Wee Love it Wednesdays: Wee Urban + Rockin’ Green

Wee Love it Wednesdays is a fun weekly contest we do on Facebook to show some love to our fans!  Like, Comment, Tag a friend, share and more to our Facebook post on June 25th to earn entry points!  Enter below via the Rafflecopter form and you and a friend could be this week’s winners!

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Prizes:

  1. 2 Wee Urban short-sleeved rompers (two styles – $30 value)
  2. $50 gift card from Rockin’ Green Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products (BONUS prize)

The more points you earn, the bigger chance to win!  We will choose a winner tomorrow, 6/26, at 10AM EDT so enter before then…Good luck!

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More about our Bonus Prize, Rockin’ Green: 

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Rockin’ Green eco-friendly cleaning products are for families that care about their health and their planet. Unsatisfied with the “green” cleaning products on the market, Kim, a mom of three, created her own special non-toxic laundry soap formula that works tough on dirt and stains while being gentle to the environment, your family, and your budget. From Kim’s kitchen to now a well-known brand, Rockin’ Green is a family favorite for cleaning all types of spills, messes, stains, and funk around your house.

What makes Rockin’ Green organic cleaners the best? They are…

  • Biodegradable and made from recycled materials
  • Recyclable Packaging
  • Phosphate-Free
  • Gluten and Vegan Friendly
  • SLS- and Parabens-Free
  • Free of optical brighteners

Did you know that Rockin’ Green was created for the most sensitive skin (great for babies!) and made from distillations of natural essential oils? Learn more about their rockin’ eco-friendly cleaning products here.

Interested in becoming our next Wee Love it Wednesdays bonus prize?  Email us to find out more.

5 Secrets Moms Learn When They Have a Baby

things you learn after becoming a motherThe moment has come! Your baby is born and you’re finally a mom. You may think you’re prepared for everything, but there will be a few things that will surprise you. After having your baby, you’ll have to change, adapt, and learn new things. Here are five surprising things you learn after becoming a mom:

1) Babies go to bed early

One of the first things you expect when you have a baby is that you won’t be getting a lot of sleep, which is true. What you probably didn’t expect is that your baby will go to bed early. Once they start sleeping through the night, you will find yourself with a lot of free time, time that you didn’t think you were going to have!

2) Breastfeeding can be difficult

Most moms want to breastfeed their babies because of how beneficial it can be. What you don’t know before you have your baby is that it can also be really difficult! Most women pre-baby think that they just latch on and suck, but it can be more complicated than that. Luckily for mom, there are tons of resources dedicated to breastfeeding to help.

3) Real life trumps baby books

All the books you read prior to baby coming can’t fully prepare you for the actual baby. The best way you are going to learn how to be a parent is by parenting. Yes, it’s scary, but all parents go through it, you’re not alone! After the first few months you will get a hang of it, but at first, you will be shocked that your baby books didn’t teach you everything there is to know about parenting. Leave that up to real life!

4) You’ll eat healthier

Once you have a baby, everything is going to change. One really positive change you will experience is eating healthier. Now that you have a baby, you have someone else to worry about. You want to be around for their 15th birthday and able to play around with them for a long time, so being unhealthy is not an option. You will also want your baby to eat healthy, so the whole family will also be eating healthier.

5) You will be late

Before baby you might have been on time for everything, expect to be late to most things post- baby. A lot of moms don’t realize that having a baby is a lot of work, and there are tons of things you have to do, which will make you late for things. The good thing is that people will understand you have a baby and be forgiving.

baby headrestGuest blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.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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How 5 Family Brands Are Being Socially Responsible

socially responsible brandsIt’s important to be socially responsible, that’s why so many parents feel good purchasing products they know help the community. Everyone enjoys helping others and improving the environment. You can make a big difference by getting your products from companies with ethical practices. The next time you’re shopping for goods for your children, pick something up from one of these socially responsible brands.

