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Fall Must-Haves for Baby! SoCal City Kids Favorite baby products this season!

Are you a new Mom or Dad? Maybe you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift? Here are SoCal City Kids favorites for the Fall! We have product reviews, giveaways and more!

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In response to a growing demand for affordable, safe baby products, Whole Foods Market created a line of 365 Everyday Value®Baby Body Care that meets its Premium Body Care® Standards, which prohibits 400 ingredients including parabens, polypropylene and polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates.

 

Shoppers can trust the products that meet these standards are always free of artificial colors, preservatives and scents – which can cause irritation, especially for young children. These products are hypoallergenic for sensitive skin, dermatologist tested, and free of parabens and sulfates.

I really like this line up because they are great for sensitive babies and children! You can find them at a local Whole Foods Market near you!

365 Everyday Value® Baby Lotion – SRP: $4.49

365 Everyday Value® Baby Shampoo No Tears – SRP: $5.99

365 Everyday Value® Baby Foaming Wash No Tears* – SRP: $5.99

The next one is a Must-Have for new parents!

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Parents are eager to talk about their baby’s first steps or adorable giggles, but poop – not so much.

 

The reality is that parents who hold their noses and learn about baby poop are able to gain important insight on their baby’s digestion, immune functioning, and overall wellness. That’s why infant health expert Linda F. Palmer, DC wrote BABY POOP.

“Parents spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what goes into their babies, but what comes out offers us clues about health issues like colic, reflux, food allergies, and rashes,” says Palmer. “Since babies cannot tells us what is bothering them, it is especially important for parents to understand what baby poop reveals about what’s going on inside our children’s bodies.” Edited by pediatrician Susan Markel, MD, BABY POOP provides evidence from scientific and medical studies, along with the wisdom of lactation consultants,midwives, mothers, and infant care specialists.

Although I am not a new parent, I received a copy and found that this book is a must-have for new parents! It would have been very helpful to  me when my son was a baby.

For more information, go to http://babyreference.com/

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

 

This next one is also a Must-Have for keeping babies healthy!

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Mommy’s Bliss Baby Probiotic Drops

This tried-and-true brand has just launched its all-natural Baby Probiotic Drops, which are pediatrician-recommended, 100% vegan and vegetarian, and quickly becoming a favorite amongst health-conscious parents. Formulated with non-GMO Corn Oil and the live culture Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG, this exciting new product safely and effectively eases babies’ digestion. You can also purchase on Amazon.com. I really like that this product is both safe and natural. I received a sample but since I don’t have a little one, a friend tried it out for me. She was very happy with the product and liked that it is from trusted brand and is 100% natural.

Self Disclosure: A sample was received to post. No other compensation was received.

The next one is from an absolute favorite brand of mine! You will notice that this is a brand I feature quite often! MAM!

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MAM’s cutting-edge pacifiers combine technological innovation and trendsetting design to help give babies a healthy start in life.  Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists, MAM pacifiers provide maximum comfort and style for babies of all ages.

 

Clever design and lightweight materials make MAM pacifiers a pleasure to use.  All MAM pacifiers feature an orthodontically correct nipple design that allows little ones to safely satisfy their sucking reflex while maintaining  proper jaw and tooth alignment.  MAM pacifiers feature an easy-to-grasp front knob and a curved shield for a comfortable fit that’s gentle on baby’s skin, thanks to generous air holes and MAM’s patented interior surface.

 

MAM pacifiers are available in an assortment of colors and design motifs, and come in two nipple options: patented anti-slip Silk Teat™ Silicone or Natural Latex.  Like all MAM products, the brand’s pacifiers are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-Compliant.

They are simply adorable too! I love that they have such cute ones!

Suggested retail price: MAM Pacifiers, $7.49 for a pack of two; MAM Personalized Pacifiers, two for $19.95, four for $24.95, and six for $29.95.

For more information, go to http://www.mambaby.com/

We have teamed up with MAM for a giveaway! If you would like to enter, follow MAM on Instagram, US and Canada residents can enter this one.   Leave us a comment below telling us you are entering the MAM Giveaway! Also, let us know your Instagram name. Deadline to enter is September 5th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

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I received samples of the Clear Collection of MAM Pacifiers and they are adorable!

