5 Tips For Helping Your Toddler Prepare For a New Baby

For the baby of the family, it can be an adjustment when a new baby is going to be joining the family. Confusion, jealousy, and even some acting out can be normal when you bring a new member into the family but with some planning, you can make it easier.

  1. Tell your toddler a couple months before baby is due. While your toddler may overlook your weight gain it is helpful to explain it to them. Let your toddler get used to the idea. Encourage your child to talk to the baby in your belly and feel it move. The more your toddler bonds with the baby before the birth the easier things will be when you bring baby home.
  2. Help your child understand what a new baby is. Toddlers that have not had much experience with babies will need a little help understanding. Point out babies while you are out of the house, read books to your toddler about babies, and answer questions your little one may be capable of expressing to you.
  3. Buy your baby a baby doll. Explain to your child that while mama takes care of the new baby they have a big job of taking care of their new baby. While waiting for the big day use the baby doll to teach your child how to hold and cuddle and be gentle with the baby.
  4. Ask your toddler for help prepare for the new baby. Allow your little one to feel involved in decisions like picking paint for the nursery. Your toddler may love to draw a picture that would be framed for the wall. If transitioning your toddler to a big kid bed so you can use the crib start early so it is not a big shock when baby arrives and the crib has a new occupant.
  5. Get your toddler a gift from the baby. A gift for your toddler the day the new baby arrives is a great way to make them feel important and prepare them for the next few months where the baby will be very needy. Children see this small gesture as a sign that they are still loved even though they are not the baby of the family anymore.

Anything that you did with your toddler to prepare them for a new baby?

Baby Products New Parents DO NOT Need

Choosing the gear that you will add to your baby registry can be a fun and exciting process but realizing the amount of baby gear available can become quickly overwhelming. While you want to make sure you have all the essentials you also don’t want to end up with a bunch of stuff that you don’t need and won’t use. Check out the list below of the items you can skip so you can focus on the baby gear products that are going to be best for your family.

Wipe warmer. While it can be enticing to think that you are buying something that would keep your little one’s bottom nice and warm and make them more comfortable a wipe warmer just isn’t necessary. First of all, wipe warmers aren’t portable so you don’t want to get baby used to only warm wipes and then have to change their diaper on the go and use regular out of the package wipes. There are also several wipe warmers on the market that will actually dry out your wipes and with each pack you put in you will end up throwing a quarter of them in the garbage. Stick to storing packs of wipes in a great organizer along with all the diapers and creams.

Crib bumpers and bulky bedding sets. Not only do you not need crib bumpers or any other bulky bedding it is a danger that you simply shouldn’t use. The state of Maryland, the city of Chicago and other US cities have actually banned the sale of crib bumpers because there are so dangerous to infants. Bedding sets often come with a quilt that you also should not put in the crib and a diaper stacker that no one actually stores diapers in. Stick to a tightly fitting crib sheet and if you are looking for a little more décor on the crib you can always add a crib skirt.

Baby walkers. These products are often marketed to parents as something that will help babies learn to walk but the opposite is actually true. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents do not use walkers because they actually discourage babies to learn to walk and they are dangerous. This one might seem like a fun toy for baby and a way to give baby some independence but they are dangerous as babies can fall down stairs or reach dangerous items while in them. Stick to a stationary exersaucer but limit the use to 15 minutes each session.

Car seat mirrors. You may think buying a car seat mirror will help keep your baby safe because you can keep an eye on them while you are in the car. However, you simply don’t need a car seat mirror because it actually takes your eyes off the road which is where they should be at all times. Driving the car with a crying baby, laughing baby or baby throwing things can be distracting enough that you don’t need to buy something else to make you even more distracted. Stick to only using products with your baby’s car seat that are manufactured by the same manufacturer as the car seat.

Movement monitors or wearable baby monitors. Unless you know that your child is going to be coming home after a stay in the NICU, will be born small or will have a medical issue you don’t need a movement monitor or a wearable monitor that tracks things like your baby’s oxygen level or heart rate. New parents have a lot of things to think about and worry about and adding these things can simply drive parents crazy especially by giving data that will just increase anxiety. Stick to a great video monitor with features such as pan and zoom and a great night vision camera.

Did you buy anything for your first baby that you never used?

xo, Julie

 

 

 

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Amazon Prime Day 2017 – Deals on Maternity and Baby Products

Tomorrow (actually it starts tonight at 9pm EST) is like Christmas in July…it is Amazon Prime day! First and foremost, in order to take advantage of the amazing deals that will be happening during this 30 hours of deals you have to be an Amazon Prime member. You can even just start with a 30-day trial which you can do here. As a busy mom, I can’t imagine not taking advantage of Amazon Prime…in addition to the free two day shipping, we love the free movie selections and I have just switched to using Amazon for the unlimited photo storage.

But as great as Amazon Prime Day is it can also be overwhelming combing through all the deals! So…check back here throughout the day where I will be posting as many great deals on products that we love that I can find. I am hoping for lots of great deals on all things baby gear!

First, sign up for Prime and then check back here for all the great deals on all things maternity and baby!!

1. Amazon Echo Dot – this may not seem like an obvious baby item but it is so great for the nursery. The Echo can be used for a timer, to make your shopping lists hands free while you are nursing baby and even play white noise for baby to go to sleep. Prime Day Deal for only $34.99

2. Quinny Buzz Xtra 2.0 – this stroller is amazing for the fashion forward family on the go! It is a single stroller that is super easy to fold and has all-terrain, never go flat tires! I love the fabrics on the stroller and this deal is amazing! Normally $599.99 but the Prime Day Deal is for only $209-$319 (depending on the color). This one won’t last so I would get this one fast!


