Friday, November 27, 2009
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
We just added a new photo album to our Facebook page with images of our embroidery items. The embroidery/personalization service was extremely popular this summer/early fall as parents were purchasing items for the start of the preschool year. Embroidery/personalization is a great way to customize your toddler's items, especially if they are being used at preschool or daycare. Having the child's name on his/her favorite blanket or pillow is also great for kids at home learning to spell and recognize their own names. Personalized items also make a terrific gift. However, feel free to be creative and have your items personalized with a phrase instead of a name - "Sweet Dreams" for a bedtime set, "Explore" for a travel pillow. We also have customers personalize items with their child's nickname. As I've mentioned in the past, it's so much fun to see the different color combinations, fonts, and unique names that our customers choose. I have many more photos of items and will will be adding more images to our Facebook photo album and website - keep checking back!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
We just received a new percale fabric called Princess Kingdom - very cute with castles, scenes, unicorns - very princess/fairy tale. In addition, we have restocked Fly By Day, Dig It and In Transit in the percale fabrics. Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A few months back, I had only ordered a small quantity of Monkey/Pink to test it out - I was not sure how well it would sell but it was much more popular than I expected and we sold out quickly. We actually had a small waiting list for this fabric! This week, Monkey/Pink is back in larger quantities and we have an even larger order for this fabric that will be arriving this fall - Monkey/Pink should be around for a while. We also restocked a small amount of the Pirates fabric.
Our 2 newest additions are Tiny Stars/Pink and Tiny Stars/Blue. Both of these fabrics are adorable - very petite little white stars on a pink or blue background. They are perfect as an infant gift, but since the fabrics are not as busy/bright as some of our others, they are perfect to use as a coordinating fabric in your toddler's bedroom (they are almost like a solid). They will also look great embroidered with your baby or toddler's name - it will really stand out on these fabrics. You may want to consider these fabrics for a twin gift or a brother/sister gift.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I was asked by ecostore USA to review a few products and host a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate. First, a little bit about ecostore USA – the company originated as a home-based business in New Zealand more than 15 years ago. The founders, Melanie and Malcomb Rands lived in a farm-based eco village that was committed to organic/healthy living where each family was responsible for their own waste water (can you imagine if we had to do that?). The Rands quickly realized how harmful regular petroleum based synthetic cleaning products were to the water and environment and decided to research plant-based products that could be used as an alternative. “No Nasty Chemicals” is the tag line and all of their products live up to this claim. They explain on the website that their products DO contain chemicals (after all, water is a chemical) – they just don’t include the NASTY chemicals. Their product lines include adult and baby care items such as body washes, oils, shampoos, soaps as well as household cleaners such as dish powder, laundry cleaners, bathroom cleaners, etc. They also have a line of pet care products.
Ecostore USA sent me 2 products – their Naturally Antibacteiral Spray Cleaner and Plant Based Toilet Cleaner. We seem to use a lot of spray cleaners around the house – kitchen counters, bathrooms, etc. so I was sure we would put this one to the test. The first thing that I noticed was the packaging was slightly different than most sprays – the bottle has a very thin profile which makes it really easy to store in a cabinet/pantry or smaller space. Also, the spray nozzle is the type with a flap tab over the front instead of one of those rotating “dial” type nozzles. I really like the ecostore USA design - very easy to use and store. The other thing that I noticed right away was the sprayer was a nice even mist and very easy to pump – it’s probably a weird thing to notice but it was different from what I’ve been using and I really like it. The scent is great – a clean citrusy smell that you can tell is natural and not perfumy or artificial. It has done a great job around the kitchen on my counter tops and tables. I even feel safe letting my kids help out with the cleaning jobs (they love to spray), so I'm glad that there aren't any nasty chemicals. They sell a concentrate that you can use to refill the bottle when done which is another great idea. I will definitely be refilling this one since I really like the size/shape of the bottle and the sprayer action and clean smell.
As for the Toilet Cleaner – it is also packaged differently than most – the size/shape of the bottle is great and it has an angled nozzle to get up under the rim. It has a different scent (which I’m not as crazy about) – I noticed Pine Oil listed in the ingredients along with citrus oils. But it is still a fresh, clean, natural scent and not perfumey or artificial. I also noticed right away the lack of artificial coloring – at first I thought it might be hard to tell how much I had applied against the white ceramic toilet, but it does have a slight (beige?) color to it that made it very easy to see how much product was applied and if I had missed any spots. It did a great job cleaning and I liked the fact that I was not flushing any artificial colors or cleaners into the water system.
