What should you look for in a new baby crib

A sleeping baby never remains at one place snugly in her cozy blanket. She is sure to move around even while sleeping deeply. For this reason, every parent must get a crib before the baby arrives.

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A crib is the safest place for your baby when you are not around, and she is playing or sleeping. You can place her favorite toys and let her play in her crib, without worrying about a fall. Since we are talking about a piece of furniture for a baby, there are certain features that you must look into your purchase. For more info on regulations, you can read this article.

Materials used in the construction

When you think of a crib, I am sure you will think of a wooden crib. There are many other variations in materials like aluminium, Polyethylene and Polypropylene frames. The wooden cribs are durable and comfortable but are heavy to move and a bit difficult to set up. The cribs with aluminium or polyethylene frames are lightweight and easy to install, but may not be highly durable.  Whatever crib you find comfortable for your baby just ensure that the bars must be smooth and well-finished. You will never want your baby to get scratched or bruised with sharp edges or some protruding joint.

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Height adjustability

A crib with height adjustability feature is a good option. If your baby is sleeping or playing then you would want the maximum height and when you are around and want to pick baby from crib without bending, you can do so easily by raising the base of the crib. Just check that  adjusting the height should be easy with a lever or handle.

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Mattress Padding  

Check carefully for the mattress and its padding. It must be soft, quilted and thick so that the baby feels comfortable. It must be cotton based and synthetic because it will not be good for baby’s soft skin.

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Removable side frame

Getting a crib with removable side frame is always an advantage for a mother. If you want to change a nappy or give a sponge bath to the baby, removing the side frame will give you ease of access to do your work.

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Other accessories

Additional accessories with the crib will add to the comfort of the baby. A net, few colorful soft hanging toys in a wheeled crib is more than welcome companions with a standard crib.

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Do not consider purchasing a crib for your bundle of joy, a routine chore. You have to pay a close attention to its details and quality, so that your baby gets the best sleep and play time, just like the love you shower on her.

Finding the best car seat for your baby

After a baby arrives in your life, you find yourself busy with her in so many ways. Some are fun, but some are not so easy. Taking the baby for her routine checkups or vaccination are the difficult ones. On certain days you may find yourself alone and need to take the baby along either to get the grocery or getting an urgent task done.

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A car seat is your savior here. With so many different styles and sizes available in car seats, getting a perfect and comfortable car seat can be overwhelming. You will get all the information here to make the best purchase possible.

Buy for the right age and weight

Among all the criteria of purchasing a car seat your baby’s age and weight are the most important ones. Getting a baby seat only by age or weight is not good enough, both are important. It is difficult to make a baby stay in her place, so get a car seat that holds her firmly considering her age and weight.

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Direction of installation

Car seats are also available according the direction of its installation. It can be backwards towards the seat or facing the front. If you are purchasing the car seat for a baby then the backward facing is a good option and for the toddlers or kids you can get a front facing seat.

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Belts and straps

Babies are safe in a car seat because they are protected by the belt and the straps. So, an important point to consider is the quality of the belts, protective straps and the fasteners. Check carefully if the fasteners and straps are strong enough to bear a shock after a sudden brake or comfortable enough to let the baby be seated for long periods of time. The straps must not break or tear in case you have a collision.

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Padding

Padding will define the comfort for the baby and its ability to handle the bumpy ride. If you are travelling through a rough patch of road. The straps should also be padded to make continuous sitting enjoyable.

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Compatibility with your car

Getting a car seat just by friend’s suggestion or charming salesperson’s recommendation is not an intelligent decision. You have to practically check if the car seat is compatible with your car. It must be easy to install and take off. 

These are some of the points I consider important while purchasing a car seat. Other things like color and pattern can also be looked into to suit your taste.

Need some help finding a flat iron?

Straight and flowing hair is never out of fashion. The simple and elegant look of straight hair never fails a fashion diva. With straight and glossy hair you never have to try too hard to look awesome, because straight hair is the epitome of style. With straight hair you can pull along any kind of hairdo, gracefully.

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But everyone is not blessed with natural great looking hair. For all those who feel less blessed due to their rough and damaged hair, we have the raf1flat iron. Anyone having curly or wavy hair can turn into a fashionista with a touch of this magical gadget. You use it by placing small sections of your combed between its heated plates, pressing tightly, and moving the tightly held iron up the hair length.

If you still have not met the dream woman that you truly are, then here are some tips to find this must have gadget in your vanity kit.

  • There are a number of materials used in making the hot plates of a flat iron but the most common ones are ceramic and metal. You must prefer a ceramic or ionic –ceramic plated one. It is less damaging to the texture of hair since it heats quickly and evenly to give you the desired heat setting.

