It happens to the best of us Mommies, one day you are on fire ready to take on the world….kids, cleaning, cooking, homework, sports and laundry and the next day you have completely lost it (your Mommy Mojo that is)! If you are anything like me your mind races quicker than your feet and hands can fold the bathroom towels, your mommy agenda planner neatly placed on the kitchen island serving as a constant reminder of what’s on your growing list today.
December is “Safe Toys and Gifts Month”. With all of the toys bought and given as gifts each holiday season, what a great time for a reminder on toy safety.
This holiday season, instead of store bought items, give the loved ones on your list a personal gift made by you or your children. Below is a list of ideas you can make yourself and a few the kids can help with as well.
Once you find out you are pregnant, or even when you begin trying to conceive, most likely you want to read up on as much baby information as you can. But where do you start? Below you will find many helpful resources in the form of books, magazines, and websites.
Every parent has dreams about bringing home their newborn baby and cuddling and gently rocking the day away. But, when baby starts crying and doesn’t stop for hours each evening, we get frustrated, tired and confused.
Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with traditions, family, food, and history. But how do you teach your children about the history of Thanksgiving and the importance of being thankful? Here are some ideas.
Thanksgiving is just one week away, and it’s time to start thinking about some festive crafts, activities, and recipes for the big day. Below are some ideas to get you started.
Does your child love to help you in the kitchen? Here are 8 easy-to-make kid-friendly recipes that your child will enjoy helping you make. And enjoy eating too!
It's hard to describe the emotions and irrational thoughts that go through your head when you learn that your child has to have surgery. The thought of my 3 year old son going "under" and the potential risks associated with the surgery and the general anesthetic was really unbearable for me. I saw my vulnerable child and my instinct to protect was more intense than ever.
As my three year old son peeked around the corner into my hospital room, my hope was that we had prepared him well for this moment. It was the first time he would meet his twin sisters. As he walked into the room, I could see his apprehension melt away when he saw that there were balloons and a gift –for him. We explained that we were celebrating him becoming a big brother and the gift was from his new little sisters.
The old flip phones are now a thing of the past, with most parents having an Android or iPhone. And with that, we can access all kinds of useful help. Below is a list of some apps for Moms (and Dads too of course) with links to easily download them to your phone.
Halloween is almost here! Check out these great ideas to celebrate the holiday with your kids.
It seems we hear a lot more about overweight children, but not often about the other end of the spectrum: underweight children. Just as many kids fall in the lower percentiles for weight as fall in the high percentiles for weight.
We are so excited to announce that the HALO SleepSack wearable blanket is a finalist in the Most Awesome Snuggiest Blankets and Comforters category in Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Awards. Woo Hoo! The voting runs from October 14 to November 30, 2012 and the finalist with the most votes will be the winner.
If you love HALO SleepSack wearable blankets, we need your votes! To thank you in advance for your support, we would like to offer a giveaway to one lucky voter, a HALO SleepSack wearable blanket!
Just after my daughter Anna turned 3, we found out we were expecting. I was very nervous at first because 3 was a difficult age (difficult meaning TANTRUMS!), and I had no idea how I would handle a newborn added into the mix. Thankfully, we had a few months to adjust to the idea. Anna named her brother-to-be Llama Face and we eagerly prepared for his arrival.
As we observe SIDS Awareness Month around the world and International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15th, it is important for moms, dads and caregivers to consider the steps they can take to reduce SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), SUID (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death) or SUDI (Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy) risks.
As a parent of a new baby, I spent a lot of time and energy mastering nursing or bottle feeding. It was just as I felt that I had become a pro in this area that the pediatrician said it was time to think about introducing my baby to “solids”. For most children (and their parents!), this new adventure starts somewhere between 4 and 6 months. Here are a couple of ideas on how to master solid feeding and expand your child’s palette.
We are lucky to have some beautiful babies modeling for us at HALO! We’d like you to introduce you to Carter. He's so handsome! Look for her wearing some of our newest SleepSack wearable blankets for Babies R Us. HALO fans, meet Carter!
It is recommended to place your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation. Many parents worry that this will cause flat head syndrome, plagiocephaly. This is caused when babies spend time in a position that puts pressure on one part of the skull. To prevent this, here are a few tips.
