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The ever-growing trend of babywearing is everywhere. It isn’t a new concept, rather an ancient one. Men and woman have been carrying their children for ages, while working in fields, preparing meals and tending to more children. Lucky for us, baby carriers are getting more and more comfortable and stylish every day!

When we registered for our baby shower, I researched so many carriers that my eyes started to blur. I wanted to choose one that would be comfortable for both Dad and myself, as well as one that was cute and safe. Cute was tricky — Dad wasn’t as excited about the adorable prints as I was, if you can believe that! Comfortable was easy to determine with padding on the shoulder straps, large carrying pouches and easy to access buckles. Safe was obviously our biggest concern. Thankfully most carriers on the market today meet all safety suggestions for babywearing. If you are unsure if your carrier is safe for use this is a great resource for checking for suggested recalls.Babywearing Safety Tips

Babywearing safety tricks using TICKS

Now that you have determined which type of carrier you are in love with, you want to make sure that you are wearing your baby correctly. Here are a few babywearing safety tips easily remembered as TICKS.

TIGHT — Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.

IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES — You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position, your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.

CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS — Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.

KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST — A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.

SUPPORTED BACK — In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose, they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently — they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.

More about wearing your baby safely

We chose the Ergo Original as our go to carrier, keeping on in both of our cars we always have one on hand. My husband sports the Original in Aussie Khaki (very manly), I love my Indigo Mint Dot.

You can win an Ergo Baby Carrier of your own in our #AwayWeGo Instagram Challenge. Read all of the details on Instagram.

TICKS Babywearing Safety Infograph // Savvy Sassy Moms

Here is a great printable infograph to help you remember the key safety points of babywearing.

Free Babywearing Safety Printable

This post was contributed by Lani Derrick as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts Program. You can find more from Lani on her blog, Life Anchored.

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Here they are, the dog days of summer. I’m not sure why they call it that, but I live in Phoenix so I can take a wild guess since all I seem to want to do it lay on the cool spot on the kitchen tile and take a nap. But, since we are moms and hiding away in an air conditioned house is not always possible, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 best products to beat the heat and keep your kids cool when it seems almost impossible.

1. Geleeo Universal Stroller Cooling Pad

Geleeo Cooling Pad for Babies

It doesn’t get an cooler than this, does it? (I mean seriously.) The Geleeo Stroller Cooling Pad is the one and only of its kind ever invented. Made of a special cooling gel, it stays up to 10-degrees cooler than the air around it without refrigeration and lasts for years. On top of all that, it’s wipeable, comes in several colors and it’s reversible if pink (or blue and beige) isn’t always your bag, there’s a neutral gray on the other side. For more information on this amazing technology and to find a store locator to get your hands on one of your very own, check out their website.

2. The Noggle

Keeping Kids Cool in the Car: The Noogle

I don’t care how great your air conditioning vents are in your car, if you have a rear-facing child I guarantee you they are hot. The Noogle is so simple and so effective that it has everyone saying, “Hey, why didn’t I think of that?!” Now I’ll warn you, it’s a bit intrusive if you have a smaller car like mine, but the cute fabric and the fact that it actually works makes up for the fact that you have a giant hose running down the middle of your car. The Noggle can be purchased at stores like BuyBuyBaby and online at NoggleNation.com for $40-50, depending on length.

3. Meeno Babies Cool Mee Bucket Seat Liner

Keeping Baby Cool: Meeno

My little one hates being in her car seat when it’s hot, and who can blame her. After all, car seats seems to be made from the least breathable material on the planet. Take her out of the seat on a regular day and you’re guaranteed to have a sweaty, soggy mess on your hands, but add a 100-degree day to that and now she’s pretty annoyed, too. This car seat liner has solved all of this and we love it. She stays cool and dry, even on the hottest days and I’ve noticed crying fits have even been reduced since she’s less uncomfortable on those days when she has to be in her car seat for longer than normal. The Meeno Babies Cool Mee Car Seat Liner, which retails for around $40, also comes in sizes to fit convertible car seats and strollers.

