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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All Ages Welcome! – Top 5 Family Sports Regardless of Age!


Active-Family-1-e1344356304521Staying active is integral to maintaining a healthy lifestyle!

There’s no better way to instil the need for activity then playing sports with your kids as a family!

And despite the popular notion, there is no age limit!

Here are 5 family sports that you can play with your kids, no matter their age, from strollers to scooters to sports cars.

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1) Swimming

This is a no brainer! Toddlers in pools are an age old practice, and it helps promote family activity, fun and fitness. According to multiple studies, swimming is the best workout anyone can get. There is limited stress on muscles, and more games to play than you can count. Not overlooking the fact that learning how to swim at a young age can one day save lives.

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2) Biking

Grab your bikes and hit a trail! Biking as a family is an overall great experience for your kids and you. With the Sun out, sunscreen and water are integral! Throw a seat on the back of your bike for your 6 month old and even if they start napping halfway through the ride, the family is still all together! Wee Urban’s President Holly Maclean just participated in the Rouge Valley 10K with her family, and it was an amazing experience that she recommends for all!

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3) Skating

Get a stroller with some blades on it, or hey, the wheels might work just fine on ice. There’s ways to have family fun in the winter too! Go Skating! Especially if you’re from the great white north, skating is basically a must in the winter. There’s always public skating happening during the year, it’s free and it’s great family fun! So check with your local township for schedules! Well, in a couple months…

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4) Rollerblading

It’s skating… but in the summer. Rollerblading is great for families as well and it’s cost effective as you can find good rollerblades for cheap. Put baby in a stroller, strap some helmets, gloves, knees and elbow pads on the kids and get out on a trail or find an indoor rink somewhere. These are rare, but they are out there.

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5) Tobogganing

Another winter go-to. You can get family sleds that fit 4 people, hold on tight to the little one and go down a small hill. A little bit more risky, but totally worth it with the fun that they will have. Tobogganing is winter… they are basically synonymous… Go have fun, get the kids home and dry, make some hot chocolate, throw on a fire, and they’ll be lights out in less than 20!

 

Family sports do more than just make your kids fall asleep (which is a plus) They also promote physical activity, family commitment and communication and brings you closer to your kids. It might even inspire them to further pursue some sort of sport or at the very least physical activity.

Check out the map of Holly’s ride!

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And of course what happened to her 2 boys Zachary and Jacob once they got into the car.

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Go for a family bike ride, and then enjoy your quiet coffee time right after!

Thanks for reading!

 

– Devin Sarges

May is For MOM! Wee Urban + WeeSleep

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

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

 

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St. Paddy’s With Your Kids

 

1) Assuming your kids aren’t yet built for a traditional game of Irish football or rugby, try some of these games in honour of St. Patrick’s Day! Play a  game of Hot Potato or consider a “potato hunt” (think: Easter egg hunt but with small potatoes) or a “Pot o’ Gold” treasure hunt (a search for gold chocolate coins). All these easy household games will get your kids involved in St. Patrick’s Day and hopefully make them tired, a bit earlier!

2) Depending where you live, check local event listings for a St. Patrick’s Day parade! Dress in your best green attire, and get ready to watch some cool bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and fire engines roll through. It’s like Santa is coming to town 9 months early…. and is wearing green!

3) Stock up on green construction paper and craft supplies, and get creative with your little leprechauns. St. Patrick’s day crafts are adorable and make great party decorations or gifts for grandparents. Plus, who doesn’t love making crafts!

4) Eat some Irish food why don’t ya!!! Popular Celtic cuisine includes potato dishes , soda bread, meaty stews and dinner pies. So there’s plenty to choose from beyond not-so-kid-friendly corned beef and cabbage for your St.Patrick’s Day. Or simply dye some of your favorite treats, such as cupcakes and milkshakes, with green food colouring. What kid doesn’t love colourful food!

5)Learn, learn, learn! Take some time to explore the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day and test your family on some Irish trivia. Do you know why the shamrock is a symbol of St. Paddy’s Day? No! Well you should! Get the kids to ask the questions and see if they can stump their family members!

Finally… you can always do all 5 of these things in one night! After all, for most, St. Paddy’s is something that you do in excess!

 

If you have any cool St. Paddy’s Day traditions! Leave a comment below! And check out our Wee Love It Wednesday this week… for a little Green Envy!

 

Ciao!WLW Green Envy!