1. Wee Urban

The Wee Urban brand of modern, organic baby apparel is proud to support their local economy by producing products that are handmade in Canada. The brand works with several global partners and non-profit organizations. They recently donated a selection of dresses to an orphanage in Guatemala along with a monetary donation to help the orphanage. Aside from donating to several other charities, Wee Urban also recycles its remnants and donates scraps to the art programs at local schools. Wee Urban will also be working with other charitable organizations, Kiva and Because I am a Girl, this year. Kiva offers loans to women in 3rd world countries so they can start a small business and provide for their families. Canada’s Because I am a Girl movement is dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide by promoting gender equality and girls rights.

2. Baby Jack Blankets

Baby Jack Blankets are sensory ribbon tag baby blankets, which provide entertainment, security, and comfort for baby. It is also used as a tactile toy for children with autism and special needs. Each year, Baby Jack Blankets contributes to a select children’s organization to provide comfort where it is needed. In the past they have contributed to Autism Speaks, Celebrate the Military Child, The Special Olympics, Healing Hailey, and more. In 2014 the brand is contributing to the March of Dimes, and specifically Friends of Maddie, to assist families with babies in the NICU.

3. Woombie

The company behind the Woombie baby swaddle, KB Designs, started the Hands Over Hearts Campaign with The Children’s Heart Foundation to educate families on how to help babies sleep more safely and to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. The company sells t-shirts for the cause and all profits from the t-shirt sales are donated to The Children’s Heart Foundation. In addition, 5% of all Woombie sales are donated each year to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

4. Rockin’ Green

The Rockin’ Green line of eco-friendly cleaning products is safe to use for the whole family and it contains no harsh chemicals so it’s healthy for the environment! Rockin’ Green is involved in several initiatives throughout the year to give back. This year they co-hosted the Great Cloth Diaper Exchange in San Antonio where participants were asked to donate $1 to the Real Diaper Association, which helps make cloth diapering more accessible to parents. During the holidays, Rockin’ Green participates in the Adopt-a-Platoon program to send care packages to troops overseas. The brand also partners with Endeavors Unlimited, which trains and employs individuals with disabilities.

5. SleepingBaby.com

The family behind SleepingBaby.com, the Parkers, invented a unique sleep garment for babies and toddler called the Zipadee-Zip. The Zipadee-Zip has grown from a $700 initial investment to a million dollar business. The Parker family is dedicated to helping parents raise healthy, happy children and sharing their values with others to spread their positivity. They’re all about giving back and sharing their success with others so they recently donated $5,000 to the Boopa’s Family 5k/10k race. All proceeds from the race went to benefit the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas. Sleepingbaby.com looks forward to expanding their charitable contributions in the future.

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 Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting

how to deal with bed wettingIt’s completely normal if your child has been wetting the bed. It’s actually quite common. One in eight second graders will wet the bed several times per month. For many kids, the problem is neurological – the brain isn’t sending his or her bladder the right signals to hold urine during sleep. Here are six tips to help.

1. Put a nightlight in the hallway

If your child’s route to the bathroom is dark and scary, they aren’t going to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Try putting a nightlight in the hallway, so that when they wake up and have to go, they aren’t afraid to use the bathroom.

2. De-stress

If you have recently moved, or there is a lot of stress in your family right now, your child could be wetting the bed because of stress or anxiety. If you suspect this is the culprit, talk to your child about their current stresses and try to relieve some of their anxiety.

3. Talk to their pediatrician

Although this is fairly normal, you should still talk to your child’s pediatrician to rule out any health issues. It is likely that nothing serious is wrong, but better safe than sorry!

4. Cut out liquids close to bedtime

A lot of parents let their kids bring water to bed with them, or even let them drink a glass right before bed. This could be a huge reason as to why your child is wetting the bed. Try cutting out any liquids to close to bedtime. You can wet the bed when your bladder isn’t full!

