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It has been a year since becoming publisher of the magazine. In many ways I can relate to parents watching their child reaching their first birthday. For every challenge along the way, there has been numerous great moments.
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End of the year can be a crazy busy time for moms and our article on Mom Self-Care serves as a reminder how essential it is for moms to take time for themselves. In many homes, families will be celebrating baby’s first Christmas and we invite you to read our feature article on creating family memories. Be sure to check out our first annual Holiday Pull-Out Guide on pages 15 to 19 and the 2012 Hot Products Guide on pages 28 & 29. As always we value your feedback. Send your letters to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org At this time of year a very special thank you goes out to our supporters, advertisers and loyal readers. Wishing you and yours a safe, fun-filled and memorable New Year, Editor
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postpartum: Your Breastfeeding Questions Answered!....................................... 6 celebrity mommy: Leanne Laine........................................................................ 8 ages & stages: ABC’s of Baby & Toddler Care.................................................. 10 mom self-care: Five Ways Mom Can Take Five................................................. 12 family: Making Family Memories Last a Lifetime................................................. 14 holiday feature: Celebrate the Holidays............................................................. 15 UrbanMarket: Products & Promotions............................................................. 20 education expert: Does Your Child Need a Tutor?............................................ 22 ceo mom: Mom’s the Boss: Meet Six Mom Entrepreneurs................................ 24 Great Goods: Winter Finds!.............................................................................. 26 UrbanGuide: 2012 Hot Products .................................................................... 28 UrbanKid: Talking to Your Tween about Puberty................................................ 30 on the town: Winter Family Fun......................................................................... 31 spotlight: UrbanMom: Allison............................................................................ 31 EDITOR/AD SALES Lara Leontowich
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Secrets of the Happiest Moms: BC Moms Tell All
What makes a mom happy? Ask around and chances are, you’ll hear “seeing her children happy.” When collecting a few secrets on this important topic, moms offer some enlightening perspectives. Like many other exceptional life lessons, the sooner you learn about them the better it is for you, your children and your family. “One day when my youngest daughter came home from a playdate where they played house, she told me how they went to help build wells and schools for children in Africa,” recalls Vancouverite Litsa Groumoutis, mother of two. A game is a game, you’ll say, but what made Groumoutis very pleased was the request that followed: “Mom, one day let’s do it for real.” Groumoutis confesses. “I am happy when I see both my daughters grow up to be themselves and have the courage to follow their dreams no matter what.” Linda Nelson, mother of two kids age ten and eight, agrees. “I am content when I see that my kids are healthy and feeling good, secure and confident about themselves,” she explains. A tall order by all means and yes, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. “I am happy when I see when my boys feeling good about themselves and developing self-confidence,” says Vancouverite Sylvia Hopper, mom of two boys age nine and 11. Yet the journey towards self-confident, well-adjusted children and happy moms, albeit well worth it, is not an easy one.
Start Them Right Most little girls grow up swaddling dolls into blankets and building a world of dreams about white picket fences and the joy of hugging kids. Children make you happy. Better yet, if your children are content, then you are too. Before identifying ourselves with our children and having them bear the responsibility of making us happy we have to learn to write our own joyful tunes. Part of your blissful state comes from loving and enjoying your children and everything that they bring to your life, says Nelson. “Yet it is important to not see them as the sole source of your happiness, identity or success.” Litsa Groumoutis agrees. “If I could go back and start sooner, I would love to be able to maintain a very clear identity as a person and as a woman first, not defined as a mother. It is not a matter of denying the importance and significance of being a mother, but
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rather remembering to see myself as a separate human being,” she candidly admits. In short, our happiness as mothers should not become too heavy a burden for our children’s shoulders.
A Two-Way Road A study published in 2011 by the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Essex, England concluded that children were happiest when their mothers were happy. Achieving happiness is like putting together a big puzzle and can be realized through a loving relationship with a spouse or partner; courage to pursue dreams and passions that take you out of the kitchen or away from your job; talking to close friends and many other factors. A mother can give more of herself when she is satisfied from within. Learning how to get to that state requires establishing boundaries, self-worth and the courage to be yourself.
Setting Boundaries Learning about boundaries early should rank as high as daily brushing and flossing. When boundaries are not set in place, Nelson explains, there is a danger of giving the message that your needs, feelings and happiness aren’t as important as others. As all parents learn sooner or later, children learn by example. “If I could go back in time and fix something towards a happier me,” Nelson confesses, “I would choose to end or set stronger boundaries with destructive relationships in my life a lot sooner.” Attempting to “save” everyone fits a mother’s job description but it is not realistic or sustainable in the long run. What’s worse, children learn to do the very thing that makes mothers run for the hills.
Breathe, This Too Shall Pass Hopper encourages moms to let go perfectionist tendencies. The first years with her oldest son were filled with doubt and anxiety, she says. Lesson learned. “Looking back, I would try to be less nervous about their well-being and whether I am doing everything right and instead enjoy those first years with my children”. No one knows how to do everything and raising children is peppered with trial-and-error, tears and frustrations. Here’s the real kicker. Children grow up fast. Ask any mom of adult children about what made her happy; she won’t tell you about the times she hesitated and doubted herself, a tendency every mom can
relate to. Instead, she will tell you about the joy of having her children around. Enjoy the belly laughs, the silliness and the hugs that young children give so liberally. Happiness does come in small packages after all.
Be Yourself and Look After Yourself You’re a mother and a woman. Self-care is key. Says Groumoutis: “A mother must be fulfilled. She must be addressing her own needs and issues and dealing with them as they come up.” Translation: a mother should take responsibility for her own happiness and not expect her children to do so.
