Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

How to Adjust Summer Bedtimes & Routines (or Lack of) Back for School Days

One area of parenting that I am super consistent with is bedtime.  This is mainly for my personal needs.  My husband travels a lot and I need the children to have a consistent bedtime routine so I can have some time in the evening.

This summer, I lost control.  As my children are getting older and able to stay up a little later, I let go of the routine for the summer.  Many nights the children were up WAY to late and other nights I would TRY to get them to sleep earlier with little success.   Most of the problem I believe came not from the varied bedtimes but from the change in routine.  My kids were not thriving without a bedtime routine.  Often, I would skip portions of our evening ritual to move the process along.  This always backfired and it would end up taking longer to put them to bed.

School begins on August 26.  Last night I slowly began to adjust bedtimes. I will move them by 15-20 minutes earlier until we get to the proper bedtime.  I’ve also set our evening routine back in place.  Here is a peek at what it looks like.

  • Dinner (at a somewhat reasonable hour…it’s so tough in the summer when the sun is out so long)
  • Bath for my youngest (the girls like to shower in the morning)
  • Gummy Vitamins (my son has a song called The Gummy Truck he sings)
  • Brush teeth
  • Lay out clothes for the morning
  • Go to the bathroom one last time (at least try)
  • Read books
  • Kiss goodnight and snuggles

Our evening routine has changed over the years.  When the children were small I played music (lullabies) after books and turned on the twilight constellation night light turtle.  Before that, I would sing to them and rock them in the glider.  You need to find a routine that works for you and is age appropriate.

A good bedtime routine is a great gift you can give to your child and an amazing gift to yourself, a peaceful evening.

And there is nothing more beautiful than peaceful, sleeping children.

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Monday, 12 August 2013

A Joovy Story…..

This is Kristy Sevy, you spoke with my mom Janet Muir at the OR show.  You kindly gave my mom two Joovy Boob bottles for my youngest daughter Josie, who has had some health problems.  First, thank you so much!!!  I don’t believe in coincidence, and I have to tell you that those bottles have been life changing!  I know that sounds cliche, but after all we have been through I am entirely serious.

When my mom met you Josie’s NG tube had been out for ten days.  Josie had lost three pounds, with the primary problem being liquid intake.  Unless she began drinking (whether out of a bottle, cup, or one of the special drinking tools I have purchased) the tube was going to be put back in.  The Boob bottle is THE FIRST nipple Josie has consistently sucked and swallowed with.  Josie has tried to drink from a cup, but most of the liquid would end up spilling.

Since December 2012 I have taken Josie to a speech therapist, in hopes that she would quickly re-learn how to suck/drink/eat.  I felt so defeated: week after week there was no big improvement.  About two weeks ago Josie’s doctors and I (hesitantly) decided to pull the NG tube out for a trial period.  She had been eating a decent amount of pureed food, and we hoped her liquid intake would gradually improve.  However, liquid intake did not improve and Josie was on this scary line of almost being dehydrated, that is until the 10th day when I tried the Boob bottle.

Watching Josie repeatedly suck and swallow has been amazing and exciting! Every day since, Josie has improved.  She likes the 0-3month slow flow nipple, as she has better control.  She will actually drink 2oz at a time, which has not happened since November 2012.  I was told that Josie was unlikely to suck on a nipple again, as most babies lose their nutritive sucking reflex around 6 months.  I guess I feel like this is all sort of a miracle.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As of today there are two major milestones I wanted to share with you: 1.  Josie has gained back the three pounds lost and is definitely getting enough fluid through the Boob bottle; 2. Josie sucked out of a straw for the first time today!!!  I have worked with a speech therapist for months, purchased special feeding/drinking tools, and Josie never once sucked out of a straw or a nipple.  Both my husband and I were amazed.  I can’t thank you enough.

Sincerely,

Kristy Sevy

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Nook in Action, Happy Jackson!