4. SunAngels Sun Sleeves

Sun Angels Sun Sleeves to Keep Baby Safe

This is one that I really, really liked. Not only are these functional and easy to use, but they’re also super cute and kid friendly! Created by two sisters-in-law who were tired of slathering on sun block on their little ones, they took their expertise in kids gear and the pharmaceutical industry to create these sun-safe sleeves for babies and kids that have a built-in UPF 50+ rating. I found them easy to get on and off and Abbey seemed completely unbothered by them. More importantly, Abbey is going through that stage where her hands and arms go directly into her mouth, so knowing that her arms didn’t need to be covered in chemicals to stay safe from the sun was a relief. Sun Angels Sun Sleeves are available in both babies and big kid sizes for $20 a pair.

5. Platypus Australia Swimwear

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear

This swimwear line has quickly become my favorite for kids and babies for two reasons: snap crotch swimsuits and zip-up rash guards. Hello! Why isn’t every swimsuit made with these features? If you haven’t wrangled a squirrely infant out of a wet, soggy suit for a diaper change, just to have to wrestle them back into the now cold suit, well then you just haven’t lived. All of their swimsuits, from babies to size 14, are UPF 50+, which blocks out up to 97.5-percent of the sun’s harmful rays. And Moms, don’t think they forgot about you. Head on over to their site to see the women’s zip-up rash guards and chic one-piece suits. You can purchase Platapus Australia Swimwear online at PlatapusAustralia.com, and don’t forget to sign up for their mailing list to get 10-percent off your first order!

Don’t miss our full review of Platypus Australia Swimwear from our Savvy Sassy Product Scout, Sara McCarty.

6. Otteroo Infant Pool Float

Keeping Kids Cool in Summer: Ottero Infant Float

At first glance this goes against everything in the parenting handbook you were given on day one: Don’t strap things around Baby’s neck and don’t strap things around Baby’s neck and then place them in water… but, stay with me. Meet The Otteroo, probably the cutest and strangest looking baby floatie ever made. Yes, it goes around the neck, but rest assured, it’s perfectly safe and made with only the highest grade of toxin-free and latex-free plastic. This pediatrician approved floatie can be used as for babies as early as 8-weeks-old up to a weight of 35-pounds and has physical and mental benefits such as enhancing motor skills, promoting early walking and helping Baby familiarize with the water in a fun unique way. Also, let’s not overlook the utter cuteness! See for yourself or order one of your very own at Otterroo.com.

7. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling Carrier

Sakura Bloom Sling for Babies

If you’ve never heard of ring slings or were intimidated by the whole process, I feel you as that was me… until I met a little lovely named Sakura Bloom. Straight out of the box I was surprised by how easy it was to put on, how clear the instructions were and how comfortable both Abbey and I were from the moment I plopped her in there. And, let me tell you about the fabric. Oh the fabric! It’s made from the most delicious Indian silk and comes in many different colors to fit anyone’s tastes. If you wanted to opt for an even lighter fabric, they even have an entire line in gorgeous linen. On this day it was 110-degrees and we were at a birthday party where we were outside the majority of the time. The true test came when I finally took her out of it only to find my shirt wasn’t soaked (as is always with my other carrier), neither was my back or the baby. You can find the entire line of Sakura Bloom ring slings on their website.

8. Bèbè au Lait Muslin Car Seat Cover

Keeping Baby Cool in Summer: Bebe au Lait Infant Car Seat Cover

Car seat covers are a necessity, bottom line. They keep out the sun, keep unwelcome hands off your precious baby, and keep outside germy germs at bay. But unfortunately, although adorbs, the fabric used is oftentimes heavy and allows for no circulation… until now. Yay for Bèbè au Lait and their brand new muslin car seat covers! Made from the same breathable muslin that you absolutely already love in their other products, the covers come in the four most darling patterns, have a front zipper for peeking in or out and even a small pocket to store small items such as binkys. Pair it up with matching muslin blankets and you’ve got all you need for cuteness on the go.

