15 Things to Do with Kids on Rainy Days

Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

Ah, not rain again! Finding things to do with kids on rainy days isn’t always easy, especially if the showers keep on coming. Gloomy days can put a major damper on your plans. You’ll have to think twice if you had hoped to do something outside, like go to the beach or go for a hike. When making plans with toddlers, rainy days can be especially problematic. If you are unprepared, many toddlers won’t understand why they can’t still do whatever activities you originally planned together. A thoughtful conversation can help. Thankfully, you can still find a variety of fun and memorable rainy day activities to enjoy with your little one. Consider these suggestions for fun rainy day things to do with toddlers age one and up.

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Puckababy® Gogo Newborn Swaddle Wrap Review

Newborns are cute, cuddly, and they have that intoxicating new baby smell that makes you want to just snuggle them for hours. With all the cuddling that’s in store with family and friends, some soft baby blanket wraps can be the perfect baby gift idea, especially this time of year. New babies deserve a soft and snuggly swaddle wrap to keep them warm and comfortable from their earliest days. Whether you wrap them up for snuggles with loved ones or swaddle your infant at night for a better sleep, a newborn swaddle wrap is an essential for any family’s new addition. Continue reading Puckababy® Gogo Newborn Swaddle Wrap Review

Baby Skin Issues: Baby Skincare Product Reviews

As a mom, I’m no stranger to a variety of baby skin issues. Our daughter has gone through everything from eczema to cradle cap. She’s had an occasional pimple, extremely dry skin, and even a small patch where it looks like she never developed pigment. (We still don’t know what that is, but the doctor isn’t concerned.) I’ve watched other baby skin issues occur too, like the development of birthmarks and even moles that didn’t use to exist. Like I said, we are no strangers to baby skin issues, and now, toddler skin issues.

For every baby skin issue, you can likely find a dozen or more skincare products designed to treat it. I’ve had some success with some products, while in some cases, other treatments recommended by the pediatrician also seemed to work wonders. Here’s my rundown of a few baby skincare products and their effects on various baby skin issues.

Gentle Naturals Baby Therapeutics

What mom doesn’t appreciate baby skin products that are paraben-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free, along with being gentle for continued use as needed? I received a couple of products by Gentle Naturals for the purpose of review. I never knew I would need the Gentle Naturals baby eczema cream and baby eczema wash until one day dry, scaly, patches of red skin appeared behind my daughter’s knees.

We switched out our normal baby wash for the gentle naturals, and sometimes just pure water. We also applied the Gentle Naturals cream—a rich, emollient skin cream similar in texture to Aquaphor. I found that the cream helped to care for the eczema, but my daughter’s case was relatively intense, so we did pair it with other treatments. I found that a little bit of 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed in with the Gentle Naturals or the Aquaphor seemed to do the trick after a couple of days.

I also received Gentle Natural’s Cradle Cap treatment. I did not get to use it as my husband quickly learned to use cotton balls and baby oil to remove the dry skin from the top of our daughter’s head. He had the cradle cap fully under control before I even had a chance to worry. However, the cradle cap treatment is a light, non-greasy solution that includes natural, healthy ingredients like calendula, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

Shea Moisture Organic Baby Care Products

Most of the time, moms love to see the words “natural” and “organic” when it comes to choosing products for their babies and children. Shea Moisture, established in 1912, contains certified organic ingredients, like raw Shea, chamomile, and Argan oil. The products are rich, emollient, and leave even an adult’s skin feeling great for hours after applying the lotions and creams. (I do admit I probably used more than half of the one lotion product on my hands alone during the winter.)

I received a generous selection of organic baby products from Shea Moisture, including Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment with Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Shea Butter Baby Eczema Therapy with Argan Oil and Extracts of Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Red Bush & Babassu Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Carrot Oil and Shea Butters, and finally, Organic Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Avocado & Shea Butters.

