venerdì 30 gennaio 2015

    As far as thermometers are concerned I don't know if my approach is paranoid or it is a normal behavior.
Anyway what happened to me is as follows: when my son was two months old we suddenly realized that vaccines were going to be in our future! 
We then started reading and looking for information and, obviously, I came out of that period really worried about vaccines.

If you, like me, read information about vaccines and side-effects you know what I'm talking about. I don't want to dig deeper in this topic. Just say that we eventually decided to choose the mainstream path and vaccinate our son.
This said there was a problem I did not want to approach the conventional way: the fever.
Everyone, doctors included, told us that we should control our son in the first 24-48 hours after the vaccine. What they said is that we should have checked if he had fever.
Easier said than done!
How am I supposed to measure the temperature to a little baby that keeps moving and completely relies on me, without terryfing him?
The answer is straigthforward: take a rectal thermometer, immobilize your son and check the temperature from time to time...what!!!??? I'm sorry but I completely disliked the idea of torturing my son only to prevent some eventual problem.
Luckily enough a friend talked to me about: ThermoFocus

The ThermoFocus thermometer measures infra-red emissions from every object is focused toward. Infra-red emission is related to the temperature of the object.
In this way this thermometer can calculate the temperature emitted by the object. The same is true for a human body. When you want to measure the temperature of your son you simply need to grab ThermoFocus and handle it close to his forehead (you don't need to touch his forehead). The temperature is measured almost immediately.

On the web site you can find detailed instructions in order to use it properly. Don't worry the instructions are super-easy. The only thing you must consider is that, given the measurement method, this thermometer is able to react to little variations in temperature between different areas of your body.
Moreover the 'normal' temperature can vary from person to person. This are the reasons why it's strongly suggested to take a set of measurements on all family members when you're not ill. In this way you can understand what is their 'normal' temperature (usually measured in the middle of the forehead).
Once you've done this calibration with your son, you will be able to check if the temperature is rising in a couple of seconds at any time. You only need to put the thermometer close to the centre of his forehead and the display will show the measured temperature.

All of this will happen with no tears nor torments for your son. We used it widely and I'm completely satisfied about it.
To be completely safe we bought a traditional thermometer too so that we can double check if needed: once that Thermofocus measure a temperature increase you can always think to measure it also with the traditional thermometer.

Summarizing Thermofocus helped avoiding many Alessandro's tears. I must admit that measured temperatures often differ from the ones measured with the traditional thermometer but Thermofocus never missed a temperature increase. Then we never failed to realize when any of our sons was going to have fever.

Lately our 3 years old toddler considers Thermofocus a toy and enjoys using it to measure the temperature of his 8 months old brother as you can see in the pictures below.


venerdì 19 dicembre 2014

At the very moment in which we had to choose a bed for Alessandro I received a clever advice from a friend of mine. She suggested me to buy one with at least one completely flippable side!

I then looked for beds with at least this feature.
Few of them satisfied this request: many had a movable side with two fixed positions:
1- completely up
2- mid-height

Few of them had a side that could completely disappear below the bed. This feature allows:

- you to lay beside your son/daughter when he/she is scared or simply wants you to stay close to him/her. You can lay your head next to him/her
- him/her to climb on the bed on his/her own when he/she will be able to do it
- let you lean your baby on the bed when he/she fell asleep somewhere else.

Other features I suggest to look for in a bed are:
1) a drawer below the bed, just to gain a little bit of room for linen
2) tough wheels, possibly with wheel locks

We eventually chose a bed by FoppaPedretti with one side completely flippable thanks to their patented mechanism.
When you pull up the side the mechanism is a little bit noisy. They should have solved this issue before patenting the mechanims, in my opinion.
It's not a big issue, after all. I mean that our son never woke up before of that noise.

It's easy to move the bed because the wheels are resistant and tough. The drawer is spacious and can fit easily linen and towels.
The bed has a little toy on one side made up of a set of colourful wheels. Alessandro enjoyed it and learned the colours with those wheels.

We bought the bed here: CullaDelBimbo and we chose it based on "value for money" analysis. It was the less expensive between those that guaranteed a certain quality of materials and having the functionalities I described in this post.

The bed we bought is the model named: Rollino. I did not find it on Here below I added a similar one I found.

sabato 29 novembre 2014

Me and my wife did the same errors with the HighChair as well. We first tried a traditional one and only after finding out that it was really uncomfortable, we decided that we needed something better.
We started the weaning of Alessandro with a traditional HighChair.

We had our kitchen half occupied by the HighChair: impossible to put the baby close to the table during dinner and, when not used, it was not possible to move HighChair partially under the table as normal chairs.

The worst thing was the distance between us and Alessandro during lunch and dinner.

Obviously I already had eyed the solution: Tripp-Trapp Chair by Stokke but to get convinced we needed to experience the disadvantages of other choices.
Then when Alessandro started using his own Tripp-Trapp he was already 8 months old.

The best thing about Tripp-Trapp Chair is that you can put it close to the table as a chair thus having your son at your table with you. He will be at your same level and the meal will be a moment together from the very first days. Your baby can eat directly at the table, with his own dish and he is not forced to eat using a tray.
The amount of space occupied by Tripp-Trapp is much less than other HighChairs, though still a certain amount of space is needed.

Tripp-Trapp changes its configuration depending on the age and dimensions of the baby, becoming a different kind of chair depending on the specific period of life of your child.

For toddlers less than 2 years old you can use the 'baby set' in order to prevent them to fall down.
The 'baby set' is made up of a seatback and a front stand (both made in plastic). The front stand is what prevents them to fall down forward.
It works like the seat of a stroller, with two holes for the legs.
Once you remove the baby set (between 2 and 3 years depending from your child), the Tripp-Trapp obstructs less than a chair.

For newborns you can buy a 'newborn set'. I cannot talk about it because we did not use it. We did not consider it useful for us.
As far as the baby set is concerned and the associated cushions (unfortunately sold on their own) we found it very useful and user friendly.
We always left Alessandro on his HighChair with no fear of him falling back.
As soon as he was able to he started climbing it on his own, using the footrest as a step to reach the seat.
Now that he is 3 years old he use it as his own chair. It helps him having his eyes at the same height as ours and allows him to do whatever we do during the meal.

Here I attach few photos of the HighChair with and without babyset (the baby set is the green part).

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