On the Go with Britax B 3 G Stroller #BritaxMom

I am a mom of a toddler and I am also a daycare provider to a little one. Having two tiny movers and shakers tagging along with me on my errands and adventures was a challenge up until a few weeks ago. As I juggled a single stroller and a baby carrier, I realized we need a great double stroller or these day trips couldn’t continue.

We got to try out the Britax B 3 G stroller and it has been such a handy helper for this mom on the go. The stroller is stylish and versatile. It comes equipped with one comfy seat that has 12 seating positions for a growing child. I love the one hand fold option. It is so handy for a busy mom with multiple kids to manage. Putting the stroller away has never been easier. I know because I have years of experience.

The best thing about the Britax B 3 G Stroller is that you can add a second seat to accommodate multiple kids. This has made such a difference to my son and the child I watch in the daytime. We can get out and go with ease. The stroller has a generously sized basket underneath it to hold all of our gear, from the diaper bag to favorite toys, we can take the essentials along without having to carry everything.

We have been more than pleased with the stroller. It is easy to push and fold for transport or storage. We love that it will “grow with” our busy toddler. This is the stroller to get for one vital reason, it works with a car seat as your baby is born, but the 12 seating positions enable the stroller to work through the baby and toddler stages, and beyond if needed! The top seat can hold up to 55 pounds, meaning this stroller can handle a newborn baby and keep on going through the preschooler years.

Relay, A Smartphone Alternative For Children

Relay (Republic Wireless)

What do you do if you have young children who you know aren’t ready for a cell phone (perhaps because you aren’t ready for the inevitable battles about screen time and social media), but you still want to be able to reach them when they’re not with you? Relay may be just what you’re looking for. Relay is essentially a walkie talkie, with a few fun twists. For example, since it works over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, it has they same (essentially unlimited) range as a cell phone, so friends in different states can communicate with each other. And it has GPS tracking, so if you use the free companion app, you can see where all of your Relays are in real time. Relays also come in a variety of friendly colors and with stickers, so your child can personalize his or her device.
We did have a few issues with Relay. First, they didn’t seem to hold a charge for much more than 4-6 hours. Second, they use a proprietary magnetic charger, which means you’re in real trouble if you lose or misplace yours. That said, we know that Republic Wireless is continually adding features and we’re confident that these issues will be resolved soon.
As you know, we love companies that support their communities, and Relay is doing just that, donating $5 from each of the next 5,000 Relays sold to Common Sense Education, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students harness technology for learning and life by providing teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools. For ages 5 and up. $99 for one, $149 for two, $199 for three, plus about $6.99 per month per device for unlimited use. https://relaygo.com/

Must Have Item – My First Seat by Little Tikes

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You all know that finding items that you love when you have a baby or older children is incredibly important. I absolutely love this seat. It is a great way to get your baby up and working on those tummy muscles as well as having them be more a part of the classroom.

About My First Seat by Little Tikes:

My First Seat features wide 3.5 inch openings, a wide seat area and tall supportive back to ensure baby is comfortable, supported and that the seat will fit baby as they grow. Careful design considerations were made to ensure that the floor seat would fit infants and babies of all sizes and features some of the largest supportive areas for back, legs, and seat on the market.

The floor seat, which is made completely of soft, comfortable, easy-to-clean foam is designed :

  • For use by infants and babies four months of age to 16  months of age.

  • For fun, supported, comfortable play.

  • To provide safe neck, back, leg and arm support.

  • For use on any flat floor surface.

  • To allow for fun, easy interactions with family during mealtime, playtime and more.

  • To transition with your baby, the seat remains comfortable, safe and supportive even as baby grows due to the tall back, wide leg openings and wide seat area.

My First Seat is proudly made in the USA, is both bio-and-eco-friendly and has undergone and passed the highest level of safety standards and requirements in compliance with the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

My Thoughts:

This is one of the best seats that I have tried out. There are some concerns that I have found in some of the other similar seats on the market. I like that the leg hole on this one is a little bigger for bigger legs. I like that the back of it goes up higher than others so that you feel a little better about your little one sitting in them. I also like the most that the back seems to come around and hug them much better than any of the others that I’ve seen.

Purchase:

If you are interested in purchasing the My First Seat, you may find it at Target, BuyBuyBaby.com and Walmart.com for $44.99.

6 Best Travel Gear For Kids – Keep Them Happy & Safe

Traveling with kids comes with a lot of responsibilities. You have to be sure of proper ways to take care of your child as you don’t want him to fall sick while in the middle of your pre-planned vacation. You have to stay prepared beforehand and have all the items listed in your bag before you head towards the long-awaited vacation now. But for that, some research is all that you need to consider.

