Wee Urban in PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN MAGAZINE

Have you picked up your April edition of PNMAG… short form because we’re friends now! :)

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Yes, Wee Urban was featured in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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PNMAG is one of the best pregnancy magazines in existence, they have a great reputation and their quality exceeds all expectations.

We are honoured to be featured, and associated with quality people and quality products. So thank you to Shea, who reached out to us, and thank you to Pregnancy and Newborn, but most importantly, thank you to their fans and readership. The fact you’ve been able to keep a magazine like this alive as the world changes into the digital age is not only a testament to their quality, but also to your commitment to that quality.

 

~WU DS ~

FTD – For The Dads – Devin’s Top 5 Beers for St. Paddy’s Day

st-patricks-daySt. Paddy’s is just one of those holidays that really needs to happen on a Friday or Saturday… Don’t ya agree! Well we’re all adults here, so let’s cut to the chase. There’s nothing like an ice cold beer, (or glass of wine, if you’re classy) after a long day with the kids. For me, considering I don’t have kids, let’s call it a long day with my dog, who whines and needs to go outside far too much, and is afraid of the rain, and snow, anyways.


Sometimes you just need a cold one to take the edge off and properly relax. So in the spirit of St. Paddy’s day. Here are my Top 5 Beer choices. We get a little classy, we get a little sassy, and we’re always tasty.

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Budweiser

Ahh, the old classic, the King, as they say. I once heard a comedian say that he doesn’t drink Heneiken, because when you’re at a bar and have had a few too many. “Heneiken” is just too difficult to articulate, so, that’s where Budweiser comes in. Whether you’ve had 2, or 20. You can always say, “Bud”. It’s perfect for St. Paddy’s as it couples a decent flavour at a great price point. But watch out, because Bud is brewed with rice, instead of wheat, the next day headaches are killer… Of course, a trade off most of us are always wiling to make.

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Sleeman Clear 2.0

Maybe not what you thought was coming, but definitely an option. I’m a fan of strong, crisp beers, but if you’re looking keep the pounds down and not feel bloated from a night of increased hydration, this is by far the best low-calorie option. It still maintains that crisp Sleeman taste, without making you feel like a hot air balloon. I’ve heard many guys say that they don’t want to touch these types of beers, but listen, it does the same job, and if you feel cleaner doing it, then jump right into it. After all, they all taste the same after a while anyways…

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Coors Banquet

I guess we can call this the College Beer. There’s just something about Coors Banquet that makes me feel nostalgic, and it is the only beer that I prefer in a can. Call me crazy but I’m not a fan of Coors Light, but the Banquet understands me. It’s golden can, and even more golden taste, make me feel like I’m in Los Angeles watching the Kings beat the Capitals (true story), or I’m back at home, in my childhood bedroom with my mini-fridge stacked with little golden babies. Plus, I personally think it tastes great, and a good can option is always better than a bottle when travelling.

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Miller Lite/MGD

Like I mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of light beer, thankfully, I am a fan of Lite beer, (see what I did there, spellcheck is saying it’s spelled wrong) Anyways, Miller Lite is finally in Canada, and that is great news for anyone who likes light beer with good taste. It goes down smooth and easy, and is incredibly affordable. You won’t know what hit you. An honourable mention must go out to it’s ancestor… MGD, those clear bottles, they are just beautiful. Aren’t they?

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Guiness

Well, it’s not St. Paddy’s without being genuinely Irish… and there is nothing more Irish, other than Potato’s, than Guiness. It is probably the only beer I’ve ever enjoyed that I cannot see through, and to honour its tradition, and to not hurt my pocket book, it is a St. Paddy’s only beverage. It doesn’t matter what you’re drinking on March 17th. You have to at least pour one of these out for ol’ St. Patrick!

This beerly beloved blog is brought to you by Wee Urban’s own, Devin Sarges. A constant supporter of the Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs – I know. I really do know.

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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!

 

 

 

 

Baby Brushing: Good Teeth Tips Your Toddler Should Learn

Let’s face it. Toddlers can be fickle creatures, and some more so than others. When it comes time to teach them how to brush their teeth, many parents feel like a battle with Goliath would be easier than getting their little one to open wide and keep those new teeth nice and clean.
The important thing to note is that dental hygiene is an important part of your child’s development that should begin early on, from the time their first tooth comes in. The two rows of baby teeth that develop in toddlerhood are place holders for adult teeth. According to a Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage AK, without proper hygiene and dental upkeep, decay and poor formation can lead to difficulty chewing properly and speech problems. This is why implementing a routine and encouraging tooth care should be done as soon as your child can begin to understand.
Wiping gums after meals and before and after bedtime are precursors to the real deal. Once it comes time to begin teaching your toddler how to brush their teeth, there are a few tips you can try out to make the process fun for them, and easy for you.

