5 Natural Scents to Encourage a Restful Night for Your Child

Aromatherapy is a surprisingly powerful technique for using certain scents to promote various responses from the body and mind.  It’s funny to think that something as simple as a smell can change a mood, but it is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and that increasingly is being used in conventional medicine, too.

Our sense of smell is actually quite underrated as it is not as well understood as our other senses and it doesn’t feel as though it is quite as vital as sight, touch, and hearing, for example. Still, if the smell of baking cookies can make you smile and think back to special times with your grandma, or if the smell of a compost heap can make you want to rapidly back away, then it becomes much easier to understand just how much an aroma can affect us.

When bedtime comes around, natural scents can be a perfect choice for helping to create a calm and soothing sleep environment for kids and adults alike. The key is to choose something soothing such as lavender and chamomile and to avoid more invigorating smells such as eucalyptus.

The following are some of the top essential oils used in aromatherapy to promote healthy sleep habits:

  1.      Lavender – This is the scent you’re most likely to have known would be on this list. The soft floral smell of natural lavender is exceptionally widely recognized as one that promotes calm and relaxation. It can help to ease anxieties and concerns Towels & Bottle nd promote restfulness, preparing the body and mind for sleep throughout the night. Check out our new linen spray made from lavender essential oils.
  2.      Chamomile – With its sweet scent comparative to a combination of herbs and apples, inhaling the smell of chamomile has been linked with relaxation of the mood, muscles, and even brain waves!  It has been studied for its impact on reducing hyperactivity in children as well as moodiness in adults.  It can help to ease headaches, bruises, digestive cramping, and pains associated with sprains and certain allergies. This scent is also considered to be one of the gentlest and is often recommended for babies and children. Some research has looked into its positive influence on colic symptoms.
  3.      Frankincense – This exotic scent comes with a soothing capability to balance the emotions to calm the mind and body and support healthy sleep.  It may even promote a better response to the body’s natural healing processes.
  4.      Cedarwood – This inexpensive essential oil is highly fragranced, so a very small amount goes a long way.  It is believed to help support pineal gland function.  Why does that matter? Melatonin is produced within the pineal gland and melatonin is the natural hormone associated with the body’s sleeping and waking clock.
  5.      Vetiver – This essential oil comes from the roots of the vitiver plant.  For that reason, its scent is quite earthy.  This makes it a subtle addition to a sleep environment, though it also combines well with other essential oils because, when used with thrift, it will not overpower them.  Among the scents with which it combines very well is lavender. It is believed to help to promote psychological calm and stability to ease stresses anxieties and an overactive mind at night.
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9 Must-Have Items to Make Holiday Travel Bright

Traveling with Kids: 9 Must-Have Items to Make Holiday Travel Bright!

The holidays are a wonderful time for visiting with friends and family. Sometimes that means traveling across the city, state, or even partway across the country. Especially when flying with your little ones, your packing will likely involve more challenges than simply trying to remember how many ounces of liquids you’re allowed in your carry-on luggage.

After all, regardless of whether you’re traveling by car or by plane, that’s a long time to ask a kid to sit still and be quiet. The key to a happy trip is to plan ahead, pack strategically, and know how to keep your small-sized traveler comfortable and entertained.

The following are a few handy items to bring with you on your trip this year, to keep all your spirits bright and (hopefully) stress-free:

  1. A wheelie bag – A kid having his or her own roller bag feels all grown up, looking just like you with your luggage. This can also make it easier to find his or her carry-on items because they’re all stored together.
  2. Travel games – Depending on your child’s age and the activities he or she enjoys, there are lots of fun, small-sized travel games you can pack for regular sources of entertainment. These can include mini magnetic games (tic tac toe, etc), drawing pads, coloring books, crayons, toy “friends,” a tablet, and headphones.
  3. Portable charger – That tablet full of fun game apps is only helpful when it has enough juice to keep going. A portable charger can help to keep the batteries all powered up for hours of extra entertainment. Our favorite is made by Mogix. It’s small and convenient, yet super powerful! You can use code MOGIXPOW to receive 15% off on Amazon.
  4. A Lovey – The cuddly familiar look, feel and smell of a lovey can be extremely soothing to a child.  If he or she is anxious to travel or you just want to make the trip as calm as possible, don’t leave home without your kid’s lovey. Our new lovey animals do just the trick.
  5. Snacks – These are great for keeping a child busy, happy and quiet.  They can also double as a makeshift lunch when the airport terminal doesn’t have kid friendly food available or when you’re a long way from the next rest stop or town.
  6. A pillow – A small sized pillow in a snuggly pillowcase can instantly turn an uncomfortable car seat, plane seat or airport lounge chair into a comfy place for your kid to relax or even get a bit of sleep.
  7. Lavender spray – A small spritz of lavender linen spray can help calm a child and ease him or her to sleep, particularly if it is a scent used at home at bedtime. This item is best saved for car trips as many airports and airplanes have regulations against spraying fragrances due to the sensitivities of other passengers. Or you can pre-spray a pillow or article of clothing.
  8. Emergency bag – This is a small bag to slip inside your carry-on luggage which contains a change of clothes (because you never know), wet wipes, bandaids, tissues, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush, a thermometer or fever strip, or anything else you might need on hand.
  9. Sunscreen – A long car ride near a window on a sunny day could be a recipe for a sunburn, even in winter. With a tube of sunscreen on hand, you’ll be ready to apply and re-apply to keep skin moisturized and protected from burns.

