Sunday, November 23, 2008

Winter Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Winter is a beautiful time of year to plan a baby shower. Besides the obvious theme of Christmas there are so many other great ideas you can use for a winter themed baby shower. Even if you live in a warm climate you can still plan a baby shower with a winter theme.

One of my favorites is the winter wonderland theme. Some of the things you can decorate with are snowflakes, icicles, sleighs, ice skates, and snowmen. The main colors used are white, blue, and silver. Play soft music in the background such as Let it Snow and Chestnuts Roasting on a Open Fire. Serve hot cocoa, sparkling white grape juice, and white-chocolate covered pretzels to snack on. For the main course serve a white chili or white lasagna, this great winter white salad (you can find the recipe on Epicurious.com), and a white cheese and cracker platter.

If you are planning a baby shower during Christmas then you can use a Ho, Ho, Ho baby shower theme. Decorate with green and red colors, miniature Christmas trees, Santa Claus', reindeer, elves, candy canes, garland, strands of Christmas lights, and Christmas stockings. Since it is the holiday season it should be easy to find invitations and paper products with this theme.

For appetizers, get a green Styrofoam cone (this can be found in craft stores) and a mixture of vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower florets, cherry tomatoes, olives, red, green, and yellow peppers, and zucchini. Apply vegetables to cone with toothpicks to form a decorated Christmas tree. Another great appetizer idea is to make a snowman out of cheese balls. Get 2 cheese balls, one large and one small. Use black olives for the eyes, mouth, and buttons on his chest,and baby carrots for the arms and nose. Cut a strip from a lettuce leaf to use as a scarf. A hat can be made using zucchini sliced into 1 large circle and 3 smaller slices, or you can also use crackers - again using 1 large one for the base of the hat and 3 smaller ones. Use a little bit of butter to help stick them together.

Other ideas for winter baby showers are a Nutcracker theme, a winter sports theme, and a jingle bells theme. Any of these ideas will make for a memorable winter baby shower.

If you are looking for a cute baby gift to give the new parents a baby Santa suit or a Santa's little helper gift set makes a great baby shower gift.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Choosing Favors for your Baby Shower

If you're planning a baby shower you don't want to forget to purchase favors for your guests. It is customary to offer a small token of your appreciation to your guests for their generosity.

When choosing favors keep in mind that you want to get something the guests can actually use and enjoy. Why give something like a wash cloth lollipop (a baby wash cloth rolled up to look like a lollipop) or an item with your initials monogrammed on it? These items are cute but more than likely it will be thrown out or given to someone that can use it.

It is not necessary to spend a fortune on baby shower favors. Edible items are always a hit. If you are handy in the kitchen you can make cookies using baby shaped cookie cutters,decorate them with icing, and wrap in cellophane tied with a ribbon. You can get cookie cutters shaped like baby carriages, ducks, diapers, etc. There are also a lot of bakeries and online sites that sell ready-made cookie favors.

Don't want to bake or you don't have the time? Purchase candy or mints and wrap in decorative favor bags or tulle rounds tied with a ribbon. There are so many cute favor bags and boxes available and they are very inexpensive. There are also baby shower favor kits available that include everything except the candy.

Bath confetti is another popular favor. Get small tins, fill with confetti and tie with decorative ribbon. Favor bags can also be filled with small fragrant soaps or candles.

Add a special touch to your favors with personalized tags and labels. These are very inexpensive and can be added to just about any favor. You can personalize with the mommy's name and baby shower date or just about any message you want.


When choosing baby shower favors ask yourself this question - "Is this something I would enjoy or will it sit on a shelf collecting dust?" Just keep it simple and you won't go wrong.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Homemade Baby Shower Favors

If you are planning a baby shower for a friend or family member you don't want to forget to get favors for your guests. It is not necessary to spend a small fortune to give your guests a token of your appreciation. Homemade baby shower favors are inexpensive and easy to assemble.

There is a vast variety of themed favor boxes, baskets, favor kits, and fabric bags available that can be filled with candy, cookies, mints, bath confetti, or small candles. When deciding on baby shower favors take in to consideration your theme, the guests that are attending, and your budget.

