Top 3 tips for helping baby fight seasonal allergies

Sneezing, sniffling and watery, itchy eyes. Absolutely nobody enjoys allergy season, especially our little ones. Like most ailments, babies and children tend to suffer more than adults. So think about how terrible you feel during allergy season and assume your little guy is feeling even worse.

But before you go reaching for the Kleenex, consider a few of these tips and pointers for how to help your whippersnapper whip and snap those seasonal allergies right on out of here.

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Visit the pediatrician
First and foremost, schedule a visit with the pediatrician to ensure that it’s seasonal allergies (often referred to as hay fever) and not a sign of a more serious infection or the common cold. A good rule of thumb? Allergy and cold symptoms sometimes overlap but a cold should only last 7-10 days whereas allergy symptoms will persist longer. Either way – while you may be pretty sure it’s simply the spring pollen causing trouble, let the doctor confirm your suspicions so you can be sure to properly care for your tot. And be sure to tell the doctor if your little one has recently eaten or been exposed to anything different so you can rule out the possibility of non-seasonal allergies.

 Prep the home
Turn your house into a lean, mean, allergy-fighting machine by building an arsenal (medicine cabinet) of children’s antihistamines, like Benadryl and investing in an air purifier. Place one purifier in your baby’s room and in the common living space. Resist the urge to enjoy the spring air by leaving windows open and instead opt for air conditioning. Also, it might not hurt to have a professional come in and take a look at your central air system to make sure it is clean, mold-free and ready for a full summer of use. In general, keeping your home as clean as possible – often dusting the bookshelves, dressers and washing bedding – will help keep allergy-causing substances at bay.

Monitor outdoor playtime
When the kids are outside try to discourage them from playing around flowers or flowering trees. Additionally, schedule outdoor activities after 10am as pollen levels are the highest during the early morning hours. It may also be a good idea to check the local weather report for pollen count. There tends to be more pollen in the air when it’s especially windy or dry outside. Those are the days when it’s probably best to find activities to keep the little ones busy inside. Finally, when your child has been outside for a significant amount of time, change his clothes and throw the clothes in the wash right away. You may also want to bathe him as soon as possible to rinse away or at least wash his hands.

Have a tip we missed? Leave it in a comment below! Until next time, keep those little ones feeling great and enjoy this beautiful time of the year! Happy Monday!

xoxo,
New Little Wonders

Top 3 tips for helping baby fight seasonal allergies

Baby food recipes we love

Last night I was on the phone catching up with an old girlfriend from college. I told her about my recent vacation while she filled me in on what sounded like the most delicious salmon recipe. She explained how she marinated the fish in a bath of lemon, cracked pepper and herbs – and soon planned to serve it on a bed of spinach, walnuts and raspberries. Before we got off the phone I heard her little one begin crying in the background and she said – “uh oh, this little guy is getting hungry.” I jokingly asked her if he was going to be enjoying the decedent salmon as well.

Her reply? “Well probably not the salmon but I am pureeing the raspberries and spinach and serving it with a side of mashed avocado and cilantro.”

What?! I didn’t know if I should be more impressed with my friend who apparently was the epitome of supermom, or with her teething toddler who was about to enjoy baby guacamole. So I started doing some research on baby recipes using the foods we already have in the fridge and pantry. After all, wouldn’t it be great to not have to purchase the jarred baby food and give your little one fresh, organic meals? Especially if they’re easy to make. So with a few Google searches and mouse clicks through Pinterest, I was able to find these incredibly delicious-sounding and simple baby food recipes. I can’t wait to try making them for my little one!

Do you make your own baby food? Know of a great baby recipes blog? Please – share it in a comment below!

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Blueberry + Mango + Avocado Puree from Baby Foodie (this site has a TON of amazing recipes!)

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Raspberry Banana from Weelicious

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Make Ahead + Freeze + Reheat Recipes from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body

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Homemade Baked Potato Puree from What To Expect

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Baby Green Bean Casserole from Once a Month Meals

xoxo, New Little Wonders

Baby food recipes we love

All About Easter

Easter is less than a week away! It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? It seems like just yesterday we were putting up the Christmas tree and singing Auld Lang Syne. But after a very chilly and snowy winter, we sure are happy to celebrate the holiday with family and friends as spring flowers bloom and the Easter ham fills the house with that deliciously decadent aroma.

