5 Reasons Why Parents Should Make Baby Food At Home

reasons to make your own baby food at homeSolid food are an exciting and important step in your baby’s development. From a parent’s perspective, you’ll get to enjoy watching your child’s face as he or she experiences countless new flavors and textures. Studies show that children who eat nutritious foods at a  young age continue those habits for years.

Making baby food at home is simple. With fresh foods and a blender, you can puree regular food quickly and freeze them in single-size servings for later meals in the week. You can make weeks worth of food at a time.

Here are five reasons you should make your own baby food.

1. Improved Freshness

Taste it for yourself! The smell, taste and color is different. Compare a jar of baby food to a fresh equivalent product. The baby food might not raise any alarms on your tongue, but once you try the fresh food, you’ll immediately recognize the difference.

When your child is young, you want to expose him to as many foods as possible so he enjoys different tastes, especially the tastes of healthy foods. It’s important to offer the best tasting options you can manage so he’ll prefer the healthy stuff. You can even introduce herbs, spices and textures that baby food manufacturers wouldn’t.

2. Additional Variety

Baby foods are developed for the mass market by giant manufacturers. They limit the variety of the foods they offer to the ones that are popular (so they’re purchased) and easy to produce (so their costs are reduced). However, variety is important to a balanced diet. Your local grocery store or supermarket will have a large selection of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables that should play a role in your child’s diet.

3. More Control

As a parent, you want to understand and trust every substance you put into your child’s body. By preparing your own baby food, you can be assured of the quality, safety and consistency of each ingredient. If you choose, you can eliminate salt, sugar or butter. If you’re concerned about pesticides and herbicides, you can use organic produce. If you use store-bought food, you give up these choices. The more involved you are in your baby’s food intake, the more likely you’ll be able to nurture lifelong, healthy eating habits.

4. Lower Cost

Regardless of their simplicity, baby foods are expensive. The average baby in the United States consumes 600 jars of baby food over the course of his life. In the first year, that works out to about $300 if you bought off the shelf. By making your own baby food, however, you can reduce that first year’s cost to about $55. If you’re a budget-watcher, that’s a big savings.

5. Increased Nutritional Value

At such a young age, vitamins and nutrients are critically important for your baby’s growth and development. Processed baby foods have added water, preservatives and fillers. While these ingredients aren’t harmful, they dilute the nutritional content. That jar of yellow squash isn’t entirely squash.

Further, in order to store foods, they first have to be heated to a high temperature to kill bacteria. This process can destroy some of the nutritional content as well.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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Natural Solutions for Typical Baby Problems

natural solutions to baby problemsIt isn’t always necessary to consult a doctor every time you think your baby is a little ill. If your little one has a cold, or gas, or teething pain, you don’t need to rush to the ER. Most likely nothing is wrong. We tend to treat our children with medications and pharmaceuticals more often than necessary. Here are some natural solutions to typical baby problems that work just as well.

1. Clear her head with steam.

If you suspect your baby has a pressure headache or otherwise stuffy head, turn your shower as hot as you can make it and leave the door closed for a while. Once the room is good and steamy, hold your baby in there for a few minutes. If she understands, encourage her to take deep breaths of the humid air. This is quick decongestant fix, though. You may want to invest in a humidifier.

2. Use cold and pressure to relieve teething pain.

Pressure on the gums distracts the brain from the pain it’s experiencing in the same area. That’s why teething babies are always chewing on things. In the same way that a cold pack numbs your sprained ankle and reduces swelling, cold will ease teething pain. Place a wet washcloth in the freezer for an hour and let baby chew on it, or offer a freezer-safe teething toy.

3. Decongest your baby with an onion.

If your little one is congested or has a cold, slice an onion into several pieces (you want to expose as much surface area as possible). Lay it on a dish near the bed or crib. The sulfur content in the onions draws out mucus and fluids in the body. It will loosen the content of stuffy noses and drain sinus cavities. The room won’t smell that great, but baby will feel better.

4. Move your baby around to relieve gas.

Babies suffer from trapped gas more easily than us because they can’t adjust their bodies to gain relief. If you think your baby is cranky because she’s gassy, get her moving. Lay her on her back and move her legs back-and-forth like she’s pedaling a bicycle. Gently rub and manipulate her torso so the gas will pass through.

5. Honey and lemon juice for a sore throat.

Lemon is used to dry up congestion and pull excess moisture out of your baby’s throat. It’s especially helpful for that wet cough. Honey coats the inside of baby’s throat and soothes the skin that has been irritated by all the coughing. The mixture will give your baby enough relief to fall asleep. (Note: Honey is not safe for babies under one year old.)

