4 Dinners to Make with Harvest Ingredients

As the weather cools down, many families are looking away from those light and airy summer meals (like salads and fish) and seeking something that sits a bit heavier in their stomachs. It is harvest season, which means a lot of new flavors and top-of-the-line ingredients are available in many communities. Check out your local farmers’ markets to see the new selections they’re offering. Use some of those fresh foods to make some of these harvest dinners for your family.

1. Harvest Cobb Salad

Harvest Cobb Salad

It’s important to have a salad every now and then for dinner, but you can prepare something more exciting for your family than just lettuce and tomatoes. This salad is an entire meal to itself; no side dishes necessary. There are plenty of flavors to enjoy.

The start of this salad are the nuts. You can use any type you like; pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Or, mix in all three! The diced bacon gives it a salty flavor, which pairs nicely with the fruit (yes, fruit in salad!). You’ll need diced pears, apples, and dried cranberries.

You’ll definitely want to make the poppy seed dressing that’s included with the recipe. It makes the salad.

View the full recipe.

2. Harvest Stew

Harvest Stew

The best part about stews is that they’re so easy to make. If you plan ahead a bit, you can set the slow cooker to start before you leave in the morning and the entire meal is ready for dinner. I admit, sometimes that amount of preparation isn’t possible, but it’s great when you can.

This recipe uses a variety of fall-themed flavors: sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, rutabaga, apple cider, and apples (there’s that fruit again!).

View the full recipe.

3. Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice

Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice

This warm and cozy stir fry is full of delicious autumn flavors. You’ve got sweet apples, spicy cinnamon, sweet raisins, walnuts, pumpkin, and a bit of maple syrup. Interesting combination, don’t you think?

I like this meal because it’s easy to make in quantity when you’re cooking for several people. Other than the rice, everything is basically cooked together. You can expand the dish by adding some sweet potatoes, butternut squash, truffle oil, and chickpeas, but only if you have a lot of people (because it’s tough to make a small quantity with so many ingredients – too much waste for me).

View the full recipe.

4. Harvest Corn Chowder with Chorizo

Harvest Corn Chowder with Chorizo

It’s soup season! Most people don’t eat soups during the hotter portions of the year, so soup to me always feels like something special. This dish has a heavy, belly-warming feel that’s perfect to enjoy after you spend some time outside. It’s easy to heat up, so you might want to serve it after trick-or-treating or after raking leaves.

Like the other dishes, this one is also easy to make in quantity in case you have company over.

View the full recipe.

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.

Take Time for Yourself as a Mom

take time for yourselfIt’s amazing how quickly a baby can take over your life. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a wonderful experience and the change was welcome, but wow… One day you are your own person with interests, hobbies, and social engagements; the next you are at the beck-and-call of a helpless little nugget.

After a few months of serving (for lack of a better word) someone else (let alone years), it’s tough to let go of that mentality. We have all heard stories about parents who struggle letting go when their kids are grown: they continue to parent their child long after parenting is necessary, often to the detriment of both parties and the relationship.

You Are Not Superwoman

Superwoman could balance a robust social life, a healthy diet and exercise schedule, and a powerful career, all while raising a bright, happy, loved child. But there’s a reason the comics bestow incredible gifts on their characters: those people are the ideal, not the reality.

Women embark on their journey of motherhood with the expectation that they are going to do it better than everyone else. That’s a noble goal, and raising kids better than our mothers and their mothers is part of parenthood, but striving to be the perfect mother is just plain silly. You are going to feel stress, anxiety, and need some space.

Don’t Forget Yourself

Caring for yourself is a big part of caring for your child. That sounds a bit circular, and honestly it is, but it’s the truth. A relaxed mom is better than a stressed mom, even if the stressed mom devotes more time and attention to her child.

Don’t feel guilty about an evening with the girls, a date night with your spouse, or a movie alone. You’ll return to your motherly duties with a renewed spirit and sense of purpose. Plus, you’ll teach your kids valuable lessons about understanding oneself.

Furthermore, while motherhood is permanent, providing full time care is not. You’ll always be “mom,” but there will come a day when that little nugget is your size or larger and running his or her own life. You’ll get to bring out all those interests and qualities you had set aside.

