Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Carlsbad Photographer MKP Images gives back; Giving is AWESOME!!!

Photographers around the world were challenged by the wonderfully Kristen Kalp of Essential Imagery to give the gift of custom photography to someone who may be very deserving but unable to afford so. Mary of MKP Images rose to the challenge!

She’ll be giving away a complimentary session, a 16×20 canvas, and the high resolution digital negatives, a $1000 VALUE!

All she needs is a deserving person who would cherish captured memories of their family. You have the opportunity to make this a special Christmas gift for a special person. As a bonus, if you send in the nominee she selects, you’ll also receive a $150 print credit (session scheduled for 2010).

Check out her blog for more information!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Amby Baby Hammocks Recalled

On the 12th Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom gave to me...

...15% off ALL toys, puzzles, books and playsilks!
We have fun, creative playthings for children of all ages. Take advantage of this last day of specials and find something for every little one on your list.

Friday, December 11, 2009

On the 11th Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom gave to me...

...20% off some great travel items, just in time for the holidays!

  • My Brest Friend Travel Pillows
  • Gro Baby Bio Soakers
  • bumGenius Flip Disposable Inserts

Reminder: Babies in Bloom will be closing at 1 pm today - come in early to shop the deal!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

On the 9th Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom gave to me...

...20% off all socks - including Trumpette sets!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

On the 8th Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom gave to me...

...10% off all baby carriers and slings and 40% off all hotslings!
Hurry in and get your favorite before it's gone!

Put a Sling on 'Em!

Love this...cute!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

On the 5th Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom gave to me...

...20 % off all Green to Grow and Medela bottles and sets, and "buy one, get one FREE" Thinkbaby bottles, nipples and sippy cup conversion kits!

Friday, December 4, 2009

On the 4th day of deals Babies in Bloom gave to me

...20% off all Putumayo CDs!

Beat the "Booby Traps"

I love "Best for Babes." Click on the photo and see why!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

One The 3rd Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom gave to me...

...a FREE Mini Moby with every Moby Wrap purchased today!
If you shop online, there is no need to add a Mini Moby to your cart. It will be added automatically, free of charge!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

On the 2nd Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom Gave to Me...

...20% off all holiday clothes, socks and accessories.
We have several cute outfits from Kissy Kissy in soft cotton and velour - for boys and girls from newborn through 24 months.
Be sure to check out our darling "Merry Christmas" socks from Trumpette and No Slippy Hair Clippies in a variety of holiday designs!
Good today only, in store!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On the First Day of Deals, Babies in Bloom Gave to Me...

...a FREE Playhouse Kit for the Learning Tower!
Purchase a Learning Tower, and receive the Playhouse Kit at no charge!
Come in and check out our sample at the store or order online (use coupon code 12DTLTPK) - your Learning Tower and Playhouse Kit will be delivered to your door!
The Learning Tower is perfect for toddlers that want to help at the counter and "do it myself." The Playhouse Kit converts the Learning Tower into a fort, puppet theater, lemonade stand and more for added play and fun.
Add the Art Easel, and your Learning Tower will provide hours of playtime and creativity, and keep your child safe!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Green Friday Special Savings, Gifts and Deals...

Buy natural products for your little ones and save some "green," too! Join us for our Green Friday Sale today from 10 am - 4 pm.

The first 25 people will receive a fun backpack filled with goodies with their purchase. We will also have some great free gifts with purchase (hand-dyed playsilks, Baby legs, breastfeeding products and more!)

The more you shop, the more you earn...Spend $50* and receive one item, spend $100* and receive two items and spend $150* or more and receive all three items FREE! (*before tax, while supplies last, not valid on previous purchases)

Joggermom Trunk Sale - We will have Baby Jogger, BOB, Bumbleride and Phil & Teds strollers on-hand to test drive. Pick up a stroller today, or place an order and shipping is free!

bumGenius on sale! Save 20% off several popular styles, including All-in-Ones, Bamboo Fitteds, Flip Stay Dry, Flip Disposable, Econobum, Detergent and Bamboo Wipes!

GroBaby Bio Soakers - BOGO! Buy one box of biodegradable soaker pads, and get one box FREE!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

MyBestBirth Event - Thank you!!!

We would like to thank everyone for joining us - it was wonderful to meet so many new and expectant parents, fabulous birth professionals, enlightening discussion panel members...and raise money for worthy causes at the same time!

Thank you to our fabulous event sponsors and supporters, including: PacifiCord, Moby Wrap, Medela, Hygeia, Babylegs, Naturally Yours, Y-Water, MKP Images, Joggermom, Lynn Wolf Snyder, San Diego Bargain Mama, Yoga Janda, Sanctuary Massage, Best Start Birth Center, Tree of Life for Healthy Birthing and Parenting, A Better Birth, Indigo Village, Petunia Picklebottom, Beach Bums Diaper Service, Brooke Ray CNM, Baby's Little Log Book, Natural Baby Pros, Encinitas Chiropractic, Natural Birth Project, Stroller Strides, Choosing Nature, Unique Ultrasound, Embroidery by B, Birth Matters, B.Y.O.G., EOS Photography, Stills by Hill, My Brest Friend, Ever After Scrapbooks, 9 Moons, Happi Tummi, Katharine Hammacker, Modern Hair Nails and Spa, North County Integrative Health, Luna Bars, and Fresh Baby. We could not have done it without you!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just How Dirty ARE Shopping Carts?

