Top Beach Bag essentials you REALLY need for Spring Break

By Alexa Vogue, BBP Blog Contributor

Whether you’re family’s spring break plans will involve chilling by a pool or soaking up the sun at a sandy beach, getting your beach bag packed is essential to having a relaxing and stress-free vacay!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Insulated BPA-free water bottles

Dehydration is a real risk in hot weather, and little ones are particularly susceptible. Invest in some BPA-free insulated water bottles with a cute design, and your kids will throw back the water like there’s no tomorrow. Check out this adorable and affordable range from bubba.

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2. First aid kit

Every family beach bag should contain an up-to-date first aid kit. Johnson & Johnson offers a range of kits to suit your lifestyle and your budget. Bites, scratches and stings are an inevitable part of a day at the beach, and you just never know when a bandage or a pair of tweezers might come in handy.

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3. Protective swimming hats

Sunscreen alone is not enough to protect little faces and necks from the harsh sun. Sunday Afternoons’ Kids’ Play hat is made of Sun-smart fabric and designed to keep natural-born adventurers safe and happy all the live-long day. Playproof details like a breakaway chinstrap, customizable sizing band, floatable brim, and stain resistance ensure that this hat lasts for summers to come.

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4. High sun protection factor sunscreen

Not all sunscreens are created equal. You should always purchase a sunscreen with the highest protection factor possible.  Dolphin Organics mineral sunscreen is now available with higher protection for even the most delicate skin. Their new SPF50 mineral sunscreen offers broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection without parabens, petrochemicals or nano particles. Active Ingredients are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, all inactive ingredients are plant-derived.

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A Great towel

Don’t you just hate how soggy a swimming towel gets after one use? Waci is the smarter towel that is compact, absorbent, fast-drying, unique lightweight microfiber technology. Incredibly soft, yet durable. Machine wash, hang dry with convenient hanger loop.

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Now that you are packed, you can enjoy vacation and focus on creating fun, family memories!

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Solutions for the top 4 reasons moms quit breastfeeding

 

