Last year was a fertile year for some of hollywood’s top A-listers. Hollywood welcomed cute bundle of joy’s from famous celebs like Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Natalie Portman. And now that we’ve entered into 2018, it seems like there will be even more famous births to keep our eyes on. Yes, that means some of our favorite celebs are expecting for the first, second or a third time. So, here’s a list of some of the most anticipated celebrities who are expecting in 2018.
Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson
It’s been no secret that Khloe Kardashian has always wanted to be a mother. And now all her dreams are coming true in 2018. Khloe recently announced via Instagram that she and boyfriend Tristan Thompson are expecting! After keeping it a secret for six months, everyone is happy to finally know her secret.
Kate Middleton & Prince William
Kensington Palace has announced that the royal family is growing in 2018. Prince William and Kate Middleton are growing their family and are expecting a third bundle of joy. Let’s face it, we all can’t wait to see another adorable royal baby this new year.
Jessie James Decker & Eric Decker
Country singer jessie James and Husband Eric Decker are expecting baby no.3 in 2018! The family of four are eagerly waiting their new addition in the new year.
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have graced our Instagram feed with adorable pics of baby luna. But now, the iconic duo have announced a fourth addition to their family in 2018. We’re sure baby Luna will be an amazing big sister.
America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams
America Ferrera made her pregnancy Instagram official with a cute post on new years eve. The happy couple announced that they’re expecting their first child in 2018. And we could be more excited for the new addition to the sisterhood of traveling pants.
Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott
Known for breaking the internet, Kylie Jenner has reached new levels with her pregnancy”. It’s reported that the 20-year-old star and boyfriend Travis Scott are expecting in 2018. Though it hasn’t been officially announced, the internet is eager for some answers from the makeup mogul.
September 23rd is the day of autumnal equinox this year and the official first day of fall. We think it’s a great occasion to celebrate the change of seasons with your kids and teach them about life cycle. Here are some simple ideas for this special day:
- Talk to your kids about what fall is and why they see changes in weather and nature. Children are curious to learn why leaves change their color, why it gets colder, and why it gets darker earlier in winter time.
- Decorate the house using natural objects – pumpkins, cones, acorns, or leaves. Go on a quest with your kids to find those outside. Look up online what fun crafts you can create with those, or simply arrange them nicely on a display at home.
- Equinox day is too special not to reflect that in your clothes! Have your kids pick something they have in fall colors. You can also use acorns or small cones to make DIY necklaces.
- Of course, bring fall to the table. Pumpkin soup is really easy to make and should a fun activity for kids as well.
- Plant something that you will enjoy in late fall or winter: cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, or beets. If you will be planting inside, choose simple plants that will sprout fast, like green onions. This is an excellent way to start a conversation with your child about how things grow.
If you are expecting your first child, you might feel extra responsible for all the decisions you make. In fact, it is not uncommon for moms-to-be to become overwhelmed with the preparation for the baby’s arrival. Today we are helping you to get going with one of the biggest projects in the pregnancy – setting up the nursery.
The easiest way to get started is to hire an interior designer to help you with the process. If you would like to take control in your own hands, follow these three easy steps to the nursery of your dreams:
1. Decide on the color scheme. If you know the gender of the baby, you might prefer to go with the color that’s most often associated with that gender. However, more and more parents choose to go with gender-neutral colors. Such colors, that are usually more neutral, are not as tiring to the eye as brighter colors. Besides, they work better if you think you might have another baby in the next few years that will share the same room with the older sibling.
2. Decide on the furniture. Start with the basics and decide what you will need – a crib, drawers, a changing station and an armchair – are usually on the list. Bear in mind that some furniture will become obsolete or small as the baby grows and will need to be replaced. Take that in consideration when planning out space. The old designer trick is to take measurements of the furniture before buying it and lay it out using old newspapers to see how much space it will take. Think about the color of the furniture that will match your general color scheme.
3. Decide on the accents. Bring in some color and fun to the room with some cute accents. Be careful when choosing the place to put those accents to make they can be properly installed and won’t fall down. For instance, never hang a picture above the crib. Don’t go overboard with toys as you will probably get a lot of them once the baby arrives. Use mirrors to visually increase space and install dimmers to control how much light you need.
