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Board games are a great way to add some fun to your toddler's schedule. Not only are they a great way to spend time together, they also offer many other great benefits for their development. Board games are a great way to teach pre-school kids focus and patience. They help develop vocabulary, number and color recognition, counting, and fine motor skills. Most of the board games I listed below may be introduced as early as 18 months with parent supervision and by 2-2.5 years old, your child will have a great grasp of the full concept. I included some of our favorite board games below that are perfect and easy to understand for toddlers and yet are still fun for older kids as well, making them a fun family activity. 

 

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Children have so many toys these days that you just don't know what to gift them for their milestone birthdays. Board games make great gifts for 1st Birthday as parents will be equipped with fun games and introduce them to their toddler as soon as they feel they are ready.  These are perfect for 2nd and 3rd birthday milestones as toddlers reach the age when they begin to grasp the concept of the games. The actual recommended age on some of these are 3 and 4 years old but rest assured that you can introduce these much earlier with your supervision. For other gift ideas and tips on pregnancies, babies, toddlers, and children, check out my other blogs here
 

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There are so many electronic toys these days that children come to expect every toy to "do" something. When we introduce children to toys and activities that help them imagine, create, and think, we actually teach them to rely on their own imagination. This may seem as a difficult task at first, as it requires more involvement from parents, but it actually translates into children who grow up knowing how to keep themselves busy without being bored. Babies and toddlers love to play so why not teach them through play? Why not introduce them to educational toys and games that they can benefit from AND have fun at the same time? Every child learns in their own way and what works for some kids may not work for others. I found that the items I listed below helped my children not only learn but also enjoy the process. Please keep in mind that many of the activities listed below require adult supervision (some may contain small parts). The jigsaw puzzles below may be worked on as early as 12 months. Guide your child to help them locate certain parts of the picture and soon enough they will be able to put the puzzle together on their own. Alphabet puzzles help familiarize them with letters and the objects they represent, while helping develop fine motor skills (grabbing pegs and placing them into slots). The Bear Family Wooden Dress Up Puzzle by Melissa and Doug is not only fun for babies and toddlers but is also a great tool that helps teach emotions to a young child (angry, sad, sleepy, happy, surprised). Mosaic Pegboard and sticky mosaics help develop fine motor skills, color coordination and matching. See and Spell puzzle, Alphabet Write&Wipe, Playfoam Shape and Learn Alphabet, Match It Spelling are all great ways to learn letter recognition, writing and spelling. Magna Tiles and other magnetic tiles develop problem solving skills, imagination and creativity. Scroll down to see some of our favorite puzzles, activities and toys. I'd love to hear what worked for your children! Feel free to drop a comment below.

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Best Gift Ideas for First and Second Birthday Milestones and Beyond https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2020/9/best-gift-ideas-for-the-first-birthday-and-beyond

The First Year Milestone creeps up so fast that many parents find themselves rushing to find the perfect first birthday gift for the baby in their life. To make things easier for yourself as well as your guests, I highly recommend setting up an amazon gift registry. You may be familiar with it if you had it set up for your bridal or baby shower. Kids have so many toys these days that having a registry just makes things so much easier for everyone. No one knows your child better than you so you can choose the gifts that pertain to their interests.

I always try to steer clear of devices as much as possible so a new app on the iPad just doesn't cut it. Raising three kids, I have always tried to find toys that aid in their development both physically and psychologically. I put together a list of gift ideas that I feel are best for first and second birthday milestones. Scroll down for my recommendations for gift ideas for outdoor play, creative play and pretend play. If you are looking for a more meaningful gift, give a gift of memories with a Magical Portraiture Birthday Photoshoot.
 

Gifts For Outdoor Play

  • Scooter - a great gift to last for a few years and perfect for outdoor play. We love our Razor Jr. Scooter. We got it many years ago and  it still rides like new. Lascoota 2-in-1 Kick Scooter currently has one of the highest ratings on amazon.

 

 

  • Balance Bike - another fun bike idea is to get a balance bike. The recommended age for the balance bike is 18m-5y. Strider Sport Balance Bike is adjustable, durable and comes in fun colors making it the perfect gift for your toddler.

 

 

 

Gifts For Creative Play:

  • Double Sided Art Easel - unleash your child's creativity with this Step2 All Around Easel. This art easel features two sides - magnetic white board and a chalkboard. Comes with foam alphabet and numbers to help your little one master their numbers and letters.

