The Dragon and The Rabbit

Last week I attended the launch party of a new super cute clothing line for kids. The Dragon and the Rabbit (, is a whimsical, cute, and easy to wear line. The colors of the collection are very in trend with the nautical theme. The pieces are red, navy blue and white. There are multiple pieces in the collection, from dresses to jeans there is something for the child in your life.


The designer is Anjana Eapen-Sathaye, after working in the New York fashion industry and becoming a mom she decided to create this clothing line. Its name come from her children one born in the year of the dragon and the other one born in the year of the rabbit. The clothes are made of natural cotton fabrics that are easy to take care of and feel soft on the children’s skin. Image

I really love this line. It’s easy, comfortable pieces, with limited embellishments yet enough character for any fashionable tot. The pieces also provide a lot of versatility thanks to the colors and the fabrics. My favorite pieces are the dress on top, which can be used as a dress for a little girl or a shirt for an older girl. For the boys my favorite piece is this cute polo with a train. Image

If you are looking for fashionably, easy maintenance, chic clothes for you kids, this is great for you. Prices range from $30 to $60 dollars which is pretty good. And if the cute clothes and good price is not enough to make you buy them, know that a portion of the sales go to the Children’s Heart Foundation (

So go ahead, not only will your kid look good, you will also be helping another child!

Here are more pictures from the party, which was held at The Children’s Museum of Art in NYC.



Do you know what Gearapalooza is???

What is it? An expo dedicated to baby gear. Created by Bump Club and Beyond this expo is for moms to get together and learn about baby gear. It is also a great opportunity to hear seminars about which baby gear is absolutely necessary to bring the baby home, and where should you really spend more or less time deciding.

Where? Gearapalooza started as a six city tour and this year expanded to twelve cities. I attended the New Jersey stop.

How? You get a ticket. It includes light dinner, bingo card (which could score you some really nice prizes- I happen to win the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat), and a gift bag.

One of the things that makes this expo special is that they have partnered up with Jamie Grayson, The Baby Guy NYC. He is the featured speaker for the expo and explains what is important when choosing an infant car seat and how baby gear should be divided. He discusses five categories: car seat, stroller, mattress, baby carrier, and breast pump.

If you are a mom to be or a new mom, you need to know about Gearpalooza. The great thing about this expo in specific is that it is held in local baby stores where you can purchase what you need. The New Jersey stop at Nesalee Baby in Livingston. This was a super chic baby store, and another benefit of the expo is that you can create your baby registry with discounts. The evening also included light dinner, and a swag bag. The New Jersey stopped included exhibitions by Bugaboo, Chicco, 4 Moms, Beco Baby Carriers, Nuna USA, Stokke, Maxi Cosi, Uppa Baby, and Dr. Smiths Diaper Ointment.

The swag bag was awesome. It had some great stuff like Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station, Maxi Cosi Footmuff, MAM bottle and my item was the Stokke foldable bath.

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The link for the expo is

If you can check it out is totally worth it, the information you get is essentially priceless! This is really a great investment in your baby planning. And if you don’t see a stop in your city or near buy, let them know, this years 12th city was picked by the fans!

Savor the moment.

I didn’t want to make The Mommy Elf a personal blog/site. But today I need to share with you what is going on in my life. See, my 2 year old has neuroblastoma. And right now we are cancer free, hopefully we’ll stay like that after his June checkup. My post is not about that though, is more about how we as parents deal with it, with illness that is. For me, it has been a process of spoiling my baby and trying to give him everything he wants. And this is hard. As he is quickly becoming the poster child for “terrible 2’s”, I worry about EVERYTHING with him. I worry that he is not eating, I worry when he doesn’t respond to his name, I worry when he wakes up and goes right back to bed, I worry when he is drowsy or hyper, I worry every time something happens to him. A booboo in his arm or a bump in his head are things that 90% of the time keep me awake. Watching him. I stare at him and marvel at the beauty of this tiny person who I carried for 9 months and whose time with me, might be limited. I try to savor every kiss and every hug. I try to take mental pictures, more than real pictures because I want to live the moment in front of it and not behind the camera.