Time flies when you’re having fun.
It’s been almost three months since iBaby Labs had Christmas photo contest where we were giving away three iBaby monitors. Today we are checking in with one of our winners, Lisa Weeks, on her experience with iBaby Monitor M6.
Lisa lives with her boyfriend, their 10-month-old daughter and two dogs in sunny California. The family leads a healthy, eco-conscious lifestyle, which includes eating organic, non-GMO foods and choosing cloth diapers for the baby. Lisa is a full-time stay-at-home mom and likes gardening, playing with the baby and doggies, as well as thrifting at local stores and yard sales.
Lisa’s journey with iBaby Labs began when she discovered a giveaway on our Facebook page. Since the rules were to post a Christmas themed family photo, and her niece had just taken one a week before that, she decided to participate. Little did she know that she will be one of the giveaway winners!
When the baby monitor arrived, Lisa and her boyfriend were impressed with its sleek design and its ability to fit any room décor. It didn’t take them long to get used to the monitor and enjoy its help. Usually Lisa uses it to take a sneak peek at her daughter while she is sleeping. That allows her to be able to engage in other activities, such as cooking and gardening with a peaceful mind. She also swears it helps her daughter keep her zen while she is playing by herself – Lisa does not have to come in checking on her and disturb her fun.
Like many parents who use wireless baby monitors, Lisa is also concerned with baby monitors’ security. Luckily for iBaby monitor users, we provide a triple security to avoid such incidents. We also encourage all users to read more here about what steps can be taken to enhance your baby monitor security.
iBaby Labs is happy that it can bring one more family together anytime, anywhere with its wireless baby monitor. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our products, find parenting advice and take part in our giveaways.
Photo credit: Lavay Photography
When babies arrive, they are so adorable and cute that any time you go to visit them, you just want to bring a little gift. A toy, a book or a cute shirt. But what about the mommy? Think about it, women carry babies for nine months, go through labor, breastfeed, take care of the babies… We say they deserve some cute gifts too! But since all women are different, here is your fool-proof gift guide for any new mommy.
For a romantic mommy
For someone who is romantic, get a timeless piece that will remind them about their new special role of a mommy. Personalized gifts are the best for romantic mommies
Gift idea: a necklace/ring/earrings with the baby’s initial.
For a sporty mommy
A sporty mom’s life does not stop when she has a baby! Instead, she explores the ways of how to introduce the baby to fitness since the early age and spend quality time with her while keeping their bodies in the best shape.
Gift idea: a fitness tracker.
For a creative mommy
You will recognize this mommy by creative way she sets up the nursery and beautiful outfits she composes for her newest little model. Her baby will be her muse that inspires her.
Gift idea: a camera.
For a fashionable mommy
If you think back, you will probably remember her wearing kitten heels throughout her pregnancy. She probably never shopped in the maternity stores but came up with the cutest outfits anyway.
Gift idea: not-so-diaper bag
For a multitasking mommy
These mommies do not stop! You are probably admiring how they are able to manage everything plus a new baby. Get them something to make their life easier.
Gift idea: a baby monitor
Holidays is the time when we feel inexplicable happiness, warmth of home and all believe in a little bit of magic. For most people, the favorite thing to do this time of the year is spending time with their families and friends. To add just a bit more to the holiday warmth and magic, here are some simple drinks for the whole family to sip on next time you sit down to play Monopoly.
- For babies and designated drivers. There is something special about hot, fragrant tea in winter. There are different sorts to choose from, but we think herbal teas are best for the holiday season. They have no caffeine and are safe to drink at any time of the day. Best winter flavors are chamomile, peppermint, St. John’s wort, and ginger. Even infants can benefit from mild chamomile tea as it relieves colics and helps babies pass gas.
- For kids and adults who value traditions. If you associate Christmas time with drinking delicious eggnog, you should pass on this tradition to your kids. Stores start selling eggnog as early as in late November, but you can also make a homemade drink. It takes about 15 minutes and there are plenty of recipes online.