9. Dreambaby® Stroller Fan

Keeping Baby Cool- Dreambaby Stroller Fan

Arguably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep your kids cool when out and about is the stroller fan. They are lightweight, portable and most clip on to your stroller or car seat, for around $12 a pop. This one by Dreambaby® has a large clip that will fit on any stroller or car seat. It also comes with flexible stem to adjust easily as needed, is available in an array of colors (pink, blue, black and white) and the blades are made of a foam material that is strong enough to create a good amount of wind, but completely safe if your kids grab it (as kids do). For more information on Dreambaby® products and where to buy you can find them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

10. Babyganics SPF 50+ Sun Products

Keeping Baby Safe from the Sun: babyganics Sun Care Products

This last item on the list isn’t so much for keeping your kiddos cool as it is for protecting them when it’s not. I’ve been a fan of Babyganics products since I received a gift basket full of goodies at my baby shower and now it’s all that I use in my house. And really, how could you not? Their sunscreen is SPF 50+, provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, is water-resistant up to 80-minutes, non-allergenic, tear-free, pediatrician and dermatologist tested and never tested on animals. Whether it’s spray, stick or lotion, Babyganics has whatever your little sunburn-free heart desires. My favorite is the big bag of small single-use tubes that I throw in my purse, diaper bag and wet bag for swim class.

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Festive food makes every holiday more fun and these easy 4th of July treats are perfect for the moms that don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. In fact, these are tasty treats that even your kids will have fun helping you make. Using one simple method, you can create an entire red, white, and blue dessert spread for your holiday gatherings.

Easy 4th of July Treats

Easy 4th of July treat ideas

Lollipop sticks and/or paper straws combined with Rice Crispy Treats and marshmallows make for a super fun dessert and an easy 4th of July treat. Kids love eating food on a stick, so turning these goodies into pops was as simple as 1-2-3 and a no brainier when it came to less-mess eating. Happy kids and minimal clean-up is what we call a win-win!

How to Make Easy Treats for 4th of July

Supplies:
– Colored candy melts
– Sprinkles
– Lollipop sticks and/or paper straws
– Rice Crispy Treats (or other items to dip)

Directions:
– Melt colored candy melts in the microwave according to directions on the package.
– Immediately, dip the rice crispy treats and add sprinkles.
– Place on waxed paper to cool and harden (approximately 20 mins.).
– Push lollipop sticks or paper straws in one end to create pops.4th of July Treats

Dipped 4th of July Rice Crispy Treats

Get dippin’

With some supplies left over, we also dipped large marshmallows, pretzel rods, ice cream cones, and Oreos to round out our themed dessert offerings. The possibilities are endless though! You could dip and sprinkle just about anything to create easy 4th of July treats.

4th of July Treat Ideas: Dipped Pretzel Sticks

Kid-Friendly Recipes: 4th of July Sweets and Treats

Whether you will spend your Independence Day at the pool, the beach or just at a backyard BBQ, these fun and festive treats are sure to add some fire-cracking fun to your day.

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I never asked to be a super fan. No, super fandom was thrust upon me when I married into an Ohio State family. Now, years later, I’m the one who would rather die than make plans on a Saturday during football season that didn’t include my butt in front of a TV and I may, or may not, have acquired a burning hatred for the color combination of “blue and maize.”

Lil Fan Booster Seats for Mega Fans

Lucky for me Lil Fan now has everything I need to show my Buckeye pride on the go. And, lucky for Audrey, who was all too excited to be my test subject for the Club Seat in awesome Ohio State colors (according to her, the coolest car seat ever made). But don’t think this little beauty is all looks and no substance. According to Wild Sports, the company that manufactures Lil Fan products, the high-back booster seats have been rigorously safety, crash and side-impact tested to the highest standards.

