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5 Tips to Take Your Own Baby Pictures

Monday, April 27, 2015 12:07:33 PM America/Edmonton


baby photosPictures are a must when you have a new baby but they can be costly and formulaic. It can seem daunting for a new mom to take studio quality pictures, but snapping that perfect shot of your boy or girl is easier than you think. With some natural lighting, a couple of props and relaxed attitude, you will have a great print in no time!

 

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5 Reasons to Visit Baby & Beyond Today | Edmonton Baby Store

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:53:00 PM America/Edmonton

Edmonton baby storeIn the past 14 years Baby&Beyond has gone from a local Sherwood Park baby store, to a specialized baby boutique that offers high end baby gifts, maternity products, baby & toddler clothing, footwear and more!  We are thrilled to have so many amazing customers across Canada and especially in our home base of Sherwood Park, Alberta. In fact we’d like to see more of your pretty (and handsome) faces more often! So we have complied a list of reasons why you should come and visit us in person at our Sherwood Park Store.

  1. Our Baby Carriers are the bomb! We carry a huge selection of carriers in-store for you to come and try on. Choose from the best brands: ERGO, Baby K’Tan, Lillebaby, and Moby.  Not only do we have the best carriers, we also offer in-store only fittings! We can adjust your carrier so it’s just right for you and your precious cargo.
  2. We’ve got the goods for “the girls”. It is a fact: we have the cutest, sexiest and most comfortable nursing bras right in our store. Breastfeeding can be stylish too!  If you come in to take a look, we will fit you and send you home with some fancy and functional lingerie.
  3. If you’re looking for kids’ footwear, look no further. Our selection is so vast we can’t even name all of the brands here… But we’ll try! Shop from Robeez, PediPed, Fila, Skechers, Wilson, TOMS, Stride Rite and so many more! Bring your little buddy in for a proper she fitting and we’ll have them suited up for spring in no time!
  4. We’re the cheekiest… We can say that because of our Apple Cheeks cloth diapers selection. We always have the latest colours and innovations from one of the best cloth diaper companies in the world.
  5. Come for little OR a long while! Our store is cozy – so cozy that we felt the need to have an awesome play area and a coffee bar! We want your shopping experience to be relaxing, comfortable and stress free.

We also guarantee that if we don’t have the colour or style you’d like, we can order it in for you and you won’t have to pay shipping! What are you waiting for? Come and visit Sherwood Park and Edmonton’s premiere baby boutique today!

124, 2755 Broadmoor Boulevard,
Sherwood Park, AB
780-416-2188

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Book a Baby & Beyond Home Party! | Alberta Baby Store

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:18:16 PM America/Edmonton

work from home albertaFor 14 years Baby & Beyond  has been Canada’s premier baby boutique offering a unique and diverse selection of gifts baby gear, baby and toddler clothing and footwear, all natural baby products, and pregnancy necessities too! The past year has brought new and exciting products and innovations including “Beyond the Boutique” – a home-based business that brings Baby & Beyond’s fantastic product samples right to your doorstep.

What is Beyond the Boutique?

A Beyond the Boutique party is beyond fun! When you book a home party with one of our licensed affiliate sales reps, you’ll have the chance to touch, feel and smell (yes, smell!) dozens of baby products so you know the quality that Baby & Beyond’s brands offer. Home party guests can shop from our full line of available products. Our home parties offer:

  • Hostess Gifts!
  • Up to $200 in free products*!
  • Hard to find items right in your home.
  • A fun night, afternoon or morning shopping with your friends!

And best of all you can book a party to fit your and your child’s schedule – no babysitting required. (Unless you WANT there to be babysitting…) Kids are welcome at our parties.

What are you waiting for? To book a Baby & Beyond home party, click here.

*dependent on sales at your party

 

Work from Home Opportunity

Are you interested in running your own home business? Becoming a licensed affiliate sales rep offers great benefits! Ours is a unique opportunity because no other home-based business offers baby and mom products like we do. You will earn commission on your sales and set your own hours as a Beyond the Boutique rep. You can work around your child’s naps, extracurricular activities and even other part time jobs.