5. Wake them up before you go to bed

One strategy you could use to eliminate bed wetting is to wake them up right before you go to bed to use the bathroom. Make sure your child goes to the bathroom before they go to bed, and then a few hours later when you are headed off to bed, have them go again. Don’t put the lights on in the bathroom when they go, this way they won’t be too awake and unable to fall back asleep.

6. Double up your sheets

If you know that your child is having an issue with bedwetting, put two layers of sheets on their bed. This not only helps to protect their mattress, but also makes it easier on you to change the sheets.

eco-friendly green laundry detergentGuest blog by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap

Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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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Water Safety Tips for Kids During the Summer

water-safety-tipsSummertime means water time! Ask your kids what they want to do on a hot day and we guarantee they will say go swimming. After all, what’s more fun for you and the kids on a hot day then to go to the beach or a pool? As fun as cannonballs, boogie boarding and wave diving can be, they can also be dangerous. It is very important that you always watch your kids when taking them near water in the summer. To ensure summer fun in the sun, make sure you follow these five water safety tips:

1) Supervised Swimming

If you plan on taking your kids to the beach often this summer, make sure you enforce with them that they can only swim in designated areas. Most beaches will have sections roped off of where you can swim and where there is a lifeguard on duty. There is a reason they don’t allow people to swim in certain areas, and your kids need to follow the rules for their own safety.

2) Buddy Swim

Another swimming safety tip you should teach your children is to always swim with a buddy. It is important that your child never swims alone. Even at a public pool, or a life guarded beach, they should have a buddy. Swimming with a friend ensures that if something happens, someone is right there to get help from an adult.

3) Use Life Jackets

If you know that your child doesn’t know how to swim or isn’t a strong swimmer, make sure that they always have a life vest on near water. No matter if it’s a shallow pool or a lifeguarded area, things happen and you always should take precaution. When your child wears a life vest near water, mom can relax and enjoy her time!

4) No Running

This one may seem like common sense, but if you are at a pool there should be a no running rule. If your child were to fall, especially in the water, they could get seriously hurt. Chances are you are not a doctor, or a lifeguard, so save yourself from panicking by asking your children not to run near the pool.

5) Keep your water clean

If you have a pool in your backyard, make sure it is clean. Water safety also includes keeping the water clean and sanitary for your family. Invest in the proper tools to keep your water crystal clear!

organic baby toddler clothing

Written 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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Tips for Getting Your Child to Sleep in His Room

get your child to sleep in his own roomIt can happen quickly. You let your child sleep in your room one night since they can’t fall asleep, and now they are sleeping in your room more than they are sleeping in their own. Once this happens, it can be hard to get your child to go back and sleep in their own room. Don’t fear, you will get your bed back! Here are five tips for getting your child to sleep in their room:

1) Use positive language.

After five nights of restless sleep, you are more than ready to get your child back into their own bed. However exhausted you may be, it is important that you use positive language over negative language. Say to your child “You are so big! A big kid gets to sleep in their own room. You are so lucky!” This will go over much better with your child than, “You shouldn’t be sleeping in our bed at your age.”

2) Figure out why they want to sleep in your room.

If your child is sleeping in your room most nights, there is a reason. To solve this problem you need to figure out what is causing it. Ask them why they don’t like sleeping in their own room. If they are afraid of the dark, put a night light in their room. Do they feel like they don’t get as much attention as their sibling? Work on giving them more attention during the day. Once you solve why they are sleeping in your room, you can help solve the bigger issue.

3) Use stuffed animals.

Some kids just don’t like sleeping alone. There is a simple solution to this, stuffed animals. Let your child pick out a cute and cozy stuffed animal that makes them feel comfortable. Once they have something to sleep with at night they will stop sneaking into your bed.

4) Have patience.

We know that after a while this will be frustrating. The best thing you can do for yourself is to remain patient with your child. If you start acting frustrated with them, they will only become more nervous. Be kind and gentle with them, after all they are still little.