Lil Fan Officially Licensed Sports Team Gear for Kids

I love that this seat can grow with her as she grows with its adjustable headrest and wide, comfortable seat. This high-back booster also converts into a backless booster, simply by unlocking the back from the bottom. The seat itself is rated for ages 4 and up with a weight recommendation of 30 to 110 pounds. The fabric is made in a very padded and cozy breathable fabric in vibrant colors, perfect for even the hottest of summer climates. Bonus: The cover is removable and washable. Audrey said her tush was nice and “squishy,” which I took as a positive note.

 

Lil Fan Ohio State Booster Seat for Kids

Weighing only 8-pounds, I found this seat to be easy and light enough for Audrey to move from my car to my husband’s when necessary. There are also spots to attach two cup holders as so to never be without refreshment, and a really cool locking feature for the shoulder belt, insuring proper fit every time your precious cargo is seated. As I mentioned above, the seat is made to be wide and roomy, however, it never feels huge. As you can see from the photos, it’s not overtaking the crumb-covered backseat of my small crossover SUV.

The High-Back 2-in-1 Booster Seat by Lil Fan retails for $200, can be customized for MLB and collegiate teams. Be sure to check out their entire line of officially licensed gear including diaper bags, booster seats and seat protectors, everything you need to show your team spirit, including gear for your favorite NFL teams.

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Disclosure: This booster seat was provided by Lil Fan for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

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Water toys for kids make summer cool

Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or finding the flattest part of your back yard for sprinkler games, water toys make summer a little more fun. Try these fun water games for a wet and silly way to cool off this summer.

Simple outdoor water fun

The simplest water toys can be the most fun, and the Poolmaster Splash and Spray Ball provides hours of outdoor entertainment (Target, $14). The ball can be used in the pool as well, but it’s so much fun to play with on the grass you might not want to move it. Water sprays out of all parts of the ball, so kids can stand and get splashed or run and jump to avoid the spray.

water toys for kids

Dive for pirate gold

Diving toys are a pool favorite, and this adorable Sunny Patch Undersea Treasure Hunt from Melissa and Doug is perfect for kids just learning to dive (Amazon, $14). The six treasure-shaped sinkers help kids practice their underwater swimming skills while working on fine motor skills. The chest floats, so kids don’t have to worry about lugging up something too large to the surface. If you aren’t sure your kids are ready for diving — or if they’re getting tired — the chest comes with games that can be played out of the water, too.

water toys for kids

Let loose their inner mermaids

Maybe you have a little one who has The Little Mermaid on the mind or perhaps your favorite swimmer just likes the idea of the way mermaids swim. The MerFin can unleash anyone’s inner mermaid (HearthSong, $90). Available in two colors, the recycled rubber fin is remarkably flexible and functional. Kids can flip the fin to quicker speeds in the water, and the snug-fitting fin can be easily kicked off with a flick on the ankle strap if necessary.

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Practice swimming underwater with water rings

Little fish can hone their underwater swimming skills with the Water Sports Swim Thru Rings (Amazon, $20). The rings can be adjusted to different water depths, so you can use them in the shallow end or the deep end of a pool, depending on the swimming level of the kids. Use the rings to practice skills or to have an underwater obstacle course.

water toys

The coolest way to play outside

The Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center is filled with backyard water fun (Amazon, $49). The play center includes a water slide, wading pool, water sprayer and ring toss game with four inflatable rings. The sprayer attaches to a garden hose, and the center also includes six balls to toss through the rings. Kids two years and older will love cooling off in the little inflatable, and it will quickly become a favorite backyard toy.

water toys for kids

When you’re serious about backyard fun

If you have several summer birthdays to celebrate or love being the house in the neighborhood that attracts all the kids, splurge on the Step 2 Twin Fall Continuous Air Waterslide (Toys R Us, $500). With two slides and a water cannon, the slide is sure to be a hit, whether you’re entertaining two kids or ten kids. The inflatable goes from flat to inflated in two minutes, so it’s simple to incorporate into your party or play date plans.

