First-Timer’s Guide to Cloth Diapers

cloth diaperingCloth diapering is an affordable way to diaper your child while reducing your impact on the environment, but in a culture where most people use disposable diapers, many people won’t have answers for you. Now that you have decided to go with cloth diapers, you should arm yourself with some basic information. Here are a few questions first-time cloth diaper users ask.

How many cloth diapers will I need?

Generally, you will want enough diapers to last two to three days. You will want enough diapers to make a full load and then a few extra for the time period you’re doing laundry. Newborns go through the most. 24 to 36 diapers is a good sized stash for newborns. As your baby gets older, you won’t need as many.

Which brand should I choose

That’s entirely up to you. What some people love, others hate. The best option you have is to buy a few singles and try them out. See which ones you and your baby prefer. Also, the type of diapers you prefer may change as your baby gets older and starts moving around. Body shapes change over time, so you might need to switch brands.

Sized diapers or one-size-fits-all?

One-sized-fits all diapers are great (and cheap overall), but they aren’t suitable to tiny infants. There’s a lot of bulk involved and you have to work to get them off and on. Again, you’ll have to try a few of each to make the decision for yourself. Many people prefer to used sized diapers for the first six months and then switch to one-size-fits-all. You’ll get use out of the one-sized-fits-all for at least a year, probably more while you work on potty training.

How much does cloth diapering cost?

There is a wide range of cost of cloth diapers. Some are as cheap as $2.00 each, while others (fitted diapers with pockets) can be as much as $30.00. It’s likely that you’ll have a mix of different types of diapers for different purposes. The average child costs about $3000 for disposable diapers over his/her life (from birth to fully potty trained), but only about $350 in disposable costs. Even with increases to your electric and water bills because of the additional washing, you still will save a significant amount of money.

Are cloth diapers hard to wash?

Not at all. It’s little more work than doing laundry. Before your child eats solids, dirty diapers can go straight into a trash can lined with a regular kitchen bag. After solid foods begin, you may have to shake or spray off feces from the diaper into the toilet. Add a little baking soda to the bag to kill any odor (but there won’t be much). Every two days you’ll want to prewash with cold water to cleanse away any matter, and then hot wash for sanitization. Rinse and dry.

What type of detergent should I use?

Ideally, something safe and made for sensitive skin. Rockin’ Green makes excellent laundry soap for babies. Never use fabric softeners on diapers; they can cause rashes.

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

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Outdoor Nature Activities for the Kids This Spring

outdoor activities for kidsSpring time is meant to be spent outdoors! After a long winter inside, it’s time to start enjoying the nicer weather and all that nature has to offer. Teach your kids to love the great outdoors with these six nature activities:

1. Go on a picnic.

Enjoy nature by taking the kids to a local park and having a picnic! Picnics are a great spring activity for the kids because it not only allows them to run around outside, but they also get to hang out in a pretty park and eat their favorite snacks. Use this as an opportunity to get them good and tired before returning home.

2. Make a bird feeder

Use an outdoor table because this activity can get messy. Have the kids collect a few pine cones from your backyard, and then roll them in peanut butter and birdseeds. Once they are ready, put them in your trees and watch from your window as the birds flock to your fun nature project. If your children really enjoy watching the birds, you could step up to a legitimate birdhouse.

3. Make flower pictures.

Flower pictures are a cute way to bring the beauty of flowers inside without making a mess. If you have wild flowers anywhere near by, pick some with your children. Using construction paper and glue, fasten the flowers to the paper in whatever arrangement they prefer. Now you can hang them on the wall. (Eventually the petals will wilt entirely and you’ll have to discard it.)

4. Hunt for animal tracks.

If you’re up for an adventure, head to a local trail and search for animal tracks! Read this article to learn more about tracking animals. You might also find an app for your smartphone that will help you recognize different tracks. Teach them to identify deer, squirrels, raccoons, or anything else that wanders your local woods. Don’t chase anything to dangerous!

5. Plant something.

What better way to be one with nature than to plant something? Make a small garden with the kids and watch it grow together. Use this as an opportunity to teach about the value of hard work and the pride of creating something. Grow something that can be eaten later in the year so they can enjoy their work.

