Out of Print creates clothing and accessories featuring art from well known book covers. They’ve recently introduced an adorable line of baby onesies that are perfect for any little bookworm.
Available designs include:
The bodysuits come in 5, 12, 18, and 24 month sizes. They sell for $22 each on the Out of Print website. You can also add a copy of the book itself to your order, if you’re buying a baby shower gift or just trying to build your child’s library.
What’s wonderful about the Out of Print onesies, in addition to the pure cuteness factor, is that each purchase donates a book to a child in a needy community. Having access to age appropriate reading materials is one of the best ways to promote literacy among young children, but many kids in low income families have few or no books at their disposal.
By picking up a cute new outfit for your son or daughter, you can help ensure that all children have a chance to learn about the magic of a good book. To date, Out of Print has helped donate 600,000 books to communities in need through their partnership with Books For Africa.
What do you think about the Out of Print onesies? Is there a special book you’d like to see added to this collection?
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Positional plagiocephaly, also known as Flat Head Syndrome, is a condition that results in a deformity of a baby’s skull due to pressure on the soft spots of the head during the first few months of life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the number of babies diagnosed with this condition is on the rise, most likely due to the recommendation that babies be put on their back to sleep due to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The Lifenest Sleep System, created by ubiMED, is based on the design of a hammock. It creates a little nest for your baby to sleep in and provides a larger surface area for his or her head. This redistributes pressure away from the soft spots and reduces the risk of Flat Head Syndrome.
The hypoallergenic netting is dust mite free and allows your baby to still breathe comfortably if he or she flips over during naptime.
The Lifenest Sleep System is designed to be used with babies from birth to five months or 20 pounds. It fits inside any standard baby crib. Visit the ubiMED website to learn more.
Flat Head Syndrome, once thought of as purely an aesthetic problem, has been linked to significantly lower mean scores on neurodevelopmental tests. So, an investment in a product like the Life Nest Sleep System is an easy way to protect your baby from a condition with potentially lifelong effects.
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If you’re looking for a diaper bag that your husband won’t complain about carrying around when he’s taking junior to the park, SoYoung’s Charlie bag looks like a great choice.
Instead of being decorated with cutesy cartoon characters, pastel colors, or feminine floral prints, the Charlie bag provides stylish and sophisticated storage. It’s designed to appeal to Dads, but it’s a bag you won’t mind carrying yourself.
The Charlie bag includes a laminated changing mat, a reinforced bottom, insulated side bottle pockets, a shoulder strap with detachable comfort grip padding, a cell phone pocket, and a removable key clip. It measures 15″W x 10″H x 7″D. It’s made from sturdy canvas that is PVC, pthalate, and BPA-free.
SoYoung’s Charlie bag is available in slate, khaki, and black. It sells for $174.99 and is available online or at various retailers throughout the United States and Canada.
The Charlie bag sells for more than double what my diaper bag cost, but I like that this bag can be transformed into a backpack when you’re done. It can also fit a 13 inch laptop, which is a feature I haven’t seen in a lot of other diaper bags.
If I was in the market for another diaper bag and had the money to spend, I’d definitely be open to buying the Charlie bag. I know the black bag would get my husband’s stamp of approval.
What do you think of the Charlie bag? Would your husband appreciate having a more “manly” diaper bag or is he not fussy about such things?
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Personally, I hate surprises. When I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to know immediately if I was having a boy or a girl. Having to wait for the ultrasound was hard enough. I never would have made it to the delivery room without knowing.
But, if you’ve decided to wait to find out the sex of your baby or you’ve been invited to a baby shower where the parents haven’t found out what they’re having, TwoTara can help. This company sells a line of reversible baby hats, onesies, sleepers, and rompers. They are pink on one side and blue on the other.
TwoTara is pronounced too-tahr-uh and named after the tuatara, a chameleon-like lizard that changes color over time.
TwoTara prices range from $5 for one size baby mitts to $35 for footie pajamas in newborn or 0-3 sizes. Visit the TwoTara website to check out the whole collection.
Although reversible clothes are certainly handy if you don’t know the gender of your baby, I can’t help but think they’d also be smart if you were planning on having mulitple children and wanted to make sure that your hand-me-downs would work well for a boy or girl. There’s nothing wrong with green and yellow, but I doubt anyone wants to limit their baby’s whole wardrobe to just two colors for the sake of preserving the future hand-me-down potential.
What do you think of this idea? Would you buy reversible baby clothes if you didn’t know the gender of your baby?
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My husband and I used the cry-it-out method, but it only took a night or two for our son to sleep soundly on his own. I suspect we were just lucky though. I’ve heard stories from moms who said their babies wailed for hours on end. I wouldn’t have been able to handle more than a night or two of a crying baby!
If the cry-it-out method isn’t working for you, Elizabath Pantley’s recently released ebook version of The No-Cry Sleep Solution looks like it might be worth a look. This book is an enhanced version that includes 14 videos with Pantley answering common sleep training questions from parents.
As a parent educator and a mother of four, she comes across as calm and reassuring, which is exactly what any sleep-deprived new mother needs.
Pantley’s approach focuses on using gentle techniques to help your baby go to sleep without crying. Her approach focuses on providing stable routines and positive associations with bedtime. She offers advice for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding moms and suggestions for both co-sleeping and crib sleeping.
