Great Brain Boosters For Baby

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Great Brain Boosters For Baby

Babies can grow up at an alarming rate (and not just physically!). Their brain, along with their five senses, need the right kind of stimulation for proper development. Some parents start as early as the pregnancy stage by listening to classical music and taking pediatrician-recommended supplements. Once baby is born, however, you should continue to stimulate their mental, visual, auditory, and tactile capabilities with these simple but effective daily brain-boosters.

Talk to your baby all the time

Conversing with your baby in a soothing voice is a great way to bond with them. It’s also highly effective in building language skills and word association. You can read stories out loud with your baby, or simply “narrate” things you do regularly, such as describing the colors during outside strolls, or the texture of certain objects. Doing these will also aid you in developing baby’s visual, auditory, and tactile senses.

However, talking constantly in a loud, intimidating voice must be avoided. Many people are inclined to think that this is a form of discipline, but it will only create negative associations for your baby, and hinder learning progress.

Sing, dance, clap

Let the no-holds-barred silliness help you with your baby’s brain growth. Every chance you get, sing and dance for baby, with or without music. You can also clap along to nursery rhymes and encourage them to do the same. It will help stimulate your child’s coordination skills and spark creativity at an early age.

Regularly provide all baby necessities and comforts

When your baby’s needs and comforts are met regularly, you are providing them with an environment conducive to learning. A baby who’s hungry constantly needs diaper changing, is uncomfortable with the temperature and noise levels in the room, and who’s generally miserable will not be able to learn anything new.

Take baby out for walks

Invest in a durable and comfortable stroller that you can use to take your baby out for daily strolls. Choose one with a sun-protection canopy a reliable safety harness, and durable wheels so you can focus on stimulating your baby’s senses outdoors. Point out trees, interesting cloud formation, and outdoor vignettes that can pique their interest. You can also bring baby to a place that’s filled with nice, aromatic smells, such as a bakeshop or a field of flowers.

Give your child gentle massages

Stimulating by touch, paired with talking in a calm voice, have been proven to aid baby with positive association. Many parents practice baby yoga on their little ones, but tactile development can be as easy as rubbing baby’s legs and arms with a gentle massage oil, and simply rocking them in your arms to sleep.

Get age-appropriate toys

Newborns and babies under a year old can appreciate a softly padded jungle gym. These typically come with playmats they can lie down on, and dangling soft toys of different textures which they can grasp or look at. Some can be installed on cribs and playpens, and can play music. As baby grows, toys usually become more colorful and educational. Soft building blocks and things that run on wheels can help with baby’s brain growth and sensory development.

Before buying a new toy, make sure to look up reviews to see if they are age-appropriate, and meet safety standards. Always be on the lookout for toy recalls so you can avoid those that pose safety and health hazards.

About Shira Stein and PishPoshBaby:
Shira Stein is the lead Mom Rep at online parenting gear company, She drives many of the company’s product selections based on experience, testing and customer feedback. The dream of PishPoshBaby was born out of a desire to find the more reliable baby products and advice available to real moms just like you. Their high-quality online store supplies facts and advice to parents who are completely lost in the whirlwind of baby gear. Visit their site at to see their entire product line and follow their blog. You can also “LIKE” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @pishposhbaby, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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Infanteenie Beenie

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The end of 2014 – beginning of 2015 seems to be the year of the baby boys for our family and friends! When I had Gracie, everyone was having girls. NOW, everyone is having boys…or so it seems! There are so many early 2015 babies already blessing our lives and we could not be more excited to add new itty bitty family and friends to the mix. The best part for me = SHOPPING!

Now that babies are behind me, no more children to be had in this house, I’ve started thoroughly enjoying {more than I use to} shopping and creating fabulous baby gifts for those around me. Today we have the PERFECT hospital gift or add-on baby shower gift. Even little boys need a little pampering bling added to those boring hospital hats. Now, with Infanteenie Beenie, the first thing that new babe puts on for those first pictures can be ever so stylish and adorable!



These sweet little creations STAY PUT on baby’s head, whether there’s a head full of hair or none at all. They are the most ideal little hats for those first days in the hospital, the first days home, and of course those first photo shoots! So unique and clever, what an excellent way to spread the love of the new baby…and her.his style and flair!

Of course the little girl designs of Infanteenie Beenies are divine as well, SO MUCH PINK, I just love it!

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So many beauties to pick from, as soon as you find out what the baby will be, your first purchase should be one of these newborn hospital hats to have on hand for the big day! Again, next time you head to the hospital to meet another infant…here’s a gift to give! Mommy and Daddy will love the memories you are about to give them!

HUGE shout out to my SIL and our newest bundle of joy on the way…due January 2015, A BOY is on his way to give our hearts even more to love!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from Celebrity Baby Trend ExpertRachel Florio-Urso.

Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover from Babee Talk

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

If you’re little one is in a crib or you’re expecting, you may be looking for the perfect crib bumper or cover for you. With the recommendations to not use a crib bumper due to the safety of baby, you might be looking for a good alternative. Many parents get concerned once your little one can climb up and put their mouths on the crib rail. What if I told you Babee Talk has a new product that is both stylish AND practical?

Babee Talk’s new Eco-Teeth Crib Rail is made with 100% natural, Non-GMO, and contains NO chemicals! Babee Talk is committed to producing quality ingredients, working closely with farmers  who’s crops contain NO GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides, or insecstides to maintain honest and healthy ingredients for your little one.



The Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover comes in two different stylish patterns in yellow or pink – perfect for a girl nursery, boy, or gender  neutral if you’re having a surprise! I am absolutely in love with these adorable, modern, and chic patterns – aren’t you!?







I love that I can rely on a company who cares about the health and safety of my child. I feel like it’s so hard to find a company who stays true to who they say they are, and I love how Babee Talk produces quality products and is honest about how and where they’re made. Our babies deserve the best and I trust the quality of these products!

This would make the perfect and stylish baby shower gift for any lucky little newbie on the way! Join Babee Talk on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to check out more “drool-worth” products, too!

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Travel Essentials

Friday, August 22nd, 2014




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It’s easy to overpack with little ones, right? Here are a few travel essentials every mom should have on their list to throw in your bag when on-the-go!

Sunscreen is a huge discussion topic in our house lately. While trying to avoid unnecessary and cancer causing chemicals, I also want to be sure my kids skin is protected. Find out what will be in my beach bag and where you can snag yours!

1. UrbanHalo headbands. These headbands are fashionable, practical, and non-slip! I seriously love mine and have already been wearing it daily at the pool, so without a doubt, this will be a staple during my week long vacation! I love how you can either slip it on with wet hair, dry hair, or while it’s up. It’s the perfect accessory for us moms – you never know when you’ll need to pull your hair back and get dirty with the kiddos!

2. Daddy & Co. Disposable Diaper Changing Pad. These are cute little changing pads for daddy to use while changing baby! I’m a huge fan of Daddy & Co. and they really do think of everything.

3. Daddy & Co. Natural Sunscreen & Bug Spray. I am pretty picky on these types of products when it comes to ingredients and I am so proud to say Daddy & Co. has really done it right! I really do feel good about putting these products on my kids skin. I like to avoid chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone and I was thrilled to see when Daddy & Co. says these products are chemical free – they really are! Only the best for my babies!

4. Pack’Ems, Reusable Snack Bags. Booginhead’s Snack’Ems are my favorite reusable food pouches, so I was psyched to see they came out with Pack’Ems! These are going to be a staple during our week away, because I can easily pack snacks into these cute little reusable bags to trek back and forth and then continue to reuse them. Easy on the environment AND a money saver!! I’ve already washed them several times and they’re still going strong! Perfect to keep on hand for lunchbox treats, too!


Which product is a “must-have” for you when traveling?


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OXO Tot #FirstBites {GIVEAWAY}

Friday, July 18th, 2014

What is that one “baby” product that you are still using, long after said baby is now a toddler or preschooler? For me…that product would be a baby food making machine! For two out of the four children, I made baby food 100% of the time for the first year, until table food was introduced. But, I would always make too much and have to freeze a large portion of it. Let me tell you a little secret for those of you trying to eat healthy and manage life at the same time (especially if there’s a baby in the picture as well) – use the frozen, pureed baby food in the freezer for yourself as well!

A frozen cube of pureed sweet potato mixed with apricot in your morning smoothie is divine! Pureed spinach, green beans with a hint of apples and cinnamon blended into your afternoon power shake…perfection! Not only is baby eating all the right things, you are too and nothing goes to waste!


Gracie is 3 and still enjoys pureed food from time to time. A quick snack, as a side dish with dinner, and definitively when breakfast is on the run. We are now enjoying the baby food making process all over again with our 6 month old niece SJ. I will never tire of making wholesome meals from scratch, no matter the age of the child!

And this time around, we have OXO Tot products to use, enjoy, and praise! The Baby & Toddler collection over at OXO is truly amazing! Everything you need to feed your young one with ease of use, all BPA, phthalate and PVC free.

One of our favorite baby food making recipes that I still make and freeze for my morning smoothies is a mixture of an abundant garden veggie in our back yard and popular fruit that is affordable all year long! Zucchini & apples. With a dash of cinnamon.


– Wash and peel the zucchini
– cut lengthwise and scoop the seeds out
– shred the rest and put aside
– Wash and peel the apples
– Cut into cubes
– Blend together until your desired texture
– Sprinkle in the desired amount of cinnamon, we use a very small dash
– Blend a bit more and DONE!

Now for the SUPER FUN part! Check out this GIVEAWAY:

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