That Little Corner of Beauty What are you passionate about? Many moms find that they are better mothers when they make time for their passions. Be it sports, arts, gardening or horseback riding - whatever it is have the courage to pursue it. Make time for your passions because the benefits are endless: you will be happier and your children will be more content. You’ll inspire them to follow their own dreams and passions. Most importantly, you’ll help them understand that we are in charge of pursuing our own joy. There’s no big secret to a mother’s bliss. Tears, laughter, all those usual ups and downs are all part of life with children. Simply put, happiness has to do with finding yourself as a woman while being a mother. Fulfilling relationships and following dreams will not only make you a better mom, it will have you endlessly smiling with contentment. Now talk about positive role modeling! • Daniela is a freelance writer recently relocated to Kamloops. Happiness would have no meaning without her two young sons, early writing mornings and her blue racing bike.
Motherhood Gene? According to a research study in the US, some women are born with the unrelenting need to mother and possess the “mommy gene”. Researchers determined that a single gene exists that could be responsible for motivating mothers to protect, feed and raise their young. Little girls that feel the need at a young age to nurture and feed their dolls and play with items like strollers could at an early age possess this gene. Women that may not have the “mommy gene” are still capable of being loving and nurturing mothers, however the feelings are not so innate.
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| by La Leche League Canada
Your Breastfeeding Questions Answered! Breastfeeding provides infants with superior nutrition while offering health benefits to both baby and mother. Developing a strong breastfeeding relationship with your new baby has many advantages beyond the nutritional and health benefits. How do I know my baby is getting enough milk? You can access the progress three main ways. Check your baby’s weight, output (wet and soiled diapers) and behaviour. If your baby is gaining weight properly, that is a very positive sign. What is the most important thing I can do to ensure a good milk supply? Allowing your baby to suckle often and long enough to remove the milk are the best ways to establish a good milk supply. Helping your baby obtain a deep mouthful of breast is also important.. Should I drink more water when I am breastfeeding? Does my baby need water? Most breastfeeding mothers find that they are thirsty more often, and will increase their fluid consumption naturally. Breast milk is made of 90% of water, there is no need to give extra to baby.
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If your baby were to fill up on water, they wouldn’t receive the nutrients available in breast milk needed to grow and develop normally. It hurts when I breastfeed. What can I do? The most common cause of nipple pain is a shallow latch. This means that your baby does not have enough breast tissue in his mouth. Babies need a deep latch to get enough milk. If your baby is not latched correctly, you may notice a crease across the tip of your nipple when it comes out of your baby’s mouth. If the pain doesn’t subside or you’re having difficulty getting a deeper latch, consider having a Lactation Consultant observe your baby during breastfeeding. I’m sick, do I have to wean my baby? There are very few medical conditions which would require a
mother to wean her child. Many mothers worry that they will need to wean if they get a cold or the flu. This is not true. It isimportant to continue nursing so your baby gets the antibodies you are making in response to the cold or flu. To help protect your baby: wash your hands frequently and avoid coughing near your baby. What can I do if my baby has a nursing strike? During the time that your baby is refusing to nurse, you will need to express your breast milk either by hand or by pumping, in order to maintain your milk production. Do this as often as you would breastfeed your baby. If your baby has refused several feedings, you can offer your expressed milk in a cup. Avoiding bottles and pacifiers is recommended during this period will encourage baby to start nursing again. Nursing strikes can last from 2-4 days. Spending lots of time skin-toskin with your baby can be very helpful. Can I drink alcohol if I’m breastfeeding? Is it necessary to “pump and dump”? It is best to save that treat for when your breastfeeding is established, at about four to six weeks. For each drink consumed, breastfeeding should be avoided for two hours, allowing your body to clear some of the alcohol from your system. There is no need to pump and dump (pumping your breast milk and then discharging) your breast milk after drinking alcohol, other than for your own comfort — pumping and dumping does not speed the elimination of alcohol from the breast milk. When a breastfeeding woman drinks alcohol heavily, it can cause a lack of energy and may decrease milk production. There is no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy, so it is safest not to drink at all when you are pregnant or when you are planning on becoming pregnant. How does exercising affect my breast milk? Exercise is encouraged and will certainly help you to get back to a healthy weight after pregnancy. It will also give you more energy and may help prevent fatique. Exercise does not decrease milk supply or change its composition or flavor. It is important that you have good support for your breasts during exercise. Lactating breasts are naturally heavier, and you can experience discomfort if you do not have a very supportive bra. Nursing mothers shouldn’t wear a snug sports-bra all of the time, but it is important to wear one when exercising. •
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Leanne Laine After spending years in the corporate fast lane Leanne Laine, mother of two, was suddenly laid off due to company downsizing. She felt it was time to accomplish her dream of becoming her own boss by turning her part-time love for art into a full-time career. As a self-taught artist in her first year of business Leanne sold over 400 of her paintings. Recently Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine had a chance to chat with Leanne about being a world-renoun artist, entrepreneur and mother. UBT: Our readers are moms just like you, what does being a mom mean to you? LL: For me, being a mom means discovering how capable I am at functioning throughout the day after only three hours of sleep the night before. Motherhood means experiencing love so great that started before they were born. I realize the importance of enjoying every moment, here and now, because being a mother is truly a gift. UBT: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? LL: It is partly in my blood. My Dad and my grandparents operated their own businesses for many years, so as a child I was accustomed to regular business routines. By the time I finished high school I still wanted to experience the “real world” so I earned a business education, got a job and started climbing the corporate ladder. Though I had a great job that had me flying to different cities on business trips, training employees and managing, I still wasn’t totally fulfilled. Something inside was missing. Meanwhile my husband and I talked about our dreams about becoming our own bosses one day. But what would that magical business idea be? Then I got laid off. When it came to searching job listings my heart just wasn’t in it so I decided to use the time off to create art for our new house. I was creating so much art I decided to have fun marketing my creations on the internet. I kept on painting, building my portfolio, marketing, and then became my own publisher. Next thing I knew, I sold around $2,500 worth of art by the end of the first week! As the months passed demand for my work peaked. Within a year my husband quit his job to join me and he had just received a promotion!
