6 Specialty Field Experts Every Family Should Have on their Contact List When Needed

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Another great guest blog from our friend Rachelle Wilber!

 

Life happens, and you want your family to be prepared. When unexpected problems arise, it is nice to know exactly who to call to help you. It’s important to build good relationships with people who will assist you with short term notice. But exactly what kind of experts do you need? Here is a list of six experts to get on your contact list before you need them.
Lawyer
You just never know when you might need legal representation from an attorney, like St. Louis criminal defense lawyer Richard Lzano. Lawyers can handle everything from creating a will to defending you if wrongly accused of a crime and just about anything in between. Go ahead and get a good lawyer on your contact list. Let them assist you with creating legal documents for your family and create a good rapport with them when you really need help.
Financial Planner
When you have an income, you may need help managing it. A financial planner will help you make the most of your money by helping you save for large expenditures, your children’s education, and even retirement. As your income grows, a financial planner will help you get the most out of your investments. They might even be willing to help you out come tax season. You might think that you could do all this yourself, but the US News advises a financial planner because they can see your situation in an objective and unemotional way, which will help them advise you accurately.
Party Planner
You may not be in the habit of throwing lavish gatherings, but most people will put together the occasional bridal shower or graduation party. Having a party planner on your contacts list will help you make sure these events go off without a hitch. You don’t have to spend a fortune hiring a party planner if you have one that you use every time. They’re likely to offer discounts.
Computer Expert
Just about everyone owns a computer these days, but not everyone knows how to run every program they need to or how to fix the system if it malfunctions. Keep a computer expert on your speed dial for when you have a presentation due, and your printer just won’t communicate with your printer.
Babysitter
If you have kids, then there will be times that you need a little help. You might not think a qualified babysitter is important, but it does happen that you will need care unexpectedly when your usual caregivers – mom, neighbor, etc. – just aren’t available. When this happens, you need someone you can trust to call and know your kids are in good hands. Same concept applies for animal care.
Handy Man
If you own your own home, then a reliable handy man (or woman) is a must have. Windows will break, appliances can stop working, and drains do clog. Your family needs someone they can call to take care of problems like this. You will be less worried about who is in your home if it is the same person every time. A good handy man, much like a maintenance person at an apartment complex, will be knowledgeable about large appliance repair, electrical wiring, plumbing, and some carpentry.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber

Wee Urban Pre Sleep Analysis: Cozy Basics v.s. Wee Dreams Premium Brand

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The age old debate between our two sleep bag brands has made even the strongest of our employees cringe and go hoarse at trade shows and cause carpal tunnel over email.

Today we settle the debate, but mainly, we let you know that whichever one you choose, you really can’t go wrong.

We will compare and contrast both by looking into 3 main categories, which are: fabric, construction and location/price point.

 

Fabric:

Cozy Basics:

This sleep bag features an 80/20 cotton – polyester blend. 80% cotton, 20% polyester. The fabric has been tried and tested to meet Health Canada’s Flammability and Safety Standards for Children’s Sleepwear. It also complies SA CPSC and ASTM standards and requirements. Not only will your child be safe, he/she will sleep better and will not overheat. The breathability of the fabric allows the sleep bag to be used all year round, you just add layers underneath in the winter and subtract layers in the summer depending on how hot your baby sleeps.

Wee Dreams:

This sleep bag features a cotton and bamboo blend that guarantees your child will absolutely adore going to sleep at night. Think of your favourite sweater since high school, that you have washed the living crap out of and it’s still softer than ever. This is what this sleep bag is like. You can wash it as many times as you’d like and it will never lose its softness. Your baby will not overheat as the cotton/bamboo is breathable and again if you add or subtract layers based on season, it’s a 12 months a year sleep bag.

 

Construction:

CB: 

The intention of both of our sleep bag lines is to be worn over your baby’s regular sleepwear. We also took a couple of steps to ensure your baby gets exactly the sleep they need every night. For their benefit, and for yours. The CB line features a dual zipper that allows for easy access to their feet. You don’t even need to take them fully out of the bag and you can change their diaper. The zipper that crosses the chest allows easy access for you, and the guard prevents baby from removing it themselves. The generous length of our bags allows for extended use as well.

WD: 

The main difference here is the addition of the 3 snaps with the premium brand. They are lead and nickel free and in many cases allow for even more flexibility when it comes to changing. They lay out completely flat like a blanket and you are able to change your kid with ease. Many find the snaps quicker for on/off, however sometimes as the baby gets older, they have the ability to remove the snaps themselves! Sneaky lil ones!

