BabyFest 2016: The Highlights

A BIG thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday for BabyFest 2016. We were so thrilled to meet you, your bumps, your partners and your little ones.

With everything from advice and support on birthing options, babywearing and breastfeeding, to natural baby care products, fresh local produce and a fun photo booth, we’re hoping you not only left with all your essentials, but also left feeling inspired, excited and empowered. Oh, and full of yummy treats from our local food trucks too of course!

If you couldn’t make it down to us this time, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few expo highlights for you:

Dr KimSUPPORT FROM THE VERY START: Those eight weeks before your first prenatal check can feel like forever right? And what about all those questions and worries you have week on week – they seem to keep growing as fast as you’re growing don’t they?

Dr Kim Van Dusen from The Parentologist took to the stage to talk about the importance of a support system, not just after the arrival of your little one, but from the very moment you find out you’re pregnant – whatever stage it might be. Dr Kim runs a weekly ‘Behind the Bump’ group at Babies in Bloom to help moms-to-be and new moms up to 12 weeks postpartum, to feel confident, connected and supported the whole way through their journey. For more details on this group, visit our calendar page here.

fashioIRRESISTIBLE FASHION: How adorable are these handmade leather moccasins from Cage and Lantern?

How clever are these no snap, no zipper onesies from EZONEZ?

And look at how fun these onesies burritos from Baby’s Got Soul are.

This year’s expo was just bursting with cool, funky and colorful fashions.

And speaking of color….

cloth diapersMYTHBUSTING: CLOTH DIAPERS

Just LOOK at this wall of color.

Beautiful, huh? Lucky Diapers, Z Creationz and GroVia were once again out to prove that cloth diapers are far from dull with their fun eco-friendly designs and hands on demos, while Spray Pal showcased just how easy it can be to keep cloth diapers clean.

The very funny and captivating Kim Rosas, from Dirty Diaper Laundry also entertained visitors with her frank talk on cloth diapering,  addressing common misconceptions around cloth diapers – from the ‘yuck’ factor and inconvenience, to concerns over whether cloth bindingdiapers can delay walking in infants. We’d highly recommending checking out her website –there is nothing this advocate doesn’t know about cloth diapers!

BENGKUNG BINDING: We loved this example of belly binding on the In Due Season Doula Services stand. As well as promoting VBAC support, they were there highlighting the possible recovery benefits of binding postpartum, which you can find in detail on their website.

babywearing1 - CopyBABY WEARING: In addition to Babywearing San Diego celebrating the physical and emotional benefits of babywearing on their stand, Ali and Karen, our babywearing consultants from the Babies in Bloom boutique, also took to the stage to talk about, and demo, the different kinds of carriers out there, from a ring sling, wrap and mei tai carrier to the more structured ones available on the market.

But don’t worry if you missed it, you can still come in to the boutique with your questions, schedule a private consultation or join the monthly Babywearing 101 class – the second Saturday of each month at 11am.

MEET THE MIDWIVES: This was without doubt our busiest talk of the day. Some of Babies in Bloom’s favorite midwives held a lively Q&A session answering anything and everything, from how actively involved Dad can be in the delivery, to the different types of birthing experiences available, be it in hospital, a birth center or home.  It was a really wonderful and warming opportunity for parents to air any concerns they might have and be reassured by these charismatic experts. No question was a stupid question. You know when you can just tell when someone LOVES their job! These ladies definitely do!

SLEEP COACHING – For many parents, Jen Varela, walks on water. A certified gentle sleep coach, Jen closed the show on a high with her top tips on how to get your baby better sleep habits. For those that missed her, she also runs workshops at Babies in Bloom, so check our calendar for future dates. It’s never too late – if you are struggling with sleep patterns and routines, a solution is out there for you.

UNTIL NEXT YEAR…

If we could go on talking about each and every stand that added such positive energy and expertise to this year’s event, we would! It was a strong team effort by all companies involved to deliver such an inspiring range of products, information and support to growing families in our community. A full list of our exhibitors can be found here.

BabyFest proudly celebrates the wealth of options available to parents today and every parent or parent-to-be’s right to choose which one is best suited to them and their family. No judgement, just support. Always.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

orbit o2 lucy darling feverfridaThis morning on Fox 5 Sandiego, we showcased a few of the products we find helpful for new parents.

