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Show Baby’s Aunts and Uncles Some Love July 26!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

There’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Grandparents’ Day (it’s September 7, if you were wondering!), but did you know there’s a special day (July 26) devoted to aunts and uncles, too? These individuals likely play a significant role your child’s life, and they certainly deserve some love. The best present of all? Knowing how much Baby cares for them. Shop these cute aunt- and uncle-themed products, then dress up your kiddo and snap a picture, if you can’t actually visit those important relatives. Click the images to shop.

For the Aunts…

Baby has a bestie! We bet your sis will be thrilled to take on the role! (Carter’s one-piece, $5, Sears)

An animal-loving aunt will get a kick out of this adorable bib. ($5, Babies R Us)

This tee is perfect for the sweetie who has multiple aunts in her life–no playing favorites here! ($10, The Children’s Place)

The message is plain and simple–it’s amour! ($5, Target)

For the Uncles…

 

Good looks really do run in the family. Our guess is everyone thinks Baby’s adorable, so his uncle should be prepared for lots of attention! ($5, Babies R Us)

This one-piece is graced with positive adjectives (hip, funny, and hot, to name a few) describing Baby’s uncle, who, apparently, is flawless! ($15, Bed, Bath and Beyond)

Babes who are past the bodysuit stage can sport this bold tee. ($12, Kohl’s)

Who else lets Baby stay up past her bedtime and watch all the Dora she wants? That guy. ($10, The Children’s Place)

Should you hire your sister-in-law to babysit? Here’s what you need to keep in mind.

Child Care: Should You Hire a Family Member?
Child Care: Should You Hire a Family Member?
Child Care: Should You Hire a Family Member?

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5 “Just Because” Gifts for Yourself or a Friend

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Mother’s Day just passed and the holiday season is still half a year away, but who says you don’t deserve a pick-me-up every now and then? Feel free to not-so-subtly email this gift guide to your hubby, or just keep these ideas in mind for a fellow mama who’s in need of a little “just because” cheer. Click the images to shop!

A trip to the nail salon is always relaxing, but it uses up two of Mom’s most valuable resources–time and money. Do a quick at-home mani using one of these “baby-themed” Essie colors: Baby’s Breath, Play Date, Pink-a-Boo, Bahama Mama, or Cute as a Button. ($8.50, Essie.com)

Who woulda thought toting around wipes could be so stylish? This wipebox is functional and adorable, thanks to the bow design. ($7, Diapers.com) 

Falling victim to Mommy Brain? Keep track of info the old-fashioned way. We doubt you’ll mind reaching for this fun “don’t forget” notepad! ($8, JCrew.com) 

Don’t let the influx of baby bottles around the house take a toll on your furniture! These reusable coasters will help protect surfaces from unwelcome stains. ($12, MichelleDwightDesigns.com) Help her stay on top of a busy schedule with this floral desk pad. ($12, RiflePaperCo.com)

Plus, some push present ideas!

Cool Push Presents
Cool Push Presents
Cool Push Presents

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This Children’s Musician Is Making A Comeback With “Love Bug”

Monday, July 7th, 2014

He’s one of those musicians who only needs to use one name. You probably grew up listening to his songs, and your kids likely enjoy them now. He’s making a comeback with his first new recording in 12 years, entitled “Love Bug,” which will be released July 15. 

If you haven’t guessed, we’re talking about Raffi! The “Baby Beluga” singer, who parents and kids have known and loved for decades, has a collection of new jams on the way. His video  featuring “Love Bug” (and some adorable kiddos) makes its GoodyBlog debut below:

 

 

Can’t wait for the album to become available on the 15th? Starting July 8, you can purchase your copy at Whole Foods stores.

Is your little one a fan of critters? Try your hand at these cute cupcakes!

Inchworm Cupcakes
Inchworm Cupcakes
Inchworm Cupcakes

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Boom! Here’s How to Protect Your Hearing This Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Fourth of July is only two days away, which means firework displays are right around the corner–maybe you’ve even witnessed a show already!

As fun as fireworks are to watch, listening to those big booms can cause some serious hearing damage. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association notes that instantaneous loud noise–not just damage over time–can harm one’s ears.

To protect yourself, ASHA recommends that you stand at least 500 feet away from fireworks (and do the same when in the presence of firecrackers and speaker systems), pop in a pair of ear plugs (ear muffs will protect kids under 8 years old), and simply know your limits by avoiding noises that are too loud, too close, or too long.

If you will be setting off your own fireworks this season, take a moment to review these fireworks safety tips! Happy Fourth!

Keep your family safe with these guidelines for your home.

The “fireworks” below are completely silent! Follow the instructions to make your own:

Pipe Cleaner Fireworks
Pipe Cleaner Fireworks
Pipe Cleaner Fireworks

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Got a Great Kid-Product Idea? Tell Huggies!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

What if that awesome invention you thought of while dozing off after a midnight feeding could lead to some big bucks? 

Thanks to the Huggies MomInspired Grant Program, parents who’ve dreamed up products designed to help fellow moms and dads have the opportunity to win some cash–$15,000, to be exact!

