5 Latest and Greatest Baby Gear Videos

Did you know that weekly (okay…so recently I missed some weeks but I really try weekly) we are uploading video gear reviews over on YouTube? Check out our 5 most recent videos below and then subscribe over at YouTube so you don’t miss any more! Then, be sure to check back each Wednesday for our latest baby gear review video.

  1. Gather Leather Mats

2. Angelcare Wireless Baby Movement Monitor

3. Micuna Ovo Highchair

4. Silikids Silicone Tableware

5. b.box Diaper Caddy

6 Ways to Find Energy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can zap energy from you leaving you wondering how you will make it through the day let alone finish everything on your to-do list. Add the fact that many of us have to make a major cut in our caffeine intake during pregnancy and the struggle gets worse. The good news is that you can fight it and find energy during your pregnancy.

This may sound obvious but plan ahead for a full nights sleep. You will wake up for a lot of trips to the bathroom and in the third trimester rolling over can become an Olympic sport. In the the end, it is vital that you take the time to go to bed early so that you will have a full nights sleep even if you are up repeatedly. Ideally, you need an hour earlier than normal to make up for lost time. To help with night wakings create a relaxing bedtime routine and cut off fluids early in the evening.

Start the day out right with a healthy energizing meal. Natural energy boosters like orange juice are a great addition to your breakfast. Planning a breakfast that will give you energy with plenty of filing protein is a great way to give your body an early morning energy boost without having to reach for coffee.

Plan your daytime snacks. Energy wanes and, let’s face it, pregnancy makes you hungry. Planning daily snacks helps you make it through the day and stops you from grabbing high carb or high sugar snacks that will send you crashing rather than give you the true fuel you need to keep you going.

Give energy boosting essential oils a try. Orange and lemon essential oils are invigorating and can help give you the pep in your step you need to make it through the day. Aromatherapy jewelry is great for keeping these handy for you to enjoy the fragrance all day long.

To help your body fight off tiredness you will find regular workouts go a long way. Even if all you can manage is a stroll around the park it will help give you a boost of energy and keep your body healthy and ready for the big day when it needs all the strength it can get. If you need something really low impact, swimming is an amazing workout you can enjoy that will take pressure off your back and hips giving you pain relief that goes a long way to making your day easier.

Don’t be afraid to take a nap. Creating an entire human can be exhausting and if you find yourself in need of a nap look for a comfy place and take advantage. You earned it.

xo, Julie

Your Questions. Our Expert Answers.

I have been so, so excited to get this going and it is now LIVE! Over the last 6 years there have been so many times where I have spoken with people that just felt stuck or really confused on one area of their registry. They couldn’t decide between a few strollers or they couldn’t figure out which high chair to get or they were traveling and had no idea which gear was best for travel. Sound familiar?

Ask an expert is an opportunity for you to get swift, real, unbiased information from me without needing to do a full baby planning package!

How does it work?

1. Submit your question in the form on the Ask An Expert page. Definitely give some background info to your question and this will allow me to give you more personalized product recommendations).
2. Submit your question and simply pay $10 for expert review and advice. Honestly $10 is nothing to ensure that you get the right product that is going to work for your family.
3. You will receive the answer to your question within 18 hours but most likely less than that as I want to get you the info that you need as quick as I can.
4. You are able to ask one follow-up question at no cost to ensure you have all the info you need.

Whether you are stuck while building your registry or realized you are in need of something once you have baby home we can help!

I wish I could help every new parent I meet or see in a baby store. Sharing the information that I know and helping parents navigate the vast world of baby gear is honestly what drives me. I truly want every parent to enjoy their pregnancy and not feel any stress over all the other stuff that comes with a baby!

Head to Ask an Expert now and ask away!

xo, Julie

It’s Ollie’s World

In the world of baby gear there are a few products that seem to have a cult like following and the Ollie Swaddle is definitely one of those. Take one look at their Instagram account (@theollieworld) full of amazingly cute swaddled babies or read their 5 star reviews and you will see what I mean.

This swaddle was created by a single foster mom in order to ensure a little boy she fell in love with would start to “thrive and flourish”. Under the guidance of her son’s pediatric neuro-developmental psychologist the Ollie Swaddle was created. Swaddling has been around for generations and there are so many different swaddle blankets out there so what makes this one stand out in the crowd? Three reasons:

  1. Fabric, fabric, fabric! The Ollie Swaddle is made with patented moisture-wicking threads interwoven into the fabric to reduce the risk of overheating. This fabric is lightweight, super soft and has just the right amount of stretch to ensure a perfect fit every time. The Velcro is industrial to make sure that once you get your baby into the perfect little burrito that he is going to stay snug and happily snoozing.

