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Inspired by the new, limited edition glow-in-the-dark wall Star Wars The Force Awakens decals that are available exclusively in General Mills Big G cereals, we put together a fun DIY Star Wars craft that will be a fun addition to the bedroom of your Force-obsessed kiddo.

Breakfast with The Force Awakens Characters

Breakfast with your favorite Star Wars characters

Before you get started on this DIY Star Wars craft, you’ll want to dig into to your favorite General Mills cereals to find the limited-edition glow-in-the-dark wall decals. Available inside specially marked boxes — Cheerios, Multi-Grain Cheerios, Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Reese’s Puffs — each box contains a different Star Wars The Force Awakens character. The decals are completely mom-approved, too — they stick easily to any flat surface and, more importantly, they come off just as easily… without leaving a sticky film behind. Make sure you have your kiddos “charge” the decals up under a light source to give them the full Force to glow-in-the-dark!

DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Star Wars Crafts

Add The Force to their bedroom

With the glow-in-the-dark Star Wars wall decals as our inspiration, we created this fun DIY Star Wars canvas… and it glows when the lights go down, too!

What you’ll need:

DIY Star Wars Crafts

 

How to Paint a Canvas Black

 

We started by painting the canvas with thin layers of black paint. While this soy-based paint is super washable, putting an old grocery bag or some newspaper under your work surface is still a good idea… espeically if you have little helpers!

It took three good coatings to get it to get our canvas completely black and mostly streak-free. This paint dries super quick (15-minutes per coat), so it wasn’t long before we could move on to the next step.

DIY Star Wars The Force Awakens Crafts

 

Using the Star Wars logo from our General Mills Cookie Crisp box, we carefully copied the logo onto our canvas with a pencil. We were even able to gently erase our mistakes as we went… and trust us, there were plenty as we perfected our logo! Not willing to risk drawing it by hand, there are tons of printable logos you can use as a template on Pinterest.

How to Paint the Star Wars Logo

 

Now, the fun begins! We snagged one of our kids’ watercolor brushes to paint the logo with glow-in-the-dark paint — the sharper brush let us get into all of those crazy angles and get nice, crisp lines with our paint. Go easy on the paint, a little goes a long way and we did a couple of coats, letting it dry for the full four-hours between each one.

Glow-in-the-Dark Star Wars Logo

The funnest part about this Star Wars craft is that it doesn’t really look like much until it gets dark out and the glow-in-the-dark paint can really shine!

DIY Star Wars Bedroom

Add your Star Wars glow-in-the-dark decals

Last, but not least, get your canvas on the wall and add your General Mills Big G Cereal decals for the full glow-in-the-dark decor that is sure to awaken the Force in their bedroom!

May the Force be with you, Mom!

For more information about General Mills Big G Cereals, please follow them on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, using #BigGCereal and #TheForceAwakens. You can also check out details on the General Mills website.

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by General Mills via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of General Mills or Momtrends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All about the Britax B-Safe 35 Car Seat

Choosing a car seat is one of the more daunting of tasks when you’re expecting a new arrival. When I was pregnant with our first baby, I did everything I could to try to find out which car seat was best — aimlessly walking down the aisles of my local baby store, scouring the Internet for safety reviews, and compiling research in an effort to choose the perfect car seat. Fortunately, I found that all my investigative efforts (which at some point rivaled that of a seasoned CSI detective) kept pointing me to Britax.

Now years later, as we are awaiting baby number three, I knew exactly what to choose — the Britax B-Safe 35. This sleek car seat hits all the marks, and then some, for reassuring the on-the-go parent that their new little one is riding around in first class style and safety.

Have you heard about the recent Britax B-Safe 35 handle recall? Read more about the details and how to see if your Britax is included on the Britax website.

