Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We Love the Goodbyn Lunch Box!

I  have been using these great Bento style lunch boxes for 2 weeks now and all I can say is that I love them!  I used to start every morning by grabbing bag after plastic bag to wrap food items for my kids lunch.  Now with Goodbyn,  all I do is fill each compartment, snap the lid shut, and its ready for school.     My children love it, and have each personalized  their own with the stickers that come with it.  Great for the environment and great for me!

A. easy-to-open ears
kid-tested intuitively-designed animal ears make for easy opening.
E. side containers
great for dips, sauces, vegetables, crackers, nuts, berries, or dried fruit.
B. built-in handle
easy for both kids and parents to carry.
F. 8.5-ounce bottle
eliminates need for juice boxes.
C. top container
perfect for leftovers, apples, oranges, even a banana!
G. sticker set
each goodbyn comes with three sheets of stickers so the kids can make each lunchbox their own!
D. bottom container
fits stacked sandwich halves, bagel, pasta salad, chips, yogurt or cereal.

Monday, November 09, 2009

The Orbit Has Landed at Real Baby!

We love the new Orbit Stroller!  This new parent "starter kit" includes everything you need for your newborn. Easily dock and rotate the Infant Car Seat onto the Base or Stroller from nearly any angle, fold the Stroller frame with one hand, and confidently install the Base in your car with just the turn of a knob. 

This package offers the most secure car seat on the market in an ergonomic, premium travel system. As your little one grows, you can continue to use the
Base and Stroller with other Orbit seats.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Clek Oober Booster Seat is at Real Baby!

The Oobr from Clek is a  full back booster seat that provides superior protection for your child without sacrificing comfort, convenience or style. Designed with a removable back, Oobr easily converts to a backless booster to grow with your child. And, with its exclusive Elemental Safety System and proprietary use of Crypton Super Fabrics, Oobr is the new standard in booster seats.

The uber cool clek oobr Booster Seat features a mod look, LATCH installation, an adjustable headrest, and a drink holder. And when the need arises, convert the oobr from a full back booster to a backless booster. Clek delivers one slick belt-positioning car booster seat in the oobr. With such a cool look, older kids will probably sit in the oobr without complaint. As a full back booster car seat, the oobr is for kids 38 - 57 inches tall and 33 - 100 lbs. As a backless car booster seat, the oobr is for kids 40 - 57 inches tall and 40 - 100 lbs.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Hushamok has landed at Real Baby

Perfect Sleep
hushamok is the ideal sleeping environment for your baby, providing you with the safety your baby requires without sacrificing style.

hushamok’s unique design is a welcome addition to any room in the home. The versatility of hushamok not only provides a sturdy anchor for the safety of your baby, but is also a fashionable design addition that complements any style decor. hushamok is durable, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for around the home or packed for travel.

Health Benefits
hushamok guards against potentially serious health concerns that can arise during baby’s sleep. The innovative design of hushamok enables baby to sleep soundly on their backs, which is a key recommendation in the prevention of SIDs. hushamok creates a restful and nurturing sleep environment. Preventative of: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Flat Head Syndrome, and Infant Acid Refulx.

Restless Sleepers
For years, doctors have recommended baby hammocks to help soothe babies with restless sleep. Doctors recommend hammocks as traditional approach to improving sleep that has been used successfully by many cultures for centuries. Other doctors also recommend the natural swinging, rocking and bouncing motion of a baby hammock to induce sleep. Unlike adults, babies are triggered to sleep by motion; as many mothers notice during pregnancy when baby is asleep during the day and awake at night.

My Seat -
The Organic MySeat is the hottest item for “awake” time while the Hushamok baby hammock continues to offer babies the best in sleep. Using both the Hushamok baby hammock and MySeat combines a sleeping and seating system that is easy to use and best of all eliminates all that extra clutter in your home.
MySeat can be used for babies as they become more alert and interactive (approximately 8-12 weeks old). Simply use the attached tether, neck support, and harness system to ensure baby is secured safely into their MySeat. The seat an hold a child up to a maximum weight of 50 pounds/22kg.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Real Baby gets 5280 Magazine Top Of The Town Award!
We are happy to report that the readers of 5280 Magazine have, for the second year in a row,  chosen Real Baby as the Best Baby store in Denver for 2010! We are very proud to be chosen and will continue on with our great service, knowledgeable staff , and unique and helpful products for 2011! Thank you Denver.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Real Baby is featured on Denver A la Mode!
We are excited to be featured on the new website Denver A la Mode.  Please click on the link below to see the page and watch the great video they produced about us.  

