Grow With Your Child

There are things that we will just need to keep replacing until our children hit teenage years or until they outgrow the need for them. But what are these things, and how much do we need to set aside for them as they grow?

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Beds

Moses baskets, cribs, cots, co-sleepers – whatever you have and whatever you are using right now, it will eventually need updating. Moses baskets typically last up to 5 or 6 months depending on how big your baby is, and they can then be transferred to a cot. Or you could cut out the moses basket/crib and go straight to the standard baby cot. It is recommended that your child sleeps in the same room with you until they are at least 6 months old to prevent the risk of SIDS, and so you may find it is easier to have a smaller sleep space for them until they go into their own bedroom. The good thing to know is that once they are in their cot they can stay in there for a couple of years, until they outgrow it and will need either a toddler bed or a single bed. Stores are cottoning on that it’s becoming tedious to keep replacing beds, so many like IKEA are offering extendable beds to solve the problem of constant replacement. This can cost anything from a couple of hundred across the years to thousands depending on how much you want to spend on a good night’s sleep.

Car Seats

The good thing to know about car seats is that eventually, your child will not need them. The other thing worth noting is that you can get car seats that are set in stages once they are out of the car seat that they have used from birth. Check to see which is the right one for you and your child by taking down details of how tall they need to be and how much they need to weigh to go into a particular seat – always assess the safety first. You can look online for baby seats reviews to see what suits your budget and your lifestyle. They come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, offering everything from ease of access to get your child out of the car to reclining seats for those kids who can’t help but doze off on a short journey.

Clothes

This is the most obvious, but at least when you get to a certain point in teenage years you won’t need to keep buying for size – only to keep up with the latest trends that are cropping up. This is one thing you can be frugal on, and asking friends and family for hand me downs should not be frowned upon; where else are the clothes going to go and what else are they going to be doing? It’s better that they’re put to good use!

Taking Flight with Super Wings now at Walmart! #SuperWings

My three year old Jax loves Transformers! Unfortunately they are made for older kids and he’s easily frustrated by them. He loves the Super Wings toys because he can transform them from plane to bot all by himself! There is no greater sense of an accomplishment than a three year old doing something all by himself!

Once he was introduced to the toys, I showed him the show which is available on Amazon Prime, NBC, Sprout and the Super Wings YouTube channel. Even at three Jax is all about YouTube thanks to his older brother and sister so that’s where he chooses to watch on his iPad. He loves it and so do I! Of course he also loves to star in his own videos!

I like the spirit of teamwork and friendship they have while working together to solve problems. I also appreciate the emphasis about learning about different cultures that is so important in the world he is growing up in!

While we loves all the toys, the Super Wings 5″ transforming character is definitely his favorite which works out well for playing with his best friend who prefers the little Transform-a-Bots that come in a four pack!

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The Vroom n Zoom is another fun one with the capability to zoom off on its wheels powered just by your kid. You just have to love a toy with transform feature! Just fun and imagination to guide the way with Super Wings!

6 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids Succeed in Life

Raising kids is both difficult and rewarding. As a responsible parent, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your kids get placed on a path toward success. Giving your kids a head start isn’t as complicated as it may seem. Here are some simple ways you can boost your kids’ potential every day.

1. Value Education

The more you personally value education, the more your kids will take school seriously. Your kids learn from all aspects of their lives, but school is one of the most influential places to teach critical thinking, problem-solving, and proper social behavior. Explain how you viewed school when you were younger, how school is helpful, and why it’s important to work hard in class. Help your kids figure out which subjects they like the most and find ways to support their academic interests.

2. Reward Responsibility

Kids can help around the house no matter how old they are. Let your younger children separate socks during laundry time, and older kids can help with dishes after dinner. Establish a responsibility system and reward your kids for keeping up with their duties. This teaches kids how to hold themselves accountable and develop a good work ethic.

3. Develop a Strong Sense of Self-Worth

Kids need to feel safe and loved to develop the self-assurance they need to be successful. However, you don’t have to go far out of your way to boost your kids’ esteem. Small, daily acts of encouragement go a long way.
For example, instead of doing everything for your child, let your little ones take on small challenges themselves. Encourage them along the way, even if they are slow and make mistakes. Don’t look over their shoulder as an authority figure but as a supportive hand when the challenges get too complicated. Assure them that you are around to help when they get stuck, but let them figure things out in their own way. As a result, they’ll feel more capable, independent, and rely less on external praise for self-esteem.

4. Work on Communication Skills

When kids learn effective communication skills early in life, they are better prepared to face life’s incessant challenges. They are also more confident in school and form stronger relationships with peers. There’s a lot of research out there about how to teach communication skills to youth and adults alike. Businesses even measure the financial implications of certain types of communication methods.