6. Go for a bike ride.

Another great outdoor activity for the whole family to enjoy is bike riding. Kids love riding bikes. They probably already ride them around your driveway or on your road. Expand the adventure for them by taking them on long ride. Journey to different neighborhoods, of if you’re daring, around some local trails. Challenge them to remember the way home.

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.

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Baby Nursery Design and Decorating Tips

nursery design and decorating tipsDeciding on how to decorate your baby’s nursery for the first time is exciting! It’s a great way to prepare for baby’s arrival and your nesting instinct will start to kick in so you’ll want everything to be perfect. There are some things you may end up overlooking when starting the decorating process so here are some tips to keep in mind when working on your baby’s nursery.

  1. Find out where the most lighting comes into the room and avoid placing the crib in that area. The sunlight will wake baby up during the morning.
  2. Consider installing dimmer switches so you don’t have to turn the lights on all the way when it’s time for a middle of the night feeding.
  3. Pillows, blankets, and stuffed toys all make for cute decorations and accents to baby’s room but don’t keep them in there when you bring baby home.
  4. Anything could end up covering baby’s face and suffocating him.
  5. Choose wood floors or small rugs over carpeting. Wall to wall carpeting harbors dust, which can cause allergies and it’s easier to clean wood floors and rugs.
  6. Make sure you paint well before baby’s arrival and keep the windows open to release the harmful fumes.
  7. Place a rocking chair or some other seat in the room for when mom or dad needs to rock baby to sleep.
  8. Have all your diaper changing necessities close to the changing table so you won’t have to move away from baby to access diaper supplies.
  9. Keep all furniture and toys away from windows and doors. Also make sure to anchor all heavy furniture to the wall so there’s no way for it to topple over.
  10. Put in plenty of storage. You’ll get tons of baby gear during your baby shower and when baby is born and you’ll need a place to put everything. Even if you think you have enough storage, chances are you’ll probably end up needing more.

Once you’re finished decorating your baby’s nursery, kick back and relax as you admire your hard work. It will all be worth it once you have your brand new bundle of joy in your arms!

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.

Tips for Saving Money on Baby Gear

save money buying baby gearBaby gear can be incredibly expensive, especially with your first child when you need all new gear. However, there are options for buying inexpensive baby gear and you can certainly find bargains if you know where to look. For example, many thrift stores sell gently used to almost brand new baby items at a fraction of the price. Don’t rule out certain options just yet; take a look at what’s available and figure out how to get the best deal for your family.

1. Search Craigslist

Craigslist has a section for browsing through baby and kids items that are for sale. They also have a section for items that are being given away free. Many parents who have children who have outgrown their baby items simply list these items for sale cheaply on Craigslist. You can find a great deal, but make sure to inspect any item carefully before you purchase it and do some research to make sure that the item has not been recalled.

2. Ask for hand-me-downs

Your friends, family, and neighbors are bound to have some baby gear gathering dust in the attic that is not being used. Ask them if they have any unused baby gear that they would be willing to part with and make sure to clean each item thoroughly. It is important to keep in mind, however, that older products may not meet current safety standards. Also check to make sure none of the products have been recalled.

3. Shop thrift stores

Thrift stores are great places to find gently used baby gear. Many times you will even find baby gear that is practically brand new and has only been used once or twice. These items will be very cheap compared to buying brand new items in a regular store. Everything you buy from these stores must be cleaned and disinfected and stay away from old, plush toys.

4. Check your phone

These days there are plenty of apps for your smartphone that can help you find coupons and discounts whether you’re shopping online and in-store. Before you make your purchase, browse through your coupon apps, like RetailMeNot to see if you can get a discount on your purchase. Other apps like Red Laser let you scan the barcode of the item you wish to purchase and will show you where the best deals for that item are.

5. Buy floor samples

Some furniture outlets and department stores are willing to sell you their floor samples for a discount because the product may have some sort of small nick or imperfection, which does not allow them to sell it at the full price. Aside from the small nicks, the product is probably in perfect working condition so a floor sample is a good way to save money.

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.

