Featured Retailer – Diaper-eez

Bloor West Village… more like Bloor Best Village! Diaper-eez is located in one of Toronto’s not-so-hidden gems. The neighbourhood is great. The people are great and the baby clothing stores, fantastic. Especially when the premier one of the neighbourhood has some of the best cloth diapers available on the market.

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If you haven’t been to Diaper-eez, here’s a couple reasons why you need to check them out!

 

They are family owned and operated

Diaper-eez was established in 1994 by Elva McCurdy and daughter, Susan Tomaszewski with a vision to create a comfortable and educational environment for new and expecting parents to learn about cloth diapers and other necessities.

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The staff are informative

Let’s just say, they know what they are talking about. Check how they debunk some common myths about cloth diapers on their amazing website.

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They diversified

Including, but not limited to, carrying the brilliant and fabulous Wee Urban (who’s that?) Diaper-eez has expanded to cover a large variety of great products that are essential. Check out their full shop page here.

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You can order online!

Much like other traditional brick and mortar’s, Diaper-eez has added the ability to shop online. Right now they are offering free Canada-wide shipping on orders over $75.00

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Check out our friends now! And stay tuned for the next WFR! (Wee Urban Featured Retailer)

Wee Urban’s Top 2 Organic Brands and Stores

ORGANIC EXTRAVAGANZA!

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This was so hard…

Narrowing down so many brands that are all great, was basically impossible. So we did some research and found two brands, that other people agree with us on and decided to highlight those. For the stores, we chose from stores that Wee Urban is featured in and two of our favourites.

BRANDS

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Kate Quinn Organics

Best For | Fair-Trade, Certified Organic Products
Products | Apparel, Bedding, Accessories, Gifts
Price Range | $22-48

Kate Quinn Organics is committed not only to mom and baby, but also to the environment and the earth through their Fair Trade and certified organic products. Their clean lines, fresh look, and beautiful textures make each and every outfit perfect for a mini-fashionista. All aspects of their products are GOTS-certified cotton and dyes with low environmental impact – what more could you ask for?

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Mini Mioche

Best For | Fair-Trade Lifestyle Items
Products | Slippers, Apparel, Swaddle, Toys
Price Range | $15-$45

Mini Mioche is your one-stop shop for all your fair-trade needs, from fashionable harem pants and peplum tops for your baby, to baby jelly and creams for mom. We especially love that every piece created by Mini Mioche is designed and made locally in Canada, with stunning neutral non-toxic dyes and super soft organic cotton. You never knew you needed an eco-friendly organic cotton romper before now.

 

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Baby Joy

One of our newer organic driven stores, Baby Joy has everything you need if you’re interested in an ethical product rather than a price conscience one. They have a large selection, and the ability to buy online which is awesome!

Here’s what they say about themselves: BabyJoy.ca, formerly BabyOrganicJoy.ca, is Canada’s online premier organic and natural baby store (based in Toronto). We provide parents in Canada with the convenience of one-stop organic shopping from the comfort of their home. Organic, natural, non-toxic, chemical-free, and eco-friendly baby products are all we carry in our extensive online store.

Here’s the link to their online store.

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100 Mile Child

100 Mile Child has been a Wee Urban partner since as early as we can remember. They are an amazing group of individuals who are committed to bringing great and safe products into the homes of Canadians!

Here’s what they say about themselves:  We are a Toronto based Canadian company that believes that as consumers we have the power to bring about positive change through conscientious purchasing. Our products have been carefully selected for their educational, environmental, social and safety considerations. We do the research, so you don’t have to! In our range, you will find games that encourage cooperation, clothes made from natural fibres, toys handcrafted from recycled materials and much more!

Here’s their website.

Thanks for reading! Stay green… and don’t forget Earth Day was Friday, April 22nd, but everyday should be Earth Day!

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Nook Giveaway – “Bringing Home Baby” – Featuring Wee Urban!

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That’s right kids! We’re participating in a giveaway for the ages with our friends at Nook.

We are so excited to be included in this giveaway that promises to bring the best of Wee Urban to the forefront.

We are giving away a lifetime supply of sleep bags… Meaning a 0-6, a 6-18 and an 18-36! You will never have to buy a sleep bag for your son or daughter if you’re lucky enough to win this prize. So you better enter, and enter now!

But if you’re stubborn, like myself, and need more incentive to spend your time wisely… I’ve put together a list and description of all the other brands participating. They. Are. Awesome.

 

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Well first, we need to highlight our hosts. Nook Sleep Systems are at the top of their class in terms of bedding for our little ones. They are so great, that I’ve asked them multiple times to make me a bed to nap on at work, unfortunately, my boss won’t allow it, and well… they’re a bit small! But they are perfect for your little one. Check out all the styles by clicking here.

