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6 Pool Floats for Kids That Parents Will Want to Steal

If we could pick one trend for Summer 2016, it would probably be cool pool floats! They’re taking over our Instagram feeds and parents from coast-to-coast are getting lightheaded blowing them up. Whether you’re hitting up your own pool or your neighborhood lake or you’re looking for some kid-friendly pool floats for your summer vacation, here are a few of our favorites to pick from.

6 Pool Floats for Kids (That Parents Will Want to Steal!)

6 Pool floats for kids (that parents will totally want to steal!)

1. Derby Duck Pool Float Lounger, $54 (on sale!)

2. Sunnylife Really Big Inflatable Pineapple Pool Floatie, $60

3. Donut Drink Holder Pool Float Set, $24

4. Flip Flop Inflatable Pool Float, $20

5. Best Friends Heart Pool Float Set, $70 (on sale!)

6. Giant Ice Pop Pool Floatie, $30

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One of the most common rashes I see in children is called molluscum contagiosum. It looks like a group of small white or pink raised lesions that usually present in a cluster, although they can be on their own. They are quite small, usually no bigger than 5 mm, and they can be anywhere on the body. They are caused by a virus — the molluscum contagiosum virus — which is a pox virus.

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What you need to know about molluscum

The lesions of molluscum can spread directly from person to person. It is not spread by sneezing, like the common flu, but through direct physical contact or by an inanimate object that has touched the lesions, like a towel, clothing, a wet sponge or toys, that have come into direct contact and gets contaminated with the virus, can then spread the virus to someone else. Kids who scratch their own lesions and then touch another area of their body can spread it to that area as well.

The good news is, that even if not treated, eventually the molluscum will go away on their own and not scar. The bad news is that while it usually happens within a year, it can take as long as 4 years according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

Often we will treat based on the number of lesions or where they are and, as always, treatment should be done through a qualified healthcare practitioner. The options for treatment include actually physically removing the lesions through freezing with liquid nitrogen. Often, in young children, we will use a host of different topical therapies first, but each lesion must be treated individually. Again, the kind of topical therapy is chosen by the healthcare practitioner and are often administered by the practitioner in an ongoing series of treatments.

What you need to know about diseases your kids can catch in the pool

How to prevent getting it in the first place

The best way from keeping the molluscum from spreading is through good cleaning habits. After the virus is gone, you cannot spread the virus. Remember to wash your children’s hands and make sure that your child does not pick at the lesions, so in some cases, you might want to keep them covered when there is a chance of exposure. Be sure not to share towels, sports equipment and clothes that come into contact with the lesions.

This time of year, I often get asked if the lesions can be spread in a pool. The CDC points out that it has not been proven how the virus spreads in water or if the virus can spread in water and it is more likely that sharing toys or towels is the route of spread. However, covering the lesions with a water tight bandage, in addition to not sharing exposed items, is recommended. In addition, we do not suggest that you keep a child with molluscum home from school or daycare.

As always, check with your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Marla Shapiro is a family doctor and a specialist in preventive medicine and community health.

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Independence Day is right around the corner and that means it is time for 4th of July fun! This is probably one of our favorite holidays. Food, fun, family, friends, and fireworks, all together in the middle of our favorite season… what’s not to love?!? Maybe you are hosting a festive gathering or perhaps just attending one this year. Either way, we’ve got your style and sweet snacks covered!

4th of July Style for Kids

Dressing the part

One thing we love most about holidays is theme wear. Dressing our kids in adorable red, white, and blue outfits for the 4th of July is a must and The Children’s Place has quite a variety of options.  From babies to big kids, they have it all!

The CUTEST 4th of July Outfits for Kids

Adorable onesies and baby accessories make dressing your little ones a breeze.

4th of July Style for Boys

How to throw the COOLEST 4th of July party

Our boys love the comfortable and casual graphic tees that can be thrown on with shorts or swim trunks. We also couldn’t resist these coordinating shades to help complete their looks.

4th of July Style for Girls

Sweet sundresses are the perfect way to keep girls cool in the summer. Lots of stars, stripes, and ruffles adorn the cute options at The Children’s Place.

4th of July Swimsuits for Girls

Chances are that you’ll be around some sort of water for the holiday. Maybe the beach or pool, or maybe just enjoying some old fashioned backyard fun in the sprinkler. Your kids can still dress the part and show their patriotic pride in swimsuits featuring stars and stripes.