If you are a self-motivated people person this may be the right fit for you. Contact us today to get more information about becoming a Beyond the Boutique Rep!

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How to Keep Your Toddler Active Indoors | Parenting Tips

Monday, January 26, 2015 6:46:50 PM America/Edmonton

toddler toysCanadian winters can bring us bright sunshine, chinooks and light fluffy snow… It can also bring us sidewalks like skating rinks, deep freeze temperatures and near blinding blizzards. When the weather is a little less than desirable for outdoor activities, don’t fret. There are still many indoor activities you can do to keep your toddler moving in your own house.

Play Games
Games are one of the easiest and best way to keep your kids active indoors. There is a long list of games you can play and kids love to play. This is also a great way to spend quality time with them. Toddlers and preschoolers will be too young for most board games, so teaching them these classics is a smart bet:

  • Ring Around the Rosy
  • Simon Says
  • Hide & Seek
  • Balloon Toss (see how long both of you can keep a balloon afloat)
  • Freeze Dance (stop dancing when the music stops)
  • Tag (you will need a safe area to run around for this)
  • Floor puzzles can also keep them moving, and they are generally very affordable
  • Activity walkers are great for those that like to push and pull

When all else fails, tickle fights can be a blast too!

Role Play
Kids love to role play and luckily, most of the games will keep them moving enough to tire them out. Playing “What animal am I?” is a great way to learn about their favourite creatures. And how about the old standby, pirates and princesses? Swashbuckling sword fights with paper towel roles are always a hit, as is paying dress up in mommy or daddy’s clothes.

Online Fun
The internet has a lot to offer our little ones in the way of activity. Dancing videos (think JustDance) are a lot of fun to try and imitate and can be found on Youtube, as can pretty much any music video or TV show they may be interested in seeing. A lot of their favourites have danceable songs and activity suggestions. Or, why not try looking up a Yoga video for kids? It’s a great hobby and may help them settle in to nap time as well.

Chores
We all have chores to get done so why not let your toddler help with some of them? Dusting baseboards and washing walls may not sound like fun to you, but it’s a great way to get them active and give them some responsibility.

For some great toddler and preschool toys and activities, click here.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Toddler Meltdowns During the Holidays | Baby & Kids

Friday, December 19, 2014 7:02:24 PM America/Edmonton

baby & kids clothingIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Until your toddler has a meltdown at the shopping mall, or the family dinner, or on Christmas morning. These are the moments that leave us all rethinking this whole holiday thing. Meltdowns are a natural part of the holidays due to the later nights, limited napping time and influx of sugar, but there are some things you can do to make sure that your little one stays on the “Nice” list.

  1.  Always be prepared with your toddler survival essentials. This is especially important during this time of the year. Bring your diaper bag or backpack filled to the brim with sippy cups, diapers (or training pants), a change of clothes, the favourite toy and snacks. No matter where you’re headed, having all of the necessities to keep them satisfied is a must.
  2. If your child is shy around crowds, holiday dinners might do them in. The overstimulation and intimidation of being thrust I a crowd of (what they consider to be) strangers can be frightening. Sit down with your toddler beforehand and explain “there will be a lot of people we love at dinner and they love you too! So let’s be very nice and shake their hands.” Aso it doesn’t make the scenario easier by forcing them to give hugs and kisses. Just let them do things in their own time.
  3. Trying to avoid a meltdown on Santa’s lap is a tricky one. The first step is, if at all possible, not to wait in a line for 2 hours. It’s frustrating, hot and boring – adults hate it too. Try to go at a less busy time of day if possible. Also, don’t force them to go by themselves or sit on his lap. Your can go ad stand near Santa and be in the picture too.
  4. If you’re doing some last-minute shopping, remember the cardinal toddler-in-the-mall rules: They must have their busy toys, snacks, water and essentials. A stroller is a good option too – even if they won’t sit in it, it’s great for hauling your loot. Take them when they are well rested and let them stop and look around and take in the music and decorations too. Make it a fun trip! If you sense they’ve had enough but you’re not finished shopping, take them to a bench for a break and a snack or even a short story.
  5. Christmas dinner can be meltdown central so the first step is to not put so much pressure on you toddler to act like a grown-up. There’s no reason to let them skip out completely or be rude at the table, but if they’ve had enough to constitute a full tummy, let them get down from the table and play beside you with a puzzle, colouring book or put on a Christmas show in a nearby room for them. That way you can finish your dinner and they’ll be having fun too.