 

Location/Price Point:

CB:

In the case of our sleep bags, the location of where they are made is integral to you in many cases. The Cozy Basics brand is made overseas in China. For a more price conscious family, we suggest this one. As its manufacturing location and price of production allows us to retail it for $38.00 which is a bargain when it comes to the quality of bag you are getting. We thoroughly vet our contacts in China and know that they follow the best-practice guidelines for production. They are safely made, and the ethics that we hold standard are being met.

WD: 

With the Wee Dreams, it is a different story. Proudly made in Canada, our original sleep bag line has fabric trucked in from the North and printed, cut and sewed right here in Ontario. Unfortunately, Canadian production is a massive challenge in the current economic landscape of our great country. We continue to strive to provide you with a great homemade product, that retails for a reasonable $49.99 for the bottom 2 sizes and $54.99 for the 18-36. Despite the high cost of production, we have managed to keep costs as low as possible, so if you’re ethically conscious and love a great made in Canada product, buy a Wee Dreams!

Check out this image for a detailed look at our cozy basics sleep bags.

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All of our sleep bags are available in 0-6, 6-18, 18-36.

Cozy Basics features: Natural Giraffe, Green Owl, Aqua Elephant, Grey Penguin and Natural Fox.

Wee Dreams features: Aqua Giraffe, Green Owl, Taupe Elephant and Pink Peacock.

 

If you have any specific questions about our sleep bags, email devin@weeurban.com

 

Thanks for reading!

Infants and the Pool: Important Keys to Remember – GUEST BLOGGER POST

Infants and the Pool

If you are going to the pool, you want to be able to share that experience with your child. Babies can go in the water at any time, but you may want to wait until at least 6 weeks after the birth before going in water. After that, a pool in your own backyard or at a local health club can be a great place for you to bond with your child. As long as you take steps to keep your child protected from drowning or exposure to bacteria, cold temperatures or chemicals, playing around and swimming in the water can be a fun experience for both you and your child.

 

Sun and Water Protection

At an outdoor pool, keep your baby in a shaded spot, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Put your child in protective clothing such as pants, a collared shirt and a brimmed hat when you go outdoors. Also try to use an umbrella or a stroller to keep UV rays from reaching your child. Consult your pediatrician before putting sunblock on a child under 6 months old. If sunscreen is necessary, only use small amounts on your infant’s face and hand. After the age of 6 months, you can use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher on your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends putting sunscreen on a child 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Be careful when choosing a sunscreen. Broad spectrum sunscreens with zinc-oxide or titanium dioxide tend to be the safest for children, and sun blocks with DEET insect repellent are considered harmful.

When going to pool, check to make sure the water is safe for your baby. Try to avoid pools with cold temperatures below 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit, especially for really small babies. Also check to make sure that a pool doesn’t use high levels of chlorine, which could be harmful to an infant’s eyes or skin. Use your judgment. If you can smell chemicals when you enter a pool, or the water seems cold to you, it likely isn’t going to be healthy for your baby.

 

Trust of Water

According to Dr. William Sears of Parenting.com, you can help build water trust by taking baths with your child. Make baths fun and soothing by singing to your child or playing with toys in the tub. You may even want to breastfeed your child in the water. Once you work your way up to a pool, make sure to hold your child securely and maintain eye contact while moving around in the water.

You can make going to the pool a fun experience for your child by bringing toys and snacks. Easy snacks such as fruit, crackers, cereal, baby food and formula tend to be the easiest, depending on your child’s age. Bring bath toys, such as rubber ducks or action figures, to transition your child from the bathtub to pool. If you bring floaties or a baby raft when your child gets older, don’t count on these toys to keep your child safe. Make sure to watch your baby at all times.

 

Swimming Lessons

Making sure your child knows the basics of swimming at a young age can help promote water safety. A swim class can allow your baby to learn the basic motions of swimming early on in the developmental process. Companies such as Swim Jim, a swim center that offers swim lessons in Houston and New York, offer swim lessons for children as young as 8 weeks old. During swim lessons, make sure to be actively involved in teaching your child how to swim. Most classes for young children tend to incorporate games to make the lessons more interactive for youngsters. Don’t be tempted to dunk your child underwater, even for a few seconds. You baby could swallow water and run the risk of developing a bacterial infection. Give your little one encouragement when working on swimming to make it a positive experience. Try to start your baby off gradually with small increments of 10 to 20 minutes in the water before moving onto swim classes.

