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A Guide To Orange County’s Best Pre- & Post-Natal Classes & Support Resources

A Guide To Orange County’s Best Pre- & Post-Natal Classes & Support Resources

group of happy pregnant women talking in gymIt’s been said that it takes a village to raise a baby, but in Orange County’s case, it takes a whole county! Here are some of our favorite local resources in the OC, from pre-natal yoga to baby gear and everything in between, so you can float through your pregnancy and postpartum period with ease.

Support And Education Classes
Be The Change Yoga, bethechangeyoga.com
The Birth School, thebirthschool.com
Blue Buoy Family Swim School, bluebuoy.com
Boot Camp For New Dads, bootcampfornewdads.org (use locator)
Boot Camp For New Moms, bootcampfornewmoms.com (use locator)
The Bradley Method, bradleybirth.com
Coastal Kids, coastalkids.com
Find Your Zen, findyourzenwellness.com
Free Spirit Yoga, freespirityoga.com
Granola Babies, granolababies.com/collections/events
Harmony Wellness Center, harmonywellness.org
HB Pilates, hbpilates.com
Heart of Connecting, heartofconnecting.com
Hero Birth Services, herobirthservices.com
HypnoBirthing Orange County, hypnobirthingoc.com
Kava Yoga, kavayoga.com
Kids Love Music, kidslovemusic.net
kidSwim, kidswim.org (use locator)
KOR Studios, korstudios.com
Lamaze International, lamaze.org (use educator locator)
LePort Schools, leportschools.com (use locator)
Let’s Have A Baby, lets-have-a-baby.com
Ma Yoga, mayoga.com
Mom & Tot O.C., momandtotoc.com
Mommy & Moi, lilaextra.com/mommyandmoi
Moms Orange County, momsorangecounty.org
The New Mom School, thenewmomschool.com
The Nook, thenookroom.com
OC Mommies, ocmommies.com
Orange Coast Mothers of Multiples, ocmom.org
Ra Yoga Studio, rayoga.com
Seventh Chakra Yoga, seventhchakrayoga.com (use class schedule)
Spectra Yoga, spectrayoga.com
Tippi Toes, tippitoesdance.com (use locator)
Triad Yoga & Pilates, triadyogaca.com
Unfold Yoga, unfoldyogaoc.com
Waterworks Aquatics, waterworksswim.com (use locator)
Wild Child Water Play, wildchildwaterplay.com
Yoga Sol, yogasolstudio.com
You And The Mat, youandthemat.com
Your Birth Team, doulaorangecounty.com
Your Natural Birth, yournaturalbirth.net
Please note that many hospitals also offer prenatal, birth, and postpartum classes.

Doula and Midwife Services
Babylove Natural Childbirth and Parenting, babylovencp.com
Beach Cities Midwifery and Woman’s Health Care, beachcitiesmidwifery.com (use locator)
Birthing Baby, birthingbaby.com
Dream Team Doulas, dreamteamdoulas.com
Integrated Birth, integratedbirth.com
Labor of Love Birth Services, laboroflovebirthservices.com
OC Doulas, ocdoulas.com
Orange County Midwifery, ocmidwifery.com
Pump Station & Nurtury, pumpstation.com
South Coast Midwifery and Women’s Health Care, southcoastmidwifery.com
Tender Touch Midwifery, tendertouchmidwifery.com

Hospitals
AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, anaheimregionalmc.com
Children’s Hospital of Orange County, choc.org
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital & Medical Center, fountainvalleyhospital.com
Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, gardengrovehospital.com
Hoag Hospital, hoag.org
Huntington Beach Hospital, hbhospital.org
Kaiser Permanente Orange County – Anaheim Medical Center, thrive.kaiserpermanente.org (use locator)
Kaiser Permanente Orange County – Irvine Medical Center, thrive.kaiserpermanente.org (use locator)
MemorialCare Health System, memorialcare.org (use locator)
Mission Maternity Center, mission4health.com
Orange Coast Memorial, memorialcare.org (use locator)
Saddleback Memorial Hospital, memorialcare.org/saddleback-memorial
South Coast Global Medical Center, southcoast-gmc.com
St. Joseph Hospital of Orange County, sjo.org
UC Irvine Health, ucirvinehealth.org (use locator)

