10 Favorite Play Date Ideas

Favorite Play Date IdeasEven if your kids aren’t at the age where they are asking to spend time with their friends, you might find it good for your child’s development to schedule some play dates. It will give your kids a chance to socialize with someone new and maybe learn a few things.

If you’re at a loss with what to do with the kids, here are some ideas.

1. Hold an arts and crafts session. Many kids like a little direction. Set up some crafts that are appropriate to the children’s ages. They should also relate to the season or upcoming holiday somehow to make it extra special.

2. Serve some fancy mocktails. There are plenty of mocktail recipes online you can find to make adult-like drinks for the kids. Put them in a fancy glass and serve with lunch.

3. Personalize some cookies. Baking is fun for kids because it’s usually pretty simple: add ingredients, stir, and wait for the deliciousness. Spice up the event by letting the kids personalize their cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Send your guest home with some treats.

4. Take a nature walk. Have your guests meet your family at a nearby park or forest reserve. Spend the day exploring the paths and enjoy a water-side picnic. Let the kids run around and play among the trees.

5. Lego free play. Sometimes the best activity is not one at all. Some families have huge tubs of Lego pieces. Spread them out on a carpeted floor and let the go to town.

6. Have a book reading. If you can get your hands on multiple copies of the same book, invite some kids over and read it together. Ideally the book shouldn’t be too long so no one gets bored. Prepare some simple questions to get them talking about it.

7. Play some Olympic games. Set up some simple active games in your yard, like ball toss, relay races, and jumping contests. Have everyone compete for simple prizes, like ribbons.

8. Have some water play. As the weather get warmer, it might be warm enough where you live to get wet. Even if you don’t have a pool, connect your hose to one of those simple sprinklers. Let the kids toss water balloons at one another or splash each other in kiddie pools.

9. Set up some sensory play. For younger kids, they might enjoy a sensory table. You’ll find plenty “recipes” for these online, but essentially you just add lots of items with different textures to a bin or bucket for kids to explore.

10. Camp indoors. For sleepover play dates, set up a whole campsite in your living room (or backyard if the weather cooperates). Eat traditional campfire foods, tell ghost stories, and sleep in a tent.

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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Reasons Why Recess is Healthy for Kids

Why Recess is Healthy for KidsRecently there has been controversy over the announcement of 23 elementary schools in Orange County, Florida cutting back on recess time and even cutting it out altogether. While some parents agree with the decision because more time is being allotted to instructional hours, a majority of parents believe this will harm children more than help them. Recess offers children time to be active and engage in creative play of their choosing. Recess should provide free, unstructured play, physical activity and “personal” time for each student. Most children have very little time for free play. After they spend most of the day in the classroom, children’s afternoons are often filled with structured activities. Here is why recess is such an important part of children’s schooling.

Free play is what children do when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons. Free play is essential to children’s development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, and social well being of children. Playful behavior has a positive effect on the brain and on a child’s ability to learn. Recess allows time for children to engage in free play and physical activity, which is why schools need to reconsider cutting recess out of the school day.

Social and Cognitive Development:

  • Play improves memory and stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex.  Play and exploration trigger the secretion of BDNF, a substance essential for the growth of brain cells.
  • Children pay more attention to academic tasks when they are given frequent brief opportunities for free play. Researchers found that recesses of 10 or 20 minutes enhanced classroom attention.
  • Research shows that the way kids play contributes to their ability to solve divergent problems (problems with multiple solutions). Children showed more creativity in their attempts to solve problems as well.
  • Researchers have noted similarities between pretend play and counterfactual reasoning, the ability to make inferences about events that have not actually occurred. Children will be asked more and more inferential type questions in all academic subjects as they progress in school.
  • During recess, play is child-driven. This gives children an opportunity to work collaboratively, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and learn self-advocacy skills.
  • These skills are important for developing executive functioning skills, the skills that allow us to plan, focus attention, remember instruction and juggle multiple tasks.
  • When play is controlled by adults – such as in organized sports – children have to follow the rules established by the adult and the adult enforces the rules, not the children.
  • In contrast, during free play, children make the rules and enforce them, giving them the opportunity for developing self-regulation skills as well as leadership and group skills and creativity. Children with more frequent pretend play opportunities have stronger self-regulation skills. Practicing these skills is important to the development of executive functioning skills.

