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Posted by New York Baby Show on April 23rd, 2014. Posted in Blog

An important part of getting ready for your baby is organizing all those teeny tiny, super cute new outfits! You’ve washed and folded them and arranged them in size order, so you’ll have just the baby needs as he grows.

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Fast forward. You bring your bundle home and that gown you didn’t use right away because it says 3M doesn’t cover his feet!

Sound familiar?

What are new parents to do? Don’t panic. Here’s everything you need to know about baby clothing!

First, this may be obvious, but it must be stated. Just like you, babies come in all shapes and sizes, a baby may be one size in one brand and another size in another brand.

To make it complicated, baby boys & baby girls are on totally different growth charts, but baby clothing is cut for the average of both sexes.

To make it even more complicated, baby clothing companies are often multinational. Your favorite French brand maybe designed for French-sized babies. Often times, that does not translate well to their American customers.

To sum it all up – using age as a size indicator is a terrible way of buying clothing! Could you imagine going to the store and asking where’s the 21-25 year old section? Where do the 35 year olds shop? Makes no sense at all but this is the standard.

 

Now that you know that age does not indicate size, how do you keep your baby in the right sized outfits?

1. Look for height & weight guidelines on all hang tags and use that as your best size indicator (not age). Many clothing companies (like Magnificent Baby®!) include this information on every single hang tag. Also, keeping in mind that all babies are different – a guideline is in fact a guide, not a rule, but it’s still the best way to pick the right size for your baby.

2. Don’t wait until your baby is 3 months old to wear something that says 3M. Chances are by the time he actually is 3M, he will be too big to wear it. Also One Size does not mean one size fits all. It means that the manufacturer only makes the item in one size OR that its one size fits most.

3. Use your eyeballs before you make a  purchase and before you cut off any tags. Even if an outfit says an age range on the tag, if it looks more similar to items in another size range, chances are you are right.

4. Wash and use outfits as you go. If your baby has a growth spurt, you may be able to go back to the store and exchange the items she couldn’t use for a bigger size if the item is still saleable (original condition, hang tags intact).

5. Don’t assume that one brand’s items will fit your baby across the board.

This is especially true if you are buying from an international company that manufactures in different countries and makes different styles. A footie is not always a footie. Use height and weight guidelines printed on the tag or take the eyeball approach.

6. Mentally get over the fact that your 4 week old is in a 3M size because as you now know, age as a size is meaningless. Now, could somebody point me to where I can buy a size 21 year old? How about a 242M size?

This handy guide is brought to you by Lauren, co-founder of Magnificent Baby® – the Smart Close Magnetic-Fastening baby clothing company, and a new mom herself. She is addicted to Smart Close and only freaked out a tiny bit when her 7M baby needed size 12M outfits even though she wrote this.

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 21st, 2014. Posted in Blog

Many baby products, especially baby wipes contain chemicals. Nasty chemicals.  These chemicals can be dangerous and cause nasty reactions for babies. All baby wipes simply add chemical preservatives and stack them on the shelves for up to 36 months. Even the ‘natural’ and ‘eco-friendly’ wipes contain potential skin irritants such as methylisothiazolinioneformaldehyde, polysorbate 20  and potassium laureth phosphate. These are ingredients you do not want to put on your baby’s skin!

A baby’s skin can be up to 7 times thinner than that of adults. Therefore a baby’s skin is less resilient than adult’s skin. You change your baby up to 10 times a day, 70 times a week. That is an awful lot of chemicals being applied to your baby’s skin over a week. You would not like to put this amount on your skin so why would you do it to your newly born sensitive baby who is especially susceptible to external irritants.

Any products that you use from baby wipes to creams you should make sure you check the ingredients list so you know exactly what is in the products you are using.

Good thing not all baby wipes contain such chemicals that can lead to diaper rashes or other skin problems.

WaterWipes is the first chemical-free baby wipe brought to the market. Free from chemicals and preservatives, WaterWipes are 99.9% water with 0.1% fruit extract, making them safe for newborns and infants.  They are the only baby wipes approved by Allergy UK. This states that the have been tested to prove it is efficient on reducing or removing allergens.

WaterWipes (www.waterwipes.com) are suitable for all babies, particularly those with sensitive skin; they are extra soft and absorbent, and leave no greasy residue.  The tiny amount of grapefruit seed extract acts as a gentle, natural skin conditioner, stabiliser and protector. The combination of 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract is pH neutral, non-toxic, anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, fragrance free and eco friendly.

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Information provided by WaterWipes.

