Happy Hallow-Green!

Did you join us for our Hallow-Green costume swap earlier this month? For those who uncovered a new costume in the swap, please don’t forget to share pictures of your adorable little ones on our Facebook page, we’d love to see them!

A costume swap is a great idea isn’t it? You know us, we hate waste and like to do our green part wherever we can. So with that in mind, on top of the swap, we thought we would pull together some extra tips on creating a more sustainable Halloween experience. Because every little helps!

TRICK OR TREASURE:

With child food allergies to be mindful of, sometimes it’s easier to think treasure instead of candy! Little ones would love to be treated to things like stickers, collectable cards, spinning tops, mini cooker cutters, crystals, seashells, beads, crayons, and even hair barrettes, instead of candy (just avoid the cheap plastic toys).

However if you want to keep it more traditional and go with edibles, you’ve still got lots of healthy, green options – just look for organic, all-natural, dye-free ingredients, that are ideally ethically sourced and packaged.

Perhaps just keep a little bag of non-food goodies aside for those kids with allergies – join the teal colored pumpkin movement and leave one outside your house to let parents and kids with allergies know, you’ve got them covered!

TRICK OR TREAT BAGS:

Forget the plastic tubs in the store, use and decorate household items to collect candy in. A great way to bag some family craft time together! Kids will love decorating and personalizing a bucket, a pillowcase, old bags lying around at home, or even sewing one out of fabric with mom’s help.

SNACK-O-LANTERNS:

Make sure you use the goodies from inside your pumpkins. Toast the seeds – yum! Make pumpkin pies or muffins – double yum! Or simply compost it, along with any other uneaten party food. If you don’t have your own compost pile, you can also look in to local pumpkin recycling.

Have you thought about growing your own organic pumpkins in the yard for next year? Go on, give it a try!

And one more thing…don’t forget to light your pumpkins with beeswax candles, instead of soy or paraffin based waxes.

GETTING THERE:

Plan your trick or treating journey in advance and walk, bike ride, carpool or take the bus in costume to your chosen spots. You’ll be needing a light, so try a solar torch, or remember to load your regular torches with rechargeable batteries rather than disposables. If you do end up using disposables, please remember that dead batteries should be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of properly.

 

Have fun, be safe and HAPPY HALLOW-GREEN everyone!

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You Guys Rock!

winner-badgeWe won a ‘Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2016’. Hooray!

We are absolutely thrilled to be named ‘Hippest Baby and Maternity Shop’ in SoCal. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us – you guys are the best. And you ALL need to share this wonderful moment with us, because we are much more than just a business, Babies in Bloom is a community. A place to not only shop, but learn and share family experiences, whatever your parenting style (no judgement here!). You make us who we are and that’s a big part of what makes us winners.

Some wise old soul once said: ‘Customers may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.’ And we truly believe that. We aim to make all our customers feel heard. Feel supported. Feel excited. Feel inspired. Feel confident, and just feel special – like every mama and mama-to-be should. Daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles too. The whole family.

And thanks to you, we feel pretty special right now too. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you once again for taking the time to vote for us. And thank you for shopping small. We hope to see you really soon!

 

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What is Peaceful Parenting?

Are you curious about it? Do you know exactly what it is?

For those who couldn’t make it to our wonderful workshops, we thought we’d pull together a little ‘Peaceful Parenting 101’ post.

By its very name, many people might assume that peaceful parenting is permissive parenting.  A style of parenting that lacks discipline and boundaries. It’s not. It’s simply about changing the old school view of parenting as a battleground. You against them.

Bedtime, mealtime, playtime tantrums, we know they all come with the parenting territory. And believe us, we know it’s HARD not to snap. But deep down, after many, many deep breaths, we ultimately know it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.

Peaceful parenting is all about regulating our own emotions and staying mindful of what a child feels, at all times. It’s a belief that parenting is 80% connection and 20% coaching. Not controlling, coaching. It focuses on empathy, connection and working with your child to resolve issues. It believes that punishments and time-outs just aren’t effective as discipline. They can certainly stop behaviour, but they don’t teach in the long term– it’s essentially fear based obedience. A gentle, emotion focused approach, or coaching approach, helps a child develop a better understanding of their emotions, behaviour – and actually fosters self-discipline. In addition to this, trying to understand a child’s perspective, recognising triggers and working together to resolve the child’s problem, also fosters a uniquely trusting and rewarding parental relationship.

Our workshops were centred on the work of Laura Markham, Clinical Psychologist, and author of www.ahaparenting.com where it lists the benefits of positive parenting:

  • Your kids will be happier, more cooperative , and well-adjusted
  • You’ll be happier and more relaxed.
  • Yourfamily life will be more meaningful and fun.
  • You’ll raise ethical, emotionally intelligent kids who are happy, considerate, self-disciplined,responsible, and likable — without ever having to punish!
  • You’ll give your kids a real childhood while still preparing them for 21st century life.
  • You and your kids will have a close, loving relationship for the rest of your life.

Being a consistent peaceful parent isn’t easy however – it’s always a challenge to keep your own emotions in check, no matter how old you are. But consistency is key to success in peaceful parenting– and to avoiding confusion in your little ones.  So, if you really think this approach could work for you and your family, seek support, stay committed and stay strong. It will be worth it.

For those seeking more information, don’t forget to visit www.ahaparenting.com – it has tips for parents of every age child, from pregnancy right through the teen years, or contact Lisa at www.becomingpeaceful.com.

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SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

babiesinbloom_kelseysmithphotography2015printresolution300ppinativefile-29While SIDS rates in the United States has decreased by over 50% in the past two decades, SIDS sadly remains the leading cause of death for U.S infants 1 month to 1 year of age.

That’s what makes the month of October so important – it’s SIDS Awareness Month, a month where social and professional communities join forces to support families who have lost a child to SIDS, as well as drive wider, overall awareness of it.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to think about SIDS, let alone face it. It’s terrifying because there is still so much we don’t know about it. But what we DO know is that there are things we can do to help reduce risks. Information and education are key.

We can all do our bit this month – and beyond. We can support by sharing experiences, hard facts, advice and recommendations. Sharing, be it in person or via social media, can make a difference.

So, if you see campaigns for safe sleep practices or safe environments for babies, read it. Talk about it. Post about it. Pass it on.

If you know a new mom, or mom-to-be, respectfully make sure they are aware of the risks of things like bed sharing and loose bedding.

If someone else is looking after your child, make sure you talk to them about safe sleep practices and be sure that person agrees to follow safety recommendations. It’s easy to assume they might already know about it, but the truth is, it is a subject that’s difficult to talk about, or that many people avoid.

Talking about it is NOT about scaring anyone. Or preaching to them. It’s not about patronizing them or being disrespectful. it’s about support and preparation. It’s about empowering parents and caregivers to make the best, safest choices for their baby.

It’s all about keeping the conversation going! It really can help save lives. 

A helpful resource on SIDS is the American Academy of Pediatrics ‘Parents Guide to Safe Sleep’, available here.

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