ABC News reports that shopping cart handles have more germs than public restrooms! According to researches from the University of Arizona, shopping carts are "loaded with more saliva, bacteria and even fecal matter than escalators, public telephones, and even public bathrooms". Their suggestion - wash your hands, wash your baby's hands and invest in a shopping cart cover.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Action Needed

Visit the WIC website to learn how you can voice your opinion regarding Governor Schwarzenegger's veto of AB 513 and SB 257. You will find a sample letter, as well as the email addresses of several major newspaper editors.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And in the news this evening...

We were so excited to have Catherine Garcia from NBC 7/39 in San Diego come by the store and do a segment on the financial benefits of cloth diapering and breastfeeding.

View more news videos at:

California Vetoed: AB 513 & SB 257

Two breastfeeding bills have been on the governor's desk. Both were vetoed this week. :(
Veto Messages:

AB 513 (DE LEON):
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 513 without my signature.
I share the author's interest in promoting safer, healthier outcomes for mothers and their children. My Administration has several programs dedicated to promoting and encouraging mothers to breastfeed their infants for the multitude of health benefits it provides.
However, the addition of a new mandate, no matter how small, will only serve to increase theoverall cost of health care. This, like other mandates, only increases cost in an environment inwhich health coverage is increasingly expensive.
California has over 40 mandates on its health care service plans and health insurance policies.
While these mandates are well-intentioned, the costs associated with the cumulative effect of these mandates mean that these costs are passed through to the purchaser and consumer.
I continue to have serious concerns about the rising costs of healthcare and must weigh the potential benefits of a mandate with the comprehensive costs to the entire delivery system - and for that reason, I cannot support this bill.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

SB 257 (Pavley)

To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 257 without my signature.
This bill would require every state agency and department, including local offices, when notified by a female employee that she is nearing maternity leave, to notify the employee of information regarding lactation accommodation on the Internet Web site of theDepartment of Public Health.
While I appreciate the author's intent, I believe that this bill is unnecessary. Current law already requires that accommodation be made for lactating employees. I do not believe it has been adequately demonstrated that employees are unaware of their options.
For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I can't wait for January 1, 2010...

...because that is when I get to start using this absolutely adorable item. :)
Looking for a great organization to support - and a super cute way to help? Check out the Real Diaper Association's calendar!

I love what this organization stands for: educating people about the benefits of using cloth diapers and also supporting the families and caregivers who opt to use them.
For more information on the calendar, click here or order it now here.
To learn more about the Real Diaper Association, please visit their website.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Child Health Day

Today is Child Health Day, with sponsors including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This year’s focus of the observance is “Every Child Deserves a Medical Home.” A medical home is defined as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. For resources, access the AAP Web site at, the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University at, or the HRSA Web site at

Thursday, October 1, 2009

One Boy's First Trip Around the Sun

Someone had the patience (and memory!) to take a photo of her baby every day during his first year. Such a sweet idea, and too cute not to share. :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Petunia has Arrived!

Our new diaper bags from Petunia Picklebottom have arrived...and they are gorgeous! People couldn't wait for us to get them out of the box. If you are looking for a beautiful, and functional, bag, you have to see them!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Thank you to all those who attended our Birth & Baby Fair. We hosted several fabulous practitioners and groups, including: Birth Matters Holistic Midwifery, Touch of Health Chiropractic, Beach Bums Diaper Service, ICAN of San Diego, MKP Images Photography, Essential Baby Planner, Belly in Bloom, Stroller Srides, The Neighborhood Press, Ever After, Beautiful Bellies and Babies, Tutu Girlz, San Diego Real Diaper Circle, Crunch Care, San Diego Bargain Mama, Baby Maven, Happy Baby, Baby's Little Log Book, and of course, our fabulous instructors Lonna, Rachel, Lisa, Kathleen and Liza.

Our vendors gave away some amazing prizes - congrats to the following winners: Jessica M., Nora L., Shannon D., Joanna G., Rachel H., Ginger H., Shawna W., Marissa B., Ginger W., Christina H., Jennifer S., Tiffany Y., Kristen M., Leigh C. and Ann M.!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

World Breastfeeding Week Sale!

We are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with a different special savings each day!
Saturday, 8/1 - 15% off all My Brest Friend pillows and covers
Monday, 8/3 - Free burp cloths with purchase of Bebe au Lait nursing cover
Tuesday, 8/4 - 15% off all Medela breastfeeding accessories
Wednesday, 8/5 - 15% off all nursing bras
Thursday, 8/6 - Free Medela Comfort Bra with purchase of electric breast pump
Friday, 8/7 - 15% off all Motherlove & Earth Mama Angel Baby herbal breast care products
*in-store only; see store for details and restrictions*

Friday, July 31, 2009

World Breastfeeding Week 2009

August 1st-7th is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), a time to raise breastfeeding awareness and to fundraise to support breastfeeding in the US. The theme for WBW in the US is “Breastfeeding: Prepared for Life,” recognizing the importance of supporting mothers with solid breastfeeding information so they can be successful at any time, especially in emergency situations including natural disasters or personal emergencies. WBW celebrates the signing of the Innocenti Declaration, produced and adopted in 1990. The document lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals. WBW is celebrated in 120 countries on various dates. For more about WBW worldwide, go to

(And we will be celebrating by having a fun sale on different breastfeeding items every day and hosting a fabulous Baby Fair on the 8th. For more details, click here to get a copy of our August newsletter, The Latest Buzz)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Find Your Sunscreen

Finding a safe sunscreen for you and your kids may be challenging. EWG (Environmental Working Group) did the work for you. They have a list of the 10 safest sunscreen with reviews from customers so you can choose which one is going to work best for you.