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5 Games for Traveling with Kids

traveling with kids car gamesTraveling with your family can be a ton of fun, but not so much with toddlers and preschoolers. The drive or flight, for them, is awfully boring. Your options are pretty limited, so you will have to do everything you can to keep them quiet and placated through the ride. To pass the time, play one of these fun travel games.

1. The Alphabet Game. This is the go-to game for many people and it’s an opportunity to help your children learn. If they are old enough, work as a team to identify objects outside of the car (this doesn’t work on a plane) that start with the letters of the alphabet, starting with A. Try to get all the way to the end. Good luck with Q and Z!

2. The Picnic Game. The first player beings, “I went to a picnic and brought…” and then names a food or object that would belong at a picnic that starts with an A. The next person has to repeat the phrase, name the first item, and then name something that starts with B. Go around in a circle until you have used up the entire alphabet. It’s a great memory game!

3. Group electronic games. Many video games are single-player and non-educational, so they aren’t worth getting your children into them, but many games are designed for group play and learning. You will have to do some research, but look for games that stress use of language and math skills. Find games that involve passing the system around, or games where everyone is encouraged to help solve the puzzles/riddles.

4. 20 Questions. This game helps kids think critically and ask the right questions. Players take turns coming up with an answer (usually a person, place, or thing, but if your children are old enough you can try abstract concepts). The guessers can only ask questions that can be answered with a yes or a no, and they can only ask 20.

5. I Spy. I Spy is a classic kids’ game, perfect for when there are no toys or devices available. Use objects inside the car that everyone can see. Professional players can use objects that pass by, but that makes the game tough because everyone will have to remember what they may have passed. The spy will usually give a couple hints (with more if the guessers can’t figure it out), then everyone needs to come up with the answer.

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.

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5 Trendy and Fashionable Looks for Toddlers by Wee Urban

Getting all dressed up for the spring is one of the best things about this warm season! Even little ones enjoy wearing adorable spring dresses and light rompers to go outside and play in the sun. On a trip to the park your toddler can be comfortable, stylish, and wearing some threads that are good to the environment with the Wee Urban clothing line. We design modern and organic apparel for babies and toddlers, and our super soft and beautiful clothes are picture-perfect for the spring! Parents love that our clothes are made with quality fabrics like 100% cotton and ethical practices are used in our manufacturing. If you’re looking for a fun and eco-friendly way to dress up your little one this summer, check out these five fabulous looks for toddlers.

1. Pretty in Pink

trendy and fashionable looks for toddlers - Pretty in Pink

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.

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.

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.

Emma – Berry Headband by Liv&Lily

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

2. Little Boy Blue

trendy and fashionable looks for toddlers - Little Boy Blue

Wee Play Romper

Super cute, practical and deliciously fun, and paired with a matching bib with decorative stitching on both sleeves and legs, these rompers add a little originality to everyday play. The bib matches so baby can drool in style…and play all day! Made with 100% organic cotton.

Wee Urban Socks

Wee Urban socks are designed to “keep those toes cozy”. Babies love to play with their feet, so the animal designs are printed upside down so babies see right side up! Littles ones will also love having cute little owls on their toes!

Maui Waves Sandal by The Children’s Place

These blue sandals are light as air and so cool to wear! The soft molded foam has airy cutouts at vamp so feet can breathe. Feature woven nylon strap fastens with hook-and-loop closures so they’re easy to put on and take off.

3. Funky Girlie Style

trendy and fashionable looks for toddlers - Funky Girlie Style

Wee Urban Modern Day Romper

Wee Urban’s Modern Day Romper Collection is all about style and comfort. The bold, modern and playful prints make for a stylish yet practical one piece. Featuring detailed stitching on sleeves and legs and the ever popular bootcut – Wee Urban designs for play! For travel, play dates and trips to the park, forgo the separates and embrace Wee Urban’s “one piece” in style!

Zebra Buddy Ballet Flats by Gymboree

Keep with the animal theme with these adorable Zebra Buddy Ballet Flats. They’re playful, cheery and cute from A to Zebra-including 3-D ears! Manmade material with an elasticized strap so they’re comfy to wear all day long, especially on a spring time trip to the zoo.

