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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Importance Of a Lovey For Your Baby's Development

Jules loooves her bunny lovey! She takes it everywhere, she tugs on its ears, bites it, rubs it on her face, feeds it, hugs it and, what’s more important, uses it to sooth herself, especially at night. The day I decided to teach little Jules how to fall asleep on her own, I pulled out the cute green bunny lovey Jules got at our baby shower. And the two of them have been inseparable since then.

What is a lovey? A lovey can be anything, but it is usually a toy, stuffed animal or a blanket that a child uses to aid her feeling of security. The first year of your child’s life can be pretty traumatic. Just imagine, your little munchkin spent 9 months in the warmth and safety of your belly and all of a sudden she enters this big, strange world that she doesn’t know and yet understand. While a mother is what soothes a baby the best, you can’t always be with your little one. This is when a lovey comes into place.

According to one article, “It is good to introduce a lovey from the start of baby’ s life. Loveys are especially useful later, when helping a baby learn to soothe himself to sleep. To minimize the risk of SIDS, choose a safe lovey that is smaller than the child’s head, but not small enough to be a choking hazard (a small, plush rattle is good). From day one, let baby snuggle with this item while you rock and feed him. He will associate it with comfort.”(The Importance of Your Child's Lovey), You can use your baby’s lovey to teach her how to fall asleep, introduce a new nanny, help her get used to her new room or aid her feeling of safety at a day care.

I definitely regret not having a couple of extra loveys on hand. Jules' lovey gets dirty petty quickly since she carries it around all day long. And because she also likes to suck on it or bite it, it needs to be washed frequently, which sometimes may be a challenge. So, I recommend getting couple of identical loveys for your bundle of joy.

We have a few really cute loveys in our store. They all come in beautiful colorful boxes and will make a wonderful gift for any baby and mom! I’m including the pictures below.

Kaloo Blue Doudou Bear

Kaloo Kaloo 123 Doudou Patch Rabbit

Kaloo Liberty Doudou Bear with Flower

Kaloo Liberty Doudou Rabbit with Flower

Kaloo Lilirose Doudou Rabbit

Kaloo Plume Doudou Rabbit Lovie - Mint

Kaloo Pure Doudou Bear with Leaf

Kaloo Kaloo 123 Blue Doudou Bear

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not Crazy Enough?

By Tatiana

Last night on the way back home I got caught in a swarm of motorcycles. They were everywhere – in front of my car, on the left and right, behind me. They were zigzagging, speeding up, slowing down, making a lot of noise and driving me crazy! But they also reminded me of my longtime dream to own a bike. As I was pondering the vision of myself going way over speed limit with the wind though my hair and the feeling of absolute freedom, it suddenly hit me. I will probably never own a motorcycle… or at least not in the next 15-20 years or so.

Before I got married and had a baby, I was much more spontaneous, crazy and, I have to say, egotistic. I often did things without much planning or considering how they might affect other people. Being a wife and more so a mom has taught me (or forced me) to be more thoughtful, patient, reasonable, giving and much less selfish. Everything I do, every decision I make impacts my husband and my daughter in one way or another.

That’s why I keep postponing my skydiving, bungee-jumping, rock-climbing and world-exploring ventures. That’s why I didn’t move to Colorado to go to the University of Denver and stayed here in Tampa instead. And it’s not just big thing. Going to the mall, working out or meeting a friend for a cup of coffee requires planning and consideration.

I guess I miss being a little more crazy. But being a wife and mom has opened the whole new world for me. The world in which I never feel lonely. In which there are always people who love me, care about me and wait for me to come home.
Jules knows how to put a smile on my face :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cozy Up and Have Fun!

Winter is coming and it is so wonderful! The air is getting colder and makes hot chocolate taste even better. Christmas trees are popping up here are there. Holiday lights bring magic to the streets. And Santas are already waiting for kiddos at the malls.

Make this Ho-ho-holiday season even more fun and take you little ones outside! So what that it’s cold? Let them roll around in piles of yellow leaves or cruise around ice skating rings. Help them make a snowman… or for those living in the warmer parts of the country, a sandman will do. But don’t forget to bundle up in something snug and comfy.