2. It’s super easy to use! To start you simply lay your baby on the Ollie Swaddle, fold the right side over and tuck it in, fold the left side over and attach the Velcro. With the Ollie Swaddle, nighttime diaper changes are made super easy thanks to an opening at the bottom. After attaching the Velcro you will see there is fabric left below his feet and you just need to tie the elastic loop right under your little one’s feet.

3. It is one size and the only size you will need! The Ollie Swaddle can be used for a newborn through the time you are ready to transition your baby out of swaddling. Thanks to the smart design and stretch fabric you are able to get a custom fit each time as you baby grows. The Ollie Swaddle will allow you to swaddle with your baby’s arms in or out to meet their needs.

The Ollie Swaddle retails for $59 and is available here. Many moms promise their babies sleep better and longer using the Ollie Swaddle which makes it worth every penny.

Happy Sleeping! xo, Julie

Covered Goods Multi Use Nursing Cover

We were so excited to get Covered Goods, the original four-in-one nursing cover in our hands to test out. The review is in and we are big fans. Check out our video and you will even get a little sneak of our very cute little tester, Theodore.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see all our video reviews!

xo, Julie

A Few of My Favorite Things

“These are a few of my favorite things….” It is that time of year so we have teamed up with some of my favorite brands to bring you my favorite things giveaway. Check out the below 14 handpicked baby gear essentials and must haves and then learn how to enter to win all these products worth more than $1000 and will go to ONE lucky winner. We know you are going to love all of these products as much as I do!

  1. Gathre Mini Mat – These beautiful leather mats will not only look good under your highchair but they will make clean up a breeze too. This mat can be put to work under a toddler at mealtimes to keep falling food from making a mess on the floor.  Just a few quick wipes and it’s clean again!  It is also a perfect size to be used for tummy time and it alleviates the need to do laundry after every inevitable spit-up.  Retail value: $40

babyhome side rail with light

2. babyhome Side Light bed railThis side rail sets itself apart because it keeps your little one safe while still looking great. Side Light comes with a mild LED light, is made from a mesh that enables parents to see their child, offers high-tech washable fabric, is lightweight and is the tallest guardrail on the market. Retail value: $99
ergoPouch3. ergoPouch ergoCocoon Swaddle to Sleep Bag and ergoCocoon Sleep Suit:  This awesome collection includes high quality products that offer great functionality and versatility with swaddles that can easily transition to a sleeping bag, and sleep suits that convert from bags to suits with legs for easy use from bassinet to stroller. All ergoPouch products are made with natural fibers including Organic Cotton, Bamboo and Merino. Swaddle Retail Value: $24.99, Sleep Suit Retail Value $59.99  Print

4. Covered GoodsEver wondered what that striped wonder is that seems to be all over your Instagram feed? This is it…the original multi-use nursing cover, Covered Goods covers provide true all over coverage and can also be used as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover. Simple and easy to use = win for moms everywhere. Retail value: $34.99 

MAM baby

5. MAM Infant Basics Gift Set and PacifiersThis gift set is a great essential to put on any registry. It includes two 5 oz. Anti-Colic bottles, two 9oz. Anti-Colic bottles, one medium flow nipple, one fast flow nipple, one Start newborn pacifier, one pacifier clip and one Soft Brush. The Anti-Colic bottles have a patented vented base that regulates pressure ensuring babies do not get air in their tummy while feeding. Retail value: $50Angelcare bath support

6. Angelcare Bath Support – This bath support takes the worry out of bath time for parents!  Designed with comfort in mind the bath support is mildew-resistant and hygienic and recommended for use with babies up to 6 months. Retail value: $29.99

Sassy toy

7. SassyThis line of toys is one that has been around and loved for a long time but in early 2017 Sassy is launching over 100 new toy and feeding products  that will help children thrive by focusing on the baby and young child’s developmental and educational needs.  The all new collection is designed for open-ended play to help babies learn to solve problems, be flexible, self-motivate and most importantly, play.

