Teaching Your Children to Go Green

Teaching Your Children to Go GreenTaking steps to protect our environment is often a lifestyle adjustment for adults. It’s not easy being green if you weren’t raised that way. It’s on us to pass along the three R’s to our children. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. Here are some ways you can instill eco-friendly habits in our children that will follow them into adulthood.

Reduce

Energy Use. There’s never a better time to teach someone about energy conservation than during childhood. Remind generation x to unplug their electronic devices from the wall when they are fully charged in addition to turning off the lights during the day. These constant reminders will change the way your children handle energy.

IDEA: Make solar s’mores. Children love s’mores, and you probably do too! This is a fun group project you can do with your children to teach them all about of natural energy. With household items like cardboard, and aluminum foil with sticks and stones you can create solar powered oven powerful enough to make delicious s’mores.

Recycle

Recycling is simple to do but it plays such a huge part in protecting our environment. Separating plastics/glass from paper and trash we can have positively impact our world.  Excess waste has detrimental effects on our planet. Recycling helps reduce the harmful pollutants used in landfills.

IDEA: Recycle incentive. By labeling garbage cans and giving our children the responsibility of separating the garbage appropriately, we reinforce the importance of recycling. Children love a good game. Providing a small incentive like a trip to the movies, or pizza night after one month of perfectly separated trash will keep them motivated to keep recycling.

Reuse

In addition to showing children how to appropriately dispose of papers, plastic and trash on garbage day, teach them how to refurbish. Trash isn’t always garbage. There are tons of fun ways to recycle, revamp and refurbish items around the house. Many of these ways can be fun!  DIY crafts from repurpose items and donating clothes are some of the best ways to introduce recycling habits to children. Once children begin to see the value of otherwise useless items, they will develop the habit of finding ways to reuse items before they discard them.

IDEA:  Create Customized Organization Containers. It’s easy to toss your old baby wipe boxes and jars once you’re done with them, but there are tons of ways items can be repurposed for storage and even art.

Tell us your favorite ways you go green with your children in the comment section below!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

10 Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in a Crowd

Keeping Your Child Safe in a CrowdWhen you have a little one with you, crowds can be a scary place. It’s easy to become distracted and lose sight of your kids. We’d like to carry them everywhere to make sure they’re safe, but that isn’t always possible. Use these tips to help keep your kids safe in a crowd.

1. Take a photo of each child. If one of your children becomes lost, you want to make sure you have a photo of them from very recently to show security and other people. Photos don’t cost anything anymore, so snap one real quick before you head off to the crowded place.

2. Write your cell number in Sharpie on their arm. Sharpie ink will wash off eventually, but not right away. Put it on their arm, not their hand, so it doesn’t wear away when they touch something. This way they (and anyone who finds them) will have your number.

3. Tell your kids to stay put if they are separated.  A search is only harder if everyone is moving around. Tell them to stay put so you can retrace your steps and find them.

4. Dress them in a bright color. If there’s excitement in the area, little kids have a tendency to run off. Put them all in the same bright color so you can keep track of their movements.

5. Agree on a meeting place. If your kids are old enough to understand, identify a big landmark and designate it as a meeting place in case the group is separated. If your children are too young, however, emphasize the “stay put” rule.

6. Practice identifying another mom. The safest stranger to ask for help if a child is separated is another mom with children in tow. (Obviously this method isn’t completely safe, but it’s safer than asking just anyone.) Practice identifying likely women in the crowd.

7. Consider a GPS device. These cost a few dollars, but they’re worth it. A GPS device (like Spark Nano) will let you track your child’s location from your smart phone. These are great if you’ll be walking around a theme park or other outdoor space.

8. Pick your child up. If you’ll be walking through an especially dense place, like the entrance or exit to a park or concert or a busy airport, it’s usually safer to just lift your child up. This way you know they can’t be lost, grabbed, or knocked down.

9. Use a safety harness. Safety harnesses (those leash-looking contraptions) have been a hot-button issue among parents for years. They might not be for you (and that’s understandable), but they do prevent kids from running away and getting lost.

