August 1st, 2011

Time for another giveaway! (Think Kokopax)

Remember our last giveaway? And how thrilled our winner was with the Belle Baby Carrier she won?

Well, we had so much fun then that we’ve decided to do another giveaway before the summer ends. Lucky for you, right? This time, we’re giving away a Kokopax eco-classic baby carrier to one lucky winner. And this time, you get to choose which eco-classic carrier you get!

The Kokopax eco-classic carrier has great padding to keep your baby comfortable, and you will love all the support this carrier offers. Unlike other carriers, this one has a firm frame to give added support. This is also a great carrier to use with your growing baby—even when he gets a little bigger, you can still use this carrier. Unlike a wrap or smaller carrier that is only convenient when you child is smaller, the Kokopax eco-classic carrier can be used for children from 6 months to two years, or up to 35 pounds.

The Kokopax eco-classic carrier is also convenient to use, with a simple buckle system and comfortable design. It’s sturdy enough to be used on a hike or while camping, but it’s also trendy and compact enough to make a trip to the mall or grocery store simpler. And with different styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits you (and your baby’s!) style.

Head on over to Babes and Kids Review to enter. Tiffany at Babes and Kids has done a great review of her Kokopax baby carrier and has offered several ways to enter.

Kokopax baby carrier

You could win this or another eco-classic Kokopax baby carrier

Good luck!

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July 26th, 2011

Baby Carriers and Baby Slings

Baby wraps and baby carriers are great for keeping your baby close while still getting things done.

 

There are a lot of great products available from Around My Baby, but it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. If you’re looking for a good, comfortable product to help you get things done while still carrying your baby around, we have plenty for you to choose from. Here are a few things to know if you’re trying to decide whether to get a baby carrier or a baby wrap.

Baby Carriers
Baby carriers are popular products because they are comfortable and easy to learn to use. They offer some versatility in how you carry your baby, though not as much as a baby wrap offers. They are designed to be comfortable for both you and your baby, and they come in trendy designs.

Once you’ve used your baby carrier a time or two, it is easy to put on and take off. They are designed for the express purpose of helping parents securely carry their babies without tying up their hands, so you can be assured that you are using them correctly and that you and your baby are safe and comfortable.

Baby Wraps
Baby wraps are generally more versatile than baby carriers because you can tie them in many different ways to carry your baby in different positions. A baby carrier usually limits carrying positions to one or two, but wraps allow you to tie it in dozens of ways to accommodate your growing baby.

However, with this versatility comes a sharp learning curve. In order to make sure your baby is safe and a certain position is comfortable, you have to learn exactly how to tie the wrap into that particular shape. In this way, it takes a little longer to learn how to use a wrap than a carrier. Many parents feel that’s OK, though, because they aren’t limited by the placement of buckles and straps.

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July 20th, 2011

Stay Cool

Do you remember signing yearbooks in high school? I think my favorite thing to write (and least favorite thing to read) was “Stay cool this summer!” Today, that feels like pretty good advice.

There are a lot of fun, wonderful things to love about summer. But it can get really warm for moms and babies alike. It’s difficult to keep yourself nice and cool, but you’re probably more concerned about keeping your baby out of the heat when the temperatures outside (and inside, if you don’t have air conditioning) are getting unbearable. Here are a few ideas.

1. Get wet. If you can get to the pool, jumping in the cool water is a great way to beat the heat. But you don’t have to pay big money to get your baby wet—set up the sprinkler in the backyard and run through it, or even use a little spray bottle. Keep a spray bottle of water in the car while you run errands to spray on your baby and keep her nice and cool.

2. Cut back layers. You might have gotten in the habit of keeping a onesie under your baby’s clothes during the winter, but shedding layers is a great way to stay cool. If your baby is a girl, breezy dresses can reduce weight and keep her cool. If you have a little boy, keep him in lightweight, short-sleeved clothes. This can make a big difference in how cool your baby stays.

3. Keep treats on hand. Who doesn’t love a good popsicle? This summer, make sure you have otter pops, ice cream cones, popsicles, lemonades and other good, frozen treats on hand. Cool down from the inside out and enjoy the sweet tastes of summer at the same time!

4. Reduce direct contact. Use a baby carrier that prevents direct contact between you and Baby, like these from Kokopax. It’s nice to stay cuddled and warm during the winter, but in the hot summer months it’s nice to avoid sharing body heat.

