Bump to Baby Gear- Baby Shower Gift Guide

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bump to Baby Gear

Baby Shower Gift Guide: Gifts For A Mom Having Her 2nd (or 3rd) Baby

First babies shouldn't get all the gift love. Moms expecting their 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) baby may say they don't need anything, but we know they appreciate a thoughtful gift! We have rounded up 10 gifts that will delight an experienced mom. Visit the main page of our Baby Shower Gift Guide to view picks for every mom.
(1) Basq's Loving Touch Gift Set contains luxurious maternity skincare products that provide a welcome bit of pampering for any busy mom. Buy it for $60.
(2) The 2 Red Hens Studio Toy Nanny is an ingenious floor blanket that cinches up into a toy tote. 8 mesh pockets hold small toys. Perfect for a mom wrangling multiple little ones. Buy it for $130.
(3) The Kushies Zolo Boa Stacking Rings are no ordinary set of rings. Each ring has a different sound and texture. Buy it for $45.

All Parenting- CREATE THE PERFECT PRE-BABY SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
As your baby bump begins to expand to make room for your growing baby, it’s important to take care of your skin. Preventative care is more effective than trying to reverse the damage post-partum, so dive into a hydrating, all-over body moisturizing routine as soon as you get the good news.

I recommend using a combination of moisturizers, butters and oils to keep skin well-hydrated day and night, focusing on oils at night before bedtime and intensive moisturizers during the day. Follow this guide to start taking care of your skin before the sign of the first stretch mark appears:

prebaby morning routine

Daytime

Before your morning shower, apply olive oil or Lansinoh to protect your hyper-sensitive nipples -- I recommend using this on your nipples post-partum as well while breastfeeding to prevent cracks and soreness. After the shower, lather your skin with a rich body cream. During my pregnancy, I rubbed Repechage Seaweed Body Cream all over my body, then layered an extra coat of Basq Illipe Body Butter Triple Moisture Complex on my belly and breasts. Both of these moisturizers are very nourishing and have mild scents that are easily tolerated during pregnancy.Kanshi

Nighttime

Stock up on a variety of oils so you can alternate them nightly, depending on which scents you can tolerate that day. I recommend Kanshi Naturally Healing Massage Oil. It's a soybean based oil with natural mango and papaya juice scents. It absorbs really nicely into the skin, and my husband just loved the way it made our bedroom smell! Before bed, I also recommend giving yourself a foot massage with a nourishing foot cream based on shea butter and peppermint oils.

What to look for

Always read product labels to ensure you're selecting safe, natural products for your pre-baby skin care routine. Many so-called mommy products are actually mineral oil based (one of the cheapest ingredients on the market)! Don't be fooled by the hefty price tag if the product lists mineral oil on top of the ingredients list. On the bright side, many mommy-to-be moisturizers are shea butter based. Shea is a great natural ingredient, and you can find many products on the market that contain shea butter, even if they're not necessarily marketed to pregnant women.

Bottom line

Use body butters and oils daily to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Always read labels before buying skin care products, and make choices based on the ingredients rather than product packaging. Just because it has mommy in the title doesn't necessarily make it better! Top ingredients to look for include shea butter, cocoa butter, lavender oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), coconut oil, soybean oil, carrot oil, seaweed, glycerin, aloe, rosehip oil and jojoba seed oil.

Parents- Make Your Beauty Routine Bippity-Boppity-Boo-tiful!

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 

Make Your Beauty Routine Bippity – Boppity – Boo-tiful!

We know that when moms invest in beauty products, you’re expecting them to work a little bit of magic. New lines from EOS, Sephora, and Basq are promising to do just that, all with a touch of whimsy thanks to their Disney-inspired packaging.

Using Alice in Wonderland as its muse, skin care company EOS just launched a new line of lip balms in Blueberry Potion, Sweet Vanilla Nonsense, and Watermelon Wonderland flavors. As if that’s not fun enough, the egg-shaped applicator features Mickey Mouse shaped grooves.

For a bit more of the “royal” treatment, head on over to Sephora, which is unveiling individual cosmetic lines for every Disney Princess. The three piece Cinderella collection is available now. The stunning packaging references different scenes in the film, and each shade name is based on objects or characters in the film.

