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Ma Yoga Offers Relaxation And Inspiration For Moms

Ma Yoga Offers Relaxation And Inspiration For Moms

Yoga is not only a restorative physical practice; it is also a deeply therapeutic exercise that can alleviate the day’s chaos and restore peace and harmony. The classes at Ma Yoga are designed to connect, heal, and nurture mothers throughout pregnancy and early motherhood.

Ma Yoga will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS:  To be alerted for when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with Ma Yoga to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Ma Yoga, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Ma Yoga Living’s mission is to provide yoga and education for pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. We offer prenatal and new mom yoga video classes

Online courses in birthing and breastfeeding, as well as core strengthening and healthy lifestyle for moms meditation, back pain relief, and lots more guidance, support, and inspiration for moms and moms-to-be!

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

As a prenatal yoga teacher, Jessica Jennings loved being part of a community of moms-to-be when she was pregnant, but she had no idea how much she would miss it as a new mom.

In 2009, she gathered a group of prenatal yoga teachers together who had taken her prenatal yoga teacher training and helped them start what she called “Mama Circles ” in their neighborhoods.

Now, more than 9,000 women have enjoyed guidance, inspiration and community in Ma Yoga® prenatal and mom + baby classes in Southern California.

But so many women don’t have access to classes like this, or can’t afford them. MaYogaLiving.com is a place where moms and moms-to-be can find accessible, affordable Ma Yoga prenatal and mom classes as well as education about birth and parenting, and a nurturing community.

Ma Yoga is grounded in the belief that the transition to motherhood is full of opportunities to discover who we truly are as human beings, and that all we need is a little guidance, inspiration, and support to learn to access our innate power, wisdom, and nurturing energy.

What are the most popular and/or newest services from Ma Yoga?

We are expanding our class offerings in Southern California to a website in order to reach women worldwide.

Since 2009, Ma Yoga® for Pregnancy, Motherhood & Beyond has offered prenatal and new mom yoga in over ten locations in Southern California.

This year, we are bringing this same therapeutic, strengthening, and uplifting method of yoga to women all over the country – and the world.

On our new online platform, we offer yoga practices specifically designed to address the physical and emotional ups and downs of the journey, as well as birth preparation and breastfeeding courses, core strength for post-baby bellies and healthy lifestyle for busy moms, and a nurturing member community.

What sets Ma Yoga apart from other yoga companies?

We specialize in prenatal and mom yoga, and offer support to new moms.

In Ma Yoga, we take time out to connect to our bodies and our growing baby by using our breath and our attention, so that we can have moments of realizing the hugeness of what is happening our lives.

Ma Yoga helps us make the most of the 18 months around having a baby, so that we know how to do stay connected and present throughout labor; and we have a practice that will support us in becoming the mother we want to be.

After baby comes, we heal our bodies, slowly re-connecting to our strong core and finding ways to nurture ourselves while nurturing our baby. We learn specific practices – not just on the mat, but off as well – to revitalize and energize throughout our busy day. And we get to feel connected to other Mamas while being with baby, practicing finding our authenticity within our new, intense and sometimes overwhelming job.

Moving through the journey consciously in this way also helps us handle the transformation of our lives, our relationships, our work; even our sense of ourselves, what is important to us, and our values. All of it changes, and if you have been constantly adjusting for baby throughout your pregnancy, the big change of bringing baby home might feel less intense.

Community is an essential part of every yoga practice, and part of being a Ma Yoga Mama means you always have a place to ask questions, share experiences, and learn from each other as our yoga teachers, birth experts and parenting and lifestyle professionals.

What can parents expect from Ma Yoga at the LA Baby Show?

A warm and open invitation to join our community of conscious women who encourage, guide and share with one another during this potentially transformative time of life. Please go to mayogaliving.com and grab your free “7 Ways to Get Your Kid to Love Yoga” – and let’s connect!

A Mother’s Haven Provides Nurturing Environment For New Moms

A Mother’s Haven Provides Nurturing Environment For New Moms

All moms need support, plain and simple. A Mother’s Haven recognizes that fact, and aims to offer full help, encouragement, and care to expectant and mew mothers through their classes and products.