CRISLU Children’s Earrings

A beautiful bloom. CRISLU’s pretty-in-pink flower stud earrings are perfect for your special little girl. Set in platinum over sterling silver with sparkling cubic zirconias (3/4 ct. t.w.). Approximate diameter: 4-1/2 mm.

Girlie Glue Bows

These feminine and playful girlie glue bows are the best accessory for your little girl! The soft bows come in sweet pastel colors to go with all of her spring outfits. The accessory glue is all natural so it’s completely safe for your little one and you’ll never have to worry about her bow falling out again!

4. Go Green

trendy and fashionable looks for toddlers - Go Green

Wee Urban Modern Day Romper

Wee Urban’s Modern Day Romper Collection is all about style and comfort. The bold, modern and playful prints make for a stylish yet practical one piece. Featuring detailed stitching on sleeves and legs and the ever popular bootcut – Wee Urban designs for play! For travel, play dates and trips to the park, forgo the separates and embrace Wee Urban’s “one piece” in style!

Saucony Jazz Hook & Loop

Now you and your baby can have matching Saucony Originals! The Saucony Jazz hook-and-loop offers extreme comfort and that effortlessly cool look that never goes out of style. A rubber outsole with triangular lugs provides traction and flexibility for a comfortable, smooth ride.

Colorblock Retro Sunglasses by Gap

These retro style colorblock sunglasses will have your little stud looking cool out in the sun! The tinted plastic lenses offer UV protection so they’re great for bright and sunny days in the park. 100% man made materials.

5. Peacock Princess

trendy and fashionable looks for toddlers - Peacock Princess

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.

Carter’s Glitter Ballet Flats

Adorable and ready for spring, these sliver/neon glitter-coated ballet flats will look so cute with casual or dress-up looks. Come in an easy slip-on style with elastic strap. Sweet bow detail on the front. Your little girl will love her sparkly silver shoes that go with everything!

Ribbon Bow Headband

This ribbon bow headband features a jumbo size permanent grosgrain bow to keep the bow in place at all times. The headband also keeps hair in place without pulling. The pretty blue color looks great in the spring.

A Blessed Heart Children’s Earrings

Classic heart shaped sterling silver earrings in a field of pavé set Diamonlux™ clear cubic zirconias. All set in solid sterling silver. (Also available in different colored cubic zirconias and in yellow and white gold)

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.

3 Fun Spring Crafts for Kids

Even though spring is here, sometimes the weather just won’t be right for outside play. When it’s a bit chilly or rainy, you need some indoor activities to entertain your children. Hit the craft store one day and pick up some supplies. Store them in a closet until the day is just right. When you’re ready for craft time, use these fun spring ideas.

Cupcake Liner Chickies

fun spring crafts for kidsPhoto and craft by I Heart Crafty Things

These little chickens are perfect for spring and they’re easy for little hands. You will need:

  • Green and orange construction paper
  • Bright yellow cupcake liners
  • Google eyes (from the craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Orange or brown marker
  • Yellow tissue paper or feathers

Instructions:

  1. Glue the liners to the green paper.
  2. Glue two eyes on to each liner.
  3. Cut diamond shaped beaks out of the orange paper. Fold them in half and glue one side to the cupcake liner.
  4. Cut hearts of out the tissue paper and glue to each side of the liners for wings.
  5. Draw chicken feet with marker.

Pasta Butterfly Garden

fun spring crafts for kidsPhoto and craft by Creative Nanny

These lttle hanging gardens make perfect bedroom decorations! Helpful tip: If your kids are too young, glue the Popsicle sticks in advance so your kids can worry about the decorating. You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks (7 for each garden)
  • Pipe cleaners (1 for each garden)
  • Farfalle pasta (regular and/or mini size)
  • Craft foam flower/ladybug stickers
  • Magic markers
  • Craft glue or glue dots
  • Hot-glue gun
  • White craft paint (if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Hot glue the Popsicle sticks together.
  2. Attach a pipe cleaner to the back of the top rail on either side for a handle.
  3. Paint the sticks any color you prefer or leave it bare for a wood look.
  4. Color the “butterflies” (dried pasta pieces) with magic markers.
  5. Apply cute insect stickers all over.
  6. Attach your pasta butterflies.

