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Beyond the Onesie - Useful Baby Shower Gifts that Mama and Baby will Love 0

Welcoming a baby into the world is an exciting event, both for the parents and for their family and friends. This special time is often marked by baby showers, intimate gatherings between friends, and family celebrations. Everyone wants to contribute to preparing for the baby's arrival, often with thoughtful gifts for the parents and the baby.
 
However, some gifts are more appreciated than others. You know what you mean if you have ever had kids: The endless pile of newborn onesies that no single child could ever possibly go through before outgrowing them, the same fleece baby blankets, and baby bottles that your baby never ended up liking. It's a difficult situation to navigate through for everyone, but can be avoided if the right strategy is employed.
 
If you want to be known as a great gift giver, it's time to step up your game and try one of these products from this list:
 
  1. Sleep Sack

Times have changed and though blankets are a great thing to have in the car or stroller for chilly days, a blanket in the crib is seen as a hazard. Sleep sacks are a safe way to keep the little bebe cozy in his crib during naps and can be a thoughtful gift that parents might not have even known that they needed!
 

 

  1. Lulla Doll

Sleep is precious. This is something that new parents will quickly learn and seasoned parents will soon remember. The Lulla doll is a sleep aid that helps babies fall asleep and keep them in deep sleep for longer. The sound of a mama's breathing and beating heart is enough to make anyone want to take a snooze. Definitely a useful and treasured gift.
 

 

  1. Earth Mama Angel Baby Set

Mama just delivered a baby. Give her some much needed love and attention! Earth Mama Angel Baby makes a fantastic gift set, however if you want to personalize the selection a bit more, consider getting a couple of products from this line. The Nipple Butter, Mama's Bum Balm, and the Milk Maid tea are great starting points!
 

 

  1. Baby Skin Care

Consumables are safe bets when it comes to gifts because they will be found to be useful at some point. Stock the parents with lotions, shampoos, bum creams and oils that they can use to keep their baby's delicate skin clean and moisturized. If they are natural, it's more likely that they can be used even on sensitive babies with eczema and other conditions.
 

 

  1. Nursing Cover

We love the OVer Company nursing cover. Not only is it very fashionable and stylish, but it has multiple functions, which means that mama will have more room in her diaper bags for other things! It can be used as a scarf, for nursing in public, as a bassinet or car seat cover, as well as a shopping cart cover.

OVer Nursing Cover
 

  1. Books

It might not be something that can be used right away, but it's never too early to start building a baby's library. From thick cardboard books that are safe for toddler, to a beautifully illustrated encyclopedia that will occupy a child for hours, they are wonderful gifts that can end up "giving" for a long time. Oh, and bonus, you can leave a dedication in the front so that years later, the gift giver is not forgotten.
 

 

  1. Gift Cards

It's difficult to buy a large ticket item on your own, and both parents and generous gift givers know this. When you give a gift card, you give the parents the opportunity to buy something bigger with combined cards as well as the freedom to buy missing items in their own style. It's difficult to know exactly what is needed, and a gift card is a more elegant way of presenting this freedom than cash.
 

 

  1. Something off the Registry

Registries are the best solution out there for voicing needs and wants and matching them with generous and loving gifts. Parents can add all their essentials, from diapers, crib sheets, thermometers, towel, nail clippers and more, and you can just go online or to the store they registered at and directly purchase the item.
 

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Times have changed, yet one thing remains true: we love babies and showering them with gifts and love. Now it's up to us that they have the best welcome to this world, including thoughtful and useful gifts that will be appreciated by all!
 
 
 

The REAL Basics of What You Need in Your Hospital Bag 0

hospital bag basics

 

Everyone has their own take on what an expecting mom should have in her hospital bag. Sometimes you wonder if there should be that much extra space in your weekend duffel while at other times, it's almost as if you needed one of those XL suitcases or a magical Mary Poppins bag to fit it all in.
 
We know, the struggle is real.
 
That's why we decided to dedicate this post to the REAL basics of what belongs in that hospital bag, devoid of all those extra gadgets and inclusive of all those items you wish you had as you are detained to that hospital room.

 

For Mama:

 

As you are the one that is going to be giving birth to this baby, your body is going to be experiencing a lot - it is hard work. It's important that you stay as comfortable as possible during your hospital stay, whether than means listening to your top playlists on your ipod or having a fluffy robe to stay cozy in. Those little details are up to you, however these are the "momma" essentials that need to make it into your bag:
 
  • Comfy PJ's
During the birthing process and after, you will likely be doing a lot of resting on a hospital bed, and we know there's nothing better than your favorite pajamas to make you feel right at home. Bonus points for ones that are long shirt or dress style for constant check ups and easy access, and homerun if it unbuttons in the front for easy nursing.
 
