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Expecting a baby?  Congratulations and get ready! Because the only thing you will get more of than heartburn, is parenting advice!

Your mother, friends, friends of friends, gym buddies, co-workers, even the woman at the grocery store check-out will all have strong opinions about must-have baby products. Of course it is all well meaning.  But the truth is, all that advice can be really confusing and what you hear from one person might be the opposite of what you hear from someone else.

So how do you figure out what is right for you?  Our experience raising a small tribe of sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews taught us to start with the basics – sleeping, eating, bathing and grooming.

Here are the 5 best pieces of advice we can give you:

       1. Find swaddling blankets that are as good as the hospital ones!

Swaddling helps re-create the security and familiarity of the womb – especially when your baby is a newborn. Wrapping your baby can prevent the startle reflex that can be jarring and wake baby (and you). 

One of our go-to’s was the SwaddleMe® from Summer Infant. It is easy to use, reasonably priced, and all cotton.  The adorable prints are a total bonus!

Set of three swaddlers, $34.99 

       2. If you are planning on breastfeeding – get a  workhorse of a Breast Pump.

Even if you are not going back to work and can breastfeed throughout the day, pumping your liquid gold and giving your husband, partner, or family member the opportunity to feed your baby is pretty special for them and can provide you with a much needed nap! We loved the Medela Pump-In-Style®. It ain’t cheap, but it is well worth it and depending on your situation, it may be one of those items you decide to prioritize.

Pump In Style® starts at $299.99

       3. If you are bottle feeding – make sure you have GREAT bottles. 

We love the Comotomo Baby Bottle. They call it “breastfeeding in a bottle” and their design has won them numerous awards. The Como Tomo bottle is designed to promote latching and prevent and reduce colic. It is non-leaking, non-toxic, easy to clean, and made from a squishy silicone material.  Bottom line, we are hard-pressed to find a better option so we consider this a smart splurge.

Set of two bottles, $24

       4. Enjoy those precious moments – Bathing

Granted, your baby will not be crawling through the mud or sliding into a dusty home plate for a few years, but you will need to bathe your baby regularly to clean the milk in the folds of those juicy and scrumptious neck rolls.

Bathing is also a wonderful way to teach your baby routine and prepare for sleep. There is nothing better than a bath after an evening meal to get anyone to sleep, let alone a newborn.  After bath, when you and your baby can gaze into each other’s eyes are some of the most precious times. This is also the perfect time for a baby massage

There are countless lotions and creams out there that make massage much more enjoyable, but our go-to brand is Mustela®. Mustela® has a wide variety of products for babies and pregnant moms and they have been at it for over 60 years!

        5. Take care of those tiny tangles and sharp nails

Massage is also a great way to calm baby down and get ready for some gentle hair and nail care. Have you seen the grooming kits with 37 items? The truth is that those kits have many items you don’t actually need and probably would not buy.

The Rhoost™ Grooming Kit is simple. Four necessity grooming items – a bamboo brush, a bamboo comb, a bamboo and silicone nail clipper, and a washcloth. All made from the best quality renewable bamboo and designed for function by Rhoost co-founders. In our opinion, it is all you need for the perfect relaxing and soothing soak. That’s why we made it.

Rhoost Grooming Kit

 

The all cotton, super plush washcloth gently massages your baby’s delicate skin. The bamboo comb tenderly stimulates the scalp.  The bamboo and natural bristle brush is perfect for massaging out cradle cap and is especially good when used with a good cradle cap cream.

Then there’s nail clipping. Besides driving your baby home from the hospital after birth, one of the scariest things you will do as a new parent is TRIM.YOUR.BABY’S.NAILS. One sudden move by either of you can spell disaster! Your baby will cry – but baby’s tears will be a sprinkle compared to the downpour coming from your eyes.

The best way to prevent this is to use a nail clipper specifically designed to make nail clipping a fun habit not a traumatic experience. The Rhoost Nail Clipper features a wide base and squishy silicone thumb grip so no more slips when trimming your baby’s nails, even in the bath! 

Rhoost Grooming Kit, $23.99, individual items also sold separately.