They have some great sounding bath and body soaps - lemongrass, vanilla, coconut, as well as a goats milk Baby Soap in chamomile and lavender. Also available for baby - baby massage oil, baby moisturizer, nappy balm, and more.
So, now for the giveaway information: ecostore USA has agreed to giveaway a $25 gift certificate to one of our readers/fans. Visit the ecostore USA website and take a look through their product lines (you will also find some great articles). You are invited to sign up for their No Nasty Chemicals newsletter. After visiting the ecostore USA website, come back here before midnight EST July 29th and post a comment about your favorite products. I will pick a winner at random on July 30th. To earn extra entries, you may do the following:
- Follow our blog
- Become a Mr. Bobbles’ Blankets fan on Facebook
- If you have a blog, post about this giveaway with a link to this blog post.
Make sure you come back here and post a comment to receive each extra entry. That's it - good luck!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
I just read an interesting article in Sunday's Washington Post about food packing industry executives getting together to brainstorm strategies to try to block the government from banning BPA from plastics, cans, baby toys, etc. The Washington Post obtained internal notes from the private meeting of executives/lobbyists - the article discussed some of the strategies and brainstorming sessions that occurred, specifically about marketing BPA products as "safe" to young mothers who make purchasing decisions for their households (baby bottles, baby toys, baby formula cans, sippy cups, canned foods/sodas). While I don't know everything about the research and science behind the issues surrounding BPA, I personally have made an effort in my house to try to reduce our exposure to plastics containing BPA. Many of my friends, especially those with infants, have done the same and purchase only BPA-free baby bottles, sippy cups, etc. Unfortunately, many of those products were not available when my kids were infants, but I'm glad that there are options out there now and everyone can decide based on their own preference and research. According to the Washington Post article written by Lyndsey Layton:
"Bisphenol A, used in commerce since the 1950s, is added to plastics to give them strength. It is found in hundreds of household products, including plastic bottles and food containers. It is also present in the linings of canned goods such as soup, baby formula and canned fruits and vegetables.
Over the past decade, a growing body of scientific studies has linked the chemical to breast cancer, testicular cancer, diabetes, hyperactivity, obesity, low sperm count, miscarriage and other reproductive problems in laboratory animals. More recent studies using human data have linked BPA to heart disease and diabetes. And it has been found to interfere with the effects of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients."
Many bloggers are upset and spreading the word about the attempt to block the ban. Some states/cities (Minnesota, Chicago, Suffolk County NY) as well as other countries such as Japan and Canada have already banned certain uses of BPA. After reading the article, I ran across a few good blog posts about it:
- Consumer Reports Health.org Blog - Industry plots BPA Defense
- Healthy Child, Health World by Janelle Sorensen - Industry Will Pay Big Bucks for Pregnant Women Willing to Ingest BPA
- Moms' Inspire Learning by Dawn Morris - Informed Choices for Healthy Families
- Talk to the Hand: Green and Clean Mom
- Soft Landing by Alicia - Bisphenol-a Manufacturers Switch to Fear Inducing Strategy
- Effect Measure - BPA gets attention from industry spinmeisters (leaked minutes) - contains the reported text of the minutes
Take a few minutes to read these blog posts, as well as the Washington Post article - there are plenty of links in each to jump off and read more. It is an interesting debate and one that affects the households of parents, soon to be parents, as well as others concerned about the possible health risks associated with plastics, chemicals, etc. Feel free to post your thoughts and comments. Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Also added due to popular demand, Rose Petal Pink Satin fabric option for our new larger Youth Pillowcases (16"x20"). As always, let us know if you are looking for any other fabrics or themes.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
We just added a new percale (non-flannel) fabric for our toddler pillows- Angelina Cameo in pink. Available in our 12x16 Extra Pillowcases - Percale (3 fabrics up from the bottom in the dropdown list). Our percale fabrics are all 100% cotton fabric (similar to cotton sheeting). Many of our customers like the percale fabrics for warmer weather (although we also have customers who swear by the flannels year-round, so it seems to be a personal preference). We love the colors in this new print - perfect for your little ballerina!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
- "First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
- Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children."
