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To Transfer, or Not to Transfer

I was with a group of Moms recently and the subject of transferring a toddler from a crib to a bed came up.  My older son will be three this September and he has been in a full size bed since last June.  Most of his friends are still in cribs or just transferred.  (Some easily and others… not so much.)

The only thing I can say for sure is that we got lucky.  While I read many articles and talked to several of my friends with older kids, transferring my big guy was not at all what I thought, or heard it would be.  At 20 months my son climbed out of his crib; we watched the whole thing unravel on the monitor.  He pulled himself up with his hands, swung one foot over the railing, then the second foot, hung there for a second, and dropped. It was a piece of cake for him.  I thought, in that moment, my little boy, whom we had worked so hard to sleep train, would never sleep through the night again.

My husband spent the next week sitting at my son’s door at bedtime, monitor in hand, yelling “tushy down,” every time he saw him start to get up.  We knew we had to get him out of the crib, but how?  After that week of yelling by the door, my son climbed into our bed one morning and said, “mommy, I want big bed like you.”  Done.  One of my friends had suggested we make him a part of the bed picking and buying process, so we took a family trip to Sleepys and let him try a bunch out.  He had a blast jumping on all the beds.

Bonavita Metro crib converted to a full size bed.

Bonavita Metro crib converted to a full size bed.

The day his mattress was scheduled for delivery my husband spent the afternoon converting his crib into a full size bed.  We kept our son out until after the delivery men had left and I had made the bed with the sheets he had picked out the week before.  When he finally came in and saw the bed, he was so excited.  That night we followed the same bedtime routine as we did when he was in his crib, and he fell asleep.

Like I said, we got lucky.  He got out a couple of times, but we would just tuck him back in and that was it.  So when people ask me about how we did it, I tell them to listen to their kid.  He told us he was ready.  That being said, I think that as long as a kid is happy in their crib, keep them there! Kids tend to tell you when they aren’t happy; mine does.  The rest, at least for me, was just dumb luck.

The Virtual Baby Book

I wish I could say that I was one of those super creative moms who scrapbooks every event in my kids’ lives or has every milestone written down in a baby book, but I’m not.  I try.  I do have baby books, but they are pretty empty.  And as for scrapbooks; forget it.

What I do have, are pictures and videos; tons of them!  I have every milestone captured in either a photograph or on video.  Between my husband, our parents and all of our various electronic devices, we have every single moment.  It’s amazing.  So that day my son transferred from his crib to his big boy bed, I have a picture of him standing proudly on his bed. My older son’s favorite thing to do is steal my iPhone and look at all the pictures and videos of he and his little brother.  “Mommy, can I look at pictures please???”  Every day he asks me that.  So my dilemma has been what to do with it all.

First, I upload all of our pictures into corresponding month and date folders onto our computer; I do the same with our videos.  Once on our computer, I upload our photos onto a photo sharing site. (I like Shutterfly.)  These sites are great.  I can choose my favorite pictures and they will actually create photo books for me.

My favorite thing to do is our yearly calendar where I use pictures from each month in the next year’s same month, so I can see what my kids looked like then and now.  For example, in my 2014 calendar I will put pictures from June of 2013 in the collage I create for June of 2014.  Does that make sense?  Everyone in the family loves them so much; I make them for all of the grandparents now too.

Perhaps the coolest thing we do to document our boys major milestones, and even some not so major, is send them emails.  We created an email address for each one of them and we write to them.  My husband stole the idea from a Google commercial we saw over a year ago and we have been writing to them ever since.  I don’t write to them every day but I try to, at the very least, do a monthly recap for each one of them.  In fact, my older son was the first person I told when I found out I was pregnant with his little brother; I wrote him an email.

