Dec 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!

Well, that about does it for 2009.
We hope the year has treated you right and the next one treats you even better. Stay warm, be cool, and raise a glass to 2010!


Dec 28, 2009

Japanese Monkey Pants Cutest Baby Photo Contest


MONKEY PANTS fanatics...get your cameras ready
it's that time again!

We will be selecting the cutest/funniest picture of Baby wearing Monkey Pants on May 31st, 2010.

THE PRIZE
The winning baby will receive TWO FREE MONKEY PANTS and a $50.00 Best Baby Organics GIFT CERTIFICATE

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Send us your images via email: MonkeyPantsGiveaway@bestbabyorganics.com
- Please also include your baby's first name and a short comment or title for the picture.


By sending us your images you grant us permission to permanently post your baby's picture on our blog/site. The contest will end on May 31st, 2010 at Midnight Eastern Standard Time. And we will announce the winner on our blog the week following. The winner will also be notified by email.


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Dec 27, 2009

bumgenius awardwinning one size cloth diapers debut on BestBabyOrganics.com

We had been wanting to add a cloth diaper line for the longest time and finally, after lots of research, just started carrying the award winning bumgenius cloth diapers. These super cute one size cloth diapers have gotten rave reviews by industry insiders and consumers alike. And we of course love their softness and how good they are for the environment and the pocketbook.

Now parents who used to shop at Best Baby Organics for Japanese Monkey Pants (smart baby pants that are roomy enough to accommodate those bulky cloth diapers) can also buy bestselling bumgenius cloth diapers at the same time for a fast and convenient one-stop shopping experience.


For a limited time only Best Baby Organics is having a BumGenius cloth diaper sale:
Buy 5, get 1 free







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Dec 20, 2009

NEW GIVEAWAY: Win a FREE Belly Bandit

ENDED 1/30/2010 -  CONGRATULATIONS AURA!!!!

Here's a new chance to win the ever popular Original Belly Bandit, the post-pregnancy compression garment that helps you shrink back to your pre-pregnancy shape

Win one of these amazing belly shrinking compression bands ~ it's Easy!
Simply visit Best Baby Organics and find three maternity, post-pregnancy, or baby products you like the most and then leave us a comment listing the three items. Don't forget to list your email address as well, otherwise we can't contact you in case you win. The winner will be notified by email on January 31st, 2010

To enter the Belly Bandit Giveaway leave a comment on this post listing the three products from our store you liked most

How to get 3 extra entries:

1. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Leave a comment with the link to the post.
2. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again,leave us a comment below.
3. write a comment below telling us how you heard about this giveaway!

Giveaway Details:
  • Anonymous comments will be ignored.
  • One winner will be randomly selected.
  • The deadline to enter is January 30th, 2010 Midnight EST. Winner will be announced on January 31st, 2010
  • The winner will be able to choose size and color of the Belly Bandit Band. If we don't hear from you within 7 days to claim your giveaway another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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Pick your favorite Belly Bandit and Use Coupon Code: BAMBOOBB
during checkout to get $3.00 OFF the purchase price and FREE SHIPPING
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Dec 17, 2009

Our Deal of the Week is Back!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are history now. Can you believe??

But the deep discounts continue. We are back with the Best Baby Organics "Deal of Week"

This week we feature our very own Lukeeno Organic Long Sleeve Tee 


Get it for Only $3.99





These super low price Organic Cotton Tee's are Ooopsies!
Elephant print on some of them is not completely straight (see image above).
Items sold at Deal of the week prices are not returnable
Limited quantities available, so hurry!
Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount coupon code
Deal runs from Dec 17th to Dec 23th (while supplies last)

Perfect for lounging around the house or for layering.

Long Sleeve Organic Top
* Color: White
* Cute Elephant Prints
* Blue Stitching around neckline, waistline, and cuffs
* 100% SKAL Certified Organic Cotton
* Buttery soft
* Made in India.



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The New Hotslings AP (Adjustable Pouch) Slings have arrived!

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What a great innovation!
This is exactly what the old Hotslings needed. We are so glad they heard people's comments and finally made an adjustable Hotslings.

Why are we loving the new Hotsligs AP?
Because if you had the one size style hotslings, exact sizing was crucial for ease and comfort. Now with the AP, it doesn't matter if you are between size 2 to 5. One single sling will do!
This also means that now, in many cases, mom and dad can use a single Hotslings for baby.

The new Hotslings AP come in the six best selling designer fabric colors that people love so much

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If you are between size 2 and 5 on the Hotslings Classic Sizing Chart an AP (Adjustable Pouch) is the way to go: (To measure from shoulder to hip: use a soft tape measure and start at the outer corner of your shoulder and measure diagonally across your body down to your hip bone.)


    

 






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Dec 16, 2009

"Dream Potion" for babies

Did you know that Memphis, TN has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country?

Shelby County hopes to improve this and as part of their initiative they are putting together a monthly series of guest columns that focus on issues involving children. The most recent guest column is from Ginger Carney, a registered dietitian and lactation consultant for the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition. She writes about breastmilk, calling it a "dream" potion to start life.

