Baltic Amber Straight From Beautiful Polish Beach

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We wanted our customers to know how the healing jewelry, Baltic Amber teething necklaces and bracelets sold at Bay & Bee is made.

So we asked Zuzia’s sister Lucy to take some pictures while picking up most recent order.  Daria Burkowska, one of Zuzia’s friends in Poland who make amber jewelry, gets pure, raw Baltic Amber from white sand beaches of Baltic Sea.

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She clips all beads and drills tiny holes in them by hand! No heat applied in any part of the process, so the healing properties of each bead stay where they supposed to.

To read about Baltic Amber healing properties (teething pain and inflammation relief, migraine, arthritis, stress and anxiety decrease, overall health and mood improvement and more) click here.

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Photo credit by LSfotografia

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Our Montessori and Waldorf Influences

We have incorporated key values from both Montessori and Waldorf educational approaches into the play space.

  • Open-Ended play elements: let your child’s imagination run wild, which leads to new discoveries!
  • Child- Led play: let your child lead the way by choosing activities that interest him/her.
  • Mixed Ages: birth to 5 years old
  • Uninterrupted time : stay for as long as you like
  • We focus on Social and emotional development.

IMG_1406Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. Although a range of practices exists under the name “Montessori”, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:[2][3]

  • Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common
  • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours
  • A constructivist or “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
  • Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
  • Freedom of movement within the classroomSource: Wikipedia

 

IMG_4747Waldorf (Steiner) education is a humanistic approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. The pedagogy emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils.

 

Steiner’s division of child development into three major stages is reflected in the schools’ approach to early childhood education, which focuses on practical, hands-on activities and creative play; to elementary education, which focuses on developing artistic expression and social capacities; and to secondary education, which focuses on developing critical reasoning and empathic understanding. The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence. Individual teachers and schools have a great deal of autonomy in determining curriculum content, teaching methodology and governance.

 

Source: Wikipedia

Baltic Amber Healing Jewelry

Baltic Amber has been used across the globe for its magnificent healing power for babies’ teething pain, as well as treating joint pain for adults, headaches, arthritic ailments, and even anxiety. Wearing Baltic Amber close to the skin is a traditional European remedy for your child’s teething pain, inflammation and drooling.

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Amber is fossilized resin (50 million years old tree sap) that warms when put against the skin, releasing its therapeutic properties safely and naturally. It draws disease out of afflicted areas and neutralizes negative energy, allowing body to heal itself.

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Some parents like their children to wear amber necklaces, others prefer wrist and ankle bracelets.

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Zuzia, one of Bay & Bee owners, grew up in Sopot, a beach town in Poland, where you can still find pieces of amber whenever you take a walk or rest on the beach. She orders teething necklaces and bracelets, as well as adult amber jewelry from her friends, who have had amber businesses for generations.

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Bay & Bee offers variety of amber color (butter, cherry, burgundy, honey, green and black or mixed) in different lengths and twist/screw-in or magnetic clasp. You can try it on your baby or yourself and find the perfect fit!

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Bay & Bee on CW17

Bay & Bee was featured in a segment by CW17, hosted by The Navy Mom’s “Welcome to Jacksonville” Guide three times last month!

 

The TV crew came to interview Monica and Zuzia, show the space and members playing, enjoying their birthday parties and shopping at our store.

 

Here is the episode:

 

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2015!

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It’s April and April brings one of our favorite events,
THE GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE 2015!

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On April 18th at 10 am we will gather for some festivities and the change at 11am!

The Great Cloth Diaper change is a Guinness Book of World Records Event held annually to see how many cloth diapers can be changed globally at the same time in each time zone. It is a fun event intended to raise awareness on cloth options as well as spread the cloth diaper love.

Bay & Bee is an official world record site!
This year there are 278 participating locations across 18 countries. We hope to exceed last year’s total of 8,459 participants.
I started cloth diapering my son in 2009. Not only did I save money through using cloth, see the lack of waste benefits, I also made amazing friends.