Indulge in Yourself

Give yourself permission to step away from motherhood from time to time and remember who you are aside from someone’s caregiver. Schedule the break at regular intervals so you have something to look forward to. Leave the kids with your partner, invite grandma and grandpa over, or call the sitter for the evening.

If you can only squeeze out fifteen minutes at a time, go with it. If you have the support to take a whole day, that’s great too. Here’s the kicker: No one will think less of you for it. Every mom gets it.

I started this blog post with the intention of offering some ideas as to how you can truly exploit that “me” time, but I decided that wasn’t helpful. Everyone is different, which means I can’t tell you how to enjoy your time away. Perhaps you’re into book clubs or winetasting, or maybe you prefer rock concerts and go-kart racing. You’ll have to decide what brings the inner you out.

car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeGuest Blog by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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.

Fall Arts & Crafts Projects to Keep Kids Busy

fall arts and crafts for kids

Image: Kiwi Crate

Arts and crafts projects are a great idea for kids for many reasons: it allows for creative thinking, it’s a good way to keep kids busy, and it’s a self-esteem booster when they have completed an awesome craft of their own.

Fall is the perfect time of year for arts and crafts as well. The kids can stay warm indoors while doing something fun, and the foliage and changing colors of the season can serve as inspiration for their art. Here are a few arts and crafts projects that will keep your child busy this fall:

Cardboard Tube Owls

For this project, the kids will be making their very own owl out of toilet paper tubes and various scraps of paper and other materials. Using googly eyes, orange beaks, and adding proper wings to these creations will already show signs of the owl-to-be. Kids can then decorate and detail the creation to their liking.

This project doesn’t create much mess at all and provides a fun activity for kids of many different ages. An added bonus of this project is the teachable moment of showing your kids the importance of using recyclable materials!

Leaf Doodling

I can’t think of a more fitting arts and crafts projects for the season! Using metallic gel pens, kids are able to create colorful, unique designs on different types of leaves. The leaves serve as a blank canvas to allow your child to get creative on their own with the metallic pens.

This is another project that is virtually mess-less and just right for kids of many different ages. Creating tons of designs and drawings on an endless supply of leaves will keep your child busy for hours.

Ribbon Wands

This arts and crafts project is two-fold. Your child has the fun and enjoyment of creating the actual ribbon wands for themselves (with your help on this one), and then they can play all day long once they’re finished. For this project, all you need is the long ribbons, wooden dowels, and a drill (which you will obviously use for them).

Once the holes are drilled into the wooden dowels, your child can begin feeding the ribbon through and tying it up tight. They can either choose to stuff a bunch of different colored ribbons into a single dowel for one big streaming wand, or they can create separate wands for each color ribbon you have.

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 to Keep Safe on Halloween Night with the Kids

halloween safety tipsWith Halloween just around the corner, no doubt your family is getting ready for the holiday. If you have kids old enough to understand the festivities, this is an especially fun time of the year. Like anything else, however, we have to keep safety in mind. Here are some tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween.

1. Plan your routine in advance.

If you’ll be walking along your neighborhood, make sure to plan out the route you’ll be taking in advance. If you end up too far from home, you could end up with sore legs, a cranky child, and no resort but to keep walking. Stick to the roads you’re familiar with to avoid getting lost.

2. Wear comfortable shoes.

Regardless of the footwear that goes best with your costume, you’ll want to wear comfortable walking shoes for the evening. Avoid heels, wedges, and sandals without support. Many kids’ costumes come with flaps on the bottom of the leg to disguise normal shoes.

3. Use soft props.

If your child’s costume just has to have a prop, make sure it’s made out of foam, rubber, or soft plastic. Kids inevitably get rambunctious during trick-or-treating; they’ll swing their toy swords or pitchforks at one another in excitement.

4. Avoid cumbersome masks.

A tightly fitted mask or a mask that obscures your child’s vision is just asking for a spill. Street walking is easy, but navigating curbs, walkways, and front steps can be tough if you can’t see. Opt for masks that leave plenty of room to see, or ones that can be easily pulled up or removed.

5. Bring plenty of light.

You’ll probably take your little ones trick-or-treating during the day time, but if you go at night you’ll want to bring plenty of light. Several people in your group should carry flashlights to make sure you can see where you’re walking and also to alert cars to your presence. If possible, add some reflective tape to your costumes or candy bags.