To date, Project Linus has delivered over 3 million blankets lovingly made by volunteers or "blanketeers". They welcome new, washable blankets of all sizes and styles for children ages 0-18. Blankets can be sewn, quilted, knitted, etc, but they must be homemade or handmade (not commercially manufactured or purchased). You can donate blankets through your local chapter, and if there is not a chapter in your area, you can open a chapter in your town! If you are not crafty, Project Linus also welcomes monetary donations as well as donations of supplies (fabric, thread, yarn, etc). They also provide resources on their website such as patterns and an online store. So if you haven't heard of Project Linus, make sure to check out their website and consider making a blanket as a summer project and donating it to your local chapter - it will be greatly appreciated!
Monday, April 27, 2009
1. An "autograph" pillow for slumber party gift and/or summer camp. Give one of our toddler pillows or Youth Pillows in a solid color fabric along with a fabric marker or permanent marker. During the course of the slumber party (or camp session), each of the child's friends can autograph the pillow - a very unique gift, and long lasting memories.
2. Iron on photos - purchase iron-on paper at a local craft store and use your color printer to print out your favorite digital photo. Iron the photo onto the pillow. This would be great in combination with the autograph pillow idea above. You can also use the iron-on transfer paper with one of your kids drawings - what a great way to preserve memories.
3. Make an autograph pillow for a teacher gift - have all of the kids in the class autograph the pillowcase for the teacher. You can even iron on the class photo.
4. Give an "autograph pillow" for a graduation gift - something the student can take off to college or with them on their summer travels. As an added bonus, consider embroidering the recipients name on the pillow first (or maybe "Class of 2009").
5. Tie Dye one of our solid white pillowcases - this would be a great rainy day craft project, or summer camp project.
6. Make a lap desk. I remember seeing this in one of my magazines a while back. Purchase a clip board at an office supply store. Use either self stick velcro, or a hot glue gun, and glue the clipboard to the top surface of the pillow. This makes a great lap desk for car trips, the airplane, etc. Also great for eating on the road. You can do the same thing with a dry erase board.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Just added 4 new arrivals for Spring - all 100% cotton percale (non-flannel) fabrics. Mermaids (pictured to the right), Rock Star Guitar, Jungle Friends, and Dig It. These are a great option for the warmer weather and are sure to be a hit with your child. The Rock Star Guitar scan didn't turn out as cute as the fabric, so we'll be posting a better photo on the website after our next product photo shoot. Thanks for checking out our new fabrics!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
- Clearance No-Slip Playard sheets - added French Vanilla, Sage, and Tea to the clearance sale.
- Extra pillowcases for Toddler Pillows - added a few Percale options to the One of a Kind sale - Westward Ho, Lil Cowgirl, Seafarer.
Keep checking back for more sale items and new spring/summer fabrics. Happy shopping!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I frequently hear from parents about how wonderful our standard size blankets were for swaddling their infants. They are larger than most so they work out great for larger babies. I've also heard from few parents of smaller babies that our blankets worked out great for them as well because they could double wrap their child as instructed by their pediatricians.
I recently found out about a swaddling technique that works really well with our standard size blankets, so I thought it would make a great post. This technique is sometimes called the Aussie Swaddle (it was posted by an Australian mom on a baby forum a while back). There are a few variations to this swaddling technique, but you'll get the general idea. This technique works best with a rectangular shaped receiving blanket (just like our standard size blanket) in a lightweight all-cotton fabric (double-sided or thicker blankets, and some synthetic fibers like polyester, don’t breathe as well and may generate too much heat). This swaddling technique is more comfortable for many babies because it keeps their hands/fists up next to their face rather than straight down by their sides.
1. Lay blanket out on a flat surface lengthwise as shown. Fold down a flap of fabric at the top and place baby in the middle of the blanket with shoulders on the fold.
2. Place baby’s right hand under the folded flap (or you can start from the left side).
3. Keeping your baby’s hand covered with the flap (at about shoulder height), pull down the top corner of the flap and tuck under baby’s right leg.
4. Take the outer edge of this new flap of blanket and wrap it around your baby’s body and tuck under at the left side.
5. Now place baby’s opposite hand under the first original flap.
6. Flip up any extra fabric at the bottom of the blanket to create a flap at the bottom.
7. Keeping you baby’s hand covered with the flap (at about shoulder height), pull down the top corner of the flap and tuck under baby’s body.
