Ways for Mom to Recharge and Get Some Personal Time

how mom can get some personal timeEveryone needs some time to themselves. They need a few moments a day to collect their thoughts and think about or do something they enjoy. When you’re a parent, finding time every day for that purpose is tough. Children demand a lot of your time so it’s easy to spend the entirety of your day worrying about someone else’s needs. Use these tips to recharge and get some personal time.

1. Wake up early or stay up late.

Being a mom is pretty tiring, so you may not be able to swing the extra time. If possible, wake up a half hour earlier or stay up a half hour later than usual. Do something during this time just for yourself. Take a long shower or bath. For once drink a cup of coffee before it cools, or read the paper.

2. Have your kids do some work.

You aren’t a cruel and abusive mom by insisting that your children take part in the maintenance of their home. Working together is part of being a family. If there’s a task you think your child is capable of handling, let them have it. Obviously you won’t have your six-year-old change your car’s oil, but putting away toys or dusting aren’t out of the question.

3. Actually use those peaceful moments.

Whenever you get a few moments of peace, don’t waste them by revisiting your to-do list or rechecking something. You have to actually take advantage of the few minutes of personal time you receive throughout the day.

4. Treat yourself now and then.

Every so often you need to consider your own needs as well. No one will be upset that you were five minutes late to dance class because you stopped for a coffee. If you constantly deny yourself the little things in life, you’ll start to resent being a mom.

5. Cook simple dinners.

Some moms feels a pressure to create elaborate, multi-course meals for their family every night. Dial back your urge to be complicated. There are plenty of fast, healthy options that don’t require a week’s worth of planning.

6. Get help!

Many moms don’t take advantage of the help their families offer because they are too proud. Take them up on their offers for a night out. Your parents or siblings would probably love to have your children for a few hours, even overnight. There’s no need to exhaust yourself if others are happy to shoulder some of the burden.

7. Relax when your kids do.

No matter how rambunctious, energetic, and hyper-active your kids may be, they have to stop every once in a while. When they are napping or at school, enjoy some of the time to yourself. Don’t fill the space needless cleaning and organizing.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Photo Credit: badkleinkirchheim via Compfight cc

Get the Facts About Baby’s First Words

baby's first wordsAs a parent, one of the most rewarding moments is when your children being to speak. Finally you’ll be able to communicate on a higher level. Instead of guessing your child’s needs and wants, you’ll be able to ask directly. Use these facts and tips to understand your child’s speech development and help them learn faster.

Talk to Your Child Often

You might feel foolish talking to someone who can’t respond, but it’s extremely helpful to your baby. After all, how will they learn without listening to someone? Narrate your everyday life. “Where’s Mommy going? She’s going to the bedroom. She’s picking up her book.” The more you talk, the larger your child’s vocabulary will be. It’s especially important to label things or actions that interest your child. If she’s looking at a book, your narration will truly reach her.

Kids Learn Fast

Between 18 and 24 months your child’s vocabulary will grow from fifty to 250 words. It’s a process called “fast mapping” where the brain exerts itself to store as much information as possible. By one year old, your child will understand your words even if he can’t say them. He might be confused every word you use, but he’ll gather enough from your sentences to gleam what you want.

Baby Non-Talk is Talk

Early baby speech, or babbling, is still speech. Your baby is talking to you, he’s just not very good at it. When this happens, establish eye contact and use clear facial expressions so he feels you want to be a part of his dialogue. Don’t ignore him! Reply to him even if the reply is meaningless so he’s encouraged to continue communicating.

Relax

Just like everything else, children learn at different rates. Don’t worry about your child’s speech development unless he appears to lack a desire to communicate at all. If he’s not reaching out or making eye contact, consult your doctor, but otherwise he is probably fine, even if he isn’t using sentences like all the other kids in his class.

Teach Some Sign Language

Kids are capable of learning sign language very early. It’s not a substitute for speech, but it can help ease some frustration them (or you) may feel about their inability to communicate. Teach simple gestures to mean certain phrases. You can use traditional sign language or make up your own motions. Be sure to say the actual word every time you make the sign so the connection is made and your child does start saying it.

