Merry Christmas!

We will be open Christmas Eve from 10:30 am to 3 pm for our last minute holiday shoppers but then we will close to enjoy the special days ourselves! We hope you will have a very Merry Christmas! We will be closed Tuesday, Christmas Day, and re-open on Wednesday morning regular time and keep regular hours the rest of the week.

As a reminder for those who are off to the snow, we have several new and gently-used infant prams and snow bibs plus a variety of new and gently-used mittens, gloves, and ski gloves. You can even find a nice selection of hats and scarves so come in soon and get ready for an enjoyable visit to the snow without your little ones complaining of guess what–being cold!

Warmly, Debra and staff.

Free Childbirth Class, UC Davis Experts Give Class

Attention Pregnant Couples: Bring Your Pregnant Friend and Her Coach to Your Childbirth Class for FREE!

We have a very special Christmas gift for couples expecting Christmas babies–Register by October 20 for our next childbirth course and you can bring another pregnant couple for FREE. That means you can split the $200 course fee and save $100 each couple!

We know it is difficult to carve out eight class nights anytime of the year but especially over the holidays so we’re sweetening the attraction. We know–and so do our hundreds of past students know– how important it is to be prepared for childbirth. Even old women can clearly recollect the birth of their babies and that is how significant the experience will be. For most married couples, the intense work to bring your baby in the world helps cement their relationship and can set couples on a path to create a closer and more loving family.

Our childbirth course is worth every cent and we hope you’ll increase the fun of learning by bringing friends to share the class with you. Feel free to call with any questions. (707) 678-6262.

UC Davis Professors To Give Free Talks on Infant Development

Please click on the ‘Bringing Up Baby’ tab on the menu bar to read about our new free classes that will help parents better understand how their baby learns.

Why Our Class: Protecting Your Baby in the First Trimester

If you have not read plenty prior to conceiving, then there is much to learn during your early pregnancy. For example, did you know that your baby’s heart begins to beat and take over its own tiny circulation at only 21 days after conception? For most women, that time comes even before they are certain they are pregnant. In addition, all the baby’s vital organs are in place by the end of the third month. Yes, they are primitive and have a lot more developing to do–but this is important to know so that you will help protect your baby from the hazards of malnutrition or environmental risks.

Simple things like emptying the cat litter box or even cleaning the oven can pose risks to a developing fetus. Some women work in environments that may have unhealthy fumes or chemicals. These are called teratogens (teratology is the study of human birth defects) and we learn more about them in our Early Pregnancy Class. Our next one is slated for Saturday, August 11, 9 – 10:30 am at Nana and Company, 141 N. First St., in downtown Dixon.

New Dates for Childbirth Course, Early Pregnancy Class

For couples expecting babies in September, our next Natural Childbirth Course will begin Thursday, July 12 and run through August 30. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9 p.m. For those who are working and racing to class, there is a great Sushi Restaurant as well as Bud’s Pub & Grill on the same block as the shop where we teach the classes. We also want to mention that if the $200 cost of the 8-week course is going to prevent you from taking our class, please talk to Debra Dingman at the shop as we do have options for payment that could make things easier.

On another note, if you are in early pregnancy, the next one-night Early Pregnancy Class will be Tuesday, July 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. The non-refundable registration fee is $20 and can be accomplished online or in person at Nana and Company Children’s Boutique, 141 N. First St. in downtown Dixon.

Swim suits, sun hats, and plenty of adorable summer outfits await!

For your summer fun and safety, we have a great selection of really cute swimsuits for little girls and some quality brand ones for the little guys so come in soon for the best selection. We also have four different wet-suit type swim wear, a couple having flotation devices sewn in. In case you still need a large-brimmed floppy hat,we have new Gymboree ones and gently-used ones to choose from. A little reminder here for those with new babies–do not bundle your babies in hot weather. They have a similar body temperature as adults and can become dehydrated easily if they are sweating away in a blanket. Also, for toddlers and children, sun screen is a must for outdoor play even if it is for a short time!


The latest news for June 1

We will close early on Saturday, June 2

Due to the owner’s child graduating from high school, the shop will close at 1 pm instead of 4. Thank you for your patronage!

Early Pregnancy Class – Thursday, June 7, 7 – 9 p.m.

