WrapDuo Sport and Water Wrap | Product Review

WrapDuo by Wrapsody | Sport and Water Wrap

Product Review for Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique

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SUMMER IS HERE! And here in North Carolina that means a lot of hot days spent either at the pool or the beach! This is the perfect time to take a closer look at the WrapDuO by Wrapsody: Sport and Water Wrap. This wrap is quite versatile and works on both land and water comfortably. Some use it for yoga or low-impact exercise, some use it in the shower, and it is so lightweight that it makes a great wrap for the summer heat.

 

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The fabric is made from 55% recycled fibers and comes in a zippered bag – BONUS – it can double as a wetbag! The fabric resembles swimsuit fabric so it is lightweight and folds up very small. It will fit into a quart sized Ziploc bag – so it is great for beach or vacation travel since it won’t take up much room. The fabric has a UPF 45 – so it blocks 97.5% – 98% of the suns rays. This is not only helpful in keeping your baby protected but if you spread the wrap over your shoulders you can receive some of the benefits too! The WrapDuO now comes in two colors; Black Pearl or Lagoon (shown in the pictures of this post).

 

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The wrap is a long piece of fabric (Regular size – 4.6m | Long size – 5.5m) and has tapered ends. The width of the wrap is approximate 19 inches. The wrap comes in two sizes, regular and long; regular size is sufficient for me. There is a learning curve to wrapping your baby. The packaging comes with visual instructions but you can find videos online to show you – similar to this one. AND if you are local to Raleigh NC, you can go into Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique for hands on help. Once you wrap a couple times you will get the hang of it quickly.

 

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WrapDuO is best used for babies 8 to 25 pounds. Though you could get away with a heavier baby in the water. With the small stretch in the fabric, if the baby is heavy it can be more uncomfortable. The water helps with the weight of the baby. My toddler is about 29 pounds. And when we are at the pool and he is wanting to take a nap it is easy for me to put him in the wrap. He is a tad heavy but if I get the bottom half of him in the water it is much more comfortable. I wore him a lot more in the water last year when he was only 4 or 5 months old so I imagine this wrap will come in more use with younger smaller babies. For land or fitness use – I would stay in the recommended weight range.

 

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I find that having a water wrap is quite useful when you have an older child you are attending to as well. It is much easier to ensure your older children are safe when you know your youngest is safely wrapped in the WrapDuO giving you two free hands at moments notice. Since the wrap is made of quick drying fabric it can easily air dry. And if you need to wrap your baby before it is completely dry, it will still wrap with ease even while damp. I use two pant hangers along a shower rod to hang mine dry!

 

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The WrapDuO is available online at Sweetbottoms Baby with FREE SHIPPING on all US orders. The retail price is $73

 

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Life Through Photos | Simple Father’s Day Gift

Life Through Photos | Simple Father’s Day Gift

Handprint and Footprint Art

 

I was trying to come up with something cute and special to make for my husband for Father’s Day. I normally have the kids just draw a bunch of squiggles on a blank piece or paper for his birthday so I wanted to do a little something different. I saw this idea floating around – there are so many animals and object you can create using the hand and foot print of your kids! So we got started.

I used this time to help teach my oldest a little about mixing colors. We wanted to make Sully and Mike from Monster’s Inc. We had an array of colors but not the right colors. So we got to mixing. He has a great time watching the light blue become more true blue and the green become more lime.

It was difficult to do the handprint. Because you have to paint the whole hand minus one finger (either the middle or the ring finger). I then held that finger back so that it doesn’t get any paint on it. It took me a few tries to get a decent print.

The foot was easy!

 

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I wrote out ‘Happy Father’s Day’ in pencil first so that I could be sure it was even and centered. I then traced it over with a permeant marker. This gift can be given whenever – birthday, valentines day, retirement etc! So write whatever you would like!

 

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Then once it was dry I got to work adding all the details. Our paintbrush selection was sparse so I made due with a few other tools – some of the smaller details I used toothpicks and q-tips for a couple others.

We gave it to him this morning and he loves it – and he can’t wait to get it up on his wall at work! The boys really enjoyed putting together these two characters since they are some of their favorite from the movie! You can frame it if you would like too!

