Oct 282014
 

Ana Begins
I can only assume that most parents have a conscious or subconscious idea about each new experience their child will inevitably discover as days, months and years unwind. I may be alone here, but what completely caught me off guard were the array of and often surprising feelings visiting me as my child experienced her new world. I might have been a bit at a disadvantage, as growing up feelings in my house were 99.9% taboo. In the last six and half years I have been transformed, or maybe re-born.

Alongside my daughter’s “firsts” I have opened a world of my own “firsts”. Seeing the world through my child’s eyes has brought me much joy, such as the cold sweet taste of ice cream spread around a smile or feeling the soft white sand tickling our feet. I have empathized with her frustration as a special toy has had a “time-out” do to the consequences of breaking rules.

What I DID NOT expect were the “firsts” that would fly by at jet speed and knock me right side up. “Firsts” with my name engraved wickedly large enough so there was zero confusion to whom they belong. The first time my bright-eyed and chubby munchkin pushed me away from a hug “no, mama… no” and quickly wiggled off the couch to sprint toward the toy bin. I felt jealousy. Jealousy? But, I don’t DO jealousy, especially not of a toy bin. Then there was the time she lied to me about brushing her teeth. She LIED to ME… Ouch. It hurt, but why? I’m supposed to be the grownup. It was suppose to be a simple, “Honey, we don’t lie and always tell the truth. Mommy will always love you no matter what. If you did not brush your teeth and need help I will help you. Telling a lie hurts your heart”. Simple, done, lesson learned moving on. I did not expect her to walk behind me and ask if it’s hard to have more than one kid. “Mama, you should be really thankful, because you just have one”. Double ouch! She’s 4! I felt bruised. Had I been too hard on her? Then there was the first time dropping her off at the babysitters = guilt, sadness, anxiety, doubt.

Not all “firsts” were difficult. Many were amazing and gave me strength as a mom and as an individual. The first time she made her bed and wore a smile of pride across her enchanting face. I felt satisfaction, pride and independence. The first time she introduced herself to a new friend without prompting. I felt more pride, security and joy. The first time she told me she loved her school’s cook’s homemade soup. I felt grateful, curious and comfort knowing she was loved and nourished at the place my husband and I chose to add to our village.

What I have learned through this journey as a mom is that I have feelings, and my feelings matter just as much as anyone else’s. I get to be angry, hurt, happy, joyful, proud, stressed, worried, sad, ecstatic, silly, independent, thoughtful, grateful. The key is to not enmesh my feelings with my child or her experience. My responsibility is to respect her experience separate from my own, but bask in the gift that I also get an experience, and many more “Firsts”.

To learn more about Ana, please read our introductory post about her.
Oct 282014
 

Enjoy Every Moment
Babies are like little race cars when it comes to their developmental milestones. They all follow the same track, but they don’t get to the finish line at the same time. Some babies seem to be in a hurry and walk early while others seem to spend a little more time with the pit crew and catch up with the others later. Keep in mind that the standardized guideline of developmental milestones is just a ‘serving suggestion’ and that your baby is an individual. There is no trophy for finishing first and no champagne cork-popping to celebrate. With this in mind, you can give yourself permission to begin following the development of your little race car without the ‘mommy angst’ of finishing in first place. With your loving encouragement you’ll introduce ways to help your baby move along without spending precious, valuable time focusing on the rush to those waving, checkered flags.

As a grandmother, I can see more clearly the benefit of not worrying over developmental goals. That ‘not worrying’ thing is good practice for other challenges child rearing will bring you, too. Since my daughter was a 27-week preemie, there was a lot to be concerned about and I, more often than I’m happy about, turned that into worry. Hear me say this in my most kind, grandmotherly voice: Worry is a time and attention sucker, it’s not worth it. It’s non-productive. Give yourself a pass when you feel overwhelmed with concern and worry and sing the Frozen song, “Let It Go”. Even in the smallest amounts, worry distracts us from focusing on the present. Some of my best memories of my daughter’s early years are the times that I chose to laugh instead of worry or be embarrassed. (Note: This will come in handy in the teenage years, too. Just believe me.)