See the Safety Features of the Britax B-Safe 35

It’s all in the details

The Britax B-Safe 35 is top of the line in rear-facing car seats for infants 4 to 35 pounds. The B-Safe 35 features Britax’s SafeCell Impact Protection in both the car seat and its base to give your baby the ultimate care in car seat safety technology. With its deep protective shell and steel-framed base specifically designed to absorb the impact Baby might experience from any crash forces (including side-impact crashes), you can rest assure that your baby will be protected with the latest and greatest safety technology on the market to date.

Installing the Britax B-Safe 35

All that safety technology isn’t worth anything unless the car seat itself is installed right. Car seats can be tricky to install, especially for a new parent, so it’s not shocking that the majority of car seats end up being installed improperly. Britax definitely took this into account when designing the B-Safe 35. We found installation to not only by easy, but that there were several features to assist in the ease of making sure we can protect our baby with just a few simple steps. The easy to pull-center adjusting strap and the centered guide along the side of the base were just a couple of the features included to help give us the peace of mind that we needed to know that our baby will be safe and sound riding around town.

NEW B-Warm Car Seat Cover from Britax

Bundle up Baby

One of the biggest challenges for any parent having a new baby in winter is how to keep Baby warm while on the go. Fortunately, long gone are the days of having to tuck multiple blankets around your precious newborn (that inevitably will get kicked off in a matter of minutes) or having to throw a blanket over the top of the car seat in order to try to combat the elements. The Britax B-Warm Car Seat Cover allows the modern parent to keep Baby warm with the simple zip of a zipper. Without the hassle of worrying if anything will fall off, get lost, or constantly need to be adjusted, the B-Warm Cover is, hands down, one of our favorite winter accessories.

Don’t miss these winter travel safety tips from our friends at Britax!

Best Products for Keeping Baby Warm

The Britax B-Warm Cover is super easy to install on your B-Safe car seat. With just a quick stretch around the car seat, the insulted cover is set in place within a matter of seconds and you are ready to head out the door, reassured that your baby is warm and comfortable with in their seat.

NEW from Britax: B-Warm Car Seat Cover

Keeping Baby Warm in Winter with Britax

The Britax B-Warm Cover features also features convenient flip-up sides with a zippered snap enclosure that allows for quick and easy temperature adjustments. The cover also helps repel moisture, which is especially important when battling the varying elements of Mother Nature during winter.

Knowing that baby will be cozy, warm, and dry during travel to and from one place to the next is just the reassurance any busy parent on the go needs.

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You can’t go far these days without someone touting the benefits of essential oils for just about everything you can think of. From migraines to allergies, there’s an oil for whatever ails you. But what about babies? Many oils can be too strong for babies unless formulated and mixed in such a way to make it safe for little senses. More and more companies are taking the worry and guess work out of essential oils, allowing your babies to reap the benefits in safe and absolutely adorable ways.

The Wunders

1. Slumber Belly Bunny by The Wunders

For you it’s peace of mind that your baby is enjoying all of the benefits of essential oil in a portable and safe way, for baby it’s a soft and adorable new buddy. The Slumber Belly Bunny is a soft and cuddily stuffed toy that hides an interchangeable scent pouch within it’s belly. In seconds you can go from lavender for sleep to eucalyptus for cough and colds.

Recently the baby was so sick but, we as moms know, life still goes on. I was able to essentially take an oil diffuser with me, from grocery cart to the car seat, she just hung on to this little eucalyptus filled guy which helped keep her breathing clear, even when on the go. Now that we’re all healthy again, we keep it full of lavender for crib snuggling and naps away from home. The Slumber Belly Bunny comes with a bottle of lavender, eucalyptus sold separately. (Slumber Belly Bunny, $30)

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2. Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser

Having kids means having at least one humidifier stashed away somewhere for when kindergarten germs get the best of you. Just after Christmas the plague hit our house hard,  so I was definitely able to put the new Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser through its paces. (At one point I had it running almost 24 hours a day for 6 days). I loved the digital screen that allowed me to set the level of humidity to whatever I needed and a timer to change the humidity level automatically at a set time.

