Bundle, our Baby & New Mom Gift Guide is here!
Make shopping for your favorite new mom and bundle of joy a breeze with our new NAPPA Award-winning products.
The Grow with Me Floor Seat offers a contoured floor seat allowing your little one sit up on their own and to grow with them as they develop. Made of soft, yet durable expanded foam the baby floor seat is comfortable, easy to clean and designed for durability and safety. Holding up to 50 pounds, the floor seat is ideal for 4-12-month-old babies who are able to hold their head up. $39.99, ages: 4-12-months
The Little Book of You offers a wonderful way to create whimsical and one-of-a kind illustrated baby books. Each book can be easily personalized to create a special keepsake. Tell your children’s unique birth story through fun and special facts about their birthday, the year they were born and about the wonderful people who couldn’t wait for their arrival. Tailored to each family, these books are timeless mementos that kids will love reading as they grow up. $49.95, ages: birth+
Your kids will love getting cozy with these new 100% organic cotton PJs from Zutano. Super soft and stretchy — making them a great choice for bedtime. Durable with a comfortable waistband. The wrists and ankles have a nice elastic cuff that keeps the pajamas from riding up, but don’t leave tight marks. Comes in a variety of adorable designs. Available in infant sizes through size 7. $32-38, ages: Infant sizes through size 7.
Happy Papas is a beautiful read-aloud that celebrates the wonder of fatherhood, exploring how both animal and human fathers shelter, nurture, and interact with their little ones over the course of a day. From ocean to sky and savanna to jungle, Happy Papas speaks to the universal joys of fatherly love. $14.95, ages: 2 to 4
Looking for a gift focused on healthy living? We got some great ideas for you!
The OttLite Wellness Series Glow Lamp is designed with eye health in mind. Part of OttLite Technologies, Inc.’s healthy lighting options, the sleek lamp is designed to mimic natural daylight and reduce eye fatigue. The touch button offers three levels of light from soft to medium to bright. A good option for a homework nook or home office. $89.99.
These little guys are an adorable solution to providing heating and cooling comfort for kids. Thermal-Aid Zoo comes in a variety of cute and versatile animals to select from. The hippo, monkey, bear, koala, rabbit or elephant can be thrown into the freezer or the microwave to alleviate minor injuries. Animals are 100% natural cotton on the outside and the inside is made of specifically engineered corn, to help eliminate potential odor or mold that most natural therapeutic packs get. Animals are washable, allowing repeated use. $19.95, ages 3+
Good for relieving back and neck pain or sports injuries. The Thermal-Aid Heating and Cooling Packs are available in various sizes and shapes to correspond with the specific body part that is affected. Made of 100% natural cotton on the outside, and specifically engineered corn on the inside. The packs are washable, allowing frequent use. Sizes include small, medium and large sectional pad, small pillow shape, tube shape and eye mask shape intended for headache pain. $36.95-49.95.
The Thermal-Aid Headache Relief System is a natural system that helps relieve migraine and muscle tension headaches. Kit includes a topical analgesic, Headache Relief Cream, that is applied directly to forehead, as well as a Cold Press Eye Pack that blocks light and applies subtle pressure to ease forehead and temple tension. $19.95.
Parents, Kyle & Courtney Minarsky designed Bundle of Dreams for their own daughter. The eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, breathable mattresses come with an organic cotton cover with an eco-friendly water repellent overlay which is removable and machine washable. Their core material is a new blend of polyester called Bundle Fiber, providing comfort and no VOC’s. $199; ages Birth +
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Us moms know that having a good stroller is so important. But with so many options out there, how do you select the right one? Here are some recent NAPPA winners that are easy to use and built to last.
The Silver Cross Jet is the all-new, ultra compact, lightweight travel stroller that folds so small it can be used as a piece of cabin baggage and wheeled like a small suitcase. Jet is suitable from birth up to 33 lb and despite its small size, its roomy, durable and sturdy like a full-size stroller. Jet can also be converted into a travel system with a car seat and adaptors.
$349; Birth to 33 lbs; https://silvercrossus.com/
This stroller has it all with 23 modes. The DEMI Grow stroller, featuring all weather seats, is crafted to convert from a single stroller to a double or a twin. It’s easy to fold, flip the seat, and switch to bassinet or travel system.
