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Smartmomma.com gives an overview of Pocket Diapers

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Heather from Smartmomma goes gives an overview of Pocket Diapers. Rumparooz One Size Diapers, Fuzzi Bunz One Size Pocket Diapers, and bumGenius 4.0 One Size Cloth Diapers are discussed.

Heather from Smartmomma goes over All In One Cloth Diapers

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Heather talks about the features and benefits of All In One Cloth Diapers. Bum Genius Organic One Size All In One Diapers and Bummis Easy Fit Diapers are discussed.

Heather from Smartmomma reviews the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Heather goes over the various features of the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack diaper bag.

Heather from Smartmomma talks about the Skip Hop Bento Ultimate Diaper Bag

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Heather from Smartmomma reviews the new Skip Hop Bento Ultimate Diaper Bag!

Introducing…the SmartMomma Classroom - Classes for Baby and You!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Ever since we have opened up our local store in Raleigh, NC, we have been asked by our customers to offer classes.  Classes for pregnancy, postnatal, baby, and toddler too!  We would like to announce that starting February 2011, we are rolling out classes for you!

Come into the store and ask about our FREE DEMO WEEK, FEB 5-12TH.  Demo a class for free!  Registration required.  New classes will be added every month.  Classes take place in a dedicated, private SmartMomma classroom.  Come visit us today, call us at 919-847-0024, or email us at customerservice@smartmomma.com for more information or to sign up for a FREE demo class.

These classes include:


Cloth Diapering Seminars: This cloth diapering seminar will set you on the path to picking the perfect diapers for your little one and properly using them.

*45 Minute Class, Monthly, Thursdays at 6:00 pm. Registration is Required.

Pre-Natal Yoga:
Prenatal Yoga is specifically designed to help prepare the body and mind for labor, birth and motherhood.
*Mondays & Saturdays, 10:00am - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.


Post-Natal Yoga Fusion: Postnatal Yoga Core Fusion is a reintroduction to a physical practice which utilizes poses that work to tone and strengthen the core.

*Mondays, 9:00am & Saturdays, 11:00am -Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.


Baby Sign Language: Using the BABY SIGNS® Program gives babies a way to “talk” with their parents before they can talk.

*90 Minute Class for Parents Only.  Multiple Sessions Available.

Mom & Baby Yoga: Non-Movers: This program is designed to benefit you and your baby. It will safely help you to regain your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and develop inner and outer strength necessary in caring for your baby.

*Tuesdays, 10:15am - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.

Mom & Baby Yoga: Movers: This program is designed to benefit you and your baby. You will learn to practice yoga with your baby, developing a closer bond in a comfortable, supportive environment.

*Tuesdays, 1:00pm - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.


Toddler Yoga - Preschool Yoga

Toddler Yoga - Preschool Yoga

Baby Signs Potty Party Parent Workshop: Using the BABY SIGNS® Program gives babies a way to “talk” with their parents before they can talk.

* 60 Minute Class for Parents Only. Multiple Sessions Available.

Toddler Yoga: Toddler yoga captures your child’s interest as they learn yoga through social interaction and play. In our classes we hop like frogs, roar like lions, soar like eagles, as we stretch, play and practice Yoga.

* Thursdays, 3:00pm - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.


New classes will be added every month.  Classes take place in a dedicated, private SmartMomma classroom.  Come visit us today, call us at 919-847-0024, or email us at customerservice@smartmomma.com for more information or to sign up for a FREE demo class.

What Makes a Convertible Car Seat Safe?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I felt like writing this post today, because of my history in the education of car seats.  This past week, another manufacturer issued a safety recall of car seats, and it got me thinking.  “I wish all parents knew what really makes a car seat safe”.

Like most parents, when I had my first son, we just figured, “what’s the difference?  I’m sure if the US government approves of a manufactured car seat sold in the US, then it’s safe.  Why not get a less expensive seat and save the money?  I mean, would the US government really allow an unsafe seat on the market?”  So, I went to Wally World and bought an inexpensive convertible car seat.