  • Slip on shoes/slippers/flip flops

If you're in the last few weeks of pregnancy, we expect that you understand why slip on shoes are essential. You likely won't want to be bending over in half trying to do up your laces. Something quick for bathroom trips and getting up to see visitors is ideal.

  • Nipple Cream

Breastfeeding can be hard on the nipples. However, keeping them moisturized and supple will go a long way in mitigating pain and cracked skin. Most will suggest you use lanolin, a heavy-duty industrial product used on cows, however, we love the natural ones you can get from Substance and Bamboobies. Both lanolin-free but effective, you don't have to worry about your baby getting traces of it in his or her mouth. 

  • Nursing Pads

Though it might take a little while for your milk to come in completely, it's best to be prepared with nursing pads which will keep your bra and clothes dry and clean. Some women go disposable, however we like the idea of reusable ones that you just throw in the wash. We have both kinds in store for moms to choose from.

  • Travel-size skin regimen

You most likely will be staying at the hospital for a night or two, so it's a good idea to have your essentials with you. Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mini sizes of your favourite cleansers, creams, shampoo and conditioner. Leave anything overly scented at home out of courtesy to others you might be sharing your room with- they could be scent-sensitive.

  • Sanitary Pads

Yes, you were lucky to not have your period for a few months, however you will be needing some sanitary pads for those first few weeks after birth. Tampons are not a good option at this time, and once again, you can choose between going reusable or disposable. You've probably thought about it already, but in case you haven't - full bottomed, cotton underwear will probably be the most comfortable paired with your pads.

  • Books/iPad/Phone

There's a lot of waiting during the birthing process, so pack some things to entertain you during those hours between feedings or visitors. Pack a book, download some podcasts on your phone, or download some Netflix videos to your iPad. Having your phone with you will allow you to more easily spread the good news and talk to those who can't physically visit you at the hospital.

  • Chargers

Along with your mini entertainment suite, remember to bring the appropriate chargers. It's something we often miss while packing and then find ourselves mentally kicking ourselves about later.

  • Health Card + Other documents

Your OB or midwife have probably already gotten you to register in advance with the hospital you intend to give birth at. However, it's best practice to have all of your health-related documents with you, including your health card, insurance information, and a drug list. Bring any medications you take on a regular basis with you along with their original packaging and information.

  • Going Home Clothes

You probably won't want to be leaving the hospital in the pjs you just spent the last few days in. Pack yourself your favourite maternity jeans or leggings along with a nursing top and sweater for ultimate comfort and style.

 

 

 

For Baby:

 Baby won't be packing it's own bag, so you'll have to bring some essentials for it as well. You'll be surprised at how much the hospital will provide at first for the little one, but remember that this is also your time to learn the basics of baby-care, so having your own tools is useful. Besides, you'll need to bring your baby home somehow!

  • Swaddle

There's no way you could be having a baby and not heard of swaddles. They are also known as "receiving blankets" and can be used in a variety of ways, from performing as a comforting "straight jacket" for baby, a light weight blanket, a large burp cloth, or even a makeshift wipe for spills. Most hospitals encourage that you bring your own in which you can take baby home in.

 

  • Newborn diapers

You'll need to have a small pack of newborn diapers with you. Even if you plan on cloth diapering later on, we suggest that for the first few weeks, at least when the baby is in the hospital, you make do with disposable ones.

 

  • Baby wipes

You're going to need baby wipes for those first few diaper changes, so even if you decide to have a dedicated box at home,  you might want something a bit more portable to bring with you to the hospital. Whether you decide to buy ready to use ones or make your own, remember to keep the scents to a minimum.

 

  • Bum cream/spray

The last thing you want for your fresh newborn to experience is a diaper rash, so come prepared with a bum cream or spray. We find that a lot of moms like the Substance line we carry- as with everything else in store, it's all natural and safe for your little ones.

 

  • Pacifier/Soother

If you are going to be introducing a pacifier or soother to your baby, it's probably a good idea to bring it along with you to the hospital. There are a range of different types and brands on the market, so take your time to research what you are looking for. Keep in mind that your baby might like a round nipple more than an orthodontic one or vice versa, so don't go buying dozens of the same type before you are sure it's what he or she likes. We like the HEVEA natural rubber ones, but you might have a different kind in mind.

 

  • Going Home Outfit

Depending on the weather and the season during which your baby is born, you'll be needing different items to dress your baby in for the trip home. Though a onesie is a safe bet, you'll also want to consider a hat, socks, mittens, sweater, or a winter-grade snow suit. Of course, a swaddle or blanket are also part of this equation.