I’ll let you in on one memorable incident: I was taking a shower or doing dishes (or I blinked, I don’t even know!) and two year old Morgan found my calligraphy pens. That’s indelible ink, y’all. NON-removable except by time and baths. She loved to watch me use them so it made sense that she thought drawing was an acceptable activity. Drawing on the hallway wall and on herself, to be specific. All over herself. Head and shoulders, knees and toes. No, really. Tummy, face and hands, too. I was, at first, horrified because it was extensive. She was her own Zentangle! What would people think of me for absent-mindedly leaving those pens within her reach and ‘allowing’ her to have access to them? The evidence was going to be around for weeks, anyway, so in defiance of anyone who might comment, we daringly went to McDonald’s for lunch and the playscape. (I’m still rebellious like that.)

Yes, we got some negative, judgmental comments and stares. Unbelievably, they were mostly from older women. (Let’s make a pact to support each other and stick together, ladies!) Other mommies gave me the “oh, no, you’ll be judged but not by me” nod. Mostly, we got comments about the artwork. Many asked what happened and upon my proud explanation of how my smart girl was copying her mommy (sans paper) the reactions reflected my excitement. My girl smiled so confidently at being called an artist because she heard me speak proudly of her. Can you spot the moral of that story? Completely by accident and my out- there-dare, I discovered that my own attitude had a huge impact on everybody but most importantly, my little Picasso!

So, when your baby starts rolling like a rolling pin instead of crawling, celebrate the ingenuity and know that some serious balancing skills are being sharpened! When your baby takes his time learning to sit up, let me encourage you to choose to enjoy the extra time you are helping him learn and the opportunity to be his biggest fan. You ARE his first teacher, after all and face time is always welcomed. A baby’s face time with you is the best ‘toy’ you can give her. You want a people person with near-expert socialization skills? Spend time talking and singing face to face with her. If you have other children, encourage them to do the same. Bonding and happy memory making are key in personality development and it improves the disposition of all involved!

Your little race car’s run for the finish line is his own personal ride around that wide race track. Delight in the process and seal in mental pictures. Today will be the only day your baby will be who he is this minute. As you choose more often to keep a positive outlook and maintain an atmosphere of encouragement (imagine fans in the stands waving wildly with excitement!), with less worry about reaching the finish line alongside his fellow drivers, you will more easily relish watching your baby bloom through every stage of the race.

About Juli, a loving grandmother…
Juli Bio

Oct 242014
 

Toronto Show
We are HUGE fans of Will Stroet, the children’s musician and entertainer. We are thrilled that Will and his crew are coming to Toronto to perform on November 30th, 2014.

One of our favourite Will Stroet songs is still Full of Beans… perhaps it is because our children are FULL of Beans! Here it is to enjoy for you and your little ones.

You can follow Will on Facebook and Twitter for more musical fun and be sure to visit his YouTube Channel for some entertaining videos.

Enter for your chance to win a Family Pass of 4 tickets to see Will Stroet at his Toronto Concert below…


Prize: 4 tickets to Will’s November 30th Toronto Concert
Open to: Canadian residents, transportation is not provided
Giveaway Ends: November 14, 2014 11:59pm EST

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Oct 162014
 

Ana Begins
“What happened to my Banana?” he said. “You use to be so fun”. Hmmph. Seriously. What did happen? I absolutely use to be fun (just ask Lorena…. Oh, wait on another note DO NOT ask her, she might tell you). As I dug the garbage out of the recycling can ready to strongly remind my family that dirty yogurt containers and used tissues DO NOT go in the recycle I wondered, “Where did I go? Should I start knocking door-to-door trying to find me”? If I had known this part of me would get lost I would have invested in a nice shiny tag that stated “When fun lost please contact Ana prior to 2008”.

I blame it on The Mom Switch. You know, that switch that goes “click” the moment your bundle gets handed to you for the very first time. Or is that the moment I quickly blame on becoming No Fun? I wish I had rolled my eyes at my beloved as I fished through the recycle bin, quietly fuming at how I am the only one who cleans up messes in this house. But I couldn’t because, dare I say it, “He was rrriig.. ri… right”. Could I live with the label, Buzz Kill, Party Pooper, Ball and Chain or even worse Annoying Mom? Could I live knowing every time my family made a mess I would shudder in resentment and annoyance at the task I would indeed have to clean up? No I couldn’t.

Why can’t I be the one to start the tickle wars, water gun fights and funny face contests? What is stopping me from making a special night dinner of hot fudge sundaes? Cannon-balls at the pool? I’m there! Singing at the top of my lungs in the car? Count me in! Fake reptiles in the drawers? The more the better! Fun Ana is back!

Just as soon as I clean up the exploded can of soda in the freezer and fish all of the loom bands stuck in the vacuum.