Friday, July 24, 2009

$5 Cloth Diapers!!!!

Cloth Diaper Clearance Blowout Sale - $5 each, while supplies last (and at these prices, they won't last long)! Bumkins, Fuzzi Bunz (regular), Imse Vimse and Happy Heinys. Also, Keeka and Sckoon organic clothing - $10 each. Get them before they're gone!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Natural Birth Stories

From The Natural Birth Project:

JULY 26th, 2009
2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Soul of Yoga
Encinitas, Ca


Pregnant or Planning?
· Come hear from families who experienced natural childbirth
· Ask questions of a panel of birth support experts.

Already a parent?
· Come share and connect with other parents.
· Learn NEW options for your next birth.

Are you a health professional?
· Come learn to support women in natural childbirth.

Understand the significance of shifting women's relationship to birth.

Encinitas CA 92924

(Between Quail Gardens Dr/Westlake St & Dephenium St just past CHEN'S)

Tickets are $10.00 with an advance rsvp to registration or $15 at the door

RSVP by July 24th and bring a friend for free!

Limited childcare available: please RSVP for more information.

WE WILL ALSO BE PULLING THE WINNING TICKETS FOR THE "OPPORTUNITY DRAWING (RAFFLE)" AT THIS EVENT...for more details and to buy tickets check out our site.

AND...We will be sharing our vision for the future of birth in San Diego following our inspiring weekend with Suzanne Arms last won't want to miss it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Teether Recall

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers not to purchase or use certain brands of gel-filled teethers. There is a nationwide recall of teethers with the brand names “Nuby,” “Cottontails” and “Playschool,” because the liquid inside of them has been found to contain Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in the gel. Although these bacteria generally do not cause illness in adults, infants and children with weakened immune systems can experience stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and uncommonly more serious disease, if the teether becomes punctured and they ingest the liquid gel. Consumers who have teethers included in the recall should immediately stop using them and discard or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, including a list of brand names and UPC codes included in the recall, go to the FDA Web site at

*Note: We do not carry these items at Babies in Bloom*

Monday, July 13, 2009

If Breast Is Best, Why Are 70% of U.S. Hospitals Pushing Formula?

WASHINGTON (July 13, 2009)—The majority of U.S. hospitals are providing formula packets upon discharge to breastfeeding mothers while nearly one-fifth of hospitals give something other than breast milk as a first feeding to healthy babies, a report by the Centers for Disease Control found. This practice contradicts the best medical evidence available and breastfeeding recommendations supported by many organizations working to improve maternal and child health nationwide, including Lamaze International.

Breast milk, the natural first food for babies, provides a potent dose of antibodies and essential nutrients. Research indicates that breastfeeding benefits continue throughout a child’s life, including decreased risk of diabetes, obesity, juvenile leukemia, heart disease, asthma and ear infections. Breastfed children also have been found to have better jaw and eye development than those who are not breastfed.

Breastfeeding benefits moms, too. Directly after childbirth, breastfeeding helps a uterus return to its normal size. It may help a new mother lose pregnancy weight, and studies show that it reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The act of breastfeeding has been shown to increase bonding between mother and baby.

Lamaze International has used recommendations from the World Health Organization to develop six healthy practices that increase the opportunity for women to have safe and healthy birth experiences. One of these practices is to Keep Mother and Baby Together—It’s Best for Mother, Baby and Breastfeeding. When a mother and her baby are skin-to-skin, rooming-in together, there are unlimited breastfeeding opportunities. Researchers have found mothers were more likely to continue breastfeeding if their baby was brought to them for feeding when rooming-in was not possible.

Lamaze International, an organization that bases its education on the latest scientific research, encourages expecting women to tell their care providers they want to keep their babies with them during their hospital stay. By making her preferences known, a woman can ensure unlimited breastfeeding opportunities, which in turn will help give her baby the best start possible.

For more information, download information about the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, view videos online, or visit

PRESS CONTACT: Kara Dress, 202-367-2434,
ALL OTHER INQUIRIES: 800-368-4404;

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kindermusik Begins Friday...

...sign up today!

Our summer session of Kindermusik with Miss Lisa begins Friday, July 17th. For more details, please click here. Hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Free Museum Admission

Do you have a Bank of America credit card? Get free admission to selected museums the first weekend of every month!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Summer Safety Tips from the AAP

As summer approaches, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Web site features tips for keeping your family safe. These include guidance on topics ranging from avoiding sunburn and heat stress to information on pool and playground safety. The Web site also features guidelines on avoiding and treating bug bites and using bikes, scooters and skateboards safely. Access the AAP Web site at

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yoga-ga starts tomorrow!

Our next class of Baby & Me yoga begins tomorrow! The six-week class is a fun way to feel good and meet other new moms and babies. The fee is $72 for the series.

