Baby Gift Ideas

I just found a great new site that I needed to tell everyone about.  It is called Gifted Idea.  Basically, the site can help you find gifts when you just have no clue what to get.  They crowdsource their gift ideas.  So you’re getting a bunch of ideas, all for your specific request, and all for free.  Plus, they have a nice list of baby shower gift ideas as well as gift ideas for ages 0-3.

Plus if you’re already awesome at gifting gifts like I am (most of the time, at least), you can join their Idea Team and make money recommending gifts. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan on it soon.  Christmas is just around the corner and I’m already getting excited, and seeing a new awesome site like this gets me even more excited.  What do you guys think?  Would you use this site? I know what my answer is!

Twin Baby Furniture

Finding out you are having twins is a special surprise; you know immediately that your children will grow up with a special bond that most siblings will never experience. But finding out that you are pregnant with twins also may come with apprehension. Purchasing furniture for twins means that you will need to spend twice as much as parents of singletons. Here are a few tips for saving money on baby furniture for twins.

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Changing Table

There is a lot to consider when you are purchasing your child’s first furniture set. Are you willing to splurge for furniture that your child will be able to use until they move away, or would you rather save money on a crib now and buy a toddler bed and regular bed when the time comes? Purchasing a changing table is a similar consideration because a changing table that actually looks like a changing table will only last for the first 2 or 3 years of your child’s pre-potty-trained life. After that, it will become obsolete and look silly in their room. On the other hand, if you purchase a long, low dresser that can safely house a changing pad, you can just remove the pad when your child is out of diapers and keep the dresser forever.

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Furniture Stores Online

I love looking for kids furniture using furniture stores online. One of my favorite things about online furniture stores is the ability to read reviews from other people who have bought and owned the product and have tested its reliability, ease of assembly, and beauty. This is something that is simply not possible to do in brick-and-mortar furniture stores, and I think that is a major drawback, especially for kids furniture. When I purchase a piece for my son’s bedroom, I want to know that it is the utmost is quality and value, and I feel that with furniture stores online, I can get better information on the product than if I saw it in person. Here are a few pros and cons about shopping for kids furniture online.

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Baby Boy Furniture

As the proud mommy to a baby boy, I consider myself an expert in baby boy furniture. Throughout my pregnancy with my son, I scoured online and bricks-and-mortar stores for the perfect baby boy furniture that was elegant, long-lasting, and big on value. I was not trying to find the cheapest baby boy furniture there was, but we were very budget-conscious at the same time. I knew that we wanted furniture that would be nice enough and durable enough to last at least a couple decades.

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Crib Mattress

If you are shopping for a new or used crib mattress, there are a few major tips to consider before you make any purchases.

  • The greater the spring count, the denser the mattress will be; denser mattresses offer better support. Some evidence suggests that less “cushy” mattresses are associated with a lower risk of SIDS.
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Convertible Highchairs and Full-Sized High Chairs

Once your infant reaches about 6 months, he or she will undoubtedly require a high chair for feeding purposes. I received a convertible high chair at my baby shower, which my son started using to eat rice cereal at 4 months. The high chair I received consisted of a solid base that attached with straps to a regular chair. This allowed us to save space, and the chair only cost about $30. Now that he is almost 2 years old, we have purchased a full-size, standalone high chair, but we continue to use his convertible one in restaurants or at family gatherings.

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Baby Furniture Sets

During my pregnancy, I loved browsing baby furniture collections online. There are so many beautiful nursery sets out there, that it can be difficult to decide on a single baby furniture set. Here are some tips to get your started.

  • Measure the future nursery. Make sure you are not considering furniture that is too large for the room. Consider where the crib will go with relation to the dresser, changer, and rocker (if you are planning on purchasing all of those). If your child will grow up in the same room, determine whether a full or twin bed also would fit in the space given the other furniture.
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Modern Baby Cribs

If you are a lover of all things modern, then why not pass that down to your child with a modern baby crib? There are a host of modern baby cribs available today; many of them can be purchased in-store from Ikea in particular. Online, modern baby cribs abound. You can identify a modern-style crib by its sleek lines, simple design, and neutral color.


