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Dream A Little Dream Nursery Furniture Is Here To Make Your Nursery Dreams Come True

Dream A Little Dream Nursery Furniture Is Here To Make Your Nursery Dreams Come True

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Dream A Little Dream Nursery Furniture has everything you could imagine for your baby’s nursery! They are dedicated to helping you create the perfect room with their various styles and looks that they carry. Plus, they have all of the top brands in the nursery furniture sphere, so you’ll have no trouble finding something to complete your room!

And luckily, Dream A Little Dream Nursery Furniture will be at the 2018 Chicago Baby Show on August 25 and 26 at Navy Pier.

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family; $20 per individual. Children are free.

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We spoke with a Dream A Little Dream Nursery Furniture team member about what to expect at this year’s Baby Show!

What should expectant and new parents know about your brand?
We sell the top brands in the nursery furniture business! These include Dolce Babi, Pali Design, Million Dollar Baby, Franklin & Ben, and Best Chairs.

What’s new in (in the past year) with your brand?
We’ve added different varieties and styles of furniture to our store!

What is your most popular service right now?
The Lucca Collection by Dolce Babi, which will be displayed at our booth at the Chicago Baby Show!

Why should Baby Show attendees stop by your booth at the Chicago Baby Show?
We are a full retail nursery furniture store. There are not many like us in the Chicago land area!

Are you offering any special contests or discounts at your booth at the Chicago Baby Show in 2018? 
We are doing a drawing for a free crib giveaway!

To learn more, visit dreamnurseryfurniture.com

Ergobaby Presents New Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier!

Ergobaby Presents New Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier!

Ergobaby originated as the answer to one mother’s desire and quest to keep her child close, with an ergonomic and comfortable design. From this design, founder Karin Frost began a journey of creating Ergobaby Carriers that are ergonomically designed to cradle baby in a natural sitting position and that evenly distributes their weight for comfort and parents’ ease.

Now, as the leading premium baby consumer products company that continues to innovate and create new ways to make parents’ lives easier, they are excited to launch their new all-in-one newborn ready Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh!

This one-of-a-kind baby carrier features all of the carry positions we’ve seen in the past from Ergobaby with absolutely no insert needed and includes ultimate ventilation to keep both baby and mom cooler! The Omni 360 is designed to grow with baby from week 7-45 pounds, so you can use this one carrier for as long as baby or mom wants to!

Other exceptional features include the breathable lightweight all-mesh center, a forward-facing option, easy adjustability for when baby grows, lumbar support for that extra back comfort, and comes in an assortment of beautiful colors!

Ergobaby will be at the upcoming Chicago Baby Show on August 25 & 26 at Navy Pier, and they will celebrating the launch of the new Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh carrier the whole weekend! Witness the innovation and technology of this brand in person and even go for a  “test drive” with the carrier to get the full experience!

The Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh runs $180 and can be found at ergobaby.com.

Focus On The Fun Parts Of Parenting With OXO Tot

Focus On The Fun Parts Of Parenting With OXO Tot

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family; $20 per individual. Children are free.

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We spoke with an OXO Tot team member about what to expect at this year’s Baby Show!

What should expectant and new parents know about your brand?
When 25 babies were born to our then-50 employees over a five year span, we discovered firsthand the challenges and pet peeves that parents face. We applied OXO’s curious, problem-solving approach to making baby products better, so you can focus on the fun parts of parenting.

What’s new in (in the past year) with your brand?
Our most recent launch in the feeding category is our Stick & Stay line–it consists of a Plate, a Divided Plate, and a Bowl, all of which feature a secure suction base that are kid-proof to prevent sliding, tipping, or tossing. The parent-friendly design makes it easy for grown-ups to remove the dishes, while insuring it’s tricky for little ones. In the past year, we’ve embraced new categories–launching our Air Stroller–while also focusing on categories across the home. OXO Tot has introduced new products for feeding (sleek melamine dishes, a Silicone Self-Feeder), cleaning (Space Saving Drying Rack, Soap Dispensing Bottle Brush with Stand), organizing (Drawer Dividers), and much more. We’re also thrilled to roll out our new colors, transitioning into more subtle hues that work well with parents’ gear.

What is your most popular product right now?
Currently, our most popular products are in the cleaning and seating space–our Space Saving Drying Rack is a new addition to the OXO Tot cleaning family and has wowed parents with its unique, innovative design, while more classic OXO Tot tools like the bottle brushes and Cleaning Set for Straw and Sippy Cups continue to be registry favorites. Parents and Tots alike also love our Sprout Chair–the versatile array of colors match every interior. We love it in gray and white, but the navy cushions are a close second.

Are you offering any special contests or discounts at your booth at the Chicago Baby Show in 2018?
The product displayed will be sold at the end of the show!