The top has a round 360-degree rotating nozzle, which housed a tiny cup for oil diffusing. Since this isn’t a true diffuser you’re not going to get the oil strength you would from one, however I found it to be just fine and served the purpose well. You’re also not obligated to put oil in it since the little cup is removable when not needed. Rounding out all of these great features, this humidifier is also super quiet, has a huge water reservoir, shuts itself off when the water runs out and has two different colored nightlight (red and blue). (Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser, $100)

Oilology

3. Oilogic Essential Oil Care

Placing oil directly on babies sensitive skin is definitely a no-no unless, of course, within the right oil-to-carrier oil mixture. But how do you know if you’ve gotten it right? Thankfully two moms from Texas have taken the guess work and fear out of essential oils by creating an entire line of safe, pre-mixed oils, lotions and vapor baths. These little miracle mixes have quickly become a staple in my home, warding off everything from sleepless nights for the baby to monsters and nightmares for my five-year-old. And now my oldest even asks for a dab of Relax & Calm before school everyday. The pre-mixed roller balls come in Bug Bites & Itches, Itchy Eyes & Sneezes, Ouchies & BooBoos, Relax & Calm, Slumber & Sleep and Stuffy Nose & Cough. The bath vapors come in Stuffy Nose & Cough and Slumber & Sleep, each with cordinating lotions. (Oilogic Essential Oil Care, $10)

Young Living

4. Dino Land Ultrasonic Diffuser by Young Living

Diffusing oils in your home does everything from heightening your mood to helping you sleep to even warding off illness and easing pain, kids included. Diffusers in my children’s room are essential and this one from Young Living is just too cute. The dinosaur scene is just a cover which makes it interchangeable with other designs from Young Living, great for moving room to room.  Other features include six different volcanic “eruption” settings and continuous or intermittent (10 minutes on/10 minutes off) setting with automatic shutoff. (Dino Land Diffuser available through a Young Living representative, $120)

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5. YooHoo Children’s Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace by Crunchy Fox

Just because they aren’t home doesn’t mean kids can’t reap the benefits of essential oils. These adorable owl necklaces I found on Etsy are just the thing for utilizing essential oils everyday. Today it may be test day where a little juniper berry is needed, or maybe she’s been battling headaches and it’s peppermint to the rescue. Whatever the case, these cute little owls will do the trick, also available in sports themes and unisex styles. (YooHoo Essential Oil Necklaces, $15)

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Moms seem to be on the constant search for foods their kids will actually eat (and love!) in their lunchboxes and I’m no different. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re packing lunches every day, for multiple kids, and soon enough, your kids are coming home having not eaten anything you sent. The first to go? The fruits and veggies that you’re hoping they’ll eat!

Next time you’re stocking up on lunchbox foods, pick up some Del MonteⓇ Fusions! Available in three combinations — Peach Mango, Cherry Fruit Trio and Apple Pear Watermelon — each cup is filled with one combined full serving of fruits and vegetables. (Mom hack: The veggies are actually cleverly tucked into the lightly sweetened juice that the fruit comes in! They’ll never suspect a thing!) Plus, they contain no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial colors or flavors, so you can feel good about sending them to school with your kids.

Besides just being a great choice for school lunches, Del Monte Fusions are also a huge problem solver when you’re packing more than a dozen lunches each week (like me!).

Del Monte Fusions for Lunchtime Solutions #ShareTheSuper

Three different kids, three different appetites

One of the trickiest parts about packing lunches for my kids to take to school is that I have three different kids with three different appetites. My kindergartner hardly eats a thing from his lunchbox, so I have to make sure that what I do send with him makes a big impact… because it might be the only thing he eats! My 2nd-grader is a carb-lover — she’s the one who always comes home with her lunchbox still full with the apple slices or carrot sticks that I packed that morning. And, my fifth grader changes her mind about what she’ll eat for lunch (and, everything else in her life, for that matter!) seemingly every single day.

Finding a food that I can put in their lunch and have all three of them eat at school is hard and typically ends up with me buying tons of different things to try, in hopes that somebody with eat something. However, Del Monte Fusions are one lunch choice that is a hit with all three of them — even my kiddo who would eat a diet exclusively of granola bars comes home with an empty Del Monte Fusions fruit cup and a smile on her face!