Shopping For Bump And Baby
A Pea in the Pod, apeainthepod.com
Babies“R”Us, babiesrus.com (use locator)
Balboa Baby, balboababy.com (use locator)
Bel Bambini, bel-bambini.com
Buttercup Exchange, buttercupexchange.com
buybuy BABY, buybuybaby.com (use locator)
Destination Maternity, destinationmaternity.com (use locator)
GemGem Baby Boutique, egemgem.com
Granola Babies, granolababies.com
Hanna Andersson, hannaandersson.com
jeannie n mini baby boutique, jeannienmini.com
Kidz Head 2 Toe, kidzhead2toe.com
Li’l Baby Sprouts, lilbabysprouts.com
Lil’ Posh Resale Kid’s Boutique, lilposhresale.com
Little Freebirds, facebook.com/little.freebirds
Lolli Living, livingtextiles.com
The Land of Nod, landofnod.com (use locator)
milk and honey baby, milkandhoneybaby.com
Mon Beau Bebe, monbeaubebe.com
Motherhood Maternity, motherhood.com (use locator)
Mother’s Secret, motherssecrets.com
Newport Kids Consignment, newportkidsconsignment.com
PinkBlush Maternity, pinkblushmaternity.com
Smocking Birds Baby & Children’s Boutique, facebook.com/SmockingBirdsBabyBoutique
Target, target.com (use locator)
Xpecting Botique, xpectingboutique.com

Design A High-End, Stylish Nursery At An Affordable Price With Babyletto

Design A High-End, Stylish Nursery At An Affordable Price With Babyletto

Babyletto-Harlow-Crib-300x200Let’s face it. Designing a nursery can be pretty expensive. So Babyletto is here to change that. The brand is on a mission to design affordable nursery furniture that is modern, fashionable, eco-friendly, and safe for your baby. With unique, playful designs reminiscent of heartfelt childhood moments, Babyletto’s furniture is sure to delight and capture the imagination of your little one.

Babyletto 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 member of the Babyletto team, Monika Shah, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

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

Babyletto is a designer and creator of modern, eco-friendly nursery furniture. It’s our mission to design affordable, stylish products that enable families to confidently create a one-of-a-kind, fabulous, and functional nursery.

Tell us about Babyletto’s background. When did Babyletto start? How has Babyletto evolved since then?

Babyletto was created in 2010 by The MDB Family, a family-owned company based in Los Angeles with over 25 years of experience crafting stylish and safe nursery furniture. We started with cribs, but have since moved into new categories such as bedding and mattresses so parents can round out their modern nursery.

What are the most popular and newest products from Babyletto?

If you’re researching nurseries on Pinterest or Instagram, you’ve probably seen our best seller: the mid-century inspired Hudson Crib, which comes in seven different colors to fit any style. We are always coming up with new products to inspire parents while nesting. For example, one of our newest cribs, the Gelato, features modular colored feet that can be easily switched out to coordinate with your nursery décor.

What sets Babyletto apart from other baby furniture companies?

Babyletto offers high-end style trends without compromising on safety or your budget. We know that parents want the best bang for their buck, so we offer extras like GREENGUARD Gold certified cribs and toddler bed conversion kits for free—all for a great price.

What can parents expect to see from Babyletto at the LA Baby Show?

We will be showcasing some of our most popular cribs so parents-to-be can see them before adding to their registry! We’ll also be talking about our line of exclusively non-toxic mattresses and displaying playful prints from our bedding collections. Plus, we will be raffling off a crib so pop by!

To learn more about Babyletto, check out babyletto.com.

The Decision To Go Natural With A Twin Birth

The Decision To Go Natural With A Twin Birth

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Shauna Mei

By Shauna Mei

My husband Sachin and I found out we were having twins at our eight-week check-up, which took both of us by great surprise. We had just gotten married in Jaipur, India, a few months prior (in April 2016) and while on our honeymoon in the beautiful Maldives, my much-dreaded and ill-timed period never came. We were barely over the shock of realizing we were about to become parents when we got back to New York to have another total shock to the system: Twins! Two girls and two thriving heartbeats.

After the initial shock subsided, we learned we were having identical twin girls that were mono di, meaning, they share the same placenta but were each in their own individual amniotic sacs. This automatically put me in the “high risk” pregnancy category. There’s way too much information available on Google about this, and most of it causes great stress and apprehension. Because they share the same placenta, statistically speaking, it is safer to get them out faster than to risk the placenta deteriorating in the final weeks, and thus risk a stillborn. The recommended delivery, I was told, is 36 weeks, basically one month from the full term of 40 weeks.

I had always imagined having a natural birth, and with only one child, birth options are pretty flexible. I am a fairly spiritual person and the idea of my babies determining their own birthdays was quite important to me. My husband and I believe in this power of conscious intention. So much so that we founded AHAlife.com (our life passion and company) to curate high-quality lifestyle products for consumers who want to purchase consciously, and with greater intent and purpose than just buying, buying, buying. We believe that life should be lived with intention and we strive to live our lives as naturally and consciously as possible. So when time came to determine our birth plan, it seemed like a no-brainer to apply this same mantra to the miracle of bringing life into this world.