The last thing you’ll want to bring with you is a great attitude, a lot of patience, and some great songs to sing together to keep the feeling festive.

What No One Tells You About Swaddle Blankets (But You Really Should Know)

Swaddle blankets – and choosing the right ones – isn’t really something people talk about. It seems like it should be self explanatory. Step one: get blanket. Step two: make baby burrito. Step three: all set. Then comes reality when you realize it’s not quite that obvious. Any baby shower will usually provide a parent-to-be with half a dozen different options. Where do you start?

Whether you’re the parent, a guest at a baby shower, or you want to bring something with you when you meet a new baby for the first time, you’ll want to choose the right kind of swaddle blanket, not just any soft cover. That can feel like an overwhelming choice when you realize that there are dozens upon dozens of designs, fabrics, and colors from which to choose…especially when the mom-to-be isn’t registered for any of them. What do you do? How do you know which ones are perfect for a baby bundle and which should be avoided?

If your gift basket or your baby’s nursery is in need of a swaddle blanket, here are some great tips to head you in the right direction:

  • Fabric – The fabric is an exceptionally important factor to consider and is the perfect place to start when choosing a swaddle blanket. The best ones are made from a premium quality 100% cotton material. The reason is that they’re gentle, hypoallergenic, soft, lightweight, and washable.
  • Type – There are lots of different styles and designs from which to choose.  Traditional ones are easily foldable and square. They’re the right size to tuck and fold around an infant. Others have various fasteners meant to make it easier to wrap the little one without as much of a learning curve. Either will do the trick, but they also each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Many parents have their own reasons for their preferences.
  • Size – Many doctors recommend using only swaddling blankets for swaddling. Just because a blanket is soft and hypoallergenic, it doesn’t mean it’s ideal for wrapping an infant. It needs to be big enough to get the job done, but too much fabric can risk loose portions that can end up covering a baby’s face, increasing the chances of suffocation – clearly something that needs to be avoided at all cost. Leave regular blankets for older kids and keep the right size of swaddling blanket for that task.
  • Price – It’s important to find a careful balance between affordability and quality.  While it’s always great to find a deal, the cheapest option isn’t always the best one.  Savvy shoppers find premium products and use coupon codes or wait for sales to get the best product at the lowest price.

That said, beyond choosing the right swaddle blankets, there are some additional facts about these soft and snuggly cloths that are also helpful to know.

  • One at a time – New parents may be tempted to double up (or more) with swaddle blankets on cold days. Unfortunately, that is more likely to cause a baby to overheat than to make him or her feel toasty. It’s better to use only one blanket, wrapped properly, in a room of an appropriate temperature.
  • Don’t rush – When you’re not running on any sleep, it’s easy to want to rush through the swaddling process. Especially when you feel you’ve got the hang of it.  Try to avoid that inclination and put the same amount of care into it every time. This will help to prevent the wrap from being too tight, too loose, or from holding the infant’s body in the wrong position – each of which come with risk that you can easily avoid.
  • They’re great multi-purpose blankets – Experts may recommend that you use only swaddle blankets for swaddling. That said, most babies end up with more of them than they actually need, and they grow out of them very quickly. While you can easily donate them, keep one in a memory box or store some for a possible little brother or sister in the future, there are other uses for them, too. For instance, many parents love to use this breathable cotton as a car blanket or seat cover, a breastfeeding cover, a toddler naptime blanket, or even a lovey as the baby gets older.

The health, safety, and comfort of a baby is always the top priority when choosing a swaddle blanket. When you make the right choice, that gentle cover can make all the difference to that newest little family member.

Is Your Baby Ready to Wear Sunscreen?