$799.95; Birth to 50 lbs; https://www.nuna.eu/usa/demi-grow
The gb Pockit+ is one of the smallest folding strollers in the world. In only two steps, this lightweight stroller folds small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartments on airplanes, or in a generous tote bag. With a comfortable reclining seat, the option to use it as a 2-in-1 Travel system (with gb or CYBEX infant car seats), and the benefit of a self-standing fold, the Pockit+ is an urban travel genius. The gb Pockit+ is suitable from 6 months up to 55 lbs.
$229; birth to 55 lbs; http://gb-online.com/en-us/strollers/pockit-plus/
Jeep by Delta Children Sport Utility All-Terrain Stroller is an innovative stroller that’s actually three lightweight strollers in one! It’s equipped with a car seat adapter for easy travel with newborns. For infants, it functions as a parent-facing carriage stroller. Toddlers can sit upright facing you or forward-facing. It includes safety features such as a one-touch cable lock brake system, a pop out SPF 50 sun visor, adjustable handle for parent’s comfort and reflective piping to ensure you and your baby are seen at night.
$350; Birth to 50 lbs; https://www.deltachildren.com
What should I make for dinner? That’s a question all of us moms ask. Every night, sometimes. That’s why we were really excited for Aurora Satler’s The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook, a recent NAPPA winner. Helping parents gain knowledge about prenatal nutrition while creating delicious and nutritious recipes for babies, kids and adults are just a few of the reasons we love this cookbook. With help from certified nutritionist Allison Childress, Satler was able to create both an informative and creative book of recipes. We recently chatted with Satler about the challenges of being a new mom and the simplicities of creating delicious meals for her family.
Get a first look inside Satler’s new book with these two incredible recipes: Click HERE
What was your biggest inspiration for writing this cookbook?
There is so much information to be absorbed as a first time parent. When I had my son, I found it a little daunting to suddenly have to be up-to-date on all the best baby gear, sleep techniques, developmental milestones, not to mention nutrition. I wanted to create one book for new parents to answer all their food questions, offer great recipes that work for the whole family and keep all the key information so that it was readable at a glance. I also wanted the book to be enjoyable and reminiscent of the spirit of childhood. That’s why all the colors are bright and cheerful and the copy brief and humorous whenever I could manage. Parenting is a challenge – this book should be a helpful and fun resource.
If new parents don’t enjoy cooking but want to feed their children home cooked meals, what advice would you give to inspire them to cook?
You really don’t have to cook every meal and it shouldn’t be a chore. A family meal is the way to go and dinner is usually the best one to strive for in our moving society. I actually set the portions of my meals so that cooking dinner also provides enough leftovers for lunch the next day. You need to maximize your time as a parent so aim for meals that go further to feed the family.
Parents with multiple children can have trouble satisfying everyone’s tastes. What are some of your best tips for cooking for the whole family?
Everyone has different tastes but I’ve learned to separate a lot of meals into their component parts. This works well for different ages and different kids. My son prefers to be fed and my baby daughter wants to do it all herself. She’s more adventurous for different textures, ingredients and flavors. My son likes to watch what everyone is eating and decide what he will try and what he maybe wants to look at but not eat immediately.
For example: if I make chicken enchiladas, I can serve my husband and myself the full enchiladas. For my daughter I can pick out some of the cooked chicken and rice and avocado as finger food. For my son, I ask if he wants to eat the enchilada or if he wants a burrito bowl where I would serve him the rice and chicken with mashed up avocado that he can easily eat with a spoon. Even if my son is in a picky mood, all the cooked components are things I can offer him for his dinner. I also always give him one meal component he loves so he wants to sit down to eat, even if it is just dried cranberries or a special yogurt cup. He sees that one thing he loves at his place and will start eating. At that point, I know I can entice him to eat a more complete meal.
When did you realize you had a passion for cooking?
My family has always loved food. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where my Grandma grew the best raspberries and sugar snap peas and my parents took me crabbing and clamming as soon as I could toddle along. We ate the freshest meals: grilled salmon that my uncle had caught on the beach, pies my grandmother baked with her own apples and all the millions of meals my mom created to expand my tastes into other nationalities and flavors.
