Baby, Beauty, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Natural, Natural Beauty

Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby

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Anthony is 9 years old but it doesn’t feel like long ago when he was an infant and toddler and I was the one naming gift ideas for him when loved ones and friends asked at birthdays and holidays. He always had plenty of toys and managed to play with few of them, opting for empty boxes and whatever he could reach off a coffee table instead. Holiday gift ideas for baby was always items I would need and now wouldn’t have to go buy with my funds like clothing, feeding and bath supplies. Those were the best gifts!

I also remember inspecting every product given to us for our son. It is scary to think about some of the chemicals they use in products even for baby and children. I have always avoided certain ingredients even still today with Anthony. Brands like BabyTime get this so they offer products without harsh chemicals.

Baby Products

A baby goes through washings often and even at age 9, showers happen everyday. Having bubble baths, shampoos, body wash and lotions with natural ingredients make the best gifts. Maybe I’m odd but I love being gifted these supplies and with ingredients I will use that meant one less trip to the store for essentials I use everyday. If you have to shop for a family with children from infant to teen, BabyTime is a safe choice!

BabyTime products are safe for baby and the environment. Even some hospitals use their products with their organic ingredients. With added probiotics they really do nourish the skin. They are safe and effective-not one or the other.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby at BabyTime

  • Cheeky Salve (great for chapped lips also I have found)
  • Peaceful Bubbles
  • Snuggly Lotion
  • Soothing Cream
  • Nurturing Balm
  • Mighty Shield Lotion (bug repellant)
  • Silky Powder
  • Massage Serum
  • Sunny Sunscreen
  • Active Repair

Visit BabyTime to learn more.

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Five Baby Shower Gifts Mom Will Love

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Five Baby Shower Gifts Mom Will Love

Five Baby Shower Gifts Mom Will Love

Maybe it’s been a while since you have had a baby around. Now you have been invited to a baby shower. What is new and popular for new Moms? I am going to show you five baby shower gifts Mom will love and these are relatively new and modern gifts that will make life a little easier for Mom.

Baby Butz Cream – available on Amazon

This is a safe and effective diaper rash treatment by Olen Cosmetics in Canada. It is made with 100% natural ingredients and Mom may recognize this as many hospitals use it in their neonatal units. Other benefits are that it is hypoallergenic and FDA registered. It also is Leaping Bunny certified which means it is cruelty free.

Baby Butz Cream

Drink in the Box UNIQUE – available on Amazon

This is for Mom! This sleek and slim design makes it easy to fill and go. It can now slip into a diaper bag pocket or gym bag and with a flip of the lid the straw exposes for a refreshing drink. Those round cups are so bulky in the bags we have to tote for baby. Having the Drink in the Box UNIQUE means Mom has no excuse to bring herself a drink while out with the family.

Drink in the Box for Mom

The Baby Shusher – available on BuyBuyBaby and available on Amazon

I think this is the most brilliant item for baby. Perhaps it is as much a benefit for Mom and Dad. Remember having those moments where you were winded having to shush baby to sleep? Remember the 5 S’s of soothing an infant – swaddle, stomach/side, shush, suck and swing? This solves the shush in a way that is volume and time controlled. Hear it below from my Instagram feed,

Clutching Toy Star by HABA – available at HABAUSA.com and  available on Amazon

This chew toys is made from food-grade silicone and has varying textures on both sides. It is visually appealing and is a great toy to fin in a diaper bag for fun with the senses on the go.

Clutching Star Baby Chew

Marcus & Marcus Baby Teether – available at ToysRUs

These animal-themed teethers are food-grade, brightly colored and designed for baby-safe fun. Marcus & Marcus baby teethers are molded from BPA-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free materials.

Baby teether

 

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Thinkbaby Body Care Set – Back to School Giveaway Hop

I have partnered with Thinkbaby for this giveaway feature

 

What is better than receiving diapers and clothing as gifts for baby is receiving the bath products you know you will use most. When my son was young I had a lot of great gifts but I especially remember a diaper cake that was made and it was full of bubble baths and lotions. Those bottles lasted me many months and that saved me from having to purchase the products I used and ran out of often. Thinkbaby has safe bath and body products for baby and everyone in the family. I use the lotion myself because I keep it in the car for my son on summer days after swimming or in the sun where his skin (and mine) dry out.

 

The Thinkbaby Body Care Set makes a fantastic gift because it includes 4 of the everyday products for baby and toddler. Included is the baby shampoo, baby lotion, bubble bath and baby sunscreen with SPF 50+. The products are free of parabens, pthalates, 1,4 dioxane, sodium lauryl sulfate and harmful chemicals. In fact, it is the only company to show EWG safety rating next to EACH ingredient.The entire set sells for $28.99. That works out to be under $8 a bottle for high rated, safe products.

 

I love these products so much I want to share them with some of you so I will pass on some sets to 2 different readers in this giveaway! Plus, someone will get more than 1 set in their prize mailing!

I have included this prize in a giveaway hop hosted by The Kids Did It  & The Mommy Island That means that as soon as you are done entering to win the Thinkbaby Body care Set you can hop around from the links below to other blog sites and enter their giveaways too. Lots of prizes for you as we end summer and start the fall. Giveaway ends 8/23 and open to US entrants.