After a couple of years, as we developed SmartMomma, I noticed that not all car seats are created equally.  Here I was with a plastic car seat with no EPS-lined foam on the sides, so that if there was an impact, my child’s head would be protected by a flimsy shield of plastic, about as thick as a frisbee.  Not good… This brings me to Point 1.

  • Car seat must be lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam.

This absorbs some of the energy of an impact and helps to protect the side of your child’s head and body from the impact with the side of the seat or foreign object when in a side-impact crash.

Another problem I had was that I could literally NOT install the seat by myself.  Who knew that inexpensive seat meant difficult, if not impossible, to install tightly and easily enough for a typical mom, who does not have the strength of her husband to tug and tug tight enough for the seat not to move around.

Here is a rule of thumb.  A car seat should not move more than one inch after installed.  If it moves more than that, it is not safe.  This would not be that big of a deal, except when I moved my car seat to my mom’s car, or if I needed to wash the cover because my son threw up in the car, I could literally not go anywhere all day until my husband got home and installed the stupid seat.   It was pathetic that I could not do this myself, but seriously, I would pull and pull and it would move about 2-3 inches, not nearly good enough.  Now I’m a busy mom, so I can’t just sit around waiting for my husband, so that seat just had to go.

That brings me to point 2 and the most important thing to look for in choosing a car seat is:

  • Car seat MUST be easy to install.

If the car seat is not easy to install and the instructions/design of the seat is not intuitive, chances are you will install it incorrectly.  That is not your fault as a parent, as much as it is the manufacturer.  Now I have a great seat, that I can install without the help of my husband.  It’s just two clicks, a knee in the seat and a couple of tugs and it’s in!

One of our manufacturer reps was in the store today to show us the difference between two competing well-known manufacturers and what makes their seats different, and I noticed another important point to look for.

  • Solid steel-enforced foundation

Most car seats are reinforced with plastic.  YES, PLASTIC!  This flimsy material is no match for maintaining the integrity of a car seat during a crash and therefore, cannot by itself thoroughly protect your child’s body.

This steel or magnesium foundation could be a steel bar, magnesium shell, or steel shell (even better).

A bit of trivia.  What part of your child’s body is most likely to be hurt in an automobile crash?

You guessed it!  The head!  How can we better protect this vital part of your child’s body?  An interesting fact was brought up to our store from one of our manufacturers.  They talked to the ER staff of major hospitals around the USA and found that the government standards were not protecting a child’s head from hitting the back of the front seat in a head-on or rear collision.  This resulted in an increase of head injuries that were entirely preventable with the right car seat and the right amount of tension in the harness.  A lot of this is user error, or with some great add-ons from manufacturers.  This includes tangle free harnesses, easy to tighten belts, and one manufacturer even offers “Click-Safe” technology, which produces an audible clicking noise when the harness is tight enough on your child, which brings me to another feature to look for.

  • Tangle-free, easy to tighten harnesses

When you do choose your seat, also make sure that you are tightening that harness so that there is no slack in the shoulder nor hip area of the child.  Your child may complain, but you are protecting your child when you make sure the harness is at the proper tightness.

While we are talking about head safety, we have one more area that you should consider when buying your child a convertible car seat in relation to safety.  That is the extra side impact protection head piece.  Some examples of these models include the Britax Boulevard or Advocate, Recaro ProSport or ProRide, and the Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL.  It is my opinion that paying a little bit more and getting these models over the less expensive models offered by the same manufacturers really does make a difference with side impact.

To illustrate this point, check out this quick Sunshine Kids Radian XT crash video, which clearly shows the extra side impact wings/head piece cradles the head and gives extra protection that would not be there without the wings.


As a retailer, I did not push the importance of the side head protection on my customers until I saw this video.  Many parents are worried that this blocks the view of their child and they won’t be able to see as well.  As a mom, I can certainly see the point, but I must say, both of my boys were upgraded to these seats and they have never complained; and I feel better knowing that they have this extra safety, and that means piece of mind for me.  My older son, Dillon, seemed to sit forward for the first couple of days in the car seat, as if to see better, but then quickly got used to the change.  Your child will sit in whatever seat you get for them, and in relation to their ultimate safety, this point of not being able to see as well, seems unimportant.  Most children don’t even notice a difference, and if you are moving them from an infant carrier, it is virtually no difference at all in relation to the view.   So the last important point…

  • Extra Side impact HEAD protection that goes beyond the sides of the seat: a head piece lined in EPS foam

Well, I hope that this guide helps you make a decision about what car seat to go with for your child.  I encourage you to go to your local independent juvenile retailer to explore all the different options, and to help you choose the absolute right seat for you.  These stores are the ones with the knowledge and the options, and most of the owners are parents themselves.