6. Help your baby sleep with chamomile tea.

Chamomile is known for its soothing and relaxing properties. Many people use it as a sleep aid and it works for babies too. Find a quality chamomile tea and dilute it so it’s weak for you. You may want to test it a few times to judge its potency. Watch your baby quietly settle down and gently fall asleep.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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5 Diaper Bag Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

diaper bag essentialsYou’re finally able to take that much needed family vacation. Before you take off, whether it be on the road or via plane, you need to make sure that your diaper bag is fully stocked. You never know what you may end up needing, and as my mother would say “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” In this case, I totally agree. Here are five diaper bag essentials that you mustn’t forget on your summer vacation:

1. Wipes

This should be an obvious one, but it’s too important not to list. Wipes are a diaper bag essential, because if you have a baby, you’re always going to need them. From spills, to dirty hands, to poopy diapers, you could never have too many wipes. I suggest you bring a lot more than you think you may need. When you’re out and about, you’ll never know what situations you’ll run into or what messes you’ll encounter.

2. Diapers X2

Whatever amount of diapers you just packed, pack double that. The last thing you want happening is to run out of diapers and have to make an emergency run during your vacation to get some. Have a stress free vacation by always having plenty of diapers on hand. If you’ll be away for some time, ship diapers ahead to your hotel or relative’s home so you don’t have to lug them through the airport.

3. Sunscreen

Summer vacations usually mean you’ll spend a lot of time outside, whether that’s in an amusement park, the beach, a pool, or taking nature hikes. That means you’ll get a lot of exposure to the sun. Baby skin is fragile and delicate and needs to be looked out for. Carry plenty of sunscreen with you all the time so you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices in gift shops or road-side stands.

4. Spare Clothes

You definitely want to make sure that every time you leave your hotel your diaper bag has a change of clothes for your child. You never know what crazy things baby may get into, and it’s better to bring the clothes and not need them, than to not have the clothes and need them. If you’re out shopping or touring theme parks, you won’t be able to pop back to your room and change very quickly.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Chances are you are going to be in places where there are tons of germs and people. Keeping hand sanitizer in your diaper bag is smart and will make you feel less grimy at the end of the day. It also comes in handy when baby sticks there hand in something they weren’t supposed to, or makes a mess out of their dinner!

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

healthy summer snacksAt the supermarket, we’re offered countless snacks designed for kids, but none of them are as healthy as we would like. They’re filled with sugars, artificial ingredients and preservatives. When it comes to food, you’ll always serve the best if you make it yourself. This summer, when your kids are home, running around outside, and desperately need the nutrition for their growing bodies, serve some of these homemade, healthy, summer snacks.

For extra protein, offer string cheese or cube it yourself. If you’re in the mood, use a cookie cutter to turn it into fun shapes.

Sliced apples are a popular choice for many parents. An apple is quick to slice and enough for a couple toddlers. Add a thin spread of peanut butter for some fiber and protein. The peanut butter makes it a messy snack for a car ride but perfect for outdoor play time.

Mixed nuts are full of healthy fats (Omega-3s) that are important for brain and eye development. They can also stabilize moods. Nuts keep well and are easily carried to the park, pool, or field. Kids can grab them as they want and there’s no mess to clean up.

If you have the time to make preparations, hard-boiled eggs make great snacks. They’re full of protein that toddlers need and they’re easy for little hand to hold. Boil a batch once per week.

Yogurt parfait with some berries and granola is a great way to get nutrients without all the sugar in store-bought yogurt or kids’ snacks. For a special summer treat, freeze the yogurt in ice cube trays with a Popsicle stick to beat the summer’s heat.

Pasta a great complex carbohydrate that’s perfect for days with lots of activity. Add cooked pasta into a bag with vegetables and chicken (perhaps with some tomato sauce or Italian dressing on the side for dipping) and bring it with you to the amusement park or game field.

The simplest and healthiest snack you can provide are raw fruits and vegetables. Slice them into easy-to-hold bite-sized pieces and pop them in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware. They offer plenty of calories and energy without sugar, sodium, or fat.

Make your own trail mix with cereal, berries, raisons, dried fruit, and banana chips. This vitamin-rich snack can be made in large quantities at one time and doled out in handfuls.

Using vanilla yogurt, orange juice, and a banana, make your own smoothies. Experiment with different fruits and flavors until you find one that’s right for your family. Serve in a non-spill cup so your kids can cool off while they run around.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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How to Make Summer Travel with Baby More Comfortable

make summer travel with baby more comfortableDuring this time of year, many of us will be taking vacations. The summer is the easiest time to travel. Perhaps you’re visiting a beach, an amusement park, or off to see your family. Many people shy away from traveling because they have a newborn or baby. They avoid traveling because they believe it won’t be comfortable for anyone. This isn’t the case! With a little bit of planning, you can make summer travel more comfortable for you and baby. Use these tips:

1. Using a nursing cover-up.

It’s your right to breastfeed your baby wherever you see fit, but if covering up makes you feel more comfortable, pick up a simple, lightweight nursing cover to drape over yourself. You want something that isn’t too hot for you and baby but won’t make you feel exposed.