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UBT: Your work is globally-recognized. How do you maintain work/life balance? LL: Within five months of having my first born, I fell into a depression. It hit me like a truck when adjusting to being a mother and business woman. Thankfully I had a lot of support around me which gave me an opportunity to gather my thoughts together and readjust my mindset. While having balance is essential, I also believe in being realistic. There are times when it is chaotic in our house. At the end of the day, my family and I have our health, our love and all of the memories we are building. We have beds to sleep in; clothes on our back and food on the table. So as chaotic as it can be, I embrace it all because it’s REAL and I know I’m not alone. It’s also helpful to have a network of other moms around who understand. UBT: What advice would you give moms who are hesitant to take risks and pursue their dreams? LL: If we want to be a positive role model for our children, then we not only owe it to ourselves, but to our kids, to live our dreams and prove that they can come true. Steer clear of any negative energy and surround yourself by those who truly support you. You’re going to have naysayers when you start, some wellintentioned, perhaps some not. That’s just a part of being a new entrepreneur. How courageous you are to take the leap no matter what people say depends on how much you want it. UBT: With your husband your business manager, how do find and maintain couple time and family time? LL: We have a system in place that allows us to accomplish work, family and couple time every day. We try to be as consistent as possible but we also have to be realistic because a hiccup in your
day can throw it all off — like meetings, added workload and sick kids — we just do our best to make it work. On the flip side, we’ll sometimes feel like taking the whole day off and make it a family day. We might hit the beach all morning and then hike in the afternoon, or we might take in a fun family event somewhere. Couple time is generally in the evenings when the kids are down and we have dates every now and then, thanks to the support of family and friends. Most importantly, our communication is solid — which is an absolute must for our whole world to work at all. UBT: You are one of those lucky moms who can work at home yet entrepreneurship has its challenges. Any advice for other work-at-home moms? LL: Approach business like your parenting — be consistent and follow through. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it. At the same time, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get as much accomplished with your business as you had hoped. Every little step counts. Just don’t give up. Do take care of yourself though. It’s a high priority if you want to juggle business and kids successfully. UBT: You have world-renoun exceptional talent. How and when did you develop your artistic talents? LL: That’s so kind of you, thank you so much! I’m totally selftaught so I’ve never been to school to learn how to create art. It’s always been with me since I was a child. UBT: You had a career setback that transformed your life in phenomenal ways. What advice do you offer other moms who have or about to experience a similar setback? LL: As hard as setbacks are, they’re meant to strengthen us and ground our character. There’s a reason why we have setbacks. Identify your personal strengths and talents, but most importantly, give yourself permission to be proud of them. UBT: Has being a mom influenced your artistic creations? LL: You bet! For instance, we all love our kids and enjoy the precious moments we spend with them. But there are days you feel like you can’t wait for them to go to bed! Well I had one of those days when suddenly inspiration struck and it was when “Is It Wine O’clock Yet?” was created. I’m happy to say that it’s been a top-selling piece since its release last November! It’s kind of funny how people (not just moms), who cherish their “wine time”, have actually emailed thanking me for the work. Their gratitude often leads us to ranting about our stories and laughing about them together. •
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a g es & s t a g es
| by HealthLink BC
ABC’s of Baby & Toddler Care From changing diapers to bathing and grooming, baby and toddler care is an ongoing learning experience for new parents. Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine has organized the most common aliments to help you stay informed and to keep your baby and toddler happy and healthy. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
is a viral infectious disease that infects the breathing and sinuses.
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Runny or stuffy nose High fever Cough and sore throat Lack of appetite
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Give child extra naps Increase fluids Clear nose
Consult doctor if shaking, chills, difficulty breathing or lips turn blue.
Unexplained bouts of crying lasting 1-2hrs or more Red in the face and may arch back Clench their fists and stiffen their stomach and legs
Comfort child with rocking, walking, swaddling, burping or gently rubbing tummy or back. If breastfeeding, try changing diet
Consult doctor if baby cries in a peculiar manner or for a very unusual length of time.
Difficulty passing stool or hard pellet-like stool Bloody stools
extreme type of crying in a baby between 3 weeks and 3 months of age. Colic is normal for some babies.
occurs when stools become hard and are difficult to pass. Children differ in the number of stools per day.
Offices in Vancouver, New Westminster and Victoria.
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Consult doctor before given Check diet as some foods laxatives. lead to constipation Give fluids in frequent, small amounts
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
is normal buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells. It is not a part of any illness and does not imply that a baby is not being well cared for.
is a common respiratory problem in young children.
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is a skin problem caused by the skin staying wet, rubbing from the diaper, and contact with chemicals in the urine and stool.
Dry yellow, greasy, scaly patches on scalp
is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection, stomach flu or food poisoning.
is an inflammation or infection that can occur along with a cold.
is rise in body temperature to fight an infection.
Contagious Barking cough, croaking, or raspy voice Swelling or narrowing of the voice box Difficulty breathing
Skin looks red, raw, scaled or burnt around diaper area
Frequent, loose watery stool Can occur with fever and vomiting
Pulling at ear as if bothersome Crying or fever Drainage from ear
Temperature over 37.5˚C measured under arm or over 38˚C measured rectally
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is a bacterial infection in the throat and the tonsils.
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baby is teething when first set of teeth break through the gums.
Umbilical Cord Care
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is cut at birth, a stump of tissue remains attached to your baby’s navel.
occurs when a child’s stomach contents are forced up out of the mouth.
Contagious Rare in kids under age 2 Sudden and sever sore throat Pain when swallowing White and yellow spots on the back of throat
Redness around erupting tooth Gum pain Drooling and Fussiness Refuse to eat or drink if mouth hurts
The cord stump dries and shrivels until it falls off, usually 1 - 2 weeks after birth Will turn brown, gray, or black as it dries and heals
Should not be confused with spitting up Can be caused by a viral infection or injury
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Usually goes away by 12 months of age Use soft baby brush daily Soften crusts with baby oil or petroleum jelly Shampoo scalp with mild shampoo
Consult doctor before using medicated shampoos or other skin products.