Cooling off with Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches

With all that 4th of July fun in the sun, you are likely to be looking for ways to beat the heat. What better way to cool off than with these festive ice cream sandwich pops. Putting a patriotic twist on classic ice cream sandwiches only takes a few minutes and we promise your kids (and you!) will love them.

4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients: 
Ice cream sandwiches (we used the miniature ones)
Red, white, and blue sprinkles
Popsicle sticks

4th of July Desserts Your Kids Will Love

Directions: 
1. Unwrap ice cream sandwiches.
2. Push popsicle sticks in one end of the ice cream sandwiches.
3. Cover edges of ice cream sandwiches with sprinkles.
4. Store in freezer until ready to serve.
5. Enjoy!

Kid-Friendly 4th of July Fun Ideas

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Dads are known for their jokes… although, not necessarily for their good jokes, if you catch our drift! This Father’s Day, make Dad laugh with a few Father’s Day jokes that will make him laugh out loud. You can also print out these cute jokes to create your own funny Father’s Day cards or to tuck into his gift. After all, Dad makes us laugh all year round. Let’s make him laugh on his special day!

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Being a mom isn’t as easy at it looks! As moms, we constantly feel judged for the decisions we make, feel guilty for the time not spent with our children, and feel like there just isn’t enough time to do it all! Gymboree Play and Music centers pride themselves on providing a judgment-free facility where you are able to focus on playing with your child. Gymboree is celebrating 40 years as the leader in parent and child programs around the world for children aged newborn to five. What started as a small group of moms at the forefront of the the play movement, continues today as one of the most trusted resource available to help all parents understand and witness the vital impact play, music and art have on the development of their child.

At Gymboree Play and Music families will find music classes, art classes, a variety of physical, social, pretend, problem solving, and constructive types of play, cutting edge equipment that incorporates research and learning aesthetics from different educational and cultural backgrounds to deliver a universal and timeless play experience and parent parent participation as an integral part of all the programs offered at Play and Music. No matter where you live, you are likely to find a Gymboree Play and Music center near you as there are more than 700 locations in 40 countries around the world.

PlayFull Parenting Cards

PlayFull Parenting Movement

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Gymboree Play and Music have listened to moms wants and needs and developed the PlayFull Parenting Movement. This movement is designed to help modern moms attain more play, with less pressure. Gymboree Play & Music released 40 Ways to Add More Play Into Everyday. This stack of playing cards provides parents with 40 unique ideas to incorporate fun into each moment — from the second your child wakes up in the morning to getting ready for bath time in the evening.  Click the link to for a printable version of the Gymbroee PlayFull Parenting Cards.

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PlayFull Parenting Movement
#7 Super Powers Dinner

Super Powers Dinner

Designate one night of the week as a “super power” dinner. Encourage your kids to join you in their “hero” attire and to bring their “super power” to the table. Allow kids to wear whatever their hearts desire — homemade costumes from found materials are extra awesome, now let the super storytelling begin!

#18 Bubble Fun        Bubble Fun

Catch a bubble and capture a memory: Dim your lights and let your little one catch Bubble Oodles using a flash light as a bubble catcher. It’s a great group game and creates a dazzling visual effect!

#12 Jam Session

Let your children play! Banging on the pots and pans

Turn over the pots and pans, and transform your kitchen into a garage band. Jam on!

#16 Silly Selfies

Make your kids laugh with Silly Selfies

Take silly selfies or have funny face competitions — laughing with your child is one of the happiest and easiest ways to bond.

#35 Hide & Seek

Hide & SeekPlay hide & seek and let your child help with counting and finding!

We have tried almost all of the play cards which have added even more fun to our day. You can never have too much fun with your kids! To kick off the PlayFull Parenting movement, Gymboree Play and Music invites you to come in and try a free class! Find your nearest Gymboree Play and Music location and sign up online!

Have fun and play, play, play!

This post is sponsored by Gymboree. All opinions are my own.

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Every year, we look forward to spending summer vacation with our children. “Camp Mommy” always begins with a bang and the entire family is looking forward to the summer schedule — picnicking, swimming, entertaining, biking, sleepovers, short day trips, and the list goes on!

