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Choosing Baby Equipment

After your first visit with your obstetrician, you will find your mailbox inundated with all kinds of baby magazines and ads for every possible piece of baby equipment that you can imagine.

This does not even take into account all of the people that will gladly give you advice, even when not requested. Although many of the items are handy and work well, there are many that play upon your fears as a first time parent or are just silly!

My suggestions for what you need is below: 

A car seat is mandatory, as hospitals will not even let you leave with the baby until you show them that you know how to buckle the baby in the seat. Many times, they will also follow you to the car to make sure it is installed correctly in the car. Car seats will be outgrown at least twice before your child grows out of them by the age of eight. If you are considering a second-hand car seat, ensure that it meets safety requirements.

Car Seats

A baby monitor is a great tool to be able to hear the baby from any room in the house. This way you do not have to stay close to their room all the time.(See the reviews below this article.) 

Baby Monitor 


When you are choosing a crib, you need to look for one that has these features: 

    • The mattress should fit the crib snugly on all four sides.

    • The guardrail should be at least 26 inches above the top of the mattress.

    • The crib slats space should be no more than 2.375”.

    • The crib bumper will help keep the baby’s legs and arms out of the crib slats. crib

      DaVinci Emily Convertible baby Crib - White

      A bouncy seat is a great place for you baby to be when it is not possible to hold her and is a great place to feed them their first meals of rice cereal. They cannot usually sit up well enough for a high chair when they begin cereals and the bouncy seat is a great answer to this problem. Bouncy Seats 

    • A sling or backpack is a great tool to carry baby if you use caution with it. Choose a sling or backpack that fits you very well and that grows with the baby. The Snugli is great for younger babies that cannot sit up and for older babies the Hip Hammock works great. Snugli 

    • A playpen is a great way for you to get things like housework done and keep the baby safe. Around five months old is when a baby should be placed in it, unless it is used for a sleeping area when you are traveling, etc. Containing a baby that cannot crawl or roll is not necessary and you can use a floor ainment. playpens



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Customer Reviews

Phillip Baby Monitor5
5 Stars and worth the cost. Crystal clear quality. You do not even know that it is on because it does not produce any backgound noise. We purchased a Fisher Price model that was inexpensive and it picked-up all kinds of interference from portable phones, the neighbors baby monitor, low frequency radio stations, and more. We thought all monitors were the same. This product is far superior and worth the money! New Mom with a 6 month old who doesn't sleep thru the night. LW

Car Seats. Decathlon vs. Boulevard5
It took me several weeks before I finally opted to purchase the Decathlon rather than the Boulevard. I was very interested in the extra side-impact protection that is only available in the Boulevard model but was concerned about whether or not my large 4&1/2 month old son (who is in the 95th percentile in length and weight) would need the adjustable crotch strap positioning that is only offered on the Decathlon.

I am so glad that I purchased the Decathlon! It turns out that my son DID indeed need to have the crotch strap adjusted to the last slot (he would be sitting on top of the buckle in the Boulevard at this point which would have made it impossible to buckle and very uncomfortable for him). If you're purchasing for a thin toddler rather than an infant or chubby/big baby you might not have to worry about that.

Worth the cost5
We had an 8-yr-old baby monitor that had an intercom feature we had come to consider essential. But the unit we had from our 1st baby had a broken button on the receiver and buzzed like crazy all the time so we wanted to replace it. This was the only monitor that was 900mhz (didn't want to interfere w/our 2.4 wireless network in the house, & more powerful signal is a bit scary to put by your heads as you sleep & overkill to boot) & also had an intercom feature. We have 3 children, 1 baby still in our room with us & 2 in their room down the hall. This is both highly sensitive to the slightest noise from their rm. and completely silent when there isn't any sound to broadcast. The remote features e.g. turning on lights or lullabies for the baby/child's room are neat & nice, the adjustable sensitivity is great- really will respond to the slightest sound if you have it at a lower sensitivity, or can be set to broadcast constantly & will do so w/o extra noise. The intercom is nice for letting a child know you're coming, or asking if they need you at all, or of course, playing around. Battery life has been fine but we hardly use the receiver out of the charger. Completely fulfills its claims.


