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20 Top Pregnancy Essentials

20 Top Pregnancy Essentials

baby, FAM By February 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

So, you’re gonna have a baby? Welcome to a different world, Mama. Your body will be going through some amazing, exciting, gross, hilarious, and unbelievable changes and experiences in the next nine months. Luckily, there are tons of great products and services that will make your pregnancy as smooth and easygoing as possible. Here are 20 of the Top Pregnancy Essentials that no stylish Mommy should be without!

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Abeego Flat Wrap Covers for Food

GEAR, home By October 2, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Au revoir, plastic wrap.  Sayonara tinfoil.  These Abeego Flat Wrap Covers for Food are used in the same way, but they’re far safer, effective – and reusable. Made with beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil infused in a hemp/cotton fabric, these all natural rectangle shaped flat food wraps do not leach nasty chemicals into your food.

The warmth of your hands as you press the wraps around your cucumbers, bowls, cheese or half-eaten baguette (as if it’s not always totally gone) allows you to shape it easily.  The stiffen when cooled.  Oh, and they are compostable, which will make my veggie gardens happy as well.  Lavish and Lime

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Coolest New Strollers

GEAR, toys By September 19, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments
  1. balmoral navy 200We love design.  We love babies.  And the chic stroller makes us want to keep the kids coming….. Here are a few of our top picks at the moment for the coolest new strollers.Silver Cross Balmoral
    An iconic, stately pram, hand crafted in Yorkshire with unique leather suspension straps and a classic carriage that guarantees comfort and safety.
    Weighs 37kg. Prices around $4000
  2. Origami Stroller4 Moms Origami stroller
    Opens and closes itself with a simple press of a button. Rear wheels have built in generators that charge the stroller while you walk (and can charge a cell phone!). Lots of storage (cup holders and removable storage bags) Has running and pathway lights for safety. LCD screen includes thermometer, speedometer and other lifetime odometers.
    for use with children up to 40lbs. Dimensions are 41” l, 28” w, 39” when open. The toddler sized stroller is 32 lbs.
    Prices $849.99 on www.shop4moms.com
  3. CMYK ZenBloom CMYK Zen Stroller
    This stylish, light all-terrain stroller includes a solar lighting system (light beams or flash hazard lights), a freestanding folding design that makes it easy to stash In small spaces.
    Stroller weighs 25.3 lbs. For infant up to 44lbs.
    Price $799 at Giggle.com
  4. ride on carry onRide on Carry On
    Traveling with little ones is made easy with this convertible children’s chair that comfortably snaps onto carry  on luggage. Perfect for rolling your child through the terminal and right to their seat. The padded headrest can be pulled down for use as a tray table. The chair folds flat without removing so it can fit through security and in the overhead storage compartment.
    Recommended for children from 8mnths-5 years (up to 50 lbs)
    Priced at $39.99
  5. Bugaboo Bee Missoni ChameleonBugaboo + Missoni Chameleon
    This stylish, brightly colored stroller features a detachable bassinet, adjustable handle, and four swivel wheels. The suspension is also adjustable and creates smooth strolling.
    include a matching Missoni chevron blanket.
    $880
  6. Mima Kids KobiMima Kids Kobi cosmo stroller
    Has a patented “carrycot” system where the seat can be converted by unzipping the seat. The seat can be rear or forward facing. Removable changing bag, clip on canopy, adjustable handle and seat height positions. Can accommodate another seat while still being average sized for a stroller.
    Weighs 29.4 lbs. Suitable for infants from birth to 37 pounds.
    1200 Euros on kidslovedesign.com

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Teethease

baby, FAM By May 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

We got this rock necklace delivered to the office.  After I opened it and wore it around for a while (it looks awesome with a long white skirt and tousled curls), I read the writeup.  Oh.  It’s for teething.  But it’s so stylish!  It’s got a safe breakaway clasp that won’t get caught around a little neck, is PVC, lead and BPA free, and is made with soft, flexible silicone.  And dishwasher safe.  Yeah, baby.  Though we love amber too, this is a keeper – and one that they may still want to wear as teenagers.