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When fresh fruit goes bad

I know that a lot of moms pack their kids’ lunches the night before, but I happen to be in the routine of packing them in the morning, since my kids seem to change with mind about what they’d like for lunch between the time they go to bed and the time they wake up. Even with packing them less than an hour before the kids hit the books, I know that by the time they break open their lunchboxes, the fresh fruit and veggies I’ve packed are soggy, squishy or browned. Yuck. It’s can be hard enough to get kiddos to eat fruit and veggies at school, let alone ones that look or smell less than tasty after sitting in their lunchboxes all morning.

I can’t tell you how much I love Del Monte Fusions for solving this lunchtime problem! My kids happily eat their Fusions and I know that they’re getting a full serving of fruit and veggies while they’re at school. No more tossing baggies of brown, stale apples when they get home at the end of the day!

Perfect Snacks to Send to School

Snacks, snacks, snacks

All three of my kids are required to bring two snacks to school… each. That’s six snacks, every single day, in addition to what I send in their lunchboxes. Let me tell you, it’s a lot of food. While I’m thrilled that the get the chance to refuel both before and after lunch, coming up with creative, new ideas to send with them for snacks can be a challenge — not only do I want it to be a healthy choice, but it also needs to be one that they can eat quickly.

Del Monte Fusions are a bright spot in their daily school snacks. My kids think it’s so fun to have something to eat with a spoon in class and every time I send Del Monte Fusions, I hear about how much they love drinking the juice (which happens to be packed with veggies!) when they’re done.

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To see more great ideas about how to use Del Monte Fusions in your kids’ lunchboxes, be sure to follow Del Monte on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube and check out delmonte.com.

Want to win your own supply of Fusions, along with a ton of other cool prizes? Visit Share the Super to enter and win on Twitter or Instagram using #ShareTheSuper and #Sweepstakes.

This post is sponsored by Del Monte. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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2016 Baby Gear Favorites for Twins

Twins! Long gone are the days when having twins meant needing two of everything! Now, there are savvy products that help parents manage day-to-day life with two babies… and, most of them do it without losing even a touch of style.

2016 Baby gear for twins
1. Remember the little moments

If keeping track of one baby’s big milestones wasn’t already hard enough with mommy brain, imagine having two to remember! Thankfully, these cute cards hit all of the moments you’ll want to hold onto forever, with special cards made specifically for milestones that only twins will have. (Milestone Baby Cards for Twins, available on Amazon.com, $34)

2. Makin’ bottles… and making them fast

Everything is a race against the clock when you have twins… and especially if you have twins who are both hungry at the same time. We’re already big fans of the Baby Brezza Formula Pro and with its ability to make two perfect formula bottles in under a minute, parents of twins will fall in love with it, too. (Baby Brezza Formula Pro, available at Babies R Us, $180)

3. Rock a bye, Babies

Parents of twins who are lucky enough to have them on the same sleep schedule will love having them in one of these cradles, which are designed to do double the rocking without double the work. When you’re done using it as a cradle, flip it up on its side to create a chic, useful bookshelf! (Babyhome So-Ro Twin Cradle, buybuy Baby, $600)

4. Double trouble tees

There are countless cute and cheeky tees for twins out there, but these are our absolute favorite. Available in gender neutral colors that will easily fit in the wardrobe of baby girls or boys (or, one of each!), we hope that this means you’ll never have to count to 20 again! (I’ll Hide and I’ll Seek Graphic T-Shirts, Modish and Co., $25 each)

5. Twins on-the-go

Braving heading out of the house with two babies might seem like an impossible feat… especially as a first-time parent, but thankfully you have strollers like this one in your corner. With an add-on sibling seat that makes going out with twins a breeze, you can kiss being housebound goodbye! (Stokke Crusi Stroller with Sibling Seat, starts at $1249)

Do you have twins? What products do you love?