 

  • You must have different temperature settings for straightening your hair. If you have thin or damaged hair, you will need low-temperature setting. But to manage a thick or coarse mane, you have to switch to a higher temperature. So get a flat iron that gives you the option to select temperature according to your hair.

 

  • The flat irons come with varied lengths of cable. Check how long cable is good for you.

 

  • Some flat irons come with additional attachments in the form of replaceable plates. These can be used to add a dramatic touch to your hair after straightening.

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  • A flat iron has an added advantage if you get a coarse comb just on two long sides of the hot plates. These combs will help in making the straightening chore easier by detangling the hair while pressing.

 

  • You must check for a guarantee on these appliances and also check if you have a users’ manual. This is a sure way of ensuring the quality of your beauty appliance.

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Getting a flat iron is not a herculean task. Just remember these tips and you can step out by making each day a great hair day.

How to find a good mattress?

A mattress is an essential item for peaceful nights and refreshing mornings. You should be able differentiate between a good and bad mattress, so that you can make the right choice. Mattresses can be compared on a number of criteria. Here the most important factors are summed up to make this exhaustive task easier for you.

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Types of mattresses

If your back is the most problematic part of your body, then you should look for an orthopedic or medically designed mattress. You can also discuss with an Orthopedician to get the right mattress that gives optimum support to your sensitive back. If you have no medical issues to care for, then get the normal mattress suiting your comfort.

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Comfort

A comfortable mattress is the one which adjusts to your back posture and gives it a complete support while sleeping. The mattress should have soft lining to be safe for any kind of skin. It must be well-quilted to give you the rest you need.

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Coils and springs

Definitely you will not be able to open the mattress and check these features, but your touch can tell you a lot. By touching with hand and pressing a little you can check the softness and quality of coil used in making the mattress. By sitting on different parts of the mattress you can get an idea about the evenness of springs. For more details about this aspect you can check the printed specifications of the mattress or this video.

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Weight

Carrying and changing the mattress can be very tiresome if you have a heavy mattress. You may wish to vacuum and turnover the mattress frequently. Getting a heavy mattress will be a big problem so my advice is to get a mattress that you can manage single handedly.

Trust the brands

Rely on the manufacturers for whom mattresses means business – here is a list. If a specific brand is tried and tested and a lot of people you know have been using that product, then you must trust their experience.

Take time to research

Mattress is an investment that plays a significant role in your comfort and relaxation. So, before spending your money, research the market thoroughly to know where you should invest it to reap the maximum benefits. Consider all your options and you must go to the extent of lying down on the mattress to know it completely. If you have shortlisted a few, read their reviews on online shopping portals.

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A mattress is the best partner to live a comfortable life. Select this partner after a good deal of deliberation. Cheerio!

Don’t know how to choose a vacuum cleaner? Read my advice

Keeping your home clean and dirt free can be daunting as well as a thankless job. Nobody will appreciate the efforts that go into this seemingly routine task. But with the right set of appliances you can relax and even enjoy the cleaning chores. Among the essential appliances, a vacuum cleaner leads the race with the flexible cleaning options and quick and long lasting results in keeping your home spick and span.

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If you still haven’t still got this essential tool in your home cleaning kit, then read along here to make a wise first choice among the countless options available.

Corded or cordless

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The vacuum cleaners come in two varieties corded or cordless. You can get a corded in case you have a large house to live in since it works on electricity and need to be plugged to use for long duration. You will definitely need a cordless one if you have a limited space to clean that works fine when the appliance runs on the battery.

Suction adjustability

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The cleaning tasks that you do are not same in nature so they can be done by applying different levels of suction and save the battery or electricity. You must purchase a vacuum cleaner that provides you the ability to set the suction levels according to the cleaning you are going to do.

Kind of cleaning

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The vacuum cleaner you need depends on the kind of cleaning work your house has. If you don’t have the babies or pets at home a standard vacuum cleaner will be sufficient. It will do the regular cleaning of carpets, upholstery, and other regular suction tasks. For a home with kids or pets get a turbo powered vacuum cleaner which is capable of cleaning the heavy mess.

Additional attachments

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You will need a number of attachments and heads suiting the cleaning task in hand. To capture dust collected on shelves and niches near roof you will need a long and pointed nozzle. To clean the curtains you have to attach the long brush shaped head. To clean floor a wider nozzle will be the best bet. Check the number of attachments and their use. Don’t pay for anything fancy and appealing which is not needed by you.

Weight

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A bulky and heavy vacuum cleaner will be difficult to operate, but you have to trade-off between the power and the weight. A powerful vacuum cleaner is heavy in weight but if you get a lightweight vacuum cleaner it will be good for a limited set of light vacuuming jobs.

