Archive for August, 2010

Baby Gift Registries: Way More Fun than Dishware!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Years ago, I remember someone telling me that babies were cheap.  As in, “You might as well have a slew, ‘cause babies don’t cost nothin’.”

Well, I don’t know what they were talking about (or why on earth I was listening to someone who talks like that) because having a baby is an expensive venture!

There’s all the gear, furniture, and gotta-have paraphernalia, not to mention baby-proofing your house and decorating your nursery!  And the diapers…don’t forget the diapers!!

And if you fall prey to the notion that you’ve got to have the hottest stroller, the most expensive diaper bag, or the latest and greatest high chair…you’re in trouble.

But we can help! We’ve made it so incredibly easy to create a registry here at Carousel Designs and even easier to let all of your friends and family know exactly what you want in your babies crib!  It’s a great way to get a little help decorating your nursery from people who really want to help (think grandparents, aunts & uncles, your non-parent friends who have no idea what to get you).

We’ve made it blissfully fast for registrants to register…just enter your first and last name, an email address, pick a password and you’re in!

You’ll then decide whether you want your registry to be public, invitation-only or private.

  • Public registries are searchable and viewable by anyone.
  • Invitation-Only registries are not searchable and only viewable with a direct link which we’ll provide to you.
  • Private registries are not searchable and only viewable by the registrant (a great way to create a wish list for yourself).

You’ll also enter an event date (i.e. when you expect the baby to make his/her first appearance) or as I like to put it, a deadline.

Anybody can set up a gift registry for an expectant parent and we have many that are managed by soon-to-be grandparents or even a friend.  And if you include the name of a co-registrant (i.e. baby daddy), gift buyers will be able to search for your registry by this name as well.

Though we require an address, it will not be shown to anyone…even gift buyers.  This address is the location where your registry gifts will be sent unless your gift buyers choose to send to alternate addresses (which they have the option to do).

And it’s super easy to share your registry information with friends and family.  With a simple click, you can share it:

  1. On Facebook;
  2. With a direct link we provide to you for emails, Twitter, or chats; or
  3. With a snippet of code that you can embed into websites like a blog.

And then all you do is click the “Add to Registry” button just below “Add to Cart” when you’re browsing our crib bedding collections.

How much fun is that?

All that’s left for you to do is to sit back and wait for your baby’s bedding to roll in.

Or…start regrouting the tiles in your bathroom (a little nesting never hurt anyone).

How Birth Order Affects Your Child’s Personality

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I’ve always been fascinated by theories of birth order and how they can affect a child’s personality, so it was with great interest that I read this article over the weekend which cites a recent study out of Adelphia University that found that first-borns tend to be more intelligent, while younger siblings are more outgoing.

And that’s similar to the fairly accepted notion that first-borns tend to be over achievers (past studies that looked at U.S. presidents, Nobel Laureates or NASA astronauts found that they were overwhelmingly first-borns) and that the youngest are more carefree.  Other studies have found that middle children are independent and inventive (though there is that middle child syndrome but that’s a completely different post).

As the oldest of four children, I’d like to think that I’m the smartest, though I’m pretty sure that’s not true.  But I do find some of the arguments the study made quite interesting.

First, that first borns tend to score higher on intelligence measures because at some point, they were the only recipient of their parents’ attention.  I know for a fact that we read to our oldest child more than our youngest (probably because by the time our 2nd came around we were too tired).

But while our youngest may be intellectually crippled as a result, apparently he’ll be more open to new experiences because he’s witnessed challenges his older sibling has had to overcome, thus giving him more security in overcoming obstacles (so it’s not all gloom and doom).

Though none of this explains why this over-achiever is now working for her “carefree” baby brother so obviously there are other factors at play.  But it does shed some light on some things we may do as parents to unwittingly effect the outcome one way or the other.

So maybe instead of giving our oldest child more responsibility by default, we should try to beyond our comfort zone and dole out a little more to his baby brother (with a 4 year age difference that’s easier said than done).  And maybe I can try a little harder not to coddle my youngest (that’s even harder to do because, well, he is my baby).

Or maybe I can stop reading articles about birth order and do a much-needed load of laundry.  Hmmm…