Monday, July 15, 2019

Zuru Offers Hot Toys That Girls and Boys Will Love @ZuruToys

Scarlett is old enough to realize that she wants certain toys she sees when we're at the store or on TV.  For the longest time she never really asked me for anything when we go shopping, but now she really makes it known what she likes and doesn't like!  She always has anything unicorn themed on her wishlist as well as slime products and surprise eggs.

Zuru offers a variety of toys for children depending on their interests and age.  Boys will love Bunch O Balloons and Smashers and girls will go crazy for Sparkle Girlz and Pets Alive among many others.  If you're looking to cool off from the hot summer sun, Bunch O Balloons offer refreshing water balloons ideal for the park, backyard, or even pool! There's surely a toy that anyone would love.  Keep the brand in mind for birthday presents for a lucky child both present and future.

Recently, Scarlett saw a YouTube commercial for Rainbocorn's Sequin Heart Surprise and said she really wanted it.  She's been mentioning it a lot and hasn't forgotten about it.  I always keep a mental list of what she is interested in and sometimes like to surprise her here or there with a new toy.  What is it about those giant eggs filled with surprises inside that appeal to the younger crowd? Kids go absolutely nuts for them! These cute Rainbocorns hatch from a surprise mystery egg.  

Featuring reversible sequin hearts, they are sure to be your little one's cuddle buddy.  The 12 hearts reveal surprises and the brightly colored Rainbocorns have fluffy unicorn manes that are fun to brush and groom.  The collection includes a cute bunnycorn, kittycorn, puppycorn, and hamstercorn.  Rainbocorns come with a tiny baby boo-boo corn that's absolutely squishable.  They make for a cute and fun toy for your kiddos that allow them to look after them as their very own pet.  

Just the other day we were in Target and I pointed out Pets Alive Boppi The Booty Shakin' Llama and Scarlett thought it was hilarious.  She said look at him dancing! Boppi has three songs and three different dances for endless dancing fun for the entire family.  I'm sure any child would find Boppi so funny.

It's been very hot here in New England lately.  Scarlett loves to be outside but obviously we have to take breaks since it's not safe to be outside for extended periods of time in the hot sun.  When we're indoors I try to limit the screen time or TV time since she loves that, so I'm always looking for new toys and games to keep her entertained and occupied.

Much to her surprise, a package containing Boppi, 2 Rainbocorn eggs and a Dino Smashers Egg showed up at the door and Scarlett was thrilled! She screamed out "wow!" and couldn't open the huge eggs fast enough.  The two Rainbocorns she received had a large furry rainbow friend inside which she immediately gave big hugs to. Inside each of the eggs were also surprises such as stickers, small figures, unicorn poop, a bracelet, and a sequin clip containing a picture of a rainbow and a pizza.  You would have thought Scarlett won the lottery based upon her level of excitement to everything.  Part of the appeal of the toy is as much opening the giant egg as it is exploring what's inside! Your child can use the eggs to store other toys in it they choose.

Zuru's Dino Smashers Egg was a huge hit as well.  Once that was cracked upon, there was dinosaur dirt, various slime, small eggs to crack open with figures inside, ice age putty, fossils to find in a rock, bones, and more.  Scarlett loves dinosaurs and this egg was right up her alley especially with everything it had to offer.  The slime concerned me a little bit because it's so messy.  

We've had issues in the past with slime getting stuck to things, so make sure you supervise your child playing with it or else you'll have a heart attack! With 25 surprises inside your tiny tot will be over the moon! With each orange egg that she cracked open a new dinosaur figure emerged and the smile on her face grew bigger and bigger.  As a parent, there's nothing more that you want to see than your child happy.  Of course I loved it! You can store everything inside the egg for dino playtime whenever.

Lastly, Boppi the Booty Shakin' Llama is always up for some dancing and booty shakin' fun! Scarlett said she was crazy and then tried to imitate her dance moves.  Boppi spins around to the music while shaking her booty and body while giving any child plenty of laughs.  The songs are very quick, so it would have been nice if the music was a little longer before each song and dance ends.  Boppi has a fun personality that matches her colorful look.  This toy would certainly make any young child happy.

It's been nice for Scarlett to have some new toys to add to her toy box for some indoor fun away from the heat.  If you're looking for some summer fun for your children or even to put away for the holiday season, Zuru is ready to put a smile on your child's face.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Zuru for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.

Can Baby Formula Help Build Resilience In Your Little Ones?

It is of utmost importance that you give your child the best chance at being healthy in life, and that means building their resilience with a strong immune system. There are many theories about building a child’s immune system and with so many different things influencing how your child is developing, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what is making the difference. 

The question is whether baby formula can help in the process. As you need to be very careful with what a baby is consuming, baby formula is a highly regulated product in Australia. These formulas are made specifically to help your child with healthy development and building a strong immune system.

Keep reading if you are interested in knowing more about baby formula and how it can help to give your child the best start in life.

Formula Is Catching Up With Breastmilk

One of the largest advantages of breastmilk over formula is the pre and probiotics that the babies receive from it. Prebiotics work to feed probiotics as they travel through the gut and digestive system. Probiotics help with all kinds of things like improved digestion and greater nutrient absorption so your child develops better immunities as they grow and thrive. Pre and probiotics are a vital part of building up your child’s health and resilience as a healthy gut has been unequivocally been linked to better overall health and development. 