Grab your yoga mat and join us!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

BabyTime Expo is Coming to San Diego This Weekend

The BabyTime Expo will be in San Diego June 13th and 14th and we have two free tickets to give away to our blog readers!

There are a ton of fun activities and exhibitors. Check out the San Diego Bargain Mama booth to win a prize from Babies in Bloom, or one of the other fabulous businesses represented there!

To win the pair of tickets, please post a comment below. We will choose a winner at random on Thursday at 5 pm pacific daylight time. :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Baltic Amber Necklaces are Back in Stock!

Recommended for teething and other concerns, baltic amber jewelry is popular for babies and children. How does it work? Here is an explanation from our manufacturer...

Our Baltic Amber jewelry is a unique piece of history…The amber beads are fossils from an ancient forest which existed tens of millions of years ago. Baltic amber is not a stone, but a fossilized tree resin.

Historically, Baltic Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading ‘medicines’ of its time. Baltic Amber is the most esteemed amber in the world, and the healing qualities of Baltic Amber make it unlike any other type of amber found in the world.

When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin.

Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it's presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways. How can baltic amber help us?

Pain Relief -Baltic amber contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of many types of discomfort associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc.

Strengthens the body's immune system -In many different and subtle ways, succinic acid helps boost the body's own natural healing ability and immune system.

Restoring Energy – The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state. Succinate is a raw material and a catalyst in the Krebs Cycle which is one of our main sources of energy. During the Krebs Cycle carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized for energy.

Maintaining Wellness - When the human body reacts to stress, the body’s cells begin to use oxygen more quickly. Oxygen plays a central role in the intercellular creation of energy, and a lack of oxygen can result in feeling lethargic. Oxygen is alkaline-forming in the blood and maintaining a slightly alkaline blood ph helps keep us healthy. Whenever the body functions in a state of low oxygen, it is much more susceptible to illness.

To help break a cycle of (chronic) inflammation - Where chronic inflammation is present, disease lurks. When the body’s cells are chronically inflamed the human body’s immune system response is to increase production of free radicals. Chronic overproduction of free radicals results in inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is a common denominator of many seemingly unrelated diseases.

While wearing a piece or two of baltic amber jewelry may not cure all that may ail you, it has been a proven benefit to many!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Breastfeeding and Heart Disease

Women who breastfeed are at lower risk for heart disease later in life. Data from nearly 140,000 postmenopausal women (median age 63 years) were studied, as reported in the May 2009 edition of the journal “Obstetrics and Gynecology.” The study authors found that postmenopausal women with a single live birth who breastfed for 7-12 months were significantly less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who never breastfed. Among the women, increased duration of lactation was also associated with lower rates of hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Access the study online at

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Our June Newsletter - The Latest Buzz

Read our June newsletter here. To receive future e-news, please register here. Thank you!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Even Mildly Premature Infants at Risk for Severe RSV Infection

According to a research report presented earlier this month at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2009 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, even mild prematurity increases the risk for severe RSV infection in infants. The team, from Kaiser Permanente's Division of Perinatal Research in California, conducted a retrospective study of over 100,000 infants with gestational age of at least 33 weeks. They found that even babies who were born nearly full-term (at 37 weeks) were at significantly increased risk for serious respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections that require medical attention, including hospitalization in some cases. While the team does not determine why even mildly premature infants born just two to three weeks early have such a high risk of RSV infection associated with morbidity. Placing mildly premature infants in an even more precarious position is the fact that RSV prevention with the drug pavlizumab is approved only for the extremely premature baby. For Medscape's coverage of this research and a Canadian registry under development to better understand the use of pavlizumab with preemies, click here. (Free registration is required to view this link.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Walks

This is FREE & FABULOUS! Come out and enjoy the company of other moms and stay ENERGIZED! Join Kimberly (who teaches Prenatal & Postpartum Firness classes at Babies in Bloom) for a fitness walk!

Walk with a stroller or wear your little one. Wearing your baby may be a plus if you think your baby will want to nurse while walking. Remember water, sunscreen and a light snack.

Monday, May 18th 10AM Carlsbad
Saturday, May 23rd 9AM San Marcos Discovery Lake
Monday, May 25th 10AM Carlsbad
Monday, June 1st 10AM Carlsbad
Saturday, June 13th 9AM San Marcos Discovery Lake
Saturday, June 20th 9:30AM San Marcos Discovery Lake
Monday, June 22nd 10AM Carlsbad

Beach Walk
5 South & 5 North
Exit Carlsbad Village Drive
West on Carlsbad Village Drive
South on Ocean St
Park & gather around the grass area

Discovery Lake
78 East & 78 West
Exit San Marcos Blvd
West on San Marcos Blvd
South on S. Bent Ave.
S. Bent Ave. turns into Craven Rd.
Right on Foxhall Rd.
Park in parking lot at the top of the hill

Call 760.908.6535, email, or just show up.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

A few of my favorite quotes in honor of Mother's Day - hope you have a wonderful day!

"Before you were conceived, I wanted you
Before you were born, I loved you
Before you were here an hour,
I would die for you
This is the miracle of love."
-Maureen Hawkins

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."

"For finding your mother, there's one certain test. You must look for the creature who loves you the best."
-David Kirk (from Little Miss Spider)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Congratulations to...

