Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Gift ideas


Looking for holiday gift ideas for your baby? an expectant friend? or maybe even something someone can get for you??

Here's a guide to some of our top sellers and why everyone is raving about them!

Muslin Wraps by Aden + Anais are the quintessential receiving blankets. You will use this blanket for so many things, but what makes this such a great blanket is its soft light weight and stretchy muslin.

These must-have Muslin Wraps will allow you to safely swaddle your baby, giving you confidence that your baby will experience a peaceful and secure sleep. This will become an indispensable item for you and your baby.

You'll use these blankets for everything!

* As an open sheet
* On the floor for tummy time
* To shield you and your baby while nursing in public
* As a burp cloth - draped over your shoulder (how many times does the spit-up reach the floor or your clothes because regular burp cloths are so small?)
* Draped over a stroller to shade your baby (while also offering protection from insects)
* As a summer time blanket
* Blankets are 47" x 47" so parents can swaddle babies of any size

Another popular item, Sophie the Giraffe has a long history of helping teething babies. Derived from natural rubber and food paint, she is safe to chew. Her shape is easy for baby's hands to grasp, and she makes a delightful squeak when her tummy or head are squeezed.

Some of her cool features include:

- The Dark contrasting spots all over Sophie provides visual stimulation and easy recognition to baby
- Flexible and perfect for soothing baby's sore gums when teething (baby can chew on ears, horns, and legs)
- Perfect for baby's small hands-easy to grip and soft to the touch
- Sophie's unique smell-the singular scent of natural rubber makes Sophie identifiable amid all other toys

Babies are attracted to - and like to put their mouth on - most anything within reach, including necklaces that may pose injury or sanitation risk. An ingenious design sure to please baby and Mom, the Chewbeads Necklace will be the most functional piece of jewelry you'll ever own! Chewbeads was inspired by babies who like to tug on our jewelry. It is made from the same material as many teething toys, and the Chewbeads necklace looks great on Moms, Grandmas, Aunts and Caregivers but is safe for curious babies to handle and chew.


The Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags are well known for their unique prints, so fashionable new moms don't have to compromise style nor function. Stylized floral patterns decorate these hip baby bag with versatile strap options for carrying as a short hobo, long shoulder bag, backpack or attaching it to a stroller. With four spacious pockets inside, two pockets for bottles and a pacifier pocket, you can keep yourself and your essentials neatly organized.


Plan toys is proving that it is possible to maintain superior quality and safety standards in addition to following a path of environmental and social responsibility. They are committed to maintaining the highest standard of ethics while creating innovative educational toys for every developmental stage of childhood. These toys inspire children's imagination as well as promoting their physical and intellectual development.

Plan Toys uses natural materials such as organic rubberwood, that is free from preservatives, harmful additives, and coloring - all paints are tested for safety. Each and every product undergoes strict safety tests from Europe, the United States, and Japan, ensuring that the toy your child plays with is completely safe.


Kicky Pants clothes are completely addictive! Once you put your baby in Kicky Pants, you will find it hard to put them in anything else!

These bamboo basics for baby are incredibly soft and luxurious feeling. This eco-friendly, sustainable crop makes the fabric not only super soft but naturally antibacterial, anti fungal and anti static. Bamboo absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky, in summer weather. And Bamboo stays 2-3 degrees cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold. Can't beat it!


Enjoy taking your baby for hikes? The ERGObaby Carrier's ergonomic design supports a correct sitting position for the baby's hip, pelvis and spine growth. It disperses most of the baby's weight between the hips and thighs, which helps to eliminate compression of the spine when hanging by the crotch which most other designs require. The ERGO also balances the baby's weight to parents' hips and shoulders, and alleviates physical stress for the parent.


Looking for an innovative way to make bedtime fun for children of all ages? The award-winning Twilight Turtle do just that. These constellation nightlights are the perfect bedtime companions.

