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How To Organize a Kid’s Halloween Party in 5 Easy Steps

ZizzyBee Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of the year to celebrate with your kids and they will love having a party with their friends and neighbors. While you are getting costumes and a guest list ready, make sure you have some time to plan out your party so that everything runs smoothly when the big day arrives. Follow these five easy steps for organizing your Halloween party this year and get ready for some festive fun!

Step 1: Festive Food

Trick-or-treat candy at a Halloween party is a must-have but try to include some other snacks and food so the little ones don’t get too hopped up on sugar. Pizza bites and chicken nuggets are always crowd pleasers but you can get creative by making your party food look fun and giving it silly and spooky names like spooky ghost pizzas, hot dog mummies and deviled egg eyeballs. For more creative ideas, check out these 15 healthy Halloween party food recipes from Spoonful.com.

Also, check out funbites(R) – the first state of the art kitchen tool that instantly cuts kids’ food into BITE-SIZED FUN SHAPED PIECES.  Take a look at their creative ideas for making food fun for Halloween:

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Step 2: Halloween Games

Keep your guests entertained with some scheduled party games and activities for kids of different ages. Bobbing for apples and pin the stem on the pumpkin is fun for younger kids as well as crafts like decorating trick or treat bags and making Halloween masks. Older kids can keep busy with a scavenger hunt or you can fill boxes with funny, creepy textured items and have kids guess what’s inside while blindfolded. Use spaghetti for intestines, ketchup for blood and peeled grapes for eyeballs. Give out prizes for correct guesses and play spooky music to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Step 3: Grab Bags 

Give each of the party guests a grab bag to keep treats, party favors and their Halloween crafts. Choose sturdy bags that will hold plenty of Halloween loot. The bags can be filled with candy and favors from a party store and hold plastic spiders and pencils too. You can even decorate the goodie bags with cute Halloween stickers and let kids use them for trick or treating.

Step 4: Send Invites

Plan your guest list by inviting the same amount of kids as your child’s age. If your daughter is 6, let her invite six of her friends. If your son is 9, let him invite nine friends. This will keep the amount of guests at the party more manageable. Once you’ve planned your guest list you are ready to start sending out invitations. You can have your kids help create the invitations by decorating them with Halloween images and stickers and send them out in the mail, or you can easily create them on your computer using clip-art images and send by e-mail.

Step 5: Have Fun!

Once you have everything planned out, get ready to have a great time with your kids and party guests! It will be rewarding to see kids running around in their costumes enjoying the games and food and you’ll feel reassured that they are having a safe, fun time at home. Keep an eye on their sugar intake and have some other parents around to help with supervision to keep the party under control. Give out prizes for those with the most creative costumes and don’t forget to take pictures!

ZizzyBee BagsGuest Post By Lisa Paul Heydet of ZizzyBee Bags 

At ZizzyBee, we believe children bring fun and whimsy to our lives…along with the need for organization of hundreds of teeny, tiny little toy parts.

And like most moms, we believe it is important to keep organized while using products for our children that are safe, washable, well designed, and practical. With this in mind, full-time single mom and entrepreneur Lisa Paul Heydet, saw a need and created ZizzyBee Bags.™  ZizzyBee Bags are perfect for Halloween goodie bags and trick or treating. They’re kid-safe, eco-friendly, and washable and parents can reuse them over and over again.

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Transform Collage Frames into One-of-a-kind Decor

The ability to organize and edit photos with today’s  technology is incredible, but I have always printed and displayed my favorite family photos.   I use collage frames and until recently made sure they all matched with black frames and white matting. Now I am stepping outside my creative decorating box and looking at those collages. They really need a transformation to add some character and color. Using some scrapbook paper and spray paint, it is easy, quick and inexpensive to transform collage frames.  I transformed my collage frame into a colorful inexpensive piece one-of-a-kind decor with an alternative use of scrapbook paper.

Supplies needed:

  • plain collage frame;
  • Any color spray paint with primer;
  • 2 to 3 pages of your choice of  12 x12 scrapbook paper.