 

 

 

  • Magna Tiles - let your little one explore their inner architect with a set of magnetic tiles like Magna Tiles. They are easy to stack and help develop their imagination.

 

  • Kinetic Sand - play, build and explore with this fun play sand that flows through your hands without sticking to them. Kinetic Sand comes in many different colors for hours of creative fun.

 

Gifts For Pretend Play:

  • Play Kitchen - Pretend play is a crucial aid in baby/toddler development which makes the Play Kitchen a great gift idea that is sure to last through years of play. We love our Step 2 LifeStyle Dream Kitchen. It lasted for 11 years and still looks like new! If you have the space, then you may want to check out Step 2 Elegant Edge Kitchen The built in refrigerator and other additions are guaranteed to provide fun for your toddler and keep them engaged for months. If you prefer a more realistic looking kitchen, in white/gray KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen and in brown: KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen are absolutely beautiful and equally fun!

 

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These gifts are great for birthdays and make great holiday gifts as well. For more toddler gift ideas, head over to my holiday gift ideas blog. Check out my new blog post at the following link: Toddler Approved Educational toys and activities

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During the quarantine, when so many of us are stuck at home, I can't help but notice how many people are wondering how to keep their toddlers busy. One of the best activities you can introduce to your child is play-dough. It is so beneficial for babies, toddlers and children that it deserves a blog post of its own. So many people wait until kids are older to introduce play-dough but introducing it at an early age has numerous benefits. Check out the top five benefits of introducing play-dough to your child:

 

1. It is an excellent tool that aids in development of fine motor skills. Squeezing, shaping and cutting strengthens the hand muscles.

2. It helps develop creativity and imagination. Just think of all the things you can make with play-dough. You can create various objects, people, animals, play dough dolls, play dough barn, play dough bakery. The possibilities are endless!

3. It helps with language development. Creating different objects introduces your child to new words that will help them expand their vocabulary and social skills as you discuss things during play.

4. You can use play-dough to learn shapes, colors, numbers and alphabet. Don't know how to get your toddler to learn their ABCs ? Play-dough will surely get their attention. Just create the letters, numbers and shapes and while you are at it, introduce color names. 

5. Improves pre-writing skills as it helps develop the pincer grasp. Pinching, squeezing, rolling the play-dough between fingers to create balls, flattening, pulling, ripping helps develop the pincer grasp which is a crucial step in pre-writing skills.

I would recommend introducing play dough to your child around 12 months of age. Although the recommended age per Play-Doh website is 3 years old, with parent supervision you can start much earlier. Take this time to fully indulge in your child's development and have fun while you are at it. As long as you supervise, there is no risk involved with playing with play-dough but numerous benefits. 

 

I highly recommend the activity table by Play-Doh. It comes with everything needed to get you started with unlimited possibilities of play-dough creative play. When you are thinking about that first birthday gift or a holiday gift for your child, give them a gift of imagination. 

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Do you have your children asking about why they are staying home? Why do they have to stay away from their grandparents? Why do they have to wear a mask if they go somewhere? Younger kids may have quite a few questions regarding this pandemic and yet parents don't always know how to properly respond without creating fear and worry. 

MK Medical Solutions https://mkmedicalsolutions.com, whose mission is to provide clarity in changing healthcare, provides helpful resources for both families and healthcare providers. Recently they shared an e-book: "Coronavirus - A book for children" by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. With the helpful illustrations by Axel Scheffler and the knowledge of the professor of infectious disease modelling, Professor Graham Medley, this e-book provides a comprehensive look at our new world affected by coronavirus explained in simple terms for kids.

 

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15 Top Rated and Toddler Approved Gifts From Amazon For Babies and Toddlers On Your List https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2019/11/best-gift-ideas-from-amazon-for-babies-and-toddlers

Holidays are just around the corner and everyone seems to get their gift list ready to shop the anticipated Black Friday deals. I compiled some of the top rated gift ideas for the babies and kids on your list from Amazon that will help you get a head start on your holiday shopping.

 

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1. Peek-A-Boo Elephant by Gund - this adorable, plush Elephant is a real charmer and will surely keep your baby entertained.

2. Water Drawing Mat - give a gift of creativity that both kids and parents will be happy with! This mess-free water mat not only helps develop the creative side but also is an excellent tool to help develop fine motor skills.

3. Magna-Tiles - this is an excellent gift recommended for ages 3 and up, although younger kids can certainly enjoy them as well with the help of an adult.