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

A Joovy Story…..

Hello! My name is Bridget Doherty. I just wanted to drop you a little note to tell you how thankful I am that you made the Scooter x2 product. I have been searching and searching for a stroller that will suit my family’s needs and I seem to have found it. I went to “test drive” one at our local BuyBuy Baby today and it is perfect. My second child was born in September and was in the NICU until May. He came home with all kinds of medical equipment – which takes up lots of space in the stroller. I have been looking for a side-by-side stroller that could handle a ventilator, oxygen tanks, my beautiful baby and my stout 2 year old. I have found lots of tandem strollers that could work, but since my boys spent the first 7 months of Finn’s (my baby) life not able to get to know each other, I want them to be able to ride side-by-side and hold hands. So, in light of all this, I just wanted to say thank you, for making a product suits our needs so wonderfully. I haven’t yet picked up the Scooter x2, but I plan on getting it for Finn’s first birthday in September. I really think that this stroller will be something that we use for a long time. Once I have a chance to test it out, first-hand, I will be sure to pass the word onto all the other NICU parents I have met.
Thanks!
Bridget Doherty

Joovy replies:  Thank you Bridget for contacting us.  It’s stories like yours that compel us!  We are so glad you’ll soon be a Joovy Mom!  Please send us a picture and we’ll replace the one below with your family!

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

theBabaSling by Joovy Now JPMA Certified! {WIN one TODAY}

Thanks to all who entered and participated in our Joovy Tuesday contest.  We are excited that theBabaSling by Joovy is the FIRST sling to carry the distinguished JPMA certification!  JPMA and Joovy take your child’s safety very seriously and we aspire to the highest standards.

The winner of our giveaway is Ashley Cabrera.  Ashley, please contact us at 877.456.5049 to redeem your prize!

Congratulations!

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The Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA) is a national trade association that represents 95% of manufacturers in the prenatal to preschool industry.

The association was founded in the 50s and has grown to over 250 manufacturers whose focus is to enhance children’s product safety.  JPMA’s extensive history of leadership in juvenile product safety includes the development of a comprehensive Certification Program to help guide parents and caregivers toward purchasing juvenile products that are built with safety in mind.

This year, JPMA introduced a new sling category to the JPMA Certification program.  Joovy is thrilled to be the very first JPMA Certified sling manufacturer and wanted to share this distinction with the world!

Educating baby wearers is of great importance to us at Joovy.  That is why we have a library of videos dedicated to educate wearers on how to properly use and wear theBabaSling with their child.

We at Joovy believe that held babies are happy babies and we are proud to bring you this award-winning baby carrier that now carries the JPMA certification proudly!

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Monday, 5 August 2013

Help! I’m Drowning in Paperwork!

I don’t know about you but I’ve been drowning in paper for years!  What art projects and tests do I keep from my children, recipes, sheets torn out of magazines, bills, tax returns, school awards and the list goes on and on.  Recently, a friend of mine turned me onto Evernote.  This was a big step for me.  Twenty years ago, I could do anything computer related without a thought.  Since I’ve been out of the workforce, it takes a lot for me to try to keep up with the ever-changing technology.  Today, I have everything from recipes to school report cards to tax returns and everything in between organized with Evernote.  I want to share two links with you that have really helped to simplify my life.

I want to warn you that Evernote for Moms is a $5.00 download purchase but it may be the best $5.00 I’ve spent in a long time.  It gives someone that doesn’t know where to begin a great framework to start using the program.

http://getmegeeky.com/evernote-for-moms/

Evernote has a wonderful blog post called “Twelve Ways to Get Ready for Baby.”  This is a fantastic outline on how to manage all of the overwhelming information you need and receive when the baby is coming.

http://blog.evernote.com/blog/2013/04/30/12-ways-to-use-evernote-to-get-ready-for-baby/?utm_source=silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=073013_monthly_newsletter_en

These days I do stay very organized with my Evernote.  I keep trying to use it for my daily To Do lists but I have to admit it’s a struggle.  I am a notebook and pen kind of gal.  Something about physically crossing out the item that I completed makes me smile.  Evernote does have checkmark boxes but it just doesn’t feel the same to me.  However, I will keep trying!

