Friday, December 15, 2017

Should You Bathe Your Baby in the Kitchen Sink?

For generations, babies have been getting their baths in the kitchen sink. It’s simply easier on a parent’s back than hunching over the bathtub, and cleaning up is simpler, too. However, our kitchen sinks are also filled with germs; in fact, a Lysol-sponsored study  has down that almost half of all kitchen sinks harbor high levels of illness-causing bacteria.

If you do prefer to bathe your baby in the kitchen sink, but don’t want to place her right in this germ-ridden area, you can invest in a sink tub, bath cushion, or bath sling. Any of these options will keep your baby supported during bathtime on a surface that’s free of germs (without you having to give the entire sink a full scrub-down beforehand).

Regardless of the bathtime solution you choose, make sure it can be easily cleaned. Even gentle baby soaps can build up easily, and your baby may even have a bath-time potty accident, so you’ll want to be able to clean that up easily.

After bathtime, you’ll want to have some quality hooded towels on hand. Remember that babies get cold quickly, so they should be wrapped up quickly with their heads covered so they don’t get the shivers. Personalized hooded towels from our boutique with fun patterns or critters will make your baby look forward to this bonding moment even more!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teaching Your Toddler the Value of Saving

There are plenty of ways to teach children the value of money, as well as the importance of saving it. You can start teaching children these concepts when they’re as early as two years old, and one of the most effective ways is to introduce them to the iconic piggy bank.

When children put coins through the slot of their piggy bank, the practice of keeping money inside it until its full will excite their imagination. It also develops the sense of putting value on money, and how even saving small coins makes an impact. Then, as an exciting reward, your child can look forward to buying a new toy, book, or shoes with the money they’ve saved. Your child will be even more excited to save their coins when they have a personalized piggy bank that’s been made just for them.

There’s no question that teaching a child to save money can help define his or her outlook on spending at an early age. However, no lesson about money is complete without some discussion about charity. You can help teach your child how to put money in perspective by reminding him or her than there are many other things, such as family, that are invaluable.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Favorite Baby Quotes for Scrapbooks, Cards and More

When we don’t know what words to say ourselves, special quotes can help us eloquently record our thoughts.  Incorporating the right one can help a warm wish be even more memorable. We’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes that focus on a new birth so you can thoughtfully incorporate them with your scrapbook pages, cards and framed birth announcements.

When you're drawing up your first list of life's miracles, you might place near the top the first moment your baby smiles at you.” - Bob Greene

When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels.” - Eileen Elias Freeman

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.” - Kate Douglas Wiggin

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.” - Carl Sandburg

My precious little baby, I have loved you from the start, you are a tiny miracle, laying closely to my heart.” – Unknown

From small beginnings come great things.” - Proverb

In addition to your new baby’s birth stats, a special quote or message can be added to our fun and adorable frame birth announcements. Order online or visit our baby boutique in Philadelphia.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Color Psychology and the Nursery

Different colors have different effects on the body and mind, so it’s important to take these into consideration when selecting a color for your baby’s nursery. While your new addition may not perceive colors correctly for some time, they will when they get older. Here’s a quick rundown of some color theory and how it can help choose the right color to feature in your baby’s nursery and personalized nursery décor.

Because red is so bold, it can work as an accent but should be avoided as a wall color. Red can energize the body, but in excess can be associated with aggression or inability to focus.

Orange is warm, friendly and promotes a welcoming feeling. It even inspires social interaction and communication. However, bold shades of orange can be over-stimulating if used wall-to-wall.

Yellow is both energetic and cheerful – after all, it’s the color of the sun! Too much yellow may be agitating for your baby, however, so stick with a softer yellow or try pairing it with a neutral color (like gray) to tone it down.

Green is said to promote calmness, thinking, and concentration. Since it’s so abundant in nature, you can’t go wrong when using green to decorate!

Blue is calming and stimulates productivity, but stick with bright shades for the nursery. Darker gray-blues or navy-blues can be associated with sadness.

Lavender and lilac are both calming and serene, thus making great choices for the nursery. Darker shades are associated with royalty and luxury. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Poses for Baby Portraits

Every parent looks forward to their baby’s first portraits! However, some may struggle to come up with ideas for baby poses. Of course, the possibilities will depend on your baby’s age. Every child can develop at a different rate, but here are some general guidelines to follow when planning your little one’s first photoshoot.

0-3 months: As you know, your baby is not yet able to support themselves just yet. Try nestling them in a fuzzy blanket and tucking them inside a wicker basket. A baby sleeping on his tummy also makes for an adorable shot.

3-6 months: Your baby can now hold her head up on her own! However, she’ll still need support for almost any pose. Try holding her over your shoulder; a snap of your baby looking onward makes a great shot, and is a great way to incorporate you into the photo. Or, you can put her car seat to use by placing her inside and adding a colored backdrop.

6-9 months: At this point, your baby can sit up (but likely won’t hold still for too long). If your baby likes being on his tummy, try a taking some photos featuring his favorite plush animal mat.

9-12 months: Now that your baby can pull herself up (and maybe even walk), her newly found mobility may mean she doesn’t want to sit still! Try incorporating interesting toys into the shot, or props that may entice her to hold still long enough for some pictures.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creative & Fun Baby Shower Activities

Everyone loves the excitement of a new baby, but not everyone loves playing the same run-of-the-mill baby shower games. Here are some fresh, fun and creative activities to consider adding to your list as you plan the celebration.

Baby Shower Bingo
A few weeks prior to the shower, ask the mom-to-be some questions such as her due date, what she’s craving, etc. Then, turn her answers into a bingo card. The personal touch will be bound to make her guests more invested in winning a round. (Light pink or blue M&M’s also make for fun bingo markers; find candy by the color at your local party supply store.)

Diaper Notes
Buy a large box of diapers and have guests write funny notes on the back of them with permanent marker, such as words of encouragement or inside jokes (i.e. “Isn’t it daddy’s turn?!” or “Caution: Open at your own risk!”). Seeing a clever or funny note from a friend or family member will make the new parents’ 2 a.m. call a little more bearable after the baby arrives. (For more surprises for the mom-to-be that include a touch of personalization, see our personalized baby shower gifts.)

Guess the Baby With each shower invitation, add a note instructing guests to bring a baby photo of themselves. As the guests arrive to the party, assign a number to each photo and post it on the wall. Later, have everyone guess which photo belongs to each guest, then give a prize to who makes the most correct matches.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Check Out our Quilted Backpacks for Kids!

It’s almost the start of the school year!  Whether your child is heading off to preschool or returning for another year of grade school, one of the most important things they’ll need is the perfect kids’ bag or backpack.

Our baby boutique in Philadelphia has a wide selection of backpacks for boys and girls, and they even have the option to be personalized! Personalization is a great way to help your child decipher which backpack is theirs, and to prevent them from losing it. Choose to add your child’s first name, or monogram the backpack with their initials. A personalized backpack also makes a thoughtful gift for a child, grandchild, niece or nephew.

When you send your little one off to school with one of our personalized quilted backpacks for kids, he or she will be excited to show it off while remaining organized. Each bag features an easy, yet strong magnetic snap and drawstring closure. There is also a handy pocket with coordinating zipper pull.

Is your toddler not heading off to school just yet? These bags can double as a diaper or change bag. Moms will love that they’re easy to care for, and are machine washable!