 4. Musical Rhymes Book - great gift idea for babies 6 months and older. They love flipping the pages and listening to their favorite nursery rhymes. 

5. A Musical Walker - great gift for kids 9 months and up that is not only entertaining on its own but is also great help with those early steps.

6. Mega Bloks - this is the perfect gift for 1 year olds and up. The set's chunky pieces are perfect for little hands and offers many cognitive benefits.

7. Stacking Toy and Shapes Sorter - double the fun with these two fun activity sets. 6 months - 2 year olds love stacking and sorting activities. They help them learn shapes, sizes and colors. 

8. Ride On/Push Car - toddlers love seeing the outside world, riding in these push cars. They love spinning the wheel and even pushing the car themselves. 

9. Play Kitchen - the play kitchen is a perfect gift for 1 year olds and up that helps develop imagination and creativity. There are different kinds of play kitchens for different spaces and budget but our Step2 Kitchen has been a favorite for many years and still looks like new. Here is another version of it that has great reviews on Amazon: 

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10. Musical Activity Table - excellent gift ideas for babies and toddlers. From sitting up to standing and walking, this table helps them learn coordination and offers the support they need when they make those first steps. 

11. Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home - this makes a wonderful gift for toddlers 1 years old and up. It is loaded with activities that keeps little ones entertained. I love that it reinforces pretend play and helps develop imagination.

12. Activity Garden Play Set - this multifunctional play center is another great gift idea for toddlers. It is great for pretend play and helps develop gross motor skills. 

 

13. Touch and Learn Activity Table - this interactive table has different educational activities to explore and also transforms into an easel/chalkboard for even more creative fun. 

14. Wooden Peg Puzzles - it is never too early to introduce puzzles! Although the recommended age is 3-5 years, I introduced those puzzles to my kids from 6 months of age. Believe it or not, they quickly learn that little shapes go into their own spaces, each letter makes a sound and colors have names. As long as you are doing these together with your child to avoid any choking hazards, these are the best for gross motor skills and endless amount of learning.

15. Fat Brain Dimpl Baby Toy - a simple design that offers great sensory play and is a great toy to bring on car rides to keep little ones busy through the ride. 

Don't forget that books make excellent gifts for birthdays and holidays! Read this blog post for a great collection of board books for babies and toddlers.

 

  

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Thanksgiving Activities For Kids https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2019/11/thanksgiving-activities-for-kids

As we prepare for Thanksgiving Day and family gatherings, things can get pretty hectic. Here are some fun activities to keep your kids busy through the long weekend and remind them of what Thanksgiving is all about.

 

Thanksgiving Books for Kids  

Books are always a great way to brighten up the holiday spirit. Here are some great books for the young readers:

 

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Crafts are a fun way to keep everyone entertained during the holiday break. Here are some fun crafts that kids can do on their own or with the help of a grown up:

 

Thanksgiving Games & Activities for Kids  

Looking for a way to spend the holidays together without the use of devices? Check out these fun Thanksgiving games and activities that the whole family can enjoy:
 

Looking for even more fun ideas? Check out this adorable hedgehog craft and sensory leaf craft ideas. These are excellent for younger kids as well and helps develop fine motor skills. 
 

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Best Board Books to Add To Your Baby's 1st Library

My children have a passion for reading. What's the secret? We read to them since they were born. Reading to your baby not only strengthens your bond but also plays an essential role in their vocabulary and sensory development. From tummy time to sitters and walkers, the best early books are the ones where they can open flaps to discover objects, feel textured designs, see colorful pages and hear musical sounds.

Here are some of our favorites that you can add to your baby's library and are also great baby shower, 1st birthday and holiday gifts:

 

 

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Some of these are touch and feel board books, some are lift the flaps and some are just beautifully illustrated. Some of these books are a series and can be found in a variety of themes and occasions. The key to keeping the young readers interested is by the intonation of your voice, changing it as the characters speak/change and making sounds for the actions in the story. 

I hope that this list helps you start your baby's library collection. Remember the more you read to your children, the more they fall in love with reading. There is nothing better than cuddling with your baby while reading their favorite book. 

Happy reading!
 

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Best Toys and Activities For Babies Birth to Six Months https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2019/8/Best-toys-and-activities-for-baby-development-newborn-to-six-months  

The first three years are the most crucial for brain development in children. That is why it is imperative that the time you spend with your baby provides the proper engagement and challenges. Babies are like sponges. They start listening and processing information in the womb. Once they are born, they start absorbing the information around them. Stimulating baby's senses helps them learn about this new, big, noisy world.

