Smilingtreetoys (Review)

There’s just some baby things you never want to miss out on getting, baby blocks are one of them. There just so adorable and precious, they remind you of childhood. I knew that I wanted wood blocks even more Calvin was a thought. So I was supper excited when @smilingtreetoys ( https://www.instagram.com/smilingtreetoys) sent us over these custom-made blocks for Calvin. Their just so precious. He loves  playing with them and even loves it more when I stack them up so he  can push them down. He loves building stuff. Each block even has a letter of his name, so sweet is that! These blocks are beautifully made and add the perfect touch to any kids room. I uses them as decor for Calvin’s birthday party.

They have so many custom-made pieces for you to choose from, teethers, puzzles, ornaments, wood trucks, building blocks and so much more. If your looking for the perfect shop to buy these things, defiantly get them from their company!

I’ll hold these pieces forever.

http://www.smilingtreetoys.com/

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https://smilingtreetoys.com/collections/block-sets/products/personalized-wooden-name-blocks

Bookroo (Review)

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@bookroo_love has sent us another box of books and we are loving it. The month of September introduced us to the books “ Skip Hop: My backpack”, “Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet” and ” Peekaboo! On the farm”. Our favorite is “Peekaboo! On the Farm”, Calvin loves playing peekaboo with us. It’s our go to game when we want to keep him entertained. #parenting The animals are hiding their faces and when you open the flap… PEEKABOO! it’s a CHICKEN! ha! I love that each book is filled with colors and very detailed. I enjoyed that two of this months books had surprise flaps, those kinds of books were my favorite growing up because you never knew what you find under it.

 Bookroo is a subscription for kids that helps them fall in love with reading by combining the excitement of opening gifts with discovery of new, treasured books. Bookroo offers three types of boxes, board book (ages 0-3), picture books (ages 2-6) and chapter books (ages 7-10). Every month is a new surprise for books!

Every month you can look forward to a new theme. I truly believe this box is worth the subscription, I hope that Calvin loves reading as much as our family loves book! His book shelves are filled with books and we’re glad some of them come from Bookroo.

 

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New favorites delivered monthly!

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Family Time at The Color factory

Now this, this is a place you won’t ever regret visiting but will regret missing. This weekend we had a family date at one of the most popular pop art exhibits in the city, @colorfactory.

Here’s some info about the exhibit: ( info from their website)

Color Factory is a collaborative interactive exhibit that debuted in San Francisco in August 2017. What was intended as a month-long run unexpectedly flourished as a celebration of color and creativity that lasted for another eight sold-out months.

In August 2018, a whole new palette came to New York City in SoHo’s Hudson Square neighborhood. In 20,000 square feet, we feature brand-new participatory installations of colors we’ve collected around the city— hues that invite curiosity, discovery and play. Some of our favorite artists, creatives, designers, and makers are teaming up with us to tell their unique color stories and engage all of your senses in unexpected ways.

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Ruben and I were amazed at how amazing this exhibit was, it was filled with color, treats, fun rooms to interact with each other and lots of cameras to take pictures together. I think it’s been a while since we went to a place where all three of us enjoyed each other and had fun. This place was super family friendly and allowed Calvin to explore. I love taking him to places that help his sensory development.

These are a few things you should know about this exhibit;

  • The tickets are $38 each… yes, I know it seems like a lot but trust me it was worth every dollar. Also, if you have children age two and under, they’re free.
  • Once your tour beings, you are taken to a room to watch an intro video and then taken to another room to register on an iPad. The reason for this is because you are given a card that will be used in order to store any pictures you take around the exhibit.
  • Which leads me to the MOST amazing part about this exhibit, each room is like a Photo Booth! How dope is that! We loved the fact that all three of us got to take pictures, and Ruben didn’t have to be my camera guy for the day! lol
  • You also get so many treats, like pins, macaroons, ice cream, a visitors gift and a color factory map that tells you about so many art designs around the city.
  • And they have the largest ball pit area in the city!

This is my favorite pop art exhibit by far, so glad we made this a family date. If you’re looking for something to do in the next two weeks do yourself a favor and check out the @colorfactory! You can get tickets till October. 14th.

Here are some of our pictures, enjoy!

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BookRoo (Review)

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Growing up reading was not my thing, I didn’t like it nor was I good at it. I remember that my teachers would only get me to read if I would listen to the audio version of the book. Those were fun memories. Anyways, while I was pregnant I was already buying my favorite childhood books for Calvin. The Giving Tree was my first on the list! Guys, is it just me or does that book not make you cry! I can never get to the end without sobbing!

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@bookroo_love is a subscription for kids that helps them fall in love with reading by combining the excitement of opening gifts with discovery of new, treasured books. I really enjoyed opening each book myself, I can’t imagine a kid. So much excitement.