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 18th, 2014. Posted in Blog

How to prepare for a stress-free summer vacation

Whether you’re taking the kids to the beach or visiting a national park this year, summer travel for new parents can be both exciting and exhausting. Planning around nap times, feeding schedules and your children’s comfort can be stressful. For parents of young children, finding ways to alleviate travel burdens can be the key to a successful family vacation.

Below are some helpful tips to keep your summer travels organized and stress-free:

Create Your Packing List:

If this is your first trip with your new baby or toddler, you’re probably overwhelmed by the seemingly endless packing list from diapers and toys to sunscreen. The best way to stay organized and avoid over- or under-packing is to prepare a list of your family’s needs. Research your destination and identify necessities, such as medications or special clothing for activities.  Don’t forget that your child may need to adjust to his or her new surroundings, so consider bringing comfort items like blankies and favorite stuffed animals.

Travel Lightly:

Anyone who has traveled with children knows that keeping it light is critical. Heavy strollers and baby equipment are tough enough to pack and carry, let alone with a suite of suitcases. The best way to lighten the load is to find children’s products that are specifically designed for travel and can be used for multiple purposes, such as BABYBJÖRN’s Travel Crib Light. Weighing only 13 pounds, the crib is easily assembled in one quick movement, making it an ideal travel accessory. It can be used as a temporary bed at night and as a playpen during the day. And, when not in use, it folds compactly in its carrying case for easy storage in your trunk or closet or under the bed.

Don’t Rush It:

Traveling with small children can be hectic enough without rushing, so take your time. While it may be tempting to get to your destination as quickly as possible, it can add unnecessary stress to your trip. Make sure to plan enough travel time so you can make frequent stops, and add in some leeway for those unexpected delays, such as an extra potty break. Try mapping out your journey, and tag places of interest along the way to visit. While you may not get there as fast, you’ll enjoy a smoother and happier travel experience.

Be Safe:

Your children’s safety is always top-of-mind; so how can you manage their safety and your own anxiety while traveling? Research the location you’re traveling to, and prepare your own first aid kit before you hit the road with things like sunscreen and bug repellent. Be aware of any hazards in your temporary accommodations, and make sure you have a secure place for your child to play and sleep. Products such as the Travel Crib Light sit firmly on the floor, making it a safe place to sleep and play for babies and toddlers alike.

Have Fun:

With the right preparation, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic summer vacation and make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy the time together, and don’t sweat the small stuff!

For more information about baby products, visit www.babybjorn.com.

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Information Provided by Baby Bjorn

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 16th, 2014. Posted in Blog

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Whether you are a new mom with a baby heading to daycare for the first time or a seasoned pro, it’s always helpful to have a checklist prepared before you send your little one off.  You can always ask your daycare if they have a list prepared since they will know what’s best to bring for their program, but if they don’t, we’ve rounded up some of the essentials.

In Your Baby’s Diaper Bag

Baby bottles with breast milk and/or formula

Blanket for nap time

Inside/outdoor shoes

3 changes of clothes (weather appropriate)

Diapers/pull ups

Bedding/sheets

Burp cloth(s)

Baby Wipes

Sippy Cup

Pacifier(s)

Snacks

Bib(s)

Items to Keep at the Daycare

Crib toys/lovey

Prescription medication

Sunscreen

Allergy information

Diapers/pull ups

Baby wipes

Diaper cream

Gas drops

Above all else, make sure to label EVERYTHING! We suggest Name Bubbles labels, as they are waterproof, dishwasher safe, and keep it all coming home. Not to mention, there are tons of varieties and personalized choices that make it fun.

Click here for a printable version of the checklist shown above that will keep you organized, provide peace of mind, and help you impress your caregivers by showing up with all your ducks in a row!

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Information Provided by Name Bubbles

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 10th, 2014. Posted in Blog

 

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 Most expectant and new parents view the search for childcare with at least some amount of dread, and why shouldn’t they? Whether your search for a nanny has started before your child is born, when you’re frantically outfitting a nursery and coordinating your birth plan, or after, when you’d prefer to spend your few quiet moments sleeping, it’s never easy to hire a caregiver. We get it—each of us wants our child to be cared for by a loving, responsible, individual—a Supernanny. So where to start the search for Mary Poppins?  Here are three ways to identify the best candidates for the job.

