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Clothing for baby at The Gator Loft October 28, 2016 14:05

We carry premium clothing brands at The Gator Loft, with the focus being on quality and comfort for your little one. A few of our favorites are L'oved Baby, made with organic cotton, the luxuriously soft bamboo blend of Kickee Pants, and the artisan quality of Tea Collection! We have Kickee Pants and L'oved Collection pieces from many different seasons, and the Fall 2015 "la Estancia" Tea Collection. Shop our online store now! 


The Real Cost of Baby's First Year (guest author (financial advisor) - John Booren ) October 22, 2016 17:32

 


My wife likes to comment on how I see everything in dollar amounts. Whether it’s buying a new TV or picking out cereal…I can’t help it, it’s just how I’m wired.

I can’t be the only one, right? There has to be others out there who research six brands of car seat to discover the best cost/benefit ratio right? But when it comes to having a baby, the costs can vary…big time.

I want to give my fellow “price checkers” a real look at the first year cost of having a baby. Not an estimate or a range—what our actual costs were during the first year as new parents. In no way is this meant to create judgement or comparison. Your budget is will certainly be different than mine—some higher and some lower. But I hope being transparent helps some parents become more prepared for those first year expenses.

Here goes:

Pre-Baby Expenses | Calm Before the Storm
From the nursery to new born pictures, we spent $2,678 in six months before our due date. Over half was on new furniture for the nursery, but other expenses included: new fixtures, a baby monitor, and a stash of cloth diapers (which are expensive up front but worth it in the long run. Check out this cost analysis.) We were very fortunate to receive hand-me-downs for some other bigger ticket items (stroller, car seat/base, swing, and boxes of clothes). If we purchased those purchase those, I’d estimate another $500-750 in cost.

Year 1 | Cheap Food (maybe)
One of the many benefits of the new born phase is that they don’t cost much to feed assuming you choose to nurse. If you go the formula route, I’ve seen that cost could range anywhere from $1,500-$2,000.

Even with a bunch of hand-me-downs, we spent $1,646 on regular shopping (clothes, toys, etc.), carriers and additions to our cloth diaper stash. As the year went on, other expenses naturally trickled in (like first birthday photos and swim lessons). We also had some sleep problems and worked with a sleep consultant—which was definitely worth the cost. All in, I’d call that a Goldilocks number—not too high, not too low. But the biggest lesson here: don’t be afraid to ask for help and work with a specialist, it may cost a little more, but the benefits can be more than worthwhile.

Medical Costs | The Wild Card
This might cause you to skip a beat, but I’ll clarify and adjust. We spent a whopping $3,758 on medical expense in our first year. However, we did have some reflux problems to pay for like visits to the gastroenterologist, 9-months of very expensive reflux medicine, and an x-ray of his GI track. If we back those out and just look at the regular doctor visits, sick visits and medicine that number drops to $1,082 (much more reasonable). These costs do not include the pregnancy visits or actual child birth expenses. That being said, it’s not a bad idea to be prepared for higher medical costs. My advice is to plan on hitting your deducible.

Future Costs |aka College
My wife and I were fortunate to graduate college debt free thanks to our parent’s generosity. We plan on passing that on to our children. The best way to do that is by starting an education investment account. Over time, the cash amount you invest will be a fraction of the total amount your kids will use for college, making it much more affordable. We’re starting by saving $250/mo ($3,000/yr). That probably won’t fund the entire cost of college in 18 years, but hopefully we can continue to increase our savings amount over time.

Hopefully this is helpful for other parents. I guarantee some of you will have higher costs and others will have lower costs. My goal as a parent and a financial advisor for young families is to educate and help them make smart choices with their money.

(Written by John Booren, Financial Advisor with Prosperion Planning (www.ProsperionPlanning.com)


Liz and Roo Fine Bumper-Free Baby Bedding August 24, 2016 15:39

Liz and Roo is a woman owned company that makes beautiful, high quality crib bedding found only in specialty baby stores in the US and Canada. Each piece is made in the USA, with materials sourced from the US whenever possible. 

Why bumper-free? Bumperless crib bedding sets are a great choice regarding the American Pediatric Society's recommendation that "bare is best" for the crib. These beautiful bumper-free sets include a crib rail cover to protect the wood on your crib and prevent baby from ingesting the wood, while allowing necessary air flow. 