Bookroo offers three types of boxes, board book ( ages 0-3), picture books ( ages 2-6) and chapter books (ages 7-10). Every month is a new surprise for books! I personally loved each one of these books and Calvin loved the touch feel book. I’m excited to make these three books part of our reading time. Each one is so unique. The ” Planes, Trains and  Animobiles ” book teaches children about different animals and different ways of transportation, it’s funny and cute. Calvin loves when I add noise effects to each new animal we meet. The ” Eyes” book is filled with vivid colors, each page displays the detail in each animal’s eyes. Great book to teach babies to identify their eyes. My favorite of all is the touch and feel ” Animals” book. Calvin loves touching the different textures inside the book, this is also his first touch and feel book. Anyways, did you notice a pattern in each book? yes, they were all about animals. Every month you can look forward to a new theme. I truly believe this box is worth the subscription, I hope that Calvin loves reading as much as I do and this box will bring that excitement for reading.

New favorites delivered monthly!

 

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Traveling with a Baby

IMG_1005This past week our family took a trip to Punta Cana, DR. It was our first family trip with Calvin and I was a bit nervous about bringing a baby on a plane. I think as a parent you start imagining all the things that can go wrong, I mean who really wants to be on a quiet plane and have their baby screaming and crying? No one. lol, So my first tip is, book an early flight. Most babies take naps early in the morning and the hope is that the motion of the plane would make them sleepy. When booking your flight I would suggest getting a seat near the aisle, it gives you easy access to the bathroom just in case the baby needs a diaper change. During check-in time you should also note that you are allowed a carry on and a diaper bag. If you decide to take your stroller on your trip, your stroller is to be checked in but you will not be charged. We checked in one luggage and our Grand DockAtot ( We did have to pay for this because it’s a sleeper and big.) If you own the Deluxe size, you can just take it as carry on.

   So how should you carry baby on a flight? One of my mommy friend’s suggested I use my Ergobaby carrier, it’s more comfortable and better support and you want to get rid of as much baggage as possible. I packed our stroller, my Wildbird sling, and the Ergobaby just for different options to carry Calvin around.

   Our flight was at 7:45am, as soon as the plane took off Calvin went right to sleep. He goes to sleep pretty fast with any motion, his reaction was funny. It looked like he got scared and pulled close to my chest and forced himself to sleep! Ruben and I were dying laughing. Here are a few things I thought were a must for the flight.

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Blanket ( #target ), Paci ( #wubbaNub ), Noise blocker headphones ( #Banz ), Security Blanket. 

A blanket can be useful because of the temperature on the plane, I didn’t dress Calvin in a long sleeve onesie since our flight would be short and our destination was hot, so I figured a blanket was needed. I brought along his favorite comfort blanket and his WubbaNub. (He loves it! I’ve tried so many pacifiers and he won’t take none. ) The Banz noise blocked headphones, I love them but Calvin hates them. lol, I love them because they do block out noises and help babies sleep in loud places. Calvin would keep them on when he was much smaller, now, not so much. If you do have a smaller baby I would suggest investing in a pair. I took Calvin to a concert with these headphones and they were everything.

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Skip Hop ( changer), Wipes ( Pampers) , Aveeno ( Sunscreen), Babyganics ( teething pods), Boon ( Health and Grooming Kit), Mustela ( Eczema Lotion) 

For basic baby care products, I packed all of these. I really love the Skip Hop changer bag, we got it for our baby shower. It comes with pockets to store wipes, diapers, and baby bottom cream. The changing pad is also plastic and removable. I love that you can just take it with you without having to carry your diaper bag to the bathroom, especially on a plane.  I packed Tylenol, body and face sunscreen, baby bug spray, lotion, teething pods, our health and grooming bag, diapers and of course clothes. I packed around 8 items of clothes for 5 days.

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HappyBaby products can be bought at @Target

FOOD! / snacks are very important. I tried to pack as much as I could. We brought a can of formula ( which did not end up being enough), and all of our HappyBaby snacks. I really love this company, they’re organic and they have so many different food products. I packed puffs and teether crackers, oatmeal cereal, and pouches. I’m not a fan of store baby food ( just my preference) I’ve been making Calvin’s puree food since he started solids. However, I would have been crazy to take frozen food with me, so I settled for their pouches. I really like that the pouch is clear so I can see what’s inside, they have so many different veggie and fruit combinations and they’re organic. If you looking for a great baby food company, I would recommend Happybaby.

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Fisherprice ( game control), The first years ( cup stacks) , @Bookroo_love ( book), Fisherprice ( feet piano) 

TOYS! Pack all of babies favorites. It’s like bringing a piece of home with them. These made our trip easier because we could entertain Calvin when we were at the beach/ pool or eating out. He loved playing at the beach with his cup stacks, we have so much fun putting them on his head. He giggles all the time trying to figure out what’s on his head.

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Swinways ( Baby float) Amazon ( Gate Bag)

These two items I would consider necessary, I bought this float for Calvin to protect him from the sun while being in the pool and also for his own safety. If you’re going on vacation and you will be going to the pool, you can always ask the hotel if they provide floats for babies/ kids. The gate bag was suggested by our friend, she shared that she experienced damages on her stroller when she checked it at the gate and lost parts of the stroller. I bought this bag on Amazon and it was really great. Our stroller still had some minor damages but it was in one piece.