- For your parents and coffee lovers. If you are more of a coffee person, you can enjoy your favorite drink as well. Holidays is a great excuse to treat yourself to all those special flavors you were waiting for the whole year. Pumpkin spice, vanilla, chocolate, Irish cream… you can try a new flavor every day. Alternatively, you can add a splash of your favorite cognac or cream liqueur to your coffee in the evening.
- For your fashionable grandparents and European friends. Maybe you have a grandmother who reads Vogue or have some European friends over – then mulled wine should definitely be on your drinks list. Simply warm up (do not boil) your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon together with cut apples, oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. Serve in clear glasses with handles and keep an eye on the gradma.
December is here! The time is flying, and once you have recovered from all the Thanksgiving food and shopping, it is time to think about Christmas. Every family has their own traditions for this holiday, and we think that one of them should be making family Christmas cards. It is a great idea because it lets you see how your family changes over the years – how the kids grow, how your house changes and what hairstyles suit you best.
If you have ‘Christmas card photoshoot’ down on your calendar, you should get prepared for it. Here are some things to keep in mind while getting ready for that day.
- Location. The location that you choose for the card is one of the most important things to consider. You can go safe with a family room in your house (fireplaces make a great backdrop) or you can go adventurous and do the shoot outside (get some snow in the picture if it snows where you live). If shooting outside, you don’t have to necessarily do it near your house; instead, you can find a cute background in the city that you like. Brick walls, for instance, will help you make timeless photos.
- Props. Bring some Christmas atmosphere into your photos with some props! The simple ones you can use are tree lights, candy canes (FYI: two canes held together make a heart shape), tree ornaments, candles, Christmas trees… the list goes on and on. You can also type up and print messages on the paper to show changes that happened in your family over the year and then incorporate them into your photos. For example, such prints as ‘got new job’, ‘became a big sister’, or ‘learned to sit down’ will make great memories captured for years.
- Outfits. We don’t have to tell you about the traditional color palette for Christmas holidays. We think that it does not really matter what you are wearing, as long as all your outfits match in a way to emphasize the family unity. You can go for red and green sweaters one year, plaid shirts next year, and PJs the year after. If you can’t think of a uniting element in clothes, pick an accessory that everyone can have – think a red scarf or Santa hats.
- Photo composition. From sitting down to standing up or being captured in a jump, there are a lot of options for your photo. Try to alternate composition every year and be creative! If you all lay down in a circle and hold your hands, you will make one cute snowflake.
- Atmosphere. No matter what your photo shoot is going to be like, the most important thing is setting the right atmosphere. If someone is tired or grumpy, it will show in the picture. To make sure it does not happen, make sure everyone is clean, fed and happy. You can start out your preparation by researching some ideas on Pinterest and sharing them with your family. Have everyone incorporated in the process and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime!
Many people are still not sure whether or not they need to buy a baby monitor when a baby comes on board, mainly because they don’t see how it can be used after the baby grows up.
After all, the generations before us have done the whole parenting thing without any baby monitors whatsoever. However, the technology has progressed and nowadays video baby monitors – such as iBaby Monitor M6T – can do so much more: play lullabies, turn and tilt to give you the best view, show baby videos to your relatives overseas… it is really surprising they do not cook yet! Indeed, video baby monitors make your life as a parent so much easier, but also they often come with a hefty price tag. This leaves many parents wondering what to do with the monitor when it is no longer needed for the baby. Well, we got you covered on this one – check out these three ideas to prevent your monitor from getting exiled to a shelf in the garage.
Suppose you are finally taking that Hawaii trip you were putting off for ages. You are excited to go the beach, spend quality time as a family and explore the Big Island. However, if you are person who gets worried about whether or not you left the iron on when leaving the house, you could get a bit uneasy going farther away than usual. In this case, you could use your baby monitor as a home monitor just to check that everything is okay at home.
