January 31, 2018

Our Top 'Ultra Violet' Picks

Pantone has named "Ultra'Violet" the color of the year for 2018, and we LOVE it! Here are a few of our favorite items for baby in the 'color of the year.' 

Lotus Crib Fun Shade in Purple

 Re-Play Children's Tableware Set

Lifefactory 4oz Bottle with Lavender Silicone Sleeve 

Spearmint Love Plum Blossom Swaddle

Baby Soy Basic Kimono


January 23, 2018

10 Travel Hacks for Flying with Toddlers

As I prepare for yet another flight with my kids I wanted to share some of my tried and true toddler travel tips. Here's how to travel with a toddler:

1. Pack reusable water bottles in your carry-on bag, this way you can fill at a water fountain once you make it through security.

2. Pack the stroller. With my kids I found that letting them walk through the airport and finding an empty gate for them to play in was a great way to get them ready to nap on the plane. Having a stroller is a top tip for traveling with toddlers.

3. One of my toddler travel tips involves the Lotus. Bring along your Lotus as a carry-on, flight delays happen and they are stressful. It is really nice to have a spot where the kids can rest. 

4. DVD coloring case, this is an idea I found on Pinterest and fell in love. It is perfect for keeping the crayons in 1 place while the kids color and not rolling around the floor of the plane. It is also a lot less bulky than a coloring book and box of crayons. 

5. 5. When traveling with toddlers bring snacks, and plenty of them. I bring along more snacks than I think I should because the last thing I want to do is run out. And I also keep a stash of super special snacks in case they start to get really antsy. 

6. Surprise toys are a huge hit with my kids. I pack a few of their favorite toys, but head to the dollar store or dollar bi at Target a few weeks before the trip and stock up on small surprise toys for them to play with. The kids love getting something new and, since I am not spending a fortune on toys for toddlers on a plane, if they get lost or broken it is not a big deal.

7. A fully stocked first aid kit is a must when traveling with toddlers. I of course bring the regular first aid ointment, band aids, fever reducer etc. But I also like to make sure that I bring along meds that I don't use on a regular basis in case of an emergency. We travel out of the country a lot and in some locations overseas they do not have drugstores like we do here and we don't have access to many over the counter meds that we use. 

8. Plastic wrap to prevent leaks. For both my checked bag and carry on I like to seal liquids with plastic wrap. I place a small piece over the opined and then put the lid back on. 

9. Press n seal. This is a trick I saw another mom doing at the airport and I thought it was genius. Carry press n seal to turn any cup into a spill proof cup. 

10. Last, but certainly not least for my toddler travel tips, I stash a couple of my favorite green tea bags in my carry on so I can treat myself on the flight. 

December 27, 2017

Lessons: 6 Months In and 6 Things I’ve Learned

*Guest Post by Guava Family Ambassador Natasha Pleis

Motherhood is hard, yet rewarding journey. There is just something magical about those first few months as a new mom to the sweetest, newborn baby. Everything the baby does is absolutely amazing and hilarious. It truly leaves you in awe. Along with the precious moments, comes a slough of hardships. With half a year down with my first born, here are six things I’ve learned along the way.


1. Motherhood Can Be Isolating
Between the breastfeeding, the lack of sleep, and the healing — there’s a lot going on those first few weeks and months. Leaving the house started to seem like a luxury. Getting the baby situated and figuring out the feeding times were stressful, let alone managing to get myself together. I learned to ask for the help and ask for company as I realized it was beneficial to my overall demeanor. And I soon realized people, especially family were more than willing to help. It takes a village, right?

2. Self-Care is Important
Mothers spend all day and night caring for their families. I started to feel an immense pressure to have everything perfectly in its place and dinner on the table every day. While there is nothing wrong with that notion, it started to become an unnecessary stressor and I began neglecting myself in the process. I realized I needed to start doing things for myself, or else I would not be able to give to my family. I had to learn that taking a little time for myself was not selfish, it was actually incredibly healthy.

3. My Husband is a Parent Too
Someone once told me that my husband may have his own way of parenting and that I should trust his style too — I soon figured out what that person meant. For the most part, I knew what my baby needed. After all, I had been bonding with her 24/7 for the last few months, right? It was so easy for me to jump right in and soothe my daughter if she was fussy. However, it started to leave my husband in the dust. He needed to figure out his way of doing things with his daughter too. What works for me, may not work for him. And that is okay.