Do you use Evernote?  Do you have any good pointers?

Friday, 2 August 2013

A Joovy Story…..

We met this afternoon at the trade show.  Many thanks for the baby bottles to test out on little Josie!  We tried both bottles tonight, and she did so well using the stage 1 slow flow nipple.  You made my day much brighter and my daughter Kristy’s was pure delight as she watched Josie suck, control, and swallow!  This was amazing and truly very exciting for us considering Josie’s past history.

In December Josie spent a week at Primary Children’s Medical here in Salt Lake City.  She came to the hospital a very sick little baby but the best part was being able to bring her home.  Her journey the past 7 months has been difficult in so many ways but with skilled medical care and a nasal feeding tube she has thrived.  Ten days ago the feeding tube was taken out — exciting but also scary.

You have an excellent product!  Thank you for sharing it with us — your kindness will help Josie catch-up because she loved her boob bottle!

Again, many grateful thanks for sharing!

Janet Muir

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Kristy, Josie, Kenzie, & Clayton Sevy – April, 2013

Thursday, 1 August 2013

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

What is Too Much or Too Little for a Child’s Birthday Celebration?

First of all, I believe birthday celebrations are important at every age.  My concern is the over-stimulation that happens at most young children’s birthday parties.  There are too many activities, too many sweets, extravagant goody bags and way too many kids.  It seems that most parties are in the $500 price range.  I remember one year spending $200 on a cake for my stepdaughter for her 6th birthday!  What was I thinking???  Today, I long for simpler parties of pin-the-tail on the donkey and musical chairs.

I am planning the 5th birthday party for my son.  If you have a child this age, you know that they are very opinionated about what they want to do for their birthday and whom they want to invite.  My son wants laser tag.  The reasons are many why he won’t have a laser tag party but try to explain this to an almost 5 year old.  I decided to brainstorm about what he really loves these days…and one of the things he loves to do is boogie board.  I got excited as we began the planning of a beach party with a boogie-boarding instructor and some water balloon games.   My husband and I would cook hot dogs and hamburgers.   The big fun will be no cake for dessert, but SMORES!  Yum!  Everything went into the trashcan when I mentioned it to my son.  He did not like the idea.  He decided he did not want a party and just wanted to go to dinner with the family and one to three friends.  A simple family dinner sounds fun.

How do we reel in the birthday parties?  What are some age appropriate ideas that are for the kids and not the parents?  Here are a few guidelines to get you started:

 

  • Time of the Day – Choose a time of the day where a meal will not be expected.  The morning hour of 10am-12pm is a great time for young kids.

 

  • Revamp the Goody Bag – It doesn’t have to be a bag of junk.  How about a paperback book, a simple headband, or matchbox car?

 

  • Guest List – Keep the guest list small.  Your child probably has only a few close friends.  If you feel the need to include the entire class at school, just bring in cupcakes or cookies and celebrate at school.

 

  • Simple Décor – Many children consider the décor to be the paper plates, napkins, and balloons.  Keep it simple.  Remember the party is for them not for you.

 

  • Location – Can you have the party at your home or a local park?

 

  • Party Activities – You don’t need to hire a princess or a magician.  You can play party games like a scavenger hunt, relay races or a beanbag toss.  Or you can hire a local teenager to dress as a princess or paint faces.

 

The bottom line is that you need to keep it simple and remember that the party is for your child.

 

What are some fun birthday parties that you have planned for your child?

 

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Can you guess what party game this is at our Scooby Doo themed party?

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This is a photo from a pirate and princess party we had at home. We hired a high school girl to paint faces.

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First Birthday for our youngest.