Step 1:    Find a collage frame you want to update;

Before Picture

Before Picture

Step 2:  Take apart frame

Take apart picture frame and remove photos

Take apart picture frame and remove photos

Step 3:  Rough up black frame. Choose Spray Paint with primer and spray frame.

Spray paint black frame

Spray paint black frame

Step 4:  Pick Scrapbook paper and tape together to fit the matte. Then use exacto knife to carefully cut the scrapbook paper to fit the matte.

Scrapbook Paper needed

Scrapbook Paper needed

Close up of what the scrapbook paper says

Close up of what the scrapbook paper says

Using an knife carefully trace and cut around the picture matte

Using a knife carefully trace and cut around the picture matte

Step 5:  Spray adhesive to matte and carefully apply scrapbook paper. Smooth out lines and bubbles.

Spray adhesive to glue scrapbook paper to matte

Spray adhesive to glue scrapbook paper to matte

Step 6: Carefully cut out matte holes with exacto knife.

Cut out picture holes.

Cut out picture holes.

Step 7: Tape photos back in and put frame back together.

Put everything back together

Put everything back together

This is the finished product:

before and after frame

My Personal Accent!

Angela SwansonGuest Post by Angela Swanson of My Personal Accent 

Hi, I am Angela. Someone told me  to find my voice… It was then I realized why I created My Personal Accent.  I want a place to learn, make mistakes, come up with ideas, and do things I am passionate about. I want people to come, stay awhile, maybe learn a thing or teach me something, and then pass it along if they wish.  That is why the slogan is DIY Eclectic Guide to Life. You will find that My Personal Accent is not a traditional blog but more of a “reality” blog. I share both my successes and failures in my posts and how I learned from them. My blog also includes DIY tutorials for parents and kids. Be a part of my journey and embrace the eclectic side of life.

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5 Baby Sleep Safety Tips: September is Safety Month

baby safe sleep tipsSeptember is Baby Safety Month so it is a good time for parents to focus on making sure they are doing all they can to keep their babies safe and protected. Knowing that baby is safe and sound will give parents peace of mind, so creating a safe sleep environment for baby should be a number one priority. Here are five important tips on baby sleep safety.

1. Keep crib empty
It’s important to keep cribs empty of all items such as pillow, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed animals. All of these items pose suffocation hazards to babies. Any loose fabric or soft cushions can unravel and block baby’s nose and mouth. Fighting for air or becoming overheated from too many blankets may be linked to SIDS.

2. Safe swaddling
Swaddling can be very beneficial for baby as it mimics touch and recreates the confinement felt in the womb. It also helps maintain the “back is best” sleep position and promotes good sleeping patterns. However, traditional swaddling blankets pose the risk of wrapping babies too tightly and reducing necessary movement in the hips causing hip dysplasia. Thick blankets or too many layers can cause overheating, and strong babies can break out of traditional swaddling blankets which can unravel and cover baby’s face. There are many swaddles available nowadays that do not require wrapping.

3. Put baby on his back
Make sure that you always place baby on his back when you are putting your little one down for the night or for a daytime nap. This is the best sleep position for babies because babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs are at a higher risk for SIDS. The reason for this is uncertain but there have been findings that suggest that infants who sleep on their stomachs get less oxygen or rebreathe their own carbon monoxide, or “bad air”. It is important to keep putting baby down on his back throughout the first year of life.

First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival, says, “As human beings, when we exhale we exhale carbon dioxide or “bad air.” This is normal – we all do it! But when a baby sleeps on its tummy, or there is soft, fluffy or loose bedding or other objects in their sleep space, that carbon dioxide can build up around the baby’s head and face. So, rather than breathing fresh air, the baby breathes the bad air. To a normal, healthy baby breathing the bad air would not cause a problem. Their brain would tell them that they are breathing too much carbon dioxide and they would cough, cry, turn their head or do something to get themselves out of the challenging situation. To a baby predisposed to SIDS (see Triple Risk Model), their brain does not tell them there is a problem, so they continue to breath the bad air, which can then cause them to die suddenly and unexpectedly. The same holds true for overheating, another risk factor – when a healthy baby becomes overheated their brain recognizes the problem and attempts to correct it. When a baby predisposed to SIDS overheats, nothing happens to correct the situation.”