Pediped Originals

8. Pediped Originals – There isn’t much that is cuter than baby shoes and Pediped makes some of the cutest. These aren’t just cute though. They are amazing quality and super comfy and have been been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development. Retail value: $39.95

bBox Diaper Caddy

9. bBox Diaper CaddyDiaper changes don’t always happen at your changing table and this light and portable change station ensures you have everything you need for diaper changing wherever you are around the house. This product is great for parents who have two story homes and don’t want to walk up and down stairs all day. When you are done with diapers it also makes a great art caddy or home organizer.  Retail value: $60Babo Botanicals

10. Babo Botanicals First Bath Newborn Essentials Gift SetThis set of organic products is filled with the essentials that you will need to keep your baby’s skin clean and moisturized (which can be tough in winter). Included are a soothing diaper cream, moisturizing shampoo & wash and moisturizing lotion. All Babo Botanicals products are dermotologist tested for sensitive skin, so you know they are safe and gentle for young, delicate skin. Retail Value: $38.

DockaTot

11. DockaTot – This multifunctional lounger has become coveted by new parents everywhere and for good reason. The DockaTot is a safe and comfy spot for lounging, relaxing, sleeping (supervised), playing, tummy time or just hanging out. There are two sizes available and all materials used are breathable, washable and hypoallergenic. Deluxe Retail Value: $165

Binxy Baby

12. Binxy BabyThis comfy shopping cart hammock is finally an answer to the scary sight of a car seat balanced on top of a shopping cart. The Binxy Baby easily clips onto most carts, hangs elevated so you have plenty of room for groceries, then simply rolls up to fit in your diaper bag when finished. And if you still want to use your car seat, most infant car seats sit snugly inside the hammock. Retail value: $49.95

Finn and Emma Playgym

13. Finn and EmmaIf you are looking for style for your baby but are not willing to risk any exposure to toxins Finn and Emma is the brand for you. All their clothing is made from 100% organic cotton using eco friendly dyes and  and all their toys are made using natural wood. And on top of that, their garments and accessories are produced in fair trade settings. For Finn and Emma though that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on style!

Milestone Baby

14. Milestone Baby Original Baby CardsIt is one thing to grab your phone and snap a picture but remembering to write each moment can be hard. The Milestone Baby Cards are 30 photo cards that you can use to capture your baby’s first year in weeks, months and memorable moments. Add a card to your pictures and you will never forget when your little one slept through the night, rolled over or said mama for the first time. Retail Value: $24

Head over to Instagram (@babynav) to learn how you can win all of my favorite essentials and MORE. In addition to the products we are also giving away a 3-Hour BabyNav gift certificate for the baby planning services of your choice. One winner will win all these prizes valued at more than $1000.Come back and comment here telling us about some of your favorite things for an extra entry. Go quick before the giveaway ends on Monday, December 12th at 11:59pm PST.

xo, Julie

 

(One winner will be chosen randomly after the giveaway ends on Monday, December 12th at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be announced on Instagram. This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age, agree to Instagram’s terms of use and release Instagram from any and all responsibility.)

Swanling Innovations Giveaway

We’re celebrating sleep safety for infants and children with a special giveaway with our friends over at Swanling Innovations! One lucky winner will receive a Swanling Slumber Sleeper™ and a 2-hour BabyNav gift certificate for a phone/Skype consultation! It’s so easy to enter…all you have to do is fill out the form below with your information! We would also love for you to share the giveaway with your friends and family so they can get in on the fun!

What is the Swanling Slumber Sleeper™?

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The Slumber Sleeper® is one of the best sleep aids available for young children as it comforts babies and children allowing them to sleep longer and safer. The all-in-one safe sleep solution combines a sleep sack, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and mattress protector. It is also recognized as “Hip Healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Recommended by Pediatricians, especially for younger children who have started to roll over in their sleep but cannot roll back, the Slumber Sleeper, with its built in stretch fabric, regulates babies rolling so that they do not get stuck on their stomach in the nighttime. Once the child reaches the gross motor development stage then more movement in the Sleeper can occur as the child grows.

What does the 2-hour BabyNav consultation entail?

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BabyNav will work with your family to understand your lifestyle and your expectations and goals to create a custom timeline of everything that needs to get done. Babies love routine and you will too after working with BabyNav to create a custom routine. We will work together to develop a routine that reinforces play time, quiet time, feeding time, and sleeping time.

Please fill out the form below to enter the giveaway!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

This year the timing worked out really well that I have been able to take advantage of some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals (and whatever those two days in-between are called) to do some personal shopping for clients. I know my clients appreciate being able to save on gear so I thought I would share the deals I have found so you could take advantage as well! But hurry…most of these end Monday 11/30 at midnight!

