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Just Stuff We Love

From baby toys and cool threads to store openings and things to do with your little one. We cover the new, the old favourites and the best-kept secrets for everything baby.

Baby Food Giveaway

Most healthy infants are born with enough iron stores to initially meet their needs. By about six months, however, baby’s iron stores start to deplete and breast milk alone can no longer meet his or her nutritional requirements in terms of iron.

Health Canada recommends babies between six and 12 months should be offered iron-rich foods two or more times a day. Iron is an essential nutrient for an infant’s growth and carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body, including the brain, and helps a baby remember all of the new things learned each and every day.

Baby foods with added iron are one of the best ways for your baby to get the iron she needs. Nestlé Gerber is offering Just The Facts, Baby readers a chance to WIN a “Feeding Time Fun” prize pack, valued at over $100 with special treats including Baby Cereal, which provides 100 per cent of the daily value of iron babies need and give moms an easy and delicious way to offer an iron-rich option at every meal.

The prize pack includes:

  • Three boxes of Nestlé Gerber Cereal
  • Deluxe Reclining Feeding Seat
  • Snack bowls
  • Kiddy Cutlery 3-Pc Set
  • Babies R Us 10 pack bibs
  • Babies R Us – 12-pack super soft washcloths
  • Straw Basket

*Note winner must be a Canadian resident.


Child Safety Tattoos

Sometimes as a parent, all you can hope for is a little peace of mind – and that’s exactly what a mom in Baltimore was looking for when she came up with the brilliant idea that is SafetyTats. These fancy little “skin stickers” come with a tattoo-marking pen, so you can jot down your cell number and feel a little safer at amusement parks, playgrounds, birthday parties, malls, airports…just about anywhere there’s a chance your tot might take off. There is also a customizable, temporary tattoo variety that is ideal for children with allergies. SafetyTats are made of medical-grade, hypoallergenic, latex-free adhesive and are sweat- and waterproof, but also easy for grown-ups to remove.



A natural sunscreen that’s easy to find

Hurray! The mainstream brands are finally ditching harsh chemicals and creating more natural sunscreens that protect our skin from both UVA and UVB rays without Paraben, PABA or oxybenzone.

Banana Boat Natural Reflect Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 was release in April 2013. It’s pediatrician-tested, water resistant and made from 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients.

Unlike sunscreens that use chemical blockers such as oxybenzone and avobenzone to convert radiation to heat, the physical blockers used in Banana Boat’s Natural Reflect line don’t go into the epidermis. “Sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide [physical sun blockers] used to go on white,” says Dr. Julia Carroll, a Toronto-based dermatologist. Physical blockers don’t have to go on heavy white any more. Banana Boat Natural Reflect is easy to rub into skin and not overly thick. Plus you can get it at your local drug store and at $11.99 a tube it’s actually affordable.


Fever Stickers

When your child isn’t feeling well anything can make her grumpy. So trying to stick a thermometer anywhere that might get an accurate reading can prove to be a Herculain task. That’s why we love Fever-Fish! The fish stikcers are a clever way to take any child’s temperature and make it fun!

Each Fever-Fish is good for 24 hours of temperature taking. Just peel the fish sticker off the backing and place the latex, lead and phthalate-free film on your child’s skin and see the fish change to an N for normal or numbers if they have a fever. Readings are accurate within one degree Fahrenheit and work on any skin surface, although the forehead is recommended.

The company Temp-Visual also makes a Thermo-Fish to indicate the temperature of your child’s bathwater and prevent burns.


Allergy and Safety Lables

Keeping kids safe when they’re out of sight is always a concern, especially for parents whose children have an allergy or other medical condition – which is why we love the new Allergy and Safety Labels from Name Bubbles. Whether your child has allergies or autism, these custom, waterproof vinyl stickers come in three styles and can be used to mark lunch kits, sippy cups, clothes, backpacks, folders, laptops, cellphones and sports equipment. For instance, if your child has a peanut allergy, your alert could read “Peanut Allergy/If ingested administer epi pen immediately” or “Autistic/ Does not like touch/call for emergencies.” Best of all, you can choose and personalize your alert labels anyway you like.