What is DHA, you ask, and why does my kid need it? Glad you asked! DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid (yep, that’s why they use DHA instead). It’s an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of the human brain, skin, retina and other pretty important body parts. And – you guessed it – your kiddos need it to support brain development.
Now it’s not that hard to get DHA into your diet – just eat lots of cold water fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, halibut or salmon. Doctors recommend kids eat fish at least twice a week to get the recommended amount of DHA into their diet. In fact, some studies have found that low DHA levels may impact reading, memory and behavior.
Your kid not a big mackerel fan? Then you could try DHA supplements like omega-3 fish oil pills. Scientists have found that DHA supplementation early in life increases intelligence as kids get older. If you have an infant you’ll find DHA is included in some baby formulas. And don’t forget DHA supplements when you are pregnant – many doctors think that the positive impact of DHA likely begins in utero.
However you work it into your children’s diet, DHA is just as important as the other vitamins and minerals your child is getting.
Are diaper blowouts driving you crazy? If so, you need the Blowout Blocker!
This unique baby accessory is an extension to a standard diaper that reaches up the back of the baby to protect against soiling clothes, bedding, car seats, and carpets with up-the-back diaper messes.
The Blowout Blocker was created by Melanie Miller, a mom of three boys who was tired of dealing with messy diaper blowouts. After a lot of experimenting, she came up with the Blowout Blocker to save parents from the hassle of cleaning up a diaper blowout.
Made in the USA, the Blowout Blocker features a smooth stay-dry, 100% polyester athletic mesh inner layer that works to pull moisture away from baby’s skin. A water resistant 100% Polyester PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) outer layer locks in moisture to keep baby as comfy as possible.
The product is recommended for newborns to age nine months.
The Blowout Blocker can be purchased from the Baby Blowout Blocker website. The product is available in blue, green, purple, yellow, brown, white, and pink. Single Blowout Blockers are $12.95, but money-saving multiple packs are available.
We didn’t have a lot of nasty blowouts with my son, but I can see how a product like this would come in handy if you were traveling on a family road trip and wanted a little extra assurance that your baby’s car seat would stay clean on the way to your destination. Taking apart my son’s car seat to clean it was one of my least favorite parenting tasks during the early years!
What do you think of the Blowout Blocker? Would you buy a product like this for your baby?
Photo credit: Baby Blowout Blocker
Burp cloths are one of those things a new mother can never have enough of! Unless you love doing laundry and have enough clothes that you can change your shirt every time baby spits up on you, you’ll want to make sure you’re never without a burp cloth.
I had pretty basic burp cloths when my son was little, but the BaBaBurpies burp cloths are adorable if you’re looking for a bit of an upgrade.
BaBaBurpies are made from 100% cotton diaper cloths and about the size of a placemat. The patterned portion is sewn as a second layer of the burp cloth.
They are very thick compared to other burp cloths, super absorbent, and soft to the touch. Once you’re past the spit-up stage, you could easily use them to mop up spilled apple juice or milk during mealtimes or tidy up any of the other messes that children tend to make!
The BaBaBurpie cloths come in a variety of cute patterns that are perfect for both boys and girls. Most of the BaBaBurpie cloths match the patterns featured on the company’s LaLaLounger pillows, if you’re the type of mom who likes to have all your baby gear coordinate. (Click here to read Smart Mom Picks’ review of the LaLaLounger. This is a super useful product for kids of all ages!)
Visit the LaLaLounger website to see the full collection of BaBaBurpie cloth designs.The BaBaBurpie burp cloths sell for $12.50 each, so they’d also be a fairly affordable baby shower gift idea.
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
Photo credit: LaLaLounger
If there’s one thing every baby needs, it’s a ton of baby bibs! Bandana Bibs are the new must-have fashion accessory for your baby. These playful bibs protect against dribbles and spills, while adding a pop of color to your son or daughter’s wardrobe.
The Bandana Bibs are recommended for children ages 0-2. They are double layered for extra absorption, feature a convenient velcro closure, and are machine washable for easy clean up. The front is made from 100% cotton and the back is 100% polyester. The bibs are PVC, BPA, and Phthalate free.
There are two sets of Bandana Bibs, each featuring three colors. The first set contains red, yellow, and blue bibs. The second set contains pink, purple, and mint bibs. The suggested retail price for each set of three bibs is $19.99.
Bandana Bibs are made by Mustachifier, a baby lifestyle brand founded by Jason and Alyssa Feinberg after they struggled to find cute yet safe accessories for their young children. Mustachifier’s first hit was the Mustache Pacifier, which took the world by storm in 2013. The Mustachifier was an instant hit, selling out in its first month of production and earning a place as the best-selling pacifier on Amazon.com.
I think the Bandana Bibs would be perfect for summer picnics and other casual outdoor events. Top a white onesie and tiny little blue jeans with a Bandana Bib and your little one will be the talk of the party!
What do you think of the Mustachifier Bandana Bibs? Would you purchase these for your baby?
Photo credit: Mustachifier
Keeping your baby’s bottle cool during summer trips to the park or pool doesn’t have to be difficult. PackIt, best known as the maker of reusable lunch bags, has introduced a new baby bottle cooler that easily chills bottles without the use of any additional ice packs.
The gel lined walls of the PackIt keep bottles and baby food cold for up to six hours. When empty, the PackIt folds flat for easy storage in your freezer. The buckle handle clips easily onto diaper bags or strollers and the interior easily wipes clean. The PackIt is PVC, BPA, phthalate, and lead free.
