by Sarah on 14. May 2013 in Good to Know
Today, we’re looking at two extremely important aspects in parenting…
First things first, have you had the opportunity to check out the site FindaNanny.net? If you are a parent looking for a full-time, part-time, or occasional nanny/babysitter…this is your place! FindaNanny.net is a top resource for parents hiring a nanny… with tips for finding the right nanny, access to placement agencies, as well as a fabulous blog, and more! We know how important the search for the perfect nanny is, and we love this resource for helping parents to find the best possible fit for their family.
As we mentioned, FindaNanny.net also has a terrific blog that we’d love to share with you. Head over and read this recent post we loved, How to Tell if Your Child is Ready for His First Sleepover. This is an issue that comes up for every parent at some point as your children reach that milestone of wanting to spend the night away from home. This blog is a great resource…hope you enjoy!
by Sarah on 29. April 2013 in Parenting
Ever felt yourself knee deep in the comparing game when it comes to watching other moms? We certainly know we have! If you're in our same boat...check out this MUST READ article, The Other Mothers over on the Power of Moms site… it’s absolutely perfect!
The Power of Moms is all about moms helping other moms become the mothers and people they really want to be. They’ve got over 70 writers, 50 trainers, and 30 board members (all “regular moms” who want to learn and share with other moms) working together to create the great new posts, podcasts, videos and programs available every day on their site. Check it out!
by Sarah on 15. April 2013 in As Seen In
| Our Products
We’d like to share with you a few of the places Oilo has been featured during the first few months of 2013! Take a look at the variety of our products that have popped up in some of our favorite places!
:: The Simple Moms- January 2013
Here’s some of what they had to say…
“To say this product is awesome is an understatement. A better statement would be something like, “this product rocks my stinkin’ socks off! There…that’s better. I think this product is so awesome because of the personal simplification on my life that I see it has.”
“That on top is a thick, quilted top, so it doesn’t allow the messes to soak on through…Purchase a set, then a replacement topper and you are good to go! No need for anything else!”
Read their entire review here.
:: Baby Elan- January 2013
See their complete list of Big Boy Room Must-Haves here.
:: RetailMeNot.com- February 2013
Read the other 13 essentials here.
:: Kids Today- February 2013
"I love using a decorative or accent pillow on the glider," says Nursery Couture designer Katy Mimari. "If you personalize it, it brings a design aspect with it, and for practical use, it's perfect to rest your arm on while rocking that sweet baby."
Check out this article in it's entirety here.
:: Parenting Magazine- March 2013
:: Season Magazine- Spring Issue
:: BC Home and Garden Magazine- April 2013
:: The Review Connection- April 2013
Oilo Spotlight, Featuring Oilo’s Modern Berries Play Blanket
Read a spotlight on Oilo’s founder Annalisa Thomas here.
“…it is the perfect blanket to keep at home or take on the go to ensure your baby always has a clean, stylish play space wherever they are. Mom and dad can now turn a questionable area of flooring or carpet into a familiar and sanitary play area for their baby.”
by Sarah on 28. March 2013 in Our Favorites
We’ve mentioned before how much we love Boon feeding products (see what we had to say about them
in our Baby Shower Gifts We Love to Give and Get
We recently caught up on all that Boon has to offer, and we are super excited about their modern take on endless practical innovations! Head here to take a look at their most recent catalog that had us all anxious to try out even more of their products. Such fun ideas for gifts, too!
A few of our current faves….
:: CLUTCH Dishwasher Basket
This handy little product is perfect for bottle parts, sippy cup valves, and all other small items that tend to float around without a home in the dishwasher.
:: MODSTER Sippy Cup
Our heads turned the second we saw the fun colors and monster shapes of these leak resistant sippys.
:: TWIG Drying Rack
We’re loving this perfect compliment to the Grass & Lawn Countertop Racks (which we already adore). Just the place to dry small pieces in style!
:: TRUNK Snack Boxes & STACK Snack Containers
Not only are these super cool looking…they’re also ultra convenient with compartments keeping food divided. Perfect for picnicking or travel, right?
:: PULP Silicone Feeder
How cool is this little gadget that allows babies to self-feed through small holes on their favorite fruits and vegetables? We’re wondering why we didn’t have this with frozen food for our teething babies?!
:: BUBBLES Suction Cup Bath Toys & DIVE TRAP & TRACE Bath Tub Appliques
Truly…we’re fans of all Boon bath toys…but, these are two that our kids have tried and have given the big thumbs up to! Kids love them…AND they don’t absorb water—preventing yucky mold and mildew buildup. Total winners!
