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Jenna Greenspoon is a mom to Jonah and Addison, aged 4 and 2. She loves staying up to date on all things kids and makes sure she is on point with the latest childhood trends! She is the Savvy Moms to the Savvy Sassy duo and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Jenna loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram

Friday Favorites April 7

Friday Favorites this week mix up fashion pieces for my daughter and me, beauty items, books and just some fun things you need in your life!

Fun for everyone!

We’ve been eyeing a light box for quite some time now! They have so many uses, including opportunities for fun! I display cute sayings when I’m entertaining, write down things the kids say on it and take pictures with it. Of course, I’m using it on our Instagram! I can’t get enough of this light box, and I was so excited when I came across it this week when Lisa and I were shopping after an event!

Rain, Rain…

No matter how much you sing, the rain keeps coming! So, I embraced the rain with my easy-to-wear Kate Spade rain boots. I throw them on on with every outfit. I love how lightweight they are!

I got you babe!

Lisa and I went shopping this week (when we found our light box) for a baby gift… one of my favorite things to do! This Pearhead Chalk Board is an absolute must have for a newborn! You think you will remember all the milestones each moth, but who can remember anything when you’re sleep deprived! If you don’t need one yourself, pick it up for a friend!

Emjoi’s

We adore this kids sweatshirt from Zara! My daughter wears it at least once a week. The emojis are made out of sequins, and when you move them all, the emoji changes! Cutest ever!

Good reads

We came across a new book this week. Otis Grows explores the challenges of family conflict and the changes that come with growing older. Otis runs away to look for answers, where he encounters new colours (and cultures), as well as world of possibilities! My kids and I all enjoy Otis!

Pucker Up

My lips suffered from our wild weather over here, and Sephora’s Goji Lip Balm saved my lips this week. I needed the moisturizing lip balm with a tinted color. A lipstick overpowers my lips during the day, and I prefer the perfect middle ground between a blistex and lipstick. It nurtures and protects my lips, while each of the other four flavors treat your lips in their own unique way.

Happy Friday! What are your favorites this week?
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Every night, after we read our kids books of choice, my son always asks for an “imagination story”. We make up a story for him each night that includes him, his sister and his friends as the main characters. The usual suspects make their way into the story at one point or another, and he get so excited each time he hears their names. Imaginations stories are a very special part of our bedtime routine, but I wanted to add some personalized books to our library. I knew they would get him excited and eager to read. As a child in kindergarten, he is able to identify his name and most of his friends names in print. Doing so gives him confidence to continue identifying sight words and trying to sound out new words on his own.

personalized books

Books with their favorite characters

Personalized books aren’t just books about your child. They include your child in the story. As you can imagine, having a girl and a boy, we have a house full of super heroes and princesses. KD Novelties publishes personalized children’s books with all of your children’s favorite characters, from Elmo to Beauty and the Beast. We decided to get Justice League and the Disney Princess Collection.

The look on Jonah’s face when we read the Justice League book is priceless! Not only does Jonah help the Justice League save the day in his own city, but he gets to tell his friends all about it in the book. His dreams literally came true page after page! The Princess book is a 3-in-1 book. In My Adventures with Cinderella, Addison lives right near Cinderella and is her friend! In My Adventures with Sleeping Beauty, Addison and Briar Rose share the same birthday and in My Adventures with The Little Mermaid, Addison and her friends are at the beach celebrating her birthday when she meets Ariel. The pictures of the Disney Princesses throughout the story and the personalization of cities, dates and names make a little girl feel like a real princess!

I See Me personalized books

Personalized photo books

I See Me also offers personalized books. There are so many to choose from, but I love the photo personalized books. The kids are changing everyday, so I love that the printed photos in the book will always let them know when they received these books. Jonah’s Pirate Adventure not only has his name in the book as one of the characters, but his name and initials are all throughout the books. The treasure box is labelled “Jonah’s Treasure” and the sail on the boat has this initials “JCG” on it on. When children are learning to read, it is so important for them to see print in a variety of ways, such as a label and in the text of the sentence. We even got to name his parrot one of his friends name which Jonah thinks is hilarious!