 

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SnackPals Portion Control Snacking

This feature is in partnership with WowCup for SnackPals

From toddler to teen portion control is always a snack factor. With our teenage boys it’s about catching them before the entire box of crackers goes to the bedroom with them where they are bound to polish it off. With our youngest at 9 it’s about taking a few and remembering to close the box back up or they will go stale. Then with my youngest nephew (below) it’s about controlling the fistfuls they take and the trail they drop into the next room. Snack time needs some control and WowCups has SnackPals for your child.

These cups are about portion control and safe keeping of snacks. How it works is that you fill the cup with snacks. The top chamber is empty until you turn it upside down and give it a shake or two to dispense the perfect portion. It is easy enough for a toddler to use and allows their little fingers to grab the food.

They come in 3 colors- blue, pink and green. These cups will cut down on eating too fast, spills and organization. They are safely made BPA & PVC Free: 100% guaranteed food safe materials. Keep snacks clean while they are maintained in the bottom portion. Yes, they are dishwasher safe too.

You can find SnackPals at WowCup and on Amazon. I suggest buying them now so they are available right when you need them. Don’t forget daycare and preschool teacher gift ideas. These are great for groups in a toddler and preschool crowd.

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Chicco is Helping You Train Baby off Bottle to Cup

Thank you to Chicco for the partnership and samples for feature

If you have raised an infant and toddler you have heard of the name, Chicco. From car seats to sippy cups, Chicco knows how fast baby grows. It was 9 years ago that I had a baby but I remember shopping for him with the thought of ‘growth’ in mind. I wanted products that would grow with him. Not only to shop with value in mind but it was easier to train him into new phass with products he had already been using and was familiar with. The Chicco Natural Fit Isulated Flip Top Set helps transition your toddler from bottle to cup.

Fist things first-it does not leak! That is always our concern with cups and bottles. To add, it comes apart completely for easy cleaning and with an integrated slide cover the straw stays clean.

The design allows for the best grip of little hands as they learn to sip and set in cup holders. It is also insulated so that drink can stay cool while walking the zoo or beach on a hot day.

It is BPA, PVC and Latex Free so no chemicals to worry about as well. The style? These cups have all NaturalFit lids, valves and cups are interchangeable with 6 spout and 3 cup styles to choose from! That means you can keep the corresponding cups you may already have and use these lids on those too. They come in a blue and pink pattern. See more at Chiccoshop.com an you can purchase at BuyBuyBaby.com

Baby, Food, Parenting

How To Make Feeding Your Baby As Simple As Can Be

How To Make Feeding Your Baby As Simple As Can Be

Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding your baby (and many parents use a mix of both feeding methods), it is always a good idea to know a few tips and tricks to make feeding time go much more smoothly. Follow the guide below to ensure that feeding time for you goes as well as it can do, even single time. 

1. Get The Right Equipment. 

If you are bottle feeding your baby, purchasing express pumps, bottles, a good bottle warmer and sterilizing equipment, and practising using them before you use them with your little one, will ensure that feeding time goes well.

2. Stay Attuned To Your Baby’s Moods.

If your baby is feeling cranky and irritable, this is probably not the best time to teach them something new. Save those rusks or new bottles for another day and go with what has worked best in the past.

If your baby gets cranky before, during or after feeding time, remember that almost all parents have to cope with this. Don’t blame yourself, just stay calm and try one of the tips on this list (be that a change of position or a little time out) to get things running smoothly again.

3. Get The Right Position When Breastfeeding. 

When breast feeding your baby, you need to find out what works best for baby and for you. Your baby might like to be cradled in your arms as they breast feed, or they may prefer to flop on your stomach.

Using a towel and a sling will help you to angle your baby’s head more easily as they feed. Sometimes a quick shift of position is all that you need to make feeding more comfortable both for yourself and your baby. 

4. Moving on from milk? It’s time for variety!

Get your little one interested in all kinds of food from an early age, and particularly in healthy foods such as fruit and veg. Bright colors, a wide variety of different foods from day to day and lots of easy to consume textures early on will all make transitioning from milk to solid food much more fun and enjoyable for both of you.

Make mealtimes a big event, with your baby’s own plastic spoon, bowl and covered plastic drinker so that it becomes something that they get excited about! Let them pick out a cute bib to wear too. Encourage them to experiment and to discover new foods for themselves, so that they can tell you what it is that they like best!

5. Be Aware Of Allergies. 

Some babies should not eat certain foods due to allergies. And, if you are breastfeeding, it it crucial to cut those foods out of your own diet, too.

How do you tell if your baby has an allergy? Seek out your doctor and ask them to run a few tests and to explain common allergy symptoms to you. Dairy allergies can manifest themselves in the form of a red rash, for example, though this is not the only symptom.

6. Don’t Give Up.

It can be easy to feel frustrated if your baby is not latching on to your breast when you are breast feeding them, or refusing point blank to eat carrots today when they were eating them with gusto yesterday. Frustration can be your enemy if you want to make eating fun and feeding your baby relaxing and enjoyable for you. After all, feeding your little one ought to be one of the most powerful bonding experiences that you two share together. 

So, have some tactics ready to hand that you can use to calm yourself down when you are feeling stressed and frustrated. This might involve taking time out to grab a quick sip of water, or getting a back massage from your partner. It might involve counting down slowly in your head or putting on a favorite song. Find what works for you to ease any tension and create a calm environment for you and your baby to enjoy.

Follow these great tips and you will find that feeding your baby is so much easier. The result? One happy baby!

About The Author

 

Crystal is the founder of MakeYourBabyLaugh. She wrote the blog to help parents who are struggling to raise their children. She hopes that her experiences in child-rearing can inspire and help parents overcome their parenting struggles