Physical Development:

  • Research has shown that most of the brain is activated during physical activity—much more so than while sedentary. After physical activity, children’s bodies and brains are ready to be engaged again in the structured learning process.
  • Movement increases the capacity of blood vessels in the brain, which in turn, enhances learning.
  • Numerous studies have shown that students who are physically active improve their academic performance, achieve higher test scores and demonstrate a better attitude toward school.
  • Everyone needs a break. This is especially true for young children. They do not process information as effectively as older children and adults (due to the immaturity of their nervous systems).  Adults take breaks during their workdays for many of the same reasons young children need recess.

custom designed playroomsGuest Blog by Karri Bowen-Poole, Founder of Smart Playrooms

Smart Playrooms designs, builds and organizes play areas for children. They combine sound educational philosophy with unique beautiful design. Smart Playrooms will bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home or business.

Stressing that less is more, they help moms focus on the toys that will add to the experience. Karri and Chris really like the idea of using their educational backgrounds and expertise to create custom designed playrooms. Plus, this gives them a niche in the market. Former teachers designing and organizing your playroom – what could be better!

For more information, please visit smartplayrooms.com.

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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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The Importance of a Playroom

importance of a playroomTo children, play is serious business. It’s essential to the development of their intellectual, physical, and emotional health. From our perspective, play can look like silly fun, but to children play is how they experiment and observe the world. A playroom is important because it gives kids a dedicated space to play without interfering with the rest of the home.

No More Bedtime Energy

One of the biggest benefits of having a playroom is called “space conditioning.” Children (and adults) develop mental moods to inhabit when they visit a particular space. (This applies to work, a store, the gym, and anything else too.) In the playroom, kids become conditioned to play and explore as they please. In the bedroom, they learn to calm down and prepare to sleep. However, if the bedroom and the playroom are the same room, these mental modes can be become confused.

A Place to Store Everything

If you’re tired of tripping over countless toys all over your house, a playroom is a solution. It gives you a space to leave everything so you aren’t constantly putting it away. If company drops by suddenly, all you have to do is close the door. If you use some clever organization methods (like low-to-the-floor storage and picture labels), kids can help keep the room tidy. Plus, toys don’t leave the room so they don’t go missing.

Children Are Influenced by Their Surroundings

Kids are natural explorers. They are drawn to the things around them. If they spend time in a room filled with things that don’t facilitate learning, they won’t learn. You can fill a playroom with plenty of open-ended toys that allow your kids to experiment and try new things. For example, an excellent playroom would have a section devoted to costumes and dress up, a table for arts and crafts, and an easy-to-access shelf full of books.

A Playroom in any Home

Playrooms are so beneficial that there’s a growing trend of families who are combining children into one room in order to use a spare bedroom as a playroom. At the younger ages, you might be able to spur your child’s development by having them sleep in the same room as sibling in order to move the toys to the other bedroom. Of course, eventually they will age and you’ll want to give them their own space.

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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The Importance of Creative Play and the Magic of Make Believe

importance of creative play“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” This quote by Carl Sagan emphasizes the importance of the use of imagination, and this holds especially true for children. Encouraging your kids to engage in “creative play” is not only crucial to the learning process, but it will set the foundation for innovative thinking as they grow older. Here are a few ideas to inspire creative thinking with your child:

Disney World

Walt Disney World is the epitome of imagination in every way possible. Ranging from its vast array of fictional cartoon characters to the seemingly, never-ending theme parks, made up of attractions you could only think of in dreams. Disney is the perfect place for a child to begin the creative process and start to develop a mind full of great ideas. Also, finding a place for your family to be together during this trip is even more effective! Try to find the best Florida vacation home rental deals to make this all possible.

Build Stuff

It can be as small as wooden blocks and LEGOs, or as big as a makeshift fort or treehouse; the benefits of teaching your child how to build different structures are extremely valuable to their development. A child learning that a tower of blocks collapses without necessary support helps children develop spatial skills. Piecing together a toy part by part to build different items improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Playing with construction toys is important to a kid’s cognitive thinking skills. It may seem like it’s all a game to your child, but they are taking away a lot more from these activities.

