Bedtime Safety For Baby – Tips On Choosing A Baby Cot

A newborn may sleep up to 16 hours a day or even more but often in stretches of 3 to 4 hours at a time. Although many cultures may endorse co-sleeping, it is recommended against bringing your infant to sleep in bed with you for safety reasons. While in deep slumber, there is a risk that your baby can suffocate or get strangled when sharing the same bed.

It is therefore important to make careful considerations while purchasing a baby cot for your newborn which they may use until they are 2-3 years old moving on to a full-sized bed. Here are some things to consider before purchasing a cot:

Types of Baby Crib

Baby cot can have the standard or convertible type. Standard cots either have a single or double layer drop side which allows for easy access to bring your baby in and out of the cot.

The convertible cot will be able to last your child till at least 5 years old. It acts like a crib during the first 3 years of your child then it could be use a toddler bed when your child grows up. Some can even be turned into an adult-size bed. Naturally, the convertible baby cot costs much more compared to the standard baby cot. There are also some cots that can be used as a changing table for your little ones. Do assess your needs before making a purchase.

Safety

It is always important to observe the safety of the baby cot. Here are some things to note:

Distances between cot slats are no more that 6cm to prevent their hands from getting stuck in between
Dropsides when lowered are at least 23cm above the mattress support, when dropsides are raised, they are at least 66cm above the mattress support to prevent babies from falling off the cot
Secured dropside locking mechanism. It is recommended to be able to lock or unlock with just one hand as you usually have to carry or support your baby with the other.
No loose or peeling paint, rough corners, edges or splinters.

Mattress

It is not hard to find the perfect fit for the baby mattress.

Always remember to measure the baby cot because purchasing the mattress. The perfect fit is one that will fit into the baby cot very tightly without any gaps in between. The biggest allowance between the cot and the baby mattress is one finger. It is important to check the mattress regularly and replace if you can easily insert two or more fingers into the gap.

Too soft mattresses can also pose risks toward your baby. Because it is too soft, the baby may sink into the folds thus restricting their movements. In worst scenario, this can lead to suffocation and even death. So here’s the tip. Babies do not usually suffer from back pains so it will be perfectly fine to provide them with a firm baby mattress – simply choose a mattress that will give your hand just a slight bounce.

Tips: Always putting your baby in the crib for sleeping will help signal to the infant that this is the place for sleep. Keep in mind, though, it may take a few weeks for your baby’s brain to signal the difference between night and day. Unfortunately, there are no tricks to speed this up except to be as consistent in your routine as possible.

How to Choose the Right Office Furniture for Your Workspace

When creating your office environment, you should try and reflect your views and aims as a company on the building. This means choosing furniture which suits your style – for example, a company with a very tranquil business aim and motive would try and find very relaxing colors and office furniture. It’s very important that you choose a functional and easy to look at design. When trying to decide what type of office furniture you need, you should keep some things in mind which will make the process much easier for you.

Budget

Consider the price of office furniture, how it fits in with your office in terms of color, style and size. You want to look for value – durable and thoughtfully priced – as well as the right aesthetics, though. The type of work your business undertakes will be a huge deciding factor in the type of office furniture you buy – if you are an IT company, you need cubicles with comfortable chairs and desks.

However, if you are designing a call center, you may want lots of desks with fittings for phones and computers. By the same practice, a psychologist would want a comforting, open look to the office with comfortable seating and an inviting feel. You should check online for examples of the type of furniture you will need depending on what services you are looking to offer.

However, here are some specific things to consider when trying to choose the right office furniture;

Use Space Wisely

Consider that you can really change the type of space you have for your office, especially when placing office furniture. One large, spacey room with a lot of empty space can be transformed into an office area for a group of people. Buying compact office furnishings will allow you to put in several functions in the one area, conserving space. This should be an important part of your strategy when designing your office layout.

Maximizing space to allow for as much work to be carried out as possible in the one area is a great way to raise productivity, and create a full and busy environment.

Health and Safety

With more businesses looking to find ways to maximize safety in the workplace, it’s important that you consider this when buying office furniture. Maximizing the amount of time your staff are available for work is paramount to consistent success in business. Plan ahead to find some office furnishings which are durable and stylish, but will also help promote a clean and safe work environment.

For example, you need your computer desks to be perfectly aligned with your chairs – this can cut down on repetitive strain injuries, especially in an IT environment. Making sure your office furnishings can hide away cables and other hardware is important, too. This stops any potential fire hazards or safety issues with regards to staff tripping over wiring or struggling to have a cohesive working space.

If you can consider all of the above – budget, style and safety – you can really produce a fantastic and efficient office environment, which is not only good to look at and work within, but safe and within your budget.

