(HealthPod) Baby

Hoppy Easter!

March 29th, 2015

Make your family’s Easter extra-special this year with special crafts and treats. These food and craft projects can be done with your little ones, or can be a Hoppy Easter surprise from the Easter Bunny. If this is your baby’s first Easter make sure to take some photographs to commemorate another Baby’s 1st milestone! Here are 7 fun and easy ways to celebrate Easter with your kids.

7 Easter Ideas for Your Family

(click on the image to find the how-tos)

1. Easter bunny door from EastCoastMommy.com

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2.  NutterButter Easter chicks from SweetSimpleStuff.com

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3.  Carrots for the Easter bunny from indulgy.com

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4.  Easter bunny butt cookies from Pillsbury.com

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5.  Easter jelly bean bracelets from ArtzyCreations.com

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6.  Easter baby footprint bunny

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7. Easter brunch bunny pancakes from HandmadeCharlotte.com

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For more food and fun ideas to celebrate Easter with your family see our Pinterest board HealthPodBaby/Babys1stEaster

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost.

Update Your HealthPod Baby with our FREE Calendar

March 22nd, 2015

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HealthPod Baby™ stores and organizes all your child’s important medical and health records from prenatal to age 20 - so nothing is ever lost or forgotten. You can customize your binder to track the information that is important to you:

  • family medical history
  • doctors appointments
  • immunizations records
  • notes and questions for future doctor visits

When you’re child is an adult and living on their own, just hand them their completed HealthPod Baby binder - and they’ll have their full medical history!

healthpod-baby-20152016-free-printable-calendarDownload our FREE 2015/2016 HealthPod Baby calendar

Never miss any important appointments in 2015 or 2016! Download our free printable 2 year calendar, and tuck it in your HealthPod Baby. See the year at a glance so you can plan ahead for future doctor’s appointments, vaccinations, and prescription refills. Your calendar fits easily inside your HealthPod Baby - so nothing is ever lost or forgotten.

For more HealthPod Baby products and refills visit our shop: shop.healthpod.ca

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

Checklists for Your Baby’s 1st Year: Medicine Cabinet - FREE PRINTABLE

March 15th, 2015

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During your baby’s 1st year you may need first-aid supplies to manage minor sicknesses or medical problems your newborn may experience, such as :

  • stuffy noses
  • rashes
  • scratches or scrapes
  • teething pain
  • insect bites
  • There are many lotions, tools and gadgets available that make it easier to care for a sick baby or applying basic first-aid. Some are standards and have been used by parents for decades, and others are new products that will make your unhappy baby more comfortable.

    Tip: Today drugstores and clinics are open 24/7, but having a medicine cabinet stocked with basic supplies to care for a sick or hurt baby can prevent having to taking your baby out in bad weather or the middle of the night.

    This checklist is a guideline for how to stock your baby’s medicine cabinet: tuck this checklist in your HealthPod Baby and bring it to your doctor for advice on what supplies your pediatrician recommends. When your baby is not feeling well or has minor cuts or bruises, call your pediatrician for specific advice on how to care for your child.

    FREE Download - Checklist for Your Baby’s 1st Year: Medicine Cabinet

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    Your HealthPod Baby is a convenient, portable way to organize your child’s medical records and appointment calendar: so nothing is ever lost or forgotten. HealthPod Baby can store all your child’s vital medical information:

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    HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
    HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

Checklist for Your Baby’s 1st Year: Doctor’s Visits - FREE Download

March 8th, 2015

FREE download checklists-for-your-babys-1st-year-from-health-pod-baby-doctors-visitsDuring your baby’s 1st year you will have many doctors’ visits, starting a few days after birth plus 4-6 more during baby’s first year.

There’s a lot to remember when visiting the doctor, especially for new moms who aren’t yet familiar with routine wellness checks. Don’t be nervous: your baby’s pediatrician is there to help new parents understand all the decisions and information you need to raise a healthy baby, and to care for a sick baby. Most pediatrician visits take less than 30 minutes, unless your child is ill or has special health concerns.

Getting your baby ready and to the doctor’s office on time can be a lot to handle, and in the rush you might forget the questions you planned to ask your baby’s pediatrician. Our free checklist is a good tool to start your list of what to ask your pediatrician at doctor’s visits. Once you start reading the checklist, you will think of other questions about your baby’s health.  Write them down: its easy to get distracted by everything going on once you arrive at the pediatrician.

Tip: Many doctor’s offices allow you to check-in for your appointment online, so you don’t spend too much time waiting in the doctor’s office.

Your HealthPod Baby is a convenient, portable way to organize your child’s medical records and appointment calendar: so nothing is ever lost or forgotten. HealthPod Baby can store all your child’s vital medical information:

  • hospital paperwork
  • insurance information
  • family medical history
  • prescriptions and illnesses
  • pregnancy complications and issues
  • blank pages and a pen to take notes during your doctor’s visit

This checklist is a guideline for what to discuss during each of your baby’s wellness doctor visits.