Cooking with Kids

Has your child ever asked you where all their great-tasting food is coming from? Instead of simply telling them how you made it, show them! Cooking with your kid is not only valuable family bonding time, but it serves as a helpful learning tool for their growing minds. Cooking involves a bunch of different hidden math skills including, fractions (1/2 cup of milk), temperatures (boiling points), and even geometry (12 x 8 pan). Also, since cooking usually involves recipes, your children will develop their reading skills and get better at following directions. Finally, once a dish is successfully prepared, your child will get a self esteem boost for being able to cook their own food!

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8 Playtime Ideas to Boost Baby’s Development

playtime that boosts developmentWe all want our children to be as smart as possible. Let’s face it, smarter people tend to (not always, but often) lead easier lives, perform a job that doesn’t tax the body, and even make more money. Who wouldn’t want that for their children? We can usher them in that direction by taking steps to improve their brain’s development earlier in life. Play time isn’t all fun and games – it’s full of learning! Here’s how you can help.

1. Encourage babbling.

When your baby speaks gibberish to you, he’s actually attempting to communicate. Don’t disregard him or speak baby talk back. Respond as if he said something meaningful and then pause for his part in the dialogue. You’ll encourage speech development this way.

2. Arrange messy play.

Set up a space and then let your baby experiment with messy play materials, like water, mud or sand. These textures give him a chance to interact with something unusual and unlike anything he’s experienced before.

3. Include other children.

Before a year old, kids aren’t really capable of playing with one another, but just playing nearby can improve their development. They’ll witness how the other baby behaves and how he/she is using toys. It’s a different perspective.

4. Start the day with activity.

Be as active as possible early in the day. Early activity sets a tone for the body. Your baby will be awake and inclined to take in as much as possible. A slow start can leave your baby sluggish and unwilling to play.

5. Avoid overstimulation.

During play time, you want to let your baby move from toy to toy at his own pace. Don’t bring too many toys into the play area. Too many options can be overwhelming and force little minds to shut down or become cranky.

6. Skip playtime when your baby needs something else.

Convincing your baby to enjoy play time while he’s hungry, wet, or crabby is futile. Even if you get him to push his truck or shake his rattle, his brain isn’t in the right mindset to gain much from it. Meet his needs first so he can focus on learning.

7. Create a passion for books.

Just because reading is a passive activity doesn’t mean books can’t be a part of play. Use books with large, colorful pictures of animals and people. Make silly voices and animal sounds to match the story. Be as entertaining as possible so your baby associates fun and silliness with reading, thus creating a lifelong enjoyment of it.

8. Play “mimic” games.

Games that require your baby to mimic your movements are excellent tools for development. Play games like patty-cake, peekaboo, this little piggy, etc. You can encourage movement by imitating the behavior once, then placing the toy in your baby’s hand and encouraging him to do the same. For example, show him how to shake a rattle by placing it in his grasp and shaking his wrist.

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.

6 Great Baby Books to Read to Your Little One

best baby booksI think reading is exceptionally important. It’s best to start when your child is as young as possible. Even though he can’t read, you need to make the exploration of books a positive experience so that when he can read on his own, he’ll be drawn to them.

In the beginning, don’t try to impart knowledge. Your baby doesn’t need to read the classics. Choose books that are colorful and full of pictures. Use silly voices and encourage your little one to act out with you. Concentrate on making the experience of reading as fun as possible.

Here are some of my favorite books to read to my son. Hopefully your family can enjoy them as well.

1. Bunny My Honey

This darling book follows a mother rabbit teaching her little one how to be a bunny, like jumping, running, and twitching one’s nose. You’re introduced to Bunny’s friends, the other animals, who learn to do other animal things. Bunny gets lost in the woods, but don’t worry – Mommy saves the day. It’s a touching story about relationships.

2. Baby Faces

I like this book because it introduces a baby to other children. It’s great if your kid doesn’t interact much with people his own age. It’s also softly padded, so little hands can maneuver it. The pictures are silly, but that’s plenty of entertainment for baby.

3. Counting Kisses

This is a story that relates to all the important people in your baby’s life. Everyone in the family (even the pets) take turns giving baby a kiss goodnight. You could use this book to help explain the relationships of family members to your baby.

4. Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes

In this book, a group of playful toddlers learn about their bodies and what each part can do. They examine feet, hands, legs, arms, and everything else. By mimicking the children in the book, your little one can experiment with his or her own body.

