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November Giveaway – Go Glider Balance Bike

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This month, we are giving away a Go Glider Balance Bike!  (Just in time for Christmas!)

Most of us have learned how to ride a bicycle by using training wheels; however, training wheels leave out one very important element when it comes to mastering the skills of bike riding, balance! It is the inability to balance while riding a bike that makes it so challenging to transition from training wheels to a traditional two wheel bike.

This challenge is what a balance bike prepares you for! By being built low to the ground, designed with low speed geometry, and the omission of chains, pedals and gears, Glide Bikes are able to set up anyone with the best possible scenario for learning balance, allowing them to be more confident and achieve more in less time.

The design of every Glide Bikes model makes it the perfect learning tool for children of all abilities, including those with special needs. The bicycle’s capacity to balance at slow speeds allows children to become familiar with the feeling of balancing early on. The bike continues to give them more and more confidence as they begin to spend less time with both feet on the ground, and more time balancing. Discover the perfectly sized bike for your child with our sizing chart!

Glide Bikes were created so that children, while seated, could place both feet on the ground at any given time. Their feet operate as both the gas and the brakes. “Running” with the bike generates the momentum needed for kids to begin experimenting with balance, and if a child ever feels uncomfortable or about to fall they simply need to place their feet on the ground to avoid falling over.

Glide Bikes are light and safe, weighting in at just 8-10 pounds. This allows children to easily handle and manipulate the bike without any fear that it will be too heavy to operate. Glide Bikes are also designed with our patented low speed geometry which allows children to balance at the slow speed of 2 mph. Riders as young as 18 months can begin their bike riding adventures easily and safely with Glide Bikes.

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Featured Natural Product: Little Green Pouch

At Sweetbottoms, we *love* products that make our lives easier, save money, and are thoughtful towards the environment.  But what could make a product even better?  Being invented by a MOM, of course!!

Little Green Pouch is a Mom- invented, reusable food pouch for babies, toddlers, kids, and grownups. Your kids will love them, and our eco-friendly, refillable 7-ounce pouches save you money and reduce waste. Durable, dishwasher and freezer safe, plus free of BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC.

Little Green Pouch

Fill and refill these food pouches with applesauce, yogurt, homemade baby food, and healthy Real Food purees.

These fill-from-the-top squeeze pouches seal securely by means of a handy press zipper. They also stand up on their own once half full, so you don’t have to play a balancing game while filling them or storing them in the fridge/freezer.

Little Green Pouch Easy Fill

Great for baby food, toddler snacks, or in lunchboxes for bigger kids, our feeding pouches are perfect for little hands and, well, just plain cute!

  • 50+ uses per food pouch—eco-friendly, saves money
  • 7-ounce capacity—larger size, with fill lines on back for smaller meals
  • Safe materials—made of durable BPA-free, lead-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free plastic
  • Opens at the top—easier to fill; free-standing when full
  • Double-strength zip seal—no spills or leaks; easy to close
  • Dishwasher safe—rinse well, then place upside down in top rack
  • Freezer safe—great for bulk storage and make-ahead meals
  • Flat when empty—when you’re done with snacks, they take up less space in your bag or in storage
  • Did we already say cute?
  • Patent Pending

Who came up with this brilliant product?  Let us tell you about them!

maggie_and_meliss_mediumWith Maggie’s first son, Kelley, trips to the grocery store were definitely on her “dread” list. When she had her second son, Finnegan, aka the Finn-A-Monster, it moved to the top of that list. But then Maggie’s grocery store began stocking those food pouches you’ve probably seen.

On one particular visit, after substantial clamoring, Maggie caved and popped the tops of two pouches. A miracle ensued – she watched in amazement as her boys sat quietly in the cart, working out ounces of healthy fruits and veggies, which they wouldn’t dare eat out of a bowl. Never missing an opportunity, she sped through the remaining grocery store aisles in relative peace. By the time the shriveled pouches moved along the conveyor belt to checkout (yes, she paid for them) Maggie realized that she had all of the items on her shopping list, and when was the last time she had done that? Someone’s new product had just made her life easier, and she was in love.

 

Kelley_Finn_dk_091412-350_square_mediumBut Maggie’s romance with food pouches was short lived. Yes, she loved the fact that her kids could feed themselves, that they would actually be clean after doing so and that she didn’t have to lug around spoons, bibs, bowls, napkins and breakable jars. But she found that the pouches were expensive and offered a limited variety of foods. And she cringed each time she had to throw the single-use packages in the trash. That is when she realized the world needed a “reusable” food pouch that could be filled with the foods her kids like (or she wants them to like), which would help her save money, as well as the planet. Not a bad idea, right?

 

Bailey_Spoon_dk_091412-177_square_mediumBut an idea is just an idea until you make it happen, so Maggie reached out to her close friend (designer and recent new mom of baby Bailey) Melissa to help. Maggie and Melissa realized that they wanted a product that wasn’t just practical, but that was also, well, beautiful. Something they’d be proud to whip out at the playground, park or store. Even something they’d eat out of themselves. After several planning sessions, Maggie and Melissa realized that they had the perfect team to make this a reality. And the Little Green Pouch was born.

