Blooming Toy Guide from Newbie to Tot

The 5 Best Baby Toys that Will Stand the Test of Time (and are available at the BiB Boutique)

 

Shopping for your little baby is kinda fun, especially with all the tempting options out there at your favorite local baby boutique. If you’re trying to reign in the number of toys you own, however, it helps to know which ones your rapidly growing babe will actually play with. Read on to learn about 5 great options from some of our favorite brands that are age-appropriate and lots of fun. Whether you’re a mom-to-be or shopping for a loved one’s new arrival, gifting any of these goodies will make you a fast favorite. As always, our products are vetted by us at Babies in Bloom, so you know one of our own babes love them as much as yours will.

Check out these vetted toys and more at our boutique, online or in store.

Smart NogginStik ($24.99)

You can’t find many toys that are specifically marketed to babies from birth to 12 months, a whole year!? Nonsense, right? Wrong! The Smart NogginStik actually delivers on that promise. It also provides parents with a guide to use this Stik as your little one moves along through each developmental leap. First, it is a handy light, you can use to help your baby learn to track with their eyes. Then it becomes a tool to introduce sound, and eventually, grasping and shaking! Your child will surely find entertainment in discovering and mastering the many ways this toy helps them grow their own lil’ noggin.

 

Jellycat Tails Activity Books ($16.50)

Research suggests that reading to our children, even as early as in the womb, can help with language development and literacy skills — no pressure! Finding a book that will keep them engaged can get challenging though, especially when your baby is more interested in rolling, scooting and exploring (basically three months and beyond!). Jellycat Activity Books are excellent in that they are a tactile object and book in one. From crinkly pages to brightly colored tails and fabric, the pages will literally come to life for your little one. Even as an introductory toy, your infant will love grabbing and chewing on this book with delight. Get one of these and you will surely set them up to be a bookworm for years to come.

 

Activity Rug and Toy Sets ($29.99)

Another multi-faceted treasure, the activity rug and toy sets are the perfect addition to your child’s play area. In the early days, you can. use it to set your newborn down for tummy time and sensory stimulation. Eventually, it can be a place to help your infant work on motor skills and rolling with the cars and other toys included.  Before you know it, your toddler will use the rug and toys to practice using their imagination. Everything else aside, it makes for a nice decorative feature in a playroom or nursery! The opportunities are endless with these rugs, and if you happen to snag one, it is sure to last you well beyond your child’s first year. Imagine all the adorable photos you’ll be able to capture of your little one playing on this rug! Lastly, use it to track their growth as the months fly by.

 

Shopping Cart ($69.99) and Wheely Animals (from $74.95)

Each of these toys are popular staples for pint sized shoppers at the boutique, and for good reason! While it is important to note the age recommendations are for older tots, under supervision your baby can enjoy slowly venturing outside their comfort zone using these rolly props. The shopping cart, for example, can grow with your child from early walker to three and beyond. At the early stages, you can also use it to show them how to put things away. As they grow older, it becomes a great tool for imaginative shopping play. The wheely (available in ladybug, bee, panda and more) has similar growth potential, starting as something your baby can use to strengthen their balance and walking skills. Eventually, it becomes a scooter and fun, comfy seat.

 

BeginAgain Bathtub Ball ($24.95)

Who doesn’t remember years of bathtime play? While your baby is still too small to move around in the tub, bath toys are great ways to keep them happy and stimulated. This bathtime ball is also something they can easily grip with its large hex patterned holes, and the toys are all different colors and textures! Once your child is more independent in the tub, they will surely enjoy squirting and splashing with the shark, diver and octopus! All items are made with natural rubber so they are sure to last for years of bathtime adventures!

Blooming Gift Guide for Mamas & Mamas-to-Be

Ah, the art of gift giving. So often, this crafty endeavor is one of those things that either comes naturally to you or is a small form of torture. Which is it? Are you the person who has made multiple Pinterest-worthy DIY creations for your loved ones over the years, or do you rest more comfortably in the category of people who bemoan any special occasion that comes up too quickly on your calendar?

No matter where you fall on the above spectrum, there is an inherent pressure to pick the perfect item for that special someone. Even the best of us gifters feel the strain at times, which makes a trusty gift guide all the more appreciated when needed.

Babies in Bloom is in the business of supporting families from pregnancy to birth and beyond, and we’re pretty sure that from the time of conception to forever, you and your family will have plenty of gifts to give. Don’t you worry – support is here! Our one-of-a-kind curated Blooming Gift Guides are tailored to meet the specific gift-giving needs of our community.

Read on for our first guide dedicated to Mamas & Mamas-to-Be. Whether you’re invited to a baby shower for a dear friend or want to send a special present to a woman in your life about to give birth, this gift guide will help remind this new mom that caring for, honoring, and celebrating herself is just as important – if not more so – than the adorable baby that is about to arrive.

You’re sure to score some bonus points for thinking outside the box with these thoughtful gifts! Not sure where to grab these awesome items? Never fear, most are available at our Babies in Bloom boutique (in-store or online).

Babies-in-Bloom Presents:

Blooming Gift Guide for Mamas & Mamas-to-Be

 

  • A Rest & Relaxation

 

Easy Naps and Calm Nights Tea – $17.95

Every family needs this tea in the pantry! A soothing and relaxing blend that encourages calmness and entices sleep. Perfect to sip after a bath on one of those restless preggie nights. It also makes our favorite drink for overstimulated toddlers, mix one cup of hot tea and a teaspoon full of raw local honey to a cup of cold organic whole milk for a lukewarm calming treat.

A Little Something for Mama to Be – $24.95

Pregnancy brings it all on, so here’s special gift that says “I get it. This will help.” 6 piece set includes travel sized deodorant, body wash, belly butter and oil, and lip balm in a sweet reusable non-toxic, PVC-free plastic zipper pouch.