Consider celebrating the holiday with your little one with week and weekend by trying some of the craft and décor ideas below. We’ve also included a few other Easter tidbits like a few of our favorite holiday baby outfits and adorable Easter basket stuffers. It’s certainly enough to keep you busy during the holiday season and spring break!

Craft ideas
Call us old fashion (and busy) but we love simple and easy crafts. When the crafts can double as holiday decorations, we love them even more. So we scoured the entire Internet and found the very best Easter and spring crafts for you and your little ones to try that are sure to be easy as pie and beautiful.

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Spring Handprint Art from Pinkie for Pink

Spring décor
No time to craft but looking for some festive decorations to brighten up your abode? For this, we of course turned to Etsy. As you know by now we are all about supporting small shops (like us!) and shopping local. Did you know you could search Etsy sellers by location? Try filtering your search by location to first see if a local vendor sells what you’re looking for and expand your search from there!

il_570xN.734979432_m21yWelcome Spring Print (Download online and print right away for a fast decoration!)

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Hanging With My Peeps Family Sign

il_570xN.740147868_aqz5Some Bunny Loves You Sign (Love this for a nursery!)

Easter recipes
Surely you have a recipe book full of tried and true Easter family favorites that you’ll whip up this weekend. However, have you created a menu for the tiniest mouths at the dinner table? We love these spring recipes for the little ones!

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7-easter-treatsEaster Morning Pancakes from Taste of Home

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Colorful Deviled Eggs via Pinterest

Spring attire
Whether you’re still looking for that perfect first Easter dress for church or would like some ideas for adorable baby spring fashion, check these out!

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Baby Boy Easter Romper

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Hop Hop Hop Top

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My First Easter Shirt

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Polka Dot Boys Tie

Easter basket stuffers
Did you know – experts are predicting the #1 Easter basket item of 2015 will be…(drum roll)… the Zeta Zebra teething toy! Okay, we made up the expert thing but we think Zeta would be an excellent addition to your holiday weekend. Not only is she completely free of latex and any harmful chemicals, but also she is super soft for the best teething experience and she’s so stinking cute! If you want to also add a classic stuffed bunny to the basket, we understand and we recommend the cute little fella below.

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Do you have an idea for a spring craft or something else you’d like to share? Please leave it in a comment below! We would just love to hear from you! xoxo, NLW

All About Easter

Our favorite Instagram accounts {by moms}

We admit it. We are absolutely obsessed with Instagram. But who isn’t? The social network is growing like crazy – especially in the young mom demographic. In fact, according to International Business Times, 90% of Instagram users are under the age of 35. So it’s the perfect platform to follow some unique and innovation moms who are sharing the beautiful photos of their lives and motherhood.

We often find ourselves scrolling through our Instagram newsfeed and stumbling upon all kinds of inspiration – whether it’s a gorgeous baby photo idea, a holiday recipe or a craft project – there’s always something new to discover. You just have to know whom to follow. So, we’ve compiled a list to help you out. Below are some of our favorite Instagram mom accounts. Some of these are world famous celebs, while others are newcomers that we think are going to soon skyrocket in popularity. Each certainly has something unique to offer! Check them out and comment below with any accounts you suggest we follow! We’re always looking for new Insta-inspiration!

@amberfillerup
AKA, The Barefoot Blonde, is constantly posting the most gorgeous photos you’ve ever seen. From her long blonde braids to her insanely adorable baby, this little lady consistently amazes us with her chic style and stunning photos. Follow her on Instagram to catch a glimpse into her exotic travels and mommy adventures. Plus, if you’re looking for some hair tutorials she’s got you covered. She makes having fabulous hair and taking care of a little one look easy. (Ugh!)

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@beyonce
Known around the world for her killer voice and amazing stage presence, Beyonce is the ultimate celebrity diva. What we love about her Instagram account, though? That we get a unique peek into her life as a mother. It’s too neat that celebs are now using social media to give fans a glimpse into their everyday lives. Her account lets you feel like you’re a close friend who gets to enjoy photos of both a family day at the beach, and of course, a backstage pass into star studded affairs.