4. Monitor your baby
Having a baby monitor in the room with your baby allows parents to keep an eye or ear on their baby from another room. Monitors give you the ability to listen to your baby and check on them with disturbing their sleep. They help you to identify whether or not baby needs your attentions and can provide parents with reassurance that baby is sleeping safe and sound.

5. Safe co-sleeping
There is a debate over whether co-sleeping is beneficial to babies and there are pros and cons for each side. The argument for co-sleeping is that children who sleep next to their parents tend to have better emotional health later on in life. They tend to be happier, less anxious, and have higher self-esteem. Some parents believe that leaving baby alone to cry himself to sleep results in stress which can make baby more prone to illness. Parents who believe in co-sleeping find that baby falls asleep faster and sleeps better overall.

On the other side of the debate, parents argue that co-sleeping is risky for babies as there is an increased chance of overheating and a risk of suffocation if a parent accidentally rolls onto the baby. They believe that an infant sleeps better on his own as constant bed movement can disturb a baby who is co-sleeping. They also argue that co-sleeping does not leave parents with sufficient time to themselves to wind down for the night and does not allow for intimate alone time for parents.

For parents who do decide to take the co-sleeping route, make sure your mattress is firm with tightly fitted sheets and keep your pillow away from the baby. Keep the bed away from side tables and make sure there are no gaps baby can fall into. The best position for baby is on the side of mom instead of in the center of the bed. Consider buying a larger size bed so everyone has more space and can get a better night’s sleep.

Note: Although Karen Barski is a Registered Nurse, she is not a doctor and this press release is not intended to give medical advice but rather display research and findings to educate parents. Her mission is to be a passionate safe swaddling advocate and leading manufacturer of safe baby products.

woombie baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 19 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll. The newest design called the Woombie Air that allows excess heat to escape to regulate baby’s body temperature.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies…and counting! The Woombie is a baby swaddle that requires no wrapping and is designed to gently hug baby while allowing for natural movement. The Woombie Air is a breathable swaddle that allows for excess body heat to escape making it the first ventilated swaddle.

Read Karen’s story on how she invented the Woombie in the middle of the night on her grandmother’s sewing machine which turned into a million dollar mommy business. Read Woombie Baby Swaddle Story.

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5 Additives to Avoid in Baby Products– How to Determine if a Product is Safe for Babies

baby safety tipsSeptember is Baby Safety Month. Many parents don’t realize that there are baby products on the market that are not the healthiest or safest choice for their infants. Parents should carefully research which baby products are safest, and which materials and additives to avoid when choosing the best products for their family. I was determined to find eco-friendly materials that were void of harmful chemicals for my line of nursing pillows. It was not an easy feat to find a foam replacement for our products (foam requires fire retardants) – but after years of persistence, we did just that. During my research, I came across a Duke University study that exposed toxic chemical additives in over a hundred baby products. I was shocked to see which companies were on the list! Below are the top five additives to avoid when buying baby products.

Phthalates
Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that are often used to make plastics soft. They are found all throughout the home in clothing, bedding, toys and more, making babies and children especially vulnerable to these chemicals.

PVC
PVC plastic, better known as vinyl, is one of the most toxic substances that can cause health and environmental problems. It appears in everything from lunch boxes to children’s toys to cars. Phthalates are often added to PVC to make the plastic more flexible. Stores like Target, Wal-Mart, and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to phase out the use of PVC in their products.

Lead
Lead is a poison that was banned from home use but can still be found in products today. Children can get lead poisoning from swallowing or breathing in lead which can also be spread by dust. Lead poisoning causes problems with children’s growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Protect yourself and your child by washing hands and toys often even when they don’t look dirty.

