the behavior.

Note that when small children get angry or frustrated, these feelings are unknown to them and there is a chance they really are scared. By being there for comfort, children will know that they are safe, emotionally, to release the pent up feelings. Remember, too, that these emotions are not instant – there may be warning signs that a tantrum is going to happen – so distracting them from the matter at hand could change the outcome.

Preventing tantrums can be easier than parents might think. By keeping regular routines, children know what to expect, especially at bed time. If the routine is: take a bath, read a story, and turn out the lights, then that needs to be the routine every night. Changes do affect their emotional equilibrium and can send them off into a tantrum.

 Part of routine consists of meal and snack times and nap and bed times. By staying ahead of fatigue and hunger, parents can rule out the two most common causes of tantrums.
 Children do not understand the concept of immediacy. It is important that transitions happen with a bit of a warning. By letting them know that play time will be over in three minutes, they will know to start wrapping it up. Whereas they cannot know exactly what three minutes is, they will understand that a transition is taking place.

As they get bigger and want to do everything on their own, a “NO” will most likely be met with a tantrum. Rather than immediately saying ‘no’ or shutting them down completely, provide some assistance on doing whatever it is safely or distract them to an equally ‘fun’ task. It is also important to let them know why the task they were attempting alone was unsafe.

When children have to separate from their parent with a babysitter or grandparent or teacher or whomever, it is important that the child knows that you think they are safe. Leaving them with a smile and a confident hug goodbye will make the transition easier. Rather than peeking around the corner to make sure they are fine, call later to check on them.

Toddler tantrums are unnerving and natural. By taking a few common sense steps – and a few deep breaths – these situations can be diffused fairly quickly and will get easier each time they take place.