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Wordless Wednesday: Sale

Magnificent Baby Girls Circus Footie | Sale $23.95 | @BloomMaternity

Magnificent Baby Girls Circus Footie | Sale $23.95

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Wordless Wednesday: The Stroller that Grows with the Family

phil&teds Dot Apple Inline Stroller | @bloomMaternity

Last model in Apple, in stock now at Bloom Maternity.

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Cribs & Kids {Giveaway Ended}

crib&kidsWhen I was shopping for the baby’s nursery, trying to find quality furniture that was affordable was painful. When it arrived, the instructions were confusing and translated incorrectly. The assembly part was frustrating to my engineer husband, who finally had to design a couple of wood pieces to make it all work.

I wish I had a resource like Cribs & Kids, who recently opened at The Vineyard Shopping Center in San Antonio.

As the largest baby showroom in the city, Cribs & Kids is the brain child of Courtney Santillano and her husband.

What I loved about Cribs & Kids was how they designed mini-rooms to showcase the more than 30 sets of furniture they sell.  Plus each mini-showcase gives you wonderful decorating ideas for a nursery.   They sell furniture from Baby’s Dream, Munire, Young America, Nursery Classics and Dutailier.

Courtney has wisely chosen furniture that is sturdy and built to grow with a child. The Young American brand caught my eye. My boys loved the bunk bed that was featured, and I really like the dresser that matched it, and it’s large array of drawers. I really felt like this is a nice durable set that could withstand two rowdy boys.

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Young American Harbor Town Bunk Bed and Storage Drawers

Crib & Kids is also a full design center to assist you in creating your dream nursery or children’s room. Their staff can help you create a space for your child that is a balance between style, character and functionality.

Of course they have more in their store besides cribs, changing tables and dressers — they also have an array of cute baby gifts, strollers, mattresses, diaper bags, and more.

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I fell in love with the owl baby hat.

GIVEAWAY
Crib & Kids is giving away a Baby’s Dream Crib (or $200 credit towards children’s furniture). One winner will be selected and can choose from either the Baby’s Dream Brooklyn Crib (espresso) or the Baby’s Dream Chelsea Crib (white). The value of the crib is $399. Please note shipping will NOT be included (it can be picked up in-store). Additionally, if the winner elects for the $200 credit, it may only be used towards furniture.

Congratulations to Laura H-D for winning this giveaway!

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Baby’s Dream Brooklyn Crib or the Baby’s Dream Chelsea Crib | @BloomMaternity

The Bloom Blog has no relationship with any product, service or brand mentioned in this post. All reviews in this post are my own, and I was not compensated for this post.

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How to Get Your Child to Eat Vegetables Without Complaining

How to Get Your Child to Eat Vegetables Without Complaining | @BloomMaternityWith childhood obesity rates in the United States skyrocketing, it should come as no real surprise that more American kids are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and other health problems related to poor dietary habits than ever before. Unfortunately, getting picky kids to willingly eat vegetables instead of the high-fat foods that are actively marketed towards them can be quite a challenge. Most modern parents are well-acquainted with the struggle of maintaining a healthy diet for their children in a society that seems determined to provide them with more sugar and empty calories than nutrition, but there are ways to help your children form good eating habits.