Eight parent entrepreneurs who have either developed a product or an ingenious idea will receive these grants. The 5th annual competition is already underway, but applicants may enter through September 30, 2014.

Here are the rules!

  • Who: Anyone with an original, innovative and viable new product idea to help make life easier for parents; must be 21 or older and reside in the United States
  • How: Log onto www.HuggiesMomInspired.com and submit application, including the idea and business plan
  • When: June 17, 2014 through September 30, 2014
  • Why: For the chance to receive $15,000 and advice to help start or grow your business idea

Struggling to potty train your kiddo? Check out Huggies’ “Potty Dance” tactic!

Potty Dance Party
Potty Dance Party
Potty Dance Party

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It’s a Jungle Out There: Shop Animal Prints for Baby!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Zebras, leopards, and cheetahs–oh my! Whether you’re a fan of making a bold statement or prefer classic critter-printed apparel, you’ll fall for these animal-themed selections. We won’t tail–uh, tell–if you feel compelled to buy more than one item!

These kiddo sandals are so cute, you’ll want to purchase pairs in all three patterns! The strap on the back will help them stay on active feet. ($18, Nordstrom.com)

Keep him cozy in this giraffe-themed swaddle. ($20, Diapers.com) 

Any Cheetah Girl will love this cute top–it comes in both pink and purple. ($12, Kohl’s.com) 

This leopard-print pouch will keep Baby’s pacifier safe and sound while she’s on-the-go. ($15, Hayneedle) Your little lion man sure knows how to roar–now dress him in this patterned one-piece. It also comes in pink! ($24, Barney’s)

Do you know your baby animal names, Mama-to-be? You may enjoy this fun baby shower game!

Baby Shower Games: Baby Animals
Baby Shower Games: Baby Animals
Baby Shower Games: Baby Animals

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The Best Diaper Bag for Your Style

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A woman can never have too many handbags. A clutch for date night, a tote for the beach, a purse for day-to-day activities…the list goes on. Plus, within each category, you also have to consider your color preferences, decide whether you want to save or splurge, and choose whether you prefer something trendy or classic.

When it comes to purchasing a diaper bag, you’ll have to make the same decisions! But we all know moms are too busy to browse website after website, so we’ve rounded up a few options (most of which come with changing pads!) that will satisfy you no matter your palette, budget, or style. Now get shopping–we even feature an option for your man! Click the images for details.

Conservative with a Twist: This Baby Essentials bag is nice and simple on the outside (love the gold handles!), while the leopard interior (surprise!) adds a wild element. It’s perfect for the mom wants a streamlined style with a little bit of funk. ($25, Target.com) 

Pink Lady: What spit-up? This tote by Trend Lab will remind you of your days as a full-time fashionista but is also roomy enough for all of your current essentials ($30, Kmart) 

Baby Got Backpack: This Bumble Collection sack can be worn multiple ways, and its cheerful print is great for spring and summer. ($100, Wayfair.com) 

Pattern-Friendly Parent: Preppies and design fanatics will love the Greek Key print on this Hoohobbers tote. Bonus: it’s super eye-catching (read: it’s difficult to misplace among your stash of baby gear and dirty clothes!). ($88, Diapers.com) 

Messenger and a Bottle: Can’t forget about Dad! He won’t need to send out an SOS when he’s armed with this Diaper Dude bag–its no frills look makes it an excellent choice. ($123, Hayneedle)

Plus, some tips from a pro:

Picking A Diaper Bag
Picking A Diaper Bag
Picking A Diaper Bag

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Plush Pillows for Baby’s Pad

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Okay, we admit it–these pillows are really more for your benefit, Mom. After all, you’ll be the one rocking and nursing Baby at all hours of the night, so you’re going to want to keep your back comfy while you’re at it! Plus, pillows should never go in Baby’s crib–this is a major safety hazard. But as your cutie grows into a toddler, an accent pillow can make its way from the rocking chair to your kiddo’s bed, adding a bit of color and personality to her room (and serving as a cute reminder of those baby days). Click the images below to shop some of our favorites!

This watercolor pillow may just in fact resemble some of Baby’s first paintings! We love the bright colors and playful feel. It would look excellent sitting on a plain-colored comforter. ($55, Furbish Studio).

Your little adventure will love gazing at the bright colors and shapes on this pillow. ($30, Kohl’s)

Creative spelling aside, we love this pillow’s cheerful message! It would make a nice statement (literally and figuratively) when placed on a white chair or bedspread. The pillow also comes in white, if you want to go the opposite route! ($45, Lulu and Georgia)

This friendly elephant couldn’t be cuter! It’s the perfect addition to a future animal lover’s abode. ($25, Target)


Got twins? This fun matching set of pillowcases is great for a pair of two! They may even begin to dream in French. ($34 for the pair, Urban Outfitters)

 

Inspired to spruce up your little one’s room? Check out this modern nursery!

Nursery Ideas: Design a Modern Nursery
Nursery Ideas: Design a Modern Nursery
Nursery Ideas: Design a Modern Nursery

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