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Nuna SENA Pack and Play

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Two weeks everyone! I cannot even believe that we will be introducing our new baby girl to the world in just about two weeks! This pregnancy has completely flown right by and I’m left here in these final weeks with my head spinning as we try to be sure everything is ready for her arrival!

One thing on my list for this third baby I never used with our second is a pack and play. I ended up borrowing one so often when Lavery was a baby, I decided it was a pure necessity this time around. Not to mention the nursery is upstairs and I knew I would want somewhere comfy and cozy set up for her downstairs to nap and keep some of the things we’ll need regularly on hand without having to rush up and down the stairs all the time.

You know I’m a HUGE fan of the Nuna brand; they really make quality and modern products that I really do love. The Nuna LEAF is still one of my favorite products I cannot wait to use, and know I will every day! With that being said, the Nuna Sena was a no brainer. I had looked at some pack and plays and realized really quickly some of them out there are huge, bulky, and just not very practical for our needs. I need something easy and compact to keep out in the office, but that will also make traveling a breeze. What parent doesn’t want ease of mobility and convenience when you’re traveling with a baby in tow!?

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Some of my favorite features of the Nuna Sena include :

  • Safe and sturdy frame. The aluminum frame proves it’s made with quality, which means it will serve its purpose for keeping baby cozy and safe.
  • Breathable fabric. Suffocation is a huge concern for newborns and this breathable fabric will help eliminate those new mom fears.
  • Compact and easy to fold. This pack and play is daddy approved in our house! We had it out of the box and put together within minutes and it folds up so easy, I know this will make traveling so much less difficult with a newborn thrown into the mix.
  • Removable bassinet, so we can use it now while baby is little, but can take it out as she gets bigs. You definitely get your money’s worth with this one!

A pack and play can serve so many different purposes. I love how you can even snag some great accessories to really make the most of out of it. We plan to get the changer to add to ours so we can easily change baby downstairs instead of running up and down for diaper changes throughout the day. That will also be easy to toss in our car to take on-the-go too!

Have a little one at home or on the way? Make your life easier with Nuna. The products are made with such amazing quality, I can’t imagine using anything else. On my third baby, I’ve finally found the perfect brand that I know we will be able to use for years to come!

Join me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, because the baby countdown is ON! Soon you’ll be able to spot our newest arrival in a sweet slumber in the Sena and cozy in her LEAF Curv too!

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Naturepedic 2-in-1 Ultra Baby Crib Mattress

Friday, April 17th, 2015

When I was expecting for the first time, if you had told me I should look at organic anything; I probably would have looked at you like a deer in headlights. Clueless was an understatement when it came to my decisions. Growing up, organic was probably never even spoken in my household, so who was I to know what to look for when choosing products for my baby?  Then, when I had my daughter, I started to do some things differently. This third time around, I feel like I finally have a full grasp on how I plan to navigate this parenting journey we’re on. One of the biggest debates I dealt with this pregnancy (and trust me, there were A LOT) was whether or not to purchase an organic crib mattress.

I know so many things out there are not really necessary when it comes to baby gear and every parent makes the choice that’s right for them and their budget, but I spent a lot of time figuring out what choice was right for us. I mean, really… how harmful can a mattress really be? Both of my other kids used the same old mattress I bought when pregnant with Landyn (6+ years ago.) I may have upgraded them when they both got into their big kid beds and went with chemical free options, but they still turned out fine and healthy… why would I do it now?

 

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When our family started making changes to the food we were eating, it was a while before it dawned on me… we should be changing much more than our food! I started being aware of harmful chemicals in our shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent – everything! Then I started researching the chemicals in crib mattresses. You know that nasty smell whenever you bring home a new mattress? What if I told you those were chemicals being radiated into your baby while they slept? One of the many reasons we chose Naturepedic.

Why Naturepedic? What Make’s It So Different?

One of the things I was immediately drawn to when researching Naturepedic and their products, were the many certifications and partnerships they hold with many green organizations. It takes a lot of qualifications to get certified organic and recognized by some really trustworthy organizations and Naturepedic has passed all of those tests! What else?

Naturepedic products :

  • Contain NO harmful chemicals!
  • Contain NO allergen materials.. this one is huge for me, growing up with asthma!
  • Uses natural and organic materials wherever possible
  • Practical Design – the 2-in-1 mattress we chose provides a quilted plush side and a waterproof side, so our baby can grow with the mattress!
  • Naturepedic also goes through third party testing and verification
  • GREENGUARD® certified

 

Naturepedic Organic Cotton 2-in-1 Ultra Crib Mattress

Naturepedic 2-in-1 ultra crib mattress

The 2-in-1 Ultra Crib Mattress not only provides safety, but comfort for baby. I love that each side offers something different, an organic cotton quilted fabric for a luxurious feel, or organic cotton waterproof fabric for practicality when baby is small and messes are likely to occur. The hypoallergenic design is great to reduce risk of allergies and asthma, and both sides of the mattress offer comfortable sleep arrangements while remaining firm and safe as well.

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You might be wondering how Naturepedic passes the fire safety test without containing all of those harmful chemicals discussed above? As described directly from the Naturepedic website :

Due to our innovative natural design and intelligent mattress construction, Naturepedic passes all Federal and State flammability standards without the use of any fire retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers. This is achieved through superior product design, the use of more natural materials (i.e. organic cotton fabric, organic cotton fiber and pla batting) and the elimination of polyurethane foam. Learn more HERE.

 In addition, Naturepedic provides a LIFETIME WARRANTY which is super appealing to us parent’s knowing we have the peace of mind when choosing this product that we are going to get what we pay for.