The Clear Collection has aquatic motifs with translucent shields and I just love the cute dolphin and fish designs! They also have a sail boat.

Clever design and lightweight materials make MAM pacifiers a pleasure to use.  All MAM pacifiers feature an orthodontically correct nipple design that allows little ones to safely satisfy their sucking reflex while maintaining proper jaw and tooth alignment.  MAM pacifiers feature an easy-to-grasp front knob and a curved shield for a comfortable fit that’s gentle on baby’s skin, thanks to generous air holes and MAM’s patented interior surface.  MAM pacifiers are available in an assortment of colors and design motifs, and come in two nipple options: patented anti-slip Silk Teat™ Silicone or Natural Latex.  Like all MAM products, the brand’s pacifiers are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-Compliant.

Suggested retail price: MAM Pacifiers, $7.49 for a pack of two.

 

More about MAM – standard setting baby products:

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first soother in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 50 countries and on five continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items and coordinating accessories visit www.mambaby.com.

Follow MAM:

Facebook: facebook.com/MAMbabyUSA

Twitter: @MAMBABY

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/MAMUSA

YouTube: youtube.com/mambaby

http://instagram.com/Mam_usa

Self Disclosure: I did receive free samples to facilitate this post. 

The next product is another brand that I have featured for a couple of years now! They have the most adorable shoes!

If you are looking for stylish and sturdy shoes for a little one, then Pediped is the answer!

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pediped® is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 150 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 36 (US newborn to 4.5 Youth). For more information, visit www.pediped.com. LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.

I like that these shoes are not only stylish but they are comfortable for your child. I honestly believe that these are the bet shoes on the market for younger children.

About pediped®

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year, was awarded Best Toddler Kicks in the Cribsie Awards and Best Children’s Shoes by Prima Baby Magazine. In 2014, Earnshaw’s recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Best Footwear, and earned a 2014 Family Choice Award and 1st place Reader Favorite Award from Baby & Children’s Product News.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a pair of Originals Pediped shoes. Winner can select boy or girl but not style. To enter, you must sign up to follow Pediped on Instagram. Also, leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win and your IG name. Make sure to let us know you are entering the Pediped giveaway! Deadline to enter is September 5, 2015 at noon PST.  One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I did receive a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. 

The next product is another real Must-Have!

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The Silibib from Silikids is a really great product! This one is a Silicone bib that is designed to lie flat. What I really like about it is that it is soft and easy to keep clean. You can even throw it in the dishwasher. It has a hidden pocket that easily flips forward for use.

More info about Silikids®

Traverse City-based Silikids was founded in 2006 by two moms, Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab. Silikids is the first mom-founded brand focused on creating products that are safe, modern and made entirely out of SILICONE.  Silikids combines function with high design and innovation along with technological advances of silicone, making the company a pioneer in the children’s market. As Silikids continues to build the brand and promote the SILICONE benefit, its goal is to be a leading brand in the industry through innovative and modern design. The Silikids collection includes Siliskin® Tops, Silibib®, Siliskin® Glasses, Siliskin® Sippy, Silimap, Siliskin® Bowl, Silispoon and Silibags. For more information, visit www.silikids.com.

We have teamed up for another Giveaway! One winner will win a Silibib! To enter, sign up to follow Silikids on Instagram. Also, leave us a comment telling us you are entering for the Silibib and why you would love to win! Don’t forget to let us know your IG name. Deadline to enter is September 5th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received to post.

The Next one would make a great one for New Moms and a wonderful baby shower gift!

The PacaPod Napier Bag!

Even when racing home from the school gate, fashion conscious moms will be noticed carrying this classic chic Napier bag.  This is a clutch style tote featuring a funky pod print made from a mat coated canvas that easily wipes clean.

 

Hidden inside is everything needed for baby, toddler and beyond.

 

This is a baby changing bag, cool bag and tote bag all rolled into one.