10 Hold hands. This is a simple but effective technique and kids usually don’t mind holding mom or dad’s hand. Create a rule that they have to hold hands or sit in the stroller.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

7 Fun and Useful Parenting Hacks to Try Out

Useful Parenting HacksI don’t think you’ll be able to find any parents who would tell you that taking care of kids is an easy job. While you need to take good care of your child to make sure that they are happily growing up, you also need to take care of all your other life’s tasks. Luckily there are plenty of “hacks” to make parenting easier and more fun for both you and your kids. Try some of these parenting hacks with your children:

1. Tank Top Barrette

If you have a daughter, there are probably plenty of cute barrettes around the house. This hack is especially helpful for when you receive an item of clothing as a gift that may be a little too big on your child. Simply grab one of her barrettes and clip it to both strings in the back of the tank top to make for a better fit!

2. Monster Spray

Scare away those monsters with monster spray! Fill a spray bottle with water and decorate it to make it special. If your child complains about monsters, give the likely hiding spots a quick spray to ease your child’s fears.

3. Clean-Up Game

This hack is not only fun for your child but it’ll actually help you clean the house. When it comes time to sweep the kitchen, make a small square on the floor with tape, in which your child will aim to sweep any dirt into. This also helps develop their coordination and motor skills in the process!

4. Travel Art Kit

A DVD case makes a convenient spot to hold crayons, colored pencils and a bit of paper. It snaps up nicely so nothing gets lost. This is a great way to let your kid be creative while you are on the go.

5. Draw Their Feet

How many times have you made it to the store for new baby clothes and realized you don’t know which size shoe will fit them right? Rather than dragging your child along for the errands, simply draw their feet on a piece of paper and bring it with you for shoe shopping! You don’t have to worry about their shoes being too small anymore!

6. Portable High Chair

With the purchase of a portable high chair, your life will be made so much easier with your child. This portable product will allow you to feed your child easily and effectively anywhere you go. With children getting hungry so quickly, this will come in handy!

7. Shoe Caddy Storage

When you take a long car trip, you’ll want to bring plenty of items to distract your kids, but they can make a mess in the car. Use a shoe caddy to hang on your backseat and keep everything organized.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

5 Ways to Make Unique Family Memories

Make Unique Family MemoriesAs our kids grow up, there comes a time when we look back and ourselves, “Where did all the time go?” In fact, we ask ourselves that often. We’ll look at one of our children and realize they aren’t the little peanut we brought home from the hospital a few years back. Suddenly this little person is moving around the house and having opinions of their own.

We can’t stop time, but we can do some things to make sure we remember the formative years.

1. Schedule one-on-one time – When we’re in a crowd, even if it’s full of family members, there’s no way to get alone time with your child. In this busy day and age where there’s a thousand things to do, we have to schedule one-on-one time. Find time to do something you both like and share enjoyment.

2. Make holidays unique – Holidays have a special place in all of our memories. We can talk about that funny thing that happened July 4th ’07, or the special Christmas decoration mom bought in 20011. You can help build special memories by adhering to some traditions and starting some new ones. Do something unique, like play a special game on Thanksgiving or watch a certain movie on Christmas Eve.

3. Take family vacations – I know not every family can afford an elaborate family trip to an exotic location everywhere, but there are plenty of cheap options available. The trick is to get away from the normal and experience something different as a family; something you’ll be able to talk about for years to come. Take a road trip to visit a relative or simply go camping.

4. Save as much as you can – Every time you do something as a family that you want to remember, try to save something from the event. For example, save your airline tickets from the flight, or the menu from that theme restaurant, or their favorite baby pajamas. Keep all these keepsakes in a box that you can leaf through from time to time to trigger the memories.

5. Share meals together – There’s something intrinsic to our biology about sharing meals together. Have a party in your home and you’ll notice that most people tend to congregate near the kitchen. Every significant holiday we celebrate together involves food. Make sure that you and your family spend several nights each week having proper meal at the table.

How does your family make and preserve memories?

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

5 Tips to Get Baby Talking!

Get Baby TalkingAs parents, there’s nothing better than watching your kid reach a new milestone, especially when they start talking! Finally being able to communicate with our children makes parenting much easier. All kids develop at their own pace, but there are still a few things you can do to encourage them.