You could go out and buy ready-made favors but these can be expensive, especially if you are having a large baby shower. Usually edible favors are a good choice. Who doesn't like a yummy fresh baked cookie or chocolates?



Any of these adorable favors boxes and kits can be filled with sweet treats for your guests. Most of them include gift tags and ribbon so all you have to do is add the treats.

Not only are these favor boxes inexpensive but they are easy to assemble.



Don't bother buying useless over priced baby shower favors that will sit on a shelf collecting dust or be thrown in the trash. Consider making homemade baby shower favors. Your guests will appreciate the small, tasty gift!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Unique Nursery Decor that's fun and fashionable!

It's been a long, hot summer and we've been busy, busy, busy! Alexander is enjoying going to school and can't wait to get out of the car every morning! If only that would last through high school. Maybe I will get lucky.

We have added a lot of new baby items to our site. If you are looking for unique nursery decor to spruce up your baby's nursery check out these gorgeous crib bedding sets from Trend Lab Baby. They feature unique designs with luxurious fabrics and beautiful color combinations.

Some of my favorites:

Angel Baby with soft blue velour combined with sage and blue gingham seersucker.



Baby Butterfly features bright purple velour fabric with embroidered butterflies.



The best thing about these crib bedding sets are all the great accessories that you can add to the set. They include wall decor, such as frames, clocks, and shelves, table sets, curtains, storage bins, and more.

All these great designs makes it easy to decorate your baby's nursery in a fun and fashionable style.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Polka Dot Diaper Cakes


I remember when I first heard of a diaper cake, I thought, "Is that a cake made to look like diapers?".

I never thought diaper cakes would become such a popular baby shower gift as they are today. You can find just about any theme or style - from flowers to polka dots, 1 tier to six tiers, for twins and triplets - the variety is endless.

Diaper cakes are a great way to give a unique baby gift that includes all the essential baby needs. You can never have enough of the main ingredient, diapers. Some of the other ingredients on the cake might be receiving blankets, bibs, burp cloths, bottles, rattles, and bath items. That is what makes a diaper cake such a great gift - it has so many necessary baby items that you can never get enough of for baby.



Not only do diaper cakes make a great baby shower gift but they are fairly easy to make. You can easily put together a baby gift that is unique and practical. Instructions on how to make a diaper cake can be found on our site articles page.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Whimsical Newborn Baby Gift Sets

There is nothing cuter then seeing a newborn baby dressed up in an adorable matching layette gift set. Baby Aspen's new line of whimsical baby gift sets includes nursery rhyme favorites and playful games that will bring back cherished memories.


The newest arrival is the Patty Cake Nine Piece Layette Set which is available in pink or blue. This impressive tower of hatboxes features the complete Patty Cake nursery rhyme and is filled with beautiful bibs, soft blanket, bodysuit, and more.



The classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme comes to life in the Mother Goose 7 piece gift set. Tucked away in her hidden compartment are three memorable nursery rhyme characters, perfectly sized for baby's tiny hands - Humpty Dumpty, This Little Piggy and the Hey Diddle Diddle Cow that jumped over the moon. This adorable baby gift set is sure to become a treasured favorite for many years to come.

Other sets include Five Little Monkeys and Pig in a blanket which features This Little Piggy nursery rhyme. Any of these baby gift sets would make a great baby shower gift or newborn gift.

We all have cherished memories of nursery rhymes and childhood games that we have carried through life. These unique baby gift sets are the perfect way for the new parents to share these joyful and cherished games with their newborn baby.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Baby Layette Checklist: Basic Baby Needs for the First Weeks

Getting ready for a new baby can be so overwhelming! There are so many baby products available and some of them are so cute. It's hard to choose the best basic layette needs for baby's first weeks. When choosing layette clothing items, keep in mind that a newborn baby grows quickly and will outgrow them before you know it.

What is a layette exactly? A layette is defined as a complete kit of clothing and equipment for a newborn baby. This baby layette checklist includes the essential baby needs to get you and baby through those first few precious weeks of life.