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Design Features:

-Durable cotton coated canvas print with hardwearing wipe clean finish

-Pebble leather trims

-Chunky silver hardware and ribbon labels

-Clutch style two tone webbing handle and detachable over the shoulder strap

-Three parent pockets, one with key fob and mobile dividing pockets

-Inner cargo hold which stores the unique feeder and changer pod

-Changer Pod includes five pockets and separate clothes bag plus much more

-Padded baby changing mat

-Feeder Pod includes Insulated bottle cover (keeps fluids warm/cold for up to four hours – depending on outside temperature)

-All three bags clip onto the pram handle or can be used on their own

-Pods can be removed so bag can be used on its own, most laptops fit inside cargo area

Dimensions: 41cm x 31cm x 18cm – 1.08kg

Available in Charcoal Black and Driftwood

Recommended retail: $170.

Self Disclosure: No review was completed on this product but SoCal City Kids thinks that it would make a great gift option! Credit: Pacapod.

The next one would also make a great gift for a New Mom!

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Baby Care Basics

The perfect parent guide — all the essential information you need about babies, from birth to 12 months old.

Despite all the planning in the world, nothing can quite prepare you for the big step from pregnancy to parenting. What can make it even more challenging is all the well-intentioned but often confusing advice offered by family and friends.

Written by leading pediatric experts in a friendly, easy-to-understand style, Baby Care Basics offers a concise yet comprehensive wealth of reliable information that will help you make the right choices for your baby. And, its full-color pages are hugely engaging and extremely user-friendly.

The topics are broken down chronologically to help you access the information you need quickly and easily, whether you’ve just given birth, have just arrived home from the hospital, are learning the ropes with your newborn or are gaining experience as your baby grows and develops.

You’ll learn everything you need to know about breast- and formula-feeding, introducing solid food, treating your baby’s illnesses, sleep habits, playing with your baby and much more. This is the perfect book for busy parents who need the most up-to-date information at their fingertips. And, its low price point makes it an affordable ‘must-have’ resource for all new parents. $19.95 CAN/USA, £14.95 UK

  1. JEREMY FRIEDMAN,MB.ChB, FR CPC, FAAP, is the Chief of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. He resides in Toronto, Ontario.
  2. NATASHA SAUNDERS,MD, MSc, FR CPC, is a pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON and the mother of two small children. She understands the issues of being a busy parent more than you know!

It’s landing in stores all over North America so keep a look out! You can also find on Amazon.com.

We have teamed up for a giveaway on this one! There will be two winners! To enter, leave a comment below letting us know that you would like to win this book! Deadline to enter is September 5th, 2015 at noon PST. Two winners will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: No sample was received and I did not receive any compensation to feature.

The next  product is sure to be a hit with Moms and Dads too!

Naturalmat Top Mat

Naturalmat Top Mat with Carry Bag

Ideal for Vacations and Weekends Away with Baby!

This lightweight machine washable quilted mattress rolls up neatly into a drawstring bag for transport making it ideal for travels with baby.  Top Mat offers a comfortable natural fiber overlay to a crib mattress ensuring baby gets the best night’s sleep away from home.  Top Mat is made by using deep tufted organic wool which is then covered with an unbleached cotton ticking, making it breathable and ideal for all climates.

Recommended retail:  $95

Size: 52” x 28” x 1”

Mark and Peter decided to look for an alternative and found natural fibers to be a more superior substitute for boating. With their knowledge and expertise they quickly developed a business making mattresses for yachts and motor boats. With the arrival of Mark’s first child, they quickly identified a need for a natural offering for babies.  With a mission to develop the perfect natural sleeping environment for babies and children, Mark and Peter set to work to create a range of pure natural fiber mattresses. After nine months, they were proud to launch the first range of natural baby mattresses.

The handmade range includes organic coir, natural latex and mohair mattresses from cribs through to children’s beds. Each mattress provides parents with the peace of mind that babies will have a safe and restful night sleep on the highest quality natural fibers available today.

 

Natural Mat manufactures and distributes mattresses around the world from its base in Topsham, Devon.  For more information visit www.naturalmatusa.com.

About The Natural Mat Company:

The Natural Mat Company was founded in 2000 in Topsham in Devon, by Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall, who as keen sailors both became frustrated with the poor quality of synthetic mattresses found on boats.

