Beauty and Cosmetics during Pregnancy: The Good and the Bad

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Every pregnant woman wants to look her best during her pregnancy, but it is hard to use the same makeup you used before you got pregnant. Pregnancy changes your body chemistry, the composition of your skin and the way your body looks in the light. Your makeup, fragrances and skincare regimen all must change during your pregnancy, and you may find they will stay changed after you have your baby.
How Your Makeup Reacts to Your Skin

The makeup you normally use may not react to your face as it always has. The color you use on your face may not look the same as it has in the past, and these colors may not stay on your face as they once had. It is possible that your makeup will cause you to break out in hives, or you may form a rash. You should consider changing your foundation, blush and powder during your pregnancy. The change in your body chemistry may require you to maintain this change in your makeup after you have your baby.

Skincare

The skincare products you use may not give you the same results they once did. You are counting on your lotions and moisturizers to protect your skin, but these lotions may not do the job they once did. You cannot continue to use the same moisturizer if it does not help you, and your skin may dry out much faster than it would otherwise.

Your skincare regimen may need to increase when you are pregnant. Chronically dry skin is going to plague you when you are pregnant, and you may consider using more moisturizer than you did in the past. Many women resort to moisturizing their whole bodies every day, and you must keep up with this routine to prevent stretch marks. Do as much as you can to keep your skin moist and soft.
Sunscreen

A woman who is not accustomed to wearing sunscreen may need to start using sunscreen during her pregnancy. Your olive complexion may have helped you a good bit at the beach, but you must start wearing sunscreen because your skin is so much more sensitive.

Women who do not typically use sunscreen may turn to a foundation that has sun protection built-in. You need to keep your skin from being damaged in the hot sun, and you must take steps that will prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Skin Irritation

You may go to bed with your makeup on after a long day, and your skin has never reacted poorly to your makeup. You must start washing your face every evening to ensure your skin is safe. You will likely feel a good bit of irritation when you leave your makeup on for too long, and you may need to use a professional makeup remover.

Daily Makeup Application

You should change from pads to sponges when you apply your makeup, and you may consider scaling back the amount of makeup you are putting on every day. Reduce the amount of makeup you are using to help your skin cope with your pregnancy. Your pregnancy is going to make your skin reject a good bit of your makeup, and the makeup that you choose to wear going forward should be as light as possible.

Your body will not respond well to all the makeup you typically wear. You must make a change that is going to help you look your best during your pregnancy. You may choose to keep these makeup changes after you have your baby, but you must make careful changes for the health of your skin. If you are unsure about certain cosmetic products while you are pregnant, it is wise to consult with a physician like Dr. Gilbert Webb, to see what is safe for you.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Guest Contributor

Pregnant With Your First? 5 Ways to Prepare

Giving birth is no easy task, hence the term “labor”. The expectant mother has most likely read tons of material for preparing for the birth of their first child, but sometimes a quick checklist is the most helpful way to get ready for this life-changing event. Preparing ahead will help you feel more confident and in control. These five ways to prepare for your first can do just that.

 

Follow a Schedule of Prenatal Visits

Make a doctor’s appointment with your OB-GYN or specialist as soon as you think you are pregnant. They will be able to confirm your pregnancy and check your health as you progress. Expect a schedule that begins with monthly check-ups and ends with weekly ones. The doctor will check the growth of the fetus and perform special tests that can detect problems like high -risk symptoms early. These visits are important to avoid any complications that may arise with your pregnancy. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy then visits with a maternal fetal specialist, like Dr. Gilbert Webb, are all the more important.

 

Pre-register and Practice Checking In

Most hospitals and birthing centers are more than happy to have expectant parents pre-register for the event. This allows them to take care of your paperwork and insurance matters in advance. It is a good time to also find out what you should do to have the new family member added to your health insurance policy. Ask for a tour of the birthing area and nursery. Ask about your options. Scope out parking and entrances. Pretend it is 3 a.m. and you have just arrived!

 

Stock up on Supplies

Cooking up a few meals for the freezer will save you and your family time and energy once baby is born. Heat-and-eat meals will allow you more time to rest and be with your baby. Don’t forget easy-to-grab non-perishable healthy snacks like granola bars and dried fruit.

This is also the time to decide whether you are going to breastfeed or put your baby on formula. If breastfeeding, purchase a couple of comfortable nursing bras and a breast pump. For formula feeding, get a case of formula and your choice of bottles. Disposable ones will make life easier in the beginning.

Stocking up on plenty of “incidentals” will cut down on errand-running after the baby arrives. Don’t forget maxi-pads, baby wipes, a gentle stool softener, and, of course, newborn diapers.

 

Recruiting Outside Help

Friends and family will be invaluable during those first few weeks of new parenthood. Now is the time to ask and recruit. Have a cleaning service come right before your due date. Bringing home the new baby to a clean and neat home will feel good. Enlist the cleaners on a temporary basis while you get established as a new mom. It may sound like splurging, but you will find that it’s worth it to save your own energy for being with the baby.

