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Traveling with Baby | Parenting Tips

Friday, May 16, 2014 6:19:45 PM America/Edmonton

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It's time to take the show on the road! The weather is warmer and we are all itching to get out and travel with our little ones... If only it weren't so exhausting! The crying and the fighting... and that's just the adults! Luckily, there are ways to keep baby happy, and to keep Mom and Dad from swearing off family vacations forever.

Make sure you have the essentials in your diaper bag: extra plastic bags for dirty diapers, acetaminophen or ibuprofen (just in case), formula, cooled boiled water, pacifier, baby food... You get the idea. Don't leave home without your necessities!

Prepare for the sun with hats, baby sunscreen (if your little one is older than 6 mos) and chemical-free bug spray for kids.

Bring at least one plastic bib - they're easy to clean in a pinch and provide much needed clothing protection.

Don't sacrifice nap time - bring along a handy sleeping spot for baby. The Kidco PeaPod allows your baby to sleep when ever and where ever you decide to stop. It folds inside its own bag and also fits inside your luggage.

Packing a couple of favourite toys is a no-brainer, and packing a couple of new toys is genius! Don't bring the new toys out your child is bored with the old ones and needs a little bit of stimulation. Try the Kidco Go Pod for all of your activity centre needs!

And remember to take lots of pictures! Have fun travelling and making memories with your little one this summer.

Shop online today for more cool baby travel gear!

       

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Spring Product Features: Children & Baby Toys

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:30:26 PM America/Edmonton

chalktrail-8193pSpring has almost sprung (it's coming!) and we have some great new products that your kids will love! They're great for birthday gifts and just for a nice treat. If your little one isn't a big fan of going outside, these products may be abe to help!

Chalktrail: This cool product attaches to the back of your child's buke and draws chalk lines on the ground when they ride around! Trying to encourage a two-wheeler? This may do the trick!

Glow Light Suits: Who needs a black jumpsuit that you can attach glow sticks to...? Everyone! The suit is reusable so you can just trow out your old glow sticks and attach new ones. This suit is great for any activities in the dark: jogging, dancing, playing - you name it. It's tons of fun and will keep them in giggles for hours!

Pop Up Pool: Cool your little one off with this take-along pop-up pool. It provides an instant oasis with UV protection. How great is that ? You can use it indoor and out, and even fill it with plastic balls or toys instead for quick and easy play tent.

Pig Popper: Tag was never this much fun! Use the Pig Popper to shoot soft foam balls at your opponents and get some exercise too! When you don't want the mess of a water spray fight the Pig Popper saves the day. great for use indoors and out, and includes 6 soft foam balls and carrying net.

For these and all of our other cool spring toys, visit Baby & Beyond!

   

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Tips for Taking Your Toddler on a Walk | Toddler Footwear

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:57:00 PM America/Edmonton

 

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It seems like a simple thing to do... take your toddler on a walk or short hike. But toddlerscan be complicated and taking them out unprepared can sometimes turn from a fun, healthy activity to a natural disaster! As the icy sidewalks clear up and the spring weather nears, it's a great time to take your little one on an adventure - just follow these tips and you'll be good to go!

Be prepared for anything. Bring a small backpack or diaper bag with essential supplies such as: water, an easy-to-eat snack, cell phone, hat, diapers and wipes. You might also want to bring some containers or plastic bags for rock collecting and little activities.

Dress appropriately. Spring time is mucky so make sure your little guy or gal has the proper rain gear (splash pants) and footwear on. Rain boots are a great choice - just make sure they fit properly and always wear socks to avoid blisters (the walk-ruiner!) If it's not so mucky, some toddler footwear with grips and proper cushioning are a great choice.

Plan a route ahead of time. In case the unexpected happens, like an accident or a fall, make sure you're never too far from home or your vehicle. You don't want to be lugging your inconsolable toddler back TOO far.  Also, consider whether or not you will be bringing a stroller and make sure the route you're taking is stroller friendly.