I hope you walk away from this blog post empowered to choose the right car seat for your most precious cargo; your child.  We all want the best for our children, and want our kids to be safe.  Happy Travels!

I leave you with more crash test videos.



Britax B-Ready Now At SmartMomma!

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Although we really like the Baby Jogger City Select for twins or siblings, this new stroller from Britax called the B-Ready is pretty darn cool too! Deanna and I put it together last week and were able to play around with it last week and we both really like it. The color is a beautiful emerald green of our floor model and the new Britax Chaperone car seat that goes with it is impressive as well. The last Chaperone model was too big to fit in many cars and strollers, but the new Chaperone is noticably more compact with awesome side impact protection for your child and the famous rebound bar. It also comes with a foam piece that you can use with the car seat on newborns to make it fit smaller babies better, starting at 4 lbs, which makes it a great option for a preemie!

Britax B-Ready Stroller with 2 Chaperone Infant Car Seats

Britax B-Ready Stroller with 2 Chaperone Infant Car Seats

Britax B-Ready stroller with second seat

Britax B-Ready stroller with second seat

Britax has not shipped us the accessories yet for the Britax B-Ready stroller, but we expect to get those soon. The stroller does come with an extra shopping basket, a parent console for drinks and keys/cellphone, an infant car seat adaptor for the Chaperone seat, and a rain cover. We thought that was pretty cool!

Product Description

The new B-READY stroller from BRITAX is a versatile, modular stroller that can convert from a travel system to a single or in-line double stroller. With 14 different configurations the B-READY stroller is adaptable to fit your needs. Featuring a reversible top seat with a weight capacity of 55 lbs, the B-READY introduces an industry first: a non-rethread, adjustable, 5-point harness system. An extra large canopy, 3-position recline, adjustable leg rest, and full suspension will ensure the traveling comfort of little ones. As an in-line tandem stroller, the second seat is certainly not an afterthought. With 4 recline positions, the second seat is appropriate from birth to 35 lbs. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the second seat does not need to be removed to fold the stroller. A single step locks and unlocks both rear wheels. Caregivers will further appreciate the adjustable handle height and over-sized storage basket that is accessible from all four sides. A drink holder, rain cover, and CHAPERONE CLICK & GO infant car seat adapters are included.

We now have a floor model, so please come into the store and play with it!


Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We had the pleasure of having Sarah Hall in the store.  Sarah is Editor of Go Ask Mom on WRAL.com, a local CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC.  Sarah interviewed Heather about how she got started and what SmartMomma is all about!  Check it out!

Blog Article about SmartMomma

Keep Your Baby Safe with These Great Tips from JPMA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry. Today, JPMA represents 250 companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who manufacture, import and/or distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

The JPMA is a great resource for parents to ensure their baby items are safe, and they have recently updated their website to make it easy and user-friendly for parents.

The consumer side of their site is called The Parenthood and is a great place to find safety tips, recall information, and information about innovative products for you and your baby.  Here are some great safety tips right from their site for you.  Please visit the JPMA site at:


JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

Safety Tips from JPMA Safety House


  • Look for bassinets and cradles with a sturdy bottom and a wide, stable base.
  • Swinging cradles should have a way to keep them from swinging once a baby is asleep.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the bassinet or cradle.
  • If a product has legs that fold for storage, make sure that effective locks are provided to ensure that the legs do not accidentally fold while in use.
  • Decorative bows and ribbons should be trimmed short and stitched securely to prevent strangulation.
  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the crib.
  • NEVER place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds,or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart, and none should be loose or missing.
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they’re over 16” high for a canopy). Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts. These should be unscrewed or sawed off, and the remaining end panel should be sanded smooth.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or footboard so baby’s head cannot get trapped.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners and stays securely on the mattress corners.
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.
  • Bed rails are not designed for infant use so do not use in place of a crib.
  • Some beds have built-in bed rails but a portable bed rail is for use only with an adult mattress and box spring. Portable bed rails are not for use with bunk beds, water mattresses, or inflatable mattresses.
  • Use a bed rail only with a standard innerspring mattress and box spring.
  • Do not use a bed rail on a bunk bed, water mattress, or bed without a box spring.
  • Be sure to keep the bed rail firmly against the mattress when in use to prevent dangerous gaps.
  • For toddler beds, place headboard against wall rather than the side of the bed so that the child can’t become trapped between wall and bed.

For Babies Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby’s chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress. For newborns, consider swaddling.
  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper, sleep sack, or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering
  • ALWAYS use restraint system to restrain baby when the changing table is in use.
  • ALWAYS keep one hand on the baby on the changing table. Be sure any baby products you need, such as diapers or wipes, are easily accessible.


  • Bath seats and bath rings should be used with children who are capable of sitting upright unassisted. Discontinue use when a child can pull to a standing position.
  • NEVER leave baby unattended. If you need to leave the bathroom, take the baby with you. Do not rely on older children to watch the baby for you.
  • Collect all bathing materials before bringing baby into the bathroom.
  • Never use a bath seat on textured or non-skid tub surfaces unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state the seat is intended for such surfaces.
  • Place the bath seat in the tub so baby cannot reach the faucet or spout.
  • After running a minimum amount of warm water in the tub, carefully place baby into the bath seat.
  • If bath seat moves or tips while your child is in it, discontinue use.
  • Good practice to keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats closed and locked. It is possible for baby to drown in as little as two inches of water.
  • Small appliances, including blow dryers and irons, should be unplugged when not in use and kept out of baby’s reach.


  • Check for adjustments on a stroller that reduces the size of seat openings in the front to prevent your baby from falling out when seat back is reclined into the flat position.
  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • If the stroller seat adjusts to a reclining position, make sure the carriage or stroller doesn’t tip backwards when the child lies down.
  • ALWAYS secure the baby by using the restraint straps.
  • Don’t hang pocketbooks or shopping bags over the handles of the carriage or stroller. If your stroller has a shopping basket for carrying packages, it should be low on the back of the stroller or directly over the rear wheels.
  • Use the locking device on any stroller to prevent accidental folding.
  • Apply the brakes to limit rotation of the wheels when stroller is stationary.
  • When you fold or unfold the stroller, keep the baby’s hands away from the areas that could pinch tiny fingers.
  • The back seat is the safest place to ride.
  • Infants must ride rear facing or in a car bed.
  • Always anchor the car seat/booster seat to the car using the seat belt exactly as directed by the car seat/booster seat manufacturer.
  • NEVER use a car seat/booster seat in a seating location with an airbag.
  • Always check that the car seat/booster seat is securely installed. A locking clip may be necessary. Read the vehicle owner’s manual for information on other belt accessories that may be required.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat more than six years old.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat that has ever been involved in a crash.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat missing the manufacturer’s label showing the name of the manufacturer, model number and date of manufacture.
  • Booster seats are recommended for children over 30 lbs., but consider height and maturity level as well. Some children are mature enough to handle a booster seat, while others are too immature to keep the shoulder belt properly positioned.
  • Set a good example and make sure the entire family buckles up.
  • NEVER buy a used car seat or booster seat.

