Strolling into Spring

Strolling into Spring
–with twins–

Preparing to welcome twins this year?  Bringing home two babies will meet you with a whole new set of challenges that Aspen Baby Planners is here to help you navigate.  This is the first in our series “with twins” – offering you the best gear and products for your TWO little bundles of joy.


When it comes to strollers, you want to know the one you choose can get you (and your babies!) where you’re going safely and efficiently.  We’ve gathered the top double strollers that offer the best in simplicity, function, and style.

Bumbleride Indie Twin
$789.00

The Indie Twin is compatible with two carseats, two bassinets, or any combination, allowing you to create a customized fit for you and your little ones.  We love Bumbleride’s commitment to eco fabrics – saving energy, conserving water, and reducing pollution.  (Plus, look at the size of that basket!)

Valco Baby Neo Twin
$699.99

The Neo Twin lightweight all terrain double stroller can only accommodate one carseat, but has seats that lay flat, allowing you to use it from birth.  We love that this stroller weighs under 27 pounds (the lightest on our list!) and still has great features like full coverage canopies and adjustable footrests.

Phil & Teds Voyager Buggy
$849.99

The Voyager is the most narrow of our double strollers and has a spectacularly compact fold, even with both seats attached! We love that the second seat is just as adaptable as the main seat (both convert from bassinet to upright stroller seat) and can be attached to the front or the back of the stroller.

Bugaboo Donkey Twin Weekender
$2119.00

The Bugaboo Donkey Weekender goes from mono to duo mode and can be configured with any combination of bassinets, stroller seats, car seats, or even use the stylish side luggage bag! We love that as your babies grow, you can have them facing each other, facing you, or facing the world.

Silver Cross Wave Pram
$2047.00

With dual carseat compatibility (as well as the option for bassinets & stroller seats), the Silver Cross Wave offers ultimate flexibility without compromising on style and design. We love that it has a combined weight limit of 100 pounds and still offers a smooth, one handed push. 

BOB Revolution Pro Duallie
$689.99

The Bob Revolution Duallie is the ultimate jogging stroller! It is compatible with one carseat, and with a 70° recline, can accommodate infants as young as 8 weeks. We love that with a front wheel that can swivel or lock, and an adjustable handlebar, this stroller is great for any parent (jogger or not!).


Still not sure which stroller is best for you or confused about carseat compatibility?  
Contact us
 
today and we’ll be happy to help you sort it all out!


Happy Strolling!

Baby Pajamas

Best Winter Jammies
–keeping your baby cozy and warm all night–

At Aspen Baby Planners we understand the importance of not only keeping your baby warm at night, but also making sure you can both get as much sleep as possible! That’s why we’ve searched and searched until we found the best pajamas to take you from bedtime, to middle of the night feedings and diaper changes, all the way to morning smiles. And like always, if you don’t see what you’re looking for here, you can contact us with your specific needs and questions and we’ll make sure to point you in just the right direction to find exactly what you need!


Woolino Footie Pajama Sleeper  – $52.99

Medical studies have shown that babies sleeping in Merino wool settle more quickly, wake and cry less, sleep longer, and gain weight faster. WHAT?! Make sure your wool sleeper stays soft with Kookaburra Wool Wash from Woolino.

Petit-Bateau Velour Sleepsuit – $39.00

These French baby pyjamas are made of the softest velour and feature an incredibly practical opening in the back, making diaper changes a breeze! Need extra warmth? Pair with PB’s newborn side-snap (for easy on and off!) onesie.

 

Mini Boden Towelling Sleepsuit – $39.00

Incredibly soft, the toweling sleepsuit features “scratch mitts” and full-length poppers to make changing quick and easy even when she’s wriggly! Plus, keep her dry during night-time feedings with a coordinating dribble bib.

Aden & Anais Long-Sleeve Kimono One-Piece – $29.95

This muslin sleeper has footies made with double layers, and snaps that run along the front and down the legs, keeping your baby warm during diaper changes! Planning to leave the house? Pair with this super cozy hoodie!

Hanna Andersson Night Night Baby Sleeper – $38.00

Hanna’s PJs cuddle your little one in extra-huggable comfort that’s zippity-quick at changing time! And we’d be remiss if we didn’t also suggest keeping your baby’s toes warm with Hanna’s awesome Swedish slipper moccasins!


Have cozy and warm pajamas but still struggling with sleep?  Check out Aspen Baby Planners Sleep Support and you’ll be enjoying a full-nights sleep sooner than you could’ve dreamed!

May You Always Dream

May we dream today (especially for and with our sons and daughters) just as Martin Luther King, Jr did in 1963 in Washington, D.C.  Here are his poignant and beautiful words:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Reading with Baby

Reading with Baby
–inspiring books for you & your daughter–

Reading with your baby is a great way to bond.  It’s also a great way to soothe her – the cadence and sound of your voice is calming to your baby even before she leaves the womb.  Plus, the AAP reports that reading with your child enhances brain development while strengthening language skills!