6 Awesome Organic Recipes

I firmly believe that’s best to choose an organic option whenever you can – from our products to our food. When it comes to our meals, we only have to make a few adjustments to eat healthy. Here are some of my favorite organic recipes.

1. Organic Potato Crust Quiche (Gluten Free & Grain Free) Recipe

Organic Potato Crust Quiche

Perfect for lunch or brunch, these personal-sized quiches are easy to heat up quick when you’re in a rush. Like most quiches, you can easily change out the ingredients to suit your prefernces.

2. Smoothie Kit Creations

Smoothie Kit Creations

Admittedly, smoothies can take a lot of work. Their signature feature (the plethora of ingredients) can take time to prepare if you’re making just one smoothie. This isn’t so much of a recipe as it’s a “hack.” By portioning out your smoothie ingredients at one time, you reduce your labor and you’ll be more inclined to drink your fruits and vegetables each morning. Pretty clever!

3. Sweet Potato Casserole (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are common around this part of the year. If you’re from a southern home in the States, they’re an absolute staple. This organic recipe combines a creamy inside with a crunchy pecan topping.

4. Almond Butter Brownies

Almond Butter Brownies

Almond butter is basically the consistency and flavor of regular butter without all the calories. These brownies are just as chewy and delicious as those made with traditional butter.

5. Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Made with organic ingredients, soup is the perfect meal this time of year. It warms your belly and you can keep a lot of it on hand for guests.

6. Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? A thin slice of cheesecake is a great compliment to some of the heavy meals we eat this time of year. This recipe creamy and full of amazing texture, but it’s not so sweet that it’s tough to enjoy.

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.

The First Steps to Go Green

steps to go greenIt’s fantastic that you’ve decided to “go green.” Living eco-friendly means reducing your impact on the environment, eliminating waste, and building a healthier life for you and your family. I’m not advocating you live off in the land in the woods somewhere, eating bugs and making your own clothes from leaves, but in a world where our natural resources are shrinking and our air is becoming polluted, we all have to take some action to improve the situation. These steps are easy to implement, cost little or nothing, and can make the biggest impact. Here are your first steps to go green.

Eat organic and locally-grown foods.

Buying organic foods is as simple as checking the labels and signs at your grocery store or supermarket. Organic food is healthier and doesn’t come with harmful pesticides and toxins. Locally-grown food doesn’t require energy for transportation.

Cut out the chemicals.

Switch to products around your home without toxins or harmful substances. This will require some research on your part. You’ll have to evaluate the ingredients of each item before purchasing. This isn’t just about food; many household products (toys, furniture, flooring, appliances, etc.) and cleaners come riddled with chemicals.

Drink tap water.

30 billion plastic bottle are sold in the U.S. and Canada, and less than 20% get recycled into something useful. In many places in North America, tap water is completely safe and perfectly drinkable. If you aren’t satisfied with your tap water, spend a one-time cost of $100-200 for a top-of-the-line water filter. You could also refill water bottles so you maintain the convenience.

While we’re on the subject of water: reduce your waste! Our fresh water supply is diminishing. We pour too much water away while brushing our teeth or waiting for it to warm up.

Reduce your junk mail.

In a world where we’re bombarded with advertising, this task will be tougher than you think. Select the e-newsletter option whenever possible for mailers and catalogs. Sign up for paperless billing and notifications from your bank, credit card company, energy company, etc. When you come across a new piece of mail, take any steps listed to get your name off the list.

Conserve your transportation.

This is a good time to mention that going green isn’t an “all-or-nothing” lifestyle. You won’t be able to reduce your environmental impact entirely, but you can lessen it to a responsible level. In North America, it’s pretty much required that you have a car to get to work, home, and schools. Reduce how often you use your vehicle by biking, walking or carpooling wherever possible. When you do use your car, make sure it’s running tip-top so it uses fuel economically.

Reduce your energy usage.

Like transportation, this is a broad category where you should focus on eliminating energy usage over time rather than cutting it all out drastically. Energy is becoming harder and more costly to produce every year. Before you use something that requires power, or buy something that required power to make or get to you, consider if it’s really necessary. For example, an electric ice cream maker is a unique and fun product, but a hand-cranked one makes the same ice cream. If you’re really into the green movement, look into installing solar panels in your home – they recoup their investment faster than most people think.

Educate, educate, educate!