Learn how your baby is developing and how your pregnant body is adapting to those changes at this class that also includes discussion on nutrition, exercise, weight gain, communications with your partner, and an introduction to relaxation. A video on fetal development will also be shown. The class will also include a brief talk on the benefits of childbirth preparation. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Next Natural Childbirth Preparation Course is 10-weeks!
Starts June 14 and will run on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm through August 16 and is for late August or early September due dates. See further information under class tab.

Maternity and Nursing Wear Now Available!

We now have a full selection of maternity shorts, pants, tops, dresses, and even c couple swimsuits. All of these items are in excellent condition and are stylish. There is a range from sundresses to a beautiful black sweater so come in early for the largest selection! We also got in about a dozen of nursing tanks in a variety of colors. Again, these are in excellent condition and most in size small and medium. We also have two 3-piece grey knit nursing lounging wear trimmed in grey satin. They are very pretty and very affordable–Prices for maternity and nursing wear run $3.99 to $12.99.  Come check this selection out soon!

***We also just got in two stylish ‘Hooter Hiders’ for your nursing privacy!

Chronicles of Nana 6: Opening the Store

Which do you think is more difficult: The tons of paperwork that has to be started, filled, and tracked to get a business legal to operate including the months of planning and marketing prior to opening OR the actual work of opening?  I think it is harder to do all the things you need to do in advance to get ready to open a business.

And now, for the easy part: Opening the store.

I will spend the next week washing and oiling the beautiful wood walls and shelves that Jerry Thornton had inside his jewelry store for the many years before it became a delightful cake decorating supply store with classes. I will coordinate the rug shampoo, the signage, and learn the cash register.

With the help of family and friends, we will haul everything into the store that has been in storage the past couple months.  That means everything like toys, clothes, sleepers, shoes, infant rattles, hats, mittens, ride-on toys, swimsuits, onesies, blankets, sheets, toys, books, and oh, did I say toys?

We will haul cases of children’s hangers, boxes of price tags, tagging barbs, tagging guns, labels, signs, and lots of display baskets, etc. It is no less than 60 or more bags of items and a few boxes, too.

Besides how much work goes into opening a business being miscalculated, another thing that most people don’t realize is that you are setting up another home. Because you are going to spend all day at your store or at your business, you must also have a small refrigerator and a microwave for employees or for your self to enjoy meals and snacks.

Now I’m pretty sure there are a lot of men who wouldn’t care about these thing but as a woman who eats small five meals a day (always have), my body doesn’t do well for long periods of time without nourishment. When my children were younger and even into their teens, they were in my businesses with me because that is where I was. I always had a place for them to be private to do their homework or take a nap.

So I will also haul in the soap, toilet paper, nightlights, paper towels and washcloths, cleansers, waste baskets, plastic bag liners, toilet bowl brush, broom, dustpan, and even a doormat. There is soooo much stuff!

Did I mention the office needs, too? I’ll have to have a stapler and staples, paperclips, tape, scissors, binders, a 3-hole punch, pens, pencils, white out, tacks, tablets, and a bulletin board with markers.

While I’m sure my house will open up and become way less cluttered, I keep thinking about what will happen if the store doesn’t make it and I have to bring it all back home. Dixon is such a tough nut to crack for retail. Well, actually for any business. (This is another reason I believe so strongly in the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Dixon Business Association, and the Dixon Networking Association.) We really do need each other to help be successful! But I really don’t want to have to movie it all back home…

Positive self-talk is critical to being courageous enough to start a business but especially so here.  And what else you have to know if you want to own your own business is that you don’t stop doing all the promoting once the doors open. You must always be willing to share with others why your products or services are helpful. You must keep your business in the front of people’s minds and eyes.

And, you must work really hard every day to keep your store clean, attractive, inviting, and filled with great merchandise. There is a reason I like the verse, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” It makes me not be afraid of the really hard work involved in being an entrepreneur.

Actually moving in and opening the doors to the business will be extremely exciting and rewarding yet absolutely exhausting. Thanks for reading.


Chronicles of Nana 5: One Week Out

We are now one week out from moving into the new children’s clothing and toy store in downtown Dixon. And,  I’m worried about everything.