To learn more about Ana, please read our introductory post about her.
Oct 022014
 

BABY-operation-surprise-baby-shower-smallWe all know how hard our service men and women work to serve and protect our country, and it is our duty as citizens to support the troops (and their families!). Many women living on military bases do not have the comfort and support of friends and family back home, which is especially difficult for them when they are expecting a new bundle of joy. They often miss out on typical experiences most moms-to-be look forward to – like baby showers!

That is how the Operation: Baby Shower Surprise campaign to salute military moms and support these women who are stationed overseas began. Two amazing moms currently stationed in Germany at a U.S. base received the surprise of a lifetime when all the brands below came together and threw them an awesome baby shower complete with beautiful gifts! They EACH received 36 gifts! (Video coming soon of the moms opening their gifts – we will share.)

Meet the two expecting moms: Morgan who is having a baby boy and Baillie who is having a baby girl!

NOW, we want all moms to join in on the fun and enter for a chance to win a grand package giveaway of these 36 AMAZING baby/kids must-haves! There are tons of cool and easy ways to earn entry points (see the Rafflecopter below) such as liking the brands Facebook pages and fun (optional) ways like:

  1. posting a selfie on Facebook or Instagram of yourself (if you are a military mom) using #militarymoms OR
  2. posting a selfie of you with a military mom using the same hashtag. If you post a selfie in uniform you can earn even more points! OR
  3. If neither #1 or #2 applies to you, then just search #militarymoms on Facebook and/or Instagram and share another person’s photo on social media (look for recent pics so you know it’s likely part of Operation: Baby Shower Surprise). Make sure to include #militarymoms hashtag.
  4. And so many other ways to enter!

REMEMBER the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The Rafflecopter entry widget is below.

Please share with friends and family and good luck!

Scroll below the entry form to get more info on our wonderful sponsors and prizes! Enter via Rafflecopter.

First, a BIG thanks to our Sponsors:

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Prizes (and a BIG thanks to all brands!)

So what are the AMAZING prizes? Here are the Participating Brands (Giveaway Open to U.S. Residents Only):

Buttons Diapers

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Buttons cloth diapers were born at home. As a husband and wife team, we designed our diapers to be easy to use and affordable for everyone – the way it should be. We believe in keeping our lives simple, even when it comes to diapering. When you purchase Buttons Diapers, you are supporting a family business! Package includes a one-size diaper cover that snaps to fit babies from 9-35 lbs, 2 snap-in daytime diaper inserts made of absorbent microfiber and soft moisture-wicking fleece, and a small wet bag.

http://buttonsdiapers.com

Star Kids

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Star Kids Products is an innovative children?s product manufacturer that specializes in making fun and safe products for busy, traveling families. We specialize in safe and easy-to-clean products to make life easier when traveling with children whether via car on road trips, railroad or by plane.

http://starkidsproducts.com

ZizzyBee Bags

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ZizzyBee Bags are handy, compact, reusable, washable storage bags convenient for every part of your life. The neat freak in your family will love that they help you store and organize just about anything! From diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter these trendy bags makes organization easy and they?re see-through so you can easily find what you?re looking for.

Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life?s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for storage and organizational needs.

www.zizzybeebags.com

PullyPalz

This innovative toy not only entertains baby, it keeps a pacifier in view and reach! With PullyPalz, dropped pacis even come back? Which is great for those times when parents need an ?extra hand?.

The toy uses something similar to a pulley system? When baby drops one, and it falls to the side, another is in view and reach. By grabbing the one in view and pulling toward mouth, the dropped paci comes back!

Mo Mo, Moo Moo, and Puddles are always ready to lend a hand?or hoof!

www.pullypalz.com

Piggy Paint

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Piggy Paint is a non-toxic, odorless, hypoallergenic nail polish that is safe for use on everyone, including babies and pregnant women! Baby Cakes 2 polish gift set is perfect for any baby shower with Muddles the Pig (nude pink) and Bubble Trouble (light blue) polish.

http://www.piggypaint.com/

Lalabye Baby

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It all started with a great idea and a little hard work. Today we’re proud to provide quality products direct to your doorstep through an experience you’ll enjoy. And most of all, we hope you’ll enjoy the products as much as we do. We hope that cloth diapers will become the norm and together we will make cloth mainstream.

http://www.lalabyebaby.com

Rockin? Green

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Rockin? Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. Rockin? Green products are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant. They are septic and grey-water safe. They are never tested on animals.