With Addison’s birthday coming up, we got her the book It’s Addison’s Birthday! to get her ready! Many pages of the book contain her photo, which makes my almost 3 year old shriek with excitement! This special book focuses on her on her birthday and making sure the whole world knows, which is exactly how I feel birthdays should be!

Lost My Name

Books about your child

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is an amazing book for every child. While Jonah’s parents think he is sleeping in bed, he travels through space with his friend Hubble. Jonah sees his name in stars but shortly after, their navigation system breaks. Jonah and Hubble can’t find their way home! After meeting creatures in outer space, they find their way back to earth. They search for our country, then a landmark in our city and then finally home! The google map selection during the ordering process ensures that the location is correct! Before you know it, Jonah finds his house and is back in his bed before morning! This book is amazing to help kids understand that we are a small part of a big universe!

Lost My Name also has another great personalized book, The Little Girl who Lost her Name. One morning, a little girl wakes up to find that her name is missing from her door. She goes on an incredible adventure and meets wonderful creatures on the way who share a letter with her at each stop. The angel, dragon, donkey and Imp all help her to find her name on her journey. I love reading this book to Addi, as she is beginning to identify the letters in her name. She gets so excited when she sees the letters she knows and learns unfamiliar ones as we read.

I am a big fan of personalized books. I have been ordering them for birthday gifts for a long time and continue to build our own collection. In addition to books, these companies offer a variety of personalized items such as Personalized Milestone Cards, growth charts, personalized music and more!

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We said hello to spring (finally!) My days of shopping for winter jackets, mitt clips and snow pants are o-v-e-r! As we transition from winter to spring, my kids’ fashion will be about lightening up the palette as well as the weight of their clothing. I want to make sure that when I send them off to school in the morning with a chill in the air, they’re still dressed appropriately for the afternoon recess weather that will have them shedding layers.

This spring is all about patterns and bright colors in kids fashion. This trend overwhelms someone like me, who’s used to the ease of mixing and matching grey, white and black. Here are some easy ways to integrate the trends into your kids style.

For the little lady in your life

spring-style-for-girls

Don’t stray too far from a comfortable look for you and your child, but find a way to make a statement with their style. In my house, we are all about the shoes. Look at our feet to find a POW in our style!

Keep it simple and light with a comfortable NuNuNu sweatshirt and a drawstring denim pants. My favorite are the Hashtag High Tops that come in toddler and kids sizes. They are unique DIY patch sneakers. No matter the age, your kids will have fun changing their patches daily to match their outfits! Each pair comes with 30 patches. It doesn’t get better than this!

For a lighter spring look, try this Peek Hombre hoodie and pair it with Splatter paint leggings from the GAP. Throw a dark denim jacket or a leather jacket on top for the chilly morning temperatures. Our favorite part of the outfit is the shoes! I love Sam Edelman, and you know what they say, like mother like daughter! The Fuzzy Shoe is perfect for my little girls big personality!

For your little Heartbreaker

spring-style-for-boys

After a long winter, I am sick of the same old sweatshirts and boots! After all those days spent inside a kindergarten classroom, my son’s pants are starting to fade at the knees. I get not wanting to wear anything but sweats under his snow pants each day, but I am so excited to see his style change with the weather!

Tops with quotes are all the rage, which is why I love this Keep on Truckin’ t-shirt. We’ve been wearing the matching sweatshirt for months now! These tapered pants are a bit more casual than jeans and are perfect for a day in the classroom or a day at the park. I don’t know about your boys, but mine constantly runs his shoes into the ground! This light Adidas runner will serve well as a weekend shoe in my house making his outfits look fresh and crisp.

No matter how hard I try, we can’t completely get away from the super heros in our fashion! The closer he gets to learning how to read, the easier it is to get him on board with shirts that have superhero sayings. “I Rule The City” is one he certainly agrees with! We are keeping the patches on the pants for our boys look this season. Bright and checkered slip on sneakers make a statement and help get us out of the house quickly in the morning!

What’s your child’s spring style?
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Welcome to our Friday Favorites! Each week, we will share some of our favorites of the week in our Editor’s corner. Each week will be different. You will find that our favorites will range from items for our kids, ourselves and everything in between! Here are this weeks picks:

Friday Favorites

1, With the closing of Kate&james shop, we ordered a few of their prints for our basement makeover (coming soon). ‘You’re pretty much my favorite of all time in the history of ever’ is my number one favorite this week as it totally sums up how I feel about my kids!