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July 12th, 2011

Five Fun Things to Do With Your Baby this Summer

Summer is heating up, and July is already half over! Don’t miss your chance to have serious fun in the sun with your little munchkin. Some popular summer activities are better suited to older children, but there are plenty of things you can do with your baby that both of you will enjoy.

Take a hike. Sometimes all you need is to simply get out in the sunshine. Pack your baby in a carrier, sling or stroller and enjoy the great outdoors together. If you’re worried about sunburn or overheating, take your walk early in the day. You will enjoy getting your blood moving and your baby will love the sights, sounds and smells of summer.

Get in the water. Your little one won’t be swimming laps or taking leaps off the diving board anytime soon, but most public swimming pools have a place for parents to play with their kids. Lather on the sunscreen and spend a summer afternoon splashing around. You’ll both love it.

Create some art. Drawing with sidewalk chalk is a cheap, fun way to spend hot summer days. Leave messages for family members, draw pictures of your favorite things or just scribble on the ground. You won’t have to worry about your baby staying in the lines and she will love learning to use her hands to create something.

Go to a petting zoo. Your growing child loves seeing new things and having new experiences, and petting zoos provide both. Take your little one for a ride to see your local animal neighbors. Help your baby pet the tame animals and let him watch you feed them. These new things will take the humdrum out of summer days at home.

Listen to music. Even though your baby might not have much past musical experience to draw from, she will still love to listen to your favorite tunes. Sing along to the music and dance with your baby. This will be a welcome break from your day and will teach your baby basic music and rhythm skills.

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July 8th, 2011

A Midsummer Dream

Around My Baby LogoDoes summer seem to be flying by to anyone else? The weather has finally caught up with the calendar around here, and between vacations, family reunions and general summer fun the time has really gotten away from us!

But we’re not too busy for another giveaway! Our friends over at BabesAndKidsReview will be hosting an Around My Baby giveaway in a few weeks, and we have a feeling you’re going to like it!

Check back here (or on our Facebook page, or our Twitter account) over the next few weeks to learn more about the giveaway, see what you could win, find out what you need to do to enter and maybe find a promo code or two.

But trust us, you should get excited for this one.

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June 6th, 2011

Featured Products and NEW Promo Code!

Featured Products

Baby Pouches

Baby PouchLast month we gave away a Belle Baby Carrier, and giveaway winner Carissa says she loves it (see post below). Baby carriers are great tools for moms, dads and grandparents on the go. But just like baby carriers, baby pouches offer unique benefits. People love baby pouches because they include an easy-to-use design and beautiful prints (that can be reversed to solid fabric if desired). Baby pouches are also popular because there aren’t any buckles or straps to worry about—just a simple, straightforward design that is safe for babies and toddlers up to 25 pounds.

Baby Slings

Baby slings are also popular choices for parents for many of the same reasons. Baby slings are simple, comfortable products that let you keep your baby close while looking fashionable and stylish. Check out our Petunia Pickle Bottom carriers and slings, and use the code  ssa4oj7 to get $7 off!

 

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May 25th, 2011

Giveaway Winner Update

Carissa won our Belle Baby Carrier last month, and she’s had plenty of chances to try it out with her little ones. It looks like the baby carrier is a hit! Here’s what she had to say:

(Remember you can still get 10 percent off the Belle Baby Carrier and other products until the end of the month with the code 10off511)

This picture is from my brother's graduation. I needed to haul both my kids into the building and then hike back to the car, but there was nowhere to store a stroller once I was in the building, so my baby carrier was perfect.

Where to begin…I LOVE this baby carrier!

My bruised legs are a thing of the past! The Belle Baby Carrier is about a million steps up from baby’s car seat and better than any other baby carrier I’ve used.

I have owned a baby wrap in the past, but it took a really long time to get my baby in and out. Her weight wasn’t distributed evenly which gave me a lot of back pain, so I never used it.  This baby carrier is completely different! Every piece that touches your body and your baby is very well padded and soft. It has mesh fabric to keep you and baby cool and the criss-cross straps relieve pressure on your back and shoulders. It reminds me a lot of how my baby’s weight is distributed when I’m pregnant, especially when she is facing me.

She has fallen asleep several times in this carrier and the extra attachment for head support is great for keeping her comfortable. It’s awesome for a sick, whiney baby and I think it would be a lifesaver for a mom with a colicky, fussy newborn.

It’s really easy to put on after the first time of adjusting the straps; I’m down to about 20 seconds. And the most important part, my little girl loves the Belle Baby Carrier! Whenever she sees me put in on she squeals! She loves having a bird’s eye view of the world and kicks her legs and laughs almost the whole time–so I think it must be pretty comfortable for her!