Fox Box Pre-Curated Gift Box – $32.00 and up

Fox Box is a LA based company started by three women wanting to create beautiful gift boxes as a way to create stronger relationships. With an assortment of gift boxes available, Fox Box is sure to have the perfect curated gift for the one lucky mom you’re shopping for. Take the Beauty Box that retails for $100 and includes a Bkr water bottle, Tony Moly sheet masks, a gorgeous BOXFOX rose quartz facial roller, a woven french market tote and rose facial mist.

  • Preferred Reading

Nurture – A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood — and Trusting Yourself and Your Body – $18.95

Nurture is the only all-in-one pregnancy and birthing book for modern mothers-to-be and their partners who want a more integrative approach. Author Erica Chidi Cohen has assisted countless births and helped hundreds of families ease into their new roles through her work as a doula. This beautiful, comprehensive and judgement-free pregnancy companion covers everything from the beginning months of pregnancy to the baby’s first weeks. Including supportive self-care and mindfulness exercises, trimester-specific holistic remedies, nourishing foods and recipes for every month of pregnancy along with more than 40 charming and helpful illustrations, and expert tips for every birth environment, itƒ??s got everything modern mother would want to know: fetal development, making choices for a hospital, home or birth center birth, the basics of breastfeeding, tips on what to expect postpartum and more.

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, Marisa Belger – $22.46
The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on author Heng Ou’s own postpartum experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of “confinement,” in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby, The First Forty Days revives the lost art of caring for the mother after birth. The book includes 60 simple recipes for healing soups; replenishing meals and snacks; and calming and lactation-boosting teas, all formulated to support the unique needs of the new mother. In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging guide offers advice on arranging a system of help during the post­partum period, navigating relationship challenges, and honoring the significance of pregnancy and birth.

  • Mom Armor

Solly Wrap – $64.95

Lightweight, easy to put on, Solly Baby wraps give you and your little one unparalleled closeness and comfort, less crying (it’s proven!), and reduced rates of postpartum depression.                                        

Pregnant Belly Salve – $17.95

This salve effectively prevents stretch marks and relieves the itch of stretching skin. Wonderful for regular moisturizing in the mornings, evenings or anytime!

Organic Herbal Sitz Bath – $5.99

Take care down there with natural herbal compresses filled with organic herbs traditionally used to soothe and comfort down there during pregnancy or after childbirth. Packed in easy-to-use, individual herbal sachets, each one is perfect for one use.

Original Belly Bandit – $49.95

The Original Belly Bandit Belly Wrap features an uncovered, latex-free design with medical grade elastic to help slim and support your belly, waist and hips post-pregnancy.

  • Trinkets & Treasures

Vintage Pearl Custom Products – $35 and up

Our custom jewelry is hand-stamped with your names, dates or meaningful

phrases, making them a special keepsake. Our desire is to design and create beautiful handmade pieces and personalized jewelry that will connect with your heart and soul. You will love to give our pieces as gifts, we have the perfect piece for everyone.

Ju-Ju-Be BFF – SALE $108.00

This bag will be your BFF. It has tons of pockets and organization…so much you won’t know what to do with it all. The BFF comes with detachable shoulder straps and messenger straps.

Rotunda Bag – $84.95

Our sophisticated Rotunda diaper bag brings you an elegant combination of style and thoughtful function while you’re out and about with your little one. It’s a classic piece you can flaunt even after you’re done changing diapers.

 

  • Breastfeeding Gifts

 

Nursing Pillow – $43.95

The My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow was developed in a laboratory of new moms, babies, and breastfeeding experts who set out to create a nursing pillow whose sole purpose was to answer all the needs of nursing moms and babies. 50 prototypes and a global patent later, the nursing pillow is loaded with features moms love.

Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra – $38.95

The Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra gives moms the valuable gift of time by freeing up their hands for other tasks or allowing them to simply relax while using their breast pump. The patented design is adjustable in size, using high quality Velcro, to sustain a perfect fit over time as a nursing mother’s size changes. Straps and 1” Center Panel included to help achieve the perfect fit!

Adjustable Nursing Stool – $33.95

My Brest Friend’s nursing stool can help a breastfeeding mother minimize lower back, shoulder, neck, and wrist pain by helping her to maintain a supportive, comfortable position while nursing.

What We’re Thankful For…

Quite frankly it’s YOU! All of you. And with Small Business Saturday creeping up on us again (11/25) there is no better time to tell you how much we appreciate and value your support.

Years ago, when Babies in Bloom was just a tiny embryo of an idea in the mind of owner Rochelle, she could never have imagined the sheer strength of the community that would grow from her simple desire to give parents in North County a blank birthing canvas – a place where they could not only choose to give birth, but how they give birth…and with whom!

A business wasn’t just born from that idea, a family was – and thanks to you and your local support, our North County family keeps on blooming!

In a world of one-click shopping, we treasure every person that takes the time to come to our Boutique doors. And every person who recommends us to new families in the area. By choosing to shop small, you help keep our network thriving. You ensure we can continue to provide a judgement free safe place for parents to come, chat, chill, shop, ask, learn, and if we’re really really lucky, a place where they might choose to welcome a new life in to the world.

We’re all just pinching ourselves at the thought of our sixth annual BabyFest expo coming up in April 2018. Yes, that’s right, our SIXTH!  We all feel so blessed to love what we do and to do and share what we love!

And that’s the beauty of small businesses right there. So often, they are bursting with passion and authenticity – the type of passion that’s contagious and can sprinkle positive impacts across a wider community – both economically and socially. Because in truth, when a small business succeeds, we all can!

Thank you again for choosing to shop with us!  Our hearts are so full. We love you North County!

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!