Triclosan
Triclosan is a pesticide found in many anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. Triclosan is a hormone-disruptor that is also found in toothpaste, cosmetics, yoga mats and more. It can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria and water pollution. Make sure you check labels to avoid products containing the words triclosan and triclocarban.

Fire retardant chemicals
Fire retardant chemicals have also been linked to hormone disruption, cancer and harming the development of the brain. Dust is a primary route of exposure so you should dust and vacuum regularly. Products made of polyurethane foam, a highly-flammable material, have been required by the Bureau of Home Furnishings to be treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals. Parents should search for foam-free alternatives to avoid these harmful fire-retardant chemicals.

For more information on the Duke University study, visit http://watoxics.org/publications/hidden-hazards-in-the-nursery.

Note: Sandy Clark is not a doctor and this release is not intended to give medical advice but rather display research and findings to educate parents. Her mission is to be a passionate breastfeeding advocate and leading manufacturer of safe baby products.

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Reasons Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Refocus a Child’s Sleep Routine

Fall BabySummer is coming to a close, boo!  It is my favorite season:  sunshine, warm weather, flowers, the beach….I could go on and on and it saddens me that it is almost over.  But Fall just may be reason for your little one to celebrate!  Labor Day not only signifies the unofficial end to summer, but also a return to a more scheduled and reliable life style.  As babies, toddlers, and young kids thrive in this type of environment, Fall just may be your child’s favorite season.  Here are 4 reasons that Fall presents a great opportunity to refocus on your child’s sleep:

A More Structured Day

For me summer presents more of a fly by the seat of your pants mentality. Beach, why not? Park, of course! Picnic lunch, what could be more lovely? Yet despite my efforts at sticking to a strict schedule, I am inevitably a few minutes late for nap or bedtime. Here’s how it often goes — “No matter what, we are leaving location X by 12pm, so the baby can be in her crib by 12:30”. Yet 12pm arrives and there is just one more run through the water or slide down the slide and somehow 12:30pm becomes 1pm and I am cursing myself for another nap that started a bit too late. Even for a child who is not yet in school, Fall often presents a more structured and consistent day and, again, young children benefit greatly from being on a schedule. This is because it helps them understand what comes next. If every day your child eats lunch at 12pm and then goes down for their nap at 12:30, lunch serves as a cue that naptime is approaching. But if one day it’s lunch, then play, then car ride, then nap and the next day it’s nap, then lunch, then errands — nap time is likely more difficult because their little body doesn’t know what to expect next. So take Fall as an opportunity to get your little one on the schedule they have been longing for.

Less Temptation For Naps on the Go

Do you try to eke out every last bit of fun at a location or feel bad cutting big brother or sister off from their good time? If so, your baby may be taking a large percentage of naps on the go. Some babies are able to take ok naps on the go while others are too distracted to get in any quality shut eye. Even if your baby is able to fall asleep anywhere, the quality of sleep they are getting is actually sub par. Sleep on the go is not as restorative as sleep in a stationary bed. This is because sleep in motion (that you get in a stroller or car) does not allow the body to enter a deep, restorative sleep. Dr. Marc Weissbluth likens motion-induced sleep to the type of sleep an adult might get while flying in an airplane. So with less going on, take this opportunity to commit to allowing your child to nap in their crib as often as possible.

Cooler Weather

We all sleep better in cooler air. The ideal temp for your bedroom is between 65-70 degrees. I shoot for 68. Thankfully air conditioning allows you to keep bedrooms at a good sleeping temperature during warmer months, but nothing is quite as good as the real thing!   Think about that first night that you get to sleep with your windows open snuggled beneath a quilt. Somehow you just sleep a little better! For these nights make sure you dress your little one in the appropriate layers. And remember no blankets in your baby’s crib!   A wearable blanket will ensure your little one stays warm without kicking off his blankets and while staying safe. I love this one from Baby Deedee (I have no affiliation!).