The creams have pleasant scents that are a bit earthy and certainly organic. They go on smoothly and absorb nicely into the skin. I really enjoyed the pump bottle Head-to-Toe lotions on myself as well as on our daughter. The eczema therapy product has a pleasant scent but I did find it a bit tricky to apply, as it is more of a waxy solid in a small cylinder tub. The severity of my daughter’s eczema had me applying creams constantly, so I did not get around to using this product as much as I think I would have, had her eczema been milder. The Head-to-Toe Ointment is useful for everything from chapped lips to cheeks, hands, arms, legs, and even to baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream

Babies are known to get very dry skin, especially on their faces and especially during the colder months. Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a 100% certified natural baby care product designed to protect delicate skin from the harsh cold. Key ingredients like beeswax, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomile, and Calendula soothe sensitive skin and add moisture to overly dry skin. This product absorbs easily and is dermatologist tested and recommended for sensitive skin. Calendula Weather Protection Cream is suitable for use from birth onward through adulthood. I received one bottle of Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream for the purpose of review.

pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash

We have tried lots of different baby wash products, including popular Johnson’s brand and even the basic, fragrance-free Dove bar. Phisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is a phthalate-free formula that is designed to gently and effective cleanse baby from the top of her head to the sole of her foot. The powder fresh scent is subtle and pleasant, especially for a new baby just getting acquainted with all the new sights and smells. pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is allergy tested, dermatologist-recommended, and it is pH balanced to moisturize in addition to cleansing. The formula is also soap-free and specially crafted to gently cleanse even the driest baby skin. I received one bottle of pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash for the purpose of review and have enjoyed the formula and its results.

The wide range of baby skin issues constantly has moms and dads jumping through hoops to find what’s right for baby, whether it’s a simple moisturizer, cleaner, or an actual treatment to a specific baby skin condition. I hope this review of various baby skincare products is helpful in your quest to keep your little ones comfortable.

Disclaimer: I received a number of products for the purpose of review. The opinions here are my own and receiving products did not change or color my thoughts.

Creative Food Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

IMAG4237My daughter is not even two yet and I feel like she barely eats anything. If it weren’t for pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and cream cheese bagels, I don’t think the poor girl would eat! Don’t get me wrong, she likes fruit and will try the occasional chicken tenders and other foods, but it’s never a “sure thing,” if you know what I mean. I often feel like our fridge is jam-packed with food in the hopes that she will actually eat SOMETHING. Then, inevitably, we end up throwing twice as much stuff out as we would before now. It’s frustrating to feel so wasteful!

I struggle with this every day. The pediatrician’s office had me all flustered when she fell from the 10th percentile or so down to third percentile for weight and fourth for height. She is a tiny little thing, but so cute and very healthy – not really a major concern. I’m not tall myself, so she likely got my genes as far as height and body type. Still, the doctor’s office got me so worried before that I have desperately been trying to get her to eat as much as possible, whenever possible.

Sometimes I bribe her, sometimes I just keep trying new things, other times I cycle through the few things I know she does like. We have occasional success with fish or fish sticks, pasta, and pretty good success with pizza. I have tried to creatively make special things for her to enjoy while still getting essential nutrients, and most times, have failed miserably. For example, my parmesan broccoli fritters looked and smelled (and even tasted) delicious when warm, but once cool enough for a baby’s palate, all bets were off. She didn’t even see the green of the broccoli that I popped in her mouth and still spit it out.

So, out of desperation in my own quest to get my child to eat more, I have decided to make a list of my most successful tips. I’d be thrilled if you can share any of your own tips in the comments so I can add them to the article and try them myself with N. Here’s my top list of tricks to get a toddler to eat more:

  1. Try to avoid letting them fill up on milk, water, juice, or whatever they are drinking. Keep their beverages out of site at first, at least until they get a little food in their belly.
  2. Offer different kinds of snacks often. We rotate through cereal, crackers, goldfish, dried fruit, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, and other snacks.
  3. Sneak food into their mouths as they are feeding themselves. At this toddler phase, kids will never be as efficient at feeding themselves as you would be. Unfortunately, it seems they may also not be as agreeable to you doing the work as they once were. Sneak in what you can and allow them to have control over at least some of their food.
  4. Encourage your child and praise him or her for eating well. Use a tone that is fun and exciting, expressing how proud you are of their efforts.
  5. Consider bargaining if appropriate. It may not be a practice you want to do all the time, but bargaining can be instrumental in getting your child to try new things or to eat in greater quantity.
  6. Try different settings to give your child variety. The high chair gets old after a while. If you can pull your child’s chair up to the kitchen table without the tray, that could be a suitable alternative. I’ve also seen great success with the portable booster chairs for toddlers and even just letting them run around and pick food pieces up from a TV tray or table.
  7. Have a [willing] family member or guest offer your child their snacks or meals. I have seen more success with my daughter eating snacks she gets from someone new and exciting than from offering what we keep in the cabinets.
  8. And finally, my favorite tip of all – Disguise food as something they love. Create cute animal shapes with the food or use cookie cutters, food molds, or pancake and egg shapes to give your kid a more entertaining, more enjoyable option when it comes to eating the same foods day after day.