Egg Carton Flowers

fun spring crafts for kidsPhoto and craft by Mod Podge Rocks

When you’re finished with these flowers, you will want to hang them on your wall. They actually make great decorations! There are tons of variations you can make, too, so you’ll have to experiment. You will need:

Supplies:

  • 9 x 12 canvas
  • Mod Podge sparkle
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Apple Barrel acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Yellow ribbon
  • White buttons
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Paint the canvas any color you prefer. You’ll want to use several coats and let it dry for a few hours.
  2. Cut out the individual cups of the egg carton to make the flower petals. Remove any excess material. Trim it a bit to make the “petals” more distinct.
  3. Paint the flowers different bright colors and let them dry for a while.
  4. Give the flowers several coats of sparkle.
  5. Trim the pipe cleaners to the right length and tie together with a ribbon. Glue these to the canvas with craft glue or hot glue.
  6. Glue a button to the center of each flower and then glue the flower to the canvas.

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.

Ideas for Teaching Your Kids to Recycle

teach kids about recyclingTeaching your kids to recycle is a great starting point for teaching them how to take care of the environment. Recycling is really easy once you create a routine. The more you make recycling fun, the more likely your kids will be to take part.  Here are six ideas for teaching your kids to recycle:

Teach Through Books First

There are tons of great children’s books about recycling (and doing what one can to take care of the Earth). Before you have them recycle, have them read about what it is and why it is right. Ask them questions about recycling to reinforce their learning. One book we recommend is The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Allison Inches.

Garden

The best way to teach your child the benefits of recycling is by showing them the importance of Mother Earth. Buy a few flowers and plant them with your child. Explain how if you use up too many of the Earth’s resources and don’t recycle, plants and animals could suffer.

Teach What Can Be Recycled

After you explain to them what recycling is, make sure to show them what can and cannot be recycled. Teach them the difference between paper, plastic, and metal goods, and how each be turned into something new. You can show them what the recycling symbol looks like and even make a game out of who recycles the most every week!

Arts and Crafts

Another way you can teach your kids to recycle is by using recyclable materials in your next arts and crafts project. This shows them that you can reuse different things in many ways and even create something beautiful. You could use paper scraps to make a mosaic, turn empty jugs and bottles into instruments, or build projects out of scrap materials.

Visit Your Local Recycling Center

Showing your child where recycled items go will help them to see why it can be important to recycle. The better they understand the process, the more they will recycle! If you don’t know where to find your local recycling center try searching on Earth911.

Lead by Example

If you don’t recycle everything that can be recycled, why would your kids? Make sure that you are setting a good example by recycling all the things that can be recycled. Stop throwing out those plastic bottles!

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

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7 Earth Friendly Products Moms Love

Parents often opt for organic products when it comes to their children because of the myriad of benefits. Organc clothing is safe for sensitive skin because it’s manufactured without irritating pesticides and chemicals. Often, many products you find in a typical nursery are made with toxic chemicals that are harmful to everyone. For this reason alone it’s better to buy organic when you can. However, some times buying organic means paying more. The following eco-friendly brands are committed to providing parents with affordable prices.

1. spbang

spbang was launched by a mom with a ‘job 1’ in the automotive industry was tired of tossing ziploc bags daily. She then moved onto reusable fabric snack bags but they would stink like yesterday’s lunch and would never come truly clean. Using automotive material and processes, spbang reusable snack bags are FDA food touch safe and free from lead, BPA and phthalates. Best part is you toss them in the dishwasher at the end of the day and they are ready for tomorrow.

$9.99

www.spbang.com

eco-friendly kids brand

2. Girlie Glue

Girlie Glue is an all-natural hair accessory glue used to stick bows on babies, earrings on ear lobes, bows on pets, and keep hair out of faces. It lasts all day and washes off easily with water. Girlie Glue is made with Agave nectar and other all natural ingredients. It’s safe, 100% Honey-Free and washes away easily with water. It’s never too early to be girlie!

