Monthly Archives: January 2013

Welcome to the World, Grayson

Stork Craft would like to send a warm “Welcome to the world” to little Grayson Quinn.  Born at two and a half weeks early, this little bundle of joy is the son of Amanda Vrtis from Saving 4 Five, our Mom of the week back in December, and also PTPA reviewer of Stork Craft’s Carrara 4 in 1 Crib, Aspen Combo and Tuscany Glider!

 

Now with a total of four children and a husband, Amanda definitely has her hands full!  So how does she handle it all?  We’ve followed up with her to see if she has any pointers for moms-to-be, and to give us a glimpse of how her family has gone through the transition of welcoming a new born into their home.

 

-New Arrival’s Name: Grayson Quinn
-Age: 2 weeks

 

SC: Congrats on the birth of your little one! With three other children, most people would think that you would be a pro at the whole birthing process and all. But has this fourth delivery been any easier or more difficult?

Amanda: I think it’s easy to assume I’m a pro at having babies, but something I try to remember is all deliveries are different! You can’t always plan out what’s going to happen. This delivery had a couple hick-ups. It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be.

 

SC: Any pointers for mothers who are nervous about going into labour?

Amanda: My best advice to mothers who are nervous about giving birth is don’t be afraid to ask questions, understand that anything can happen, and do what is best for YOU! You’re the one having a baby, not your family or friends. Also stay away from Google! That is one sure fire way of scaring the heck outta yourself.

 

SC: For families that are thinking about giving a sibling to their child, any advice that you have for preparing the family for a new addition, whether in prepping your current child(ren) emotionally, or allocating resources like time, finances, etc.?

Amanda: Being that this is number 4 for us, it has gone different ways with each. This time around my Daughter at 19 months was the youngest to get a sibling. The others were a bit older. I noticed that at about 2 and older the children seemed to be excited for another baby, but my 19 month old not so much. I’ve just tried to understand where she is coming from. I praise her when she loves on the baby and try not to scold her too much when she is being jealous. She is coming around though- Giving more hugs and kisses now than getting mad and jealous.

 

SC: As a mother to four children now, how do you find time for yourself or your husband? Any tips for doing so?

Amanda: I don’t find time for myself LOL.  Well ok I do. I tell my husband that I’m going to take a bath. Going to the store for dinner is also my away time. My husband and I get our time together once all the kids are in bed. So having a set schedule is a must in this house. Even if it’s just a couple of hours watching tv together, it’s just us, and I love my quiet time.

 

SC: As soon as your new little one is/was ready to go out, where is/was the first place that you will take/have taken them to?

Amanda: Being that it is flu season the only time he has been out is his checkups. I think though once spring hits he may get an outing to the park. I know the older kids will love to get out and about! We also have a season pass to our local zoo. Maybe we will go there.

A is for Awesome Printables

With just little over three months to go and a guest room that is acting as default storage room for all our “I’ll figure it out later” items, I am starting to feel the pressure to clean things up for the nursery.  At the same time, we are currently renting a place until we confirm where we would like to settle down, so I am hesitant to do any permanent fixures or even to repaint .  Decorating for this baby’s room will need to be kept simple.

Right now I am loving the idea of using On to Baby’s latest free printable nursery art.  Pick a theme colour, setup that laser printer, finish off with a classic white frame and it’s good to go!  This will work to add that splash of colour without having to drastically alter a room.  And in order to squeeze in more than the one print and colour, an option is to spell out baby’s name and use descriptive words to fill in after “is for”.  Ex. A is for awesome, etc.

Now, on to narrowing down a name…

 

 

 

Mini Me

Is it just me, or has children’s clothing come a long way from what I remember growing up?  Walking past the Zara window display made me do a double take.  They were all outfits that I wouldn’t mind having myself!  Little pea coats with faux fur collars, blazers, and even a little  bit of leopard print.  Talk about the wonderful options that are now out there for dressing a mini me!

Here are some my week’s Pinterest picks for children’s outfits (Sources for images found there).  They all have some classic pieces that will look put together, and give a parent versatility when helping the little one get dressed in the morning.  At the same time, they’re easy and comfy enough to let children simply be children.

 

Shaking Off the Winter Blues: Vancouver, BC

With the Christmas season behind us, the winter lull can get a little long, especially for those of us located in colder climates.  Vancouver, British Columbia, home of Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.’s headquarters, is one of those cities that can see a lot of rainy days and early evenings that get dark by 4:30pm during the winter months.  Good news is that this city offers some great options to take your family to shake off that cabin fever.

 

1) Vancouver Aquarium:  Rain or shine, the Vancouver Aquarium is the place where little ones (and big ones!) will enjoy spending a day.  The recently installed penguin exhibition has received raving reviews for their adorable African penquins and “A 180 degree view [that] will allow you to see these penguins in action as they waddle on the rockwork and swim in the surrounding water.”