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If you have other tips and ideas to get your toddler to be a better eater, please share them in our comments below! You may think your tip or suggestion seems basic, but to someone else it could be a godsend.

Munchkin Swaddle Angel Blanket Review

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With so many baby products available these days—swaddle blankets, sun canopies, nursing covers, and more—it can be overwhelming to try to pack up your baby’s things when you’re going somewhere. The idea of multitasking baby products is super appealing, especially to moms who are tired of bringing two or three separate bags everywhere they go. Thankfully, every once in a while you might find a product that stands up to multiple demands of everyday life with an infant. The Swaddle Angel Blanket two-pack by Munchkin is one such product.

The Munchkin Swaddle Angel Blankets are made of rayon that comes from ultra soft bamboo. Each blanket is a generous 40″ by 40″ and my favorite feature is that each of the corners has a little ribbon loop that allows you to hook or connect the blanket in a variety of positions for a number of different purposes. The fabric is soft and lightweight, almost gauzy, with a loose knit that lets some of the air come through. The center of the Swaddle Angel blankets features a thicker, double-layer sewn square to maintain privacy when nursing or to give a little extra padding for the baby, whether napping or during diaper changes or something else altogether.

I received a set of these cool, multitasking swaddle blankets for the purpose of review. I love the pretty patterns, which feature colors like bone white and slate gray or bone white and chocolate brown with gold. The designs, like a type of animal print or tribal pattern, are somewhat abstract but very fun and stylish. The box says these blankets are suitable for use as swaddles, sun protection, tummy time blankets, nursing covers, and even a sarong.

I have personally enjoyed using them for their sun protection offerings, looping the corners over the stroller handles and going on our merry way. I will caution you – I was not paying attention to what I was doing as I was in a bit of a rush at one point, and we did run over the blanket with the stroller, leaving a pretty hefty tear / runner in the double-sewn section. This was entirely my fault for being so careless, but it may be worth mentioning and warning you so you don’t do the same thing.

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Even though we ran over the blanket because I didn’t adjust it properly and it was a bit too long, I have used it as a sun protection shade a few times since the initial use. I really like the corner loops and how easy it is to create a barrier between your baby and the sun. I was easily able to cover up my daughter’s legs in the stroller with the blanket folded in half, and it did help to protect her from the sun one day when we forgot our sunblock at home.

I now try to keep one of these Swaddle Angel blankets with us wherever we go, especially since they have so many great purposes and offerings. I would highly recommend this product to new moms who like to make their days more efficient.

The two-pack of Munchkin Swaddle Angel Blankets retails for $49.99. For more information, please see: Girl Swaddle Angel Blankets or Boy Swaddle Angel Blankets.

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received complimentary a sample set of swaddle blankets for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Dreft Laundry Detergent Review – For Snuggly, Cuddly Baby Clothes, Stuffies, and More

It’s hard to believe a year has passed, but my little baby girl has gone from newborn to rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking in what seems like the blink of an eye. Over the past 14 months, we’ve gone through messy blowouts, sweet potato stains, dirt marks, fruit stains, chocolate smudges, and more. Laundry in our home is serious business—I am constantly on the lookout for products that work and always trying new stain removing tips to ensure our clothes and linens stay fresh and pretty for as long as possible.

I recently received a special opportunity to try and review Dreft laundry detergent. From what I can recall, Dreft is the only product my family members and friends recommend for washing babies’ clothing, and I can see why. I received some sample packets of Dreft for the purpose of my honest review, and I can honestly say all of my daughter’s things come out smelling baby fresh and feeling snuggly soft. Dreft is gentle and pure and does not irritate her delicate skin. It’s proven and trusted and even pediatrician recommended.