Once children start attending school, meals on the go become staples for many households. How do you meal prep to make sure your children are eating nutritious and delicious food when mealtime is away from home?
For kids eating away from home, I think it is really important to make meals accessible. Meals on the go and meals at school should be easy to eat and not messy. Finger foods or simple food to spear are perfect and there are so many nutritious options. I also try to pack more meals that are good cold or served room temperature since not all schools have the ability to rewarm food. That doesn’t mean food has to be bland. You can pack smoothies, you can pack pasta salads with veggies, fun dips, etc. Just give it a trial run at home and make sure you’re packing in an easy to use container. Kid bento boxes are a good choice.
Growing up, what were some of your favorite family recipes or traditions?
I love food holidays. Thanksgiving will always be a favorite for me and even when my son was born a week before the holiday, I mapped out my meal to lay out an entire spread to host my family after his birth. Okay- not expecting anyone else to do that but that made me feel happy that year. Communal meals give so much more than nourishment, they bring happiness and a sense of family and togetherness. We always had family picnics and birthdays and holidays growing up. I want that for my kids. I want them to be able to have not only a full plate but a full circle of support as they go through life’s ups and downs. Food at its best brings people together.
As a busy parent with a passion for your family and your career, you probably know that despite your love to cook, life can sometimes get in the way. What tips do you have for situations where parents don’t have the time to cook?
Keep a stocked pantry and freezer. Every parent runs into busy stretches. I often roast trays of vegetables and freeze the extras. A good toaster oven is perfect for warming small portions. In a stocked pantry, you can keep gnocchi, fresh pasta, beans, rice and so many components of fast and family friendly meals. Stocking a pantry is also great before you go on a family trip. That way when you return you always have something to eat with minimal effort and no grocery trip.
I also think meal prep is important for all families. In my book I try to offer examples of things that take the same amount of time to cook so that if you have an oven going you can make 2-3 easy dishes in the same amount of time. It is about maximizing the results and minimizing the time.
Families sometimes follow gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyles. How can parents effectively create nutritionally complete meals for their families using these lifestyles as guidelines?
I offer a lot of these options in the book. I find most families who follow these lifestyles get creative themselves and the food industry is responding well to meet these various nutritional needs. One category of food that I feel meets most of these needs however are curries. Using rice as the base and creating a broth rich in coconut milk and stock, you can add in nut butters for protein and a myriad of vegetables. The best is that they are also one pot meals that taste better over time and are perfectly adaptable for families. The coconut milk is also a real hit with a lot of kids and you can spice according to your family’s preferences.
New parents often suffer from a lack of sleep and exhaustion. What gave you motivation to keep cooking when you were in these situations?
I don’t sleep. It’s a laugh but I always tell my friends if you ever see me come out with a book on sleep techniques that I’ve gone off the deep end and not to buy it. My kids eat great but I’ll be the last to advise on sleep. I cook because it makes me feel better, it gives me energy and good food begets sleep (even if you can’t enjoy it yourself). When you have kids you see that everything is cyclical–a good meal often results in a good nap which then can lead to a good meal and so on. When something falls off–you have to work from all angles to get back to a better schedule. When you eat well, you feel better and your body can perform more optimally. You also just feel better when you eat well and are eating more nutritious food. As a little hack, I make my lunches the night in advance. That way even if breakfast is a moving target, I’ve set myself up for a great meal in the middle of the day to keep me going.
As your children grow older, what steps do you want to take to inspire them to eat healthfully and even learn to cook by joining you in the kitchen?
My son grocery shops with me and I answer all his questions (he’s 3 so he asks a LOT of questions). I also let him pick off my plate even if I know he won’t eat something. I encourage him to try new foods and he has a complete toy set to cook with me from his own knife, cutting board, as well as fruits and vegetables he can cut in half with his play knife (these are blunt toys).
When there’s something he can help with that is safe I always let him: mixing batter, spinning salad, pushing the buttons on the blender to mix a smoothie. He’s been the inspiration for this cookbook and when I told him about this award he told me “It’s my award mommy, not yours”… he might be a little competitive.