FREE Download - Checklist for Your Baby’s 1st Year: Doctor’s Visits

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Note: Always consult your pediatrician for the information they want you to bring to doctor’s visits, and how to schedule your baby’s next doctor’s appointment.

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

Book Review: The Sh!t No One Tells You

March 1st, 2015

For Moms Only

No Dad Would Survive the 1st two pages because they don’t really want to know, or remember

the-sht-no-one-tells-youThe Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year by Dawn Dais is a funny yet informative look at your 1st year living with your newborn.

Sh!t is front to back filled with truthful facts of childbirth and life with a newborn:

another shocking new baby discovery: They cry. A lot.

You may think you’re doing pregnant women a favor by answering their birthing questions truthfully. But really, they probably don’t actually want to know the truth.

But rather than using sarcasm, preaching or lecturing, author Dawn Dais shares stories about her experiences, and those of her friends. Be prepared: if you’re about to become a first-time mom or deciding if childrearing is in your future, this book has the facts. No excuses that “no one ever told you.” This book delivers the true story If your kids are walking, driving or even raising their own kids, Sh!t will bring it all back to you, but you’ll have a smile on your face as you relive your own newborn’s 1st year.

Some of the real-world topics covered include:

illustration from The Sh!t No One Tells You

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•  Drugless delivery - accidental or scheduled

•  Lactation Nazis - if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll relate

•  Rectal botox - TMI

•  Poop shows - think puppet show, but with poop

•  Benefits of owning a pet before owning a child

Dais challenges and reveals all our parenting stereotypes and secret thoughts:

•  You have no idea what you are doing, but thankfully your baby doesnt know any better

•  Your newborn is not cute. They’re scary

•  Unconscious (I personally think its conscious) competition among women and parents on social media

What makes The Sh!t No One Tells you work is Dais herself: the content is accurate and informative, but Dais personality as an intelligent, real-life new mom who’s just trying to figure it all out shines through the book and turns what could be just another parenting book into a book you’ll want to read, and give to a new mom you really care about: My intention is not to frighten you or to scare you off having children.

Note: The title is your first clue: while Dais clearly tries to be factual in recounting her baby’s first year, do NOT mistake Sh!t for a parenting facts book, ala What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Sh!t is humorous with an exhausted mom’s attitude, written as though Dais is sharing baby stories with her girlfriends over a glass of wine.

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If you like The Sh!t No One Tells You, follow Dais on Twitter @bydawndais or visit her website http://www.dawndais.com.

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

DIY Original Art to Decorate Your Child’s Room

February 22nd, 2015

As your child grows out of their baby nursery, its time to create a bedroom - or corner of a shared bedroom - that reflects their personality. A fun idea is to invite your child’s family and friends to create a wall full of small, colorful canvases that add color, creativity and memories to your child’s room.

If you’re a fan of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (yes, I confess!) you may remember when Yolanda Foster invited friends and family to a painting party, where everyone painted a small, colorful canvas as a going away gift for her oldest daughter heading off to college. Then, the finished canvases were displayed in the dorm room.

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A painting party is the perfect birthday party activity to create DIY, colorful, original art for your child’s room!

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DIY Canvas Wall Art

To make your own canvas wall art, you’ll need the following supplies. Make the art as large as you want: 9 pieces make a smaller gallery, 64 canvases can fill a whole wall! Depending on the ages of the artists, you can include sayings,

Supplies:

  • 16 blank square canvases - I like 4″x4″ or 6″x6″ (try Michaels, JoAnn, or other craft stores)
  • disposable foam paint brushes - at least 1 for every artist, you may want to buy each artist several (for painting background and large objects and designs)
  • children’s fine paintbrushes (for numbers, letters or fine art work)
  • washable craft paints in your child’s favorite colors
  • aprons, bibs, or coverups to protect clothes
  • newspaper or paper tablecloth to protect work table
  • wipes, water and paper towels to clean up spills and messing fingers

Directions:

  • pass one canvas square to each child
  • provide each child with their own spot to paint
  • either give each child their own paints and brushes, or group the paints and brushes so each child can easily reach them
  • invite each child to decorate their canvas with the birthday child’s room theme, such as
    • favorite flowers or animals
    • the birthday child’s special colors
    • words or pictures of something special to the birthday child
    • letters that will spell out a special message or the child’s name
  • allow time and space for each canvas to dry

More DIY canvas wall art party ideas:

  1. after the art is hung, take a photo and send it as a thank you to each artist for making your child’s birthday special
  2. allow extra time for each child to paint a 2nd canvas to take home
  3. for very young children, invite aunts, uncles, grandparents and special people in your child’s life to paint the canvases

A personalized canvas wall art gallery is a colorful and special decoration for your child’s room. But canvas wall art can decorate any room in your home, and the whole family can pitch in to create original art that makes your house a home!

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hearty meals the kids will love

February 14th, 2015

Sweet treats are a favorite way to express your love on Valentine’s Day, but candy isn’t the healthiest option for kids. Show the family how much you love them with these Valentine’s Day meals the whole family will love!