2. So I wasn’t sure what all the rage was about when it came to the Swell bottle, but after purchasing one, I totally get it! Drinking water is not number one on the priority list, but the Swell bottle is helping! The best part is that it never spills and it keeps the cold, cold and the hot, hot! This has become a staple in my bag when I leave the house.

3. There is nothing I love more than pictures and I have been living up to my end of the bargain with my @365daysofjonahandaddi Instagram account. This week, I am excited about the email I got from Chatbooks letting me know that my series is ready to begin printing!

EXCITING NEWS! The Chatbooks collection launched yesterday which are brand-new curated cover designs for custom books. I can’t wait to use these covers for my Chatbooks and you will want to check these out too! If you haven’t tried Chatbooks, you won’t be disappointed when you do.

Use the code SAVVYSASSY for your first book in a series free or 10% off your custom order!

4. This winter weather is seriously starting to get to me. There was so much snow this week, we were couped inside praying for some warm weather. Thank goodness for great make up, like this Nars blush, that makes me looked sun kissed with rosy cheeks so that I don’t feel so pale and trapped by the winter weather!

5. Solo parenting ain’t easy which I did all week long! But coffee definitely helps…lots and lots of it! While I had an amazing week with the kids, there was no downtime since it was March break! Caramel Drizzle coffee, you got me through the week! Caramel is my go-to flavour and don’t tell anyone, but in the morning I prefer it to Starbucks!

6. Addi’s hair is getting so long and I love it! She is very particular about what we put in her hair and this week we are loving buntoppers. They are the cutest! Each buntopper comes with a unique story of a girl. We have the girl who plays soccer, the basketball player, the cook and Addi’s favorite, the math whiz. Addi thinks that the calculator is a phone, which she is obsessed with!  They are cute at the top of her ponytail, weaved into a braid or on top of her bun.

7. This week I got my hands on Happy Little Camper wipes. These all natural wipes have changed our lives! If you have been watching our Insta Stories this week, then you have seen them in action removing face paint off the kids! They are the perfect mix of wet and dry and are soft to touch. I feel comfortable using them on her face, hands and tush which are very sensitive. The flushable wipes are incredible! Toilet training is no joke and the flushable wipes are making it much easier!

Happy Friday!

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There is nothing cuter than a naked baby with all of their rolls! The amount of pictures I have of my kids when they were babies lying on the floor in a diaper, or trying food for the first time in a diaper, is out of control! What can I say? I have a need to document it all! I remember when The Honest Company launched. It was like a dream come true! We quickly became obsessed.

Honest Company Spring Diapers 2017

The new spring line of diapers has me all giddy and for good reason! The new patterns are to die for, and with the weather warming up, there is nothing I love more than an Honest Company diaper under a pretty spring dress! 

Both of my kids have extra sensitive skin. Most of the time, I’m not even sure what brought on a rash or a reaction, so when it comes to diapers, I need to know their bums are in good hands! After all, they are in them all day long! The ultra-soft plant based inner and outer layer is so soft and gentle. The Honest Company diapers are made without chlorine processing, latex, lotions, fragrances, phthalates, optical brighteners, organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT), or most common allergens and since my mom has a latex allergy, these diapers give us both piece of mind. Can you imagine a grandmother that can’t help you change a diaper?! 

Honest Diapers Spring Collection 2017

Hip Hip Hooray! Today, The Honest Company has launched their 5 new prints for spring, each one cuter than the next! You can purchase diapers from the new collection for $13.95 a pack, and their wipes are incredible too. This launch along with the weather we have been having, has us feeling like spring will be here any day now! 

If you are looking for the best deal, go for their bundles and get everything you need! Use code SAVE35 to get 35% off bundles!

 

Which pattern is your favorite?
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2017 is here and you want this year to be different… we all do, don’t we?! We say we will remember every moment, every fun thing we do with the kids and funny thing they say, but while your intentions are good, we all know it’s next to impossible to remember it all. One of my resolutions is to take more photos of the kids this year, but not just a few more, 365 more… per kid!