What advice would you give to parents whose children are picky eaters?
Keep trying. Most kids aren’t picky 100% of the time and will go in phases where they are more experimental. Even if they don’t finish something nutritious, have them try it. Have them try it frequently. Don’t try to make it into a battle but also let them see you eating a full and varied diet as well.
What are your most valuable takeaways from working with a nutritionist on your book?
Allison was incredible to work with and such an asset for the book. We both are moms and both work with food but see a plate in a different way. I see flavors and ingredients I want to share with my kids and she sees nutrition building blocks to raise a healthy family. She was exceptional as well because she also has a background in prenatal nutrition which is a key component of this book.
Give your child the gift of a furry friend with these super soft plush toys. Portable and durable, these NAPPA winners are sure to give your children the perfect pal to bring with them anywhere they go!
Piccoli Horses Classic Plush
Meet the Piccoli Horses, adorable and super soft companions for your kids. These huggable toy horses are perfect for imaginative play. Kids can also download the free and educational Piccoli Zoo App focused on language and movement. Pick your horse from a variety of colors and then select a saddle. Each horse is handcrafted with high-quality fabric and a beautifully-made custom saddle.
For kids 3+
Rescue Runts are adoptable puppies that you rescue, groom & love. Use the included grooming kit to remove their fleas, wipe away their tears, clean their paws and comb their fur. Remove their bandages and perk up their ears to complete the transformation from ragged runt to perfect pet. Choose a name to write on the collar to make the adoption official. Rescue Runts’ messy fur, downturned ears, dirty paws and bandage can be restored for repeated rescue play.
For kids 3+
A snuggly alternative to high tech toys, the new Squishmallows Baby line is available in nine styles. Featuring soft pastel colors, the line is available in two sizes. The small eight inch size makes a rattle sound when dropped or shaken. Like their grown-up brothers and sisters, Squishmallows babies pop with personality. All characters have their unique background stories detailed on their hangtags and are made of super soft polyester with a marshmallow-like texture.
For all ages
Audubon Birds with Real Bird Calls
Bring bird-watching into your home with Wild Republic’s expansive collection of 5” Audubon Plush Birds with sound. The designs are so realistic they are approved by Audubon and the sound comes straight from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s wildlife recordings. Newly released in 2018: osprey, house sparrow, Atlantic puffin, baby chick, purple martin, northern flicker, California quail, pileated woodpecker, and wild turkey.
For all ages
Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux Bundle
Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux was born without her front legs, but that doesn’t slow her down. Roux’s playful and affectionate demeanor has made her an internet favorite, with over 550,000 Instagram followers, Roux’s striking blue eyes and sweet personality greets her fans in an adorable plush, photo art book, playing cars set, and a colorful calendar!
$75.00 (for all products together)
For all ages
Happy cuddling and remember to #PlayLearnConnect with #NAPPAAwards!
We were lucky enough to be able to interview Paul Axtell, the author of the NAPPA award-winning parenting book, 10 Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Second Edition. With a great understanding of the power of conversation, Paul Axtell shares his best tips on positive parenting and how parents can build healthy relationships with their kids. Axtell’s wisdom has helped parents across the globe connect and reconnect with their children, as his inspiring words give them the tools they need to create strong and long-lasting relationships. Our interview digs deeper into who Paul Axtell is, the challenges he’s faced as a parent and what he’s learned along the way. #parenting #kids #baby
What are some of the best things you have said to your kids that inspired you to write this book?
Actually, it might have been some of the worst things I said that led to this book. Once I became aware of how our conversations and interactions influence our children, I worked hard on three areas: listening longer and more attentively, giving far less advice and correction, and telling them how proud I was of them as people—not just for what they did.
What would you say to a parent who struggles to get their child to respond to positive reinforcement?
Only give positive reinforcement when it is deserved and needed. Anything that we overdo in life stops having an impact. Motivation is a self-generated phenomenon, so we should stop expecting that we can motivate our kids. Being interested in and supportive of what they want to do can be more effective in the long run.
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made as a parent that helped shape the way you parented later on?