My tips for buying a radar detector

A radar detector usage is one of the most debated questions all over the world. The reason is obvious. It opposes the law enforcement agencies or traffic control devices that force the speeding motorists to limit their speed and prevent accidents on the highways. The basic working of this device depends on its capability to detect the presence of radar guns by identifying the electromagnetic signals by them to measure the speed of an approaching vehicle.

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In the USA many states consider it illegal to use the radar detectors, because motorists use this gadget for avoiding traffic tickets. Some USA states like Illinois, New York, and New Jersey allow the use of radar detectors in private vehicles. So, if federal law enforcement in your area allows the use of radar detectors, then here are some tips for buying a radar detector.

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Range of detection

If the radar detection range is very less, then there is no use of spending your hard earned money on this gadget. Get a radar detector that detects the presence of a radar gun at a distance of 500 meters before. Anything less than that may not allow you to slow down and you will be caught and ticketed.

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Detectable frequencies 

You must ensure that the radar detector you are purchasing is up-to-date as far as the range of frequencies it detect is concerned. The radar guns are being upgraded to use new frequencies, which are still not identified by the radar detectors. So, make sure that your radar detector is not an antique piece in front of the latest gadgets of well-equipped traffic cops.

False alarm proof

A radar detector is a frequency identifying gadget. It may not be able to differentiate between a signal from a radar detector, a vehicle, amateur radio or a nearby automated garage. If it does not differentiate between these signals from various sources then you may get false alarms. Try to get enough details about the gadget on this concern before you buy it.

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Easy to install

Get a model suitable to the vehicle you drive. A bike radar detector is different in construction and installation than a car radar detector.

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GPS Enabled

If you pay a little more attention and get a GPS enabled radar detector then it will be a great relief. In such radar detectors, you will be able to save the coordinates of those locations where you get false alarms. Your radar detector will ignore such locations next time you pass from these locations. You can also save the coordinates where the traffic cops set up their radar guns.

These are a few tips to make the most while purchasing a radar detector. Hope you get a gadget that saves a lot for you on traffic tickets.

My guide for getting a point and shoot camera

I am not a photographer and I do not have good photography skills. But I do love taking pictures when going out with my family and on special occasions at home. It was only recently when I decided to buy a point and shoot camera. Just like me, there will be a number of people who wish to buy a point and shoot camera that meets their requirements. So, I decided to prepare a guide that will help people like me to buy the right point and shoot camera.

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The picture above features the Sony RX100, one of the most appreciated cameras.

When buying a point and shoot camera, you need to understand that there is more to a picture than a megapixel. Most people when buying a camera check for the megapixel count, but the truth that I discovered while doing my research is that more megapixels do not increase the quality of the picture.  The benefits of megapixels are seen only when we take large sized copies of pictures, which most of us never do.

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Sensor size is more important than the megapixel metric. In most point and shoot cameras, the sensor size is smaller compared to D-SLR cameras.

raf7Another point I considered when buying my point and shoot camera is the focal length of the lens. Most of the time manufacturers use the zoom factor for marketing but never mention about the focal length of the lens. The value of the focal length means the field view that the camera can cover. You can get the high-end point and shoot camera that can cover between 28 and140mm, a normal point, and shoot camera covers 28mm. if you are ready to spend some more dollars, you can get cameras with a focal length up to 35mm promising better shooting experience.

Checking features and size is a good exercise. I always wanted a camera that is easy to carry around and can be held in one hand. But you should not go for a tiny camera. I find it really difficult to operate the tiny buttons and complicate to use. Depending on the size of your hand, you can decide the size.

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Another important factor I looked for when I decided to purchase my point to shoot camera is the quality of the LCD monitor. In my view, it is one of the essential points to consider when buying a camera as we will be looking at the screen to frame and review the photo. Ability to take photos under less light is also something I considered when buying my point to shoot camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and Canon Powershot SX530 HS are two good options that met my requirements and I decided to go for Sony Cyber-Shot as it is much easier to carry around compared to Canon.

Are camcorders still useful? I say yes

Yes, you read it right. I still believe camcorders are useful. Let me try to prove my point here. It is true that camcorders have lost their huge market share to Smartphones and high-end digital cameras. But, in view, they still hold an upper hand as far as the quality of the videos is concerned.

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With the recent invention of 4K, camcorders are trying to come back with a bang. You can get the sharpest quality videos using 4K camcorders. No Smartphone is able to provide you with such video clarity. The quality of video shot using 4K camcorders is incredible.

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One of the greatest advantage I feel when using a camcorder with 4K revolution is that it has the ability to crop the frame without compromising on quality or clarity. I was able to add zoom, tilts, and pan by simply changing the position of the cropping. I was able to make my videos look as if they were taken work of a  professional cinematographer.

