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The Benefits of a Pacifier.

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We are excited to have another post by Bethany of Baby on Board Consulting share her wisdom on a hotly debated topic: PACIFIERS!


Oh the pacifier!  Some babies are obsessed with them and will want to pack one for college, while others never seem to care for them (it’s a toss-up really).  We all know that they are a great tool to include in your parent arsenal for those baby meltdown days, but did you also know that introducing a pacifier to your baby has some other great advantages? Here are some wonderful ways a pacifier can help your baby:

Satisfies the sucking reflex:  Your baby is equipped with 7 natural reflexes, straight from birth!  Unfortunately a “washed all the dishes” reflex isn’t one of them…..but a girl can dream right?  The sucking reflex however, allows your baby to move their mouth and tongue in a motion that helps them feed efficiently and to fill up their little tummies with nutrients.  If your baby is still exhibiting the sucking reflex after finishing a meal, a pacifier can come in handy.  The pacifier can help ease this reflex and settle them, giving you and baby some nice relaxing time together.

Helps a baby self soothe:  Along with relaxing your baby, pacifiers can help your baby feel secure and safe.  This is helpful for when you need a break from holding and/or breastfeeding your agitated baby.  It helps your baby soothe themselves without your outside help, which makes it a great addition to establishing healthy soothing habits for the future.

Pain control: Another benefit that the pacifier offers is it can help a baby with pain relief.  When a baby is sucking, they are distracted from stressful stimuli caused by unpleasant situations, such as a vaccination at the doctors.  While breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding does help the same way, a pacifier is handy for the situations when you cannot comfort feed them.        

Helps reduce the risk of SIDS: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pacifiers are a part of safe sleeping practices.  The AAP recommends giving a pacifier for daytime naps and night time sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  One theory around this is that a pacifier will stop a baby from falling into an extremely deep sleep that they are not easily aroused from.  Experts do not know exactly what causes SIDS, so following safe and preventative steps is the best call.  You can find the AAP safe sleep recommendations here:  Safe Sleeping

Great for flights: We all know that chewing gum can help regulate the pressure in our adult ears during take-off and landing, but did you know that babies feel the same pressure?  Sucking on a pacifier helps alleviate that pressure for your baby which in turn creates a smoother flight for you too.

Pacifiers can be a great addition to your routine with your baby and can offer many benefits.  However, consult with your pediatrician about any concern you may have, and do your own research to make the best-informed decision you can for you and your family.  As always, surround yourself with support and love and remember that you are doing an amazing job!

Q and A with Amanda of Colored Organics.

We loved including Colored Organics in our Bundles because they are incredible soft, durable, and have a mission we fully support. We are so inspired by founder Amanda and her passion, dedication, and vision for Colored Organics. Under her leadership, Colored Organics® has established itself as a champion for ethical manufacturing, producing only sweatshop-free clothing, and adhering to the highest global standards of organic textile production (GOTS).


We know having your daughter was the inspiration behind the company? How old is she now? Can you share some highlights personally and professionally over the years?

My daughter, Sienna is now 11 years old - I can't believe it?! Some of my professional highlights over the years have been working with our incredible team and amazing wholesale customers! It is really rewarding to be able to partner with other like-minded mama's to support their efforts and watch their businesses grow!

Personally, as a mom and a business leader, I have gotten better at balancing work and life. Its never easy, but I know my children are learning a ton throughout this effort and listen intently when I am having business discussions with my husband.

What was the biggest challenge in getting Colored Organics off the ground?

The biggest challenge in getting CO up and running has been manufacturing. My background was not textile or supply chain management so It took a few years to finalize product specifications and supplier partnerships.

Which field were you in before launching Colored Organics?

Before I started CO I worked with a marketing firm managing insert and print media placements for Fortune 500 companies.

What are your goals for the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019?

Our goal for the remainder of 2018 and early 2019 is to focus on basics. Our basic layette items are our best sellers and we are looking to expand our product offering in this category.  We are putting in a lot of effort to communicate effectively with our wholesale and retail customers to gain knowledge of their interests and what works best for them! 

Where are you located and how big is your team?

We are located in downtown Minneapolis in the North Loop Area. We have under 15 employees on our team. 

NEW! As Quoted Wellness Bundles!

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When we launched The Bundle of Joy, we always had the vision of having tastemakers and shakers curate Bundles. We love our classic Bundles and we think that new additions compliment our mission.

For our first collaboration, we are delighted to partner with AQ Wellness, a San Francisco-based wellness company that offers holistic nutrition counseling and personal chef services for those who are looking to find a healthy balance in their life but don’t know where to start. AQ Wellness is also behind the insanely popular organic and gluten-free restaurant As Quoted in San Francisco.

We wanted to share a glimpse of AQ Wellness and As Quoted. Shop the Baby and Mama Bundles here!

Interview with Itzy Ritzy Founder Kelly.

We are delighted to carry ItzyRitzy wet bags in our Home from the Hospital Bundles. We love the practicality and personality behind the brand and are thrilled to share an interview with Founder and mother of three, Kelly.


Tell us a little bit about your company.
At Itzy Ritzy, we believe parenting in style is possible. We’ve worked hard to make a collection of baby, toddler and lifestyle accessories that provide smart solutions to everyday challenges. And since we believe in beauty AND brains, our smart solutions are also fashion-forward and very on trend.

