The Best Emergency Kit

When you have young kids, you must be ready for anything. And being ready includes having handy an emergency kit. Yes, just in case.

Young kids are just more prone to scratches knees, bloody noses, bee stings, and I’m just getting started.

I learned by hard experience to always have one emergency kit at home and another one at the car. And yes, the one I most use is the one on the car.

So, here is a list of the most complete and useful emergency kits I find out. You can always personalize them, like adding a battery operated nebulizer if your kid has asthma, or glucose tables when your kiddo has diabetes.

MediKit Deluxe First Aid Kit

This small kit includes the most essential first aid supplies for family adventures, including scout troops, youth groups, church groups, sports teams and more.

This basic first aid kit will give you everything you need to clean and bandage cuts and scrapes, relieve sprains and insect stings, remove splinters and sooth minor burns.

Compact and portable, this trauma kit also includes the essentials for giving CPR and warming a shock victim.

This medical kit works equally well as a travel first aid kit, a sports first aid kit, a home first aid kit or an office first aid kit.

All-Purpose First Aid Kit

The First Aid Only 298 Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit will have you prepared for any potential emergency at home, in the office or on the go. The essential first aid supplies are ideal to treat pain and swelling, as well as cuts, scrapes, and burns.

This portable, lightweight, easy to carry case contains all the first aid supplies you may need to treat any potential emergency at home, in the office or on the go.

The clear pockets in the fabric pouch keep all the first aid supplies organized and easy to locate.

This kit is the ideal size, fitting nicely into a backpack, vehicle compartment or kitchen drawer.

I selected this kit because it includes the tiny “Junior” Band-Aids that can come in handy when you have small kids.

Be Smart Get Prepared First Aid Kit

Manufactured by the leading manufacturer of First Aid Kits in the USA, the Be Smart Get Prepared First Aid Kit meets or exceeds OSHA and ANSI 2009 guidelines for 50 people. It’s ideal for most businesses and perfect for family use at home.

This rugged, sturdy hard plastic case is impact resistant and its fully organized interior compartments provides quick access to the items you may need in a emergency.

This compact case is portable and can easily fit anywhere.

The handy wall mount lets you mount your first aid kit it on the wall for added visibility and easy access.

This kit is designed to treat common everyday mishaps that do not require medical attention.

How to potty train your toddler

One of the biggest and most rewarded milestones for your baby is the moment he left diapers behind and start using the bathroom.

For moms means the end of the “carry a huge diaper bag everywhere” era and the beginning of “always be sure where the nearest bathroom is” time.

Most toddlers are ready to start potty training around their 2nd Birthday, some as early as 18 months old and some delaying until they are almost 3 years old.

And yes, usually girls are ready a few months ahead of boys.

You’ll notice when your toddler is ready: he may hide while he is “going “, he may ask to be changed out of a dirty diaper at the first sign of being wet, or he may tell you he wants to use the bathroom as soon as he have just gone on his diaper.

On my own experience, is never wise to try to push them to use the bathroom if they are not ready. Save yourself (and your kid) a lot of stress waiting a little bit until they are ready!

That being said, you can get prepared while waiting for the right moment to start the potty training. And because every child is different, I may give you a lot of different options for you to choose the “one” that may work for your kid.

Potty training books for mom and dad

Potty Training in 3 Days

This step by step book includes a plan with useful tips to help your kid succeed on the conquest of the toilet. It also has a lot of information for you to stay calm through every accident.

It’s a quick, easy book to read and will help you navigate the potty training basics (accident management included).

While three days is long enough to introduce something new, it definitely isn’t long enough to create a new habit for your child. If you can maintain perspective on that point, then you can stay calm trough the process and say “bye bye diapers”.

P is for Potty!

A favorite among kids, this sturdy lift-the-flap board Sesame Street’s book tells little girls and boys ages 1 to 3 all about how to use the potty.