And if you need help finding warm and cute kids clothes, check out My Little Jules store. You are aught to find something you and your munchkin will love! Here are just a few suggestions.
RabbitMoon Imagination - Hooded Lined Front Zip Sweater

Zutano - Chocolate Fleece Baby Puppy Pullover

 Zutano - Fuchsia Terry Toddler Bodice Jacket

Zutano - Navy Raglan Sleeve Crewneck Toddler Tee with 1st Place Print

RabbitMoon Lotus - French Rose Sweater with Ruffle Hem

Zutano - Red Fleece Baby Hat with Bear Ears

Zutano - Pink Fleece Baby Owl Pullover

RabbitMoon Lotus - French Rose Footless Tight with Lotus Stripe Angle Detail

Zutano - Pool Fleece Baby Bootie 
Zutano - Fuchsia Raglan Sleeve Crewneck Toddler Tee with Mocking Bird Print

RabbitMoon Neopolitan - Chocolate Footless Tights with Ruffle

Zutano - Apple Cozie Elf Coverall

Zutano - Apple Fleece Baby Mittens with String

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jules' First Tea Party and Importance of Pretend Play

Today Jules had her first ever pretend tea party! We pulled out a princess tea set and after a few minutes of digging through a pile of cute little plates, spoons, cups and creamer holders, Jules picked up a spoon and a tea cup. She dipped the spoon into the cup like there was food in there and extended the spoon to me (offering me to “eat” what was on the spoon)!

Once she was done with me, she fed Peter. Then our cat. Then her bunny lovie. Then she fed her favorite doggy hand puppet. Jules gave our couch a snack. Then it was coffee table’s turn. The blow-up mattress (don’t ask me why we have one in the middle of the living room) munched on Jules’ imaginary dinner too. She was going around the room feeding things. It was so darn cute! Check out the video of her feeding the couch, pillow, coffee table and my phone.

video

Once Jules went down for the night, I decided to read up on pretend play and here’s what I found.

As it turns out, pretend play is crucial for kids’ development. It helps our munchkins develop skills and learn how to use them in real life. It encourages social and emotional development and teaches empathy. Through cooperative pretend play children learn how to take turns, share responsibility and creatively problem solve. What’s more, at young age children are just beginning to understand the difference between imaginary and real worlds. So, pretend play helps them internalize the distinction between fantasy and reality!

So mommies, encourage your kids’ pretend play and participate in it! Do you have any fun stories to share? How do you help you kids engage in pretend play?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jules' Boo-Licious First Halloween

Jules' first Halloween was a success! She dressed up, she trick-or-treated, she walked around spooky neighborhoods, Peter and I got to eat all the candy, and no pumpkins were hurt in the process! :)


As always, I procrastinated... and procrastinated to get Jules her Halloween outfit. So, by the time I got around it, there were no cute ones left at the local party stores. But we found this adorable strawberry shortcake outfit at TJ Maxx. I have to say, my favorite part is the Strawberry Kisses appliqué on the rear.
And it came with adorable candy stripe PJ's. So, the costume wasn't a total waste of money after all!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oh My Cuteness!

We are expecting a shipment of these super duper cute baby Christmas outfits. Hopefully, they'll be here by November 1. These run 3m - 9m. But don't worry, we'll have really adorable Christmas outfits for bigger kids too!



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Changes

By Tatiana
Jules is getting ready to walk. She made 6 - 8 steps a few times today and is getting really good with her balance. It's so exciting and at the same time a little scary.

It makes me kind of sad that she's growing up so fast. It seems like as soon as I adjust to one change (like her not wanting to be rocked to sleep, or crawling), another one is already on its way. Is it just me or everyone else feels that way?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Beautiful Handmade Baby and Toddler Flower Hats Soon at My Little Jules

We are so excited to introduce the first line of handmade baby and toddler accessories featured on MyLittleJules.com! Designed and created by Janet Dyck, these adorable crochet flower hats will add a great finishing touch to any little girl's outfit. The hats will be available on the opening day - November 1. Quantities are   very limited, so don't miss out on this opportunity!.. I think I'm keeping one for Jules :)







Monday, October 18, 2010

Jules Turns 1 and How to Make Adorable Hair Bows in 5 Minutes


By Tatiana

Jules turned 1 last week. Gosh, time flies when you are having fun! :) I went though so many changes and adjustments during this past year, but the greatest change has happened within me. I've learned to be much less selfish, way more patient and certainly more kind and accepting of others. As Meryl Steep once said, "Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduces to essentials."

Jules 1st birthday party was a blast - thanks to all our friends and family members who joined us for the celebration. And if you are wondering about the adorable hair bows Jules is wearing - I made them in literally 5 minutes. I just got a couple of spiral gift bows while shopping for the b-day decorations and attached them to Julia's hair bands with a sewing thread. Done!