Be realistic. Don't make this your calorie burning workout of the day. Your toddler will be stopping frequently to explore and play and that's what the adventure is for, after all! (Also, if your child wants to ride a trike, realize you may be carrying it home so weigh your options carefully... Been there, done that!)

Stop for pictures! These are some of the best times to get candid photos of your kids - when they are with Mom and/or Dad, outside and just having a blast getting mucky and figuring out what the world is about.

Have fun on your walk or hike with your little one!

Shop toddler footwear, rain boots and rainwear online at Baby & Beyond!

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Ten Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding | Nursing Bras

Friday, February 21, 2014 8:31:00 PM America/Edmonton

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Do you have questions about breastfeeding? Our friends at Bravado! Designs have some fantastic breastfeeding tips that we'd love to share with you (as well as some beautiful nursing bras)!

It's ironic that most pregnancy classes are geared toward preparing for labour and childbirth, but not much thought is given to breastfeeding. Yet those intense 24-48 hours spent delivering your baby are relatively short compared to the time you will spend breastfeeding your beautiful (but hungry!) bundle of joy. You know what the benefits of breastfeeding are, so here are some simple things that you can do to set yourself up for a successful breastfeeding experience.

  1. Talk to mothers who have enjoyed breastfeeding success: ask mothers to share their own experiences and challenges with breastfeeding, and what they wish they had known about breastfeeding prior to giving birth. What helped them achieve success? If they had challenges, how did they resolve them? If you are planning on returning to work and continuing to breastfeed, speak with others who have taken that path before you.
  2. Watch someone else breastfeed: The single best thing that you can do is to sit with a new mother while she breastfeeds. Observe how she holds the baby and how the baby latches. Ask questions, talk about her experiences, and discuss challenges that she has faced. Don't be embarrassed or hesitant to ask a friend or a relative if you can join her as she breastfeeds – you will find that the majority of new mothers are willing and eager to help others. If you don't know anyone who is currently breastfeeding, attend a local breastfeeding support group. To find a breastfeeding support group near you, ask your midwife, OB/GYN or pediatrician, or visit La Leche League.
  3. Talk to your partner about breastfeeding: Your partner will probably be your greatest source of support and yet the majority of new dads are uninformed about breastfeeding and rely on you for their information. Have a candid discussion about not only what is involved, but how he can best support you – hint: it's not by suggesting that you throw in the towel when the going gets tough! Encourage him to ask questions.
  4. Spend some time researching breastfeeding: There are many resources available both online and in print. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the breastfeeding process, how to get a good latch, and what the first few weeks will be like. Explore bookstores and reliable online forums as sources of information so that you are better informed. The Breastfeeding: Before Your Baby is Born section is an excellent place to start.
  5. Talk to your employer if you plan to breastfeed when you return to work: Many new mothers continue to breastfeed once they return to work. If you are planning on doing so, speak to your employer prior to going on maternity leave. Identify a location where you can use a breast pump privately, and discuss the need for reasonable breaks so that you can continue to feed your child breastmilk. Remember: it is far easier to plan your return to work in advance, than it is to show up on your first day back and figure it out on the fly. Read on for more information see Breastfeeding and the Working Mom.
  6. Set up a breastfeeding area prior to giving birth: A comfortable chair or rocker and a pillow are all you need to get started. While you may find a pillow designed for breastfeeding very useful, a regular pillow in your lap can be just as effective. As you become more comfortable with breastfeeding, you will find it easier to nurse in other locations both inside and outside of your home.
  7. Establish your breastfeeding support network: In the first few weeks of sleepless nights and dealing with the reality of being a parent, having a good breastfeeding support network around you is critical. This means people who encourage you, lend a hand whenever you need help, and make you feel like you are not alone. People who keep you going when the going gets tough, as it may. For women who are First Generation Breastfeeders, i.e. their own mothers did not breastfeed, it is especially critical to have one or two strong breastfeeding supporters in your corner. They can make all the difference in those first few weeks.
  8. Identify a resource in case you need help: In an ideal world, breastfeeding will come relatively easily to you and your newborn. Just in case it doesn't start as smoothly as you had hoped, knowing who to turn to if you need additional help can be a real lifesaver. Lactation Consultants specialize in helping new mothers establish breastfeeding and work through any issues they are facing. Your doctor, midwife, or doula might also be good choices for additional support. To find a support resource, ask other new mothers, your OB/GYN or paediatrician, midwife, or visit the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). Getting help if you need it early on can make all the difference for breastfeeding success.
  9. Take your baby out as soon as you feel up to it: Once you have healed from the birth, try to get out of the house for a short period of time each day: it can be very isolating sitting inside with a newborn, working on breastfeeding and learning how to be a parent. Start with a 15 minute walk, or do a minor errand, such as going to the drugstore. Many new mothers find it therapeutic to see that the world is still out there – a reminder that the early days will pass, and things will get better (we promise!). If you feel up to it and your pediatrician gives you the okay, take the baby for a walk with your partner between feedings or go to a low-key dinner at a kid-friendly establishment. Aim to do something outside the house---however brief---once a day. You will be surprised at how good it will make you feel!
  10. Have patience: Remember that breastfeeding is a learned experience – both for you and your baby. While some women find breastfeeding easy right from the start, many women have ups and downs, especially in the early days. We speak from many years of experience when we say that things will get better!
*Article Source: http://www.bravadodesigns.com/
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Babywearing: What You Need to Know | Parenting Tips