Clothing:

  • Disposable diapers or Cloth diapers - 10-12 per day. If you are using cloth diapers you should purchase at least 2 to 3 dozen depending on how often you want to do laundry.

  • 6-8 Diaper covers (for cloth diapers)

  • 6-8 Sleepers and/or gowns

  • 8 Onesies

  • 2-3 Shirt and pants sets

  • 6-8 Pairs of socks

  • 2 Caps

  • If you live in a cold weather climate - 1 sweater, 1 coat/snowsuit


Bedding:

  • 4-6 Receiving blankets (for swaddling)

  • 2 Sleep sacks (safer for baby to sleep)

  • 3-4 Crib or bassinet sheets


Bathing/Changing:

  • 2 Hooded bath towels

  • 6-8 Wash cloths - if you are using wash cloths instead of disposable wipes for diaper changes then you will need at least 2 dozen wash cloths.

  • 1 large box of disposable wipes

  • 2 changing pads (waterproof)

  • Natural shampoo and body wash

  • Natural baby lotion

  • Diaper rash ointment


Feeding:

  • 6-12 Bottles, depending on whether you are breast or bottle feeding

  • 10-12 Burp cloths

  • Formula (if bottle feeding)- start with 1 weeks supply

  • Bottled drinking water or sterilized, boiled water (to mix formula)


Grooming/First Aid:

  • infant nail clippers

  • Thermometer

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Alcohol swabs (to clean baby's belly button)


Nursery Equipment & Baby Gear:

  • Crib or bassinet

  • Diaper bag

  • Car seat



There are tons of adorable baby products for everything you can possibly think of, but these basic baby supplies will be all you need to get you through your first weeks without a worry.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Butterfly Wash Cloths for diaper cakes and gift baskets

I was trying to think up a cute way to put decorative accents on my new boutique butterfly diaper cake using wash cloths and burp cloths. I came up with these cute butterfly wash cloths that are really easy to make.

You need baby wash cloths and pipe cleaners to make these. The wash cloths I used measured 10 1/2" x 11".


  • Fold the sides of the wash cloth in to meet in the middle.


  • Fold the other ends in to meet in the middle.



  • Tuck one end inside the other.



  • Scrunch the wash cloth together with your fingers.


  • Twist a pipe cleaner around the wash cloth and bend the ends up to look like antennas.




I did a butterfly with a onesie and a burp cloth. The onesie is a little harder. You just have to play with the folds until you get it the size you want. These would look really cute if you use a wash cloth with a design on the fabric.

Here is my finished 4 tier boutique butterfly cake, front & back:



Perfect for a butterfly themed baby shower centerpiece!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Diaper Cake Instructions: How to make a boutique style diaper cake

A boutique style diaper cake is easy and fun to make. Diaper cakes make a beautiful gift and centerpiece for a baby shower. Follow the easy, detailed instructions below to make a beautiful baby gift that will definitely be the new mommy's favorite present!

The first step is to decide what size diaper cake you would like to make. It can be a mini, two, three, or even four tier. Next decide what is the diaper cake theme. Are you using the diaper cake as a baby shower centerpiece? If so follow the theme of the baby shower. Are you giving it as a gift? Do the parents have a nursery theme? If so you could decorate the cake with accessories that match the nursery theme. Once you have decided on the theme and size it's time to go shopping for all of your supplies.

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money to make a cute and practical diaper cake. Wal-Mart and Target have a great selection of baby products at very reasonable prices, and Wal-Mart has a great selection of ribbon in the craft supplies department. Your cake can be decorated with ribbons, flowers, and a cute plush toy or layette items such as receiving blankets, onesies, bibs, etc. To keep it simple you can buy a layette set that includes all the basic layette necessities in a matching set.

Supplies you will need for a three tier boutique diaper cake:

  • 55 good quality diapers - I like to use either Huggies or Pampers Swaddlers Size 1 and/or 2

  • 1 receiving blanket (if needed) - don't buy the thick ones, it makes the cake look too bulky.

