ANaturalmat Top Mat Giveaway
Holiday festivities are a wonderful way to make memories and spend quality time with loved ones. But nothing brings a party to a screeching halt like a sudden trip to the ER due to a hidden safety hazard. Here are a few tips to alert party hosts and guests alike of the unexpected to keep little ones out of harm’s way while you are having fun decking the halls.
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ANaturalmat Top Mat Giveaway

Reducing toxins in your baby’s sleep environment is a top recommendation by many health experts. Many parents are unaware that approximately 75% of the crib mattresses in the US contain hazardous chemicals such flame retardants, antibacterials, and phthalates which can cause asthma, allergies and even cancer. Since babies spend more than half of their lives sleeping, it makes sense to ensure their sleeping environment is safe and free of chemicals and allergens.
Before you go and throw your crib mattress away, here is an easy, money-saving solution… turn your crib mattress into an organic one with a Naturalmat Top Mat. Continue reading
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Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump Giveaway

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and as a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) nurse, I know first-hand how important breast milk is for this vulnerable population. Initially, many of these fragile babies are unable to breastfeed until they are stronger to do so. Until then, they rely on expressed breast milk.

Unfortunately, some mothers of premature infants face issues with milk supply due to many factors, including (but not limited to) the stress of having a premature infant, separation from mom and baby, the health of the mother, and the +lack of rest, hydration and nutrition from spending her days and nights at her baby’s bedside. Thankfully, generous mothers with ample breast milk supply donate breast milk to local milk banks to provide pasteurized, screened breast milk to these tiny babies in need.

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ABC Kids Expo Convention CenterIt was another great year at the All Baby & Child, Inc. (ABC). Each year, the All Baby & Child, Inc. (ABC) expo hosts thousands of exhibitors in the juvenile products industry. It’s THE place to find amazing, innovative products and to get a sneak peek of new products to come.

Since the trade show is a private event and  is not open to the general public, I wanted to give you an inside look into the expo and highlight some of my favorite finds. The companies are profiled according to the day of the show that I visited them (Tuesday through Thursday). Now, just sit back and enjoy the show… Continue reading

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Having a new baby is not only a joyous time, but also a stressful time. Being responsible for a life that is completely dependent on you for survival can have you questioning every move and decision you make. Of course you want your child to grow up into a loving, happy, and successful adult, but how? The answer…listen to your inner voice and trust your parenting instincts.
Even early on you will know what is appropriate for your child. Trust your gut that if it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. Remember, you are your child’s primary caregiver and know your baby better than anyone else in the world. While well-meaning friends, family, and even healthcare professionals may have a thorough knowledge about babies in general, they don’t know your baby with her unique behaviors and temperament. While they may be giving great advice or recommendations, it may not be necessarily right for your family dynamic.
By now, you’ve probably been inundated with (unsolicited) opinions on how to raise your baby. If not, trust me, it will come. While some of the advice you receive will be accurate and helpful, others may be out of date and can even be dangerous. So how do you decipher good advice from bad? The best action is to educate yourself so that you can make decisions that are best for your family unit. And remember, parenting isn’t black or white, but many shades of grey. Continue reading
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