Make sure you’re following our Scout, Amanda, who is a mom of twins!

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Do you want to build a snowman? No? (Sorry, is that stuck in your head now?) What if we told you you could let your little ones build one without leaving the warmth and comfort of your own home? With just a few steps and some ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard, you can make your own play snow that will provide hours of fun and giggles for all involved… no wet, soggy mittens necessary!

This super easy play snow is a great indoor activity for those blustery winter days when it is just too cold to play outside, but your children have begun to get a lot little stir crazy, which simultaneously tends to make mommy a lot little crazy. It is so much fun, and is a great activity to provide much needed sensory play for active little hands and minds.

Easy to Make DIY Play Snow

Easy DIY Play Snow

 

What you need

  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner, preferably white so that it looks like real snow
  • Plastic container or large pan to use for play area
  • Fun tools for creative play: beads, toothpicks, ribbon and craft eyes to make a snowman and Playdoh tools work great, too.

How to Make Play Snow for Kids

Directions

1. Mix baking soda and conditioner together in a large bowl.
2. Stir together with spoon until somewhat crumbly in texture. Snow should be moldable, like sand.
3. Place snow in container and let play begin!

DIY Play Snow for Kids

The snow is cool to the touch, so it feels similar to real snow. It molds easily, smells fabulous, and, surprisingly, provides very little clean up. With just a quick post-play wipe down, and quick once over with the vacuum, all remnants of your snow play will be gone.

How to Make an Inside Snowman

As an added bonus, the snow can be stored for future use. If it becomes dry, just add a little extra conditioner to the mixture, and voila — you are set to go for hours of more snow fun!

Make your own snow

 

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Star Darlings series

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Disney Press. All opinions are our own. 

Wishes for the New Year

We watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve with our best friends and all of our kids. For the first time my kids rang in the new year in real time, wearing shiny hats and blowing noisemakers that would likely garner a call from the hotel’s front desk on any night except December 31. They laughed and cheered, and I glimpsed future New Year’s celebrations, when midnight won’t seem like such a ground-breaking occasion.

What I wish for them

Just like that gorgeous Waterford crystal orb making its way toward the ground each New Year’s Eve, time with kids inevitably passes. My daughter, in particular, is forging her way toward tweendom, a world I glimpse through her eyes but can never truly re-enter again. As she takes tentative steps away from childhood, I hope she holds onto the wonder she’s always exhibited at the world around her — and the one she imagines is there, a world filled with fairies, magic and granted wishes.

Star Darlings
Introducing Disney Star Darlings

Star Darlings welcomes tweens to a world where wishes are real, and where friendship and positive thinking empower girls to continue wishing, dreaming and making their hopes and dreams come true.

Just like real girls, each Star Darling has her own wish that she pursues with full force and determination — and the help of her friends. These shared journeys and experiences provide exceptionally positive examples to inspire tweens to follow their dreams, and are experienced through books, dolls, music and apparel, along with a mobile app and animated shorts. Disney “Star Darlings” offers an innovative and unparalleled lifestyle experience that encourages tweens to harness the power of their individuality, highlights the power of making positive choices, and shows that they can make anything possible.

Initially conceived by designer Shana Muldoon Zappa, and her husband, New York Times bestselling author Ahmet Zappa (Because I’m Your Dad), “Star Darlings” was inspired by their daughter. “Our intention with Star Darlings has always been to empower girls and let them know there is an unstoppable wish energy created by positive thinking, taking action, and believing in yourself,” said Shana Muldoon Zappa.

Star Darlings

 

The Star Darlings book series enchants tween girls

Available now, the Star Darlings books follow the adventures of twelve Starlings who have traveled to Earth from the Starling Academy, where Starlings receive the special training they need to grant wishes to people on Earth. Their adventures are filled with the exact things that help empower tweens: the themes of friendship, confidence, leadership and teamwork.