Let Them Pick Their Own Toothbrush
New routines like teeth brushing can be off-putting to toddlers because it’s such a foreign concept. You can make them feel like they’re in on the whole thing from the start by letting them pick out their own toothbrush or toothpaste. There are plenty to choose from nowadays that sport the latest and greatest TV and movie characters, so your little one is bound to find the right brush for them.
As a parent, though, make sure that the brush has soft bristles and isn’t too big for them. Allow them to choose from the children’s section of toothbrushes and toothpaste specifically and ask your dentist if you’re not sure which would be a good fit for them.

Be an Example
Stress the importance of brushing teeth after meals, before and after bedtime, and before you leave the house. Children look up to their parents, so hearing you say things like, “Oh! Wait! I can’t leave until I brush my teeth!” will make them want to follow suit. If they’re adamant that tooth brushing is the bane of their existence, they may not show much interest at first, but keep encouraging them and you should begin to see results.

Take Turns
When you introduce brushing, show your toddler how it’s done first and then let them try on you. Reverse the roles and demonstrate on them as well. You can allow them to practice on their dolls or favorite stuffed animals to keep the idea minty fresh in their minds.

A Family Affair
Have both parents and any siblings make a big deal about brushing their teeth. Your toddler will want to join in on the fun, and you can begin to teach them the importance of brushing gently and thoroughly. Be sure you show them how much toothpaste is just the right size for their tiny teeth, even though you should never allow them to use any of it alone, or leave them unattended while brushing. Keep everything stored out of reach when it isn’t time to brush.

Lastly, have patience. Speak with your child’s doctor if there are any major challenges getting them to brush, but don’t be too hard on them. Patient persistence is key, and encouragement will always be more effective than scare tactics. Over time, you can instill good hygienic habits that your toddler will grow up with, and will keep their smiles happy and healthy.

 

Six Often Forgotten Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Home

Take a look around your home. Virtually everything you see lying around will either become your child’s chew toy, or a potential hazard if you are expecting. While infants who have not developed an ability to crawl or toddle are not capable of getting into much unless it is placed at arm’s length, babies develop faster than you might first expect. You may not be worried about baby-proofing when you are in the daze of exhaustion after your newborn comes home, but fast-forward to 6 months down the line, and your little one will be all over the place and into everything.
Many parents baby-proof as they go, but will overlook some very hazardous areas in the home that need prompt attention. Here are six forgotten places to childproof before your toddler begins to explore.

Windows 
Unless you live in a cave or an underground bomb shelter, you more than likely have a few windows. These can be dangerous elements when you have curious little ones running around who want to watch the world outside their home. When little toddlers find their way to the window and see something that sparks their interest, it might mean a fall. In fact, more than 5000 kids fall from windows every year.
Your baby-proofing technique will depend upon the window type. You can use window guards, window stops, charley bars, and wedges to prevent the window from opening. It is also important to remove furniture that can be used as a ladder so your toddler cannot plan for a quick escape.

Bathroom for Bath Time
Babies outgrow their portable and folding infant baths very quickly. When promoted to the big bathtub, there many hazards to avoid. You might know to put away the soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and razors, but that is not all. Be sure to invest in a non-slip mat and don’t overlook the importance of a spout cover. Children love water and they are drawn to the spout where it comes out. One slip could mean they injure their head on the spout.

Access to the Toilet
Another water source that poses a hazard and is overlooked by many is the toilet. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the toilet is not only infested with bacteria, but can be an overlooked drowning hazard. One way to cut off access is to close the door to the bathroom at all times, lock it with a hook-and-eye lock.
You will also need to secure the lid so your toddler cannot open it when they figure out it can be lifted. Find a type of lid lock that is easy to install and is compatible with your toilet style.


Dishwasher

Kids pay attention to your every move. If it is your routine to unload the washer as they eat in their highchair, they may be intrigued once they get down. If they open the dishwasher right after is ends, there is a chance of steam burns. They will also have access to sharp knives and glass that can break and cause deep cuts if they get into a dishwasher. Be sure to point all sharp utensils down, put away the detergent in a locked cabinet, and never leave the dishwasher door unlocked.

Backyard 
You never want to give your child free access to your driveway or the backyard where there is a whole new set of hazards. Just 30 seconds of putting away clothes can result in disaster if your child finds out how to open the door and run into the street. Over time, toddlers figure out how to open locked doors. When this happens, you can buy handle locks, knob locks, lock and pinch guards, and more. Another option is to always arm your home with a security alarm so it sounds whenever the door is opened. NorthStar alarm reviews say this system can also be controlled remotely so you can make sure doors are locked wherever you are.

