Top Products of February
Seat your growing child comfortably and happily in the Baby Trend Hybrid No Back Booster Car Seat -Hello Kitty. This seat is great for your big kid from 40-100 lbs. The Hello kitty fabric cushioned seat includes padded arm rest for extra comfort and two molded cup/snack holders.
Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 Car Seat - Rumba
Hybrid-3-in-1 car seat is a great economic alternative for parents looking for the ultimate multi-functional car seat. With three stages, built-in harness, booster and backless booster seat, this seat adjusts as your child grows. Featuring 6-position head support and 5-point safety harness, this seat provides comfort, safety and convenience. This seat has a maximum weight capacity of 100 pounds and height of 57 inches.
The Baby Trend Contour Travel System Stroller in Moonlight lets your child stroll securely with the adjustable 5-point safety harness. The adjustable canopy has a peek-a-boo window for easy monitoring, and the multi-position seat reclines to provide your child with a comfortable fit. The parent tray features 2 cup holders and covered compartment storage. An extra-large basket offers convenient storage underneath the stroller. It comes with the Baby Trend EZ Flex-Loc infant car seat. When you’re done with your stroll, simply use the one-hand fold mechanism to fold the stroller to a compact unit.
or parents looking for the ultimate multi-functional car seat. With three stages, built-in harness, booster and backless booster seat this seat adjusts as your child grows. Featuring 6-position head support and 5-point safety harness, this seat provides comfort, safety and convenience. This seat has a maximum weight capacity of 100 pound and height of 57 inches.
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love for your family, significant others and friends. With that said, enjoy it any time of year, not just V-day! Here are some fun recipes to spend time with your wee ones at home baking something special for you and fun for them!
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Create Fun “musical instruments” Using Things From Around the Home
Creative activities can be the go-to and easy solutions for days stuck at home, or when your children have simply exhausted themselves of fun activities. When you feel like relaxing at home with your family, consider these developmental activities that spur creativity and bring music to every room.
Keep children busy and entertained by making musical instruments to play with using things already lying around your house! Here is some makeshift musical instrument how-to’s to get you started or inspire something new!
Coffee Can Drum c/o of familyeducation
- Empty coffee can with 2 plastic lids
- Contact paper or your child’s artwork
- Empty thread spool
- Cut out the bottom of a coffee can and cover the can with contact paper, or let your child draw a picture on some paper and glue it around the can.
- Glue plastic lids on each end of the can.
- Create a drumstick by gluing the lead end of a pencil into the hole of an empty thread spool.
- For a variation, an empty paper towel and an empty oatmeal box will make a soft but authentic drum for your toddler.
Cork Drumsticks c/o babyparenting.about.com
- 2 pieces of cylindrical cork
- 2 wooden or bamboo chopsticks
- With a sharp pencil, start a hole in the center of one side of each cork.
- Finish the hole with one of the chop sticks.
- Fill the hole with a small amount of glue and insert the chop sticks, allowing to dry before use.
Jingle Toes c/o familyeducation
- Needle and thread
- 4 to 6 jingle bells
- Your toddler will love to move when motivated by the sound of a jingle bell. Sew 2 or 3 bells onto a strip of elastic that will fit comfortably around each ankle.
- Your toddler will experiment with the sounds as they move about and up and down.
- Store the bells out of reach.
- Examine with each use to make sure they cannot come off.
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Happy Saturday! What will you do with your kids today to fire those neurons?
Neon in the Nursery and accessories in 2014
Go bold or go home! Nurseries are packing in the action these days and bringing character to homes across America. Some trends from 2013 are spicing up nurseries in 2014 and 2014 is welcoming some new trends of it’s own. What are you planning to do with your wee one’s first home? What have you done in the past? Whether you have some ideas or not, we’ve put together a list to inspire some colorful creations of your own.
Stripes, stuffed animals, rugs, and fun accents including colorful furniture can add a splash of character to any nursery. Whether you like to keep it simple or channel your inner home decorator, simple additions from a mobile to a colorful rug can take a nursery from traditional to bold!
Other nursery design trends include redefining neutral colors. Gone are the days of the standard black, white or crème for neutral colors. Try black with blue undertones like navy or instead of starting a wallpaper overhaul, consider wall decals like metallic stars, animals, or anything to fit your theme. Another design trend going strong from 2013 to 2014 is chevron. A bit trendy, a bit hipster, and a bit classic, chevron can be used with nearly any color scheme for a little punch!
First List of Top Products in 2014
The Baby Trend Walker in Hello Kitty fashion is perfect to grow with Baby. It features 3 height adjustable positions. The toy bar includes the removable Hello Kitty & flower toys. This walker folds flat for easy storage and travel. The high back padded seat is removable and machine washable. The Baby Trend Hello Kitty walker also has wide base for superior stability and grip pads below the walker for Safety. The multi-directional front wheels provides smooth & easier mobility. It is suitable for children from 6 months up to 30 lbs.
