4 Ways to Know if Your Children Can Take Care of a Pet

are kids ready for a petThere will come a point in every parent’s life when their child begins begging for their very own pet. Many factors must be considered before making this decision however. Your child must understand the importance of taking care of a living, breathing animal, as well as how much responsibility comes along with it. These are some signs your kids are ready for a pet:

Comfortable around Animals

Getting a pet should not be used to try eliminating your child’s fear of animals. A child who is at all frightened could make mistakes that result in injury or an even further fear of the animal. First, try to bring your child to an animal shelter or even a friend’s house to get familiar with animals. Don’t force them to pet or get too close to the animal while there; give him/her the ability to observe the animals and then you can set the example on how to interact with pets. Committing to a pet should only be done when you know your child feels completely comfortable.

Responsible Enough

If your child has been known to neglect their household chores, they’ll most likely do the same to their responsibilities to a pet. Before you can feel confident in getting them a pet, you should teach your children to take their responsibilities seriously. In doing so, they’ll gain some valuable maturity and discipline, and be ready to take care of the pet when it arrives.

Full of Energy

There are some pets that can be very beneficial for energetic children. One instance of this could be to help your child expend their extra energy by running in the park or backyard with a dog that is also very active. As your child gets older, they could take the dog for a walk or light jog so that both the kids and dog benefits.

Respectful to Animals

A child has to understand the proper behavior to exhibit around animals. The acts of hitting and tugging are two examples that should be stressed as not appropriate to do. Other tips that should be explained include: pets should be left alone while they are eating, interacting with the pet should be based on their willingness, and pets are not toys! Your children need to understand that there are some times when they have to give the animal some space and freedom to themselves.

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.

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How to Manage as a Work From Home Mom

work from home momWorking from home (especially if you’re running your own business), can present a myriad of challenges to the modern mom. Personally, I love the freedom. I love being able to be there for my kids during the day. I love being able to give them my full attention when they say, “Watch this, mommy!” I also love not sitting in traffic.

Even though working from home (or working from anywhere you like, as the case may be for some of you) is a blessing, making it flow is an art. Hopefully these tips help.

1. Create your own work space.

You’ll want a dedicated space in your house for working. It can’t be your bed or your couch. It doesn’t have to be a completely separate room (although that helps), but it needs to be a desk, a table, or a corner where you work. Make sure to only do work in this spot. It can’t also be where you prepare dinner or play with the kids. The goal is to make this place feel like work so your mind is in work mode when you’re there.

That said, don’t feel chained to your desk. One of the best parts about working from home is the freedom to move around. If you feel like answering emails on the porch today (and your productivity remains effective), by all means enjoy yourself.

2. Get ready in the morning like you were leaving the house.

Working in our pajamas sounds great in theory, but being too comfortable can make us less productive. Get ready in the morning as if you were off to work like any other job. Dress casually, but deliberately (no pajamas – put on pants). Shower and brush your teeth, but you don’t need a full face of makeup.

3. Throw the schedule out the window.

You’ll learn very quickly that schedules are meaningless when you’re working at home and caring for children. Even if they’re in daycare part time, your days will quickly scatter apart. Don’t expect to sit at your desk between nine and five like the rest of the workforce.

If you’re stuck on a problem, throw in a load of laundry while you think. Brainstorm while you prepare dinner. Visit the bank at two in the afternoon. If you embrace your freedom, you’ll actually produce a net savings on your time.

4. Blend your to-do lists.

A list is a simple, straightforward, clear-headed way to get your tasks done. Once your jobs are on paper, your brain will feel clear and crossing them off is absolutely satisfying after a while. The first thing you should do in the morning is make a to-do list for the day, starting with your priorities.

I also like to keep a second list alongside that includes projects I’m working on over time and tasks I’m waiting on other people to complete. This gives me a clear picture of what needs to be done.

5. Exploit that precious nap time.

Your rare moments of silence and freedom will come during naptime. Make sure you have plenty of work to accomplish during this time so you can use it well. If your work requires phone calls or uninterrupted projects, naptime is your best bet. However, don’t try to cram so much work into this slot that you do it all poorly. You can’t wash dishes, make lunches, correspond with clients, edit documents, mop the floor, and direct employees in an hour.