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Danielle Dobbs, mold inspector
Author of MOLD MATTERS - Solutions and Prevention

Children, the elderly, and people with depressed immune systems due to cancer,
organ transplants, or AIDS, can become very sick when exposed to higher than
normal levels of mold. Even some healthy individuals happen to be very
sensitive to mold and are unable to tolerate a slight elevation of mold spores.
Mold, scientifically known as fungi (singular: fungus), is not new - it’s been
around since the beginning of time and is a normal occurrence. Mold spores are
found everywhere, even in Antarctica. The amount of spores in the air fluctuates
day to day according to geographical locations, temperature, and the weather.
Mold is abundant - there are between 1.3 to 3 millions species of mold, and they
come in all kinds of colors. Some are common, and some are rare. Some are
known to be toxic.
Mold can be classified into three broad categories as far as health effects are
concerned. The first category is allergenic molds, which cause allergic or
asthmatic reactions, but do not usually cause permanent health effects in most
healthy, active people. There are pathogenic molds, which can cause serious
health problems in those who are more susceptible. And finally, there are toxic
molds that can cause serious health problems in everybody. The severity of
these problems differs depending on age, immune system, and sensitivity.
Mold becomes a problem when it is growing inside our homes. A mold problem
is, above all, a water or humidity problem. Without moisture mold spores cannot
grow. Thus it behooves homeowners to practice mold prevention through regular
maintenance and being vigilant in making prompt repairs when leaks occur. One
must remember that within 24 to 48 hours following leaks, mold can start
Mold serves a good purpose in life by breaking down dead organic material,
because without it, we would be living in a trash heap. To reproduce itself mold
ejects microscopic spores (seeds) into the air. When a spore lands in a good
environment with food (dead organic material such as wood or drywall) and
water, it starts to grow. It then sends hyphae (tree-root like system) into the
material and these hyphae emit enzymes that rot and digest the material it is
sitting on. If anyone has tried to “clean up” mold and has seen it coming back, it
is due to those hyphae that stay embedded in the material. A few weeks
following the cleaning, mold reappears because the root system is still in the
material, and similar to a plant, it grows back if moisture continues to be present.
Certain types of mold do not even need a leak in order to grow. If the relative
humidity of the air (RH) is above 60% some mold can take the humidity from the
air and start growing on walls, furniture, and personal effects.
Sometimes people have no idea that a problem has taken place until they get
sick. Plumbing leaks in showers are notorious for being unnoticed for a long
period of time before being discovered. If mold is suspected, call a mold
inspector who will be able to detect whether a mold problem exists and if so
where it is coming from. Before hiring a professional, it is important to obtain
credentials and references. Mold detection is not an exact science, thus
experience often equals expertise.
If your child seems to have constant allergies, it might be due to mold.
Collecting air samples with a corresponding outside control is the only way to
assess the air quality, with respect to mold spores, inside the home.
In 2005 researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that fungi play a large role in
chronic rhinosinusitis. In fact, the findings indicates that chronic rhinosinusitis is
a result of a fungal driven inflammation rather than a bacterial infection.
Indoor air quality problems in schools affect both students and teachers. The
following statistics were published on February 2, 2005 by the IEQ Review:
 One in five schools in America has indoor air quality problems.
 Asthma accounts for 14 million missed school days each year.
 The rate of asthma in young children has risen by 160 percent in the past 15
 1 out of every 13 school-age children has asthma.
The Center for Indoor Environments and Health at the University of Connecticut
states “the most common types of illnesses directly related to mold are type I
responses of allergic rhinitis and asthma.” They go on to say “… allergic
inflammation can trigger bronchospasm, chest tightness, and shortness of
breath, leading to either new onset of asthma or asthma exacerbation in
sensitized individuals.”
Poor maintenance in schools and lack of money are often cited as excuses for
mold problems, but little is done about it. This does not only pertain to public
schools; some private schools are just as bad. Many university dorms,
regardless of school prestige, are in poor condition and some harbor mold.
Students accept these conditions as status quo and fail to complain. This
situation does not have to be. If money can be found to modernize a gym and
re-sod the school lawn, money can be found to maintain buildings properly. Air
quality should be a priority of any institution, and parents and teachers should
demand it.
For more information on mold, one can sign up to receive a free monthly
newsletter on mold at
Danielle Dobbs, Mold Inspector
Dobbs Enterprises, Inc.
Tel: 407-629-4820