Each set includes: 

  • A crib rail cover with grosgrain ribbons.
  • A blanket with plush minky
  • A crib sheet with deep pockets and a 1" elastic to insure sheet stays in place 
  • A crib skirt with a 16"-17" drop

 

 


Harper Love Littles June 27, 2016 12:38

Need help keeping the sun out of your toddler's face this summer? The Gator Loft, Parker Colorado's premiere baby boutique, has a cute and stylish way to keep your kids in the shade.  These hats are handmade in Orange County CA and come in so many styles to suit the little boy or girl in your life.  Pick up a Harper Love Littles hat here at The Gator Loft today!




Chewbeads chewbeads everywhere! May 30, 2016 12:42

Is your little one pulling on your necklace and earrings? Are they putting everything in their mouth? Well we've got a solution! Here at The Gator Loft, a Colorado baby boutique, we have stylish Chewbeads for your little ones to tug and chew on instead! They come in every color you can think of! We've got necklaces, bracelets and a stroller/car seat hanger to keep them occupied! Come on in and check them out!! 


Product Spotlight: Timi & Leslie diaper bags May 25, 2016 16:04

Colorado baby boutique, The Gator Loft, carries stylish Timi & Leslie diaper bags, loved by celebrity mom Jessica Alba. Not only are these bags beautiful, they are vegan faux leather (PVC free), and easy to clean. Most styles come with SIX coordinating accessories: stroller straps, and insulated bottle tote, changing pad, wet bag, and a gorgeous clutch that mom can use as a purse! These amazing bags also offer water resistant lining and a key fob (no more loosing keys!). These bags are five-star customer rated. Shop in store or online! 


Birthday shirts! May 25, 2016 15:35

First or second birthdays coming up?? The Gator Loft, Parker, Colorado's premiere baby boutique, has just the thing for your little cutie to celebrate in style! We carry locally handmade shirts and onesies for your little birthday boy or girl, and matching accessories, including hats, bloomers and diaper covers from Ruffle Butts/Rugged Butts, handmade tutus and leggings, and hair bows and bow ties, sure to make those birthday photos pop.

 


Product Spotlight: Cloth Diapers May 24, 2016 18:00

Did you know that The Gator Loft, a Colorado baby boutique, carries cloth diapers? We have =Smart Bottoms and Kanga Care brands in so many different colors and fun patterns!! We have sizes in newborn and one size fits all which can fit most babies up through potting training! We also carry cloth inserts made of different materials for whatever works best for your baby's bum! Check out our website here or come on in and visit us! 


New Dance Classes in Parker CO! March 28, 2016 14:02

The Gator Loft has teamed up with Dance Exploration to offer some new dance classes for toddlers and preschoolers beginning April 2016!! 

On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays there will 3 classes to choose from throughout the morning.
Check out our calendar for the specific times HERE.
Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me (ages 18 mons - 2.5)
Creative Dance (ages 2.5 - 5)
Pre-Ballet (ages 5+)  

Click here for more information of each class.

Come try for FREE - 3/30, 3/31 and 4/2 - RSVP: 720-440-9526

 


Product Spotlight: Mommy Moosli February 20, 2016 14:01

We have so many mamas that come into The Gator Loft looking for ways to boost their supply. We are so excited that we have found a wonderful locally made product that will send your supply through the roof! We have heard great feedback from this stuff! Introducing...Mommy Moosli. 

"Our YUMMY muesli cereal contains 5 ingredients that help nursing mommies make more milk.
Now you can relax knowing that both you and baby are eating healthy!" (www.mommymoosli.com)

And with these yummy flavors? How can you resist?! 

Prenatal Yoga in Parker CO! February 13, 2016 12:05

 

Yoga during pregnancy will help you breathe, relax, and adjust physically and mentally to the demands and wonders of pregnancy, labor, birth and Motherhood. Join other moms-to-be for a relaxing, yet invigorating yoga practice in a soothing, supportive environment. Expect a combination of active, flowing poses as well as restorative poses to relax and re-energize.

*wear comfortable clothes bring your mat and plenty of water!