When kids are small, they change so much, so fast and you really see those changes through photos. Sometimes, I don’t notice the little changes in the way they’re growing and changing because I’m with them every day of their lives. To try to capture every little moment, change and memory in 2017, I will be taking a picture a day of my kids! It sounds crazy, right? It’s not! I’ve done it before and while it takes a bit of work, you will never regret doing it, especially having Chatbooks on your team.

Documenting 2017 with Chatbooks
Step 1: Decide on how to save the pictures you take daily

Pick one place to store them digitally — make a file on your computer (this will be the hardest part), start an album on your phone (this is easier since we always use our phones to snap a pic), or start an Instagram account and post them there (this is my number one choice). You don’t need to be fancy… take the pictures with your phone and keep it simple, or take them with your camera, but remember, the goal isn’t to have a professional looking picture everyday, but rather to take a photo everyday.

Picture a day project
Step 2: Start taking pictures

It will be a transition at the beginning. You will be all excited about it at the beginning of the year, but as time goes on, you may begin to forget. Put a daily reminder in your phone to make sure you don’t miss a day.

Documenting 2017
Step 3: Include a caption

This step is the reason why I prefer to use Instagram to store my daily photos. The more information you have for each picture, the better. When you post your photos, you can write a caption about what they were doing in the picture or add a funny quote that your child said that day. Help yourself to remember what the picture means to you each day when you’re looking at them a year from now, five years from now or 10 years from now.

Step 4: Get creative, when necessary

Now, you may be asking yourself, what about the days your child is sick? Or what do you do if you are traveling and you aren’t with the kids? If your child isn’t feeling well, get creative and take a picture of their feet and add a caption like “Snuggled under the covers and feeling a bit under the weather.” If you are away or you don’t see your kids some days, get someone else on board to take a picture and send it to you! Share with your family what you are doing and they will be happy to help.

365 days of chatbooks
Step 5: Print your pictures

This is where the fun really begins! If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to download the Chatbooks App. Chatbooks is an app that lets you create photo books using your Instagram account or photos from your phone. You are already doing all of the work by taking the pictures each day, so let Chatbooks make it easy to get them printed. Instead of printing loose photos (which you can do through Chatbooks as well), you will get a beautiful 6×6 photo book with your pictures printed in order. Each book contains 60 pictures and once you sign up, they will print these books automatically, so you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to see your pictures come to life! 

Use code SAVVYSASSY for your first book free in a series and 10% off custom books and prints!

How to use chatbooks
  • Download the app from iTunes.
  • Select the Most Popular Photo Book Series, which begins at only $8
  • Add your source: You can link your Instagram account, Facebook page or your iPhone favorites. Enter your information and authorize Chatbooks to access your photos and then begin exploring the options.
  • Decide whether or not the date and location show up.
  • Change the cover photos and remove any photos you don’t want included in the book. They are completely customizable!
  • Print a custom book, print your entire Instagram feed or print loose photos.

I am challenging you to take the daily picture challenge by taking a picture a day of your kids. At the end of the year, you will thank me! You can follow along with me as I post daily photos of my kids on our Instagram account, @365daysofjonahandaddi

Good luck!

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Tips for Kids Winter Travel Safety

With the holiday season in full swing, we have booked our trip and are ready for quality time together as a family. As our trip drew closer, it was time to start thinking about what travel with my children would look like. Would we take a cab from the airport or rent a car? Without kids, we didn’t think too long and hard about it, but with two kids under five, our transportation needs are at the top of the list!

Amongst my group of friends, the conversation always goes the same way… what will you do when you get to your destination? Will you bring a car seat or rent one? Can you take a car seat on the airplane? This year, we decided to travel with our Britax car seat, using the Britax Car Seat Travel Cart and Britax Travel Bag, which made it so easy. The travel cart made it a breeze to pull the car seat through the airport, while the travel bag kept it safe and clean when we checked it during the flight. Check out the video on our Facebook page to see just how easy it was to travel with our Britax in tow. 