 

New Rhoost Product! The Chirping Bird Door Jamb

We are excited to announce our latest new product! The Rhoost Door Jamb.   The ideal solution for child proofing doors. Check out the video below to see it in action:

As we have mentioned before – most child accidents in the home are preventable. But we haven’t talked much about about the best time to baby proof.  Basically, once your child is crawling you should have baby proofing on your radar.  You do not want to introduce barriers when your baby is most curious.  So you should baby proof early.  It’s also a great way for dad to feel helpful and connected at a time when baby may still be very mommy-focused.

Before starting, it is important to have the best and most up-to-date information regarding home safety.  Here are some of our favorites:

  1. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Baby Safety Zone – a great place to find information. safety tips, and also information about products that are JPMA certified as safe.
  2. Safe Kids Worldwide, the name says is all. Bottom line – a critical resource for all parents. 
  3. Consumer Reports – yes, of course, the tried and true.  And they have a pretty extensive baby & kids section.

Good luck on your journey!  If you have any questions or advice to lend to this conversation – please leave them below.

 

advice for young parentsToddlers love to explore, and the stairs are the perfect place to practice climbing, making them one of the most common destinations for babies on the go. But they can also be extremely dangerous if toddlers try to climb them on their own, making it essential for parents to buy baby gates. You may also want to invest in finger pinch guards, wall outlet covers, and other protective equipment to keep your baby safe.

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Rhoost and Influential Summit 

Earlier this month we were in sunny southern California for a unique gathering bringing together mom bloggers and brands. And while the weather outside wasn’t so sunny, the atmosphere inside was just dandy!

We connected with some of our favorite brands and met some new ones – Jujube (diaper bags), Crane (humidifiers), Uppababy (strollers), Ergobaby (baby carriers), Mabel’s Labels (durable kids’ labels), Ecopiggy (natural pacifier, nasal aspirator) and b.box (sippy cups and more) among many others!

Mommycon and Rhoost    Influential Summit         

Talented entrepreneurs and mom bloggers Xza Higgins from Mommycon and Parent & Co, and Saarah Samadani from New Bloom Media organized the event and also shared some expert social media and marketing advice.

Xza Higgins and Rhoost

As a brand, it’s so important to stay connected to moms (and dads) and we met some inspiring parents that are sharing their stories and building parenting communities on social media. Katie Vigos from the empoweredbirthproject, Angela Kim from Mommy Diary®, and Danielle Lucia Schaffer of citygirlgonemom just to name a few.

Valentine’s Day was also right around the corner so we had the perfect opportunity to make use of some custom color Nail Clippers!

Nail Clipper for Baby

 As much as we love work, we also love to play – and we definitely found time for that!

Rhoost MommyconRhoost & Crane

Rhoost has been nominated for three Cribsie product awards! 

Our ergonomic baby nail clipper, our finger pinch guard, and the Rhoost | ecopiggy filter free nasal aspirator

Cribsie Award Rhoost Easiest Nail ClipperCribsie Award Rhoost Neatest Baby Proofing Brand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards like the Cribsie awards are important resources for new parents for many reasons.  Here are the top 3 reasons why your vote counts… 

  1. YOU – the product users – decide who wins!  So we need as many people voting as possible. 
  2. Finding the right product for you and your baby is not always easy.  Credible online information and product reviews are a critical resource for todays’ parent.   
  3. Many of the finalists are new brands and there are some neat baby product innovations. Your experience with these brands and products are important to share with others! 

Cribsie is one of many great resources available for parents. Here are few other sites to learn about great baby products:  

  1. Babylist – They have the pulse on new products.
  2. Baby tech awards – How can we not include a technology one?!
  3. Mom’s Picks Baby Center – Probably one of the most established and credible sites for new parents.

As parents and care givers, obviously we have our favorites as well but we wish all the finalists luck in the voting.  If you are a fan of our natural baby grooming or stylish baby proofing products – we would love your vote!

 

Babyproofing your homeIf you have a toddler, or even a baby who’s not quite yet walking, but has learned to crawl and to pull herself up on furniture and “cruise” around the room, it’s likely that you spend a fair amount of time each day removing items from her reach, her grasp, or even her mouth. Young children are naturally curious, and they test the world around them by touching and tasting everything they can. This means that parents of little explorers need to babyproof their home, Grandma’s house and anyplace else the child might spend time.

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