8. Take the outer edge of this new flap of blanket and wrap it around your baby’s body to create the swaddle.
Swaddling generally works well for the first couple of months. Some people say you should stop swaddling around the time your baby starts to roll over, but I remember stopping before that milestone - it all depends on your baby. As always, check with your pediatrician for advice and resources. And please become familiar with and follow all current SIDS recommendations when putting your baby to sleep, including:
· Place infants to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress with no other objects in the crib/bed
· Avoid overheating the baby
· Keep baby’s environment smoke/tobacco free
· Ask your pediatrician for more recommendations and resources
I hope that this swaddling technique works for some of you! I'd love to see any photos or feedback.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
· Place infants to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress with no other objects in the crib/bed
· Avoid overheating the baby
· Keep baby’s environment smoke/tobacco free
· Ask your pediatrician for more recommendations and resources
For this type of swaddle (sometimes called the Aussie swaddle), a single sided rectangular shaped blanket works best. This swaddling technique is more comfortable for many babies because it keeps their hands/fists up next to their face rather than straight down by their sides.
- Lay blanket out on a flat surface lengthwise as shown. Fold down a flap of fabric at the top (about x inches) and place baby in the middle of the blanket with shoulders on the fold.
- Place baby’s right hand under the folded flap (or you can start from the left side).
- Keeping you baby’s hand covered with the flap (at about shoulder height), pull down the top corner of the flap and tuck under baby’s right leg.
- Take the outer edge of this new flap of blanket and wrap it around your baby’s body and tuck under at the left side.
- Now place baby’s opposite hand under the original flap.
- Flip up any extra fabric at the bottom of the blanket to create a flap at the bottom.
- Keeping you baby’s hand covered with the flap (at about shoulder height), pull down the top corner of the flap and tuck under baby’s body.
- Take the outer edge of this new flap of blanket and wrap it around your baby’s body to create the swaddle.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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Sunday, March 1, 2009
Top 10 Reasons to Use Toddler Pillows (including one for mom)...
In my previous post, I discussed how to choose a toddler pillow and when to start using one. I hear lots of input from parents so here are some of the best uses that I've heard for our toddler pillows:
- Use with kids (2+ years old) prone to ear infections or sinus troubles, or during cold/flu season
Pediatricians sometimes recommend a toddler pillow for a little extra elevation of the head during sleep to help promote drainage (please check with your pediatrician first!).
- Send a toddler pillow to child's daycare/preschool for naptime
Your child will feel special and have a comfort object from home. Also, the fabrics are unique so the pillow won't get lost.
- Use as a special pillow for overnight stays at Grandma's house;
Purchase a special extra pillowcase just for use at Grandma’s house – your child will see it as a special treat and have fond memories. We heard from one customer whose children visit their grandparents on their farm so she purchased our farm-theme pillowcases for her children to use at the farm house.
- Use as a travel pillow for toddlers (or adults!)
Our travel sized toddler pillows are a must for long rides in the car seat or airplane trips. Don't use those flimsy and dirty/germy airplane pillows - bring your own. Also great to use once you get to your destination. I don't know about you, but they never seem to have enough extra pillows in the hotel rooms.
- Use with our satin pillowcases to reduce tangled hair
Using a satin pillowcase helps the hair glide easily over the fabric thus reducing tangles during sleep;
- Great gift idea for big brother or big sister
Paired with a sweet goodnight book, stuffed animal or decorative nightlight. Or create a "theme" gift and give a toddler pillow with a pillowcase to match the theme, for example Pirates or Frogs.
- Give as a baby gift along with a matching receiving blanket or burp cloth set
Before baby is old enough to have a baby pillow while sleeping, a toddler pillow is great for extra support when nursing or bottle feeding. Also great for padding when baby is learning to sit up.
- Perfect size to use as a toddler bed pillow
Helps to make the transition to the toddler bed easier and more fun!
- Help soothe child at night
We’ve even heard from parents that they used our toddler pillows to help convince their toddler that he/she is now a big boy/girl and to give up their binkys (pacifiers) at night!
- Okay, now for mom’s turn - Great for mommy too - even before baby arrives!