An Expat Guide to Buying Furniture in a Foreign City

There are a lot of choices to buy furniture as an expat in Singapore. Apart from the usual modern furniture, you can buy ready-made or custom-made rattan and oriental furniture.

If you decide to buy Oriental furniture, be aware that their size and design may not be suitable once you are repatriated. A nice antique Chinese bed is not only difficult to transport but may look awkward in your living room at home in London, as nothing else will fit in! Besides, this furniture is made for use in a different climate and may shrink, expand and crack. Also, before shipping back your furniture you should have it fumigated!

Antiques and Reproductions

Before you start, you need to decide if you want to decorate your home, take back some memories or seriously collect specific items as an investment into the future. The term antique is used for a variety of items offered and you need to inform yourself first about the host and home countries’ regulations and custom requirements such as import and export restrictions on religious artifacts (e.g. Buddha statues).

– Educate yourself before you buy.

– Keep detailed receipts of each item, and take photos.

– Buy quality, not quantity.

– Envisage each item in your home country environment and be realistic about size, durability and looks.

– Insure expensive new purchases.

Custom-Made Furniture

To avoid confusion and disappointment, provide a sample or a photograph and specify your requirements in writing:

– Correct dimensions/measurements.

– Type of material to be used.

– Type of frame/material used.

– Type of finish and color.

– Type of foam to be used for padding and cushions.

– Springs to be used (box springs are recommended).

– Fabric of the cushion cover.

– Cording.

– Time of delivery.

– Price, incl. taxes and other costs involved.

– Deposits you made.

– Extra requirements like kiln-dried wood, fumigated etc.

– The support structure should be made of hardwood frames.

– Screws should be used instead of nails or staples.

– Cuts must be concealed.

– Wicker used should be evenly woven and have close fitting joints.

– Cushions should be made out of high-density foam.

Oriental Furniture

There are many different types depending on the country of origin, style or material used. Furniture made in India or Indonesia is often produced in small villages and come with a native touch rather than being in an immaculate condition, which is very exotic. Chinese furniture come in rosewood, camphor, lacquer, coromandel, teak, Elmwood and many other woods and may be antique, a reproduction or modern. Custom-made furniture should be seasoned or kiln-dried to avoid shrinking in a dry environment. To allow the wood to expand furniture should be produced with tongue-and groove- floating panels.

Teak Furniture

The Latin name for Teak is Tectona grandis, which is offered all over Southeast Asia. Teak is an extremely dense, coarse-grained hardwood, which is well known for its durability and resistance to water, the woodworm and many chemical agents. Today, there are teakwood plantations catering to the furniture industry.

When purchasing Teak furniture:

– Buy 100% solid teak. (Not Shorea wood or a combination of both woods.)

– Teak should be made from kiln dried and not green lumber.

– Teak should be plantation grown. Ask for certification.

– Thick pieces of wood used make the product solid and durable.

– Oil finishes will darken the products.

– Plain furniture lightens into a silver gray when left outdoors.

Oriental Carpets

– Before you buy any Turkish, Persian, Chinese, Pakistani, Indian or any other carpets check your own countries customs regulations as there may be restrictions on importing them back home.

– Join a class teaching you how to buy a genuine oriental carpet (sometimes offered by dealers.)

– Buy at a reputable dealer and insist on a certification with origin, description, price, date and place of purchase even when you pay cash and keep the receipts at a safe place.

– Try out your carpet at home before purchase and make yourself familiar with the return policy of the dealer.

– Before you bid at a carpet auction, learn the trade!

– Buy pads or rubberized mats (Ikea) together with your carpets to prevent slipping on marble, tile and wooden floors.

– Ask your dealer how to care for your carpet.

– Inquire about after-sales services like cleaning and repair.

Beds and Mattresses

Sizes of beds and mattresses are different form those in Europe, Australia and the US, that may imply difficulties buying suitable bed sheets when in Asia or back home. Some shops offer imported brand name beds in standard lengths but oversized beds are difficult to find. Southeast Asian beds are usually shorter and sometimes narrower. Sometimes mattresses in US sizes can be ordered for an additional charge. Never buy bed sheets or linen unless you have measured your bed before.

Electrical Appliances/Computers/Accessories

– Consider renting, rather than buying, new electrical appliances.

– Go price shopping and bargain.

– Items with local warranties are less expensive and will do if you do not want to take the item back home.

– International warranties are granted for brand names.

– See if repair center lists provided with the product include your home country.

– Have your warranties stamped by the dealer.

– Prices vary according to their origin (where they are manufactured).

– Check about the latest models before buying, as shops like to sell older models first.

– Desktop and notebooks need to have dual voltage power supply (110-220 V).

– All items ideally should have a voltage switch for use in other countries.

– Make sure prices stated include delivery and installation, if necessary.

– Insist on delivery time stated on the receipt.

– Include purchased item into your insurance on return!