October is SIDS Awareness month. To help keep babies sleeping safely by building awareness for safe sleep practices, we're offering a special giveaway! Simply post the following message to your Facebook page or tweet to help spread the word! We'll award a year's supply of HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets to one winner on October 12th!
There are a several new terms in use these days that all describe the same tragic event of losing your precious baby suddenly and unexpectedly. Whether it is categorized as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) or SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy), the outcome and horribleness of it all is the same, and your baby is gone.
Making your own baby food is easy, economical, and wholesome. You will know exactly what your baby is eating, and that the ingredients are fresh and healthy. Keep in mind that making your own baby food doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Start with just one fruit or vegetable and see how it goes.
Did you know the food pyramid has been replaced by a new design called My Plate? The plate is divided into four sections (fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein) in slightly different sizes to suggest the proportionate amount of each. There is also a small circle on the side of the plate for dairy.
We are lucky to have some beautiful babies modeling for us at HALO! We’d like you to introduce you to Zahara. She’s such a cutie! Look for her wearing some of our newest SleepSackwearable blankets for Babies R Us. HALO fans, meet Zahara!
We all know there are differences in how moms and dads parent, and those differences are essential in our kids' development. Some differences are reflective of the fact that we are all individuals, but here are some that generally reflect a gender difference. Keep in mind that these are just generalities, moms and dads may swap roles, and take on these different styles to varying degrees.
I’m one of those moms who had a lot of anxiety and worries prior to my oldest child starting kindergarten (read all about it in part 1 of this story). I think I built it up in my mind so much that by contrast, the transition was a breeze. In spite of all of my fears, I was very excited for my son Noah. I certainly didn’t want him to pick up on my fears and be scared.
Becoming a parent is a very exciting yet also daunting and scary endeavor. Worrying is part of what comes with being a parent. Below are 12 of the most common fears of new parents.
As a new parent, you may be wondering how to interact and play with your baby, while also stimulating brain growth and building motor skills. Below are many fun and simple games and activities to try with your baby.
Choosing a name for your baby is a very important and fun decision. For some parents, this is an easy decision; for others, it involves a lot of consideration and discussion. It can be challenging to come up with a name both of you agree on. Read below for some topics of consideration.
If your parents or your in-laws live out of town, out of state, or in another country, it may be hard to maintain a bond, especially with young children. Are you struggling to think of ways to encourage a relationship between your kids and their grandparents? Here are a few examples of things to do to keep in touch in between visits.
For the first few months, breast milk or formula is all the nutrition your baby needs. Before you know it, your baby will be ready for solid foods. You are likely asking yourself how and where to start. Be sure to check with your pediatrician and come up with a plan together prior to starting solids.
Hi everyone! My name is Julianne and I’m here to talk about the ups and downs of the wonderful world of potty training. I am currently potty training my very strong willed 2 year old daughter. We have our good days, our bad days, and our outright awful days.
My oldest son, Noah, is about to start kindergarten in just one week. Is he ready? Am I ready? I know I am certainly not the first mother to worry about this, and won’t be the last either. He went to preschool the past 2 years, but somehow this feels so different, and more scary to me.
Children cherish time spent with their father. Are you looking for ways to bond with your kids? Here is a list of fun activities to do together:
During the first few months with a new baby, sleep can be hard to come by. Between feedings and night-wakings, newborns are notorious for keeping weary eyed parents up at all hours of the night. The fact remains that night time feedings are a necessary period for any newborn as they adapt to life outside the womb, but it doesn’t last forever. With a little patience and consistency, there are things you can do to help your baby become a great sleeper!
Let’s face it: when it comes to feeding a toddler, there comes a time when many of us throw our hands up in the air and say “Let them eat whatever they want!” Me? Guilty as charged. My little girl ate everything during the first year and a half of her life. Seasoned parents always warned: “She will be picky by the time she is two.” I didn’t listen; I had no reason to!