PrintAccording to product documentation, Dreft has been around for more than 75 years, developing a great reputation for softness and gentleness on little ones’ clothes and their linens. I trust the brand so much that I now wash my daughter’s favorite plush toys—yes, the ones she chews on—in this gentle yet effective laundry soap. Her favorite toy “Lucky” goes from grayish and a bit stiff and crunchy to soft, fluffy, and as close to white as a beloved Dalmatian blanket lovey is going to get.I put the Dreft laundry detergent samples to the test with our washer, dryer, and even line-drying some of my daughter’s clothes, towels, and even her favorite stuffed toy. Somehow Dreft manages to take out even the toughest stains (for us, strawberries). It leaves her clothing brighter, her whites whiter, and everything that comes out of the washer or dryer smells fresh, clean, and wonderful. Line drying items and drying in the dryer both produce similar results as far as the scent and level of softness of the clothing and other items.

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I also notice that our towels from each week’s swim class feel softer and cuddlier as I wrap her up after a dip in the pool. The warm and cuddly feeling is so appreciated as we walk through the air-conditioned hallway and locker room. (Why they need AC in a pool locker room and entry way is beyond me!) Some towels washed with regular detergent seem to need a hundred washings to become cuddly soft, but I feel like Dreft gets it right on the first try!

Perhaps this is an aside, but I’ve recently tried Dreft’s stain removing spray (on my own dime) and it works phenomenally at removing stains from food, messy diapers, floor grime from crawling, and just about anything else your baby manages to get on her clothes. If you haven’t tried Dreft or Dreft’s stain removing spray, you might want to give it a shot. I personally recommend it based on my own experiences. For more information, check out www.dreft.com. Feel free to share your own thoughts and feedback in our comments below!

Dreft - Royal Baby Name BracketBy the way, if you’re feeling playful, check out The Royal Baby Name Bracket on Dreft’s Facebook page for a chance to pick a few baby names in honor of the royal baby!

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received sample detergent packets and a gift card from Dreft for participation in this trial program. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Why a Pacifier Clip Is Absolutely Necessary for Your Baby

Pacifier Clip ReviewI don’t know why I didn’t register for a pacifier clip when I picked out all those other things for our baby daughter on the way. I guess it probably blended in with the 85 different styles of pacifiers at the baby stores, to the point where I didn’t even realize I was missing it. By the time my daughter hit the seven month mark, I’d lost enough paci’s to see the errors of my ways. I swiftly added a pacifier clip to my online shopping cart and life has certainly been a little easier ever since.

I think sometimes a pacifier clip can be one of those things you don’t realize you are missing until you have one. Similar to, how did we ever life without cell phones? Now that we have them, we seem to feel naked if we leave the house without ours or if we misplace it. The pacifier clip I bought offers so much convenience to my life now. I almost can’t understand how I survived without it.

I have personally lost pacifiers at the supermarket and countless other places, sometimes having to buy them on the spot or being reduced to my daughter’s “least favorite” paci’s while waiting for the new ones to come in the mail.

I’ve also lost them in the car while driving, and either had to pull over or listen to a screaming baby all the way to where I was going. Or if my husband was driving, I’ve climbed into the back seat to retrieve a tossed paci.

Pacifier clips come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making it fun to choose a special one for your little one. You can pick a design you like (I chose pink cupcakes ), or simply get a colorful one you think the baby will enjoy.

Now that my daughter is into the fun throwing and tossing stages, she often throws things out of her car seat or stroller without me even knowing. Can’t tell you how many times this has happened at a drugstore, supermarket, or other location. And, to be honest, some places are just too gross to pick up the paci and reuse it, even if you do sterilize it. At least as far as I’m concerned…

So there you have it, from my own personal experiences, the reasons why I believe a pacifier clip is truly a necessary baby accessory. If you still aren’t convinced, you can get a pacifier clip for $5 to $7 on Amazon with free shipping and that easily saves you the cost of replacing just two pacifiers. And, my friends, if you think your baby isn’t going to lose just two pacifiers, please invite me to your dream world, because I could sure use a vacation like that. J

Tips to Enhance Your Jogging Stroller Workout

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Running can be challenging enough on its own, but add in a 50-pound jogging stroller and an unpredictable infant and you could be in for quite an experience! Jogging strollers can be a true boon in helping you get back to pre-pregnancy size and weight, but don’t dive in head first. You should know a few things about working out with a baby jogger, and you’ll find it definitely gets easier over time.

