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Summer Laziness

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”

 

Please excuse us for not posting anything these last weeks but the heat got us all. During this season  we spend most of the hours outside. My beautiful earth child, I am in awe of her love of nature…For me, teaching your children to love nature is the second most important thing in life, after Love. Being outdoors helps create a sense of wonder in children, which they can carry over to other aspects of their life.Outdoor activity offers children the opportunity of fresh air and exercise. And I am sure we all know both are important to help children keep physically and mentally fit.

Modern life is too regimented and deprives children of the opportunity of exploring and learning by themselves. In this context, the role of nature to stimulate their curiosity is even more important.

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In a couple of weeks we are going away on vacation in Croatia. This will be our first long drive ( 8 hours) and to be honest Mamma’s very stressed. At 10 Months my daughter loves her car seat but we never drive more than half an hour with her in the car so I guess I cannot say what  her reaction will be. We decided to departure somewhere early in the morning (I’m thinking 05.00 am).

Her car seat is Kinderkraft and I find it magical.

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CAR SEAT SMART KINDERKRAFT

SMART car seat is certified for use with ECE R44/04 for Groups 1/2/3, for children from 9 to 36 kg.

  • Height adjustable headrest and safety harness
  • Five-point safety belt
  • Beaded back, taking care of the growing spine
  • Special pages Security
  • Easy installation: just put the car seat and lock three-point harness
  • Long life for use: one seat for children from about 12 months to 12 years
  • Removable Cover
  • spacious seat
  • High quality materials (no sweating)
  • modern Design
  • comfortable armrests
  • Detachable backrest

Age: 9-36 kg

I thought of summarizing 3 esential ideas on how to prepare on a long car journey:

  • Have enough baby necessities on board. Think of diapers, wipes, baby food, and so on. Whatever is age-appropriate, just make absolutely sure you don’t run out.
  • Have a high-quality car-seat for the baby. This is the single most important thing for the safety and comfort of your baby.
  • Ensure the long-duration comfort of the parents. They are going to have it the hardest, not the baby. This includes sitting in front if that’s the most comfortable (it usually is, in most cars), adjusting the seat properly, having enough food and drink for yourselves or just stop everytime you need, taking a leg-stretching break at least every 2 hours, and so on.

One of the most important things is pit stops. They are a key way to keep a baby happy on a road trip. Make frequent stops, so children can stretch their little legs and  during these stops: emphasize that frequent pit stops are a key way to keep a baby happy on a road trip.  Make sure to play. Get them laughing and tire them out a bit.

My daughter loves to play with water, we also went to a swimming-pool for babies only and she loved it. But will the salty water change her mind? What do we need to make our babies feel comfortable for the first time at the seaside?

It may seem as if need everything but the kitchen sink simply for a day on the beach with your baby. But, as you know, it’s tricky to travel light now you are a family. Here are some items you’ll need to have with you:

  • windbreak
  • picnic blankets
  • towels
  • sun tent
  • umbrella
  • cool bag with water and food
  • formula feeding equipment
  • sunscreen
  • sun hat and long sleeved tops
  • spare clothes for when they get wet, sandy or blown away
  • jelly or beach shoes for toddling babies
  • swimming costume for you and your baby
  • first aid kit
  • armbands, rubber ring or float suit
  • bucket, spade, beach ball

And of course, take a camera to capture your baby’s trip to the seaside!

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a554722/taking-your-baby-to-the-beach#ixzz37jd8fGQ0

 

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We will be back with more info and stories in  early August. Happy Summer Vacation to our readers!

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Sun Safety and Fun

Summertime ushers in many new activities for you and your babies. Since this lovely weather turned a bit above 20 degrees, we moved outside with all the artilery.

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As much as I love her golden in the sunlight, I am aware that babies under six months old should not be exposed to direct sunlight and should only be given minimal amounts of sunscreen if absolutely necessary. My baby is now 7 months and a half and we are still a bit scared to leave her play in the sun for more than 5 minutes. With all the fuss around the solar explosions, I think I have some sort of paranoia. Everytime I look at the sun (with my eyes shut) it hurts, so I imagine what it does to my little baby’s eyes. So, when it comes to baby sun safety, how much sunlight is enough sunlight? Experts recommend that individuals with fair skin get about ten minutes of sunlight each day. People with darker skin tones will need slightly longer amounts of time in the sun in order for the body to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Most importantly, for the body to make enough vitamin D, the skin must be bare and free from sunscreen. I say direct sunlight is important, so go outside and skip the baby sun protection for about ten minutes each day. Under you can see my baby has slightly darker skin tones and we noticed that after 10 minutes of playing in the sun, she was showing a lovely tanned skin color. Because her father has no problems getting sunburnt in the summer, I think she gets it from him…

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But still, I do not care about how much Vitamin D she is getting from sunlight…I am scared. When we first noticed she is getting a tan we thought the time spent outside was too much, but everytime we go in the park or just stay outside she looks so healthy. So it must be doing her good… not to mention how well (and peacefully) she sleeps. We did a test. One day we did not go anywhere, all the activities we had were inside the house. Well…I can post a picture so you can see her reaction :))

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Bored, and tired!

I will give you some tips on outdoor activities and Sun Protection:

Hydrate. Make sure your baby is sufficiently hydrated to withstand the heat and sun exposure.

Put a hat on that baby. Make sure your baby is wearing a wide-brimmed hat that provides sufficient shade and protects the ears and neck, two critical areas that are not covered with a baseball hat.

Keep your baby in the shade. If there is no natural shade, create shade with an umbrella, canopy, or even a lightweight blanket.

Avoid certain times. Avoid the peak times of sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take baby for an early morning or later afternoon/evening walk instead. You’ll avoid the hottest part of the day and, since infants don’t sweat well, will make it easier for them to stay cool.

Use sunscreen sparingly. Limit sunscreen use to areas that cannot easily be covered or shaded, such as the hands and face. Young babies have thin skin, which can more easily absorb ingredients from sunscreen and which also is easily irritated—especially by chemical sunscreens. When you do use a sunscreen, consider one that physically blocks the sun’s rays; look for the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as these do not usually irritate delicate skin.

…and other things such as protecting the baby’s skin when riding the car because glass does not block the UVA rays.

Keep your baby safe and enjoy the Summer like we do!

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