Boudreaux’s All Natural Butt Paste

Boudreaux’s All Natural Butt Paste really works. Due to the comical name of the product, we were given quite a lot of this at our shower, tucked into gift baskets, etc. I couldn’t possibly use it all, so did a little re-gifting. We mainly use it when we travel because we change diapers as soon as possible at home (so no need to be concerned about diaper rash), although when you’re going through airport security and the line seems endless or you’re in a foreign place and can’t immediately find a decent spot to change a diaper, this will prevent any consequences. I think its a great diaper ointment . Definitely go for the stuff in the green tube (not the yellow), as the green, all natural version does not contain petroleum and it works just as well.

Obtaining A Passport For A Minor (U.S. Citizen)

Do babies and toddlers need a passport? Any United States citizen, no matter what age, traveling outside of the United States requires a passport to enter or leave foreign countries (at time of publishing, a birth certificate alone will suffice so long as you are traveling by land or sea from a contiguous territory i.e. driving to Canada or taking a cruise through the Caribbean. (See details here).

Applying for a passport for a child can seem rather complicated; although as long as you are organized about it, the process will go smoothly–and its very rewarding. There’s a thrill in doing so, looking forward to the wonderful adventures to come. Beyond the obvious benefits of obtaining a passport for your child, seeing the physical passport with your son or daughter’s cute face inside will melt your heart.

Below is a step by step description of everything that  you will need to do. I went through the process immediately after my son’s birth, as we were traveling internationally before his 2nd month. I had to expedite service on both the birth certificate and passport. We obtained a passport in time without a hitch. Here is how:

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Etsy Score! Koenigco Handmade Screenprinted Totes, Cards and Posters

This week’s favorite Etsy find: koenigco. The Koenigs are a wonderfully fun and creative family in South Pasadena that happen to be great friends of ours. The Mister was born Stateside and the Missus hails from Scandinavia. They describe their collective style as “where the Wild West meets the Northern Lights”. Finding inspiration in each other, their beautiful daughter, psychedelic rock music, the desert, Scandinavian darkness, Midwestern food and random adventures, koenigco creates delightful and practical handmade goods from thank you cards to wine totes to gig posters and my favorite: the all purpose fully-lined and reversible totes, perfectly sized for a trip to the grocery or as a simple diaper bag (I’ve found it so much easier to use a tote. Too many pockets in well-intentioned, but over-thought , diaper bags leave me searching endlessly for what I need immediately).

Hearing Protection for Babies, Toddlers and Children

With a musician husband and as an indie label owner with a significant penchant for live music myself (on longterm hiatus, family first), baby “noise cancellation” headphones were one of the first things on our registry. No, we haven’t yet toted our son along to concerts (in fact we haven’t been to many ourselves in the past year since he was born); but I knew full well that in all practicality, an occasional sound-check would be unavoidable in our lines of work. Finding the right-sized headphones was no easy chore. I think I read over a hundred customer reviews and endless specs before deciding on the Junior Earmuff by Peltor. They aren’t noise cancellation headphones in the sense that they provide white noise to cancel outside sounds. They are technically barriers that muffle dangerous loud noise–much better for baby.

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Seeds of Change and Seed Savers Exchange – Certified Organic Seeds & Supplies

Where we live (in the deep South), its time to start planting this year’s vegetable garden. I’ve been covered in dirt all week and tracking it into the house. The mud room is, quite literally, a mud room. The beds are almost ready, lots of new compost and soil piled high. Spirits and enthusiasm, soaring. I’m shopping for seeds now and decided to skip the local seed and feed and find something better online: Seeds of Change. I do love supporting local business; so I am going to ask my regular store to please start carrying Seeds of Change products. The website offers a store locator; but nothing close enough to me; so for now I will place my order online.

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Creative Play – Let Them Imagine

We all know that children, especially toddlers, learn through play. The Montessori School calls play “work”, so that a child’s play (work) is taken seriously. The Waldorf School encourages imagination and creativity through unfinished toys, allowing the child to use their imagination to fill in the blanks. Both schools discourage plastic, modern toys with flashing lights, recorded sounds and other electrical gadgets. I call them ADD toys.