My Teethease

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Bobee Diaper and Wipes Dispenser

GEAR, toys By May 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

You will change more than 20,000 diapers in the first year.  AAgh.  Why not make it as easy a job as possible?  The newest must-have nursery item is the Bobee Diaper and Wipes Dispenser is wall-mounted and comes with multi-coloured stickers so that it fits into any decor.  Wipes in the bottom and diapers in the top.  (Both are grabbable with just one hand).  Tres chic.  The bright dots are also a great visual distraction for young babies!

www.onsgear.com

We’re giving away the Bobee as well as a supply of other newborn essentials valued at $110.  To enter, comment on this post with your favourite way for UrbanMommies to interact with you.  Newsletter? Pinterest? Facebook? Twitter? RSS? or through our website.  Thanks and good luck.  Deadline: June 1, 2012.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Swim Zip

LIVE, play By May 18, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Now that you’ve got your beach activities picked, bags packed and sunscreen bought, you need a couple of these.  We don’t want to be preachy, but we’re going to be preachy.  Protect your kids from the sun.  Fact: Even 1 blistering sunburn may double the risk of melanoma.  The damage the occurs in childhood may not develop until middle age.  Damn.  Founder Betsy Johnson was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 26 and made it her mission to protect other children.  (90% of all sun exposure happens before 18 years old).  She turned her passion for fashion, kids, health and function into Swim Zip.  With 99% UVA and UVB protection, these funky suits are the bomb.  My son won’t take his off.

www.swimzip.com

Disclosure: UrbanMommies Media was given a sample for review.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Grab a Scab

fitness, GEAR By May 18, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

These things are genius.  On torn knees, worn bicycle seats or just on a plain t-shirt, these durable stickers add personality and extra life to your clothes.  And there’s no ironing or sewing needed.  And the company is not only Canadian, but has a great sense of humour.

“Each Scab is made by Scabbee. He’s a friendly monster with lots of character. He eats chocolate and he is afraid of the dark. Scabbee hides his picture on every Scab, so watch out for him. Scabbee hangs out with his monster friends, Goop, Cottonball and Brainfreeze.”

www.grabascab.com

Disclosure: UrbanMommies Media was given samples for review.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Holy Toast

GEAR, home By May 18, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

I got this for my nanny.  She’s really religious and I’m not sure she found it as hilarious as I did.  You stamp bread with the ‘Holy Toast’ virgin Mary, pop it in the toaster, and voila!  Her image appears miraculously.  For an extra special breakfast with the kids we like the new Sun-Maid cinnamon swirl raisin bread.  Stamped with Mary, of course.

Holy Toast by Fred and Friends.

Disclosure: UrbanMommies Media was given a sample of Sun-Maid for review.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Heinz Plant Bottle for Earth Day

EAT, snacks By April 16, 2012 Tags: , , No Comments

UrbanMommies received a sample sneak peak of the new Heinz Ketchup (our kids call it chop-chop) bottle the company is launching for Earth Day.  I was over the moon.  Or the earth.  This kitchen staple is a favourite of most kids, and will soon be available in a plastic bottle that is partially made with plant-based material.  Manufactured with up to 30 percent plant material derived from sugarcane, the Heinz Ketchup PlantBottle™ packaging looks, feels, and functions like traditional PET plastic and has the same recyclability as the rest of Heinz Canada’s Ketchup lineup.  Made possible through a landmark partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, the new PlantBottle™ packaging will be on shelves this Earth Day, April 22.  Cool.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Silly Parenting Products You Don't Need

grow, LIVE By April 4, 2012 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Courtesy of Inhabitots.com

As modern urban mommies that are in touch with the newest and greatest stuff on the markets, we have discovered that there are actually some really silly parenting products that you don’t need. Think twice before shelling out your hard-earned bucks on these items, because they’re really unnecessary.

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Cloth and Disposable Diaper Cost Comparison

baby, FAM By October 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

Cloth and Disposable Diaper Cost ComparisonMany people say that the diapers you begin with are the diapers you will use until toilet training.  We would have to concur.  Our hospital made us use cloth from day one (it’s easier to see signs of urination and make sure baby is getting enough to eat).  We could have done without the diaper pins (ouch!!), but now that we have cloth diapers with snaps and velcro, we feel pretty confident.  How many people do you know bought cloth and then returned them after using disposables at the hospital? Here is a Cloth and Disposable Diaper Cost Comparison sheet.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Porsche P'4911 Baby Stroller

GEAR, style By August 22, 2011 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

We know that we suggested the Cayenne as an excellent push present, and this Porsche P’4911 would certainly make the perfect baby shower gift.  Designed by Dawid Dawod, it’s every baby’s dream (or Dads or Moms but we can project, right?).  Carbon fiber, aluminum, leather, and ball-bearing wheels make this vehicle one of Porsche’s best.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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