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A natural sunscreen thatâ€™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.
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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.
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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. www.namebubbles.com
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Can't get your kids to sleep? Just pull out your yoga mat and join them in a soothing, pre-bed yoga practice designed espeically for children. Yawning Yoga was created by Laurie Jordan, a New York-based yoga instructor and social worker who used the yoga postures and relaxation techniques to successfully send over-stimulated kids off to sleep. Now, she's put those same poses into a charmingly illustrated book for a bedtime routine both parents and kids will benefit from. yawningyoga.com
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Baby Food Book
From when to start solids and how to prevent choking to an entire chapter on making healthy baby food, Good Food Baby has it all. Written by two healthcare professionals (Ali Chernoff, R.D.and Chantel Canessa, M.N.), the book is packed with extra nutrition tips and tools, including a handy food allergen chart, meal planning guides, and even information on how to feed babies with Down Syndrome. Best of all, the authors have also written Good Food Toddler (complete with tips for feeding picky eaters or planning parties for kids with food allergies). goodfoodbaby.com