...Rahele M. She is the winner of our Earth Mama Angel Baby gift basket worth over $125! Thank you to all the moms and moms-to-be that joined us at our tea party. :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mama's Day Tea Party Recipes :)

Mama’s Ginger Mint Mock-Tea-Ni

Formulated for pregnancy morning sickness, but useful for any nausea (dads love it too!), Morning Wellness Tea settles an urpy tummy with ginger and spearmint along with a hint of peppermint, chamomile and lemon balm. Sophisticated enough for a fancy-pants brunch yet easy enough to make for a crowd, this will be a hit at any tea party!

1 Box (16 tea bags) Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea
12 small pieces of candied ginger
24 oz. (2 bottles) Reed’s Original Ginger Ale
42 oz. organic cranberry juice (100% juice)
1 small piece fresh ginger root
3 Tbsp. fine organic sugar

Directions: Brew one box Morning Wellness Tea extra strong with about 12 small pieces of candied ginger and steep for 5-10 minutes. Use approximately. 64 ounces of water and allow to cool with the tea bags still in the water. Refrigerate well and remove tea bags. Add 42 ounces cranberry juice and 2 bottles of ginger ale. Or make your own organic ginger ale, using the recipe

Serve in martini glass. Finely grate 1/8 tsp. fresh ginger with a microplane grater and mix with 3 Tbsp. of organic sugar. Before serving, rub ginger root around the lip of the glass (or use water) to moisten, then rim with a mixture of sugar and fresh ginger.

Serves:18 Thirsty Mamas To Be (7 fl. oz. each)

French Vanilla Milkmaid Chai

Milkmaid Tea is formulated to support healthy milk production with fennel, fenugreek, anise seed and caraway seed with nettle and red raspberry leaf. Safe for non-pregnant moms only, this deelish recipe will be one of your favorites. Better tasting than the budget-busting gourmet shop versions, and naturally good for you, you can also vary the total calories easily. We like this hot, but it’s also great iced. If you serve iced, try using creamer frozen in ice cube trays instead of ice to avoid dilution.

1 box (16 tea bags) Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
1 small carton French Vanilla soy creamer
Ground organic cinnamon
Ground organic ginger

Directions:Brew one box of Milkmaid Tea extra strong in approximately 64 ounces of water, steeping for 12 minutes. Add French vanilla soy creamer to taste (approximately 1-2 Tablespoons per cup). Garnish with a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon and ginger to taste.

Serves:Approximately 16 Nursing Mamas

Comforting Hot Apple Cider

Formerly known as Postpartum Tea, new Monthly Comfort Tea is blended to jumpstart recovery after childbirth and is also a must-have to help balance regularly at “that time of the month”. Lady’s mantle, cinnamon, lemon balm, nettles, alfalfa and ginger help balance, soothe and ease cramping immediately postpartum, and give relief to cramping and that uncomfortable cranky feeling each month thereafter. Safe for non-pregnant mamas only, this is a favorite tea for drinking any time. The taste is spectacularly spicy and it’s delicious hot and soothing or iced and refreshing.

1 box (16 tea bags) Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea
62 ounces unfiltered organic apple cider
Sprinkle of organic cinnamon or cinnamon stick

Directions:Brew one box Monthly Comfort Tea extra strong. We suggest 64 ounces of water, steeping for 12 minutes. Add 64 ounces of organic apple cider. Serve in your best tea cup with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, accompanied with a slice of fresh organic apple, dipped in decadent gooey caramel sauce. YUM!

Serves:Approximately 18 Thirsty and Formerly Crabby Mamas

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mama's Day Tea Party on Friday!

Please join us for a Tea-riffic Mama's Day Tea Party!

Friday, May 8th from 10 am - 2 pm

Bring your favorite teacup and we’ll fill it up with a delicious brew, especially to celebrate YOU!

Relax, enjoy some pampering mama time, sip Earth Mama Angel Baby’s USDA Certified 100% Organic tea (and take samples home!) and enter to win an adorable gift basket packed with safe, effective, luxurious Earth Mama Angel Baby products, worth over $125!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Webinar on Preparing for Conception - May 6th

A free educational Webinar, “A Healthy State of Body and Mind for Conception…at Every Stage of the Process” will be presented on Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00pm EST. The one-hour discussion is offered by a partnership between RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and the March of Dimes.

The Webinar will provide participants with information on preparing the body and mind for conception. Learning outcomes include education about vitamins, the risks of smoking, weight, and eating choices and understanding the seven stages of coping with infertility. A mental health specialist will also talk about ways to cope with intrusive inquiries about family building from relatives and friends.

For questions about the Webinar, contact To register, go to

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Wait is Over...

Our summer shoe collection from Pediped will be here tomorrow! We are so excited to be able to offer both their Original and Flex styles in sizes from 0-6 months to 4 years old.

These will be out on the shelves Tuesday morning - come in and pick up your favorites!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

We are "Taking Steps" for Crohn's & Colitis!

A note from our Babies in Bloom team-member, Ali...

"My brother Nathan and I were both diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2002. Since then, we have walked with the CCFA each year to help raise money and awareness for this illness. It is very important to us and each year we look forward to gathering together our friends and family to support this cause that means so much to us."

Tonight, Rochelle and her family (and many other friends) will participate in the San Diego CCFA "Take Steps" walk along with, and in support of, Ali and Nathan.

