Bebe au Lait wins a 2012 Cribsie Award!

It’s a pretty exciting day here at Bebe au Lait. This morning, the 2012 Cribsie Award winners were announced, and we were honored with the award for “Prettiest Nursing Cover”!

The Cribsie Award really means a lot to us. The Cribsie Academy is full of people whom we admire, and we’re thrilled that we were selected as finalists by them. What we’re most flattered by though  is the fact that the final winners were chosen by the public. We’re beyond thrilled that so many out there think so highly of our nursing covers- we love receiving feedback from our customers and we consider this win a giant piece of fan-mail. I’d like to extend a huge ‘Thank You’ to all of our fans who nominated and voted for us- you’re the reason we do what we do!

In honor of our Cribsie win, we’re offering 20% off of any regularly-priced nursing cover on our website through 4/4/12. Use the code CELEBRATE at checkout, and join the celebration!

Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: April 2012 – Annerley, Hong Kong

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – April 2012

Store Name:  Annerley – maternity and early childhood professionals

Years in business:  Since 1995

Store Location: 17th Floor, Tak Woo House, Wo On Lane, 17 D’aguilar Street, Central , Hong Kong

Online at: http://www.annerley.com.hk/index.php

Store/Customer Service Emailinfo@annerley.com.hk

Hours: 10 am to 6 pm weekdays

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry and why?  All different patterns of the breastfeeding covers and some gift sets.  We carry these because most of our clients are breastfeeding mothers, and in Hong Kong these are very popular so that feeding when you are out and about is easier.  The covers are a very popular baby shower gift also.

What are your customer’s favorite prints to purchase?   Capri, Mint Chocolate, Marmont

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product?  The Hooters Hiders covers, as they are light and suit our climate well.  We like various different colors, personally I have 3 different favorites. 

What do you think Bebe au Lait should develop next?  Beautiful nursing tops!

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you? We are a well established maternity and baby clinic with a special shop that we have hand picked all our products for, based on our professional expertise and experience in working with parents.  We are a team of 10 nurses and midwives that support mums and in our centre we hold many different classes for parents.

5 Tips for Mealtime with a Toddler

I feel like I’m constantly reading “tips” articles or whole books, dedicated to helping me to navigate the hectic, tiring, hilarious and fulfilling job of parenting a toddler. One of the areas that I’ve needed a lot of coaching, is mealtime.

My daughter Harper is a bit of a comedian. When we’re running low on time, it always seems like that’s when she decides that she’s going to do nothing but joke around at the table. At first, I found it difficult to keep her focused, but I’ve developed some skills in the toddler mealtime department- so below are my top 5 tips for feeding a toddler.

1) Offer Choices. I had heard this one before- mainly just in reference to vegetables (and it amazingly, DOES really work for vegetables! See the original article I read on babble here). But when I say offer choices, I mean from meal planning “Harper, do you want waffles with blueberries today or bananas and cheerios?” “Do you want chicken and broccoli or soup (anything even remotely liquid-y is “soup” at this point) to sitting at the table deciding what to eat first (or even which piece of chicken to eat).

I’ve noticed that by actively engaging with her, and making the meal about her choices, she’s more likely to eat than goof around. Of course, not every meal plan is based on Harper’s decisions (I’m not a short-order cook!) and that’s ok- even when the choices are small (like which fork to use today), it works!

Mealtime tips for toddler2) Allow them to experiment. Yes, as adults, we KNOW that broccoli dipped in ketchup MUST taste awful. But for a toddler who’s just learning about food, this combination seems perfectly reasonable, and potentially delicious. I had read somewhere that allowing your kids to be adventurous with their food early makes them more open to trying new things later- so when my daughter decided to dip her broccoli into her ketchup, I decided to let her go for it. To my surprise, she kept doing it… and finished her broccoli. So my new motto is, as long as its not dangerous- go ahead and try it!

3) Hold the milk. My daughter is obsessed with milk. I’m pretty sure she would drink a gallon a day if I let her, so its become increasingly important to only serve water with dinner. If I give her milk, she WILL drink it all before touching her food and she WILL request more because she’s used to having a beverage with her meal. Offering water allows her to focus on the food while still having something to wash down her ketchup-covered broccoli with.

4) Make Healthy Foods fun. We’ve embraced the smoothie bandwagon at our house. We’ve worked everything from kale to soy milk, to blueberries to spinach into our smoothies, and refer to them as ‘milkshakes’. Harper loves them.

Are we lying to her? No. There’s milk in there (soy milk). So they’re sort of “milkshakes”. But the point is, she’s enjoying a treat and we know that she’s getting the vitamins she needs. Its a win-win.

Along the same lines, but another great discovery: it really does help to refer to broccoli as “trees” and play a game where your kiddo pretends to be a dinosaur eating the “trees”. Whoever came up with that is brilliant!

5) The classics are still good. Does every meal time need to be well thought-out and restaurant-quality? No. Don’t put pressure on yourself to win Top Chef at every meal. Sometimes, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich really is the perfect lunch. And sometimes, grilled cheese and chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered. In my opinion, these old standards are necessities in the mealtime rotation- both for my sanity, as well as in the name of being a kid!

Got anything to add? What makes mealtimes work in your house? Do you have any great toddler-friendly recipes to share?

Bebe au Lait at Big City Moms’ Biggest Baby Shower L.A.!

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to L.A., where I attended the Big City Moms’ Biggest Baby Shower. It was so much fun! It was great to meet so many new Moms and Moms-to-be at the event.

What made the night so special was the excitement that everyone was feeling. Pregnancy is such an amazing time in someone’s life, and it was an honor to be a part of an event that celebrates the expectant Mama! I was so happy to chat with everyone about their experiences and share the Bebe au Lait story with them.

Here’s a photo of our table at the event, along with some photos of the attendees. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by!