7 of the Best Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Healthy Summer Snacks for KidsThere’s nothing that makes lunchtime better for kids than opening their lunchbox to see one of their favorite treats inside. Especially after multiple classes and lessons, kids want to be able to enjoy their lunch when it comes time to eat. Keep your children happy and healthy with these delicious lunchbox treats for them:

1. Granola Bars

Granola bars are both healthy and delicious for kids. These treats are small enough to easily fit two of them in the lunchbox for your child. Next time you go grocery shopping, bring your kid with you so they could pick out their favorite flavor!

2. Veggies and Dip

Kids typically don’t enjoy eating vegetables, but they may like them a lot better if you make a couple adjustments to this snack. Try cutting veggies up into smaller portions and adding a healthy dipping sauce for them to enjoy, like French onion dip.

3. Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a great way to provide your child with a delicious lunchbox snack that will also be extremely healthy. Grab a small Tupperware container and throw in some grapes, sliced bananas, blueberries, and various melons. The fruit container is a sweet treat for kids.

4. Yogurt and Granola

The combination of yogurt and granola provides two healthy snacks in one for kids. Kids will love how easy it is to put together, and especially how tasty it turns out. Make this snack even healthier by grabbing a Greek yogurt of choice and making your own homemade granola to throw in the yogurt.

5. Hummus

Hummus is a dip that can make tons of different snacks taste better during lunch. Putting a small amount of hummus into a container for their lunchbox is an easy way to make various snacks even tastier. Pack their hummus with snacks like pretzels, veggies, or healthy chips.

6. Trail Mix

Trail mix comes in so many different flavors and combinations that your child is bound to find a favorite for lunch. These mixes typically have a healthy serving a nuts, fruits, and granola for your child to enjoy and have a nutritious snack in their lunchbox. This is another snack that can be made at home with all the proper ingredients.

7. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is another convenient, easy lunchbox snack for your child. As long as you can find the all-natural, healthy beef jerky, this is a great idea for a healthy treat. Also, you can substitute beef for turkey or bison for an even healthier alternative.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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5 Diaper Bag Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

diaper bag essentialsYou’re finally able to take that much needed family vacation. Before you take off, whether it be on the road or via plane, you need to make sure that your diaper bag is fully stocked. You never know what you may end up needing, and as my mother would say “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” In this case, I totally agree. Here are five diaper bag essentials that you mustn’t forget on your summer vacation:

1. Wipes

This should be an obvious one, but it’s too important not to list. Wipes are a diaper bag essential, because if you have a baby, you’re always going to need them. From spills, to dirty hands, to poopy diapers, you could never have too many wipes. I suggest you bring a lot more than you think you may need. When you’re out and about, you’ll never know what situations you’ll run into or what messes you’ll encounter.

2. Diapers X2

Whatever amount of diapers you just packed, pack double that. The last thing you want happening is to run out of diapers and have to make an emergency run during your vacation to get some. Have a stress free vacation by always having plenty of diapers on hand. If you’ll be away for some time, ship diapers ahead to your hotel or relative’s home so you don’t have to lug them through the airport.

3. Sunscreen

Summer vacations usually mean you’ll spend a lot of time outside, whether that’s in an amusement park, the beach, a pool, or taking nature hikes. That means you’ll get a lot of exposure to the sun. Baby skin is fragile and delicate and needs to be looked out for. Carry plenty of sunscreen with you all the time so you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices in gift shops or road-side stands.

4. Spare Clothes

You definitely want to make sure that every time you leave your hotel your diaper bag has a change of clothes for your child. You never know what crazy things baby may get into, and it’s better to bring the clothes and not need them, than to not have the clothes and need them. If you’re out shopping or touring theme parks, you won’t be able to pop back to your room and change very quickly.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Chances are you are going to be in places where there are tons of germs and people. Keeping hand sanitizer in your diaper bag is smart and will make you feel less grimy at the end of the day. It also comes in handy when baby sticks there hand in something they weren’t supposed to, or makes a mess out of their dinner!

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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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Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

healthy summer snacksAt the supermarket, we’re offered countless snacks designed for kids, but none of them are as healthy as we would like. They’re filled with sugars, artificial ingredients and preservatives. When it comes to food, you’ll always serve the best if you make it yourself. This summer, when your kids are home, running around outside, and desperately need the nutrition for their growing bodies, serve some of these homemade, healthy, summer snacks.

For extra protein, offer string cheese or cube it yourself. If you’re in the mood, use a cookie cutter to turn it into fun shapes.

Sliced apples are a popular choice for many parents. An apple is quick to slice and enough for a couple toddlers. Add a thin spread of peanut butter for some fiber and protein. The peanut butter makes it a messy snack for a car ride but perfect for outdoor play time.

Mixed nuts are full of healthy fats (Omega-3s) that are important for brain and eye development. They can also stabilize moods. Nuts keep well and are easily carried to the park, pool, or field. Kids can grab them as they want and there’s no mess to clean up.

If you have the time to make preparations, hard-boiled eggs make great snacks. They’re full of protein that toddlers need and they’re easy for little hand to hold. Boil a batch once per week.

Yogurt parfait with some berries and granola is a great way to get nutrients without all the sugar in store-bought yogurt or kids’ snacks. For a special summer treat, freeze the yogurt in ice cube trays with a Popsicle stick to beat the summer’s heat.

Pasta a great complex carbohydrate that’s perfect for days with lots of activity. Add cooked pasta into a bag with vegetables and chicken (perhaps with some tomato sauce or Italian dressing on the side for dipping) and bring it with you to the amusement park or game field.

The simplest and healthiest snack you can provide are raw fruits and vegetables. Slice them into easy-to-hold bite-sized pieces and pop them in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware. They offer plenty of calories and energy without sugar, sodium, or fat.