While toddlers practice sitting on the potty, this sturdy lift-the-flap board book with more than 30 flaps, it’s the perfect mix of fun and learning.

It’s a long book to have your toddler sitting on the potty while you read it, so I would recommend to start reading it with your kid before making him go, so he will know what to expect and play his favorites parts while on the potty.

Potty Time! (Daniel Tiger)

If your little one is a fan of Daniel Tiger, then this is the best book for you!

The picture icons will prompt your kid to press the buttons and play the sound effects. The three sounds go along perfectly with the Daniel Tiger potty song.

It is a good book for children familiar with Daniel Tiger and nervous about potty training.

You can also get Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app, where children will practice stopping their play when they have to go potty and learn about their important bathroom routines at the potty and s

Toilet trainers

Summer Infant My Size Potty

Summer Infant’s My Size Potty features the look and feel of an adult toilet to help ensure your child has a comfortable and confident transition to the real thing.

Realistic features include a toilet handle with a flushing sound to encourage your child while potty training. The clip-on splash guard and flip-up lid help boys in the potty training process, and the built in wipe dispenser is perfect for promoting good hygiene.

A removable bowl makes clean-up easy.

The biggest issue I personally had with this product? It takes a little bit of space in your bathroom.

Potty Training Seat

This Toilet Training Seat fits most standard toilets securely.

The Toilet Training Seat by Jool Baby is the ideal way to start training your child how to use the toilet. It has a non-slip ring around it to ensure you child is secure as possible while learning how to use the bathroom.

Featuring a smooth, sleek surface, this Potty Training seat is easy to clean with a quick wipe. It also has a Splash Guard that prevents messes from happening out of the toilet!

Training underwear

CottonTraining Pants

Before you start your toddler on regular underwear, it’ll be a good option to try this training pants. This transition underwear have extra pad in the front and back. They are water resistant and better water imbibition than normal undies.

This washable and reusable underwear is made of 100% cotton with absorbent polyester lining offering the most comfortable and softest touch.

More absorbent than normal training pants, their inner pad lining is perfect for containing small accidents and avoid leakage.

They are great on a daytime routine at home, but they’ll leak a little on naps or long car drives.

The Best Life Jackets for kids

Sumner is around the corner along with beach visits and pool parties. When you add a young kid on the mix, safety comes first as a Life Jacket.

Of course, nothing is easy when it comes to choose the very best life jacket for a kid. Age and size of the kid is a must when choosing the life jacket, but (as I discover whit mine) kids also have a way to show what they like and dislike.

Here is a list of the Best Life Jackets on the market along with a short review to compare and help you pick the one best suited for your child.

The Best Life Jacket for Toddlers

Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

This Coast Guard Approved Life Vest for Infants was designed to keep your child safe and comfortable. As your young one begins to paddle and kick in the water, this PFDs design allows for freedom of movement.

The Stohlquist allows full arm mobility so kids can play and swim. Its fully adjustable straps and easy entry front zipper with security buckle ensure the best fit for your kid. Its double collar offers great mobility and comfort, on top of supporting the infant’s head in the water.

This great life jacket specifically designed for kids 8 to 30lbs is secure enough to do not allow little fingers to undo a strap and defeat the safety purpose of it. Is also adjustable and accommodate their growing body, and have a good neck support.

Stohlquist also offers the Stohlquist Kids Life Jacket that fit kids from 30 to 50lbs and also come in great bright colors.

The best life jacket for kids learning how to swim

Speedo Kids’ UPF 50+

These life jacket is specially designed for a child already familiar with the water who is learning to swim.

It gives every child the extra confidence to get in and try to start swimming without the fear of sinking.

This Speedo jacket is minimalist enough that it allows full arm movement and simply serves as an aid in learning to swim.

Its full front zipper allows for an easy on and off and its safety closure helps secure the zipper in an upright position.