Why Cloth Diapers?
Reusable cloth diapers have many benefits, including:

  • Environmental: Cloth diapers reduce waste for families with children in diapers by more than 50%.
  • Financial: Cloth diapers allow families to save more than $2000 per child.
  • Health: Cloth diapers help parents reduce exposure of their babies’ skin and lungs to the chemicals in disposable diapers.
  • Cute and comfortable: Parents love putting soft cloth diapers, available in a variety of styles and patterns, on their babies.
  • Convenient: Once you’ve purchased your stash, no more weekly trips to the store to purchase more – simply put a load in the laundry!
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    How do you wash them: http://realdiapers.org/wash

    The environmental and money savings: http://realdiapers.org/diaper-facts

    OUR EVENT!
    Location: Bay & Bee 13475 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32225

    Phone: 904-221-1900

    Register for the vent through the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/334022473454353/

    This year we are Co-Hosting the event with Nicole Churchin of Nicole Churchin Photography and creator of the Facebook group Cloth Diaper Junkies Jax

    What should you do?

    Bring a cloth diaper to change into and your participant must be under 39″ tall.
    One adult to One child

    Arrive between 10:00 and 10:30am to register

    Enjoy the play space (please brings socks for yourself)

    Listen to Live Music by Alex from Red Beard!

    Delight in a Bake Sale by ICAN of North Florida

    Cloth Diapering Games!

    Enter a raffle to win assorted prizes! Donations will benefit the RDA

    Photography by Nicole Churchin Photography

    Bring old cloth diapers to donate to the Rebecca Foundation.

    For the month of April sock sales will be going to the Real Diaper association.

    We are also accepting used or new cloth diapers for the Rebecca Foundation.

    The Rebecca Foundation – http://www.clothforall.com/

    The Rebecca Foundation is a non profit organization

    “The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet is a National program and advocacy organization taking action to end diaper need in the United States. With 1 in 3 families facing this crisis daily we are providing a sustainable renewable option to single use diapers therefore eliminating health and sanitary issues in children, lowering stress levels of concerned parents and increasing available funds to purchase basic necessities. We are a team of passionate individuals determined to change the world one cloth diaper at a time.”

     

     

    So many wonderful giving opportunities, come for a great morning and help break a world record at Bay & Bee!

     

     

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Tula Ring Sling Sale

We are happy to announce a sale on Tula Baby Carriers rings slings and woven wraps!
10% off any in stock Tula Ring Sling or Tula Woven Wrap from 2/27/15 to 3/6/15

Sale will last until end date or available products. From the tula website.
” Tula Ring Slings are handmade from our beautiful woven wraps, which are designed and woven specifically for Tula. They are a representation of our passion for textiles, designs, and attention to details, but mostly to the beauty of babywearing. Tula Ring Slings are perfect for a variety of sizes and situations from birth on, and are the fastest and easiest carrier on the market to use. Tula is proud to make products that can be trusted to be there for you with comfort, safety, and beauty when your family needs us most, whenever that is.

 

Tula Ring Slings are available in two sizes, “S/M” and “L/XL”. For reference, you can use your shirt size to determine what size would be best for you. However, the fit of the Tula Ring Slings is very versatile. A “S/M” will still fit a plus sized person and just leave a shorter “tail” (excess material that lies past the rings). All Tula Ring Slings have a weight range of 8-35lbs.
Made with our elegant Tula Woven Wraps and top quality aluminum SlingRings
Easily adjustable to be used for front (tummy to tummy) and hip carries
Ideal for newborns until toddlerhood and beyond
Handwash when necessary
Woven wrap material is made of a special blend of cotton and Tencel®
Tula is committed to protecting our environment and to awareness of our social and ecological impact as much as possible. We continually seek to offer an outstanding product that keeps our future decision-makers close to our hearts, while protecting the home that they will one day inherit. We are thrilled about our new blend of woven wrap made with Tencel®, a brand of fiber made from the naturally-grown wood pulp of eucalyptus trees. Tencel® is an incredibly strong, yet elegantly soft fiber which naturally possesses amazing breathability and moisture control, while offering the additional benefits of eucalyptus: water savings, renewable growth, and environmental stewardship. It’s a matter of balance… and Tula (with Tencel®) has got it down!”
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Tula Wrap Conversion Ring Sling Retail Price: $135.00+ tax

Tula Wrap Conversion Ring Sling SALES Price: $121.50 + tax

Come stop by and try one one!