Whether you are traveling somewhere near, far or simply staying in the city, it’s always important to make sure that you are keeping your kids as safe as possible in their car seats. Living in a city with very cold winters, the question that’s always at the top of my mind is whether or not my children can be in their car seats with their jackets on. The Britax website has a great post on winter travel safety tips to answer this question and so many more. The first and most important part of car seat safety is the straps, no matter what the season. When buckling your child in the carseat, you must ensure that you cannot pinch the straps at the collarbone. If you are able to pinch the slack, you need to tighten the straps until you are unable to pinch any of the strap. Once you know what a secure strap looks like, then you can determine if your child’s jacket is safe to wear in the car seat. 

What should my child's car seat straps look like?

Place your child in the car seat with their jacket on and tighten the straps appropriately, as discussed above. Once that is done without any slack, open the car seat and remove your child without loosening the straps. Take off your child’s jacket and place them back in the car seat. Do up the buckle without tightening the straps. If the straps are snug and you cannot pinch them, then the jacket they were in is appropriate for the car seat, but if there is slack and you can pinch the straps, your child is not safe in the car seat in that jacket. 

If your jacket is too thick for the carseat, here are some tips to try from Britax to keep your kids warm during car travel:
– Preheat your vehicle
– Place your child in the car seat and then put the jacket on your child backwards
– Cover your child in the car seat with a blanket
– Try a coat made out of thin, but warm, material

When going in the car with my kids in cold weather, I start the car a few minutes before we leave and I put them in thin coats. Before they get out of the car, they change into their thick winter coats to keep them toasty in the cold winter weather! While it takes some additional planning and preparation, I know that I am making the best decision for my children’s safety when we head out on the icy roads. 

There are so many fun activities to this winter and while travelling with a car seat may seem overwhelming, I can tell you that it was no big deal! My son loved being pulled in the car seat as well! Stay tuned for clips on Instagram and Facebook as our trip continues! 

We did receive product to review and photograph for this post. This post is not otherwise sponsored.

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I’ll never forget our prenatal class when I was pregnant with my first child. My husband and I went together and one of the classes focused on breastfeeding. I listened to what it should and shouldn’t feel like, how it was easy for some and hard for others, and at the end of the class, I looked at my husband and I said to him, “No matter what happens, don’t let me give up!” I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed and hoped that I would be able to. I had some concerns that it would be difficult for me and I held my breath until my baby arrived to see what it would actually be like.

Pregnancy Photos

Just a few short months after our prenatal classes, my son Jonah was born. As soon as he was born, the nurse gave him to me and immediately “helped” me to begin breastfeeding him. At the time, everything seemed fine. He looked like he had latched, the nurse said he was fine and while I enjoyed holding my new baby, I felt so much pride as I watched him nurse.

Well, as every first night goes in the hospital, I nursed all night long with very little support. Morning came, and my mom came to visit me and the baby. When it was time to feed him again, I just began to cry. Something didn’t feel right. I was in pain every time he latched and I just couldn’t put him on again. I felt completely deflated. Jonah wasn’t even 24-hours-old and I was failing. I was in pain, but all I could think about was the fact that he was less than a day old and I was already asking for a bottle, for a break.

At 10 a.m., I walked over to the nursing class that the hospital held each morning. I voiced my concerns about the difficulty and the pain and with one quick look, the lactation consultant sent me back to my room and said she would come see me for a one-on-one session. When she arrived, she told me that Jonah had been latching incorrectly since birth and as a result, I was left with an abrasion, which was extremely painful and getting worse by the minute. That was the moment that I was introduced to a nipple shield. At the time, I was so grateful. The shield did exactly that. It shielded me from direct contact making breastfeeding less painful for me and more successful for him. I felt at ease.

My Breastfeeding Story

A day later, I was discharged from the hospital feeling great! Jonah was feeding every 3-4 hours, he was wetting his diapers and everything seemed good. Two days later, when I went to his paediatrician, I learned that he wasn’t gaining weight. That was when the countless trips to the doctor for weigh-ins began and the trips back and forth to the hospital to the lactation consultants to continue working on my breastfeeding. I thought back to my prenatal classes remembering that she said it might be hard and that there might be some pain, but I didn’t think it would be this hard.