Please click here to learn more or to contribute to this important cause. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sling & Swaddle Journey

May 1, 2009 (Dallas, TX) — Calling all fabulous, techno-savvy mamas in the dawn of motherhood. The Sling & Swaddle Journey will capture the vibrant, real-life adventures (or misadventures) with a newborn as it thrust 30 select moms into the spotlight on Twitter. Presented by Miracle Blanket® and Hotslings® throughout the month of June, the 30-day open diary platform will not only validate the archetypal and somewhat amusing milieu of juggling motherhood, work and love life in this overly complicated modern world, it will win one mom a grand prize propelling her into virtual stardom.

“Nothing quite compares to the dawn of motherhood with all the wetting and endless crying … and that’s just mom,” laughs Susan Havens, VP of marketing for Miracle Industries, LLC., home of the Miracle Blanket. “Seriously though, life with a newborn is so colorful and thousands of moms are already blogging some pretty hilarious, quirky, heart-wrenching and heartwarming stories day-in and day-out. We thought it would be fun to round them up and create a virtual camaraderie in a competition that will ultimately send one mom home with a cache of wonderful prizes from our sponsors.”

Valued at over $2,000, the grand prize includes a feature in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine Online along with gift certificates and products from Miracle Blanket, Hotslings, Babies”R”Us, Medela,, Patricia Ann Designs, Dr. Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby DVD series, Avon and the list continues to grow.

“Bashful won’t cut it,” says Kacy Jones, Creative Marketing Manager for Hotslings. “We’re looking for witty, creative, outrageous, fun, even cantankerous tales of motherhood – you know, the good, the bad, the ugly and the funny. We want these moms to get real with readers.”

Moms throughout the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to submit pitches between May 1st and 15th to be one of the 30 moms selected. Individuals must have a baby between the age of newborn and 3 months old. Submissions will include photos, a quick survey and a 200 word write-up. Representatives from Miracle Blanket and Hotslings will select the top 30 moms based on criteria to include visual creativity, writing creativity, overall writing style, uniqueness of family, location, story, enthusiasm, etc. Contact will be made with the select moms by May 25th.

Each mom selected will be provided a Hotslings carrier and two Miracle Blankets, as well as the necessary parameters and custom Twitter accounts with “Journey” branded backgrounds. Links will then be listed on the host website at The competition begins June 1st as moms compete by micro-blogging daily about their journeys in motherhood. Daily features must include usage and experiences with the Hotslings carrier and Miracle Blanket as well as weekly photos.

Representatives from Miracle Blanket and Hotslings will select the winning mom based on select criteria to include number of followers, creativity, collective daily average hits, etc. Moms will be encouraged to use their own personal blogs to increase visitors. To enter go to

Monday, April 27, 2009

Postpartum Depression Legislation

The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act recently was recently passed in the US House of Representatives. By funding education, the legislation stands to generate much-needed awareness that can lead to better detection and treatment of postpartum depression. However, the legislation still needs passage in the Senate. Mental Health advocates around the country have mobilized with a goal of having 1,000 organizations lending their support of the bill by Mother’s Day, as the MOTHERS Act will be re-introduced in the Senate the following week.

Join the movement for comprehensive change and help for millions of women at risk for postpartum depression by visiting

For more information, contact Susan Stone, MSW, LCSW, Chairperson of Postpartum Support International’s President’s Advisory Council at

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Stand for Less

Everybody stands for something. Now lots of folks are going to be standing for less. What is "Stand for Less?" It's about coming together to use less fuel, less water, less energy, and have more as a result.

On Wednesday, April 8th, San Diego will rally together to Stand For Less and you're invited to join the movement. Join us from 10:30-12:30 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade Park for this free event. There will be informational booths and educational workshops hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. designed to help you learn to live a conservation lifestyle. We can all get standing for less.

Find out more at

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Strong Evidence Base for Benefits of Breastfeeding

New Rochelle, NY, March 19, 2009—Breastfeeding offers irrefutable and long-lasting health benefits for both mother and baby, which are supported by a comprehensive body of scientific research, including original articles and reviews such as those in Breastfeeding Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. The Academy is a global organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding through education, research, and advocacy (

According to leaders of the Academy, despite a sound scientific basis for the advantages of breastfeeding, dissenting opinions that aim to discredit breastfeeding, and question its relevance for women, receive exposure in the mass media such as the recent article in The Atlantic. Critics of breastfeeding do a disservice to new mothers around the world who seek the facts about the proven health benefits of breastfeeding as they often misrepresent the scientific findings and wrongly base global recommendations on the experiences and views of select groups of women.

Clinical and basic science research supports the role of breastfeeding in the development of a baby’s immune system and the presence of maternal antibodies protect infants against infection. Artificial feeding is also associated with increased risk of common disorders of early childhood such as ear infections, asthma, skin disorders, digestive problems, and respiratory tract infections. Studies have also linked artificial feeding to increased risk for obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and necrotizing enterocolitis. Mothers benefit as well, and a history of breastfeeding has been associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and of breast and ovarian cancer.

With this growing body of evidence, and increasing support among health and medical professionals, breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are in fact on the rise. “But we are reminded as articles like this arise that misinformation abounds. Our goal is to continue to educate healthcare professionals to support mothers who understand the singular importance of breastfeeding and choose to do so,” remarks Caroline J. Chantry, MD, President of the Academy.

