Baby Products, Family Products, Uncategorized

Top 5 Family-Friendly Spring Cleaning Products

The sun is making frequent appearances and the snow is rapidly melting–Spring might actually be coming on time this year! And that means it’s time for some Spring Cleaning. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cleaning products that make it a little easier to keep up with the kitchen-born messes that are just one of the joys of parenthood.

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We love everything about Nellie’s All Natural line of products. Their wide range of gentle, family-safe products don’t lack in cleaning power and you can use them . We are calling out the One Soap as one of our favorites because it double (or triple…or quadruple) duty, acting as a dish soap AND hand soap, AND soap whatever else you can find that needs a good, soapy cleaning. Continue reading “Top 5 Family-Friendly Spring Cleaning Products”

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How to Create Your Dream Nursery in 5 Easy Steps

Designing your nursery is a chance for you to indulge your inner interior designer and show your style! It’s a ton of fun–but with so many options out there, it can also get overwhelming. Well, we are here to break it all down for you. Check out this step-by-step checklist of everything you need to create a stylish and totally functional nursery.

Step 1: The Crib

 

Let’s start with the obvious. From a style standpoint, the crib can set the tone for the rest of your nursery. If you already have a vision for your nursery, great! You can easily narrow down your options based on your style. If you’re waiting for the right crib to spark your inspiration, start by browsing! You never know what might spark your imagination. Continue reading “How to Create Your Dream Nursery in 5 Easy Steps”

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Meghan Markle has THIS surprisingly affordable crib for her nursery

If you’ve ever dreamed of living a life like the royals, you could be one step closer! Well…sort of. Hello! spotted a rather large gift being delivered to Markle’s hotel, just in time for her New York baby shower. So, what’s in the box?

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It looks like this royal baby will be sleeping in the Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib that retails for only $379! While this mid-century modern crib is available in 9 stylish colors, it looks like Markle’s nursery will feature it in a classic white.

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Ready to shop?

Find the color that matches your style! Shop the entire Babyletto Hudson Collection here!

 

Plus, if you’re in the MN area, we offer delivery and assembly! Thanks for shopping local!

Baby Showers

Valentine’s Day Baby Shower

Are you hosting a baby shower in February? Have you thought about a super cute Valentine’s Day theme? We have seen many baby showers in our Baby’s on Broadway event space, and one of our favorite themes is Valentine’s Day. What’s cuter than a baby shower with a love theme with red and pink hearts? Plus, there are so many Valentine’s Day items in stores right now, why not take advantage of them? A Valentine’s theme is easy and can be done inexpensively. Below are a few of our favorite ideas for a Valentine’s Day themed Baby Shower!

Valentine’s Day-Themed Candy Heart Center Pieces

Candy hearts are inexpensive, as are candles. And both look cute together inside of a vase or bowl! Here is what you will need:

  • Glass bowls or vases or both (need to be see-through but do not have to be color-less)
  • Candy Hearts (the ones with the messages, or whatever kind of heart-shaped candy you want, you could even do multi-colored marshmallows)
  • Large candles and/or flowers

Pour candy hearts into a glass or plastic see-through vase or bowl to create a base for the candle. Add a candle, and you are done! For an extra touch, wrap some ribbon around the vase. The vases/bowls don’t have to match, so use a variety of whatever you have! Bonus: you can use the centerpieces as giveaways if you want 🙂

 

Baby Kisses Favors

So cute! Party favors are not necessary, but we love this one. Here is what you will need:

  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Small Paper Bags
  • Glue

Simply fill the small paper bags with Hershey’s Kisses (as many as you want) and attach a label that says, “baby kisses”. Hearts are easy to cut out from paper, or you can download many different printable labels from Etsy if you would rather print and cut them. If you use small paper bags that can be folded over, you can use a heart-shaped sticker to close them. Or, as is done on the SHEKNOWS blog, use a clothes pin to hold the bag closed, and glue a label to the clothes pin that says, “baby kisses”.

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Heart-Shaped Food

If you have heart-shaped cookie cutters, you can make almost anything heart-shaped. Sandwiches, fruit, baked goods, deli meats, cheese, Rice Krispie or Fruity Pebble bars, even pre-packaged and pre-cooked things like mini-waffles, mini-pancakes, and granola bars! Put them on skewers, lay them on trays, whatever you do it will be adorable.

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The ‘L’ Word

What goes better with a baby than ‘love’?! Put the word ‘love’ everywhere! In frames, on napkins, on the tables and walls. Cut out the letters from cardboard and cover them with tissue paper, craft pom-poms, or anything! Stores should have all kinds of extra goodies right now with the word ‘love’ on them (and in Valentine’s colors)!