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:34:24 PM America/Edmonton

If someone told you they knew a secret to help your baby sleep better, cry less baby carriers canadaand learn better, would you be interested?

Babywearing has been practiced for centuries. In ancient civilizations, mom needed to have baby close while tending to everyday chores, such as tending crops. In those days, Babywearing was born out of necessity for baby's survival and mom's ability to work. Today, the multitude of benefits of babywearing have made it a popular choice for today's parent.

Did you know?

Babywearing is a good way to ease your baby into sleep. One of the best ways to ease your baby to sleep is sometimes called “wearing down.” There’s nothing fancy to this baby sleep tip at all. In terms of “wearing” your baby in a wrap style baby carrier or sling, this is a proven method that is almost certain to help your baby relax and fall asleep.

Babywearing promotes strong parent attachment. A study at Columbia University compared the levels of attachment of babies carried in a baby carrier vs. babies carried in a car seat. Results indicated that, at 13 months old, babies who were carried in wearable carriers were significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers (Anisfeld, Casper, Nozyce, & Cunningham, 1990).

Babywearing lowers incidence of illness. Studies have shown that babywearing is linked to lowering the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), behavioral disorders and postpartum depression in mothers (Babywearing, 2010).

Babywearing is good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a quiet, alert state when carried - the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.

Babywearing decreases the risk of flat head syndrome. This syndrome is caused by the babies spending too much time in car seats or sleeping on their backs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should spend minimal amount of time in car seats when not used in a motor vehicle. Babywearing does not require babies to lie flat, thus no pressure is placed on the baby's head. Additionally, babies can be carried while they sleep, further reducing the amount of time they spend flat on their backs (Babywearing, 2010).

Worn babies also tend to cry less. Dr. William Sears often touts the benefits of babywearing and research by Hunziker and Barr (1986) found that babies who were worn regularly cried 43% less, and 54% less during the evening hours. By design, baby carriers provide babies with needed physical and emotional contact. It is speculated that because their needs for physical contact are being met, they have less need to cry than other babies. In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures.

What is the best way to wear your baby?

A wrap-style carrier like the Moby Wrap consists of a single piece of fabric which is wrapped around and tied in such a way that the baby is held securely against your body. The Baby K'Tan Carrier has a unique double-loop design that is a cross between a soft sling and a soft-structured front baby carrier. It has less material to wrap than the Moby Wrap, so for petite babywearers or those who want a carrier with less material to work with, the Baby K'Tan is an excellent option.

The Moby Wrap and the Baby K'Tan Carriers are both made of stretchy knitted fabric (like T-shirt material) and are available in regular or organic cotton. The main difference between the two wrap-style carriers are Moby Wraps will suit different sized wearers, while the Baby K'Tan is sized to fit one babywearer.