If you have any baby wearing questions our staff is happy to help, or First Coast Baby Wearing group meets at Bay & Bee once a month on a weekend date. The next meeting which will focus on Ring Slings will be held Sunday March 1st 1:30-3:00pm. Everyone welcome! Just bring socks.
Happy Baby Wearing!

Give The Gift of Play

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Now is the perfect time to give the gift of play!

Check out Jacksonville Moms Blog post about non gift ideas.

A month at Bay & Bee is the perfect way to give the gift of community and play. We are open Monday – Friday 9am -5pm , and 9am-1pm on the weekends!

A membership includes unlimited access to the play space, all of our classes like music, story time, yoga and Pilates as well as special workshops!

Members also receive a 10%discount on most items in our new retail space!

Come see why we were voted best Mommy & Me in Jacksonville by Jacksonville Magazine.

 

Monthly Membership gift certificates are $68/month + tax and $24/month + tax for siblings.

 


Purchase Online
Call (904) 221-1900 or Stop by in person! (we have adorable little gift certificates)

Jacksonville Magazine- Best Mommy & Me

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We are so honored and grateful to be named best Mommy & Me in Jacksonville by Jacksonville Magazine!

We have such an amazing staff and people who care about this community.
It is such a pleasure watching Bay & Bee grow and getting to build this wonderful community of parents.
Thank You!!!
Monica, Zuzia & Emily

October Infant Special

Happy International Baby Wearing Week!!

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Last week we celebrated Jacksonville’s kick off baby wearing event and it was amazing to see so many new faces and new moms!
The moby wrap was my gateway into baby wearing 4 years ago! It has made my life so much easier and the hands free cuddle time has been invaluable.
For the month of October, when you sign up for an infant membership (birth to crawling) we will give you a moby wrap as a baby wearing gift!

$35 registration fee, $45/month to month.
(Moby valued at 49.95)

 

Membership to Bay & Bee gives you unlimited access to the play space Monday – Friday 9am-4pm, and Saturday – Sunday 9am-1pm. This includes all of our classes during those hours like music, story time, mommy & me yoga.

 

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Up & Away We Go! Baby Wearing Around Jacksonville

Up & Away We Go! Baby Wearing Around Jacksonville
By Guest Blogger on Aug 21, 2014 in Babies, Mom Recommended, New Mommies, Sponsored Posts, Tips and Tricks
In 2009, right before I had my son, I was gifted a ginormously long blue piece of fabric and was told it would be a lifesaver. I unrolled it and quickly rolled it back up. It was at least 8 feet long! What was I supposed to do with this thing that looked like it should be a hammock? (I remember being so overwhelmed with all things baby product, walking into Babies R US like a zombie thinking how will I ever navigate these things?)
Hunter was born and carrying him in my arms was great and all, but I kept thinking that maybe I should go look at that long piece of fabric. So I opened the directions and just stared at them. For days. Then I opened up You Tube to watch tutorials. It took more than a dozen tries but finally I was hands free! I could walk around the house flailing my arms in all of their glory. This started my great relationship with baby wearing.
I was drawn to baby wearing because of the usefulness of it. I don’t know what I would do without this skill. I could take walks on the beach with my infant, carry things, eat! Then when I had my second child, it was baby wearing to the rescue again. Wearing my newborn while keeping up with my 3 year old, and opening Bay & Bee saved my sanity. Baby wearing is a daily habit in my household, whether it is wearing her at work, grocery store or the beach.
Baby wearing is not only convenient for parents, but turns out that it has great benefits as well. It is soothing for children and helps colic. {Source}
Is it Safe?
If done properly, yes! You can learn all about baby wearing safety online at Baby Wearing International or come to a First Coast Baby Wearing group meeting!
You want to follow and remember TICKS
Tight
In View
Close enough to kiss
Keep their chin off chest
Supported straight back

 