 

1.       Word of Mouth

If there’s one thing you can do with a sleeping baby on your chest, it’s text your pals! Send a mass e-mail to friends in your area asking for recommendations and let them know it’s okay to forward your query on to others. Good nannies tend to find new employment via their current employers, since most families are eager to help their beloved nannies find new work when it’s time for a family to  move on. Make sure you include as much information about hours and days as you can to save yourself the trouble of fielding calls from nannies whose schedules don’t match. If you belong to a parents’ listserv, Facebook page, or other online group, now is the time to harness the power of social media. Post about the position and let other parents send you references, and don’t forget to ask them if they’ve previously obtained background screening on their nanny. (Older searches may need to be updated.)

Tip: Start early.  It may take a couple of rounds of posts and queries before you find a match.

2.       Nanny Agency

Far and away the most expensive option, finding your nanny through a traditional nanny agency can set you back thousands of dollars. If you contract with a reputable agency, your money should be getting you a fully-screened, professional nanny who fits your specific requirements, plus a guarantee from the agency (in your contract) that if the nanny isn’t  a good fit they will assist you in finding a replacement. The very best agencies attract a talented pool of caregivers who have passed several rounds of interviews and all relevant background checks. The agency handpicks nannies from this pool and sends them to you to be interviewed, whereupon you meet a candidate knowing that she’s a fully-vetted professional. Still, there are hundreds of nanny agencies out there, not all of which are rigorous in their selection process. Before you sign on the dotted line make sure you understand exactly what you’re paying for—you don’t want to find out later that a background report isn’t included in the fees you paid the agency.

Tip: Do your homework.  A little research will help you to find a reputable agency.   

3.       Online Sources

 With most online nanny-finder services, you’ll pay a membership fee in order to access postings or to post your own job advertisement. Remember, these individuals have not been pre-screened so you will need to conduct your own background check. As with nanny agencies, the quality of the service can vary. Good online nanny-finder services can be great resources for accessing a large pool of candidates quickly, and often these sites offer extremely helpful information and tools for you, the employer, relating to a nanny’s hiring, such as details about your tax responsibilities and salary payment tools.

Tip: Before you pay a membership fee, find out more about the site’s traffic:  How many individuals you can expect to view your post?  How many new postings can you expect to browse each week?    

Information provided by NannyTrack

Posted by New York Baby Show on May 10th, 2013. Posted in Blog

There are so many new things to plan for and learn about when becoming a parent. Many of us find that despite our many years of schooling, training, college degrees and work experience, we are often at a loss at this new juncture in our lives.

One very critical step in this process is establishing the proper setting for your growing family. Suddenly apartment hunting is complicated by so many new considerations that never occurred to you before. Here are some helpful tips to think about during your search.

Create a check list and begin researching answers to several important questions which will ultimately affect your life:

__ Is the apartment in a good school zone? There are plenty of great resources out there to help you, including: http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolsearch/ and http://www.greatschools.org/

__ Are there local day care centers?

__ Where is the closest hospital and are there good pediatricians in the neighborhood?

__ Are you close to public transportation? Running around town with a stroller is a whole new ball game.

__ What about nearby playgrounds and kids’ programs? Are there other kids to play with?

__ How close are you to a local park or green space to introduce your child to nature and picnics?

__ What about local restaurants and shopping when you finally get some “me” time or schedule a date night?

 

Once you have answers to your questions and prioritized your criteria, you hone in on a neighborhood that works for you. As you look through listings for apartments in your price range, try to avoid broker fees. If you are a pet owner, don’t forget to filter your search based on pet-friendly apartments, though you may find your list narrowing significantly.

At this point in the process, there is often a moment of truth, where you see what kind of value is offered on your budget. You may find yourself trading square footage for rent budget. But don’t undermine the amount of space that the new little one in your life will require, including the crib, changing table, stroller, dresser, play area and toy chest. Before you know it, that little one will grow up and need plenty of space to run around, as will the next sibling that inevitably follows. Ideally, you want to find an apartment, or at the very least, a community where your family can expand over a long stretch of time.

It may sound like a harrowing task, but fortunately, there are still plenty of great apartment homes for growing families in the city.

Information provided by Peter Cooper Village / Stuyvesant Town

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 30th, 2013. Posted in Blog

Honey is an all-natural, versatile ingredient that can easily transition between the kitchen, gym and bathroom vanity. This one-ingredient wonder is as pure as it gets and it’s delivered straight from the bees to you.

Americans consume approximately 1.3 pounds of honey per person annually, and they are finding more and more uses for this natural ingredient daily. Whether mixing it into sweet or savory dishes, adding spoonfuls to tea and other beverages, or drizzling it over biscuits, toast and muffins, consumers are realizing the uniqueness and versatility of honey.
Honey is one of the few back-to-basic ingredients that you can incorporate into your daily routine, using it as a kitchen staple, an energy booster, a beauty aid and a cough suppressant. Honey is an ingredient that you can feel good about using and there are countless ways to take advantage of one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Honey’s versatility is endless. Discover what it can do for you…

 Countless Culinary Uses
More than ever, people care about the ingredients that go into their food. Wholesome, all-natural ingredients are often sought after and preferred. It is hard to imagine anything more pure and natural than one-ingredient honey. Produced by bees from the nectar of plants and flowers, honey essentially flows from hive to table.

