4 Memorable Art Keepsakes Kids Can Make Themselves

arts and crafts projects for kidsEvery mom loves handmade projects form their kids because of all the love they put into it. Years from now, when your kids are out of the house, you’ll be glad you kept all of their artwork and projects in a box somewhere. It’s a great way to keep something tangible of the memories when they were young. Here are four sweet arts and crafts projects for you to cherish.

1. Snowflakes

Making snowflakes with the kids is easy, fun and looks awesome all hung up after. This activity is good for the winter time, or around the holidays, but you can easily swap out a snowflake for a beach ball in the summer. Pick up a bunch of construction paper at the store and you’re ready to get cutting, it’s that simple! The kids will think their rooms look awesome with all the decorations they made hanging.

2. Painted Daisy’s

Although this arts and crafts project won’t be around too long, you will cherish it while the flowers are still alive. For this project, buy a bunch of daisies from the store and a few different liquid water colors. At home, put each water color in a different cup and then add one daisy per cup. Watch your kid’s faces turn in amazement as the flowers change from white to red (or whatever colors you used!) It takes about an hour for the flowers to change, but once they do you will have a lovely reminder of your cute kids every time you look at the flowers.

3. Macaroni Framed Picture

What says love more than a family pictured framed in a handmade frame? All you need for this fun little project is a few Popsicle sticks, glue, macaroni and paint. After you glue the frame together for your child, let them paint the macaroni pieces and glue them to the frame. Once they are done pick a nice family photo to put in the frame. You will love coming home and seeing what your child created among your other family pictures!

4. Stamp Pad and Eraser Art

One art project your child will have so much fun doing is a stamp pad and eraser craft. What you will need for this project is a stamp pad, paper and a pencil.  On a sheet of paper, outline a shape of your child’s choice. Use the eraser end of the pencil and press it into the stamp pad and then put the end of the eraser down on the paper, within the lines of the shape. We suggest you choose a heart! Once your child is done creating their masterpiece, cut out the shape and hang it on the fridge! What says I love you mom, more than a heart full of color!

eco-friendly green laundry detergentGuest blog by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap

Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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7 Safety Tips for Your Vacation to Disney

vacation home rental in orlando florida near DisneyMany people vacation in Disney this time of year, so it’s important to go over some safety rules. In large spaces with big crowds, it’s easy to lose your stuff or a person. Use these tips to have a safe vacation in Disney.

1. Review pool safety.

Swimming pools are easy places for injury and even death. When you use the pool at your hotel or vacation home rental near Disney, make sure everyone understands the rules. There should be no running around the pools or diving into shallow ends. No one should swim alone.

2. Create a plan in case someone gets lost.

Make sure you have a plan in place in case your group becomes separated. If your children don’t have cell phones, stick a piece of paper in their pocket with your number and other essential information (like medications and allergies). If you split intentionally, have a designated place to meet later and stick to the schedule.

3. Stay safe in parking lots.

The parking lots outside the theme parks are massive. Cars move quickly through them because of their size and the drivers’ eagerness to get into the park. Go over parking lot rules with your children. Never walk in the middle of a lane. When you’re exiting or packing the car, designate a parking lot safety spot for your children (Parking Pal Magnet is a fun game for kids and keeps them safe).

4. Stay cool and avoid the sun.

The sun is more powerful than many people think. No one is impervious to sun burn and frequent burns can raise your risk of contracting skin cancer. If you don’t keep yourself cooled off, you can suffer from heat exhausted and sunstroke. Drink water before you are thirsty. Take breaks to sit in the shade or air conditioned buildings. Most importantly, wear sunscreen.

5. Abide by the ride height requirement.

Don’t try to sneak your kids on to a ride they are too small for. The height requirements are there to make sure children who are too small don’t slip off the rides. Many of the safety equipment is one-size-fits all. Don’t waste your time in a long line just to be turned away. Fortunately there are plenty of activities for children in Disney.

6. Know your limits.

Before you get on a ride, make sure you’re suitable for it. If you’re pregnant, have heart problems, high blood pressure, or other conditions, avoid intense rides with spins, dips, and fast speeds. If your body isn’t capable of handling it, don’t push yourself. If you can’t find the boarding instructions, ask a staff member.

Florida vacation home rentalsGuest blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Look no further for vacation home rentals near Disney in Florida! Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals has thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experiences possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds exceptions. They’re based in Orlando with a satellite office in the United Kingdom, so they know how to provide superior service to domestic and European guests.

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Florida or other Florida destinations.

We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

For more information visit www.floridasunshinevacationrentals.com.

