6 Unique Gift Ideas for the Next Baby Shower You Attend

Expectant moms and dads are often inundated with well-intentioned, yet redundant shower gifts. When you want to your gift to be truly appreciated, you can show your happiness for their new arrival and also show that you want to help them with their upcoming role as parents by showing up with one of these unique shower gifts in hand.
Trendy Baby Clothing

New parents always appreciate clothing for their little one. Rather than gift the standard colorful onesie or footed sleeper, you can give them a set of clothing that is trendy, stylish, and fun from places like Shop Sugar Babies. Clothing that is emblazoned with their favorite sports team logo or embroidered with cute designs will give the new parents something fun and beautiful to dress their baby in later.

(Wee Urban edit – Wee Urban has some amazing trendy clothes too) :)
Baby Bullet

Adults today are crazy about making their own smoothies. With the Baby Bullet, they can also make their baby a fresh smoothie that contains their little one’s favorite fruits and veggies. With more parents getting away from feeding their babies processed baby food, the Baby Bullet can be the ideal shower gift.

Baby Cry Analyzer

Even the most experienced of parents may have no idea why their baby is crying. They can know for sure when you give them an innovative Baby Cry Analyzer, as found from this Buzzfeed post. It shows them if their baby is hungry, sleepy, colicky, or experiencing other distresses.

Stroller Storage Organizer

Moms know what a hassle it can be to carry a purse while pushing a stroller. When you show up with a stroller storage organizer in hand, you relieve this mom’s future frustration at being unable to keep her purse up on her shoulder while pushing the stroller. The organizer fits over a stroller’s handles and has enough room for a phone, bill fold, and other essentials.

Battery Operated Nail Cutter

New moms and dads dread cutting their babies’ nails. You can make it easier for them by giving them a battery operated nail cutter. This cutter uses gentle motions to cut a baby’s nails and helps avoid painful cuts and tears.

Baby Barolo Cocoon

Babies love to be swaddled, but few parents actually master the blanket swaddling technique. You can help new moms and dads keep their little one swaddled by giving them a Baby Barolo cocoon. This blanket keeps Baby cocooned and happy.