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Hearty strawberry nutella french toast from aibien

Valentine's Day breakfast hearty strawberry nutella french toast

Valentine’s Day Lunch

Hearty toasted cheese and tomato soup

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

Hearty eggs and toast from Martha Stewart

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Valentine’s Day Snacks

3 Healthy Strawberry Snacks from Modern Parents Messy Kids

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Hearty strawberry cream cheese sandwiches

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Hearty strawberry applesauce

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For more Valentine’s Day food and crafts for kids see our Pinterest board: HealthPodBaby/ValentinesDay

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

5 Valentine’s Day DIY Crafts for Toddlers

February 6th, 2015

It’s a few more days until Valentine’s Day and now is the perfect time to plan some DIY crafts and projects for your toddler. We’ve discovered some sweet and cheery projects for lots of Valentine’s Day fun for you and the kids!

Our toddler crafts are easy for little fingers to manage but the finished result will make you both proud to show them off!

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5 Valentine’s Day Projects for Toddlers

1. Heart Tube Stamp Painting

An empty toilet paper roll, some craft paints and paper are all you need to make this bright and cheery decoration from Housing a Forest.

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2. Noodle Necklace

Your toddler will feel as good as they look wearing this brightly painted noodle necklace from The Alison Show.

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3.  Heart Wreath

Brighten up the front door with this cheery Valentine’s Day heart wreath from All Free Kids Crafts.

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4. Heart Suncatchers

The sun will shine on these colorful heart suncatchers from Fun at Home with Kids.

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5.  LOVE Garland

Cutting and decorating hearts for a LOVE garland will keep your toddler busy for days, directions from Art Bar Blog.

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For more Valentine’s Day DIY crafts and gift ideas see HealthPod Baby’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!

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HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

7 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Moms and Babys

February 1st, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… and we’ve discovered 7 Valentine’s Day crafts moms and baby’s can make together, or with the supervision of an older sibling or babysitter. Mom’s will love celebrating their baby’s 1xt Valentine’s Day with special crafts, foods and activities, and using red, pink and purple papers, ribbons and paint to make gifts for special people in their baby’s life.

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7 Valentine’s Day Baby Crafts Moms and Dads Will Love

1. Valentine’s Day Framed Handprints

I love the mommy, daddy and baby layered and framed handprints, in different Valentine’s Day colors, handmade with your actual prints and framed by Etsy store MyForeverPrints

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2. DIY Photo Puzzle and Memory Bag

All for the Memories has step-by-step instructions for making this fun DIY puzzle project using any photo, craft sticks, Mod Podge and a craft knife to create a unique personalized puzzle.

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3. Baby’s Thumbprint Bookmarks

Celebrate baby’s 1st Valentine’s Day with handmade bookmarks using your baby’s thumbprint to make adorable hearts, flowers and animals. The perfect gift for moms and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and special people in your baby’s life: Sweet and Lovely Crafts has all the instructions.

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4. LOVE Plates with Baby’s Footprints

A gifts someone special will cherish - a homemade LOVE plate for Valentine’s Day, decorated with your baby’s footprints. DIY Cozy Home has instructions for this gift of love.

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5. LOVE Valentine’s Day Art

Your baby can say how much they love you every day with this Valentine’s Day DIY project from Embrace Your Chaos.

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6.  Footprint Floral Boquet

Flowers from baby’s footprint will cheer up February Valentine’s Days for years to come, Tippytoe Crafts has the instructions.

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7.  Valentine’s Day Baby Photo

Commemorate your baby’s 1st Valentine’s Day with a special photo showing just how much you love baby! We Lived Happily Ever After has lots of baby photo ideas.

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For more Valentine’s Day baby DIY crafts and gift ideas see HealthPod Baby’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

5 New Baby Products You’ll Want to Know About Today

January 23rd, 2015

I spend too much time with my iPad on my lap, scrolling through Pinterest.  Here are 5 baby finds that are too good to just pin, so today I’m sharing my latest baby finds with you.

tip: these baby finds make great gifts, too!

1.  Sick Baby Survival Kit discovered on weeSpring

All the basics new parents need to take care of a sick baby - the only thing I’d add is chamomile tea to relax the over-stressed mommy and daddy!

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2.  Crumb Catching Placemat found on The Grommet

Restaurants, grandma’s house and your kitchen will stay a bit tidier with this cheerful plastic portable placemat with a built-in food bib to catch baby’s mess. The sticky placemat arms adhere to the tabletop.

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3. Bus Plate to Entertain Picky Eaters seen on Project Nursery

The peas are touching the potatoes! This bus-shaped plate has separate compartments for your picky eater.

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4. Baby-Proofing Products seen on weeSpring

Parents will love these baby-proofing products that don’t need tools, screws or adhesives to install.

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5. Shopping Cart Hammock found on weeSpring

This portable and light-weight baby hammock easily installs in shopping carts.

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What are the new baby products you can’t live without? We’d love to hear!

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HealthPod Baby is the original portable and customizable baby health and medical record organizer.
HealthPod Baby is the perfect gift: it holds all a child’s vital health information, so nothing is ever forgotten or lost

 
 
 

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