Archive for the 'Furniture' Category
When Hank graduated to eating food, we needed a high chair (since feeding him in his stroller was getting to be a drag). We looked around at a bunch of them, finally deciding on the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster seat.
It just straps onto your own dining room chair so the kid is right at the table with you. The nice thing is that you don’t need to make room for (yet another) large free standing piece of furniture in your house. When he’s not in it, you can just push in the chair and it goes under the table. Also, the whole damned thing is plastic, so you can hose it down or throw the tray in the dishwasher.It folds up fairly compactly which makes it easy to travel with. We just got back from a week’s vacation and I don’t know what we would’ve done if we had a big monster high chair.It costs about $25, or if you like putting your money into the toilet you can rent it from this place for $25 a week. (How that makes sense to anybody, I’ll never know).- Zac
Oscar’s still sleeping in the bed with us, but at some point he’s going to have to move to the crib. If the first three months are any indication, I’m anticipating it won’t be the easiest transition.
With that in mind, the $200+ pricetag on this Amby Baby thingamabob doesn’t seem too bad. It’s a bouncing, swinging baby-cocoon* sort of thing, and unlike regular baby swings, it’s safe for extended sleeping. The fact that Oscar sleeps like.. well, a baby, when he takes naps in his Fisher Price swing makes me think even if he resists the crib, he’d be way into the coziness and motion-y-ness of the Amby Baby.
Anybody out there tried it?
*Not to be confused with old-people cocoons
Those kooky Aussies have invented Lullabub, four little pistons that go under the legs of your crib, and then fire in sequence to rock the crib. What is the cartoon am I thinking of where a bed comes to life and gallops down the street like a horse?
I think I would hire West Coast Customs to pimp it out so I could raise and lower it to the strains of “Get Crunk” by Lil’ Jon & the East Side Boyz.
After two-weeks as a Dad, I’m ready to declare my favorite piece of baby-junk so far. And the winner is…
Beating out such illustrious competitors as the Diaper Genie and the Graco Quattro Tour Stroller, the Deluxe Trend Nursery Center is especially impressive because it’s a playard and my two-week-old son has little use for a typical playard. Of course, this is no typical playard. A 3-in-1 wonder, this thing is also a bassinet and a changing table. It’s also got a large side pocket big enough to store several diapers, a few outfits and other handy stuff. We may never even use it as a traditional playard. Tucked behind our loveseat, it serves as our everything-station.
But the thing that sets the Malawi truly apart from the competition is it’s sound-system. It’s nothing that would impress an audiophile, but I can’t imagine living without the little gray box in the corner. It vibrates at two different speeds, has three different sleepy-time songs, three different playtime songs, three different nature sounds, a personal message recorder, and–best of all–an input for an mp3 player.
Sounds cool right? Too bad it’s discontinued. Which brings me to one of my biggest gripes about the Baby Industrial Complex. Unless you’re an extreme early-adopter, it’s impossible to buy something, try it out, enjoy it enough to recommend it and then pass along the good word before the company has 86′d it and come out with something else. Unfortunately, no one else is currently making a playard/bassinet/changing-table with mp3 capabilities, so I guess this post is less of a product recommendation than a gloat. Sucks to be you.
This is a pretty solid idea. Expo TV is a website where regular people can upload videos of themselves demonstrating and endorsing different things including many baby products and gear. I stumbled across it while researching this glider that we want to buy.
In related infuriating furniture news, I went to Babies R Us today to inquire about the glider and I asked the little girl behind the counter if the chair was available in cherry. She said “Uh…I dunno, lemme ask” so she called to the back and it turns out it is available in cherry. Then I asked her if they special ordered it, how long it would take to come in. She said “Um…I think two or three days.”
I was suspicious and asked “Is there any way you could ask and find out?” so she called back there and as it turns out to order it, it would take 8 to 20 weeks.
First of all, that’s a big jump from two or three days to 8 to 20 weeks, so I’m glad I asked. Second of all, isn’t that kind of a weird span? 20 weeks? Especially in an industry where the majority of the customers are expecting babies and have kind of a time limit that they’d like the furniture in place by.
20 weeks is like five months, right? Isn’t that more than half of a pregnancy term? So we would have had to order this in January to be sitting in it now?
Don’t they understand that I’m an American? And I demand everything that I want right away? Stupid Al Qaeda…