Yesterday I posted on Facebook the story of Larry and his daughter Savvy. She was 2 years old and she went to bed and didn’t wake up. He made me think about my fortune of having my boy still with me. I think of his stolen moments and try to have as many moments as I can, because you never know. Our time is so short here and sometimes we, as parents, take that for granted. We get so busy making schedules for playdates, classes (gym, zoo, karate, music), we over-schedule birthday parties, we take thousands of pictures, yet we forget to live the moment. To stop and just breath and enjoy. To savor every second that we possibly can with these little people who in an instant are going to be off to college, married, with kids of their own! It might sound like I’m exaggerating, but that’s how I feel. Every day is a gift more valuable and more precious than any big house, expensive car, or hefty bank account. Life is the most valuable gift we have.

You might ask why I’m thinking about this. Well today my baby decided to play and bumped his head in a glass table. It was such a small accident. And when I saw him I broke down. I re-lived every moment in the hospital with him. He got a bump in his head and I acted like he had fallen of a building. I don’t know how to explain it other than I am terrified. I am terrified of having those moments taken away from me. I pray. I just ask God to let me enjoy him and all my loved ones just a bit longer.

So if anything I just want to help you stop and think. Think about slowing down. Enjoy the ride, the moments, the hugs and the kisses. You can always make up a missed music class, but you can never make up time with your kids.


Cloth Diapering- The beginning!

Any mom who has successfully cloth diapered will tell you 2 things:

1. it’s addicting

2. it’s easy

But there are other more important reasons why cloth diapering is beneficial: it saves money, it reduces waste and protects your babies bum!

Because I wanted to know exactly what I talk about when I write these posts, I decided to start cloth diapering myself. Crazy to think I would be able to do it since I have 2 toddlers, and I admit it seemed very very hard, but I decided to commit. 3 months later I am loving it. Like everything it has it’s hard days (a day with multiple bowl movements), but for the most part it’s as easy as using a disposable diaper.

The first thing you need to know is the types of diapers:

-Prefolds= these are the diapers that our grandmas mostly used. They have 3 sides with a thicker center. It gets folded and secured with a snappy and a cover goes on top of it.


-AIO (All in One)= this is the type of diaper that is all together, the cover and the absorbent liner are sown in.


-Pocket= this diaper has a pocket where you insert one or multiple inserts (microfiber or bamboo are great) for absorbency.


-Hybrid= a diaper with different ways of using it.


After the type of diaper you need to know the different accessories:

-Snappy. Snappies are used in place of safety pins. They are used to secure the prefold diapers.


-Diaper cover= this is just a waterproof cover to put over the prefolds

-Wet bag= a place to put your dirty items in

-Liners= these can be placed on top of the diapers so that when stool is solid you can just pick up the liner and toss it in the toilet.

-Wipes= cloth wipes make sense to use with cloth diapers. They come in different materials like hemp, cotton or fleece.

-Wipe solution= you can make it yourself, just add water to a spray bottle and wet the wipe, or you can buy some solutions.

-Diaper sprayer= this is a spray hose that you can hook up to the toilet and rinse your diapers on the toilet. I haven’t found this to be of any use, but some people LOVE their sprayer.

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The second thing is preparing. You need to know how many diapers you need, get detergent, prepare your diapers for usage. So on.

*When choosing which diaper to use (AIO, hybrid, pocket or prefolds). I recommend getting a couple of each. This is really a very personal choice. Some people love the easiness of AIO, while others like the versatility  of hybrids. Trial and error is the way to go. But if you want start with pockets. Think about choosing between Pampers, Huggies or Luvs!

For a newborn you will need between 15-24 diapers. This really depends on how much your baby soils their diaper. (With my baby I started with 15).

