Archive for February, 2012

You Rock!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

 In your rocking chair pad that is – did you know that Carousel Designs offers a coordinating rocking chair pad for each of our crib bedding collections?

It’s so nice to have a cozy rocking chair pad for the many times you’ll be rocking around the clock: feeding time, sleepy time, and bonding time. These are very easy to set up in your rocking chair at home. It comes in two pieces – the back pad and the seat cushion – and all the ties are strategically positioned to keep the cozy cushions in place.

In addition to having a rocking chair pad that matches your baby’s bedding, you can also select the option to personalize it by adding a monogram.


When you are viewing the product online, or after you have put it in your cart, you’ll see an ‘Add Monogram’ option. Simply click this link, and you’ll be given a few different choices of font and style. There is a wide selection of thread colors, as well, to match every fabric we carry.

Did you see a rocking chair pad that you liked, but wished it had a different color trim? Call us! We can completely customize your rocking chair pad. This comes in handy especially if you have custom designed your crib bedding set. You won’t be left out – the same customization can be applied to your rocking chair pad. We are always ready to help, so please let us know what we can do to create that perfect rocking chair pad for you!

Do you love your rocking chair? Share with us how it has come in handy and why you can live without it.




Just Watch Me

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Childcare – it’s a project trying to decide where your childcare will come from. Sure, sure, family and friends are usually the first choice since they know you and more importantly, you know them. But you can’t always be guaranteed to have available friends and family to watch your precious progeny, so what will you do?

If you decide a childcare center is the best option for you and your little one, it’s a great idea to talk to other moms you trust to get referrals and recommendations.  You’ll want to decide which aspects of childcare are important to you. Is location, price, or activities important?


Price – To say that daycare pricing varies is putting it simply. The ranges in price are so extensive that you’ll have to do a little research. However, since there are usually many centers to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits in your budget.  Ask plenty of questions – sometimes even if you only need childcare for three work days, you may still be charged for an entire workweek. Not all daycare centers bill this way, so be sure to ask around and confirm in advance so there are no surprises.

Activities– Some childcare centers offer more than just a babysitting service. They focus more on educational childcare, although a well-rounded center will provide a mix of playtime and learning. How much can an infant really learn, you may ask? A lot!  Your baby may learn sign language  and also learn important social skills by being around other babies his/her age.

One-on-one  time – With the needs of many families resulting in both parents working full-time, childcare centers have become pretty crowded, and yet the price hasn’t gone down – hmmm. One important thing to look for is the adult-to-child ratio. How many children will the caretaker be watching in addition to your little one? There are state standards for teacher-to-child ratios, but some daycares exceed the standard by guaranteeing smaller class sizes. This is something to ask about.

Location – After deciding what type of childcare center is right for you, consider the location. What is easier for you: close to home, close to work, or close to a family member? Who will be dropping off and picking up your child(ren)?

At first, it may be very difficult to let your little one stay in the care of others. After some time, however, your child may even get excited about getting ready for “school.” They’ll learn early to interact with other children and make some new friends. You might make some new friends too!

What is important to you when selecting childcare? Does your little one enjoy going to daycare now? Share with us how you decided on your daycare center.