Hold child upright Limit crying as makes breathing harder Keep child hydrated, offer fluids and popsicles
Consult doctor if child is drooling with inability to swallow, severe difficulty breathing, blue lips or fingers and lack of consciousness.
Change diaper often to keep area clean and dry Treat rash with zinc or non-prescription ointment
Consult doctor if diaper rash persists for more than 3 days, leaks fluid or bleeds.
Check diet as some foods lead to constipation Give fluids in frequent, small amounts
Consult doctor if child has fever, vomiting, bleeding and refuses to drink.
Most ear infections clear up without treatment Put a warm cloth to relieve discomfort Give pain relievers
Consult doctor for diagnosis and pain relief if earache persists for more than 48 hours.
Give fluids in frequent, small amounts Dress lightly to cool body down Monitor fever temp Pain relieve medicine can be given depending on the child’s weight and age
Consult doctor if baby is less than 3 months old and has a temp of 38˚C or higher.
Strep throat can clear up without treatment Severe cases are treatable with antibiotics
Consult doctor for diagnosis and antibiotics.
Give baby a cool teething ring or washcloth to bite Rub gum with clean finger for 2mins The Cdn Dental Assoc. does not recommend using teething gels
Consult doctor if your baby’s symptoms worsen.
Keep baby’s diaper folded below the cord stump Gently clean cord stump and the surrounding skin at least once a day Pat area dry
Consult doctor if signs of infection such as pus around base of cord, red and tender to the touch.
Babies and children younger than 1 year old need special attention if they continue to vomit Give fluids in frequent, small amounts
Consult doctor if your child vomits frequently and you cannot get them to drink.
Information provided by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and HealthLink BC
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m o m se l f- ca re
| by Christina Stewart
Five Ways Mom Can Take Five If you’re reading this magazine you’re likely familiar with the overwhelming urge to claim those precious five minutes to yourself when no one needs you or whimpers for your attention! So the next time you have your young ones underfoot and your role of mommy gets you so overwhelmed, take a breath and read over the following suggestions for a taking a five-minute escape:
Covet Thy Play-Doh When my son was two years old, he was totally into play-doh. He would sit there quietly rolling, tearing and shaping his creation then moments later thoroughly enjoying smashing his creation, just to start all over. I’d generally take the opportunity to sit near him on the couch and put my feet up for those glorious few minutes when he was completely engaged in his activity. So figure out what your child absolutely loves to do – books, paints, cars, blocks – and pull them out whenever you need to take a break. Flip through a magazine or just close your eyes and take refreshing deep breaths.
Put Your Hobbies First (and figure out how the kids can join in) It used to drive me crazy when I first read parenting magazines stressing that it was essential that I put “myself” first. As a mom to three kids under five, I didn’t agree with the suggestions that I should regularly schedule time away from the kids. As I see it, my kids are young for a brief duration and my time alone will come again all too quickly I’m sure. I am living proof that a mom can enjoy hobbies with the kids tagging along. My love for baking has now become a family hobby. When life starts to get too crazy, I grab the kids and head to the kitchen to whisk away any stress. The baby gets novelty kitchen tools on the floor and the big kids get to break eggs and lick the beaters. We all end up a bit messy though my kids are learning a valuable skill and I get to do something I enjoy. Best part of all are the yummy goodies we get to eat!
Lock The Door When my friend Emily, a mom of two, needs five minutes she heads to the bathroom and not only shuts the door but locks it. When she really needs a chunk of time to herself she says “I lock myself in seclusion, relaxing in a hot bubble bath with a book and my husband knows he’s on kid duty.”
The Almighty TV Of course, you knew it would be on this list! TV gets a bad rap but it isn’t really the enemy. In fact, it can be a very good and loyal friend. Thanks to a little bit of TV, I have more time to concentrate on making a hearty homemade dinner instead of frantically whipping something together for the third day in a row. The TV in my house can be the difference between grilled cheese and fries or salad with roast chicken. There is no denying that, in moderation, TV can be exactly the avenue you need to get a few minutes to yourself; or for doing something around the house – like making a healthy dinner.
Sweat It Out The physical, emotional and mental benefits of physical exercise are undeniable. The next time you want to spend a few minutes focusing on yourself, try incorporating exercise into the equation. The easiest way is to throw on a pair of sneakers; grab a stroller or carrier and head outside for a walk. If it is raining, consider hitting the mall. A quick stroll will clear your mind and give your heart a healthy boost. If exercise is a priority, join a gym with daycare. You’ll get more than five minutes to take care of you. According to my friend Tanya, who is mother of four and regular gym rat, “The added bonus is after I workout, I get to shower all by myself without anyone on the other side of the curtain.” Positive Parenting thought leader Dr. Louise Hart reminds us that the most important thing we can give our children is our time. Her recommendation gets my vote although I believe prioritizing five minutes for self-care isn’t going to hurt either! So regardless of how you get your five-minute escape, remember that it is important as parents that we figure out how to regularly carve out those cherished few minutes to get recharged and refreshed. • Christina lives in Burnaby with her three kids ages four, two and two months. You can find them huddled in the library pouring over the latest books or traversing the local trails behind their Burnaby home.
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| by Cara Hykawy
M aking Family Memor ies Last a Lifetime
The greyhound bus puttered along the highway, inching itself forward while the excitement within me kept building. The other children onboard were also filled with eagerness. I pressed my forehead to the window and watched the palm trees lining the road blur into one big smear of green. My patience had almost worn out and I was about to ask my Dad, “are we there yet?” Then something abruptly caught my eye. My head snapped back in glee; the pink turret of a castle poked out over a tall fence. Could this be it? After all the weeks of anxious waiting, were we finally here? As the bus slowly rounded its last corner, I saw the sign: ‘Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth’, and I knew this was a moment I’d never forget. Close your eyes and take a minute to recall your favorite family memory? Which one really stands out, brings a smile to your face, or stirs up feelings of nostalgia? While mine happens to be a memory of a long-awaited family vacation to Disneyland, there are many different activities that create lasting family memories.