Have you heard? Pottery Barn Kids now carries an exclusive line of HALO SleepSack Swaddles and wearable blankets, available in geometric prints and animal appliqués. Pure organic cotton and snuggly polyester chamois keep your baby comfy and safe while sleeping. Embroidery can be added to personalize with your child’s name. This exclusive line offers the perfect gift for a new baby! Look for these adorable styles and popular registry items in Pottery Barn stores and online at www.potterybarn.com.
If you have a picky eater, you know how challenging it is to get your child to eat a healthy well-rounded diet. There is nothing you can do to force your child to eat certain foods, but here are some tips to encourage healthy eating habits.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding, both for you as a mother and for your child. Breastfeeding is a very natural thing to do, but can also be intimidating and challenging. You can start by taking a class and doing research while pregnant to prepare yourself for breastfeeding. If possible, breastfeed your baby as soon as you can. The nurses can help you with any questions you might have. And your hospital will also have a lactation consultant available if you need additional help or are having any problems. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. The sooner you can establish a good nursing routine the better, and it is easiest when you are at the hospital with professionals just down the hall.
Kids love the outdoors, digging, playing in water and getting dirty. Why not combine those activities and make a garden together? Encourage your child to be involved in all parts of the planting, growing, and harvesting process – here are some ideas for fun gardening projects with your kids.
I’m a tree-hugging flower child at heart, but I’m also a modern momma who works full time; so while I want to be as “green" as I can to help save my beloved Mother Earth, sometimes convenience wins out over eco-friendliness. But one decision I’m happy that I’ve made is to cloth diaper my daughter.
As you can imagine, having a child with multiple food allergies is not easy. Mealtime, and food in general, are such a natural part of our day to day lives – food is a symbol of love and affection, it is part of how we socialize, and in many cases, we take food for granted. As a society here in America, we eat meals without thinking much about how each bite impacts our health and well-being.
With summer comes playing outside! Finding fun and safe outdoor activities that are new and exciting can be challenging. Here is a list of fun outdoor activities.
Entertaining young kids while traveling can be a challenge. Portable electronics, books, and toys can help to pass the time, but those often only last for a limited time. Below are some interactive ideas to help beat travel boredom!
Even if you have done it many times before having children, flying with kids can be very daunting, especially for longer flights. The best thing you can do is to plan ahead and do your research. And don’t take it personally if your child disturbs others, just try to remain calm and do your best to calm your child.
Traveling with a baby can be pretty scary for many parents. I know that as a first time mom, when I travelled to Asia to visit family with my then 1 year old daughter four years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. To be honest, I prepared for the worst and hoped for the best on that trip. I was pretty lucky because we flew the red eye and my daughter ended up sleeping 12 out of the 15 hours we were on that plane. Now, as a mother of two, the idea of traveling overseas with 2 little ones wasn’t exactly appealing to me.
Packing for a vacation with children can be daunting and overwhelming. Below is a list of tips to help make packing and your trip go more smoothly. The specific items you will need will depend on the age of your child(ren), your destination, and travel method.
There are a number of classic, all-American essential aspects of summer - those things that you have to do at least once during the season. Making a trip to the local swimming pool is a must, also celebrating the 4th of July, likely with fireworks. The sweltering heat of July and August can make most families long for a little time away from real life. And every year, families pile into their vehicle for the quintessential road trip.
Did you know? July is National Ice Cream Month! President Reagan designated it as such in 1984, and set aside the 3rd Sunday of each July as National Ice Cream Day. This year we celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 15, 2012, just a few days away. Considering July is usually rather hot, this is perfect timing to enjoy a cool treat on a hot day. There are so many delicious flavors of ice cream, and below are some fun recipes to enjoy with your family.
Independence Day is a lot of fun to celebrate! Kids of all ages enjoy picnics, parades, fireworks, and festive games and activities. But why do we do all this? And how do you explain it to young children? Here are some ideas to help explain the importance of Independence Day with your children.
With summer comes spending lots of time outdoors. The beautiful weather may make you forget your worries and be careless about safety precautions. A high percentage of injury-related emergency room visits happen during the summer months, many that could be prevented. Keep your kids safe this summer by following these tips:
The Fourth of July is just a few days away. Below are some fun ideas to help make the holiday more fun with the kids. Have fun celebrating!