Wishing you all a meltdown free holiday season!

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Discover the Healing Touch of Babyreflex! | Parenting Tips

Friday, October 10, 2014 7:04:00 PM America/Edmonton

parenting tipsMost people have heard of reflexology but not everyone knows what it is and the benefits it can bring. Reflexology is a relaxing foot massage and works by stimulating the nerve endings on the foot which correspond to organs and zones of the body and treats the entire body and tones the system. In adults, specific conditions such as arthritis, migraines and insomnia are treated and reflexology is also useful for relaxation and stress.

Following 15 years of extensive research into the effects of regular Reflexology on Childhood Asthma, the results showed relaxation, improved sleep and child/parent bonding which encouraged Chartered Physiotherapist Jenny Lee to create Baby reflex in 2005.

Research has shown that Baby Reflexology is effective in easing discomforts such as:

  • colic
  • reflux
  • congested ears
  • blocked nose
  • teething
  • asthma
  • eczema
  • poor appetite
  • hyperactivity
  • anxiety

Results for babies are often experienced immediately and can soothe a cranky baby or help to relieve tummy pains or constipation.

Infant Colic in particular can be very stressful to deal with. A study recently carried out by the Danish Reflexology Association overseen by Danish paediatricians and GPs, documented 30 colicky babies aged between 4 to 13 weeks who were given regular Reflexology treatments. Their responses to the reflexology treatments for the alleviation of their symptoms were recorded. All of the babies in the study were significantly helped by the treatments.

Children with Autism and children with special needs can also respond very positively after receiving Reflexology treatment. Reflexology is a fantastic natural option for calming babies, boosting their immune system and supporting the growing body.

A good time to try foot reflexology is before a nap or after the baby’s evening bath, before bedtime when they will be most relaxed and ready. You can use a small dab of baby oil to add some “cushion” between your fingers and the feet, or you can choose to use nothing at all.

Your baby may want to kick their legs during the routine; let them kick and be comfortable. As they become familiar with the reflexology and how it feels they will start to remain a little stiller.

Do this routine on both feet for just a minute or so. A few minutes of reflexology two to three times a day can be enough to be effective. Gentle pressure is all you need, similar to wiping your baby’s skin clean. A good sign that the baby has had enough is when they withdraw their feet. They intuitively know when they’ve had enough.

Find a hold or cuddle that suits you and your baby, relax and enjoy. Just a loving touch from mom or dad can bring about tremendous natural healing!

baby reflexology

You can learn specific techniques to meet your baby’s needs from a qualified instructor. You can also refer to the foot chart to target specific areas. Here is a very basic routine to get you started:

  1. Hold both feet gently but steadily. Speak to your baby about what you are doing; this helps them to become familiar with the routine as they will learn to associate the word reflexology with the experience.  It also later allows your baby to refuse if they do not want reflexology at that time.
  2. Rub the feet all over.  Long sweeping strokes work well, but you will find your own preferred method.
  3. Glide your thumb or finger gently but firmly up the base of the foot from the heel to the base of each toe. These lines are the five zones of each foot.
  4. Massage the tops of the feet from the toes to the ankles by rotating your thumb in circles moving across the foot. With smaller babies you may prefer to use the pad of your finger rather than your thumb.
  5. Massage each toe in turn, circling the base of the toes and gliding down the front.
  6. Massage the base of each foot using thumb circles. Move from the heel up to the toes until the whole foot area has been massaged.
  7. Finish with a lovely rub all over the feet.

 For more information on Babyreflex, contact us today.

   

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Preschool Bedtime Routines That Work |Baby & Toddler Tips

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:11:30 PM America/Edmonton

baby & toddler products tipsSchool is in session  - kids and parents alike feel the exhaustion set in about the second week. When school starts there tends to be a scramble to cement an earlier bedtime and this can result in tantrums, crying and headaches… (And that’s just the parents!) All joking aside, building a solid bedtime routine for your preschooler can make all the difference in not only their day, but their health and the sleep habits that are set for their youth.