 

Pool Safety

According to the CDC, children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old have the highest risk of drowning, especially in backyard pools. To protect your child from getting into a pool unsupervised, install a 4-foot-tall fence around the perimeter of your pool, a self-latching gate and an underwater motion alarm. A pool cover can also help you to keep your child from being able to get into a pool when you aren’t around. Remove temptation for your child by taking toys out of the pool area when you’re not using it. If you have an inflatable pool, empty it out each time.

When you are in your backyard pool area, watch your child every moment and make sure your baby wears a well-fitting personal floatation device, approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Before letting your child into a pool, it may be useful to learn CPR in case anything happens. When your child is old enough, go over important rules such as staying out of the water without adult supervision.

As long as you practice water safety, being in the pool with your baby can be a positive experience. It can allow you to develop a closer bond with your child and have a relaxing experience at the same time. By enrolling your child to swim lessons at an early age and encouraging the use of personal flotation devices, you can help your baby to enjoy and be safe in the water.

– Rachelle Wilber

 

 

Thank you Rachelle, if anyone else is interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban, please contact devin@weeurban.com

5 Quick Ways Sports Help Your Kids Grow

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Sport participation in North America is on the decline, and childhood obesity is on the rise. This is a problem, based on the fact (as I contradict myself by writing a blog) that technology is on the rise, and so is how much money organized sports cost. With the cost of living getting higher and wages not keeping up, we understand how hard it is for kids to get into sports at a young age, especially if you have multiple kids. That being said, if you have any money left over, and have been thinking about it. Here are 5 ways why sports is so important to a child’s development, some of which you may not think of.

This is straight from our very own Devin Sarges, who as a kid playing sports, has first hand experience with what they can do.

 

#1) Physical Activity

Yeah it seems redundant. Everyone talks about how kids need to get physical activity everyday to live a healthy life. They’re right, it is truly essential that kids stay physically active and there is no better way to do it then through organized sport. It is way more fun for them as the element of winning and playing is intertwined into a moderated and officiated where physical activity is encouraged. It is creating a space that is away from home, school, or just plain old outside. This is a place where expectations to move and run and play are encouraged for all. It is also more enjoyable for you parents who get to see your kids play and have fun, it’s as entertaining for you as it is for them.

#2) Teamwork

Especially in team sports, the ability to work together with your peers is something that transcends to every day life as they get older. It doesn’t matter what profession they go into, they will have to work and coexist with other people. Sports teaches kids to respect others at a young age and to recognize strengths and weaknesses of others and themselves while working towards a common goal. Many people cast away kids as unintelligent, but they really do notice these things even at a young age. They are able to recognize the differences between themselves and others, because sports gives them a platform where that is a non-issue. There is always differences in sports but as long as you can play, there is a team that you can play on. Whether it be house league, or AAA, the need for teamwork is still there.

 

#3) Friends

From teamwork, comes friends. Personally speaking, I have more friends that have stuck with me that I made through sports than I did anywhere else. Even my friends from school, our relationships were further cemented by a mutual love of a sport. Don’t get me wrong, sports are not for every kid, but every kid should at least try something out. You never know what can happen. These friends that I made also shared in some of my fondest memories growing up. Some people see sports only at face value, but in fact there is a much deeper connection between the friends you make while on a team. The funny thing is, no matter how well you perform on the field, ice, pitch, court, it’s the memories in the locker room, at team parties, at hotels for tournaments… Those are what stick with you the most, and those are what further form our children to make lifelong bonds.

#4) Accountability

Sports actually gives our children a heightened ability to be accountable for mistakes and actions. You give the puck away in hockey, make a bad throw in baseball,  and it costs your team something. In the grand scheme of life, this one act has absolutely no barring on anything. Yet, as our children live in the present, and think in the present, it matters a lot to them. It becomes a safe environment where they can do things wrong, make mistakes, and the repercussions are limited and realistically, do not matter in day to day life. I learned at a young age that there are certain things that are acceptable in sports and in life and they actually mirror each other. It’s wrong to say something mean to a Referee or Umpire, just like it’s wrong to do the same to a Police Officer. In Sports, like school our kids are taught to be accountable for their actions, the only difference being, on the field, you don’t get any cooler by doing things wrong, or being bad.

