Staff Picks: 4th Faves!

With the 4th of July fast approaching, we wanted to put together some of our favorite summer outfits! There’s a little something for everyone- from casual summer fun to pretty and patriotic, your 4th of July style is covered. To help the holiday go off with a bang, we’re having a Star Spangled Savings Sale on BabyLegs.com! Now through 6/30, get any of the 4th Faves styles Buy One Get One FREE with code 4THFAVES! All of the styles here are included, plus many more. Head over now to get the deal!

Yankee DoodleYankee Doodle

There’s no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with the Red, White and Blue! This sweet strappy romper has adorable bows and starts and pairs perfectly with our Yankee Doodle warmers and a pair of chic sandals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Run2Home Run

The boys won’t miss out on the RWB fun with this adorable plaid shirt and cargo shorts. Pair with Home Run and comfy sneakers for an all-American look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newborn Board WalkNewborn Boardwalk

Want an outfit that will impress on Independence day, or any day this summer? This adorable Striped Henley bodysuit pairs perfectly with our Newborn Boardwalk warmers and a pair of boat shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newborn ChickadeeNewborn Chickadee

I’m completely smitten with this dress set from Carters with an adorable pastel ikat design. Pair with newborn Chickadee warmers and adorable bow-tie espadrilles for a sweet and chic summer look that’s sure to steal the party!

Fashion Friday: Girls’ Jewelry Gets the Midas Touch

Growing up in the suburbs of Long Island, a trip to the mall was my weekend retreat not just as a teenager, but also as a very fashionable first grader with a discerning eye for color unique combinations, a love for comfortable materials (although I confess to crying for a pleather skirt) and a hunger for accessories.

Stories about dragging my mom and grandma through the racks of Swezey’s department stores for a “Monday outfit” and scouring The Children’s Place for slouch socks to wear over my leggings are retold in my family like folklore, but the real highlight of my mall escapades were the accessories stores such as Claire’s. What little girl with panache for glitter, hearts and purple wouldn’t fall in love with the store’s wall of baubles?

Many, many years later, I’ve come to the realization that as snazzy as those accoutrements were back in the day, they are likely sitting not so pretty in a landfill in New Jersey tarnished and broken.

Today’s parents and kids are savvy about investing in items even those as small as a girls’ bracelet. And children’s accessories brands are more conscious about offering items that will stand the test of time with quality materials.

Here are few of my favorite jewelry collections ready to jazz up your girls’ wardrobe.

Stella & Dot Pearl Necklace

Stella & Dot Pearl Necklace

 

Best known for its selection of women’s colorful bib necklaces and Boho chic beaded wrap bracelets, Stella & Dot applies that knack for statement pieces to girls’ necklaces, bracelets and earrings creating a sweet and stylish mommy and me look. Chunky clear stones on a hot pink ribbon are as cool as ice. Girls can channel their inner Audrey Hepburn with strands of pearls accented with a pop of faux diamonds, while flower children can sport enamel daisy charms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Chloe Ring

Sarah Chloe Ring

Timeless, elegant and sentimental, Sarah Chloe’s collection of personalized jewelry is a perfect gift for special occasions. The line spans silver-plated and gold charms that can be engraved with initials to adjustable bangle bracelets in gold, silver and my personal favorite, rose gold. A classic signet ring offers a regal alternative to little princesses looking for something less bling-y than a tiara.

 

 

 

 

 

100% Gumdrop Necklace

100%Gumdrop Necklace

 

Silver and gold necklaces by 100%Gumdrop have a hip downtown vibe that will appeal to big sisters. The U.S. made nameplate-inspired collection features words like ‘awesome’ and ‘peanut’ on dainty chains. Other styles feature number charms to commerate birthdays and girls’ soccer jersey number.

 

Pearls of Wisdom: Overcoming Bedwetting

Although it’s a common issue that millions of families face, the stigma and shame attached to bedwetting or  nocturnal enuresis” is very real, especially to your child. Bedwetting is rarely caused by a serious medical condition and often resolves on its own, but the recurring matter can cause anxiety and embarrassment, not to mention precious time and money spent on doing laundry or buying new sheets.

The involuntary passing of urine after the age when bladder control should have been established is a common but perplexing problem that parents discuss during their doctor visits. The prevalence of this problem at 10 years old is 3% for boys and 2% for girls. The condition is divided between two forms; primary enuresis, when the child has never been dry at night and secondary enuresis, where the child has been confident for at least a year and then starts to wet the bed again. Around 75% of all enuretic children have primary enuresis and 50% of late school aged children have secondary enuresis.

