5 Must Read Books During Pregnancy

5 Great Pregnancy BooksOne of the first things many women do when they find out they are expecting is read about pregnancy. Likewise, it is not uncommon for female friends and family members to start handing over their favorite pregnancy book for their enjoyment. (Oh, in case you haven’t noticed, your friends and family will probably have lots of advice for “your” pregnancy).  Anyhow, expecting moms have so many choices when it comes to reference literature. However, there are some books that standout among the stacks of books available, each for its own unique reason.  With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share my list of 5 must read books during pregnancy.

Free Stuff for Baby
There is so much to buy when you are pregnant and money can be a huge stress factor, that is why Free Stuff for Baby by Sue M. Hannah makes the list. This book is updated on a regular basis and it contains all the information you need to find and take advantage of freebies you can get on the web, in stores and by mail. It also has a comprehensive list of web resources and support groups for parents.

Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
Often when a woman gets pregnant, she has a ton of questions she needs answers for. For this reason, Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts by Elisabeth Aron M.D. makes the list. This book is the ultimate pregnancy related FAQ. It covers every question imaginable in an easy to use guide. From questions about the third trimester to questions about labor and delivery this book has it all.

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
This book, written by W. Allan Walker, M.D. and Courtney Humphries, is one of the best when it comes to pregnancy and nutrition. This book helps you prepare your body for pregnancy, nourish it during and replenish it afterwards. It also covers healthy recipes and dietary supplements. Whether you pick this one up when you are trying to conceive or when you are in your third trimester it is filled with useful advice.

The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy
A funny and eye opening read for expecting mothers. This book, written by Vicki Iovine, is candid, honest and reassuring. It covers what you doctor won’t discuss and your friends are embarrassed to reveal. What’s more, is that it does it in terms that the average women can understand. This book will get you from morning sickness to the third trimester and having you laughing all the way.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting
By far, one of the most popular books written about pregnancy.  Authored by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel,  this is the pregnant woman’s bible. This comprehensive book is read by an astounding 90% of pregnant women in the United States alone. This book takes you month by month and even week by week through your pregnancy. From the first to third trimester, this book is filled with useful tips, hints and explanations to get you from conception to delivery.

You can find these through your favorite local bookstore or online.  I hope you find these enjoyable reads and a welcome addition to your library.

Baby Shower Invitation Wording Ideas You Can Use

When you are planning a baby shower usually one of the first things you need to do is send out the baby shower invitations. You may want to make your own invitations or you may prefer the preprinted versions where the front is already printed with a design theme and you get to add your own personal wording inside.  Either way, I thought you may like a few ideas that could help with your baby shower invitation wording.

The best way to make your baby shower invitations pop is to find the perfect baby shower invitation wording. You want something your guests will open and remember, and naturally something the mother to be will love.  The following are some examples you can use as is or modify to further personalize for the expectant mom.

Twin Baby Shower Invitations
If your friend or family member is having twins, you want something cute and catchy for the baby shower invitation wording. The best idea for choosing the perfect wording in this scenario is to choose wording that best expresses the fact that there will be double of everything. Some examples would be “Double the diapers, double the pins, mom and dad are about to have twins.” or “Twenty fingers, twenty toes, double the work, heaven knows! Four little arms to hugs us tight, four rosy cheeks to kiss each night!”. You could also go very simple with “We thought we were having one, but now we’ll be having twice the fun!”.

Girl Baby Shower Invitations
When you are choosing the baby shower invitation wording for a girl baby shower you want the wording to be sweet and cute. You can go with something like “We are tickled pink and happy to say a beautiful baby girl is on her way!” or you can try “Time for tea parties, baby dolls and dress up clothes. We are having a girl with ribbon and bows!”.

Boy Baby Shower Invitations
Most people who choose the baby shower invitation wording for a boy’s baby shower look for phrases that are funny. Some examples of this would include “Snakes, bugs, dirt and more that is what are new mom has in store!” or “Plane, trains, trucks and cars, we are having a little boy that we can call ours.” Naturally, there are many directions you can go with this theme, but the idea is to be cute and funny.

When it comes to selecting baby shower invitation wording, you can also go with something generic. Try something like “A bundle of joy is on the way, so let’s celebrate before the big day!”. Generic phrases are best if you don’t know the sex of the baby or the tastes of the expectant mom.