First Words Are About Needs

Children will first learn about the things that they need or interest them. He will learn “mama” and “dada” early because calling those names often gets him what he wants. If he loves playing with his ball, he will probably utter “ball” soon. You can use this pattern by repeating these phrases often. Don’t craw “Ball! Ball! Ball!” into his face for an hour, but use the word naturally as often as you can. This will help teach him to associate sounds with objects.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Photo Credit: ryanrocketship via Compfight cc

Featured Spring Look for Toddlers

featured spring look for toddlersSpring is here! It’s time to put away your toddler’s winter clothes and send her out in a new style! Just because your gal is little doesn’t mean she can’t be trendy and stylish. Combine these items to create a cute spring look.

1.Wee Urban Cotton and Bamboo Dress

Set the trend this season with a Wee Urban Cotton and Bamboo dress. Created for the confident little girl that embraces clean, simple lines, rich bold color, and luxuriously soft bamboo/cotton fabric, this dress takes her to the spa or the park. A touch of spandex for comfort and stretch ensures a superior look and fit. Layer over with a cute cardigan, funky leggings, or even jeans as this dress has it all.

2. Stuart Weitzman Kids Baby Pali Crystal Flats

Your toddler can be a true showstopper when it comes to fabulous style! The synthetic upper features allover jeweled design with sweet bow decal. The hook-and-loop closures make for easy on and off.

3. Pink Swarovski Crystal Flower Stud Earrings

A dainty and delicate look, these earrings will delight any little girl. Fashioned in 14K gold, these fun flower-shaped earrings are completely set with soft pink Swarovski® crystals and polished to a brilliant shine. The earrings secure comfortably with screwbacks.

4. Emma – Berry Headband by Liv&Lily

This three inch raw edge flower with crystal accent on a silver satin-wrapped headband completes any outfit.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Adorable Spring Apparel for Baby and Toddler

It’s been a long, cold winter this year. Sometimes I think it will never end, but spring will be upon us shortly. I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to get outside and enjoy the fresh air for a few hours. But the trouble with spring is that some days are warm and others can be cool. You never know quite how to dress your kids. These Wee Urban organic clothing products are designed to keep your baby comfortable and stylish all spring.

1. Cotton & Bamboo Dresses (Usually $38, on sale now for $26.99)

adorable spring apparel for kids

These dresses are trendy and modern right now. They have clean, simple lines and bold colors. The luxuriously soft bamboo/cotton blend is very versatile – perfect for any activity. A bit of spandex is used to ensure a proper fit. Layer the dress with a cute cardigan, leggings, or even jeans so your girl can adjust to the varying spring temperatures. Available in four colors with different animal graphics.

2. Play Romper & Bib ($31.99)

adorable spring apparel for kids

Spring is a perfect time to open the windows and let in the breeze, but that means your little one will need to wear more than a diaper around the house to stay warm. This romper is perfect for all-day play and it accommodates cloth diapers. The matching bib is great for catching drool and keeping the romper clean.

3. Cozy Basics Sleep Bag ($37.99)

adorable spring apparel for kids

Our Cozy Basics Sleep Bag is perfect for spring because it’s breathable, but still warm when you need it. The easy, two-way zipper makes diaper changes simple. It comes in gender neutral prints, so you’ll be able to use it for multiple children. The age appropriate neck and sleeve openings maintain a non-restrictive fit, which helps airflow so your baby doesn’t get too warm.

4. Cozy Toes Coordinating Socks ($4/pair)

adorable spring apparel for kids

It’s not time for bare toes yet! Even within the house, we still need socks on little feet. Our cute animal designs are printed upside down so your baby sees them properly when he’s playing with his feet. These are priced to make excellent gifts, especially when combined with a set of multiple pairs or combined with a bib. They’re perfect for baby showers!

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

How to Choose the Right Sitter

how to choose the right babysitterIt would be wonderful if we could stay home with our children all the time, but unfortunately life makes other demands on our time. We have to work to help provide for them and, quite frankly, we need a little time away every once in a while. When you have to get away, that might mean using a sitter.

Allowing someone else to watch your children can be stressful, especially if you are forced to introduce someone new instead of a family member or close friend. How do you start? What is appropriate? Use these seven tips to find the right babysitter.