Expecting a baby girl in 2017?  Start building her library now with these inspiring and empowering children’s books! (Or check out our Once Upon A Time service for an entire customized library.)


Little Red Hood
by Marjolaine Leray

A new take on an old classic – turns out Little Red is quite the clever girl!

Padmini is Powerful
by Amy Maranville

Power has many forms. Padmini is wise like Ganesha, generous like Lakshmi, and energetic like Parvati.

Marilyn’s Monster
by Michelle Knudsen

The story of a little girl who decides she’s waited long enough, so she takes matters into her own hands!

The Country Bunny
by Du Bose Heyward

The story of a single mother (who also happens to be a rabbit) who is wise, kind, and brave.

Drum Dream Girl
by Margarita Engle

Inspired by the childhood of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers.

Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

A story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world.

The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires

This funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity.

Aspen Baby Planners wants to make starting your library as simple and efficient as possible, so we’ve created a
Shopping Cart
with the books listed above for your convenience!

Adventure with Baby

Adventure with Baby
–everything you need to know to leave the house–

Leaving the house with your baby can be stressful and overwhelming or it can be a breeze.  Let’s make it a breeze, shall we?  Here are our top tips, curated for smart parents everywhere!


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When you get home from an adventure, repack your diaper bag straight away and hang it next to your coat.  Need to leave the house again?  Just grab-n-go!

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That diaper bag isn’t just for the baby – make sure it’s always prepared with high energy protein snacks (and a water bottle!) for mom or dad, too.

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Keep a large canvas tote in your SUV stocked with essentials like paper towels, water, baby wipes, extra clothes for everyone, and a few muslin swaddle blankets.

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On adventure days, don’t sweat leaving the baby’s schedule behind, opting to let her nap and eat on the go instead – it’ll be easier on everyone!
(Trouble setting a schedule in the first place? Our Sleep Support consultant can help!) 

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Hang a baby-safe shatterproof mirror on the backseat headrest so you can safely sneak a smile to your little one while you drive (make sure to cover it up for an easier nap time!).

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Adventuring far from home? Order things like diapers, formula, and wipes and have them delivered to your destination before you arrive.
(Travel to the same destination often?  Check out our Over The River service!)


It’s time to start planning your next adventure!

Best of 2016

Best of 2016
–baby gear and products–

At Aspen Baby Planners, we are dedicated to welcoming your baby with the very best.  Every month the market is inundated with new & upcoming items for babies and we’re constantly sorting through them to make sure we offer you only the best products and gear.  So with much ado (and much research!) we present to you…


The very best gear & products of 2016
(that you really shouldn’t live without!)

Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat
$449.95

Rear-facing up to 50 pounds, sleek style, top-notch safety, and incredibly easy installation?  Yes, please!  We love Nuna’s dedication to manufacturing carseats with the highest level of safety, style, and function!

Dock-A-Tot Deluxe
$165.00

The Dock-A-Tot is our number one must-have of the year.  It creates a safe and breathable sleeping environment for your baby that is cozy and snug, just like the womb.  We love that it’s portable, allowing baby to sleep soundly anywhere!

Austlen Entourage
$849.99

The Entourage has a weight capacity of 150-lbs and over 30 (yes 30!) configurations.  We love that it streamlines the amount of gear you need, allowing you to have just one stroller that grows and changes with your family’s day-to-day life!

Sophie la girafe Layette by Kissy Kissy
$41.00

Kissy Kissy partnered with Sophie the Giraffe to offer the sweetest layette we’ve seen all year!  We love the way the soft pima cotton feels on newborn’s delicate skin and can’t get over the beautiful embroidered details.

Lullaby Earth Breeze Breathable Crib Mattress
$279.00

When it’s time to transition your little one into her crib, this mattress will have you and your baby breathing easy!  We love that it maximizes airflow, dissipates moisture and heat, and doesn’t use any chemical barriers!

Rock ’N Play Sleeper with Jonathan Adler
$149.99

The Fisher Price Rock ’N Play Sleeper creates a snug little place for baby to lay at an angle, helping with digestion after eating.  We love the pairing of this tried and true baby product with the modern design sensibilities of Jonathan Adler!

Micuna Ovo High Chair
$460.00

Micuna is finally in the US!  This simple and modern chair is easy to clean, features a removable tray, and will blend perfectly into any interior.  We love that it evolves from a high-chair into a sleek and comfortable desk chair as your child grows!

Stadler Form ROBERT Humidifier & Air Purifier
$599.99

Keep your nursery full of clean, hydrated air with this two-in-one evaporative humidifier and air purifier.  We love it’s sleek design and the option to create a calming environment by using essential oils in the fragrance dispenser.

FridaBaby Bitty Bundle of Joy
$49.99

The Nose Frida snot-sucker has been our friend since the day it arrived on store shelves and now you can get all the great Frida products in ONE bundle!  We love the simplicity and ingenuity that FridaBaby brings to the medicine aisle!


Ready… Set… GO SHOPPING!