Making your life easier is our squad’s goal, so we designed our multi-purpose products to pack a number of dazzling punches. If you’re always multitasking, we think your accessories should be too – it’s the ultimate #RelationshipGoals! Through it all, we keep style top of mind and design chic prints in a confection of eye-catching colors that you won’t find anywhere else.  

Itzy Ritzy offers only the most luxe fabrics, like super-soft 100% cotton and ultra-plush minky, because you deserve nothing but the absolute best! Get ready for our fresh, modern prints to be a constant subject of conversation – we’re always introducing something new and it’s always hashtag-worthy.  


How long have you been in business?
Nearly 9 years!

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What was your greatest takeaway from 2017?
Build a great team.  If you recognize there isn’t a good fit, make the change right away vs. letting any toxic energy into your team.  We are in such a solid place right now, and we love the motto #oneteamonegoal

What are your goals for 2018?
New products, new countries, creative thinking and fresh social media campaigns.

What is your motivation to keep growing your company?
True belief in the Itzy Ritzy brand, our products, our customers, and our team.  We are on fire.

Who inspires you?
My mother.  She broke the glass ceiling for so many women and just retired as the CEO of three major hospitals.   She gives my husband and me great business and management advice, and more importantly she is an awesome, hands-on Grammy and friend.

What brings you joy?  
My three kids.  Their laughter, their humor, their kindness and their love for our family.

What is the key to hiring a good team?
Trusting your gut.  Once you have a good team, appreciate them and let them shine.

What was the best gift you received as a first-time mom?
 I loved embroidered bibs and wipe cases.   My husband was also adorable with his thoughtful “pushing presents” for each birth.  The concept is kind of silly, but if looked at as a sentimental gesture, it’s quite lovely.


Interview with The Baby Chick, Nina Spears.

 

We are delighted to introduce Nina of The Baby Chick to The Bundle of Joy community!


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Nina — also known as The Baby Chick. I am an educator/expert in the pregnancy, birth, and baby world and have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of mothers over the past seven years. My training, certifications, and experience include: baby planning, birth doula care, postpartum doula care, massage therapy, childbirth education, infant massage instruction, prenatal fitness education, and more. It has been my passion to educate, inspire, and uplift mothers and now this has become our mission at Baby Chick.

Besides working one-on-one with families and growing Baby Chick, you can find me playing with my son, Liam, cuddling with my pups, Lola and Aria, and enjoying time with my wonderful husband, Brian.

How long have you been in business?

I have been working in the pregnancy, birth and baby world for the past seven years and started a doula agency in the Houston, Texas area. In May 2015 I created Baby Chick to provide helpful information to expectant and new families everywhere.

What was your greatest takeaway from 2017?

My greatest takeaway from 2017 was learning how to be patient through life’s different seasons. Some years will be full of new opportunities, some will bring growing pains, some will have failures and learning experiences, and some will be filled with great success. 2017 was a year of growth for me — being pregnant, growing my company, giving birth and growing our family. It taught me to understand that there will be highs and lows and that I need to be flexible and patient as I journey my way through each season.

What are your goals for 2018?

My goals for 2018 are to continue breastfeeding and reach my one-year goal, figure out a better work/family balance, as well as continue to grow our team and business.

What is your motivation to keep growing your company?

My motivation is to create a great go-to resource for families that is recognized as a reliable site for pregnant women and new families. I love helping others. Baby Chick allows me to help women and families all over the world. Also, I am motivated to create a good life for my family and to be able to work from home to watch my son grow.

Who inspires you?

My family inspires me. My husband is one of the hardest workers and biggest dreamers that I know. My mother has the most patient and loving heart. And, of course, my son. He is my world. They all inspire me to grow and be a better person every day.

What brings you joy?

Things that bring me joy: Empowering women during their pregnancies and during birth. Watching women meet their child for the first time. Testing new products to review for our readers. Planning and preparing baby registries and baby showers.

On a more personal level: Seeing my son smile. Drinking a hot cup of tea. Watching a good movie with my husband. Dancing. Reading a good book. Enjoying a big bowl of ice cream. Hearing my son laugh. Cuddling with my dogs.

What is the key to hiring a good team?

The key to hiring a good team is to find people that are smart, hardworking, they gets sh*t done, are team players, and they know how to have fun. They also (obviously) need to be passionate about what you are doing as well as willing to learn and be coachable.

What was the best gift you received as a first-time mom?

The best gift that I received as a first time mom was the help. Not having to worry about doing the dishes, cleaning up the house, taking out the dogs, and making meals while adjusting to motherhood was everything! I can’t recommend having a support system after you have your baby.


Get to know Nina better at The Baby Chick and Instagram!

Companies we love!

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There are so many fabulous companies in the baby space and we are so delighted to connect with them and build wonderful relationships with them. Here are some of the companies we adore working with:

iPlay Baby: We love Green Sprouts, a division of iPlay Baby, nail clippers and brush and comb set and include them in our Out of Office Bundles.

Lulujo: This Canadian swaddle company creates some of the most darling swaddles. We love their smaller muslin blankets that come in a set of three.

Itzy Ritzy: We love their wet bags and can't get enough of the cute prints!

Under the Nile: Made of organic Egyptian cotton, their products make the best classic pieces.

Apple Park Kids: There are so many great rattles out there, but we love Apple Park kids because they are 100% organic exterior and so is their stuffing!