Before my daughter was even born, I bought myself a BOB Revolution SE since I love to run, I’m a former high school and college cross country athlete, and I’ve been itching to do a couple of 5k races each year. Plus, I wanted to hasten my journey to getting back in shape after baby. I picked out the BOB jogging stroller for its awesome reviews and the rugged construction. I also liked that I could get it in orange, my husband’s favorite color and one of mine, and I loved that it seemed like a good fit for our needs. The basket underneath is plenty big enough for my phone, keys, water bottle, and numerous things for the baby. I also feel the hood provides ample shade and protection from the elements, a little drizzle here and some serious sun there.

bob-revolution-seStill, when I first took the jogger out a couple of months after having my daughter, I think I surprised myself with how challenging it was on the first use. My upper body really felt it, plus, it was weird running without my arms. I’ve noticed a few things in the nine months or so since then, which seem to help my jogging stroller runs along a little better. Not only that, but the better I do with the jogger, the better my times and runs are without it. I’ve even taken my dog along for 3-mile jaunts with the jogging stroller around my neighborhood. It takes more coordination than I usually feel comes naturally, but she enjoys it and the baby does, too, so it’s worth it to me. Of course, I have a very well-behaved dog. I wouldn’t recommend running with a jogging stroller and just any dog. You’ve got to remember all the squirrels and other dogs out there, causing enough distraction to derail your whole operation!

So, without further ado, here are my favorite tips for running with the jogging stroller:

· Plan your runs around your baby’s schedule. Ensure she’s fed and changed and comfortable. You’ll get more running time before she gets fussy in most cases.

· If your baby will sleep in the jogger, you can also time your runs a little before naptime so she gets to enjoy the fresh air, but also doesn’t interrupt your run when she’s ready for bed.

· Keep some of your baby’s favorite snacks and a few toys in the basket below in case you need a distraction.

  • Take advantage of a pacifier clip to ensure your little one doesn’t lose the paci (nuk, binky, pacifier, etc.). These things are well worth their weight in gold!

· If your baby starts to get really fussy and you aren’t on a loop that allows you to turn back early, try singing one of his or her favorite songs. It is challenging to run and sing, especially on mile 3.5 of a 4-mile run, but it’s worked for me on several occasions.

· Even though you can’t use your arms as you would without a jogging stroller, you can still alternate arms as you jog around your neighborhood or favorite trail. Hold the stroller’s handle with one arm and pump the other a few times, then switch. I noticed my friend and personal trainer Jessica Rapp of Unique Physique for Life doing this when we went running together as she gave me a break from the stroller. I tried it a few times later and noticed an immediate and unmistakable improvement in my overall time and my mile pace.

As always, ensure your infant is properly dressed for the weather and that you’ve applied sunscreen to keep his or her skin safe. Avoid crossing busy intersections or running along highways and other busy roads. You can never be too careful, especially with the rate of people texting while driving despite common sense.

Remember to always put your child’s safety first, above and beyond all else. As your little one grows, he or she may enjoy your runs more and more, and you may even find that your son or daughter wants to run with you after outgrowing the stroller!

 

Top 7 Things to Do with Your Baby during the First Year

Ask any parent and they’ll probably tell you that the first year flies by in a flash and you’re celebrating first birthdays in no time. We all mean to stop and smell the roses during that first year, but sometimes it goes by so fast we don’t even realize just how fast until that first year is almost gone. Sometimes a checklist or “To Do” list can be a great way to keep track of important things you want to do with your infant son or daughter before the first birthday arrives.

To help you ensure you capture some of those special moments or take advantage of some fun activities, we’ve compiled this list of things to do during your baby’s first year of life. Feel free to print this out, add this to your Pinterest page, or bookmark it for future use.