www.rockingreensoap.com

yoomi

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The yoomi 3-in-1 feeding system is a premium easi-latch bottle, a travel warmer and a bedside warmer in one compact and stylish package. At the touch of a button, yoomi warms baby’s milk to the natural temperature of breast milk in just 60 seconds. Now includes the NEW super-quick charging pod to make feeding even easier.

http://www.yoomi.com

Baby Elephant Ears

head rest for baby car seat neck support

Baby Elephant Ears is a multi-use headrest providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort for babies ? and they?re designed to look like adorable elephant ears! Baby Elephant Ears go wherever baby goes ? stroller, swing, car seat, changing table, etc. The headrests are fully washable and require no attachments, straps or special skills and they?re offered in diverse prints and organics. The superior design and durability of these headrests make them the perfect gift for parents!

www.babyelephantears.com

Undercover Tape

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Undercover tape is a hypoallergenic, latex-free self-adhesive tape that acts as a barrier between you and your irritating seams/tags on clothing, hats, wigs, socks, or anything that keeps you from feeling your best.

http://undercovertape.com

PunkinWrap

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The PunkinWrap is your all-in-one baby solution! Originally designed with moms in mind, we have found it is becoming the new ?go to? baby gift. A wrap created to do it all! Use our baby safe PunkinLinks to attach the wrap to your existing car seat or stroller ? don?t worry about which brands are compatible, no conversion kits necessary. Every PunkinWrap comes with the wrap, nursing strap, drawstring PunkinPouch, and 8 BPA-free PunkinLinks. Easy peasy!

http://www.punkinwrap.com

Blue Star Bazaar

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Blue Star Bazaar is an eclectic boutique offering something special for everyone. We specialize in finding unique, well-designed products from small brands. We especially like things that are handmade or made in the USA. Blue Star Bazaar offers clothing for women and kids, accessories, toys, books, and baby gifts.

http://www.bluestarbazaar.com

Baby Dipper

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The Baby Dipper bowl means true one-handed feeding of infants. It also helps toddlers learn to feed themselves. The Baby Dipper bowl’s unique combination of features includes a non-slip base, transparent sides, a triangular shape, and a slanted interior surface that leads to a spoon-shaped corner for easy collection of food. The Baby Dipper bowl also helps children with special needs and adults who have medical needs to feed themselves using only one hand.

http://www.babydipper.com

Refresh-a-Baby

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A Diaper Bag Necessity! Refresh-a-Baby turns ordinary water bottles into baby bottles keeping baby happy anywhere, anytime making feeding time easy for moms and dads! Simply pop the leak free Refresh-a-Baby on a water bottle of your choice, just add baby formula, and baby is ready to be hydrated.

*Fits on leading ?ready-made? formula/juice bottles *Made right here in the United States/BPA Free *It?s universal, reusable, convenient for travel, dishwasher safe, with virtually no clean up! *Refresh*Reuse*Recycle!

www.refreshababy.com

Parking Pal

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Parking lots can be dangerous, even fatal, for children. Protect your little loved ones with a colorful magnet that keeps them near to you and far from moving vehicles. Kids love using the Parking Pal, while being taught responsibility in parking lots and around vehicles.

http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com

Baby J

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This perfect baby play mat was designed for the germaphobe mom who always wants a clean area for their little one. The baby play mat is crafted with vibrant and colorful, 100% cotton, designer fabric and super plush minky. It?s comfy and cozy for any new baby, and great for tummy time.

This Baby J play mat is soft enough for baby to lay his face on, and the minky dots give him something to poke at. Not to mention, the modern and chic fabrics will make any mom look and feel fashionable the second they pull it out of the diaper bag. This is a definite must have for a new mom and baby.

www.babyj.com

Noblo

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The mom invented Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy has become a beach gear must have for parents who want to relax and enjoy a safe day at the beach without the fear of the beach umbrella flying away in a gust of wind injuring either their children or another beach goer. The Noblo acts as an anchor holding the beach umbrella in place.

http://www.thenoblo.com

spbang

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spbang launched at ABC Kids Expo in October 2013. A mom with a ?job 1′ in the automotive industry was tired of tossing ziploc bags daily. She then moved onto reusable fabric snack bags but they would stink like yesterday?s lunch and would never come truly clean. Using automotive material and processes, spbang reusable snack bags are FDA food touch safe and free from lead, BPA and phthalates. Best part is you toss them in the dishwasher at the end of the day and they are ready for tomorrow.