Two things: First, I wasn’t very expressive, so I didn’t tell my kids that I loved them. My excuse was that actions speaks louder than words—which is a poor reason not to tell them. Second, I got angry over their lack of performance and said things I immediately regretted rather than engage with them calmly and thoughtfully about what happened. The good news is that it’s never to late to start doing things differently, and I’m grateful to have great relationships with my kids and with my grandchildren.
What would you say to a parent who first reads your book after feeling like they already have a broken or unsatisfactory relationship with their child?
As I said, it’s never too late. Your kids love you unconditionally and will always want to have a relationship with you that is close. Change who you are and they will respond, given enough time. Also, stop having the conversations that caused the disconnect and start having conversations that your kids think are worth having. If you’re not sure, ask them. And be patient. Rebuilding bridges is a lot harder than constructing them in the first place.
If a parent sees that a discipline or communication technique works with their kids when they are younger, but not when they are older, what advice would you give to help them adjust their parenting style?
After age 12 or 13, stop giving them advice unless they specifically ask for it. Treat them as you would a friend or colleague. They deserve to be interacted with in that way, and they will respond. I always reminded myself that I really don’t have any rewards or punishments that will change their behavior. I can let them know that I disapprove, but it’s up to them to decide what to do next. As parents we’re conditioned to want to protect our kids from disappointment or failure, but it’s those experiences that teach them resilience and help develop their own wisdom.
What would you have done differently if you read your book before you became a parent?
I would have read to them or with them constantly. I would have shared more of my own troubles and anxieties. I would have set up weekly conversations where they knew we could talk about anything and everything — both of us having the freedom to go wherever the conversation took us.
What can parents say to each other during disagreements that can set a positive example for their children?
I like this question because children learn how to be in a relationship by watching their parents or grandparents interact with each other. “I’m sorry” is powerful. “Let’s go for a walk and talk this through” works well, too. Slowing down and listening attentively to your partner demonstrates respect. “I appreciate what you’re saying, and I see it differently. May I tell you?” shows that you’re listening and respectfully asking permission to explain a different viewpoint. It’s all about showing respect for each other in the midst of disagreement. And, of course, keeping voices calm has to be the starting place.
As someone who is a grandparent, how does the dynamic change when you are a parent to a child who has children of his or her own?
For me, I want to make sure I don’t undermine my kids in how they interact with their children. I also want to encourage my grandkids to tell me about their lives and listen intently when they do. Lastly, I ask them for help rather than expecting they will notice what needs to be done and volunteer without asking.
Even if a parent follows your advice about making children feel open and expressive at home, how should parents deal with issues arising from outside sources such as from their peers or teachers?
This is a tough question because I don’t know all the players in a situation. Still, I want to hold my children responsible for making it work rather than rushing to their defense or telling them what they should do. I want to ask them questions that will help them figure out what they think is the right thing to do. For example: “What would your teacher like you to say or do” or “What might you do to support your friend who was not invited?”
Life sometimes comes with tragic obstacles such as losing a job or grieving from a loss. How can parents effectively communicate with children and young children during such pressing times?
This is of course age dependent. It doesn’t make sense to trouble a small child with something they can’t understand. Older children need to be included—not in a drama-filled way, but in a matter-of-fact way: “This has happened and this is what we are going to do about it. It is upsetting, but we will get through this. If you want to know any more about it or talk about it at any time, please ask.” Kids don’t need certainty to handle difficult situations or change, but they do need clarity about what is happening. If you don’t include them, they will make up the worst. Plus, you can’t really hide your emotions from them. They sense when you are hurting, so let them know why.
From single parents to stepparents, and from households with one child to households with eight children, families come in all shapes and sizes. What is your best piece of universal advice that you think every family could benefit from?
Make sure your kids always know that you will be there for them, forever. And then put the world on hold and listen without judgment when they share about what is going on in their lives. The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh said it best: The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
These NAPPA Winning Products are great for growing little ones and are amazing products for new mommas who could use a hand!
Milk Boss from Itzy Ritzy is an infant feeding support, burping pillow and arm cushion all in one. It supports caretaker’s arm and keeps it from getting tired. Its unique, rolling egg shape finds the perfect position for baby’s feeding to reduce reflux and gas and it acts as a rest for baby to be rocked and burped after feeding. Milk Boss is lightweight, compact, portable and machine washable.
