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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6 Tips to Help Your Child Self-Dress

help your child self dressDressing oneself is an important psychological and emotional milestone. It can be particularly challenging for a little kid because it involves so many different skills. Children need opportunities to feel independent and parents need every break they can get! By letting your child dress himself/herself, you’ll instill confidence and self-esteem, and create a platform of learning for more complex tasks. Use these six tips to help your child self-dress.

1. Praise the little victories.

As we know, children respond better to positive encouragement than admonishment and punishment. If your child managed to fit into a shirt, explain how proud you are, even if the shirt is on backwards. Kindly suggest it be turned around, but if your child protests, leave it be. Allow the emotional victory and work on the mechanics next time.

2. Give some space.

Your son or daughter will never learn how to work a zipper, button, or belt if you operate it for him. Ask yourself if you’re pitching in too much. Stand back, observe his/her efforts, offer advice and encouragement, but let your child do the work.

3. Pick up a small stool.

Kids often have a hard time balancing themselves well enough to step into pants or shorts while sanding, and beds and chairs are usually too high for them to sit down. Pick up a small wooden stool for your child to use while getting dressed. You’ll probably find other handy purposes for it, too.

4. Opt for loose clothes.

If it’s only important that you child is covered, choose looser clothing whenever possible. Some children can become frustrated trying to squeeze their heads through fitted shirts or turtlenecks and give up quickly. Pick out tops with plenty of room in the head and arms, and pants with elastic waists so they master the easy parts of dressing right away.

5. Break down the process into steps.

If you ask your child to “please get dressed,” you might receive a blank stare. Complex tasks with multiple steps can be confusing to little minds. Try breaking up your request into smaller, more manageable steps. Ask your child to put on his underwear, then his t-shirt, then his socks, etc.

If your child is really young, you can break the steps down even further. For example, hold his shorts out in front, let him step in, and then ask him to pull them up himself. Next time, give him one more step in the chain.

6. Practice when you are not in a rush.

It’s excellent that you want to give your child new experiences and let him/her learn by doing, but maybe “leave-right-now-or-you’re-late-for-work” isn’t the right time. Let your child practice when there’s plenty of time to spare. If you don’t have any plans on a particular day, find reasons to undress so you can have him/her get dressed again.

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 Reasons to “Go Green” and 3 Ways How

eco friendly laundry detergentEveryone wants to go green these days. We hear and read a lot about switching to organic products, wearing organic clothes, recycling, and our impact on the environment. But some people don’t understand why it’s important that we lessen our impact on our one and only Earth. Here are 5 reasons why you should “go green” and 3 simple ways how.

Five Reasons to Go Green

1. Eating organic and local food will improve your overall health. Not only do organic foods taste better, but they’re better for our health. They contain more nutrients than non-organic food and don’t contain pesticides or harmful chemicals that large, factory-farms use to preserve food. By buying local, you’re supporting a farmer who didn’t pollute as much as the farming conglomerate, which means better air quality for us all.

2. You are keeping the Earth clean and helping the environment. Organic materials can either be re-purposed for something else, or recycled and turned into new materials again. Reducing waste is the most important part of reducing strain on the environment. Your choices also help keep water clean and protects forests and other natural habitats.

3. You can slow down global warming. Global warming is partially caused by greenhouse emissions, which comes from all the cars we have on the road these days. By sharing a car or using public transportation, you’re reducing your carbon footprint, and slowing global warming.

4. You are supporting humane practices. Lots of eco-friendly products come from communities that practice fair labor practices, so you know they weren’t made in a sweatshop. Often they’re made right in our own country. Further, organic farmers have standards of treating their animals so you know the animal you’re consuming was treated with dignity.

5. You can save money by going green. Walking or taking public transportation can significantly cut down on gas costs, buying secondhand saves money, and so does growing your own vegetable garden and making your own cleaning products.

Three Changes That Will Make a Difference

1. Buy less and buy eco-friendly. Reduce how much you consume by buying gently used products from thrift stores or consignment stores. Borrow books and DVDs from your local library rather than buy new. And purchase sturdy clothing made from organic materials using eco-friendly techniques.

2. Use natural cleaning products and laundry detergents. All-natural cleaning products don’t contain toxins or chemicals that can harm your family. They use simple cleaning agents that are safe for your body, but still get the job done. Many of these cleaning products can be made right at home.

3. Replace your regular light bulbs. Newer, energy efficient light bulbs use less energy and last much longer. Some can save up to $92 over the course of the bulb’s lifetime! Also, remind your family to turn off lights each time they leave a room, and unplug your electronic devices if you’ll be away for a while.

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.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to pr@weeurban.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.

12 Ways Moms Can Be Greener in 2014

eco friendly momThese days it’s easier for parents to live a greener lifestyle and teach their families to be environmentally conscious. There are so many ways that you can make a difference and make small lifestyle changes in order to help save and protect the earth. For moms this includes buying products that are eco-friendly, making your own natural products, and making the effort to do things a little differently than what you’re used to. Families can start by making one simple change for each month in 2014. By introducing these changes into your families’ lives gradually, it makes the transition to a greener lifestyle easier for kids and parents so everyone will be excited to adopt these changes.

 1. Buy organic baby/kids products and clothing

Parents should be paying attention to the materials that make up the products they buy for their kids. Often these products contain harmful ingredients and chemicals that are not safe for children. Always check the labels when purchasing baby and children’s products.  Avoid items containing polyurethane foam which is often treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals.  Look for eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and non-toxic products made from organic materials with low-impact dyes.