1. Watch for Cues

As mentioned above, the constant talking to your baby is always a good thing to do at an early age. Instead of mindless babbling however, try to observe your child’s reactions and interests, as these could be cues on what to respond to. If you notice your baby grabbing for a blanket, try interacting with the blanket and talking about it in the process.

2. No TV

When you get tired of talking for a little while, don’t just turn on the television to supplement your interaction with baby. Studies have shown that infants who watch television actually develop less of a vocabulary than those who don’t. TV can’t respond to your child in the way a parent can, and thus shouldn’t be used to encourage your child to start talking.

3. Respond to Baby

The closer your baby gets to talking for the first time, the more random babbling they’ll likely be doing. Try to ask your child questions and talk to them in a way to incite a response form them. When they respond with whatever sound they have, reply as if you actually understand!

4. Early and Often

While it may seem pointless to be constantly talking to a new baby who you know won’t be able to answer back, it’s certainly better than not at all. In fact, your child’s hearing and ability to respond to sound is very well-developed by birth, so your talking is certainly not falling on deaf ears. Keep talking – your child is absorbing more than you realize!

5. Read a Book

When your child is too young to understand anything that’s going on in a book, the experience of reading to them is the important part. Reading very simple children’s books to them is a great way to get a ton of new vocabulary circling around in their brains. Also, it’s helpful to use the pictures in the book to talk about to your child. Try to use one or two words to describe specific images or objects in the book.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Product Spotlight: Win a free yoomi bottle warming system!

Zippyz - yoomi GiveawayWe absolutely love this awesome product that makes life easier for moms – you have to check it out! yoomi is a self-warming bottle; just press a button and in 60 seconds baby’s milk is warm!

Yoomi – The award winning, self-warming, 3-in-1 baby bottle system.

It comes with one eight-ounce bottle, a warmer, and a charging pod.

Most babies prefer drinking warm milk, but warming their bottles while you’re out of the house can be a challenge. You can heat the bottle briefly in the microwave, but that risks overheating, which can damage the vital nutrients within.

The Yoomi bottle contains a unique warmer that’s activated at the push of a button. This triggers an internal solution to warm in less than a minute. When the bottle is tipped for drinking, your baby’s milk will be gently warmed as it flows through specially designed channels outside of the warmer, so by the time the liquid reaches the nipple, it’s at a natural breast milk temperature. The self-warming baby bottle can stay warm for up to an hour!

The liquid is safe from spoiling because if it isn’t being consumed, it never becomes warm. It remains cool until your baby drinks it. This also saves you from reheating half-finished bottles.

The internal, non-toxic solution is a gel that’s similar to those used in hand warmer packs, so it’s entirely safe. Just in case, they have added a food colorant so leaks are visible and a bitter taste so your baby will immediately stop if he/she accidentally drinks some.

The best part is that the Yoomi can not overheat your babies milk. There is no possible way for it to expose your baby to liquid that’s too hot.

Vents in the nipple ensure that air does not bubble through when your baby drinks, which helps prevent colic.

You can even use the bottle all by itself. It’s lightweight and ergonomically designed, which makes it easy for your baby to hold. The whole unit assembles without you ever having to touch the nipple, which keeps it sterile. The wide mouth makes preparation and cleaning easy. The nipple is a natural breast-shape that’s easy to latch. This is great for helping your baby transition from the breast to the bottle.


Yoomi Features & Benefits

  • Yoomi is ideal for traveling or busy days.
  • It’s great for night-time feedings.
  • Vent system helps prevent colic.
  • It warms liquids in 60 seconds, or ever faster on the warming station.
  • It brings liquid to the perfect temperature every time.
  • The bottle’s nipple is shaped like a breast and radiates heat, just like mom.
  • The system is 100% portable – no plugs, batteries, or begging for hot water in stores/restaurants.

Click here to read more about why the Yoomi baby bottle warming system is so great.