Shorter Days  

While babies and toddlers do not mind the sun being high in the sky at bedtime, many parents have a really hard time putting their baby to bed when it is still bright and sunny outside. I recommend black out curtains to ensure your child will easily fall asleep at the their ideal bedtime despite the sun shining. Even with a pitch-black room, I know those moms and dads who just cannot do it. I think it’s a psychological thing. So now that fall is approaching and the sun will be going down sooner — take this opportunity to make sure your little one is getting a bedtime early enough for his age. How do you know if your bedtime is early enough? Your child should be fast asleep before he has the opportunity to become overtired. Shorter days are not only beneficial to bedtime, but also wake-up times. Not only is it getting darker earlier in the evening it also stays dark a bit later into the morning. This is welcome news for parents as many kids do in fact wake with the sun. If you have done everything to ensure that your child’s early bird tendencies are not from poor sleep hygiene (a nap schedule which is out of sync with their circadian rhythms, a bedtime which is too late, not enough consolidated sleep, a room without black out curtains) then they may just be one of those children with the soul of a rooster. As the sun starts “sleeping in”, you may find that your child does too!

The Tip Take-Away:

Recently there have been a slew of studies showing that children who get more sleep are able to do better in school. Even if your child is not yet school aged, allow the start of the new season, to mean the start of getting back to a healthy sleep routine.

Well Rested BabyGuest Post by Amy Lage of Well Rested Baby

Amy Lage is a Family Sleep Institute certified Child Sleep Consultant. She is co-owner of Well Rested Baby. She offers a host of services including in person, phone, email and Skype/FaceTime consultations that can be tailored to meet any family’s needs and schedule. Please email her at amy@wellrestedbaby.com with any questions.

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10 Must Haves to Keep Babies Safe — September is Baby Safety Month

Baby Safety Month is an annual event that began as a way to educate parents on how to safely use second hand, hand-me-down, and gifted baby gear. By encouraging parents to read safety tips and look for safety information on baby products, the Baby Safety Month campaign hopes that more parents and caregivers will educate themselves and take precautions when buying baby products. It’s so important to make sure that the products you buy for baby are healthy and safe. In celebration of Baby Safety Month, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite items to keep babies safe and happy.

1. SwimZip

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SwimZip is a uniquely designed chlorine-resistant swim shirt to protect babies and toddlers from the sun. SwimZip has a convenient full length zipper which makes it easy to put on and take off and it comes as a two piece set. SwimZip blocks 99% of the UVA and UVB cancer causing rays from your little one’s skin. Swim Zip lets kids spend hours of fun under the sun in their cute and comfy swimwear!

$17.99 – $29.99

www.swimzip.com

2. Buzzy

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Routine vaccinations are necessary to help keep baby healthy, but a trip to the doctor can cause stress for both babies and parents. Buzzy is a unique device that helps reduce pain from shots and relieves needle phobia by combining tingly vibration and unique ice pack wings to instantly block sharp sensations on contact. Put it between the brain and any sharp, itching or burning pain, and presto! Using natural pain relief, Buzzy desensitizes your body’s own nerves, thereby dulling or eliminating sharp injection pain.

$39.95

www.buzzy4shots.com

3. Bobee(TM) Diaper and Wipe Dispenser

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This wall-mounted diaper and wipe caddy allows for one-handed access so you can keep one hand safely on your baby while accessing a diaper or wipe with the other hand. Changing table space is freed up for other important baby items, and the diapers and wipes are up and out of the way from curious little hands. The dispenser fits high quantities in all sizes and brands of disposable diapers and pre-packaged wet wipes fit neatly below. The dispenser is BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC-free.

$39.99

www.bobeeinc.com

4. Baby MedBasics App

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This baby safety smart phone app is a must have for parents! It’s a great guide for emergency medical and health situations from birth to one year. The app created by a doctor dad and nurse mom features brightly color-coded navigation tabs, simple instructions and illustrations showing how to handle everything from choking, CPR, bleeding, fever emergencies and more. Baby MedBasics turns your moments of panic into moments of action.

