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Designer Maternity Dresses for the Wife

Everyone wants to look great when they step out for lunch with friends or go to dinner at that exclusive restaurant and that includes women who are pregnant.  Maternity clothing for some women  is one of those items that you only wear a few times and should be bought cheaply while other women feel that even during this part of their lives they want to turn heads by wearing designer maternity dresses.  Many women cannot afford to buy designer maternity wear but for those who have the money there is a huge range of designer dresses to choose from for all body types and shapes.

Many of the designer labels and brands from around the world have maternity lines of their clothes especially when it comes to the dresses.  Many designers try to provide maternity clothing that is flattering to the figure while being versatile enough to be worn throughout the nine months of the pregnancy.  There has also been an increase in the amount of designer maternity dresses that are available through online sources.

Women who are going through a pregnancy share a common need that is to have comfortable clothing that is both beautiful and the right size.  Many of the designer maternity dresses available come in a huge range of sizes and styles usually more than other cheaper maternity clothing.   It is important to have maternity clothing that fits right and doesn’t make you look frumpy.

When looking for designer maternity dresses many of the same fashion tips still apply.  Think about matching dresses to accessories that you already own such as handbags and shoes.  Stay with the colours that suit you and if it is coming into summer look for long flowing dresses that are made of light materials that will look great both at lunch during the day and also for an informal night out.

Another great tip for women looking for designer maternity wear is to consider what events and social outings that are planned for the next nine months.  Events such as weddings, birthdays, family get together and dinners out are a great excuse to buy a new outfit.  There are a huge range of designer maternity dresses for all occasions and in some cases certain dresses can be suitable for both a casual lunch and dressed up to look great for a night out.

Cloth Nappies or Disposable – The Great Debate

It takes a few years for babies to get to the stage where toilet training starts so for the first part of their life they need to wear nappies. There are two main types of nappies available on the market and these are the reusable cloth nappies and the commercially available disposable nappies.  Deciding which type of nappy is more suited to your child and lifestyle is one of those decisions that is made easier when looking at the pros and cons of both of the available options.

Cloth nappies have been around for a long time, longer than the commercially available disposable nappies and the early versions of the cloth nappy were commonly a simple terry towelling square or rectangle which was folded to fit around the legs and the waist of the baby and held in place with nappy pins.  This version of the cloth nappy had the advantage of being quick drying when unfolded and hung out to dry and the terry towelling material was extremely absorbent when folded into several layers to make the nappy.  There are a few other versions of cloth nappies which are shaped to fit with elastic legs similar to the disposable nappies, have Velcro tabs to fasten the nappy and  they have absorbent padding.

Cloth nappies are great for people who are conscious of the environment as these nappies can be washed and reused many times unlike a disposable.  Many of the new type of adjustable cloth nappies are also more comfortable for your baby as they are adjustable and the absorbent liner draws the moisture away from the baby’s skin to help reduce nappy rash.  Apart from these benefits cloth nappies are much more expensive to buy which means that more money has to be laid out initially for this option.  As well as the initial expense cloth nappies have to be cleaned and washed which takes time, water and laundry essentials.

Disposable nappies are a more popular choice for families as they have many great benefits over the use of cloth nappies.  Disposable nappies are more convenient to use than cloth nappies with most disposables having easy to use tabs, adjustment to fit the child and contain extremely absorbent lining which absorbs the liquid and draws it away from the babies skin to keep them dry.  The convenience of these nappies is that once they are used they are thrown in the bin so there is no cleaning required.  Disposable nappies are also quite cheap to purchase with many brands costing around 40 cents per nappy and even less for bulk packs of nappies.  The main problem with disposable nappies is there affect on the environment with nappies making up a large proportion of the garbage that ends up in landfill.  Disposable nappies take a long time to break down in landfill which is why many people choose to use cloth nappies to help do their bit for the environment.

Top 5 Prams

Shopping for the right pram for your child is important as there are many types and brands available all with different features and for different uses.  Before deciding on a certain type of baby pram for your child it is important to consider things such as the cost, safety aspects and build of the pram, is it easy to fold up and down, does it fit in the car, is there enough space to store baby items and is it suitable for the use I will give the pram such as jogging or just pushing around shopping centres or  along footpaths at the park.  This may seem like a lot of things to consider however prams can be quite costly so it is important that you get one with all the features that you need so there is no need to purchase another one as the child grows.

One of the best tandem prams on the market is the Phil and Teds (P&T) Vibe model pram.  This pram is one of the leaders when it comes to 2 seaters with its unique inline design.  The pram is able to seat a toddler and newborn, two toddlers or can be used as a straight single pram.  As with many of the newer style prams this one has the larger more stable air filled tyres which makes it great for walking and jogging in the park.  One of the best things about this design of pram is the P&T Vibe is that it is light weight and can fold up even when the double seat is attached.

The Bugaboo Cameleon is an excellent baby pram for the parents who need a pram that is flexible and suited to use in different situations.  The Bugaboo is designed as a single seater and has the flexibility to be a car seat, reversible bassinet and reversible toddler seat.  The Bugaboo range is easy to assemble and folds small for people with limited boot space in the car and is a great choice for parents looking for a pram which is able to be changed to suit the child as they grow.

The Strider Plus baby pram is another option to consider especially if you are looking for a pram with heaps of features as well as the ability to change and adapt the pram as the child grows.  This pram provides the flexibility of an extra seat if you have a toddler as well and many parents prefer this pram over some of the other brands due to the generous stowage space for all the babies essentials.

The Valco Rebel pram is another model that has been designed to change and adjust as the child grows.  The Valco rebel is fully interchangeable depending on whether you want the baby facing you or facing outward and as the baby grows the seat area is fully adjustable and incorporates a moveable foot rest.  Other great features of this pram include padded 5 point harness straps and an extra large storage area for all the babies blankets and other items.

The Love N Care Stroller is also a great choice for newborns through to toddlers with the great design features and this pram is super light weight and easy to handle.  As with most of the good quality prams this one is fully adjustable and folds down small to fit in even the smallest boot space.  The Love N Care stroller is made from fully washable durable fabrics, has a large area for baby items under the carriage and even comes with a protective boot cover for use when stored in the car or house.