5. Learn to Love Reading

Get those cute little noses dug deep into books. Let your kids choose what they read and visit your local library often. To keep your collection of classics in mint condition, a USC online article recommends storing books away from sunlight and humidity. As tempting as that basement might be for long-term storage, avoid damp places that accumulate dust and tend to rot over time.

6. Be Their Biggest Cheerleader

Above all, the best thing you can do to help your kids succeed is be their number one fan throughout their lives. Encourage them, give them constructive feedback, and tell them that they were born with everything they need to live an incredible life. Now, get out there and start living!

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Serve up some Fun with Brownie Match™ Game by Educational Insights

My kids love playing games and they are especially fun around the holidays like now when they have a week off school for Thanksgiving. They have been playing together and with friends and a new favorite is the Brownie Match ™ Game!This game has instant appeal, probably because everyone loves brownies! My seven year old daughter was super excited to start playing right away! Now that she can read she read the directions to her two year old brother before playing.

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Even though he’s only two, he actually did really well playing with his sister! It wasn’t long before my oldest son who originally said he wasn’t interested had joined them!

I really like games that all three can play together and there really aren’t many that they like!

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Each player spins the spinner and flip a brownie with the included spatula. The idea is to make a match and scoop it up. Whoever gets five first wins. Of course there are little twists and turns along the way like burnt brownies and spilled milk. Nobody likes that!

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This would make such a fun gift for kids and families this holiday season. Everyone seems to love it! I have even found my daughter playing with her stuffed animals when no one else is around to play!

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Brownie Match ™ Game is a huge hit in our house and I’m sure it would be for the kids on your holiday shopping list too!

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Product Description

The Big Idea
Players take turns spinning the spinner and flipping the brownie they think hides the matching number. Make a match and scoop it up with the spatula, but be on the lookout for special spins, like burnt brownies and spilt milk! You might just lose a brownie or a turn. Collect five brownies first to win!

Psst…They’re Learning!
Helps develop memory and matching skills
Encourages numeral recognition
Helps increase fine motor skills
Promotes sharing and turn taking
Helps develop social skills

Cut to the Chase
This fudgy find-it preschool game encourages numeral recognition and builds memory and matching skills!
Includes 16 brownie game pieces, 1 spatula, 1 spinner, and 4 plates
Multilingual instruction guide
No reading required for gameplay
For 2–4 players

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Baby Registry Essentials

Are you expecting a new baby? Moms know babies come with lots of stuff, but how do you decide which items are most needed? We are excited to feature some amazing Baby Registry Essentials and a wonderful giveaway filled with beautiful AND essential products for moms with babies!baby-registry-essentials

 

Babee Talk offers organic crib bedding and plush toys designed with health, safety and style in mind. Proudly made in the USA with soft organic cotton, this cozy bedding collection includes a patented organic crib rail cover, fitted crib sheet, matching crib skirt, and two Eco-Buds Take-Along Pals. (crib and side rail covers not included)

The Yummy Mitt is the first patented glow-in-the-dark teething mitten for newborns and infants 3-12 months. It secures to baby’s hand allowing them to provide teething relief while simultaneously preventing gagging, need for constant parental assistance and dropping of the teether. Made with 100% food grade silicone and 100% cotton, the Yummy Mitt is BPA, latex, PVC, lead and phthalates-free.

Revelae Kids makes innovative solutions for playtime, snack time, and nap time. Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are ideal for holding homemade baby food and allow older kids to easily take healthy snacks to the playground. Cozy Sleeper swaddle transition blankets and Cozy Blanket Pouches keep babies snug and warm within a safe and secure sleep space, perfect for slumber and lounging. Cozy Sleepers and Blanket Pouches also fit in a car seat or stroller!

Surround your child with comfort and luxury! More than a floor pillow: Designed with both parents and baby in mind, the Dakota Aqua Pello Luxe Floor Pillow is the ultimate multi-use floor pillow and play mat to keep a baby comforted, safe and secure. The unique design and materials make this a perfect resting spot for baby and ideal for your child’s ever-changing needs.

Buttons Diapers 100% cotton muslin burp cloths & bibs are the perfect baby essential. Works as a contoured over-the-shoulder burp cloth for baby, an large coverage bib during meals, and a handy cloth to wipe up messes. Muslin is a soft, breathable, absorbent, natural material that gets even softer & fluffier each time you wash it. The burp cloth easily converts to a bib by using the sewn-in snap. Set of 2.

Margaux & May is proud to use GOTS 100% certified organic cotton with all their swaddle blankets. These luxuriously soft muslin blankets are decorated with unique stunning prints, perfect for nursery sets and baby gifts. Set of 2.

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Sept. 7, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.