Last but not least, The Disney Store recently teamed up with maternity skin care company Basq to create a line for expecting moms. Our favorite product is Pure Bliss, a lotion that chills your skin to provide relief from daily aches and pains. Now if that’s not magic I’m not sure what is!

Disney Baby Blog- Baby it's Cold Outside: Favorite Shower Gifts for Winter Babies- by Mary Lauren Weimer

Brooke Ditlow - Monday, October 22, 2012

Baby it's Cold Outside: My Favorite Shower Gifts for Winter Babies

Posted by Mary Lauren Weimer

It may not be winter yet, but if you’re currently looking for that perfect baby shower present, odds are good that the little bundle is due to arrive during the winter months.

Look no further than Disney Baby for all of your gifting needs. With so many cold-weather options available in a variety of adorable styles, we’ve got you covered!

Check out my favorites!

Loving Touch Gift Set

Gentle products are always important to use on the sensitive skin of newborns, but at no time is it more important than during the winter months. The mama-to-be will enjoy it too!
Gift Set, $60 Basq Skin Care

Super Glam News- Review of basq's Cucumber Tea Eye Gel

Brooke Ditlow - Thursday, October 18, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basq Cucumber Tea Soothing Eye Gel

Now here’s an eye gel you can use day and night. The antioxidants help bring down any puffiness or swelling around the eyes. On those days where you’re a little more tired and or didn’t get enough rest — this will be a huge help to cover up.

 

Zensible Mama's basq Review

Brooke Ditlow - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Disney's It's A Small World Skin Essentials by Basq - 20% Discount

Skin Essentials Kit Includes Touch Lavender Body Butter 8 oz,
Dream Lavender Sleep Mist 4oz, Love Nourishing Cleansing Bar 3oz.

I should tell you right at the onset that I'm a big fan of moisturizers, beauty creams, lavender scent, essential oils and natural options to most remedies. Which brings me to this wonderful discovery of *Disney's It's a Small World Skin Essentials Kit by Basq. And as one who have been plagued by sleeplessness lately, I'm beyond interested to try out the DREAM Lavender Sleep Mist which is included in the kit, to hopefully help me find that elusive Zzzz's at night or lull me to sleep!

I should also tell you that I was privileged to try TOUCH Lavender Body Butter out in advance when a sample of it was included inside the swag bag that us attendees got from Disney Social Media Moms Conference this year. I fell in love with it and I'm so happy to have another jar to use and review additional products by them.

What I love about each of the products in the kit:

TOUCH Lavender Body Butter
Not only does it smells divine but feels smooth and buttery on the skin. I love applying it at night or after a shower. It makes my skin silky and I love that! Definitely pampering in a small bottle. I couldn't get enough of it. Even my 8 year old loved it. And to be honest, I truly love this body butter! Scent and all. Retails for $26.00


DREAM Lavender Sleep Mist
This is no joke but it actually worked for me. And surprisingly for my daughter too who have been a restless sleeper for the past few days. The Lavender scent was pretty calming. We would pre-spray the room and then one or two more sprays prior to sleeping and that seems to do the trick. Now my daughter won't go to sleep without it. So do I. I may get used to this. And that isn't a bad thing at all if you ask me. More sleep, the better! Retails for $20.00


LOVE Nourishing Cleansing Bar
This soap have a very subtle scent which I love. I also love that essential oils were used. I think it is ideal for anyone who is sensitive to strong scent and for a baby's delicate skin. It also lathers well yet rinse off very easily. Simple, straighforward soap! Love that! Retails for $8.00



Now check out the golden pouch that comes with the kit! It's quite cute and so attractive. All that a Disney-inspired product should be. If you must know it immediately found itself a good spot inside my Minnie Mouse Bag!


A little thing about Basq:
"The basq line is clinically tested for no Sensitivity and Allergy and all products are Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, SLS Free and not tested on animals. Basq has become the go-to brand for A-List celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Christy Turlington, Marcia Cross, Sheryl Crow and many more looking for head to toe glow."