Looking for more than just a day experience?  The aquarium also offers Family Themed Sleepovers.  How cool is that?  “After everyone has gone home and the Aquarium has closed its doors for the night, join us for an exciting night of exploration, complete with special activities, tours, presentations and guest speakers. After a delicious evening snack, we continue on the second half of your adventure in our behind-the-scenes marine lab. Touch local invertebrates, including sea stars, sea urchins and anemones.”  I did this with a youth group back when I was around 10 and a few decades later, I still remember the experience of whispering up a storm with my friends in our sleeping bags, and eventually drifting off to sleep with the glow of the huge killer whale tank in front of us.

 

2) Science World: Housed in the unmistakable silver sphere, Science World is the destination for all curious minds.  No need to hush-hush your kids or tell them “do not touch”.  Let your children get hands on with the exhibitions and galleries that change seasonally.  After the energy is spent, sit back and relax to a OMNIMAX film that will take you on a journey to the ends of the earth.  Currently playing is To The Arctic.

 

3) La Casa Gelato: Needing a sweet pick-me-up after a day’s activity?  Housing 218 flavours on location at a time, La Casa Gelato is the go-to place for Vancouver sweet-tooths.  With so many options to choose from La Casa invites customers to “Come on in and try a few of our 218 flavours, and then make your decision – we have to warn you though, it will be a difficult one.”

 

4)  Cypress & Seymour Mountain: One of Vancouver’s greatest winter features is the skiing.  With Cypress and Seymour as local mountains, both locations are an easy drive up for a day in the snow.  For first-timers, big and small, lessons are available (here and here).

Got the need for speed?  Looking for the rush, but minus all the gear?  Tubing and toboganning are available as well.

 

5)  Granville Island: Located in the heart of Vancouver, Granville Island will delight your family’s senses with it’s fresh produce, bakeries and restaurants, especially during Winteruption.  Grab a bite, listen to various street performances, and survey the vendors that offer everything from locally sourced honey to hand made arts and crafts.

The kids will go ga-ga at the Kid’s Market with its “30 shops, services and activities for children and their families. Kids Market is housed in an old factory which is over 100 years old, two annex buildings and a train caboose”.  Colourful and eclectic, you can be sure to find quality classic toys, as well as the latest, much sought after ones here.

 

 

Crib Care

  

(Stork Craft Monza I and Monza II cribs)

 

Did you know that a crib requires care and maintenance?  Just like any other baby gear or item that is used on a daily basis, it is advised for all caregivers to frequently check for loose or worn out parts.  Loose pieces should be tightened and worn out parts should be immediately replaced.  Do not hesitate to call up the manufacture to ask about how you can go about aquiring new parts (Read about Stork Craft’s warranty and replacement parts policy here).  Should your item already be out of warranty, the manufacture may have a fee for the part or for shipping and handling, but for the safety of a child, it will be worth it.  In the meantime, here is a quick Q&A for Stork Craft’s pointers on crib and furniture maintenance.

 

What is the best way to clean my Stork Craft item?

When cleaning your crib or dresser, please always use a soft cloth.  A damp cloth may be used if necessary, but make sure to dry the furniture with another soft dry cloth afterwards.  Avoid use of any chemical products.

 

How do I get rid of smell in units?

It is possible that the characteristic smell of the wood from a new product may be noticeable for a while.  The smell usually disappears after one or two weeks with some airing out from the original carton and packaging materials.  Keeping the pieces in a well ventilated room can speed up this process.

All Stork Craft products are built to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States and Health Canada in Canada, and meet or exceed North American regulatory standards for juvenile furniture safety and performance.

Stork Craft products are made with non-toxic paint and materials.

 

What is the best way to store a crib?

When storing your crib for future use, save the instructions and keep them with the crib.  Often, manufacturers post or attach instructions to the mattress platform so that they are easy to find when the crib is re-assembled for later use.  If you misplace your instructions, please contact Stork Craft toll free at 1-877-274-0277 (Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM Pacific Standard Time) or email parts@storkcraft.com (Email size should be at 4MB and under).

  • Store small parts and instructions in a Ziploc bag.
  • Keep crib away from extreme temperatures.

 

What size crib mattress should go with my crib?

The mattress size should be at least 27 1/4“x 51 5/8”, and should not be more than 6 inches thick. The mattress should be of such length and width that the gap between the mattress and the sides of the crib is not more than 1-3/16 inches when the mattress is pushed into the corner of the crib.

 

Are conversion rails included with the Stages Cribs?


Stork Craft cribs do not include the metal rails required to convert to a full size bed.   To convert a Stork Craft convertible crib into a full-size bed, use a metal frame with a double ended attachment.  These rails can be purchased separately from any bed rail retailer.