6. Only stop at well-lit home.

The light near the front door is the typical sign that a home is accepting trick-or-treaters. If you approach a home that’s dark, turn away and try the next. Some people don’t celebrate Halloween or they’re out for the evening celebrating elsewhere.

7. Mind the cars.

Just because everyone in your neighborhood is out on the street doesn’t mean it has become a pedestrian-only zone. Always look for cars as you cross. If a car is approaching, try to make eye contact with the driver so you’re sure he’s aware of you before walking in front of the car.

8. Check all the candy.

Before your kids tear into their goodies, you’ll want to check it all first. Make sure nothing looks opened, old, or not in its original wrapper. If anything looks suspicious, throw it away before your kids ever see it. Incidents of people intentionally doing something to the candy to hurt kids are rare, but you can never be too careful.

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

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How to Save Money as a Stay at Home Mom

save money as stay at home momIf you have decided to stay home with the kids (so you won’t have that second income), you might be looking for methods to save money. Even if you’re financially comfortable, there’s no harm in reducing your spending and cutting down on waste. Here are some ways you can save money as a stay at home mom.

1. Clip coupons.

Have you ever seen one of those couponing shows on TV? The subject of the episode will create an in-depth system of tracking coupons, store policies, and sale items. They’ll go into a store with a binder full of coupons and a plan, then manage to buy hundreds of dollars worth of products for pennies.

I’m not suggesting you go to those lengths, because even the people on the show will admit that such an extreme habit is full time work. But it’s a great example of just how powerful coupons and careful shopping can be if you pay attention to the sales and deals available.

2. Use cloth diapers.

In the western world, we potty train our children later than anywhere else. Over the course of the diaper wearing years, a family could spend $1,500 to $2,000 on disposables alone. Also, the impact on the environment of disposable diaper use is substantial.

3. Develop a meal plan.

Opening the fridge to see what’s available for dinner is a costly way to eat. If you use half an onion today, will you be able to use the other half before it spoils? You might forget that it’s there or be forced to use it for a meal you ordinarily wouldn’t so it doesn’t go bad. By building a meal plan each week, you can make sure you only buy the things you need and that everything you buy gets used.

4. Go on free outings.

It isn’t necessary to take your kids to the movies, the arcade, or the go-kart track every time you want to get them out of the house. There are plenty of free activities available in our communities that your kids will enjoy if you approach them correctly. Take them to the playground, the library, or a local event.

5. Give out homemade gifts.

Holidays are a tough period when you’re trying to stick to a budget. You want to give awesome gifts that people will remember, but those can be costly. Come up with something clever and personal you can make for your loved ones that doesn’t cost much. You might have to come up with these ideas a few months before the holiday to give yourself time to make it.

6. Attend a mom swap.

If you can’t find one of these, you might have to start one, but they’re worth it. A mom swap is when moms meet and bring their old toys and even some gently used clothes. They put all their contributions in a pile and take home something different. This way they get to bring home something “new” without spending a penny.

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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7 Tips on Treating a Baby’s Diaper Rash

treat diaper rashBaby skin is often smooth and perfect in every way, so parents become concerned when they notice red and irritated skin on baby’s bottom. Diaper rashes, however, are quite normal. They aren’t serious problems, but they’ll make your baby uncomfortable and irritated. Every baby gets them. When super sensitive skin meets urine, stool and a covering that rubs back and forth, rashes are inevitable.

Fortunately, you can prevent diaper rashes and cure them in a few days. With deliberate care, you can prevent diaper rashes from ever happening. Here are some tips on treating diaper rashes.

1. Change diapers immediately and often.

You want to change your newborn’s diaper at least every two hours. You can space this out more as your baby wets her diaper less, but never let her sit in wetness or waste for too long. Be sure to clean baby well, but don’t scrub the skin. If possible, give your baby some opportunities to be diaper-free.

2. Experiment with different brands.

Sometimes the glues and chemicals used to manufacture diapers or the chemicals in the adhesive tape can be irritating to some babies. Try a different brand that uses different materials. Consider using cloth diapers that aren’t made with these materials.

3. Ensure a proper fit.

Often a diaper rash problem is easily cured by choosing diapers that fit well. Loose or tight diapers don’t respond to the body’s movements properly and cause friction and irritation.

