Anyone out there looking for baby cribs? If you are, read right on as I want to share a couple of tips with you. If you are not looking for cribs but will do so in the near future, read on too. If you are not looking for baby crib tips, share your thoughts with us after you finished reading this post.
First tip: Buy one that is made of solid wood. Yes, those heavy hard wooden cribs. Solid wood cribs are more expensive than that of compressed fiber or some cheapo wood. You know why? Because once your baby grow some teeth, you will notice that she will start gnawing away on the crib. If it was made of compressed fibreboard, before long, your child will turn into a beaver.
Second tip: Get a mattress made of coconut husk. You should probably avoid foam made mattresses. Coconut husk mattresses are generally more hardy and firm. Firmness is good for your baby’s back. Since the mattress is made of fiber, it will be more cooling and airy ; your baby will welcome these characteristics especially on hot days. And because of its fibre-ry nature, it is much more porous than foam, which will be a plus point when your baby decides to soil it.
Nanny agencies can be a lifesaver when you are in dire need. Have you ever been invited to a big do and no one is available to care for your precious littles? Have you ever wanted to go on a holiday without the kids but no one is able to care for them for such a duration?
That was my predicament recently. Me wife and I would like to have a couple vacation away from the city to regain our sanity. It has been 3 years since we had a proper vacation; the last was in Scotland and France. We wanted to leave the kids behind for a few days so that the both of us can get a good rest.
Unfortunately, in Malaysia, we do not have nanny or babysitter agencies to contact and contract for a short duration. I guess no one thought of starting this service. However, there are many forums catered for mums and dads to post their queries with regards to babysitter services. This method is slow as it probably takes a few days for response to come by. Moreover, the credibility of the babysitter recommended is at question as no one except the recommender have experienced them beforehand.
With great reluctance, we turned to my kids’ grandparents for help. It’s really not nice to approach them and say “Hi Mum! Hi Dad! I am going to a vacation with my wife. Would you mind taking care of my kids for a few days?” It was with great reluctance that I really said that. It’s like the selfish me abandoning my child-caring responsibilities but what choice do I have?
To be frank, I wasn’t overjoyed even though my parents agreed (without hesitation) to play babysitter. I guess parents are the greatest treasure you can have on Earth.
I have always have had this dilemma. When is the right time for me to send my kids to swimming lessons? At what age should they start to learn how to swim? Asian parents generally are very protective of their offspring and like many, my wife would say a 7 year old is still too young to swim. What if they drank the pool water? What if water entered their nose? Worse still, what if the water entered their lungs? I know, paranoia.
My English friend, John, on the other hand, started her daughter’s swimming lessons when she was a few months old! I repeat, few months old! When John came a visiting us, we would hit off to the swimming pool on weekends. John will just throw is baby into the pool and to see the baby squirming underwater made a lump in my throat. A few seconds later, John will pick up the kids and they both laughed at each other. He does this every time we went swimming and does it countless of times. I will never do that to my kids – the fear of uncertainty is too intense for me.
John told me not to worry as babies and swimming are like ducks taking it to the water. I don’t know about ducks and I don’t think I will ever put my kids underwater; after all, I only started learning how to swim when I was 9.