4. Every Baby is Different
I received so much advice during my pregnancy and those first few months, whether it was solicited or not. I could hop online and within seconds I could see five different moms posting about how well their baby ate, slept, etc. I began to think, “what is wrong with my baby?” How sad was it that I started to compare my baby to someone else’s? Every single baby is different. And there is no such thing as a bulletproof solution to any issue. I began to listen to that “mama instinct” and we slowly figured each other out. While the process was tiresome, it was also beautiful.

5. Schedules Changed the Game
When my daughter turned three and a half months old, everything changed. She hit the fourth month sleep regression early and from there, everything was all out of sorts. I am a planner by nature and this lack of schedule was starting to affect all aspects of our lives. We decided it was time to start her on a routine. Not only did this improve mine and my husband’s wellbeing, but we also noticed that our daughter thrived being on a schedule. It took a lot of diligence but the outcome was worth it for us.

6. The Love is Indescribable
I was nervous about meeting our daughter for the first time and bringing her home. What would our life be like? Would we love her? I don’t even know her yet. When they placed her on my chest for the first time, everything changed. She manages to make all of the hardships and sleepless nights worth it with just one look. The love and joy she brings to our lives is almost impossible to put into words.

Everyone’s birth and parenting story is vastly different. However, one common factor remains — no matter what the story is, it is absolutely beautiful. While I have only been on this journey for six months, it is without a doubt, the most rewarding experience thus far.

    December 08, 2017

    Holiday Wish List: Best Toddler Travel Toys

    I recently took a long overseas trip with my kids and stocked up on tons of travel toddler toys before I left. These toys came in handy on the plane, in the airport and in the car during the trip. After the trip they were great to carry in my purse for waiting rooms and to keep in the backseat of the car. Here is my list of the toys for traveling with toddlers for keeping kids entertained on the go (these toddler travel toys are even a blast to play with at home).

    1. Tegu Blocks

    I had as much fun with these as the kids, building blocks are good toddler travel toys that won't get lost because they all stick together. 

    2. Small Magnetic White Board

    This small travel white board was the perfect place for my younger son to draw and my older son to practice writing words. I also brought along some ABC magnets for them to play with on this board as well. 

    3. Imaginetics 

    This board with magnets provided endless hours of entertainment for my kids as they made up different stories for all the characters on the board. 

    4. Finger Puppets

    These are some of the best toys for traveling with toddlers, I even keep a few in my pocket to keep the kids entertained while we are waiting in lines.


    November 24, 2017

    Real Moms Share: Travel Tips for Baby and Toddler

    This guest post is from Laci Hill. Laci is a mom and an avid traveler. See her travel tips below. You can follow Laci's journey on Instagram (@globalmotherhood). 

    I remember two conflicting emotions when we found out we were pregnant with our first baby, our son, Anchor. I was ecstatic, as we had tried for three years to conceive after a miscarriage. The accompanying strong feeling, however, was uncertainty. We had spent two years living in Asia already, flying internationally every six weeks or more, driving, sailing, or even walking to very remote villages in extreme climates; the idea of doing this with a baby had me instantly overwhelmed. Would literally everything change about our life after welcoming our greatly expected little one? 