Twilight Turtle are the first and only plush constellation nightlights ever created. They come with three soothing color options green, blue, and amber, each illuminating different brightness levels, creating magical, tranquil environments that help children peacefully drift off to dreamland. Not just for the avid stargazer, these adorable and unique celestial night lights gently transform nurseries and bedrooms into a starry night sky that comfort and calm children and adults alike.

Trying to expand your babies love of music, past Mozart and Bach? Rockabye Baby transforms timeless rock song into beautiful instrumental lullabies. The soothing sounds of the glockenspiel, vibraphone, mellotron and other instruments will lull your baby into a sweet slumber. It is the perfect way to share the music you love with the littlest rocker in your life.




Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mothers' Gathering Testimonials and Instructor Interviews

We know that your first year with your baby is extremely hard!
You're tired, overwhelmed, and confused - that's why we're here!

Much more than a "Mommy and Me" class, our Mothers' Gathering classes are Education & Support groups for thinking moms who are looking for information, support, & friendship. Not a just baby group, or a class where moms will be told how to parent their child, but a place to gather the information and tools to determine what fits best for each mom and her child.

Our philosophy is that there is no one "right way" to parent and what works for you might not work for another mother. And what might work one week, might not work the next. We give you tips and strategies for your parenting tool box, helping you to find confidence in your parenting skills and choices.

Our Mothers' Gathering (Mommy & Me) groups are a wonderful way to get the information, support, and community you need during that first year with your baby - but don't just take our word for it!

"I credit my sanity during the first 6 months after my son was born to my Mothers' Gathering class at A Mother's Haven. The teacher (Jill) was an incredible resource of information. Her sweet but straightforward disposition makes her feel like your best friend/sister/mom all rolled into one.
I also met the most amazing group of women, and we all became fast friends. Three years later, we still meet up for playdates, birthday parties, and girls' nights! I am forever grateful for this invaluable experience, and I highly recommend it to all new moms I meet."
-Tami, mom of Guy, 3 and Zoe, almost 2

"When I had my first child, I attended Mothers' Gathering (Mommy & Me) at A Mother's Haven. It was a fabulous experience for me and my son. I got to meet other moms and get the support I needed at the time. It was so nice to be with others who were going through the same experience as me.
I also got quite a bit of guidance from the instructor on how to get my baby to sleep and eat. The best part is that I made one of my best friends in that class. I highly recommend A Mother's Haven to new moms in the San Fernando Valley."
- Lorena from LA Moms Dig, mom of Beckham, 5 and Sienna, 2

"Deciding to join the Mother's Gathering for new moms was the best decision I made for me and my new baby. Not only did I learn so much about child care, like tips for infant feeding, how to develop a good baby sleep schedule, and ways to help foster my baby's psychological and intellectual development, but I also discovered the BEST support system ever. 
When we first met, the 12 new moms in our group were overwhelmed, overtired, stressed, and feeling isolated by the rigorous schedule of new motherhood.  Not only did our instructor give us encouragement and reassurance, but she also shared her wealth of knowledge that helped make us feel more in control as mothers. From our very first session, we were so excited to meet other moms feeling the same way and began to schedule our own play dates, mommy's nights out, family BBQ's (so our hubbies could bond- which totally worked!) and within a few weeks our group grew very close. 
Many of the moms chose to continue past the first 8-wk session and a few of us continued to re-enroll for the first year of our babies' life, since we were not only learning so much from our instructor but we wanted our babies to stay connected to their best friends. Now that my baby is a toddler, I am still very close friends with a handful of the moms I met through AMH and feel so lucky to have them in my and my son's life. Thank you, A Mother's Haven, for giving me and my family friends for life and the skills I needed to become the confident mom I am today. "
-Jana from Helping Hand Nutrition, mom of Evan, 1.5

For a full Mothers' Gathering class schedule, you can visit our online class calendar.