Place toddler pillow behind mommy's lower back or neck for extra back support while rocking, feeding, driving, etc. I took one to the hospital with me for comfort during labor and delivery, and also used it in the hospital while nursing. I also use one with a satin pillowcase as my travel pillow.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In fact, we typically recommend our toddler pillows for 2 years and up and even then, it's best to check with your pediatrician. Your child's pediatrician will be up to date on changing safety recommendations and will also know your child's heath history including any issues that may impact sleeping, allergies or asthma, etc. Many leading child developmental experts agree that it's best to allow young children to sleep on a flat surface, and when you do introduce a pillow, choose one that is firm, yet flat - nothing too poofy or fluffy. Pick a pillow that is the right proportions for a child, like a 12 x 16 toddler pillow. If you think about it, giving a small child an adult sized pillow is the equivalent of giving an adult a twin or crib mattress as a pillow!
Sometimes, introducing a pillow is a great transitional item when the child is converting from the crib to a toddler bed or twin bed - but it all depends on age. With my two children, I waited as long as possible to move them out of the crib and it was usually around 3 - 3 1/2 years old. However I have friends with "climbers" who have moved their kids out of the crib before their first birthday. I also have friends with 2-3 year old children who had frequent ear infections or sinus problems and the pediatrician recommend the use of a small pillow to help elevate the child's head. I've had many customers also tell me that they knew their child was ready when he/she bundled up blankets under his/her head at night to sleep on, or slept on a stuffed animal. But PLEASE check with your child's doctor first.
If your child or baby is not yet ready for a pillow, our toddler pillows still have a ton of great uses during the daytime - your child may still enjoy cuddling up with it during playtime, or using it for a "seat" to make that wooden chair more comfy, or for playing house with dolls. It also makes a great travel pillow - even for adults. I took one to the hospital with me during labor and delivery - great to put behind your lower back or neck for extra support. I also used mine frequently during nursing. We also use ours for traveling as they squish up easily inside a suitcase, can be carried on a plane, and great for making the car seat ride more comfortable. Just make sure to keep that pillow and loose items out of the crib until they are ready.
So the bottom line is that many children are ready for a pillow around 2-3 years of age, but check with your pediatrician first and educate yourself on the current safety recommendations and pros and cons. When you do choose a pillow, choose one that is in proportion to your child (12x16 is perfect!) and pick out some fun printed pillowcases that will allow your child to get attached to the pillow and make sleeping time fun! I can't tell you how may parents have told me that our Mr. Bobbles' Blankets toddler pillows have helped restless sleepers (which is great for the child and the parents!!) Feel free to post your ideas and opinions about using a pillow with children.
Friday, February 20, 2009
As mentioned above, toddlers enjoy the tactile stimulation of a soft, fuzzy, or nubby items like stuffed animals, blankets, or even our toddler pillows, while other toddlers may choose something like a pacifier. Whatever the choice, it is not uncommon for toddlers to give their comfort objects names and talk to them, carry them around everywhere - much like a true friend. It can help them work through problems or challenges in their everyday life and have unconditional acceptance. And as any parent with a child attached to a lovie will understand, when that lovie is lost, put in the wash, or left behind, it's like losing one's true friend and cannot be replaced.
As parents, one challenge is attempting to anticipate which animal, blanket or other object will be "the one" and we all rush out to buy duplicates just in case it is every left behind or lost. At one point, my youngest son was starting to develop an attachment to a particular green stuffed animal so I ran out and bought a handful (as well as a few in different colors - thank goodness they were inexpensive). But that phase didn't last long, and both of my boys eventually settled on blankets as lovies (which is great considering my business!). So I created the Bips - a smaller version of a favorite blanket that is easier to pack, carry, wash, etc. Plus that single satin corner to make the blanket feel special and provide that spot of interest to touch and rub. I've heard from many parents with children that are attached to our blankets, bips, or toddler pillows. I've also heard stories about special lovies getting damaged, lost, or just plain worn out. In the best cases, we still have fabric available (or can find it somewhere else) and can try to replace that item. In other cases, we have successfully helped parents replace the item with a similar theme or color fabric - yes, sometimes it does work!
Once toddlers are growing up into preschoolers and school aged children, the question becomes what level of attachment is appropriate and how do you handle it? If you have any fun stories to share about your toddler and lovies, post them here. I'm curious to hear what objects, what age, and if your child is older now, when/how did they give them up?