You can either drop in for $8/session or you can sign up for 10 Sessions (punch card given) for $72 HERE.

Classes are offered every Sunday (just be sure to check the calendar) 3:30-4:30 PM. 

 


Prenatal Yoga in Parker CO! February 13, 2016 12:05

 

Yoga during pregnancy will help you breathe, relax, and adjust physically and mentally to the demands and wonders of pregnancy, labor, birth and Motherhood. Join other moms-to-be for a relaxing, yet invigorating yoga practice in a soothing, supportive environment. Expect a combination of active, flowing poses as well as restorative poses to relax and re-energize.

*wear comfortable clothes bring your mat and plenty of water!

You can either drop in for $8/session or you can sign up for 10 Sessions (punch card given) for $72 HERE.

Classes are offered every Sunday (just be sure to check the calendar) 3:30-4:30 PM. 

 


Product Spotlight: Comotomo Bottles February 13, 2016 12:03

We are so excited to tell you that we will be carrying Comotomo Baby Bottles! These little gems are a soft, squeezable bottle with a silicone nipple that mimics breastfeeding! This helps ease the transition from breast to bottle or simply provides baby with an amazing bottle that helps prevent colic! These are dishwasher safe, leak free and easy to clean! You and baby will LOVE these bottles!

 

 

Purchase online HERE or in store!


New Music Together Mini Session! January 23, 2016 15:50

This is a 5 week mini session that meets for 45 minutes each week for ages 0-5 years old!  You can choose either a Tuesday or Friday class. Parents attend and participate in the fun!

When you're a parent, you want to give your young child the very best. You want to expose them to every possible opportunity to learn and grow. At Music Together, this starts with creating a bond through music. Since 1987, we've introduced millions of children, parents, and teachers to the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in their lives.

Today, it’s common for us to only listen to music rather than create it ourselves. But actively making music is so important for children’s music and overall development. That’s why Music Together has never been more essential. Young children learn best through active exploration and live, meaningful interaction with the grownups they love. So we say, take out the earbuds and pick up the instrument we were all given at birth—ourselves!

Come to see what all the fun is about and click here to register :) 


Music Together For Babies January 19, 2016 14:05

This is an 8 week class that meets for 45 minutes each week for ages 0-8 months!  Parents attend and participate in the fun!

A born sounder and mover, your baby is already equipped with the means and potential to make music. You've probably noticed how they respond when you play a song in the car or sing them a song to soothe them. Developing your baby's natural musicality will open the door to a world of possibility, not only for music learning but for all learning. The early months are so important to this process, which is why we designed this special class to help you every step of the way.

Music Together offers a one-semester Babies Class for families with infants from birth through eight months of age. In this class, the activities are specifically designed to teach you how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with your baby through music using methods such as "purposeful touch," "sound-layering," "dancing for baby," etc. And since our Babies Class uses the same song collections as our other classes, you will experience a seamless transition as your baby grows into our mixed-age classes.


FREE Estate Planning Class at The Gator Loft! January 16, 2016 12:59

Free Estate Planning Workshop

Join us for a free educational talk to learn the 7 easy steps you can take NOW to have peace of mind that your kids, pets, and assets are taken care of in the way you want.  It is very helpful if your spouse or partner attends.

When: Sunday, Jan 17th 3PM-4PM
Where: The Gator Loft
RVSP: sara@willsandwellness.com

FREE Postpartum Prep Workshop! January 16, 2016 12:57

There is so much emphasis on birth preparation, which is great! This workshop is designed to equally prepare families for postpartum and the physical and emotional changes that take place. I assure you... postpartum is MUCH longer than birth and this workshop will give you the tools and information to set you up for the most success. 

During this class, you will learn information about: 
1. The number one difficulty women in America face postpartum
2. How to optimize the opportunities to rest
3. Ways that partners and family members can support this experience
4. The number one frontline defense against postpartum mood disorders

After learning about the above topics, you will leave with a postpartum references template that you can fill in and have a plan for your own success.

This workshop is free and reservations are required. Fill out the registration form by clicking HERE.

New Year Sale! Happy 2016! January 02, 2016 11:33

Lots of love and well wishes from your Gator Loft family!! 

New Year Sale! Happy 2016! January 02, 2016 11:33

Lots of love and well wishes from your Gator Loft family!! 