Choosing unique and thoughtful shower gifts can be a challenge. You can help new parents out with these innovative and meaningful baby presents.

~~~ Rachelle Wilber ~~~

 

Another great guest article from our friend Rachelle!

Thank you!

 

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!

 

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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.

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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!

 

Fall Arts & Crafts Projects to Keep Kids Busy

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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.

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5 Games for Traveling with Kids

traveling with kids car gamesTraveling with your family can be a ton of fun, but not so much with toddlers and preschoolers. The drive or flight, for them, is awfully boring. Your options are pretty limited, so you will have to do everything you can to keep them quiet and placated through the ride. To pass the time, play one of these fun travel games.

1. The Alphabet Game. This is the go-to game for many people and it’s an opportunity to help your children learn. If they are old enough, work as a team to identify objects outside of the car (this doesn’t work on a plane) that start with the letters of the alphabet, starting with A. Try to get all the way to the end. Good luck with Q and Z!

2. The Picnic Game. The first player beings, “I went to a picnic and brought…” and then names a food or object that would belong at a picnic that starts with an A. The next person has to repeat the phrase, name the first item, and then name something that starts with B. Go around in a circle until you have used up the entire alphabet. It’s a great memory game!

3. Group electronic games. Many video games are single-player and non-educational, so they aren’t worth getting your children into them, but many games are designed for group play and learning. You will have to do some research, but look for games that stress use of language and math skills. Find games that involve passing the system around, or games where everyone is encouraged to help solve the puzzles/riddles.

4. 20 Questions. This game helps kids think critically and ask the right questions. Players take turns coming up with an answer (usually a person, place, or thing, but if your children are old enough you can try abstract concepts). The guessers can only ask questions that can be answered with a yes or a no, and they can only ask 20.

5. I Spy. I Spy is a classic kids’ game, perfect for when there are no toys or devices available. Use objects inside the car that everyone can see. Professional players can use objects that pass by, but that makes the game tough because everyone will have to remember what they may have passed. The spy will usually give a couple hints (with more if the guessers can’t figure it out), then everyone needs to come up with the answer.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

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

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

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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5 Dinner Table Games

family dinner table gamesOur busy schedules can make spending proper bonding time with our families difficult. We want to have quality time, but between work, school, activities, lessons, and chores, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If you’re lucky enough to have the time to spend dinner together, use that as an opportunity to play some fun games to reconnect as a family. Normally your kids may run off to the TV or video game console after eating, but with these games they might prefer to stick around.

Who Would You Invite?

Ask each person at the table who they would like to invite for dinner. They have to come up with good reasons why they would spend time with this person, and even propose some questions they might ask. Ask them to imagine what king of antics that person would get into. Challenge them to recall someone from their school lessons and explain why they would make a good guest.

Finish the Story

This is a collaborative give game that will make anyone laugh. One person starts the story with a sentence or two. Then next person adds a little bit. Go around the table with each person continuing the tale. Stop every once in a while to recap what’s happened so far for younger minds that can’t remember it all. Try to establish a conclusion to your story before dinner ends.

Pig

Pig is a simple tabletop game that requires a set of dice (usually two to four). Even though it requires a prop, it won’t take up too much rom on your table. The goal is for each player to roll the dice until they add up to 100, but if they roll a 1, their score is reset to 0. This is a great game for teaching your children math skills while having fun.

A Day in Review

First pick a letter of the alphabet. Then, each person has to go around the table and say ten things about their day without using words that start with that letter. If someone uses the unavailable letter, they are to be challenged to remake their statement with a different word. This game will help your children experiment with language.

Who Am I?

Without revealing your choice, pick a person that everyone at the table knows. It could be a family member, friend, person from history, or celebrity. Give a brief narrative about yourself without giving away too much. Players should ask you questions until they can figure out who you are. The first person to guess your identity wins and get play the next role. For older children, limit the questions to only those with “yes” or “no” answers.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

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

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

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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5 Steps to Plan a Valentine’s Day Party for Kids

plan a kids' valentine's day partyValentine’s Day is a fun and simple holiday where we celebrate affection and love. As we get older, Valentine’s Day carries more romantic meaning, but for kids it’s just an excuse to have fun.

Throwing a party to celebrate Valentine’s Day is a favorite of some parents because it’s especially affordable. The food and decorations are inexpensive and it doesn’t require the exchanging of potentially expensive gifts. All you need is a bit of chocolate and a willingness to host a roomful of kids for a few hours.

Here are five easy steps to plan a Valentine’s Day party.

1. Send invitations.

Depending on the age of your child and number of people who you can afford to host, first you’ll have to make a guest list. If you child is school aged it might be easiest to just invite the whole class so no one is left behind. Pick a date that offers plenty of notice and location (likely your house) that’s not difficult to get to.

Make or buy cute Valentine’s Day invitations with hearts and Cupids. If you’re inviting a small number of people, making personalized invitations can be fun. You can make anything out of construction paper and paste.

2. Create a menu.

Choose the food you’ll serve. Don’t forget your guests are mostly children so you’ll want to stay away from spicy dishes or complicated favors they may not have been exposed to yet. Find out if any of your guests are vegetarians or have allergies beforehand so you can plan accordingly.

Don’t forget the chocolates and candy! It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without lots of sugary treats and a colorful cake – of course all in moderation!

3. Plan Valentine’s Day games.

A good kids’ party needs some structure, otherwise you’ll have a madhouse of running and yelling kids. Before your party, plan some Valentine’s Day games and gather anything you need to run them.

You could use the Valentine’s conversation hearts (small heart candies with saying and phrases) to see who could make the longest sentence.  “Spot the Heart” is a fun scavenger hunt-like game where you hide heart stickers throughout the house and compete to find the most. Or, create anonymous love letters from popular storybook characters and have them guess who they’re from.

4. Decorate the room.

Pick up or make decorations that follow the traditional Valentine’s Day theme. Include lots of red, pink, and white. Colored streamers are an affordable and effective way to decorate for any occasion and they’re easy to dispose afterwards. Any local party store or department store will stock Valentine’s Day decorations around the holiday.

5. Send them home with gifts.

Everyone loves a goodie bag! It’s easy to create gift bags for kids’ parties because they’re easily pleased. A handful of candy, a big lollipop, stickers, colorful pencils, and maybe a small plastic toy will go over well. Throw it all inside a small red gift bag and you’ve given them something to take home to remember the party. As always, be sure about any allergies before you dole out food.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

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

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

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

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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