“The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine encourages all women to make an informed choice when faced with the question of how to feed their infants based on strong, well-referenced scientific information. The data are compelling, scientific, and reinforced constantly. Breastfeeding for the new mother may not always be easy, but it is important and rewarding for both mother and infant,” says Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine, from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Academy promotes the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines, and offers clinical protocols for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants which are available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse website. The education of physicians and other healthcare professionals is the continuing goal of its Annual International Meeting; the 2009 Meeting will be held November 5-8 in Williamsburg, VA.

Breastfeeding Medicine is an authoritative, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published quarterly. The journal publishes original scientific articles, reviews, and case studies on a broad spectrum of topics in lactation medicine. It presents evidence-based research advances and explores the immediate and long-term outcomes of breastfeeding, including the epidemiologic, physiologic, and psychological benefits of breastfeeding. The Academy's complete position statement appears on the Academy website (

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Evidence Increases for Risks in Cesarean Surgery as National Rate Continues to Rise

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2009)— As research continues to mount for the risks of cesarean surgery, the Centers for Disease Control released new, staggering statistics today reporting that 31.8% of women endure birth by cesarean in the United States (2007). This announcement comes after the release of significant findings from the New England Journal of Medicine reinforcing that birth by cesarean surgery before 39 weeks of pregnancy causes increased complications in newborns.

Despite the latest advances in medical technology, health care providers cannot determine a baby’s due date with 100% accuracy. Therefore, cesarean surgeries scheduled before a woman’s estimated due date could result in a baby born as early as 36 weeks to a few days before the baby is actually due. During the last few weeks of pregnancy, a baby’s lungs mature and a protective layer of fat forms, both of which are vital developments for a healthy baby. In addition, babies need time for their lung cells to shift from being fluid producing to fluid absorbing cells. Without time during labor to prepare the baby to breathe, lungs cells may not be ready. Thus, babies born by cesarean surgery, even when they are full-term, need to go to an intensive care unit more frequently than babies who were born vaginally to get help breathing.

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) supports earlier findings that cesarean surgery performed prior to 39 weeks of pregnancy increases poor outcomes in babies. Of the babies in the NEJM study born before 39 weeks, more than 26% had complications, including the need to be on a ventilator, respiratory distress syndrome, low blood sugar and severe infection (sepsis).

“Overuse of cesarean surgery complicates the otherwise natural process of birth,” says Lamaze Institute Chair Debra Bingham, LCCE, MS, RN, DrPH, “Allowing the natural process to occur not only reduces risks for mothers in this and future pregnancies, but also reduces health risks for her baby.”

Spontaneous labor is almost always the best indication for a baby’s physical readiness for life outside of the womb. As one of the key steps to a healthy birth, Lamaze International recommends that women let labor begin on its own. Allowing labor to begin naturally increases the likelihood that a baby is healthy and ready for birth. When a birth outcome is good, mother and baby can bond and start breastfeeding immediately after birth—both of which provide the best start for a baby’s growth and development.

Lamaze International President Pam Spry, PhD, CNM, FACNM, LCCE says, “Maternity care in the United States is at a crossroads. The most commonly used practices don’t align with the best evidence for a healthy birth.” The Milbank Report’s Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve reveals that several routine maternity care practices, including cesarean surgery, contradict best evidence and are overused in the United States.

Cesarean surgery—a major abdominal surgery—also carries risks for women, such as blood loss, clotting, infection and severe pain, and poses future risks, such as infertility and complications during future pregnancies such as stillbirth and placenta problems like percreta and accreta, which can lead to excessive bleeding, bladder injury, hysterectomy and maternal death. The research is clear, however, that when medically necessary, cesarean surgery can be a lifesaving procedure for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved.

Two of the most important decisions a woman can make are where she gives birth and who she chooses as her care provider. Lamaze International has developed tools to help women with these decisions, including the questions to ask and other reference material. Visit to learn more about the Lamaze during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

We are moving!

As many of you know, we have outgrown our first home and are excited to announce that we are moving into a new location!

We will be closed Saturday, February 14th - Monday, February 16th and will reopen on Tuesday, February 17th at 1988 Hacienda Drive in Vista (just on the other side of the 78 from where we are now, next door to David's Bridal).

We have designed a large meeting space and have added a ton of fun, new classes (with a few more on the way!) You may want to register soon - I know these classes will fill up quickly! We have also expanded our retail products to include clothes and shoes up to 24 months, a ton of fun toys, books and games for children of all ages, and so much more.

Hope you can stop by and see us soon and be sure to attend our Grand Opening Event on Saturday, February 28th!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Moms Who Breastfeed Less Likely to Neglect Child

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who breast-feed are less likely to neglect their children, Australian researchers report.

In their study, the scientists followed 7,223 Australian women and their children for 15 years and found that the longer a mother breast-fed her child, the lower the risk of neglect.
Mothers who breast-fed for less than four months were twice as likely to neglect their children as those who breast-fed four months or more. Women who didn't breast-feed were 3.8 times more likely to neglect their children as mothers who breast-fed for at least four months.
Even after they adjusted for other factors, such as socioeconomic status, substance abuse and depression, the researchers found a strong association between breast-feeding and motherly care.