We are lucky to have some beautiful babies modeling for us at HALO! We’d like you to introduce you to Maisy. She’s one of our many favorite HALO babies. In fact, she’s the face of our Halo Crib Notes Blog and is featured on our Halo SleepSack Crib Sets. HALO fans, meet Maisy!
Celebrating baby’s first birthday is an important and very fun milestone. To make the occasion special for your little one, consider some of these special traditions:
The old flip phones are now a thing of the past. Most parents now have an Android or iPhone. And with that, we can access all kinds of useful help. Below is a list of some apps for Moms (and Dads too of course) that we think you’ll love.
They say hindsight is 20/20 and that is definitely true with parenting. Your first kid can be pretty overwhelming and just when you think you have everything figured out your baby enters a new phase and you are back to feeling clueless all over again. Here are a few sites that I wish I had known about as a new mom.
Choosing a pediatrician can be very daunting. You likely want a doctor who will answer every one of your questions with patience and understanding, someone who shares similar parenting philosophies as you, and someone you feel cares about you and your kids. The right pediatrician for you may not be the right pediatrician for someone else. Unless you already know someone, where do you start? And what criteria do you use to decide? Here are some helpful tips.
I know it is definitely a cliché to state this, but the most amazing and important job a man can have is to be a father. I thought I had a pretty full and fun life until my little girl was born about 4 1/2 years ago. With her arrival came the realignment of my priorities and I cannot honestly imagine my life before she came around. I became a father later in life, at least compared to my friends. I was 37 when my first and only child was born.
Need a gift for dad? We're giving away a Father's Day Licensed to Grill Gift Basket on our blog! Just tell us: What will you do to honor your father or your husband this year? Or What is your favorite father's day memory?
This Father’s Day, do something special to show Dad you love him. Here are some ideas we think you’ll enjoy as a family to celebrate dad this year!
It is much easier to help and give to others than to accept it. I struggle with this every day. Shortly after Garrett’s passing a very sweet lady contacted us from SIDS Resources. She was willing to offer her help and/or some direction for our recently found broken path. I was very skeptical about talking with someone because I believed I could handle this myself. I call it my independence but my husband calls it being stubborn.
Being a Father (and Mother) is a truly unique experience and a feeling that you can only understand by becoming one. It is filled with the most incredible highs and, unfortunately, sometimes the most incredible lows.
A common concern for new parents is how to get enough sleep to avoid exhaustion. Some babies are capable of sleeping though the night as early as 6 weeks old, but for many it won’t happen until 4 to 6 months of age. Here are some healthy sleep habits that you can develop early on with your little one to help everyone get more sleep.
It is beyond belief how your life can change in an instant. One moment you are seemingly going through the motions of your normal day and then within seconds things seem to stop and everything is different. That moment arrived when Garrett passed and we honestly were brought to our knees with such pain. You literally wonder how you will ever move forward.
After being tightly cuddled inside mom for nine months, it's no wonder that some babies enjoy being swaddled after birth. It makes them feel snug, warm and secure. Swaddling can help calm many fussy or crying babies and even help them sleep longer in the first few months of life. In fact, many cultures have been swaddling their infants for thousands of years. Moms often tell us that they love to swaddle their baby because it helps their baby sleep better and longer. But, it’s a practice that cannot be continued indefinitely. And the thought of transitioning your child from swaddling can be distressing with worries of sleepless nights. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, here are some tips to help you’re little one transition from swaddling gently and at the right time.
Some parents find out the gender of their baby at the 20 weeks ultrasound, while some prefer to wait until the baby is born. Either way, all new parents are anxious to find out whether it’s a boy or girl! There are many old wives tales and theories to suggest one gender or another; Have fun thinking about these, but know that there is no scientific proof!
Newborns do not have a fully developed immune system, so it is important to take extra precautions to protect them from germs. Babies are generally protected from germs by the antibodies they receive through the placenta, and during birth they receive a coat of special germs from their mother to help develop their immune system. Reasonable exposure to germs strengthens an immune system, but babies need to build up the resistance to germs gradually and need extra protection for up to a year, especially for the first 3 months.