6. When you aren’t working, don’t work.

If you have decided that you’re done working for the day, stop. It can be tempting to pop off a quick reply to that email or make the simple adjustment for your colleague, but these are traps that get you sucked into working during your personal time. Eventually you’ll have emails and requests coming in after your work hours because others think you work at this time. A coworker will make a promise to a client because you “always come through” and now you’re obligated.

Furthermore, you want to let your brain out of work mode at some point. If your mind is occupied by work, you won’t offer your focus and attention to your kids.

7. Get out of the house.

When your work and live in the same place, you will quickly feel confined. Make excuses to get outside of the house at least once a day and interact with other humans. Even if it’s just a ride to the coffee shop or a walk through your neighborhood, get outside. If you start to feel stuck in one place, you’ll begin to resent both roles.

8. Explain the situation to your kids.

Admittedly, this piece of advice is tough, especially in the beginning. Remember that your kids don’t understand the concept of “work” yet. You need to make your kids understand that when mom is in her work spot, she is working and unavailable for play time (but of course you can respond to their needs). Show them what you do, how you do it, and why it needs to be done to provide them with meals, a roof over their heads, and toys in their box.

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

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Fostering Independence in Kids

teaching independenceWe can’t help our kids grow by solving all of their problems and making all of their choices for them. It would be great if they lived in a perfect environment where nothing harmed them, but that isn’t how the real world operates. It’s important that we instill strong senses of independence in our kids so they learn to care for themselves. These tips will help.

1. Teach social and language skills.

One of the best tools we have to solve our own problems is our ability to communicate with one another. If I have a question, I ask someone who knows the answer (which is often Google, but the ability to search is just another way of using language to solve the problem). Socialize your kids around other kids and adults so they have experience with a broad range of people. Encourage questions and give truthful answers.

2. Teach problem solving.

After years of mommy and daddy solving all their problems, some kids prefer to simply defer to their parents when a problem comes up, and many parents have a hard time breaking the cycle. When your child asks you a question that isn’t out of their capacity to figure out, prompt them to solve it themselves. Ask, “What do you think the answer is?” or “How would you do it if I wasn’t here?” You’ll be surprised how often they solve it themselves, but of course, teach them if they don’t know how.

3. Create routines that foster independence.

When you give a kid a routine to follow, they feel independent once they can accomplish it on their own. This breeds confidence, which in turn creates further independence. Teachers label coat hooks and cubbies so kids can manage their own belongings. Eventually they learn to stow their personal items even without the labels. Take this a step further by creating organizational systems at home so your child can learn how to manage his own affairs.

4. Encourage the creation of lists.

Lists are one of the most empowering tools when it comes to organizing one’s life and responsibilities. They break down complex tasks that seem unmanageable in our heads and give us that satisfying feeling as a reward when we cross things off.

5. Give them a chance to solve conflicts.

Sometimes the best teacher of anything is experience. You can talk until you’re blue in the face about resolving personal conflicts, but they won’t understand until they’re apart of one. If you see your child arguing with his friend or playdate over something, give them a minute to sort it out before you jump in and save the day. The day might not need to be saved. You’ll teach a valuable lesson that you child has control to fix his own disputes.

6. Find the right balance.

I can’t give you any specifics here because every child is different, but you’ll have to find the right balance of freedom to give your children. If you offer too much, they might abuse it. Too little, and you won’t teach them anything. For example: don’t brush your son’s teeth for him, but watch nearby. Just like a muscle, push independence a little, but not so much to cause trauma.

custom designed playroomsGuest Blog by Karri Bowen-Poole, Founder of Smart Playrooms

Smart Playrooms is owned and operated by teachers with many years of classroom experience and expertise. They bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home.

Smart Playrooms works to encourage kids to get back to the basics of play, using their creative side for art projects and imaginary play. Stressing that less is more, they help moms focus on the toys that will add to the experience. Some moms ask them to help organize their home, but Karri and Chris really like the idea of using their educational backgrounds to create custom designed playrooms. Plus, this gives them a niche in the market. Former teachers setting up your playroom – what could be better!

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10 Tips for Being Eco-Friendly During the School Year

eco friendly during school yearNow that the school year is underway, we have a tendency to slip into old habits. It’s understandable; we’re a lot busier than we were a month before, so we’re tempted to choose convenient solutions, rather than choices that protect the Earth. Here are some tips to start the school year out right and stay eco-friendly along the way.

1. It doesn’t all have to be new.

It’s tempting to show up on the first day of school with brand new supplies and a whole new wardrobe, but after the first day it’s all unnecessary. Last year’s notebook still had some pages in the back and that backpack is still in good shape. Honestly evaluate the school items and only buy what needs replacing.