Create a Closet
If you have guests who frequently come to visit, they could be carrying hazards with them. You know to lock up medicines and sharp items, but all of this could be easily accessed in a purse within reach. Be sure you have a place to put coats and bags so purses don’t become dangers.

No home will ever be 100% safe. You need to supervise your children, but you also need to prevent potential accidents with the right safeguards. Be sure you look at the obvious hazards and the not-so obvious ones so your child is as safe as can be in your home.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

How to Come to Terms with Your Postpartum Depression

Mental Health is often overlooked, Brooke has a great blog post on postpartum depression that you definitely need to read.

 

 

The act of giving birth drains you physically, not to mention the whole process playing havoc with your emotions. Changes in hormones greatly impact your emotional state and your ability to deal with the new responsibilities in your life.

Although few women pass through the birth of a child without some form of emotional stress, certain signs point to a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Unlike the regular baby blues during the first two weeks after birth, postpartum depression lasts longer, and yields much more dangerous results.

Signs of Postpartum Depression

Women who experience persistent anxiety or guilt, accompanied by feelings of worthlessness and recurring thoughts of self-harm likely have postpartum depression, and require professional help. If you think you are feeling out of the ordinary sadness, anxiety, and stress talk to your doctor to see if you can get an official diagnosis.

Seeking Help

Even you can tell when something may be wrong. If you think you may have postpartum depression, do all you can to get help. Countless women have struggled with this condition, and it’s no shame to admit you can’t deal with it on your own.

Once you obtain the help of a professional, they can make an accurate diagnosis, leading to the appropriate medication and or therapy. Find a counselor who has been qualified with a USC master of science in applied psychology or equivalent. In addition to these treatments, here are some ways to deal with and cope with postpartum depression:

Care for Yourself

Although many affected women feel guilty and overwhelmed, it’s important to practice self-care.

This includes getting enough sleep, which may sound impossible with a newborn. Recruit the help of a family member at least every two days to ensure you get enough sleep. Instead of trying to do household chores during the baby’s naps, take the time to nap as well.

Eat a balanced diet. To stay healthy and promote proper healing, eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol and caffeine. When you put goodness in, you’ll get good out. Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but the endorphins it produces will make it worth it.

Cry

The body normalizes its hormones in part through releasing tears. Crying provides a natural way for your body to secrete hormones that may be overly high now that you’ve had your baby.

Accept Help

Many sources of help lay in wait to give you the boost you need. Whether this comes in the form of a spouse, close friend, or sibling, accept help. Now is not the time to say you’re fine and don’t need any help.

If you let others lend their time, you’ll feel loved and more able to cope with what’s happening. Confide in your spouse to help them understand how you feel. Joining a local mothers’ group wouldn’t go amiss, as it helps you feel less alone in your struggles as well. The important thing is to get a good gage on how you’re feeling and find people you can trust to tell your fears and anxiety to. With time, you can begin healing and find more of the positives that come with having a baby.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

Where Can Young Moms Find the Best Steals on Baby Supplies?

Where Can Young Moms Find the Best Steals on Baby Supplies

Having a baby is expensive, with out-of-pocket expenses ranging upwards of $3,000if you happen to have health insurance. After footing the bill for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and extra days off, you might be nervous about buying all of the other baby equipment your friends and family members say you need. Fortunately, you might be able to save a bundle by shopping smart. Here are four tips for finding the best steals on baby supplies, so you can save money and focus on your new addition.

 

Saturday Morning Garage Sales

When babies grow up, parents find themselves with loads of extra gizmos, gadgets, and furniture—which they tend to get rid of later. After all, who wants to fill their spare bedroom with baby bouncers and port-a-cribs? Fortunately, you might be able to score some great deals on baby gear by checking out Saturday morning garage sales. Believe it or not, these days some garage sales are held online via social media, so you can see what people are selling before you drive across town.

 

The Scratch-and-Dent Section

Sure, that pristine mahogany crib might seem like the perfect addition to your nursery, but as soon as your baby learns to bite, toss, and smear, those spindles might be dinged and dirty in no time. Instead of paying for perfect furniture, swallow your pride and peruse the scratch-and-dent section of your favorite furniture store. The furniture might not be perfect, but you might be able to save some serious money on pieces that won’t stay pristine anyway.

 

Online Auction Sites

Online auction sites like Craigslist and Ebay might not seem like attractive places to shop for baby items, but you can save a bundle on things like shoes, clothing, bedding, books, and toys. Some sellers even sell baby gear in large lots, so you can score several items for one low package price.