 

  • Car Seat

They will not let you and baby out of the hospital without a proper car seat. Remember to check the expiry date on your model and ensure that it is installed properly.

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your hospital bag, feel free to drop by one of our store locations. All the staff that work there are moms and can give you great advice on preparing for delivery day.
 
Otherwise, reach out to us on social media or email to ask about how to make your hospital bag as complete as can be.

 

 

10 Steps to Planning an Eco Baby Shower 0

eco baby shower

 

Becoming a mom, especially for the first time, is a huge life change, and one that can spur women to change their outlook on life. The maternal instinct of loving, nurturing, and protecting kicks in, and the results can be both surprising and incredibly positive. One such urge is to spare the newest member of the family from contact with harmful substances, chemicals, and irritants. It also inspires the mom to work on creating a world in which her bundle of joy will thrive: one that is natural, sustainable, beautiful, and healthy.

 

There's no better way to support the mama-to-be's dreams than by planning and executing an Eco Baby Shower! Keeping everything "green" and eco-friendly will help the new Mom prepare for her new and exciting stage of life, while having fun and passively educating all the guests on sustainable habits and practices.

Let's get started!

 1. Paperless Invitation

An easy way to save paper and ink (not to mention a little cash) is to send out paper-less invitations. If you are having an informal affair, feel free to make it a Facebook event and prepare an email with all the details for those who might not have Facebook (cough…great-grandma….cough). However, if you want to make it fancier, there are tons of paperless invitation options online which are easy to customize and send via email. Just be sure to mention that this will be a "green event" and what that implies.

 2. Green Baby Registry

Baby Showers are all about showering the Mom-to-Be and her baby with gifts! Help her stock her nursery with all-natural, organic and sustainable items, from wash cloths, swaddling, diaper bags, bottles, and more by asking her to register with an Eco- Baby Registry. Don't know where to start? The Top Eco-Baby Registry Essentials, of course!

 3. Healthy and Natural Snacks

When planning the menu for the baby shower, remember to keep to the theme and serve up healthy, fresh foods, incorporating organic products when possible. If you have the resources, hire a caterer specializing in cooking with local, organic produce, or have some fun doing it yourself. No need for super complicated dishes, just stick to the crowd pleasers like tortilla chips with homemade guacamole, a veggie platter with beet hummus, a greek quinoa salad, and whole wheat finger sandwiches. Keep it light, fresh, and tasty!

 4. Fresh Mocktails

Want to take the party to the next level?! Give this soiree an elegant feel by serving up freshly squeezed juice-based mocktails. Safe for all the Mom-to-be to drink and a refreshing alternative to mimosas or other day drinks served at female-dominated gatherings.

 5. Ban Wrapping Paper (unless it's reused)

In the invitations, remember to lay out the rules of the party- one of which is no wrapping paper. This will challenge guests to find alternate ways to wrap their gifts or find ways to present them without wrapping them at all!

 6. Make a "Green" craft together.

Whether it's making bunting out of burlap or natural baby cream, give the guests something fun to do.  Consider décor elements for the new nursery, putting a quilt together or even going outside and planting some trees in the baby's name. Your creativity will be rewarded with lots of laughter, great memories, and the result of the handiwork of the guests.

 7. Cook together

If you have time and the space to do it, turn this into a cooking party. Together with all the guests, cook some healthy, wholesome meals that the new mom will be able to freeze now and quickly defrost when she will be too tired, weak, or busy to cook. Finding food in your fridge when you are ready to pass out from hunger and exhaustion is the best feeling ever.

 8. Ditch the Greeting Cards

Instead of bringing a card, ask guests to bring a used children's book from either their personal library or a second hand store, and write an inscription in the front. Let's face it, greeting cards will just be recycled after a few months, and the books will be treasured for years.

 9. Use either biodegradable or regular plates + cutlery

During your Eco Baby Shower remember to serve all your delicious dishes on sustainable plates and bowls and your drinks in reusable cups. If you don't have enough of everything for the number of guests coming, raids your friends' kitchens (with their permission of course). However, if it's going to be a huge hassle, use biodegradable plastic plates or wooden disposable ones that can be burned or buried rather than just thrown in the trash.

 10. Favours

There are so many exciting options for small, sustainable gifts for the baby shower guests! From goat milk soap, to a packet of organic seeds, or a small plant, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation to the guests who came and to inspire them to be more eco-conscious in their every day habits. Our favourite? All-natural hand sanitizer! Perfect for when they visit the new baby!