2. No more “brown bagging.”

If you send a lunch to school with your child, opt for reusable containers rather than throw-away lunch bags. The disposables are tempting because they’re easy, but reusable bags and utensils are much better for the environment. You’ll just have to teach your kids to care for them.

3. Don’t buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk is only a good strategy if you’ll actually use all of the items you purchase. Do you need that 5-pack of glue sticks? Or the box of 100 pens? Take realistic estimates of what you need and buy that and no more.

4. Buy from local producers.

Whenever you can, opt to buy from local companies for lunch foods and snacks. Since these items weren’t delivered across the country, they didn’t cause carbon emissions from the trucks and the burning of energy.

5. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to school.

If you live close enough to the school, encourage your kids to walk or ride their bike. It’s healthy for the environment and they’ll get a bit of exercise in the morning (which is proven to help focus at school). If your student needs a ride, have them take the bus rather than driving them yourself.

6. Buy eco-friendly clothing.

When you buy clothes, choose items made with healthy, organic materials. Organic cotton and bamboo are great materials that cause little impact to the environment. Ideally, choose products that were made locally.

7. Set up a carpool.

If bussing isn’t available, create your own system. Gather some other parents on your route to school and set up your carpool. Your school may even have some information on setting one up, including parents who are looking.

8. Choose products with minimal packaging.

Packaging is usually just waste. When you pick up products, choose items that don’t come laden with boxes or plastic wrap. Items that come packaged should be wrapped in biodegradable materials and made from recycled products.

9. Turn off those computers.

When not in use, make sure all devices (computers, laptops, tablets, etc.) are turned off. If you’ll be buying a device for the school year, choose a manufacturer that is taking steps to reduce their environmental impacts (through reduced energy use and eco-friendly materials).

10. Lead by example.

Like any other lesson, teaching your kids to be eco-friendly starts with you. Teach your kids to reduce their impact on the environment by doing your part to help the earth. If you can change your fundamental habits, your children will naturally fall into step.

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

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How to Find the Right Child Care

finding the right child careChoosing the right child care provider is a big part of parenthood. You’ll be nervous, of course, that first day you drop your child off, but the feeling of anxiety will fade. It’s important that you find a provider that makes you comfortable and aligns with your values. Here are some tips on finding the right person.

1. Make sure it fits your standards.

Even if all of your friends recommended this place, you need to go and see it for yourself. Stop by and see what toys the kids are planning with, and if they are clean and safe. Ask what their policies on lunch, naps and TVs time are. If it isn’t what you were wanting for your child, now you know. You have to follow your own standards and listen to your gut on what is best for your child and your family.

2. Ask about communication.

If your child cannot talk yet this is extremely important. You want to make sure that whatever childcare provider you choose is going to be communicating with you how their day went. Find out if the caregiver normally relays what happened during the day to parents, or if they give updates. Based on their answer you can decide if that is sufficient enough for your child.

3. Watch interactions.

Whenever you are looking at a child care facility, watch how the staff interacts with the kids. Are they playing with the kids? Do they interact and speak with them? Or are they just watching them. It is important that the child care provider you choose interacts with the children and plays with them. You should want more than a set of eyes watching your child all day, so make sure that you watch to see how each center interacts.

4. Find someone who is committed.

Finding someone who is committed is especially important if you are bringing someone into your home to watch your child. You want someone to be committed to taking care of your child, so see if they are willing to sign a contract for a few months. This way you know they are committed to your child, and you don’t have to worry about the little one having too many changes if the child care provider you hired decides to leave.

baby swaddleGuest 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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9 Tips to Simplify Your Morning Routine

simplify morning routineIt’s easy for a family’s morning to fall into chaos. Between getting everyone ready and dropping everyone off, most mornings are a frantic rush to get things done. It doesn’t have to be so difficult, however. With a few simple tricks, you can save a lot of time.

1. Delegate some tasks to the older children.

If you’ve got a few kids at home, don’t be afraid of passing off one of your chores to the older kids. Make it his or her job to make the beds, prepare breakfast or pack the car. There’s no reason everyone can’t help out in the morning.

2. Put everything you need in one place.

Ideally, everything everyone needs for the day should be placed by the door the evening before. Homework should be checked and packed in bags. Coats, shoes, hats and gloves should be hung nearby and not scattered throughout the house. Keep your briefcase or work bag there too.