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Garland

Hearts are easy to cut out of construction paper. And construction paper is inexpensive and goes a long way. All you need is construction paper, scissors, and string. You can also use craft pom-poms, which are also inexpensive, in pinks and reds and whites, or even use balloons!

 

Cake/Cupcake Toppers

Staying with the construction paper/heart theme, we love these simple heart-shaped cake toppers from catchmyparty.com. Grab some pink or red straws, or sticks, glue or tape a heart to one end, and put the other end of the straw or stick into the cake or cupcake and voila! Simple cake toppers! Stores should have lots of Valentine’s colored or themed straws right now. Use a tiered cupcake stand to display cupcakes and give the illusion of a tiered-cake. Don’t have a cupcake stand? Make one out of plastic plates and candlestick holders from the dollar store!

 

We would love to help you host your special event! For information regarding our event space, go to https://babysonbroadway.com/party-room/. You can also contact us at 320-639-2229 or sales@babysonbroadway.com. We are open 7 days a week, M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-4.

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Space-Saving Nursery Ideas

Designing a nursery is one of the most fun parts about preparing for baby, and you’ve probably already started pinning some ideas to your Pinterest board. If you have limited space in your nursery room, or if baby will be sharing a room with you or a sibling, it might seem like it’s impossible to fit everything in. But we’ve seen nurseries in even the smallest of spaces, and they are just as cute and functional as ever. Here’s how to fit those big dreams into a small space.

Think Mini

Anything mini is automatically 10x cuter, and mini cribs are no exception. We love the Babyletto Origami Mini Crib because it’s compact AND portable. It’s our favorite solution for Grandma’s house because it has a small footprint when in use, and, true to its name, folds away for easy storage.

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Baby Safety: 9 Products to Make Bath Time a Breeze

Accidents while bathing babies and kids can happen quickly. Below are five tips on bathing and safety for infants and young children, including our recommended and best-selling bath time products (and why we love them):

 

1. Bathing

Pediatricians strongly recommend that you give your infant a sponge bath until their umbilical cord has fallen off (if a circumcised boy, wait until that heals as well). After that, your infant is ready for a tub. Remember, you should never leave a young child or baby alone near water; even for a minute. Keep everything you will need within arm’s reach to allow you to always have one hand on your baby at all times.

Puj Tub
Why we love it. The Puj Tub is made from a soft foam that is mildew resistant, and folds and conforms to almost any sink, cradling and protecting the baby during bath time. Designed to not submerge the baby in water, it is great for the sponge-bath period and for the early infant months. Hang or store the tub flat anywhere you would like…even on the back of your door and out of sight!

 

Continue reading “Baby Safety: 9 Products to Make Bath Time a Breeze”

Baby Products

Top 19 Baby Products for 2019

Will your family be growing in 2019? Here are our top 19 baby products you should get in the new year.

1. Venice Child California Dreaming Portable Crib

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Keeping baby close provides valuable peace of mind, especially in the first few months. The Venice Child California Dreaming Portable Crib is perfect for home, and it folds down for travel so baby will have a safe sleeping environment wherever you go! This portable sleeper is equipped with seven height adjustment levels, optional incline, and even includes storage underneath for all your middle-of-the-night needs. Shop Venice Child now.

2. Rachel’s Remedy

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Motherhood is great, but it’s not always glamourous. Rachel, founder of Rachel’s Remedy, has created products to help relieve some of the problems faced my new and breastfeeding moms.  Shop Rachel’s Remedy now. Continue reading “Top 19 Baby Products for 2019”

Toys & Games

Top 10 Christmas Gifts of 2018

Finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy…but we are here to help! Check out these unique gifts that have been flying off the shelves this year!

Boom Brick

$34.99 |Shop Now

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This one-of-a-kind speaker has quickly become our top-selling item this season. Just place your phone on top of the Boom Brick to amplify the sound–no Bluetooth, no wires. They’re a hit with any age!

KiiPix

$39.99 | Shop Now

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Ever wish you could instantly print photos from your smartphone? KiiPix lets you print any photo from your smartphone with just the turn of knob. Insert the film, find a photo, place your phone on top, turn the crank, and tada! Instant photos!

 

Harry Potter Light Painting Wand

$29.99 | Shop Now

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Every witch or wizard needs a wand! These new light-up wands have a complementary app that will turn the swishes of the wand into amazing pictures painted with light–it’s like magic!

Shop all Harry Potter merchandise here.

Dino Drone

$79.99 | Shop Now

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This pterodactyl is ready to take to the skies! Kids will love to race the Dino Drone through the air with just a flick of the wrist! It’s all controlled with a mime control remote glove that makes flying even more fun!