Make your own trail mix with cereal, berries, raisons, dried fruit, and banana chips. This vitamin-rich snack can be made in large quantities at one time and doled out in handfuls.

Using vanilla yogurt, orange juice, and a banana, make your own smoothies. Experiment with different fruits and flavors until you find one that’s right for your family. Serve in a non-spill cup so your kids can cool off while they run around.

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 Make Summer Travel with Baby More Comfortable

make summer travel with baby more comfortableDuring this time of year, many of us will be taking vacations. The summer is the easiest time to travel. Perhaps you’re visiting a beach, an amusement park, or off to see your family. Many people shy away from traveling because they have a newborn or baby. They avoid traveling because they believe it won’t be comfortable for anyone. This isn’t the case! With a little bit of planning, you can make summer travel more comfortable for you and baby. Use these tips:

1. Using a nursing cover-up.

It’s your right to breastfeed your baby wherever you see fit, but if covering up makes you feel more comfortable, pick up a simple, lightweight nursing cover to drape over yourself. You want something that isn’t too hot for you and baby but won’t make you feel exposed.

2. Be liberal with the sunscreen.

Sunburn on young, delicate skin is no joke. A sunburn early in life significantly increases the chances of skin cancer later on. Don’t be shy with the sunscreen. Make sure to get the tops of feet, noses, and ears. Apply thirty minutes before going out and reapply after spending time in the water.

3. Feed during takeoffs and landings.

Babies don’t understand how to equalize the pressure in their ears during a flight’s takeoff or landing, and it’s not like you can explain it. To compensate, offer your baby your breast, a bottle, or a pacifier during these periods so they instinctually suck and relieve the pressure.

4. Practice with the travel crib.

It’s hard for babies to fall asleep somewhere new for the first time. If you’re bringing a travel crib to the hotel, have your baby nap (or even spend a night) in a travel crib so he gets used to the environment.

5. Schedule travel time during nap time.

Wherever possible, plan to do the majority of your traveling when your baby is asleep. If your little one usually takes a nap at two in the afternoon, try to find a flight that takes off around that time. Keep your baby awake beforehand so he falls asleep while you’re getting on the plane. This will be more comfortable for him, you, and your fellow passengers.

6. Dress your baby in something accessible.

You’ll want to dress your baby in something comfortable so he stays calm throughout the trip. Forgo the buckles, snaps, and tight collars for a comfy set of pajamas. No one is judging you by what your baby is wearing on the plane or in the car. Further, he should be wearing something that easily opens so you can get to the diaper without completely undressing him.

7. Send big items ahead of you.

When you’re traveling with a baby, you might end up lugging some big items around. Don’t struggle carrying that stroller, pack and play, or feeding seat through the airline. Ship them to the hotel or vacation rental ahead of time. They’ll be happy to hold on to them in storage and leave them in your room when you arrive. This also works for bulk items you’ll need like diapers and wipes.

8. Be flexible.

Most importantly, plan some flexibility into your schedule. Don’t plan a rigid itinerary. If you’re driving, you may have to stop a few more times than you plan. If you’re flying, you probably won’t make it across the airport in 10 minutes. Expect the unexpected and pad your schedule with spare minutes so you don’t have to rush.

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.

4 Safe Summer Travel Ideas for Mom, Dad, and Baby

summer travel ideas for the whole familySummer is nearly here, which means your family might be thinking about taking a vacation. However, vacationing with a little one can be tough. Your options are limited because you need to be close to certain amenities and many rides, shows, or attractions are not suitable for babies. That does not mean you have to stay home, you just need to pick a family-friendly destination. Here are four ideas.

1. Take a cruise.

Believe it or not, a cruise is an excellent destination for your baby. While cruise ships are massive, they are quite contained. You won’t need to pack and push a stroller all day. A baby sling or your own arms will suffice. You can return to your private room every few hours for a break or naps. Further, most cruise ships understand that you can’t pop over to the corner store for extra wipes or diapers, so they stock these items. Some even offer babysitting services and family-friendly activities so everyone has fun. Disney is known for offering superb cruises that cater to families.

2. Vacation rental house.

A vacation rental home is often a better option over a hotel room if you have a baby. They are more private, so your crying little one won’t disturb your neighbors. The best part is that a vacation home is more affordable than a hotel. The weekly rate is usually less than the total of a hotel’s daily rate, and you can prepare your own meals instead and eating at restaurants every day. If you’re a new parent, saving money can be important.

3. Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Maybe this isn’t the ideal vacation, but you can make it work. Visiting relatives is perfect for new parents because you can save on accommodations (the biggest cost of any vacation) and you have people who want to mind your baby for stretches of time. When you schedule a week at your parents’ or in-laws’, make sure to book a day or two where you and your significant other can leave the kids behind and do your own thing for a while. You’ll appreciate the break and the grandparents will love the time!

4 Kid-friendly theme parks.

Would you like to see the largest smile on your child’s face? Put him/her face-to-face with his/her favorite story book or cartoon character. Plus these types of places anticipate lots of families, so they stock all the supplies and amenities you could possibly need. Guest services will have diapers and wipes, and the bathrooms will have multiple changing stations. There should be a section of the park designed just for babies with lots of colors and gentle rides. There are theme parks all over the country with plenty of cute attractions and characters for babies and kids, but if you want a top-of-the-line experience, you’ll have to go to Disney.

5. Indoor water parks.

It might be tough to find one of these near you, but they are worth the drive. Unlike an outdoor water park, an indoor park usually has smaller, gentler rides more suitable to young people. This means the crowd isn’t as rough as an outdoor park. There will be plenty of opportunity to lazily float in the shallow areas while your baby splashes.

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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