Honey’s unique properties and range of flavor profiles make it the perfect ingredient to inspire any recipe. Honey also provides balance to any dish, complementing and enhancing a variety of foods and flavors, both sweet and savory.

From the Pantry to the Vanity
Forget expensive lotions and potions to moisturize and replenish your skin. Honey is a natural humectant and belongs in your bathroom vanity, in addition to your kitchen panty.

Not only is honey pure and natural, but it also attracts and retains moisture, qualities that can help keep skin hydrated and glowing. According to a double-blind clinical study to determine the effects of honey and moisturizers on skin conducted by an independent laboratory, honey was shown to effectively moisturize the skin.

With a long history of being a sweet treat for the skin, beauty manufacturers have utilized honey’s skin moisturizing benefits by using it in everything from hand lotions and moisturizers to bar soaps and bubble bath elixirs. Just add a little honey to your normal moisturizing routine to provide a homemade alternative to store-bought products and reap the benefits of this liquid gold. For some extra pampering, try whipping up a simple beauty recipe for a do-it-yourself (DIY) luxurious spa treatment.

Combat Coughs Naturally
Each year, consumers spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter (OTC) medications to soothe their coughs. However, honey has been used for centuries as a natural cough suppressant. It can help to soothe and relieve the irritation of a cough for both adults and children alike.

Honey is a great alternative to the commonly used dextromethorphan (DM), which is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American College of Chest Physicians for children under 6 years of age. According to a recent study, just a small dose of honey given before bedtime provided the greatest improvement of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children over one year of age compared to DM and no treatment.

 

Information provided by National Honey Board

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 23rd, 2013. Posted in Blog

So it’s time to choose a pediatrician. It’s a pretty important decision. After all, this is your child’s health. The person you will call every time they get sick or have a mishap. The #1 source for advice on nutrition, vaccinations and development. The doctor they will see for, potentially, the next 20 years of their life.

No pressure, right?

Choosing your child’s pediatrician can seem stressful or overwhelming, and there are many factors to consider. Fortunately, you have plenty of resources available to aid you in your decision including: friends, family, neighbors, as well as trusted books and online sources. We’ve compiled our own list of the top 5 things to look for when choosing your child’s pediatrician. The alliteration was (almost) unintentional:

Additions

There are health resources and specialists your family may need outside of the regular check-ups. Fortunately, there are quite a few practices that provide these services in-house at least once or several times a week. While you’re breastfeeding, for instance, an in-house lactation consultant can be an invaluable source of advice and support. As your child grows dietitians and nutritionists can offer you a game plan for your child’s nutritional health. Does the practice hold information sessions for specific issues? Having these resources under one roof can offer you convenience and peace of mind.

Availability

Was it difficult to schedule a first consultation? When you arrive, is the waiting room packed? While a busy office may be a sign of a great doctor, it may also mean tough appointment scheduling. Arm yourself with questions for the staff: how far in advance do I need to schedule visits? What happens after the doctor’s office closes? Is there an on-call nurse or physician? You should also take your own schedule under consideration. Do you need after-school or evening hours? Weekends? Walk-in hours? Make a list of these questions and bring them with you to the first meeting.

Access

No app, website, or technology is ever going to replace the office visit. What these services can do is greatly enhance the communication you have with your child’s doctor in between these visits. When interviewing potential pediatricians you need to ask yourself what type of parent you are. If the ability to schedule visits online, access health records from a secure portal, or even just shoot the doctor a quick message is a convenience you want, then make sure your doctor is at least open to these modes of communication. Remember, even if your pediatrician uses online tools, spend some time chatting with them about proper usage. Physicians have to follow privacy guidelines and some activities that seem second nature to us – sending pictures via text for example – may violate these policies.

Awareness

In 2012 alone the American Academy of Pediatrics made important new recommendations about vaccine schedules, breastfeeding, and circumcision. These are all stories you may hear about when you switch on the news or peruse your Twitter feed, but you also want assurance that your pediatrician is constantly tuned into this data. Remember, your child could potentially see this same doctor from age 0 -21. Does the pediatrician offer any news updates to parents in the form of online newsletters, mailings, or phone calls? Are they present on a blog or social media site? Take a good look around the doctor’s office, and check for postings with messages for parents.