 

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Life Through Photos | 10 on 10 June

Life Through Photos | 10 on 10 June

Played around with this month’s ’10 on 10′ and photographed a couple items using my phone’s Macro lens and then the pulled back version. Just a few fun things lying around the house…

 

{My son went to a week long ‘Beach’ themed summer camp and made this Jelly Fish}

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{Here is a quick close up of my Birth Photography USB Packaging}

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{I make hats for all my Birth and Fresh48 Babies – this happens to be one of my favorites I have made so far}

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{Lava rocks added in to my bracelet – it holds essential oils and helps slowly release}

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{We love using straws and I find it fun to change it up a bit with fancy colors and designs}

10 on 10 June 2015 | Straws

 

 

How to Make Mom Feel Special on Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day this weekend – the question is… what do I REALLY get mom for Mother’s Day and how do I make her feel special?

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Who is it you are hoping to celebrate? Is it a first time mom, a mom of a newborn, a mom of 2 under 2, an expectant mom, your mom? Some Moms want to spend a fun filled day planned with her family, some want to celebrate quietly while the husbands take the kids out of the house. Here are just a few ideas to take into this weekend to help make her day special.

 

Let Mom sleep in!

Maybe that means packing a quick breakfast the night before and at the first sign of the kids stirring you wake up and quickly dress yourself and them and take them into the car and give them their packed breakfast while you drive around or take them to the park for an hour or two. Those blissful extra minutes of sleep in a quiet house are priceless.

Best For: ANY MOM

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Give Mom potted flowers or plant some flowers as a family.

This is a slightly different spin on ‘giving flowers’. Cut flowers, although beautiful, don’t last forever. And this gift she can enjoy for many months to come.

Best for: ANY MOM

 

Place little notes around the house for Mom to wake up to.

Take some time to think of some of the things you love about Mom and write them down and then place them in places she will likely see throughout the day.

Best for: ANY MOM, especially a new Mom who is still so unsure about the whole mom gig!

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Set up a Massage for Mom.

It is no lie – Moms like to get pampered! Set up an appointment for her and then give her the address and tell her to go enjoy a relaxing afternoon. You can hold down the fort!

Best for: ANY MOM but especially an expecting Mom… pregnancy massages are amazing!

 

Make her a special breakfast.

If taking the kids out in the morning is not an option, consider breakfast in bed. Make her eggs and then adorn her plate with a jelly heart and toast. It will make her smile.

Best for: ANY MOM, especially the Mom with a nursing newborn who nurses all night long.

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Make her a weeks worth of freezer meals!

This is the gift that keeps on giving. Follow this link for a 7 day freezer meal prep (or find many others online) and spend the day making all the meals for the next week. She will love not having to think about dinner for a whole 7 days!

Best for: ANY MOM, especially the Mom with young kids.

 

Set up a Brunch Date with some of her good friends.

If you have the husbands contact information, set up a time that the Moms can meet and enjoy a brunch with out the kids. I am sure the restaurant you chose will be busy but just waiting for a table without having to chase kids around is a vacation! And then while the moms are out eating, invite all the dads and kids over for a playdate.

Best for: ANY MOM

 

Hand make her a card or other crafts.

This is the kind of gift Mom gets to enjoy and hang on the refrigerator. This is also so special to give to Grandmothers. But even if you don’t have kids and you are looking to give your own mom a little something – draw her a picture, write her a note. She will cherish it forever; its not too often Mom’s get arts and crafts from their grown children

Best for: ANY MOM especially your own Mom

 

In home date.

End your day with getting the kids to bed and ordering take out. It’s a great way to have a little quiet time with just you and your wife to show her how much you appreciate all she does.

Best for: ANY MOM

 

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  

Life Through Photos | Snow Day Freezer Meals

Life Through Photos | Snow Day Freezer Meals

What do you do on a snowy day? For the south, most of the city panics and rushes to the grocery for milk and bread. Instead – I sent my husband to the store to gather items I needed to make {SEVEN} freezer meals. I figured I would be stuck inside so why not put that time to good use.

(this is the link to view and print out the shopping list and recipes I used for these freezer meals)

While my husband was shopping, I was preparing the kitchen.  I cleaned off my kitchen table so that I had even more space to spread out. My husband arrived home and I set everything out so that it was easily accessible.

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One of the first things I did – while the meat was cooking I was chopping the vegetables that were needed. I placed them all in separate bowls so I could just measure what I needed.Snow Day Meal Prep Sweetbottoms Baby 2

Then I labeled all the bags before I put anything in them. I was sure to add any cooking instructions so I didn’t have to refer back to the recipes.Snow Day Meal Prep Sweetbottoms Baby 3 Snow Day Meal Prep Sweetbottoms Baby 4

Find a larger Tupperware bowl, formula can or coffee can and place the bag inside and fold over the edges. This made a sturdy place to add all my ingredients. Snow Day Meal Prep Sweetbottoms Baby 5 Snow Day Meal Prep Sweetbottoms Baby 6

I stacked my bags flat – I find this helpful for storage once they are frozen and they are easier to thaw!Snow Day Meal Prep Sweetbottoms Baby 7

I spent about 3 hours total in preparing and cleaning for this project. I was also attending to lunch and nap times for my kids so there was a little deviation from the task at hand. Best part… I have SEVEN meals frozen and ready to eat whenever (or share with a postpartum mom!)