Soft-structured carriers like the Ergo Baby Carrier have high-density padding and straps that distribute baby’s weight between the shoulders and hips and adjust for the perfect mutual fit , so you can enjoy being close to your baby while having your hands free.

The Ergo Carrier also offers parents the option of having 2 different weights of material in their carrier, depending on the option they choose. The outdoor-style Ergo Performance Carrier is made with a durable exterior and a breathable mesh interior for ultimate outdoor performance. The Ergobaby Sport Carrier is their  lightest-weight carrier. Quick-drying materials and extra venting keep you and your baby cool, calm and collected. The waist belt and shoulder straps have extra inches of padding to suit a wider range of babywearers.

What to look for when buying a baby carrier:

Size of the babywearer - do you need a carrier that can be adjusted to fit both mom and dad? If so, we recommend either the Moby Wrap or the Ergo Baby Carrier. Both can be adjusted to fit any size babywearer with very simple adjustments.

For a quick and easy wrap-style carrier, we recommend the Baby K'Tan. It's simple design allows the wearer to put it on in seconds, without the bulk of extra material. Keep in mind, this carrier is sized to fit the babywearing parent, so one size doesn't fit all.

Typical daily use - Do you walk older children to school? Do you need a free hand to chase after an older toddler all day? Do you need a carrier to help soothe a colicy newborn to sleep? Do you want to use your baby carrier to get out and about, or just for using around the house?

You may not be quite as concerned about how bulky the baby carrier is – or how well it packs up – if you're only wearing it indoors. If you want to use your baby carrier when you're out and about, however, consider one that's light and which folds up neatly like the Moby Wrap, the Baby K'Tan or the Ergobaby Sport.

Also, if you intend to spend a lot of time outdoors with your baby in a carrier, choose one that has a canopy to protect his or her head from the sun like the Ergo Baby Carrier or the UV blocking material of the Moby Wrap UV.

Will you be using your carrier at a yoga or exercise class? After a few moments in the right baby carrier, it's clear that babywearing gives you a way to comfortably carry your baby. What you might not realize is that a wrap style carrier like the Moby Wrap or the Baby K'Tan can also be part of a great workout. A wrap style carrier will distribute baby’s weight evenly distributed across your body as a functional “weight” for a workout. Baby will love the motion, you will love the comfort and exercise.

Do an internet search and you'll see that the benefits of yoga are pretty amazing. Even better, you can do yoga while babywearing with your Moby or Baby K'Tan Carrier with basic yoga poses.

Finding the best baby carrier for you can be a daunting task. It's difficult to get a good sense of which carrier is best for you until you try them on for yourself. Our Baby Product Experts at Baby & Beyond will be more than happy to show you some of our favorites - we have demos for every style of carrier in the store. Try them on with your baby and see which one works best for you and your family's lifestyle! You might just be surprised at the flexibility and freedom that comes with wearing your baby!

See all your options at www.babyandbeyond.ca/baby-carriers then come in and see them in person.  

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What Does Mom REALLY Want for Christmas?

Thursday, December 5, 2013 8:53:26 PM America/Edmonton

Okay Ladies - here it is: Our top 5 Gift Giving Ideas for Dads and Dads-To-Be!gifts for mom
Subtlety will get you nowhere! You may want to cut this out, and tape it to the remote, the dashboard of his truck or inside his tool box - wherever your guy is most likely to see it...
 
GUYS! Here are our top 5 recommendations for Christmas gifts for the special ladies in your life!