4. Dry baby’s bottom.

Once you have removed a soiled diaper and cleaned your baby’s bottom, don’t forget to dry her off using a clean cloth so moisture doesn’t get trapped in the new diaper. Don’t rub; pat the area dry. If possible, leave her exposed for a few minutes.

5. Choose made-for-baby skin care products.

Make sure that any creams, powders, ointments, shampoos, and soaps are made especially for babies. Products made for adults often contain strong fragrances, detergents and dyes that can damage sensitive skin and exacerbate an existing rash. Wash baby’s clothes separately in a baby-safe laundry detergent.

6. Apply diaper rash cream.

Before putting on the new diaper, use a generous amount of diaper rash cream. There are several varieties available in stores, so you’ll have to choose one that’s right for you and your baby’s rashes (some products are for everyday use, others are for extreme flare-ups, etc.). Most contain zinc oxide or hydro-cortisone cream.

7. Use vinegar when cleaning cloth diapers.

If you’ve opted to use cloth diapers, you’ll want to make sure they’re especially clean since they’ll be going back on your baby’s bottom. Stale urine is extremely alkaline, so you’ll want to use a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle when you wash cloth diapers.

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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6 Ways to Teach Children About Germs

teach kids about germsGerms are everywhere. They’re out in the world and they’re even in our homes. They can be spread through fluids or simple contact. Children, especially, need to be careful about how they spread germs. Their immune systems are still immature and they have a tendency to touch just about everything; that’s why they seem to get sick so often. Here are some ways you can teach your kids about germs.

1. Practice what you preach.

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. Leading by example is the best way to teach our kids anything. We can insist they do as we say, not as we do, but that never works. If your children see you practicing good habits, they’ll naturally fall into step. Wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, or coughing/sneezing into your hand.

2. Create a hand-washing song.

If you tell your kids to wash their hands, they’ll likely wet them under the water for a second and be done with it. But this doesn’t actually clean anything. Give them a fun way to measure the time by using a song that’s 15 to 20 seconds long. Encourage them to sing the song while they wash their hands and they aren’t done until the song is over. The ABCs usually take about 20 seconds.

3. Make food easily share-able.

While we want our kids to share, food should be off limits unless it’s been divided. Rather than letting them bite off that apple together, cut it into slices so they don’t pass germs to one another. Quarter that sandwich too. If you’ve only got one cup, drop in an extra straw.

4. Use a visual aid.

Often, kids are visual learners. Fill a spray bottle with water. Explain that in this example, the germs are the water. Give a spritz at a table or plant to show how far the germs can be spread. Keep spraying and stepping back until the water doesn’t reach the target anymore. This will give your kids an idea just how far germs can travel by coughs and sneezes.

5. Teach the basics of germs.

Explain that germs are tiny, impossible to see (with our eyes) little things that live basically everywhere. Many are harmless, but some can make us sick. They live out in the world and some even inside our bodies. If we touch something on the ground or public places, we could pick up germs. We can also get them if we touch other people if they forgot to wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or using the bathroom.

6. Use the wheat flour experiment.

This display is often used in kindergarten classes to explain germs. Cover a plate in whole wheat flour and tell the kids that it represents germs. Have a fraction of the group put their hands in the flour (one kid if you have two or three, two kids if you have four or five, three if you have ten, etc. so that just a few touch the flour). Then let them play with a communal toy like building blocks. After three or five minutes, have them all hold out their hands to see who has the “germs” now. Explain that had they washed their hands, no one would have the germs.

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.

Parent Approved Products for Healthy, Happy Baby

The safety of our children is always important. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) reminds parents that they should do research before buying their baby gear. Not all products meant for children are made safe. This year, JPMA has chosen to create a theme for the month called “Green is the New Pink and Blue” to share with parents the best eco-friendly practices to raise a healthy family. Here is my list of top products to keep baby safe.

1. Babee Talk Eco-Teether® Crib Rail Cover

When Jennifer Cicci saw teeth marks on her baby’s crib she knew that couldn’t be healthy. With no luck finding a solution on the market that was high-quality, eco-friendly and fashionable, she decided to design her own! The unique patented Eco-Teether® Crib Rail Cover gives babies a safe and comforting way to teethe while relieving parents’ concerns. Not only is it made from organic materials, it incorporates two major safety features that other rail covers lack. The cover’s patented Velcro straps keep it securely in place even as babies pull and tug on it. Also, when attached properly, the inside of the cover is shorter than the outside, so babies don’t roll over into the fabric and risk suffocation.