We’ve all come to know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. Our babies may be small, but the sun will find them just as quickly as it will find the rest of us. Since a baby’s skin is thinner and more delicate, it is important to start using proper UV protection right away.

For the first few months of your baby’s life, that means staying in the shade, using additional sun shades and covering with the right clothing. The reason is that until a baby is six months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends against using sunscreen and sun block products. That said, the latest guidelines do say that if enough shade and clothing cannot be provided, small areas of a newborn’s skin can be protected with baby-safe sunscreen with a minimum of 15 SPF (and usually no more than 30 SPF). The sunscreen should be applied to as small an area as possible.

That said, once your baby is 6 months old and older, the AAP recommends protecting all exposed areas of your baby’s body with baby-safe sunscreen.

The first time you are going to use sunscreen on your baby, it’s a good idea to patch test your product of choice to make sure it will be well tolerated. Even the best quality products may cause a reaction if an allergy or sensitivity happens to be present.

Forty-eight hours before you plan to use the sunscreen, dab a small amount of the formula onto a little patch on your baby’s skin. Keep an eye on it for the next two days, even after it has been washed away, and check for signs of irritation. If your little one develops a rash, talk to your pediatrician about how to go about choosing a formula that won’t cause a reaction.

As you select a sunscreen that will be appropriate for your baby, there are certain tips you can use to make the right choice:Little Sleepy Head Sunscreen

  •         Select a sunscreen designed specifically for babies and/or children. Looking for a formula that uses safe ingredients, like our Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen made for baby and the whole family.
  •         Look for a product that specifically describes itself as a provider of “broad-spectrum” protection. This means it will protect your baby against both UVA and UVB rays.
  •         Choose a product that offers an SPF 15 at the very minimum. SPF 30 is even better. At the same time, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) advises against using a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 50 as the sun protection in those products is frequently of lesser quality than those at an SPF 30. Moreover, those that do provide an SPF 50 or higher increase the chances of skin reactions to the ingredients.
  •         Avoid sunscreens that combine both sun protection and insect repellants. If you need both products, apply them separately. Make sure to get the thumbs up from your baby’s pediatrician before starting the use of an insect repellant.

Don’t forget that it’s important to continue using sunscreen on your baby year-round.  Many people forget that the sun’s rays are just as bright in the winter as they are in the summer. Eighty percent of UV rays penetrate even the thickest clouds and the snow can reflect sunlight and cause unexpected sunburns.

Top 3 Ways a Lovey Benefits Your Little One

Loveys can take many forms. Most of us have one in our lives. Traditionally, they’re something very soft and snuggly like a rag doll, a blankie, or a plush toy. For reasons only the little one knows, one toy will stand out above all the rest and becomes a beloved companion that will go everywhere with him or her.

Loveys are so special that they are often kept for a lifetime, well beyond childhood years.  These are among the most common items to be kept in memory boxes that contain only the most important possessions from a person’s life.

Many kids start becoming interested in their loveys at around six months old, though some start earlier and others might take longer. There are significant benefits to having a lovey and many parents encourage their children once one has been selected.

 

Here are three of the top reasons your child will benefit from having a lovey in his or her life:

  1.      Improved coping – Having this soft extension of their parents with them can help to make new or stressful situations easier to cope with. Kids commonly deal with separation anxiety more smoothly when they have the company of a lovey with them. It is soft, familiar and comfortable, helping them to keep their confidence when Mom or Dad aren’t there or when they have new surroundings to explore.

 

  1.      Improved restfulness at bedtime – Loveys aren’t just soft. They’re an entire experience that is familiar and comforting to a child. They have a uniquely familiar scent. They have a way to be held.  They feel nice to the touch. These are all very soothing to a child’s senses, right from the most basic and instinctual levels. Many kids will suck on their loveys, rub parts of them between their fingers, or brush them against their faces. These help kids to self-soothe, relax, and sleep more restfully.

 

  1.      Reduced fearfulness – Similar to the way a lovey can help with coping in new circumstances or when parents aren’t around, it can also help to keep fear at bay in familiar situations. For example, kids who develop a fear of the dark can feel calmed and protected against the shadows and monsters under the bed. This can assist them in relaxing on their own instead of feeling the need to call out for Mom or Dad.

While there is no guarantee that your little one will form a lovey-level bond with a toy just because you hope he or she will, there are certain types of items that are more likely to become loveys than others. These are usually very soft – possibly  with more than one fabric texture but without any hard parts such as plastic eyes or buttons – as well as being washable (to avoid having to throw it away if it becomes heavily soiled) and huggable.  Ideally, it should be replaceable, too, just in case. Little Sleepy Head Lovey’s boast all of these features and are now available on their website, starting at $17.95.

