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 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 27. November 2012 in As Seen In
| Our Favorites
| Our Products
We are also excited about the She Knows Parenting Awards because we get the yearly opportunity to see some of the year’s greatest products in parenting. We always have a great time looking through all of the nominees and award winners. We have already fallen in love with a number of products nominated, and are excited to try out many others!
Here are a few products spotlighted in this year’s She Knows Parenting Awards that caught our eye:
:: Booster Seat Category- Mutsy Grow –Up! Booster
“The most stylish seat at the table, Mutsy’s Grow-up! booster seat allows your baby to sit in the average grownup chair safely and comfortably. Grow-up! features a clever five-point harness to ensure your little one is securely fastened. The easy-to-clean, easy-to-transport seat is ideal for babies who can sit unaided and can stay with them until they’re about 4 years old.”
See more about the Mutsy Grow-Up! Booster here.
:: Shower Gifts Category- MAM Personalized Pacifier
“Now you can choose the name, nickname or unique phrase for your little one’s pacifier without compromising safety or comfort. Each MAM Personalized Pacifier has room for up to 20 white letters in two font options. Available in pink, blue or green, you can choose from two sizes, depending on your baby’s age. “
See more about the MAM Personalized Pacifier here.
:: Educational Category- Spark Box Toys
“Spark Box Toys is a subscription service that sends high-quality educational toys to your doorstep. The toys are chosen by educational experts to suit your child’s unique developmental needs, facilitate learning and inspire lifelong curiosity. When you’re done playing, simply send them back for a new box. The best part is, eventually, the toys will end up in the neediest schools around the country.”
See more about Spark Box Toys here.
:: Portable Play Yard Category: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light 2
“The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light 2 is easy to take along, only weighing 11 pounds including the carrying case. After a simple setup, the travel crib is ready for use in one simple movement. The sturdy design keeps the travel crib firmly on the floor. The insulated mattress keeps baby warm and comfortable. It can be used for newborns and up until around 3 years old.”
See more about the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light 2 here.
:: Bathtubs Category: Blooming Bath
“Blooming Bath creates handmade baby bathtubs made from lusciously soft and cuddly materials. These tubs are designed to cradle and cushion your baby in the sink better than plastic tubs and to provide a hassle-free experience to let you bond with your baby at bath time. It comes in four color options and makes a great shower gift.”
See more about Blooming Baths here.
To see our post on the She Knows Parenting Awards for 2011, click here.
by Sarah on 13. November 2012 in Good to Know
| Our Favorites
As you’ve probably noticed…we LOVE sharing great resources for parents and products for kids here on the blog! As parent’s ourselves, we are constantly looking for tips, information, and “stuff” to help us out as we do our best to raise our kids! Today, we are excited to share with you another wonderful resource out there… Super Healthy Kids.
With a consistently (and what feels eternal) picky eater living under my roof, I am forever looking for help on the matter (see my past post, “Feeding the Picky Toddler” here). Luckily, on my quest to conquer poor eating habits, I have found that I am not the only mother out there who struggles with getting their child to eat the right foods…or to eat ANYTHING for that matter! Thanks to Super Healthy Kids, I feel like my goal of improving and diversifying my son’s eating habits is attainable!
Super Healthy Kids was put together by two nutrition educators who want to make it easier to feed your kids better. They focus mainly on fruits and vegetables, and how to make them simple, fun, and delicious for your little eaters. They offer everything from menu plans and ideas, to recipes, gardening tips, and much more. They have a super helpful blog, and a wonderful weekly newsletter. Also offered by Super Healthy Kids are awesome products for feeding time, like their My Plate which helps to promote balanced meals.
If you are a parent, and are trying to promote healthy eating habits in your children, we highly recommend spending some time over at Super Healthy Kids (www.superhealthykids.com) .
A few of my favorite picky eater blog posts from Super Healthy Kids:
:: Picky Eaters: How to Diversify Their Diets
:: My Best Strategy for Turning a Picky Eater
:: Picky Eaters
And… another great blog post stumbled upon this week about kids and veggies… “The Kid Versus the Vegetables,” by Constance Marie over on People.com’s Celebrity Baby Blog.
Best of Luck!
by Sarah on 30. October 2012 in As Seen In
| Our Products
:: She Knows Parenting Awards 2012
We are so happy to announce that we have been nominated again this year in the Nursery Must Haves category of the She Knows Parenting Awards 2012. If you haven’t voted for our Cohen Glider yet…there isn’t much time left…cast your vote before October 31st by clicking here.
:: 2012 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards
As we mentioned last month, Red Tricycle is one of our favorite online newsletters! They are currently gathering votes for their Totally Awesome Awards, and we have been nominated in several sections of the Décor Category. Head on over between now and November 30, and cast your vote for Oilo under Bedazzling Bedding, Wonderful Wall Art, and Snuggiest Blankets and Comforters. To vote, visit here.
:: Babytalk October 2012 Issue
Our Modern Berries Play Blanket was included in the Style Guide: Nursery Inspiration piece in Babytalk’s October issue. We love this site and magazine, and as a part of the Parenting network, they do not disappoint with tons of cool stools and featured stories. Check out Babytalk here.
Bump to Baby Gear features stylish products for moms, moms-to-be, and little ones. They have great insights into wonderful products, so we were happy to see that the chose our 3-Piece Organic Layette Sets as one of their favorite baby shower gifts! Read their Baby Shower Gift Guide: Gifts for Your Stylish Friend here.
by Sarah on 18. September 2012 in Our Favorites
| Our Products
If you don’t already know about Red Tricycle…let us fill you in on this awesome (and free) online newsletter. We especially love Red Tricycle’s main goal, which is to help parents have more fun with their kids. They offer an amazing variety of cool things to see, eat, make, and do with your kids. You can choose from six major cities (more coming soon) and get up-to-date information on cool things to do in that city, or get up to speed on great general topics. We particularly love their “Food” section, where you can find great restaurants where kids eat free, establishments that cater to allergies and gluten free diets, as well as recommended family restaurants. Find endless family friendly vacation ideas in their travel section, or browse other great ideas and guides in their “Fun Stuff” and “Things to Do” sections. Red Tricycle is a favorite newsletter among busy moms not only for great ideas on things to do, but also for reviews of exceptional products.