By about three weeks in to summer break, we begin looking for activities that will occupy our children that are both educational and easy — no big messes to clean up are a bonus! Since it’s important for small children to maintain and strengthen their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their literacy and numeracy skills over the summer, we recommend to parents to enhance summer learning in a fun and creative way. These are some of our favorites.5 Summer Learning Activities for Preschoolers

1. Sand playdough

What you need:
½ Cup sand
½ Cup cornstarch
½ Cup boiling water

Instructions:
Mix ingredients together and kneed. Put the sand in a large container and play inside on rainy day. Or, make a large amount and take it outside to play with like a sandbox. Making the sand together is half the fun!

Cloud Gazing

2. Cloud gazing

Start by reading the book, “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by C. Shaw. Then, take a walk outdoors and look for shapes and pictures in the clouds and draw them.

Ask your child if the cloud reminds them of anything; for example, a bunny or face. At the end of the day, when the sun isn’t too bright, we lie on our front lawn and look at the clouds together!

3. Thumbs up

Say two words. Your child should be instructed to put their thumbs up if the words rhyme… thumbs down if they don’t!

You can also play asking them to identify if the words begin with the same letter sound or end with the same letter sound.

This is a great game to play in the car, while waiting in line-ups at the grocery store, or while you’re making dinner.

 Water Painting

4. No-mess painting

On a hot sunny day, put out a pail of water, a few paintbrushes, and sponges. Paint the water on the sidewalk or fence and see how long it takes for the water to dry and disappear! Try counting how long it takes or discuss using vocabulary such as fast, slow, and quick. Once it dries, you can paint all over again!

5. Name puzzles

Write your child’s name in large printing on construction paper.

Cut it out into a shape of a puzzle and have them try and put it back together. This activity encourages name recognition and will be helpful at the beginning of the school year.

Sidewalk chalk
6. Color your heart out

All you need is chalk and a sidewalk for this activity… simple! Help your child further develop their fine motor skills with chalk — the resistance on the driveway or the sidewalk will encourage the development of their fine motor muscles. Draw a picture for your child and have them color it in or give them free reign and let them color their hearts out or encourage them to practice their letters. Whatever they do, let them color the fun!

What are your favorite summer learning activities?
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We are big fans of 4moms products here, and their new high chair does not disappoint! It is very clear, in all of their products, that 4moms creates everything with moms in mind (hence their name)! This high chair is no exception.

What we love about the new 4moms magnetic high chair

A mom’s high chair dream come true

The 4moms High Chair ($300) has a magnetic tray with a removable liner on top, so you can clean it and snap it back on, all while your baby is securely in the chair! It also comes with a magnetic bowl which attaches to the tray. Does your little one love to throw his bowls of food on the ground? This makes that much harder to do! Still possible, if you have a strong little one, but definitely harder! And all of the moms said, “Yessssss!” Because really, anything to make mealtime less messy is always a win, right moms?

The magnetic tray from 4moms is a dream for moms

The magnetic tray is great, also, because you can remove it with one hand, freeing your other hand, which more than likely is holding a baby/food/water. Multi-tasking just got easier!

Features we love

Another great feature of this highchair are the steps. My independent little guy loves this part, as he can just walk right up and into his chair! It’s fun for him, so mealtime is even more enjoyable now. The chair also has three adjustable heights, so you take it up or down as you need to fit up to your table, whatever the height. You can also remove the tray entirely and have your little guy right up at the table with you.

All about the new 4moms magnetic high chair
The seat is padded and comfortable for your little one, and also removable for easier cleaning! I told you, this high chair was really made with moms in mind! And the sleek, modern style is sure to fit with the aesthetic in any home.

I have owned a few high chairs, and this one absolutely wins, hands-down, for the easiest clean up! And for that, I say thank you, 4moms, from moms everywhere.

A completely magnetic high chair tray!

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Platypus Australia UV protective swimwear and rash guards for kids Summer is here and if your kids are anything like mine, they’re going to be spending a lot of time over the next few months in swimsuits. Whether you’re going to the beach, the water park, your neighborhood pool, or just setting up a sprinkler or water table in the backyard, your kids should not only have suits that are cute and comfortable, but ones that will protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Platypus Australia produces high-quality, fashionable UV protective swimwear for kids — infant through teens — in a variety of mix-and-match patterns, colors and styles.