www.spbang.com

Jinja Jewelry

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Jinja Jewelry is proud to offer a large selection of handmade jewelry from Bali including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. Jinja Jewelry draws inspiration for its beautiful, high quality coral and silver jewelry from local and global trends in affordable jewelry and accessories. Jinja Jewelry helps support the talented people of Bali and provides their families with a safe and secure future.

http://jinjajewelry.net

Wristy Buddy

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Wristy Buddy is a one piece teething wristband comprised of a wristband with an absorbent animal in the center, a textured teething attachment, and a satin attachment. Wristy Buddy is designed for babies that are teething that haven’t developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. Babies that can’t grasp toys can manipulate Wristy Buddy. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects.

http://www.wristybuddy.com

Nizo Wear

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All Nizo Wear nursing bras feature a unique patented pocket in the pull down flap that can hold a warm or cool pack. The pocket acts as a thin barrier between wearer’s skin and the warm and cool pack, which increases wearer’s comfort and safety. Our bras also include a removable molded pad to provide a little lining when you want it (to hide leaks, nursing pads or nipples) but gives you the ability to take them out when you dont. This innovative design is offered in amazingly soft fabrics that boast feminine designs.

http://nizowear.com

Buti-Pod

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Our uniquely designed buti-pods will keep your wet wipes moist for months instead of just days. Each buti-pod is a soft and durable yet super-flexible and lightweight plastic pouch featuring a center zipper for easy wet wipes dispensing. Their compact and flexible design also makes them just the right size for holding coupons, receipts, recipes and many other small items. They are simple, but effective, and you will have wet wipes when you need them most!

http://www.butibag.com

Woombie

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The Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that allows excess body heat to escape and requires no wrapping. Invented by a mom of five, 19-year RN, and Infant Care Specialist, the 14-award winning Woombie is a unique peanut shaped swaddle that imitates the comfort and security of the womb resulting in longer periods of sleep. It helps reduce the risk of SIDS as well as prevents overheating, face-scratching, startling, and colic (voted as a top colic product by the Fussy Baby Site). Over a half a million babies and counting have used the Woombie and parents swear by it!

www.woombie.com

Bobee Inc

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A wall-mounted diaper & wipe caddy, Bobee allows for one-handed access so you can keep one hand safely on your baby. The diaper caddy comes white and is customizable with included colorful decals to decorate and match your nursery room decor. Changing table space is freed up for other important baby items, and the diapers and wipes are up and out of the way from curious little hands. The dispenser fits high quantities in all sizes and brands of disposable diapers. Pre-package wet wipes fit neatly below.

http://bobeeinc.com

Wee Urban

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Wee Urban? offers the modern family a unique and fresh collection of baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, ?conscious? organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

www.weeurban.com

Strong Little Sleepers

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Strong Little Sleepers specializes in helping families get the sleep they deserve. Lori Strong is a an award-winning Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Certified Happiest Baby Educator. She works with families through email, phone, and in-home visits in order to help their children (ages 0-6) sleep better. When children sleep, parents sleep, and the entire family is happier!

http://www.stronglittlesleepers.com

Babee Talk

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Babee Talk offers organic and eco-friendly baby bedding and plush toys with healthy, safety and style in mind. Drool-friendly and chew-friendly, our products help to ensure a healthy start in life for your baby.

Babies love the cushy, coziness of our Eco-Buds? Take-Along Pals. Earth friendly, parent approved. These portable little playmates attach to strollers, carseats, high chairs and more quickly and easily. No Hassle. No Fuss. And he promises never to turn into a butterfly. All of our Eco-Buds? Take-Along Pals are made using organic cotton fabric, inside & out. Delightfully entrancing colors are achieved using only low-impact dyes with absolutely no heavy metals. Soothing sounds engage babies and hold their attention. These little companions are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and phthalate-free.

http://www.babeetalk.com

The Diaper Clutch

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The Diaper Clutch is a mom-invented diapers and wipes carrying case that is the first and only to feature a unique easy-access window to your wipes! The Diaper Clutch is the perfect solution to stay organized without leaving fashion at the door! Who needs bulky diapers bags when you want to take a quick stroll in the neighborhood or go grocery shopping with your little one? Reduce the bulk and lighten your load with The Diaper Clutch ? a convenient, compact and fashion-forward solution to carry baby diapers and wipes where you go!