Acceptance

What is your opinion on certain vaccinations? What about breastfeeding and formula? The ideal pediatrician will work with you to discuss treatment plans that work with your lifestyle, as long as those treatments directly benefit your child’s health. Your child’s healthcare should involve dialogue as frequently as possible. The doctor should be willing to listen, respect your opinions, and discuss options. But keep in mind: this ideal pediatrician should also be willing to tell you when your notions are wrong (gently, of course, and with the facts to back it up).

Don’t be afraid to meet with several doctors before you choose the one that is right for you. But it’s important to remember that your intuition will be your best guide. Whether it takes days or weeks, ultimately you will know on your own when you find the right doctor for your child. There are so many great pediatricians out there, and armed with the right information, you’ll find the perfect one for you.

Information provided by pingmd

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 8th, 2013. Posted in Blog

Summer is filled with fun outdoor activities, but these pastimes don’t come without a cost to your little one’s skin. In fact, it only takes two to three blistering sunburns as a child to potentially double the risk of melanoma later in life, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Although we can blame the sun for more than 90 percent of all cases of skin cancer, 33 percent of us don’t protect our skin regularly. You can help protect your children from the sun’s rays year-round by teaching the importance of proper skin care with these practical tips:

Protect your child’s skin early. The sun can be especially harsh on infants, whose sensitiveskin is easily burned. As children grow, their thin, tender and sensitive skin becomes thicker and more protective. If baby’s

skin – her biggest organ – is damaged, it lessens her ability to fight infection and regulate temperature.

Ideally, baby should not be exposed to direct sunlight during her first several months of life. If avoiding direct sun exposure is impossible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends protecting baby’s exposed skin (even babies under six months of age) with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays – known as the “aging rays” – lead to wrinkles, spots and skin cancer. UVB rays – known as “burning rays” – sizzle the top layer of the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.

Choose physical sunscreens. For a child’s sensitive skin, use a physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide – key ingredients that offer the safest level of protection and the least risk of skin irritation. A physical sunscreen coats the skin, deflects UV rays and protects almost immediately after application. By contrast, the skin must absorb chemical sunscreen in order for it to be effective – chemical ingredients may increase risk of irritation and delay protection against UV rays if less than 20-30 minutes have elapsed since application.

Protect against irritants.  Although manufacturers are more aware of consumers’ concerns about potentially harmful ingredients in sunscreen, many ingredients in sun products have the potential to irritate a child’s sensitive skin. Look for lotions without oxybenzone, phthalates, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum or waxes to minimize potential irritants in sunscreen.

Because baby’s mouth may come in contact with areas of skin where sunscreen has been applied, safe, non-toxic physical sunscreens are the obvious choice. Chemical sunscreens contain non-ingestible ingredients that should only be used on older children.

More on Sun Safety when I see you all at the New York Baby Show!  I will be speaking from the drugstore.com booth on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Until then, protect yourselves and your little ones from the sun’s harmful rays, and make sure your breast-fed babies are taking a daily vitamin D supplement!
 

 

Information provided by Dr. JJ Levenstein, who will be at the New York Baby Show.

Posted by New York Baby Show on April 3rd, 2013. Posted in Blog

Nothing may be more upsetting for parents than when their baby is having trouble breathing. Nasal aspirators are an important part of helping your baby breathe easier, sleep better and be healthier.

Aspirators work by using suction to draw stagnant mucus out of the baby’s nasal canal. Stagnant mucus is a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to colds, sinus or ear infections, and bronchitis.  There are a variety of respiratory problems in babies which can be exacerbated by stagnant mucus so the best idea is to clean your baby’s nose regularly.

When you have a stuffy nose you reach for tissues and blow your nose every time it gets hard to breathe. When you are a baby and you can’t breathe, you do what comes naturally – cry. That’s what makes a nasal aspirator so important. You can use it every time your baby’s nose becomes blocked, clearing their breathing passages and helping your baby rest easier.

If used correctly a nasal aspirator is  completely painless. Your baby may be initially surprised by the noise of the vacuum, but they won’t be feeling any discomfort. In fact, just the opposite. As the nasal aspirator clears their nasal passages of stagnant mucus they will immediately feel the effects of being able to breathe easier.

Unlike certain medications, there are no harmful side effects of using a nasal aspirator and you can use it as often as you might blow your own nose. Also, when cleaned regularly, a nasal-aspirator will remain sterile and completely harmless to your baby.

 

Information provided by Baby-Vac

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