For infants and toddlers, you can decide how many diapers you need based on the amount of times they need to get changed and also how often you want to do laundry. If you are going to do laundry every other day then you’ll never need more than 24 diapers, but if you are taking an extra day and plan on doing laundry every 2 days then you might run out of clean diapers. For example: my daughter is 3.5 months, she uses about 4 diapers a day and I do laundry every other night so I never really use more than 10 diapers before I do laundry.

For the detergent, you need to make sure that it is safe for cloth diapers, since you will be washing these quite often, you need to make sure that the detergent doesn’t strip the absorbency of the diaper. Here is a great chart on different detergents.


Once you pick a detergent (I have been using Charlies Soap-great with stains) and get your diapers you need to get them ready to use. This process is called “stripping”. This basically means to get rid of any chemicals that might be on the diaper. You can follow the manufacturers instructions or you can wash your diapers about 4-5 times some with cold water and some with hot.

The you are ready to begin!!!

To take care of the diapers just take the diaper of the baby, and toss it in the diaper pail If your baby has more solid stool then you’ll probably rinse it with the sprayer and then toss it in the pail. (You can get a diaper liner- which is a huge wet bag!). I just use a hanging wet bag in the bathroom. When you are ready to do the laundry follow these steps:

~Take the insert out (if you are using a pocket).

~Toss everything in the machine, including the wet bags

~Run a cold cycle in the machine

~Add detergent and run a hot cycle

~Rinse in cold water

~Hang to dry. I don’t have a line outside so I hang them to dry in a drying rack in the hallway. If you have a line take use of it. The sun is a great tool to keep the diapers stain free. I like to hang everything to dry, but you can choose to hang the covers and dry the inserts in the dryer. This is what I use to hang my diapers


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After they dry I get them ready to go, by either stuffing the inserts or folding them the right way. There are many ways to store the diapers, mine are in a drawer.

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Here is a list of super helpful websites were you can not only get diapers, you can also score pretty good deals. Get detergent, tips and other specials.

Have fun… Let us know how you cloth diaper!!





Ergo Original Baby Carrier vs. Beco Baby Carrier

A lot of parents are discovering the freedom that babywearing brings to their families. Free hands, no stroller, the closeness with the baby. It’s no surprise baby carriers are all the craze these days from wraps to sling rings to soft structure carriers, everyone has heard or has used a Bjorn, which is the most famous name for a baby carrier. Of course babywearing is not new and it has been part of many cultures for centuries but now in the Unites States is taking more of a trend form like breastfeeding and cloth diapering. More parents are discovering the benefits and it has more appeal as attachment parenting has more and more followers.

In recent years the Bjorn has taken a stab because of the way the position of the babies legs fit in the carrier. Making ergonomic carriers favorable, enter the Ergobaby and Beco. These two companies started in 2003 and 2005 respectively and they have taken over the market in the soft structure carrier, because of their ergonomic design, their functionality and the all around philosophy of the companies.

Here is a side by side comparison of the two. I will be using the Ergobaby Original Carrier and the Beco Soleil Carrier.

Ergobaby Original                Beco Soleil

Price                           $115                                 $140

Weight Limit            45lbs                                45lbs

Postions                    3                                        3

Colors                        8                                        9

Fabric                        100% Cotton                100% Cotton

Waistband length    26″ to 55″                     27″ to 59″

Shoulder pad            3″                                   3″

Pockets                      2 pockets                    1 pocket

There are a couple of extra features in the Beco like the tribuckle, which means you need to press 3 things to open it and the DASSS (DOUBLE ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP SYSTEM), the hood is also removable.

The Ergo has 2 pockets, one of them zippered.

Both have a 1 year manufacturer warranty and are made in China.