Here are some activities that you can do with your infant to facilitate their development:

 

Newborn - at this point, baby's vision is quiet blurry and therefore high contrast and bright toys help grab their interest. Singing and reading to your baby helps develop their sense of hearing and provide a strong foundation for language development.

 

1-3 months - Tummy time is an important activity with your baby. Babies may not like it at first but as you gradually increase the time spent on the tummy, their muscles get stronger and they start to enjoy this time more and more. Using bright colored toys and rattles help grab their attention. We absolutely loved the "NogginStik" Find It Here  

We got it as a gift and its has been a favorite ever since. It changes color to stimulate visual tracking and has textured bumps to encourage sensory development. The perfect rattle to grab your baby's attention at tummy time and beyond. 

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4-6 months - If you have been consistent with your tummy time activities, your baby will be able to stay in this position longer. This is the perfect age when they start to reach for toys and are more animated. Talk to them, make them laugh, play peek-a-boo. It is a fun time for both parents and babies. You can still utilize the rattles mentioned above. Other fun toys to introduce at this stage are sensory balls. These balls have different colors, shapes and textures. You can have the baby roll the balls and explore the textures during tummy time as well as when they are sitting up. 

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 By 6 months, some babies are able to sit well unassisted so this is the perfect time to introduce books where they can touch and explore different textures as well as learn how to flip the pages.

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Breastfeeding comes with so many challenges with one being the constant variation in the quantity of milk supply. If you breastfeed on demand, your baby should be able to regulate the supply as needed (cluster feeding for instance may promote more supply). Pumping more often or in addition to breastfeeding may help increase supply as well. Sometimes we want to make a little more than the baby needs so we can store it for later use.

A little natural boost can help increase the supply.

Here are some tips:

 

1. Drink Plenty of Water - this seems simple enough but we often forget to drink enough of water which helps maintain and increase our supply.

2. Mother's Milk Tea - is an herbal tea containing fenugreek, fennel, anise, coriander, blessed thistle that are known to increase breastmilk supply.

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3. Garlic - is a very nutritious herb that is known to promote lactation. It is also a natural antibiotic that helps us stay healthy for our little ones. If your baby tolerates it in your milk well, it is a good way to increase your supply. If you feel that it makes them fussy then you may want to skip this one. It is believed, however, that babies that enjoy garlic in their mother's breastmilk latch and breastfeed better.

 

4. Fresh Ginger Root - another healthy option to not only keep you healthy but increase breastmilk production and help with the let down reflex.

 

5. Sesame Seeds - rich in calcium, sesame seeds are the best seeds that increase supply. 

 

6. Flax Seeds - like sesame seeds, flax seeds help with milk production and contain essential fatty acids.

 

7. Almonds - high in protein and essential fatty acids, almonds are a perfect and delicious way to increase milk supply and can be easily added to any diet. Did you know that almonds are also appetite suppressors?  Due to protein, unsaturated fat and fiber, almonds keep you feeling full longer making it a perfect addition to your post pregnancy diet.

 

8. Oats - abundant in nutrients is perfect for increasing milk production.

 

9. Lactation Cookies - a delicious way to increase your supply. Lactation cookies combine a few lactation promoting ingredients such as brewer's yeast, oats, flaxseeds and nuts. I felt an almost instant increase in my supply after trying Baba Bella's Lactation Cookies.  

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10. A Well Balanced Diet - overall following a well balanced diet help promote lactation. Try to incorporate some of the items above as well as dark leafy greens such kale and spinach that help with milk production. 
 

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Review of the Top 7 Stretch Mark Creams for Pregnancy and Beyond https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2019/1/my-review-of-the-top-7-stretch-mark-creams-to-use-during-pregnancy  

Best 7 Stretch Mark Creams to Use During Pregnancy

Everyone knows that stretch marks during pregnancy are usually all due to genetics but moisturizing skin can surely help prevent or reduce their appearance. During my first two pregnancies, I used Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula (Lotion and Cream) to help prevent stretch marks. This time around, I decided to try out other products to see if there was anything better on the market. Here are my thoughts on the following 7 creams/oils that I tried during my last pregnancy:

 

1. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion (new formula) Palmer's Lotion on Amazon

I enjoyed the light consistency of this lotion that was easy to apply, got absorbed quickly and was not greasy. Something to note is that the fragrance of the new formula changed. I preferred the original fragrance over this new one.