Monday, June 15, 2009

All Sunscreens Are Not Created Equal

I just came back from a 10 day beach vacation with my spouse and our two children. We spent up to 4 to 6 hours everyday on the beach or by the pool in full sun. Needless to say we went through numerous bottles of sunscreen. I find it amazing and confusing how they all can be so different in both price and effectiveness. Here is a basic breakdown of important terms used on sunscreen labels.

UVA- ultraviolet A radiation. Penetrating rays that cause sunburn, wrinkles, and age spots and contribute to skin cancer.

UVB- ultraviolet
B radiation. Can cause sunburn and other skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

SPF- sun-protection factor, a measure of UVB sunburn protection on treated skin as compared with untreated skin. Basically, if your skin normally takes 10 minutes to turn red, SPF 30 lengthens that time to about 300 minutes.

Broad Spectrum- implies that the produt blocks UVA and UVB radiation, but doesn't indicate how effective the blocking is.

PABA Free- contains no esters of para-aminobenzoic acid, an older sun blocking ingredient that caused allergic reactions. Most sunscreens do not use this ingredient anymore.

Very Water Resistant- maintains the claimed SPF after 80 minutes in water. "Waterproof" has no FDA accepted definition, but it is used by some manufacturers to mean very water resistant.

Confused? I still am. What I found that works best for my children is not so much the brand name or claims, but how you apply and re-apply the sunscreen. It is recommended that you buy a sunscreen that is labeled very water resistant or waterproof and with an SPF of at least 30.

Apply the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. I found this to be the key factor in protecting my children. Easier said than done of course. Reapply every two hours is another key factor. Again, good luck! we found sprays to be affective but difficult to apply outdoors. The key to sprays is to do them early, often, and indoors. Of course the sun protective rash guards are a great addition to your sunscreen arsenal. It saved my sons shoulders this year.

Here are a few of consumer Reports recommended sunscreens from the July 2009 addition.

Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 lotion
Aveeno continuous Protection Spray SPF 45
Walgreens continuous spray sport SPF 50
Banana Boat Sport performance SPF 50 Lotion- We liked this one
Target Sport Continuous spray SPF 30

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Muu Kids is in at Real Baby

Muu thinks the way you do. Want products for your family that are safe, non-toxic and useful? So do we. Furniture built with a dedication to quality and craftsmanship? That, too. Designs that fit the style of a modern home and will grow with you? Got it. Concerned about the environment and how our choices impact the next generation? Absolutely.

But since no one knows your style better than you, we’ve put the final choice in your hands: Muu furniture can be personalized with one of our unique design panels, created exclusively for Muu and custom-printed with your child’s name.

Speaking of names, Muu is inspired by the Zen term Mu, which teaches that there is no difference between us and our environment. This belief guides our designs as well as our commitment to sustain

Take a look at the Muu line on line at Real Baby.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How can you afford your rock n roll lifestyle

You can with these rockin' tee's for your little one. All of our tee's are 100% cotton with your favorite album cover on the front. Real Baby has a large selection of all your favorite bands. The Stones, Nirvana, Run DMC, Radiohead, The Clash... There all here. Stop by our Boulder or Denver store to find your favorite .

Friday, March 13, 2009

Do You have to use the Potty?

Most parents eagerly anticipate toilet training as a milestone in their child's development, if for no other reason than that it means an end to changing diapers. But few moms and dads are prepared for how long toilet training can take. Sure, some children master it within a few days, but others can take several months. In fact, it's generally true that the earlier you start, the longer it takes.

You and your child have a better chance of success if you understand the elements of training and approach the process in a clear fashion. Here are the basic steps:

Assess your child's readiness — and your own
Some children are ready to start potty training by 18 months or so, but others aren't interested in the process until they're closer to 3 years old. Many parents begin potty training when their children are about 2 and a half.

Watch for signs that your toddler is ready to start (can she follow simple instructions? can she walk and sit down?) but try not to put on the pressure. Rushing her when she's not ready will be counterproductive. And remember that what worked for your older child might not work for this one — boys tend to train a bit more slowly than girls, while second (and subsequent) children may learn more quickly than firstborns.

Look beyond your toddler's developmental readiness, too. If she's experiencing any turmoil or major change in her life, like a new school, caregiver, or sibling, the potty-training process is likely to hit some snags and should probably be put off until things have settled down.

There's also no sense in beginning potty training when you — or your child's primary caregivers — won't be able to devote time, patience, and a dash of humor to the process. If you're in the middle of remodeling your house, have just taken a challenging new job, or are suffering from morning sickness with your next pregnancy, it's probably not a good time to try to potty-train your toddler. Wait a couple of weeks — or months — for other pressures to ease.