It comes in different colors and two sizes:

Medium: 2-4 Years, 22″ max chest, 33-45 pounds
Large: 4-6 Years, 24″ max chest, 45-60 pounds

The best life jacket for infants

Stearns Classic Series Infant Vest

Specially fitted for infants under 30 lbs, this US Coast Guard approved life jacket is great for a day on the boat or beach and in the pool.

Its closed sides adds a feeling of warmth and security to the baby, a must for them!

A rescue handle allows adults to easily move the infant from the water or the boat and it has one adjustable chest belt, a zipper and an adjustable crotch strap for a tight and secure fit.

The shell is treated with antimicrobial protection that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

The best Floaties for kids

Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe

This US Coast Guard-approved life jacket can be used instead of a Type III PFD to help keep your child safe while they play in the water. The premium construction is made from woven polyester, a softer fabric for less chafing.

Designed for children 30 to 50 pounds, the Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe, comes in a wide range of colors.

Its adjustable buckle at the back offers a secure fit, and is certified for use on boats.

This kids floatie offers the flexibility of water arm bands and the security of a life jacket.

Some considerations before buying a life jacket for your kid

It’s always a good idea when buying a life jacket to consider the US Coastguard’s recommendations with safety. They advise to test immediately on a swimming pool any Type 11 Infant PFD purchased, before using it on a boat, lake or beach.

Also, you may want to weigh-up the cost-per-use: kids and infants grow at a incredible fast pace and may need a bigger size after a short period of time. You may not be able to use the same life jacket next summer.

As with all things with babies and toddlers, size, comfort and convenience really depends on your individual child.

The Best Baby Carrier

Using a Baby Carrier, or “Babywearing” your baby, is becoming a favorite practice among new parents. A Baby Carrier not only helps the bonding process, making feel the new parent more confident and deepening the mutual attachment between parent and baby, but also is a great way to get around with your baby while you are hands free and maneuvering at your own pace.
Best Baby Carrier for a Newborn

Lalabu Soothe Shirt

There are a lot of baby carriers on the market, but a shirt? Yes, and what make it interesting is the fact that Lalabu comes on different sizes and models (for moms and dads).
This moms all on one shirt, is a cozy carrying pouch for your baby (use is only recommended for babies 7 to 15 pounds), allowing a wonderful baby/mommy (or daddy) bond. It has a head support that flips out and holds your baby’s head while he is sleeping and can be easily tuck back in the pouch when is not in use.
The Soothe Shirt features an easy-to-use nursing bra, making breastfeeding convenient and allowing you the comfort and coverage you need when your little one decides is lunch time. The shirt covers your stomach while nursing and you don’t need to wear a separate bra underneath.

The dad shirt is designed for dads to expend quality time with their little one without too much complications: nothing to tie, wrap or fasten.
This short sleeves shirt with a sporty v-neck and slim fit, will help daddy bond with the baby keeping both calm and stylish.

The shirt is not mean to carry your baby hands free, but it is a great option instead of traditional baby carriers, and also allows your baby to look around and see things from a different perspective while feeling safe and comforted by your closeness.

Why we like it: ease of breastfeeding, ease of hands-free activity  and bonding with the baby. All in one!

What’s no so good about it: sizes run on the small side, so it’ll be a good idea to order the next size up.

Best Wrap Carrier

Boba Wrap

Using a wrap, you can distribute and support your child’s weight evenly, while carrying your baby hands free.
The Boba Wrap has a simple tying style (the instructions are easy to follow) that allows for an easy on and off.
Made of soft and strong cotton knit, is woven with spandex for durability, clinging support and shape retention that doesn’t sag with all-day use, plus is machine washable.
This budget friendly wrap can hold babies from newborn up to 35 lbs. It creates a custom fit every time you tie so you can safely and comfortably accommodate your baby’s growth and your own body’s unique contours.

Why we like it: It is 5.5 yards long which enables moms of all sizes to wear it. It’s machine washable and you can also trow it on the dryer!