Shop all drones here.

Speks

$24.99 | Shop Now

These little magnets are the ultimate fidget for anyone! We literally can’t put them down. Speks are a cluster of tiny earth magnets that you can shape almost like putty. Whether its mindless fidgeting or detailed shape-building, these little toys are a big hit!

LOL Surprise!

$3.49-$39.99 | Shop Now

If you’re not a mom of girls you might not understand the craze, but LOL Surprise! Dolls are topping the toy lists again this year! They are so popular some sets are sold out–but we have them!

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Transformer Car

$49.99 | Shop Now

It’s Transformers brought to life! This remote controlled vehicle goes from a car to a robot with the push of a button. Check out the video below to see it in action!

Stax

$27.99 | Shop Now

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American Ninja Warrior

$17.99-$129.99 | Shop Now

Get the kids active with the American Ninja Warrior line! Keep adding to the challenge with ladders, ropes, and other obstacle course accessories.

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Spooner Board

$34.99-$49.99 | Shop Now

Featured on Shark Tank, this new balance board works indoors or out–perfect for winter days where they kids are bouncing off the walls.

Need more ideas? Check out our “Shop by Age” categories on our website, or stop in store to find even more!

Baby Products, Gear, Safety

Infant Car Seats: What You Need To Know

Becoming a new parent throws you into a vast world of unfamiliar baby products, and it can be difficult to know what to choose–especially when looking at car seats. A car seat is the most important product you will purchase for your baby, so if you’re going to research anything, make it this.

To make navigating this world a little easier, we are here to educate and recommend anything baby related. Today, it’s infant seats.

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The Basics

The most common car seat style for the first stage of a baby’s life is the rear facing infant carrier. This bucket-style seat keeps baby safe and comfy and provides function for mom and dad.

The Components

This style seat has two components: the carrier (where baby sits) and the base (what securely holds the carrier in the vehicle).

The nice thing about using a bucket seat from birth is that you can easily take the whole seat in and out of the car without disturbing baby. This is especially helpful in the cold winter months and when baby is sleeping. It’s also good to take a look at the weight of the carrier itself when shopping because you will be carrying around the weight of a baby plus the carrier.

The other component to this type of car seat is the base. This is what you will install in your vehicle, and the carrier then clicks in and out. Finding an easy to install base will make your life much easier, and keep baby much safer.

We would suggest getting additional bases for your infant seat, especially if baby will be moving between vehicles frequently (i.e. Mom drops baby off at daycare, Dad picks up). That way you won’t have to worry about installing the entire seat every time baby switches vehicles, you can just click the carrier into the base and be on your way.

The Specs

Most carrier seats will last from birth to about 9-18 months, depending on how quickly your little one grows. Pay attention to height and weight limits when shopping around. From our experience, a lot of babies reach the height limits of a seat before exceeding the weight limit, so try to find a seat that has a good range for both. Most weight ranges are around 4-32 lbs and heights are usually around 32″. 

Each child will outgrow these at different times, so watch for some signs that mean it’s time to switch. Of course, pay attention to baby’s weight to make sure they are still within the seat’s specifications. To measure height, watch for baby’s head to be approaching 1 inch from the top of the car seat–that means it’s time to switch. 

All car seats have an expiration date, typically 6-7 years after the manufacture date.

Here’s our favorite and number one selling car seat!

pipa nightOur pick: Nuna Pipa
Specs: 4-32 lbs
Up to 32 in
7 year expiration
Why: Easy installation (5 second install with LATCH) Super safe (Load leg feature on base) Comfortable. Lightweight (only 7lbs).

 

Hopefully you now feel a little more confident in your search for an infant car seat. Continue your search on our website and reach out with any questions.

 

 

 

Baby Products, nursery, Safety

4 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car Seat

used car seatIt’s no secret that babies can be expensive, so buying used items is a great way to save money. But before you agree to purchase a “gently used” car seat, you want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting. Here are a few questions to ask before you buy.

Has the car seat ever been in an accident?

Did you know that you are supposed to replace your car seat after any accident–even if the car seat seems fine, and even if the child was not in the seat at the time of the accident? A car seat it meant to protect your child in the event of an accident, but it’s not designed to withstand multiple collisions. Small or internal damages caused by an accident can compromise the safety of any car seat, even if it appears to be fine.

With that in mind, you want to be 100% sure that the car seat you are getting for your child has not been in any accidents before. If you’re getting a used seat, it’s usually best to get only from someone you know and trust. Ask them about the entire history of the car seat. Continue reading “4 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car Seat”