    After months of processing these feelings, I came to a conclusion that was probably my greatest lesson of motherhood yet: our children need parents who are fully themselves in order to become the little world-changers they are destined to be. So, we decided we were going to keep going strong and change our pace as needed in specific seasons or moments. We were going to keep traveling and prepare to do this with a baby. Many people warned us that this was not possible, that adventure simply ends once you become a parent and that this change was all a part of the sacrifice of motherhood. Our response to them was a further steeling of our will to continue pursuing the deep inner call of our life into the wild. We would not be dissuaded. 
    The first baby thing I bought was a Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib. Children need consistency, things they can always depend on to be the same, their north stars. Parents are obviously two major constants in a child's life, but because Anchor's environment would be regularly changing (often from one extreme to another: desert to high mountains, tent to five star hotel, etc.) we felt he needed a place he could rest or retreat to that never changed. So we decided to forego a traditional wooden cot and use a travel crib both at home and on the road. Buying the Lotus was probably one of our biggest parenting wins of all nineteen months of his life. Anchor has been to eleven countries (many of them multiple times), on over 75 flights (too many to even count, honestly), traveled on trains, planes, automobiles, camels, and horse-drawn carriages... You know what has traveled with him on every trip? That crib. From bassinet to cot, to unzipped toddler bed, the Lotus has been the perfect safe-haven. We've destroyed many a diaper bag, stroller, baby gear of every kind... But the Lotus will not die. It looks almost as new as the day we bought it! We are now pregnant with baby number two and I've begun to unpack the bassinet to wash and ready it for another tiny explorer. Who knew that the bed I bought as a comfort for my child would become one of the most consistent anchors for myself in motherhood as I travel the globe with my babes...
    This brings me to a few tips for traveling with young ones:
    1. Buy the Right Gear: There's a Norwegian saying, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." I feel this applies to any environment. We've been on a journey to find the perfect baby items that can handle the daily mundane tasks like grocery shopping and
    going to the park, as well as the extreme and maybe less common situations of camping out in a nomad's tent in Tibet. For us, the latter are our more common experiences, but having the right gear makes all the difference in seamlessly transitioning from one environment to another. 
    2. Relax and Enjoy the Ride: Children take cues from their parents. They aren't naturally fussy little dictators, stressed out by any tiny little change in environment or schedule unless you've built them to be that way. So, when you're boarding a long flight with your toddler, relax and act like it's totally a normal life experience. Determine to take deep breaths, to laugh instead of tensing up, to let messes happen at dinner, to care more for your child than for the experience of other passengers. And if other people get upset because your baby can't handle the changes in air pressure, or doesn't want to buckle their seatbelt for takeoff or landing, or is simply being a normal human child (all of these things equal making noise of some sort); just consider it karma, payback on behalf of their parents for all the times they raised hell as a grom. 
    3. Lastly, Travel Often and Travel Early: The earlier and more often you adventure with your kids, the sooner they adjust (and the sooner you adjust) to and even develop a taste for a nomadic lifestyle. Our son has been traveling regularly since he was in the womb and the whirring of a plane engine is as normal to him as riding in a car is for most children. As a parent, you decide your kids' natural habitat; so make those choices early on and build into them a taste for the wild. And if traveling early and often is simply not in the cards for your tribe, just refer to tips 1 & 2 whenever you do get the chance to go. 

    November 13, 2017

    Ambassadors Share Travel Tips That Worked for Them

    As the holidays approach you may be thinking about taking your little one on their first trip. The idea of a road trip or flight with baby can seem overwhelming. We asked our Guava Family Brand Ambassadors to share what has worked for them:

    From @lifewithkristiannajade

    • Have a mirror so that you can see them in the car seat from the drivers seat
    • Pacifier clip attached so that it is easy to reach for their binkie
    • A bottle or snacks within arms reach
    • Toys they can play with
    • Travel during nap/bedtime so you don't mess up their sleep schedule (and they sleep most of the time!)


    From @ashley_aamot
    • Less is more. Really think about what activities you’ll be doing and how many outfits and shoes you really need. I know for myself I tend to over pack because “I never know what I’ll feel like wearing” BUT even if it is hard it is always best to have less with you not only because it’s easier to carry you also can keep track of all your things and not leave anything behind.
    • Have a plan. There is nothing worse than showing up in a new place and suddenly realizing you don’t know where you want to go. Then you’re sitting on your phone for hours trying to find and agree on places to go. Read about each of your locations.. Find the new fun places to go and of course the tourists stops as well! Spontaneous trips can be fun too but sometimes you don’t get to experience everything to the fullest! 
    Mom to be @spiffykerms is looking forward to taking along her Lotus on future trips!
    "It's perfect for travel due to it's backpack straps, and keeping baby comfortable in a familiar place when traveling." 
    What are your top travel tips? 

    November 10, 2017

    Five Ways Your Feedback has Improved the New Lotus Travel Crib

    As of writing this, there have been over 1,200 reviews from parents of our products in less than a year.
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    November 10, 2017

    Why Travel Cribs are Essential for Families Who Love Travel

    Whether you’re traveling for a much needed vacation or just driving to the grandparents, you want a safe and comfortable place for your little one to sleep.
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    November 03, 2017

    Meet the Guava Family Brand Ambassadors

    We are very excited to introduce you to our very first Guava Family Brand Ambassadors! See a little about them below and look for their adventures with their Lotus' on our blog and social feeds over the next few months.

