There’s a never-ending inventory of new baby gear and gadgets on the market. But what do you really need? We talk about this below and give recommendations on some of our favorite products.

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Your Ultimate Childproofing Checklist: 5 Easy Tips For Childproofing Your Home

By Christie Collbran | January 28, 2024

Did your sweet baby just take their first steps?  Amazing, isn’t it?  As they do so, the light in their eyes shines. They are awakened with a newfound skill and curiosity.  You finally have a “walker,” and you’re equal parts excited and terrified. But you can’t help feeling anxious about their safety.  You already know…

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Safe Sleep For Your Baby

By Christie Collbran | September 10, 2023

We know how exciting it is to tuck your baby in for a good night’s sleep, so let’s make sure it’s not only cozy but also safe as can be. a. Safe to Sleep Recommendations for Baby: First things first, let’s talk about the golden rules of safe sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)…

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Bringing Your Baby Home – Steps to Success

By Christie Collbran | March 7, 2023

As you reach the end of your pregnancy the reality that you will be bringing your baby home soon is starting to set in and is exciting! Like most new parents in the nesting phase, you are probably busy preparing and getting things ready. Here are some things to consider getting done in advance to…

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Car Seat Safety, Ages and Stages

By Christie Collbran | September 28, 2022

We all want to keep our children safe, yet some discussions about car seats are touchy. The subject of rear facing vs. forward facing car seats can raise some serious debate. In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Month, let’s discuss car seat safety for different ages and stages. How do I choose the right…

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All About Bathing Your Baby

By Christie Collbran | May 11, 2022

You and your sweet new bundle are home from the hospital and finally figuring things out together. Each new day brings its own set of firsts for both of you. You may be nervous about some of the tasks you are facing, and that is completely normal. Every mother on the planet has been a…

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What Baby Gear Do I Really Need?

By Christie Collbran | July 20, 2021

As a first time parent it can be very hard to determine what baby gear you really need. When I was expecting my first baby, I had to have ALL. THE. THINGS.  Clothes in all sizes.  Different baby carriers.  Different brands and sizes of both cloth and disposable diapers.  One of those travel systems with…

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Our Top Five Strollers for 2021

By Christie Collbran | May 27, 2021

Picking out the perfect stroller can feel a little daunting with so many options available. You may be unsure of what features you’ll like or need until your baby arrives. Whether you are pregnant and creating your baby registry, working on establishing a nap schedule with your newborn, or juggling an infant and a toddler…

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Common Car Seat Myths

By Christie Collbran | January 13, 2021

Confused about car seats? You’re not alone! On the internet and social media, a lot of wrong, bad or outright dangerous info gets circulated around. So let’s put to bed some of these tired old myths with good and safe information instead. TRUE or FALSE: Fire stations are the best place to have your baby’s…

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The Best Toys for Your Baby

By Christie Collbran | December 6, 2020

When I was expecting my first baby, I had so much fun buying baby things! Each item was researched ad nauseum, compared, considered and chosen with care. One purchase category got extra time and effort: toys. Of course, I wanted my baby to have the best. I was influenced strongly by natural parenting circles and…

Newborn Sleep Essentials | Get More Sleep!

By Christie Collbran | November 4, 2019

“Newborn sleep essentials, what are they?” “Will I ever sleep again?” Among new parents, these are frequently asked questions. Newborns often wake after short intervals of rest, leaving parents tired, frazzled, and ready to invest large amounts in coffee stocks. While it is true that newborns physiologically need to wake to eat around the clock,…

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Cloth Diapers or Disposables?

By Christie Collbran | July 14, 2017

Cloth diapers are back in style! And they are not your grandmother’s diapers. There are lots of different styles, sizes, brands, cute patterns and accessories to explore. Some families are totally dedicated to cloth diapering and others do a combination of both cloth and disposables. There are special wet bags to put your wet cloth…

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The Best Baby Registry – Advice from a Postpartum Doula (updated Jan 2023)

By Christie Collbran | July 1, 2017

As postpartum doulas, we work with a LOT of new families… first time moms, first time dads and newborns. So it’s only natural that we get asked, a LOT, what our “must-haves” are for baby registries. Here it is! Yes, it’s a long list.  Please note, that this does not mean you need all of…

Baby Preps Stressing You Out?

Code Red Baby Preps (updated May 2021)

By Christie Collbran | July 7, 2015

I remember the urgent feeling of needing to have a crib before my first son was born. It felt so important. For some reason we left it til the very end of my pregnancy. The feeling of relief and preparedness that crib provided once it was sitting in our bedroom set-up and ready with the…