  • Layette items (if needed) - 1 bib, 2 burp cloths, 2 washcloths, booties, hat

  • Bottles, rattles, pacifiers (1 or 2 of each if needed).

  • Colorful wide ribbon - about 3 yards, 1" to 1-1/2" wide. You will also need decorative ribbon that coordinates with the wide ribbon to use for tying items to the cake. I like to use a 1" sheer ribbon to tie pacifiers, onesies, etc. to the diaper cake.

  • Rubber bands (make sure they are large enough to fit around the tiers) or thin white ribbon (1/8" will work).

  • 12 inch cake board (you can find these in most craft stores in the cake decorating section) or a sturdy piece of cardboard cut into a circle. If you would like a decorative edge to show around the base of the cake use a 14" round and decorate the edges with ribbon or lace. You can also buy them decorated at some craft stores.

  • Hot glue gun or double-sided tape, and packaging tape.

  • 2 Cardboard tubes from paper towels, or mailing tubes about the same diameter as the paper towel tube, or 2 8 oz. bottles. One you will attach to the cardboard round to make a sturdy base and hold the cake together, the other is to roll the diapers.

  • A 12" cake pan, hat box, or any round item you can use to build your tiers. If you don't have anything that is 12" in diameter, you can make a mold out of a large piece of construction or project paper. Cut it lengthwise and at least 2/3 the width of the diaper. Then form it into a 12" circle and secure with staples or tape. This mold has its advantages and disadvantages but it works in a pinch. You will also need a 9" cake pan if you are going to use the fanned style for the middle tier. The middle tier can be done in two different styles as you will see in the instructions.

  • Decorative accents such as little bows, flowers, scrap booking embellishments, safety pins, etc. (if needed)

  • Tulle or a cellophane bag to wrap the diaper cake, and a gift tag if necessary



First make the base:

  • Center your cardboard tube on the cake board. Use the hot glue gun or double-sided tape to attach the tube to the cake board.

  • Once the tube is attached use the packaging tape to make it stronger taping it around the tube. Press it down firmly.


Now you have a sturdy base for your boutique diaper cake.

Make the bottom tier - you will need 34 diapers:

  • Place your 12" mold in front of you.

  • Take a few diapers and place them in the pan. Make sure to place the printed design of the diaper in facing the center of the pan.

  • Fan the diapers out, with about a 1/2" space between each diaper, around the edge of the pan. Continue to add the diapers in this manner turning the starting edge of diapers in toward the center as needed. Use your hand in the center of the diapers to round out the diapers and make a hole in the center as you add them. Continue like this until you have added all but 2 or 3 of the 34 diapers.

  • Take the last diapers and fit them into the center hole of the diaper round you made. Make sure to place them with the design going in the same direction as the rest for a flawless look.

  • Take a large rubber band and place it around the diapers. Adjust the diapers as necessary so they look uniformly spaced.

  • Turn the pan over and remove the pan. If necessary, adjust the rubber band so that it is in the middle of the diaper round.
  • .
  • Place your base in front of you. Place the best side of the tier up. Lift the diaper round from the bottom and place the center over the cardboard tube and slide it down to the base. Adjust the diaper round so that it is centered on the base.


You now have completed your bottom tier.

Make the middle tier - you will need 16 diapers:

The middle tier can be made two different ways. You can do another layer just like the bottom but use an 9" pan instead. The other alternative is to roll the diapers into a round layer.


  • Using a cardboard tube or a baby bottle, take a diaper, the printed side against the tube, and roll it tightly around the tube about 2" from one end. Do not open the first diaper.

  • Make sure to keep the diaper rolled tightly around the tube with one hand. With the other hand open the next diaper and roll it around the first diaper. Pull the diaper taut as you roll it making sure to keep it even with the edge of the first diaper, and at the same time keep the first diaper rolled tightly with your other hand. Continue like this until you have added all 16 diapers.

  • Use a rubber band to secure the diapers. Line the cardboard tube up with the base tube and slide the tier down.


You now have completed your middle tier.