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@mommyshorts
Illana Wiles is the NYC momma behind this beautiful account and boy does she have a knack for capturing life’s special moments. Perhaps that’s why she’s garnered a whopping 100k followers! Her two little girls are cute as buttons and we just love following them around the Big Apple as they stroll the city streets or attend ballet lessons. This account is without a doubt a must-follow!

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@alledallas
All you foodies out there – this one is for you! Mom blogger, Alice Choi, writes the blog Hip Foodie Mom and shares many of her mouth-watering photos on her Instagram account. The pictures are just dazzling and offer a lot of inspiration for meal ideas! Plus, it’s quite motivational to us that she prepares all of these dishes while juggling all of the duties that coming with being a mom! Kudos to you, Alice.

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@giseleofficial
What’s it like being a ridiculously beautiful supermodel, being married to an NFL quarterback AND being a mom? Well, follow Gisele’s Instagram account and maybe you’ll get a better idea. This celeb account is fun to follow because you get all of the insides looks into the Hollywood events, but you also get to see the time spent doing everyday mom activities. It makes you feel like – the supermodels – they’re just like us. J

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@toripraver
Swimsuit designer Tori Praver gives us a peek into her laid back beach adventures alongside her beautiful daughter and husband. Our favorite photos feature her and her little one sporting matching bathing suits, it’s the sweetest thing!

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@littlebitofluck
Finally, we have to feature a Virginia-based account recommended to us by a friend! This little momma has recently launched an Instagram account to showcase her love of healthy food and fitness. We like this account because it shows you really can be a young, new mom and maintain an active lifestyle! Her veggie-filled recipes and green smoothies make us crave a trip to Whole Foods!

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Our favorite Instagram accounts {by moms}

Staying fit after baby, with baby

We know the feeling. After a long day of taking care of the baby, or working at the office, or even doing both – the very last thing on the planet that you want to do is workout. Hey, even as a single lady without a care in the world it was tough to get the motivation and energy to hit the gym. We hear you and we definitely know where you’re coming from.

The thing is you’ll feel 110% better if you find the time in your schedule to be more active. Not only will you look better, you’re sure to feel more confident and energized in the long run. If you have the luxury of getting some alone time to go to the gym, a yoga class or another activity, by all means take advantage of it and enjoy some “you” time! Goodness knows you deserve it! On the other hand, if you’re looking for some ideas and tips for working out when you’re on baby duty – this blog post is especially for you! Just in time for bathing suit season, let’s get fit with our little ones!

Option 1: The baby as a weight workout

All of that bouncing up and down and side to side at 2am gets tiring on the arms, right? Why not use the weight of your little one during the days to keep building strength and burning calories? There are countless moves you can try with baby that will be a fun way to play with him and her while building your endurance. Our only recommendation is to try these when baby is happy and awake, yet fairly mellow. You don’t want a little wiggle worm to wiggle right out of your hands during some of these…

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Option 2: The classic baby stroller trot

It’s finally warming up outside so it’s the perfect opportunity for some sun and walk/jog/run around the block. Consider keeping a handy, mini to-go bag tucked in the stroller or in your gym bag that has the baby essentials so you can hit the road running on a whim. When it’s easy to get out of the house in a jiffy, you’ll be more likely to spontaneously go for a jog (and you’ll have less time to talk yourself out of a workout!) Check out this link for a great article about how to pick the right jogging strollers.

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Option 3: The tiny tricks here and there

Lastly, simply try to keep fitness in the back of your mind at all times. It’s tempting to park in the closest spot to the store, but make it a goal to park further away every once in a while. When you’re putting groceries away or doing laundry, do some bicep curls with canned goods or the laundry detergent (those bottles can be heavy!) Start with two sets of 15 on each side and work up to doing more. Try a few squats while cleaning or do some (quiet) jumping jacks during nap time. If you’re still nursing and feeling adventurous, some women nurse while sitting on an exercise ball to engage the core muscles – give this a go or simply sit on the ball while holding the baby. A little at a time can really pay off in the end. It’s a great way to pass the time if you’re home during the day and a fun way to relieve stress.