Living Room

  • Choose a play yard with mesh holes no larger than 1/4”. Slats on a wooden play yard should be no more than 2 3/8” apart.
  • The play yard, including side rails, should be fully erected prior to use.
  • Do not add padding or other objects inside the play yard, which permit your child to climb out.
  • Make sure all latching features of the play yard are in place and secure.
  • Always provide the supervision necessary for the continued safety of your child. When used for playing, never leave child unattended.
  • Infants can suffocate in gaps between a mattress too small or too thick and the sides, or on soft bedding.
  • NEVER leave a baby in a mesh play yard if its drop side is in the down position. The baby could roll into the space between the pad and loose mesh, causing suffocation.
  • NEVER place the play yard near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Never suspend strings over play yards or attach strings to toys.
  • Check vinyl or fabric-covered rails frequently for holes and tears.
  • Don’t tie items across the top of the play yard as they can entangle a baby and cause strangulation.
  • Some gates are not appropriate for use at the top of a stairway. Check the product use recommendations.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Anchor the gate securely in the doorway or stairway.
  • Always close the gate when you leave the room and never leave the baby unattended.
  • Many new “accordion style” gates meet the current performance standards. Older models could be hazardous.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the activity center.
  • Keep activity centers away from stairs, doors, windows, plants, lamps, the TV, fireplace, heaters, or coffee table.
  • Keep curtains and blind cords out of reach.
  • Bouncer seats are for in-home use only. Many have bouncing action, soothing vibration, and/or toys for play.
  • NEVER place infant bouncer seats on beds, sofas, or other soft surfaces. Infant seats or bouncer can roll over and suffocate a baby.
  • ALWAYS secure the restraining straps on bouncers and never leave a baby in the seat when straps are loose or undone.
  • Baby’s movements can slide an infant seat, so be sure not to place the infant seat near the edges of counter tops, tables or other elevated surfaces.
  • Select a walker with a wheelbase longer and wider than the frame of the walker itself to ensure stability.
  • Coil springs and hinges of walker must have protective coverings.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended in a walker.
  • Only use a walker on smooth surfaces.
  • Remove all throw rugs when a baby is in walker.
  • Keep doors closed.
  • Keep child away from appliances or items that could cause injury such as ironing boards ranges, radiators, and fireplaces.
  • NEVER carry walker with a child in it.
  • Electrical outlets, appliances and cords can be baby safety hazards. Be sure to cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and replace broken or missing receptacle cover plates.


  • High chairs should have a waist strap and crotch strap.
  • Some high chairs recline for use with younger infants or are height adjustable.
  • Use waist and crotch restraint every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Never depend on the feeding tray to restrain or protect baby. Instead, secure restraint straps.
  • Prevent tip over – Keep high chair far enough from the table, counter or wall so the baby can’t push off from it.
  • Secure the safety latch on a folding high chair each time you unfold it for use.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended.
  • Never use a bouncer seat on an elevated surface like countertops.
  • Portable hook-on chairs should have a strong clamp-on device, which keeps the seat level, making it impossible for a baby to kick off.
  • Do not use on portable hook-on chairs on glass or loose tabletop, or on a table with a single pedestal, leaf, tablecloth or placemat.
  • Check stability and sturdiness of table before seating a child.
  • Do not place an ordinary chair under the portable hook-on chair.
  • Always secure the waist and crotch straps around baby.
  • Before removing baby from chair, make sure baby’s legs are free from chair straps.
  • When feeding baby, first test all warmed foods for a comfortable eating temperature before serving.
  • Heating baby food in a microwave is convenient, but be sure to check the temperature very carefully. Use microwave-safe dishes and stir food from the center out after heating to ensure the temperature is even.
  • When baby begins to eat solid foods, do not give the child small, hard foods. Check with your pediatrician for a list of appropriate foods.
  • Baby should always eat and drink in an upright position.
  • Bleaches, oven and drain cleaners should always be kept out of baby’s reach. Childproof safety locks for cabinets can be helpful.
  • Keep the number of the poison control center near your phone so you can call for emergency first-aid advice.

AAP Releases Car Seat Safety Guide

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Not sure which kind of car seat your child needs?  Check out the recently published Car Safety Seat Guide for parents, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It gives some helpful hints about what to look for in an infant carrier, convertible car seat, or booster seat.  It also helps you make the decision as to when to transition your child, and give you some direction on installation and function of the car seat.

You can find this helpful guide at: http://www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.htm.

As a reminder, SmartMomma carries the following brands in car seats

-Sunshine Kids

We hope this guide published by the AAP helps to make your car seat decision easier.

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