 2. Car-free Saturdays

Every weekend parents can make the decision to not use the car at all and opt to walk or use their bike. Many times parents rely on their cars for every little trip, even if it’s just to drive a few blocks away to a friend’s house or to the park. Making the sacrifice to not use the car one day a week encourages families to go out into the fresh air and get some exercise. Plus it saves money on gas while reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

 3. Ditch the Ziplocs and use reusable bags

Instead of using plastic bags that can be dangerous to the environment and have chemicals that can leach into food, opt for glass containers or reusable bags. Use bags that are eco-friendly, washable and BPA and Phthalate-free. Reusable bags are much more convenient and safe for storing lunch and snacks for kids when they are chemical-free. These bags can also be used for all kinds of storage to organize clutter and can be washed numerous times while remaining durable.

 4. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergent

Using green cleaning products for the home ensures the safety of your family and pets. These cleaning products contain no harmful chemicals that are dangerous for your health and can cause allergies and skin rashes. You can even use some items you already own at home to make your own natural cleaners. Use eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents that are super-safe for your home, are all-natural and great for those with sensitive skin.

 5. Use motion sensor lights or light dimmers in your home

Motion sensor lights can detect when someone enters and leaves a room so they automatically turn on or off. With these lights you will never forget to turn the lights off again so they automatically save energy for you and they’re great for kids who can’t remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room. Light dimmers also save energy while they are in use by using less electricity and they can save you money in the long-run.

6. Be smart about your paper/plastic use

You can reuse all of the paper in your home for kids’ art projects, wrapping paper and more. Use old magazines to make fun collages and old memos and note paper for kids to draw on. Make a printing mistake?  Don’t throw the paper away!  Have a bin nearby for recyclable paper.  When ordering take-out, let the restaurant know that you do not need them to send napkins, plastic utensils, condiments or anything else you already have. Finally, opt for dry-erase boards for writing down messages and notes to the family so you don’t have to use memo pads.

 7. Donate old clothes, toys and books

If your kids have gently-used clothes and toys they have outworn, donate them to a local thrift store or Salvation Army store so another family can use them. You can donate all sorts of items to these stores,  so clean out those closets and pantries, and make one big trip to the store. This is a great family activity and teaches children the importance of giving back.

8. Line-dry your clothing

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill.  It can use more energy than any other appliance in your home. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down on costs and electricity. Did you know that in most homes in Russia and France they only have washing machines?  Everyone hangs their clothes to dry all year round.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from and it’s healthier for you. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and farms with eco-friendly practices.

10. Set up recycling bins in your home

Get your kids to practice recycling regularly by setting up different colored recycling bins in the home. Teach kids which types of items go in each bin and what is not allowed in the bins. Show them the labels on items that indicate the item is recyclable and make a game out of it so kids have fun learning.  And recycle plastic grocery bags by taking them back to the grocery store and placing them in the appropriate bin. Buy and use recyclable shopping bags for your grocery runs.

11. Choose products with an Energy Star label

The Energy Star program is sponsored by the EPA and the Department of Energy and it rates different household appliances and items. An item with an Energy Star label guarantees the item is energy efficient. By using Energy Star products you use about 30% less energy than the average household.

12. Plant your own garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home can save you a lot of money and provides your family with healthy, nutritious food. You don’t need a big space to grow a garden and it has an immensely positive impact on the environment. Use eco-friendly methods to maintain your garden, like composting and collecting water in a rain barrel.

nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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10 Ways to Be Greener in 2014: Simple Adjustments Families Can Make

go green as a familyEver wonder if you can be doing more to keep your family green? There are several ways for families to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle and by following these tips can even save families money. As a mom and maker of organic baby clothing, I’ve learned all the tricks. Here are 10 family-friendly ways to go green will help you do your part in helping the environment.

1. Replace brown paper bags with reusable lunch bags

Instead of sending your kids off to school with brown paper lunch bags, send them to school with reusable, eco-friendly bags. These bags are washable and have zippers to keep food and snacks contained. Use the see-through kind so you can see what’s inside. They can also be used at home for storing toys, hair accessories, school supplies and more.

2. Wash in cold water

A great amount of energy goes into heating water to use while doing laundry. Try to wash your clothes in cold water whenever you can in order to conserve energy. Also, consider using organic and eco-friendly laundry detergent, something are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant. Be sure to use a kind that is septic and grey-water safe and never tested on animals. Many come in recyclable packaging and are gluten-free and vegan friendly.

3. Line dry your clothes

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down costs.

4. Use less gas

Instead of driving the car a few blocks away to go to the store, go for a walk! Carpooling with neighbors, taking public transportation and riding a bike are all ways to cut down on gas use.

5. Make your own cleaning products

You can save money on cleaning products and be environmentally responsible with some DIY cleaning supplies. For an all-purpose cleaner mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of water and get ready to clean up spills.

6. Buy organic kids clothing 

Organic kids clothes are chemical-free and safe for kids to wear and usually made of super soft fabrics. You can easily find modern baby and toddler apparel made with organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes and trendsetting fabrics. These manufacturers typically recycle their remnants and work with fair trade certified partners overseas. When your kids grow out of their clothing, donate them to second hand stores for another family to use.

7. Switch to cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are kind to baby’s skin and kind to the environment. Cloth diapers never get thrown away because you wash and reuse them as opposed to disposable diapers that get tossed away after one use. Rock-a-Bums are super cute cloth diapers that are fully reusable/washable to cut down on waste and save a lot of cash.

8. Remember to recycle

It’s so important to teach kids about recycling regularly to reduce waste. Set up differently colored recycling bins in your home and show kids what is recyclable and what is not and which items go in which colored bin.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

10. Turn off the lights

Sometimes kids and adults forget this one but it’s such a simple step to take that should not be overlooked. Remind kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room, and this goes for other things too like the TV and other electronics.

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.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to pr@weeurban.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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