What’s no so good about it: It is 5.5 yards long: for petite moms, that means yards and yards around their waist and in hot climate it makes wearing the wrap very hot.

The best Soft Structured  Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Omni 360

This soft structured, lightweight carrier allows you to wear your baby in four positions: forward facing, inward facing, hip and back carry.  Easy to adjust bucket seat supports your baby in an ergonomic natural “M” position in all carry positions from baby to toddler.

Its exceptional lumbar support waist belt has double adjusters for easy tightening ensuring maximum comfort by providing the support you need to prevent lower back pain. The carrier’s padded shoulder straps allow for a crisscross option, great for a snug fit or for those who prefer easy buckling on the front.

The Omni 360 carrier is designed to fit all parents. It easily adjusts to fit different wearers from petite to larger body types. All parents can share the joy of baby wearing.

If you plan on babywearing for long periods of time, this baby carrier provides the comfortable support and freedom you and your baby want.

Why we like it: Made of soft cotton, is easy to clean, durable and versatil, you can adjust this baby carrier to your growing baby from 7lbs to 45lbs.

What’s no so good about it: some users found it too complicated to put it on without help.

The Best Budget Friendly Baby Carrier

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

Along with it multiple carrying options and grow with baby flexibility, this convertible baby carrier offers an ergonomic seat for optimal baby hip positioning, a super supportive waist belt and adjustable padded straps for long term wear ability.

4 ways to carry: Facing in narrow seat for newborns, facing in wide seat for older babies, facing out narrow seat for babies with head control and back carry wide seat for older babies and toddlers.

The material is breathable and the carrier itself does not weigh much. You’ll be able to wear for long periods of time in the summer heat without overheating yourself or the baby.

Why we like it: very easy to buckle by yourself, comfortable for mom and baby.

What’s no so good about it: the shoulder straps are padded,but it’s not terribly thick or overly soft padding. It works great for little babies, but it gets uncomfortable if you have to use it for long periods of time once the baby hits 17-20 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

The 5 Most Original Gifts for New Parents

When you are expecting your first child, you mostly rely on the experience of family members and friends to help you navigate the shopping necessities for your baby.
But, everyone is different and there is no standardized parenthood manual. After your baby is born and you get a few weeks of first hand experience with him, you realize that there were items you wish you had purchase beforehand, and others you have and are completely useless.
Based on the team experience, here are the 5 items that must be on everyone’s baby shower’s gift registry.

Lalabu Soothe Shirt

There are a lot of baby carriers on the market, but a shirt? Yes, and what make it interesting is the fact that Lalabu comes on different sizes and models (for moms and dads).

This moms all on one shirt, is a cozy carrying pouch for your baby (use is only recommended for babies 7 to 15 pounds), allowing a wonderful baby/mommy (or daddy ) bond. It has a head support that flips out and holds your baby’s head while he is sleeping and can be easily tuck back in the pouch when is not in use.
The Soothe Shirt features an easy-to-use nursing bra, making breastfeeding convenient and allowing you the comfort and coverage you need when your little one decides is lunch time. The shirt covers your stomach while nursing and you don’t need to wear a separate bra underneath.
The shirt is not mean to carry your baby hands free, but it is a great option instead of traditional baby carriers, and also allows your baby to look around and see things from a different perspective while feeling safe and comforted by your closeness.
The dad shirt is designed for dads to expend quality time with their little one without too much complications: nothing to tie, wrap or fasten.
This short sleeves shirt with a sporty v-neck and slim fit, will help daddy bond with the baby keeping both calm and stylish.

The only downside we find to this fabulous product, is the fact that the baby will outgrow it in a few months, but, in true, can you name a product babies don’t outgrow pretty fast?