You can also read more about our Mothers' Gathering teachers on our blog:

Interview with Synthia Praglin

Interview with Danielle Vorzimer

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ease Your Child Into Eating Solids

You're most likely to start introducing solids to your baby any time between 4 and 6 months. Your baby will give you clear signs when he's ready to move beyond liquid-only nourishment. Some cues to look for include:

- Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.
- Losing the "extrusion reflex." To keep solid food in his mouth and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.
- Sitting well when supported. Even if he's not quite ready for a highchair, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.
- Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling – though if your baby's teething, you might still see a lot of drool.
- Significant weight gain. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight (or weigh about 15 pounds) and are at least 4 months old.
* Growing appetite. He seems hungry – even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.
- Curiosity about what you're eating. Your baby may begin eyeing your bowl of cereal or reaching for a forkful of pasta as it travels from your plate to your mouth.

This is an exciting milestone! You can finally use all those cute spoons and bowls that have been sitting in your cabinet in anticipation for this day! Or maybe you need advice on some of the best products out there. We had our moms weigh in on their favorites.


The Squirt baby food dispensing spoon is a top contender because it allows for convenient feeding, one bite at a time. The easy-to-fill bulb holds up to 3 ounces of baby food and attaches firmly to the spoon end. By combining the spoon and food container into one product, Squirt makes one-handed or on-the-go feedings a snap.


Known for their Petroleum free products that are made from plants, Green Sprouts Sprout Ware Infant Spoons curved handle makes feeding baby easy. These multi-use disposable spoons are dishwasher safe, top rack only and up to 10 washings, or you can hand wash for longer life.


As your baby grows and is able to eat on his own, Green Sprouts has Sprout Ware Forks & Spoons that are right-sized for toddlers. Like their Infant spoons, these multi-use disposable utensils are dishwasher safe - top rack only and up to 10 washings, or you can hand wash to extend their usage.


When first-time eaters start using utensils, their motor skills are not fully developed. Benders Adaptable Utensils were designed to help make the transition to regular utensils a little easier. Parents can position the adjustable end to the perfect angle to accommodate the child’s grip. As motor skills develop, adjust little by little, until straightened.

According to our moms, these spoons also kept their babies sweet faces the neatest and were the easiest to use.


A favorite among bowls, is the Green Sprouts Sprout Ware Plate/Bowl Set which have a deep, divided bowl with 3 sections, and a plate that doubles as a travel lid. These multi-use disposable Plates & Bowls are dishwasher safe (top rack only and up to 10 washings) or hand wash for longer life.

One of the best parts to your child eating solids is their new found freedom to feed themselves. They'll love the feeling of independence as they're able to feed themselves snacks from these handy snack containers.


The Snack Ball by Boon is truly a amazing container that doubles as a toy. It's tough, so snacks don't get crushed. The two halves unscrew, so cleaning is super easy. The lid rotates shut, so snacks don't jump ship. And it's great for travel or a game of catch!




Another brilliant innovation is the Stack-N-Seal by Innobaby. This all-in-one storage solution for moms on-the-go is now designed to store both liquids & dry food! This must-have diaper bag essential helps store, dispense and organize formula, cereal, snacks, water, extra juice, pacifiers and more in one convenient unit. Put an end to a diaper bag mess or endless search for the items you need. Its twist-to-seal design allows you to stack and interlock multiple containers while the quality construction allows each use as simple as it can be!

To order any of our feeding products online, please visit our website or call us at (818) 380-3111. You can also feel free to email us at info@shopthehaven.com with any questions.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Welcome to A Mother's Haven!

We're finally getting with the 21st century, and starting a blog!

We'll be writing blog posts about...
Informational topics for new moms & babies
Upcoming classes & workshops
New great helpful products
Birth and baby stories

If you have any information or questions that you'd like to know more about, email us at info@shopthehaven.com and we'll answer them for you!

Also we would love to hear and share your birth and baby stories!  Please send them to us at info@shopthehaven.com - whether you had a natural birth or a cesarean, whether your birth went exactly as planned or not at all as planned, we want to hear about them all!

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com