$5.99

www.girlieglue.com

eco-friendly kids brand

3. Funkoos

Funkoos brand clothing is made from the finest organic, chemical free-fibers. The styles are always fun, simple, and super-friendly to young children’s sensitive skin. Funkoos mission is singular — to manufacture children’s clothes in 100% fair-trade work environments, keep clothing purely organic, and give a portion of profits back to the planet through many charitable causes. Funkoos Organic Baby Clothes has a variety of cute must haves for baby. Keep baby cozy and comfortable in the signature long sleeve bodysuits and short sleeve bodysuits Match these up with the newborn pants to make a complete set. Soothe your baby to sleep in Funkoos’ soft organic cotton.

www.funkoos.com

eco-friendly kids brand

4. Lalabye Baby

Lalabye Baby is a modern cloth diapering company dreamed up by a mom with a vision! Desiring to combine a love for cloth diapers and a passion for design, Lalabye Baby was created to provide a high quality, safe, eco-friendly diaper at an affordable price. Along with their diapers, they hope to bring an awareness to the alarming amount of waste being produced by disposable diapers.

$17.95+

www.lalabyebaby.com

eco-friendly kids brand

5. Refresh-a-Baby

Refresh-a-Baby turns ordinary water bottles into baby bottles keeping baby happy anywhere, anytime making feeding time easy for moms and dads! Simply pop the leak free Refresh-a-Baby on a water bottle of your choice, just add baby formula, and baby is ready to be hydrated.

*Fits on leading “ready-made” formula/juice bottles

*Made right here in the United States/BPA Free

*It’s universal, reusable, convenient for travel, dishwasher safe, with virtually no clean up!

*Refresh*Reuse*Recycle!

$6.99

www.refreshababy.com

eco-friendly kids brand

6. Mod’Swad

Karen Barski, mom of five, 20 year RN and creator of the Woombie baby swaddle, is now offering a line of eco’friendly swaddles and sleepwear called Mod’Swad. Mod’Swad is an upscale, eco’friendly and functional collection made from beautiful organic fabrics including heathered bamboo, Muslin, Cotton and 100% Australian Merino Wool. Also, the new baby swaddle design has a fashionable knot to customize length as baby grows.

www.woombie.com

7. Wee Urban(TM)

Wee Urban(TM) offers the modern family a unique and fresh collection of 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!

www.weeurban.com

eco-friendly kids brand

baby swaddle

Guest blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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5 Dinner Table Games

family dinner table gamesOur busy schedules can make spending proper bonding time with our families difficult. We want to have quality time, but between work, school, activities, lessons, and chores, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If you’re lucky enough to have the time to spend dinner together, use that as an opportunity to play some fun games to reconnect as a family. Normally your kids may run off to the TV or video game console after eating, but with these games they might prefer to stick around.

Who Would You Invite?

Ask each person at the table who they would like to invite for dinner. They have to come up with good reasons why they would spend time with this person, and even propose some questions they might ask. Ask them to imagine what king of antics that person would get into. Challenge them to recall someone from their school lessons and explain why they would make a good guest.

Finish the Story

This is a collaborative give game that will make anyone laugh. One person starts the story with a sentence or two. Then next person adds a little bit. Go around the table with each person continuing the tale. Stop every once in a while to recap what’s happened so far for younger minds that can’t remember it all. Try to establish a conclusion to your story before dinner ends.

Pig

Pig is a simple tabletop game that requires a set of dice (usually two to four). Even though it requires a prop, it won’t take up too much rom on your table. The goal is for each player to roll the dice until they add up to 100, but if they roll a 1, their score is reset to 0. This is a great game for teaching your children math skills while having fun.

A Day in Review

First pick a letter of the alphabet. Then, each person has to go around the table and say ten things about their day without using words that start with that letter. If someone uses the unavailable letter, they are to be challenged to remake their statement with a different word. This game will help your children experiment with language.

Who Am I?

Without revealing your choice, pick a person that everyone at the table knows. It could be a family member, friend, person from history, or celebrity. Give a brief narrative about yourself without giving away too much. Players should ask you questions until they can figure out who you are. The first person to guess your identity wins and get play the next role. For older children, limit the questions to only those with “yes” or “no” answers.

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.

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