 

2. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream - the same familiar scent (I used the original formula) and a thicker consistency. I liked putting this cream before going to sleep. A new formula is now available. Palmer's Cream on Amazon

 

3. Belli Beauty Elasticity Belly Oil - I enjoyed the light lavender scent of this product but since it is an oil, it takes longer to absorb so you have to wait before getting dressed. 

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4. Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention - I am not a fan of this one. The cream would flake off my skin (as if it only stayed on the surface and never got absorbed). I also didn't enjoy the fragrance. 

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5. Bio Oil - excellent product with promising results but after reading that it contains Vitamin A, I avoided it during pregnancy. Save it for after delivery! It is an oil so it takes some time for the skin to absorb it. Don't put it on when you are rushing out the door. Bio Oil on Amazon

 

6. Earth Mama Belly Butter - this one was one of my favorites. Very light and pleasant to apply, absorbed quickly and had a very mild fragrance. My skin felt moisturized without any residue. Earth Mama Belly Butter on Amazon

 

7. Bella B Tummy Honey Butter - I didn't enjoy the grainy, thick consistency of this product. It also made my belly itch so I stopped using this butter. 

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Three pregnancies later and not a single stretch mark. I don't know if it was due to the creams, genetics or a combination of both but I know that the creams helped keep my skin moisturized. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion and Cream are probably the least expensive on the market right now and having used them throughout my three pregnancies, it is safe to assume that they are somewhat helpful. If I were to do it again, I would use Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Cream, Belli Beauty Elasticity Oil and Earth Mama Belly Butter. These three were my favorite.

Stay consistent and apply the creams morning and night. Squeeze in an extra application in between if you can. 

I hope that you have found these tips helpful.

 

Good luck in your journey of pregnancy!

 

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Best List of Online Stores to Shop for Maternity Clothes https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2018/8/best-list-of-online-stores-to-shop-for-maternity-clothes  

It is not always easy to find the perfect outfit for your growing baby belly but not impossible! From day to day wear to evening attire, it is possible to fill your wardrobe with functional and stylish pieces to last through your pregnancy.

 

1. Motherhood Maternity Shop Now

2. A Pea in the Pod Shop Now

3. Pink Blush Maternity Shop Now

4. Asos Shop Now

5. Gap Shop Now

6. Ingrid and Isabel Shop Now

7. Seraphine Shop Now

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You can get away with wearing non-maternity clothes as well. An item with the right cut and fit can be worn before, during and after your pregnancy. A high waisted skater skirt can hide your growing belly at the beginning of pregnancy (if you want to keep that secret a little longer). A flared tunic goes perfectly with leggings. An empire silhouette dress perfectly hugs your growing belly. A loose fitting dress in your closet can now serve as a tunic. Looking for something for a special occasion but don't want to be limited to maternity stores? Look for dresses and styles with a stretch. Many dresses can be used during pregnancy as long as the material is stretchy. Darker shades tend to be more slimming. Avoid clothing with horizontal stripes as they give a wider illusion.

Hope some of these tips help you in your search for maternity clothes. There is no need to sacrifice your style during pregnancy!

Happy shopping!

 

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The ONLY Hospital Bag Checklist You Need to Stay Organized https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2018/7/hospital-checklist Congratulations! You are almost there and that means that it is time to start packing that hospital bag of yours. I went through this three times and here is the list I compiled that helped me remember all the essentials:

 

Documents /Hospital Essentials:

  • cord blood collection kit to be given to your nurse/doctor
  • insurance card
  • money in case you need to get something at the hospital
  • cell phone
  • cell phone charger
  • camera/charger/memory card
  • iPad 

I love this folder for all the essential hospital documents organization and beyond: 

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Personal Care Items:

  • anything you typically use for daily skin care such as a moisturizer/eye creme)
  • toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc)
  • shampoo/conditioner (travel size works great)
  • eye makeup remover 
  • cotton rounds
  • hair brush
  • hair ties
  • makeup 
  • chapstick
  • towel (hospital towers were terribly small and thin)

Here are some travel sized bottles that are a convenient way to get your favorites ready for the hospital bag ahead of time: 

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Clothing and Nursing Accessories for Mom:

  • warm socks - (the epidural makes you feel really cold)
    Pembrook Non Skid/Slip Socks are excellent!