7 Ultimate Parenting Solutions for Kids Who Hate Bath Time

Toddlers have a knack for turning otherwise simple routines into dramas of epic proportions. When it comes to bath time, some kids are water babies while others seem to want to redefine the term “soap opera.” There are a ton of reasons your kid might not want to take a bath today. They include everything from being afraid of getting sucked down the drain to simply feeling moody after a long and tiring day.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are a ton of simple, easy, affordable and – most importantly – effective solutions you can keep handy to ensure a happy bath time.

Here are some of those ultimate parenting solutions you’ll wonder how you ever bath timed without:

  1.      Bubbles – Creating a bubble bath may sound like an obvious strategy, but bubbles make bath time fun. To keep things interesting and stop the bubbles from becoming a stale experience, don’t use bubbles every single time. Make it a treat for when your little one really needs it.
  2.      Toys –  You may feel inclined to simply toss a few waterproof toys from your kid’s toy box into the bath water, but if you want to create a real appeal for the bath, get some great toys that allowed only for playtime in the tub. Kids absolutely love toys that float in the water or that they can fill and pour out. Just make sure the toys won’t hold too much water so gallons of it won’t accidentally end up on the floor.
  3.     Soap paints and crayons – Bath time paints and crayons let your little one exercise an artistic side impossible in any other room of the house. After all, they let your kid paint and scribble on the tub and walls. Afterward, all you need to do is rinse it away – some take a bit of a wipe with a sponge.  They can even turn the bath water fun colors.
  4.      Bath visor – These inexpensive investments are a wonderful way to help keep water out of your child’s eyes, especially while his or her hair is being washed.  Many kids are afraid of getting water in their eyes, but with a visor and a washcloth, it’s easy to stop that from happening.
  5.      Drain protection – If your kid is nervous about being washed down the drain, take him or her out of the tub before pulling the plug.  Once your child is out, let him or her watch the water as it whirlpools down the drain. Leave a couple of floating toys in there to demonstrate how they don’t get washed away with the water.
  6.      Use the toilet – Encourage your child to use the toilet before getting into the tub.  This can help to avoid accidentally going while in the bath water. For some kids, that’s a very upsetting experience and can make a child not want to get back in the tub for a while.
  7.      Use soothing products – Choose bath time products that have soothing scents and that are gentle on the skin.  A bit of aromatherapy with natural scents such as lavender and chamomile can go a long way.  The same can be said about using products that won’t irritate sensitive skin. If you haven’t already, check out our baby and toddler lotion made with lavender and chamomile. It’s smells fantastic and is very soothing before bedtime.

Getting Your Kids on a New Schedule for School

After a summer of being essentially schedule-free – or at least being rather lax on schedules – having to conform to a certain bedtime and waking time can come as a bit of a shock to parents and kids alike. That said, school has an established start time and your son or daughter needs to be up, dressed, fed, and alert by the time the bell rings.

While many parents allow their children to go without a bedtime right up until the first day of school, there are many drawbacks to that strategy. Primarily, kids end up somewhat jet-lagged for the first several days. This means that they begin the school year with a disadvantage when compared to the children who are well rested. Exhausted children have a harder time adapting to their new schedules, interacting socially and learning the ropes for the new year.

If you want to help your child ease into the schedule required throughout the school year, there are some very handy tips that can assist you along the way. These can help your son or daughter to set a school-time sleep schedule, and can also improve sleep hygiene throughout the rest of the year.

 

  • Around 2 weeks ahead of the first day of school, gradually create a school timing routine that will align with the one that will be used during the school year. Every night, make bedtime just a little bit earlier and every morning make wake-up time earlier by the same amount. The time increments should be determined so that by the start of the school year, your child’s schedule will allow for the amount of sleep needed for that age and to begin the school day on time.

 

  • Keep a set schedule. Once you have established the bedtime and waking time, stick to it. This means that the same schedule should be used every day of the week. Weekends shouldn’t be used to “catch up.” With a proper bedtime and waking time routine, your child should already be getting all the sleep he or she needs, so the need to catch up shouldn’t be there.

 

  • Create a winding down routine ahead of bedtime. A healthy bedtime routine isn’t just a matter of being in bed with the lights off at the right time. The time leading up to shutting out the lights is very important, too. All screen time (TV, mobile devices, video games, etc) should cease an hour before bedtime in favor of quieter activities. These can include bath time or washing, brushing teeth and hair, a bedtime story for younger kids, or reading time for older ones. This helps to prepare the body and mind to be restful once it’s time to sleep.