I don’t think we are going to tell them about the emails until they are much older.  My husband and I will continue to write to them throughout the years and maybe we’ll surprise them with a book of all of them at their high school graduations, or maybe when they are getting ready to have their own kids…

My Love Affair With A Glider

Best Chairs Glider

Best Chairs Glider

I have fallen in love all over again… with my glider.  Seriously. I forgot how amazing our glider is.  It had been sitting, filling space really, in my older son’s room for over a year.  When he got a little older we would use it for story time, but once he transitioned from the crib into a big boy bed that we could all fit into, we started reading in the bed instead.  Bye, bye glider.

So when the newest man in my life arrived seven months ago, we moved the glider into his room and it is once again a furniture staple in my house.  Why must we wait until we have children to enjoy the relaxing sway that only a glider can provide?  It is amazing.  An absolute must have for parents.  New, used, whatever… If you are expecting a child, invest in a glider.  Best advice I can give.  My favorite time of the day is spent in that chair, rocking, reading, even feeding.  It makes me sad to think that we won’t always use it or need it.

I remember the day we spent in Bambi Baby’s West New York showroom,  trying one glider after the next.  Do we get the less stylish, traditional one, the modern looking one, do we need an ottoman? (You need an ottoman!)  We labored over that glider.  I think we actually came back on a second day to make sure that we had made the right decision (something new parents tend to do a lot). Ultimately, we decided on a traditional Best Chairs glider because it was by far the most comfortable at the time, and because it was one of the few chairs that completely supported my head.  A lot of gliders stop short at around shoulder height, leaving your neck and head with nowhere to go.  It may not be the most stylish piece of furniture in my house, but it is by far the most comfortable. Don’t tell my husband, but I am having a love affair… with my glider.

Registry Overload

Have you ever searched for baby registry checklists on Google?  There must be a million out there. It is insane!  You must get this, you don’t need this, you’ll want this, but you may not want to pay all that money for it…

Registering for a baby is one of the most overwhelming experiences I have ever had.  I read books, articles, blogs, and even lost sleep over what our first baby would need. Looking back, I wish I had had someone to guide me through the whole process.  At the time, I remember talking to my sister-in-law about it and while she had a lot of advice to give, my nieces were six and eight at the time, which meant that the last time she had bought anything baby related was six years ago. In the baby industry, six years is a long time and so much had changed.

I think about this now because I just recently went with a very good friend of mine to register for her first baby.  We walked into one of the “big” baby stores and got started.  They handed us a checklist, a bag of goodies, and a scanning gun; we were off!  While the sales associates there were friendly enough, they couldn’t have been older than 23 or 24 and none of them had their own children; they knew nothing about babies!

Three hours later, we had gone down every aisle, and with the help of my own four month old to demonstrate why this bathtub was better than that one or why this high chair maneuvered better than that one, I was able to guide her through the daunting task of baby registering.  I wish I had had me when I did it.  I was so happy that I could make the process easier for her.  I guess the moral of my story is, try and bring along a new mom when you register, and if you don’t know one, make your first stop a small, boutique baby store where there is likely to be a more hands on, knowledgeable staff who can help you.  At the end of the day, all your baby really needs is you. You’ll figure out the rest as you go.  I did!

Welcome to the All New Bambi Baby Blog

Welcome to Bambi Baby’s first official blog post.  With over 30 years experience selling baby products, we’ve learned a thing or two about what a baby needs.

Whether feeding, strolling, sleeping or just plain moving, our vast knowledge of products and personal experiences help parents navigate the endless sea of baby furniture and gear that today’s parents are inundated with:

  • What do I really need?
  • What should I buy?
  • What should I spend my money on?
  • Where can I cut back?
  • Where should I splurge?
  • Got any ideas for a cute nursery theme?

Whatever the question, we make it our mission to have an answer when our customers walk through our doors, visit us online, or call us directly.

In an effort to help our customers even more, we’re partnering with a real stay-at-home Mom to bring you the very best information on baby gear, furniture, nursery design, DIY projects and anything else we come across, baby related of course, that we think you might need to know.  (And some you probably don’t need to know, but we hope you enjoy anyway.)

We are so excited about this new venture!  Our mission for this blog is much like our mission statement, “we deliver everything but the baby.”