As one can imagine, with mono di twins, going forward with a natural birth plan is a lot more complicated. The majority of mono di twin births are done via C-section. In fact, the United States has more C-section deliveries than any other Western country in the world. C-sections are absolutely necessary in many situations and, in emergencies, have saved so many lives. However, there is a trend, especially in Manhattan, of elective C-sections because of their purported ease and efficiency. Knowing all this, and still feeling inclined toward natural birth, I turned to my dear friend Latham Thomas (the founder of Mama Glow), an amazing doula known for her work in natural birth coaching. Latham educated me on the beautiful hormones that are created in a natural delivery. Oxytocin, often referred to as the love hormone, kicks contractions into gear. So the more safe and loved you feel, the more oxytocin your body generates, which in turn naturally induces labor. At the point of delivery, your body also excretes DMT, a chemical found naturally in the pineal gland in the brain, which is activated at birth and death. You may have heard of DMT before, as it is the main substance people ingest during ayahuasca tea ceremonies, which are known to cause spiritual awakenings. I didn’t want to deny my babies and myself of this beautiful and spiritual experience, so I started meditating and manifesting that my girls would naturally enter the world on a day and time of their choosing.

We were blessed to have two wonderful doctors, Dr. Mussalli and Dr. Worth, who were willing to work with us to fulfill our birth plan. My birthing experience was truly magical and I learned the amazing power of intention through this experience. Throughout the pregnancy, we were visiting the doctors every other week to every week to check the growth and fluid levels of the twins. If at any point there are complications, one has to make the decision to get them out early. which is why many twins often spend time in the NICU. We were blessed that the girls were tracking great with no issues other than a slight but normal range growth discordance. I had also developed gestational diabetes so I was monitoring my sugar intake and blood pressure daily to ensure that the womb was a safe environment for them. I made a conscious effort to remain always positive and block worry and negative thoughts from my mind. I believe that the power of intention and positive thinking made a huge difference in my ability to carry the twins to full term.

After much consideration, we decided on a plan to go into labor naturally and deliver in hospital. Our doctors were wonderful and performed a procedure called “membrane sweeping” when I hit the 36th week to help my body naturally go into labor. That procedure was not a walk in the park, but very effective in getting my mucus plus out and helping to catalyze my contractions. I was also taking primrose oil (a natural induction remedy that’s anecdotally know to soften your cervix) and staying as calm as possible. Sachin showed me love and care beyond my imagination during this whole process. One night I had a dream where I saw their faces just after birth. It was so clear that their beautiful eyes were etched in my memory—when they were actually born, those faces I visualized exactly matched theirs. It was an amazing and miraculous experience.

I look forward to sharing with you my actual birthing experience in the next installment of this series. I believe it’s important for more women to share their positive birth experiences. Prior to being pregnant, I always regarded the birth experience as a scary thing women had to endure as some sort of right-of-passage. I can attest to you, my experience was quite the opposite and I hope that sharing this will help more woman feel proud of their bodies and look forward to this wonderful journey. Thank you reading and sharing this experience with me.

Shauna Mei is an MIT engineer turned commerce and media industry expert and the founder and CEO of AHAlife.com (a global e-commerce marketplace powering over 4,000+ designers and artisans from 45+ countries). Mei’s mission is to create a global community that supports independent brands on a content meets commerce platform featuring quality objects for every aspect of life.

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Baby Tripster’s Travel Containers Make Mealtime On-The-Go Hassle-Free

Baby Tripster’s Travel Containers Make Mealtime On-The-Go Hassle-Free

BABY-TRIPSTER-RESIZE-BANANAS-AND-BLUBERRIES--300x227For parents on the go, mealtime can be a little tricky when your lap doubles as a table and chair. Allera Travel Products has come up with an ingenious product to make mealtime a bit more manageable while traveling. Baby Tripster, its brand new product, is an innovative, leak-proof, elegantly crafted travel container with an attached lid that fits comfortably into your hand so you can feed your baby with one hand.

What’s more, Allera Travel Products 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 Francine A. Weinberg, the founder and owner of Allera Travel Products, to learn more about the company and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

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

We are a travel products manufacturer. I am an engineer, and also the company’s founder and inventor of all the products. Baby Tripster is the first product that I am producing and bringing to market.

My company’s mission is to invent and produce innovative, travel container solutions that make travel with liquids efficient and effortless.

I was inspired to invent Baby Tripster when I was sitting on a NYC bus going home from work. I saw a mom struggling to hold her toddler with one hand and feed her with the other. She had the food container and lid both balanced on one leg and her child balanced on the other. When the toddler almost kicked the food container on the floor, I immediately thought that there must be a better way so I set about inventing Baby Tripster.

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

My company is brand new—I am a startup—and Baby Tripster is my first product. I am hoping to evolve into a much larger company with many products!