How Old Should Baby Be?
People can be worn from birth to any age! Different types of carriers are better suited to different body types, activity levels, and age of baby.
What kind of carriers are there?
Here is a quick over view of the five basic types of baby carriers
Stretchy Wraps are long pieces of Fabric like the Moby or Boba Wrap. They are great for newborns! Stretchy wraps are made out of a soft cotton that stretches like a jersey material. They are ideal for front carriers only.
Woven Wraps come in a variety of lengths that you can do any kind of carry with front, back, hip. There is a whole world of names and wrapping styles that could take up a blog post of it’s own. This is the most versatile type of baby carrier but also the one that takes the most patience and practice.
Ring Slings are arguably the simplest type. It is a long piece of woven fabric with rings that act like a knot. Ring Slings are an ideal newborn carrier and are also fantastic for the up-and-down toddler phase.
Mei Tais typically have a wide middle panel and padded shoulder straps. It is a cross between a soft structured carrier and long wrap.
Soft Structured Carriers are my favorite! Tula, Boba, Ergo are all great examples of these. They have two buckles and are often compared to a backpack.

 

There is so much to experience with baby wearing. First Coast Baby Wearing group on Facebook is a great Jacksonville resource! They have monthly meetings where you can learn about safety and try on any carrier. They have a huge variety and a great lending library.

 

First Coast Baby Wearing generally meets at Bay & Bee the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can check FCBW or Bay & Bee Facebook page for updates.
This month we have a meeting on Sunday, August 24th from 1pm-3pm. All are welcome to come learn!
Bay & Bee has Tula’s and Moby’s in stock to purchase and try on. As well as a basket of different sized wraps and ring slings to try. If you can’t come to a meeting, we are happy to help answer your questions at Bay & Bee.
Get Carried Away
International Baby Wearing Week is October 7th-13th ! We will be celebrating Baby Wearing Week at Bay & Bee with great public event on October 12th. Details will be announced soon.
There is such a great community of baby wearers in Jacksonville. If you’ve been curious you should join the facebook group, come to a meeting or just come by Bay & Bee to learn more about baby wearing.
Bay & Bee is a locally – owned small business, inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles to create a stimulating eco- friendly play environment.
Our unique play space nourishes community and focuses on child led play.
Monthly membership allows for unlimited and flexible play, so that you can stop by as your schedule allows to experience open play, classes and workshops.
Located on Atlantic Blvd in the Harbour Village Shopping Center.
13475 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32225
(904)221-1900
e-mail: inquiries@www-qa.baynbee.com

Best Birthday Party is Jacksonville

Jacksonville Moms Blog posted about the best venues to have a birthday party in Jacksonville!

http://www.jaxmomsblog.com/mom/best-birthday-party-venues/

Bay & Bee – A birthday party at Bay & Bee is similar to inviting friends to your living room but you don’t need to clean up before or afterwards. The party is booked for 90 minutes of exclusive use and you get an additional 20 minutes beforehand to set up. When you arrive, the staff will have the party tables and chairs set up, so all you have to do is bring in table decorations and food. The play space is clean and comfortable. The kids play, adults can eat and relax since all of the children are in view, then time for cake! Afterwards the staff helps the birthday party family take everything to the car. I love that you can bring a theme for table decorations suited to individual needs and bring our own food. Parties are best suited for first to fourth birthdays.

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Interview with Jacksonville Moms Blog

Get to Know Bay & Bee – A New, Local Play Space

 

Bay & Bee is a locally-owned small business, inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles to create a stimulating eco-friendly play environment. Their unique play space nourishes community and focuses on child led play.
Monthly membership at Bay & Bee allows for unlimited and flexible play, so that you can stop by as your schedule allows to experience open play, classes and workshops. I’ve been a member since they opened back in March.
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the calming decor, soft blue walls and cork flooring. The first thing the kids notice is the CedarWorks play area in the center of the space. My four-year-old especially loves the highest point of this structure where he can get a good view of all the natural, wooden toys available for play. He also loves the train table and dress-up area.
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Photo Credit: Monika Colichio Photography

My two-year-old is just as in love with the CedarWorks play area, but has the most fun at Story Time and Mommy & Me Yoga.

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I sat down with Monica, co-owner of Bay & Bee to learn more about her vision and why she decided to open an indoor play space.

What inspired this?

When my now four-year-old was just a few months old, I really wanted to go do something with him and meet other moms. I tried the typical infant activities and kept thinking about how I would improve them to meet my needs.

What kind of changes did you want to make?