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Although the Beco has more features, I am personally partial to the Ergo because it was the first carrier I ever tried and it felt really good. But I do have them both and use them both regularly. I advise everyone to go to the store and try these one. It is really a personal choice when it comes to how they fit. Try to clip it yourself and use a doll at the store to learn how to properly secure the baby. Babywearing is fun, and it can provide a much needed extra hands when you have little ones. I am adding some pictures of side by sides so you have a better idea of what they look like

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Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo (a child grows)

This year the Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo by a child grows exceeded expectations of parents. With a big number of sponsors and exhibitions there was all kinds of information for parents. The seminars included The Honest Toddler and Jamie Grayson, the Baby Guy NYC. It was exciting to see the amount of information from local companies but also new products from companies like Joovy and Britax.

A couple of highlights from the Expo include:

This expo is great because every year they have special areas for families. Like the nursing room, the childcare area, and the diaper changing station (with available diapers). They also had music and a cafeteria area with refreshments.

-The Ikea area. This was a great area for kids to hang out and play and for parents to take a break.

-The Babywearing International NYC Discussion Group area. This was great because it help parents try out different wraps and carriers, plus parents got to see real moms just wearing their babies and got to see how easy it can be.

-The bingo table had great prizes!

Some of the companies that stood out:

-Sasha Sunflowa: And Alphabet of Happy. This is a couple who wrote and published their own series of alphabet books. The cutest thing is that each book is a different letter. (

-Super Useful Human is a local company that basically caters to any need anyone can have at any moment! (

-Me Beau Bebe is a nursing cover that is 5 in 1 nursing blanket. They have 2 collections which are adorable. It is made by moms in NYC. (

-The Nurse Purse. This is one of those genius products. It’s a bag that you can put your pump in, but also use as a diaper bag or a hand bag. It is pretty big so it fits even your laptop. (

Of course we can’t forget the swag bag. This is one of the reasons many parents come, because the ticket not only opens the door to all parenting information but you get a bag at the end. This bag has a different value, depending on which ticket you got. The VIP ticket, scored you a Beco Soleil carrier ($140) plus the bag which included full size items. Some of my favorite items are the Organic Apple Park rattle ($, 3oz BabyGanics Eczema cream ($, and a 8.1oz bottle of Root Boost Spray by TIGI (this hairspray is only available at hair salons!)

If you are a parent this expo is a must!!  Even if you feel you don’t need any information is just a great family afternoon (plus guarantee you’ll find out a company, service, or idea you didn’t know existed!!) So add it to your list of must for next year!

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From 1 to 2 kids!

Are you pregnant with your second baby? Are you trying to figure out how to balance it all?

How are you going to manage going out with 2 kids?

Everything stresses a mom out especially during a pregnancy. The thoughts of how to manage a household, the kids, being a wife, getting back in shape and how to handle 2 kids. There are a couple of things that can help out, and even when you think they are small they can make a HUGE difference.

-ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, accept (and ASK for) help! From family, from friends, even from the stranger mom at Target. You might think that your friends can’t help you, but even when they come to visit to see the baby, you can let them babysit and go take a shower, or have them feed the baby if they are willing. If it’s a family member don’t be afraid to accept whatever they are asking to do, the dishes, sweeping the floor or watching the baby. And if you are feeling overwhelmed, ask them to do the dishes, or make a quick dinner (if they some sort of culinary skills) and let them in.

-Paper PLATES, CUPS & SILVERWARE. Yes, this is BIG! It will eliminate your dish duty (except for pots, of course).

-Drop off laundry is not a luxury everyone can enjoy, but a lot of laundromats, have really cheap rates for wash and fold. Take advantage! Not every day, not all the time, but if it’s one of those weeks drop it off. It could cost you $20 for 20 lbs of laundry but it will be way more valuable than that to be able to rest or spend time with your baby.

-Forget about cleaning the floor! Not to make your house a pig sty, but seriously don’t worry about cleaning! That should be the least of your worries. If you are a super clean/ can’t deal with germs mama, read this article from ( It will make you feel better about skipping a day of moping.