For birth to 24 months
Lovevery Play Gym
Thoughtfully designed by child development experts, The Lovevery Play Gym provides years of learning fun. This debut product from Lovevery has a patent-pending design and comes with stage-based play guide providing a full year of play and activities for you and your baby. It features sustainably sourced wooden legs, an organic cotton high-contrast Montessori ball, a sustainably sourced wooden batting ring and an organic cotton teether with a BPA-free silicone ring.
For birth to 2 years
iBaby Care Monitor M2S Plus
iBaby Care Monitor M2S Plus is a fully equipped baby monitor featuring HD Wi-Fi wireless video, 2-way audio speakers, smart alerts and sensors, and a large variety of audible content. With this monitor, you can give unlimited access to family and friends, so they can enjoy the video feed and features.
For all ages
iBaby Care Monitor M7
Baby Care Monitor M7 is more than just a monitor, it’s a total care system. This latest monitor is fully engineered with smart features including HD video & audio, air quality alerts, smart sensors, diaper and feeing alarms, night vision, 360° view, early childhood eduction content, a built-in moonlight soother and a wide variety of music, lullabies, bedtime stories and white noises.
For all ages
Easy to use and lightweight, the versatile design is likely to make the Sleepod your go-to item for months to come. Can be for co-sleeping, baby lounging, day time napping, supervised tummy time, as a travel cot or the perfect supportive backrest for marathon feedings. Sleepods are manufactured in Los Angeles, CA, and use the best organic, natural materials to create a safe, hypoallergenic, and soothing environment for babies and their parents.
For birth to 7 months (and beyond)
The Keekaroo Snoozer brings the best of their cushion benefits to nap time. Made from Keekaroo’s cushion technology, the Snoozer is easy to clean and its strong outer shell makes it durable and limits bacteria growth. Made in the USA, the Keekaroo Snoozer is intended for use by infants aged newborn to 5 months. The soft, ergonomic shape gives your baby a safe, comfortable napping surface.
For newborns to 5 months
MITTEEZ The Ultimate Teething Mitten
MITTEEZ is a fantastic teething mitten for babies. A developmental teething mitten and keepsake toy made from bamboo/organic cotton fabrics so its hygienically friendly, safe, lightweight and excellent for the drooling teething baby. This teether is 100% food grade safe, BPA and Phthalate free. It is also removable making it super simple to clean and sanitize. Your babies will love Pea Bear as their first baby toy.
0-6 months for Stage One and for expectant parents
Olive Glider and Ottoman
DaVinci’s gliders are thoughtfully designed to meet mom and baby feeding time needs then transition into the home in the later years. Mom can rest easy in this soft and durable 100% polyester glider that glides forwards and backwards as well as swivels 360 degrees. Bonus upholstered ottoman included to rest those tired feet. The Olive features a high back for head and neck support and includes a matching lumbar pillow to offer extra comfort.
Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
The Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib from DaVinci Baby is a timeless and vintage-inspired crib and is one of DaVinci’s best-selling and award-winning crib. It is GREENGUARD Gold certified and screened for 360 VOCs and over 10,000 chemicals. Signature heirloom style and solid wood spindle posts are paired with easy assembly and convertibility for use beyond the nursery years. Crib converts to toddler bed and daybed, with optional wheels included for mobility.
For expectant parents and infants
Sleeptot App combines ancient, doctor proven techniques with smart technology to help your baby gently drift into sleep. Because babies aren’t used to silence, Sleeptot creates a calming environment that replicates the loud rhythmic tones of the womb, engaging baby’s natural calming reflex. With over 30 soothing sounds and relaxing lullabies, Sleeptot is great for all new parents.
For parents and for birth to 24 months
Free-to-Grow Infant Carrier
The Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier is an easy-to-use, stylish carrier that comfortably carries your baby from 7 to 45 lbs without an infant insert. Enjoy multiple ergonomic carry positions with an adaptable panel that adjusts in width and height to fit your baby at any stage, and fully adjustable shoulder straps and waistband for optimal comfort for you. Baby Tula has become extremely popular for offering the best baby carriers that are distinctly simple.
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