1. Ask for referrals.

You aren’t the first person in the world to need a sitter. Talk to your relatives, friends, and neighbors, especially if their children are similar in age to your kids. Ask them if they know or have used anyone who’s reliable, safe, and interactive with your children.

2. Do your research.

Learn anything you can about the person who will be watching your children. If they work for an agency or service, look up the service and learn whatever is available. Google the person’s name for any online information. Find someone else who has used the service and pick their brain.

3. Mind your instincts.

If you have a bad feeling, get a weird vibe, or in any way feel uncomfortable, break the arrangement. You shouldn’t leave your children with anyone who isn’t completely qualified to watch them. Besides, if you’re worried about their safety, you won’t enjoy the time you spend away.

4. Search a bit first.

You aren’t obligated to provide anyone with employment. If you decide your current sitter isn’t quite right, don’t be bashful about shopping around. Try someone new to see if there’s someone better for your children.

5. Observe before leaving.

A five minute conversation before running out the door isn’t enough to determine if someone is right for you and your children. Spend some time together with the potential babysitter to see how she engages with your children, her reactions to problems, and how well she interacts with them. When the sitter leaves, question your children about him/her and pay attention to their responses.

6. Ask as many questions as you can.

When you’re speaking to the person who minds your children, there is no such thing as a silly question. Ask everything. Question them on disciplinary tactics, safety issues, and pose mock situations to gauge their responses. If the person feels like you’re too intrusive, find someone new.

7. See what your children think.

If your children are old enough to reliably give you information, use them as well. What do they think of the sitter? Was he/she kind, or harsh? Were meals prepared properly, or did they eat junk food all day? Did you really go to the park, or just to the backyard?

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Photo Credit: omninate via Compfight cc

Be Kind to the Earth with 10 Ideas for Earth Day

how to celebrate earth dayNot only do we have to take care of mother Earth, but we have to protect her. On Earth Day, April 22, you can join together with us and help preserve the Earth. Earth Day was proposed by peace activist John McConnell to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. This is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of preserving our environment. I am strong believer in the need to take care of our Earth. It doesn’t take much; every little difference helps. Use these ten ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your families.

1. Plant something

Most kids love getting dirty, so this is a great one! Whether it’s a seed, a flower or a tree, creating new life is always great for the environment. Once it grows you are left with either yummy food you grew yourself, or a beautiful flower to remind you that you did something great for the Earth.

2. Walk them to school

Walking not only saves you gas, but it decreases the amount of pollutants released into the air. Create a fun game to play on the walk, such as who can spot the most/coolest animals.

3. Make a poster

Make a poster that says “Happy Earth Day” and then have your kids decorate it. This will encourage conversations about the Earth and help your child to learn about how to preserve it. After it’s done, hang it on your front door. Not only will your child have had fun coloring, but your neighbors will be reminded that it is Earth Day.

4. Take pictures

Whip out the digital camera and have the kids go on a walk to find their favorite tree or garden, and then take a picture of it. Once you are back home, have a slideshow with the pictures. Ask the kids why they liked that spot so much, and explain to them how they could preserve it.

5. Decorate a recycling bin

Take your regular old recycling bin and let your children decorate it. While they are having fun painting trees and birds, inform them about the earth and why it is important to take care of it.

6. Visit the aquarium or zoo

Most aquariums or zoos have special Earth Day activities, so they can learn first-hand about the natural environment. Seeing the animals in person will remind them of why it’s important to protect them.

7. Donate

With the kids, go through your house and bag all of the things that your family no longer uses or wears. Once you’re done, take the bags to a local place that accepts donations. This teaches kids about reusing, recycling and giving.

8. Sing

There are many Earth songs on the internet that you and your children could sing along to. Even making up songs about why the earth is so special would be fun and informational.

9. Turn the lights off

Create a game where if someone forgets to turn the lights off when they leave a room, they owe $.25 to the Earth Day jar. This is a good way to teach them how preserving energy can help the environment.

10. Make Promises
Fill a chalkboard, or large paper, up with promises that you and your kids are going to make to the environment.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Photo Credit: FlyingSinger via Compfight cc