newborn essentials giveaway! [closed]

Congratulations to Megan H. for winning this giveaway!

One of our most requested posts is our favorite products for new babies and new mamas. We are so happy to present it today, and even better, this entire $1000+ loot will go to one lucky reader! Keep reading to enter, but first here’s some info on why we love each of these products.
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1. Candy Kirby Designs leggings [$38]: We’re just slightly obsessed with Candy Kirby. The designs are spot on and the soft jersey is unbeatable for your little one. We hardly get our newborns dressed out of sleep sacks (see below) but when we do, a soft legging is it!

2. As infants develop strength in sight, a simple mobile with minimal movement is ideal. “Up in the Air” [$66.00] wooden mobile by Petit Collage is simply stunning! See more Petit Collage mobiles here.

3. Bloom Coco Baby Lounger [$350] in orange and acrylic. A bouncer is vital in those early stages, especially if your baby likes to be constantly rocked and bounced. Not only is it vital for their happiness, but if it gets you a few quiet minutes that means a shower! And let’s be honest, with a newborn, a shower is everything!

4. Solids! Such an exciting time in your infant’s progression, we’ve all toiled over the idea of making our own baby food, but where to start? We love Piyo Piyo Baby Food Processor Set [$17]: which is a seven piece food processor for making baby food! Piyo Piyo makes the whole process that much easier. Easier clean-up, storage, and think of all those nutrients and enzymes!

5. You’ve heard all about our love for Honest Co. Now you get to see for yourself – with a diapering bundle [$75]! Honest has created a non-toxic, chlorine-free pulp, plant-based inner and outer layers, bio-based absorbent core, no fragrances, lotions or chemical additives, these diapers are the king for sensitive newborn skin!

6. Mother Tucker Nursing Tank by Belly Bandit [$79.95]. This one is everything we love and need as post-partum mothers and more! With a newborn, if you choose to nurse, it’s usually sporadic feedings, sometimes it feels like those (large) ladies are always out. Mix that with the post-partum pooch (like the most supple cinnamon roll dough you’ve ever felt, aren’t you lucky?) and the whole mid-section area is sort of a temporary mess. This tank makes nursing a breeze, and with that tight Belly Bandit material, it will keep you feeling contained, covered and confident.

7. Little Hip Squeaks makes our favorite swaddling blanket [$44.80]! 100% organic fabric, thick enough to keep your baby warm, thin enough to use as a cover, and cute enough to display on the wall. See the collection here.

8. Little Giraffe makes the most luxuriously thick and soft blankets, but did you know about their hooded towels [$55]? Made with that unbeatably soft Giraffe Luxe material, but just for bathtime. We can’t imagine putting those so-soft babies in anything else!

9. If you’ve ever looked at reviews for baby carriers, you already know that Ergo is the highest rated, hands down. It grows with your child and you can adjust for front, back and hip carrying. We love this special edition version [$145] made for Every Mother Counts – which is an organization devoted to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms in all nations. It’s a truly inspired group and we hope you’ll support them as well! More carrier colors here!

10. Do you remember when Puj tubs launched, and how revolutionary it was? Even all these years later, there still is nothing like it in the market. It makes bath time a breeze since you can set Puj in just about any sink or basin and it molds to the area and keeps the baby protected. The new Flyte [$35] folds right in half even! When you’re done, wipe it down with soap and water and you’re good to go! Mold, mildew resistant and not to mention a lot cleaner than the kitchen sink! No more bending over the bathtub side awkwardly trying to wash your slippery babe!

11. With a baby comes stuff. So much stuff! It seems that baby gear takes over your living space, and with that anytime we can find awesomely designed pieces that look great out in the open, we’re thrilled! Boon‘s drying rack [$14.99] is just that.

12. For those first several weeks, nothing will touch our babies except those super soft sleep gowns. Boys or girls, it doesn’t matter. It’s cozy, makes those frequent diaper changes a super cinch and they just look so sweet! We love Winter Water Factory‘s line of gowns [$32] – check them all out here.

13. One thing we’re fascinated by are how women come to find the brands, products, and systems that they incorporate into their life long-term. Like the mom who has put vaseline on their eyes since they were a teenager, we all have this cool chance to sift through commerce and find our own regimens. Bluum box [3 months delivery service! $75] likes this concept as well, and they curate boxes of new products for mother and baby and send them out monthly. What an awesome way to try new things and find your favorites!

Now, for the real reason you’re here, how to enter to win all this loot! Also, if you’re not a new mama but you know someone who is, you can enter on their behalf as well!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment telling us about your must-have item for new babies or new mamas.
For additional entries:
2. Like Honest, Petit Collage, Candy Kirby DesignsWinter Water Factory, Puj, Little Hip Squeaks, Ergo, Piyo Piyo, Little Giraffe, Belly Bandit! Eleven awesome companies will get you eleven additional entries!
3. Tweet a link to this giveaway mentioning your favorite vendor (and @smallfryblog so we can see it!)
@honest, @petitcollage, @WWFactory, @pujbaby, @littlehipsqks, @ergobaby, @bluumbaby, @booninq, @bloomglobal, @little_giraffe, @bellybandit
4. Instagram a picture of this giveaway, or your must-have item and mention @smallfryblog so we can see it!
5. Put Small Fry’s button on your site (link to http://smallfryblog.com) for an additional 5 entries!
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This giveaway is open until Thursday February 28th at 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be notified by email and has 72 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be selected.

five for fifteen

Do you have a fifteen month old? We have two over here and they are little tornadoes, aren’t they? So curious, so sensory, and always on the go. Sometimes getting five minutes of relative stillness can mean the world to a mom, and here are five ideas that will do just that. Just grab a few household items and prepare to be amazed.