Modern baby cribs typically consist of a rectangular box design without a traditional headboard so that it can be arranged with either side facing forward or even in the middle of a room and still look great. Modern baby cribs fit standard crib mattresses and bedding.

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Babies Cribs

There are few things more exciting than buying a baby crib when you are expecting. However, with so many crib recalls and worries about SIDS, it’s no wonder that many parents find it impossible to make a perfect crib decision. Here are some hints to assist you in buying the perfect crib for baby.
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Baby Convertible Cribs

I am a huge proponent of convertible cribs for babies, and I’ll tell you why.

  • You can splurge on beautiful complementing furniture (dresser, chest of drawers, mirror, etc.) knowing that it will match the bed as long as your child lives at home.
  • When your child is ready for a toddler bed, just take off the front, and add the toddler bed rails. Keep the same mattress and bedding; you can even retain the bumper and just fold it in on itself in the front. No transitioning a worried child into a bed that is completely alien to them.
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Baby Storage Furniture

If you are expecting a baby, you can expect to receive loads of baby gifts in addition to all the baby items (diapers, wipes, bottles) that are necessities. To keep organized, baby storage furniture is absolutely essential. In addition to the normal storage furniture, dressers, chests of drawers, and a closet or armoire, it is also a good idea to have additional storage items like open shelving, fabric boxes, and clear plastic boxes.

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Toddler Furniture

So you purchased a nonconvertible crib set and now are looking for an entirely new toddler furniture set. Or maybe you used only a bassinet to save money and because you did not expect to use a crib very much for an infant. In any case, there are a few tips to keep in mind when you are shopping for toddler furniture.

  • Although your toddler might be very choosy about his or her furniture, resist the urge to purchase whatever they are most interested in at the moment. Toddlers can be extremely fickle, and an Elmo bed that they love on Tuesday can be the scariest bed even when it arrives at your house on Friday. It is better to go with a classic piece that reminds the child of their crib, which is associated with comfort and security.
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Cheap Baby Furniture

Trying to furnish a baby nursery on a budget can be daunting, but with the right tools for internet and store searching, you are sure to find discount baby furniture that fits your budget perfectly.

  1. Check furniture store ads constantly for any closeout sales. It might also be possible to purchase a floor model that has a few cosmetic flaws at a steep discount. The main items that you will need are a crib and a dresser; a rocker would be helpful for nighttime feedings, but it is not essential, and it might be possible to repurpose a rocker that you already own.
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Kids Bed

The term kids bed typically refers to a toddler bed that is smaller than a twin size and still utilizes the same mattress that was used in the child’s crib. However, a kids bed also can be used to describe a twin bed or even a full sized bed that your child graduates to when he or she is too big for her crib.

Space savers

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Baby Furniture Dresser

Aside from the crib, the baby dresser is possible the most important item in your nursery. As you are browsing through baby nursery sets, consider the dresser as a potential changing table, and later a place to display books and childhood items.

Toddler Beds

There are lots of options for toddler beds, and the bed is the most important part of your toddler’s furniture set. As a parent, your job is to make sure that the toddler bed fits in the room, is perfectly safe, and is not something that your child would be afraid to sleep in.

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Crib Safety

The utmost consideration you need to make when purchasing your child’s crib is safety. If you are purchasing a new crib, follow these considerations:

  • Check online for reviews to see if there are any consistent complaints about the crib
  • Check safety websites for any recalls on a crib brand you are considering
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Baby Bedding

I have been extremely surprised to see how expensive baby bedding can be. A five or six-piece set of baby boy bedding, including two fitted sheets, a bed skirt, a bumper, a comforter, and a diaper stacker, can easily cost over $300. That money would better be put toward a safe and stylish crib and dresser.

The necessities

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Sleigh Crib

I considered purchasing a convertible sleigh crib for my son because I absolutely love the curved look of them. In my experience, most sleigh cribs are convertible, meaning that they can be used as a toddler bed, a day bed, and a full-sized or twin bed. Therefore, all further discussion of a sleigh crib will assume it is a convertible model.

Here are some options for buying a sleigh crib.

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