There have been some major advances in baby formula as of late, with one particular ingredient making a huge difference for resilience. A few years ago, there was quite a breakthrough as researchers created a prebiotic strain that works in the same way as the ones in breastmilk. While this will never be a replacement for the real thing, it is a massive breakthrough for those who rely on formula to feed their little ones.

Formula Fortifies

There are a number of main ingredients in breastmilk, like protein, sugar, and fats, that formula can provide in very specific quantities. These ingredients are the key to building a healthy immune system and resilience for your child. They all work together to store and expend energy, grow muscle, bone, and tissue, and build antibodies and resistance to all kinds of illnesses. Since baby formula is strictly regulated you can be certain that it provides the nutritional support your child’s immune system requires and that your baby is getting exactly what he/she needs. If you find that your child is lacking in some areas you should consider adding supplements to their diet.

What About Those With Allergies?

In many cases, babies have allergies to dairy or suffer from lactose intolerance and cannot drink regular cow’s milk formula. Specialised formulas will take any allergies into consideration so you can be sure your baby gets the nutrition they need without having an allergic reaction which can be distressing for both baby and mum. This is a godsend to many parents, as you may not have the option of breastmilk due to mum passing on what she is consuming to the child. Knowing that there are alternative speciality formulas available for just about every situation you can think of gives you as a parent great peace of mind. 

Formula Is Fine

As the old saying goes ‘breast is best’, but, unfortunately, that is not always going to be an option for everyone. However, there is no need for concern. If you are choosing to formula feed, there is no need to worry about building up resilience as well as a strong immune system in your little ones. Baby formula has been proven to have what it takes to keep your baby healthy and resilient for the next stages of their life.
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Babies Everywhere Will Love Guava Family's Lotus Travel Crib

As I prepare to welcome my 2nd child in a matter of weeks, I'm already thinking ahead on how to care for two children.  Scarlett will be in camp a few times a week during the summer, but for the majority of the time she'll be home with me.  I'm used to caring for only one child, so I know it's going to be a change when my son comes.  I'll need to have the baby with me at all times while I watch her, and it's always nice to have a portable sleeping option for your little one. 

Guava Family's Lotus Travel Crib is more than a travel crib, it's a crib designed to go anywhere and everywhere.  It's light and can be set up in 15 seconds.  Forget traveling with a pack and play that is bulky and large, the Lotus Travel Crib will instantly amaze you.  It can be set up at home, at a friend's house, at the park, or even across the world! The design offers you clean lines, soft textured fabrics, and modern colors.  An added bonus is that the travel crib can be easily converted into a travel backpack or briefcase style bag that can be brought anywhere and is smaller than a carry-on.  

Every side of the crib uses mesh from below the mattress all the way to the top panel.  Babies and toddlers will enjoy the plush, insulated foam mattress pad with a water-proof cover that gives your little one all-night comfort.  Since the side door can be zipped and secured closed which allows your child to have their own space to play, laugh, and sleep in.  Parents everywhere will be delighted with the fact that the travel crib is safe and has no lead, no PBE or PBDE flame retardants, and no phthalates.

The mesh is full-side breathable and the crib cover is removable and machine washable for any accidents or spills.  It's time to revolutionize your child's sleep and play experience with Guava Family's Lotus Travel Crib.  

When I had Scarlett, I really didn't use a pack and play with her too much.  We had one, but she spent most of her time on the floor playing with me.  I never felt the need to put her in there to get work done around the house or cook, I just did it at nap time.  But obviously your whole world changes with two children, and I'll certainly need to put my baby in a safe spot for him to sleep or play while I get what I need done when Scarlett is home.

The Lotus Travel Crib arrived and I was eager to see it in person.  I couldn't believe how compact it was once I saw it in the carry bag.  An instruction manual came with it to show you how to unpack it as well as how to fold it back up.  Once I had it out of the bag, it was so small! It's so much smaller than a traditional pack and play and will take up hardly any room wherever you keep it.  I had no issues setting it up and the high quality was apparent.  It's a solidly made piece and will surely last for years to come.  

I instantly noticed how attractive it was with its stylish grey and black design.  Due to this, it's ideal for both a boy or a girl and can be used interchangeably.  The included mattress is comfortably padded for your little one and you can easily put a sheet on top to make it more cozy.  It's very spacious inside and offers a lot of room for your baby to spread out in. 

When the baby is born, we will definitely be using this as a sleeping option for the first few months of life.  I'm envisioning setting it up in our living room or playroom so he can sleep in there while I'm with Scarlett or cooking or cleaning.  I'd rather all of us be in the same room when Scarlett is around then having to go up and down the stairs to tend to him in the crib.  You can easily check on your child by unzipping the mesh side to get to them.  As they get older, they can crawl in or out as they please.

For when the baby is older, I hope to have him play in there with some toys when I need him to not crawl around or get into things.  I'm sure Scarlett will help entertain him too. 

Since the travel crib is so portable, I can guarantee we'll be bringing it with us on any future trips, as well as when we drive down to Grandma's house in December.  Don't just think of it for hotels or friend's houses though, it can be brought to the beach, the park, or even back yards too. 

The fantastic thing about this product is that it can be used for birth to age 3.  You'll certainly get a lot of use out of it and it will come in handy so much.  It's also so simple to fold back up too.

Once you fold it back up and put it in the travel bag, it can easily be stored in a closet, the garage, a trunk, or even under the bed.  You never know when you'll need it! Just 4 weeks til our baby can use it. I'm sure the time will fly by. 

If you're looking for a fantastic sleep/play space for your little one, Guava Family would be an ideal choice for you.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Guava Family for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.