Platypus Australia UV protective swimwear and rash guards for kidsUV protection

Platypus Australia’s sun-safe swimwear and rash guards ensure that the kid wearing them receives maximum sun protection. Platypus Australia was formed in 1996 by two mothers that know just how hard it is to apply sunscreen to kids on the move! They realized that there was a demand for kids bathing suits and clothing that would protect children from the sun’s damaging rays and still be comfortable and cool. The company’s mission is to educate parents, children and industry representatives of the importance of protecting children against the sun’s damaging rays, trying to prevent skin cancer in later life. Each Platypus Australia item blocks out at least 97.5% of harmful ultraviolet radiation, making them one of the safest swimsuit lines on the market.

Platypus Australia UV protective swimwear and rash guards for kidsMix-and-match fashion

Platypus Australia’s swimsuit lines — for babies, girls and boys — are designed to be mixed-and-matched. Each line has multiple styles of tops, shirts, rash guards, tanks, shorts, sunsuits, briefs, hats, cover-ups and accessories that all coordinate, so your child can pick the type of suit they feel the most comfortable wearing. Collections come in adorable prints like seashells, lobsters, flamingos and regatta. You can shop online by collection or by type/style of suit. Sizing ranges from infants all the way up to kid’s size 14. And no worries mama, there are even some swimsuits and rash guards for women.

Platypus Australia UV protective swimwear and rash guards for kidsEnter to win a Platypus Australia gift certificate ($100) in our #SummerScoop4Moms giveaway!Platypus Swimwear 4Quality and service

Platypus Australia strives to achieve high quality garments and sun protective swimwear with good fit, at affordable prices, backed by fast and friendly service. Platypus Australia is made with LYCRA® because of its amazing shape-retention, maximum breathability and most importantly, its ultra chlorine resistance properties. These fun colorful suits won’t fade in the sun or even after dips in the pool and will hold their shape without being stretched after multiple wears. And just because these swimsuits for babies and kids come from the other side of the world doesn’t mean you can’t get them for your own little sun worshipers. Easy shipping is available to both the U.S. and Canada… plus, it’s free if you spend over $80.

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Platypus Australia UV protective swimwear and rash guards for kids

Platypus Australia UV protective swimwear and rash guards for kids

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They say good things come in small packages, but when it comes to the gb Child Pockit Stroller, it’s more like really great things come in itty bitty packages. In case you haven’t heard, the gb Child  Pockit Stroller is the mighty mini that took the baby world by storm when it debuted at last fall’s ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. For good reason too, as the Pockit’s innovative design packs the biggest punch in the smallest size.

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Smaller is better

The gb Child Pockit Stroller holds the Guinness World Record for the most compact stroller as of 2014. This full-size umbrella stroller collapses down to a tiny 11.8” x 7” x 12.3” or small enough to fit under the airline seat in front of you or in a good sized tote bag. Yes, it is actually that small. It also weighs a little over 9 pounds, but will accommodate a child from 6-months-old and up to 55 pounds, so in no way are you sacrificing form or function for the small footprint.

The test

I decided to go cold turkey and strictly use the Pockit Stroller as my everyday stroller to see if I could really use something so small as more than just a travel stroller. The answer was yes… and no.

First things first, even the box comes in is impressive — it’s just a small cube with a handle and it’s hard not to wonder if you’re going to be putting together a bunch of tiny pieces all night. However, gb Child has this handled as the Pockit comes fully assembled. Yes, you read that right. You don’t even so much as have to snap on a wheel — it’s all done for you.

I did, unfortunately, have trouble once I actually got it out of the box. As I looked around for instructions, a label, anything, and found none, I was left going “Now what?” and proceeded to violently shake it for a good five minutes before I took to the internet to tell me what I was doing wrong. The initial unfolding of the stroller takes some finesse, but once you’ve got it figured out I can honestly say it’s the easiest setup I’ve ever seen in a stroller. You essentially just hang on to the handles, kick it out and — boom — it’s suddenly there and ready to go.

Six year old on the left with plenty of room and baby on the right perfectly comfy.

Once we were out and about, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how sturdy it felt with its aluminum frame. Now I’m not going to say it’s heavy-duty or on-par with luxury umbrella strollers, but it doesn’t feel flimsy at all and although not true one-handed-steering capable, I did find it was super easy to maneuver in and out of doors and the handle height was just perfect (for me at 5’4”). If you are on the taller side you might want to test this one out before you buy. The wheels are on the smaller size and they are plastic so it’s not the smoothest ride and probably would not be the best on extremely rough terrain, but the front swivel wheels do lock so you have the option, if need be, as well as a rear-wheel brake. The cargo basket is a good size for how small the stroller is and will hold up to 11 pounds. There is also a height adjustable 5-point harness with padding on the crotch and shoulders and the fabric is wipeable and fully removable for washing.