$2.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-medbasics/id370087163?mt=8

5. Babee Covee

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This is the perfect solution to protect babies from germs and block them from sunlight, rain, wind and snow. Invented by accident during a playdate by Alma Moussa, a California mom of two, the Babee Covee is a versatile baby blanket and cover that has six uses in one! It eliminates the need to buy, pack and carry bulky single purpose items and provides a clean, germ-free area for baby/toddler where ever you go.

The trendy, multi-purpose Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat “tent” cover 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket.

$39.99 – $49.99

www.babeecovee.com

6. Dreemie Preemie

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Dreemie Preemie offers baby book/scrapbook pages with specific spaces for the unique milestones and developmental goals of preemies. Inspired by some pretty remarkable children, Dreemie Preemie is to give hope, inspire, and help families document the time they and their baby spend in the NICU. It’s not easy to see your precious child tested, monitored and trying so hard just to survive.

$10.00 – $60.00

www.dreemiepreemie.com

7. AppeTEETHERS

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AppeTEETHERS are patented teething toys made of silicone. Designed with safety as the highest priority, AppeTEETHERS are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant. They provide the perfect amount of resistance to help soothe babies’ sore gums. They are BPA free, Lead free, PVC free, and Phthalate free. Each teething toy is one solid piece with no parts to prevent a break-off choking hazard. Not only are they safe, they are designed to look like real food! Choose from Chompin’ Chicken Wing, Baby-Q Rib, Nopainapple, Ice Cream U Scream, Broccoli Bites, and LOL! Sucker. Babies love these toys and adults love watching their baby chew on them!

$9.99

www.littletoader.com

8. Woombie Air

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The new Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that allows excess body heat to escape and requires no wrapping. Invented by a mom of five, 19-year RN, and Infant Care Specialist, the 14-award winning Woombie is a unique peanut-shaped swaddle that imitates the comfort and security of the womb resulting in longer periods of sleep. It helps reduce the risk of SIDS as well as prevents overheating, face-scratching, startling, and colic (voted as a top colic product by the Fussy Baby Site). Over a half a million babies and counting have used the Woombie and parents swear by it!

$26.00

www.woombie.com

9. Peachy Aqueduck(R) Faucet Extender

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Little ones often have trouble reaching the water faucet and need some help washing up. Stools are not the safest solution as kids can fall and hurt themselves. The Aqueduck(R) Faucet Extender solves the problem by attaching easily to any faucet and guiding the water closer to your child so they can reach the water without needing a step stool – and without mom or dad having to pick them up.

$12.99

www.peachyco.com

10. Parking Pal Magnet

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Parking lots can be dangerous, even fatal, for children. Protect your little loved ones with a colorful aid that keeps them near to you and far from moving vehicles. Place the Parking Pal on the side of your vehicle where it will remain safely attached at all times. After a couple of learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. Kids love using the Parking Pal, while being taught responsibility in parking lots and around vehicles.

$8.99

www.parkingpalmagnet.com

Looking after baby is a full-time job for mom but she shouldn’t forget that her own comfort and safety are just as important. My tip for new moms to take care of themselves is to look for products that will provide relief while breastfeeding. Nizo Wear nursing bras feature a pocket that acts as a barrier between mom’s skin and a warm/cool pack for her comfort and safety. Plus, all of our bras are wireless or have removable underwires to help prevent breastfeeding-related illness due to plugged ducts/mastitis. A happy, healthy mom makes a happy, healthy baby!

Nizo Wear Founder Nicole ZoellnerGuest post by Nicole Zoellner from NizoWear.com 

Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a heating or cooling pack helping bring moms relief and healing faster while being extremely comfortable and super chic.

Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole became pregnant with her son, she eagerly read all the materials her doctor had given her about the benefits of breastfeeding. She happily anticipated the feelings of serenity and bonding that nursing promises mother and infant.

So, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.  Visit www.nizowear.com.

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