Dogs are people, too. And so are cats. Ever wondered what your furry friends might be doing while you are gone to work? While you probably should not expect to see Mr. Chips playing chess against himself (but who knows? some dogs are really smart), you might see something interesting. Just be ready to press the ‘record’ button – with pets, you are always just one click away from becoming the next YouTube sensation.
Kids have great imagination. You buy them an expensive toy and then see them play for hours with a stick they found on the playground. You can give a name to the baby camera, use a sharpie to draw a funny face on it and – boom! – your child has a new best friend. Older children could enjoy having a video baby monitor while playing fort or any other game where they need to chat with someone else to pass some very secret information.
If none of these ideas seem exciting to you, you can always go the good old route of giving the nanny cam away to your friends, family members or just donating it to an organization of your choice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Everybody knows that baby and pet photos are the types of photos that one never tires of looking at. If you are a new parent, you are lucky to have a little model all to yourself to make some amazing pictures. If you are looking to get even more impressive with your techniques, here are five simple tips to help you step up your photographer game.
- Make your baby the focus of your photo. To achieve this, choose a neutral color palette as a background for your baby. Beige, white, grey and pastel colors work the best. If you would like to use a patterned background, do not use any other accessories to keep your child in the limelight. When bringing accessories into the photo, limit yourself to only one per picture. Some common accessories include hats, headbands, shawls or toys.
- Take a lot of sleeping baby photos in the first weeks. Newborns sleep 16 hours per day on average and this is the perfect opportunity to take some of the cutest photos. Newborns are also very flexible and you can play with various sleeping positions in your hunt for the perfect picture. If you would like to catch your baby smiling in the sleep, there is no need these days to sit by their crib waiting for the moment. You can simply keep an eye on your little one through a baby monitor that has a function of taking photos and videos.
- Learn that macro function. Most people are surprised to realize how small babies are when they are born. Macro function lets you capture really small details – think tiny feet, hands, ears and eyes. To make the size of the baby standout even more, have something in the photo serve as a scale. For instance, you can make a great shot with your baby’s hands in yours hands or a toy next to the baby.
- Include other family members. As your baby gets a bit older and is more awake during the day, your can start making great family photos. Lay your baby down with his siblings or your pet. Have someone take photos of you and your partner interacting with the baby. There is nothing better than natural, non-stages pictures so have your photographer shadow your family for a couple of hours.
- Print the photos in black and white. In the digital age people sadly stopped printing the photos. If you choose to print them in black and white and in a size larger than the usual 4×6 size, they will make a timeless decoration for any room. Black and white photos are also more resistant to fading unlike color prints.
As a parent you will know the best when it is a good time to take photos of your baby. When the baby is awake, make sure he is well fed and changed to make sure you have one happy model for the photo shoot. Your child will thank you one day for making all these memories for him.
Many parents-to-be report the fun of being creative as an unexpected perk of getting ready for parenthood. Come to think of it, from picking the name and putting together a wardrobe for your little one to setting up a nursery, there are lots of creative decisions to be made. We have looked at the top three pieces of furniture that usually are on every parent’s checklist for a nursery and gave them a thorough check:
- Crib: Yes. No matter if you plan to be training your baby to sleep in the crib from day one or will practice co-sleeping, you will still need a separate bed for your baby one day. Give preference to transformer beds that will ‘grow’ with your baby – they might be more expensive to buy but will last you longer and will be less expensive in the long run as compared to buying a new bed every few years.
- Changing table: Maybe. If you have enough space and are not on a budget, you may look into investing in a changing table. However, remember that this piece of furniture will become less useful as your baby grows. Alternatively, you can use the top of a dresser with a changing pad to serve the same purposes. Another idea – given you have enough space – is to set up the changing station on the bathroom counter which provides you with an immediate access to water.
- Rocking chair: Maybe. We often grow up with a vision that a nursery must have a rocking chair. The reality is that this piece of furniture is often overpriced and too bulky. It might be also hard to find the one that will match your nursery’s design. Instead, you could purchase a cute armchair and a little table to put beside it. Breastfeeding sessions might take long time and you will be thankful to have your essentials (such as a water bottle) at a stretch of a hand.