Heather from Smartmomma reviews how to care for your cloth diapers. Reusable pail liners, diaper sprayers, odor removers, and cloth diaper detergent are discussed.
Heather from Smartmomma reviews the new Skip Hop Bento Ultimate Diaper Bag!
Heather from Smartmomma gives an overview of the various types of cloth diapers, including all-in-one diapers, pocket diapers and prefold covers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com for more information or to sign up for a FREE demo class.
Recently, Rockin Green, a brand carried by SmartMomma, sent us a newsletter with some great tips and uses for their laundry detergent. It was so interesting and insightful to us, that we wanted to share it with our customers, so here it goes!
ROCK YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM TIP OF THE MONTH!
What do you use Rockin’ Green for beyond cleaning your laundry and cloth diapers in the machine? We asked our Facebook fans and here’s what they had to say:
· Jamie Lynn G. uses it to steam clean her carpets
· Robyn L. uses it to soak dishtowels in the sink. “They come out super clean,” she says. “Rockin’ Green is miracle stuff.”
· Heidi M. soaks her dish rack in Rockin’ Green to bust away all the icky soap scum.
· Diane T. sprinkles Rockin’ Green on her toilets before swishing them.
· Amy K. rocks a soak with her sheets.
· Kellie B. used it once to get red fingernail polish out of her white carpet and it worked!
· Samara Q. uses it on nearly everything in her house - carpets, as dishwasher detergent and as a stain remover for just about anything – bathroom, mirrors, counters, diapers, floors. She has even made a paste with Rockin’ Green and water for shining her appliances before her family comes over, and she got the hard water off her spray hose and showerhead in the bathroom.
· Liz F. uses it to get out dog urine from the carpet and walls, as well as spit up from baby and dog on the carpet and the couch.
· Amy P. rocks the soak with her husband’s military uniforms.
· Amy K. took off the covers from her couch cushions and rocked the soak. “I was shocked that they looked like new,” she says.
· Heather W. uses it to get out dirt from the grout in her tile floors.
· Alison B. uses it as jewelry cleaner.
5 QUESTIONS WITH A ROCKIN’ GREEN GROUPIE
Name: Tabitha Spivey
City: Manchester, TN
Children: Gage, 1 year old boy
1. What is your favorite scent to rock out to?
Rage Against the Raspberries!
2. What has Rockin’ Green helped you do?
Get rid of stink! I was having serious stink problems in my dipes until I started using Rockin’ Green 3 months ago.
3. What was your first rock concert? What was memorable about it?
98 Degrees! I was desperately in love with Nick Lachey. I had a poster on my wall of him that I kissed on a daily basis!
4. If you were a rock star, what diva demand would you make?
Pedicures every single day! LOVE pedis and I can’t ever afford them!
5. What is one gadget you can’t live without?
My DVR! I’d miss every show I love without it.
Lastly, tell us your best washing tip
Two things that have worked great for me is sunning my diapers for stains and doing a wash cycle of warm pre-rinse, hot wash, normal rinse, extra rinse. Haven’t had a stink issue since doing that and using my Rockin’ Green!
NOTE TO SMARTMOMMAS EVERYWHERE: YOU CAN FIND ROCKIN GREEN DETERGENT AT SMARTMOMMA, IN-STORE OR ONLINE!
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.
SUNSHINE KIDS RADIAN XT CRASH TEST VIDEO
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.
RECARO CRASH TEST VIDEO
BRITAX CRASH TEST VIDEO
IF YOU OWN A NAP NANNY, OR ARE THINKING OF PURCHASING ONE, PLEASE GO TO:
TO READ IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny® that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.
CPSC and Baby Matters are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny®, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead.
CPSC and the firm have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.
Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny® even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro™ straps, located inside the Nap Nanny® cover are not properly attached to the “D”-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny® that was sold without “D”-rings.
In addition, if the Nap Nanny® is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny® and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny® and suffocate.
Likewise, if the Nap Nanny® is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny® on the floor away from any other products.
The Nap Nanny® is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness. The first generation model of the Nap Nanny® can be identified by the absence of “D”-rings in the foam base. In second generation models, the harness system has “D”-rings in the foam base and Velcro™ straps inside the fitted fabric cover.
The recalled Nap Nannys® were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.
The recalled product was manufactured in the United States and China.
Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny® models, without “D”-rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny® with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny® model, with “D”-rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. Consumers will also view an important instructional video to help consumers ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers who are unable to view the video or new instructions online, should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail. For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.napnanny.com/recall
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 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!
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!
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!
It is very important you choose the right baby carrier for you and your baby. Safety is important, as well as comfort. The Today Show and IVillage rates the best baby carriers and give you some safety tips as well.