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If you are looking for a western theme for the little cowpoke in your family then cowboy baby bedding and accessories could be just the look you are after.

There are beautiful fabrics available in western designs and colors to create a unique look and feel to your nursery and a western theme will suit your child up until school age.

Western cowboy baby crib sets are available and include a comforter, fitted sheet, bumper and dust ruffle. Crib sets are an economical way of purchasing your baby bedding and you are assured that pieces will all match.

Additional optional extras include cowboy musical mobiles, diaper stackers, lamp shades, window valances and more. You can even purchase throw pillows, baby blankets and high chairs, and all in a cowboy theme.

And don’t forget the addition of a western themed area rug which will add the finishing touch to the nursery.

Tips and hints for buying a baby crib

A baby crib will be one of the more expensive investments you will make for your baby’s nursery and as you will need it to last for around three years, you want it to be not only safe but also durable.

There are many things to consider when purchasing a crib. This guide will give you a few hints and tips to help with your purchase as well as describe the various cribs available on the market today.

When deciding on a crib, the first decision you will need to make is what shape you want the crib to be. In the past this wasn’t a consideration as generally only traditional rectangular shaped cribs were available. Today you can purchase not only rectangular shaped cribs but also round cribs and corner cribs.

davinici-convertible-baby-cribRound baby cribs are a nice alternative to the traditional shape and round crib bedding is widely available. Corner cribs are a great space saving device for smaller nurseries. They are also suitable for multiple births as they can be placed together quite easily and look stunning.

Safety is always a big concern with baby cribs. Any baby crib sold in the US today should meet specific safety requirements. Be careful when purchasing antique or second-hand cribs as they may not meet these standards.

When shopping for a baby crib, consider the following:

  • The mattress should be adjustable to allow you to lower the height as your baby grows to prevent him or her from climbing out of the crib
  • The mattress should be of good quality and you can choose from foam or innerspring mattresses. See our article on crib mattresses.
  • The slats should be no wider than 2 3/8 inches to keep your baby’s head from getting stuck
  • One or both sides of the baby crib should be able to be lowered to allow you to easily pick up your baby *
  • Think about purchasing a convertible baby crib which will adjust as your toddler ages
  • Consider corner cribs for multiple births

You can see a full range of baby cribs such as the DaVinci Emily Convertible Baby Crib and reviews at Amazon.com

If you are beginning to look for an umbrella stroller, then your baby is probably reaching the age of about six months and is ready to sit up and look at the world around him. At this point, you are probably tired of pushing a big, hard to maneuver stroller in busy shopping malls and streets.

An umbrella stroller is exactly what you need to make life a little easier. Umbrellas strollers are lightweight, easy to maneuver and are quite affordable. They are easy to fold and pick up with your baby in your other arm and can easily be taken onto public transport or be placed in the trunk of a car.

The MacLaren company were actually the inventors of the umbrella stroller back in the 60’s. Maclaren also invented the three-fold system of folding strollers. This unique folding system allows the stroller to fold forward and inwards creating a neater, trimmer package.

For those with twins or triplets, double and triple umbrella strollers are available. These are jeep-all-weather-umbrella-strollermanufactured to ensure that you still get the same benefits as a single stroller so they are still easy to fold and are relatively lightweight.

An umbrella stroller can be as affordable as you wish but remember that you generally get what you pay for. If you want something that will last the distance then try not to go for the cheapest model available. Look for good quality brand names and check the features thoroughly before making your decision.

Amazon have one of the most extensive ranges of umbrella strollers. CLICK HERE to browse their full range.

Umbrella strollers are lightweight, easy to maneuver strollers. Why are they called umbrella strollers? Because they have hooked handles and fold up neatly like an umbrella. They are ideal for quick dashes to the shops or if you are taking public transport as they are quick and easy to fold and maneuver in crowded public areas.

Umbrella strollers are generally cheaper than most other strollers. Most  are fairly basic without the added extras found in regular strollers such as under storage baskets and bottle holders. Unless they state otherwise, these strollers are generally not suited for newborns.

Not all umbrella strollers adjust right back so are not suited for young infants who need adequate head and neck support. They are best for toddlers who are able to sit upright in the stroller.

evenflo-x-sport-convenience-strollerReclining umbrella strollers are available online, with the convenience of the easy to fold facility but also provide support for baby’s developing neck and back muscles, whether sitting or reclining.

The recliner strollers have back slats built into the fabric and partially recline to allow baby to take a nap.

Amazon have an extensive range of umbrella strollers to choose from. CLICK HERE to browse their full range.

Umbrellas strollers are available in single, double and triple styles making them suitable for multiple births or where you have two or more infants close in age but not yet walking.  Most parents purchase an umbrella stroller as a second stroller as their baby gets older. They are easy to fold, light enough to carry onto public transport and easy to place in the trunk of a car.