5) Be firm.

Although walking your child back to bed at 3am is annoying, it’s worth it. Whenever your child comes to sleep in bed with you, walk them back to their own room. Lay down with them in their bed until they fall asleep if you have to. Being tired the next day because you got out of bed will be worth it in the long run. Eventually your child won’t be coming to your room in the middle of the night.

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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Stay Calm as a Parent Using These 5 Tips

tips for staying calm as a parentAs a parent, it’s easy to become stressed, especially if you have multiple children. You are responsible for the care of other people and want to do everything in your power to keep them safe, and prepare them for the world. Furthermore, you have your own life to think about; your own obligations and dreams. That’s a big weight to carry around. When you become so stressed you can hardly think and start yelling, you won’t be helping anyone. Use these five tips to stay calm as a parent.

1. Stop over-parenting.

One of the hardest parts of parenting is backing off, but it’s absolutely necessary to develop well-rounded people. You will cause yourself a lot of stress and anxiety if you feel compelled to run to your child every time he whimpers. Let your kids handle some of their own struggles while you watch from afar (when it’s safe, of course). Let the tantrum pass without addressing it. If your daughter has a disagreement with a schoolmate, give her a minute to work it out. You’ll be surprised how many problems don’t require your interference.

2. You aren’t just a parent.

In the early years of your child’s life, you spend a majority of your time parenting, but as they age you’ll find yourself with more free time. Don’t let parenthood define your life. Remember all the other things you like doing or the places you like going. Make time for that type of stuff. Reconnect with your friends and pick up old hobbies. When your son or daughter doesn’t want to spend time with you, don’t despair or feel abandoned. Further, your children will benefit by seeing you as a well-rounded person.

3. Remember that your kids are different people.

It’s natural to want what’s best for your children; to see them success and have fulfilling lives. But you have to remember that they are not the same as you. They have different hopes and dreams. They will be interested in different activities and hobbies, and have different skills and talents. Trying to change them will just cause you stress. If your son doesn’t enjoy baseball, he doesn’t like baseball. It’s not worth the battle to make him like it because you do. You’ll just strain the relationship.

4. Simplify your life.

Overscheduling your lives is a quick path to regular tantrums. You and I are able to bear down and push through a busy day, but our children may not have that level of self-control. When they start to feel stressed, they let us know. It isn’t necessary to get everything done in a day. The dry cleaning will be there tomorrow, it’s alright if you miss a yoga class, and the laundry will be fine in the basket for a while. Lighten your kids’ schedules, too, so they don’t feel pressured.

5. Understand you aren’t being manipulated.

It’s easy to take your child’s poor behavior. When he’s pouting the store or she’s screaming at the bank, we often feel like they’re punishing us. The truth is that young children don’t misbehave to spite you. They are testing your boundaries because that’s how they learn; they haven’t picked up the nuances of behavior yet. Every time you correct them, they learn a little more. Understand that their misunderstandings of etiquette aren’t personal.

booster seat headrestWritten by Jason Arriola, President of Cardiff Products

Jason is a father of twin boys, husband, and the inventor of the revolutionary Booster Seat Headrest, an innovative headrest for children to sleep comfortably while in the car. The first of its kind, the Booster Seat Headrest features a flexible design that allows for 14 fully adjustable settings to meet the height and comfort needs of users of all sizes. When not in use, it simply flips up for stowage completely out of the way. The padded arms of the headrest feature soft, padded fabric sleeves which are also removable and machine washable for easy cleaning. In addition they offer themed fabric prints allowing you to personalize your headrest to suit your style. Once you see your child sleeping comfortably in the car, you won’t believe you ever drove a mile without the Booster Seat Headrest!

Visit www.cardiffproducts.com for more information and like Cardiff Products on Facebook and click the Giveaway tab to enter monthly giveaways!

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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