October Free-ness!

There’s a lot to love about October:

You’ve got the school run nailed by now. #pro

You get to dress your little ones up outrageously cute for most of the month – and yourself too!

You get to eat your kids Halloween candy once they go to bed (go on, admit it!)

There’s pumpkin spiced lattes in the world again. Oooh and pumpkin pie! Lots of lots of pie! Mmmmm.

These are all great reasons to love October. BUT, the biggest reason we adore October is, it’s KIDS FREE SAN DIEGO month! That means FREE admission to some of the biggest attractions in San Diego throughout the whole of October for your biggest kids – from the San Diego Zoo to the USS Midway Museum.

We don’t know about you, but after a packed summer of fun, and with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas costs looming, this free-ness is sweet music to our ears! You can download your free entry coupon here.

As well as all of these amazing offers, here are some of our favorite FREE family things to do a little closer to home in North County.

  • Firstly, if you don’t already, pick up a copy of Family Magazine next time you are at Babies in Bloom. It doesn’t cost a dime and it’s your new secret mom fun weapon. It is LOADED with events each and every month – a lot of which are free – so get planning!
  • October is prime tide pool season – the tides are often negative or below sea level meaning MUCH more to see! Your little explorers could kill hours on a tide pool adventure. Add a home-made picnic and you have yourself a cheap day out! Check out the best spots in North County here.
  • It’s easy to take the beach for granted when you live so close to it, but why not re-brand a day at the beach. Plan a beach treasure hunt at your local! You can bury colorful ping pong balls, small toys etc and give the big kids clues and directions from the comfort of your beach chair! Just don’t bury any important toys in case you lose them… you know, the kind that will lead to a code red melt-down if lost at sea!
  • If you love babies in Halloween costumes, you’ll love dogs in fancy dress! You and your little people will be all smiles, laughs and ‘awwwwws’ at the FREE Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Contest & Parade at Bates Nut Farm on October 29th. batesnutfarm.biz
  • Look out for FREE seasonal kids’ crafts at your local stores – Lakeshore Learning Store for example offers free crafts for ages 3 & up throughout October (702 Center Dr., San Marcos).

And of course, there’s always us at Babies in Bloom. We’re conscious of family budgets all year round, so we like to offer free and low cost services to parents looking for support! Check out our wide range of classes and support groups here and make us part of your Fall plans!

Happy October-ing! And happy saving!

 

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017 Has a Theme We Can All Get Behind

While the physical act of breastfeeding typically involves just two people – mom and baby – (or more if you are tandem feeding, go mama!), many who have successfully been through this journey will tell you about the importance of others.

Even when breastfeeding comes easy, it’s hard. Understatement of the year!! It’s exhausting. And when it doesn’t come easy, it’s stressful AND exhausting. You can feel robbed of all those perfect breastfeeding images that you nursed in your head while pregnant. Cue the Friend’s intro music….’So no one told you life was gonna be this way’ (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap).

But true to the Friend’s tune, there are people that can be THERE FOR YOU! Your partner, your midwife, your peers, your local community – and even your boss – can all have a supporting role to play in helping you give your baby the best start in life.  For many moms, this idea of teamwork and the realization that it’s not just ‘all on them’ is a welcome relief.

Shouting about available breastfeeding support is one of our favorite past times, so we’re thrilled to see that this year’s theme of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2017) is all about ‘working together.’ It will focus on partnerships that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding, those who help moms find their true allies- and find their feet.

We recognize the role that we can play and the responsibility we have here in North County to make a difference – our doors, our arms, our ears and our hearts are always open to those who need it! You can find support (and new friends) at our Breastfeeding 101 classes, where we talk about common, problems, techniques and positioning, as well as our Lactation Lounge every Tuesday and Friday. The Lactation Lounge is a free support group with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who answers your questions (no question is a stupid question btw!), provides encouragement and promotes confidence. We’re here to remind you not just how amazing your body is, but how amazing a job you are already doing with your little one.

We also offer one-on-one customizable sessions with a certified lactation consultant, as well as a Breastfeeding for Working Mothers class which will help you plan and prepare for your return to work. For all of our classes, feel free to bring your partners – it’s important for them to educate themselves about how they can best support you through this experience.

You can also find support via our online community – the Babies in Bloom Lactation Lounge on Facebook – a judgement free zone and closed group where you can ask for advice on things that are troubling you.

Please share this post during World Breastfeeding Week and beyond – let’s make it our mission to let our friends and family in North County know where we are and that we are always there for them, through the good, the bad and the leakiest of times. Let’s make some noise, gain some attention and widen our pool of supporters. Because together, we will make that difference.

 

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International Day of the Midwife

May 5th is the internationally recognized day for highlighting the work of midwives. To celebrate the “International Day of the Midwife,” we gathered photos and thoughts from several of our birth center clients. One thing is clear, families seem to love their care providers as much as midwives love their families. Enjoy!

 

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BabyFest 2017

Our 2017 expo is over and our hearts are full!

The venue this year was on Babies in Bloom’s very own doorstep, with over 50 tents and booths lining our sun drenched street. We can’t tell you what it meant to us to peek out of the window at 9.30 AM and already see a long line of glowing mamas-to-be, their partners and other excited family members waiting to get in.

To all our visitors: thank you for letting us be part of your growing family’s exciting journey.

And to our wonderful exhibitors: thank you for all the support, wisdom, reassurance and encouragement you shared with our guests.

Together, we formed quite a village at BabyFest 2017. A place where no question was too foolish, no fear went unheard and where judgement simply wasn’t tolerated. Because we know that no two families are the same – each will tell their own beautiful story in their own special way.

For those that couldn’t make BabyFest this year, you can still visit some of our booths virtually!  Check out our BabyFest 2017 Facebook event page. A roaming camera at the event filmed live action at booths to give those at home a sneak peak of some of the wonderful products and services showcasing at the event.

We also dare you not to smile when you see the Groovaroo impromptu flashmob dance that took place on the street. It’s AWESOME! Check out the baby snuggling dance moves here  – plus take a look at the new Baby TULA ‘Free to Grow’ carriers being used (usable from 0+ – 4 years!). Groovaroo classes are hosted regularly at the boutique – check out our events calendar for more info.

For many, the expert talks are always an expo highlight. This year, we had certified babywearing educators showcasing the different types of baby carriers out there in the market, as well as Jennifer Aprea from Spray Pal answering all sorts of questions about cloth diapering. Our car seat safety expert Katie, was also on hand to explain the latest laws to parents and help them choose the right seat for their family.

‘Meet the Midwives’ is also an annual favorite. These local midwives couldn’t love their job any more and have delivered thousands of beautiful babies between them. They know more than anyone that how you birth matters and are committed to delivering a personalized experience to each and every family to help them have the birth they have always dreamed of.

If you missed the talks, don’t worry! The boutique regularly hosts classes and workshops on these topics and much, much more – from lactation and hypnobirthing to first aid and sleep coaching. You can also book car one-on-one seat safety checks with Katie via the boutique – free if you purchase a seat from Babies in Bloom. Again, just visit our events calendar page for more details.

So, while we’re sorry you couldn’t all make it down to BabyFest 2017, it’s never too late to join the Babies in Bloom family. Our doors are always open – hope to see you soon!

 

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