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  • Cool Baby Gear Coming in 2017

    Check out our sneak preview from the ABC Kids Expo.

    Article courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    We love a tried and true product that we can turn to baby after baby, and sometimes, after baby again. But with every season comes new innovation in safety, design and ease, and new baby products we just NEED to add to our registry.

    Below are a few of the coolest products we saw at the ABC Kids Expo that will hit shelves in the coming months, and possibly, your nursery too.

    CloudTot
    The makers of the innovative DockATot are upping the ante with their new tech-enabled CloutTot. To the naked eye, the CloudTot looks like the same cozy baby docking station you’ve come to love for co-sleeping, rest-time, tummy time and more, the new version includes a baby awakening system, which alerts parents when no motion has been detected for 12 seconds, and a patent-pending capability to detect moisture within the bedding area, alerting parents when baby is wet...

    Keep reading for more cool baby gear

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  • The Top 5 Pregnancy and Parenting Apps

    Babies might not come with custom instruction manuals, but, given the abundance of apps designed for pregnancy and parenting, there are some top-notch digital tools to make your life with little ones go more smoothly. Whether you want to chart your fertility preconception, keep up to date on your baby's growth in utero, or even find a stellar caregiver once the baby has arrived, there's an app to support you.

    But which ones are worth your time?

    This list of the top 5 pregnancy-related and parenting apps will get you started with the best of the best. These will help you get the most important information you need when you need it most. Some of the apps even have staying power well beyond pregnancy.

    Ovia Fertility helps women conceive faster. If you're trying to conceive, Ovia Fertility is a must-have. This user-friendly app is nothing short of comprehensive when it comes to understanding your own cycle, tracking your data, analyzing patterns, and giving feedback on your most fertile times. Ovia Fertility is far more than a simple ovulation calendar. The app learns your unique cycle, even if you have irregular periods, and makes custom predictions based on the information you provide. You will receive health summaries and statistics based on your own data, as well as daily fertility scores and fertility windows. Ovia Fertility also provides expert articles and information on conception and fertility for your benefit.

    BabyCenter's My Pregnancy & Baby Today simplifies the day-to-day of pregnancy. Enter your baby’s due date and you’re ready to go with day-by-day pregnancy tips, weekly checklists and reminders, and fetal development images. This particular app is so valuable because it boasts a long list of truly helpful features: nutrition advice, fitness ideas, baby product reviews, and an extensive archive of articles on pregnancy-related topics, to name a handful. There’s also a strong community of other mothers and moms-to-be. You can join a birth month club, ask questions on topic forums, and connect over your pregnancy experiences. Then, once you deliver, it switches to daily parenting guidance to support you through baby's first year.

    Expectful helps you practice self care during your pregnancy. Expectful fills a much-needed niche in the pregnancy app market. While it’s vital to focus on the baby during this time, it’s just as important for you to take care of your emotional needs. Expectful offers trimester specific guided meditations, exercises for couples, and tips on breath and posture. And there’s science to back up the content: everything offered is designed by experts in prenatal care, meditation, psychology, and linguistics. The idea is simple: meditation during pregnancy and beyond decreases stress, enhances immunity, and has been shown to have a positive impact on the bonding between you and your baby. The app also cultivates community groups, so you can connect with like-minded moms.

    Eat Sleep is the simplest way to track your baby's eating, sleeping, and diapering habits. A user-friendly personal homepage shows a summary of your baby’s daily activities and you add all of the information you want to track. You can chart your baby’s feeding times, sleeping and waking patterns, diaper changes, and monitor daily, weekly, and monthly totals. The app also allows you to take notes, so that you can add crucial details. Eat Sleep switches easily between children, so it’s perfect for maintaining a miniature database on an entire crew of kids. The beauty of Eat Sleep is its simplicity: it isn’t bogged down with useless features, and it’s a breeze to use.

    Sitter takes the hassle out of finding a trusted caregiver. When your baby arrives, and you’re ready for date nights or me-time, you’ll want Sitter. This app is different from most of the babysitter tools available. With Sitter, you add babysitters into your contact list, send them a booking, and the sitters will respond with a “yes” or a “no.” They don’t need to have the app to interact with it: they will receive a text. You set your sitters’ rates in the app, and at the end of the job, you can use the app to pay the sitter, cash free (of course, you can pay in cash if you'd like). You can add the sitters you already know to a contact list, or if you’re just starting out looking for quality care, you can find sitters in your network of friends or search within y

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  • Cold Weather Essentials For Mom & Baby

    March has arrived, yet it seems like the cold is only getting harsher! We know how tough it can be to keep you and your baby comfortable when out-and-about in the cold. Stay warm and protected with these cold weather essentials, so you can ensure as much comfort and agility through the rest of these frigid days.

