July 22, 2015

The Pressures of Modern Parenting

Like it or not, we are venturing into an unknown parental territory. Even more daunting is modern parenting, an age where we work for our kids. We all modern parent in varying degrees thanks to child labor laws that now make it illegal for our kids to work for us.  And with modern parenting comes a high-value investment that may include a pricey education, extracurricular activities, cultural enrichment, the list goes on and on. And if you ask parents whey they investment so much, both financially and emotionally into their children, without exception, parents agree that they want their kids to be happy.  It's all any parent wants;  happiness for themselves but especially for their children.  

I just listened (again) to this fantastic TedTalk on NPR  http://www.npr.org/player/embed/418904241/419151300  exploring the ideas of why we are the way we are. The Podcast got me thinking about how will I try and enrich my children with experiences that will help them develop into creative, confident and loving individuals. And yes, while I still want them to be happy, I think happiness is a by-product and not the actual goal.

Parenting, in whatever form is hard work. Parenting today is a never-ending emotional journey on top of buckets of hard work. So far, I think I'm enjoying the ride.

Julie 

 

 

 

June 09, 2015

Spring Forward: Sanity-saving tips for Daylight Savings Time

Spring has arrived and with a new season comes the sweet act of turning your clock ahead one hour. This can wreak havoc on a newborn’s schedule so we wanted to offer a few tips that can make this chore a whole lot easier for the entire family.

Ease on in. Try to prevent problems before they start by putting baby to sleep 10 minutes earlier each night for a week before the clock moves. This incremental change can help make the transition smoother.

 A darkened room can work miracles to create a night time environment even when it’s sunny and light outside. Blackout blinds or heavy curtains can work wonders to help those wee ones who take issue with sleep when it’s still light outside.

And although it may seem logical we don’t recommend keeping your baby up longer than usual in the afternoon in a bid to get him to bed earlier - overtired babies usually struggle to get to sleep so you may just find that you have a cranky baby on your hands who falls asleep later than he would normally. Exactly what you don't want!

May 28, 2015

SOS: Tired of Advice, send Sleep.

 

"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one."  - Leo J. Burke

We love this quote.  For all the advice, some unsolicited, the tips, top 10 lists that instruct you to 'do this or don't do that, frankly, it's exhausting.  Navigating the terrain of so-called 'expert sleep advice' we find on bookshelves, the web and spoken words from medical professionals, family and friends, just thinking about it makes me tired.

And in Hushamok land, where the fairies live, we are also reminded of the fragility of parenthood with desperate pleas from new parents seeking answers. We are reminded that just as no two snowflakes are alike, the same applies to babies. What we do know is that a parent's intuition is the most magical tool in your kit and you should lean on it and use it to understand not just what baby needs but consider the needs of the whole family (yes, you too).

Be educated, informed and safe but also be willing to trust yourself. Also, know that time passes quickly and as it often happens in life, just when you think you understand, the rug gets pulled out underneath your feet again. But know it's ok and we're always here if you need us.

 

April 27, 2015

A BIG Celebration

Yes!

Spring has finally arrived and with that comes an exciting calendar of events including our absolute F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E, Mother's Day!

What we know is babies and families alike love Hushamok for all the natural benefits it offers newborns. Whether it's the motion that helps babies sleep longer or the natural and unique design we at Hushamok want to offer your family a very special gift this season.

This Mother's Day we are offering one family the opportunity to enjoy Hushamok by gifting a package worth $750 that includes our Hushamok Hammock, Okoa Stand, Sheets, Mattress and Storage Bag.  To enter click here: http://hushamok.com/pages/be-in-to-win-a-hushamok-okoa-baby-bassinet-this-april

Happy Spring and enjoy the sunshine.  

April 07, 2015

Spring...A Gift Just for You.

Spring has arrived, finally.  It's been a very long hibernation and thankfully flowers are blooming and the fresh air is bountiful.

Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal of new life for both plants and humans being born.  To celebrate its arrival, Hushamok is announcing a fantastic new giveaway. Details can be found here http://hushamok.com/pages/be-in-to-win-a-hushamok-okoa-baby-bassinet-this-april

And with Spring there is love, so we leave you with this little poem -

"sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love"

E.E. Cummings

March 18, 2015

What Mothers Say...And Dads Too!

It feels good to know where you stand.  Feedback makes us better at what we do which is why we love it when Hushamok Parents share their experience.
We always encourage users to share their stories so that we can understand how Hushamok works for families, so whether through pictures or words we love it when you share.

 

 Have a peek at our newly launched tab on Hushamok.com entitled 'Reviews'.  We hope this creates a sense of community and provides you with helpful and insightful information. 

And if you want to share your own Hushamok experience feel free to post on our FB page or direclty on Hushamok.com

Thanks for sharing! X

February 03, 2015

The Results Are In! A Roundup of the Most Useful & Useless Baby Items

When you have 5 seconds to spare, don't you just love a little Buzzfeed for yourself?

Well, we spotted this very cool list on Buzzfeed Life where 1300 parents took part in a poll about their baby items; those that are necessities and those that belong on the clearance shelf.

We at Hushamok endorse this list and do not think you need to spend money OR time on the Baby Care Timer App...

OR a Pee-Pee-Teepee (self-explanatory)...

What we loved about this 130,000 participant poll is that parents named the baby carrier and the baby swing as the most useful items.  And you know how we feel about being close to your baby and how much they love motion.  So it's probably no surprise that we stand behind this poll and Buzzfeed!

Follow the Buzzfeed article here.

January 15, 2015

A Post Holiday Thank You!

In celebration of the new year and to show our appreciation to our loyal customers we are offering a $50 USD discount off your next Hushamok order.  Simply visit hushamok.com from 15 January 31 through January 2015 and enter coupon code WELCOME2015 at the checkout and celebrate your babies first holiday with a gift from Hushamok.  

And if you have any holiday images or would simply like to drop us a line we LOVE showcasing hearing from you!  Feel free to post on our Hushaomok FB, Twitter or email us anytime.  Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful 2015, filled with lots of love and laughter.

From The Hushamok Team

*Offer valid expires 31 Jan 2015. Discount good worldwide!  Not to be combined with other offers. Valid for orders $99 USD and over.

December 08, 2014

The Dreamers Club - Supporting Parents & Their Newborns

The Dreamers Club is a membership that offers discounts on Hushamok products and other special benefits.

 

Exclusive Benefits for Dreamer Club Members:

-25% lifetime discount on Sheets, replacement Mattresses and our Travel bag

-FREE SHIPPING in the US & Discounted International Shipping Rates

-5 YEAR WARRANTY on Hushamok products

-FREE Leaf Spring Assembly Replacement Parts (applies to bolts and screws only and does not include replacement of black spreader bar)

Membership not transferable. 

 

We'll see you in the...

Join Now

 

November 24, 2014

How do dudes become dads?

What happens when a guy becomes a first time father?  What is the process for the average manly “man’s man” to turn into a loving father and strong parental figure? We certainly want to know! So we had a chat to our co-founder, Julie Soboil, about how her husband (Mark) went from Dude to Dad. Have a read and then tell us in the comments - how was your/ your husband’s transformation from Dude to Dad?

 

 

“Families are dynamic and the latest change in our home has been the increasing role of Mark, husband and father to our boys (Lucas and Leo).  As we emerge from the world of toddlers and they move towards adolescence, the paternal responsibilities grow too.  With 2 perceptive boys, I watch their eyes follow Mark’s movements and comment with sports-like precision the wins and sometimes fails of their father.


And unlike a few years ago when I was majority keeper of the boys, the tables are now beginning to turn.  With sports and boy movies, surfing and homestyle WWF, it’s so nice to observe their interactions and how Mark navigates the labyrinth of our family routine.  


I’ll always have eyes for all my boys, Dad included.”

-Julie Soboil, Co-founder at Hushamok

 

 

The transformation from Dude to Dad is an amazing thing!