To learn more, visit oxo.com/tot

Crane’s Humidifiers Are The Ultimate Addition To Any Nursery

Crane’s Humidifiers Are The Ultimate Addition To Any Nursery

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family; $20 per individual. Children are free.

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We spoke with a Crane team member about what to expect at this year’s Baby Show!

What should expectant and new parents know about your brand?
Crane’s colorful humidifiers are a nursery necessity to help relieve tiny congested noses so that newborn nasal breathers can breastfeed and sleep easier at night. It features a 24-hour run time and does not required a filter. Perfect for anyone that needs relief from dry cough, stuffy nose, or dry skin.

What’s new in (in the past year) with your brand?
Crane’s new personal humidifier and aroma diffuser. People often ask if you can put essential oils inside a humidifier water tank. Generally, NO. Humidifier water tanks are made of a plastic that will erode if essential oils are used and the oil may clog the motor. You can ONLY put essential oils in a humidifier water tank that is made of Tupperware plastic or glass. Crane’s new small personal humidifier with aroma diffuser can take oils directly in the water tank.

What is your most popular product right now?
Crane’s sleek Drop ultrasonic cool mist humidifier with 360° mist nozzle! The Crane Drop comes in 10 different colors but the white, grey, and blue/white drop humidifier colors are the most popular.

Why should Baby Show attendees stop by your booth at the New York Baby Show in 2018?
Many expectant and new parents are told by their physicians to get a humidifier for their baby and/or child. Often–they really do not know the reason why and they do not know the best way to clean a humidifier. Crane educates the parent on all the reasons why you should get a humidifier and the importance of cleaning a humidifier.

Are you offering any special contests or discounts at your booth at the New York Baby Show in 2018?
We are offering a $10 off and free shipping promo code.

To learn more, visit crane-usa.com

Stuck On You Is The Original Label Company That Continues To Create Beautiful Products!

Stuck On You Is The Original Label Company That Continues To Create Beautiful Products!

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family; $20 per individual. Children are free.

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We spoke with a Stuck On You team member about what to expect at this year’s Baby Show!

What should expectant and new parents know about your brand?
Stuck On You is the original label company, trusted for over 20 years and loved by families in 127 countries around the world. We specialize in personalized products that can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including name labels, lunchboxes, height charts, baby products, and so much more!

What’s new (in the past year) with your brand?
Our range of baby products have undergone an impressive expansion in the past year. New personalized products include:

  • Birth announcements–Celebrate the arrival of your new little human with these beautifully personalized birth announcements.
  • Milestone cards–A quirky take on the traditional milestone cards, celebrate all those special, funny, and wonderful moments that pregnancy and new parenthood bring.
  • Milestone flip book–This versatile and clever flip book is a cool way to pep up photos of your child’s special moments
  • Letters to my child–Express your love, hopes, and dreams for your child with this gorgeous stationery kit.
  • Flash cards–A fun way to engage your baby’s growing brain.
  • Clothing name stamp–When you’re exhausted and afflicted with baby brain, these stamps are the fastest and easiest way to label all of bub’s belongings.
  • Year of the Dog design range–to celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dog, we’ve launched a range of quirky and adorable doggy designs, guaranteed to please all dog lovers.

What is your most popular product right now?
Personalized labels, personalized bento boxes, clothing name stamps, new baby milestone books, and flash Cards.

Why should Baby Show attendees stop by the Dads Lounge at the Chicago Baby Show in 2018?
To see the latest trends in baby and toddler lunching and personalized items!

Are you offering any special contests or discounts at your booth at the Chicago Baby Show in 2018?
Every visitor will receive a coupon for 20% off their first purchase.

To learn more, visit stuckonyou.us

City Dads Group Is Changing The Face Of Modern Fatherhood

City Dads Group Is Changing The Face Of Modern Fatherhood

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family; $20 per individual. Children are free.

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We spoke with City Dads Group co-founder about what to expect at this year’s Baby Show!

What should expectant and new parents know about your brand?
City Dads Group is a diverse community of fathers who take an active role in their children’s lives. We create online and in-person connections to create supportive networks for fathers and their kids. We provide resources, social groups, and information for dads through our Meetup events, blog ,and podcast.

What’s new (in the past year) with your brand?
City Dads Group continues to expand into other markets across the country offering an important destination for fathers to connect in real life.  City Dads Group now has chapters in 34 major metropolitan cities with over 11,000 members meeting up together.

What is your most popular service right now?
All City Dads Group chapters bring together a diverse community of fathers, with and without their children, for social interaction and support at multiple meetup events each month. These include:

  • Playdates
  • Outings to museums, parks, and playgrounds
  • Dads’ Nights Out (movies, sporting events, bars)
  • Educational workshops
  • Special events (family picnics, trips to ball games, movie screenings)

In NYC, our New Dad Boot Camp offers expectant and new dads a frank discussion along with practical advice and hands-on training in essential parenting duties in a 3-hour session.