Baby Gear & Layette

Nested Bean – 30% off the entire site www.nestedbean.com

4Moms – 20% off all 4Moms gear with code: Thanks20 www.4moms.com

Burt’s Bees Baby – 40% off $75 or more www.burtsbeesbaby.com

Swaddle Designs – 30% off regular price items with code: GIFT30 www.swaddledesigns.com

Tea Collection – 30% off entire site and free shipping with code: SHOPNOW www.teacollection.com

Mabels Labels – 50% off plus free shipping www.mabelslabels.com

Earth Mama Angel Baby – 50% off entire site www.earthmamaangelbaby.com

LilleBaby – 25% off entire site with code: THANKFUL25 www.lillebaby.com

Pediped – Buy One Get One 50% off with code: BG50Off www.pediped.com

Giggle – 20-40% off gear including all UPPAbaby, high chairs, Maxi Cosi, diaper bags and furniture with code: BLACKFRIDAY www.giggle.com

Timi & Leslie – 30% off regularly priced merchandise with code: CM1530 www.timiandleslie.com

Nursery Design (Furniture, Bedding & More)

Pottery Barn Kids – 20% off order with code: Greatgifts www.potterybarnkids.com

WayFair – up to 60% off select nursery furniture www.wayfair.com

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child – Save $100 on every $500 with code: Save100, there are also sales up to 65% off on select products www.rhbabyandchild.com

Bloom – 20% off entire site with code: CYBER20 www.bloombaby.com

For Mom (Go ahead and treat yourself)

Rosie Pope (Both maternity and baby) – 20% off entire site http://www.rosiepope.com/shop

Bamboobies (great nursing pads and nursery clothing) – up to 40% off entire site www.buybamboobies.com

Boden – 30% off purchase with code: 7J4Z www.bodenusa.com

Toys

Melissa & Doug – Buy one get one half off entire site with code: CMBOGO www.melissaanddoug.com

Amazon – Check the deals page for lots of deals on toys for baby and toddlers www.amazon.com

Holiday Cards

Pinhole Press (cards and photo gifts) – 25% off All Products with code: Smile25 www.pinholepress.com

Shutterfly – 30% off site wide with code: CYBERSALE30 www.shutterfly.com

Tiny Prints – 40% off cards and 50% off any order $200 or more with code CYBERMON50 www.tinyprints.com

Party Planning

Birthday Express (much more than just birthday) – 25% off purchase with code: bx25sale www.birthdayexpress.com

Costume Express – 25% off purchase with code: cx25sale www.costumeexpress.com

Happy Shopping!!

xo, Julie

Simple, Safe DIY Playdough Recipe

Today Hasbro is celebrating National Play-Doh day (there is now officially a day for everything!). I have had a long love, hate relationship with Play-Doh because while I think it is a great sensory toys for little ones and a fun building toy for bigger kids I was constantly worried it would go into my kids mouth when they were young and I couldn’t stand to clean up those tiny little crumbles that inevitably ended up ground into our floors.

I tried several recipes for DIY recipes and some called for ingredients I didn’t always have on hand (hello, cream of tarter?) and many of them ended up with a texture that left something to be desired. When I finally tested the below recipe that uses Kool-Aid we knew we had a winner!

I wish I could credit the below recipe but I have had it hand-written on a piece of paper for 4+ years and can’t remember where it came from…if you recognize it let me know! This one is easy to make, is non-toxic, ends up with a soft, smooth texture and lasts in our fridge for weeks. My favorite thing about this recipe is that is doesn’t seem to crumble into those little bits like standard Play-Doh and it definitely doesn’t dry out as quickly.

This is a great recipe to make for baby to play with in his/her high-chair, supervised of-course. Once our twins could easily sit independently in their high-chair and our bigger guy could sit at the table this was my favorite thing to hand them to play with while I made dinner. It is non-toxic if some ended up in their mouth and it provided a sensory activity for them while I scrambled around the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups flour (plus more for kneading)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 packs of Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, salt, Kool-Aid and oil (Toddlers and big kids can measure and mix these ingredients)
  2. Add water (caution…kids shouldn’t help at this stage) and mix until cool
  3. Knead until smooth. I often add bits of extra flour to remove any stickiness.
  4. Once cool baby/kids can enjoy right away. Store in a storage bag in the refrigerator for enjoyment for a few weeks.

Bonus with this recipe is how easy it is to theme. I buy orange Kool-Aid for a sensory activity for Halloween, pink for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, etc. We use the typical Play-Doh tools as well as rolling pins to enjoy this easy, homemade playdough recipe.

Happy molding!

xo, Julie