The biggest thing was that I wanted some place that I could go whenever my schedule allowed. Or more realistically when my son’s schedule allowed. I have never been big on waking him up mid nap to go somewhere, and when they are that little, naps are all over the place.

I also wanted some place impeccably clean, especially during the crawling phase when they are so low to the ground and putting things into their mouth is a major part of exploring their environment.

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Photo Credit: Monika Colichio Photography

My educational background is a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, so I think about colors effecting mood a lot. I just needed a place for children that was designed for adult comfort that stayed away from loud colors and characters.

And then I just wanted to meet other moms. Mom dating is hard! The activities I tried didn’t really lend themselves to meeting and making friends. I wish I had known about Jax Moms Blog back then.

You talk about Montessori and Waldorf educational influences, how did that come about?

Everything in the last 5 years revolves around my four-year-old. When he was 18-months-old we enrolled him in Montessori Tides School. I was blown away that the classroom environment was so peaceful. Even with 18+ children in a room, all of them behaved respectfully and calm. They were playing and learning so much. The classroom set up, activities available, the way the teachers spoke all created this amazing loving space.
They didn’t need plastic or battery operated toys, loud noises, bold graphics. An array of well-arranged fine motor skill activities in a peaceful setting and their behavior responded accordingly.

This is where I was introduced to the benefits of child led play and a yes environment that play a big role in Bay & Bee.

Zuzia, my amazing business partner’s daughter goes to Seaside Community Charter School. The program there is amazing as well. We tapped into her experience with those ideas of creative play and attention to detail.

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Photo Credit: Monika Colichio Photography

Can you tell me more about child-led play?

Yes! How much spare time do you have? Maybe I can do a full blog post about this for you guys someday. Basically child-led play is allowing your child to make choices, what they want to play with and for how long. One of the benefits of Bay & Bee is that you can stay for however long you and your child are interested; we’ve had families stay for four hours because their children were so engaged!

Studies show that child-led play plays a crucial role in social and emotional confidence with long-term benefits.

We’ve made Bay & Bee a yes environment, which means that everything is safe, everything is in eyesight and available to play with. When you present an environment like that it reduces anxiety and stress in parents and children. You’ll feel confident; your kids will feel confident.

I wanted to create a calm play space that reflected Hunter’s classroom setting.

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Photo Credit: Monika Colichio Photography

What kind of activities do you have in the play space?

We have 30+ fine motor skill toys arranged on the shelves, I love to buy toys, so I will rotate work in and out so there is generally something new to find every time you come.

In the center of the room we have a CedarWorks play set that was designed for this space.

A fantastic, locally made by Beachtown Woodshop, 26ft long train table, which currently features dinosaurs.

A Tegu wall! My favorite! They are magnetic wooden blocks that you can build on and off of the wall. I love this because my four-year-old and one-year-old both enjoy it and the company is fantastic.

Dress up area, we stayed away from characters and just have occupations and animals.

Farmer’s Market that is a source of fantastic food serving and tea parties.

Arts & Crafts table and wall.

Books! We have books. And many objects for infants to grasp and hang out on.

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How does Bay & Bee work?

Everyone’s first visit is complimentary; you need to see if what we are doing is a good fit for your family. You can come play anytime, join a class or do both for your trial day.

Once you are a member you can come and go as you please. It’s pretty simple. We send out a newsletter, post our schedule on the website and facebook and you can pick the activities that appeal to you. There is no limit on how much you can come.

Why did you decide to require membership versus drop-in?

We get a ton of questions about this. There was a lot of consideration put into this but basically it boils down to the core values. We want to build a community and a membership lends itself to that.

We see it working and I get sappy! Parents and grandparents talking, exchanging numbers, meeting up, getting to know each other. Kids recognizing each other and making social connections. It’s fantastic.

A membership also keeps this place open and functioning. It guarantees that I can buy new activities and keep things as clean as possible.

It also lets us get to know our core crowd and tailor workshops to them. We LOVE getting to know you and your needs. One of the things Zuzia and I enjoy the most is finding the right people to teach classes and workshops that people ask for.

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Photo Credit: Monika Colichio Photography

What age ranges do you cater to?

We are focused on the 0-5 demographic. Everything in the space is built to their height and accessibility from the train table height, farmers market, to the CedarWorks play structure.