Persistent bedwetting is usually secondary to inadequate and inappropriate toilet training. Parents who forcefully demand that their child use the potty when they’re not ready often elicits an angry reaction as the child unconsciously defy them by wetting the bed. In contrast, parents who are not sensitive to toilet train their child can sabotage the child’s attempt to successfully be potty trained. Certain psychological stress unrelated to toilet training such as moving to a new home, arrival of a new baby, divorce or death in the family can also affect bladder mastery. These types of bedwetting problems have a better prognosis, are self-limiting and easier to manage. Thankfully, very few cases are related to organic pathological conditions such as a urinary tract infection or bladder pathology.

Even during the most frustrating incidents, parents must keep in mind that bedwetting isn’t always caused by ineffective potty training, or your child; rather, it’s a result of miscommunication between your child’s brain and her bladder during sleep. It can also be a factor of genetics. Most children who wet the bed have at least one parent who had the same issue during their own childhood.  It’s important to be understanding, and to utilize a motivational/praise system like stickers for dry nights. In case of an accident, have your child help in changing the sheets and explain to him that this is not a punishment.

Sometimes the use of a bedwetting alarm which has a sensor that detects moisture can help by training the child’s brain to be more sensitive to full bladder signals. Have your child empty her bladder before retiring to bed, and limit fluid intake after dinner. Occasionally, your pediatrician may prescribe a drug called Desmopressin that signals the brain to produce less urine at night.  The downside to this remedy is it only lasts for a short period of time and a child can relapse when he discontinues the drug. It can be reserved for sleepovers, vacations, camps or other social over-night events.

Every year, a significant number of children ages 5 and up that used to wet the bed stay dry with no intervention. Still, parents should be proactive and should not feel embarrassed to approach the subject with their pediatrician. There is reason to remain positive as the prognosis for this condition is excellent for dry nights ahead. I always remind parents that during your child’s infant and toddler years, every day can seem like a year but in retrospect, years pass like a day. Bedwetting is almost always a temporary challenge and won’t last forever, any more than diapers will!

 

All information contained in this blog and on our web site(s) should be independently verified by you by a medical professional of your own choosing and you should always conduct your own research and due diligence before making any decision related to the subject matter of this blog or our web site. 

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Dr. Pearl

 

Dr. Pearl Cenon

A pediatrician in private practice in New Jersey for over 15 years, Dr. Cenon (we like to call her Dr. Pearl) also has two children of her own. Dr. Pearl’s husband, Kevin McDonough is also a pediatrician and they work together. She writes basic posts about topics that interest many parents, from skin care and nutrition to seasonal issues, such as allergies and colds. Her kind, approachable tone in each blog post will have you looking forward to the next one.

Fashion Friday: Shoe Sneak Preview

Last week women’s, men’s and kids’ footwear designers descended upon New York City and opened their showrooms to buyers, editors and stylists to view the must-have trends for next spring and summer. It’s a chance for buyers to pick the styles they’ll stock on their store shelves next spring, for editors to start planning photo shoots around these looks and for the fashion-obsessed to be the first to wear the trend.

That’s why you’ll soon see stylist Rachel Zoe’s celebrity clientele walking the red carpet wearing mod black and while heels, why your favorite fashion magazine will be gushing over pastel oxfords and GQ will be encouraging style-conscious men to try leather shoes with woven details—or so I predict, as these three trends were everywhere.

On the children’s side, Spring ‘14 is shaping up to be a sweet and delightful season with vibrant colors, lots of embellishment and playful characters for girls. Check out these four not-to-be-missed trends for your tot. She’s sure to be the trendiest girl on the playground. By Angela Velasquez

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes- 1

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes

 

Animal Farm

It’s easy to be the cat’s meow in quirky, whiskered Mary Janes. Brazil-based Mini Mel, known for jelly shoe constructions for women and teens, is winning over kids‘ and mom’s hearts with a new range of animal-themed styles for spring. From kittens with heart-shaped noses to black and white cows, these fresh faces are a nice alternative to over-used character licenses and a new way to wear animal print.

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes-2

Mini Mel Rubber Mary Janes

Caption: Mini Mel rubber Mary Janes

Nina Kids play shoes

Nina Kids play shoes

 

Fashion Athletes

Olympians may sport their country’s colors with pride, but cool kids on the playground will run amuck with splashes of bubble gum pink on their footwear. Pink and purple are nothing new to girls’ fashion, but paired with vibrant teal and found on sporty while outsoles, the color blocking dazzles. Glossy patent materials and glitter as fine as sugar amp up the fashion factor, too. Also, be on the look out for yellow- and orange-hued styles, which are vying to be the next pink and purple duo.