  • Cake Lingerie: Who doesn't love new lingerie? The gorgeous new designs from Cake Lingerie like the Rocky Road Nursing Bra in pink and grey every will have every woman feeling like a supermodel! We have super-soft modal cotton pyjamas and robes too! 
  • Bella Storia Beads make a thoughtful gift and are an easy addition to a Pandora or Troll bead bracelet. And with sterling silver, Swarovski crystal and Murano glass designs starting at $29.99, you can't beat the price either! 
  • A picture frame (with pictures of your kids already in it) and a coffee mug (with a local coffee shop gift card, or home brew coffee refills) make great gifts! We have a great selection of coffee and travel mugs and frames for everyone in the family! (Don't forget Grandma and Grandpa too!) 
  • A new Diaper Bag! Moms use their diaper bags every day and women love new bags! Chances are, if there is more than one little one in your life, it's time for Mom to have a new bag! Our favorites are the Timi & Leslie and JuJuBe brand bags.

Psst: Don't worry if you guess wrong - all Christmas gifts can be exchanged until Jan. 11th.

Come and visit us at our Sherwood Park location or shop online today!

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Teething Tips

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:04:40 PM America/Edmonton

Getting Tiny Teeth Can Cause Big Troubles!

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While all babies will begin teething at different ages, how the teething process progresses is predictable. Teeth usually come in groups

 

of four beginning with the lower incisors at approximately age 6 to 8 months and the upper incisors at about 4 to 10 months old. By age 2 1/2 most babies have all of their teeth including their second molars.

Teething is a difficult time for babies and toddlers alike. Babies can experience a wide range of teething symptoms including: red cheeks, excessive drooling, runny nose, fever, irritability, diaper rash, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and night wakefulness.

So what helps?

Pressure and pain relief are the keys to soothing your baby's sore gums, but alleviating some of the symptoms of teething is usually a trial and error process.

Fortunately, there are a number of highly effective natural teething products available that have many parents seeing drastic improvements to their baby's teething symptoms.

Amber Teething Necklaces & Anklets are made of natural Baltic Amber stone beads. Baltic amber contains 3-8% of succinic acid, a scientifically examined medical substance used in contemporary medicine. The highest content of the acid is found in the amber cortex - the external layer of the stone. There is much documentation regarding the power of succinic acid. Amber oil permeates the skin quickly, penetrating deep into the tissue and is used for its healing power for treating joint pain, arthritic ailments, and teething pain for children.

Even though Baltic Amber became a reality millions of years ago, present day moms and dads are still in awe of what it can do as a natural remedy when baby's new teeth are arriving for the first time. It should also be noted Amber products are to be used under direct supervision, and babies should not sleep with Amber Necklaces around their neck. A convenient, Amber Anklet works well tucked safely inside sleeper feet!

Hazelwood Necklaces are also effective to alleviate teething pain, but in a slightly different way. The native Americans were the first to discover that if they were to put Hazelwood Chips on their babies’ neck it would soothe teething pains. Hazelwood creates an alkaline environment in the body which may prevent or reduce the symptoms associated with acidosis or the body being too acidic. When worn close to the skin, Hazelwood works by drawing acidity out of the body and absorbing it into the wood.

Healing Hazel has reintroduced this traditional way of holistic healing in the form of their Hazelwood necklaces and their Hazel-Amber necklaces to help babies take advantage of the natural benefits of the Hazelwood. Hazelwood necklaces have also been shown to greatly reduce the flare-ups of diaper rash, excema, acid reflux and indigestion! Hazelwood necklaces should also used under direct supervision, and babies should not sleep with Hazelwood necklaces around their neck.

Hyland's Teething Tablets contain safe and effective, all natural homeopathic ingredients which have been used by parents for years to help provide relief. Containing Calcarea Phosphorica, Chamomilla, Coffea Cruda and Belladonna; these helpful ingredients work to soothe restlessness and wakeful irritability due to cutting teeth. The small 1 grain tablets melt instantly on the tongue and are ideal for teething babies.

Click here for more info on all of our baby teething products and solutions.

 

 

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7 Tips for a Safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:42:29 PM America/Edmonton

bay clothesHalloween is one of the most anticipated times of the year for little trick-or-treaters! Kids of all ages plan out how many bags of candythey can carry, what route they will take and how many treats they can fit in their tummies before their parents hide their bags for the night. As fun as Halloween night can be, there are quite a few tips for a safer, more enjoyable evening for your little ones, whether they are a beginner or an expert!