Make the top tier - you will need 5 diapers:

  • Using the method above, roll the remaining four diapers around a cardboard tube

  • Use a rubber band to secure the diapers. Line the cardboard tube up with the base tube and slide the tier down.


At this point you can use thin white ribbon to tie around each tier and cut off the rubber band if you want a professional look. Make sure to tie the ribbon tightly.

Now that you have all the tiers completed, it's time to decorate the diaper cake.

To attach clothing or layette items, I use a wide piece of ribbon tied around the item in a decorative bow, then tie this to the ribbon that is around the cake.

  • Measure the ribbon around the tiers leaving about 1" overlapping (leave a little extra if you will be tying the ribbon into a bow to attach it). If you will be using a receiving blanket, burp cloths, and/or washcloths to cover any of the tiers you will put the ribbon on last. Otherwise, attach the ribbon using a glue gun, safety pins, or you can tie the ribbon into a bow.

  • If you want to keep it simple and elegant, use artificial flowers and ribbon. Use a wire cutter to cut the stems off of the flowers leaving about 2" of stem. You can place the flowers in small bunches on each tier of the cake and one bunch in the middle of the top tier. Stick the stem of the flowers in-between the diapers to hold them in place. For the topper, I use floral tape or package tape to secure a bunch together and then just place it on top.

  • If you are using a receiving blanket lay the blanket down on a table. Lay a closed diaper lengthwise on the blanket to measure where you will fold the blanket. Make the first fold so that it is the same width as the diaper then continue to fold the blanket. When finished the blanket should be the same width as the diaper. Wrap the receiving blanket around either the bottom or middle tier. Attach the blanket with a safety pin or wrap a length of ribbon around the tier and tie it in a bow. If you use a wide ribbon you can use the glue gun to secure the ribbon.

  • To wrap a tier in burp cloths or washcloths you will need 2 each of these items for the middle tier or one for the top (depending on the size of the items). Use the technique above to attach these items.

  • Now apply any decorations such as little bows, scrap booking embellishments, or small flowers. You can use the glue gun on the low setting and attach the items to the ribbon around the tiers. For rattles, teething rings, and pacifiers, you can tie a ribbon into a bow around them and then tie this to the ribbon around the cake.

  • To add a plush toy, position the item where you want it, then put a rubber band around the plush toy and over the tier tucking it under the tier. You can also use a thin ribbon tied around the neck and under the arms and then looped over the tier in the same manner.

  • For the hole in the top tier - you can use a small plush toy rattle, a bottle or some flowers. To add a little surprise inside, you can roll up a onesie, socks, or washcloths and stuff them into the top hole.


Now your boutique diaper cake is complete. You can wrap it in tulle or a cellophane bag. Tie it with decorative ribbon and a gift tag if needed.

If you are making a mini one tier diaper cake you can cut the cardboard tube down or use a toilet tissue tube or bottle. The bottle can be secured to the base with some double-sided tape. If you are making four tiers or larger you can tape a toilet tissue tube to the base tube. You will have to increase the size of the cake board according to how many diapers you are using for a larger cake.

There are unlimited combinations of boutique style diaper cakes you can make. If you can imagine it you can make it!

If you want to shop for ready-made diaper cakes, look here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Natural Baby Safe Cleaners

Alexander loves to help me when I am cleaning the house. I was concerned about the household cleaners I used and the effects they had on his health. Conventional cleaners are full of toxic ingredients that release noxious gases into the air and leave behind harsh chemical residues. These toxic chemicals are easily absorbed into the skin and can cause skin and respiratory irritations, circulatory, and cardiac damage.

Believe it or not, your kitchen probably contains all the baby safe cleaners necessary to keep your home clean, safe, and healthy.

I remember my mother cleaning windows, mirrors, and any other glass in our home with vinegar and water. Vinegar is not only a great all natural glass cleaner, it can deodorize and disinfect most surfaces in your home. Use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a clean spray bottle on most areas of your home. Make sure to dilute it properly, undiluted vinegar can damage grout and is not safe to use on marble. I use it to clean all surfaces in my kitchen and bathroom. Don't worry about the smell, it disappears after the surface dries.

