Pregnancy Reveal Ideas – Summer Style!

The explosion of colors at sunset, the lush green meadows of grass, the soft sandy beaches, and the bright flower beds all make for beautiful photo opportunities during the summer. And if you’ve been waiting to reveal your pregnancy, why not take advantage of these unique summer backdrops to reveal your pregnancy – summer style! Here are some summer-inspired pregnancy reveal ideas.

Feet with baby sandals

A popular pregnancy reveal method is setting out a pair of baby shoes next to mom and dad’s shoes. Use this idea with a summer twist by buying baby flip-flops and setting them in the sand. You could also do this with baby swim flippers, or a baby swimsuit.

Don’t eat watermelon seeds

The old joke about eating watermelon seeds makes for a witty and cute pregnancy reveal, especially during the summer when bright red, juicy watermelon is abundant. Slice yourself a nice, ripe wedge of watermelon, take a big bite, and have someone snap a picture. Then add some simple text, like “Uh-oh, I must have eaten a watermelon seed. Baby watermelon coming November 2017!”

Expecting a little firecracker

There are a lot of cool pictures you can take of fireworks, so use the firework-happy holidays to announce your pregnancy. Hold a sparkler out in front and take a photo, with the caption something like, “expecting a little firecracker this September!” This could also be fun if you have other children. Have each of them hold a sparkler, then add the caption,” adding another little firecracker to the family this September!”

Name in the sand

If the beach calls your name each summer, use it as an opportunity to take a special pregnancy reveal photo in the sand. Write your baby’s name in due date, or even just something like, “Baby [last name] coming October 2017.” You can do a lot with this idea, like standing in the background with your partner kissing, with the focus on the words in the sand. Another cute idea is to extend this photo opportunity into an annual photo, taking a similar picture each year with your baby as he/she grows.

Outdoor balloon photoshoot

Bright, colorful balloons against a vivid blue sky with puffy white clouds is a very picturesque summer scene. Consider taking maternity photos incorporating bright balloons outside to announce your pregnancy. You can write on the balloons, or simply hold them while touching your belly. Adding other children, perhaps with each holding a balloon, and then a balloon tied to something floating next to the children to indicate another baby being added to the family, is an adorable idea.

Empty beach chair

Set up your beach chairs on the beach, and get a head start on your baby’s summer gear by buying a child-sized beach chair and setting it up next to yours. Take a photo with the caption, “Another [last name] beach bum coming October 2017,” or something to that effect.

Baby Bike

Family bike rides are a favorite family past time for many families during the summer, so get your baby involved while you’re still pregnancy starting with your pregnancy announcement. Buy a small tricycle, bike, or scooter and tie it to the back of yours. Strike a cute pose on your bike, and use this to announce your upcoming arrival.

Message in a bottle

Another fun beach idea is to place an ultrasound photo in a nice glass bottle with a cork, creating a “message in a bottle,” scene. Lay it in the sand with the ultrasound visible, and write your due-date in the sand in front of the bottle.

Disney-inspired

There’s nothing like the magic of Disneyland during summer vacation, so give baby a taste of the magic before his/her arrival by staging a disney-inspired pregnancy reveal. You can buy adult-sized mickey ears, and place baby-sized ears next to them. If you’re able, you could even take the photo at Disneyland or Disney World next to a Disney princess or prince, ask them to pose by pointing at your stomach or something to that effect, and add a caption that says something like, “Our own princess will arrive in September 2017.”

Did you announce your pregnancy during the summer? What other summer-inspired pregnancy reveals do you love?

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10 Tips for Dad and Baby Bonding

Oh hey there, dads. How are you doing? Feeling good about being a dad? We thought so. Today, we’re focusing on you and sharing ten tips for dad and baby bonding. Because dad and baby bonding is pretty great.

1. Practice kangaroo care.
Kangaroo care is a fancy name for skin-to-skin contact. Said contact is beneficial both for baby and for the parent. Take time to cuddle with your little one to physically bond. Baby will become acquainted with your smell and can be comforted by it. Plus, cuddling is pretty much the best anyway.

2. Participate in feedings.
Whether it’s feeding baby via bottle or helping bring mama the baby to breastfeed, feeding time can be a meaningful time to bond with your baby. Taking over for some of the night feedings is also a great opportunity to get some quality one-on-one time with your child. Try holding the bottle in a position that allows for you to make eye contact with your baby.

3. Engage in soothing.
It’s important to engage with your child when she’s upset. Practice different soothing methods (walking around, singing, using a pacifier, etc.) and also try to learn to differentiate between her cries.

4. Set aside time for play.
While playtime for newborns isn’t the most exciting, it’s important nonetheless. Helping baby with tummy time, engaging her with interactive toys and just being present are all ways that you can engage in playtime.

5. Become a diaper-changing expert.
Let’s be honest here, changing a diaper is not the most fun parental task. However, when you share childcare duties with your partner (including diaper changes) you are able to better familiarize yourself with your child’s routine.

6. Take a personal day.
Playing a nurturing role when your baby is sick is important, so try to make her sick days yours too. Also, if possible, try to attend her well-child checkups too, so you can hear from the doctor and ask questions about her growth and development.

