Spring is here!

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There is something for all the senses in Spring – the smell of freshly cut grass, the feeling of the warm sun (after all that rain and snow!), the sight of blossoming trees. Our kiddos love to get crafty at this time of year. It’s the perfect season to teach them all about baby animals, flowers, even the weather, and crafts are a great media to do this with.

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We’ve been pinning some really fun crafts on our Pinterest boards for both kids and adults. We are especially loving the yarn ones, such as little pom-pom bunnies and chicks. These pom-pom flowers are easy to make too, take little time, and add a simple impact to window ledges, coffee table décor or even the Easter table!

Which crafts do you make with your kids? We would love to see what you made.

It’s Read Across America Day…and Dr. Seuss’s birthday.!

To celebrate, we are talking kids books! There are so many wonderful books that can capture a little ones imagination and they will quickly have their favorites that they will want to read night after night. It’s important to foster their love of reading from an early age, because lets face it, they have many years of reading ahead of them! Here are several tips to help with that, along with some favorite book suggestions from our staff.

  • Add reading to your little one to their nightly routine – if you create the time, you can actually get them into bed a little earlier and they will even look forward to it. When they start complaining about bedtime, change the subject by asking them “what book would you like to read tonight? What about the one with the great big turnip?” and before you know it, they will be telling you their book choices.
  • Let your child see you relaxing and reading. It may seem like the wrong thing to do, like maybe you are ignoring them, but if your child sees you reading a book, they are more likely to follow suit and take time for themselves in the same way.
  • Find books that educate your child about different times of the year –put them away when its no longer that season and rotate them back in the following year. Halloween, Holidays, Summer etc.
  • It’s never to early to begin, so begin reading right away – it’s a great way to bond and is something to talk to your newborn about when you run out of oohing and aah-ing!

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Little Babies:
1.: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
2.: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
3.: Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton
4.: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Older Babies:
5.: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Toddlers:
6.: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

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Things we love.

Valentine’s Day is about sharing love with your loved ones, whether by sending a card, buying a gift, or simply by letting the people you love, know you love them! We have selected a few ‘Things we Love’, to inspire your gift giving + enjoy 20% off from February 10th through February 15th. Simply use promo code VDAY17 at checkout.

Snuggle Blanket:
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Researchers recently found that women need to be hugged once a day for their health! I’m sure this is true for most of us, so when you can’t physically be there, the next best thing is our Snuggle Blanket – so soft and cozy, it feels like a real-life hug.
Alternative uses: great for trips – bringing something familiar from home to sleep with can help to settle a restless little one.

 Hooded Towel:
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Pair one of our fun hooded towels with a rubber duckie and you will have just about the best gift for your little valentine! Bath times will be more fun, little heads will be warm and little bodies will be swaddled in a plush, water-wicking wonder!
Alternative uses: Perfect for the pool and great as a cape while running through the sprinklers!

Nursing Cover:

What says ‘I love you’ more than breastfeeding? Nothing. So treat yourself to our pioneering product, the nursing cover. Multiple feedings, all day long, in perfect, serene privacy. No matter where you are or who you are with (hello, father-in-law!) baby can concentrate on feeding and you can gaze at your little darling, while marveling at what a great job you are both doing.
Alternative uses: Excuses: “I’m sorry, I can’t help with those dishes – I’m nursing”, we won’t tell. Seriously; wear over a baby carrier to protect from sun or wind.

Car Seat Cover:
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Designed to stay-put, to protect baby from wind, rain and over-zealous visitors. The cover will not blow in baby’s face waking them from their much needed nap – a gift in itself!
Alternative uses: a full length zipper allows the cover to open completely and snaps at the back secure the cover open when baby is awake.

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Tips for traveling with littles.

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The holiday season is upon us and with that it is high season for family travels. Whether you are visiting loved ones in warmer places or colder places and no matter if you are getting there via car, train, bus or plane, traveling with little munchkins is always an undertaking and never easy. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get there smoothly with your baby and kids in tow.

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Be sure to check out all the options that are available to you with your airline. You will be able to locate this information in the same part of the website you will go to for check-in. There can be benefits such as extra baggage allowance, bulkhead reservations (along with a small crib option), and information about what to do with strollers (ALWAYS take the stroller all the way to the gate. It will be stowed and then ready for you when you land)

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For children be sure to reserve them a kids meal ahead of time (This needs to be done a few days in advance of travel). There is nothing worse than being stuck at 35,000 ft with a hungry toddler.

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Pack brand new toys for them to play with on the plane. The fun of discovering a new toy keeps them occupied – especially if it is something that engages them for a while such as a new coloring book and pens or a small puzzle. Keep the items small, but ideally pack at least 1 new toy for every hour and reveal them hourly, not all at once.

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Pack a zip-lock® bag or small garbage bag in your purse. This might seem odd, but the amount of things you get handed on a plane with wrappings can make a big mess of your area and can add to the stress. Alternative, you can use your Bebe au Lait Wet & Dry Bags – they are true multi-taskers, especially while traveling.

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Pack a change of clothes for your little ones. Inevitably, they spill something on themselves in the first 5 minutes of travel. And again our multi-tasking Wet & Dry bags will come in handy. Make sure to pack a few! get them here>

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If it’s a long-haul flight, pack pajamas. The routine of getting ready for bed helps to settle them down. Plus, there is nothing more comfortable to wear.

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Make sure the iPad is fully charged and don’t forget child-size headphones.

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Wear a Nursing Scarf for travel – it can double as a blanket when the flight is air-conditioned like the North Pole.

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Bring lots of snacks! But not sugary ones or you’ll be pulling your little one off the celling of the plane. Cheerios are good, as are raisins.

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A Nursing Cover can be used to both nurse in public, and also provide a cocoon – helping baby focus on you, not the surroundings and keep them calm.

Last but not least, relax and try not to worry about the people around you. Most of them will be glad they are not the ones dealing with children and will actually feel more sympathy for you than anger.

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