Even though I practiced the cry-it-out approach with my son, I agree with many of Pantley’s tips about setting a routine for your baby. I’m naturally the type of person who thrives on a routine, so I think my tendency towards order probably helped a bit when it came to setting up a good sleep pattern for my son.
The No-Cry Sleep Solution has a 4 1/2 star rating on Amazon. Many first time parents praised the book and say Pantley’s approach was a lifesaver when it came to getting their children to sleep through the night. Some people said many of the tips were the similar to advice found in other sleep training books, but I think a bit of overlap is expected in almost any parenting title.
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I used to love how soft talcum powder made your skin. I used it on myself and my newborn son until I started hearing about how the use of traditional talcum powder may be linked to an increased risk of cancer and/or respiratory problems. (You can read about the possible dangers of talcum powder on Dr. Frank Lipman’s website. The link seems to be more pronounced for females, but it’s scary enough that I think all parents should be cautious.)
If you are looking for a safer alternative to the use of traditional talcum powder, Just Hatched can help.
Just Hatched Cuddle My Baby Cream Talc is made with tapioca starch to give your baby’s skin that silky smooth feeling without any harmful chemicals or the risk of inhaling tiny powder particles.
The product contains chamomile and green tea, which gives it a light “clean” scent that is pleasant enough you’ll be tempted to buy an extra tube for yourself. A little goes a long way, however, so be careful not to use too much product at one time.
Just Hatched baby care products can be found at select Walgreens stores across the United States or ordered directly from the company website. In addition to the cream talc, Just Hatched makes baby shampoo, body lotion, body oil, and a natural beeswax and shea butter diaper rash cream.
Compared to other sulfate, paraben, and pthlate free baby product lines I’ve seen, I think the Just Hatched products are very affordable. Cuddle My Baby Cream Talc is $4.97 for a 3.5 ounce tube. Most other products in the line are also priced in this range.
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
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If you love the look of handpainted murals, but don’t have an artistic bone in your body, check out the Surface Inspired Etsy shop.
Surface Inspired specializes in decals for kids rooms and nurseries, although some of the designs could be adapted to fit in other rooms of your home.
My favorite decals are the nursery decals that can be personalized with your child’s name, such as the cherry blossom tree decal in this post. If you have a nursery with large enough walls, this would be an awesome way to create a distinctive focal point for the room.
You can also choose custom colors for many of the decal designs that are offered, so you can make sure everything perfectly matches the rest of the room.
If you are decorating a nursery, but haven’t decided on your baby’s name yet, you can order a decal and have the name portion sent to you at a later date. My husband and I didn’t pick out a name for our son until about two weeks before he was born, so I think this is a great service for expectant parents.
The decals from Surface Inspired come in multiple pieces so they are easy to install. They are made of matte vinyl to give the appearance of being painted directly onto your wall. They are all supposed to be fully removable, but I wouldn’t count on being able to reposition them too many times. In my experience, decals never remove as cleanly as advertised.
Surface Inspired in based in Vancouver. The shop has been selling on Etsy since 2010 and has a 100% positive feedback rating with over 10,000 sales.
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If you travel frequently with your child, the Totseat from Svan is a wonderful idea. It’s a fabric sling that attaches to the adult sized chair of your choice to make safe place for a baby or toddler to sit.
The Totseat uses a 3-point adjustable safety harness and fastens securely with a clip. It is designed to fit babies from 8 months through 30 months, although the manufacturer is very clear in stating that babies should never be left in the Totseat unattended.
When you’re finished using the Totseat, you can just fold it up and stick it in your diaper bag. It comes with its own carrying pouch to make it easy to take with you. The seat is machine washable for easy cleaning.
The Totseat is available in six different colors and patterns. It can be purchased on the Svan website for $35.
I would have loved to have had a gadget like this when my son was little. We didn’t eat out much because I didn’t trust him not to make a fuss in a restaurant. But, we’d frequently visit older relatives who didn’t have high chairs handy.
Having a Totseat in the diaper bag would have made it much easier to relax and enjoy meals with our extended family.
Even though the Totseat appears to made for traveling, it might be a good alternative to a traditional high chair if you live in an apartment or small home with minimal space for baby gear.
What do you think of the Totseat? Is this something you’d be interested in using with your baby?
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Most of the nursing necklaces I’ve seen have struck me as ugly and not something any sane adult woman would want to be seen wearing. But, I actually really like the different colors and styles of necklaces in Kangaroo Care Etsy shop. At first glance, I wouldn’t assume that these were for nursing moms.
The necklaces are made with crocheted covers and juniper wood, oak wood, or apple wood beads. There are lots of different colors and styles to choose from, including neutral earth tone necklaces as well as bright rainbow colored necklaces. They’re not exactly appropriate for the office, but they all look cute enough to wear with most of your casual outfits.
All of the Kangaroo Care necklaces are 100% natural, vegan, and eco-friendly. They are made with colors and textures that invite baby to look, touch, and explore. They are completely safe for your child to chew on, although you should never leave your baby unattended with the necklace.
Prices for the Kangaroo Care necklaces vary depending upon the style you select and how many beads are used in the necklace. The cheapest necklaces are $12 and the most expensive ones are $29. So, this would be a very affordable baby shower gift idea for a nursing mom.
Kangaroo Care has been selling on Etsy since 2011 and has had over 8,000 sales. The owner of the shop lives in Estonia, but the shipping fees to the United States and Canada are still very reasonable.
Did you use nursing necklaces with your baby? If so, what do you think of the necklaces in the Kangaroo Care Etsy shop?
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