A Mother’s Haven will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS:  To be alerted for when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with A Mother’s Haven to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with A Mother’s Haven, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

At A Mother’s Haven, our mission is to provide expectant and new parents a nurturing and welcoming environment where they can receive the education, support and products they need to begin the most rewarding experience of their lives.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

A Mother’s haven started in 2002 as a resource for nursing bra’s and lactation support in the San Fernando Valley and quickly began adding other resources to support new parents and families. Over the years A Mother’s Haven has worked to provide all of the education, support and products a new family needs during pregnancy and after baby has arrived.

What are the most popular and/or newest services/products from A Mother’s Haven?

Our most popular class in our Mothers’ Gathering Classes (Mommy & Me). This class allows new mothers and second time mothers to bond with other moms in the class through shared experiences, successes and challenges and provides you a network of support. In Mothers’ Gathering, our philosophy is there is not one “right way” to parent. What works for you, might not work for another mother. What might work one week, may not work the next. We give you tips and strategies for your parenting tool box, helping you to find confidence in your parenting skills and choices.

What sets A Mother’s Haven products apart from other children’s boutiques?

A Mother’s Haven has been a one stop destination for expectant and new parents in the San Fernando Valley since 2002. The 2,500 square foot boutique has a variety of Mom, Dad and Baby necessities including Medela pumps and pumping supplies, nursing bras, car seats, clothing, toys, books, diapers, diaper accessories and so much more! The educational center provides private and intimate classes for families before baby to toddler age.

What can parents expect from A Mother’s Haven at the LA Baby Show?

We are bringing two of our wonderful Music Teacher to give families a preview of one of our most popular classes and experience some fun music, movement, dance and play. Music stimulates cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language development and is a great way for parents and their baby to bond and connect. We can’t wait to see you at the LA Baby Show and in our store at A Mother’s Haven!

Rachel Zoe Is Teaming Up With Quinny & Maxi-Cosi Again

Rachel Zoe Is Teaming Up With Quinny & Maxi-Cosi Again

Back in summer 2016, savvy new and expectant parents lost their minds when fashion maven (and mom-of-two) Rachel Zoe launched an oh-so-chic baby gear collaboration with Quinny and Maxi-Cosi, offering luxe strollers, car seats, and diaper bags as part of the Jet Set Collection. Well, she’s back at it and we are so excited!

Zoe is once again joining forces with baby gear standard-bearers Quinny and Maxi-Cosi to launch a Luxe Sport Collection at Nordstrom in January 2018. The collection, which is defined by a sleek monochrome color palette and sporty netted details and champagne-hued accents, will include a Quinny Zapp Flex Plus stroller, a Quinny Diaper Bag, a Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 car seat, and a Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max car seat.

“It has​ been such a fun process to collaborate once again with Quinny and Maxi-Cosi,” Zoe says. “For this collection, I was inspired by the modern woman on the go, who is all about looking effortlessly glamorous in her daily routine yet never sacrificing comfort for style. The mix of classic black and white staples coupled with gorgeous metallic champagne accents creates a polished and refined look, but also provides parents with functional elements like easily washable fabrics.”

Be sure to mark your calendar for early January 2018 and head to Nordstrom to snag your gear picks! To learn more, visit quinny.com!

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The Fall 2017 Issue Of LA Baby

The Fall 2017 Issue Of LA Baby

Photo by Jenn Sturtevant for Classic Kids Photography. Haylie Duff wears a L’agence top, Levi’s jeans, Vince Camuto shoes, an EF Collection necklace, and a Tacori ring. Haylie’s daughter, Ryan, wears a Little Moon Society dress. Hair and makeup by Ashley B. Cordova. Styled by Rhonda Spies.

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Tickets & Info

Programming

Exhibitors

Sponsors & Charity Partners

Giveaways

Features

Gearing Up With The BabyGuy
With his hit Facebook community, Jamie Grayson brings humor and fresh insight to baby and product reviews

Stroller Eclipse
Our guide to the best strollers of the year

Front Row (Car) Seat
Our guide to the top 21 car seats of the year

Hello, Haylie!
Multi-talented LA mama Haylie Duff dishes on work, motherhood, and her oh-so-sweet kids’ clothing line

The Whole Nine Months
A handy guide to every trimester of pregnancy

Smart Shopping For Easy Feeding
An expert guide to buying a breast pump and baby bottles

10 Tips For A Better Hospital Birth
An experienced registered nurse explains everything moms should consider before they go into labor

Labor-At-Home Mom
A certified doula shares her best tips for having a non-hospital birth