    Braving the whipping winter winds with your little one requires a bevy of must-have tools to keep you both safe and comfortable when you’re on-the-go, including:

    For Baby

    • A snug fitting winter hat that covers your baby’s ears
    • Mittens—they’re easier to slip on little hands
    • A thick winter coat with sleeves that taper at the wrist
    • Baby leg warmers to add layered warmth on a particularly chilly day
    • Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm to treat your baby’s Jack Frost-kissed skin
    • A warm stroller blanket or BundleMe to keep body heat in and the cold out
    • A waterproof stroller cover to slip on during rain, sleet, or snow
    • Shoes that cover your baby’s ankles—snow boots or rain boots during periods of wet weather
    • Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 to shield your baby from the sun’s harmful rays

    For Mom

    • A warm winter coat that extends past your waist and can zip or button up high on your neck
    • Ear muffs or a snug fitting hat that will keep you warm but not interfere with your ability to hear clearly
    • A heavy-knit scarf that is both easy to put on and remove
    • Nine Naturals Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream to lock in moisture
    • Smart touch gloves, which allow you to answer a phone call or send a text without exposing your digits to the elements
    • Sunglasses to shield your eyes from the bright winter sun
    • Nine Naturals Simply Natural Lip Balm to treat painfully chapped lips
    • A stocked diaper bag with saline wipes for runny noses, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, hand warmers to slip in your coat pocket, and a baby bottle filled with water to keep your precious one hydrated
    • The Dark Sky App —available on your iPhone or iPad—provides you with up to the minute weather condition reports, allowing you to decide if you should head out or stay inside for the day

    What are some of your favorite ways of staying warm in the cold weather?

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    • Tech Chat: Kindara Fertility App

      Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

      Planning for baby made a bit simpler with the help of this one app.

      As any woman who is trying to conceive will tell you, when she decides that she’s ready to have a baby, she wants that baby now. After all, weren’t we always warned that we could get pregnant at the drop of a hat? But for many of us, things don’t always go as planned. A simple online cry for help brings up countless forums on prime positions, pregnancy tests and the dreaded two week wait, but very little of the info we all need to understand our bodies and fertility and do our best to get those families started.

      There are countless apps in the market to track your period and determine peak days of ovulation so when a few friends recommended that I download one, I headed to the web to learn more. After experimenting with Fertility Friend and Glow, I found the perfect match with the simple and user-friendly design of Kindara. Not only does Kindara educate you on FAM, the Fertility Awareness method, but it also serves as a useful journal of your body’s changes throughout each monthly cycle (this is super helpful if you require fertility treatments in the future–your doctor will want to know as much about your cycles as possible!).

      Once you understand the signs to look for (cervical fluid, cervical position and basal body temperature–I own this basal thermometer), you simply enter the data into your app and toggle to the chart to search for signs that your body is nearing ovulation. You might find that although you have a typical 28 day cycle, you aren’t ovulating until day 18 and have been timing things incorrectly all along. Or maybe your cycles are as inconsistent as can be and you want to visit your OB/GYN to find the right tips or supplements to help you regulate your ovulation.

      After using Kindara for nearly one year now, I’m a huge fan of the simple daily data entry, alarm reminder to check your basal temperature / cervical fluid and the option to connect with other users, whether to view their charts or share your own as a way to learn more about each cycle. You can also add other measurables to indicate days when you had a few too many drinks (this can affect the next day’s temperatures) or to keep track of a vitamin or supplement you’ve added to your routine. The notes function allows you to add more detailed info (cramping on the left side? feeling really moody?) so that all the specifics you might need to know are in one place. An added bonus is keeping track of when you are intimate with your partner. If I notice that it’s been a number of days, I’ll go out of my way to make time for my husband and I to be together, no matter how many emails are waiting to be answered (or what time of the month it is!).

      And according to FAM, keeping track of these changes in your body isn’t just helpful when you’re trying to conceive. It’s also a great tool for those looking for the opposite but not interested in condoms or the pill. While not 100% fool-proof, many women swear by timed intercourse as a natural form of birth control.

      Whatever your path to becoming a mom or holding off on babies for now, you’ll go into it with a new and empowering understanding of your body. We’re wishing you well!

      This article is by Liz Kerins Pacheco, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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    • Top 10 Pregnancy Mobile Apps!

      When it comes to information, the experience of pregnancy, especially your first pregnancy, is like drinking water from a firehose. You’re seeking information, you’re filtering information and you’re deciding whose information is useful or not.

      Pregnancy apps are a blessing for the modern pregnant woman! But which pregnancy mobile apps are helpful and informative? Which pregnancy apps meet your needs and interests?

      We at Nine Naturals have some experience with pregnancy and some pretty serious experience with being tethered to our smartphones. So we decided to assemble a list of the best pregnancy apps for moms-on-the-go who want the best, most current information about their pregnancy at their fingertips.