What are the most popular and newest products from Allera Travel Products?

The Baby Tripster product is the newest one to market.

What sets Baby Tripster apart in the baby marketplace?

Nothing like Baby Tripster exists or is available in the market.

Baby Tripster reinvents feeding your baby while you are traveling. Whether you are out for a day in the park, or traveling on a plane for a week, Baby Tripster is the food container that will be your baby’s constant travel companion.

Baby Tripster is made from premium, BPA-free plastic that is durable, leak-proof, and dishwasher and microwave safe. Baby Tripster’s unique design is ergonomic and fits into mom’s hands, which allows for one-handed feeding. With an attached lid, Baby Tripster is also convenient to wash so moms will never have to worry about dropping the lid on the ground, losing the lid, or mixing or matching the lids after washing.

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

They can certainly expect to see a product they have never seen before!

To learn more about Allera Travel Products, check out alleratravel.com.

 

With An Austlen™ Stroller, Your Hands Can Tickle Toes While On-The-Go

With An Austlen™ Stroller, Your Hands Can Tickle Toes While On-The-Go

AUSTELEN-Extended_Groceries_Black_RGB-300x225Traveling with your little one in tow along with his or her stuff while running errands, heading to a family outing, or escaping to a faraway locale can be a little challenging. For families with active lifestyles, Austlen™ Baby Co. designed the Entourage® stroller to make your life a little easier. The award-winning stroller is great for traveling with your baby while carrying groceries, luggage, and large gear for those fun, family trips. Given its versatility and storage capacity, families can enjoy a life full of activity.

What’s more, Austlen™ Baby Co. 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 member of the Austlen™ Baby Co. team, Clara Bradbury, Director of Marketing and Communications, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Austlen™ Baby Co., how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

When you bring a baby into the world, a whole lot more comes with it—more noise, more laughter, more love, and more stuff! That’s why Austlen™ Baby Co. creates products that make being a parent a little easier. Here, we have a team of in-house engineers (many of whom happen to be parents) that truly understand the daily lives and frustrations of new moms and dads. We’ve stopped at nothing to create intuitive, purpose-driven, well-made products that make family life easier and more fun—giving parents more freedom to live in the moment without being overwhelmed by more and more.

Tell us about Austlen™ Baby Co. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

As a new parent, Austlen CEO and co-founder Leslie Stiba could not find the perfect stroller to accommodate her family’s active lifestyle. Stiba wanted a stroller that could assist with everyday tasks, such as carrying a load of groceries at the supermarket, allowing arm’s-reach access to baby items, and transporting large gear on family outings or vacations.

As an executive well-known for driving overall vision and strategy, recruiting top-notch talent, and successfully managing product development, Stiba also possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. So, she designed her own stroller concept, secured a patent, and started a company to make it a reality. Stiba then recruited co-founder and industry veteran Patrick Laffan to the company as chief technology officer. Laffan, a parent of three, was previously the director of engineering for Newell Rubbermaid’s baby product divisions (Graco, Aprica, and Teutonia). Laffan had a proven track record at Newell; he brought many award-winning and successful strollers to market in the U.S. and Europe.

Stiba, Laffan, and the Austlen team have worked tirelessly to perfect their concept and debuted their first product, the award-winning Entourage® stroller, to rave reviews at the 2015 ABC Kids Expo, the leading juvenile products industry trade show. The Entourage received the prestigious JPMA Innovation Award for “Best in Show” by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). “Best in Show” is the highest award given by the JPMA at the ABC Kids Expo.

Looking to the future, Austlen’s mission is to continue creating purpose-driven products that make being a parent a little easier by giving parents more freedom to go and do.

What are the most popular and newest products from Austlen™ Baby Co.?

The award-winning Entourage stroller, available since late-summer 2016, is Austlen Baby Co.’s very first product. Designed for families who enjoy a life full of activity, the Entourage stroller has more versatility and storage capacity than any stroller currently on the market. The Entourage stroller’s patented design has an expandable frame with three linear positions that allow for more than 30 easy configurations to provide ample space for large items, such as coolers, shade canopies, luggage, and multi-child options.

What sets Austlen™ Baby Co. apart in the stroller marketplace?

The Austlen team is very passionate about delivering the best possible products to consumers. While we are a new company, we are veterans of product development and the juvenile industry. We have gone to great lengths to make the Entourage nothing short of spectacular. To quote our web site, “We believe in solving problems without creating new ones. Less is more, and if it’s not going to make a parent’s life easier, we won’t make it.”

What can parents expect from Austlen Baby Co. at the LA Baby Show?

The LA Baby Show will be a great opportunity for parents to try out the Entourage in-person and to talk the Austlen team.