Life In The FAB Lane
With her inspiring blog and new book, LA mom Jill Simonian helps new parents find their confidence

Autumnal Tummy
Essential pieces for fab fall maternity style

Safety First
Critical information—straight from an expert—for installing your car seat correctly

10 Cookbooks For Expectant & New Moms
Recipes, advice, and vital health info for pregnant women and new parents

The Joys Of Raising Twins
A mom-of-multiples reflects on the three gifts her kids have given her

Family Photos 101
Four simple tricks for making memories during the first three years

Safety House
Essential safety tips for young children around the home from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

California Love
A local dad shares his favorite things about raising a family in LA

Resource Guide
A selective guide to LA’s best pre- and post-natal classes, resources, and retailers

Last Word
How one mom found a special new way to bond with her toddler

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A Selective Guide To LA’s Best Resources For New & Expectant Parents

A Selective Guide To LA’s Best Resources For New & Expectant Parents

From prenatal yoga to maternity fashion, and everything in between, here are LA Baby’s favorite local health and wellness services for new and expectant parents in the LA area and beyond.

Pre- & Post-Natal Classes and Resources

A Mother’s Haven, shopthehaven.com
Anne M. Dennis M.A., LMFT, postpartumhelp.org
Association for Wholistic Maternal & Newborn Health, wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org
Babytalk LA, babytalkla.com
Bellies, Babies & Bosoms, bellies.biz
Berlin Wellness Group, doctorberlin.com
BINI Birth, binibirth.com
Birth and Beyond, birthandbeyond.net
The Birth Concierge, thebirthconcierge.com
Birth Happens…Naturally, birthhappensnaturally.com
The Cradle Company, thecradlecompany.com
Del Mar Birth Center, delmarbirthcenter.com
Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, eisnerhealth.org
The Family Room, familyroomcenter.com
GraceFull, gracefull.com
GreenLeaf Yoga Studio, Whittier, greenleafyoga.com
HeadFirst, headfirstdoulas.net
Integrative Childbirth Services, Rena’ Koerner, integrativechildbirth.net
Joanne Ameya Cohen, joanneameyacohen.com
Knead Love Doula, kneadlovedoula.com
L.A. Breastfeeding, labreastfeeding.com
LA Dads’ Group, citydadsgroup.com/la
Lamaze International, lamazeinternational.org
The Land of Milk and Mommy, landofmilkandmommy.com
Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center, lcmh.org
LOOM, thisisloom.com
The Los Angeles Birth Keepers, freebirthpodcast.com
Los Angeles Birth Partners, losangelesbirthpartners.com
Ma Yoga, mayoga.com
Milkmade LA, milkmadela.com
Mind Body & Soul Yoga, mindbodyandsoulyoga.com
The Moving Joint, themovingjoint.com
Natural Birth & Women’s Center LLC, naturalbirthwomenscenter.com
One With Child, onewithchild.com
The Pump Station & Nurtury, pumpstation.com
The Purple Doula, purpledoulalaura.com
Rebecca Benenati, rebeccabenenati.com
Sherry Nafeh M.A., LMFT, postpartumgroup.com
Silver Lake Yoga, silverlakeyoga.com
Supported Birth, supportedbirth.com
Tender Loving Childbirth Midwifery Care and Women’s Health Center, lamidwife.com
Together In Birth, togetherinbirth.com
Two Doulas Birth, twodoulasbirth.com
UCLA BirthPlace, birthplace.uclahealth.org
UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology, obgyn.ucla.edu
Well Baby Center, wellbabycenter.org
Yoga House, yogahouse.com
Please note that many hospitals also offer prenatal, birth, and postpartum classes.