Buy the right equipment

First and foremost, invest in a child-sized potty chair or a special adapter seat that attaches to your regular toilet. This eases the anxiety some children feel about the grown-up toilet — some fear falling into it, others dislike the loud noise of the flush. Figure out what equipment is best for your toddler before you go shopping.

If you have a boy and are buying a potty chair, look for one without a urine guard or with a removable one. You may have to wipe up a little more stray pee, but the guards tend to bump into and scrape a boy's penis when he sits on the potty, which can discourage him from training.

If you're using an adapter seat, make sure it's comfy and secure, and buy a stool to go with it. Your toddler will need the stool in order to get up and down from the toilet quickly and easily, as well as to brace her feet while sitting, which helps her push when she's having a bowel movement.

Create a routine

Set your toddler on the potty seat, fully clothed, once a day — after breakfast, before her bath, or whenever else she's likely to have a bowel movement. This will help her get used to the potty and accept it as part of her routine. If there's not an easily accessible bathroom around, bring your child's portable potty outside, to the playroom, or wherever your toddler may be.

Once she's fine with this routine, have her sit on the potty bare-bottomed. Again, let her get used to how this feels. At this point, let her know that this is what Mommy and Daddy (and any older siblings) do every day. That is, taking off your pants before you use the bathroom is a grown-up thing to do.

If sitting on the potty with or without clothes is upsetting to your toddler, don't push it. Never restrain her or physically force her to sit there, especially if she seems scared. It's better to put the potty aside for a few weeks before trying again. Then, if she's willing to sit there, you know she's comfortable enough to proceed.

Demonstrate for your child
Children learn by imitation, and watching you use the bathroom is a natural way to understand what using the toilet is all about. If you have a son, it's simpler to teach him to pee sitting down at this young age. Later, when he's mastered that, he can watch his dad, older brother, or friend pee standing up — he's bound to pick it up quickly with just a little encouragement.

When you demonstrate for your toddler, it's helpful to explain what's going on as you're using the bathroom and let her see afterward what you "made." Then show her how you wipe with toilet paper, pull up your underwear, flush the toilet, and wash your hands.

Even though you'll be helping your toddler with these activities for some time, especially wiping after a bowel movement, seeing you do it and hearing you talk through it will help her get used to the whole process. (When you wipe your toddler, make sure to go from front to back, especially after a bowel movement, to minimize the risk of urinary tract infections.)

If your toddler has older siblings or friends who are potty-trained, consider having them demonstrate, too. It can be helpful for your child to see others close to her age exhibiting the skills she's trying to learn.

Explain the process

Show your toddler the connection between pooping and the toilet. The next time she poops in her diaper, take her to the potty, sit her down, and empty the diaper beneath her into the bowl. Afterward, let her flush if she wants to (but don't force her if she's scared) so she can watch her diaper contents disappear.

You also may want to pick up a few potty-training picture books or videos for your toddler, which can assist her in taking in all this new information. Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi, is a perennial favorite, as well as Uh Oh! Gotta Go! and Once Upon a Potty, which even comes in a version with a doll and miniature potty.

Keeping a book like this in the bathroom, or a poster or flipbook that illustrates the steps in using the potty, can help your toddler get familiar with the process and relate it to what she does in the bathroom.

Foster the habit

Encourage your toddler to sit on the potty whenever she feels the urge to go. If she needs help getting there and taking off her diaper, make sure she knows it's okay to ask you for help any time.

If you can, let her run around bare-bottomed sometimes with the potty nearby. The more time she spends out of diapers, the faster she's likely to learn, although you'll have to steel yourself to clean up a few more puddles. Tell her she can use the potty whenever she wants to, and remind her occasionally that it's there if she needs it.

Sometimes toddlers won't sit on the potty long enough to relax and let anything come out. Calmly encourage your toddler to sit there for at least a minute or so. You'll have the best luck getting her to stay put if you keep her company and talk to her or read her a book.

When your toddler uses the potty successfully, shower her with praise. Chances are that she'll continue to have accidents, but she'll start to grasp that getting something in the potty is an accomplishment. Still, try not to make a big deal out of every trip to the potty, or your toddler may start to feel nervous and self-conscious under the glare of all that attention.

Grab some training pants
Once training is under way, consider adding training pants — extra-thick cloth or disposables that pull on like underwear — to your routine. They'll allow your toddler to undress for the potty on her own, which is a critical step toward becoming completely potty-trained.