By Kathleen Tomes, BBP President & Editor
From the moment a child is born, parents face dozens of choices every single day.  Should I use cloth diapers or disposable?  Which car seat will be the safest?  However, none is perhaps more important as the choice to breastfeed.  . A study published in the journal Pediatrics finds only a third of new moms meet their goal to exclusively breastfeed for three months and even fewer make it to the World Health Organization’s recommendation to exclusively breastfeeding for six months.Believe me, I know!  I went through it myself.  As the new mom with twins, I struggled to establish and maintain a breastfeeding routine with my babies. My struggle to nurse led to the creation of our company, Brilliant Baby Products, which now works with dozens of products specifically designed to make life easier for nursing moms.While there are lots of different reasons why women stop breastfeeding, the four most commonly cited problems can be solved with some amazing new products that you can find on store shelves across the nation.Problem #1: Tough beginnings: The simple truth is – breastfeeding is hard work, especially at the beginning. It takes time for both mom and baby to get the hang of it.  Throw in sore nipples and the exhaustion of having a newborn and it’s easy to understand why some moms give up breastfeeding.Solution: Support and comfort.  If you know a new mom who is struggling to breastfeed, offer to help her by putting mom and baby’s comfort first.
  Smart Choices Women:  From contoured nursing pads to prevent leaks to soothing lanolin creams, Smart Choices Women offers a wide variety of products to help nursing moms heal from cracked or bleeding nippes, mastitis and other breastfeeding woes.  The products range in price from $3.00 to $10.00 and can be purchased online at Amazon or Target.  More information on product selection is available on the Smart Choices Women website
  Boppy: A nursing mom’s must-have! These crescent-shaped pillows lift  baby to a more ergonomic position for feedings.  The pillow also transitions to the perfect spot for propping, tummy time and learning to sit.  There’s no wonder the Boppy is America’s #1 Baby Product!  Boppy pillows are sold for $39.99 at stores across the country or at the online Boppy store.
Problem #2: Concerns over just how much baby is getting:  It’s hard to quantify what you can’t see and because breast milk digests easier, breastfed babies want to eat more and more often.  Couple that with the pressures of making sure baby gains an appropriate amount of weight in between doctors’ visits, moms aren’t wrong to get the idea they aren’t giving baby enough.Solution #2:  Give mom the tools she needs to track baby’s progress at home.
  Milkscreen: Take the guesswork out of breast milk production.  The new innovative MilkScreen calculator not only helps mom figure out exactly how much breast milk she is producing, it also calculates whether her breastmilk production is normal, high or low for her baby.  The calculator kit costs $19.99 and can be purchased online at Target or at the UpSpring Baby website.
  Milkies:  For moms who struggle with low breast milk supply, the Milkies Milk Savers can be a lifesaver.  These specially designed bags capture leaked milk from the unused breast when mom is feeding baby or pumping with a single breast pump.  This extra milk can be stored for baby to receive via bottle at a later feeding.   Milkies can be purchased for $27.95 at select baby boutiques nationwide or online at the My Milkies website
  The Aqua Scale:  Track baby’s weight gain and progress in between doctors’ visits with The Aqua Scale.  This incredible scale doubles as a baby bath, complete with water thermometer, so that baby is comfortable and happy during weigh ins.  The Aqua Scale is sold for $69.99 at Babies ‘R Us and Target stores nationwide or on The Aqua Scale website.
Problem #3: Fear of nursing in public: Time and time again we hear horror stories of women kicked out of public malls, restaurants and stores for breastfeeding her child in public. Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, our culture unfortunately doesn’t support it.Solution #3: There’s a trick nursing in public without drawing attention and it starts with having the right foundation: a good nursing bra, an easily accessible top and an impressive cover-up.
  Dria Cover:  Stay modest with these stylish nursing covers that give both mom and baby the privacy to feed in public without sharing the intimate moment with those around them.  Dria covers come in a wide variety of colors and prints.  They are sold for $79.95 online at the Dria website.
Problem #4: Going back to work: Working and breastfeeding can be done, but finding the time and place to pump can be stressful and derail even the best of plans.Solution #4:  Before she heads back to work, mom needs to get the support of her boss, her family and her baby’s caregiver.  Then, enlist the timesaving abilities of a great breast pump and bottles designed to make frequent transitioning between breast and bottle as easy as possible for baby.
  Closer to Nature Double Breast Pump by Tommee Tippee: Not only can mom simultaneously pump both breasts at the same time, this pump also eliminates the need to transfer milk from pump containers to bottles.  The pump allows mom to express milk directly into Tommee Tippee bottles or storage pods.  It is sold for $249.99 at most Target and Babies ‘R Us stores nationwide or on the Tommee Tippee website.
Easy Expressions Hands Free Pumping Bra by Medela: This marvelous attachment allows moms to simultaneously pump both breasts at the same time, while keeping her hands free for work or just relaxing.  It’s easy to transport and is compatible with most electronic breast pumps.  It’s sold for $33.99 at department stores nationwide.  More information is available on the Medela website.
  Mimijumi Bottles: The next best thing to mom’s breast is a Mimijumi bottle.  Invented by a doctor, these bottles have nipples just like moms that require baby to latch to get the milk to come out.  They are also vented to reduce colic and have porous features for a more natural feel for baby.  They are sold for $13.99-$14.99 (depending on size) at baby boutiques nationwide and online at the Mimijumi website.
 When it comes to products to make breastfeeding easier, these products are just the beginning.   We love to feature the new products we find on our Brilliant Baby Products Facebookso go “like” us and we’ll also keep you up-to-date on some of the most “Brilliant” baby products available. 

 

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February is Bake For Family Fun Month

By Alexa Vogue, BBP Blog Contributor

February is National Bake for Family Fun Month. What better way to spend time with family members than to bake or cook together? You can create a lot of great memories in the kitchen, plus use it as an opportunity to teach and build strong relationships.