3. Use music to keep everyone moving.

Everyone needs a little motivation in the morning. You can spur everyone out of bed with some lively music. It will subconsciously put everyone in an energetic mood so they get ready quickly.

4. Shower in the evening.

This might depend on your job and how you need to look for the next morning, but if you can swing it, bath everyone the night before. Showers are the biggest time sink the morning, especially for younger people who aren’t motivated to get it done.

5. Don’t overschedule your family.

Sometimes we end up committing ourselves and our families to more than we can handle. Morning isn’t really the time to schedule lessons or activities. Avoid setting up sleepovers during school nights unless you’re sure your kid can get to school on time.

6. Pack lunches the night before.

Making everyone’s lunch the night before is a simple way to cut down your morning routine. You won’t be forced to rush and make a mistake, like forget someone’s sandwich. It will also help you pack healthier lunches instead of throwing in whatever is easiest.

7. Set out clothes the night before.

For some people, the hardest part of the morning is picking out one’s clothes. Handle this chore in the evening when you’re unrushed to test out your clothes in the mirror.

8. Get to sleep a little sooner.

It sounds like a simple tip, but getting to bed thirty minutes earlier and waking thirty minutes earlier can make your mornings a breeze. Imagine how much you could get done with a half hour of time before the kids wake up. This is especially helpful for kids who struggle to rise; thirty minutes could mean just enough time to lazily wake up before they need to get into gear.

9. Delegate bathroom time.

Many families struggle getting everyone sufficient time in the bathroom, but it’s often because one person is spending more time than they should. Encourage this person to rise earlier if they would like more time. Police the situation so everyone gets their time.

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

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Helpful Do’s and Don’ts for Moms Looking to Breastfeed

breastfeeding dos and dontsJust because Breastfeeding Awareness Month is over doesn’t mean we need to stop championing our cause. To support breastfeeding, you don’t have to donate money or protest in your street, you just need to have a conversation with new moms about the benefits and misconceptions of nursing. Here are some do’s and don’ts you should pass along.

DO make sure that breastfeeding is well established before introducing the bottle nipple. Otherwise you can cause confusion. Wait about four to six weeks.

DON’T be the one to introduce the bottle first. Let someone else so baby only identifies you with breastfeeding

DO eat a well-balanced diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein. Whatever you eat, your baby eats too.

DON’T rush the introduction of solid foods. Breast milk-only diets are safe for the first six months. Introduce solid foods when baby is sitting up and interested in it. Every child is different, but this could be anywhere from four to six months of age. Breast milk changes as your child grows to keep up with nutritional needs. For more information on introducing solids check out this free webinar.

DON’T accept painful breastfeeding. There’s no award for toughing it out. When done properly, it shouldn’t hurt (aside from some mild soreness the first week).

DO breastfeed, not “nipple feed.” As you bring your baby to your breast, compress your breast in your hand into a pointy shape and sending it deep into your baby’s mouth. This will help him get a good latch. But don’t stuff it into his mouth; you want to get him used to the idea of coming to you.

DON’T get discouraged. If your baby’s latch is hurting you, allow him to try again. You want him to nurse deeply so it’s a pain-free experience for everyone.

DO swiftly bring your baby to your breast when you pick him up. This will help him latch deeply.

DON’T allow problems to go on unsolved. Trust your instinct. If you are in pain, you feel your baby isn’t soiling enough diapers, or you’re unsure for any reason, speak to a lactation consultant.

DO eat about 300-500 more calories than normal. Also, increase your fluid intake.

DON’T smoke, drink, take medications without consulting your doctor, or eat foods that seem to upset your baby.

DO start breastfeeding within an half an hour after delivering. This early contact is good for both mom and baby and you get a chance to practice under the watchful eye of a nurse or lactation specialist.

DON’T wait for baby to start crying before nursing. It’s very difficult to convince an upset baby to latch properly. If you think it’s time, offer your breast.

DO breastfeed whenever baby is hungry, regardless of time or place. Restricting baby’s eating schedule and affect development.

DON’T switch breasts too early. Let baby finish a breast before moving to the other (and starting on the fuller one next time). If you switch early, baby fills up on foremilk (the watery milk at the start of the feeding) rather than the nutrient-rich hindmilk.