Baby & Maternity Retailers

The Acorn Store, theacornstore.com
A Mother’s Haven, shopthehaven.com
A Pea in the Pod, apeainthepod.com
Babies “R” Us, toysrus.com
Baby Gap, gap.com
Bel-Bambini, bel-bambini.com
Bellies, Babies & Bosoms, bellies.biz
Books and Cookies LA, booksandcookiesla.com
Buttercup Baby Store, buttercupbabystore.com
buybuy BABY, buybuybaby.com
Caro Bambino, carobambino.com
Carter’s, carters.com
Children’s Book World, childrensbookworld.com
The Children’s Place, childrensplace.com
The Cradle Company, thecradlecompany.com
Destination Maternity, destinationmaternity.com
The Dinosaur Farm, dinosaurfarm.com
Earth Baby Boutique, earthbabyboutique.com
giggle, giggle.com
Gymboree, gymboree.com
Juvenile Shop, juvenileshop.com
Kids Only Furniture, kidsonlyfurniture.com
Kidsland, kidslandusa.com
Kip’s Toyland, kipstoyland.com
La La Ling, lalaling.com
Land of Nod, landofnod.com
Macy’s, macys.com
The Mama-San Boutique, themamasanboutique.com
Miracle Mile Toys and Games, miraclemiletoys.com
Mom’s The Word, momstheword.com
Motherhood Maternity, motherhood.com
Once Upon A Time, shoponceuponatime.com
OshKosh B’gosh, oshkosh.com
Pampered Tot, pamperedtot.com
Petit Tresor, petitetresor.com
Pottery Barn Kids, potterybarnkids.com
The Pump Station & Nurtury, pumpstation.com
Rosie Pope Maternity & Baby-Santa Monica, rosiepope.com
Skylight Book, skylightbooks.com
Target, target.com
Vroman’s Bookstore, vromansbookstore.com

Parent & Me Classes

A Magic Forest, amagicforestculvercity.com
AdventurePlex, adventureplex.org
BabySpace, babyspacela.com
Baby Boot Camp, babybootcamp.com
Baby Group, babygroup.me
Baila Baila, bailabailaonline.com
Beverly Hills Public Library, roxbury.beverlyhills.org
Books and Cookies LA, booksandcookiesla.com
Cornerstone Music Conservatory, cornerstonemusicconservatory.org
The Erika J. Glazer and Mann Family Early Childhood Centers, wbtla.org
Fit4Mom, fit4mom-santamonica.pike13.com
Fit for Kids, fitforkids.org
Gymboree, gymboreeclasses.com
Kiddie City La, kiddiecityla.com
Kidville, kidville.com/brentwoodla
Kids Artistic Sense, kidsartisticsense.org
Ladybug Music, ladybugmusic.com
Lil’ Guppies Swim School, swimwithlilguppies.com
Mama Needs a Drink, mamaneedsadrinkla.com
Music Stars & Masters, musicstarsandmasters1.liveeditaurora.com
Music Together, musictogether.com
My Gym, mygym.com
My Musical Tree, mymusicaltree.com
One With The Water, onewiththewater.org
Outside The Box, otbee.com
PlayCreations Kids, playcreationskids.com
The Pump Station & Nurtury, pumpstation.com
Silverlake Yoga, silverlakeyoga.com
Swimming Los Angeles, swimmingla.com
The Tree House, thetreehousetarzana.com
Toddle Tunes, toddletunes.com
Vroman’s Bookstore, vromansbookstore.com
Wondertree Kids, wondertreekids.com
The Wright Mommy & Me, wrightmommy.com
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, ymcala.org
Zimmer Children’s Museum, zimmermuseum.org
Zooga Yoga, zoogayoga.com

Hospitals

Antelope Valley Hospital, avhospital.org
Beverly Hospital, beverly.org
California Hospital Medical Center, dignityhealth.org/californiahospital
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, cedars-sinai.edu
Centinela Hospital Medical Center, centinelamed.com
CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, hollywoodpresbyterian.com
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, chla.org
East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, eladh.avantihospitals.com
Garfield Medical Center, garfieldmedicalcenter.com
Glendale Adventist Medical Center, adventisthealth.org/Glendale
Glendale Memorial Medical Center, glendalememorialhospital.org
Good Samaritan Hospital, goodsam.org
Greater El Monte Medical Community Hospital, greaterelmonte.com
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, dhs.lacounty.gov
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, henrymayo.com
Huntington Memorial Hospital, huntingtonhospital.com
AC USC Medical Center, dhs.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles Community Hospital, lach-la.com
Memorial Hospital of Gardena, avantihospitals.com/memorial-hospital-of-gardena
Methodist Hospital of Southern California, methodisthospital.org
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, memorialcare.org
Monterey Park Hospital, montereyparkhosp.com
Northridge Hospital Medical Center, dignityhealth.org
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, dhs.lacounty.gov
Pacific Alliance Medical Center, pamc.net
Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, pacificahospital.com
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, pvhmc.org
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, california.providence.org/holy-cross
Providence Little Company of Mary-Torrance, california.providence.org/Torrance
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, california.providence.org/saint-joseph
Providence Tarzana Medical Center, california.providence.org/Tarzana
Queen of the Valley Hospital, cvhp.org/Our_Facilities/Queen_of_the_Valley
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, uclahealth.org/reagan
San Dimas Community Hospital, sandimashospital.com
San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, sgvmc.com
Southern California Hospital at Culver City, sch-culvercity.com
St. Francis Medical Center, stfrancis.verity.org
St. John’s Health Center, stfrancis.verity.org
Torrance Memorial Medical Center, torrancememorial.org
UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica, uclahealth.org/santa-monica
Valley Presbyterian Hospital, valleypres.org
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, westhillshospital.com
White Memorial Medical Center, adventisthealth.org/white-memorial
Whittier Hospital Medical Center, whittierhospital.com