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Best strollers for trails and outdoor adventures

Summer’s in full swing and there is no better time than now to get into the great outdoors and have some adventures with your little one. You know how important it is to connect with nature and to pass-on those values to your child. Exploration, excited discovery, peace and quiet: all these reasons and more get you out of bed on the weekend and into the car for a beautiful day trip or weekend away.

While you’re out on the trail you want to ensure your child is safe in your all terrain stroller so you can focus on enjoying the beauty around you. Here are the brands to look for in each budget category to help you choose the best stroller for trails you’ll be hiking on soon.

Bob-revolution-ProBOB for a higher budget

For many years now, BOB has been a favorite for families who enjoy the great outdoors and the Revolution is the go-to option. Features such as an adjustable suspension, rugged 16-inch rear tires with a locking front swivel wheel and an enormous sun canopy are favorites that hikers and adventurers invest in year after year.

The seat is made of a molded open cell foam material and a Poly and Dobby weave fabric for optimum air circulation. It reclines to a 70-degree angle and can also accommodate a BOB B-Safe infant car seat.

The photo at the top of this page shows you the basic BOB Revolution SE, and recently BOB introduced the Revolution Flex and Revolution PRO with the same features plus some additional upgrades. The Flex has a nine-position adjustable height handle and the Revolution PRO has the adjustable handle plus hand activated rear drum brakes for added control going down hills. The PRO is the stroller featured at the right and it is the one recommended most highly for those of you who are serious about going over some rough trails.

BOB-Revolution-Pro-trail

Photo credit: Fresh Dads

This photo is from a German blog with a dad taking his Revolution Pro over some rugged terrain. Click or tap the picture to see more photos on his blog; the review is all in German, but the photos say everything!

Kolcraft Sprint X for a mid-range budgetKolcraft Sprint X is a best stroller for trails

If you are looking to spend between $200-$300, then check out the new Kolcraft Sprint X. Formerly the Jeep Adventurer, this updated model has 16-inch air-filled rear wheels with precision ball bearings and dynamic suspension for the best push – important for getting over those rocky bits of trail!

This stroller is a bit heavier than the BOB, but you can do a few things to lighten your load, such as removing the child cup holder and bumper bar. Nothing is going to stay inside a cup holder anyway, if you’re going over lots of big bumps. Keep all you need in the basket below.

I like that the Sprint X has a safety tether attached and an adjustable height, ergonomic foam handle. The sun canopy has an extended flip-out visor that comes down nearly to the bumper bar to give you an idea of how much coverage it has. The seat has a padded 5-point safety harness and a multi-position reclining seat.

Reviews are starting to roll in, and so far it’s getting 4 stars from parents who like the sturdy construction and easy fold.

Graco FastAction Fold Jogger for economy budget

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Graco has always been proactive keeping up with the times and their selection of bulky, frilly four wheeler strollers are a thing of the past. They respond to what parents want and within the last few years, Graco has released several top fitness strollers.

In the budget category, you’ll find the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger, which I’ve seen in abundance around my neighborhood with the matching Graco Click Connect car seat attached. Once your baby out grows the car seat and is stronger, this stroller can take to some trails, but probably not like the trail you saw with the BOB Revolution Pro, more like wide gravel paths or packed dirt that has only mild inclines, because it weighs 32 pounds! No slowing hand brake will make it more of a challenge going down hills too. However, a safety tether is included, so you will always have contact with your stroller, bringing you peace of mind.

