Baby Boutique

Product reviews and recommendations on the latest toys and baby products for infants ages 0 months to 6 months. Learning Express Toys discusses everything from the best swaddle clothes to the cutest plush animals to the most age appropriate books.
  • 6 Travel Hacks for Flying with Kids

    The physics of plane travel is fascinating: how such a large structure can lift magically off of the runway and fly thousands of miles above the clouds. The wonder of flight is completely lost on my toddler and infant sons, however. No, nothing about travelling with children is easy, nor does the science and excitement of flying from one place to another make them any better behaved.  Luckily, my sister-in-law has been travelling with two children for a few years, and has shared some very helpful travel hacks that have made flying more enjoyable for my kids and for us parents too.  Here are the top 6 tips and tricks that I’ve found most useful for surviving a five-hour long journey in some pretty tight quarters. Continue reading

  • Baby Boutique Review: Aden + Anais®

    Springtime greetings, Learning Express readers!

    The season of birth and renewal has brought particular joy for my family this year as we Aden + Anais Burpy Bib and Swaddle Pluswelcomed our third baby boy into the world two weeks ago.

    It’s completely wonderful having a newborn in the house again. I had so missed that sweet brand-new baby smell, and I had yearned to have that tiny bundle peacefully sleeping in my arms. I had forgotten how much I loved the adorable sighs and subtle grunts that only a newborn can make. Yes, everything is rosy around here – as long as no one gets between me and my caffeine!

    The birth of our newest boy happens to coincide with the launching of Learning Express’s long-awaited baby boutique.  Now you can shop for kids of all ages in one amazing store!

    I’m excited to have the chance to try out baby products on my littlest man and let you all know how they work out. Up first, three gems from Aden and Anais!

    Aden + Anais® Swaddle Plus Breathable Multi-Use Blankets

    Ok, I have to admit, this might be the easiest product review I’ve ever written. My cousin is due with her first baby in a month, and I had the pleasure of helping her register for baby items. She asked me what I considered to be the most essential thing in my vast baby product inventory.

    Being on my third child, I have tried copious amounts of baby products. But, without a second thought, I said the Aden and Anais swaddle blankets were my absolute favorite.

    When I had my first baby, the Aden and Anais swaddlers weren’t yet on my radar. So, we used conventional receiving blankets. But, by the time my second boy came around, my mommy friend tipsters were singing the praises of these blankets.

    Lucky for me, I took my friends’ advice and bought the Aden and Anais swaddle blankets. I quickly learned that all the buzz was justified.

    These special blankets are made of a loosely woven cotton fabric called muslin. It looks and feels like gauze but is much sturdier. It’s light, breathable, and stretchy. These qualities make it the perfect swaddler.

    The conventional receiving blankets I used on my first boy were always coming undone Newborn baby wrapped in Aden & Anais swaddlebecause they didn’t stretch and give, and the fleecy fabric often seemed suffocating. Not so with Aden and Anais’s product.

    This is a must-have because it’s wonderful for swaddling and so much more. I always have one of these blankets in my diaper bag. The breathability of the product makes it particularly handy. I use it to cover my infant seat when I’m at the pediatrician’s office and I don’t want sick kids coughing on my baby. I use it to cover my stroller on a sunny day before my baby is old enough to wear sunscreen. I use it as a nursing cover – it hides everything it needs to hide without overheating baby or mommy. The uses go on and on.

    I can also testify to the longevity of this product. I’ve used and abused my swaddle blankets and washed them over and over again, and they’ve held up fantastically. In fact, they seem to get even softer as they age.

    These beautifully designed blankets are versatile and durable and are a requisite baby accessory.

    Aden + Anais® Burpy Bib

    This combination burp cloth and bib is really innovative.

    Again, this product is made of Aden and Anais’s comfortable, soft, beautifully functional Newborn baby held over an adult's shoulder over Burpy Bibmuslin, which I love for all the reasons above. This burp/bib version is thicker though, to absorb mess.

    When used as a burp cloth, the product’s bean shape hugs your neckline to protect more of your clothing from spit up. My baby is a veritable sour milk geyser at the moment, so more coverage is definitely better.

    I also love using the bib version. It doesn’t just cover baby’s chest like most bibs; rather, it wraps around the baby’s shoulders as well. I appreciate this because when my baby is sleeping on his back, his head is often tilted to the side. When he spits up in this position, it’s his shoulders – not his chest – that get saturated. This bib protects him from this mishap. I can simply take care of the spit up by taking the bib off without having to roust the baby from sleep to change his entire outfit. So helpful!

    Aden + Anais® Comfort Security Blankets

    These sweet little blankets are designed to become your child’s “lovey” or security blanket.

    Newborn sleeping with Aden & Anais comfort blanketOk, ok. There must be hundreds of these things on the market. So what makes this one different? Simple. Because these blankets are made of that thin, breathable muslin fabric, I feel comfortable letting my baby sleep with this lovey at a much earlier age than with any other similar products I’ve seen.

    If my baby was to fuss and stir and part of this blanket got near his face, he could still breath easily. So, I feel comfortable letting him have it.

    And, the earlier you try to get your baby attached to a lovey, the more likely it is to stick and become an actual security blanket for him. And if it succeeds, having a security blanket is such a valuable comforting mechanism to have in your repertoire.

    And, each pack comes with two identical blankies – so your baby can always have one while the other is in the wash.

    I’m so grateful for products like these three from Aden and Anais that make life better for both my baby and me. I hope you find them as helpful as I do!

    – Katherine Riolo