Everybody loves birthdays, and our country’s birthday sure is a special one! It is a great day to spend time with the family, enjoy delicious food and watch fireworks. We have narrowed down these three things that every family should do on 4th of July:
This is the easiest thing to do, it is also something that sets the mood for the whole day. If you don’t want to spend money on clothes with the flag pattern for your kids, pick a simple white t-shirt, a pair of denim shorts and a red bandana that can be found in any drugstore.
This holiday is a perfect occasion to tell your kids about the history of this holiday. What do the stars and stripes on the flag mean? What is the Declaration of Independence? Why did we need independence from the British? Show your kids some illustrations or chat along as you are putting the flag up.
Eat colorful food
Spend some fun time together as a family in the kitchen baking simple sugar cookies. Let your kids use their creativity to the fullest as you are decorating them. And if you want to avoid sugary treats, go for red, white, and blue fruits and vegetables.
Most people feel they do not eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Well, summer is the perfect time to change that. Take advantage of seasonal fruits and offer two to your children with every meal. Not only your kids will have a chance to learn new words, colors and flavors, but it is also good for their health. Let’s take a look at these five seasonal favorites and why they are good for everyone.
Blueberries – packed with antioxidants, they are the best your kids’ nervous system and brain can have
Cherries – these berries improve body’s circadian rhythms and will help your baby sleep better
Figs – high in potassium and fiber, figs are good for your children’s blood and digestive system
Raspberries – rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, raspberries lower risk of chronic diseases and improve immune system
Watermelon – consisting of over 90% water, watermelon brings excellent hydration and lycopene that is good for your kid’s cardiovascular system
Yesterday was the first day of summer, and the sun is at its strongest. Is your baby ready for the sunny days? Many parents are still unsure whether it is necessary and safe to use sunscreen for their infants. Here are some simple rules to follow when it comes to sun protection.
- Babies under 6 months old are better off without any sunscreen. That means they require shade and coverage – think umbrellas, canopies, long sleeved clothes and hats. When choosing a hat, go for a soft, wide-brim one as opposed to baseball hats that do not protect neck and ears.
- For babies over six months of age, use a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreens that work by creating a physical barrier between skin and sunrays. These sunscreens start working right away, unlike chemical sunscreens that require application 15-20 minutes prior to sun exposure.
- Don’t miss these sensitive areas: scalp (hairline and part), lips, and ears. All these have thinner skin, and are often overlooked when sunscreen is applied.
As a general rule, it is best to stay out of the sun when it is most intense between 10 AM and 4 PM. If you are choosing between a cream and a spray form of sunscreen, go for a cream one, as a child might inhale the spray option. It is recommended to use at least SPF15 for babies, and studies show that anything higher than SPF30 does not provide any additional protection.
This Sunday is going to be a special one. What are your plans for Father’s Day? Restaurant, family hike, or last-minute gifts from the mall?
Well, we think you can do better than that. Here are three ideas for a different experience on Father’s day.
- Make a video: record your kids telling why they love their daddy or what was some fun experience they remember. No need to hire a professional videographer! You can simply record videos with your phone and edit them with free video software.
- Gift him experience: every dad loves a good massage. Get him a gift certificate for a massage, or something he always wanted to do… a parachute jump, maybe?
- Arrange a father-kids date: You can go with something traditional like movies, but you can also plan a cooking or painting class. Biking, fishing, or repairing something could also be a good idea.
Have a father who is often away on business? Get him an iBaby Monitor M6 that will allow him to check on his baby at any time and from anywhere on the world just from his phone or tablet. For a week only, use coupon FATHERS10 to get 10% off your iBaby Monitor M6 this Father’s Day.
We are extremely happy to start this week with great news for iBaby. It is an honor for us to have iBaby Monitor M6 be named ‘Product of the Year 2015’ by Creative Child Magazine. The magazine is a national bi-monthly resource providing parents on how to encourage their children’s creativity.
With NAPPA Gold award and silver Mom’s Choice award being given to iBaby recently, we are humbled by the experience and are thankful for the appreciation of our products.
And we cannot wait to share what else new is coming to iBaby very soon.
When you are ready to set aside that Vanity Fair issue, you are welcome to take a look at our iBaby Monitor M6 in June issue of Pregnancy & Newborn. We think M6 looks great in his photo!
“One of the coolest features of the M6 is its motion alert… Not only you are instantly aware that your little monster has mastered climbing out of the crib, you have evidence to see exactly how he managed it!”, says the magazine.
Pregnancy & Newborn has been around for almost a decade, guiding parents through pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life.
Can you believe it is June already? But it is not just warmer weather that makes the beginning of June so special.
The first day of June is celebrated globally as an International Day for Protection of Children and dates back to 1950. Many people around the world try to make this day a special by spending some extra time with their kids and honoring them.
At the time when our lives are so fast paced, it might be hard to find those extra few moments to spend with your child. We have scouted some ideas on how to be present with your older kid when you can’t be there physically. For smaller children, you can try our iBaby Monitor M6, which is especially perfect for parents on the go. You are able to see your little one from anywhere in the world, talk to her at the same time you hear her, or play pre-recorded voice messages.
We hope you have a wonderful day with your little (and big) kids!