It frees up my hands to chase around my toddler and I don’t have to worry about my baby tipping when I bend over or lean to the side; she is completely secure.  My toddler loves that she gets to walk instead of ride in the stroller.

Some of my favorite places to take the Belle Baby Carrier are the park, church, and short trips to the store.  It’s great for those stores that have narrow aisles. Next time I fly I will definitely use my carrier instead of dealing with the stroller hassle. It’s perfect for me because I have two kids and need an extra hand, but I think moms of one will still put some serious miles on it because it’s so convenient and comfy.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about it.  Out of all the baby gadgets; jumpers, walkers, strollers, high chairs, swings, this is probably my very favorite.  In my baby’s mind, it’s probably second only to her binky!

Thanks again!
Carissa

 

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May 23rd, 2011

Hurry!

OK everyone, there’s only 9 MORE DAYS for you to get 10 percent off in our store! Use the code 10off511 at checkout to get some great deals at AroundMyBaby.com!

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May 12th, 2011

Don’t Take Our Word For It

… Instead, see what our customers have to say. Brooke won a Petunia Pickle Bottom baby carrier, and she is happy to tell us all about how things are going for her and her baby so far.

Tour in Yoshino baby carrier from Around My Baby

Tour in Yoshino Baby Carrier from Around My Baby

A couple of months ago I won the Tour in Yoshino carrier by Petunia Pickle Bottom! I never win anything-I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited to see if I would love the carrier as much as I love my PPB diaper bag. Well, all I can say is, I am hooked! When I first got the carrier I thought…YAY, a cute carrier for my new baby girl. Little did I know, there were WAY more things I would love about this carrier than just it’s looks! I have had other carriers & brands, that have collected dust because they were either uncomfortable to me or my baby, or more importantly..too much of a hassle!

With 3 little ones, getting anything done is a huge task. But honestly-I can tell you I have used this carrier while doing dishes, cooking dinner, doing laundry…even game night with friends! =D It kinda cracks me up because I think my baby thinks I’m just holding her all day, making a VERY happy baby!

We also took the carrier to Disneyland & Sea World! Not only did we get comment after comment about how cute it was, It was SO nice not having to hold her during all of the shows! It was so easy to get on and off and get baby in and out! Oh and it is SO soft so it never gave my baby a rash on her face like others I have tried!

I truly can’t say enough good things about this carrier. I LOVE it and would recommend it to ANYONE! I can’t wait to pass it on to my friends when they have baby girls-or baby boys if they don’t care about the pink!)

Thanks again Around My Baby! You have saved me in more occasions than I can count! =)

Brooke

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May 9th, 2011

Baby Wrap Basics

Pink Peapod Organic Cuddly Wrap

Pink Peapod Organic Cuddly Wrap

If you’re more of a car seat kind of mom, you might be hesitant to trade it in for a baby wrap. As comfortable and convenient as they might seem, there is a certain security that comes with the hard frame of a car seat.

But when you’re outside the car, baby wraps give your baby the safety and security they need while you carry them around. The soft material helps babies feel like she’s being wrapped in a blanket—not carried in a box—and the warmth from your body and beating of your heart helps her feel the security she enjoyed in the womb.

When used correctly, baby wraps are a great choice for parents who are tired of bruising their shins on heavy car seats. It can be tricky at first to learn how to use a baby wrap, but here are a few basic tips from one of our great suppliers, PEAPOD Creations, to help you get started.

1. Check for a little nose and mouth. Besides being completely adorable, keeping your baby’s nose and mouth in sight ensures they can breathe and are being held in the baby wrap properly. If you can see at least the lower half of the baby’s face you ensure nothing is blocking their air supply.

2. Stay in kissing distance. Make sure you can kiss the top of your baby’s head while he is comfortably wrapped. This ensures your baby isn’t riding too low in the wrap.

3. Chin up. Check to make sure your little guy’s chin and chest aren’t touching. If they are, it could make it difficult for him to breathe.

4. Check for the logo. Especially if you’re using a PEAPOD Creations wrap, make sure the logo portion is pulled up high enough to ensure your baby is secure.

5. Take care of baby first, then the wrap. When you’re done using the baby wrap, take the baby out of it first. Once your baby is taken care of, take off the wrap. Untying the wrap before your baby is securely elsewhere can cause injury.

For full instructions from PEAPOD Creations, visit this page.

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