Sunscreen is always a must have, but with summer travel season quickly approaching you are sure to be reaching for that sunscreen more often. Here are some guidelines and baby sunscreen recommendations to keep in mind when you are picking out sunscreen:
1. Stay away from the spray on sunscreen.
2. If using a chemical sunscreen make sure "avobenzone" is on the label. If you are opting for a natural sunscreen be sure it contains "zinc oxide."
3. Steer clear of sunscreen with SPF over 50.
4. Avoid products with oxybenzone and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) on the label.
Here are our top picks for safest sunscreens for babies (and the entire family) this summer:
To check out your favorite sunscreen search it on the EWG site here.
Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with your family and friends, while the food is great and usually some once a year dishes, the kids may not enjoy the meal as much as the adults. Here are some fun kid friendly Thanksgiving recipes we have found to make Thanksgiving a little more kid friendly. If you're looking for some Thanksgiving treats for kids, then check these out below.
1. Mac & Cheese Muffins (from Raining Hot Coupons)
2. Sweet Potato Pumpkins (from Love Taza)
3. Tiny Corn Muffins (from Weelicious)
4. Pumpkin Pie Muffins (from TheKrazyCouponLady)
5. Stuffins (from Bru Crew Life)
As the holiday travel season approaches you may be looking for some ways to try to stay healthy while flying with kids.
1. Bring along hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes
Bring along sanitizing wipes to wipe down all the hard surfaces surrounding your family's seats, then have your children either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer to try to keep the area as clean as possible.
2. Dealing with a time change
If you are going to be traveling to a new time zone consider adjusting your family's sleep schedule a few days before you leave to help with the adjustment. Sleep is an important health tip for traveling. Sleep is important to staying healthy while traveling.
3. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is important to stay healthy, remember to drink plenty of water during your flight. Remember to never drink the water in the airplane bathroom.
4. Combatting Ear Pain
During take off and landing have your kids drink something or if they are old enough chew gum. One of KidsHealth.org's travel health tips is to give your children a dose of an over the counter pain reliever a half hour before the flight to help ease discomfort.
If you have time before your trip consider asking your doctor or nurse if they have any extra tips for flying with kids or health tips for traveling.
Are you a mom on the go? We have teamed up with a few of our favorite brands to bring you the Ultimate Mom on the Go Giveaway! Enter now for your chance to win this prize pack valued at over $1000 including all the prizes listed below:
1. Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib
2. Case of Bambo Nature Diapers
3. ergoPouch ergoCocoon
4. b.box Diaper Essentials Package (Diaper Wallet and Diaper Caddy)
5. Belli Skincare Complete Acne Control Kit
6. A Blooming Bath
8. 2 Coveredgoods Multi-Use Nursing Covers
9. L'ovedbaby $75 Gift Certificate
10. MAM Infant Basics Gift Set
12. NuRoo Pocket Carrier
13. timi + leslie Rachel Diaper Bag in Deep Teal
14. Lucy Darling Memory Book
Mom on the Go Giveaway
Recently I have had a lot of friends who are first time moms ask me what I carry around in my diaper bag, so I thought I would share with all of you what should be in your diaper bag. As the mom of a toddler and preschooler here is a quick list of what diaper bag supplies I carry in my diaper bag.
Diaper Bag - Timi and Leslie Charlie Bag in Teal, $159.99
I love this diaper bag! It is so cute I know I will be be using after the kids outgrow the diaper bag stage, and the size and compartments make it perfect for carrying around their daily essentials.
1. Sippy Cup - Lollaland Lollacup in Brave Blue, $16
As a mom of 2 I usually have 2 of these in the bag at all times, usually empty so I don't have any spills. When we are out and they get thirsty I usually fill with water from a water fountain.
2. Wipes - Johnson's Hand and Face Wipes, $2.49
We are currently potty training my youngest so I don't have to carry around as many wipes as I did before, but these are great for cleaning hands and faces after a messy meal. Definitely important when considering what should be in your diaper bag.
3. Fruit Pouch - Ella's Kitchen Fruit Smoothie
4. Diapers - Honest Company Diapers
As I stated before we are currently potty training my youngest, but I still like to have some diapers on hand in case he has an accident.
5. Bib - Bumkins SuperBib, $6.95
This bib is great because it is wipeable and has a pocket for catching food.
6. Diaper Rash Cream - Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream, $9.95
7. First Aid Kit - Medi Buddy First Aid Kit to Go, $4.99
With 2 boys this is a must, I will also add a few extra band aids to the kit to be safe. Diaper bag supplies should always include a first aid kit.
8. Toy - Green Toys Twist Teether, $10.99
This is an older toy from the baby years, but still does the trick of keeping them entertained in the car or when we are waiting somewhere. While they would prefer to play with cars, this is a much quitter and safer option. The race cars tend to go airborne and any play with the cars comes with very loud sound effects.
9. Snack Container - Boon Snack Ball, $7.49
LOVE this snack container! Keeps the food from getting smashed and in a pinch can serve as a ball for my kids to roll back and forth to each other.
What is on your diaper bag essentials list? Is your idea of what should be in your diaper bag different?
One of our favorite things about having a blog is the ability to share stories from our customers with all of you! This fan story comes from Jessie about her adventures traveling with her 5 month old to the Red Sea.
I spent half of my pregnancy on bed rest, which means that I had a LOT of time to research travel cribs. Once I had my mind set on the Lotus, I was unable to settle for anything else. My mother-in-law blessed us with our Lotus, and I am so thankful, because we love it! We live abroad in the Middle East and have really enjoyed the ease of traveling with our Lotus Crib. Our daughter is 5 months old, and we recently had a mini vacation to the Red Sea. It was so convenient to set her up in the Lotus pool side by day and cozy in our hotel room by night! Back at home, we keep our Lotus in the living room for our daughter to play in throughout the day. I LOVE how easy it is to set up and take down, and that its actually light enough to carry other places if we like. Our family will be traveling a lot this summer, and I love knowing that we can bring this with us and that our daughter will have some of the comforts of home, even while we are away. Its compact, light and really travel friendly. We are huge fans. Thank you Guava Family!
If you have a story you would like to share please email Jessica@guavafamily.com.
One of the hottest nursery trends of 2016 has been gender neutral baby nursery animal themes, and we are loving them! If you are looking for some inspiration for animal themed nursery ideas, you have found them:
via Wit and Delight
via Rue Daily
via Style Me Pretty
via Homes to Love
via Project Nursery
I am taking my kids on a road trip to a family reunion next week, so have been scouring Pinterest looking for some games to keep them occupied during the 5 hour car ride and in the hotel room.
Here are some of my favorite travel games for kids and toddler travel activities (and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are a hit!).
1. DIY Coloring Lap Board
I love this idea from The Measured Mom! Use small magnetic strips to adhere the pad and markers to a cookie tray. Not sure I trust my kids with markers in the car so may pick a few crayons and adhere the magnetic strips to them instead. And since the tray is magnetic I have also picked up a package of alphabet magnets for my son to play with on the tray when he is done coloring.
2. Color matching Game
I grew on this idea from Fat Vegan Baby, I got paint chips and cut them in half to create a matching game, pairing game, and color game. I think my younger son can pair the paint chips up on his tray and both boys can find all the alphabet magnets that are the same color as the paint chip and organize them on their trays. I am hoping I can turn the chips into a matching game for the hotel room.
Do you have any good travel games for kids or toddler travel activities? Send us your favorite ideas for toddler travel games!