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The main piece of your nursery – the crib

Choosing the best crib for your infant can be difficult, especially if you’re becoming a parent for the first time. With the plethora of models and features on the market, having some information about the basic features of a crib could help you make the right decision.


The first feature you have to look for in a crib is certification. This means that the manufacturer has tested the model according to the standards established by the laws, and the crib is considered to meet the safety level required to be on the market.

Secondly, based on your budget and on your plans for the future, you have to decide whether you want to spend money on a standard crib that will probably be good for your child for about two years, or if you want to spend a little more on a convertible crib that will last throughout toddlerhood and maybe further along. A portable crib has the advantage of being foldable and easily transportable, but won’t be of much help once your newborn grows. Portable cribs are great if you know how to use them properly.


Size, as usual, matters. While you have to consider the space you have available for placing the crib, going smaller than the standard size, that is 52*27.8 inches, may interfere with your baby’s growth rhythm and sleep comfort.

Safety features such as teething rails and a small distance between the slats are crucial for keeping your infant out of the pain that appears with splinters and blocked limbs.

While not an absolute reference point, the price of the crib can give you an idea about the quality of the materials and manufacture. Since the prices can go from one hundred to several thousands of dollars, finding a medium price in your budget range shouldn’t be that hard.

Most cribs come without a mattress, but they still have to have a sturdy mattress support. Wood presents greater risks than metal, so our advice is to go for the second option, as it is the safer choice. If a mattress is included, make sure it is a firm one, for your baby will need body support. Innerspring mattresses are considered better for infants, as a surface that’s too soft can even lead to SIDS.

If you’re still not sure what type would fit your needs the most, we recommend going through some users reviews and dedicated forums that should give you an idea about what other parents consider important.

My new Whistler Radar detector

After two years of throwing money on several second-hand radar detectors and a no-name new one that got me a ticket faster than I could mount it, I decided it was time to be responsible and invest a little in a new, branded device that could save me all the trouble the other ones didn’t. I did my research on the internet and started getting more and more curious about Whistler detectors and their prices, that promised quality and a lot of interesting features. After a few days, I said to myself I couldn’t do better than with a new CR93 Laser Radar Detector, so I bought it and I’ve been driving with it for the past month.


My first thought when I got it out of the box was that it couldn’t be so accurate with such a simple design, but I couldn’t be more wrong. The buttons are very easy to reach and operate, and the display remains clear and gives you only the crucial information, so that your sight isn’t suffocated with data. What’s more, you can even modify the luminosity of the display.


ua8But let’s get to the heavy advantages I’m currently enjoying. First of all, this Whistler model detects all radar bands, laser and Pop alerts. Usually, you would think this means that I get a lot of false alarms and that I drive with a constant alarm noise in my car, but it is not the case with the CR93. In fact, it has a three-step city mode that allows me to limit the sensitivity on the X-band, and even to shut it down completely. Plus, it comes with Field Disturbance Sensor rejection and Traffic Flow Sensor rejection, to eliminate the false alerts caused by these sensors. As for the alarm sound, this model offers a quiet mode, that will eliminate all sound, and an Auto Quiet Mode, that will make the sound dim after 5 seconds. Also, you can set it to Voice Alert, both in English and Spanish, and I can guarantee, there’s no better way to keep your grandkids quiet on a car ride.

All jokes aside, the best part of this model, and a novelty on the market is the integrated GPS, that tells you where red light cameras, speed cameras and other immobile detectors are, so that you can avoid getting a ticket.