Michael Kors pre-walkers

Michael Kors pre-walkers

Caption: Michael Kors pre-walkers, Nina Kids play shoes

Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Rock Star

Spikes and studs may have overstayed their welcome in womenswear, but the edgy elements add a bit of coolness and glam to girls’ sandals and sneakers. In Day-Glo shades of neon green and pink, studded footwear gives off a 80s-vibe that new moms may remember all too well. And on the bows of ballet flats, the classic and ultra-girly silhouette softens the rocker embellishments.

Nina Kids ballet flats

Nina Kids ballet flats

Captions: Nina Kids ballet flats, Enzo studded sandals and sneakers

Enzo sandals and sneakers

Enzo sandals and sneakers

Going Dotty

You wore them. You’re mother probably wore them and maybe even your uber-stylish grandma donned them. Polka dots continue to decorate girls’ fashion and this season, designers add a unique twist by using a smattering of shoelace eyelets to tell the story. Other polka dot styles blend the retro print with other modern day trends, including neon, glitter and denim.

Nina Sneakers

Nina Sneakers

Caption: Nina sneakers, Enzo sandals and sneakers

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Pearls of Wisdom: Colic

COLIC – a word that instantly triggers feelings of fear and despair all too familiar to new and experienced parents everywhere. “Colic,” as a defined term, pertains to a symptom complex characterized by bouts of abdominal pain and severe crying. It is a common phenomenon in infants under 3 months of age. Attacks, which could last for hours, come out of nowhere. During a bout of colic, some or all of the following will occur: a baby will cry loudly and continuously;  his face turns red, the abdomen is hard and distended; legs may be drawn up on the abdomen; feet feel cold, and the hands are clenched. Episodes may last until the baby is completely exhausted; usually there’s no relief even after passing gas or stool. During this time, babies are often inconsolable, so this can be agonizing for parents who also attend to so much more: other children; work; studies; aging parents; housework, and other long lists of things to do.

Recurrent attacks usually occur between 6 pm and midnight, suggesting that events in the household routine may contribute to occurrence. Certain infants appear to be more prone to colic. The cause is oftentimes not obvious, although hunger and swallowed air that passes into the intestines could trigger colic. Certain foods, such as those with a high carbohydrate content, can lead to excessive fermentation in the gut. There is no single factor that consistently causes colic, nor does any specific treatment consistently give relief.

Although colic episodes usually resolve on their own, there are a few things that could be helpful and worth trying:

  • Hold the baby upright or lay her prone across your lap or over a heating pad and gently rub her back. Putting gentle pressure on her belly may comfort her.
  • If mom is nursing, advise her to avoid milk products, caffeine, onions, cabbage and other gas-forming foods from her diet. For formula fed infants, switching to a protein hydrolysate formula could lessen the colic; this is something your pediatrician can help you decide.
  • Overfeeding could cause discomfort and abdominal distension. Try to wait at least 2 -3 hours between feedings and always remember to burp baby after feedings.
  • A pacifier could be introduced to help calm the baby. Every baby takes to the pacifier differently, and while breastfed babies may refuse it, it can provide relief to others.
  • Steady, rhythmic motion and calming sounds may help them fall asleep. You can try rocking her, running the vacuum or clothes dryer in the next room, a fan, air conditioner or any form of white noise.
  • Try swaddling her in a thin, cotton blanket. This usually makes babies feel secure and warm.
  • Take a break! Ask a family member or a trusted friend to stay with the baby even for a couple hours just so you can keep sane and relieve your tension and anxiety.

Preventing attacks may be achieved by changing feeding techniques, identifying allergenic foods in a nursing mom’s diet, and promoting a stable emotional environment. Know that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel, since most colic rarely persists after 3 months of age.

It’s best to pay your pediatrician a visit so she/he can thoroughly examine your baby to rule out any of the more serious conditions that could mimic colic. These include bowel obstruction, strangulated hernia, and blood or urine infections. If you feel you’ve reached a point of depression and are having a difficult time dealing with stress and emotions, seek help from your own physician. Remember, your baby takes her cue from you; hence, if you are smiling and laughing, he feels good and smiles back at you. Likewise, if you are overly stressed, sad or angry, these feeling are rubbed off on your baby. Whatever you do, please don’t be too hard on yourself. Even Supermoms have their limits!

 

All information contained in this blog and on our web site(s) should be independently verified by you by a medical professional of your own choosing and you should always conduct your own research and due diligence before making any decision related to the subject matter of this blog or our web site. 

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Dr. Pearl

 

Dr. Pearl Cenon

A pediatrician in private practice in New Jersey for over 15 years, Dr. Cenon (we like to call her Dr. Pearl) also has two children of her own. Dr. Pearl’s husband, Kevin McDonough is also a pediatrician and they work together. She writes basic posts about topics that interest many parents, from skin care and nutrition to seasonal issues, such as allergies and colds. Her kind, approachable tone in each blog post will have you looking forward to the next one.