Now, lets talk about the uber impressive fold, because that’s really the star of the show here. There are actually two ways to fold this stroller: small and smaller. The difference is whether you tuck in the rear wheels or not. I found, for the most part, I left the rear wheels down because it’s easier to fold that way, but it’s nice to have the option. The actual folding process takes two steps and a little bit of practice, because there seems to be an art to it but again, once you’ve mastered it it’s pretty great.

The sacrifice

With the small size comes some things you’re going to sacrifice, but remember this is mostly marketed for travel and when you’re traveling you can just about deal with anything. First off, no cup holder or snack tray or caddy of any sort. Second, there is no recline on this stroller at all, which is a bummer, but not unheard of in the umbrella stroller category. And lastly, the shade that flips over to cover your child is really, really small, unfortunately.

 The bottom line

If you’re an urban mom who’s in and out of public transportation, or the jet setter who is constantly traveling with your children, then this will be a great go-to stroller for your kiddo. But, if you’re more suburban with room to spare in the trunk of your car, or the type to want bells and whistles when it comes to your travel stroller, then the Pockit probably won’t be your first choice. However, as far as the super compact travel stroller market goes, this one is relatively low on the price point scale and is a great quality stroller so even if you use it just for those trips now and then, you will definitely get your moneys worth with the gb Child Pockit.

Visit our #SummerScoop4Moms giveaway to find our Pockit Stroller giveaway, along with over $2000 of other prizes!
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Getting out and about to explore the outdoors is a must for our family. Our little ones thrive on outdoor play. Even at a young age, their curious little minds love being exposed to all the sunshine and new surroundings. Baby wearing with the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors has become my favorite tool to help introduce my young children to the adventures the outdoors can provide them — not to mention it’s a huge lifesaver when Mommy might need her hands free to help hold little hands when climbing over a rock, investigate a new leaf, or to dish out to endless amounts of snacks.

Meet the BABYBJORN Baby Carrier One Outdoors
Get outdoors with BABYBJÖRN

The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors is unlike any baby carrier I’ve worn before (and with three children, I’ve tested a lot!). While it took a second to get adjusted to the various straps and alternative ways to set up the carrier, but it only took a quick look at the conveniently attached directions and we were off and running. Even after my first wear it was clear BABYBJÖRN has taken great thought into making the Carrier One Outdoors the best possibly outdoor carrier for parents to wear.

The carriers straps are wide and heavily-padded so that they provide for ease of wear all day long. Having an extra 8 to 33 pounds on your frame can be taxing, so comfort is key. While the carrier is very sturdy, the fabrics used are actually very light and conducive to outdoor activity — lightweight, resistant to rain, and my personal favorite, breathable! Those tiny little humans provide a lot of heat — Mommy needs her airflow, especially in hot and humid climates.

Enter to win a BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors in our #SummerScoop4Moms giveaway

 

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Changing positions

The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Outdoors is a hip-healthy carrier, ensuring in design that the hips are set in the ergonomic wide-leg position throughout each set up. The carrier is built to carry kids newborn to age three. It has the ability to be worn in the following positions:

  • Front carry facing in with a narrow, higher seat (suggested newborn position)
  • Front carry facing in with a wider, lower seat height
  • Front carry facing out with a narrow seat (suggested 4 months and older)
  • Back carry (suggested for 12 months and older)

 

The Best Toddler Carriers to Wear on Hikes

It’s all in the details

Sometimes its the little things that make you happy. For this mommy, some of my favorite features were the details that BABYBJÖRN took to heart when thinking of making a carrier the easiest for parents to use.

5 Features You Want on a Baby Carrier

The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Outdoors comes with a convenient little attached pocket. This pocket is the perfect size to hold your keys, cell phone, snack, or money — anything you might need on whatever adventure you will be taking that day.

5 Features Moms Want on a Baby Carrier

The carrier also has a ton of easy to clip straps all over it. You can easily hook anything you need for the day to keep your hands free for both you and your little one.

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Pack up and go

With most carriers, all those straps and buckles can make for a hot tangled mess when not in use. The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Outdoors eliminates that factor and comes with its own bag. Easy to neatly store when you aren’t using it, and makes for a quick grab when you are!

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How will you and your little one be exploring the outdoors this summer?
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