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  • nursing bras - Bravado makes great and comfortable nursing bras Find It Here
  • nursing gowns - found an excellent one by Jessica Simpson sold at www.motherhood.com. It fits well and is super soft and comfortable. Find It Here  
  • robe - robe is so convenient during checkups at the hospital Find It Here
  • flip flops for the shower
  • slippers to walk around - don't need to spend a fortune on these. I recommend tossing those after the hospital.
  • nursing pads - you can get disposable Find It Here and washable pads Find It Here
  • nipple cream - I've used lanolin Find It Here
  • disposable padded underwear if you don't want to wear the mesh ones they provide at the hospital Find It Here
  • nursing pillow ("My Brest Friend" pillow is truly your best friend at the hospital and at home and is much more superior to the poppy pillow that offers no support). I found the deluxe version to be more comfortable than the original. (Find It Here)
  • eye mask - it is not easy to get some shut eye with the hospital's bright lights. Find It Here
  • belly wrap - it's never too early to start working on getting your flat tummy back. I've used Belly Bandit BFF with excellent results. 
  • going home outfit Find It Here

 

Things to Pack for Your Newborn Baby:

  • a newborn velcro swaddle blanket made it so much easier to swaddle a wiggly baby. Find It Here 
  • going home outfit
  • baby hat - if you are having a baby girl and don't want the hospital hat but still want it soft and stretchy for your new baby, here is a great cute set from the same material Find It Here
  • burp cloth - I love Aden & Anais contoured muslin burp cloth! Find It Here
  • pacifier Find It Here
  • car seat - the best infant car seats on the market right now are Nuna Pipa Lite, Chicco Key Fit and Graco SnugRide Find It Here
  • baby wipes if you don't want to use gauze pads from the hospital - we love the water wipes Find It Here
  • blanket for the car
  • muslin blanket for nursing - Find It Here
  • onesies 

 

Clothing and Nursing Accessories for Dad:

  • toiletries
  • change of clothes
  • snacks
  • electronics as mentioned in "hospital essentials" above
  • something to read if they wish

 

 

Wishing you an easy labor and a fast recovery! Hope this list helps you pack for your big day! If you have any other suggestions that feel should be added, please feel free add your comments below. 

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Top Five Early Pregnancy Symptoms https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2018/4/top-five-early-pregnancy-symptoms  

When a pregnancy test seems like a lifetime away and is just too long to wait for, here are some early pregnancy signs from my personal experience that may help you figure out if you are expecting:

1. Lower back pain - A lower back pain was probably one of the first signs to ever show itself in all of my pregnancies. It felt like a more intense version of menstrual cramps. All the other symptoms listed below seemed to follow. 

 

2. Sore breasts - they were so sore that it hurt to even put/take off a bra.

 

3. Heightened sense of smell - suddenly some things smelled awful even when they didn't bother me in the past.

 

4. Change in body temperature - I was freezing all the time. It felt as if I was coming down with a cold.

 

5. Headache - not your normal type of headache but a full blown migraine.

When you are ready to take a pregnancy test, there are some great digital ones but the HCG tests may show it earlier:

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These symptoms are from my personal experience of multiple pregnancies. If you feel that you may be pregnant, please consult with your doctor. 

Good luck in your journey of pregnancy!

 

 

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Top Five Questions and Answers about Disney Cruise https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2017/5/disney-cruise-fantasy

I recently traveled to the Eastern Caribbean Islands via Disney Fantasy which is one of Disney Cruise Line's newer ships. Many people have asked me the following questions:

1. How does it compare to Disney World?

2. Don't you get bored on the ship?

3. What do you do if it rains?

4. How is entertainment? What?? There is no casino? Is there anything to do for adults?

5. Is it really worth it?

 Honestly, I had asked myself those very same questions prior to our trip. I will try to address them all below: 

1. Disney World and Disney Cruise are two completely different experiences. You must try each at least once in your lifetime. Disney World is a much more active, hectic type of vacation as it forces you to plan everything ahead of time and the vacation itself is running from ride to ride, restaurant to restaurant, which can be exhausting for both parents and children. 

Disney Cruise, on the other hand, has almost no extra planning involved. All you have to do is book your stateroom and flight and can add on activities to your trip after. Disney Cruise is a very relaxing vacation. Everything you need is there on the ship. Disney does such an amazing job catering to kids that it makes our (parents') life so much easier.

2. There is so much to do on the ship at all times that you forget that you're on the ship. There is truly something for everyone there. Movies, shows, restaurants, games, arcades, mini golf, basketball, fitness center, spa, adult and kid pools, water slides, just to name a few. They constantly have different activities and contests that you can participate in. The kids' club is amazing with themed rooms and activities. My kids, who always refuse to stay in any kids' club, loved it so much that they refused to leave. 