DO be patient and confident. No one was an expert on their first day.

nursing brasGuest Blog by Nicole Zoellner from NizoWear.com 

Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a heating or cooling pack helping bring moms relief and healing faster while being extremely comfortable and super chic.

Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole became pregnant with her son, she eagerly read all the materials her doctor had given her about the benefits of breastfeeding. She happily anticipated the feelings of serenity and bonding that nursing promises mother and infant.

So, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.

Visit www.nizowear.com for more information.

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Adorable Back to School Clothes for Toddlers

It’s that time of year again; the time when summer officially ends, the kids are headed back to school, and mom is left with a little peace and quiet. In my family, one of our back to school traditions is to go fall clothes shopping with the kids. We make a day out of it, shopping for back to school clothes and grabbing lunch when we are finished. We always have such a great time together, and the kids get to pick out new clothes for the school year. I believe that even for younger kids, it’s important to let them pick out their clothes (within reason, of course). It builds their self-confidence.

This year I decided to check out some stores online before we venture in and I saw some really cute stuff! Here are some adorable back to school clothes for toddlers.

1. Wee Urban Cotton & Bamboo Dress

back to school clothes for toddlers

A Wee Urban dress is the perfect first day of school outfit! It’s comfortable, cozy and totally adorable. The dresses come in four different prints: owl, peacock, elephant and giraffe. Most importantly, the dresses can be worn in a variety of ways and remain comfortable, as-in, with leggings, or with/without a cardigan or sweater. With such a great selection, your daughter is sure to find her new favorite fall dress.

2. Gap Varsity Jacket

back to school clothes for toddlers

Unlike the summer, fall is a time for layers. It might be chilly outdoors, but inside schools and buses may still be warm, so your kids will want something they can remove. Your kids are going to need a good back to school jacket, one that is not too heavy for cool fall days. Gap’s boys’ varsity jacket is just that! It is so cute. I bet your boy would feel like one of the cool older kids wearing it! It is the perfect boys back to school jacket.

3. Gymboree Leggings

back to school clothes for toddlers

Leggings are very popular right now, so your daughter cannot go back to school without a new pair of leggings! I think leggings are great for toddlers because they are comfortable and allow freedom for a lot of running around. These leggings from Gymboree are great for the fall and they would be cute paired with a pink knit sweater.

4. Carter’s Dinosaur Tee

back to school clothes for toddlers

My son would love this tee-shirt! Rarr! Carter’s dinosaur tee-shirt is just what any boy needs for back to school. It goes perfect with any pair of jeans or khakis and it’s a great conversation starter amongst his friends.. Let your little boy have fun picking this out and showing it off to all of his friends at school.

5. Old Navy Canvas Sneakers

back to school clothes for toddlers

Your little one is going to need a good pair of back to school sneakers. I personally love these canvas sneakers by Old Navy because they are cute and practical. Your preschooler is going to be doing a lot of activities and running around, so they are going to need a pair of shoes that support their feet without being uncomfortable. Plus, every kid loves tie-dye!

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

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How to Get Quality Baby Products at Low Cost

save money on baby gearIf there’s one universal truth about babies, it’s that they can be super expensive. We want them to have the best of everything, but that can cost a fortune. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money without breaking the bank. Here are some tips on finding quality baby products at a low cost.

1. Wait to buy

The best plans are always the ones that are made in advance. One of the best ways to save money on baby’s things is to wait to go shopping until after they are born. Although you should make a list of things you think they will need, you aren’t going to know exactly what will be needed until they are born. You can save money by waiting and not buying things that won’t be needed.

2. Research

It’s best to research all of the things you need before you buy them. You can get great deals on things if you search around. Make a list of what you need and go online searching for the best products and deals out there. When researching you should also see what people are saying about the product and see if there have been any recalls recently.

3. Stick to the essentials

If you have a strict budget you have to stick to, only buy what you really need. A baby needs diapers, a car seat, clothing, blankets, and a few other obvious things. You don’t need to buy every new baby gadget on the market. Stick to buying the essentials and save your money for what is needed, not wanted.

4. Hand-me-downs

A great way to save money is to buy your baby’s things either used or get from friends. If you feel uncomfortable buying something used for your baby, ask a friend whose children have grown if she has any baby things still around.  Friends and families are great resources when looking to save money.

5. Buy on sale

Now that you are a mother, you are going to have to learn how to shop sales. Parents who don’t buy on sale or use coupons can spend up to 25%-30% more than parents who do. If you find a coupon, use it!

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.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.