Star Darlings

Finding inspiration and magic in Starland

In addition to reading the stories of the Starlings’ adventures, girls can — obsessively, if they’re anything like my daughter — flip through A Wisher’s Guide to Starland. Filled with the details that make Starland the gorgeous, magical, colorful place it is, the Guide has landed a rotating spot on the kitchen island, playroom floor, and bedside book table — wherever my girl happens to be situated. Her absolute favorite part of the book is the section describing the Starlings’ dorm rooms. Each room is decorated in a way that showcases the Starling’s personality. Abbey loves Clover’s plants and hammock; it reminds her of playing outside in her fairy garden.

How Star Darlings and their wishes mesh with my wishes for my daughter

Keeping my daughter firmly in childhood isn’t something I can do — even if I wanted to! As she grows older, I love watching her discover and explore different aspects of the things she’s always loved — magic, dreaming, beautiful things and music and dancing. Star Darlings seamlessly transitions her reading and interests from childhood to tween world, and I love seeing her move forward with her wonder and excitement intact.

The Star Darlings website is bursting with exciting content — including music. (I can’t tell you how many times we’ve watching the music video.)

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It’s really amazing to see how far the world of baby gear has come in the last 5 years since we welcomed our first son. With the arrival of our third son, just a couple of weeks ago, I’m excited to be exploring all the innovative options in gear.  A new nursing pillow has been on the top of my list and was one of my must-haves for bringing to the hospital when he was born.

Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, chances are you’ll use a nursing/feeding pillow to help get Baby in that perfect eating position. If you’re expecting for the first time, you’ve probably included one in your registry… and for good reason.  These pillows can be a lifesaver for moms — and dads, too! — providing helpful support and position for feeding (and even just holding Baby in the early days), and there are some new options out there that look better than ever.

6 New nursing pillows to try

6 New Baby Nursing Pillows to Try

1. Niche Feeding Pillow from Nook

This pillow is organic, inside and out, and made in the USA. The Niche has a unique squared design, which offers extra surface-space, while the lightweight Kapok core material provides comfortable support and breathability — no more sweaty feeding sessions! The Niche is also quite versatile as it can also be used as a prop seat for Baby and side-sleeper pillow for Mom or Dad. The pillow can be machine washed gently and alone. (Available on nooksleep.com, $100)

Eco-Friendly Nursing Pillow to Keep Baby Safe

2. Nursing Pillow from The Honest Company

The newest nursing pillow from The Honest Company has an angled surface that guides Baby towards mom’s breast. True to form for this super eco-focused company, the core of the pillow is made from Eco*Loft® virgin poly-fiber, which means no toxic foams, adhesives, flame retardants or harsh chemicals. To top it off, the organic cotton plush top and bolster are removable and washable. Other unique features include the patented vented privacy cover that easily tucks inside its own pocket, and the organic cotton travel/storage bag that comes with the pillow. (Available on honest.com, $70)

New Nursing Pillows for 2016

3. Natural Curve Nursing Pillow from Ergobaby

One of the newest nursing pillows on the scene, this debut from Ergobaby is made from solid foam with a unique contour to help properly position Baby tummy-to-tummy at a height that is meant to prevent slouching for Mom. It also wraps around your waist to provide an armrest. It’s a very firm pillow which should maintain it’s shape, a smart update compared to many nursing pillows of the past. Additionally, the plush cover is comfortable, removable, and machine washable. (Available on store.ergobaby.com, $70)

Must-Have Breastfeeding Gear for 2016

4. Premium Cotton Nursing Pillow from Bébé au Lait

Prefer for Baby to sit up a bit higher when she’s feeding? The nursing pillows from Bébé au Lait are a good choice. The reversible, dual-sided design gives Moms two options — choose from the flat, firmer surface or flip it over for a plush, softer surface. The pillow has an open-shaped design and also offers a two-sided pocket to keep burp cloths, breast pads and other essentials within reach. There is also an adjustable waist strap that can be tucked away if desired. The pillow and removable slip cover are machine washable. (Available on bebeaulait.com, $55)