Check out the Boon website here!
by Sarah on 13. March 2013 in Our Favorites
We recently found Daily Mom… an online magazine for women. If you haven’t had the privilege of checking out this site…we highly recommend that you head on over!
In their own words, “We are a team of fun loving, web combing, baby wearing moms who saw a need for a website where we could share all the useful tips we come across daily…We are here to educate, laugh with you, and make your lives easier.”
Daily Mom offers resources in the following areas…and more! :
· Pregnancy and Pre-Pregnancy
· Great Product Finds
· Eco Friendly Suggestions
· Organizational Tips
· Deals and Cheap Finds
· Health and Well Being
Daily Mom has a fabulous newsletter that highlights all of the best posts from the week. You’ll quickly find that their resources are easy to navigate, fun to read, and are incredibly informative!
For a quick sampling of what they have to offer, check out some of our recent faves!
Check out their 50 Days of Giveaways… you have until March 31st to sign up. They’re giving away 50 prizes for 50 days…which means, there’s lots of chances to win!
by Sarah on 17. February 2013 in Good to Know
| What's The Big Deal
We are delighted to have Dr. Jane Scott stop by the blog today! Dr. Jane is a pediatrician, neonatologist, and mother of four. She has watched flat head syndrome grow exponentially in infants to recent epidemic numbers, and she has witnessed countless parents struggle to treat this. She has made it her life’s mission to educate new parents on the prevention of flat head and to offer a non-invasive, affordable solution to prevent and treat mild cases of early-diagnosed positional plagiocephaly and torticollis in infants. She is here to share her expertise with us on this topic and how it can be prevented!
These days, moms and babies are constantly on the go, running errands, going to play dates, childcare etc. For baby, this means spending a lot of time in car seats, strollers and bouncers. Add the time baby spends sleeping in their crib at night- on their backs of course- and it’s no wonder that nearly 1 in 2 babies will develop flat head syndrome by the time they are 5 months old.
Flat head syndrome is comprised of 2 conditions that often coincide or prompt the other. Plagiocephaly is the condition in which flat spots develop on an infant’s skull. Infants’ skull bones are soft and thus can be easily flattened during the formative time between birth and 6 months of age. Similarly, infants’ heads are large and heavy, while their necks are weak. Torticollis occurs when an infant’s neck muscles become tight on one side, causing a head tilt. Sometimes babies are born with these issues due to restricted positioning in utero or during the birthing process. However, flat head syndrome most commonly occurs because of the extended amount of time babies spend on their backs. In fact, there has been a 600% increase in flat head syndrome since 1992, the year the AAP introduced the “Back to Sleep” campaign to reduce the risk of SIDS.
The good news? Flat head syndrome is almost always preventable, especially when parents are educated about the issue and proactive in their prevention efforts. Due to the recent epidemic of flat head syndrome, the AAP now requests that medical providers counsel new parents on how to avoid flat head syndrome during their newborn’s checkups. To prevent the development of flat spots, parents should actively reposition their infant’s head throughout the day. The goal of repositioning is to encourage baby to place equal weight distribution on various areas of the head (to avoid the formation of a flat spot) as well as to stretch the neck muscles through rotation to both sides of their body.
Dr. Jane Scott
Board Certified Neonatologist,
Pediatrician, and Founder of Tortle Products, LLC
In addition to educating new parents on the prevention of plagiocephaly, Dr. Jane created Tortle, a non-invasive affordable solution that not only treats mild cases and early diagnosed positional plagiocephaly and torticollis in young infants, but can prevent it from ever occurring. The Tortle is a patented, FDA cleared device that Jane hopes will eradicate flat head syndrome while allowing moms to safely follow AAP’s important Back to Sleep protocol.
is an FDA cleared, simple, safe, and comfortable beanie designed to aid parents in positioning their infants. By switching the Tortle from side to side with each feeding, parents alleviate the flat spots and neck tightness that newborns often develop.
For more information about Tortle and Dr. Jane’s mission, watch this video, and visit the Tortle site here.
by Sarah on 29. January 2013 in Design
| Our Products
We’re excited that with our newest addition of white lights to our collection, we offer over 70 different lighting options! Not only are our lights a wonderful accent for a nursery, many of our customers are incorporating our lights beyond baby’s room and into their kitchens, living rooms, and other areas of the home.
We offer 3 Main Lighting Options in a variety of Oilo motifs and colors.
Visit our lighting page here to see all of our variations. We are also able to do special orders for varying sizes and with your own fabric. Give us a call for more details!
Each light shade is handmade from Oilo’s signature 100% woven fabric.