Preschoolers need a few things in regards to their bedtime:

  1. A good sleep.
  2. A great big hug and kiss.
  3. Boundaries!

So how do we achieve the aforementioned bedtime needs?

A proper bed time. Many people think their children aren’t tired when they put them to bed, but in reality their children are overtired causing restlessness, and anxiety. Most children 3-6 years old need about 10-12 hours of sleep per day. (You may have to factor in a nap of your child is at the younger end of the spectrum.) When kids are overtired, their body releases a stress hormone called cortisol that makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you see this behaviour in your own little one, try moving up his or her bedtime by a half an hour and see if that does the trick.

Also, make sure bedtime and the bedtime routine is consistent – every night, during the summer as well. Try to wake them up at the same time every day as well.

Give your child choices. Sometimes we as parents can seem a little forceful when it comes to bedtime. This in turn can cause meltdowns. Why not try give your child choices so they can feel like they have a say? Your boundaries should still stay in place: bedtime, one story, potty break, brushing teeth etc. , but giving your child “either/or choices will give them a sense of empowerment. Some examples would be:

  • Do you want teddy or bunny tonight?
  • Do you want your blue or purple pajamas?
  • Do you want your Sesame Street book or your Dora book?

Give your child comfort items. Allow them to have a favourite stuffed animal, baby, blanket or something that will replace you or Dad to cuddle with all night.

Have a wind-down session every night. About 30 minutes before bed time, plan some wind down activities. A warm bath, a story with mom or Dad and some kids' lullabye music in the background are good examples of the lead up to the official goodnight.  It also acts as a “warning” that bedtime is near.

For more Baby & Toddler products and tips visit our website.

       

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Get Your Toddler Ready for Preschool

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:15:56 PM America/Edmonton

toddler footwearPreschool is an exciting time for both parents and children. Both parents and children get a few hours of much needed freedom. If your child has never been in a school setting before, he or she may be anxious or even scared (and parents might be as well.) Here are a few easy tips to get your toddler ready for their new adventure!

Go Shopping! Your child will not need much for preschool. Most likely a pair of indoor footwear, small backpack, a lunch bag and maybe his or her favourite stuffed animal will complete the list. Make sure the shoes are easy to put on and comfortable if the group is doing physical activity. Take your child with you and if possible, let them choose the backpack and shoes that they like the most – this will help them get more excited to use the “preschool supplies”. If your child has to bring a snack, use handy portable snack cups and a cute lunch bag. Make sure to label everything!

A week or two before school starts, see if you can arrange a quick visit to show your toddler where all the fun and learning will take place.

Talk about the preschool experience with your child and let them ask questions. Ask how they are feeling about going to preschool but make sure that you are positive and patient as they will pick up on your anxieties as well.

Play “Preschool” at home! Have your child act out what will happen in preschool: singing songs, playing games, putting on his or her shoes are all great activities to prepare them. Read books about preschool with your child. There are many books that are about going to preschool or a child’s first day. Go to the library or book store and ask for a couple – your toddler will probably enjoy hearing about other preschool experiences.

Create some at-home crafts o your child can get into the swing of things before the first day. Cutting play dough, gluing and tracing A-B-C’s help them with their fine motor skills. Don’t worry about what information they are retaining at this point – they are going to preschool to learn after all!

Set a preschool bedtime and start using it ASAP to get your toddler ready for earlier mornings. This might go over easier if it's called the "Big Girl" or "Big Boy" Bedtime.

On the first day of preschool: keep your goodbyes short and sweet, and don’t linger if you hear your child crying. The school will call you if the crying continues throughout class (most of the time it stops as soon as Mom and Dad are out of sight!)

Shop our toddler clothing and footwear selections with your little one today!