This afternoon my thirteen month old son showed me that his old fashioned toys have indeed sparked his creativity. Plain, old wooden blocks are said to be some of the best learning toys for developing fine motor skills and building young imaginations. Indeed.

He was grazing on some broccoli, while practicing his towers (four blocks is still his record, without help) and lo and behold; my little DaVinci topped his towers with flourishes of broccoli! One floret for each tower. A future in landscape architecture his clearly his for the taking.

Poisonous House and Garden Plants

Below is a list of some of the more common poisonous plants we tend to have around us. Some are decorative, some grow wild and some have BOTH edible and poisonous parts! I’ve learned recently that the toxicity of many common plants isn’t exactly common knowledge; so please spend a little time reading this to get hip, Mamas, and avoid a hospital trip (or worse). Any plants in which the leaves, branches, flowers or berries are poisonous are best left unplanted when small children or pets are present. Curious hands and mouths often have a way of finding what they shouldn’t– and who can blame them? Many of these species are quite beautiful, colorful and tempting! Underground stems, bulbs or root systems are not as threatening; but don’t plant them in shared proximity to your vegetable garden. Read more of this post

JJ Cole’s All Purpose Folding Blanket

It would never occur to me to purchase a blanket for my tot to play on. We already have sheets and bed blankets that are ready to retire to the great outdoors life of parks, beaches and picnics. I must admit though, that Ive gotten some great use out of the JJ Cole’s blanket that a friend gave to me as a shower gift.

Its been with us to many beaches, many parks, the riverside and I even use it in my own backyard. The blanket folds up like a brief case and has a great over the shoulder handle. Dad looks sporty and Dad-like carrying it around.

Its so easy to clean, I’ve hosed it down and sun-dried it mostly, although it survived going through the wash just fine as well. Great thing to keep in the trunk of your car or hanging by the backdoor to grab before you venture out.

Oh, and when its folded, theres a pocket in it too!

Sophie The Giraffe – The Ultimate Safe and Natural Teether

My son absolutely adores Sophie. She will hold his attention ten minutes or more and is often brought with him to bed.

She is tested and true, having been introduced by Vulli (based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France) in 1961. At nearly 50 years old, Sophie looks just the same as she did the day she was born and is manufactured precisely the same old fashioned way: by hand and involving fourteen production steps. Over thirty million Sophies have been teethed on worldwide; so remaining true to its original production methods and maintaining such quality standards in these days of mass production is quite an accomplishment. Go Vulli!

Sophie is soft and squeaky. My bub loves the sound of his tiny teeth against against this all natural, non-toxic teething toy made from natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree. Not only is her skin a bit squeaky, but she squeaks from within when squeezed or shaken. Sophie’s knobby head and long legs make for many varied chewing appendages that get to those hard to reach gums in the back, as well as the front ones too of course. She’s easy to hold onto either by the neck, head or limbs and we haven’t had any problems with her being accidentally dropped and left behind.

Although she’s been sighted in many a celebrity gossip rag with some A list babies; Sophie is neither pretentious nor trendy. She’s just a  good, old fashioned toy who has ushered many a next generation into the world of happy toothdom. Highly recommended.

Splendid Littles

So, so cozy and light-weight, you’ll want to dress your little one in Splendid Littles all summer. Our bub had two rompers last summer and wore them each at least twice a week–so easy, comfortable and stylish all at once. They make the cutest, hippest little rompers, dresses, short sets, sweaters, jackets, pyjamas… you name it. As you can guess, I love the one pieces most of all.

They are well-made to be worn. Many of their garments are distressed from the start; so you don’t cringe when they look like they might be in for a little abuse at the hands of your bubba. Whats best is the longevity of these pieces. They’re styled in such a way that they can be worn baggy to start and then as your child grows into them, they just fit more and more snug. In the spring, I put my six month old in a romper sized for one year and he continued to wear it through to the next fall.

The cotton is extremely breathable and thin, practically like wearing nothing at all–perfect for those warm, balmy months when most clothes feel so oppressive.

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