All posts by Kate

Must Haves for the First 3-6 Months: A Curated List from Nancy Held, R.N., IBCLC

Nancy Held knows a thing or two about babies.  She’s an RN (former nursery nurse), IBCLC, and the founder of DayOne Baby in SF — which pretty much makes her an all-around baby expert!

Nancy recently collaborated with us to put together her list of 45+ must haves for baby’s first 3-6 months — from newborn sleep to breastfeeding to developmental toys — on TotScoop.  If you’re expecting or have a new baby in the house, you won’t want to miss her picks!

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What Kind of Mom Are You?: Introducing Parent Lifestyles

We are pleased to announce the launch of our the new Parent Lifestyles feature on TotScoop!

We’ve always been of the opinion at TotScoop that there are no “best” baby & kids products — there are only the best products for your family.

With this week’s launch, you’ll now be able to more easily zero in on the products that are the best fit for your lifestyle & personal taste, as well as more easily identify parents most similar to you (whose picks will therefore be more relevant for you).

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Nourishing Mama: A Nutritionist’s Tips For Great Prenatal & Postnatal Nutrition

For the second installment of our new Expert Series, we caught up with Kyla Brown, a certified nutritionist and owner of Healthy Belly nutrition consultancy in San Francisco.  We chatted through topics ranging from healthy eating during pregnancy to postpartum nutrition to shedding baby weight safely.

Q: Let’s start by talking about the pregnancy stage. What are the key concepts of prenatal nutrition that are important for moms-to-be to understand? What does the body need to nourish a growing baby and prepare for delivery?

A: The number-one nutrient that a pregnant mama needs is protein. Women who aren’t pregnant need a minimum of 60g protein each day; pregnant women need 80-100g daily. This is harder to get than most people realize, especially towards the later stages of pregnancy when it’s uncomfortable to eat big meals. Ideally, eat 20-30g per meal of protein from cold-water, wild-caught fish; grass-fed meat and dairy products; pasture-raised chickens and eggs; and beans and other legumes.

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16 Easy DIY Kids’ Halloween Costumes

16 Easy DIY Baby Toddler Kid Halloween Costumes | Great ideas for maximum cuteness in a cinch! | TotScoop

The arrival of fall brings lots of great things: new seasonal decor, cozy layers, hot cider Netflix nights, and, of course, Halloween! Not much is more delightful than seeing your little one all dressed up in spooky cuteness, but figuring out the perfect costume and just how to make it can be quite a challenge for a busy parent. That’s why we put together this list of easy, DIY Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that maximize cuteness and can be made in a cinch.

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Promoting Speech-Language Development in Babies & Young Kids

For the first installment of our new Expert Series, we caught up with Kim Christensen, M.S., a Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of SF Speech for Kids! in San Francisco.  We chatted with her about typical speech/language milestones for young kids; what parents can do to help promote healthy speech/language development; and what to do if you are concerned that your child may not be “on track.”

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Pamper Yourself Giveaway

Pamper Yourself Giveaway

UPDATE: Giveaway closed!  Congrats to our winner Kailyn C.!

Every mom knows that once you have kids, it’s no longer about you.  Whether you’re staying up all night with a sick babe, wiping a butt for the millionth time, or declining the last piece of pie — your every waking moment is devoted to being the best mom and role model that you can be.

Well mamas, this time it IS about you! In our latest giveaway, we’re celebrating moms everywhere, and sponsoring one lucky mom for a trip to the spa for some well-deserved relaxation!

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