To learn more about Austlen™ Baby Co., check out austlen.com.

 

UPPAbaby Makes Smart, Sleek & Safe Baby Gear That Fits Your New Life

UPPAbaby Makes Smart, Sleek & Safe Baby Gear That Fits Your New Life

UPPAbaby-VISTA17-4-214x300For parents looking for baby gear that fit your needs as new parents without sacrificing style and safety, then look no further. UPPAbaby is here with sleek, high quality, smart strollers, car seats, and baby products with all the innovations and features that new parents want. The husband and wife-run brand recently introduced the first-ever fire retardant free infant car seat, and new fashions for its products. With an easy-to-use design, UPPAbaby’s products will make your life a little easier–and even fun!

What’s more,UPPAbaby 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 member of the UPPAbaby team, Stefanie Walsh, Marketing Manager, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

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

The UPPAbaby mission is to make the smartest strollers, car seats, and juvenile gear available: intuitively designed, stylish, and sleek with the features and functions new parents want—plus innovations they never knew were possible. UPPAbaby is committed to providing customer service that is as exceptional as the company’s products. UPPAbaby’s core offerings include three stroller lines and a car seat line:

  • VISTA stroller
  • CRUZ stroller
  • G-series travel strollers–the G-LITE, G-LUXE, and G-LINK
  • MESA infant car seat

Tell us about UPPAbaby. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Drawing upon three decades of experience in the juvenile, sports, and automotive industries, Lauren and Bob Monahan founded UPPAbaby in 2006. A husband and wife team with three young children, the Monahans wanted to create products that made life with babies and kids simpler, more fashionable, functional, and even more fun. Headquartered in Massachusetts, U.S., UPPAbaby products are available in more than fifty countries worldwide.

What are the most popular and newest products from UPPAbaby? 

The new collection incorporates a first-to-market, fire retardant free infant car seat, bold color trends, luxe textiles, and a continued commitment to using the highest quality materials in the marketplace.

The MESA infant car seat remains top-rated in safety and ease of use. UPPAbaby continues to innovate with the first-to-market fire retardant-free MESA in Henry (Blue Marl). This car seat uses a naturally fire resistant wool blend. Additional MESA updates include a new fashion, Taylor (Indigo), softer luxe material, improved tailored fit, and increased padding for added comfort.

Deep, rich tones inspired by fashion and nature trends join the 2017 VISTA and CRUZ color line-up. The VISTA has new fashions and features including a narrower wheel base that reduces the width of the stroller by 1” and decreases the weight by 1.5 pounds. New colors joining the VISTA line-up include: Dennison (Bordeaux), Austin (Hunter), Henry (Blue Marl), Loic (White), and Sabrina (Orchid; buybuy BABY exclusive). The feature-packed, compact CRUZ remains the same, but joining the collection this year is Dennison (Bordeaux), Austin (Hunter), Gregory (Blue Marl), Loic (White), and Sabrina (Orchid; buybuy BABY exclusive).

Adding a distinguished accent, 100% authentic REACH compliant leather will be available on the bumper bar and handlebar of select new fashions of the VISTA and CRUZ strollers. REACH is an EU certification that oversees and restricts the use of toxic chemicals in manufacturing in order to reduce associated risks. Create a customized, classic look for the VISTA or CRUZ stroller with premium leather bumper bar and handlebar covers for existing and/or new fashions that do not come with leather accents.

Calling all new and expectant moms! Haven’t made the stroller and car seat decision yet? The Tune UP, Gear UP events provide hands-on product demos by UPPAbaby’s team of experts. Just like maintenance extends the life of a car, routine maintenance will extend the life of gear. As UPPAbaby grows with families, UPPAbaby wants to be a part of the adventure and provide a hands-on, one-of-a-kind experience, and stroller maintenance service to help families stroll happy.

What sets UPPAbaby apart in the baby product marketplace?

Every UPPAbaby product is built to the highest standards of quality and safety. UPPAbaby integrates smart features and innovative design to make products versatile, adaptable, and easy-to-use, making a true fusion of form, style, and function. In addition, UPPAbaby is committed to providing exceptional customer service. Your relationship with UPPAbaby doesn’t end at the time of purchase. UPPAbaby values and cherishes its relationships with customers, retailers, and partners. The company stands by the quality of the products it makes.

What can parents expect from UPPAbaby at the LA Baby Show?

Parents can expect a team of UPPAbaby experts excited to show them the new UPPAbaby gear. Parents can test drive the products, and ask all the questions they want to make sure they are making the right choice to fit their lifestyle.

To learn more about UPPAbaby, check out uppababy.com.