The main membership is tied to the child under five years old, older siblings are welcome as long as they understand that the space is for the younger kids.
I noticed you have some after hours classes, can you tell me more?

Absolutely. We are open 9-4pm during the week and 9-1 on the weekends. During that time everything is included in your membership.

During the week we have partnered up with some local businesses to host their classes. Jax Prenatal Yoga taught by Michelle Bauer. She makes me want to get pregnant again just to take her class!

4th Trimester Fitness by Emily Wannenberg, she focuses on post partum recovery.

Jax Music Together moved here as well. It’s an amazing music program focused on developing communication skills.

Om with Mom yoga, which is a mommy and me yoga class taught by Jenna Orr. She is fantastic!!!!  Highly recommend this drop in class.

And finally hypno birthing through Doulananda.

We have a lot going on.

 

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Photo Credit: Monika Colichio Photography

Is there anything else you’d like people to know?

Sure! We host birthday parties on the weekends after hours. There is a 1:30-3 time slot and 4-5:30 on Saturdays and Sundays for private use. The birthday parties here have been amazing. They are custom tailored to each child’s theme and enjoyable for parents. I think it is the perfect party venue.

We also have a small shop up front. Super handy to stop in and get a baby shower gift or something for yourself. The products we carry are a mix of retailers that Zuzia and I have been using forever and local handmade stuff from work at home moms. Some of our favorite big brands are Lifefactory, Tula, Swaddle Designs, Naty Baby and local; Gingerbaby Designs, The Littlest Learners, and Olive Street. We love cute, eco friendly and useful.

Thank you so much to Monica for getting a lot of our readers questions answered! Bay & Bee is an amazing space and JMB is so happy to be a part of their journey. Be sure to check them out on Facebook to get the scoop on all the amazing events they have going on throughout the month!

http://www.jaxmomsblog.com/in-around-jax/get-know-bay-bee-new-local-play-space/

The Global Big Latch On at Bay & Bee

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World Breast Feeding Week is being held August 1st-7th,2014.  The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is celebrating 22 years of promoting breastfeeding and support for mothers.  This is a global effort to normalize and educate people about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Did you know that:

World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide.

Breastfeeding also benefits mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control (98% protection in the first six months after birth). It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity

According to the latest information by the CDC, In Florida 71.8% of children have been breastfeed.  By 6 months 40.9% are breastfed some, 10.6% are being exclusively exclusive breastfed and by 12 months 20% of children are still breastfed.

TO CELEBRATE World Breast Feeding Week, The Big Latch On is hosting a global count!  It is a community-building event that is aimed to bring women together, spread the word about local support groups and raise money for support organizations.

The Big Latch On involves groups of breastfeeding women coming  together  at registered  locations around  the  world  to all  ‘latch  on’  (breastfeed) their child or children at a set time.  All of the children are latched on for one minute at the set time.  Numbers are added to a global count total to see if we can beat the previous years record.

History of The Big Latch On The Big Latch On began in New Zealand and was started by Women’s Health Action in  2005  as  part  of  World  Breastfeeding  Week.  Joanne Edwards of Small Beginnings Group introduced the Big Latch On to Portland, Oregon in 2010. The Big Latch On Record is 14,536 children latched on simultaneously across 845 locations in 28 countries! The World record is still held by Children for Breastfeeding Inc., With 15,128 women breast feeding simultaneously at 295 sites across the Philippines on 2 May 2007.

OUR EVENT: Bay & Bee and Jacksonville Beach Breastfeeding Support Group are hosting a Big Latch on Event at Bay & Bee on Saturday August 2nd.

You will need to register Saturday Morning at Bay & Bee.  Registration will open at 9:15am and close at 10:00am. The latch on will take place at 10:30am. At that point we will count latches for 1 minute.

We will have a great raffle with local vendor donations, including a 1 month membership to Bay & Bee.  The Latch will take place inside of the play space and our neighboring space. Meredeth Rae Woodward will be here between 9:15-10:15 playing a set of her music.  Please bring a closed water bottle container and socks for yourself!

Although donations are not required to participate, we will be accepting donations for The Big Latch On organization to help provide Breast Feeding Support.

The Global Big Latch On- https://www.facebook.com/GlobalBigLatchOn