The findings were published in the February issue of Pediatrics.

Previous research has suggested how breast-feeding may help form a strong mother-infant bond, study senior author Dr. Lane Strathearn, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, said in a Baylor news release.

"Oxytocin is a critical hormone produced during breast-feeding that promotes and reinforces maternal behavior. Animal studies have shown that this hormone is critical for the initiation of maternal behaviors in animals," Strathearn said. "It may be that breast-feeding stimulates oxytocin production in the brain, helping to develop the attachment relationship of the mother and her baby. Or the factors that help shape the development of the oxytocin system in the brain may predispose to successful breast-feeding and nurturance of the baby."

"Promoting breast-feeding may be a simple and cost-effective way to strengthen the mother-infant relationship. Providing the economic and social support for new mothers to stay at home with their babies may help accomplish this goal. The simple fact that women have such limited maternity leave inhibits them from strengthening this relationship," Strathearn said.

"Maternal neglect represents a fundamental breakdown in the relationship between a mother and her child, as the mom fails to provide the physical and emotional caregiving that an infant requires for optimal development. Breast-feeding may be a natural way to support the mother-infant relationship, reducing the risk of neglect in the long term."

More information
The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about breast-feeding.
SOURCE: Baylor College of Medicine, news release, Jan. 26, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Best Practices in Maternity Care Not Widely Used in the United States

WASHINGTON (January 7, 2009)—Despite best evidence, health care providers continue to perform routine procedures during labor and birth that often are unnecessary and can have harmful results for mothers and babies. The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent release of birth statistics reveals that the rate of cesarean surgery, for example, is on the rise to 31.1% of all births—50% greater than data from 1996. This information comes on the heels of The Milbank Report’s Evidence-Based Maternity Care, which confirms that beneficial, evidence-based maternity care practices are underused in the U.S. health care system.

Research indicates that routinely used procedures, such as continuous electronic fetal monitoring, labor induction for low-risk women and cesarean surgery, have not improved health outcomes for women and, in fact, can cause harm. In contrast, care practices that support a healthy labor and birth are unavailable to or underused with the majority of women in the United States.

Beneficial care practices outlined by Evidence-Based Maternity Care, a report produced by a collaboration of Childbirth Connection, the Reforming States Group and the Milbank Memorial Fund, could have a positive impact on the quality of maternity care if widely implemented throughout the United States. Suggested practices include to:
  • Let labor begin on its own.
  • Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.
  • Bring a loved one, friend, or doula to support you
  • Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
  • Choose the most comfortable position to give birth and follow your body’s urges to push
  • Keep your baby with you – it's best for you, your baby and breastfeeding.

“Lamaze is alarmed by the current rate of cesarean surgery, and furthermore, by the overall poor adherence to the beneficial practices outlined above in much of the maternity care systems in the United States,” says Lamaze International President Pam Spry, PhD, CNM, FACNM, LCCE. “We are continuing to work to provide women and care providers with evidence-based information to improve the quality of care.”

Lamaze International has developed six care practice papers that are supported by research studies and represent “gold-standard” maternity care. When adopted, these care practices have a profound effect—instilling confidence in the mother, and facilitating a natural process that results in an active, healthy baby. Each one of the Lamaze care practices is cited in the Evidence-Based Maternity Care report as being underused in the U.S. maternity care system.

Debra Bingham, MS, RN, DrPH(c), Chair of the Lamaze International Institute for Normal Birth says, “As with any drug, we need to be sure that women and their babies receive the right dose of medical interventions. In the United States we are giving too high a dose of cesarean sections and other medical interventions which are causing harm to women and their babies. Yet there are many countries where life saving medical interventions are under dosed which can also cause harm. Every woman and her baby needs and deserves the right dose of medical interventions during childbirth.”

The research is clear, when medically necessary, interventions, such as cesarean surgery, can be lifesaving procedures for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved. However, in recent years, the rate of cesarean surgeries cause more risks than benefits for mothers and babies. Cesarean surgery is a major abdominal surgery, and carries both short-term risks, such as blood loss, clotting, infection and severe pain, and poses future risks, such as infertility and complications during future pregnancies such as percreta and accreta, which can lead to excessive bleeding, bladder injury, a hysterectomy, and maternal death. Cesarean surgery also increases harm to babies including women giving birth prior to full brain development, breathing problems, surgical injury and difficulties with breastfeeding.

For more information on the Six Care Practices that Support Normal Birth, finding a health care provider and how to give birth with confidence, visit

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Impact of Maternity Leave on Breastfeeding

A study published in the January 1st edition of the journal Pediatrics examines the relationship between breastfeeding and maternity leave before and after delivery among working mothers in Southern California. California is one of only five states in the US providing paid pregnancy leave that can be extended for infant bonding. In “Juggling Work and Breastfeeding: Effects of Maternity Leave and Occupational Characteristics,” the study authors assessed whether maternity leave and other occupational characteristics predicted the cessation of breastfeeding.

A maternity leave of less than six weeks or six to 12 weeks after delivery was associated with higher odds of failure to establish breastfeeding. The study authors concluded that, “postpartum maternity leave may have a positive effect on breastfeeding among full-time workers, particularly those who hold nonmanagerial positions, lack job flexibility, or experience psychosocial distress.”

To access the study online, go to