I always believed that the quality of videos a camcorder can deliver when compared to Smartphones and digital cameras is high. DSLR has shutter problems that can make your video look awful when there is too much of panning involved. In my opinion, high-end camcorders are capable of recording high-quality videos better than any other DLSR can do right now. As I have been using both camcorders and Smartphones for taking video, I am of the view that camcorders have more options to record videos compared to Smartphones. If, however you’d rather spend your money on a smartphone with a great camera, you should check out this guide.

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For those who care about the quality of the audio when recording videos, the audio quality you will get using camcorders is higher when compared to the audio quality available in Smartphones and DLSRs. My camcorder has a built-in stereo microphone that helps in recording quality audio.

If you are passionate about shooting like a documentary, a short film, or an interview, camcorders will give you better quality in your video assignments. The auto-focus option of the camcorder helps to shoot videos especially when it is moving the frame. Also, the ability to handle auto exposure is an advantage I have noticed in a camcorder.

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Last but not the least, why I still believe camcorders are here to stay, is because of its whopping memory. We have camcorders from Sony that offer 220 GB internal hard drive for recording high-quality videos. No Smartphone or DSLR as of today can beat that. So, if you ask me are camcorders still useful? My answer would be “Yes”.

How to choose a good GPS navigator

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the way technology is helping us in doing our simplest tasks. Now take the case of a GPS navigator. It is a blessing for the forgetful people like me, for whom remembering roads and streets is like memorizing history lessons. Whenever I used to sense a road trip being planned, I tried my best to let someone else to drive the car. Of course this happened only when the trip was destined to new places.

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But recently I purchased and installed a GPS navigator. Now I am the one who leaps on the smallest possibility of a travel plan and volunteer to drive all the way. I love the way I am guided by my recent purchase. Let me share the features of a good GPS navigator, to help you in getting one for you.

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Navigation accuracy

Navigation is the primary task expected from a GPS navigator. So this is the first thing to check. I agree that the accuracy cannot be guaranteed 100%, but you can get an idea about the accuracy from the feedback and reviews of the other customers. Checking such details for a model of your choice online will give you a fair idea of what you are getting. If the features match your need, place the order right away!

Operationally Simple

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Clarity of voice instructions

If you hear an audible and pleasant voice that guides you with directions while you concentrate on the road, is a great help. You don’t have to keep looking on the GPS screen to know if you are going in right direction.

Updated maps

Maps are the backbone of a good GPS system. But the streets or roads change with the passage of time. Your GPS must have the facility to update the maps so that you won’t get lost in a new city.

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Real-time traffic information

Your fun trips must not be spoiled by travel hiccups like busy streets, traffic jams, road closed for maintenance or a low over bridge. The GPS system you purchase after spending a good amount of money should have the capability to provide real-time information about the traffic ahead or other roadblocks.

So, consider these tips before you buy a GPS system and have great trips ahead!

Why you should invest in a professional hair dryer?

Every one of us fancies about perfect looks to succeed in our personal and professional relationships. According to style gurus, hair is the most important aspect of grooming that can make or break your day. A bad hair day is not an uncommon experience that we have. Every other day is a bad hair day when the hair is not shampooed perfectly, strands of hair do not budge to our efforts of putting them in their place or we are in a rush to make it to an important meeting.

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Hair grooming is a very easy task if we have the right tools in our hands and one of such useful and handy tools is a hair dryer. Every one of us is familiar with this gadget and most of us own one too. But the question is do we have the right hair dryer? I would say that most of us do not have the right hair dryer since it is chosen in a very random fashion. The reason is simple that we are not sure what to expect in a hair dryer.

Experts say that all of those who really care about their precious tresses must get a professional hair dryer. I totally agree to this for the reasons mentioned below

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More styling options

Professional hair dryers are meant to be proficient by offering more styling options. If you are a person who loves to experiment with hair and new looks to stun the world around, then professional hair dryer is your call. It gives you a number hair managing and styling options to choose from. It will help you to add the zing in your life.

Robust and dependable

One thing I worry a lot about is a broken up hair dryer whenever I have to attend a very important party. I mean, if my hair dryer is broken or burnt how I can step out with my hair going astray. But, with a professional hair dryer, I am relaxed that the superior quality of my hair dryer will not allow my worst dream to be realized.

Less damaging

Nobody wants to be cruel to her hair. So, why should you damage your beautiful mane by styling it with any drugstore hair dryer? The professional hair dryers are designed to control the heat so that your hairs don’t get frizzy, dry and unmanageable after each usage.

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The best way to take care of your hair is invest in a good professional hair dryer.