Thanks to Naturepedic, I now can say I feel so confident in our choices for baby and I love that they provide a quality product that we can trust. If you’re on the fence and wondering whether you really need to go organic, I would say definitely do your research. Every parent should make a decision based on their own desires for their baby, and when you’re ready to take the plunge… Naturepedic has several options to choose from! Their baby selections have something for every parent’s desires for their sweet bundles.

Okay sweet girl… we’re ready to bring you home and let you sleep soundly… and safely as a Naturepedic kid!!!

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Special March Promotion from Nuna!

Friday, March 13th, 2015

We really love the quality products Nuna produces, so I’m so excited to share this fabulous promotion with you! We have the LEAF Curv and I absolutely LOVE it — and I cannot wait to get my hands on the Sena either! BUT… if you’re in the market for a new seat for baby, March’s promotion is simply too good to pass up! You can score a FREE LEAF Seat Pad Accessory ($89.95 value!!)

This would make the PERFECT baby shower gift and snag something a little extra with your purchase during the whole month of March! Expecting a baby and looking for the perfect natural seat baby will love? Read my full review to learn more about how much we love the Nuna LEAF Curv and snag one for yourself (or someone you know expecting – – it will be their favorite gift!!)

Nuna March Promotion - FREE LEAF Seat Pad Accessory!

 

For the month of March, purchase a LEAF or LEAF curv and receive a free LEAF seat pad accessory ($89.95 value).

Use promocode: styleyourleaf at shopnuna.com

Tips To Help Baby Sleep : National Sleep Awareness Month

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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Ollie Swaddle Founder Hindi Zeidman Offers Up Her Best Yawn-Inducing Baby Sleep Tips for National Sleep Awareness Month

Regulate the Temperature in Baby’s Room—Keep your baby’s room warmer during the day and cooler at night. The optimal temperature for infant sleep is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Install Dimmers on Bedroom and Nursery Lights—Lighting is a key way to regulate babies’ circadian rhythm, which is the body’s internal clock. Purchase dimmer units at your local hardware store.

Practice Baby Massage Before Naps & Bedtime—Newborns who receive a relaxing massage before naps and bedtime fell asleep faster and slept more soundly than those who didn’t have one. Simply give your child a 15-minute massage using slow strokes and moderate pressure with a massage oil made for babies.

Smaller is Sometimes Better—Newborns tend to prefer a smaller space to sleep such as a bassinet or Moses basket versus a crib. Babies feel safer and more protected.

Know Your Baby’s Sleep Signals—Although all babies are different, many show similar signs when tired and ready for sleep such as rubbing eyes, tugging on ears, and acting fussier than usual. At this point, try putting your baby down. If you wait longer than that to put your baby down, he may be overtired and have trouble falling asleep.

Naptime–You will get to know your baby’s nap schedule and how it affects his sleep at night.  Some babies sleep best at night when they have had several good naps throughout the day.  Others need less nap time in order to have a solid night’s sleep.  Give it a little time and take note of your baby’s habits.

Swaddle Your Baby—Babies like swaddling because it mimics the feeling of the womb. Swaddling helps infants sleep longer and reduces spontaneous arousal. It also reduces crying among irritable infants and lowers the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Bedtime Routine–Babies thrive on routines, so create a specific routine as early as you can and stick to it.  This routine may include a nightly bath, singing a song, reading a story together, an official clothing change into pajamas, and saying “goodnight” to stuffed animals.

Nighttime Feedings–When you are up with your baby for late night feedings, try and keep him in “sleep mode,” meaning keep him swaddled, keep lights dimmed and it’s not absolutely necessary to change a diaper unless you can feel that it’s really wet. This will make the return to sleep much easier.

Awake but Tired—It’s important to put your baby down when they are still slightly awake or just ready to doze off rather than when they are sound asleep. You’re setting your child up for better sleeping habits for years to come. They need to learn early on that they can do this without you. This teaches self-soothing and they learn the ability to settle in on their own (this does not mean leaving them screaming or in need), but there’s no need to rush to the nursery for every movement or sound.

There’s No One Perfect Way—Although the tips listed above are helpful and can help create good habits, there’s no one perfect way. You have to do what’s best for your family. Don’t beat yourself up if you need to bring the baby into your room so you can get some sleep too.

To learn more about the Ollie Swaddle visit Ollie World. You can also follow them on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram. #keepcalmandswaddleon.

NEW Layette Collection by Skip Hop!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Skip Hop's New Layette Collection

 

 

To say we’re excited to welcome another little lady into the family, is a complete understatement! I’ve been super busy cleaning what we have left from our older daughter and buying all the cute girl things to accommodate a second little princess in the house! I was so excited to check out the brand new layette collection by Skip Hop.. and was even more excited to spot the collection in my local baby store recently too!

I absolutely adorprd_279139e this entire collection! Skip Hop is already a huge name in the baby world and you likely have one of their diaper bags, accessories, or bath time or mealtime necessities already, but this new collection completely fits the bill for a modern and functional style every mom will love!

The adorable chevron prints (of course every option comes in girl colors, boy colors, or gender neutral,) are my absolute favorite!

The sleek design features side snap buttons making those tough and quick changes in the middle of the night that much easier! Not only do the sleepers feature the modern side snap design, but the long and short sleeve bodysuits do too!

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The bibs are made with a reversible design making them not only functional, but super stylish – get two for the price of one! I think one of my favorite things about the collection as a whole is all of the pieces are cohesive, so they can all be paired together — and you can mix and match!

Pair the cute cotton pants with a bodysuit, toss a bib and little hat in the diaper bag, and you’re good to go! You can use the same bib with a new outfit the next day if you need to, because they all match.

If you’re expecting, or know someone who is – find the collection at a store near you.. you really can’t go wrong with any of the sweet and practical pieces from the collection. Our little lady is going to be quite the fashionista with these hanging in her closet, don’t you think!?

 

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