I’m writing this in the middle of the night. I had already awakened a couple times so when I woke up again at 3 I decided to give up and go to the computer. When I had awakened at midnight, I felt like there was a hole burning through the center of my body. No, it wasn’t heartburn. It was raw nerves.

I have taken great pride in my ability to relax through just about anything—be it pain or stress—thanks to learning relaxation practices many moons ago in my childbirth classes. By the time I had two children with no medication and little pain, and having taught the same techniques for years in my childbirth classes, not being able to sleep is rare for me. We used to joke that I merely fainted as my head went toward the pillow.

At first I was thinking something was terribly wrong and that there was good cause for my tension but then I came across my journal from when I had re-opened my Davis store in 2005. I had written how I was crazy with anxiety when my son, then 9 years old, told me I was just having ‘pre-wedding jitters.’ I had asked him how he knew that and he said he saw it watching ‘Friends’ with big sister.

He was right. And, I’m having them again. There is so much to do still. My order for checks had a week delay because the address they were being sent to was not the address of the store. It made sense I would not be having checks sent to a facility I was not yet in but they didn’t get that and it took a letter from First Northern Bank to help remedy the situation.

Then I discovered that the brackets I needed to hold the rods that the children’s clothing would hang on were not available. I mean, like, not even made. They had three-inch and there is 12-inch. What—children’s clothing doesn’t exist? How can that be? If a hanger is 6-inches from tip to tip, then a bracket needs to stick out 6-inches from a wall, not 12 and certainly not 3. Now I have to have my husband totally customize the racks for me.

All we need are dowels from the hardware store and those plastic holders for the rods screwed into the sides of the units.

I do love my husband but I tell you those despairing sighs or about to do me in. What David can do with a wickedly powerful drill in a matter of seconds would take me hours to do using anything. For example, I was trying to figure out why a popcorn-sounding push toy wasn’t working so I was feverishly unscrewing the tiny little screws with a screwdriver. I was on the third one when he roamed into the kitchen where I had the toy laid out like a slab of spare ribs on the counter. I asked for help. He sighed.

He got his drill and took two seconds to get off four other screws and then held out the power tool for me expectantly to finish the job. I did it while nearly drilling a crater in the tile countertop. Finally I was able to take the thing apart and study it. Before I knew it, several more screws fell on the counter and the thing nearly crumbled into several chunks of plastic. I heard a sigh and he asked again if I wanted to just stay home and plant flowers.

Here’s my new policy. If it doesn’t work, I don’t care how brightly colored or cute or even if it brings back fond memories of my own children when they were tots—it will not be in my store. It took us another half hour to figure out how to get it all back together again and guess what, it still didn’t work. Just recalling the evening has made me tired. I’m going to try to get some sleep.

More Classes Coming!

New on the April Calendar!

Infant Massage -  Thursday, April 12, 9- 10:15 am.

Infant Massage is a parent tradition with many ancient cultures that has been re-discovered and adapted to the western world. Not only does the loving strokes of a parent calm and sooth a baby, they also help build the bond between parent and child. Parents are invited to learn how to provide infant massage at an upcoming class by Melissa August, a Certified and licensed Massage Therapist. Fee is $20 and registration is required.

Little People’s Story Time – Every other Wednesday, 9:30-10:15 am

Preschool-age children are invited to hear stories, enjoy songs and do finger plays at this every other Wednesday free story time. It is important to foster the pleasure of reading in young children. Parents must stay with their children and pre-registration is required and there is no fee. The upcoming dates and subjects are: April 11 – Animal Babies; April 25 – Colors; May 9 – Mommies; May 23 – Pajama Party.

Early Pregnancy Class – Tuesday, April 10, 7 – 9 p.m.

Learn how your baby is developing and how your pregnant body is adapting to those changes at this class that also includes discussion on nutrition, exercise, weight gain, communications with your partner, and an introduction to relaxation. A video on fetal development will also be shown. The class will also include a brief talk on the benefits of childbirth preparation. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Come to our Grand Opening and Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, April 19 at 10 am will be our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Dixon Chamber of Commerce. We will have coffee and pastries in the morning and at the end of the day, we will pull the winning entry for a beautiful gift basket. (You do not have to be present to win.) Please mark your calendars and plan to  join us!