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Crib Mattress Buying Guide

A car seat isn’t the only important safety purchase for your baby. Think about what a baby will spend most (over half, actually) of their time doing in the first year (hint: parents will be doing less of it)– sleeping! Since so much time will be spent snoozin’, it is crucial to get a mattress that will leave baby comfortable and safe throughout the night.

If you don’t have the first clue about what to look for in a crib mattress, you’re not alone. For most parents, the mattress is an afterthought and they just get the first one they can find because, really, how in the world do you tell a good mattress apart from a bad one? Here are a couple things to look for.

Breathability

This is one of the most important features of a crib mattress, and we cannot stress it enough. Make sure that the mattress itself and the cover are breathable to allow airflow around baby as he sleeps. Not only will this keep baby cool and comfortable, leading to a better night’s sleep for all, but increased circulation ensures that baby will still be able to breath clean air even if he rolls onto his belly. Studies suggest that having increased air circulation in the nursery and crib area reduces the risk of SIDS by 70%. Nook mattresses are so breathable that your baby can actually breath right through it! Expert design, pebble textures fabric, and special fabric weaves make Nook one of the safest mattresses for baby to sleep on.

Non-Toxic Materials

We do our best to protect our children and ourselves from products that contain harmful chemicals, but who would think that a mattress could be harmful? Unfortunately, safety standard for crib mattresses are highly unregulated; one of the only requirements is that it is flame retardant. Well, sometimes those flame-resistant chemicals can be pretty nasty. Even a little exposure to chemicals over a long period of time can have negative health effects, which is why it is important to make sure that what your child is sleeping on is completely non-toxic. Nook uses completely natural flame-retardants and keeps their materials as natural as possible–even using an organic coconut coir for natural breathability in the Pebble Pure.

Waterproof

Accidents happen, but if clean up if super easy, its like they never did. While your mattress should be waterproof, take a look at how that waterproof-ability is achieved. You don’t want it to affect the breathability, so a plastic-y feel is no good. Nook soaks their mattresses in a NanoSphere® bath so the mattress is still completely breathable but still water-resistant. Also watch out for mattresses with quilted textures or stitching along the edges, as it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and even let some moisture through to the inside of the mattress (which leads to worse things, like mold).

Firmness

Here’s the test: place your hand on the mattress and push down; if it pops right back up, it should be firm enough for an infant. It can be difficult to tell sometimes, so comparing mattresses side by side can be helpful. Nook makes 3 different levels of crib mattresses with gradated firmness, and all are equally suited for safe sleeping. Another plus of Nook’s mattresses is that they actually have a firmer infant side and a softer toddler side to maximize comfort as your baby grows.

Cost

Don’t let price tags scare you. Yes, you could buy a $30 mattress that would get the job done, but is it really going to hold up through all the (inevitable) accidents and last through the toddler years? If you invest is a quality mattress right away, it will last you multiple years (even multiple children) without getting icky buildup. Not to mention, the mattress itself is superior in safety and comfort to the cheaper alternatives. Prices can range from $30 to $400, but there are some great middle-ground price-points out there, like the Nook Pebble Air, which just happens to be our favorite.

Browse all of Nook’s incredible products here on our website!

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Doing Disney With Kids: Tips to Make the Most of Your Magical Vacation

Our blog has been very quiet these past 7 months, but we hope to change that starting now! Some of you may know that I, Casey, the writer of most of our blogs and online content, took a little time (6 months) away from our store to work in a slightly busier and warmer location: Walt Disney World! So, as a first post-Disney blog post, I figured I would share with you some tips and recommended products for doing Disney with kids.

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18 Best New Baby Products for 2018

The new year is already here, and so are a ton of cool new products! Check out our list of our top 18 favorite new baby products you need for 2018.

1. Skip Hop Explore & More Jumpscape Fold-Away Jumper

We are jumping for joy because of this new product–a cute and interactive jumper that folds up for storage! With lights and sound, a 360° swivel seat, and a bounce counter, this new jumper from Skip Hop’s Explore & More line is super cute when it’s in use, and super spacing when it’s not. To top it of, it will give baby a round of applause when he reaches 100 bounces–how cute is that! (Find it here for $130)

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Natural Remedies: Essential Oils for Babies and Children

Did you know that Baby’s on Broadway now carries select Young Living Essential Oils, including their highly sought after baby and children’s line? We know that parents are always looking for safe and natural remedies, so we are happy to offer these specially formulated oils for the little ones. Clear a stuffy nose, calm an upset tummy, or relax your little one to sleep in a natural and effective way. Plus, these oils are already pre-diluted so they are safe to put directly on the skin.

SniffleEase
Put a drop of this blend behind the ears or near the sinuses to help clear a stuffy nose. SniffleEase can also be diffused, or you can try putting a few drops in a warm bath. This blend contains Lavender, Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Radiate, Black Spruce, Eucalyptus Citriodora, and Peppermint.
TummyGize
Use TummyGize to calm an upset tummy and help digestion by applying a small amount (no dilution needed) to the belly. Ingredients include Spreamint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Fennel, Anize, Ginger, and Cardamom.
Owie
This oil blend of Idaho Balsam Fir, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Elemi, Cistrus, Hinoki, and Clove will help relieve the pain from small cuts and bruises as well as soothe sensitive skin. Just apply a small amount to the area.

Gentle Baby
This calming and relaxing blend containing Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Lavender, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Bergamont, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, and Rose is designed for both expectant mothers and newbron babies. For babies, GentleBaby will help relax, relieve colic, and heal diaper rash. Moms can use this oil blend to reduce stress and even help the appearance of stretch marks! This oil works best when diffused or inhaled by baby.

SleepyZZZs (SleepyIze)
Our version of the coveted and hard-to-come-by SleepyIze, this calming blend will help with relaxation and can promote a deeper sleep. Oils like Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Frankincense, and Tangerine help your little one get a more restful night of sleep. This oil works well when diffused but can also be applied to a child’s feet or on a pillowcase. Find this oil here in our online store!
We also carry a variety of other oils at any given time, including:
Lavender
Lemon
Peppermint
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