      1. Baby Time. Wondering if you’re in labor? Created by doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt University, Baby Time tracks the intervals between your contractions, while also measuring their intensity. Doing this legwork for you makes preparing for delivery much easier. The app can make excellent predictions as to the stage of labor you are in at any  moment.
      2. 50,000 Baby Names. For every expecting couple, deciding on a name for baby is an exciting and sometime-fun / often-difficult item on the baby prep checklist. This app simplifies the name search with its extensive range of search options, including origin, meaning, and popularity ranking.
      3. I’m Expecting. This might be the most essential app to download once your pregnancy has been confirmed. It populates a helpful list of tasks for you that you’ll appreciate, from monitoring your symptoms to managing your birth announcements.
      4. Pilates for Pregnancy. Mindful of your need to keep fit when pregnant, but short on time for the gym? This app comes to the rescue, with several Pilates-based workouts adapted to each trimester of pregnancy.
      5. mPregnancy. A great app for your male partner in pregnancy! mPregnancy is the best mobile app for  dads-to-be in everything they need to know about the baby on the way, in more masculine terminology that they’ll appreciate.
      6. Prenatal Smart. What foods should you avoid when pregnant? Which dishes are safe for a developing baby? Questions like these are answered with ease by this nutritionally helpful app.
      7. My Pregnancy Today. Turn to this app for informative and detail updates on your baby’s development from day to day. It employs great graphics and videos to not only monitor baby and your pregnancy symptoms, but also to connect you with other expecting mothers due when you are.
      8. CineMama. This is a fabulous mobile app for moms interested in capturing cute pictures of their baby bump as it grows each day. The app tracks your bump and stores movies and pictures of your pregnant loveliness for each calendar day.
      9. What to Expect. From one of the most renowned pregnancy brands, the What to Expect app provides personalized daily updates on the development of your baby and recommendations on how to take care of yourself during pregnancy. This app was our founder’s top go-to apps during her pregnancy.
      10. iPregnancy. This is the ideal app for meticulous tracking about anything and everything related to being pregnant. A good catchall app that addresses the gamut of pregnancy topics, it can even create 2D and 3D images of your baby as she develops.

       

      Which is your favorite app? Did we forget to include your favorite one? Let us know in the comments!

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    • Top 9 Free Pregnancy Apps and Baby Apps

      Your iPhone and iPad can really come in handy during pregnancy and with a newborn.  Here’s our review of the 8 best free apps for Pregnancy and Baby, in our humble opinion.

      During Pregnancy

      1. CineMama – This app was just recently released. It allows you to keep track of your growing bump by allowing you to store your baby bump photos by calendar day!

      There are a ton of pregnancy apps out there, but we found two apps from the popular pregnancy resources – What to Expect When You’re Expecting and BabyCenter.com – to have the best content.  These apps will keep you current on your baby’s growth and development in the womb.  They will send you an alert every week to tell you about how your baby is growing and developing inside you. It’s fun to have this information at the tip of your fingers so while waiting in line or on your commute to work you can scan these for information about pregnancy and your baby. They’re also great resources for health and diet during pregnancy.

      2. Pregnancy Tracker from What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Apart from providing helpful information about your pregnancy, you can keep a photo log of your growing bump through this app.

      3. My Pregnancy Today from BabyCenter – Not only is there a day-by-day tracking of your baby’s progress, this app has a helpful weekly checklist to keep you on track with health, nutrition and preparing for your baby’s arrival! It also has cool videos on birth and newborn care.

      4. Full – Term Labor Contraction Timer – Better than a stopwatch, this free app will help you time and record contractions, including start time, end time, and frequency. This is a great app to upload on your husband’s phone as well!

      After Baby is Born:

      5. iBabyLog – This app is great for keeping track of your newborn’s schedule – it covers feeding, diaper changes, nap times, pumping and sets reminder if you are putting your baby on a schedule.  For working moms, the best part is that this information can be synced to different devices so if your caregiver inputs information, you can get updates throughout the day on your iPhone or iPad at work.

      6. White Noise – Newborns find a lot of comfort in white noise and it helps soothe them, since it replicates the sound they heard while in your belly for 9 months. This free app provides different white noise sounds like rain falling and ocean waves, which you can play while out with your baby and you don’t have your sleep sheep handy.

      7. iSitter – This is a brilliant free app that allows you to simulate a baby monitor. All you need are two iPhones or iPads or one of each. This app allows you to sync two of these devices so that you can leave one in the crib with the camera pointed at the baby and take the other device with you to monitor the baby’s sounds and movements. It’s great for travel when you don’t want to bring the monitor with you.

      8. 23Snaps – Don’t feel like sharing your baby photos with the entire world on Facebook? 23Snaps let you create your own private social network to share photos of your baby with close friends and family.

      9. Amazon Mobile – Need diapers, wipes or need to restock on Nine Naturals? Use the Amazon app to order quickly everything you need right to your doorstep.

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