Celebrate Valentines with Colors of Love

Happy Valentines Day | Celebrate this holiday with diapers in prints and colors of love.

Thirsties Sweetheart Print – Limited Time Only

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Thirsties Duo Wrap

Orchid | Sweetheart | Rose

 

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Some other GREAT colors and prints to celebrate LOVE this valentines day…

Blueberry One Size Simplex All-in-One Diaper

Petals | Raspberry

 

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Bottombumpers One-Size Side Snap All-in-One Diapers

Cherry | Sweet Cherry | Pixie

 

SweetBottoms Baby Blog - Feb 2015 Valentines Day Bottombumpers

Tula Baby Carrier | Product Review

Tula Baby Carrier | Toddler Tula | Product Review for Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique

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I was introduced into the world of babywearing about a year after the birth of my first son. I had a moby wrap with my 1st but rarely used it due to its rather difficult instructions (especially for a beginner). It’s a good thing I didn’t wear him much because looking back at photos – I know now I wore him all wrong! When it came time for baby #2 I knew I wanted to wear him not only so that I could be hands free but to allow juggling of two kids to be a bit more seamless.

I chose a ring sling and ergo as my main carriers before my 2nd was born. I was very happy with my choices and my child loved being worn in both of them. Then he grew… and kept getting heavier. And wearing him in the Ergo on my back become and uncomfortable chore. I found myself reaching for the stroller more and more. And the days he needed a nap – I was less inclined to strap him into a carrier with a fear of how long he would nap. The Ergo was a great buckle carrier but I just found it more uncomfortable as my child grew.

The word ‘Tula’ found its way into my vocabulary at first when I was introduced to some amazing and colorful prints. I was tagged in a post for their new print – Aperture (a camera print). I fell in love – but even more so when I learned that they had a toddler size! I have spent the month wearing my kids in the Toddler Tula.

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Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Wide belt and pocket

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The biggest thing I have noticed has been the comfortable factor for me! The Tula has dual-adjustment straps allowing for a perfect fit. The extra padding in the shoulders and the wide contoured hip belt help disburse the weight of the child to allow for a very comfortable carry. The belt is equipped with a velcro pocket – allowing you to carry a few items and keep even more hands free. I use this pocket when we go to the park so I can just put my keys and phone in the pocket for safe keeping.

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Notice the wide seat for the kids and their legs and bottom create a comfortable ‘M’ shape. There is extra padding along the edges to allow for a more comfortable wear for the children. I wore my 25 pound toddler in the store for an hour (in a front carry) and not once did I feel the need to take him out and place him in the cart. He was happy. I was happy. The trip was a success.

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I should also add, nursing in the carrier is a breeze. The shoulder straps have an adjuster right in the front. I loosened the side I wanted to nurse on, and it allowed for a little extra room to nurse my son. Once finished, I tightened it back up to the comfortable fit. This adjuster is perfect for anyone with more broad shoulders (like my husband). This allows for a seamless transition between carriers, we both find this to be a very comfortable carrier.

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The Tula comes with a hood that clips onto the straps. It is a great way to remove some of the elements to help your child fall asleep and keep their head from moving around too much once they are asleep. When I wear my child to try and get him to take a nap, I usually don’t put the hood up until he falls asleep. Though there have been times putting it on has helped his wandering eyes.

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Notice the same babywearer below with two different kids – the versatility on this carrier is so spectacular.

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This carrier is designed for front and back carries.

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There are two soft structured Tula Carriers; Standard and Toddler.

The image below highlights the main differences between the two.

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It is important to keep these differences in mind when choosing the right size for you and your baby. If you desire to us the Tula with smaller children you can use the infant insert from birth.

Tula Carriers have an excellent resale value. When taken great care of, a Tula will be easily sold or traded for close to the retail value paid. So if you purchase a standard Tula for your small child; selling it to fund the purchase of a new one should be rather simple.

Take a look at the wide variety of vibrant prints of the Standard Tula and Toddler Tula carriers that Sweetbottoms has in stock – and they offer Free Shipping on all orders shipping to the US!

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