Real Life SmartMom Kaitlin Duren

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This week we invite Kaitlin Duren to join the SmartMom community. She is a mother to two beautiful, chocolate milk-loving girls who you can see on her Instagram account @kaitlinallieduren as well as a digital marketer that you can find out more about on her blog xoxo, mama Kait.

Here are some questions we asked:

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SmartMom’s Trip to Italy – Registration is OPEN!

SmartMom is inviting you and your cool mom crew to join us and one of our favorite moms, Chicago food blogger Erica Eckman of Everything Erica, on a girl’s-only trip to Italy.

We are so thrilled Erica can join us in Italy because she is our go-to mama not only for recipes and amazing giveaways, but when we need a real connection. We can’t wait to travel with her, glass of wine in one hand and her recommendation for gelato in the other! We’ll make some pretty incredible memories together on this girl’s trip to Italy.

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December Contest: Get Baby Winter Ready with 7AM Enfant

While the colder weather brings hot chocolate, tree trimming, and extra snuggles, it can also send a chill down mom’s spine. As soon as I became a mom, the excitement of first snow turned into anxiety about my little one getting cold and ending up sick.

The truth of the matter is, kids don’t get sick from the cold weather – they get sick because everyone is moved inside to close quarters and germs are exchanged easily. SmartMom’s advice? No need to bring your little one to the mall or indoor gym every day. Instead, bundle up and take a walk outside!

In honor of Jack Frost nipping at our noses:

7AM Enfant is giving away 2 Evolution Blankets to our most active SmartMoms! 

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When Will Baby Sleep Through the Night and More from Safe Sleep School

SmartMom and Safe Sleep School partners, Finnbin and BabyDoctor.com, are dedicated to creating helpful resources when it comes to keeping our sleeping babies safe. To see when will baby sleep through the night and more about safe sleep, see the top answers from our live chat with certified pediatrician, Dr. Dania Rumbak!

Top Questions and Answers from the Safe Sleep School Live Chat on SmartMom:

Q: When can I give my baby a pillow to sleep with?

A: Pillows are not safe until 1 year of age. According to the AAP, prior to 1 year there should be absolutely nothing in the crib except the baby on a firm mattress. Everything is a choking hazard including pillows and blankets.

Q: How much sleep is too much sleep?

A: Many people will say never wake a sleeping baby and that is true until a point. For the tiniest newborns, they should not go more than 3-4 hours between feeds, so you should wake them to feed. Older babies can go longer.

Q: My baby spits up all the time so we don’t sleep him on his back flat, but in a tilted bassinet or swing – is that ok???

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You’re Invited: SmartMom’s Tour of Tuscany

SmartMom's Tour of Tuscany

Pack your bags SmartMoms, because we are going on a tour of Tuscany! As a member of the SmartMom community, you are eligible to purchase a 9-day trip to the Tuscany region of Italy at an UNBELIEVABLE price.

Check out the full itinerary for SmartMom Tour of Tuscany

So, what does a typical vacation to the vineyards of Italy cost, inclusive of accommodations, meals, tours, tastings, ground transport AND flights? About $7,600.

But if you’re a SmartMom, you’ll be getting all of this for $3,600. (That’s FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS in savings!) 
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SmartMom Travel Benefit … Coming Soon

Have you noticed under the Travel section of SmartMom Benefits something “Coming Soon”? Well, soon is very soon… A few hints as to where SmartMoms are headed in 2018:

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Help Baby Sleep Safely: “Ask Me Anything” with Safe Sleep School

While we constantly have a million questions, it’s our job as mothers to find the right answer when it comes to our babies. We get plenty of information (whether we like it or not) from our own mothers, sisters-in-law, friends with kids, and of course search engines. Who do you turn to for “the right answer?” Here at SmartMom, we always encourage speaking with your pediatrician.

Safe Sleep School is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” event featuring Dr. Dania Rumbak from BabyDoctor.com and Catherine Merritt from Finnbin in an exclusive live chat in the SmartMom app Wednesday, November 1st.

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Safe Sleep Giveaway with Burt’s Bees Baby

Safe sleep is one of the most precious gifts you can give your baby – and yourself. With this in mind, Burt’s Bees Baby designed their Beekeeper, a wearable blanket, to replace loose blankets in the crib (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics) while keeping your little bee cozy, warm and secure throughout the night.

As part of SIDS Awareness Month, our partner Burt’s Bees Baby is giving away one of their Beekeeper Wearable Blankets to three lucky SmartMoms!

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SmartMoms Pass Safe Sleep School

As a community of moms, SmartMom feels a responsibility to provide resources that can change a family’s life. In honor of SIDS Awareness Month this October, we have partnered with Finnbin, a baby box company, to launch a brand new online resource Safe Sleep School.

Safe Sleep School features online video “courses” raising awareness for the prevention of SIDS, as well as other topics that concern family wellness like car seat safety and nutrition for nursing mothers. The site includes an online quiz parents can take after viewing the online video courses to showcase an understanding of the information on how to help keep babies safe. Continue reading

Postpartum Depression Resources from SmartMom

Photo Credit: Maggie Meador

Thank you to Maura Winkler for hosting Postpartum Depression Awareness with SmartMom and to all of our moms that participated in the live chat. With your help, we were able to raise awareness for PPD and related disorders amongst our large community and offer personal support and resources to those in need.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PPD, please share the SmartMom chat thread and additional postpartum depression resources below.

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