The Three Gifts of Christmas

Last night the kids and I cozied up together on the couch to watch what is possibly one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, the old cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’s iconic tale: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. (I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it’s snowing, and my kids have been home sick all week- I think that makes it okay.) We sat close together, watching in delight as the Whos down in Whoville, the tall and the small, celebrated Christmas without any presents at all. I felt the familiar tug of my heart strings as the narrator recited my favorite part of the story:

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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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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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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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You’re Invited to the SmartMom Benefits Program

SmartMom is excited to announce we’ve created a brand new line of benefits just for our SmartMom members! These benefits include exclusive discounts and money-saving coupons.

If you are part of SmartMom, you can receive SmartMom Benefits today! 

When accessing your new benefits, you’ll find:

  • retail section complete with coupons from your favorite businesses.
  • travel section including a hugely discounted trip to Europe.
  • health section that can aide your wallets when little ones fall sick.

How do I access my new benefits?

Simply log in to the SmartMom app to find out how.

“Ask Me Anything” with Monica Royer, Founder of Monica + Andy

Come join Monica Royer from children’s clothing company Monica + Andy in an exclusive live chat in the SmartMom app Wednesday, September 20th.

Monica will lead a discussion about raising our daughters to be strong, independent, self-confident women. As a mother of a 6 year old daughter, Monica leads by example not only for her young one but tries to emulate this feeling of empowerment through her clothing line.

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