Big thanks to our models Callum and Jude!

Activity: Throw a few small toys in bowl of rice and give your little a shovel.

Benefit(s): This is a great practice activity for hand eye coordination and perfecting their utensil using skills. Hopefully this will aid in a cleaner feeding time as they get more practice.

Activity: Using an ice tray, give them items to put in each ice cube section.

Benefit(s): Watch as their little tongues come out in concentration! Giving them opportunities to focus that aren’t in front of an over-stimulating screen of colors and sounds (ahem, TV) helps develop their brain in a more natural way. Sometimes we think our kids need more stimulation when they’re bored and causing mischief, when it’s actually the opposite.

Activity: Building cup towers just to knock them over.

Benefit(s): Learning to build and create patterns, stacking and unstacking are all great toddler activities. Also, a little controlled destruction can curb their appetite for doing it in the makeup drawers, or the roll of toilet paper, or the cupboards of pots and pans. Or maybe it makes it worse, our theory is still in the experimental phase. Either way, you can’t beat hearing those squeals of delight!

Activity: Transferring bouncy balls from bucket to bucket.

Benefit(s): More hand eye coordination, and more delightful shrieks at the plop! sounds the balls make into the bucket.

Activity: Baby shampoo finger painting.

Benefit(s): This one will sustain most ages, but our little ones love it so much! Get out your paint brushes, Q-tips, or scrub brushes and let them go wild. They will love their new found freedom to make a mess, and using baby soap makes for easy clean-up.

frozen yogurt dots

Frozen Yogurt Dots! A quick and easy frozen treat that you can make yourself, here’s how we did it:

Frozen Yogurt Dots

We made several bowls of different brightly colored Greek yogurt sweetened with honey and put them each into their own sandwich bags to make the dots. We used artificial food coloring for these, but gave all natural dots a try on this post, check it out here! Snipping a small tip of one of the bottom corners on each bag, then squeezing gently, will get you the circular dots. We piped them onto a sheet pan lined with a Sil Pat for easy removal and threw them in the freezer for an hour.

Tip: the easiest way to get the mixture into the bags cleanly is to turn the sandwich bag inside out. Put your hand in the bag like a glove and spoon the mixture right into your covered palm. Once you have 1/4 cup or so of the yogurt mixture hold onto it with your hand and then flip the bag right side out. It will be clean and ready to pipe!

solly baby giveaway [closed]

Congratulations to Jessica L for winning this giveaway! It is now CLOSED, but please visit Solly Baby for more!

Solly Baby

One of our favorite things about the blog world is the ability to share favorite things, best practices, and little tips and tricks mothers use. There are a million ways to do just about anything when it comes to parenting, but sometimes it’s nice to hear what’s working for everyone else.

We have our own list of favorites and we are excited to share them with you! We hope you will love the features as much as we do.

We are huge fans of Solly Baby wraps, and the owner/designer, Elle.  Baby wearing is comfortable, warm and safe for the baby, and all about convenience and closeness for the parent, and with the multiple point support, you can comfortably wear it for hours. Some might look at it and think it’s too complex, but after a few tries it truly becomes second nature. Elle timed herself once and had it down in eleven seconds! All three of us have used Solly Baby wraps, and especially after having that second baby it becomes a real life saver! Baby Wearing Baby Wearing

Because we love Solly Baby so much, we teamed up with Elle to giveaway a wrap of your choice to a lucky reader! The colors and patterns are so amazing, we’re sure it will be hard to choose just one.

Here’s a few ways to enter:

1. Visit the Solly Baby shop and tell us in a comment which one you’d pick.

2. Like Small Fry Blog and Solly Baby on Facebook.

3. Link us in a new blog, Facebook post, or tweet.

4. Instagram a motherhood related picture of your choice and tag @smallfryblog.

If you know someone who would love it, you can enter on their behalf as well.

Leave a comment for each entry and we’ll pick at random, announce and contact the winner one week from today! (October 11th at 5:00 am MST.)

 

popsicles au natural

When your sweet baby is getting a new tooth, sometimes you’ll have no idea, but other times it’s all you hear about night and day. On those days, we all scramble to find things to help soothe their pain and here’s an all natural, yet totally effective option to add to the list!

The benefits of barley water for children and adults is endless, but the key word we spotted in the list is that it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Part of the discomfort children feel when they are cutting a new tooth is that their gums are swollen and throbbing. Mixing the magic of barley water with the cold temperatures, they are given instant relief.

To make these popsicles Emily blended a handful of strawberries, two peeled and de-pitted nectarines and barley water (barley water directions below.) The flavor combinations know no bounds, we just used what was on the countertop! Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold and let it freeze for a few hours. Once they’re set, let your baby go to town.  Because they’re all natural and we know the ingredients have minimal sugar and no preservatives or other additives this is a wonderful option to get you through, a few times a day if needed. Until the next tooth comes, of course.

Barley Water

1 cup of barley water

2 1/3 cups of water

Rinse barley well before cooking, and place over a stove stop. Bring water and barley to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 30-45 minutes. (You can speed up this process if you soak your barley overnight, then it will only simmer for 15 minutes.) Drain and cool the barley water.