The PackIt baby bottle cooler sells for $18.99. It comes in three colors: a plain black, a multicolored chevron stripe, and a navy with rainbow polka dots. Dimensions are 6” x 9” x 4” (6” x 6” x 2” folded).
Although I have not personally tried the PackIt bottle holder, my son has a PackIt lunch bag for school that we’ve used for several years now. It does a great job of keeping his lunch cold until it is ready to be eaten and I love that I don’t need to mess with separate ice packs when I’m preparing a lunch.
If I had an infant, I’d definitely consider buying a bottle cooler. The bottle cooler is a little larger than a regular PackIt, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use the baby bottle cooler for lunch or snacks once your child is older.
Visit the PackIt website for additional information.
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British organic babywear brand Dot & Co recently made its American debut at Playtime New York with a Foxy and Friends line that’s perfect for your little one’s wardrobe.
The Foxy and Friends collection features a gender neutral print with adorable little foxes and woodland trees. Like other Dot & Co baby clothes, everything in the line is made from soft organic cotton that is chemical free and certified by the Soil Association.
Dot & Co’s footed bodysuits have been designed with integral mitts to keep hands warm and stop little ones from scratching. The hats are double lined to ensure extra warmth. There are no scratchy labels to irritate baby’s skin. Dot & Co designs are currently available for babies ages 0 – 18 months.
What I like most about the Foxy and Friends line is that the hats and bibs are reversible. If you’re not in the mood for a bright pattern, you can switch to a plain white version. This gives you two looks in one, thus providing the most bang for your fashion buck.
Visit the Dot & Co website to purchase the items in the Foxy and Friends Collection.
“Our designs are unique for their distinctive prints, practical designs and their ethically sourced softer than soft cotton. We have been delighted in the reaction and feedback Dot & Co has received from customers and are already exploring opportunities for developing the brand further, ” said Annie Coherton, Dot & Co’s founder.
Photo credit: Dot & Co
If a traditional baby book isn’t your style, or if you want a way to make your baby’s pictures stand out from the crowd, Milestone Baby Cards are must.
Milestone Baby Cards was founded by Gemma Broekhuis in 2012. As a new mom, Broekhuis wanted a way to easily document her son’s milestone moments. She hand-crafted cards for specific events when she realized how easy it is to forget those treasured moments in just a regular picture.
There are 30 cards in the set, documenting special milestones such as the first smile, first time rolling over, first time eating solid foods, first time sleeping through the night, or first steps. Each card is beautifully illustrated with graphics that match the milestone. There is also a space for you to write in the date.
Fill out the card, place it next to your baby, then snap your picture. (You can prop the card up on the table, set in a favorite teddy bear’s lap, or give it to an older sibling to hold next to baby.)
As an avid scrapbooker, I love this idea! The cards would make adorable baby photo props and are a totally low stress way to keep from forgetting milestone dates. I took lots of pictures during my son’s first year, but I wasn’t very good about writing down dates. I thought I’d remember them, but most of them I forgot by the time I sat down to fill out his baby book.
Visit the Milestone Baby Cards website to learn more or to purchase the cards. They are available in nine different languages.
What do you think of this idea? Would something like the Milestone Baby Cards make it easier to preserve special memories from baby’s first year?
Photo credit: Milestone Baby Cards
If you’re looking for a stylish yet convenient way to take materials for a quick diaper change with you, you need a Wipe Me Cute diaper clutch.
This accessory has a front panel that holds your preferred brand of baby wipes. The middle has room for two or three diapers. There is also a parent pocket for your cell phone, credit cards, keys, and other essentials.
The interior and exterior of the product is made with 100% oilcloth, so it’s easy to wipe clean. There is a detachable strap so you can hook the clutch onto your stroller or car seat, since everyone knows that moms never have a hand free for carrying their purse!
The Wipe Me Cute diaper clutch was invented by Irene Robles and Laura Grams. These two mompreneurs decided to create their own company after being frustrated by the lack of functional yet stylish accessories for mothers with young children.
Me Cute, LLC also makes burp cloths and bibs in a variety of fun prints. All of their products are proudly made in the USA.
My child is long past needing diapers, but I think this is a really cute idea. I hated hauling around a heavy diaper bag when I just wanted to take my son on a quick errand. The camo print version also looks like a cute gift for a new dad who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of a traditional diaper bag.
Visit the Me Cute website to learn more about the Wipe Me Cute diaper clutch and the other products the company offers.
Photo credit: Me Cute
Trying to change a wiggly baby can be quite a challenge. If your little one is always on the go, Lili’s Bebe Pad can make diaper changes a bit easier. Lili’s Bebe Pad is a distinguished iParenting Media award winner and one of those brilliant ideas you wish you would have thought of yourself.
This helpful diaper bag accessory was invented by Mompreneur Celeste Stallings after she struggled to change her own toddler daughter’s diaper.
Lili’s Bebe Pad features a slip resistant backing and a soft comfy changing surface, unlike traditional changing pads that provide no friction when used on a public changing table and are made of a plastic material that is extremely uncomfortable for baby’s bare bottom.
Lili’s Bebe Pads are machine washable, dryer friendly, and sized to accommodate babies of all sizes. At less than $20, they’re also quite affordable.
Visit www.lilibebe.com to purchase Lili’s Bebe Pads. All shipments are sent via USPS First-Class Mail and will arrive within 3-5 business days.
I’m past the point of needing this for myself, but this seems like a great baby shower gift idea for the expectant moms in my life. During my son’s wiggly toddler years, I was always worried he was going to fall off the table during a diaper change. Having a changing pad that wouldn’t slip all over the place would have been an easy way to give me a little extra piece of mind.
What do you think of this product?
Photo credit: Lili Bebe