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The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your First

The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your FirstWhen you have your first child, everything is new and a bit scary. You’re unsure of yourself, constantly asking questions and calling your pediatrician. By your second baby, you have a handle on things. Life isn’t so scary, but you still insist everyone wash their hands before touching your baby. The third baby is pretty simple; you have the help of the first two to get things done and you’re basically a pro. By the fourth baby, things are very different…

1. There are a lot less photos

During your first pregnancy, you probably took a photo of your belly every week. You took a photo of your child every day and posted it to Facebook immediately. It’s all so new that you had to document every moment of it. Your next kids, however, didn’t get such a treatment.

2. People celebrate a whole lot less

For your first baby, family you didn’t even know you had suddenly appeared to bestow gifts. Your neighbors from three streets over introduce themselves just to see the baby. Your home is overrun by baby gear and cute outfits. By your fourth kid, people have lost track of your pregnancies and aren’t sure if you have a brood of children or if you’ve started a mobile daycare.

3. You relax your hygiene rules

The first baby got a new outfit every time she drooled. You passed out hand sanitizer to friends who wanted to hold her. Now you’re wiping your last child’s mouth with her sleeve or even your thumb, handing her off to people without a second thought, and you aren’t sure how long she’s been wearing that onesie.

4. Illnesses are a lot more common

When it was just you, your spouse and your first baby, illnesses weren’t that common. There was the usual baby sniffles and occasional ear infection, but nothing serious. With a house full of kids, however, disease seems to materialize from nowhere and everyone gets it. Your last child has had a perpetual runny nose since birth.

5. You don’t worry about milestones

Is he holding his head up enough? Is he rolling over on time? Does he look like he’ll walk soon? There’s a lot of anxiety for new parents who are concerned that their child is developing on schedule. For the later kids, you won’t even stop to consider if things are happening “on time.”

6. You pay a little less attention

I’m not saying you love your newest child any less. Of course not. But you there’s no way you can keep the same level attention to detail as you could for your first. In the beginning, you might have kept a poop diary, scheduled your life around his naps, and carefully selected any TV programs that might be within earshot. On the fourth child, however, you let a lot of that go and cast your worries aside.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Encouraging Baby to Crawl

Encouraging Baby to CrawlAs your baby begins to grow and develop, they’ll inevitably want to start exploring the world around them. In order to do so however, they’ll first have to learn how to crawl. As parents, we want to encourage our children to develop as best as we can so helping them with this process is important. Here are some great tips to encourage your baby to start crawling:

1. Use Your Legs

Position your child on top of your outstretched legs with their upper body on one leg and their lower body on the other. In this position, your child is already in a natural crawling stance. This practice forces your baby to carry some weight on both arms and knees, which thereby strengthens them to prepare for crawling!

2. Mirror

At this age, your baby is probably very much interested in himself/herself. You may be able to use a mirror in order to encourage the first couple crawling sessions. Set up a mirror just big enough for your child to see itself in it, so they won’t get distracted by the entire room behind them. As soon as baby realizes their reflection is staring back at them, they’ll likely become intrigued enough to crawl over to it.

3. Bathroom Towel

Using a bathroom towel to encourage your baby to crawl is a very creative and fun exercise to try. After placing the bathroom towel on the floor, let your baby lie on his tummy across the width of the towel. Once positioned, gently lift both ends of the towel off the floor slightly enough so that your child can use its hands and knees to become propped up. Naturally, your child will try to flail and crawl a bit as you gently guide them along with the towel underneath them.

4. Toys

Find your child’s favorite baby toy for this method. Similar to the mirror technique, you’re basically trying to persuade your child to crawl to a particular item without them even thinking about it. Place the toy just far enough in front of them so that your child will find some motivation to make their way to the fun, colorful object.

5. Empty Room

As you can probably tell by now, babies get distracted pretty easily in such a new world for them. Due to this, you’ll want to try your teaching methods in a room where there’s nothing that could catch their eye in the process. If you’re in an empty room with just you and the baby, simply move away from them a little and see if they can crawl their way back to you!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Can you believe it’s nearly February already? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – a holiday for more than just romantic couples, a day when we should how much we love those we’re close to. Work together with your kids to create something truly special for mom or dad. Here are 10 Valentine’s Day crafts you can create with your kids.