    Annie B. (@prettypleasemrsb)

    Hello! My name is Annie and this is my son Kai (9 months). We are very excited to welcome the Lotus into our home as our portable crib and play yard. With another one on the way this spring, I'm excited to be able to move the Lotus to different rooms with ease. Most of all, I look forward to the side access door to avoid leaning as my belly grows! Please tag along on our adventures in San Francisco, and the Bay Area. We look forward to many outings (okay, probably more cozy stay-ins) where Kai will be able to explore, rest, and play safely.  

    Hannah F. (@hgwinnfran)

    Hi! My name is Hannah and I am a former Pediatric ICU nurse turned SAHM to two kids (girls, ages 3 & 19 months) and a third (another girl) due to arrive any day now! My husband (of almost 5 years) & I are raising our sweet family in WV, where we love swimming & boating in the summer, playing in the snow in the winter, and going to church on Sundays. In my spare time (it occasionally happens!), I enjoy cooking & baking and being an MVP Contributor for Guidance Guide. And thank goodness for coffee and babywearing!

    Ashley A. (@ashley_aamot)

    My name is Ashley, I am the proud mama bear to Bodhi. We live in Long Beach. We love to go walking by the beach, take our dog Uzi to the dog beach and dog park, we love to go visit family and especially shopping...but that’s more for me than it is Bodhi! We cannot wait to share our experiences with you!

    Kristianna H. (@lifewithkristiannajade)

    My name is Kristianna and we are a military family who is constantly on the move! Our baby HAR has tons of energy and the lotus is going to help us a ton with traveling back in forth these next few weeks! Thank you guava for choosing us to be a part of the guava family!

    Nancy G. (@spiffykerms)

    Nancy is a Canadian living in sunny California and her little family of 3 (counting the sweet big brother/pup!) And after many years she's finally expecting her first born, due in February. We're a super active family who not only travels frequently back and fourth to Canada to visit home, but also love to take everyone in tow for rock climbing (me), and Ironman triathlons (the hubs), so we know the Lotus will be a great piece in our travels. 

    Natasha P. (@natashapleis)

    Natasha and her husband, Jacob, live in Northern California where they are currently renovating their 1925 bungalow and raising their five month old daughter, Lina. They enjoy a good sushi roll, the outdoors, fall, and continuously dreaming of traveling the world as a family. 

    October 01, 2017

    Looking for an alternative to the traditional playard?

    The Pack n Play™, Nuna™, 4Moms™, and other traditional-style playards use a common design with a raised mattress. The highly rated Lotus Travel Crib has a mattress that rests on the floor instead making it lighter for you to carry, fold down 60% smaller, and be more portable.
    Traditional Playards
    Lotus Travel Crib

    "We've borrowed several play yards/travel beds before purchasing this one, and the Lotus is by far our favorite."

    What’s the difference in portability?
    A travel crib’s packed weight, size and shape contribute to making the best travel portable playard. See the chart below to see how traditional playards compare to the lightweight, compact Lotus Travel Crib.

    Traditional Playard Lotus Travel Crib
    Total Packed Weight
    Total Packed Weight 25-35+ lbs 13 lbs
    50% lighter!
      Packed Size (W x L x H)
    Packed Size (W x L x H) 12.5" x 12.5" x 31.0" 24" x 12" x 8.5”
    60% smaller!
      Traditional Carry Style
    Traditional Carry Style
      Hands-Free Backpack Carry
    Hands-Free Backpack Carry

    "I searched the web for a smaller pack and play that was easy to set up and take down. I saw the Lotus, read all about it, and knew it was perfect for me."

    Why does GreenGuard™ Gold matter?
    We know you go above and beyond to guarantee your little one is safe, so we did the same for the Lotus Travel Crib: it’s the only travel crib on the market to be certified GreenGuard™ Gold, a rigorous test guaranteeing the Lotus is non toxic.

    GreenGuard™ Gold Certification
    No Fire Retardants
    Low VOC
    No Lead
    No Phthalates
    No PVC
    No Heavy Metals

    "If you're like me, you agonize over the safety and ease of all you baby products...no need to worry with the Lotus Travel Crib."

    Why is hands-free carrying important?
    When it’s time to pack up and leave for a trip you’ll be juggling more than just a travel crib. That’s why we’ve created an easy, small carry bag that can be worn comfortably like a normal backpack.

    What are the advantages of a mattress on the floor?

    #1 - Easier bedtimes
    Side door access allows you to dreamfeed and co sleep with your baby as they fall asleep.

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