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Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to you! We’d love to hear about your fitness journey while caring for a new baby. Share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook, and of course, don’t hesitate to email us with any questions or just to say hello!

xoxo, New Little Wonders

Staying fit after baby, with baby

How To: Throw the best baby shower EVER

Whether you’re hosting your own baby shower or planning a soirée for your sister or best friend, today we’re sharing the ultimate how-to guide for throwing a memorable and fun event! If there was ever a reason to celebrate, having a party to usher in the birth of a little miracle – not to mention pamper the expecting mother – is certainly a good reason to go all out! So put on your party hat and let’s start planning, shall we?

Step 1: The guest list
First things first, you’ll need to decide who’s attending the shindig. If you’re planning the shower for a loved one, sit down with her to determine who she’d like to invite. Make it as easy as possible for her by writing down a list of names and offering to use her address or contacts book to handle all of the invitations so she doesn’t have to worry about it. This part can be stressful and she will surely appreciate you handling the invite list. If you’re hosting your own party, enlist a friend or family member to help with this part, or, make it easy on yourself and utilize social media to invite guests. Create a Facebook group or event to easily share details and keep party goers in the loop without having to worry about postage.

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Step 2: The theme + the venue
What’s the goal of the shower? Is it to reveal the gender to loved ones, “shower” the mom-to-be in gifts, pamper the expecting momma, share gifts, simply spend time together, or, all of the above? Get to the root reason for celebration and that will help you choose a theme and venue. For example, if you’re hoping to just spend time together, why not make it easier on your pocket book and host the party at home? If you want to pamper the guest of honor, have a girls spa day! Likewise, if you’re looking to give gifts in a pretty and intimate setting, consider booking a private room or patio at a restaurant.

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Step 3: Gifts
Encourage guests to bring gifts the expecting mother and new baby will really need and use. Of course, you can always create a gift registry at Target, Pottery Barn Kids or Toys-R-Us. Another way to let guest know what’s needed is to create a theme around the gift such as a “Donuts & Diapers” brunch theme or “Picnic & Pretty Little Girl Clothes”. Finally, you can always simply include a list of gift ideas in the invitation or having a jar at the party labeled “Diaper Fund” where guest can drop in cash. If you’re attending a baby shower, we love the idea of giving a growth chart (like below!), a Zeta Zebra teething toy, Rainbow Charm teething ring or Zeta Zebra pacifier clip!

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Step 4: Food
You know what they say, a party without cake is just a meeting. We love the idea of having a gender reveal cake at a baby shower or a gender themed dessert! If you’re hosting your own party, consider taking all of the stress out of party planning by asking guests to each bring a dish to share.

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Step 5: Games + activities
Everyone loves a good baby shower game! Browse Pinterest for all kinds of unique games your guests will enjoy. One fun activity we love? Have a form everyone can fill out with advice for the mom-to-be! We also love this. Each guest leaves a thumbprint on this painting to be used as nursery art. What a fun keepsake?!

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Follow these steps and you’re sure to having a wonderful celebration. Any tips or ideas we missed? Share them in a comment below!

xoxo, New Little Wonders

How To: Throw the best baby shower EVER

Our favorite baby clothing small shops

Happy Sunday! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite baby and kid clothing companies. We are in no way, shape or form affiliated with these shops, we’ve just stumbled across their gorgeous photos on Instagram and instantly fell in love with their unique and absolutely adorable pieces!

As a small business ourselves, we do our best to shop small whenever possible and encourage our family and friends to do the same! So below you’ll find photos of our favorite pieces from the shops and their Instagram user names.

We love that these are all small businesses and American made! Let us know what you think and comment below with any awesome shops we may have missed!

xo, New Little Wonders

Trilogy Design Co.
@triologydesignco

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Pickles N’ Roses
@picklesnroses

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Young Buck
@youngbuck_clothingco

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Rad + Rue
@radnrue

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Dearest & Dashing
@shop_dearestanddashing

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Babe & Mom
@baby_and_mom

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Whiprsnaprs
@whiprsnaprs

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Kid + Kind
@kidandkind

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Rachel And Groms
@rags_to_raches

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Our favorite baby clothing small shops