Blooming Bath

The joy of giving a baby the first bath, became a “no so easy to get it done” after that first time, when reality hits and you have no one to help you bath your baby. You have to deal with a most of the times too big for your kitchen sink baby tub, and a slippery baby who may or may not like bath time for starters.
The main reason we really like the Blooming Baby Bath is that it fits most of kitchen sinks, and can also be used on bathroom or laundry sinks! You don’t have to break your back kneeling on your bathroom floor to hold your baby on the tub inside your bathroom tub! The diameter of the Blooming Bath is 32” and you can easily move the petals to give your baby a much needed support.
Because of the flower shape and the flexibility of the petals, it can adapt to your baby necessities and to the size and shape of the sink you use.
Made of soft materials, you only need to squeeze the excess of water when your baby finish the bath and get it on the dryer or hang it to get it dry.

Some users say that the water gets cold after 10 or 15 minutes, but water gets cold after a while on a plastic tub also, so you must check the water temperature every few minutes to ensure the comfort of your baby.

This Blooming Baby Bath comes in hot pinkblue, canary yellow, yellow, gray, pink,grey/light yellow and grey/light blue.

The only issue we have with it: is hard to get it dry and it can get mold if not properly dry.

Pockit Lightweight Stroller

This compact stroller folds down to fit inside a carry-on suitcase and give you spare space!

Weighting less than 10 pounds, the Pockit Lightweight Stroller  can hold a child up to 55 pounds and have a super easy two-step folding system, fitting on all overhead compartments (train or plain, it’ll fit).
The wheels rotate on a 360 angle, providing excellent maneuverability and can also be locked if needed to travel trough rough surfaces. It’s great to navigate trough large crowds (like Disney World parks crowds) or on a very narrow path. Also, it’s easy to push and steer with one-hand.
It has an adjustable, comfortable 5 points safety harness that keep your kid securely strapped down.
It has a storage basket that can hold up to 11 pounds, but it’s small and will hold only a few basics.
Perfect for traveling (one day trips or oversees), it’s also a great choice if you live in a small apartment and have no storage space.

You can get the Pockit Lightweight Stroller in a few different colors: Black, Blue, Red, Khaki and Dark Blue.

We found a downside of the Pockit Lightweight Stroller: the arms are kind of short, so if you are a little bit taller than your average person, you’ll have to hunch down to push it.

The Beebo – Free Hand Baby Bottle Holder

When you can’t breastfeed your baby and need to multitask, The Beebo is the way to go.
It works with any bottle on the market, and is easy to use, comfortable to wear and very durable.
The Beebo makes it easy for an adult to feed a baby a bottle while keeping a hand free. It holds the bottle on your chest at the perfect angle for feeding. It’s the perfect tool for a dad, a grandparent or a babysitter to feed a hungry baby while mom is away.
Made of Polyurethane Foam, this Bottle Holder is PVC Free, Phthalates Free, BPA Free and Lead Free.

You can choose to get The Beebo on pink, blue or grey.

Most users complaints are because of The Beebo is way to bulky and that it prevents the bottle to keep the right angle to feed the baby. Also, they said it works better on a flat chest, like a dad.

Baby Banana Toothbrush and Teether

Specially designed for babies 3 to 12 months old, the Baby Banana Toothbrush and Teether is the help any new parent needs to help develop the oral hygiene of their babies.
This 100% Food Grade silicone teething toothbrush is designed with “a-peel-ing” handles that make it super easy for babies to hold and put it on their own mouth.
The Baby Banana Toothbrush and Teether  is an excellent aid to relief teething pains, while cleaning the baby’s teeth (removing food and milk particles) thanks to its soft massaging bristles.
Made of 100% food grade silicone, The Baby Banana is dishwasher and freezer friendly, and BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Toxin Free.
Because of its small size, the Baby Banana works better than other tooth brushes and teethers on the market for young babies.

You can get this product in Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Green.

The downside of this product? Hmmm, personally, I love it. Most bad reviewers claim that the bristles come off after a while of use, making it unsafe. But, because babies will bite them (as toddlers do with their toothbrush until they learn to properly brush their tooths) as a parent you must check periodically the state of the bristles and decide when its time for a new Baby Banana.