Best travel gears for you to follow:

Modern technology is improving with every passing day. New and new mechanisms are hitting the market just to make your life a lot easier. So, you can try that out now by addressing some of the best travel gears, designed solely for your kids. There are top 6 gears available quite easily in the market, which are must-have in your holiday list while traveling with kids.

First stop is baby humidifiers:

It is always an essential addition to your travel bag, especially when you have a little baby to take care of. The main aim of these humidifiers is to avoid dry skin, irritation and even covering some of the best respiratory issues by improving the quality of air in the bedroom. So, carrying this will ensure that your kid is within a safe circle even while staying in hotel rooms.

Most of these humidifiers work on ultrasonic technology or by using the evaporative action. It helps in boosting the moisture content of room. Some of the models are further designed to alter ambient temperature for creating that artificial micro-climate suitable for matching the little one’s needs well.

Portable travel crib:

Being a responsible parent, it is your duty to research and check out with some parenting expert advice to follow while you are actually trying to enjoy a proper vacation and family time.

This is another interesting travel gear, designed solely for babies. It is hard for your babies to sleep on rock-solid bed as the hotel beds are not as soft as those baby cribs. Moreover, as babies are trained to sleep inside cribs, so making them sleep on bed won’t work that well. It will give rise to sleepless nights, resulting in bad and worn out mood in the morning bot baby and parents too. So carrying those light in weight baby cribs is the perfect alternative option.

Booster seats for comfortable journey:

Car seats can be some great travel dilemmas as most parents will approve that. Some think about bringing them on plane and others just want to check those as baggage. There are some people who might rent those seats where they are visiting. Avoid all these issues on the first place by giving seat booster a chance. This portable seat is light in weight to carry and can be placed on any seat easily for your kids.

Baby wipes are most important:

When you are planning for a baby bag for traveling, you have to add baby wipes inside it. Your babies don’t know how to control nature’s call and might end up peeing or poop in the diapers. Well, carrying baby wipes and some hand sanitizers can often prove to be handy and will avoid all kinds of cleaning issues. Even if you don’t have water, you can still use these wipes for hygiene and cleaner babies.

Baby carrier is another one:

Want to add the most important thing in the list? If so, then you have to head towards the portable baby carrier. When you are in your place, you have perambulator for easy carrying option, but this won’t be easy to carry when you are traveling someone. Your hands will get tired after sometime for holding your baby too long. As an alternative option, go for the baby sling or baby carrier. Made out of comfortable fabric for parent and baby, this will help to keep your baby close to your chest.

Ride-on suitcases:

Traveling can be a bit boring for kids as they get bored quite easily. They just want to have fun but when on railway station or flight, their movements are restricted giving rise to boredom. How about adding some fun element with the important materials in town? Well, you can always end up investing some bucks for the ride-in suitcases. These suitcases are smaller in size and used for packing clothes and other amenities of your kids. It has wheels and a handle to move the bags easily. The fun part is that it has a small sitting arrangement for kids. So, they can sit on top of their suitcases, and you can roll them to another destination easily.

Make sure to create a list first and get these gears listed in it so you don’t miss out on an option! It will be so much fun.

Lets Go Exploring

 

Summer is the perfect time to head out and play for the kids. I have a few really fun ideas for ways to encourage the kids to explore nature, to engage in dramatic play, and to keep their skin protected while soaking up the summer sun!

In order to go exploring you have to get their safely first. Mifold is small, compact, and you can take it anywhere! Instead of lifting the child up it brings the seat belt down. Making it safe and comfortable for them to ride. Imagine the places you can go exploring without having to have a big bulky booster seat around.

Sunblocz is my favorite option for very water resistant sun protection for the entire family. This is a 100% all natural option that has SPF 50+ and is safe for the entire family. It has no artificial fragrances and is full of antioxidants for a great choice in sun protection this summer.

After applying sunblock, it is time to head out and explore. The Haba Terra Kids Binoculars is a really fun way to encourage kids to enjoy nature with no frills, apps, alerts or screens! These are durable and effective for young explorers with the power to magnify 4x. I love that these come with a bag and a handy strap to keep them close for all kinds of summer explorations!

After a day of adventure, it is time to fire up the grill. The new sprouts grill it set by Learning Resources is a fun way to serve up a helping of imaginative play for the youngest chefs! This set includes all of the ingredients they need for a dramatic play BBQ! I love that this set includes fine motor play with a tasty helping of fun. The set includes 22 durable pieces including a grill, serving tools, steak, cheese and veggies to name a few.

If you have a favorite option for summer play, I would love to hear about it in a comment to inspire our future play sessions!