  • Start Early – Introducing your toddler to fruits and vegetables rather than chicken nuggets and French fries can make instilling good habits much easier as they get older. Breaking a bad habit is much more difficult than avoiding the acquisition of one, so limiting your little one’s exposure to unhealthy convenience food from early childhood is best.
  • Limit Unhealthy Purchases – Convincing a child to eat his carrots is sure to be difficult when he knows that there are tater tots in the freezer. Limit the availability of unhealthy options, and make a habit of preparing healthful fare at every opportunity. When there are unhealthy, albeit appealing, foods lurking in the pantry, kids aren’t as likely to complain and beg for those things.
  • Model Good Eating Habits – Kids mimic the adults around them, and they quickly pick up the habits that their grown-up loved ones exhibit. Bemoaning the necessity of a diet rich in fresh produce and vocally yearning for a drive-thru cheeseburger won’t help your child appreciate healthy food as a tasty and nutritious choice, it’ll make eating well seem like an unpleasant task. If choosing broccoli over chili dogs is a chore for you, it’s best to keep that attitude from showing when dinnertime rolls around. Remember, you can’t expect a child not to complain when they hear you doing just that.
  • Be Firm – When a child throws a tantrum and refuses to eat her vegetables, many parents simply relent to avoid difficulty. Though it’s infinitely easier to cave under pressure and provide your child with the unhealthy foods she demands than it is to stand firm, it’s ultimately detrimental to her health and discipline to continually give in to her. Forcing a child to choke down foods that they truly dislike, however, will only breed resentment. Experiment with different preparations, combinations, and types of vegetables until you find what works for your family, and resist the temptation to take the easier path. When good habits have been established, the number of dinnertime complaints will drop dramatically.
  • Get Kids in the Kitchen – Young children love to help, and meal preparation is no exception. Furthermore, the feeling of accomplishment that comes from knowing that they aided in the creation of the meal makes healthy food more appealing. The ability to make good choices stems from a good education, and that education begins in the home. Rather than making the kitchen off-limits for your kids, get them in on the action and take every available opportunity to teach them about the importance of a good diet.
  • Presentation is Key – Even adults are likely to turn their noses up at poorly presented, unappetizing fare, and kids tend to be far pickier. Getting kids to willingly eat their vegetables can be as simple as presenting them in a way that’s both tasty and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Adopt a “No Hiding” Policy – Sneaking vegetables into foods that your kids already love will certainly make them a part of their diet, but it won’t help them acquire the good eating habits that are essential to maintaining health as they get older. Kids will still plead and pout when spinach shows up on the dinner table, regardless of how much you’ve been hiding in their smoothies.
  • Start and Maintain a Family Garden – Researchers at the Department of Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic have determined that kids who are actively involved in maintaining a family vegetable garden are more likely to enjoy the results than their non-gardening peers. Even a small plot can help generate excitement and make kids eager to eat food that they’ve helped to grow, so consider starting a garden if at all possible. In addition to boosting kids’ likelihood of willingly eating fresh produce, gardening also serves as a physically active hobby.

Kids who have grown accustomed to a diet comprised mainly of processed food will almost certainly be resistant to a move in a healthier direction initially. Though complaints will be common when you first begin to integrate fresh produce after a long period of unhealthy eating, it’s important to maintain a firm stance. In no time at all, your kids will be on a path to healthier eating without complaints.

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8 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Medications for Kids

8 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Medications for Kids | @BloomMaternityHealth care costs are soaring higher every year, and as they do many American workers are watching their health insurance coverage simultaneously diminish. In this economic environment, many families are forced to find ways to cut medical costs wherever and however they can. Consider these eight ways to reduce the cost of their kids’ medications.

  1. Generic Alternatives – Any medication that your child might need will almost always have a generic equivalent that can be substituted for the name brand version at a cheaper cost. Ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if going generic is an option.
  2. Start with Samples – You don’t necessarily have to buy an entire month’s worth of medication that’s been prescribed for your child all at once, especially if there isn’t a specific medical need for that much. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if they have any free sample packs.
  3. Buy in Bulk – On the flip side, if you’ve been prescribed a medication for your child that you expect she will need for an extended period of time, try buying a 3-month vs. a 1-month supply. Medications are often cheaper per dose in larger quantities.
  4. Larger Dosage Sizes – Another way of reducing your per-dose expenses is to buy a larger dosage size than the prescription and then split the pills to match the prescribed dosage. Here again, the larger pills are often cheaper per milligram than the smaller versions. You’ll need your doctor’s permission before going that route and the medication needs to be conducive to easy splitting.
  5. Shop Around – Like everything else, prices vary for medications. For instance, Wal-Mart pharmacies have a $4 prescription plan for 30-day supplies, and $10 for 90 days’ worth. Sometimes referred to as a 4/10 plan, this doesn’t require insurance. You can find a list of medications and available doses here. Ask your pharmacist if they’ve got a 4/10 plan.
  6. Mail Order – This is rapidly increasing in popularity as a means for purchasing prescription drugs at a discount. You can find deals for a 3-month supply of a prescription that for the cost of only one co-pay.
  7. Coupons – Yes, drugs have them too. You may be able to get them from your doctor or find them online. Check the website of the drug’s manufacturer too. You can save a bundle with coupons.
  8. Discount Cards – Certain groups and organizations offer memberships which afford their members discounts on certain products. You may already have a means to save on your child’s medications right there in your wallet, next to your hard-earned cash.

You don’t have to resign yourself to high medication costs. Instead, try to find different ways where you can reduce the price. Health care coverage may be diminishing, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to stay healthy.

Syndicated with permission from AuPair.org.