In February of 2004 we had just moved into our dream home that we built and the old saying “new house new baby” held very true for us. We conceived the same month we moved in. We already had a 3 year old son, Nolan, who was kind, big hearted and the center of our world but we knew we wanted to add to our family.
Hip dysplasia is the medical term for instability, or looseness, of the hip joint that affects thousands of children each year. This ranges from mild instability to complete dislocation. Approximately one out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and two or three per thousand will require treatment.
A common baby shower theme of the past is “It’s a Boy or it’s a Girl”. But not anymore! Hosts of baby showers are tossing away this go-to theme and starting to get more creative. Here are some popular new themes for baby showers.
With my first baby I was not concerned with "getting the best deal" on essential baby products. Instead I was concerned with what everyone else said I needed. With my second child, I cut back on buying as I had most of what I needed from my first. When my third was born, I needed deals...good deals...on diapers, wipes and other quickly consumed items. Here are some tips that worked for me on how to get the best deals on these products.
Moms do so much for us every day. This Mother’s Day, take the opportunity to show her your appreciation. Do something special for her. Here are some ideas to show your appreciation to your mother or wife this year:
As I wrote in my earlier post, I had a fragile child. Yep, that’s “had” – I am relieved (and thankful!) to say that Rachel’s fragile years appear to be well behind her. These days, the chatter in our house is all about graduation, summer plans and prom dress shopping – a far cry from the lab results, doctor appointments and medication scheduling that monopolized the conversation 17 years ago. My daughter’s future promises to be bright and healthy. This is due, in no small part, to the talent and commitment of a small army of dedicated, compassionate nurses who kept Rachel alive, me sane, and my family together during those dark days before, during and after her transplant.
This week is National Nurse’s week so my message and thanks go out to all you nurses who work tirelessly (and at all hours of the day AND night) to save lives, provide comfort, and teach us how to care for ourselves and the ones we love. I’ve had more than my share of experiences with you for both personal and family reasons and always marvel at the passion that must burn within you to help others- regardless of how busy, tired and stressed you may be or how rude, angry, impatient, or “entitled” your patients can be.
We take steps everyday to keep our kids safe. So how do we keep them safe at 60 miles per hour when 9 out of 10 car seats are improperly installed? There are some easy steps you can take to assure your kids are safe while traveling on the road.
Venturing out of the house with your little one is no small task. When you are ready to take your baby out, you’ll need a diaper bag full of all of the essentials. Choose a bag with plenty of space and compartments to keep things separate and easier to find. We've gathered a list of essentials you'll want to be sure to pack in your bag!
With the American Academy of Pediatrics now saying “no” to crib bumpers, here at HALO we've introduced our own Safe Sleep Crib Set™ designed to create an attractive and safe sleep environment for babies.
The five-piece HALO Safe Sleep Crib Set™ consists of a HALO SleepSack wearable blanket, SleepSack Swaddle, both in 100% cotton; two coordinating crib sheets in soft cotton jersey; and a matching crib skirt.
When my first son was born, I was pretty clueless about what a baby really needed. Sure, you buy things like body suits, diapers, and a crib, but then there are those things that you’re “supposed” to have, like a wipe warmer (really??) and crib bumpers. Isn’t your crib, the superstar of the nursery (second of course to the baby), supposed to look cute? It turns out that those bumpers aren’t so safe for your wee one, particularly when they start moving about in the crib.
Are you preparing for a little one on the way? One of the most enjoyable experiences when expecting is preparing the nursery. When determining a nursery theme, moms have told us that their starting point is the room focal point – the crib. But did you know that those often gorgeous cribs with fluffy blankets, pillows and bumpers in catalogs and showrooms aren’t safe for baby?
Did you know that April 21 - 28 is Safe Kids Week? In recognition of this week, we have put together a list of ways to keep your child safe in the home.
Once your baby starts moving, it is important to baby proof. Baby proofing will provide your child with more freedom to move about the house safely. Experts recommend baby proofing on your knees to see things from your baby’s point of view. Here are some simple ways to help prevent injuries in your home.
Congratulations to the winners of the HALO® SleepSack® Crib Set Pin-it-to-win-it Contest! These three lucky ladies will be receiving their choice of one of our six adorable HALO® SleepSack® Crib Sets™!. Read on to see the winner's list.