For easy going trails, the FastAction Fold Jogger is a fantastic choice – the air filled tires provide a natural suspension system and the large 16-inch rear wheels smooth out the ride. The seat is nicely padded and roomy enough for growth, but the safety harness does not come with padding. I like the ventilation panels in the sun canopy, and it offers adequate coverage, just not as much as the other featured strollers.

Parents love their Graco though! The FastAction Fold Jogger has a solid 4-star rating across several online merchants. They love the sturdiness, the smooth ride, and the parent tray that is designed to hold a smart phone!

These are just three strollers across three price points, and there are clearly more strollers for trails and outdoor adventures that have more features you require or a closer more exact price structure to work with. There are lots of options today, and we love that choice.

Which all terrain stroller would you want to take with you to hit the trails?
List your recommendations in the comments below.
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BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

Travel Must-Have: BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

Anyone traveling with a baby or toddler has faced the challenge of figuring out where your child is going to sleep while you’re away from home. Portable play yards are heavy and bulky, renting a full-size crib is expensive and takes up a ton of space, and sleeping in the same bed with your baby comes with a whole other set of issues. Thankfully, we found the perfect solution to our sleep dilemma with the BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light.

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

Lightweight and comfortable

The BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light is exactly what it sounds like — a very lightweight crib that’s easy to travel with. The whole thing packed up only weighs around 13 pounds (which is much lighter than the baby) and is smaller than a suitcase, so it’s easy to take on a plane or put in the trunk of a car. The crib is made with breathable mesh sides so you don’t have to worry about babies that like to snuggle into the side of a crib. The mattress pad is surprisingly thick, sturdy and comfortable — plenty of padding for a peaceful sleep that rests on the ground, so no cross-bars or support beams digging into your baby’s back (like our old play yard). The mattress cover is machine washable, but BABYBJÖRN also offers a really nice cotton fitted sheet that fits the mattress (sold separately).

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

Quick and easy assembly

The crib comes in two pieces: a fully-assembled frame (just unfold the legs) and the thick mattress pad. It takes less than a minute to set the whole thing up and is just as easy to disassemble when it’s time to pack up and head home. The frame and mattress fold together and fit nicely in the included travel bag. There are no pieces to assemble, no loose parts to worry about losing and no snaps, clasps or buttons to mess with. Couldn’t be easier.

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light Sturdy and durable

The mattress pad is thick with a built-in base plate that makes the crib very sturdy. The crib sits directly on the ground and the legs are angled outwards so it won’t tip over, even if your baby is leaning heavily on the side or your preschooler is doing headstands in the corner of it. The sides are high enough that even a tall toddler can’t climb out, which gives moms with curious kids a little extra peace of mind. It’s the perfect place for your baby to play safely during the day and is light and easy to move around the house or outside.

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

Sweet dreams

But the true test of any crib is whether or not your baby sleeps well in it. This one is a winner for us. Baby took three hour-long naps and slept through the night safe and soundly. Now if I could only get her to sleep like that when we’re at home! She had plenty of room to move around, which means that we’ll be getting a lot of use out of this crib over the next couple years.

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

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Be sure to check out all the amazing products from BABYBJÖRN that make traveling (and life in general!) with kids safe and easy. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This post was contributed by Sara McCarty, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program. Sara blogs about her kids and adventures being a lawyer-mom at Running From the Law

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Our favorite small brands and shops for tiny tots
As a mama to two sweet girls, I have to admit that aside from baby snuggles, dressing my little munchkins is one of the biggest perks of motherhood! And in my quest for adorable baby goods, I’ve found that small, online boutiques are absolute hidden gems. These shops carry one of a kind items perfect for spoiling my tiny tots or giving as unique gifts to friends and family!

With so many wonderful options right at my fingertips, hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a fun package (or two) arrive at my doorstep.