As the weeks went on, he was gaining little by little, and each time we went for a weigh-in or to the consultants, I felt more and more let down. I felt like I wasn’t succeeding at the most important job in the world. I began topping him up at the end of each feed and pumping while he was being topped up for the next feed. It was exhausting! All the while, I was still using the nipple shield. I had tried to take him off of it a few times, but he just couldn’t latch without it. I had to take it with me every time I left the house, and I had to sterilize it before each use! I was breastfeeding, but I had to treat myself like a human bottle, but it was “working,” so I kept on going. 

By the time Jonah was 2-months-old, I was more than ready to give up. I had thought about asking for help, but I kept hearing that breastfeeding was natural and that there wasn’t a wrong way to do it. I kept hearing that I would figure it out and it was ok if it hurt a little. I felt like I was being shamed, so I just kept going as I had since day one. Every time I nursed him, my toes would curl from the pain. Just as I was ready to throw in the towel, my own voice came at me from my husband reminding me that I had told him not to let me give up and he suggested I call the lactation consultant that had spoken with us all those months before. He was right. I had had enough of people telling me it was natural and that this is what it was supposed to be like. So I picked up the phone and asked her to come over to help. 

2 months old

Within a few short minutes of the lactation consultant arriving to my house, she had taken to nipple shield and told me that I was never to use it again! She was in my home for less than 30 minutes and told me that I was holding him the wrong way while nursing, which was making it difficult for him to latch. She also shared with me, that the nipple shield was making Jonah a lazy nurser. He didn’t need to latch correctly because the shield was making it easy for him. Once she showed me how to get him to latch correctly, I could immediately feel a difference. There was no toe curling, no wincing, just nursing.

I was finally able to look at him while I nursed instead of closing my eyes in pain with each latch. She had changed my life and his in that moment and then supported me if I slipped into old habits over the next few weeks. She made me feel successful and changed my entire nursing experience. For that, I am eternally grateful. I continued to nurse Jonah for an additional 16 months after that and only stopped because I no longer had enough milk for him… he was a hungry growing boy and I was sad when it ended, but grateful for everyday I nursed him.

When I had my daughter, I made sure to prepare myself for what nursing would be like with her. I had always wished that I prepared myself better before Jonah was born, so this time around I read the Honest Feeding Page to learn more about feeding options. I told myself that I would call for help right away if I needed it. The first thing I said when I went into labor was that I wanted to do skin-to-skin with my baby right after birth, but that I would nurse her later to ensure I was in the right environment with the right people there to ensure her first latch was correct. That was the best decision I ever made and I believe made a huge difference. I was able to breastfeed her right from the beginning and did so until she was 18 months old, as well. 

I exclusively breastfed both of my kids and wouldn’t change it for the world, other than eliminating those first few months of pain! My advice to new moms would be to trust your instincts and don’t let others put you down. I wish that I had trusted my mom-gut that wanted to ask for help earlier than I did, because in the end, your mom instincts are always right!

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It feels like just yesterday that I was having my first child. I listened to everything everyone told me — within reason — when I was a first time mom and one of the tips I remember most was to switch my baby’s position in the bassinet after each feed. And, I took this advice very seriously.

Preventing Flat Head

I would put Jonah to sleep with his head on one side of the bassinet and then, after the first feed, I put his head at the other side of the bassinet, and all night long I would continue switching! I also always made sure to take him out of the car seat whenever he was awake so that he wasn’t in the same position for too long. I knew that all of this was important to prevent plagiocephaly, also know as flat head syndrome, and it appeared that what I was doing was working. I never had concerns about the shape of his head. 

When Addison came along, I figured if I did the same things all would be good! Well, as is true for everything else in parenting, doing the same thing I did for my first child and for my second child didn’t work as I thought it would! I flipped Addison in the middle of the night and I took her out of the car seat when she was awake, just like with Jonah. But, life with two was different and I didn’t have as much time to think about every move I made as I did with my first baby.