We are strong supporters of breastfeeding and we thank Ginger for writing this compelling article:

Mother's milk is 'dream' potion to start life - Human milk is considered not only nutrition but a medicine, especially for premature babies. It is a baby's first vaccine against disease.

By Ginger Carney, Special to Viewpoint

"Babies were born to be breastfed." Sound familiar? This message has been sprinkled around the city in various locations, including on bus stop shelters and a large billboard at the corner of Madison and Manassas. The signs are part of an effort of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition, a group of professionals concerned with the health of mothers and babies in the community.

Because the rate of breastfeeding in Shelby County is way below the "Healthy People 2010" goals set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a decade ago, the group hopes to promote the benefits that breastfeeding provides not only to babies and mothers, but to families and the entire community.

Some of the widely know benefits that breastfeeding provides to babies are:
  • Fewer allergies and illnesses, including respiratory infections and diarrhea.
  • Protection from ear infections.
  • Improvement in vision, brain, teeth and jaw development.
  • Lower rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer and necrotizing enterocolitis (a serious intestinal infection common in premature infants).
  • Lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
In addition, for mothers who breastfeed, the benefits include:
  • Decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Speedy return of uterine tone and decreased bleeding after birth.
  • Ovulation suppression, which aids the spacing of children.
Another benefit now becoming more evident is the relationship between breastfeeding and reduction of overweight. Mothers lose their baby weight faster with the expenditure of calories required to breastfeed; the longer the mother provides breastmilk to her baby, the more weight she can lose. Breastfeeding also decreases the incidence of pediatric overweight, particularly if breastfeeding provides a baby's exclusive source of food and liquids during the first six months of life. Considering today's obesity epidemic, breastfeeding's protection against overweight seems to be one of the best resources we have to address concerns about the health status of our community.

Because of their underdeveloped immune systems, the large number of babies born prematurely in the Memphis area are at increased risk for infections. Although these babies may be too small to actually breastfeed, they can benefit greatly from their mothers' expressed milk. Human milk contains immune factors that can protect and sustain premature infants in a compromised environment. This unique, dynamic fluid provides substances that coat the intestines and help prevent infections. Human milk, in this situation, is considered not only nutrition but a medicine -- a baby's first vaccine against disease.
When a baby's mother is not able to provide her own milk, human milk from regulated milk banks can be substituted. Banked human milk is now being used on a limited basis in the Memphis area.

A breastfeeding mother has a very special bond with her baby. Breastfeeding increases feelings of trust, relaxation and love. Mothers and babies gaze into each other's eyes during breastfeeding while feeling the warmth and closeness it affords. This causes the maternal release of oxytocin, which has been called the "love hormone." This hormone allows the mother to interact easily with her baby and respond appropriately to his or her needs. Scientists have discovered that the release of oxytocin helps to elevate maternal mood and reduce anxiety and stress.
Studies indicate a decrease in child abuse and neglect among mothers who breastfeed their infants. With an alarming rate of child abuse in our community, support for breastfeeding may be another way the practice could benefit us.

Memphis has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country. Could this possibly explain some of the social problems we face?
I am reminded of a quote from UNICEF in 1991:
"Imagine that the world had invented a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on Earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere and required no storage or delivery -- and helped mothers to plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it ... (T)his scenario is not alas a fiction. The 'dream product' is human breastmilk, available to us all at birth, and yet we are not using it."
Memphis is underusing this "dream product." For the sake of our community's health, this needs to change.

This is one in a series of monthly guest columns designed to focus public attention on issues that affect children. It is part of a Shelby County initiative to remind everyone, in every aspect of daily life, to "Ask First: Is It Good for the Children?" For more information, call the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth at 526-1822, ext. 249, or visit shelbycountychildren.org


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Dec 9, 2009

BestBabyOrganics.com's Top 10 tips for a great pregnancy

Our BBO mom pro has these tips for women planning a pregnancy and those already preggy:


1) For a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby make sure you nourish your body
Plan ahead and improve your eating habits. Prior to conception make sure you are getting enough Folic Acid in your diet (about 0.4 milligrams of folic acid every day) Adequate folic acid intake is very important before conception and at least 3 months afterward to potentially reduce the risk of having a fetus with a neural tube defect. More details here.
During pregnancy choose really good prenatal vitamins and don't forget to take them everyday.
I never took them on an empty stomach as having an empty stomach always made me nauseous.

2) Get ready to expand - Prevent Stretch Marks
Poor nutrition also affects the health of your skin and increases the chances of getting those horrible stretch marks. Reduce those chances by eating foods high in vital nutrients and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and cutting back on caffeine. Besides good nutrition, another way to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy is to apply a good non-toxic formula to the skin.  Even before conception start applying lots and lots of anti stretch mark stuff. I did this months in advance. I wanted to prepare my belly for the skin stretching marathon in the months ahead. I love the organic OG Mama Moisture Oil, Belly Polish, and Belly Butter that keep a mama's skin supple and elastic.

3) Avoid morning sickness
Eat a good healthy breakfast every morning. My theory is full belly = no morning sickness.
One time I left the house without eating breakfast and got so sick while doing 60 mph on the highway. Had to pull over and was lucky to find a plastic bag under the passanger's seat. Since that day, I made sure to never starve my pregnant body again.