Another great natural cleaner is baking soda. It makes an effective odor absorber in the refrigerator, freezer, or anywhere that needs deodorizing. It can also be used as a scrub for sinks, pans, etc. Mix with a little bit of lemon juice to make a paste and you have an effective abrasive cleaner.

Lemon juice is a great natural cleaner for most surfaces. It leaves a pleasant smell and has several uses. Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with a cup of olive oil to make furniture polish that will leave your hardwood furniture shining and smelling great. Use undiluted lemon juice or a solution of lemon juice and water or vinegar in the bathroom to dissolve soap scum and hard water stains. If you have shower doors lemon juice works great to keep them clean. First remove any soap scum and hard water stains with a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice. Dry the doors thoroughly. With a dry, soft towel apply a thin coating of the lemon oil furniture polish to the doors and rub into surface. Then just maintain it once a week by applying the oil. It repels the water and keeps hard water stains from building up.

Salt is a great alternative natural cleaner for spills in your oven then conventional oven cleaners that are extremely toxic. If you take care of spills as they happen it is easier to maintain a clean oven. Pour salt on the spill and let the oven cool, then scrape up the dried salt and spill.

Most household cleaning needs can be taken care of with a good scrubbing sponge, water, and the ingredients listed above. If you still prefer to use commercial cleaners that state exactly what they clean use non-toxic, natural cleaners that won't harm your environment. Several companies such as Seventh-Generation, Bio-Kleen, and BabyGanics offer baby safe cleaners in most health food stores, major grocery stores, and specialized department stores such as Babies "R" Us, and several Internet retailers.

I was very skeptical at first, but I know if you try natural, organic cleaners just once you won't want to go back to conventional cleaners again.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Another Great Baby Product & Parenting Info Site

I have had no time to blog for awhile - things have been crazy! Alexander has been sick for almost the whole month of March, my old back problem has flared up (ouch!!), and the website has finally been starting to get a little busy (yeah!!).

I just came across Popular Baby Products website. I just wanted to share it with anyone that is looking for a great site with informative reviews on new baby products. Not only do they offer great product reviews, they also have parenting advice, detailed lists of baby names, printable baby shower games, birthday party ideas, a directory of WAHM baby product stores, and a blog directory.

Best of all they have "Freebie Friday" - every Friday they have a random drawing giving away great baby products from participating sponsors. All you have to do is make a post on the product giveaway to enter. It couldn't be easier!

Not only is this a great site for parents looking for reviews on popular baby products but it has a lot to offer to WAHM's (or dad's). You can add your shop to the list of stores, and to the blog directory. And of course, if you have a great product you want to promote, you can offer it in the Freebie Friday giveaway, or request a review of your product.

Hmmm....I think I will offer one of my new boutique style baby diaper cakes as a giveaway!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I'd be lost without my diaper bag! What baby essentials to pack in your diaper bag.

I don't know what I would do without my diaper bag. I have been using the same one since Alexander was born. He is 3 years old now. Needless to say it is falling apart. I actually let my husband pick it out so he wouldn't be embarrassed carrying it around (you know how us women make our husbands hold our purses) and since he had let me choose everything else for Alexander. He choose a backpack style diaper bag. At first I didn't like it but now I can't live without it.

Recently I decided it was time to replace it because like I said it is falling apart. Even though Alexander is 3 now I still carry quite a bit of stuff around in my bag. I like to be prepared. You must be thinking, what could you possibly need for a 3 year old?

Let's start with what you need to carry in your diaper bag for babies and work our way up to toddlers.