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5 Ways to Keep Cool With Baby During the Summer Heat

how to keep baby cool in summerThe summer is such an exciting time for baby and mom. For some of you, this may be your first summer with baby. Summer is a great time of year for the two of you to bond, get active outdoors, and enjoy the warm weather. As fun as the summer months can be, they can also be really hot and uncomfortable. If you plan on spending a lot of time outside this summer, or don’t have an air conditioner in your home, then you know you will have to find ways to keep baby cool. Here are five ways to keep cool with baby during the summer heat:

1. Dress for summer

One way that you can keep baby cool this summer is to make sure you are dressing them in proper clothing. What your baby wears can help to keep them cool on a hot day. The best thing for your baby to wear is cool cotton clothes. Other fabrics can trap heat and make baby uncomfortable. If you are going out in the sun, make sure that your baby has long sleeves to protect them from the sun.

2. Stay hydrated

Both mom and baby need to stay hydrated on hot days. If your baby is younger than six months, and is breastfeeding, then you don’t need to give them water, you just need to make sure that you are breastfeeding them often enough. In the summer months your baby may want to have more frequent, shorter feedings.

3. Splash around

A great way to stay cool in the summer is to play in the water. If you don’t own a baby pool, and don’t have any friends who own one, a sprinkler will do just fine! Let baby touch the cool water as it comes out of the hose and watch as the giggle when you splash them with it a little. Nothing will feel better than cold water on a hot day.

4. Avoid peak hours

If you know it is going to be a very hot day, avoid going in the sun from 10am-2pm. These are peak hours, times when the sun is hottest. To avoid feeling like you are on house arrest, take baby out for a walk first thing in the morning, and then plan an activity for after dinner. This way you will stay cool and have fun!

5. Seek shade

If you do have to go outside on a hot day, make sure you find some shade. The sun can be really dangerous for baby, so it’s important to make sure they are protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Find a shady spot when you are out and make sure baby wears a hat and sunscreen.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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3 Easy Sleep Tips for Baby

baby sleep tipsIt’s tough when you’re a new parent with an infant who refuses to sleep through the night. It can be stressful! All parents have experienced finally putting their baby to sleep, only to hear him/her cry a half hour later. If you’re child struggles sticking to a sleep schedule, you’ll have to use some tricks to train your baby. There are several different sleep issues that can plague infants and parents know that when baby doesn’t get sleep, no one gets sleep.

1Soothing Routine

Establishing a nightly soothing routine to bond with your baby can help her feel calm and comforted so she can fall asleep more easily. When you keep up with the routine night after night, your baby will be able to recognize when it’s time for bed and she will start feeling sleepy as soon as the routine begins. A soothing bedtime routine can consist of a warm bath, a baby massage, and singing lullabies or even reading a bedtime story. Take this special time to cuddle with baby and wind down from the busy day so parents can benefit from the routine too.

2. Swaddle your baby.

This is one of the most helpful and encouraged methods of getting baby to sleep soundly because it actually works! Nurses always encourage parents to swaddle their new baby in a blanket or wrap for the first couple of months until baby outgrows swaddling or starts to roll over. Swaddling helps babies sleep because it mimics touch and recreates the confinement felt in the womb. It promotes good sleeping patterns in baby and also maintains them on their backs, which is known to help prevent SIDS. An important thing to note, however, is that with traditional swaddling blankets parents risk wrapping baby too tightly and causing hip dysplasia.

A much safer option is the Woombie, a baby swaddle that requires no wrapping and is designed to gently hug baby while allowing for natural movement. The Woombie Air is a breathable swaddle that allows for excess body heat to escape making it the first ventilated swaddle.

3. Hire a certified sleep consultant.

Certified child sleep consultants can be found all across the country. These sleep specialists are trained to help your family discover the best sleep routine. They can create a customized sleep plan over the phone, Skype or even in person at your home. For the results you get, it’s worth the small investment. The Baby Sleep Whisperer, Ingrid Prueher, is a consultant dedicated to helping sleepless families get their much needed rest to live a happy and healthy life. She provides sleep and feed schedules based on their unique parenting philosophies. For more information visit http://babysleepwhisperer.com.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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Keeping Baby Safe From the Sun’s Harmful Rays

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Even though it may not be hot, it doesn’t mean your baby can’t be burned by the sun. It’s not the heat that burns, but the UV rays, even during the winter. Babies has sensitive, vulnerable skin that can quickly suffer short and long term damage. Use these tips to protect your baby’s skin from harmful rays.

