Did you know that a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet? Or that a group in New Zealand once tried to get a hedgehog elected to parliament? Or that there used to be an International Hedgehog Olympic Games? These adorable little creatures are becoming very trendy pets these days, but they’ve actually been domesticated since the year 4 B.C. For crafty DIYers, they are also tea cozies, hot pads, mittens, pencil holders, pillows, and hats! Are you looking to add to your cute critter collection? Check out these darling hedgehog crafts and decor.
October is SIDS Awareness Month and while it’s a terribly unpleasant thing to think about (more like every parent’s worst nightmare), there’s a lot that can be done to prevent it. In fact, since the launch of the Safe to Sleep campaign in 1993, promoting laying babies on their backs to sleep, the rate of SIDS has dropped a whopping 50 percent. Isn’t that wonderful?! Still, as a company that sees a lot of customers’ photos of their babies, we’ve noticed a lot of parents making serious sleep safety mistakes. That’s why we should be talking about SIDS more. We should be taking every precaution we can to avoid these tragic incidents. Read more
Did you know a new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year? Or that some studies suggest women need up to an hour’s extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more susceptible to depression than men? Or that if you’re sleep deprived, key parts of your brain may be dozing even when you’re awake? It’s a real Catch 22 that babies = chronic sleep loss, but sleep is imperative for your physical and mental health. What can you do to get a little more of those precious zzzzzz’s? Here’s a mom’s guide to surviving sleep deprivation to help you through this phase that, we promise you, will end someday. We’re also giving away one of our new Stay Asleep Buddies sleep trainers to help get your little one into a more restful routine!
There are many different attitudes, styles, and opinions when it comes to parenting, but there is one thing that is universally important – your child’s safety. And for babies and toddlers, accidents are imminent. They’re explorers, and they’re learning by touching, tasting, and taking risks. For a baby or toddler, this is perfectly normal and healthy behavior. It’s how they learn about the world. But it also means they naturally put themselves at risk every chance they get. Our jobs as parents is to make sure their exploration happens in a safe environment. We all do our best to make our homes as safe as possible, but sometimes we miss a few steps. Today, we’re sharing a few baby safety measures most parents overlook. Read more