If you haven't already heard about Finnish blogger, Adele Enersen, she's been in the news a lot lately for the unique photographs she took of her baby daughter while she was sleeping. While most moms tip toe around their sleeping babies to make sure they get an extra long nap, Adele found that her baby would sleep so soundly that she could create interesting poses to photograph while she slept.
HALO is proud to announce that the HALO® SleepSack® Crib Set™ has been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval. PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents and was rated the Most Trusted Seal by 22,000 parents.
It’s hard enough becoming a mother, either for the first time, or adding another to your already balanced family life. For me, it was my first pregnancy, and after battling infertility and going through several rounds of IVF, I was finally pregnant, at the tender young age of 41. My due date was 12 FEB 2010, so you can imagine my shock when I delivered my son, all 2lbs 5oz of him the day after Thanksgiving 2009.
Congratulations to our first HALO Crib Notes Giveaway winner, Chantal T.! She is the winner of two sets of HALO® ComfortLuxe™ Sensitive Skin Sleepwear! Please stay tuned for more HALO product giveaways to come!
This week our hot topic has been Childhood Eczema. It’s a condition that affects many children every year and keeps their skin feeling irritated and uncomfortable. That’s why we are proud to offer HALO™ ComfortLuxe™ Sensitive Skin Sleepwear – a tool in your tool kit to fight the harmful effects of eczema. Enter to win our Halo ComfortLuxe Sleepwear giveaway!
Do you have a little one that suffers from eczema or sensitive skin? It’s clear for a parent of little one’s with sensitive skin that they feel uncomfortable with the consistent scratching, irritation and redness. But, what do children with Eczema really feel about it? Our friends at the National Eczema Association surveyed some children of various ages at a recent conference and asked them to express their thoughts about Eczema. Here’s what they said in their own words.
When our daughter, Rachel, was born, it was the culmination of a dream -- and a lot of hard work. Not just the labor (which was hard enough!); my husband and I had also spent six long, frustrating and emotionally exhausting years waging war against infertility in order to start our family. That day, holding my new baby in my arms, I felt profoundly thankful that I was finally blessed with a perfect, beautiful and healthy little girl. This illusion lasted less than a month.
There's nothing quite like the soft, delicate skin of a baby. And nothing like a cranky infant irritated by eczema, diaper rash, dermatitis, or another skin condition. While your baby is perfect, your baby's skin may not be. Many babies are prone to skin irritation in the first few months after birth. Our friends at the National Eczema Association shared with us a list of frequently asked questions about Eczema and sensitive skin that we thought you might find helpful.
HALO Crib Notes Friends! We are very excited to announce our first ever Pin-it-to-Win-it Contest on Pinterest. And our Grand prize? One of our adorable New HALO® SleepSack® Bumperless 5-Piece Crib Sets™ of your choice! Simply go to Pinterest.com, re-pin one of our new crib sets and email us your entry by April 15th for your chance to win! We’ll announce our three winners here on HALO Crib Notes and on Facebook!
When our second child was born on March 13th 2012, we wondered how our three and a half year old son would react and anticipated that things would be hard for a while. We were right. While he has been very interested and loving towards his baby sister, his overall behavior and development has been out-of-whack. Immediately after returning home from the hospital, we had days of temper tantrums and emotional break-downs.
HALO is proud to announce that the HALO® SleepSack® is this year's Cribsie Award winner, for the “Coziest Sleep Sack".
One of the most daunting tasks as a mother-to-be is figuring out all the stuff you need. Sure, all you really need is food, a place to sleep, clothes, diapers and a car seat, but what about all those other nice-to-haves? The retailers are certainly very helpful at suggesting products to add to your registry list, but when it comes down to it, what do you really need beyond the obvious essentials?
As the founder of HALO Innovations and a SIDS father, I am excited to launch our very own blog! As many of your already know, I lost my daughter to SIDS in 1991 and have committed my life to raising awareness about safe sleep for babies to prevent other parents from experiencing the same unimaginable loss of a child. It is my intention that this blog – Crib Notes – will serve as a resource for parents, grandparents and caregivers of babies and toddlers.