 

 

To register for all your baby needs, sign up online or visit one of our stores.

 

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10 Eco-Essentials for a Green Baby Registry 0

Welcoming new life into the world is a wonderful but big responsibility. This little human will be depending on you for its entire existence: from nourishment, to comfort, safety, and of course that essential loving cuddle. What better way to start this new adventure than by outfitting your home with all the essentials that you need for your new family member? The key is to create a baby registry, specifically a green baby registry, full of all kinds of natural and eco-friendly products.

 

This is your chance to keep full control over what enters the nursery- no artificial fragrances, products containing harmful chemicals, or itchy nappies. You would be surprised to how relieved your friends will feel, knowing that you don't just approve of, but greatly appreciate the gifts that they buy for baby and you.

 

But where to start? You can ask some "green" mamas for advice, but in the meantime, use the following list as a guide. It has useful essentials that every mom and newborn will love using and reusing.

 

1. Reusable Diaper

You'll be saving more than just the planet when you decide to go with reusable diapers. Instead of generating a huge amount of waste over the years, register for cloth or reusable diapers. Choose ones that have two parts: a swappable lining, and an outside component that holds it secure against the infant's legs to guard against leaks. All of the parts are easily washable and are a lot softer and more delicate against soft baby skin than the disposable variety. Oh, and you are definitely going to save money in the long term- believe us.

 

2. Washcloths

You cannot go far without washcloths, we promise you. You'll end up using them for anything from bath time, diaper changes, feeding sessions, you name it! That's why it's important that you choose to register for washcloths that are not only soft and easy to wash, but are made from natural, organic ingredients.

 

3. Baby Carrier/Sling

It's hard to move around and get things done when you are holding a baby. That's why having a carrier or a wrap is a great idea for parents who are constantly up to something. You'll be using this a lot, so make sure that you get one that is comfortable both for you and your little bundle of joy. Check the description to see if you can start using it right after birth and can adjust the position to have the child in the back or the front, depending on the situation.

 

4. Diaper Bag

Yes, as a mom, there is no avoiding the mighty diaper bag. That's why, if you are going to be carrying it around constantly for the next 2 years, you better like it. One way to make sure that you have the functionality and the style that you want is by adding it to your green baby registry! Some details you might want to look for are an insulated bottle holder, waterproof pockets, and compatibility with your stroller.

 

5. Baby Bathtub

Bathing a newborn must be one of the scariest experiences that a new mum or dad go through. Stay cool and in control of the situation by adding a baby bath tub that you can easily use in your sink! Forget about hard plastic tubs that take up a ton of room and are impossible to store (not to mention unsightly), and opt for a soft foam model that molds to the shape of your sink.

 

6. Soap and Shampoo

You will be washing your baby often and having a natural and gentle baby soap and shampoo is essential. Many artificial fragrances and harsh chemicals can aggravate sensitive baby skin, so your best bet will be an all-natural, organic product without detergents.

 

7. Crib Sheets

A baby registry staple is a set of stylish yet soft crib sheets that you'll have no qualms laying your precious bundle on. The fabric should be natural and very breathable, allowing for natural temperature regulation- keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

 

8. Natural Laundry Soap

With new baby comes lots of laundry. How such a little thing creates the need for those extra loads is beyond us. However, as an eco-mama, you have to be very careful about the kind of laundry soap you use for baby's soiled stuff. Avoid rashes and allergic reactions by adding a gentle, all-natural laundry soap to your green baby registry. If you aren't set on the idea of washing it by hand, make sure it's one that you can use in a normal washing machine.

 

9. A Little Something for Mama

Remember that baby showers and registries are also about the mom! You're doing something amazing: bring a new life into the world! That's why you should include a little something for yourself: whether that's a gift set including oils for stretchmarks and calming tea, or a cute teething necklace, celebrate the fact that you are becoming a mom, even if it's not your first time at the rodeo!

 

10. Clothing

Babies, especially newborns, have extra sensitive skin. That's why it's important to register for onesies that are not only cute, but also super soft and breathable. Choose natural fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo that will wash and wear well while remaining super comfortable for the touch. Don't forget to register for a range of sizes so that you will have something to dress your little one in even when he or she gets a little bigger.

 

 

Stay on top of what enters your newborn's nursery by being proactive and creating a green baby registry prior to your baby shower or the birth of your little wonder. It will dispell awkward situations and limit the number of unwanted gifts while simultaneously allowing friends, family, and colleagues to help welcome your baby into this beautiful world.

 

Add all these eco-essentials to your green baby registry by setting up your list at Mrs. Greenway!

 

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