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10 Tips for New Dads


10 Tips for New Dads | @BloomMaternity | The Bloom BlogEvery
one feels for the new mom because after all she is the one that just gave birth. Her hormones are still shooting straight up and falling like the anvil in a Wiley Coyote cartoon. She is most likely the one staying up most nights and if she is breastfeeding that is something that also takes a toll on her. Since they are both new parents neither one of them know exactly what they are doing or what is normal in any situation. Dads tend to get left out and people often forget they are new at this too and it can take a toll on them as well. Sometimes they get a little pity from their buddies and co-workers but usually not so much. And so you will not misunderstand I am not pro dad, anti mom, but I know that the new dads have some adjustments to make as well. So I am going to offer up a few suggestions for you first time fathers that may help a little.

  1. Take a time out – Even if you are not the one getting up with the baby all night chances are you are still getting awoke by the call of your newborn every night and maybe several times a night. Lack of sleep, hearing babies cry, the phone ringing with well wishers or mom-in-laws, and a sometimes cranky partner who has been up most of the night will start to wear on your nerves. Just take a few minute time out by walking outside and taking some deep breaths. Walk around the house or the block. I would not suggest leaving your wife alone for long and I would offer them the same break as I am sure they could use it as well.
  1. Take time with family – If your company offers time off for you as well as your wife as many companies do be sure and take advantage of that time. Spend some time with your newborn and get to know them. Help out your wife and make the transition easier for her to get the routine down. Play with your newborn and bond with them just as your wife is because before you know it they will grow up and you will not have the relationship you want. Many fathers aren’t really interested until the baby starts walking and talking but if you wait until then you miss a great time of sweet bonding. And besides all this your wife will appreciate you and needs your support.
  1. Go places – After a routine gets set start taking your wife and child on adventures. Things do take longer with baby in tow but it is so much easier to go places with a newborn that you can carry around or push around at this point and they generally sleep quite a bit of the time. Once they start to walk and talk is when it really gets hard to go out to restaurants and attractions. It gets even more complicated because then you really have to watch out for the little ones and they demand even more attention. Don’t be afraid to take the baby out places, as long as they are dressed right and you have all the essentials with you there should be no problem.
  1. Set aside time alone – Get a trusted relative to watch the baby and have some time to nurture each other. You will both need the one on one attention because believe me when you have the newborn it seems that everything is about them. It is not anyone’s fault that is just the way it is. They just came out into a crazy new world with sights, sounds, and feelings they have never had too and it takes quite a while for them to adjust. You guys need each other and you need to support and encourage each other. It is important not to forget about the relationship between you and your wife, you both need the encouragement.
  1. Don’t schedule too much – Do your best not to have too much company or too many activities so that you are always on the go. You need time to get used to each other and get to know each other as a family unit. In the beginning everyone wants to come see the baby or you are taking the baby to see someone. This is great but just be wise and limit the commitments you make in the first few months for all of your sakes.
  1. Pediatrician – I am sure you both did a lot of research and study to find the perfect pediatrician for your sweet little bundle of love. Make sure he or she takes phone calls and can meet your needs at a moments notice. All new parents have questions, when possible make a list of questions to take to your next visit. If an emergency arises or a situation you are not sure of then you need to have a doctor that you can call up to get answers and reassurance. There are some pretty crazy things that come up with newborns that you may think are life threatening situations but most often they are not. Do not panic but do have a good doctor who is willing to take the time to talk to you and has a good attitude.
  1. Guys night out – New moms will need a night out with other moms to discuss all the new mom stuff and in turn dads should have a group of guy friends that consist of some new and some veteran dads. It is always a good idea to discuss things with another guy that is going through or that has gone through the same things you are. Encourage your wife to take some time off now and then and you do the same. It is good for your mental health and the whole family.
  1. Stay healthy – You are dad and everyone needs you. You need to keep exercising even if it means taking the baby out with a jogging stroller and giving mom a nap time. You need this to alleviate stress and to stay healthy, or you could do it as a family. Make sure everyone is eating right. Your wife may be too tired to do much cooking right now. If you have a good support system in your family ask them for help in preparing a few meals. Go pick up a healthy meal from a good restaurant. You and your wife need to stay healthy for all of your sakes so watch your health.
  1. Take advice, read up on babies – Remember to listen to those that are experienced dads and do a little reading on what to expect from your baby. It is always good to be prepared and get information to that when a situation arises you will be prepared. But watch out for the pessimist in the crowd and be wise and choose the right people to listen to. Not everyone has good advice and knows what they are talking about, they just want you to think they do. It is your baby and as you spend time with them you will know what is best.
  1. Don’t take things too seriously – By all means take your responsibilities seriously but when things start to get crazy or tempers get short be smart and lighten things up with a little humor. Laughter is really good medicine. Your wife is as worn out if not more worn out than you are. When things start to feel like you are in a pressure cooker try to think of something to laugh about, it will help ease the tension and sooth the tempers.