Making family memories is an active endeavor requiring some planning and allotted time set aside for focused and engaged interaction. When busy schedules are jam-packed with activities and obligations, we need to take time to create meaningful relationships with our family members. Making such memories enables children to build a sense of self within their family, and foster a feeling of belonging to a family unit. By celebrating special occasions it is possible to create a sense of family connection that lasts a lifetime. The range of activities and events that turn out to be the most memorable differs from family to family. While some families look back continues on page 19...
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Tis’ t he Season to Learn It’s the winter holidays, and even though your children are out of school, the learning shouldn’t stop! The winter holidays are a great opportunity to spend time as a family learning something new and practicing your literacy skills. ABC Life Literacy Canada offers these literacy tips to make your season “bright!”:
Reading circle: Invite friends and family to join you around the fireplace with a favourite holiday book. Then snuggle in and take turns reading aloud to one another while drinking hot chocolate!
Make a list and check it twice! Have your child make the holiday grocery (or wish) list and read it aloud as you make your way through the aisles.
Carolling! Get together with friends or neighbours and go doorto-door singing carols. Singing encourages learning patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms.
Family movie night: Read a winter or holiday-themed book that has been made into a movie, then watch the film! Ask your children if they noticed any differences between the book and the film, and talk about which one you liked better and why.
Bake-off: Get the whole family involved in baking Christmas cake or gingerbread cookies. Have your children read the recipe and measure out the ingredients – it’s a great way to practice reading, comprehension and math skills.
Looking for a gift idea? Encourage reading by giving books or a magazine subscription – a gift that gives throughout the year!
Write on! Keep writing skills sharp by handwriting your Christmas cards. Include a personalized note to let each family member know how special they are.
Night out on the town: Take in a holiday musical or visit the museum. Both outings offer fun literacy activities – and don’t forget to read the descriptions at each exhibit!
Try incorporating these fun tips in your holiday routine to stay sharp over holidays and well into the New Year. For more family literacy tips and activities, visit www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca. •
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Before you start decking the halls this holiday season, come in for a photo session and take advantage of all our great gift ideas – a necklace for mom, cufflinks for dad, photo book or handbag for grandma, and greeting cards to share with the rest of your family and friends. As a bonus, between now and Christmas, every session receives a complimentary 8x10 2013 calendar. *orders must be placed same day as session to receive free calendar.
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Baby’s 1st Christmas For many families, a baby’s first Christmas is a big milestone. Your little one will be fascinated with the sparkling lights, brightly wrapped presents, holiday decorations and the excitement in the air, but it’s a time to remember these safety tips to keep baby safe.
Choose only toys that are suitable for your child’s age group.
Older children’s toys with small parts are a choking hazard for children under three years.
Make sure battery-operated toys are in good condition and that the batteries are not accessible to children.
Dispose of packing materials (styrofoam pellets, wrapping paper and plastic bags) immediately. Children can choke or suffocate on these items.
Keep Christmas trees secured in a sturdy stand and away from high-traffic areas, doorways, radiators and fireplaces.
Never leave a burning candle unattended and always keep candles out of the reach of children and away from anything that can catch on fire.
Choose tinsel, artificial icicles and other trimmings made of plastic or non-leaded metals and avoid decorating the lower branches for crawling and walking babies and toddlers.
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on vacations taken together with fondness; others may happily remember quality time spent together during family game night or visits to the park. As long as effort is made to create an environment where there are limited outside distractions and interaction is engaging, any family activity can be filled with cherished moments. How does a family go about initiating engaging activities that create lasting memories? First, it is integral to decide how you want to spend your time together. It’s not the same for every family; proactively decide what’s best for yours. Consider the following examples:
Plan a family event such as a regularly scheduled movie night; participation in sporting activities; or having a meal at a restaurant.
Establish a new tradition, or revive an old one during special family events. This could involve making a traditional family recipe together; singing songs; or telling family stories.
Plan a day-trip to the zoo, library, weekend getaway or a week long family vacation. Going somewhere with your family can be a memorable experience for children of all ages.
Setting some time aside each day to talk with your children about their daily life and school events helps to establish lasting family bonds.
Once the chosen activity or event has been selected, it is important to eliminate distractions. Turn off cell phones and laptops, and let this time take priority over other tasks. Since it is scheduled family time, consider it just like any other important meeting. The opportunity to spend time with your young family is not available endlessly. Sooner rather than later, children grow up and families disperse so take advantage of those years when making family memories is still possible. In doing so, you will foster a shared family heritage with your children. Although I’ve grown up, moved away from my home province and no longer as enchanted by Disneyland as I once was, I still cherish the family memories my parents took the time and effort to establish with me and for that, I am always grateful. • Cara is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Psychology. She works in the Communications Department at the BC Council for Families, where she enthusiastically advocates for families and professionals serving families.
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new school year has started and I’m deciding whether or not Q:“The I should get my daughter a tutor. Can you help?” Pam, Coquitlam
Does Your Child Need a Tutor?
More children than ever are using tutoring services outside of school. According to recent research, one third of the children in your child’s class are working with a tutor. While some of these are children who are struggling at school, many of them are not. Often, they are average or even high-achieving students whose parents simply want to help them improve their academic performance. In other words, these parents want to make sure their children have every opportunity to succeed. During the 1990s, the number of companies offering tutoring grew between 200% and 500% in major Canadian cities. After 20 years of rapid growth in after-school tutoring, are we now seeing an increase in the number of “smarter” children in our schools? The answer is simple. No. In many cases, parents get tutoring for their children simply because they feel pressured to “keep up with the Joneses”. They feel a need to offer their child anything and everything to give them an academic advantage. Sadly, this “advantage” often comes at the expense of something that is vitally important for a child’s development – time for play. More than ever, parents have come to associate playtime with unproductive time. Parents are often uncomfortable when their child is not involved in some sort of organized activity, yet it is through play that children learn and develop critical skills, like problem-solving, planning, executing, and creative thinking. All skills possessed by the most successful CEOs today. There are certainly some children who can benefit greatly from working with an experienced tutor. A tutor can help establish good learning habits. They can provide support for children with specific learning challenges. Or they can simply help your child catch up if he needs help achieving the expected academic level in a specific subject. So how do you know when your child really needs help? Here are seven things to think about before you hire a tutor:
Quality of Programs Make sure that the school your child is attending is offering a program that is challenging and stimulating. If your child is bored all day at school, it is time to consider talking to their teacher, or looking for other options.
