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Photo Tip: Stay Behind To Capture The Action!

September 26, 2012 10:10

Let’s face it, in the early months, simply coaxing a winning smile from baby seems impossible!   Perhaps that’s why the bum shot works so well for active babies and toddlers - really who can even keep them still!?!  Here are some of our favorite from behind shots:

Kissy Kissy Fancy Pants - Love Bug

Angel Dear Classic Hoodie Jacket, Blue

Angel Dear Elephant Napping Blanket

Kissy Kissy Fancy Pants - Happy Holidays

Make Family Travel Easier With Great Gear And A Routine!

September 13, 2012 09:47

By our guest blogger: Lindsay Bell

This July I spent two full weeks in gorgeous Martha's Vineyard babysitting for a family I've known for nearly six years. I cared for two young girls in the small village of Edgartown, MA. During this trip I learned the importance of routine and good travel gear for kids.

Each day was a new adventure, but each was carefully mapped out to make sure we got everything we wanted accomplished. We'd start off the day at The Katama Store with a freshly brewed cup of Joe & some delicious pastries. Then it was off to camp to take the youngest. We packed her backpack up for the day with sunscreen, towel, lunch, sunglasses, etc. Everyday we'd ride over to island on the Chappy Ferry where Jessie the driver would pick up passengers & take them to the beach club. Parents & sitters would set up shop on the beach while the lil' ones were at camp until 1:30pm. Then it was family beach time followed by play date, another lesson, ice cream, or bike ride. We'd take the kids back abound 5pm to shower and then make or go out to dinner. Then it was wind down time.

Every task was clear, the kids knew what to expect, I knew where I needed to be, how I could best help, and everyone seemed happy! Now if we had a change of plans no big deal. Just having a general layout of the day made confusing new plans seem completely organized & efficient because of our routine.

For instance at bedtime, which was 8pm and 8:30pm respectively, the girls knew when I said it was time for bed what they needed to do. We'd go brush our teeth, gather all their stuffed animals to snuggle with, book, song, prayer, lights out!

The girls really found comfort and confidence in the special items they packed for the trip. From a favorite nighttime movie, to a special backpack or tote bag personalized with their name, our beach house was truly a home away from home. Here are some of my top picks for personalized kids travel gear:

Makaboo Personalized Stephen Joseph Quilted Backpack
Small backpack perfect for toddlers to tote!

Personalized Nap Mat
Dual purpose: cute stuffed animal & nap blanket!

Makaboo Personalized Stephen Joseph Rolling Luggage
Kids love having their own rolling luggage!

I loved my time in the Vineyard & hope it's not my last. There is nothing better than feeling like part of the family in a new place and having a routine already intact!

Lindsay Bell is the co-founder of Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD), an elite family care solutions company providing corporate and family focused babysitting, parent-centric events and inspiring commentary on child care, kids and family focused products. Prior to launching LLD, Lindsay worked in communications for the Radio City Rockettes and as a Marketing Manager for boutique marketing and PR agencies in NYC. For more information on LLD visit or follow Lindsay on Twitter @LindsayBellNYC

Goodnight Newborn with Sleepy On Hudson

September 6, 2012 09:47

by our guest blogger: Brooke Nalle

As a pediatric sleep specialist and owner of Sleepy on Hudson, I know how overwhelming the whole learning-to-sleep process with newborns can be! But I’m here to tell you that there is an incredibly simple yet effective tool that might just so happen to be the answer to all of your problems – the lovie! If you want a more scientific-sounding term, lovies can be considered ‘transitional objects.’ But whichever name you prefer, I recommend that ALL of my clients get them for their children, and buying them for my kids has been one of my smartest moments as a parent (if I do say so myself!). They are instrumental to baby’s self-soothing process, and what’s more, my son Alistair considers his lovie his favorite toy. Such a crowd pleaser!

Lovies are a small, soft piece of fabric sized just-right for infants. They can often include a small stuffed animal face for an extra-cute touch. My son’s beloved lovie (yes, the lovie lived up to its name!) was an adorable brown doggie. Unlike other toys, lovies can’t be bounced, twirled, plugged in, thrown or caught. Though simple, they are sure to become a fast favorite amongst kids and parents alike.

Lovies play a vital role in the self-soothing process for little ones. Newborns will relate the softness of the fabric to the softness and warmth of Mom, and therefore love snuggling up with these special “blankies.” Keeping the lovie smelling fresh is important (most lovies are machine washable!) and will also remind little ones of how good their mommies smell. Additionally, lovies can be placed over baby’s belly for added warmth to soothe and replicate the cozy environment of Mom’s belly. The lovie’s ability to recreate all of these comforting sensations allows young children to ease into the self-soothing process and make a seamless transition to sleeping on their own. Sometimes I worry that these little blankies will put me out of business – they seem to do all of the heavy lifting!

You can start using lovies with your newborn immediately, have them start using independently around 2 months, and they should begin grabbing and clutching at the lovie around 4 months. Perhaps the best part about lovies is that as your bundle of joy continues to grow, his or her lovie will continue to remain in the picture by taking on more and more roles. Lovies can be a comforting pal throughout all of the tough times that your little one might endure during his or her first year and beyond. Whether it is ear infections, teething, or going off to daycare for the first time, a lovie will remain a steadfast pal that is always on hand to provide some relief. No matter the situation, lovies almost always work (and are often the only thing that works) to make your little one happy and feeling better. Don’t be surprised if your kids take them off to overnight camp or even college!

At, the ability to personalize your little one’s lovie makes them even more special. Adding a name is not only a great, personalized touch, but if these little guys ever get dropped or left behind (it will happen quite a few times) a name on the item lets others know that the lovie needs to be returned to someone special!

Personalized Baby Lovie

Brooke Nalle, founder of Sleepy On Hudson, is a pediatric sleep specialist and sleep coach specializing in developmentally appropriate sleep programs that are gentle yet effective. In addition to her local New York area clients, she works with families around the country, Canada and Europe. She has three children, Alistair (8), Clara (6), and Loewy (3) - all of whom are great sleepers now. It wasn’t easy at first, and they still adore their lovies. Find Brooke on Facebook at, on the web:, or on Twitter, @sleepyonhudson

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