Follow Naturalmat:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/naturalmatusa

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/naturalmatusa

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/naturalmatusa

Instagram: http://instagram.com/naturalmatusa

We have teamed up for a Giveaway on this one! To enter, leave a comment below telling us that you are entering this giveaway! Next, follow on Instagram and let us know your Instagram name in the comments below. Deadline to enter is June 5th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via all entries via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: No product was received and no compensation was received to post.

 

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. no it’s our latest arrival – just landed.

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The team at b.box have been busy dreaming up more new and innovative ways to make the lives of parents easier.

Introducing, the travel drying rack – the compact drying rack that’s small enough to fit in your diaper bag and large enough to hold 6 baby bottles.

 

Designed to provide a hygienic surface to dry baby gear at home or on the go, the drying rack features:

 

  • Arms hold up to 6 bottles and sippy cups
  • Raised ridges provide ideal position to dry teats and pacifiers
  • Dishwasher safe, (top rack only)
  • Available in 4 delicious colors, blueberry, raspberry, apple and grape
  • BPA, Phthalates and PVC free
  • RRP$15.00

 

About b.box

Australia based b.box was founded in 2007 by Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer.  The award winning b.box collection of innovative design led everyday baby essentials includes The b.box Travel Drying Rack, b.box Essential Sippy Cup, The b.box Essential Diaper Wallet, The b.box Essential Baby Bottle and Dispenser, The b.box Essential Diaper Caddy, The b.box Essential Travel Bib and Flexible Spoon, The b.box Essential Snack Pack, The b.box Essential Mesh Feeder and The b.box Essential Baby Spoon.  For more information visit www.bboxbaby.com.

We have also teamed up for a Giveaway on this one! To enter, leave a comment  below telling us that you are entering to win the b.box travel drying rack. Next,  follow  b.box on Instagram. Don’t forget to let us know your Instagram name. Deadline to enter is September 5th, 2015 at noon PST. One random winner will be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: No compensation or product was received to post.

Looking for a great high chair?

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Babyhome Taste High Chair

Taste is a very light, simple and safe high chair with a polished aluminum frame and wide, stable base.  The seat is large and comfortable with a quilted liner.  The chair features a new system that allows for the tray to be easily removed sideways with one hand without having to remove it completely.  Additionally, the chair’s tray can be totally detached to be put in the dishwasher.  The tray can also be fully removed for versatility allowing the use of the chair with or without a table. A five-point safety harness is included that can be adjusted as a child grows.  The highchair folds easily in a single step compactly so that it can be stored in small spaces.  The chair offers easy cleaning as well with its washable high-tech fabric.  Its high-quality finishes and clear subtle lines turn Taste into one of the lightest highchairs on the market; one that is extremely flexible and able to adapt to any environment.

Suitable for ages 6 to 36 months

Weight: 7.7 lbs.

Dimensions: 36 2/7” inches

Folded: 26 1/9” inches

Available in Sky, Argil, Dark Grey, Leaf and Cloud

Recommended retail: $169.

About Babyhome

Based in Barcelona, Spain, Babyhome offers a dynamic range of award-winning highly designed, extremely functional and lightweight baby products.  Babyhome’s dedication to excellent design is matched by the commitment to function and safety.  The Babyhome range includes strollers, bassinets, highchairs, bed rails and a wood collection that includes mini cradles and bounce chairs, along with coordinating accessories.  Babyhome’s U.S. offices are located in Budd Lake, New Jersey.  For more information on Babyhome products visit www.babyhome.es.

Visit Babyhome on:

Facebook: facebook.com/babyhomeofficial

Youtube: youtube.com/babyhomeofficial

Twitter: @babyhome_social

Pinterest: pinterest.com/babyhome

Instagram: http://instagram.com/babyhomeofficial

Self Disclosure: No compensation or products were received to feature Babyhome.

NurturMe is another healthy choice for babies!

NurturMe is the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones. Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NuturMe’s Quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between.