$99.99

safe and comforting way to teethe

2.  Woombie Air 

The Woombie Air is the safest and most effective baby swaddle that requires no wrapping. It’s the first breathable baby swaddle that regulates baby’s body temperature by allowing excess heat to escape. All you do is put baby in and zip up; the unique peanut-shaped swaddle gently cocoons baby and the 4-way stretch bebeflex(TM) fabric enables baby to move naturally which helps protect against hip dysplasia. Baby’s arms are not pinned to the side; prevents overheating; and no worries of dangerous, lose blankets unraveling and covering baby’s face. The Mom/Nurse invented Woombie Air re-creates the security and comfort baby felt in the womb and promotes longer periods of sleep from birth to 6 months (or when baby begins to roll).

$26.00

most effective baby swaddle

3. Baby J Padded Play Mat

This padded play mat for babies and toddlers is perfect to protect kids from germs. This mom-invented play mat was designed for the germ-conscious mom who always wants a clean area for her little one (perfect to use at mommy and me classes, playdates, traveling — especially at the airport, lying down in the park, and more). The play mat is crafted with vibrant and colorful, 100% cotton, designer fabric and super plush minky. It’s comfy and cozy for any new baby, and great for tummy time. It measures 29″x35″ and features a Velcro closure that ensures one side stays clean and sanitary, and always stays compact and folded up in your diaper bag.

$55.00

padded play mat

4. San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

The mom invented and multiple-award winning San Diego Bebe(R) Eco-Nursing Pillow offers support, comfort, and discretion for mom and baby. It’s also the healthiest nursing pillow, made of 100% virgin polyfiber with no flame-retardant chemicals. It’s hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, non-flammable and recyclable. Plus, it’s odor-free, glue-free, foam-free, lead-free, and phthalate-free. It is available in a variety of chic colors and plush fabrics. Option for one baby or for twins to feed two babies simultaneously!

$59.99 – $79.99

healthiest nursing pillow

5Wee Urban

Wee Urban™ 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, they offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using their custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, the brand hopes to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

$19.00 – $89.00

modern baby clothes

6. Organic Baby Elephant Ears

Baby Elephant Ears is a multi-use headrest providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort for babies — and they’re designed to look like adorable elephant ears! The Organic Baby Elephant Ears are made with 100% organic cotton and filled with an all-natural corn fill. Baby Elephant Ears go wherever baby goes — stroller, swing, car seat, changing table, etc. The headrests are fully washable and require no attachments, straps or special skills and they’re offered in diverse prints and organics. The superior design and durability of these headrests make them the perfect gift for parents!

$29.95

baby headrest support

7. Zipadee-Zip

The Zipadee-Zip provides babies with the snug feeling of security while allowing for the freedom of pajamas. With Zipadee-Zip, babies are free to stand up, crawl, roll and move around safely. This versatile sleep garment has 7+ uses including: encourages sleep during travel, provides a germ-free environment on planes, trains and cars, prevents scratching and more. It works like magic to help babies fall asleep and stay asleep and is ideal for transitioning babies from swaddling or for babies who do not like to be swaddled.

$34.95

transition out of the swaddle

8. PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps are easy to use and safe! PunkinLinks are ‘C’ shaped allowing you to link several together and connect toys to car seat, stroller, playmate, or any other baby gear! PunkinSnaps are oval shaped with a clasp. These are great to use alone or in conjunction with PunkinLinks, they offer an added security to keep things attached. These are BPA, PVC, PET, and Phthalate free and babies love to chew on them, making them baby’s new favorite (and safe) teether!

$19.00

connect baby gear

9. Rockin’ Green

Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. Rockin’ Green products are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant, so they can be used on sensitive skin and they’re great for washing cloth diapers. They are septic and grey-water safe and never tested on animals. Each product comes in recyclable packaging and the brand is also gluten and vegan friendly.

$15.95

eco-friendly cleaning products

organic bedding and accessories

Guest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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

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