Keep Your Baby Cool & Cozy In An Embé Swaddle

Keep Your Baby Cool & Cozy In An Embé Swaddle

embeNew parents are always looking for ways to soothe their newborns to sleep, calm them down, or just simply keep them warm and comfortable. One way to do that is by swaddling your little one. But for some parents, swaddling their baby when the weather is warm may be a bit tricky. embé has created a revolutionary, lightweight swaddle—the first of its kind!—that allows parents to swaddle and wrap their baby’s arms in a blanket with the option of leaving their tiny legs out when the weather is warm. embé’s game changing solution will help many sleep deprived families!

embé 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, 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 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 Jennifer Wynh, the company’s founder and CEO, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

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

At embé®, we love babies and solutions for parents. When it comes to creating products that make a baby safe and comfortable, and a parent’s life easier, you can depend on us. Value, innovation, and quality are our core principles, and an extraordinarily high level of thought and care is put into each and every product. We strive to bring products that are as versatile and useful as they are beautiful. Safety is kept top of mind when developing our product range and every product goes through a rigorous course of testing.

Tell us about embé. When did embé start and how has it evolved since then?

Embé® (pronounced “Em-bay”) was founded in Orange County, California and is led by founder and CEO, Jennifer Wynh. Jennifer is the wife and mother of four beautiful children—having four children in the short span of five and a half years. In the summer of 2012, after the birth of her third child and an unsuccessful search of a much needed summer swaddle, Jennifer was disappointed and a little surprised to find that nothing met her needs. She wanted a swaddle that was lightweight and versatile for the warmer seasons so she could swaddle and wrap her baby’s arms in the blanket, but have the option to leave the legs out of the blanket during warmer temperatures. The solution came to her late one night, and she knew that she had the answer to a common problem that many parents deal with when swaddling. She quickly got working on her first prototype. Using her strong sense of design and engineering background, she birthed the concept for the embé® 2-Way Swaddle™.  Two years later, the embé® 2-Way Swaddle—the first ever patented legs-in and legs-out swaddle—made its debut. Since then, embé® has been helping to provide families with smarter, safer, and more restful sleep. embé® truly is: Created for Baby. Inspired by MOM.

What are the most popular and newest products from embé?

The most popular product is the 2-way swaddle. And our newly released product for 2017 is the 4-way transitional swaddle.

What sets embé apart in the baby marketplace?

There is no competition. Our embé 2-way swaddle design is patented and the only swaddler in the world that is designed specifically for both legs-in and out swaddling. The newly added feature to our 2-way swaddle is 3-in-1 sizing to allow for 3 different length adjustments to grow with baby.

What can parents expect from embé at the LA Baby Show?

An educational experience that will teach the proper dos and don’ts for swaddling your baby safely, correctly, and effectively. We will answer questions such as why using a swaddler is recommended over swaddling with a receiving blanket or muslin?  How to create a hip-healthy swaddle? Of course, there will be goodies for the kiddos, so please stop by and visit us!

To learn more about embé, check out embebabies.com.

Regal Lager Distributes Quality Products That Your Family Will Love

Regal Lager Distributes Quality Products That Your Family Will Love

regal lagerThe number of items an expectant parent needs can be overwhelming. And how do you know which brands to trust? And where can you purchase these items? Enter Regal Lager. The company exclusively distributes high quality brands and products from around the world. From swaddles to sleeping bags, safety gates, stroller boards, and diaper pails, Regal Lager has got you covered. And with top-notch customer service, families can expect a stress-free experience while shopping for their bundle of joy.

Regal Lager 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, 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 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 member of the Regal Lager team, Elisabeth Bergoo, PR and Marketing Manager, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

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

Regal Lager is an exclusive distributor of several functional and well-designed brands and products from all corners of the world. We are always aiming to build strong, long-lasting relationships. Our consumers, from all over the nation, are families with small children. We aim to provide high-quality products, superior service, and strong support for all those with whom we work: manufacturers, retailers and consumers, expecting or new parents. Our brands are Love To Dream™, Lascal, Dékor, and the new kid on the block, Qdos.

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

Regal Lager was founded in 1991 by a married couple, Bengt Lager (a Swede) and Luanne Whiting-Lager (an American who has lived several years in Sweden with Bengt). From the beginning, the business was run out of the basement of their home in Marietta, GA. The Lagers attended their first trade show that same year, and since then, they have grown their business, have accumulated a hardworking and enthusiastic group of 18 employees in Kennesaw, GA, and have had numerous exhibits at trade and consumer shows. They have also built an amazing group of sales representatives, calling on retailers and other outlets all over the nation. Since 1991, Regal Lager has been in several offices and is currently in a modern, beautiful, and spacious office with a big warehouse on the premises. The feel of Regal Lager is “family” rather than “corporate.”