 

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Sun Protection Tips for Babies & Toddlers|

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:48:00 PM America/Edmonton

pop-up-outdoor-sunshade-6504pKeeping babies and toddlers protected from the sun can be a full-time job in the summer. We all want our kids to experience the sun and have a great time toddling around but the heat and the sun's harsh rays can put a stop to that with some unhappy consequences. Sunstroke heatstroke and painful sunburns can turn your beach party into a drag. Sometimes all three of these maladies can sneak up on you; all can cause pain, fever, dehydration and more. before you head out into the sun, try some of these easy sun protection tips for babies and toddlers.

Babies 0-6 Months: If you've got a little one in this age range the key to protection is very simple - steer clear of the sun whenever possible. Doctors do not recommend sunscreen on babies this age so their delicate skin should be covered with a lightweight cotton. Also, a wide-brimmed hat and some baby sunglasses will protect their heads, ears, face and eyes. A sunshade works wonders if you're going to be outdoors as well.

When you're taking your infant for a drive make sure to run the car's A/C first to cool it down and don't layer clothing or use blankets - keep them cool and calm. Make sure to have water or breastmilk on hand and keep them hydrated as well.

6 Months and Up: For little ones above the age of 6 months things are a little more complicated because they are movers and shakers and don't want to be stopped for something as bothersome as sun protection! But fear not, there are tons of ways to keep your baby or toddler chilled out.

The sun's rays are the hottest between 10 am - 4 pm so if it's a really hot day you may want to steer clear of them during this time. Instead choose air conditioned locations like malls or libraries for your outings. If you are going outside, park your stroller in the shade and make sure your little guy or gal have some shade-friendly activities.

Slather on the baby & kids' sunscreen to any exposed skin at least 30 mins before you're headed out and reapply it every to hours or after swimming. Make sure you choose a Broad Spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and choose SPF 15 or higher. If using a spray-on sunscreen, don't apply it directly to your child's face - spray it on your hands first and then rub it in to the skin gently avoiding the eye area. Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days. Sometimes the worst sunburns happen because we think the sun is hiding, but it is in face still possible to get a bad sunburn on these days.

Cover the rest of your baby or toddler's skin with very lightweight cotton clothing or clothing that has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). Hats and sunglasses are a must during the day. And if you're going swimming outdoors try a UV swimsuit and take frequent breaks out of the sun.

For more baby and kids sun protection products visit Baby & Beyond.

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Baby Massage Class: June 19

Monday, June 9, 2014 6:12:11 PM America/Edmonton

baby massage

On June 19 Baby & Beyond is hosting a baby massage class featuring Certified Infant Massage Instructor Mystique Phan. The session will include an interactive and fun infant massage demonstration and "Question & Answer" session. The focus of the demonstration will be the legs and feet, which improves blood circulation and helps tone and relax those developing little muscles. Those who are pregnant are also welcome to discover the world of infant massage! All you need is a doll and you can follow along.

Admission is free, but registration via Eventbrite is essential.

Click here to register.

All attendees will receive a grab bag of great items including a $10 coupon off a semi-private or private infant massage series registration. Additionally, Baby and Beyond is offering 15% off infant essentials, baby gifts and toddler goodies for the duration of the event.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is there an age limit for babies that participate in the demonstration?
A: We focus on babies ranging from newborn and up to 12 months. There are exceptions, so please contact Mystique (mystique@loveyourbabymassage.com or 780/668-7661) to confirm.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Mommy (and/or daddy) should be wearing comfortable clothes as we will be sitting on the floor.

Q: What should baby wear?
A: Infant massage is based on skin-to-skin contact, so baby will likely be wearing only their diaper. We will ensure the temperature will be comfortable for your semi-clothed little one.

Q: What should I bring?
A: A yoga mat or thick towel to make sitting on the floor more comfortable for you and to provide a nice cushioned place for baby to sit/lay down. If you're expecting and your little one hasn't made their appearance yet, bring a doll that you can practice on.

Q: How long will the demonstration be?
A: The demonstration will be approximately 45 minutes.

Q: How long is the 15% price reduction valid for?
A: This special rate is only valid in-store, between 6:30pm and closing.

Join us Thursday, June 19th at Baby & Beyond:
124, 2755 Broadmoor Boulevard
Sherwood Park, AB
T8H 2W7, Canada
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Call us for more information: 780-416-2188. 

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