Why should Baby Show attendees stop by the Dads Lounge at the New York Baby Show in 2018?
The Dads Lounge will be an upscale, warm, and inviting destination for new and expecting dads of all stripes with comfortable couches, glider chairs, and lots of changing tables to change their little ones. The dads lounge will be staffed by a crew of City Dads Group members sharing their anecdotes and perspective on fatherhood as well as answering the tough questions.

Are you offering any special contests or discounts at your booth at the New York Baby Show in 2018?
The Dads Lounge sponsor, Plum Organics, will be serving “mocktails” from noon–3pm each day.

To learn more, visit citydadsgroup.com

Navigate The World Of Twins With Twiniversity!

Navigate The World Of Twins With Twiniversity!

Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family; $20 per individual. Children are free.

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We spoke with a Twiniversity member about what to expect at this year’s Baby Show!

What should expectant and new parents know about your brand?
Twiniversity is the No. 1 global resource and support network for parents of twins, offering free daily content from parents of twins, expecting twins classes, private forums, product giveaways, and more!

What’s new (in the past year) with your brand?
This year we started Instagram giveaways, a Parent-to-Parent Mentorship Program for twin parents, and private forums on our website for parents of twins.

What is your most popular service right now?
Our expecting twins classes (offered online and in NYC and Chicago), our Facebook Live Chats with Natalie Diaz, and Nat’s book, What To Do When You’re Having Two.

Why should Baby Show attendees stop by your booth at the New York Baby Show in 2018?
All expecting or new parents of twins will want to meet Nat and learn all that Twiniversity has to offer them to support their twin parenting journey. Parents of singletons will also benefit greatly from Nat’s down-to-earth straight talk about parenting, marriage, and finding “me time”.

Are you offering any special contests or discounts at your booth at the New York Baby Show in 2018?
Natalie will have some items to give away, definitely copies of her book, “What To Do When You’re Having Two”.

To learn more, visit twiniversity.com

Cute Babies Of Instagram

Cute Babies Of Instagram

It’s no secret that babies are cute. In fact, they’re so cute that parents create Instagram accounts for their beloved little ones so the rest of the world can look in awe. We’ve gathered some of the most adorable child-focused Instagram accounts that we love for you to marvel at (and of course, undoubtedly follow). So, forget #RKOI, it’s all about #CBOI!

Quick Twin Tips For Parents-To-Be

Quick Twin Tips For Parents-To-Be

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Congratulations! Instead of the traditional one bun in the oven, you’re expecting a pair. Yes, it’s overwhelming. Yes, it’s a tad bit scary. But you just hit the parenting lotto! Now if you could only hit the real lotto to pay for those college tuitions, we’d be all set.

I want to introduce myself. I’m Natalie Diaz, founder of Twiniversity.com and author of What To Do When You’re Having Two, the bestselling book for expectant twin parents. What? You don’t have a copy? No worries! I’m going to give you some quick tips today and you can Google me later. For now…on with the tips!

Stay Positive:

A twin pregnancy has a lot more challenges than a singleton pregnancy and often has some additional bumps in the road. Stay on top of the bumps and ask plenty of questions at your doctors’ appointments so you’re always on top of things. A support network is key, so connecting to your local twins club is a must (and if you don’t have a local twins club, you have us here at Twiniversity). Having real twin parents to talk to who’ve been there and done that will help ease your fears on what twin parents consider “normal” when it comes to pregnancy. I’ll warn you now, you’ll have more doctor’s appointments, more ultrasounds, and more tests than an expectant singleton family, but realize that most of it is totally typical in a multiple birth, so don’t get worried.

Start Shopping:

With the average twin pregnancy lasting around 36 weeks, you won’t have as much time to prepare as your friends who are expecting one. Do your homework on strollers, car seats, cribs, mattresses and more. Twiniversity’s expecting twins classes were made to help you prepare, and a full suggested registry list can be found in my book as well. Start with a realistic budget and try to stay within it. Often folks think that twins are double the cost, and while that can be true, there are A lot of ways to save, including buying from companies with Multiple Birth Discount programs. Did you know that many major retailers offer a discount to twin families for buying two of the same large item, such as cribs and car seats? Yup! It’s true.