A sheet of white encloses each cylinder and diffuses the light…helping to cast a soft glow, and preventing light from glaring in your eyes.
When selecting lighting in your home, it's important to choose one that puts off good light. Our large cylinder lights require three 60 watt bulbs, compared to most lights out there that only use one.
Our lights require hardwiring (professional installation recommended), but we can also swag it so that it can plug right into an outlet. A swag is a great option if you live in an apartment and can’t make holes in the walls.
Our cords extend up to 55”, making it possible to choose the perfect height for ceilings that are low, high, and everything in between. One dramatic lighting option is to hang more than one light in a cluster at different heights. Many customers also enjoy lining up several of our small cylinder lights over a bar or countertop.
Like all Oilo products, our lights are proudly made in the USA!
We’re happy to introduce our white motif as the newest line in our lighting collection. Simply accented with a thin band in classic Oilo colors, these lights are a perfectly simple accent for any room.
Large Double Cylinder
To celebrate this addition to our family of Oilo lighting, we’re offering our blog readers a special 20% off all of our lights! Enter code: LIGHT20 at checkout!
*Offer ends 2.28.13
by Sarah on 22. January 2013 in As Seen In
| Good to Know
We all know that creating your baby registry can be time consuming and stressful. Until now!
Have you heard about Babylist? BabyList is an online baby registry that works like Pinterest. Now, expectant moms can add items from any store online to one baby registry. What a great idea, right?! Created by an expectant mama who knew exactly what she wanted on her own baby registry, Babylist was born as she found that there wasn’t an online registry that suited all her needs. If you are getting ready for baby, check out Babylist here. Their mission is to make baby registries more personal and less overwhelming. You’ll see quickly just how easy it is to register for anything you’d like from your favorite Oilo products to eco- friendly diaper services!
And… while you’re there, enjoy the other resources they provide. They have a wonderful baby registry checklist, as well as inspiration baby registries to help you get started!
You’ll see the following Oilo products made the list!
:: Sticks Play Blanket- Pewter
"Blankets are a must and this modern design by Oilo is both sophisticated and gender neutral."
See our entire collection of Play Blankets here.
:: Changing Pad Cover and Topper- Stone and Citron
"Extend the look of your crib set with this changing pad cover."
See our entire collection of Changing Pad Covers and Toppers here.
:: Crib Sheets- Stone
"Extend the look of your crib set with this changing pad cover."
See our entire collection of Crib Sheets here.
by Sarah on 8. January 2013 in Parenting
Tis’ the season to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new one! When it comes to parenting, we know it’s a tough job, and we’re all about celebrating even the smallest of victories! It’s the perfect time of year to take a minute to go over your personal parenting report card to celebrate the triumphs and set goals for even better parenting in 2013!
Here are some of the parenting goals we’ve set for ourselves this year:
We’re committed to giving our kids the gift of literacy this year! Not only do we want to read more with our children, we want to read more on our own as well…for entertainment and also to educate ourselves on a myriad of topics! We’re aiming to visit the library more often, reward with books, and foster a love of reading for the whole family!
If you’re anything like us…media has earned a very prominent presence in our homes! We’re looking to 2013 to be a year with less TV, better self-control with our phones and computers, and more good old fashioned fun… minus the electronics. See our previous post on Putting Down the Phone here.
:: ADD MORE OF THE GOOD STUFF
With many New Year’s Resolutions focusing around cutting things out of a diet, we’re trying to concentrate on adding more of the good stuff to ours. We may not realistically be ready to give up the Diet Coke and M&M’s, but we are ready to commit to drinking more water, eating more fresh than processed food, and keeping up on our essential vitamins and minerals. Being a good parent involves being a good example…and we’re striving to better all- around eaters for our kids this year.
:: SAY YES (sometimes)!
We were inspired by an article over on TLC’s Parentables site highlighting some parenting resolutions for the New Year. See what contributor Charlene Prince Birkeland had to say about “Saying Yes” to your children:
“Say "yes" more often to little--and maybe even a few big--reasonable requests from your children. Catherine Arveseth over at The Power of Moms calls these simple requests "the innocent desires of children's hearts." I just love that phrase. Say yes to reading an extra chapter of a bedtime story. Yes to taking a walk in the rain to splash in puddles. Yes to five more minutes on the swings at the park. Yes to letting them help you in the kitchen, even if it makes your process move a little slower. The power of "yes" is real. Try it!”
We wish you the best of luck with all of your resolutions! Here’s to many parenting successes in the New Year!
by Sarah on 18. December 2012 in Our Products
Happy Holidays from all of us at Oilo!
We wish you and your little sprouts the happiest of seasons. May it be full of peace and joy!