Why LA Is The Best Place To Raise A Family—According To A Local Dad

Why LA Is The Best Place To Raise A Family—According To A Local Dad

By Trevor Mulligan

I have been living in Los Angeles for over 12 years now. I left Seattle not only to avoid the overcast, dreary days, but to chase an opportunity. There are a few things I miss about Seattle, but I especially don’t miss the weather. LA has provided me with more than I could have imagined. I met my amazing wife and we had two incredible boys. My wife and I cannot think of a better place that we would want to live and raise our boys.

In Los Angeles, we can find anything we want and we can find things we didn’t even know we wanted. We can see concerts large and small, eat at amazing restaurants, and walk through museums all around town. There is always something going on.

My wife and I want our kids to be world citizens, and what better way is there to achieve that than to have our kids attend a language immersion school program? We chose Mandarin, and couldn’t be happier, and the fact that it is available to us excites us. Learning about different cultures and experiencing things such as the Chinese New Year in Chinatown provides our boys with the opportunity to be immersed in another culture—a different way of life.

LA County is home to 100 museums that range from those that specialize in fine art to La Brea Tar Pits, where you can see fossilized dinosaur bones–there is no doubt that your kids will enjoy it! Local large music venues include Disney Concert Hall (home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic) as well as the very popular Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theatre. Getty Center (“The Getty”) is one of the world’s largest art organizations, and a favorite museum for many locals and tourists. Located on a 24-acre hilltop campus, overlooking the LA Basin, The Getty is home to two things: 1) One of the best views of Los Angeles, and 2) a world-class art collection. Best of all, it’s free! All you have to do is pay for parking, then hop on a tram ride up the hill. People can spend a whole day taking in amazing art and city views, and it is a great thing to do with kids.

Some neighborhoods are the cultural focal point for certain ethnic groups, the list below are some must-visit neighborhoods, which are rich in gastronomic opportunity.

Thai Town
Koreatown
Boyle Heights (Hispanic)
Little Ethiopia
Tehrangeles
(Tehran + Los Angeles = Tehrangeles)
Little Armenia (or Glendale)
Little Tokyo (or Gardena or Sawtelle)
Chinatown (or Monterey Park)

Living in LA isn’t just about finding things to do in the “concrete jungle,” either. We are only a few hours away from camping at Joshua Tree National Park, and close enough to play in the snow at Big Bear. We have options at every turn. One top misconception about Los Angeles is that it’s a city. It’s not. It’s like 12 cities smashed together, bisected by a bunch of freeways and a mountain range. The point is, LA has something for everyone.

Being a stay-at-home dad in LA is the best. We have adventures all over town and, surprisingly for us, there are still more adventures waiting outside our front door. One of the greatest opportunities is to be able to swim and surf outside all year long, and we take full advantage of that. Our boys have been swimming since they were merely months old. My oldest has been known to surf on a chilly February morning, undaunted by the water temperature, and our youngest is able to participate in soccer camps during any time of the year.

There are so many museums, activities, sights, sounds, and foods to discover and enjoy, and the bustling cultural scene combined with the plethora of local attractions is what make this city so great. In fact, this city is quite livable and downright fun and interesting, and living here is never dull. Los Angeles has become more than just a home for us, it is our lifestyle.

Trevor Mulligan quit his job as an interactive art director in 2010 to be an at-home dad. The LA sunshine gives him ample time to swim and spend time at the beach with his two boys when he is not working on his blog OneSAHD, BadassParenting blog, or working with the LA City Dads Group. Find him on Instagram or Twitter @oneSAHD. To learn more about the LA City Dads Group, visit citydadsgroup.com/la!

