Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

Bizarre October snowstorms aside, it seems we’re getting away with a pretty mild winter so far. Then again, the last few months might just be the calm before the literal storm. So here are some of metro mama’s must-haves to get you through the next couple of months.

Andrew & Audrey Clothing

Andrew & Audrey offers the “modern preppy” answer to children’s clothing. Comfortable yet fashionably sophisticated, this line, fitting ages 4-14, is reminiscent of the look exuded by prep school kids peppering the streets of Manhattan. The bold stripes of their scarves and gloves and the fun pom poms on their hats and mittens are sure to make getting your kids dressed in the morning both simple and fun! Visit http://www.andrew-audrey.com.

LovelySkin and FixMySkin Balms

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger, has launched a set of balms called LovelySkin Healing Balms for lips, body and face. A new combination of Finsolv and Fancol, which are natural oils, help heal everyday skin irritations commonly found during winter and protect skin as would an ointment. Dr Schlessinger will also be launching a set of balms called FixMySkin. The specially medicated balm which comes in vanilla or unscented, contains hydrocortisone– an innovative ingredient known for healing common winter skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, cracked skin, chapped lips and burns. When regular moisturizing creams don’t do the trick, these balms are sure to protect and heal your baby’s (not to mention your) skin this winter. Visit http://www.LovelySkin.com and http://www.FixMySkin.com.

Maty’s All-natural Baby Chest Rub

We all know there’s no cure for the common cold not to mention the fact that every mom knows there is no Nyquil for babies. Well, don’t fret and stop fighting your baby over those nose drops. Maty’s Baby Chest Rub is an all-natural chest rub that uses a proprietary blend of lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus essential oils to boost your baby’s immune function while it calms and soothes. The rub is petroleum and menthol free and is approved for babies over three months. http://www.matyshp.com.

Pink Papaya

There’s nothing like a warm bath when it’s snowing outside! Make it complete with the perfect Tinytini gift set from Pink Papaya. Each adorable Tinytini green package comes with Kiwi Kisses Baby Butter, Unscented Tushi Balm, and Sulfate-Free Kiwi Kisses Bubbly Bath. All Tinytini products are paraben-free and made with all natural ingredients and fragrances. And from now through March 1st, Pink Papaya’s exclusive skin nurturing Tinytini products will be offered as “buy one, give one,” benefiting the underprivileged families served by Jessica Seinfeld’s organization Baby Buggy. To learn more about Pink Papaya products and Baby Buggy, visit http://www.pinkpapayaparty.com/babybuggy/

Stonzwear

Keep your baby’s toesies warm with a pair of Booties by Stonz. These innovative and award-winning Booties easily slip over existing clothing and shoes and stay on infant and toddler’s feet thanks to two toggle clasps. Stonz also offers a full line of infant and toddler clothing and accessories certain to keep your little ones warm the rest of winter. Visit http://www.stonzwear.com.

Dr. Sears Family Essentials Baby Care

3 words for you: Simple, safe and doctor-approved! Dr. Sears Family Essentials Baby Care products are non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, and offer a fresh citrus scent that is derived from all-natural ingredients including vanilla, sweet orange and cedarwood essential oils. The new line features Baby lotion, Baby Wash and Shampoo, Healthy Baby Bottom Cream and Severe Diaper Rash Cream – all essential for keeping skin hydrated and free of irritation this winter. And don’t feel left out mom – there’s Stretch Mark cream for you too – and just enough time to get results before bikini season starts! Visit http://www.drsearsfamilyessentials.com.

Zarbee’s All-Natural Medicines

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: It really is a bummer that there are no cures for the common cold/cough and no medicines on the market we’re allowed to give our kids. But with Zarbee’s all-natural cough and cold medicines, help is on the way! With its blend of vitamin c, honey and zinc, these remedies are 100% natural, they contain no drugs, alcohol, artificial flavors or coloring, and they’re gluten-free. To learn more, ask your pediatrician and visit http://www.zarbees.com.

Kushies Raingear

Every other day, I seem to be reaching for my kids’ raincoats instead of their winter jackets! So, if you’re in the market for some new rain attire, check out the adorable raingear from Kushies. The jacket features a lined, hooded visor, 2 front pockets and an additional back pocket perfect for holding little treasures. And the matching pants also feature a cargo pocket and they are fully adjustable at both the waist and the hems for a perfect fit. With reflective strips on both the jacket and pants for added visibility, this set will keep your children warm and dry – perfect for splashing in some puddles!

Available: http://www.kushiesonline.com

Whether or not the rest of winter proves to be miserable or unseasonably warm, these products will help you get through to Spring with happy, healthy, cuddly kids. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Originally published February 2012
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