3. It actually rained the first day of the trip and was really cold the second day but we didn't feel like we were missing out. We had the time to explore the ship, participate in activities and the kids still enjoyed the heated pool and movies by the pool.

4.  The entertainment was unbelievable. We actually looked forward to watching a show every night. They did a great  job entertaining children but did not forget about the adults. Every night was something new and exciting. Disney's Believe, Disney's Wishes and Disney's Aladdin are some of the broadway quality shows we enjoyed. Pirate night along with fireworks was a lot of fun as well. We also had the pleasure of meeting Ricky Kalmon (celebrity hypnotist and motivational speaker). His shows were incredible!

5. I can go on and on about what we loved about our Disney Cruise but the truth is that you will never understand it until you experience it for yourself! It was truly a magical vacation

and we would go back in a heartbeat!

 

 

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Best List of Online Stores to Shop for Baby and Children https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2017/5/best-list-of-online-stores-to-shop-for-baby

Shopping for your baby is a breeze with these online stores.

From diapers and food to cute clothing and accessories and the

 best part...you don't even have to leave your house!

 

1. Amazon.com - your one stop for everything baby related and more. 

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2. Crew Cuts by J. Crew - J. Crew makes excellent quality clothes in a variety of adorable collections

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Did you know that Amazon's LOOK is a Crew Cuts/Amazon collaboration 

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3. Janie and Jack - great quality clothes and the most adorable collections 

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4. Gymboree - has been a favorite by many and is temporary closed but rumor has it that Gymboree is to reopen in the Spring of 2020 

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5. Baby Gap - great quality for a reasonable price 

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6. Baby Old Navy  - great quality for a reasonable price

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7. Carters - great quality for a reasonable price
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8. Osh Kosh - great quality for a reasonable price
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9. Next Direct - European style baby and kids clothes at affordable prices 

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10. Walk Into Fashion - different deals on baby clothes, toys and more 

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11. Zulily

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12​. ​Disney Store 

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13. Zara 

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14. Children's Salon - amazing collections by European designers 

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15. Children's Salon Outlet - you can find last season's collections at a fraction of the original cost 

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16. Mayoral - the most adorable collections from Spain 

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Top Four Useful Links During Pregnancy and Beyond https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2017/4/top-four-useful-links-during-pregnancy-and-beyond  

Top Four Useful Links During Pregnancy And Beyond

 

 

1. Baby Center - Here You will find all the useful pregnancy

and baby related information and tools.

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2. Rate MDs - Useful when looking for a pediatrician

 CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE

 

3. Kelly Mom - breastfeeding calculator and other helpful resources

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4. Dr. Sears Website - a great resource for pregnancy and baby related questions.

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Top Five Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Second Time Moms https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2017/4/top-five-baby-shower-gift-ideas-for-second-time-moms

 

1. Photography Session - There is nothing better than giving a gift of memories. Parents love the opportunity to capture their little ones. You can even get a few friends to contribute and get a gift certificate for a year to a local photography studio that will help parents capture the full first year of their baby's major milestones.  

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2. Keepsake Box - A perfect gift or an add on to another gift. Help them stay organized!

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3. Diaper Cake - Diapers are always needed making them a great gift idea for a baby shower. Don't be afraid to get creative! 

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4. Amazon Gift Card - Parents don't always have the time to run around stores looking for what they need. Amazon.com often comes to the rescue. Your gift makes it easy for them to shop and find all the necessities for their busy life.

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5. Dinner Gift Certificate - new parents love this idea as they get to reconnect with one another and have a little break from their busy life of parenting. (Make sure that the certificate doesn't expire so that they have time to plan ahead)

 

 

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Top Ten Books to Read Before and During Your Pregnancy https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2017/3/top-ten-books-to-read-before-and-during-pregnancy

Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future? Preparing for parenthood is no easy task! I compiled a list of books that you may find helpful throughout your journey to parenthood. These books also make excellent gifts for baby showers and would serve as a great resource for the new parents.