1. Dress your baby properly.

Cover your baby’s arms and legs in a lightweight, light-colored clothing. Even if it’s hot, it’s better to be covered to protect delicate skin from the harsh light. Use fabrics with a tight weave. You can judge them by holding them up the light; looser weaves will have more light shining through. Keep a sun-protective change of clothing in your car or diaper bag in case you are caught outside on a sunny day.

2. Toss on a hat.

Regardless of the amount of hair your baby has, a hat is essential. Use one with a wide brim or flaps in the back and sides for neck and ear protection. Ideally, you want something large enough to shade the face.

3. Use a sunshade.

Attach a sunshade to your baby’s stroller or carriage for whenever you’re outside. You might want to pick up an add-on stroller shade (they’re usually inexpensive) to fit over your stroller’s canopy with built-in UV protection. Use a removable mesh window shield to keep direct sunlight off your child while he’s in the car.

Even with the shade up, keep the stroller in shaded areas. This will prevent the stroller from heating up dangerously in the light.

4. UV-protective sunglasses.

Some parents have a hard time getting their child to wear sunglasses. If your baby is old enough, he might be able to grasp the benefit of eye covering.

5. Stay out of the sun.

Sounds easy, right? If your baby is still an infant, you shouldn’t be in the sun at all. Their skin is too sensitive, even for sunscreen. Baby skin is still delicate and especially susceptible to sun damage. If you do have to go outside, try to keep your trips to the mornings or evenings when it’s cooler and sun’s intensity is limited.

6. Use sunscreen liberally.

Use a sunscreen that’s at least SP15. Look for the words “broad spectrum” on the bottle. This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, each of which damage you in a different way. Apply the lotion fifteen to thirty minutes before you head outdoors and reapply at least every two hours. Cover all of the baby’s exposed skin, including the tops of the ears, back of the neck, hands, and feet. If you take your baby into the water, reapply the sunscreen as soon as he is dry, even if it’s before the two-hour mark.

Check your sunscreen’s expiration date and replace it as needed. The active ingredients can lose effectiveness over time.

nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

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The 8 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up, and that means it’s time to show our appreciation to the fathers in our life for all they do for us. Try to make his day meaningful with a special meal, take him out for some fun, and then give him a gift you know he will love. Use a gift from my list of the best Father’s Day gifts:

1. Carnivore Cookbook ($20)

best father's day gift for dads

This cookbook is perfect for dads who love meat-based meals that are simple and easy to make. Created by celebrity chef Michael Symon, this book comes with information about cuts, breeds, techniques, and more than 120 different recipes. The book is a great blend of traditional dishes, like pork pie and smoked lamb ribs, with a touch of contemporary.

2. Amazon Fire ($99)

best father's day gift for dads

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you’re a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime. It’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on demand sports, music, photos, games, and more.

3. Bespoke Post Gift Box ($55 or $45/month subscription)

best father's day gift for dads

A subscription service geared towards enhancing the day-to-day lifestyle basics of every man, Bespoke Post is the perfect gift for the dapper dad. The New York-based company will hook him up with a freshly curated box of goods every month, with themes ranging from home-distillery and grill-mastering, to the best swagger-inducing socks.

4. iGrill ($40)

best father's day gift for dads

Made for the tech-savvy dad, the iGrill is the perfect grilling companion. Connected by Bluetooth, dad can monitor the temperature of his favorite cuts of meat right from his phone. He can keep an eye on Sunday dinner without missing the game!

5. ESPN Magazine ($25)

best father's day gift for dads

If your father or husband likes sports, ESPN Magazine is a perfect gift. He’ll get to catch up on his favorite commentary and exclusive stories each month. Plus, dad will be reminded every month that you’re thinking of him – the gift that keeps giving! Their Father’s Day special is 75% off the typical rate.

6. SKLZ Golf Trainer ($56)

best father's day gift for dads

For some dads, the only think they like more than golf is giving tips to their friends. This golf trainer helps dad improve his form and work out his core muscles. It’s perfect for a pregame workout.

7. Chrome Clocky ($45)

best father's day gift for dads

Does your dad/husband have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? This runaway clock makes sure he gets out of bed! When the buzzer goes off, this clock jumps off your nightstand and whizzes around the room, looking for a place to hide.

8. Handprint Tree Portrait (FREE)

best father's day gift for dads

Using simple paints, a piece of canvas, and an elegant frame, create a picture of your family tree. Place your hands in different colored paints and press them against the canvas to make the leaves. Mark the event and year and dad has a perfect piece of art for his office or bedroom.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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Best Car Accessories for the Entire Family

Does your family spend a lot of time in the car? If you answered yes, then you know that there a many products out there that make car trips easier and fun! I bet that you are tired of hearing “are we there yet?” and your kids are tired of being uncomfortable and bored. Here are five of the best car accessories for the entire family:

1. Woombie Baby Swaddle

If you’re driving or traveling with an infant, you know how miserable everyone can become when the baby gets fussy. The best solution to cranky babies is a swaddle that offers comfort, warmth, and security.

woombie baby swaddle

2. Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

The Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest will be your lifesaver next road trip. Designed to help your kids sleep comfortably and avoid any head bobbling, the Booster Seat Headrest is a must-have car accessory. It will fit in any car, and can be adjusted to fit your child’s size.

Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

3. Portable DVD Players

If you are going to be in the car for longer than 1.5 hours, you should invest in a portable DVD player. It eliminates the dreaded “are we there yet?” and will entertain the kids for hours. A DVD player is great for long car trips because your kids can watch endless movies! Just don’t forget to pack headphones!

4. Sunshine Kids Stow ‘N Go Car Seatback Organizer

For only $10 you can buy this amazing car organizer! An organizer is great to have because often times you come home from a trip and your car is a total wreck. Instead of coming home and having to clean your car, get an organizer! An organizer will also make it easier for the kids to grab whatever they need without having to ask you a million times.

Travel accessories for families

5. SafeFit Kick Mats

Have you ever been driving and felt little feet kicking the back of your chair? Not only is that annoying, but it can distract you from driving and hurt your back. SafeFit Kick Mats will solve your problem! They protect the seat from dirty shoes and will lessen the impact on your back.

Travel accessories for families

6. Kurgo Auto Tray Table

With this auto tray table, your kids will be able to play like they are at home! Bring their Lego’s and coloring books because the auto tray table makes playing in a car possible!

Travel accessories for families

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Find the Best Vacation Home Rental Near Disney with These 3 Tips

vacation home rental near Disney in Orlando FloridaSo you have decided to rent a vacation home in Orlando, Florida near Disney. Great thinking! You’ll have a wonderful stay and save money. But where do you begin? Searching for a vacation home rental is a little different than searching for a hotel room. Use our three steps to find the best vacation home rental near Disney in Florida.

1. Understand your family’s needs.

The best part about a vacation home rental is that you can pick a home that fits your family exactly. In a hotel, you’re stuck with their typical options. If you need more than a bedroom, you’re forced to buy a suite. But in a vacation home rental, you can choose from a vast array of different accommodations.

Get the details on who is attending the trip, what types of amenities they prefer, and how they plan to enjoy their stay. Do you want a private pool, or will you be visiting the water parks? Do you need to rent a house close to Disney?

If you have a large group that prefers to prepare their own meals, then you will need a house with several bedrooms, a big dining room table, and modern kitchen. If it’s just you, your spouse, and your toddler, a single bedroom house will be sufficient. Will there be pets or people with disabilities? Gather all of this information before you begin looking.

2. Start looking early.

Many people begin planning their vacations right after New Year’s. Some even start immediately after their previous vacation. Your next-door neighbors could be paying half what you pay because they booked early. The sooner in advance you book your reservation, the cheaper your vacation home rental in or near Orlando, Florida will be.

By looking early for your vacation home, you will also get the best pick. You will be able to shop around and find that home that perfectly suits your family’s needs. The whole point of a vacation home is to have a superior experience at a better price than a hotel, so don’t sell yourself short by waiting too long.

3. Use a reputable vacation home rental resource.

Use a quality website to help you find luxury home and condo rentals near Disney in Orlando, Florida. You don’t want to use just any resource to schedule your vacation. Use a website that specializes in the area you’re looking to stay. A giant rental broker that covers the entire country can’t possibly offer the most qualities properties in the Florida area.

Use a website that gives you detailed information about the rental property, including a list of all the amenities you will receive. Don’t settle for blurry photos. Use a website that shows several photos of all the rooms of the house. It should also tell you how far from Disney you will be staying.  Further, a great vacation home rental website will offer discount Disney tickets and give information on entertainment, restaurants, and more to make your stay most enjoyable.

Florida vacation home rentalsGuest blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Look no further for vacation home rentals near Disney in Florida! Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals has thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experiences possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds exceptions. They’re based in Orlando with a satellite office in the United Kingdom, so they know how to provide superior service to domestic and European guests.

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Florida or other Florida destinations.

We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

For more information visit www.floridasunshinevacationrentals.com.

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Protecting Your Baby From Harmful Household Chemicals

protect baby from harmful chemicalsJust keeping your home clean when you have a baby can be difficult; add in the challenge of keeping your baby safe from the harmful chemicals used for cleaning and other household projects can make it seem nearly impossible. Alleviating the risks of the harmful chemicals cannot get all of your chores done for you, but it can alleviate some of the stress of keeping your baby as safe as possible. Follow these simple steps to help you conquer the challenge of keeping your baby safe from harmful household chemicals.

