Americans Buy Prams when in Amsterdam

babytransitAmsterdam is one of the most popular cities visited by Americans every year because of its nice infrastructure, good food and tourist attractions. This place is filled with culture and history that you can soak in all day, and it also has a fun atmosphere at night so you can party and enjoy your stay. This might be true if you are single and travelling alone or with some of your friends. However, it’s different when you are with your baby and travelling with your husband. Most couples that are expecting their babies or even planning on having one is already crossing out things on their shopping list. The first and most essential of all for Americans is the baby stroller. It’s the most convenient way to travel with your infant and be with them all the time but some American couples that visited Amsterdam are coming back with prams that they have purchased during their travel.

Prams vs. Strollers

It’s easy to confuse prams and strollers because they are both used to carry infants and toddlers. But it’s still good to know the difference so you can tell them apart. Prams are made to carry new born babies that are not yet able to sit up. Prams usually have a bassinette where the parents can put their babies in a lying position. Strollers, on the other hand, are used to transport babies that are already able to sit up. Prams are also usually big and heavy which is why they are not very good to bring while travelling. Strollers are the exact opposite because they are built with lightweight material, and most of them are collapsible. Prams also have carriages that are high above the ground while strollers have seats that are lower. That being said, there are hybrid carriages that are a mix of both prams and strollers. These are practical to consider because you can use it from when you deliver your baby to when they get older. Most people also substitute their cribs with a pram or have both so they can have their babies in different locations when they are in the house. This can prove to be very useful especially if you don’t always have someone to look after your baby in the nursery.

Why Americans are buying prams in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a laid back city and most new parents use prams to make sure that their babies are comfortable while they are doing their chores. When you visit houses with babies, you will immediately see them sleeping or resting in their prams. American couples who visit these homes find that having a pram for the house is way better than always putting the babies in a crib in their nursery. This is the reason prams are best sellers to American couples that visit Amsterdam. While it might not be practiced in America by most parents, Dutch people believe that it’s best to have their babies near them at all times—especially at home.

The Expat’s Guide to Buying Baby Crib Mattress

uponamattressExpats travel all the time, and some bring their babies along especially if there is no one to look after them at home. Because of the hassle of bringing everything along, expats do the shopping in most of the countries that they visit. Americans in Amsterdam, for example, buy their baby crib mattresses there so they can use it for their infants. There are plenty of crib mattresses that you can buy in the store. However, you always want the best for your baby and because of that, you need to make sure that you are buying a quality crib mattress. A baby needs all the rest that they can get so they can grow faster and healthier. Buying the perfect crib mattress will ensure that your baby has a good night’s sleep. There are important tips that you should know when picking out the best type of crib mattress for your baby, here are some of them.

Always look for quality

Inexpensive foam and innerspring mattresses are made with thin vinyl coverings and edgings that are easily torn, cracked and dry out in the long run. The more expensive the mattresses are, the coverings promise to be thicker and resistant to puncture. They also have double or triple laminates and are made with very fine cotton. An innerspring mattress will weigh more if they are made with better quality steel and cushioning.

You can’t tell a mattress by its cover

Remember that when it comes to mattresses, all that counts is what’s inside. Some crib mattresses look good and feel great when you test them in the store but will prove to be disappointing when you start using it. You can’t rely on the store’s sales staff to give you the correct information about their product. You need to make sure to know what the crib mattress is made off and what type of materials are used to make sure they are of good quality.

Hit the stores

Once you have defined your budget, hit the stores and test drive different baby crib mattresses. Always look at the labels to know what the mattresses are made of because the law requires manufacturers to list them down. If the manufacturer did not list the materials and specifications on the label, do not buy from them. Remember that when you push down on a good mattress, your hands should come right back up. You should also make sure that you don’t consider the mattress based on your comfort, always think about your baby.

Buy a new crib mattress

It’s tempting to save money to buy other things for yourself. However, it’s best to buy a new crib mattress for your baby even if you’re only traveling. The first thing to ensure is that the mattress is sanitary and bacteria free. There is no way to know where second-hand crib mattresses have been stored or used; you don’t want that for your baby. If you want to save money, buy a new one for your first child and keep it clean for your next ones. If you’ll be looking for a mattress for yourself, check out Upon a Mattress to learn about the latest products in the market.