The Little Green Pouch has made Maggie and Melissa’s lives easier, and they think it can do the same for you. Perhaps it will even allow you to buy all of the fruits and veggies on your list during your next shopping trip. (And puree them of course.)

 

During the month of April (while supplies last), you can get a FREE Featured Natural Product – Little Green Pouch with your purchase of $35 or more!  If you’re local, simply ask at checkout!  This free product will be available until they have all been given away.  Supplies are limited, so shop fast!

 

 

How to Handle Unwanted Advice

By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the No-Cry Solution book series.

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“Help! I’m getting so frustrated with the endless stream of advice I get from my mother-in-law and brother! No matter what I do, I’m doing it wrong. I love them both, but how do I get them to stop dispensing all this unwanted advice?”

Just as your baby is an important part of your life, he is also important to others. People who care about your baby are bonded to you and your child in a special way that invites their counsel. Knowing this may give you a reason to handle the interference gently, in a way that leaves everyone’s feelings intact.

Regardless of the advice, it is your baby, and in the end, you will raise your child the way that you think best. So it’s rarely worth creating a war over a well-meaning person’s comments. You can respond to unwanted advice in a variety of ways:

Listen first

It’s natural to be defensive if you feel that someone is judging you; but chances are you are not being criticized; rather, the other person is sharing what they feel to be valuable insight. Try to listen – you may just learn something valuable.

Disregard

If you know that there is no convincing the other person to change her mind, simply smile, nod, and make a non-committal response, such as, “Interesting!” Then go about your own business…your way.

Agree

You might find one part of the advice that you agree with. If you can, provide wholehearted agreement on that topic.

Pick your battles

If your mother-in-law insists that Baby wear a hat on your walk to the park, go ahead and pop one on his head. This won’t have any long-term effects except that of placating her. However, don’t capitulate on issues that are important to you or the health or well-being of your child.

Steer clear of the topic

If your brother is pressuring you to let your baby cry to sleep, but you would never do that, then don’t complain to him about your baby getting you up five times the night before. If he brings up the topic, then distraction is definitely in order, such as, “Would you like a cup of coffee?”

Educate yourself

Knowledge is power; protect yourself and your sanity by reading up on your parenting choices. Rely on the confidence that you are doing your best for your baby.

Educate the other person

If your “teacher” is imparting information that you know to be outdated or wrong, share what you’ve learned on the topic. You may be able to open the other person’s mind. Refer to a study, book, or report that you have read.

Quote a doctor

Many people accept a point of view if a professional has validated it. If your own pediatrician agrees with your position, say, “My doctor said to wait until she’s at least six months before starting solids.” If your own doctor doesn’t back your view on that issue, then refer to another doctor – perhaps the author of a baby care book.

Be vague

You can avoid confrontation with an elusive response. For example, if your sister asks if you’ve started potty training yet (but you are many months away from even starting the process), you can answer with, “We’re moving in that direction.”

Ask for advice!

Your friendly counselor is possibly an expert on a few issues that you can agree on. Search out these points and invite guidance. She’ll be happy that she is helping you, and you’ll be happy you have a way to avoid a showdown about topics that you don’t agree on.

Memorize a standard response

Here’s a comment that can be said in response to almost any piece of advice: “This may not be the right way for you, but it’s the right way for me.”

Be honest

Try being honest about your feelings. Pick a time free of distractions and choose your words carefully, such as, “I know how much you love Harry, and I’m glad you spend so much time with him. I know you think you’re helping me when you give me advice about this, but I’m comfortable with my own approach, and I’d really appreciate if you’d understand that.”

Find a mediator

If the situation is putting a strain on your relationship with the advice-giver, you may want to ask another person to step in for you.

Search out like-minded friends

Join a support group or on-line club with people who share your parenting philosophies. Talking with others who are raising their babies in a way that is similar to your own can give you the strength to face people who don’t understand your viewpoints.

 

 

Reprinted by permission of Elizabeth Pantley, author of the “No-Cry Solution” book series. (McGraw-Hill) http://www.nocrysolution.com  

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

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Last winter, I learned of the benefits of Elderberry Syrup to prevent and treat colds and flu.  Elderberry extract has been proven to have antiviral properties, including against influenza (PubMed). After searching around a bit and seeing the price tags on Elderberry remedies at the store, I decided to make my own!  It’s not hard…  Really!

Growing up in Western NY, my family used to pick wild elderberries.  (I do love elderberry pie.)  Now, living in North Carolina, we don’t have wild elderberries so I had to improvise.  I purchased dried elderberries here.  I love the Bulk Herb Store – They have wonderful, quality products.  I especially love their Brain Booster Tea and their Double-E Immune Booster.  I think next time I order, I’ll try their Stress Buster Tea – What Mom doesn’t need that!