  1. Lucy Darling Milestone Stickers- These adorable stickers help you capture the milestones of your pregnancy, baby’s first year, and/or first holidays. Created by a graphic designer, their unique styles are trendy and cute. They are printed in the USA, as well!
  2. Earth Mama Angel Baby Teas- These yummy pregnancy and breastfeeding teas are safe and 100% organic. They are formulated to support the entire journey of childbirth, from early pregnancy through breastfeeding and beyond.
  3. First Year Calendars- These calendars are an easy way to record events through your baby’s first year. They include stickers to mark baby’s first tooth, steps, and more!
  4. Aden + Anais Swaddles- These breathable, 100% cotton muslin swaddles are perfect for swaddling tiny babies. They are also very versatile and used by many as burp cloths, nursing covers, and stroller covers.
  5. Fever Frida- No need to wake a sick baby to check their fever with a Fever Frida. Thanks to an tiny Bluetooth monitor and patch place
    d under the arm, the Fever Frida checks baby’s temperature every four seconds. It will alert your phone or tablet when the temperature goes about a predetermined threshold and continuously stores data for doctor visits and medicine dose reminders.
  6. Robeez Kick Proof Socks- These 3 pack of socks have an elastic gathering at the ankle to ensure that the socks stay on. They also have skid resistant soles to help prevent slips and falls.
  7. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling- These ring slings combine function with fashion allowing you to be hands free in a stylish way. The beautiful fabrics are paired with clean lines of modern design.
  8. Nursing Scarves- These are the perfect accessory for mom! Wear as a scarf and unwrap for full and relaxed coverage while nursing. The 2-in-1 scarf is easy to use and wash. They are available in stylish prints to please mom’s style.
  9. Bassinest- Keep baby close by in the Halo Bassinest. The Bassinest is designed with a side wall that lowers and returns automatically so that you can easily get baby in and out while staying in bed. The breathable mesh walls keep your baby visible and the base is can adjust to fit different bed heights. The swivel feature rotates 360’ allowing you to bring baby as close as you would like and making it easy to get out of bed.
  10. Orbit 02- This stroller can go from trail run to coffee run. With dual seating modes, a reversible seat, a lockable front swivel wheel, an adjustable handlebar and multiple seat options, it’s the stroller that lets you personalize your ride. The stroller base works with G2 and G3 Orbit Baby seats.
Santa Claus is Coming…

…to Babies in Bloom on Saturday,santa December 5th! Looking for an opportunity for your little one to visit with Santa, without waiting in long lines at the mall? Make an appointment at Babies in Bloom and you will receive a professional digital image from MKP Images, too!

This event will sell out, so reserve your spot soon. The cost is $30 and you may book in person or call us at 760-940-2229 to book an appointment over the phone.

Babywearing Consultations Available

If you would like to learn more about how a carrier works, Babies in Bloom employees are happy to answer your questions and demonstrate its use with our specially weighted babywearing doll. If you would like to try on carriers with your child, please make an appointment for a Fitting or Consultation with one of our Certified Babywearing Educators (who have received specialized training and certification from the Center for Babywearing Studies).

Why schedule a consultation? At Babies in Bloom, the safety and comfort of you and your little one are our top concern. We want to ensure adequate time to educate you on the proper use of the carriers we carry. By setting up an appointment with a Certified Babywearing Educator, you will be getting our undivided attention, as well as all the information you need to know that your baby is being worn correctly and safely. We look forward to helping you “carry on!”

Pregnant? Feel free to attend a 101 class or schedule a consultation. Gaining the information to baby is a fantastic way to set yourself up for babywearing success once baby has arrived.

What we offer:

Babywearing 101 Class: 2nd Saturday of every month- $10 (receive a $10 gift card for attending) This class is for those who have little to no babywearing knowledge and would like a quiet classroom in which to discover and understand the different types and workings of carriers. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and informed with all of your options, to make the best decision for your family. During the class, you will have the opportunity to learn the individualized benefits of each type of carrier- ring slings, woven wraps, stretchy wraps, mei tais, and soft-structured carriers – as well as ask any questions you have regarding babywearing. The instructor will demonstrate each carrier from start to finish, so you leave with an understanding of which carrier will suit your family best.

Consultations: $40 for one hour (consultation fee applied toward the purchase of a carrier within 30 days.) Interested in babywearing, but have no idea where to begin? Prefer to learn one-on-one instead of a in a classroom environment? Wherever you are in your babywearing journey, this consult will suit your needs! Our certified babywearing consultants will work with you to determine which style of carrier will likely suit you best. From there, try on the different brands and find what you love. Finally, learn how to properly put on and take off the carrier. In other words, this consult time is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your babywearing needs.

Fittings: $15 for 15 minutes (fitting fee applied toward the purchase of a carrier within 30 days.) Want to try on a specific carrier to better understand fitting? Heard about the ring sling just not sure? Have a stretchy wrap for a newborn but wondering where to go next? If you’re hoping to try one of our carriers with the guidance of a trained staff member, a fitting is the best choice for you. Our staff will work to fit you with the carrier of your choice so that you are prepared to bring your carrier home! Practical application will employ the use of a weighted doll. Once we are confident in your babywearing abilities, we will guide you through proper usage with your child.

As your baby grows, the use of your carrier may change as well. Receive free lifetime assistance with any carrier purchased at BiB.

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