Carrie McBride, Family Editor's Profile

Display Name: Carrie McBride, Family Editor
Member Since: 4/3/07

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@SherryBinNH I would also be interested to know more about these crystals and their eco-impact. I suspect it is not good. There is almost no info on the company's website about what they are and I haven't taken the time to contact them yet. If anyone knows, share it in the comments.


The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 10:03 AM

@eeks, I had a full-size swing for my first and the smaller footprint portable version for my second and the range of motion is somewhat bigger for the full swing, but not significant. One advantage, however to the full-size is that you can usually plug them in instead of using batteries. I was pleasantly surprised, however, how long the batteries in the portable swing lasted (and we used it a LOT for the first few months). We bought those spacers that allowed us to use rechargeable AAs instead of C batteries (like this: http://www.batteryjunction.com/eneloop-sec-cspacer4pk.html?gclid=COTj7O7Sgb8CFXEF7AodKwwAGA). Bottom line: in a small home, definitely recommend the portable swing!


Carrie's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought and Ones I Wish I Hadn't
6/17/14 03:43 PM

@MadeItToTheMoon Baby Bjorns causing hip dysplasia is an oft-repeated rumor that seems to have no scientific backing. This is an in-depth look at the issue for those who are interested: https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/01/25/will-the-babybjorn-endanger-your-infants-health/


Carrie's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought and Ones I Wish I Hadn't
6/17/14 03:27 PM

"Rock Star" of the Day - that is awesome.


Comfort & Simplicity in a Room for Four Brothers My Room
6/3/14 09:29 AM

I agree - my main one is kind of gross and lives in a closet. This one is really just for quick, little jobs and having it out in the open is a motivator to keep it clean.


Pimp My Small Kitchen: 10 Cheap, Renter-Friendly Improvements
5/30/14 04:54 PM

Not as cheap as a shelf liner, but a Silpat mat has kind of a tacky surface and I think would work great. This is the one I have: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/silpat-reg-non-stick-baking-mat/3251124


Pimp My Small Kitchen: 10 Cheap, Renter-Friendly Improvements
5/30/14 01:42 PM

What about cutting a no-stick shelf liner to fit the size of the tray? Something like this: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/con-tact-grip-ultra-shelf-liner-in-stone/127376


Pimp My Small Kitchen: 10 Cheap, Renter-Friendly Improvements
5/30/14 01:37 PM

@Cremedela I have used con-tact paper in my kitchen and it does not leave a residue. Shouldn't be a problem for renters on most surfaces.


15 Ideas for Removable, DIY Kitchen Backspashes Renters Solutions
5/19/14 04:01 PM

Wow, interesting comments about this shade of pink. To my eye and mind, it is much more modern than a pastel pink which is traditionally associated with girls' nurseries. I think this carnation pink is more bold and modern and not "girly" in the traditional sense. But I will concede that "girly" is perhaps a loaded term. :)


Before & After: Budget IKEA Sniglar Crib Goes Pretty in Pink
5/19/14 11:42 AM

Hi @imaginative, Katerina is right, it's the Stokke Sleepi. We first bought it for our son almost six years ago. I wrote about it in-depth if you're interested: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-space-crib-the-stokke-sl-82854


The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: One Year Sharing a Bedroom with a Baby
4/30/14 12:22 PM

Hi @HomeSweetAntique, since you brought it up, I only added a bumper to my daughter's crib around her first birthday (I began this post a few months ago; she is now 14 months old and still in our room). This is the age we decided was safe for her and would be more comfortable than banging her head on the side of the crib during the night. Have you ever noticed that no one ever tells you at what age it is safe to let your child use a pillow or a blanket or anything in their crib? Not using a bumper as a young baby was a no-brainer for me, but she isn't exactly a baby anymore. She walks, she runs, she climbs onto the coffee table and the sofa (and can even get herself back down again), she feeds herself and uses a handful of words. Full disclosure: she also sleeps with a teddy bear who she loves.


The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: One Year Sharing a Bedroom with a Baby
4/30/14 12:18 PM

I just added a note that you CAN purchase the Bekvam online from IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40070185/


10 Ways To Use IKEA's Bekvam Spice Racks All Over the House
4/11/14 11:46 AM

Someone who says they work for IKEA commented on a Pinterest page that they are not being discontinued, but they are having supply issues and to keep checking back. Let's cross our fingers that that is true! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/3166662207471698/


10 Ways To Use IKEA's Bekvam Spice Racks All Over the House
4/11/14 11:42 AM

Hi @Nitu, I wrote all about that crib a few years ago when my son used it: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-space-crib-the-stokke-sl-82854


My Small Home: Carrie's Small Space Solutions
4/2/14 03:43 PM

Hi @mollymc181 that's a good question with a potentially gross answer. we keep it in the kitchen. it was really our only option. we have one of those fancy self-raking ones and it has no odor. (it is also behind a curtain). i'm in the process of writing up a review of the litter box and you can see the whole set-up.


My Small Home: Carrie's Small Space Solutions
4/2/14 01:03 PM

Hi @mesebe, not a silly question! I actually only tied it and hid the tie at the back (both at the top and bottom). so far it's holding just fine and isn't sliding around.


My Small Home: Carrie's Small Space Solutions
4/2/14 01:00 PM

@JAMcA - good question and I'm writing a post about the past year with a baby in the bedroom. Look for it in the next few weeks.


My Small Home: Carrie's Small Space Solutions
4/2/14 12:58 PM

If I understand your question above about the loft bed configuration: The height from the floor to the top of the ladder (which is the same height as the base of the mattress) is a smidge under 35".

I don't have the canopy setup so I can't answer your 2nd question, sorry!


10 Ways to Customize the Kura Loft Bed
3/14/14 04:51 PM

When I was 4 or 5, my family moved into a larger home with four bedrooms. My parents took one, my younger sister took one and - even though there were two left - my older sister and I decided we'd rather share a room. And we shared a bed, too. We loved it. When we were older, my sister did 'move out' to her own room, but those years together were fun. Many children find it comforting to sleep with someone else - why do you think so many kids end up in the parents' bed at night?


Thomas and Greg Bunk Up on a Budget My Room
3/14/14 11:49 AM

Hi - it was labeled Park Slope by the photographer and Basquiat is always referenced as having grown up in Park Slope so I think it's a safe assumption that at this time Pacific between 3rd & 4th was considered part of the Slope.


Meet the Original Brooklyn Hipsters Dinanda Nooney Photo Collection at NYPL
3/5/14 04:37 PM