2. Be liberal with the sunscreen.

Sunburn on young, delicate skin is no joke. A sunburn early in life significantly increases the chances of skin cancer later on. Don’t be shy with the sunscreen. Make sure to get the tops of feet, noses, and ears. Apply thirty minutes before going out and reapply after spending time in the water.

3. Feed during takeoffs and landings.

Babies don’t understand how to equalize the pressure in their ears during a flight’s takeoff or landing, and it’s not like you can explain it. To compensate, offer your baby your breast, a bottle, or a pacifier during these periods so they instinctually suck and relieve the pressure.

4. Practice with the travel crib.

It’s hard for babies to fall asleep somewhere new for the first time. If you’re bringing a travel crib to the hotel, have your baby nap (or even spend a night) in a travel crib so he gets used to the environment.

5. Schedule travel time during nap time.

Wherever possible, plan to do the majority of your traveling when your baby is asleep. If your little one usually takes a nap at two in the afternoon, try to find a flight that takes off around that time. Keep your baby awake beforehand so he falls asleep while you’re getting on the plane. This will be more comfortable for him, you, and your fellow passengers.

6. Dress your baby in something accessible.

You’ll want to dress your baby in something comfortable so he stays calm throughout the trip. Forgo the buckles, snaps, and tight collars for a comfy set of pajamas. No one is judging you by what your baby is wearing on the plane or in the car. Further, he should be wearing something that easily opens so you can get to the diaper without completely undressing him.

7. Send big items ahead of you.

When you’re traveling with a baby, you might end up lugging some big items around. Don’t struggle carrying that stroller, pack and play, or feeding seat through the airline. Ship them to the hotel or vacation rental ahead of time. They’ll be happy to hold on to them in storage and leave them in your room when you arrive. This also works for bulk items you’ll need like diapers and wipes.

8. Be flexible.

Most importantly, plan some flexibility into your schedule. Don’t plan a rigid itinerary. If you’re driving, you may have to stop a few more times than you plan. If you’re flying, you probably won’t make it across the airport in 10 minutes. Expect the unexpected and pad your schedule with spare minutes so you don’t have to rush.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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5 Cute Ideas for Moms to Spend Time with Baby

mom and baby play date ideasNow that it’s summer and the warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to spend some time outside with your baby. There are a lot of summery things you can do with your baby to spend some quality time together and strengthen your bond. The next warm (but not hot) day you come across, take your baby on a play date with another mom and parent. You’ll all enjoy the socialization. Here are some ideas.

1. Have a lunch date.

Now that the weather is nice you can finally eat on the patio! This is the perfect time to feed yourself and bond with baby. Talk to your baby about your day, their day or what’s going on around them, which will strengthen the bond between you two. Tell them that you are going to feed them when feeding them. This will help them to associate words with actions and build your trust.

2. Go for a walk

This is the perfect time of year to take walks. Not only will this help you to stay active, but it is also a fun activity to do with baby. Pop the babies in their strollers and get walking. Wear some comfortable exercise clothes in case you build up a sweat. If the babies manage to stay awake, spur their development by pointing out houses and explaining what you pass.

3. Take it outdoors.

Go to the park the next nice day and pack a picnic! This is your perfect opportunity to enjoy the warm weather with baby. Spread out in the grass and catch up with your friend while the little ones explore nature. If they aren’t walking yet, give them some space to spread out with their toys and play a whole new environment. If they’re mobile, give them a little freedom to roll and play in the grass. Don’t worry about messes!

6. Blow bubbles.

Babies love seeing new things and feeling new textures. They’re often amazed by simple games. Pick up a specialty bubble set that lets you create giant bubbles that float all over. Let them chase, pop, and even blow bubbles themselves. This is a perfect activity to enjoy at your picnic.

5. Coloring!

While you won’t be creating masterpieces, any baby who can grip a crayon or marker can color. Make sure you have washable clothes and plenty of supplies. Use big sheets of white paper or coloring books of your child’s favorite characters. If the children are old enough, use sidewalk chalk to turn your driveway into art.

baby headrestGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.

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Cloth Diapering Q&A for New Parents

cloth diapering guideCloth diapering is an affordable way to diaper your child while reducing your impact on the environment, but in a culture where most people use disposable diapers, many people won’t have answers for you. Now that you have decided to go with cloth diapers, you should arm yourself with some basic information. Here are a few questions first-time cloth diaper users ask.