Diaper bag essentials for infants and babies:

5 - 10 diapers (depending on how long you will be out)
Travel pack of wipes
Changing pad


2 changes of clothing
Hat and/or jacket (depending on the climate you live in)
Blanket
Burp cloths - at least 2
Bibs - at least 2
A bag for soiled clothing and diapers


Formula (cans or pre-measured - most baby stores have travel containers with 3 compartments and a flip-top lid for easy dispensing)
An ice pack or an insulated bottle bag for unused formula or expelled breast milk


Jarred food and spoons
Bottles or sippy cup
Healthy snacks for baby and you
Bottled water for you and to mix formula
Pacifiers
Teething rings
Toys and books
A first-aid kit with diaper rash ointment, teething gel, band-aids, antibacterial ointment, sunblock, pain and fever reducer
A small purse with cash, change, credit cards


A camera so you don't miss any cute moments

As your child grows you won't need as much supplies but you will still need to make sure you have the essentials.

Diaper bag essentials for a toddler:

3-4 diapers (if your child is not toilet trained or in the process)
2 changes of clothing including underwear (if your child is toilet trained)
Travel pack of wipes
Hat and/or jacket (depending on the climate you live in)
Healthy snacks for you and your child
Juice and water
Sippy Cup
Toys and books (I like to pack a "mystery bag" filled with little toys to keep my child occupied at the grocery store, post office, etc. I only use it for this purpose and change the items periodically so he doesn't get bored)
A first-aid kit with band-aids, antibacterial ointment, sunblock, pain and fever reducer
A small purse with cash, change, credit cards
A camera so you don't miss any cute moments

As you can see, you still need to carry quite a bit of supplies even for a toddler. So make sure when shopping for a diaper bag to choose one that will stand the test of time. These days there are so many stylish diaper bags and accessories to choose from it is hard to make a choice. Oh well, I guess I'll have to buy more than one!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Protecting our babies against absorbing Phthalates

The big story in the news the last couple of weeks has been how babies are absorbing phthalates from skincare products. A recent study by Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, Baby Care Products: Possible Sources of Infant Phthalate Exposure, revealed that babies exposed to certain skincare products had elevated levels of phthalates in their urine.

On the flip side, Dr. Sathyanarayana's report was critized by the CFIF (Center for Individual Freedom) for being a conflict of interest. According to CFIF, the report is motivated more by politics than actual science. It "conveniently" omits well-known scientific risk assessments on phthalates exposure, and excludes information regarding Dr. Sathyanarayana's political activism and apparent bias.

As concerned parents, what should we believe? It's hard in today's world because we already have so many concerns when it comes to our childrens health. The best practice is to keep it simple. Use natural baby skin care products and learn how to choose natural skin care products by reading labels and knowing what ingredients are harmful.

If you want to see how safe the skincare products you have around the house are, the Cosmetic Database has a partial listing of baby products ranked by how many chemicals are in them. Very informative!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Kindersacks - Wearable Blankets for Babies, Toddlers, & Young Children

If your child is anything like my Alexander, then he/she doesn't like to use a blanket. Baby sleep sacks are the perfect answer to your problem. These beautiful wearable blankets are great for babies,toddlers, and young children that do not like to be covered with a blanket and tend to kick it off. But that is not the only reason to use a Kindersack.



Kindersacks, when used properly, can lessen the risk of SIDS in infants. The exact cause of SIDS is not known, but it is widely believed that SIDS is caused by infants sleeping on their backs or with blankets (that can bunch up) which can cause poor air movement around the mouth. This causes the baby to rebreath carbon dioxide which was just exhaled, which in turn can cause a decreased ability for the infant to awake.

Kindersacks are made with an all natural cotton lining and shell making them breathable, soft, and comfortable against your childs skin. A comfortable baby sleeps better and in turn you sleep better.

Kindersacks originated in Europe and have been keeping children warm and comfortable since 1965. They are referred to as a baby sleeping bag because they help keep warmth in.



Kindersacks are available in quilted and unquilted styles, sizes infants through children 3-6 years old. The quilted style is perfect for colder climates. The unquilted style can be used in most climates depending on the warmth of the child's room and they are also great for babies that tend to sweat a lot.


These wearable blankets are so much safer and convenient to use then a receiving blanket or comforter. They are available in several designs as well as a few styles that are made with organic cotton.


Once you use a Kindersack wearable blanket on your baby or child, you will never want to use a regular blanket again.

For more information visit the Kindersacks More Info Page.