 

Send In Those Free Vouchers

Before you leave the hospital, your nurse will give you a folder jam packed with offers from baby supply manufacturers. Although it might seem time-intensive to send in vouchers for free bottles, formula, and nursing covers, tossing that paperwork might mean hundreds of dollars worth of missed gear. Always take advantage of free offers, no matter how small.

You can also find a lot of good coupons online. Sites like Discountrue.com often offer some of the best deals for Nordstrom.com so you can save at stores you love.

 

With all of the money you save on baby supplies, you might be able to extend your maternity leave and snuggle that brand new baby.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you again Brooke, another brilliant and helpful article!

Outfitting the Kids: How Parents can save on School Clothes

Outfitting the Kids How Parents can Save on School Clothes

Between book bags, lunchboxes, shoes, and a nearly endless list of school and classroom supplies, back to school shopping can really add up. In addition to the initial costs, kids just keep growing, so school clothes typically have to be replenished throughout the year. Below are some easy ways parents can save on school clothes this year and get the best deals.

Shop Used

Shopping consignment shops or yard sales can help drastically reduce your bill, while still allowing you to get cute and high quality clothes. Consignment shopping has increased significantly in popularity, as families seek to save money and benefit the environment. If you are interested, there is likely a consignment shop in your area and there are also many reputable online shops that sell quality used clothing at a fraction of the cost of new.
Take Advantage of Coupons and Sales
Many stores offer deep discounts, online deals, and coupons to loyal customers. Take advantage of these sales and coupons. If you need coupons for a certain store and have already used yours, ask around with friends. Swapping coupons is a great way to help ensure everyone gets coupons they can best use. Don’t throw away unused coupons or go shopping at your favorite store without some on hand. The internet and social media have made coupon swapping even easier and more convenient. Sites like Discountrue also offer brand name discounts like kohls.com coupons and more.
Think Gender Neutral When Appropriate
If you have multiple children, hand-me-downs can be a huge help when it comes to saving money. Unfortunately, if you have children of the opposite gender, the opportunities to pass clothes down are much fewer. Think ahead and try to buy gender neutral when appropriate. Most clothing available is gendered one way of the other, but other items such as rain slickers, snow pants, and mud boots can easily be gender neutral and passed down from boy to girl or vice versa.
Make a List
Though typically thought of when going to the grocery store, making lists can be just as beneficial to the school shopper. It is easy to get sucked into the vortex of school supplies and clothes and over-buy on certain items while forgetting others. If you have children shopping with you, it can become a free-for-all as they toss things into the cart. Having a disciplined approach and a list that needs checked off can make shopping less chaotic and less expensive.

Back to school time is full of change, excitement, and apprehension for many kids and families. Trying to make school shopping fun and special for kids without breaking your wallet can be difficult, but not impossible. Keep your eyes open for deals and be creative with how and where you spend your money.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Another amazing article from Brooke, and at the best time possible! School on the horizon, everyone needs a deal!

Precious Cargo: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Baby and Children Safe In The Car

Your child’s safety is your responsibility and likely your top priority. The following five tips will help you keep your child safe and out of harm’s way whenever they’re in your car, from the time they’re born through their toddler years.
Properly Install the Car Seat

Always make sure to use a federally-approved car safety seat. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure it’s installed properly, securely and safely before you take the baby home from the hospital. Your local fire station or other safety seat inspector can install the car seat for you or check that it’s been installed correctly. If you opt to install the seat yourself, make sure that you thoroughly read the instructions. According to Forbes, approximately 75% of car seats aren’t properly installed.

Car Seat Best Practices

According to WebMD.com, the car seat should face the rear of the car during the first two years of the child’s life. For infants, the front should be tilted to a 45-degree angle so that the baby’s head and neck is supported. If your baby tends to slip forward, you can put a rolled towel under the front of the baby carrier, as well as rolled towels on either side of the baby’s head for extra support. No matter how old your child is, the car seat should be in the center of the back seat, which is the safest location for it. Up to the age of 13, kids should always ride in the back seat. According to Forbes, car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of three and 14 and car safety will help prevent unnecessary deaths. Austin, TX car accident lawyers from Harron Law suggest to always make sure everyone is properly secured and buckled in a vehicle while traveling to help prevent any injuries.

Add a Mirror

It can be nerve-wracking to drive with your baby in the back seat when the car seat is facing away from you. If they’re crying, you’ll wonder if they’re hurt. If they’re silent, you’ll wonder if they’re breathing fine. Put your mind at ease and keep an eye on your little one by placing a mirror in front of them. You’ll be able to see their reflection in your rear view mirror and you can glance at them whenever you want. Try to only look at them when you’re stopped, though, to prevent accidents.