4) Healthy snacks
For midday and mid-afternoon.
My favorite was a mix of dry apricots and nuts like peanuts and almonds.

5) Elevate feet when sitting for prolonged periods
If you have to work at a desk all day or if you need to be sitting for long periods of time, make sure you keep your feet elevated to promote circulation and avoid swelling. Working in the office I always had an upside down paper waste basket under the desk as a foot rest.

6) Save on Maternity Clothing
Buy a good Maternity Belly Band or Tube to help you transition into maternity clothes. I was able to wear my normal hip hugger jeans and pants during the first trimester and also well into the second. When you can no longer button up or zip up your pants, simply unbutton them and continue to wear them with the help of a Bella Band or Belly Band. You wear the band over your pants, jeans, shorts, or skirts and the band will cover your stomach while keeping the unbuttoned garments also covered and in place. These bands are very fashionable and a great money saver, since you don't have to buy as many maternity clothes.

7) Drop the G-strings
If all you have is dental floss type lingerie, it's time to go shopping for some comfy all cotton panties.
Many pregnant women like to wear those sexy thongs, but the G-string type underwear increases the risk of testing positive for strep B. So why risk it?

8) Exercise Connect & Socialize: Try Prenatal Yoga
The advantages are many!
You get to exercise your body and connect with baby at the same time plus you meet other pregnant moms in your area.

9) Look your best during labor and delivery
After 9 months of pregnancy you deserve to look great. Bring your own delivery gown to the hospital or to the birthing center. Look fabulous and take lots of pictures holding baby and wearing your own beautiful gownie. 

10) Regain your shape after baby arrives
By now you probably have heard all about the Belly Bandit.
The Belly Bandit is a post-pregnancy stomach binding wrap that will help you shrink back to your pre-pregnant shape fast!
Post-partum stomach binding has been practiced for centuries by women from many cultures around the world. This practice is now being embraced by American women as well, as more and more Hollywood celebrities continue to report on the slimming benefits they received from wearing the Belly Bandit after delivering their babies.


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Dec 7, 2009

What They Forgot To Tell You About Pregnancy

One of our twitter friends sent a link to this big list of things "they forgot to tell you about pregnancy".
If you are thinking about having a baby, don't read this list :-)
If you are already pregnant, read the list and laugh with us :-)
This list was posted on the pregnancy-calendars.net site

About Pregnancy What it feels like to have your ribs used as footrests...from the inside.
That sometimes it appears like you have a strange alien creature with 10 arms and legs about to burst out your belly button...ewww!!
That you will probably want to go out and buy a box of adult diapers for the amount of times you end up peeing in your underwear while coughing, sneezing, laughing or throwing up.
That by the end of your pregnancy, you will need a forklift to help get you off the couch or bed (or at least one really strong person).
That even the silliest of things will make you cry your eyes out.
How many times you will have to call the doctor about all your super embarrassing female questions.
That the toilet will become your new "best friend" or "second home" for at least one reason or another.
That you don't really know the meaning of a full bladder until you've had to do an ultrasound....or been kicked there from the inside.
How bad those mood swings really can be...watch out everyone!
That you will get so big, you will have to stand sideways when washing dishes, doing laundry or brushing your teeth.
That everybody else around you apparently is a pregnancy expert, especially your mother in law.
That you won't be cutting your own toenails for quite a few months if you can't get anyone to help you.
Forget about shaving for quite a while too...unless you REALLY trust your partner!
That it becomes really hard to squat over the toilet with all that extra weight...talk about good leg exercises!
That the simplest of things, like walking up a flight of stairs or walking to get the mail, would make you feel like you really need a nap.
That people suddenly feel like they have the right to rub and pat your growing belly...like it's not attached to the rest of you.
That the word "discharge" would become a common part of your vocabulary....and the scary thing is...you won't be embarrassed!
That they just don't make sexy bras in DD's. It's all about support, support and more support!
Sexy underwear...you can forget those too! Comfort and cotton...that's it!
That you will never look at your husband quite the same again.
That your breasts start leaking BEFORE the baby is even here yet.
That you will cry when strangers say to you, "any day now?", when you are only 6 months along.
That whoever coined the term "morning sickness" didn't know what they were talking about. What it should be named is "morning, midday, afternoon, evening and night sickness".
What it actually feels like to be kicked or headbutted in the cervix..owww!!
That rolling over in bed from one side of your body to the other is a huge chore requiring lots of huffing and puffing.
That the sleepless nights begin BEFORE the baby is born.
That you had better buy some slip on shoes for when you get real big...unless you are going to have someone around to tie your shoes for you.
That you will spend so much time cleaning and re-cleaning the same exact things over and over again in preparation for the baby's arrival.
That you won't care how much of a pig you look like when you gobble down your second full plate of food...much to every one's amazement!
That memory is.....darn it! What was I going to say?
That you can both hysterically laugh and hysterically cry within the same few moments.
That your sense of smell is a lot better than it used to be, especially when it comes to the things that make you nauseous.
That you will start to break out in pimples like you are going through puberty all over again.


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