1. Take a picture every month with cute onesie stickers.

2. Make keepsake handprint and footprint artwork. They’ll only be this small for so long!

3. Get a photo with Santa Clause at the very least, and maybe with the Easter Bunny, too, if you like.

4. Get a family portrait done or be sure to take family photos around the holidays when everyone is dressed up.

5. Take a few videos of your little one doing something cute. You should also have your video camera or smartphone handy to shoot videos of first time crawling, first steps, laughter, singing, first words, and other important moments.

6. Write down the dates or rough estimates of when your baby met important milestones like laughing, smiling, crawling, sitting unsupported, and of course, first word, and first steps!

7. Make special time to visit grandparents and especially great grandparents. Capture as many generations as you can in a single photo. (And take lots of photos in general!)

These ideas are just some of the sentimental things you should do for memories and good times with your little one. Make sure you do all the day-to-day things as well, like singing, teaching ABC’s and 123’s, visiting friends for play dates, and playing together, among countless other important moments.

Do you have other special things to do in a baby’s first year of life? If so, please share your suggestions in our comments below!

Easter Egg Hunts for Toddlers and Older Babies

baby easter egg huntEaster brings a bunch of fun traditions for little ones, from dyeing eggs to pictures with the Easter bunny, decorating the home with bunnies and baskets, and of course, the annual Easter egg hunt. Even toddlers can participate in an Easter egg hunt, as long as the eggs and prizes are sized appropriately. My daughter is going to be just about 11 months when Easter arrives this year, so I am planning to do a little Easter egg hunt for her. She’s an older baby and I really think she will enjoy crawling around and opening up the eggs if she can figure it out!

Easter egg hunts for toddlers and older babies may be a bit different than your average plastic egg hunt for kids of any age. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan a fun Easter egg hunt for your baby or toddler.

· Be vigilant about choking hazards and include only appropriate prizes in the plastic eggs.

Baby and Toddler Easter Egg Hunt· Still keep a close watch on your baby or toddler, even if you think the prizes are safe.

· Look for jumbo eggs that are way bigger than standard plastic eggs. You can fit much bigger prizes inside these eggs!

· Think about small (but not too small) prizes that you can pop into the eggs to entertain your little one.

· Remember that less is more. At this age, your older infant or toddler will likely be amused and delighted to play this fun egg hunt game with all the bright colors and surprises, but don’t be surprised or disappointed if he or she loses interest before you do.

· Hide the eggs in obvious places where your baby or tot can crawl over and easily get a hold of the plastic egg.

· If your child doesn’t pick up on the purpose of the game right away, help him by opening p one of the plastic Easter eggs to reveal a fun prize! Play with the prize or offer it to your little one to get him excited.

· Even if you don’t have the greatest prizes for your baby, you can still have a lot of fun introducing her to an Easter egg hunt. Make it a fun game, spinning the eggs, dropping them a short distance, or letting them roll down your arm.

· Consider fun and age-appropriate “prizes” inside the eggs, like Puffs (baby cereal pieces), cute animal finger puppets, or little bath toys, for starters. These are my current prizes of choice for our daughter’s first Easter.

In all the excitement of your son’s or daughter’s first Easter egg hunt as a toddler or older infant, don’t forget to snap a few pictures! Have fun playing together and get some good shots of your little sweetie picking up the plastic eggs. (And be sure to send a copy of your favorite photo to all the grandparents or aunts and uncles who couldn’t be there to celebrate with you!)

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How to Make Salt Dough Footprint Penguins

Baby handprint and footprint ornaments can be fantastic holiday gifts for those important family members. You can start with classic handprint ornament kits to become comfortable with the process, or dive right into the crafty handmade ornaments like Santa handprints and penguin footprints. Salt dough is easy to make and these ornaments can become a fun tradition for your son or daughter each holiday season.

Rather than recount the whole recipe, I am going to direct you to this excellent blog post on how to make Santa handprint ornaments. Here are the simplified steps to creating a penguin footprint ornament.