7. Be a part of the bedtime routine.
Consistency is key when you’re trying to establish a healthy sleeping schedule. So choose a part of the routine that you’d like to be involved in, be it bath time, story time, singing time or feeding time. This can help your baby understand that when you say it’s story time, etc. that it’s almost bedtime.

8. Baby wear to keep her close.
Baby wearing is a wonderful way to get in some physical contact time, while still being able to get other tasks done. So when you’re working from home, or you’re cleaning the house, you can put baby in a wrap or carrier and still complete your tasks. Going for a walk is also a nice activity that you both will enjoy.

9. Read stories.
Reading stories is a great way to help you child’s brain develop, and also create a fun dad/child routine. Pick some of your favorites from childhood for added fun.

10. Make silly faces.
Making silly faces is a great way to bond. As your child gets older, this can morph into simple games like peek-a-boo. There are few sounds better than a baby’s laugh.

 

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International Children’s Book Day – Baby’s First Library

Build your baby’s library and encourage early literacy by reading regularly to your baby and continuing throughout their childhood. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this list of our favorite books for babies and children. From timeless classics to new-found favorites, these books are sure to become favorites for your children and parents alike.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Big bold images, repetitive phrases to encourage memorization and word recognition, as well as color identification and animal recognition are just a few of the awesome features of this book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Who doesn’t love the beautiful collages, fun holes to poke thru, and simple memorable storyline of this childhood classic? Eric Carle is one of the most recognized and beloved illustrators of children’s books, and this is one of his best.

Love You Forever

This classic grows with you and your child and will evoke powerful parenthood emotions as you realize your growing baby will always be just that – your baby.

Peek-a-Boo

Babies love looking at the faces of other babies, and this book is no exception. Watch as your baby is mesmerized by the various emotions of the babies in the book.

Pat the Bunny

This nearly 80-year-old classic touch-and-feel book allows you and your baby to interact with its pages and learn about the senses. Your baby is encouraged to smell, touch, play peek-a-boo, and more in this sweet and simple favorite.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

This rhythmic book is really fun to read and the entire book is written in meter so you can march or pat to a steady beat as you read. Repetition and body part identification can help your baby’s cognitive development.

First 100 Animals

Priddy Baby books makes awesome flash-card style books to help introduce baby to a number of different animals. Baby animals, farm animals, ocean animals, etc. are all categorized to help aid in identification. Look for other “baby’s first” books by Priddy Baby because they are all awesome to have on hand.

Runaway Bunny

This book will help teach your child the principle of a mother’s love. When a sweet little bunny keeps running away, his mother persists that she will run after and find him every single time. This comforting message of unconditional love will become a favorite in your home.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This book offers a great and memorable way to introduce letters, even to the youngest of babies. The visually stimulating bold portrayal of the letters and the clever rhymes are easy to follow and fun to recite.

Green Eggs and Ham

The rhyming and repetition in this book make it a fun favorite from a young age. Not to mention it’s never too early to encourage kids to try new foods.

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Smart Nursery Trends for 2017

Smart nurseries are a growing tech trend. From smart cribs to video monitors, we’ve rounded up five must-have smart nursery trends for your consideration.

Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera (from $190)
This camera works in harmony with an accompanying app, which you download after the camera is plugged in. One of the great things about the Nest is that it has a built-in speaker and microphone, so you can talk and listen through the app. The night vision capabilities are comprehensive, and you receive 24/7 live video in 1080p HD. You also get a free trial of Nest Aware, which allows you to record the video feed and store it in the cloud.

Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale ($129)
The Hatch Grow Smart Changing Pad features a plastic base, with a foam top and safety belt, that is comfortable and wipeable, so no changing pad cover is required. It is designed to track your baby’s weight, feeding amounts and diaper changes, and does do through an app that is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

SNOO Smart Sleeper ($1,160)
This basinet is designed for babies from newborn to six months, or until your baby can get up on her hands and knees. You place your baby in a fixed swaddle position, which keeps her on her back, and if your baby begins to cry, the SNOO respond with white noise and gentle motions that mimic the womb, to ensure that your baby gets her best sleep.

Naya Smart Breast Pump ($999)
The Naya Smart Breast Pump boasts patent-pending HydroComfort Technology that uses water instead of air to gently massage and help express milk more efficiently and quickly. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to 180 minutes, which equates to about two days of pumping for most women. You can also pair it with the free Naya Health Tracker, which will automatically track your pumping sessions, milk supply and daily and weekly stats. It is composed of fewer parts than traditional pumps, is lightweight and comes with all of the accessories you’ll need for successful pumping.

Owlet Baby Monitor ($249.99)
It goes without saying that the Owlet Baby monitor is an innovative and useful addition to any smart nursery. Its comfortable sock uses pulse oximetry technology to track your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. The Owlet is designed to sound an alert if your child’s heart rate goes too high or too low, as well as if their oxygen levels dip below a preset level. And, it syncs to your smartphone via WIFI, as well as to a base station in your child’s room.

What do you think about these smart nursery trends? Would you splurge on any of these items?

 

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