Begin a habit of keeping up to date on eco-friendly trends and methods. You could follow environmental blogs and news sites, read eco-living magazines, or connect with a local environmental group. Never stop learning. Pass your wisdom to your friends and family, without being preachy, of course – no one likes that!

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.

Eco-Friendly Lessons for Toddlers

teach children how to be eco-friendlyIn your quest to adopt a healthy, green lifestyle, you’ll have to pass your environmentally-friendly skills on to your family. It can be tough to teach your small children abstract concepts, like why they should be protecting the environment, but it’s worth it to build lifelong habits.

If you like your home and the products you use to be eco-friendly, then your first task in teaching your toddler to do the same is explaining to them why it is important and how it can be done. Once you have mastered the why, you can move on to the what and how. Here are four fun ideas to teach toddlers to be eco-friendly.

Plant a garden

One of the best ways to teach is to show. Take a walk outside with your toddler and show them all of the beautiful flowers and trees in your neighborhood. Make sure you explain to them why they are so important and how mistreating the Earth can lead to problems. Once you have explained why plants and trees are important, you two can bond and plant a garden together! Your toddler will love watching their garden blossom! Make sure to give them their own spot so they can be proud of something.

Make recycling fun

After you explain to them what recycling is, make sure to show them what can and cannot be recycled. You can show them what the recycling symbol looks like and even make a game out of who recycles the most every week! Turn the whole thing into a game so he doesn’t dread the chore.

Go on a toy hunt

Do you have an older child who has outgrown their toys? Don’t throw those used toys away; give them to your younger child. Most times parents will hand down clothes, but throw away the toys.  Your child will love that they have “new” toys to play with and will learn the lesson that it is better to re-use than to buy new!

Take them to the zoo

Does your child know that not taking care of our environment can lead to animal distinction? Okay, so I know that they probably do not know what that means, but you can help them learn by taking them to the zoo. Have fun walking around and looking at all of the silly animals, but make sure you turn this fun trip into a learning lesson as well.

Show them pictures of animals that aren’t around anymore because of environmental changes. While there, let them know that these cute animals can become extinct, like many others, if we don’t take care of the land.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest 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.

5 Ways to be Greener at Home

be greener at homeIn our quest to be greener citizens of the world, we have to start somewhere. We have to pick a spot to begin changing our lives and making a positive impact on the environment. The best place to start is in the home. Our homes are the spaces of our lives that we have the most control over. We might not be able to make changes to our work places and schools, but in house and on our property, we make the rules. Here are five easy changes you can make in your home to be greener.

1. Give up bottled water.

It’s hard to avoid something that’s so convenient, but those plastic bottles build up over time in landfills by the millions, and it will be a long time before they ever break down. It’s understandable that you don’t want to drink tap water; it’s not that healthy in some parts of the world. Install a filter under your sink and insist one be installed at work. Buy yourself a safe, reusable plastic bottle (just the one!) and fill it up often. If you can’t avoid plastic water bottles entirely, limit yourself to only using them outside the house and drink from the tap inside.

2. No more paper towels.

Paper towels are tempting because they’re convenient and the next one is always clean. Since we don’t want to wipe our counters with dirty towels, we end up going through rolls of them. Limit the number of paper towels you use by buying a large package of industrial (or restaurant/bar-quality) rags. To be really green you could cut up old cloths or bath towels for the messiest, dirtiest spills. Since you wouldn’t be concerned about their appearance you could wash them in a good amount of hydrogen peroxide-based bleach.

3. Dress more appropriately, even when you’re inside.

It’s tempting to dress as we wish and adjust our thermostat to whatever makes us comfortable. This is especially true in the winter when we prefer to lounge in T-shirts with the heat cranked up. Lower the temperature to save energy and save money. Wear a sweater, long pants and slippers to let your body heat do the work.

4. Use a reusable shopping tote.

It’s very likely that somewhere in a closet you have a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags; remnants from past shopping trips that you save in case you need one later. Notice how they build up faster than you can discard them? That’s because they aren’t necessary. Pick up a few reusable, sturdy totes (they’re usually 99 cents at the supermarket) for your shopping. Throw them in your trunk so they’re always with you. Some are even designed to fold up inside a lady’s handbag.

5. Switch to non-toxic, organic cleaners.

The “clean smell” we’re all used to is actually the scent of ammonia and other toxic chemicals. One-by-one start switching out your household cleaners for safe cleaners; they’re just as effective, if not more so. These days there are a lot of good choices available that use natural ingredients like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.

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 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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