  1. Teach your kids the basic road safety rules. These are especially important on October 31. Kids should learn to make eye contact with drivers when crossing the road, and watch for cars backing up out of driveways too!
  2. When picking out a costume, make sure it fits your munchkin properly. The costume should not be dragging behind or underneath little feet, so as to avoid tripping and falling.
  3. Instead of masks, opt for some makeup! Masks tend to always be ill-fitting and can cover your little one’s eyes.
  4. Dress for the weather (especially in Canada). Cover up exposed skin it it’s a chilly night. An extra pair of socks is great protection and padding for cold feet .
  5. Use reflective tape on coats, bags, costumes and hats. Flashlights are a great way to alert drivers that little ghouls and goblins are on the street!
  6. When your little one approaches a house, make sure to tell him or her to stand back from the door! No one wants a smack in the nose on All Hallow’s Eve.
  7. After all the fun is done, make sure to check the treats in your little one’s bag. Only eat the treats that are in original, unopened wrappers and check for any tampering with the package. If you have a toddler, be sure to look for and remove any choking hazards like jawbreakers, hard candy or large gumballs.

Have a spooktacular time with your little ones and don't eat ALL of their candy!

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How to Choose the Right Footwear for Your Kids

Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:56:14 PM America/Edmonton

baby and toddler footwearDid you know... The foot is a very complex system consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. One quarter of all the bones in the human body are located in the feet. Because feet are the foundation of the body, when these bones are out of alignment, it can affect many other human mechanisms.

Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems. It's neglect and a lack of awareness of proper care—specifically ill fitting shoes in the early stages of growth and development—that bring on foot, leg and back problems later in life.

Important foot facts for children:

  • A baby's foot is not merely a smaller version of an adult's foot. At birth, the foot contains 26 partially developed bones (made of cartilage) making them pliable and therefore at risk to injury. Bones are not fully developed until age 5. While the foot is still developing, the cartilage can be easily influenced by ill-fitting footwear.
  •  It is natural for babies to have flat feet (over 97% do). That is because there is a thick pad of fat in the soles of their feet. Once muscles begin to strengthen, arches will develop, usually around the age of 2.
  • 85% of young children ages 6 months to 3 years have wide feet.
  • Baby feet can sweat twice the amount of adult feet (up to half a pint of moisture can be produced each day), so always look for breathable materials such as leather and mesh or anti-microbial linings.

How to choose the right footwear at the right time:

For Infants & Crawlers:
Medical experts (including the American Podiatric Association) recommend flexible, soft-sole shoes for optimal growth and development of young feet. Traditional stiff, high-top, hard-sole shoes are actually detrimental to the growth and development of little feet.  Our parents were brought up on the idea that babies learning to walk needed stiff, high-top leather shoes with hard leather soles for support. The reality is that babies' ankles are strong and quite stable on their own.

For more active youngsters, keeping soft-sole shoes on their feet (whether in a stroller or crawling) may present a bit of a challenge. We recommend Robeez Soft Soles as well as the PediPed Originals. Both are made of soft, premium leather. Robeez footwear mimics bare feet by flexing and bending with every step. Supporting not constricting growing feet, they promote good balance and unrestricted growth, while protecting little feet from the world. They stay on too, with elasticized ankles to ensure a perfectly snug fit.

For Early Walkers
Before you know it, children progress from crawling to cruising (the first steps while holding onto furniture, etc.) to their wobbly first steps.

Soft-sole shoes are essential for proper foot development and growth during this time and onward. Shoes with rounded edges help reduce stumbles and falls and flexible outsoles simulate bare-foot walking for a close-to-the-ground feel. For indoors, any of the above-mentioned brands are ideal, but for outdoor wear, we recommend a slightly higher level of protection than a suede sole. The Robeez Mini Shoez and Stride Rite's Soft Motion Footwear offers ultra-flexible designs; with protection against outdoor elements.

For Walkers & Runners
By now, busy feet are not only walking, but running, skipping and climbing. Flexible outsoles with rounded edges are reinforced with an added measure of stability and durability to help support developing bones and muscles. Perfect for bounding from one new activity to the next.