Product Spotlight: Beco Toddler Carriers in Delta Gothic and Gotham January 01, 2016 16:15

Gotham

Have you seen the new *limited edition* Beco toddler carriers? They are GORGEOUS! These framed conversion or half conversion carriers are only available at select Beco retailers, and guess what? We've got 'em! 

What makes these carriers so special, besides the fact that they look so super cool? They are made with a blend of natural cotton warp and Beco's new Repreve blend, made from recycled plastic bottles, right here in the US! Who knew plastic bottles could be so soft? The fabric feels sturdy, but very soft, and of course, features all the things we love about Beco carriers. 

We currently have the limited Gotham and Delta Gothic prints, and I cannot begin to tell you just how beautiful they are! Come check these and our other amazing baby carriers out before they are gone! 


Product Spotlight: Naturepedic Mattress December 29, 2015 15:21

Mommas, let's talk organic vs. non-organic. It's so hard to do all organic, so if you had to choose what baby items should be organic? I always say start with an organic mattress. Your baby/toddler will spend more time on their mattress then not, and have you seen the chemicals found in a normal baby mattress? We carry naturepedic organic mattresses. Not only are they organic, and have no chemicals... But they are made in the USA too.

 

Here are a few benefits of an organic mattress:

    • Dust-mite repellent (fewer dust mites means less allergy symptoms)
    • Mold-resistant and anti-bacterial
    • Chemical free - not treated with dangerous fire-retardant chemicals. They, aren't made from synthetic polyurethane, which is a well-known allergy trigger, etc.
    • Absorbent, moisture-wicking properties
    • Natural fire-resistant properties
    • Breathable, insulating materials keep you cooler in summer, warmer in winter
    • Can often be customized according to level of firmness
    • Environmentally friendly and made from biodegradable materials

You can even accessorize with organic bedding as well! Come in to The Gator Loft (Parker, CO baby store) to purchase one today or buy online HERE


Product Spotlight: Lifefactory Baby Bottles December 26, 2015 13:21

Are you ready to toss those stinky plastic baby bottles out the window? Finally, a clean and checmical free baby bottle you can feel good about using!

We love Lifefactory baby bottles because they are made from the highest quality, thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass.

This allows the bottles to transition safely from freezer to boiling water! They come with a colorful silicone sleeve which provides an excellent gripping surface for little hands and help protect against the occasional drop. They come in 4 oz and 9 oz sizes.

 

 

 

Made in France. All components are BPA-free and phthalate-free.

 

Come on in to The Gator Loft today to try one out! Or, you can purchase online HERE. 


Winter Essentials at The Gator Loft December 19, 2015 15:33

Its winter here in Colorado and we have just what you need to get through this dry and freezing weather!

Nose Frida - keep your little ones nose clean and knock those sniffles out with this unique nasal aspirator!

 

Insta Temp - We love this thermometer because it is so easy to use! You simply hold it out appx 2 inches from your little ones head and press a button! No need to wake your child to get their temperature anymore!

 

Hot Tot Detangler - Keep those dry locks soft and moisturized with this natural detangling spray. And did we mention is smells like cabbage patch baby dolls?!

 

Acure Baby Lotion - Keep your little ones skin moisturized with this all natural baby lotion! Bye bye dry skin patches!

 

 


Music Together January Session! December 19, 2015 14:17

Music Together January Session

We are nearing the registration cap for our January session so if you intend to register, please do so ASAP! This is a 10 week class that meets for 45 minutes each week for ages 0-5 years old!  You can choose either a Tuesday or Friday class. Parents attend and participate in the fun!

When you're a parent, you want to give your young child the very best. You want to expose them to every possible opportunity to learn and grow. At Music Together, this starts with creating a bond through music. Since 1987, we've introduced millions of children, parents, and teachers to the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in their lives.

Today, it’s common for us to only listen to music rather than create it ourselves. But actively making music is so important for children’s music and overall development. That’s why Music Together has never been more essential. Young children learn best through active exploration and live, meaningful interaction with the grownups they love. So we say, take out the earbuds and pick up the instrument we were all given at birth—ourselves!

Come to see what all the fun is about! Click
HERE to register now!