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Talk to Your Child’s School Book a meeting with the school to find out how your child is doing. Does your child participate in class? Do they feel comfortable and accepted? Are they shy about asking questions? Do they get along with others? Do they have at least one good friend that they like to play with at school? Answering these questions will help you figure out if your child needs academic help or if something else is getting in the way of their academic performance. Children sometimes feel anxiety about school and working with your child’s teacher and the school can give your child the environment needed to succeed. Find out if your child is distracted during the day. Sometimes, children have difficulty concentrating at school. There may be too much noise, or he/she may be too far from the front of the classroom and can’t see well, or perhaps they are simply spending too much time fooling around with their friends. There could be physical distractions too. They might be feeling hungry or maybe they are finding it difficult to sit still for seven hours a day. (I dare you to try to sit and focus, without moving, for that amount of time). Before making your child’s day even longer by signing them up with a tutor, meet with your child’s teacher to come up with strategies that will help your child and, most likely, the whole class. Getting up and moving around, especially if they can get some fresh air in the process, is essential for children. Unfortunately, many schools don’t offer enough of these opportunities to children. Some have eliminated recess altogether! Talk to your child’s school. If necessary, you could volunteer to come up with ways that all students have a chance to be active throughout the day.
Below the Surface Make sure that your child is not suffering from anxiety or even depression. This is an increasingly common problem. Children as young as nine are having anxiety attacks, physical complaints, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Do you have an educational q uestion for Natacha? Email her at a sk natacha@ur ba nbaby.ca As we adults are driven to perform at an increasingly fast and complex pace, our children are often dragged along as well. This is not healthy for our children, and has long-term effects on their health. Talk to your child. Don’t probe, just set some time aside each day to talk. Go for a walk together or take advantage of time in the car and just listen. Listen to your child without judging, dismissing, or interfering in what they have to say. Listen the way you listen to your spouse or a good friend. If your child feels anxious or unhappy, adding a tutor and more school work to the equation might simply result in more stress, aggravating the situation. It could also send your child the wrong message that they are not doing well enough and need extra help after school.
Let Them Play! Make sure your child has plenty of time for unstructured outdoor play throughout the day and after school. Sport practices are good for getting the body moving, but not for giving the mind a break. Sports require constant alertness and focus, and they do not help the mind to rest. Shooting some basketball hoops with the neighbours is a much better option for this purpose.
Sleep Is Valuable for Little Minds Make sure your child gets plenty of restful sleep. Keep electronic devices out of their bedroom, so your child is not disturbed. Sometimes children have a hard time falling asleep. They may spend up to three hours in their bed tossing and turning before they actually fall asleep. Help your child by turning off all screens, TV and computers by 8pm, and opting for a quiet activity, or a book instead. Research shows that late screen time is associated with sleep problems. You can also teach your child to meditate. Even
mindful breathing techniques will help clear the mind and induce sleep.
Parents are the Best Tutors Before you hire a tutor, try helping your child with their homework. This can help to strengthen the bond between you and your child - provided you don’t lose your patience while doing it - and it offers an opportunity for your child to talk to you about what is going on at school. Make this an enjoyable routine and try for at least a month before you decide to pass the torch to a tutor. Try these steps first. Chances are your child won’t need a tutor, but if he/she does, make sure you do your research. Don’t assume that all tutors know what they are doing. Search for one that has good credentials, good references, and who gets along well with your child. Before committing to a longterm tutoring relationship, create an action plan and decide together what will be accomplished and by when. Re-evaluate often and ask the person who knows best about your child’s progress: your child. • Natacha is a writer, speaker, teacher, and the founder of CEFA Early Learning and Junior Kindergarten Schools (www.cefa.ca). You can reach her at www.natachabeim.com
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M om’s the Boss:
Meet Six Mom Entrepreneurs Read about six inspiring mom entrepreneurs and the stories behind their homegrown businesses. Having experienced challenges such as job loss or the pressure of creating new products, all while raising children these six moms had the determination, passion and desire to be their own boss. You may find inspiration for your new business!
Angela Schroeder, Haute Tots www.hautetots.ca Angela Schroeder, mom of two, combined her creative mind and a love for expression through color, trends, and style! When Angela was pregnant with her first child, she was a fashion studies teacher and taught her students to sew and crochet their own individual looks. Demand grew faster than Angela’s hands could crochet. Haute Tots has grown to a nationally recognized trend for haute babes everywhere. Haute Tots has expanded with such additions as leg warmers, boot cuffs, and beautiful cowl neck scarves. Find Haute Tots at favorite baby boutiques across Canada.
Wendy Godfrey, Better Baby Bums www.betterbabybums.com Wendy Godfrey, mom of three, is the owner of Better Baby Bums. Having a passion for organics and raising two children who suffered from asthma, Wendy started purchasing organic and eco-friendly cleaning products and household items. Better Baby Bums is a one-stop shop for environmentally friendly baby and family products delivered right to your home or office. Order your eco-friendly products online.