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup

You will need:

  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 small piece of ginger, sliced thin (I did not have fresh ginger this time, so I used 1-2 T Organic Ground Ginger)  ~Use fresh if you can!
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder (or 2 cinnamon sticks)
  • 8-10 whole cloves (or 1/2 tsp ground cloves)
  • 2 Chinese star anise (a key ingredient in the production of Tamiflu)
  • 1-2 cups raw honey (I think I used about 1 1/2 cups)

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Instructions:

  1. Add your dried elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise to a large saucepan.  Pour your water over it.ElderberryIngredientsInPot1
  2. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot and crack the lid.
  3. Simmer for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Remove from heat, remove lid, and allow to cool a bit.  I allowed mine to cool for about 30 minutes before handling.ElderberrySyrup
  5. Pour the liquid through a strainer into a bowl.   My 4 cup glass measuring cup worked for this, but without any extra room.
  6. Smash the berries around in the strainer to get as much juice out as possible.ElderberrySmash
  7. Discard the elderberries and allow the liquid to cool.
  8. Once cooled, add honey and stir or whisk well.RawHoney
  9. Pour into glass containers (jars or bottles) and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.ElderberrySyrupInJars

We take daily during the fall and winter months as a preventative (at least we try to remember daily)!  1 tsp for kids, 1 T for adults.  If we do get sick, we take this dosage every 2-3 hours until well again.

If you would rather purchase your elderberry remedy, we carry Sunshine Heroes Elderberry Immune Chews in the store!

Do you make your own home remedies?  What is your favorite?

12 Deals of Christmas at Sweetbottoms!

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Featured Natural Product: BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!}

Vivid colored leaves fall to the ground, and the cool air comforts you at night. Fall weather is wonderful, but the cold air tends to cause dry, cracked skin! Luckily for us, we have BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!}, an ALL ORGANIC multipurpose balm, which can also be used to treat just about any skin issue!

BALM! Baby Diaper Balm

BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!} is created using a mixture of healing herbs and oils. Not only is it cloth diaper safe, it is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, vegan and cruelty free!

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BALM! Baby is a family business, owned and operated by Malena & Dominic Taylor. They use the best natural, organic products available, and all of their storage containers are also health safe and toxin-free. Sweetbottoms carries quite a few other products by BALM! Baby, including: natural tinctures (Be Well, Stay Well, Baby and Bye-Bye Teething, Hello SLEEP!), Shue Bug Spray, and Teething RUB! All of their products are 100% natural, and stored in eco-friendly containers.

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You can receive your FREE sample of BALM! Baby Diaper Balm {and 1st Aid!} with a purchase of $25 or more. Just add the product to your cart and use code: FEATURED (or ask at the register, if shopping in the store).

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Keep in mind that this balm isn’t only for little ones in diapers! How will you use your FREE Balm?

Planet Wise

Wet bags hold everything from stinky diapers or shoes, to soaked towels and swimsuits! I love that they contain wet messes, while reducing odors. The best part? They replace the need for plastic bags, which ultimately end up in the landfill.

Planet Wise GiveawayOf all the reusable bags in our store, Planet Wise provides the largest variety of prints, styles, and sizes.

Planet Wise offers an assortment of reusable products for everyone, including: wet bags and wipe pouches, pail liners, snack bags, sandwich bags, nursing covers, travel bags, and more. Their high quality products are made in the USA, and resist most stains and odors!

Planet Wise Pail Liner

Planet Wise owners Nicki and Jesse Maynard strive to create products that replace disposable items and help reduce waste. Their products are PVC-free and lead-free, and available in TONS of gorgeous prints and vivid colors. The Maynards are also the family behind the fabulous Best Bottom Diapers, which we love!

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I’m happy to announce that one lucky winner will receive a Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag in the NEW Jewel Woods print, along with a Jewel Woods Planet Wise Wipe Pouch and a 10-pack of flannel wipes.

You can enter to win the giveaway once daily, and you’ll receive two additional entries for each friend that enters through a shared link!

Featured Natural Product: BabyKicks Nursing Pads

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve likely experienced engorged, leaky breasts! A soggy wet spot (or two!) on your shirt is not only embarrassing, but uncomfortable. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about our Featured Natural Product this month: BabyKicks Nursing Pads!

BabyKicks Nursing Pads

BabyKicks Nursing Pads are created using multiple layers of soft, absorbent hemp. They’re comfortable, yet discrete, and can be reused over and over again. In fact, the more you wash them, the more absorbent they become!

BabyKicks is a family business, which was created in 2000. They strive to use only the best natural, organic materials. Sweetbottoms carries quite a few other products by BabyKicks, including: cloth diaper inserts, doublers, burp cloths, and wipes. All of their products are gentle on the environment and your sweet little baby!

You can get your FREE BabyKicks Nursing Pads with a purchase of $25 or more. Just add the product to your cart and use code: FEATURED (or ask at the register, if shopping in the store). If you aren’t nursing, don’t fret. You can still use these absorbent little pads as wipes, or to clean other baby messes!