1. Make the salt dough first.

2. Roll out the dough and make an impression of your baby’s footprint.

3. Cut around the foot, leaving room for the hook or hanger as well as a place to write the year and your child’s name.

4. Consider carving details, like the beak, eyes, and a bowtie, with a toothpick.

5. Insert a paperclip into the top of the ornament. This will hold the hook.

6. Place on a cookie sheet.

7. Repeat as desired.

8. Bake as instructed.

9. Allow to cool.

10. Once fully cooled, paint as desired.

a. Suggested Paint Instructions:

b. Black footprint to form penguin, with heel as head

c. White oval belly

d. Orange triangle beak

e. Red or green bowtie

f. Silver background

11. Allow to dry.

12. Apply a coating of Modge Podge to seal the ornaments.

13. Use a snow writer or other paint pen to write the child’s name and the year.

14. Glue on wiggly eyes.

15. Tie a piece of red ribbon or cord onto the exposed paperclip.

16. Put into a gift box and offer to that special someone!

 

Remember to be very careful with these, as they can break very easily. These penguin footprint ornaments are a lovely gift for any grandparent, parent, aunt, or uncle. Enjoy!

 

Newborn Halloween Costume Ideas

Newborn costumesBabies are already super cute, even without a little costume to wear. Halloween brings a lot of fun and festivities, though, so it’s no wonder that you might want to dress up your baby. Newborn Halloween costumes can be a cute and creative way to share the holiday with your new baby son or daughter. Just think of the adorable pictures you can snap for your family members. The grandparents are going to love them!

Whether you are hosting guests, going to a family Halloween party, or just giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, a newborn costume for Halloween can be the cutest addition to your little one’s wardrobe. If you are looking for a newborn Halloween costume for your new baby, consider these ideas for baby costumes that you can easily make or buy. Keep your budget in mind as well as your craftiness for best results.

Cute Newborn Halloween Costumes
Baby animals can be almost as cute as newborn babies. Consider these cute newborn costumes for Halloween:

–    Baby lamb, baby bunny, kitten, or puppy costume
–    Baby monkey costume
–    Teddy bear costume
–    Piggy costume
–    Frog costume
–    Butterfly or flower newborn Halloween costume

For very little babies, you might want to search for newborn bunting costumes or snuggle sack. These often have a pouch instead of legs at the bottom. You can find cute costumes like a little mermaid, peas in a pod, a cute owl, a butterfly, and so many more.

Funny Newborn Halloween Costumes
Use your sense of humor to choose a funny newborn Halloween costume for your new baby:

–    Superhero Halloween costume for babies
–    Chicken or turkey costume
–    Pink elephant baby costume
–    Lobster or crab baby costume
–    Little devil costume (or angel and devil costumes for twins)
–    Jailbird costume

Creative Newborn Halloween Costumes
If none of the costumes on the market strike your fancy, or if you can’t find the costume you want in the size you need, consider making your own newborn Halloween costume. Here are a few tips on creating a Halloween outfit for your baby:

–    Dress your little one all in the same color, and attach ears to a baby hat to make your baby into a bunny, kitty, or puppy. Add a tail if you so desire.
–    Make a cow outfit with a white infant sweat suit or onesie and black felt cut into randomly shaped spots. Glue the spots onto the onesie, and create ears using the same type of fabric, black felt, and a white hat.
–    If you are good at sewing, go to a fabric store and get a pattern and the appropriate material and supplies. Sewing your own costumes can be so rewarding.
–    Dress just like your baby and he or she can be your “mini me.”
–    Dress like a kangaroo and get your newborn a kangaroo costume as well – and use your Baby Bjorn carrier or other infant carrier to complete the costume!

Easy Newborn Halloween Costumes
If craftiness isn’t exactly your thing, don’t worry. You can still dress your baby up for Halloween in a cute newborn costume. Consider these ideas for baby Halloween costumes:

–    Favorite sports team onesie or outfit
–    Newborn pumpkin costume from a store like Target or Kohls
–    Ballerina with a pink tutu, pink onesie, and cute shoes
–    Superhero onesie
–    Navy sailor – white bucket hat and white shirt and pants
–    Animal hat and similar colored clothing

Cheap Newborn Halloween Costumes
You can also find cheap newborn costume ideas, such as the skeleton onesie, pumpkin onesie or romper with stem hat, or ballerina – a simple pink onesie with a matching tutu! You can also find cheap costumes for newborns online for less than $20, with baby rompers and headbands or other accessories. Look for Minnie Mouse, an adorable bumblebee, and other cute costumes for little girls.

What other ideas do you have for newborn Halloween costumes? Share your suggestions or mention your favorite idea from the costume ideas listed above.