Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Okay, so technically it’s not summer yet, but we here in Massachusetts have been having some pretty fantabulous weather this spring. And around here, any time it hits 60 degrees, it’s time to think summer!

This sunhat from iPlay isn’t just adorable; it’s safety in a hat. We got our 14-month-old his first last year when he was just a wee one. Talk about coverage! This year we opted for the royal blue, but there are so many fun colors to choose from!

IPlay Babywear Sunhat

With skin safety in mind, a good sunscreen is an absolute must. I love California Baby’s SPF 30+. Last year I could make due with just the cream, but they also make a stick version — a recent purchase as my guy has become, shall we say, a tad feisty, and lathering sunscreen on his face has become a challenge. The stick makes it easy. I’ve used it on him several times and he hasn’t even attempted an escape!

California Baby Sunscreen SPF 30

California Baby Sunblock Stick SPF 30

You know you need a good pair of sunglasses, but so does your child. I must confess that the first pair I purchased didn’t work out. Let’s just say I got a bit too caught up in how handsome my son looked (think baby James Dean) that I didn’t quite pay attention to the fit. Only now that he doesn’t try to immediately remove them (and in fact finds them fun to put on) do I realize they’re much too big for him. The falling off the face when he crawled was my first clue. I figure he’ll grow into them and wear them at some point, but I learned my lesson. Take my advice and try to get over how good-looking your kid is and really make sure the sunglasses fit. I’m getting practical this next time around and picking up a pair of these wrap-arounds from iPlay:

Infant sunglasses by iplay - blue

Insect repellent. There’s no ignoring it. With summer go skeeters in these here parts. I don’t like the idea of putting DEET on my baby’s skin, so I love the idea of an organic anti-bug balm! I haven’t tried this yet, but (1) it’s in stick form (see feisty above) and (2) it comes highly recommended. I can’t say I’m excited to try it; it is insect repellent, after all.

Anti-Bug Push-Up - 1.5 oz - Stick

This next one may just be a must-have for me, but mama needs a little fun, too. I love this kickball from Melissa & Doug. I just do. It makes me smile. Sure, my son doesn’t fully appreciate its fabulousness yet, but he will. It’s sturdy and I know he’ll have for several summers to come. And did I mention it makes me smile? Isn’t that reason enough to deem it a must-have? There’s a ladybug version too, but I had to draw the line somewhere…at least this year.

Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch TM Froggy Kickball

So these are my summer must-haves so far and the summer hasn’t even begun! What items can’t you live without when the temps soar?


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It’s the holidays (Happy Holidays, by the way…Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Channukah and Happy Festivus) and  the end of the year and the end of the decade.  It’s almost TWENTY-TEN!  Wow!  Remember when we were partying like it was 1999?  And when we were worried about Y2K?  All that is over and we’ve moved into the future.

I’m up late listening to the rain (yes, I said rain) outside…at 1:38 am.  I love this time of night.  Everyone is asleep, it’s relaxing time for me.  I’m always being reminded to take time for myself and this is one of those times.  Late night.  Some people (Kate and Alexis!) like to get up super-early for Adventure Boot Camp, but me, I like to stay up late.  It’s like back when my kids were babies and they wanted me to be awake with them in the early hours of the morning.

Anyway, back to the holidays.  Whatever you celebrate, it’s a time of reflection and renewal.  Resolutions.  Family time.  Eating.  Cookies.  Can’t forget about the cookies.  It’s been nice to have some time focused on my kids and I’m looking forward to more of that (since Mothers & Company is closed until January 4th).  Maybe the Children’s Museum in Boston, maybe some sledding (if this rain would turn to snow!), maybe walking the dogs…and of course, sleeping late and staying in our pajamas is always a great way to hang out as a family.  Whatever we decide to do, I’m trying to focus on being “in the moment” with them.  It’s so easy to be busy but harder to value every second.  Today’s the anniversary of the horrible tsunami that took place five years ago where more than 250,000 people lost their lives.  Makes ya think: enjoy every moment.  Tell them you love them.  Hug.  And hug some more.  And don’t forget to tickle.  Gotta love the tickles.

Resolve to be in the moment in 2010.  With your family.  With your friends.  With your Self.  And remind me to do the same if you see me not doing that…thanks.

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All parents need to see this.  Bring it to your baby’s doctor, your parents, babysitters, daycare providers…

Products Targeted to Children Contain Hazardous Chemicals and Ingredients Not Found Safe for Kids

Safety Guide to Children’s Personal Care Products

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