The Baby Trend Play Yard in Moonlight is adorable and convenient and will keep your little one entertained and safe for years. The Baby Trend Playard comes complete with a deluxe multi textured mattress pad, a bassinet feature for smaller children, a swing away diaper changer allowing for convenient diapering and a wipes/diaper stacker. Our mobile with three toys will entertain your child . Comes with a Electronic Pod with Music, Sounds & a Night Light. The Baby Trend Playard in Moonlight is completely portable, large casters with brakes provide convenient mobility The push-button fold mechanism allows hassle-free folding, while the convenient carrying bag offers easy travel.
The exciting and innovative Jester Baby Trend Inertia Car Seat features all-new technology that redefines safety and comfort. Reclined more than a traditional car seat, it promotes comfort and health so your child can breathe easily in a more relaxed position. It’s safe and secure, and responds to crash forces by rotating upright resulting in better force distribution. It includes EPS energy-absorbing foam for state of the art impact protection. The BJester Baby Trend Inertia Car Seat has a controlled motion base that installs in two easy steps, with push-button LATCH connectors. The controlled motion base features four recline positions to continue to keep your child safe and comfortable as he or she grows.
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Creative Ideas for some Homemade Flair
Baby food is in an independent food category of it’s own.
Benefits of Homemade Baby Food
Whether you decide to feed your baby store-bought food or make your own, there are certainly some benefits to homemade baby food to fuel your curiosity and creativity. According to webmd.com, parents have found the below reasons to be advantages to making homemade baby food:
- Parents know exactly what they are feeding their baby.
- It may be more economical than buying pre-packaged food, however this is not always the case.
- Parents can choose their own fruits, vegetables, and other foods for purees instead of relying on the flavors chosen by manufacturers.
- It helps baby adjust to eating the same food as the rest of the family, but in puree form.
If you’re curious to try making baby food at home, you will need a food grinder and a way to steam the food—steaming can be the best way to cook ingredients because it preserves the most nutrients.
Peach, Apple, and Pear Puree
Avocado Baby Puree
You made it! Now what?
Babycenter.com suggests the following serving tips:
- Serve the food no warmer than body temperature.
- Use caution if you heat meals in the microwave.
- Only dish out the amount of food you think your baby will eat at that feeding. You will need to throw away what’s left over because your baby’s saliva will get into the mixture and make it easy for bacteria to grow in the food.
- Do not sweeten your baby’s food, and do not use honey or corn syrup, which can cause botulism.
- Use seasonings to flavor your food.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and use them within a couple of days. You can also freeze leftovers in ice cube trays and similar devices.
Promoting Healthy Choices
There are a million ways to bond with baby and some of the best are the healthiest. Whether the weather is warming up or cooling down, these fun mommy-and-me exercises can be done anywhere. Choose from some of the below workouts to do in the comfort of your home or outdoors and enjoy the weather at your local park!
Benefits of Working Out with Baby
Before we explore some ideas of how you can workout with your little one, consider why you should think about incorporating mommy and me workouts into your daily routine.
Aside from the fact that working out with your little one will help you get back into your pre-baby jeans, exercise can help moms mentally as well! Whether a mother or not, exercise helps individuals improve their mental health states and lowers stress levels. Having a newborn baby can be stressful as sleepless nights become more frequent. With that said, try incorporating exercise to help you sleep better.
“Baby carrying, especially in the first six months, is a great way to burn more calories throughout the day as well as helping baby to establish a secure attachment to Mom,” says Helene Byrne, founder of BeFit-Mom.
The baby benefits from the mother-baby bonding too. The interaction you build with your baby through movements that help you feel more confident and self-aware help babies adjust, develop, and grow. As they see you move, you are helping develop their cognitive and physical abilities as they may or may not try to mirror your movements, and understand your place in their space.
Workouts with Wee One
Many fun and easy workouts to start with resemble yoga poses and other dynamic stretches. Consider the “plank” exercise which targets the back, abdominals, buttocks, shoulders, and triceps.
Parents.com instructs that you start on hands and knees, with your baby on his back below you. Lower your forearms to the floor so that your shoulders are directly above your elbows. Slide your knees back about 12 inches, keeping your back flat and your abs contracted. Hold the pose while you sing your baby’s favorite nursery rhyme. Work up from 30 seconds to two minutes.
Baby Bench Press
The “Baby Bench Press” is as simple as it sounds. Lie on your back and hold your baby securely above your chest with arms straight. Lower elbows, keeping arms close to your sides, and then extend arms straight up. Repeat while smiling and making facial interactions with your baby while keeping your arms muscles engaged.
As you push baby in a stroller in front of you, throw in some interval training by speeding up for 30 seconds then slowing down. Add some uphill runs in for added resistance. For additional resistance, do some squats as you stroll around your neighborhood with baby.
Stroller or Regular Crunches
Northjersey.com instructs that you lie on your back next to the stroller facing your baby with your feet flat on the ground, knees bent at 90 degrees. Put your hands behind your head, keeping your elbows back. Squeeze your belly button to your spine and crunch up. As you come up, peek into your stroller, saying “Peek-a-boo” to your baby, and lower back down. Exhale as you come up, keeping your elbows back. Reps: 25.