The idea of starting a business in the juvenile products industry began when the Lagers had their first child in Stockholm, Sweden. From the positive feedback they received from friends and family members in the United States, they decided to bring some well-designed baby products they had found in Sweden over to the U.S. However, it wasn’t until the birth of the couple’s second daughter—three years later—that the decision was made to take action and move to the United Sates to start a business in the basement of their home.

What started out as a small, family-owned business grew larger, and they began building quality brands from around the world. “Family” is probably the very best way to describe what we do here at Regal Lager–from the ownership, to the esprit de corps of the company’s employees, to our “family” of quality brands, to our “family” of retailers, and to our commitment to all of our consumers and their families. The feel of Regal Lager is truly “family” rather than “corporate”; we hear that from visitors all the time.

RESIZE REGAL 4 Kisses_5050_LayFlatWhat are the most popular and newest products from Regal Lager?

We have a LOT of news coming this year. We’re launching two new brands, but information about those products are under lid for a while.

Among the current, most popular brands we distribute is the Love To Dream™ brand. This Australian company’s swaddles are all part of an excellent sleep system from newborn to 36 months. Swaddles and sleep bags are easy and safe to use, and have substantial advantages compared to traditional swaddling with blankets. You swaddle correctly every time; it makes a huge difference. Babies also want to have access to their hands so they can self soothe. As we all know, almost all babies sleep with their arms up, and babies want to have access to their hands, something that is possible thanks to the “arms up” design. Thus, the name “Swaddle UP.” The big news from Love To Dream™ is the launch of a designer collection.

The collection features new, amazing patterns and qualities. Big favorites with new moms will be the “Starry Night” and the “Kisses” patterns, as well as the very lite, comfortable bamboo fabric in the “Ocean Triangle” swaddle. The Dékor diaper pail is also a big seller, now available in three different sizes and many colors. Being a distributor of all our brands to the U.S. market, we also make Dékor and Lascal available to consumers in Canada.

What sets Regal Lager apart in the baby and child product marketplace?

We are known to be honest, trustworthy, and dependable. We often get approached by manufacturers who want us to represent them in the U.S. market. They often come to us on recommendations of other retailers and brands who describe our reputation as transparent, hardworking, and nice to work with.

Throughout the years, we have worked with so many wonderful companies, including brands, manufacturers, and all the retailers we have served for many years. Our sales team is always watching out for the stores we work with and our customer care department is known to provide good service at all times. When Regal Lager represents a brand, retailers and others know the quality of the brand and products is going to be high. We would never represent a brand or product we are not able to stand 100% behind.

What can parents expect from Regal Lager at the LA Baby Show?

They can expect to see safety gates and stroller boards (including the new saddle) from Lascal, swaddling products and sleep bags from Love To Dream, and diaper pails and accessories from Dékor.

To learn more about Regal Lager, check out regallager.com.

Must Read: “The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers”

Must Read: “The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers”

pediatricians-guide-1There are certain books that a new mom keeps by her bedside for those late-night quick references. The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers is one of them. Written by a group of pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists who also happen to be parents, the book combines the reality of parenthood with medical acumen. Sprinkled with real-life parenting stories, it serves as a practical guidebook on feeding babies and toddlers, with an endearing personal touch.

With an easy-to-read Q&A format, the book is divided into five age groups from the newborn phase to the early toddler years. It is gratifying for an exhausted mother to get pediatrician-approved advice on nutrition, baby food preparation, and food allergies in such a simple, yet comprehensive manner.

We spoke to the lead authors—Anthony Porto, MD MPH and Dina Dimaggio, MD—about breastfeeding, picky eaters, and the rising popularity of organic produce. Below are answers from Porto and Dimaggio , as well as facts gleaned from the book itself, on a variety of topics.

Breastfeeding is portrayed in the media as a beautiful bonding experience between a mother and her newborn. In many cases, that’s true. But there are a lot of moms who struggle physically and emotionally—sore nipples, improper baby latching, and the constant guilt of one’s child being formula-fed. How would you encourage moms in this difficult scenario?

Dimaggio: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies being exclusively breastfed for the first six months. However, when a new mom has trouble breastfeeding, we strongly recommend reaching out to a lactation consultant. There are a lot of ways you can troubleshoot breastfeeding problems with professional help. We ask mothers to always do what’s best for her baby. Breastfeeding or formula feeding—it doesn’t matter. We do the best we can to support mothers, irrespective of their breastfeeding abilities and the circumstances surrounding it. We want a mother to enjoy her baby more than anything else.

There is considerable debate on when an infant can start solid foods. What do you recommend?

Dimaggio: We recommend introducing complementary feeding to infants no earlier than 17 weeks, and no later than 26 weeks of age.