 

1. "Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on

How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception"FIND IT HERE 

 

2. "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" FIND IT HERE

 

3. "Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth To

Reality" FIND IT HERE

 

4. "Baby 411" FIND IT HERE

 

5. "What to Expect The First Year" FIND IT HERE

 

6. "The Baby Book" FIND IT HERE

 

7. "The Vaccine Book: Making The Right Decision for Your

Child" FIND IT HERE

 

8. "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's

Vaccinations" FIND IT HERE

 

9. "The Happiest Baby On The Block" FIND IT HERE

 

10. "On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving your Infant the Gift of

Nighttime Sleep" FIND IT HERE

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Supermoon 2016 by Magical Portraiture Photography of Manalapan NJ https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2016/11/picture-of-supermoon-2016-by-magical-portraiture-photography-of-manalapan-nj Last night's Supermoon was something to see! It was the

brightest and biggest in nearly 70 years! It is called a

Supermoon due to the fact that it turns full at the same time it

hits the perigee which is the point on the orbit closest to Earth. 

Although it was at it's fullest point close to the morning hours

of November 14 (right before sunrise), the cloudy morning

didn't give such a clear picture so I am glad that I had captured

it during the night of November 13. 

The last time the moon was this close to Earth was in 1948.

Next time it won't be until November 24, 2034!

I am so glad that I got to capture this beautiful event and truly

see the beauty of the full moon up close! You can see the

transition of the supermoon through the two pictures taken at

9:52 PM and then again at 11:54 PM.

 

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Magical Portraiture Holiday Session https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2015/12/magical-portraiture-holiday-session Another beautiful studio holiday photo session! I loved the red coat against the snowy background. Clients often don't think to dress up their kids in outerwear attire for the session but they are amazing for snowy sessions! In Magical Portraiture's studio everything is possible and the coat makes it that much more realistic. Great session for a picture perfect magical holiday card!

 

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New Jersey Christmas and Winter Holiday Studio Photo Session https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2015/11/new-jersey-christmas-and-winter-holiday-studio-photo-session I love the holidays! Don't you? Everything is festive, everyone is thankful and giving! Happiness is in the air! Perfect time to capture those holiday smiles and share some laughs! Loved capturing this holiday photo session at my studio in central new jersey! We had so much fun! They even had a snowball fight! Now what other studio will let you do that? :) Beautiful pictures ready for the perfect winter wonderland christmas card!

Christmas Studio Photo SessionWinter Holidays

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DIY Photography Prop for a sweet Candyland theme session https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2015/7/diy-photography-prop-for-a-sweet-candyland-theme-session I had a candy land theme photography session planned at my studio in Central New Jersey for a 2 year old Birthday girl. I quickly brainstormed this session's theme and things like raining candy and oversized lollipops came to mind. I searched the stores and found some interesting items (I will blog more on this session at a later time) but I also wanted to make my own photo prop for this event. I always look for ways to create something unique for my clients. I searched pinterest for inspiration and came across some ideas on how to make an oversized lollipop. So today, I will share with you the steps I took to create one.

You will need:

6 in Styrofoam Ball - the bigger it is, the heavier it will be and little kids may not be able to hold it (as happened in my case) so you may want to explore other size options.

3/8 in Wooden Dowel

Gum Balls

Hot Glue Gun

Ribbon - to tie a bow when you are done

Step 1: Using the wooden dowel, make a hole in the bottom center of the styrofoam ball (this is where they will be glued so make sure it's deep enough to support the ball). 

Step 2: Using the hot glue gun, put some glue inside the hole you just made and glue the dowel. Hold it in place for a few minutes to make sure it bonds well.

Step 3: Take the Gum Balls and glue them to the styrofoam ball one by one. Try alternating colors to make it colorful. It is a little time consuming but the result is beautiful and smells delicious! 

Note: As you glue more and more gum balls, it will become heavy so it's easier to put it on the table dowel side up.

Step 4: When you are done gluing all the gum balls, cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the wooden dowel. 

TA DA! Congratulations you just made a gigantic lollipop!

*The little birthday lady couldn't hold the photography prop as it was a bit too heavy for her so if your session's child cannot do so, you can have the parents help support the prop and then edit them out. 

Using some of my props and my imagination, I took it a step further and created the following photo composite for the birthday girl!

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” 
― Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newborn Baby Twins Central New Jersey Photo Session https://www.magicalportraiture.com/blog/2015/6/newborn-baby-twins-central-new-jersey-photo-session Newborn twins visited my studio in Central New Jersey for a newborn photo session. What an amazing experience! Their mommy picked out the cutest outfits to match their jungle themed nursery. The first picture shows how cute they are in their lion and elephant outfits. They were only 2 weeks old and already showed their different personalities. One baby slept through the entire session while his brother gave us a hard time. We still managed to take amazing photos of the two brothers. Another captured memory for parents to treasure! 

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