Our favourite product is the Pebble Pure – Pacific, I’m partial to the colour, but every product from Nook is the same… AMAZING. So you can’t go wrong… However, we may have picked the Pacific colour because we may have a Pacific coloured sleep bag on the horizon… Who knows? Definitely not me.

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Lillebaby

Another friend of ours from our home country, Lillebaby is an industry leader in Toddler Carriers. They blend amazing functionality and durability, with a unique and comfortable style that we have yet to see matched. Carrying the babes around isn’t the easiest thing in the world, wouldn’t you want all the help you could get? If the answer is yes, click here.

Our favourite product is the Airflow, because Devin sweats, a lot. If there’s a product that will allow me to be cool when I have another human attached to my body, I’m all for it.

 

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Puj

Keeping everything clean is tough. Puj… is there for you. Their slogan is “Simplifying Parenthood” and they’ve succeeded in doing so. Whether it’s bathtubs for the baby, towels for the toddler, or cups for the kids, Puj is there to make everything simple, and keep everything clean and tidy. Find out how here.

Our favourite product is the Puj Snug… Safety is imperative and this product stylishly covers up all bathtub taps at a very reasonable price. It is a truly amazing and innovative product.

 

 

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Any essential that you need, KicKee Pants has it. Much like Wee Urban, they offer a wide variety of apparel that is stylish, comfortable and affordable. If your kid rocking some sweet style isn’t enough, there’s something there for the mama’s too! Check out their full line here.

Our favourite product is the Swaddling Blanket in Oasis Monkey because we honestly miss our monkey print, and we haven’t found something new to do with it… so we’re just glad someone else is showing some love to our primate friends.

 

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Little Unicorn

This amazing brand has some of the sweetest modern style we’ve seen yet. They’ve taken some old school ideas and gave them new school flavour and it’s adorable, functional, sustainable and price conscious. It’s almost unbelievable how much we love Little Unicorn, almost unbelievable as a Unicorn… See what we did there?

Our favourite product is the Marindale Backpack, you can’t go wrong with this bag, from the style, to the comfort to the protective iPad pocket, it’s everything you need in a diaper bag that looks nothing like a diaper bag.

 

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Natursutten

I mean if the animated website homepage doesn’t get you excited enough, our love for their products will. Three Words: Natural, Rubber, Pacifier. Every parent wants nothing more than peace of mind at all times when looking after their kids. With Natursutten, you no longer have to worry about the chemicals that are in your baby’s mouth, they are natural, organic, tried and tested.

Our favourite product is the Butterfly Pacifier, with a little more room for the nose which means there’s more room to breathe, the babes is less likely to reject the pacifier, unless we’re talking the Vin Diesel movie, then everyone should reject that…

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Boon

Universal Sippy Cups! Are you kidding? Where were these when I was a kid, man, I would’ve escaped so many awkward “carpet is now the colour of fruit punch” situations…. These are brilliant! Boon makes them responsibly, and they fit over most cups. Now If only they would make an adult version for a beer glass… hmm…

Our favourite product is the Suds bottle washer… Washing bottles can be a challenge if you don’t have the right tools. This is specifically designed to make it easier, what’s not to love?

 

 

 

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Fridababy

Fridababy is a leader in the industry of keeping your kids healthy and reducing the stress of when they are sick. From snotty noses to coughs and fevers Fridababy has a remedy, and they are inventive in how they get it done.

Our favourite product is the FeverFrida because not having to wake your kid to check their temperature is probably the coolest thing we’ve ever heard of. Using the power of Bluetooth (oh technology!) this product is able to check a baby’s temperature every four seconds via a small patch underneath their arm. It is amazing. Check it out.

 

Here’s the instagram links to every brand participating.

Alright folks, if you’ve made it all the way down here, you’re a champ, and you’re now educated on some of the best products out there. I’d give you a little bio about Wee Urban… but I think you know who we are, so then I’ll just say that we may, or may not, have a brand new line of dresses coming very soon, as well as new Cozy Basic prints and colours. Ahh, don’t you just love Spring?

 

~ WU – DS ~

Wee Love it Wednesday – Black Friday Edition

What is better than giveaways and ridiculously good deals?

Both of them! At the same time!

Here’s this week’s Wee Love It Wednesday! wliw-nov25

 

 

Check out all those deals coming this Friday!

As well as our Mini-Release of the Holiday Deer Dress!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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

 

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

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Another great guest blog from our friend Rachelle Wilber!

 

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

 

– Rachelle Wilber

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fabric:

Cozy Basics:

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

Wee Dreams:

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

 

Construction:

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

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

 

Location/Price Point:

CB:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Thanks for reading!

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

Infants and the Pool

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

 

Sun and Water Protection

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

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

 

Trust of Water

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

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

 

Swimming Lessons

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

 

Pool Safety

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

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

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

– Rachelle Wilber

 

 

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