These simple ideas should hopefully get you started in the right direction.  Naturally, there are many other online sites you can visit for more ideas.  Need some additional ideas?  You can try this site or look here.

May 2009 Diaper Cakes of the Month

Wow May is here already! This month we are finally seeing spring with the grass turning green, blossoms, and neighbors out and about. So far, I have seen the tricycles, strollers, and bikes all hit the sidewalk with everyone enjoying the spring air. I really love this time of year.

This month, I designed two little three tier diaper cakes that includes an activity Gund toy that will entertain the little ones from their car seats, cribs, and strollers.

The pink giraffe had such cute little dots so the name “Dottie” just seemed to fit and her brother (as I see it) is a blue elephant which I called “Stripes”.  I hope the lil’ ones will enjoy being entertained by these activity animals and mom and dad will enjoy the good weather while pushing the stroller (hopefully, not up hill).

Just click on the images below to go to the product page for these newborn diaper cakes.  Both are offered with free shipping anywhere within the contiguous 48 states for the month of May.

Best wishes to all the moms and moms-to-be. It is a title you have for life and one that never wears out.  Your comments are always welcome.

Candy

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Lil’ Baby Cakes Finishes 69th in StartupNation’s Top 200 Leading Moms in Business Competition

This week, StartupNation formally announced the winners in their 2009 Leading Moms in Business Competition.  I’m happy to report that Lil’ Baby Cakes finished 69th out of 200.

I’m really honored by our placement and want to thank all my customers, friends, and family members who voted for me.

I’m also grateful to StartupNation and VerticalResponse for sponsoring a contest specific for mom owned businesses.  It’s great to be recognized as a mom who owns her own business and obviously also manages life at home.

Lastly, there are also some great people behind the scenes who work with me every day on our diaper cake line.  These ladies are truly dedicated to making quality products one by one with the attention to detail our customers demand.  They too share in this award with me.

Tips for Planning a Coed Baby Shower

For many years, a baby shower was a female only event that a man wouldn’t dream of attending. However, in recent years that has changed and baby showers no longer have to be a girls only event. Coed baby showers, also called Jack and Jill baby showers, are an excellent way to get the expectant father involved. That said, it is important to alter a coed baby shower so that the expectant father and the men invited do not feel out of place or uncomfortable. I thought you may find the the following tips helpful to start planning your own coed baby shower.

Invites
When you are planning a baby shower that is coed you want to make sure that the shower invitation reflects that. Envelopes should be addressed to the couple and not just the female, if necessary. Plus, the wording of the shower invitation should express that it is a coed shower.

Theme
Naturally, you can stick with the baby shower theme you have already chosen when you are planning a coed baby shower. If you wish, you can also alter the theme to make it a little more man friendly. For instance, you could have a barbecue rather than the standard finger foods served at showers. The guys can mingle around outside or even help prepare the grilled food. Obviously, you can still decorate, but the outdoor setting is more man friendly.

Favors
When you choose baby shower favors for a coed baby shower you want to make sure they are gender neutral. After all, not many men want to take home a little potpourri satchel for their dresser drawer (or do they?..lol). Food favors are excellent for a coed baby shower because you can still make the packaging fit the theme, but inside food is food. Consider candy, chocolate, trail mix, or bubble gum cigars.

Gift Giving
You can still stick to standard gifts when it comes to a coed baby shower. It’s important to include both the mother and father to be in the gift opening process. In addition to this, you can suggest on the invite that your guests consider bringing “dad related” wishing well items. Some ideas would include safety items so the father to be can baby proof the home.

Activities
Okay, let’s face it not many men want to play baby shower games. In contrast, however, many women look forward to them. When it comes to a coed baby shower you can still do games, you just want to alter them a little so they are more man friendly. For instance, instead of taste testing baby food for a guess gaming, you can do a bottle drinking race. Give each guest a baby bottle filled with the beverage of their choice and whoever finishes their bottle first is the winner. You could also consider a guys against girls friendly game to get them more interested.

I hope you found these tips useful if you are considering a coed baby shower. There are many websites that have additional information you can research for more ideas. Check out the articles The Coed Baby Shower and Coed Baby Shower Games for more information. Have fun!