Pay Close Attention

Never leave a baby or child unattended in a car, even if it’s for less than one minute. Children are highly susceptible to heat and cold, much more so than adults. Kids can quickly overheat in a locked car, even if you think you’re only leaving them there for a moment.

Teach Kids Good Habits

Teach your kids to stay away from cars when you’re not with them. This will prevent roll-away injuries and deaths, back-over injuries and deaths, and trunk entrapment. Additionally, make sure to always keep your car and trunk locked and to keep car keys out of reach of little ones. In additional to teaching kids the rules of car safety, make sure that they listen to you. If they are about to run behind a car that’s backing up, you need to know that they’ll immediately stop if you tell them to.

You can never be too careful when it comes to car safety and your child. Don’t try to graduate your child too quickly. Every time you move your child “up,” such as using a larger seat, the risk of injury increases. Kids should continue to use a car seat and follow car safety rules for as long as necessary in order to keep them safe.

 

~ Rachelle Wilber ~

 

Thank you Rachelle, another great and helpful post!

 

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Adorable Decorating Tips for the Perfect Nursery

One of the most exciting things about expecting a new baby is choosing the decorations for the nursery. Your baby’s room will be unique to them and be a place where they can grow and learn. There are many different decorating paths you can choose for the latest addition to the family, and these are a few suggestions to create the perfect baby nursery in your home.
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Nautical Themes
If you are a boating family, or just enjoy the peaceful themes sailboats inspire as they glide along the water, a nautical-themed nursery can be an adorable choice for your baby. Choose a sailboat mobile to hang over the crib and paint the walls either a neutral sand color, or a pale blue to represent the sky. Add photos of sailboats and consider a room-darkening, hand-painted shade with either clouds or the sun sinking below a horizon on water. When the baby is sleeping during the day, the shade will keep most of the sunshine out and at night, when the baby is awake for feedings, the hand-painting will give the room an open, airy feel.

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Animal Prints
Black and white patterns are always a classic, and perfect for any gender so consider animal prints such as zebra or leopard spots. Choose a neutral pallet for the wall paint to contrast with the starkness of animal patterns. Add a zebra rug and use soft, white pillows for seating along with throw pillows on the floor in various animal prints. A palm tree mural on the wall can be the perfect addition for an adorable animal theme.

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Bold Colors
There is no reason you need to stick with typical soft pastels such as pale pink, light blue, or mint green. In fact, research shows that babies respond better to bright primary colors such as reds, yellows, and blues. Consider using bright cheerful colors on the walls with black and white accents in rugs, throw pillows, or blankets. If you prefer white walls, or live where you are unable to paint the walls bright colors, choose accent pieces in bright purple, green, red, blue and orange. This is a room that can change and grow with your baby as their interests develop.

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Think Globally
If your family loves to travel, consider creating a nursery that reflects that love. With today’s online world, it is possible to purchase decorating supplies from around the world. Consider an Indian crib blanket, or Chinese tapestries for the wall. Add finishing touches like personal pieces you have picked up as you travelled the world. An Irish quilt adds a nice touch to a rocker, or you can place an English tea set on the dresser. Think about pinning up a world map to solidify your theme.

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Dark Walls
If the baby’s nursery will get a lot of sunlight during the day, you may want to consider using dark wall paint or even chalkboard paint for the walls that will provide your child with a washable canvas when they get older. Use light colored furniture and accents to offset the dark walls. If you don’t want to paint the walls a dark color, consider adding room darkening shades or blinds from an energy efficient company like Sunburst Shutters so sunlight streaming through the windows doesn’t make for difficult nap times.

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Vintage Nursery
One of the most unique ways to decorate your nursery is to scour antique, secondhand, and vintage stores for collectable items. You can often find vintage linens and baby clothing at secondhand stores at very low prices. Use your own baby clothing to hang on walls as artwork, and create window coverings or baby bedding with the linens to give the room an old world feel that is practical and inexpensive.

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Outdoor Look
If you have an artistic side, consider painting the walls a dark, neutral shade, then add your own unique paintings to the walls, such as trees in a forest or other landscapes. Add a throw rug to match the art you paint, and accent with colors that work well with that décor, such as browns or greens for a woodsy-themed nursery.

These are just a few ideas that can help you create a whimsical, pleasant, and unique nursery for your new baby. The possibilities are endless for making a small sanctuary for your child once you bring them home from the hospital.


~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you again to Brooke for this informative and helpful article!