-Give your toddler individual attention. It will be hard, but not impossible. We always think that the newborn/infant needs us 200% of the attention and most of the time we forget, or put aside a bit, the needs of that other child. Carve out special time for just the 2 of you. Even if at bedtime you read a book just for him/her. This will help eliminate jealousy.

-Don’t stress yourself about getting back in shape. It will happen. Give it time.

-Ergo, Beco, Sling Ring, Moby: Make baby wearing your new go to! It will make everything so much easier. From going to the park to the grocery store. You carry your baby in the carrier and put your tot in the shopping cart or walk next to you, or even use just a single stroller. (When you decide to get a carrier go with the known names and try them on! Get used to clipping, wrapping and putting your baby in, before baby comes)

-Don’t have expectations. What I mean is, with a tot and a newborn nothing can be planned! You really don’t know how things are going to flow, so don’t think that you’re going to keep your routine or that your newborn will sleep like your first baby. Follow that saying hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

-Remember to RELAX. It will be hard to transition, as it is a new person in your life. Take it one day at a time. There will be good days and there will be bad days, but when you get a steady rhythm you’ll be able to focus on other things.

Enjoy your new baby. Before you know it your two little babies will be playing and running together! If you think time went fast with your first born, get ready because the second one goes twice as fast! So savor the moments, take lots of pictures and breath. The floor will get cleaned- eventually… 🙂




Who likes a giveaway!!!???

Because everyone needs a little pick me up!!! I want to celebrate a little accomplishment by giving away something. And honestly who doesn’t enjoy coffee or tea, OR WATER! Starbucks has water! So head over to Facebook under the giveaway tab and enter to win!!!

$15 Starbucks gift card!!!


Like it, comment, share it!!! Good luck!

Baby Expos & Beyond

Attending a baby or child expo and not sure what to expect? Well the most important thing is to go prepared. Most of the expos have tons of information for parents and parents to be.

1. Know the companies: It is important to be aware of the companies that will be there before you head out (Most events have a list of the sponsors on their website). The reason this is important is because there will be companies you might be more interested in than others, so you want to head to those tables first.

2. Pack light: Don’t bring a big bag. Part of the fun in baby expos is getting goodies from companies. Those goodies can get quite heavy, so if you are by yourself and are pregnant and already carrying a big handbag, you’ll limit yourself by not being able to take home more good stuff because it’s too heavy. Let me warn you, a lot of the products are good. You can expect to get anything. From travel size samples, to full products.

3. Bring labels: Your name, number and email. It will cut the time you spend at each table filling out raffle and email list information.

4. Take your time: If you really want to learn about a product this is a great opportunity to take your time and ask TONS of questions. Spend your time, and don’t rush so you can see it all. It’ll be pointless to see it all and get NO information about anything. (You’ll just end up even more confused)

5. Sign up: Sign up for the mailing list of the companies that interest you. 80% of the time, they’ll send coupons to the attendees of these events. (And with everything you’re probably spending on your kid- 10-20% off can come in pretty handy!)

6. Attend seminars: Almost all expos have some sort of seminar or guest speaker. Attend them. Especially if you are expecting. Most of these seminars are packed with useful information. Make sure you know at what time each seminar begins and ends.

6. Enjoy it!!!: Can’t say this enough. When I went to my first expo I was not pregnant not planning to be. I wanted to check it out. And if you take your time you will really have fun. Try the food (if they have), try the baby gear, speak to people. It’s also a good place to meet other mamas who might be going through the same thing you are going. And don’t be afraid to ask, no question is stupid or dumb!


Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra

Key features:

-Incredible adjustability
-Comes with straps (like a regular bra)
-Criss-cross seal on breastshield
-Extra extender with zipper for the front

This is a great bra for any mom who is pumping but it is specially awesome for moms who have had problems with hands free pumping bras because they would fall off. This bra is great because it really stays in place and makes pumping much easier and enjoyable, because it truly lets you be hands free.