5 Small brands and shops for tiny tots


5 Small brands and shops we love


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1. Sandilake Clothing

There’s no pastels here! I love the modern look of Sandilake’s designs. I jumped at the opportunity to buy my girls matching “Rad Sis” shirts. And lucky for you, they carry men’s and women’s sizes as well!  Sandilake Clothing

2. FHJ Baby


How sweet is this little collared bib? Bibs get used and abused, so it’s nice to have an option with some fashion and flair to make mealtime a bit more special. Their burp and washcloths are just as swoon-worthy! FHJ Baby

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3. Anchor and Adorn


With two girls, you can imagine how many head wraps we’ve accumulated, but I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many accessories! I love the patterns from Anchor and Adorn. They can be tied a multitude of ways, but the sweet little bow is my favorite! Anchor and Adorn


4. Bannor Toys


These little wooden toys make the perfect baby gift! They can be personalized and make a wonderful keepsake item! I’ve had my eye on the alphabet blocks for ages! Bannor Toys

5. Sadie Sky Boutiqe

I am constantly reaching for our leather bows from Sadie Sky when I get my daughter ready in the morning. They are truly unique and come in the best colors and patterns. I love how well the leather holds it shape even with a rough and tumble toddler! Sadie Sky Boutique

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3 Fun and Easy Father's Day Crafts Father’s Day is just around the corner and nothing says Father’s Day like a homemade gift! Moms aren’t the only ones who adore those sweet little hand print covered art projects or hilarious questionnaires. Celebrate your favorite dad by encouraging your little ones to create a special Father’s Day craft with their own personal touch. Here are three fun and easy craft ideas that children of all ages can create, and dad will be sure to love on his big day.

DIY Personalized Father's Day Platter

Personalized Platter

Creating a personalized platter is easier than you think. This is a fun way to incorporate those cute little hand prints or footprints into a piece of artwork that dad can use all the time. We purchased a simple white platter from a local dollar store and used Pinterest as our inspiration to come up with something we knew dad would enjoy.

Supplies:
– White plate or platter
– Acrylic paint
– (2) 1/2-inch paint brushes
– Sharpies
– Smock or old t-shirt
– Wet paper towel
– Paper plate or paint tray

DIY Father's Day Plate

Directions:
– Place smock or old t-shirt on child. (Acrylic paint is non-washable.)
– Prep platter by cleaning the surface with soap and water.
– Place paint on paper plate/paint tray.
– Paint child’s hand and place hand print on desired place on platter to create the body of the fish.
– Wipe or wash child’s hand.
– Use second paint brush and let child paint waves.
– Put brush aside and let child finger paint bubbles.
– Let dry for 20-30 minutes.
– Once dry, use Sharpies to create eyes and lips.
– Use Sharpie to write message along the rim of the platter, or have the child write a personalized message to dad.
– Set aside and let dry for 24-hours.
– Place platter in oven and bake at 300-degrees for 30 minutes.
– Remove and let cool.
– Once cool, the platter will be ready for serving or for display.

DIY Father's Day Sharpie Mug

Sharpie Mug

This is a fun Father’s Day craft even the youngest child can make. Again, we purchased a plain white mug from a local dollar store, then we simply let our little one craft whatever inspired her. Younger children can create this adorable scribbled look and older children can create more elaborate personalized artwork — self portraits, shapes, Dad’s favorite sport — the possibilities are endless.

Supplies:
– White coffee mug
– Sharpies (any and all colors)
– Cut out letters (vinyl stickers or printed letters)
– Smock or old t-shirt if desired

DIY Sharpie Mugs from the Dollar Store

Directions:
– Prep surface of the mug by cleaning with soap and water.
– Place letters of wording in desired located and secure (tape printed letters).
– Give child sharpies and let them color as desired.
– Once complete, peel letters from the surface of the mug.
– Place mug in oven, and bake at 300-degrees for 20-30 minutes.
– Once the mug has cooled it will be ready for serving.