Safety First: The Founder & CEO Of Tot Squad Offer Critical Info For Installing Your Car Seat Correctly

Safety First: The Founder & CEO Of Tot Squad Offer Critical Info For Installing Your Car Seat Correctly

Baby and Mother Strapping in CarseatBy Jennifer Beall Saxton

Congratulations! You have selected a new car seat for your baby or child, so let’s review some installation tips to ensure that he or she is safely secured. Before you begin, have both your vehicle and car seat’s manuals handy, as you will need to reference both several times.

Before installing the seat, adjust the harness straps to the appropriate level. For newborns, the infant seat should start at the lowest slot. If the car seat is in the rear-facing position, the shoulder straps should begin at or just below the child’s shoulders. If your child is forward-facing, the shoulder straps should be positioned at or just above their shoulders.

Next, determine if you plan to install your child’s car seat using LATCH (which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) or by using the seat belt. In most cases, you can only use LATCH if the combined weight of your child and the car seat is below 75 lbs. LATCH usage is also only allowed in designated seating positions in your vehicle, which often does not include the center back seat. When installing with a seat belt, you will almost always need to lock the seat belt by pulling it all the way out of the vehicle to ensure it keeps the car seat in place.

Whether using LATCH or the seat belt, be sure to route the seat belt or LATCH straps through the correct belt path on the car seat, as most convertible car seats that can be used in both rear and forward facing positions will have different belt paths depending on how the seat is being used.

For rear-facing infant seats, there is often a level indicator on the side of the car seat, to ensure you have installed it at the proper angle. This is important for infants because the correct level of recline helps promotes an optimal airway opening for their wobbly heads.

For forward-facing positions, most car seats also require use of the top tether for additional stability, so ensure this has been tightened and there is no slack.
The final step, and this is critical, check to see if the car seat moves more than one inch in any direction. Always grasp the seat near the belt path when checking for movement. If it does move more than one inch, you need to tighten the belt. Tip: You can also thread LATCH straps from inside some car seats, potentially giving you a better angle to tighten.

Once you feel confident that you have the car seat installed tightly, make sure your children are correctly buckled up. Ensure harness straps are not twisted and that the buckles are not sticky or gummy. When secured, the harness straps should be tight enough that you cannot pinch an inch of the material between your fingers, vertically. The chest clip should be at arm pit level. Remove or secure any objects in the car that could become projectiles in the event of an accident.
Phew, that’s a lot! Still unsure? Tot Squad’s team of certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will teach you to how to install your car seat or will check your installation. Tot Squad pops-up at locations all across the greater Los Angeles area, including the Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego.

Jennifer Beall Saxton is the founder and CEO of Tot Squad, a trusted partner of retailers, stroller brands, and car seat brands, that offers car seat cleaning and installation, stroller cleaning and repair, and other baby gear cleaning services. For more information on Tot Squad, visit la.thetotsquad.com!

Gearing Up With The BabyGuy, The 2017 LA Baby Show Keynote Speaker

Gearing Up With The BabyGuy, The 2017 LA Baby Show Keynote Speaker

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Jamie Grayson

For an expectant or new parent who is unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what The BabyGuy Gear Guide is all about?

My site is just an extension of my Facebook page and my life. I never wanted it to be an encyclopedia of baby products—other people can do that, I don’t care. There’s too much out there and there’s too much clutter, so having an edited site is much more efficient. If it’s on there, it’s on there for a reason—not just to be a “review.”

What really inspires you to pursue this work, and what do you love about it?

I have sisters 20 years younger than me, and I’ve always jokingly been called the Baby Whisperer because I’ve always been good with kids. I was an actor and on tour for years, as well as [working on] a few shows in NYC, but I knew that eventually when my knees gave out from doing “CATS” too many times I would go into teaching. I was fortunate to have incredible teachers growing up, so I needed to pay that back. What I do know is [this job] is a perfect combination of entertaining people and educating them. [It’s] incredibly fulfilling and I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life right now.

What’s the best way to follow you online? Do you have a favorite social media platform? On which platform are you the most informative? And which platform are you the most fun?