By the time Addison was a month-and-a-half old, I started to notice that the back of her head wasn’t looking as round as it should. I became a bit concerned about it, so I reached out for help. I spoke to Dr. Marla Shapiro who explained what plagiocephaly was. Simply put, this is when “the skull can be somewhat uneven or asymmetrical, often based on positioning.” She told me that it was important to make sure my baby’s head did not stay in the same position all of the time as a newborns bones are quite soft and thin. As I asked more questions, I was happy to learn that there would be no effect on the development of the brain and that as she gained improved head control, between the ages of 4 and 6 months, that the shape of her skull would begin to improve. 

How to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome in Babies

In the meantime, I knew I had to be proactive before it got worse. I began doing a bit of research and I found the Babymoov Lovenest. The Lovenest is an ergonomical headrest for a well-rounded head. Just like a little pillow, the Lovenest is soft and padded, making it comfortable to place behind Baby’s head. Its unique design guarantees an even distribution of pressure across Baby’s skull, thereby preventing the risk of flat head. While it is not recommend to place in your baby’s crib, I placed the Lovenest behind her head when she was in the car seat, in the stroller, on the playmate and really anywhere else she was stationary. Without the Lovenest, all of the weight rested on the back of her head, changing the shape of her head. 

From that point on, I used the Lovenest until Addison was old enough to hold up her own head and I no longer had to worry about the pressure weighing on the back of her head. Until that time came, knowing that I was doing everything I could by using the Lovenest and keeping her off the back of head as often as possible, gave me the peace of mind that I was doing everything right. My advice to any new mom would be to use the Lovenest, right from birth! 

The Babymoov Lovenest is available on Amazon.

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The leaves are falling and, before we know it, winter will be here and we’ll be spending much more time indoors. We have been making sure that we spend as much time outside as possible lately, knowing that winter is on its way. Even on those colder fall days we have been throwing on a scarf and mittens and heading deep into the ravine by our house to see nature at its finest. While, in theory, it sounds wonderful, I always remind myself that I need to have realistic expectations of my kids when we’re exploring outside. Typically, taking a walk in the beautiful fall weather isn’t enough, on its own, to get them excited. Are your kids the same?

Driving with Hello Kitty Car

Outside adventures made exciting with the Hello Kitty car

Thanks to the Dynacraft Hello Kitty 6V Car, our outdoor excursions have become much more enjoyable for the kids (and for us, too!). While I had no doubt that this car would be amazing for the kids, I was worried about what would be involved in the assembly. I am overjoyed to say that it was simple to put together — in just a few snaps and clicks, the car was fully assembled!

Once assembled, we were ready for our outside time.  As we followed the path into the heart of the ravine, heads were turning all around us. The car itself is shaped like Hello Kitty, which had the girls’ heads turning. And the fact that it is a powered car had the boys drooling.

Addison is always concerned about safety, but while safety is towards top of the list, it still doesn’t exceed fashion, which is why she chose a Hello Kitty Bell Helmet to match her ride. When she climbs into the car, she knows she can’t go anywhere until her seat belt is clipped and secure!

Hello Kitty Car Review

Say hello to these cool features

The features of the car are unlike any other ride-on we have tried before. With just the touch of the pedal, the car drives at 2.5 mph and rides easily both up and down hill. The Hello Kitty steering wheel and horn let her tell others she is coming by as she drives — a feature everyone who was walking nearby appreciated!

Her favorite feature, by far, is the mp3-input and loud speakers that play her favorite songs from my smartphone. Since I keep all of her music on my phone, she gets the same musical entertainment in her car and in mine! Not only does the Hello Kitty car play music when you plug in your smartphone, but with the flip of a switch, Hello Kitty’s bow lights up, too.

Driving the Hello Kitty 6V Car

All in the details

The detailing on the car — from the speedometer to the Hello Kitty bows — make the car every child’s dream. The Hello Kitty 6V Car drives both forwards and backwards, making it easy for kids to maneuver, and it has a park switch for when it’s not in use. When she’s not riding it, it serves as the perfect place to sit while watching the neighbors play on the street… any excuse to be close to Hello Kitty is good enough for her! We are all looking forward to many years of Hello Kitty driving ahead of us. 

With the holidays right around the corner, the Hello Kitty Car will make your little ones smile from ear to ear. The Dynacraft Hello Kitty 6V Car ($300) is available at Walmart. Stay tuned for a chance to win one in our Holiday 2016 Guide! 

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