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Best Sunscreens for Baby/Toddler

Summer is officially here and you know what that means….sun’s out, bums out. beach bums that is!

There’s nothing that I enjoy more during the summer than being outside. I want to walk, play, swim, explore…the list goes on and on.

Since I like spending time outdoors, sun protection is a MUST. Every summer I turn to the internet looking for the recommendations of best sunscreens for baby. This year, I finally had to do a search for toddlers. Joke was on me thought because the list is nearly identical.

According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics):

Sun Safety for Babies Under 6 Months

  • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn.
  • When adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) on infants under 6 months to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective.
  • If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area.

Sun Safety for Kids

  • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.
  • Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears and back of the neck. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection are also a good idea for protecting your child’s eyes.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater to areas of your child’s skin that aren’t covered by clothing. Before applying, test the sunscreen on your child’s back for an allergic reaction. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding eyelids. If a rash develops, talk with your pediatrician.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.

Here are a selection of my recommended sunscreens:

  1. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen
  2. Babyganics Baby Sunscreen
  3. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection
  4. Badger Kids Sunscreen
  5. Kiss My Face Kids Sunscreen
  6. Sunology Kids & baby Safe Sunscreen
  7. All Good Kids Sunscreen
  8. Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Baby
  9. California Baby Sunscreen
  10. Coola Sunscreen Baby
  11. Think Baby Sunscreen
  12. Think Sport Kids Sunscreen

I think we currently have 2 or 3 different kids of sunscreen that we use for Cali and I like them all. What kind of sun protection do you use for you little one?

What Goes In An Easter Basket?

As soon as Spring arrives Easter is on my mind…

…Easter dinner with the family, Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter bunny, Easter baskets…Easter, Easter, Easter.

Before I begin, let me start off with a disclaimer: I am NOT an Easter basket pro. This Easter will only be Cali’s third. In fact, she was born so close to her first Easter that I think I just threw an Easter-themed bib on her, took a picture (not 100% sure) and crawled back into bed to try to get some sleep. It was a HUGE celebration…okay, not really.

I’ve since started to do better from that first year. Tbh, I am for any occasion that allows me to a) decorate, b) create a sense of magic and c) gift my child things without her father being allowed to object.(i.e.- her birthday, Easter and Christmas).

img_2215Easter baskets are not, in my opinion, easy things to fill. I often find myself wondering what should and shouldn’t go into one.

In order to start, you need a nice basket. Cali’s basket is from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s quite large and relatively neutral because I didn’t want a “one-year” basket. I wanted her basket to last her more than a few years and didn’t want it to be a character, too small, or flimsy. This basket is sweet and feminine, delicate and sturdy. We love it and so does she!

Next, feel free to mix or match the following items to build your perfect basket:

  • Swaddle
  • Pacifier
  • Stuff Animal
  • Snacks/Treats
    • Like cotton candy! This screams Spring to me. Or go with Peeps, Cadbury eggs, etc.
  • Soft Books
  • Easter-themed Books
  • Learning/Educational Items
    • Example: Cali is starting to learn about the months and weather in school so we’ve opted to buy her a learning calendar).
  • Puzzles/Blocks
  • Bunny EarsEaster Ideas
    • She’s at that age where she looks adorable in them and won’t through a fit wearing them. I think this is a great thing for kids 5 and under.
  • Anything Peter Rabbit
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Decorative Eggs
  • Gift Cards
    • GREAT for older kids!
  • Bubbles
  • Coloring Books and Crayons/Markers
  • Small Toys
  • “Need” Items
    • Example: We have had some crazy weather around here. As mentioned in my Rainy Day post, Cali is in “need” of an umbrella. So her grandpa is gifting her one to go in her basket. She’s going to flip out!

This is by NO means a comprehensive list. These items are a suggestion of things that I think will bring a smile to you littles ones face and joy to your heart when seeing that smile. Feel free to add things that are meaningful to you family and that you child will enjoy!

Let me know what you’re filling your baskets with. I’d love to see and to have some more ideas for the future! I’ll be positng this year’s basket on instagram over the weekend.

How to Clean Your Humidifier

Humidifiers are a much-needed item in your child’s nursery/room for depending on the time of year and region that you live in.

We use ours mainly in the winter to keep the air moist or when Cali is congested to help her breathe easier.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most diligent when it comes to cleaning it out. Clearly that’s not good. I want her to breathe easy and her humidifier needs to be clean in order to work well.

With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to provide instructions. Cleaning a humidifier is a straight forward process. It’s just not always an intuitive one.

Humidifier Infographic

Target Run and Done!

I don’t think it’s a huge surprise to anyone that I am a HUGE Target fan.

I am a firm believer that if you need something, go to Target. If you can’t find it, go to target.com. Still no luck? Okay…go to Amazon. IMG_2092

I am not the only Target fan in our family. Cali is quite the red dot enthusiast. I’m not shocked though. Her first Target trip was within her first few days of being born.

Yep, I’m not even kidding. We were on our way back from her first pediatrician appointment, I needed something and that’s where we went to get it.

As I’m sure is the case with most moms, I frequently find myself going to the store with only Cali and myself. She and I do the shopping, Isaiah does the heave lifting and Winnie does a sniff inspection upon arrival. It’s a routine that works well for our family.

How is that? You’d think that I’d be overwhelmed going to Target, the grocery store, the mall or any sort of shopping escapade with my once infant and now toddler daughter. How have I managed to have successful trips with just myself an my little?

Two things: The Binxy Baby and the Snap and Shop Tray!

Binxy Baby

IMG_2838This hammock like thing is AMAZING! Early on, babies (Cali included) spend a lot of time in their car seats when out and about. I mean, who wants to wake a sleeping baby?

I didn’t want to put the car seat in the basket because then I’d have no room to put anything that I needed to buy. I also didn’t want to put the carseat in the cart seat because, um…safety hazard. The shopping cart says to literally not do that.

The Binxy Baby saved the day!I just attached it to the cart, placed the car seat on it, strapped her in and went on my way! It was so functional and Cali was very seldom startled awake whilst in it.

It was still useful when she began to become more interested in her surroundings. I’d leave the car seat in the car, strap her into the Binxy. She would coo and smile or have a bottle while I waltzed around the store.

Snap & Shop Tray

Eventually Cali was able to sit up and the Binxy Baby had to go. I was very sad about that. When we transitioned out of it, I needed a way to keep her engaged and happy. Now, I just need her to not ask for everything she sees and/or throw a fit! IMG_4815

Enter the Snap & Shop Tray! It’s…grip (that’s what I call it) is adjustable and fits on every cart handle that I have placed it on. It has a snap off/snap on lid that holds two large compartments of snacks inside. What used to be puff snacks and yogurt melts has now turned into goldfish, crackers, and fruit!

As long as she’s willing to sit in the cart, I know we will continue to use this.

Do any of you ladies have any items that have made your shopping trips run easier and smoother than you thought they ever could? Any one else a Target enthusiast? Let me know! I’d hate to think that I’m alone in my Target obsession!

(P.S.- If you have the time, check out their super cute Instagrams!)