How To Choose An Air Conditioning System

Being away from home is hard enough but dealing with another country’s weather condition is a different topic. Choosing an air conditioner that fits your home is a very important decision as well as an important investment. When the heat gets worse around the summer, you want your family to feel as comfortable as they possibly can. If you’re choosing an air conditioner this year, here are some things that you need to consider.

The best air conditioners are efficient and operate on minimal electricity so you won’t get crazy electrical bills. They provide good performance for long years as long as they are well maintained. They perform quietly and are not prone to breaking down.

How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?

An air conditioner that’s too small for the size of your house will not cut it but an oversized air conditioner is not good as well. You will need to turn it on and off more than usual and it will waste more energy than you think. It might also damage the compressor while you’re at it.

A contractor can determine the right size of air conditioner that fits your home by studying your cooling requirements. He will consider the window dimensions and exposure, insulation and climate, floor space as well as the appliances that generate heat. He will take note of the direction your home faces and even the part that are under the shade of trees.

Which air conditioners are energy efficient?

Just like cars manufacturers, air conditioner manufacturers are required to evaluate or rate the equipment that they use based on its energy efficiency. This rating is also known as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the rating, the equipment turns out to be more efficient.
Most homes that have central air conditioning use a standard model. But when replacement is needed, they can upgrade to a more energy efficient equipment. An example would be the Rheen Series that has a rating of 18 and is one of the highest ones available today.

Are some air conditioners built better than others?

A unit’s compressor is the main part of a condensing unit. If the temperature is hot, it works very hard. The best compressors are scroll compressors and are known as the leader in efficiency, reliability and quiet operation.

You should also look at the steel cabinets that house the coils. Remember that when coils are damaged, you need to pay expensive repair bills.

The fan is also another thing to consider because some are very noisy that you cannot even sleep through the night with it turned on.

What should I look for in a contractor?

You should have a contractor that you can depend on and has an office nearby so you can get faster service when you need it. They should have a reputable name and have a good inventory of air conditioner parts so you won’t have o wait too long if you need a part replacement. They also need to have an experience of at least 5 to 10 years.

Don’t Let Jaw Pain Ruin Your Time in Amsterdam

jaw painFor many people that wind up in Amsterdam from America, for whatever reason, there are a number of things that grab immediate attention. The layout of the city, the differences in architecture, the languages that catch the ear.

What often escapes notice is the fact that, if you come from the U.S. odds are good that your home area was warmer and dryer than Amsterdam itself. Several of the people I’ve spoken to admitted that the average humidity was much higher and the average temperature lower, and subsequently they felt it in their joints.

One of them, called Jenny after this, spoke conspiratorially about having never had chronic jaw pain before in her life. Jenny said that she loved living in Amsterdam, but that suddenly she had found herself searching for treatments for something she had never really experienced. After a trip to the doctor, who diagnosed her with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain. There are numerous causes, but the difference in humidity and temperature in Amsterdam from what she’d been accustomed to back home was definitely exacerbating the problem.

Jenny herself admitted that between the new job, the new city and the international move had been stressful, so her doctor and she agreed that she should try to deal with that, first, before medications.

After finding out what the problem was, she went looking for information and stumbled upon the website, she said she found a number of possible treatments and methods of dealing with her TMJ, a number of which were within walking distance of her apartment. The website talks about methods of dealing with stress, which can help considerably in dealing with TMJ pain.

For Jenny she started with massage therapy, temperature therapy and yoga. Temperature therapy is the easiest of the three. Ice your jaw, then apply a heat pack or warm cloth. Any of these are available in stores, or can be easily acquired. Even using ice itself, and then a warm, damp cloth can take care of the problem.

Like most cities the world over, Amsterdam has a plethora of yoga studios and massage therapy clinics, over one hundred of each and all easily located and accessible from wherever the reader might reside. For massage, many of them will even travel to hotels if that is where you are staying, or work with the hotels regularly, making it easy for a tourist to make an appointment, or to find the best recommendation of the hotel staff. Much the same with finding a yoga studio, the staff can direct you to a number of nearby studios where more information can be acquired.

Some months after her move, Jenny says that when her jaw aches it is still more noticeable, but it is substantially better than it was in the weeks after her move. A happy determination of that story for her that demonstrates a common problem and an easier solution. If your jaw hurts, the listed options can make a good place to start for any who want to try them.