Social media is constantly changing, but I would say that Facebook is my primary platform—even more than my site. Facebook is where everything originates. Instagram and Twitter (both @TheBabyGuyNYC) are a bit more “unfiltered Jamie” and I find Instagram to be my place to be a bit more relaxed. If you want to keep up with me, Facebook me. Always Facebook! And if you want the more unfiltered and sassy side of me, you’ll want Twitter. I’m just sayin’.

Two years ago you launched babyguybox! It’s a monthly subscription box of baby goods that you and your sister, Jennifer, curate and offer at a discount. What else should people know about it?

It’s a blast. It’s an insane amount of work, but it’s fun. We launched it in summer 2015 and the first month sold out in three minutes. It was nuts. We like to think of it as a “boutique in a box” because not everyone has access to cool specialty stores to find items. So we find them for you. It’s been interesting, as is launching any small business, to say the least. We have a few changes coming soon, so pay attention!

Your next big adventure is a website called Parental Guidance. What’s it all about?

This is gonna be huge. My sister, Jennifer (who works with me), and I have been chatting about this idea for quite some time now. We basically wanted to combine something visual like Pinterest with a review platform and social media platform. Think of it as a LinkedIn for parents. You can find reviews, but it’s more user-based. We have about 300 people beta-testing it now and will launch later this year.

What can parents expect from you at the 2017 LA Baby Show? You’re the Keynote Speaker each day. What topics will you cover? You’re also doing a separate talk both days with Shari Criso, a well-regarded expect on child birth, breastfeeding, and baby care. What will those chats focus on?

The Keynote is going to be a half hour of me chatting car seat safety, strollers, babywearing, and other products—and full of Q&A. And I am very excited to be doing a Q&A with Shari Criso. I’ve known her for years and we do a monthly Q&A live on my Facebook page where we answer anything and everything that pops up. She’s a wealth of information, we get along famously, and I trust her. You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and I’m proud to count her as a friend.

Babywearing is one of your big passions—tell us why.

I love babywearing. Love it. I could give you a giant list of reasons why, but it’s truly a game-changer for urban parents. As much as I love strollers, they can be a giant PITA on subways and buses. Wearing your baby makes navigating the city much easier. Don’t get me wrong, there are definite pluses to having a great stroller, but babywearing is just easy.

We know of no other baby product expert whose motto is “Conquering Baby Products & Life One Cocktail At A Time.” So we have to ask: What’s your favorite cocktail?

I love a great IPA. Or wine. Or bourbon. Or anything. I’m not picky. But I am a giant beer nerd, so my recent move to Denver has been a glorious thing for many reasons.

You can learn more about Jamie Grayson at Facebook.com/TheBabyGuyNYC, and more about his monthly subscription boxes at babyguybox.com.

Travel Tray Enables Parents To Focus Solely On The Road … And Stay Safe!

Travel Tray Enables Parents To Focus Solely On The Road … And Stay Safe!

How many times do your kids needs snacks while you’re driving? How many times have you reached around to hand them some? It’s a common practice that can very easily become dangerous. Travel Tray is the first of its kind on the market to keep kids entertained and fed while parents are driving.

Travel Tray will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with a member of the Travel Tray team to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Travel Tray, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings? 

Travel Tray is focused on allowing kids the ability to control their food and drink independently in the car, so that parents and drivers can stay focused on the road. Great for toddlers and when you’re on the go!

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then? 

Our founders and developers have worked primarily in the travel and marketing industries together for the past 8 years. Having 3 children and numerous friends with children, we found that there was no product on the market to accommodate the need of keeping the kids fed and entertained while we are driving. After a close call auto accident, while trying to hand snacks in a container to a child, we decided enough was enough. We searched for any relevant product to secure food and drinks within a standard cup holder or child’s car seat. After numerous patent searches, it came to our attention that the product simply did not exist. We drew, drafted, 3D printed and continuously redesigned the solution, Travel Tray!

What are the most popular and/or newest features from Travel Tray? 

Universal design, all-in-one cup and snack holder that fits quickly and easily into your standard car seat and auto cupholder.

What sets Travel Tray products apart from other baby/child trays? 

We are not a gimmick or knock-off, we were astonished that an all-in-one solution did not exist.

What can parents expect from Travel Tray at the LA Baby Show? 

LA Baby Show attendees will get a hands-on trial experience, with multiple types of car seats.  They will be able to see, touch and experience how Travel Tray helps bring more peace in the everyday chaos of balancing kids needs as well as parents needs of being able to stay focused on the road.