5. Goodnight Moon

This is the quintessential bedtime story. It’s been around for a while; several generations have read it. From his bed, the little bunny says goodnight to his friends and bedroom items. Then, he falls asleep peacefully. It’s a great way to teach your child about bedtime.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This is a great book to explore the nature of different kinds of foods with your toddler. The hungry caterpillar eats, well, just about everything – including the book! As the caterpillar grows, eventually he makes a cocoon and turns into a butterfly.

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.

6 Tips to Teach Your Child How to Share

teach your kids how to shareWhen your child begins to play with other children, you may notice that he has trouble sharing his toys and games. For many kids, sharing doesn’t come easily; it’s not natural. Studies show that before two, children cannot even understand the concept. Here are a few ways you can teach your kids how to share.

1. Explain how to share.

You can’t expect your children to understand how to share unless you explain it to them. Sit him down and discuss sharing and why it is important. Be sure to explain that when he allows someone to use his toy that it is not gone forever, just temporarily. They will be more likely to give their toys away when they know they will come back.

2. Be generous.

You will be your child’s role model for a long time. He copies the things you do. If you share your possessions with others in front of your child, he will be more likely to do it as well. Make sharing a learning moment by expressing out loud what you plan to do: “Mommy is going to share the ball with Aunt Jenny now.” This will help lead your child.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

Your child will not understand sharing on the first attempt, and probably not on the tenth. If you are trying to teach it to a young child, it will take longer than a child who understands your words. Like I said, sharing is not our natural state, so it takes time and patience to learn. Expose your child to other children for practice.

4. Give to charity.

This only works when your child is old enough to understand, but you can cement the idea of sharing by regularly donating to charity. Make it a point every year to round up the items that you don’t need and donating them to those less fortunate. Collect old clothes and toys and bring them to a local shelter, church, or charity office.

5. Teach lessons.

When another child refuses to share with yours, use the opportunity to teach about sharing. Point out how bad it makes your child feel when someone will not let him play. Try to create empathy so he understands that every time he doesn’t share, he’s hurting someone else.

6. Offer praise.

When you notice your child sharing, be sure to let him know that you are proud. It’s important that you praise good behavior instead of merely punishing bad. Your child needs positive reinforcement to understand how you want him to behave.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changes

Written 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.

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5 Fun Play Date Ideas

fun play date ideasAt a certain age, you will want to begin scheduling play dates for your children. Play dates the perfect opportunity for your children to socialize with other kids and start building lasting relationships. Even if the play dates don’t turn into friendships, they still help his development. It doesn’t take a lot of planning or money to make a play date successful. Here are five fun ideas:

1. Craft Time

Pick a spot in your house that’s easy to clean, like your dining rooms. Set up a craft station for the kids with all the necessary supplies to produce some high quality art. Build birdhouses, make pottery, paint pictures, or create holiday decorations. If your kids are a bit older, use a science or model kit to make something educations.

2. Coloring

Coloring is a simple way to keep toddlers and preschoolers amused, but they would love it if you gave them an interesting surface. Offer large sheets of poster board or construction paper. Let them draw a masterpiece on the driveway with chalk, which is easy to clean up. (If you go with chalk, check out these chalk games.)

3. Build a Fort

Everyone loves forts! Once you have burned through most of their energy, build a quick fort in your living from local items, like tables, chairs, blankets, and pillows. Bring some cushions inside for seating and relax with a few story books, or encourage them to tell their own stories. If they still have the energy, use the fort as part of a game involving monsters, a princess, and valiant knights.

4. Dance Party!

Young children have enormous amounts of energy. They can run, dance, and play longer than any adult. Instead of requiring them to play quietly, crank up some music and let them dance as long as they can. Encourage plenty of healthy activity and get them involved in some silly games like Follow the Leader or Musical Freeze Tag.

5. Play Ball!

If the weather cooperates, there’s no reason to stay inside. By two years old, most children should have the dexterity and motor control to pick up, hold, and toss a ball. They won’t be accurate and they may not be able to catch, but it’s still fun. Older kids may understand the finer points of a game like soccer or Hot Potato. If your child and his/her date is really young, simply roll a colored ball along the floor.

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!

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