1. Candy Collage Cookie Pops

Valentine’s Day crafts that kids and adults can make together for classroom Valentine exchanges, festive party snacks and more. These edible gifts kids are simple, but they look professional! Click here for the craft.

Candy Collage Cookie Pops

2. DIY Tissue (Kleenex) Flowers

These may require a lot of tissues, but they’ll keep your kids busy for hours. You can make as many flowers as you like – a whole bouquet or just one. What mom doesn’t love flowers? Click here for the craft.

DIY Tissue (Kleenex) Flowers

3. Lollipop Flower Treats

Not only are these fun to make, but you get to enjoy a sweet treat! Click here for the craft.

Lollipop Flower Treats

4. Gumball Machine Valentines

This is a great craft for your child to give out at school. It’s a small bag of treats and a Valentine’s Day card all in one. Click here for the craft.

Gumball Machine Valentines

5. Cupid’s Arrow Valentines

These nontraditional Valentine’s Day cards are sure to stand out. Working with straws also helps kids develop their fine motor skills. Click here for the craft.

Cupid’s Arrow Valentines

6. Mod Podge Heart Decals

What’s nice about these is that you can hang them anywhere – from walls to windows. You can make as many as you like depending on the size of your home and stick them wherever you like. Click here for the craft.

Mod Podge Heart Decals

7. Pipe Cleaner Base with Button Flowers

This is a great Valentine’s Day gift for a family member, friend or teacher because it can be displayed nicely on a desk or counter top. You can make as many flowers as you like and use any colors. Click here for the craft.

Pipe Cleaner Base with Button Flowers

8.  Valentine’s Day Handprints

Handprint crafts are fun because they create a memory of when your kids were little. Use their hands, feet and a bit of paint to make something special. Click here for the craft.

Valentine’s Day Handprints

9. DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Hat

These are pretty simple to make and you probably have the materials you need right at home. It’s a great craft for younger kids who don’t have a lot of skills or older kids who like to work independently. Click here for the craft.

DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Hat

10. Hanging Hearts Mobile

This is a great craft to make if you’re having a party of Valentine’s Day celebration. Click here for the craft.

Hanging Hearts Mobile

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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How to Teach Your Kids Basic Table Manners

Teach Your Kids Basic Table MannersGood manners are skills that help your kid succeed in multiple areas of their life; in class, with friends, with future employers, etc. These good manners can start in your own home, and more specifically at the dinner table. If you teach your children how to behave properly at a young age, it’ll be sure to carry on with them throughout their lives. Here are some tips for teaching kids table manners:

Rules to Teach

 1.  Sit at the Table

Teaching your child to actually sit at the table, without getting up, squirming, or standing on their chair, is the first place to start. Between 15 and 30 minutes is a good starting point, but as they get older they’ll settle down a bit and be able to sit still for longer dinners.

2.  Chewing with Closed Mouth

Giving your child an example of how rude it can be to chew with food in your mouth is a good place to start. Eat some food and open your mouth wide to show them how gross it can look. Explain this is impolite and show them how to properly chew their food at the table.

3.  Using a Napkin

You can start by showing them how to properly place a napkin in their lap to avoid any stain if they drop food by accident – which is very likely with children! Make sure to explain that we use napkins to wipe our mouths or anything else that may become dirty during dinner. Tell them how it will keep their sleeves and shirt clean as well.

4.  Asking Nicely

Asking politely for more food and drink is another aspect of teaching good table manners to your children. Rather than “I want more chicken”, you should teach your kid to phrase it, “Can you please pass the chicken?” Since this is something the entire table will likely hear, guests will certainly be pleased to see such good manners in your child.

5.  Using Utensils Properly

If your child is old enough to use their own utensils, the next step is teaching how to properly hold and use them. First, teach the basics like how to properly hold a fork or spoon when attempting to eat their food. Then, they can graduate to cutting their own food if they’re allowed to use a knife. Since the proper cutting technique requires developed motor skills, you may need to wait until they’re a little older.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.