How many cloth diapers will I need?

Generally, you will want enough diapers to last two to three days. You will want enough diapers to make a full load and then a few extra for the time period you’re doing laundry. Newborns go through the most. 24 to 36 diapers is a good sized stash for newborns. As your baby gets older, you won’t need as many.

Which brand should I choose?

That’s entirely up to you. What some people love, others hate. The best option you have is to buy a few singles and try them out. See which ones you and your baby prefer. Also, the type of diapers you prefer may change as your baby gets older and starts moving around. Body shapes change over time, so you might need to switch brands.

Sized diapers or one-size-fits-all?

One-sized-fits all diapers are great (and cheap overall), but they aren’t suitable to tiny infants. There’s a lot of bulk involved and you have to work to get them off and on. Again, you’ll have to try a few of each to make the decision for yourself. Many people prefer to used sized diapers for the first six months and then switch to one-size-fits-all. You’ll get use out of the one-sized-fits-all for at least a year, probably more while you work on potty training.

How much does cloth diapering cost?

There is a wide range of cost of cloth diapers. Some are as cheap as $2.00 each, while others (fitted diapers with pockets) can be as much as $30.00. It’s likely that you’ll have a mix of different types of diapers for different purposes. The average child costs about $3000 for disposable diapers over his/her life (from birth to fully potty trained), but only about $350 in disposable costs. Even with increases to your electric and water bills because of the additional washing, you still will save a significant amount of money.

Are cloth diapers hard to wash?

Not at all. It’s little more work than doing laundry. Before your child eats solids, dirty diapers can go straight into a trash can lined with a regular kitchen bag. After solid foods begin, you may have to shake or spray off feces from the diaper into the toilet. Add a little baking soda to the bag to kill any odor (but there won’t be much). Every two days you’ll want to prewash with cold water to cleanse away any matter, and then hot wash for sanitization. Rinse and dry.

What type of detergent should I use?

Ideally, something safe and made for sensitive skin. Rockin’ Green makes excellent laundry soap for babies. Never use fabric softeners on diapers; they can cause rashes.

organic baby toddler clothingGuest Blog by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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5 Tips for New Parents Bringing Baby Home in the Car

car seat safety for newbornsWhen your baby is in the car, it’s vital they are kept safe. Infants are especially vulnerable in a crash. Knowing how to install your car seat can be tricky, and if yo install it wrong, the consequences could be devastating. Use these tips for keeping your newborn safe in the car.

1. Always use a car seat.

It may seem like an obvious statement, but you would be surprised how often someone thinks that because they are only going down the street they can just put baby on their lap.  Always always always put baby in a car seat, no matter how close your destination may be.

2. Follow directions.

We know that reading the entire manual for your baby’s car seat does not sound like a lot of fun, but trust me, you need to. Car seat installations can be confusing, and you don’t want to guess how to set-up your newborns’ car seat. Make sure to follow the instruction manual carefully. You’ll know if you properly set-up the seat if it doesn’t wobble, pivot, slide, or tip. If it moves more than an inch forward or to the side, then it’s too loose.

3. Keep baby in back seat.

The only place your baby should be sitting while in the car is in the back seat. Furthermore, your newborn shouldn’t be near any airbags and must be facing backwards. The best place for your baby’s car seat is in the middle seat in the back row. This is safest because air bags will not be able to reach them.

4. Research. 

When choosing your baby’s car seat, make sure you do your research before buying. Things to look for when searching; make sure the seat has not been recalled, comes with instructions, and isn’t more than six years old. If you don’t know the car seat’s history, it’s best not to buy it.

5. Make sure the straps are tight.

Once you have found the best spot for baby, make sure that you secure them correctly in their seat. They should be secured tightly in their seat! The straps should be at or below your baby’s shoulders and the retainer clips that are attached to the harness straps should be fastened at armpit level to keep the straps from slipping off your baby’s shoulder. Make sure the straps are not twisted and are tight.

baby play matGuest blog by Jennifer Jacobellis, founder of Baby J

Jennifer Jacobellis started Baby J when her son was just a few months old. She ventured out to mommy and me classes and play groups, armed with just a blanket for him to lie on. After class, she would fold up her blanket and stick it in the diaper bag, knowing that when she got home it would have to go straight into the laundry basket. There had to be a better way!

One day she decided it was time to solve this problem. She ran to the fabric store and began tinkering. She designed this baby play mat with her germ-a-phobe tendencies in mind, as well as being soft, baby friendly, and chic. The Baby J play mat was born!

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