Get Ready to Play 20 Questions:

When your friends, family, and even strangers find out you’re expecting two, get ready for the questions! They will want to know if they are girls or boys, if you’re planning to deliver vaginally or via C-section, and more. After the birth, people will always ask: “Who was first?” and they will ask you if your clearly fraternal boy/girl twins are “identical” (that one is my personal favorite). When people see twins, they lose their natural socially acceptable filter and start asking some deeply personal questions. Don’t be shocked to hear from a stranger on the bus: “Whose sperm did you use?” “Where did you get the eggs?” and more. Yup, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Celebrate:

When we first found out there was a second heartbeat, my husband’s first words were: “We have to move!” Literally. I’m not joking. It was hard to celebrate the awesomeness of our twin pregnancy when our minds were racing 10 steps ahead. We were thinking about living arrangements, finances, our car, and even our dog. We were thinking that everything would have to change, and wondering if we could even handle it. It took us a while to step back and celebrate with our friends and family and toast our joyful expectant delivery. Everything did fall into place. We did eventually step back and take a breath, but I had wished we did it sooner.

These are just some quick tips to get you on your way. If you don’t have it yet, I strongly recommend you get our book and check out a local in-person class if you’re in NYC or Chicago, or an online class anywhere else in the world. Cheers to you and your upcoming bundles of joy!

Natalie Diaz is the founder of Twiniversity—the world’s leading twin resource and support network for parents of twins or more—which offers a selection of classes and resources. She is also the author of What To Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide From Pregnancy Through the First Year.

 

5 Lessons For Your Second Pregnancy

5 Lessons For Your Second Pregnancy

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When I found out I was expecting a second child I almost couldn’t believe it. It was the day before my husband and I were throwing a New Year’s Eve party at our house and I was sure the at-home pregnancy test would read negative. My husband and I always wanted multiple children, but after a miscarriage last winter and nearly a year of trying without any luck, I thought secondary infertility might be the hand we were dealt. I had no pregnancy symptoms that raw December morning and didn’t want to deal with the disappointment of another negative test, but I figured I’d take it just to make sure. I was planning on enjoying my share of champagne, wine, and cured meats the next evening to help ease some of the holiday-induced stress. As luck would have it though, I found myself sipping sparkling water and suppressing a pregnancy-induced smile throughout the party.

This pregnancy started out much like the first, with equal parts disbelief and joy coursing their way through my body as I tried to wrap my mind around the idea that I was growing a poppy seed-sized embryo. But within a few short weeks, I quickly realized this pregnancy would be very different. Here’s what I learned from the first time around and what I’m doing differently.

1. I refuse to freak out about toxins.

Yes, toxic chemicals are real and they’re scary, but there’s so much noise about toxins being in everything from drinking water to furniture that I risk driving myself crazy trying to avoid them all. During my first pregnancy, I wouldn’t even go out in the sun because I was worried about potential baby-harming ingredients in sunscreen. This time around, I know to steer clear of things with retinoids, tetracycline, parabens, phthalates, and salicylic acid, and I’m leaving it at that.

2. I’m not buying anything.

As I learned with my first baby, people will practically trip over themselves to give you hand-me-downs and gifts, especially relatives and friends with young children. As a result I had close to 25 newborn onesies, and some of them my daughter outgrew before she could even wear them. So I plan on doing zero shopping before this baby arrives.

3. I’m signing up for prenatal yoga.

Self-care. The mere idea of it makes me feel funny. Put myself first? Why would I do that?! It doesn’t come naturally to many women. But if there’s any time to prioritize it, it’s when you’re expecting. During my first pregnancy, I thought walking my dog three times a day was good enough exercise and time to clear my mind. But while getting fresh air and sunlight with a furry friend has its benefits, it pales in comparison to the experience of attending a prenatal yoga class. The camaraderie you can build with other women in the same life situation is beyond description. Imagine being about to embark upon the most wild ride of your life, and having nine new friends to do that with? It’s almost priceless.

4. I won’t fight the “wisdom” of family and friends.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I became so sick and tired of people telling me what to do that I started pushing back. If a relative told me I shouldn’t “be a hero” by trying to give birth without any medical interventions, I would lash out with statistics about fetal monitoring, epidural risks, and C-section incidences. Now that I’m expecting my second child, I plan to just smile and nod, and maybe try to change the subject when someone offers a nugget of wisdom. There’s no point in going to the mat with well-intentioned friends and family.

5. I’m wearing a bathing suit.

When I was pregnant with my first summer baby, I flat-out refused to slather myself with sunscreen and squeeze into a swimsuit. This time, I have no choice, being that I’m in charge of a toddler who wants desperately to swim and needs close supervision. So I bought a super-cute maternity swimsuit and plan on rocking it from June to September.

For all I know, this could be the last time I’m pregnant. So I fully plan on soaking up all the prenatal poses and pool time I can before Labor Day (and my labor day) comes.

Whitney C. Harris is a freelance writer living in Westchester, NY, with her husband and young daughter. Find her at whitneycharris.com.