Being a dad is a wonderful thing, it is all in the way you handle it. You need to have a little extra love, patience, and understanding for your wife and cut everyone a break right now including yourself. Enjoy your children while they are little because it does not last. If you blink you will miss it. And have fun!

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How to Save Money on Kids Clothes

How to Save Money on Kids Clothes | @BloomMaternityIt’s no secret that having children is expensive. From the cost of diapers to the expense of extracurricular activities as kids get older, it seems as if they’re always on some new path that costs money. Some of those kid-related expenses are completely unavoidable, but others can be circumvented with a bit of creative thinking and a determination to not waste money. Kids’ clothes can be a major drain on your budget, but there are ways to cut clothing costs down to a manageable level.

Be Reasonable About Babies

When you first learn that you’re expecting a brand new bundle of joy, especially as a first-time parent, every tiny shoe or ruffled onesie seems like a non-negotiable expense. Realistically, however, you won’t need to stock up on piles of high-end infant couture. In a matter of months or even weeks, infants and toddlers will outgrow their clothing. Furthermore, they’re still too young at that age to be consumed with the idea of fitting in with their fashionable peers. While there’s nothing wrong with a few indulgent special occasion purchases, you should keep in mind when you’re shopping for babies and toddlers that plain, durable and inexpensive items are much smarter purchases.

Hit the Sales Rack

When the new season’s shipments come in, most of a store’s stock goes to the sale rack. If you’re lucky, you can snap up a few items that are still serviceable for a while until the weather actually changes. Stocking up on essential items at deep discounts keeps your kids in clothing from the stores they love, without forcing you to pay the full ticket price.

Discount Shops

When higher-end stores purchase too much, they generally dump the stock on outlet and discount stores like T.J. Maxx and Ross. Hitting those stores and others of their ilk can help you dress your kids to the proverbial nines without breaking the bank. Snapping up stylish clothes at bargain prices helps you save more money while satisfying tweens’ and teens’ need to stock up on items of recognizable branding.

Consider Consignment

While kids aren’t known for taking particularly good care of their clothing, you can score gently worn items at nicer consignment shops for a fraction of their original price. In some cases, you’ll even find items with the retailers’ tags still dangling, an indication of another mom whose enthusiasm for purchasing the best clothes outstripped her child’s ability to wear them all before going up a size or two. When you’re shopping consignment, be sure that you give any item you’re thinking of purchasing a thorough once-over before taking it to the register. If you miss a stain, tear or hole, you probably won’t be able to obtain a refund, as most consignment store purchases are final. By keeping an eye out for defects or signs of wear, you can walk out of a consignment store with a huge haul for pennies on the original-retail dollar.

Consider Purpose When You’re Checking for Quality

An item isn’t a bargain if it falls apart after one wear, even if it costs next to nothing. That being said, you should consider the purpose an article of clothing will serve when you’re checking the garment’s quality. Play clothes that you’ll send your little ones out to make mud pies in don’t have to stand up to the same scrutiny as a dress reserved for special occasions. If an item is cheaply priced and isn’t overly flimsy, it may still be a worthwhile purchase, especially if it’s only purpose is to keep your child from exposing himself as he climbs a tree or goes bananas with finger-paint. Play clothes don’t have to have a designer label, but they should be durable enough to withstand more than one trip to the playground.

Swap and Share

If you have friends and family members with children the same age or roughly the same size as your own, you can establish a system of swapping and sharing outgrown clothing that eliminates the need for some purchases. Saving money through these types of arrangements allows you to make the pricier purchases for special occasions without doing serious damage to your household budget.

In-Store Credit Cards

Most major retailers offer in-store credit cards that you can use for discounts on your purchases, ostensibly saving money on the clothing that you buy for your kids. Be aware, however, that all of those special-offer savings and customer loyalty discounts go out the window if you don’t pay the balance off before interest charges kick in. While it is a method of saving money on clothes, taking out store credit is something you should do sparingly and with caution.

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