The Parentville Fave Five
Last Summer Trip Means More Great Products!
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This past weekend was our last big road trip for the Summer. Packing, timing the trip around napping and eating schedules, it is almost as tough as planning for an off-site meeting. I've got it down to a science, though.
Parentville found some more great products to ensure the trip goes smoothly:
My daughter can't get enough of Laurie Berkner, and that's the problem. This is, I believe, her only DVD (otherwise let Parentville know!). She has been grooving to this since she was 6 months old. There are so many wonderful catchy tunes, choreography, and extra clips, you'll be singing along, too. Plus, it does teach themes about animals, days of the week, day/night, etc. This also typically comes with a bonus CD with five of the songs on it.
I know we are all trying to be a little more environmentally conscious and use less water bottles, but let's face it, when you're somewhere without a sippy cup or straw, this is a good option. Because the spouts are bigger, they are for use by toddlers starting around 2 years. There are two in a pack for different size bottles, and they're BPA-free. It's available at parentunits.com or can often be found at Babies 'r' Us.
And when you do have a sippy cup, this chemical-free Stainless Steel Bottle from Green Sprouts keeps liquids cold! Though this is $11.99, it will last you through the years. By adjusting the spout opening, it can serve as the next step after the 18-month cup stage and beyond. Plus, it has a travel cap. You can find it at Whole Foods or on Amazon for less. Only issue is it has to be hand washed.
These are the best kids gluten-free, wheat-free Cinnamon cookies I've tasted. They are neat to eat (no crumbs), and, at 120 calories per pouch, they are a dense and filling snack, even for moms! Make sure your baby-to-toddler tests this carefully, since the pieces are bigger and a little harder to bite than a soft cookie. There are several organic flavors, but the only other gluten/wheat-free version is Chocolate Chip. You can also find them at Whole Foods.
We just went to the Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, NJ a few weeks ago with some friends. Their kids wore their sunglasses the entire time and loved them. They were stylish and never fell off. I had to find out more. Teeny Tiny Optics is an online store for ages 0 to 7 offering great styles with 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. They ship by UPS but don't charge tax unless you are in CA.