Baking and cooking together have many benefits including:

  • Preparing family favorite recipes together, especially for the holidays, is a great way to pass on family traditions from generation to generation.
  • Children gain experience by practicing math and reading skills, measuring ingredients and reading recipes, which gives children a chance to learn important life skills. Kids also need opportunities to learn how to prepare healthy foods safely so that they are able to cook for themselves once they are adults.
  • Cooking offers a chance to boost a child’s self-esteem. Children feel a great sense of pride when they’ve successfully prepared a dish or baked cookies.

It may be a little messy, but both children and adults can have fun working together in the kitchen. The best part, of course, is tasting the final product!

Here are some fun kid-friendly products that will make baking together in the kitchen even sweeter. Happy Baking!

 NestingHearts Cookie Cutter Whether or not you wear your heart on your sleeve, the Nesting Hearts Cookie Cutter 4 Piece Gift Set will be a treat for you, OR for a lucky recipient! Show a loved one you care with this pretty gift set. Made in the USA. MSRP: $7.95 Available online at  www.annclarkcookiecutters.com
              HABA.CakeMold HABA’s silicone cake molds are adorable and come with three easy recipes for kids. Available in four designs- Spring Flower, Dinosaur, Horse and Snake, these molds will make creating these cakes as much fun as eating them for the whole family! MSRP: $19.99. Available at www.HABAusa.com
     Baking Buddy Keeping track measuring cups and spoons when baking can be frustrating but there is a new solution- The Baking Buddy! This ALL-NEW kitchen gadget that makes measurement conversion and kitchen organization a breeze! Durable and affordable it will help keep the mess under control so you have have more fun baking! MSRP: Starting at $9.95. Available at www.thebakingbuddy.com

 

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Encouraging healthy habits starts now!

By Alexa Vogue, BBP Blog Contributor

Great news – a recent study finds childhood obesity is declining among young children.  It seems parents are getting the message: developing healthier habits that include increased physical activity is more important than ever.  

At Brilliant Baby Products, we understand the importance of encouraging healthy habits early and that’s why we love these awesome products that get the little ones up and moving in ways that they probably wouldn’t even consider exercise!

 

                       Jungle Jumparoo

Jungle Jumparoo: The Jungle Jumparoo is exercise in disguise.  Unlike dangerous trampolines, this clever bouncer is low to the ground, allowing an easy way to get on and off for all ages.  Just 10 minutes burns more calories than a half hour of running!  Sold for $399 on the Jungle Jumparoo website.

 

 

             zike

Zike:It’s not a bike.  It’s not a scooter.  It’s a ZIKE and it’s the coolest new mode of transportation around.  Made for children as young as five but can be used by adults as well, it looks like a scooter but it’s powered by bike-like pedals.  Priced from $199- $499 each and sold on the Zike website.

ROXS

Roxs: Upside Down Games offer physical, social, and intellectual benefits for players of all ages.A-Champs gets kids between 6 and 10 moving. The company’s game system ROXs is the truly active alternative to game consoles and makes kids run, sweat and actively play. It is powered by latest tech and takes the action off-screen. Connected Play – the Active Way! For more information visit the A-Champs website  

 ring stix

Ring Stix: A cross between playing catch and throwing a Frisbee, RingStix is a fun and easy-to-learn game that can be played anywhere – backyard, parties or at the beach!  Sold for $14.99 on the Ring Stix website.

 

                         the spooner

The Spooner:  Skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding collide in the Spooner Freestyle Board!   This fun board makes it easy to learn new tricks for board sports without fear of falling.  The board improves core strength, stability and coordination.  Sold for $44.95 on the Spooner website.

Like what you see?  Follow the Brilliant Baby Products Facebook page to get daily updates on awesome new products that make parenting easier and more fun!

 

 

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