 

Planning Transportation

It’s never too soon to purchase and install a proper infant car seat. Hospitals won’t allow you to leave without one. If you must take a taxi, practice installing it in another car a few times. Make sure the car has gas, or if you are using a taxi service, decide on which one and have the number in a handy spot. Plan out the best route from home to hospital. Consider possible traffic jams at certain times of the day and any road construction that is in progress. Together with your partner, take a few practice runs.

Waking up at 2 a.m. with labor pains or having your water break while at work or lunch are not the times for packing your bag for a hospital stay. At least two weeks before your due date, pack up and put your bag in an easy-to-spot location. Pack a comfy gown and robe, slippers, and personal items you will need. Don’t forget a coming-home outfit for you and the baby.

These tips can help first-time mothers feel in control. And being in control can help you relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience,

 

 

A great guest blog from our friend Brooke Chaplan!

 

To contribute to Wee Urban’s Blog. Email devin@weeurban.com

 

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!

 

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7d65f0de2/

 

3 Key Ways Pets Influence Children

A Wee Urban Guest Blog from Melissa Stevens!

Raising a child may be the most fulfilling process a human can experience, but it is truly based on a bittersweet mixture of events and emotions. Of course, the bitter part emerges from all the worries and anxiety that being responsible for another (helpless) human being can cause. The sweet part comprises all the beautiful moments that make up parenthood. If a parent wants to make a child’s upbringing even more interesting and colorful, getting a pet is a fabulous way to do it. Pets affect children’s development in an extraordinarily beneficial way.

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Boosting Imagination

One of the most important things that should be encouraged while a child is growing is the development of imagination. The evolution of the cognitive part of the child’s brain should be boosted from the earliest age. Sure, reading stories and playing with your child will give incentive to the development of both kinesthetic and mental skills, but if you add a pet to this cognition-boost set, the outcome will be even better. You can introduce different pets to your child and encourage him or her to become interested in them, as well as develop a higher level of empathy. In addition, reading to them about animals will help bolster your child(ren)’s imagination even more. As they get older, they will develop a life-long, animal-friendly attitude.

Stronger Family Bonds

Many families have problems when it comes to spending time together, but a pet can turn the things upside down and give birth to a special bond within your family. Instead of staring at TV every night of the week, you could spend at least a couple of nights playing with the pet and teaching your child how to treat it in the best way. Also, such occasions are a great opportunity to create a sense of togetherness, and teach your child that many things can be done more easily if all the family members participate. It could be mere dog/cat brushing, but you could also be something more involved, like a flea and tick or cleaning up after the pet, to introduce your child(ren) to some less pleasant duties that come with pet owning.

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Pet-Related Duties For Better Working Habits

A child can be brought up in many ways and every mother develops and applies some special rules of her own. But making a pet become a part of your child’s life usually has one common effect in most of the pet-having families – they become organized in a better way. Smaller pets, like tortoises and budgies are not that demanding, so they could be very attractive first pets for the beginning of your child’s active pet-owning life. For starters, kids will learn to feed them on a regular basis and become aware that animals also need emotional approval from their owners. Perhaps once children learn those skills, they may be ready for a cat or a dog. That way they will be taught that a larger pet causes more responsibility, just as it is the case with real life.

It is clear that a great bond can be established between a pet and a child, but every parent should understand that only with their help will children be able to develop special feelings for pets, and learn how to behave towards pets (and people) in an appropriate way. A pet can be great fun for the entire family, but it also requires a lot of care and attention, just like a child.

Image source Pixabay.com

About author

Melissa Stevens is healthy lifestyle and environmentally friendly living enthusiast and huge animal lover! All relevant information for this article she got from experts from Stefmar. She is interested in practical solutions for simpler and more convenient life, and she likes sharing them with others. Thank you Melissa!

 

Our Top 10 Brands From the Baby Time Show That You MUST Check Out

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This past weekend was crazy! The International centre at Highway 427 and Airport Road was packed with new families looking to learn and find brands that would make their new child’s first couple years the best that they could be.

Wee Urban was there, and not only did our show go well, we also made many connections with old friends/brands and met some new one’s that we are so excited about, we need to share.

Here are our Top 10 Brands from the Baby Time Show that you neeeeeeeed to know about! – these are not in any particular order

 

#1 – Naked Nursing Tank

Our friendly neighbours during this weekend, Naked Nursing Tank is perfect for every new Mom. Lightweight and breathable design, amazing ingenuity and affordability make the Naked Nursing Tank a MUST BUY for every breastfeeding Mama. Its function is simple, wear your favourite bra that fits you, wear any shirt that fits you, and underneath wear your tank. That way, when you pull up your shirt and push down your bra when the little one gets hungry in a public place, or anywhere really, the Naked Nursing Tank keeps you covered.

To learn more, head to their website – Naked Nursing Tank

 

#2 – Munch Mitt

This is a brand new product that we are so excited about! Munch Mitt baby teething mittens are perfect for when the little white pearls start breaking through their gums and they’re chewing on everything from themselves to you! This innovative teething product will blow your mind and hopefully keep your kid occupied. The Munch Mitt® Teether is a “handy” teething solution that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys. It provides easy access pain relief for teething babies who are still learning consistent grip and direction and protects the hands from irritation due to chewing. In other words, its another MUST BUY!