Wendy Armbruster Bell, Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear www.snugabell.com Wendy Armbruster Bell, mom of two, is the founder of Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear. With years in the fashion industry, Wendy identified a need for a hands-free pumping device. Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear designs and manufactures award-winning maternity, nursing and pumping products for women who are not willing to sacrifice fashion for function. Their products include the Toni Top line of clothing, PumpEase fashionable hands-free pumping bra and PumpEase organic hands-free pumping bra. Find the Snugabell product lines at over 200 retailers in 19 countries and online.
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www.urbanbaby.ca Amanda Moat,
Westcoast Baby westcoastbaby.ca Amanda Moat, mom of two, with a background in sewing and design started Westcoast Baby along with her business partner. Inspired by their new beautiful babies and the lack of practical and stylish layette items, they began their business venture. Westcoast Baby designs luxurious and beautiful Bamboo Layette items. Their product line features bright bold colours and modern styling. Infant Kimono Wrap and Cocoon Blanket are both made in Canada. The clothing line has taken traditional Japanese shapes and vintage practicality; and added a whimsy of funky colour. Find Westcoast Baby in over 100 retailers across Canada and US.
Jenny Chavarri, Boské Kids www.boskekids.com Jenny Chavarri, mom of one, is the owner of Boské Kids a children’s clothing line for newborn to age six. Having a background in corporate sales and marketing and with a concern for harmful chemicals in everyday products Jenny started her business. After the birth of her daughter Jenny arranged to import quality textiles to the Canadian market. She then created partnerships with small-scale, family-owned manufacturers in Peru that use fair-trade, environmentally friendly practices for her all-natural children’s clothing line. Find Boské Kids clothing in many high-end baby and children’s boutiques in BC and Alberta.
Denise Whitney, Parking Pal www.parkingpalmagnet.com Denise Whitney, mom of three, is the creator of the Parking Pal Magnet and Penalty Pal, a unique, one-of-kind parenting tool. The Parking Pal is a car magnet used in parking lots to give kids a safe spot to stand while parents load or unload packages, look for keys or tend to the baby. A color border and kid’s palm print in the middle is what kids love to put their hand on. The Penalty Pal is a removable wall decal used for time outs and helps encourage positive behavior in children. Find the Parking and Penalty Pal at various retailers and online. •
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Baltic Amber Baby A drug free way to help your baby and toddler during teething. Amber has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to relieve pain in both young children and adults. Every necklace uses a twist screw closure, or strong plastic twist clasp for safety. For babies eight weeks and up. Necklace should be removed from baby’s neck at bedtime. Item is not designed to be bitten or chewed.
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iTikes Canvas Takes Etch-a-Sketch one stage further, offering a large protective case to house your iPad as your child plays. Includes a series of buttons that work as stamps within the accompanying drawing app and a stylus to help your child draw and colour. When used with the iPad app the stylus produces music, lights, and sound effects.
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With over 50 layouts and a push peg system that lets you hang it in minutes, this new collage wall product make it super easy to showcase your favourite images. IN-STORE: Bopomo Pictures, Vancouver
Your little chef will love this gourmet kitchen by Hape. The simple design offers loads of playtime possibilities. Available at Pebble 2675 Arbutus St, Vancouver IN-STORE: Pebble, Vancouver
Building on the worldwide success of the original Strider, the new 2012 Strider ST-3 balance bike takes toddler bike fit and performance to a whole new level. IN-STORE: jack&lola, North Vancouver
Bamboo Printed Footies
Baby Cocoon Bath Seat
Coco & Tini Conditioner
This ultra-soft organic bamboo footed sleeper with centre zipper that goes down babyâ€™s leg for easy dressing and diaper changing.
From birth until baby sits up. Provides an extra pair of hands when bathing baby. Supports baby while giving them the freedom to enjoy bathtime.
End the hair brushing battles with this 100% natural-source detangler. Leaves hair soft, shiny and easy to comb through. Moms love to use it on their hair too!
IN-STORE: Little Earth, Vancouver ONLINE: www.silkberrybaby.com
IN-STORE: Babyâ€™s World, Coquitlam ONLINE: www.babysworld.ca
MamaTENS my time
Eter nally Hooked
Coco & Tini Hand Soap
MamaTENS is a digital TENS unit recommended by midwives worldwide. Provides control, comfort and confidence during labour. Now available in Canada.
Wide variety of handmade crochet hats, headbands and photography props. This newborn crown is very popular and accented with rhinestones. Perfect gift for baby showers.
This foaming hand soap is perfect beside any sink at home. Sulfate free and contains no parabens or artificial fragrance. A little goes a long way with this gentle cleansing foam.
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| by Chelene Knight
Talking to Your Tween About Puber ty
We invite you to check out our new special UrbanKid feature for parents of children ages 6 to 12. We recognize that in this era of more and more blended families, it is common to have toddlers and tweens growing up in the same household. Watch for UrbanKid articles in subsequent editions of Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine and read related articles on our website at
“Mommy, I think I need a bra.” My then eight-year old daughter said to me one day while looking down at her chest. I was floored. I wasn’t sure what to say or do in that moment but quickly realized this was something I needed to address. It occurred to me that the way in which I approached this was going to set the tone for the series of “growing up talks” we would have in subsequent years. Preparing yourself and your approach for talks about puberty is key to building trust, and a solid foundation for two-way communication with your child. Get books from the library. Let them read alone and come to you when they have questions. Check for informative, fun, kid-friendly books in the children’s section of the library. Ask your local librarian for some popular recommendations. When my daughter was reading such books, I would check in with her daily and ask how the reading was going and if she found out anything she didn’t know or wanted to know more about. I discovered that she was more confident in talking about these changes with me once I began sharing my personal experience. She was very interested in learning more and was comfortable asking questions. Jackie, a mother of two young girls says, “My nine-year old daughter has questions so I keep things on a need-to-know basis. If I feel she is old enough to know and understand something, I’ll tell her. It isn’t necessary to share all the nitty-gritty at once.” It is best to try to find a balance between being a great source of information, and making your child feel comfortable coming to you with anything and everything”. Awareness of early puberty has increased in recent years and related news reports have provoked parental anxiety. When
visiting with families dealing with these concerns, similar questions come up: What is happening to my child? How shall I talk to him or her? How do I prepare them for other changes to come? Though early puberty remains a relatively rare condition many children still experience a few distinct changes early such as sweating, odour, and more body hair. The majority of children affected by early puberty are girls. In spite of news reports, recent statistics show that menstruation, has not changed much in the last fifty years, starting on average at 12 and a half years. Creating a comfortable environment so your child can talk openly about sensitive topics is very important. They need to be able to come to you with questions and concerns even though you may not have all the answers. By making a sincere effort to reassure them that all the changes are completely normal and unavoidable, as parents we are on the right track to keeping the lines of communication open for the rest of their lives. •
Be Aware When Your Child Is: • Spending more time in the bathroom (looking at the changes for example such as new hair and body growth). • Feeling self-conscious wearing certain clothes. • Caring more about their appearance. • Comparing themselves to their peers. • Asking questions about their body and certain bodily functions. • Requiring deodorant. Chelene is a freelance writer living in Vancouver. She enjoys watching movies with her ten year old daughter Desiraye when not working on her first novel.