Once a year, they let their readers call the shots for their Totally Awesome Awards. With a large variety of categories, Red Tricycle sets out to find the best of the best, recommended by real moms all around the country. If you love Red Tricycle and love Oilo…then please nominate us in the Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards 2012. Visit here to enter us into the following categories:
:: Bedazzling Bedding
Pictured: 3-Piece Crib Set-Cobblestone-Taupe
:: Wonderful Wall Art and Accessories
Pictured: Stacked Animal Wall Art- Taupe
:: Snuggiest Blankets and Comforters
Pictured: Play Blanket- Modern Berries- Spring Green
:: Baby Shower Gifts
:: Charming Clothes for Girls
Pictured: 3-Piece Layette Set- Newborn Pink
:: Adorable Duds for Little Dudes
Pictured: 3-Piece Layette Set- Baby Boy Blue
:: Must- Have Travel Accessories
Pictured: Car Seat Canopy- Cobblestone-Taupe
:: Neatest Newborn Stuff
Pictured: Changing Pad Cover and Topper- Blush
Thank you for your nominations!!
by Sarah on 21. August 2012 in Good to Know
It only takes a quick second on the internet and you will find that there are endless theories and methods when it comes to potty training. Overwhelming and intimidating, taking the plunge to potty train your child can be rough on a parent and child! If there is anything we have learned about potty training, it’s that: every child is different & every parent is different. You may have to experiment to decide which method is right for you and your child, so we suggest being open to your plan changing…be willing to adjust to unpredictable behaviors…and try not to put too much unnecessary pressure on yourself and your child.
We have also found that a universal key to potty training that everyone can benefit from is to BE PREPARED. You never know when your toddler may be ready to jump on the potty training train, and a teaching opportunity may present itself when you least expect it. So, if you feel like potty training may be around the near corner…we recommend preparing a few staples to have on hand so that you’ll be ready to concentrate your efforts on your learning child instead of on making a mad dash to the nearest store.
Here are our Essentials Items for Potty Training:
Kind of a no brainer…but we recommend buying more than you think you’ll need. Stock up on lots of underwear that your child will find cool and exciting to wear.
:: Easy On/Off Pants
You’re going to want to make sure you have a hefty supply of elastic waist pants/shorts that your child can pull on and off quickly by themselves. Again, you may be surprised how many you blast through in those first hours of training- so equip yourself with more than you think you’ll need.
:: Clean Up Supplies
Add plastic gloves, bleach, paper towels, and flushable wipes to your next shopping list, and you’ll be sure to be thankful you have them around when the potty training begins. For those soiled pieces of clothing…hand wash in 1 TBSP of chlorine bleach per every gallon of hot water, and then throw in the your next load of laundry.
:: Potty Chair/Potty Seat
There are a lot of great options out there when it comes to finding a kid-size potty. You can find stand-alone potty chairs—easy to move around, less intimidating than the regular toilet, and just your child’s size. You can also find soft potty seats that fit right on you regular toilet—these take up less space than a freestanding chair, can be effective with children who want to imitate their parents/siblings, and require little/no cleanup. We suggest investing in a convertible potty that includes both so that you can follow your child’s lead as to what they learn best with. We recommend the Kiddyloo Toilet Seat and the Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 Potty Seat by Munchkin.
:: Training Underwear
It’s not a bad idea to have a few pairs of disposable underwear (like Pull Ups) on hand, even if initially you feel like you’d rather not use them. You never know when, at the last late-night minute, you may decide to use them for naps/bedtime in the beginning stages of training.
:: Teaching Materials
There is a plethora of teaching materials out there when it comes to teaching your child about using the potty. We recommend picking up a couple of books or movies for your child to learn from and relate to throughout the process. We recommend the Once Upon a Potty Books and DVD for Boy and Girl, as well as Elmo’s Potty Time DVD.
One of our favorite potty-themed books is Time to Pee by Mo Willems.
Also, you may want to take a minute to browse some of the great apps available to help you through potty training. The Pull Ups iGo Potty app can be set to remind your child to go to the potty at regular intervals, and also has games, songs, and sticker charts to help motivate your child.
:: Waterproof Protectors
In addition to extra bed sheets, we suggest having some waterproof mattress protectors on hand. Also, there are other great protective products to help you through the transition of becoming fully potty trained. The Summer Infant Piddle Pad is a great solution for protecting your child’s car seat when you’re on the go.
:: Step Stool
If you don’t already have one in the bathroom for your child, you’ll want to grab a step stool for them to use for reaching the potty, as well as for washing their hands. We love the Ikea Forsiktig Children’s Stool…it’s the perfect stool for the perfect (cheap) price!
Incentives and motivators are not a one-size-fits-all aspect of potty training. This is one aspect where knowing your own child will have to come into play. Choosing treats, toys, or incentive charts that cater to your child’s individual interests and learning styles can provide just the boost you might need to hit the ground running with your potty training goals. Generally speaking, however, we recommend having three different groups of prizes that can be rewarded when your child reaches small milestones, medium milestones, as well as large ones.
Take a deep breath, and have confidence in yourself as a parent during this time. Remember that accidents happen to every child, and that you are not alone in this potty training circus! Your child will get it…they all do at some point!