To learn more, head to their website – Munch Mitt

 

#3 – Baby Parka

Well we are in Canada, so it only makes sense to throw in a recommendation for our great friends at Baby Parka! Weather troubling your baby? Fear no more with Baby Parka. Canada is notorious for manufacturing all 4 seasons in the span of one week, this brand has a solution. Whether it is in the stroller, in the car seat, or if you’re carrying the babes around, you want Baby Parka covering the little one, no matter the weather!

For more information on their line, click here – Baby Parka

 

#4 – Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound Studio

We’ve had 3 products to start this list, now it’s time for an integral and amazing service. Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound Studio is the best bang for your buck on the market. High class amenities, coupled with family-like hospitality and reasonable prices make this service a must have. The experience itself is worth the money, and then you get to share these amazing images with friends and family, it is truly remarkable stuff!

To get in contact with them, check out their website – Tiny Hearts 3D

 

#5 – Ultimate Mum

If you’ve ever been to a Baby Show, chances are you’ve seen someone walking around with one of these and wondering if you could possibly borrow it for a quick nap! Ultimate Mum Maternity Pillows are the absolute best for getting to sleep with those couple extra inches in circumference around your belly! These are perfect for during pregnancy and afterwards, but just watch out that your partner doesn’t try to steal it from you!

To learn more, visit their website – Ultimate Mum

 

#6 – Bright Bean

Wee Urban loves when toys can educate, and a new-to-us brand Bright Bean has found a way to make fun and learning co-exist. Their store has yet to launch, but it’s definitely something you should keep an eye on moving forward.

For now, read their amazing learning tips on their blog – Bright Bean

 

#7 – Hip Mommies

Oh how we love all that is modern. Hip Mommies has everything that you need to be that 21st century in-the-know type of parent. From lunch time to bath time, they have got you covered with simple, modern designs of no mess – no stress type products.

To check out all of their amazing products, click here – Hip Mommies

 

#8 – Doula Pantry

Fare to say that this is an overlooked aspect of pregnancy and Doula Pantry has found a way to make it one that can be helped. Their all natural, and very tasty, cookies are made with Milk enhancing ingredients. The purpose of which is to increase lactation levels for breastfeeding Mom’s. Not only is your child getting more milk when you’re consuming these tasty treats, but they are also getting much needed enrichment from the ingredients! We are so excited about these, and you should be too!

Check them out – Doula Pantry

 

#9 – Kickboard Canada

Well my inner child was going absolutely nuts seeing these this past weekend. Scooters, I mean, SCOOTERS! As much as technology is currently influence the fact that I’m writing this online blog, we believe that our children need to get outside way more. Maybe this isn’t for “babies” but it was just too great to leave out of our list. Plus, it made us reminisce on simpler times, times that our kids should all have, so when they are ready, you best be buying them a scooter!

PS. They have adult ones too…

 

Visit their website by clicking here – Kickboard Canada

 

#10 – Dressed To Deliver

Our friends at Dressed To Deliver can basically make absolutely anything fashionable… including childbirth. We love their product so much that we need to give them a huge shoutout for their work at the show and beyond. If you want to look good, and have a functional gown ready to go for when you’re about to pop, Dressed To Deliver is just the unique product that you need!

 

Check them out! – Dressed To Deliver 

#11 – Wee Urban

Did you really think we’d talk about our 10 favourite brands at the Baby Time Show and forget about our absolute favourite of all time. As you know, Wee Urban is your #1 choice for sleep bags, and just this past month we launched our new designs in Fox and Penguin. These are available on our website, as well as on Shop.ca, and Amazon.ca. and for our US readers, Amazon.com.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram to keep updated on new product lines, giveaways and promotions.

We’re always up to something!

The Baby Time Show was great! Thank you to the organizers and all of our neighbouring brands! Hope to see you all, in the fall!

– Devin

DOW – Wee Urban Deals of the Week

Every week we do a very special Wee Love It Wednesday giveaway for all of your amazing fans to show them just how much we appreciate them.

This week we kicked it into high gear with a special St. Paddy’s day edition alongside another giveaway with our pal’s over at Spray Pal!

Check them out and enter on Facebook and Instagram!

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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.

Photo Credit: bardgabbard via Compfight cc

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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.

Baby Nursery Design and Decorating Tips

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

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

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

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

7 Earth Friendly Products Moms Love

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

1. spbang

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

$9.99

www.spbang.com

eco-friendly kids brand

2. Girlie Glue

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

$5.99

www.girlieglue.com

eco-friendly kids brand

3. Funkoos

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

www.funkoos.com

eco-friendly kids brand

4. Lalabye Baby

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

$17.95+

www.lalabyebaby.com

eco-friendly kids brand

5. Refresh-a-Baby

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

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

*Made right here in the United States/BPA Free

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

*Refresh*Reuse*Recycle!

$6.99

www.refreshababy.com

eco-friendly kids brand

6. Mod’Swad

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

www.woombie.com

7. Wee Urban(TM)

Wee Urban(TM) offers the modern family a unique and fresh collection of baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

www.weeurban.com

eco-friendly kids brand

baby swaddle

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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