www.thediaperclutch.com

Southern Yankee

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Southern Yankee is a small one-woman business making baby clothes and gifts. She rescues vintage fabrics & textiles from resale shops, tag sales & flea markets. The vintage embroidered pillowcase is made into a child size apron, perfect for helping mom & dad in the kitchen or painted a work of art! Handmade in Wilton, CT. Adorable matching burp and bib set appliqu?d with vintage fabrics and up cycled fabrics. Perfect gift for the new mom!

http://southernyankee.com

San Diego Bebe

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The mom-invented, eco-friendly nursing pillow that offers support, comfort, and discretion for mom and baby. For 20 years we have been providing moms with the best Eco-Nursing pillows that allows a mother to comfortably nurse her baby in private while being the safest choice for the environment and safe for babies.

San Diego Bebe? Eco-Nursing Pillow is made with the unique and innovative Eco*Loft Fiber that is:

  • FREE of fire-retardant chemicals
  • Hypo-allergenic & non-toxic
  • Eco-friendly & recyclable
  • Odor-free, glue-free
  • Foam-free, lead-free & Phthalate-free
  • Available in two sizes: one for a single baby and one for twins

www.doubleblessings.com

Baby Bindle

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The SeatPak? is the ONLY diaper bag designed to attach to a car seat. The SeatPak can be filled with your necessities, easily attach it to your car seat, shopping cart, luggage, stroller or anywhere you don?t want to haul your huge diaper bag around. Whether it is a quick trip to the store, or a family trip to the zoo, save the pain of carrying too much, all you need are the essentials in the lightweight, hands-free portability of the SeatPak.

http://www.babybindle.com/

Zippyz by Little Trendyz

Zippyz are footed pajamas with a patented design that makes diaper changes easier while keeping babies covered and warm during the process. Zippyz are made of a blend of organic and cotton which is extremely soft and eco-friendly! The adorable baby pajamas are made of a 50/50 blend of luxuriously soft organic cotton and bamboo. They feature a mitten cuff with fold over detail to keep baby from scratching his face.

http://shopzippyz.com

Rock-a-Thigh Baby

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If you’re a parent of little ones, chances are you’re frustrated by chilled ankles from hiked up pants legs, cumbersome girl tights, and baby socks that don?t stay on. As a solution, a Wisconsin mom of four girls developed Rock-a-Thigh Baby. Rock-a-Thighs are Made in USA, eco-friendly, children’s thigh-length socks (like legwarmers with feet). Designed with a special wide comfort cuff, Rock-a-Thighs are soft and stretchy and are THE socks that stay on! Available in six different sizes: 0-6m, 6-12m, 1-2yr, 2-4yr, 2-4yr, 4-6yr, and 6-8yr.

http://www.RTBsocks.com

Baby Jack Blankets

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Baby Jack & Company strives to create a safe design of modern tag blankets with educational benefits, teaching kids letters, numbers, shapes and colors. Babies adore the different textures and colors of our sensory tab blankets. We have a unique patent pending design of sewn shut ribbon tabs that keeps tiny fingers from getting intertwined in ribbon loops. This educational design teaches little ones abc’s, numbers, shapes and colors through a security blanket. Children develop cognitively, socially and emotionally through sensory play.

http://babyjackblankets.com

ChicoBag

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At ChicoBag, our mission is to help humanity bag the single-use habit. We mean the wasteful, throw-away habit that overflows our landfills and clogs our oceans. We do this by advocating for waste reduction and designing the highest quality, longest lasting reusable bags. The Nomad Tote is a stylish, large capacity shoulder bag perfect for baby supplies, picnics, trips to the beach, or a weekend getaway. Three exterior pockets and a zippered top make Nomad our most versatile reusable tote yet. Available in two great colors with contrasting handles and a beautiful printed interior lining.

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The Pee-Kaboo

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The pee-kaboo reusable potty training sticker is a unique and fun way to potty train your child and helps overcome the ultimate potty training obstacle-actually getting your child to want to use the potty again and again. Simply place your sticker in the base of a flat-bottomed portable potty seat and watch what happens. Each time your child successfully uses the potty, “peekaboo!”?, a charming image magically appears. Your child is instantly rewarded for their efforts and is excited to use the potty again! “I want to see the butterfly”?, your child exclaims. “Sure”?, you say, “all you have to do is pee-pee in the potty. And peekaboo!”

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