#5) Accepting Defeat

Oh isn’t this just the Cats Pajamas? You mean sports teaches our children the SINGLE most important thing that they can learn in childhood? Yes it does. No matter how good someone is at a sport, they will lose. It’s impossible to be perfect in games that are imperfect. Your children will fail in sports, a lot… and that my friends, is a good thing! Kids failing at sports, not a big deal, failing in school, bigger deal, failing at life. HUGE DEAL. That being said, in every facet of our life, we are going to lose. Whether it be when we go after a boy or girl in high school and they end up liking someone else, or we apply for a job and don’t get it. We will lose and because I lost in sports many times as a kid, I know that the sun will come up the next day regardless if I lost out on that girl, or job or game. I know that no matter the outcome, I will be able to move on and move forward. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids, to have the ability to learn when they are young so they can keep moving forward and becoming smart and caring adults. When they lose, they know what it feels like. So when they see someone else lose, they are empathetic. Sports may create rivalries and a sense of entitlement to a certain team or athlete, but it also makes our kids empathetic. They are taught the ability to feel sorry for the losing team, or the one kid who made a mistake, because they have been in the same shoes before.

 

 

The Sporting world is a metaphor for every day life. Those who work harder, will achieve more. They will still lose, but they will have the ability to move on from defeat. They will learn to be empathetic, to work as a team, they will grow in terms of fitness and they will make everlasting friends.

Kids in sports is a dying trend, but it shouldn’t because as a University student who is extremely passionate about his studies, I can confidently tell you this. Sports taught me more things about life, than school ever did.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Devin Sarges.

5 Tips on What You Can Do to Make Your Baby #SunHappy

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Oh Summer, how you take so long to get here, and leave so quick.

Despite Summer’s quick exit, we all seem to somehow manage to get ourselves a little sunburnt during its brief but smouldering appearance. It’s imperative that our little ones are fully protected from the Sun’s harmful rays, and the heat. So with your help, we have compiled a list of 5 tips that will be sure to help out any new parents.

#1) Shade

Sounds like a no brainer, but it isn’t. Shade is where baby should be at all times. If there is a case where natural shade is not available, it can be manufactured. When carrying the little one around in the park. Check out the new brand Shaidee, and learned how to keep them covered!

#2) Long Sleeves

Naturally, one would think Summer means short sleeves, but in a baby’s case, it’s completely indifferent. In fact, long sleeved Rompers and Onesies made from breathable fabrics like Bamboo Cotton, make your lives as parents, that much easier. If you follow step #1, and your baby is in the shade, it will be cooler there. A long sleeve/long pant option doesn’t seem like they’re going to be melting in it. Furthermore, it protects from the Sun, and you don’t have to put sunscreen on their arms or legs. And don’t forget about mosquitos! Long sleeves always help when dealing with pests like that!

Now for some shameless self promotion of Long Sleeved breathable rompers – Wee Urban

#3) Hydrate

The Sun does a lot more to us than just burning our skin, it also dehydrates us from the overwhelming heat. It is so important to keep your baby hydrated when outside. Not only with water, and formula when feeding. But also, electrolytes need to be mixed in as well. These will hydrate them and can be found in many fruits and fruit juices, but especially Bananas. Bananas are high in Potassium which is an essential electrolyte for getting blood moving and keep the body fully hydrated.

#4) Hydrate More

Hydration isn’t just needed inside the body, the Sun dries out your babies skin as well. Here is a list from the Fans of Wee Urban of the best available moisturizers on the market per what they use.

  • Babyganics
  • Johnson & Johnson’s
  • Green Beaver
  • Baby Sun Care Creme by Substance Matter
  • Mustela
  • Earth Mama Angel
  • Delish Naturals lotion.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vaseline and Glaxal Base Mix
  • Aveeno Baby

#5) Sunscreen!

Our same friends also gave us a list of the best sunscreens that they have used. Check them out!

  • Hawaiian Tropic Baby Faces SPF 50
  • Baby Blanket SPF 50+
  • Aveeno baby
  • Badger
  • Green Beaver
  • Think baby sunscreen
  • Babyganics
  • Foley Honest sunblock
  • Arbonne baby sunblock
  • California Baby
  • Honest Company sunscreen

 

If you have any other tips for dealing with the Sun, comment below!

 

May is For MOM! Wee Urban + WeeSleep

Mother’s day is upon us, and leading up to it we have once again partnered with our friends at WeeSleep and are giving away a brand new Grey Penguin Sleep bag.

With our bags and their toddler sleep knowledge, we are confident that Wee can provide you with every thing you need to get our little one to sleep. So if you want grade A products and services for free. You better enter this contest and stay tuned for more like it!

 

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