Author: Joelle

Expert Advice: Fool-Proof Sleep Tips for Traveling with Kids this Holiday Season

    I’m happy to share the expert guest post below from Denise Stern, Founder of Let Mommy Sleep , just in time for the holiday season! Just last Thanksgiving, 48.7 million Americans traveled over 50 miles or more and we can expect much more of the same this year. For those traveling with a newborn, infant or toddler, we know how stressful travel can be, especially when it comes to nap schedules. However, for your peace of mind, Denise Stern, founder of Let Mommy Sleep, the country’s leading Baby Nurse and Postpartum Care service, is revealing a few fool-proof tips as you prepare your baby for travel during the holidays. Fool Proof Sleep Tips for Traveling this Holiday Season with a Newborn, Infant or Toddler, which includes: Practice at home! Many times babies are not used to sleeping in a travel bed or pack-n-play.Put baby in travel bed or pack-n-play for naptime at home in weeks leading up to the trip. Keep sleep routine as close to home as possible to help baby feel safe and secure.  If weather …

Expert Advice: 15 Doctor Recommended “To Do’s” to Fight the Flu

I’m happy to share this guest post from Dr. Christopher Calapai As we head into flu season there are many things we can do to “flu proof” ourselves. Regardless of whether you choose to get a flu vaccine or not, there are things we can do to heighten our chances of not getting sick this winter. Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine provided us with a comprehensive list of 15 to do’s to fight the flu. Keep your surroundings clean, wipe surfaces at work, keep your cell phone clean. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours Wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. Remember the workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where the hand washing comes into play. Increase intake of vitamin D, C, E and A. Include foods such as red bell peppers (add to salads), sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon and garlic. Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or …

Playroom Decor You’ll Adore

I was searching on Amazon for a new playmat and came across the INCX playmat rug that can pull together and double as a storage organizer. It met all my requirements: 1. Big enough for both kids (It’s 58×58). 2. Adorable and photo opp worthy. 3. Affordable. It’s just $24.99, which is a steal. Other mats this size are going for at least $75 on Amazon. I purchased it and my kids and I love it. My husband actually complemented it too instead of yelling at me for shopping online again. My daughter even likes to use it as a blanket. I didn’t add the string for the storage function because we don’t plan on folding up. I love that it gives my kids a fun and clean space to play, especially one that is free of dog fur and dirty paws, which any pet owner can relate to! I’ll buy this for all friends as they have babies. There are so many cute styles! I basically want another! Great holiday gift, too!

Care Bear Family Halloween Costumes

Our family dressed as Care Bears for Halloween. It was adorable and warm, which is important for NJ in October. It started with Grumpy Bear. I saw the onesie for my husband and had to get it cause he actually likes to dress up and our daughter loves Grumpy Bear. Like a good dad, he did it for her. Except the costume was too small so he had to squeeze into it! Opps! Hahah Then I got Genevieve Wonderheart and I wanted the baby and G to have a theme, so this became a family affair! Luca was Bedtime Bear and I was Cheer Bear. I had to hunt for the costumes and buy them months ahead online for the kids. The adult costumes came from Wal-Mart and Target and were much cheaper. But it was well worth it! How cute are we?!

Halloween Treat: Nutramigen

Moms of babies with formula allergies will appreciate this. We got a real treat last night when we met a family down the street from us. They have a girl a little younger than Genevieve and a boy a few months younger than Luca. We trick or treated together and found out their son has a milk allergy just like Luca. Luca is on Nutramigen, which costs hundreds of dollars a month and insurance doesn’t cover because it’s sold over the counter. (I can write a whole blog post about what we went through with that issue!) Their baby tried Nutramigen and it didn’t work, so he’s on something else even more expensive but their insurance covers. So they gave us six cans of Nutramigen! There are good people in the world. We’re paying it back and giving them clothes Luca outgrew. Score for us both. And we all get new friends. Happy Halloween, indeed!

Must Have App: Shutterfly

I Just found some really cool black and white pics from circa 2009 thanks to the Shutterfly app on my phone. Everyone needs this app!! Here’s why: It automatically backs up every photo you take with your phone. Goodbye, Dropbox out-of-space messages! You can access all the photos you take with a real camera and upload to Shutterfly from your computer– on your phone. The best part, though? FREE 100 prints FOREVER when you order through the app. Just pay shipping. There are pretty neat deals for free 8×10, magnets and more. I always want physical copies on my photos. And I am OCD about backing them up on apps and external hard drives. Plus, it’s always fun to look back at your hairstyles!