Keep Them Locked Away.

The first and most basic step in keeping curious little hands and mouths away from potentially toxic chemicals is to keep them locked away. Most baby stores and big box stores carry a variety of child-proofing devices to keep cleaners and other household chemicals locked away from babies. It is important to choose locks you feel comfortable using so that you will make a regular habit of using them.

Put Them Out of Reach.

In addition to putting child-proofing devices on anything that contains toxic substances, also choose locations that are difficult for babies and young children to reach. Top shelves and high counters are ideal as is a space within a closet that can be locked. Contain them inside eco-friendly reusable bags so they stay together and closed off. Adding the extra safeguard of a location that is hard to reach will only serve to help protect your baby.

Choose Alternative Options.

Choose safer nontoxic substances to replace harmful chemicals in your home whenever you can. A variety of effective natural and organic alternatives are available in the market today for almost every purpose. You can also easily make your own using things like vinegar, water, and essential oils.

Have an Emergency Plan.

Though you are taking every possible precaution to protect your little ones from dangerous chemicals around the home, it is still important to have an emergency plan in place. Program the number for the National Poison Control Center into your phone and seek immediate medical care if you believe your baby has been exposed to or ingested any harmful substances. If your child has been harmed by any hazardous chemicals and you need legal help, contact a reputable law firm.

Ultimately, when it comes to the health and safety of your baby you cannot be too careful. Remember that even with the best safety plans in place, adult supervision is always of the utmost importance.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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9 Tips for Running With Baby

tips for running with babyWhether you were a marathon runner before and during your pregnancy or just want to work off some extra baby weight, running is a fantastic exercise that requires little up-front cost and big returns, making it perfect for new moms who are trying to get in shape. However, even though it’s a great aerobic workout and can provide you and your child with some bonding time, running with an infant can present a few more challenges than running solo. To begin running with your infant, follow these rules.

1. Talk to Your Doc

Before beginning a running regimen, it’s always best to consult your child’s pediatrician. While most infants are perfectly fine tagging along with mom, it’s best to get a clean bill of health from the doctor first. The same goes for mothers! Make sure that your OBGYN has approved you for cardiovascular activity.

2. Invest in a Jogging Stroller

Jogging and walking are two entirely different activities that require different strollers. A jogging stroller provides more shock absorption to ensure that the children inside are not jostled around. Infants six months or younger will require a car seat adapter. Read the instructions thoroughly before use and take the stroller for a couple walks before setting out on your first run.

3. Take it Slow

Too many mothers go from zero to sixty when working out, stressing out their mind, their body and their baby. Don’t make this mistake! Instead, start slowly and gradually build up to running for longer periods of time. Even seasoned runners should take it easy until they are used to running with an infant and stroller.

4. Stay on Paved Paths

While trail running provides beautiful scenery and a great work out, all that jostling isn’t good for infants. Running mothers should stick to paved paths that are well-maintained and light on traffic. Find local bike paths, parks and tracks to run on when running with your baby.

5. Avoid Hands-free Running

You use your arms while running, so having them stationary in front of you while pushing a stroller is an unnatural feeling that will require some adjustment. Too many parents will give the stroller a push and then let it glide in front of them while they run. Avoid this at all costs. At a minimum, one hand should always be on the stroller for safety.

6. Consider Your Child’s Schedule

The best way to avoid disrupting your child’s schedule is to plan runs that coincide with their routine. A great time to run is right before your child needs a nap. The gentle swaying of the stroller will lull them to sleep and give you some time to cool down and unwind after you run.

7. Invest in a Wind/Rain Shield

If outdoor running is your go-to exercise, investing in a wind/rain shield will be a lifesaver. These devices attach to the front of the stroller and allow young children to run in inclement weather without getting wet or cold.

8. Pack Jogging Toys

For mothers who prefer slightly longer runs, finding things to captivate a small child’s attention for the entirety of the run can be a challenge. While it’s ideal to run during naps, that’s not always a possibility. Packing the stroller with toys that are only available during your runs is one way to keep your infant happy on longer runs. 

9. Make Your Route Flexible

Though going for an out-and-back 10 mile run may have been a breeze pre-child, all bets are off once you’ve got a baby accompanying you. Rather than trying to push through leg cramps and a screaming baby, work some flexibility into your runs. Create routes that loop close to your home or car at regular intervals. That way, if your child is cranky, you can cut the run short.

hire nanniesGuest blog by Michelle LaRowe of @eNannySource

With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.

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