3. Spray Pal and Cloth Diaper Sprayer Bundle – if you are a cloth diapering family there is no doubt you need the Spray Pal!! Prime Day Deal for only $59.96.  UPDATE – SOLD OUT
4. Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One (Denim Gray) – This is one of our favorite 4-position carriers and it does NOT require an infant insert! Prime Day Deal only $111.03 (normally $189.95) UPDATE – SOLD OUT but price is only back up to $121.59 which is still 36% off!

5. Skip Hop Bath Toys & Accessories – Skip Hop definitely makes some of our fav products because they are well made, smart (yes that means easy for parents to use) and easy to clean.

The Moby bath Kneeler is normally $16 but with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout.

 

 


Moby Bath Tear-Free Waterfall Rinser is already on sale for $8.00 and with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout.

 

The Moby Bath Spout Cover Universal Fit is already  on sale for $10.40 and with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout.

 

Dunck Stacking Bath Toys are normally $7.00 but with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout. 
6. Ingrid & Isabel Pleated Tank Maternity Dress – this is one of our absolute favorite maternity dresses. It is perfect for summer and looks great on ANY size. You can dress this up or down throughout your pregnancy. Normally $100 and it is already on sale for $88 but then with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 30% off at checkout! 


7. LILLEbaby 3-1 CarryOn All Seasons Toddler Carrier (Black) – This is an amazing toddler carrier that will allow you to carry your child up to 60 pounds! This carrier has a ton of padding so it is super comfy for parents but also has a temperature control panel to ensure your toddler is comfy as well. Normally $169.99 but with this Prime Day Deal it is only $126.99. UPDATE – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

8. GB Pockit Stroller– Yes, that is right…the stroller that has the Guinness World Record for the smallest fold, weights only 9.5 lbs and will fit in the overhead bin (it will probably fit right in your backpack) is in on this deal too! You can use this stroller from 6-months up until your child is 55 lbs. Normally $179.95 but you can get this amazing little stroller for $135 with this Prime Day Deal!  UPDATE – Only Capri Blue and Posh Pink available at Prime Deal price.

9. Baby Bjorn Cradle – This is a favorite of so many of our clients. This beautiful cradle is soft and breathable and offers a gentle rocking/bouncing motion for your baby. The materials are fully washable and weighing in at only 13 pounds it can be moved around your house. This can be used from birth up until 6 months. Normally $349.95 but you can get this beauty for $223 with the Prime Day Deal. UPDATE – SOLD OUT

10. Diono Rainier All-In-One Convertible Car Seat (Black Mist) – This car seat will grow with your baby from birth to booster: rear-facing from 5-50 lbs., forward-facing from 20-90 lbs. in a five-point harness, and booster mode from 50-120 lbs. (up to 57″ tall). This is ideal for parents who don’t want to use an infant seat in the beginning and/or for parents of multiples who might be looking for a more narrow convertible seat. This seat is already on sale for $264.74 and then with the Prime Day Deal you get another 20% off at checkout! 


11. ezpz Mini Mat – One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Coral) – if you have ever used the ezpz or even seen the demonstration you know why it has its name and why it is a must have in toddler feeding. Prime Day Deal for $15.96 (and you better hurry because this won’t last). 

12. BOB Revolution Flex 2016 (Single and Duallie) Red -BOB is the leader in jogging strollers and for good reason. The state of the art suspension and air filled tires make this a smooth ride no matter the terrain. The Flex offers an adjustable handlebar and the seat padding ensures baby is comfy for your long runs. With the Prime Day Deal both the Single and Duallie are 20% off. 
13. BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft (Black/Gray, Mesh) – This is one of our favorite bouncy seats because it is super light weight so you can easily move it from room to room and if company is coming over it lays flat and you can slid it under the couch. Baby will love it because the mesh keeps them cool and with a simple kick of their legs they will make themselves bounce. Already on sale for $168.78 this is going to be an even better deal with the Prime Day Deal goes live at 11:40!  UPDATE – SOLD OUT
14. Project Nursery Parent + Baby Smartband (Black) – Think of your Fitbit but now think of it also holding all the info that you need to keep track of fetal movements and doctor appointments too. Once you have baby you can keep track of diaper changes, naps and feedings! This is a must have for a modern parent. Already on sale for $79.99 and for this Prime Day Deal it is down to $69.99 which is 53% off the original price! 

15. Rubbermaid Storage – I realize this also isn’t a baby product but a baby definitely comes with a lot of stuff and a lot of that stuff they quickly outgrow and you will want to store….and storage can be expensive. These big rubbermaid storage containers are already on sale for $19.11 and with the Prime Day Deal you get another 20% off at checkout. 

16. Ergobaby 360 (Dewy Grey) – This is Ergo’s only 4 position carrier and it works from 12 pounds up until 33 pounds. This carrier will ensure your baby is in the right position and that you are super comfortable carrying. Normally $159.00 with the Prime Day Deal it is only $128.00. 
17. Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set – Whether you already use Mustela on your own little one or need a gift for an upcoming baby shower, grabbing this for 30% is a great deal. Prime Day Deal for only $31.49. (This one is going FAST)
18. Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard – This is a great option for trips to the beach or park this summer. This is super easy to set up and take down which makes it ideal for travel. Prime Day Deal for only $43.99. 
19. Dr. Brown’s Options Bottle, 4 Ounce (4 pack) – Bottles can be surprisingly expensive, especially when you realize how many you need so I would hurry and grab this deal on 4 bottles by Dr. Browns. We love these bottles because they remove more air than any other bottle but if you don’t have a gassy baby and that isn’t a concern you can remove the inner tube for easier cleaning. Prime Day Deal for $18.39. 

NOTE – don’t be tempted to grab a deal on something you don’t need or really want! The deals are great but you do not want a house full of baby gear you don’t use and doesn’t really work for your family!

 

 

 

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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.)