Porto: Babies can start solids when they are developmentally ready, typically between four and six months. “Developmentally ready” would mean that the baby has good head control and is able to sit up without support, and has diminished extrusion reflex [which is a reflex, in which a baby pushes food out of his/her mouth instead of swallowing].

Can spices be introduced to an infant’s meal?

Dimaggio: Yes, Absolutely. Breastfed babies “taste” different flavors and spices in a mother’s breast milk depending on her diet. To start out, you can include some common spices like cinnamon and vanilla.

Porto: Other than salt and added sugar [it is best to limit the amount of salt in your child’s diet, as it may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and other diseases as he or she ages], feel free to introduce a variety of spices as it conforms to your family’s diet.

In the last few years, we are reading a lot about the benefits of organic produce. Do you feel the added expense is worth it?

Dimaggio: Yes, organic produce is more expensive. However, we would rather you eat more fruits and vegetables than not eat them at all (to avoid higher costs). We suggest washing them as thoroughly as you can.

Porto: We also recommend that you avoid buying foods from the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” [The EWG’s 2016 dirty dozen list includes: strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers] list of foods that contain the highest pesticide ratio.

Do you have any tips for parents with picky eaters?

Dimaggio: I think the first and foremost advice we can give, is to not stress about it. We want to work with our children, and not against them. Some picky eater tips we recommend: make feeding fun and interesting with cookie cutters and dipping sauces, have your kids go food shopping with you and introduce bite-sized food portions with young children to support independent eating.

Porto: There are some days when a child won’t eat at all, and that’s ok. It is more important to study the pattern of their eating habits. It is also vital to eat as a family together while minimizing distractions at mealtimes such as television and tablets.

Is it safe to give any of the popular milks to toddlers – almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk etc.?

Porto: We recommend only breast milk or formula for babies for the first twelve months. Almond milk is a popular choice, however this has very little protein (compared to whole milk). We recommend that you choose an alternative, which is rich in protein like hemp milk and oat milk.

The book states: “Food allergies affect one in thirteen children.” What tips do you have for parents who struggle with their little ones’ food allergies?

Dimaggio: For mild allergic reactions like hives, you can give your child an appropriate dosage (under your pediatrician’s guidance) of Benadryl. For severe allergic reactions like wheezing and vomiting, you should give your child EpiPen (Epinephrine) right away.

Porto: It is very important that you speak to your pediatrician about your child’s food allergies. We strongly recommend that your child be seen and evaluated by a pediatric allergist, as tests in the market are not really validated. Also, if your child is allergic to more than one thing, then visit a dietician to make sure he or she is getting the necessary calories.

To learn more about the book’s authors, visit pediatriciansguide.com!

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BOB Gear Makes Enjoying Outdoor Activities With Your Baby A Breeze

BOB Gear Makes Enjoying Outdoor Activities With Your Baby A Breeze

BOBgearExpectant and new parents: Are you wondering how you are going to maintain your active lifestyle while still spending time with your bundle of joy? Enter BOB Gear. The company designs high quality, performance strollers that you can strap your baby into and hit the trail, or pavement. Parents, that means you can burn calories while bonding with your baby and getting some fresh air.

BOB Gear 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, 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 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 member of the BOB Gear team, Kelsey Curtis, to learn more about the company and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with the culture of BOB Gear, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

BOB Gear is a leading manufacturer of high-quality strollers and stroller accessories that help facilitate active family endeavors. Designed for new families, BOB stroller models combine elite performance, durability, and versatile “grow-with- the-family” features to offer parents a product that can successfully support a variety of activities through multiple years and children.

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

Britax has been a leader in child passenger safety for more than 70 years—engineering safe, high-quality and intuitively designed products; products that set standards across the globe. In 2011, Britax expanded its product line by acquiring BOB Gear, a leading manufacturer of high-quality strollers and stroller accessories. Since its founding in 1994, starting with bike trailers and eventually getting into jogging and all-terrain strollers, BOB has grown to meet the needs of every active family. The addition of BOB to the Britax family reflects the company’s commitment to offering a full line of strollers to meet the modern family’s lifestyle needs, and continues the cherished BOB legacy of quality and innovation.

What are the most popular and newest products from BOB Gear?

Brand fans can expect fashion updates to some of their favorite BOB products, as well as some brand new products launching in the second half of 2017!

What sets BOB Gear apart in the baby stroller marketplace?

We’ve always thought differently at BOB. It’s how we work, it’s how we live, and especially, how we create revolutionary innovations. People working hard to create great products that bring more freedom to those that love getting out into the natural world. It’s that simple really. Commit to quality and the rest falls in to place.

What can parents expect from BOB Gear at the LA Baby Show?

Parents can expect to learn which strollers are best for their specific family’s lifestyle. There will be something there for everyone.

To learn more about BOB Gear, check out bobgear.com.