From ages 2-7, kids need increased heel and mid-foot stability while maintaining flexibility, but all of the issues from the previous groups also apply to older children. For maximum outdoor protection, we recommend shoes like the Pediped Flex.

Both have flexible designs reinforced with added stability & durability, Memory Foam Footbeds conforms to the foot for cushioned comfort, Sensory Pods with multiple touch points promote support and balance.

Important things to Remember:

  • Shoes should be made of top-grade leather or suede, canvas, or other type of breathable material. Plastic, vinyl and imitation leather should be avoided because they will make young feet perspire excessively.
     
  • A good fit is extremely important so that your child feels natural in his/her shoes. ¼ to ½ inch "wiggle" room is ideal from the longest toe to the tip of the shoe. This is the right amount to prevent tripping and maximize the life of the shoe. Feet grow quickly at early ages, and shoes typically need to be changed every three to four months. As the foot is growing, it is developing. If the shoes are too tight, the foot cannot grow and will not develop properly.
     
  • Poor-fitting children's shoes can cause a number of problems such as hammer toes, ingrown toenails, foot corns, calluses and bunions. Given the high level of pain and discomfort that these problems can cause, it makes sense to try and prevent these problems by ensuring that the child's shoe is fitted appropriately. Foot problems in children are usually preventable.
     
  • Shoes should never be handed down to younger siblings. Why? Baby shoes, especially shoes made of leather form to a child's foot once they are worn for a while. A person's gait is much like their fingerprint; it is unique to them. If a child wears hand-me-down shoes, his or her walking pattern may be affected since his or her feet are now trying to form to the gait of another child.

Your family's foot care is important, and the Baby Product Experts at Baby & Beyond are here to help! Making the right choices now, and sticking with them in the future will be an investment in your child's healthy future.

Remember.... similar to your body, your feet are still growing into your late teen years. So your tenth pair of shoes is just as important as your very first!

Shop for baby shoes and toddler footwear here!

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You’ll love this: 5 Quick Breakfast Ideas - Healthy Food & Kids

Thursday, August 15, 2013 5:48:38 PM America/Edmonton

kids meal ideasIt’s almost back to school time and for those of you with preschoolers you’re about to add some more activity to your already busy day!It’s not easy getting out the door in the morning and trying to plan a healthy breakfast every day may not sound appealing. But before you reach for the “Sugar-Os” try one of these quick and easy breakfast ideas – they’re healthy, fast and yummy!

  1. The Breakfast Tortilla: This involves a quick egg scramble, a pinch of grated cheese and some diced tomato. Stuff it all in a wrap and you’ve got a complete meal ready to go in minutes!
  2. PB&B English Muffin: Start with a toasted whole wheat or whole grain English muffin. Spread with all natural peanut butter and sliced bananas. With a glass of milk to top it off your little monkey will be happy.
  3. Super Smoothie: All kids love smoothies! It’s a fact. Keep some unsweetened frozen fruit in your freezer for breakfast treats. Add water, coconut water, a bit of unsweetened juice and you’re ready to go! You can also add fresh banana, berries, kiwi, kale, spinach or a spoon of yogurt to make it different every time!
  4. Fancy Yogurt: Plain yogurt can taste a bit, ell plain to kids. Why not add some honey or applesauce to sweeten it a touch and top it off with berries, pistachios, almonds, granola or bran buds to make it a crunchy treat?
  5. Breakfast Pizza: It’s just as delicious as it sounds. Top a whole wheat or whole grain English muffin with a tomato slice, a slice of pre-cooked back bacon and some cheese (shredded if you have time, thinly sliced if not). Stick under the broiler for a couple of minutes – keep your eyes peeled for doneness – and you’ve got a yummy breakfast.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We don’t know who “they” are but we know one thing for sure – breakfast can also be the healthiest, yummiest and quickest meal of the day! 

Need some on-the-go food storage ideas? Check out our baby portable snack systems here!

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