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Winter Family Fun!
November 2012 Nov 3 – Dec 8, 11-3pm: Bakers Market Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Van cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes and much more. bakersmarket.com Nov 4, 10am – 4pm: Mom Inc. Movement Delta Casino & Conf Centre 4331 Dominion Street, Bby, variety of vendors, workshops and guest speakers, prizes and hourly draws. momincmovement.com Nov 21, 1pm–7pm: Lower Mainland Toy & Product Fair Coast Hotel & Conv Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley +50 exhibitors, unique, innovative gifts, photo contest and on site babysitting. langleycdc.com Nov 19 – Nov 30, 6pm: Festival of Trees Van Island Conference Centre, Victoria Live entertainment, holiday treats and children’s activities. viu.ca/festival Nov 21 - Jan 3, 6pm: Festival of Trees Four Seasons Hotel, Van Live entertainment, holiday treats and children’s activities Support BC Children’s Hospital. bcchf.ca/events
Nov 26 - Jan 1: Heritage Christmas Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Bby. An old-fashioned holiday with entertainment. burnabyvillagemuseum.ca Nov 30 - Jan 2, 3-10pm: Bright Nights Stanley Park, Van. Train ride through twinkling forest,animated displays, hot chocolate. Admission applies. vancouver.ca
December 2012 Dec 1, 6pm: Magic of Christmas Parade East down Fraser Hwy from 204 to 207 St, Langley. downtownlangley.com Dec 1, 4-8pm: Christmas in the Maple Ridge Memorial Peace Park Hot chocolate, photos with Santa, arts & crafts, music. mapleridge.ca Dec 1 - 23: Carol Ships Parade of Lights Vancouver Harbour decorated boats and 100,000 lights. carolships.org
Dec 10- Jan 2, 4:30-9pm: Festival of Lights Van Dusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St Van. Highlights include Santa’s livingroom, dancing, lights, choirs. vandusen.org Dec 15 - 16, 9-11:30am: Breakfast with Santa Vancouver Convention Centre Ballrooms, 999 Cambie St. Van Buffet style breakfast, Santa, family entertainment. Buy tickets in advance. christmas.canadaplace.ca/ Breakfast_with_Santa
Ongoing Events Shop ‘n Stroll Fitness Various Weekdays Mom & Baby Fitness Class Sponsored by your local Shopping Centre. Free to Attend. Registration required. shopnstroll.ca Salsa Babies & Salsa Tots Every Wednesday 11:00am & 11:30am Dance Class for Mom & Baby/ Toddler. Sponsored by Brentwood Town Centre. Free to Attend. Registration required. runnersandbootiesfitness.com
Dec 2, 1pm: Rogers Santa Claus Parade Van. Downtown W Georgia & Howe St. dazzling floats, Santa, treats and live music. rogerssantaclausparade.com
Movies For Mommies Weekly Shows of New Releases. Grab bags and special guests. Stroller friendly, diaper change area. moviesformommies.com
Contact event organizers with info provided to confirm details.
Allison • Vancouver, BC
Amelita, 20 months
1. What is the best part of about being a mom? The best part of about being a Mom is waking up in the morning knowing that each day will be full of joyful moments and new adventures. 2. What is your favorite activity to do with your child? Our favourite activities are always outside. Amelita absolutely loves our new front-riding baby BOBIKE seat; stroller runs with our run group; hiking and of course, the park. 3. What is your favorite television show? We don’t watch a huge amount of TV, however we just finished watching Breaking Bad. 4. What is the last book you’ve read? I just finished reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block. For Amelita, the method described works wonders and prevents meltdowns instantly. 5. What is one product or service you can’t live without? As a running coach who brings my baby to work with me, I could not live without my BOB Ironman Stroller. It’s light and agile. I can get groceries with it on the way home and it fits on the bus. 6. How do you find some “Mommy Time”? (able to find a break from the kids or take time for yourself?) When faced with some pretty nasty injuries, I spend at least a half an hour each day stretching and doing ball release work. When I am pushing Amelita in her stroller, I consider that my mommy time too. I also relish the time I spend putting Amelita to bed because later I can relax with my Kobo.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR Cutest Baby Photo Contest Winners from our Fall 2012 Bellies to Babies Celebration
Brayden 6 months
Sarafina 8 months
6 months Winner of the Cutest Baby Photo Contest & our 2013 Bellies to Babies Celebration Tradeshow Baby!
Photos courtesy of Leina Wade Photography
Special Thanks To All Our Sponsors & Exhibitors For A Fantastic 2012 Tradeshow Season!
Our Winter Issue is all about Creating Memories and Mom Self-Care. Read about finding time for mom, creating family memories, and our specia...
Published on Nov 11, 2012
Our Winter Issue is all about Creating Memories and Mom Self-Care. Read about finding time for mom, creating family memories, and our specia...