While cloth training pants are less convenient than disposable pull-ups, many parents say they work better because your toddler can really feel when she pees or poops in them. Whichever option you choose, introduce them gradually — probably for a few hours at a time — and stick with diapers at night for the time being.

When your child consistently seeks out the potty whenever she has to go, it's time to move on to "big-kid" underwear. Many moms and dads have found that undies with a favorite character on them give kids a dandy incentive to stay dry.

Handle setbacks gracefully

Virtually every child will have several accidents before being able to stay dry all day long. When this happens, don't get angry or punish your child. After all, it's only recently that her muscle development has allowed her to hold her bladder and rectum closed at all, and she's still learning why it's important to use the potty. Mastering the process will take time.

What can you do? Reduce the chance of accidents by dressing your toddler in clothes that are easy to remove quickly. When she has an accident anyway, calmly clean it up and suggest (sweetly) that next time she try using her potty instead.
I. Introduce night training

Don't give away that stash of diapers just yet. Even when your child is consistently clean and dry all day, it may take several more months, or even years, for her to stay dry all night. At this age, her body is still too immature to wake her up in the middle of the night reliably just to go to the bathroom.

When you're ready to embark on night training, your toddler should continue to wear a diaper or pull-up to bed, but encourage her to use the potty if she has to pee or poop during the night. Tell her that if she wakes up in the middle of the night needing to go, she can call you for help. You can also try putting her potty near her bed so she can use it right there.

If she manages to stay dry for five nights in a row, it's a good time to start nighttime training in earnest. Put a plastic sheet under the cloth one to protect the mattress, and put your toddler to bed in underwear (or nothing) and see how it goes.

There's not much you can do to help things along, short of limiting liquids before bedtime, so if your toddler doesn't seem to get the hang of it, put her back in nighttime diapers and try again in a few months.

Jump for joy — you're done!
Believe it or not, when your child is mentally and physically ready to learn this new skill, she will. And if you wait until she's really ready to start, the process shouldn't be too painful for either of you.

When it's over, reinforce her pride in her achievement by letting her give away leftover diapers to a family with younger kids, or by packing up the cloth diapers and sending them away with the diaper delivery service one last time.

And don't forget to pat yourself on the back. Now you won't have to think about diapers ever again — at least, not until the next baby.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Skip Hop Mate makes eating fun!

Now your baby can have their very own table setting! Bright and fun, The Skip Hop Mate just might make your tot excited to eat their veggies. The happy-face place mat keeps them entertained while the plate pops in and out of the microwave, dishwasher, or refrigerator

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Join us for Story Time!

Real Baby Boulder will be hosting a story time for you and your child every Thursday at 11am. Join our good friend Danielle as she reads from all of our favorite books, that are sure to make your child smile, laugh, and think.

Starting this Thursday February 26th at 11AM at our new Boulder location (1505 Pearl St).

Stop by Real Baby this Thursday for the most fun on the block. Receive 10% off your purchase from our selection of books after story time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Real Baby Loves Robeez

Medical experts worldwide agree that barefoot is best, and soft, flexible-soled shoes are the next best choice, for both infants and children. The best shoe mimics bare feet, by supporting - not constricting tiny growing feet.

Robeez footwear flex and bend with every step. They promote good balance and unrestricted growth, while protecting little feet from the world. They stay on too, with elasticized ankles to ensure a perfectly snug fit.

When you're choosing shoes for their developing feet:
1. Make it soft. A softer sole that cushions, allows toes a better grip, helping balance and muscle growth.
2. Get fit. A shoe with elastic hugs the ankle with every step, staying snug and secure for a great fit.
3. Measure up. Little feet grow quickly, so measure regularly.
4. Be flexible. Shoes should not restrict proper bending of the joints. A soft flexible soled shoe allows the foot to flex with ease.
5. Go light. Help the new walker go light and stay upright by choosing a lightweight shoe without bulky padding and heavy soles.
6. Get wiggling. Promote movement and flexing of their growing feet with games like "This Little Piggy".

Thursday, January 22, 2009

We Love the UppaBaby Vista Stroller!

This is our new favorite at Real Baby. This well built stroller has a welded aircraft aluminum alloy frame and wheels that allow the VISTA to weigh less and give more responsive control . This stroller is easy to fold with one motion with the seat attached. The Toddler seat is reversible and can recline in three different positions.

The Eco-inspired organic bassinet; carrier is fully lined with a blend of organic soybean & cotton so every inch of material that touches your baby’s skin is a wholesome, hygienic alternative to synthetic fabrics. So many great features and colors!