New Shapes in Nursing Pillows for Moms

5. Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow from Dr. Browns

The angled design of this pillow positions Baby at an incline as she eats, which may help with digestion and reduce reflux. The wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent Baby from rolling down (No. 1 nursing pet peeve!), and the thick-to-thin design is intended to grow with Baby and offer limitless nursing positions. This entire pillow can be machine washed and dried. Read more about it on drbrownsbaby.com. (Available on target.com, $27)

The Next Generation of Nursing Pillows

6. Best Latch Nursing Pillow from Boppy

This new pillow from Boppy offers a two-sided design, each with different feeding surfaces. The firm surface features a soft minky fabric and features a contoured foam edge design that helps Baby turn towards Mom. The softer, fiberfill side offers a more snuggly surface as Baby grows. The wide arm design fits most moms and the removable belt keeps Baby snug against your body. With the foam insert and belt removed, the pillow is machine washable. (Available on boppy.com, $45)

How do I pick the right nursing pillow for me?

With so many great options out there, it can be hard to navigate deciding which pillow is right for you. Asking other moms and your local lactation consultant is always a good idea, but here are some things to keep in mind when shopping:

The right fit

With different body types and personal preferences, there is no one perfect pillow for everyone. If possible, explore the options in person — you can check your local baby gear store, meet with a local lactation consultant, doula, or try out friends’ pillows before your baby arrives. Specifically look at how the opening and height of the pillow fits your body.

Shape and firmness

This again will come down to personal preference, body type, and favorite feeding position. There unfortunately is no one-size-fits-all option. The “C-shape” is the most popular, but it’s all about what feels comfortable and natural to you. The pillow should put Baby at a height that doesn’t have you hunching down, and the firmness should be comfortable for Baby, but firm enough that she isn’t sinking down. If you’re nursing, Baby’s neck should be held straight at breast level when feeding.

Easy to clean

Between reflux, leaky boobs or bottles, and general everyday use, being able to machine wash your pillow, or at least its removable cover, is essential.

Features

If you’re expecting your first baby, you may not know what features you’re looking for until after she arrives, but do your best to test pillows out and ask around. Deciding what features are important to you will help narrow down your search. Think about if you want a waist strap, if you want a two-sided option, if you want something that can also be a support pillow for Baby, if you need a pocket and if organic fabrics are a must.

Price

As you can see, price points on these pillows can vary greatly. While many people find them to be essential, there’s no way of knowing how long you’re going to need or want the pillow, so only spend what your are comfortable with. As with all of your new baby gear, it’s often a good idea to set a budget before making a purchase.

Aesthetics

This might sound silly, but you’ve spent time designing your nursery and picking out colors, and if you’re going to spend the money on one of these pillows, you might as well like the looks of it and like the way it flows with your nursery. Most pillows offer a variety of fabric choices, so take your time and pick one you’ll love.

Will you be adding any of these pillows to your registry or wish list?

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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Little ones love watching Elmo play with his friends on Sesame Street. Now it’s their turn to play along with Elmo: Meet Play All Day Elmo! This cuddly and interactive Elmo toy includes 8 games and activities and 150+ responses to help keep kids engaged. When playtime is over, preschoolers can cuddle with him while listening to a lullaby. After everyone is rested, your child can start the fun again!

Bring home Elmo this Holiday Season. For more information watch the video above then visit Hasbro.com.

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As a busy parent, it can be difficult to find a healthy and educational balance in your child’s daily activities. At times, it might be tempting to put them in front of the T.V. for a few hours, but this can prevent them from learning to use their imaginations to create fun adventures and lasting memories.

Create Lasting Memories with Play-Doh Town

With Hasbro’s new Play-Doh Town playsets, keeping your child engaged and entertained is easy. Each set has its own wacky character and colorful designs, from a pet store to a firehouse, even an ice cream truck! It’s time to unplug those electronics and unlock a world of fun and imagination, with Hasbro’s Play-Doh Town world.

Start creating the memories that will last a lifetime with Play-Doh Town play sets. For more information watch the video above then visit Hasbro.com.

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