 

NurturMe provides innovative and sustainable options for busy, modern parents to help ensure their children are getting the nutrition they need to live a yummy life – including the first 100% pure quinoa alternative to traditional rice cereals, dry pouch infant meals that can be mixed with breast milk or formula for added nutrients, and healthy toddler snacks that deliver 1.5 servings of fruit AND veggies in each pouch.

 

Made from specially selected super fruits and veggies that are quick-dried in order to preserve freshness, flavor and vital nutrients, NurturMe baby and toddler foods are certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher, with no added preservatives, sugars or salts. Good for baby and Mother Earth, NurturMe’s dried fruit and veggie foods are super lightweight and made in the USA, leaving a smaller carbon footprint on our planet than the other options found in the baby aisle. Additionally, every 3-pack box of NurturMe Eco-Pouches keeps more than 45 plastic baby food squeeze pouches out of our landfills.

 

Please visit nurturme.com for additional information, including pricing and where to purchase NurturMe products. Visit us at Facebook.com/nurturme and Twitter.com/nurturme for special promotions, recipes, new products and more

 

Make sure to check out NurturMe’s new Quinoa Squares too!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway on this one! One winner will win:

Full Variety Gift set – $55

4 bags organic quinoa baby cereals

1 pouch each nurturmeal blend + nurtureal quinoa

4 yum-a-roo toddler snacks

1 re-useable eco pouch

1 BPA free baby spoon

1 coupon

1 informative quinoa bookmark.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling us that you are entering. Next, Follow on Instagram and let us know your IG name. Deadline to enter is September 5th, 2015 at  noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. 

For more information, go to http://www.nurturme.com/

Self Disclosure: I have reviewed and feature NurturMe in the past. No compensation or products were received to feature in this post.

I am ending this feature with a wonderful Sweepstakes for you to enter!

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CETAPHIL® ANNOUNCES CETAPHIL® BABY BABYMOON SWEEPSTAKES

Over 65 years ago, a leading pharmacist created the first Cetaphil product – a gentle, yet powerful formula that would clean without stripping and moisturize without clogging.  Today, Cetaphil is the #1 dermatologist-recommended brand of cleansers and moisturizers and is recognized around the world.  With leading global skincare experts, we continue to develop innovative skincare technologies for products with Gentle Power that help restore, protect and maintain your skin’s health every day. www.Cetaphil.com.www.Facebook.com/Cetaphil.

  Cetaphil® recently welcomed their newest addition to the brand, Cetaphil® Baby, and is inviting new and expectant parents to celebrate the joys of parenthood with them by entering the Cetaphil® Baby Babymoon Sweepstakes!

 

New parents and parents-to-be can enter for the chance to win a 5-day/4-night Babymoon in Miami, Florida!* The lucky winner will get to celebrate at the Solé on the Ocean Resort and Spa (or comparable hotel, subject to availability), with its dramatic two-story lobby facing the ocean, magnificent balconies, and sculpted water fountains and relax with a $500 spa credit.

  Enter for a chance to win at Cetaphilbabymoon.com by providing an email address and filling out the registration form. Entrants can earn bonus entries by encouraging friends to enter, receiving one bonus entry for every friend who clicks on the link they post and enters (for a maximum of 10 possible bonus entries**)!

The Cetaphil® Baby line is available online and on shelves nationwide at most major retailers.

 WHEN:  The Sweepstakes will end at 11:59am on September 6, 2015, with the winner announced on or about October 8, 2015.

Cetaphil® Baby is designed with babies and parents in mind, and every ingredient is carefully selected to ensure our products not only have what baby needs but also nothing baby doesn’t.  The line contains organic calendula extract to moisturize, soothe and nourish delicate skin.  The entire line is dermatologist tested to be safe and hypoallergenic. It’s also free of additives that can irritate sensitive skin, including parabens, mineral oils, and dyes. The line consists of five products including Diaper Cream, Wash and Shampoo, Ultra Moisturizing Wash, Daily Lotion, and Moisturizing Oil.

Self Disclosure: No products or compensation was received to feature. I will be reviewing products in the near future.

Hope you have enjoyed our Fall Baby Round up Feature! Don’t forget to enter the giveaways! Stay tuned for the Winter one in November!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Photo Credit goes to the companies included in the post. Product samples were received as stated.