Keeping Kids Entertained with Brio Toys

 

Summer is here and we are heading out to visit family, go camping and have a lot of fun making memories. This summer, I have a strong desire to make our memories hands on based, instead of technology based. I think that hands on play is vital to childhood development, no matter how old your kids get.

Toys

This year, we are taking Brio along for the adventures to keep the kids happy, engaged and learning.

One that the entire family likes to tinker with is the Brio Labyrinth. This is a classic toy that has been reimagined for a younger, on the go, audience. We love that it is two sided and completely sealed for a fun way to play and challenge young minds anytime, anywhere. Retailing at under $30 this is a fun toy for the car for your summer travels.

Toys

The Brio airport with control tower is perfect for preparing a young traveler for a first airport experience. We have been building excitement for the way an airport works for our youngest with this set to help ease any anxieties that he may have. This is a really well made set that will bring hours of imaginative play with the kids. Ideal for kids 3 and up this set retails for about $70.

The Brio camping set has been a huge hit with my kids. They love to go camping in the woods, in the backyard, or in the living room with blanket forts, so to reenact some of their favorite experiences with a well made playset has been perfect. My kids are crazy about the canoe that neatly fits on the family car in this set. It is such a fun touch.

These are fun options for summer play, on the go or at home. If you have a favorite Brio toy for summer, I would love to hear about it.

Lucid Audio HearMuffs

Parents will do anything within their powers to protect their children from harm. Right? Right! So, if we protect our children from  … say for instance … mosquitoes or harmful UV rays … shouldn’t we also protect their precious hearing? Of course, that is why I was happy to let my one-year-old nephew try out the Lucid Audio’s HearMuffs.

Growing ears of babies and toddlers are susceptible to damage. Providing hearing protection, especially at a young age, helps to ensure optimal hearing as your child grows. HearMuffs is a protective devise that is tauted as being the most advanced hearing preservation for infants and toddlers! Sounds great, but does it work?

I used the HearMuffs at a recent Track-n-Field event where there is historically a large amount of screaming by parents who are trying to encourage their competing children … and not to mention the sudden pop of the starter’s pistol at various times. Unexpected sounds or aggressive voices startles my youngster … which leads to a crying … which leads to crankiness .. which leads to the me leaving earlier thank expected from an event. By his reactions, it is clear loud noises hurt.

To gauge if the HearMuffs really worked, I closely watched my tiny human as the environment seemed to explode around him. Not a budge … nor flinch … only cute toddler smiles and drool. It’s a keeper folks!

HearMuffs compress sounds and has the unique ability to let in outside voices to comfort a child. The unit can even play soothing sounds. Options include Protect only, Soothe Mode allows voices to be heard while compressing potentially harmful noises to comfortable levels and Sounds Mode where the child can enjoy four soothing sounds — Lullaby, White Noise, Creek, and Heartbeat.

We were at the track meet for a few hours and my nephew stayed the entire time and did not have a tantrum. I really believe it was due to the HearMuffs.

Possible Hearing Hazards for Children

  • Loud toys
  • Television volume
  • Events such as festivals, sports events, concerts
  • Firework displays
  • Household appliances (vacuum, hair dryer, blender)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Donna Andrews

Super aunt of a 1 year old boy

Edushape Ladybug Sorter Makes Learning Fun

Being a mom of four on a limited budget I have picked up on a few hidden secrets that only mothers know. The most important one is that the best kind of toys are the ones that offer a wide variety of skills and uses. Edushape Ladybug Sorter does just that! This post is a sponsored post, but all opinions, stories, and my experience are all personal and true (like always)!

About:

Equally comfortable on the table, floor, bed or bath, the cute Ladybug Sorter provides educational and developmental play. The Ladybug Sorter can float on its firm Edu-Foam lily pad bottom and include six unique shapes to for sorting fun, water play and learning.

My Thoughts:

The beauty behind this toy is that it can be used just about anywhere. It can be used on the floor, on the table, in the bathtub, or in the kiddie pool. Outside of the ability to be used on multiple surfaces it also has multiply education values. It is perfect for practicing fine and gross motor skills. It works on their logic, reasoning, and hand-eye coordination skills. While doing this all it also helps improve their visual sensory development. This toy is a dream come true for us mommies. It’s educational and has multiple purposes.

The question is does it pass the kid test? Short answer is yes. My six year old and my one year old both love playing with it. Carly tends to play with it mostly in the bathtub while Lee Lee tend to plays with in on the floor. I can truly test to the fact that this ladybug is one that is built to last. It has held up through many tosses from Lee Lee. There is not a scratch or dent on it.

This fun learning toy is a great gift idea as well as a way to encourage hands on problem solving in a colorful way. My kids have had a ton of fun with it, so I am sure any little one in your life will love it too!