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DockATot is heaven sent

If you didn’t know most hotels offer cribs for babies. So be sure to ask your hotel if they have cribs. I think choosing a family-friendly hotel is probably a great option for a family vacation. For our trip we brought our DockAtot Grand along, Calvin loves sleeping in it and its super comfy. Although our hotel provides a crib for us, he ended up sleeping with us in his DockAtot. The bed was actually big enough for us three for the first time. ha! The DockATot is a baby product that I love and if you’re traveling with a small baby I think it’s worth investing in especially if you are co-sleeping. It’s safe, comfortable and you can take it with you anywhere. I would also suggest getting a travel bag for it, I wish would have had one for this trip to avoid the headache of it getting damaged at check-in.  I’m so thankful they sent us over a travel bag for our next trip! Thanks, DockATot! ( sponsored) 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these tips and that your first trip with a baby is wonderful! If you have more tips, please be sure to leave a comment below and subscribe to my blog if you want to follow my journey!

love,

Transparent city mama. 

 

 

Baby Wearing Love

I’m away on vacation with our little family. However, I wanted to quickly share my baby wearing faves! I shared these products on my IG page for my #productcrushwednesday series last week. Hope you love them & Check them out!

I can’t share enough how important I think babywearing is, did you know that studies have shown that babies grow healthier through physical touch? I’m so grateful for carriers because they allow me to share a special bond with my son. He’s close enough to kiss and feel his heartbeat. Since Calvin was premature I didn’t have physical contact with him till a week after giving birth, I got to hold him when I gave birth and they quickly took him away to the NICU. I was so emotional and desired to physically have skin to skin with him. I read so much during my pregnancy and this was one of the things most specialist and blogger moms spoke about. Another benefit about skin to skin is giving your baby the opportunity to breastfeed. Although Calvin had a lot of issues latching on, one of the reasons my supplies was so low was because of a lack of contact I had in the beginning with him and him not being able to latch correctly. So to any new mama reading, hold your baby as long as you want. But I’m sure you’re doing that anyway. Who wouldn’t! Anyways, I’m so thankful there are so many different baby wearing products for every stage! These are my fave.

Each one of these babywearing gears are so different but serves the same purpose, to carry baby close to kiss and hug. I’m currently using the @ergobaby and @mywildbird.

The Ergobaby was the first carrier I got gifted to me for our baby shower. It’s the Ergobaby 360, I love using it when I have to take long trips with Calvin. It gives me support, comfort and I can use it multiple ways, front, back, facing forward, side, It was perfect when we went hiking. I started using this a little later once Calvin met the weight requirement since he was a preemie. They do sell a newborn insert for smaller babies and it comes with a head cover for baby.

@sollybabywrap is a baby wrap, I used this wrap when Calvin was much smaller. I wore it around the house to get stuff done. Calvin would sleep for hours in this wrap. I would recommend it for newborn babies, gives you lots of skin to skin with baby. The material was so soft and it made me feel safe carrying him around with it.

@mywildbird the baby sling. I bought this sling for the summer. I wanted something lightweight and comfy. It’s been my favorite sling so far this summer. I’ve taken it to our pop art museum adventures and walks to the park, and I’m currently using it in Punta Cana. If your a breastfeeding mama you can also use it and feed baby in it. I love this company also because their slings are made by stay at home mothers! How beautiful is that?

Hope you found this post insightful! Let me know what’s your favorite babywearing gear!

love,

Transparent city mama. 

Oh, DockaTot! Baby Must Have!

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Oh, @dockatot we wish we would have had you at birth! I can’t say how excited I was when DockATot gave me the opportunity to collaborate with them! What’s not to love about this fluffy lounging pod. The DockAtot is a baby must have the item on any registry. It’s the one thing I regret not putting on mines. One big reason I did not was because I was not at all planning to co-sleep ( things you say you’ll never do before becoming a parent lol) Since Calvin was premature and had a sensitive stomach we really wish we would have had a co-sleeper safe enough for him to sleep and helpful enough to allow us to keep him close at night. It was only after he had his surgery that someone gifted us a co-sleeper to keep a closer look at him in the case of vomiting or choking. The co-sleeper also helped transition him into his crib once he was better. It made things smooth. Also helpful to mama’s breastfeeding at night.7524942544_IMG_0763

We’re so excited @dockatot sent us over the DockATot grand. The DockATot grand is for ages 9-36 months. It can be used for co-sleeping and safe place for baby to lounge or nap. It’s also helpful with transitioning baby into their own bed. I know the price is expensive, however, the quality of this product is amazing and you can trust that it will be a great investment. Calvin has had it for a week now and He loves it. I feel safe to leave him sleeping in it and know he won’t roll off because of the high fluffy edges. Babies need sleep, he sure does sleep comfortably in his DockAtot grand. We’re excited to use it on our trip to D.R this summer and take it to daycare for him to use there. So stay tune for Calvin’s adventures with @dockatot 


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love, 

transparent city mama