Father's Day Craft Ideas for Kids

Card Journal

Don’t forget to give Dad a card, but do it with this fun twist. We purchased a journal (Barnes and Noble, $15) and in lieu of a new card each year we decided to craft a place where Dad can look back at what his children have created for him each Father’s Day. There is no limit on what your child can place on the journal’s pages — hand prints, questionnaires, photos, stickers, a special letter — again, the possibilities are endless. Whether your child is three or 33, each year they can leave Dad a little something in this timeless card journal that he will be sure to love.

Supplies:
– Journal
– Crayons/Markers/Color Pencils

Personalized Father's Day Gift Ideas

Directions:
– Let child use coloring utensils to create artwork, answer questions, write a letter, etc.
– Date and label age.
– Wrap or give to Dad as is.

Happy crafting this Father’s Day!

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program.

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Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGo

Introducing Platypus Australia Swimwear

School is out (or almost out!) and it’s officially beach and pool season for kids across the country. That also means that it’s time to get your kids a new swimsuit for the summer, preferably one that is both stylish and offers great sun protection. Leave it to the Aussies to come up with the most amazing swimwear for babies and kids on the market today. Let us introduce you to Platypus Australia SwimwearPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGo

Stylish and sun-safe swimwear

Platypus Australia is a leading UV swimwear brand, offering a selection of high-quality protective swimwear for babies, toddlers and kids (including rash guards, swimsuits, trunks and matching beachwear) ranging from sizes 0 to 14. Not only is Platypus Australia swimwear stylish with mix-and-match pieces in lots of styles, patterns and colors, but the swimwear is sun-safe and ensures maximum sun protection with a UPF 50+ rating, blocking out at least 97.5% of harmful ultraviolet radiation. That’s a win-win in our book.

We’re giving away a $150 Platypus Australia gift card in our #AwayWeGo Summer Travel Giveaway!

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia has an incredible selection of swimwear and beachwear for girls and boys, from babies through teens. The styles and patterns are fun and fashionable ranging from solid colors to watermelon or camouflage. Each pattern comes in a variety of styles such as rash guards, two-piece bikinis, trunks, hats, board shorts, singlets, sun shirts, jackets and tankinis.

Mom and kid-approved

I love the colors, patterns and style selection, but I was even more impressed with how thick, well-made and sturdy the Platypus Australia suits were. The seams are flat, so they don’t irritate the kids’ skin and there are no inside tags to scratch or bother them. The elastic on the suit easily stretched over a swim diaper and didn’t pinch. The fabric was quick-drying and breathed well. My picky preschooler didn’t complain once about wearing long-sleeves on a hot day at the beach and this mom loved that we could forgo wrestling him multiple times a day to reapply sunscreen on his arms and torso.  Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoI chose the UPF 50+ Sunshirt LS in Sky and the UPF 50+ Swim Shorts in Palm Tree (both part of the Azure collection) for my son. We both loved the outfit. He’s growing so fast that I ordered a size up than he currently wears so he could wear it as long as possible. The shirt’s a little big, but it was so comfortable on him and gave him a lot of room to move around and play without being restrictive or too tight.

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoFor the baby, I chose the UPF 50+ Lace Frill Swimsuit in a beautiful light blue with pink ruffles. I can’t get over how adorable this suit is! I’m tempted to order it in every size it comes in so she has one for the next eight years of her life — I love it that much. And you know it’s stylish when super trendy celebrities like Jessica Alba are dressing their kids in the same suit!  Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoFor older girls, I absolutely love the Castaway Collection with its bright reds and blue ruffles. Older boys (and husbands) will love the Turq Camo Collection.

Find Platypus Australia and enter to win $150

Be sure to check out all the 2015 styles and get great mix-and-match ideas in the Platypus Australia catalog and follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Enter to win a $150 Platypus Australia gift certificate, along with $3000 in other summer travel prizes in our #AwayWeGo Giveaway!

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoThis post was contributed by Sara McCarty, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program. Sara blogs about her kids and adventures being a lawyer-mom at Running From the Law

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