 

  • Create a peaceful environment in the child’s bedroom. The best place for a restful and solid sleep includes a comfortable bed, soft and snuggly bedding, a dark room, and a temperature that is slightly on the cool side without being cold.

 

  • Avoid large amounts of food close to bedtime. A heavy meal before bedtime can make it tough for a child to fall asleep. Light snacks won’t typically cause any harm, but they should be kept small.

 

  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeinated drinks and food – such as soft drinks, coffee, tea, energy drinks, energy shots and even chocolate – should be limited after noon and entirely avoided in the evening. Ideally, this stimulant should be avoided completely to eliminate its impact on the sleep schedule, but if it is consumed, try to keep the timing right.

 

  • Set a good example. One of the best ways to make sure your child keeps up a positive and effective sleep schedule is for you to live by the same rules. If you establish your own regular sleep habits, it will be much more natural for your child to do the same.

 

The earlier you begin the efforts to create a sleeping and waking schedule with your child, the better prepared he or she will be once the first day of school rolls around. While it may not seem like the most fun thing to do before classes start, it will make a big difference when they’re expected to sit at a desk and focus first thing in the morning.

A Beginner’s Guide to Toddler Skin Care

Even on your toddler’s cute little body, the skin is the largest organ. Every part of it plays a vital role in your son or daughter’s health. Taking care of it properly can help to give it everything it needs to keep problems away and to make sure your little one is comfortable.

Taking care of your toddler’s skin and building great skin care habits right from the start can be a great way to keep him or her well. It can also promote healthy practices that he or she will learn to carry on into adolescence and adulthood.

Here are some great steps to follow to make sure your own toddler’s skin remains clean, healthy and comfy.

Hand washing

Routine hand washing is one of the top most recommended practices for reducing the risk of infection and disease. Help your little one wash his or her hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and after coming inside from outdoors.

Use warm water and lather soap over your child’s hands. Don’t forget to pay attention to areas where there are skin folds, such as knuckles and palms, as well as around and under fingernails (a nail brush can be handy for getting grime out from under nails).

Bathing

Regular bathing helps to keep the rest of your child clean and will reduce the risk of infections, diseases, and other skin problems beyond what can be washed away on their hands. How often your toddler needs to bathe depends on many things. Your pediatrician will likely recommend that you bathe your toddler a few times per week and check him or her over on a daily basis.

Use gentle cleansers, such as the Little Sleepy Head Gentle Hair & Body Wash, to wash your little one’s skin and hair. The best options are tear-free products that are designed for sensitive skin and that don’t contain any artificial fragrances dyes/colorants, sulfates, petrolatum, or other potentially harmful ingredients that can cause irritation.

Rub a bit of the cleanser into a soft washcloth and start at the top, working your way down. Give extra care to washing your toddler’s face, behind his or her ears, and anywhere that there are skin folds such as elbows, knees, the belly button, and the groin.

If your toddler is less than enthusiastic about bath time or is going through an anti-bathing phase, check out our “7 Ultimate Parenting Solutions for Kids Who Hate Bath Time” blog post.

Moisturizing

A gentle moisturizer can help to support your skin’s natural protection barrier against harm and infection. Don’t wait until the skin is dry, itchy, red, or scaly to start moisturizing. Those are all indicators that irritation has already occurred.  Instead, apply a product such as the Little Sleepy Head Hydrating Baby Lotion to help stop these problems before they can happen.

Sun Protecting

When you’re headed outside, use light colored clothing, hats with brims, parasols/stroller sun shades, and sunscreen to prevent sunburn, other forms of UV damage and reduce the risk of skin cancer later in life.

Make sure to use a sunscreen appropriate for a child’s sensitive skin such as the Little Sleepy Head Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen (and don’t forget to apply some on yourself, as well). Generously apply the sunscreen to areas of the skin that will be exposed to sunlight, not forgetting areas like the backs of ears. Re-apply every couple of hours or sooner if your child has been in water or has been sweating.

Regular Monitoring

Check your child’s skin for problems on a regular basis. Pay special attention to areas where extra moisture can occur such as around the eyes, nose and mouth, the hands as well as the thighs, and bottom. Keep an eye on scrapes, bumps, and bruises. The sooner you spot a problem, the sooner you can treat it or bring it to a doctor’s attention so it won’t be allowed to worsen.

Working proper skin care into your toddler’s routine is an important activity.  It can be a calming time to spend together and can even contribute to a soothing bedtime routine.

Top Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids and parents alike. No other holiday compares in terms of the experience. After all, the Easter bunny brings treats right to you, evenings on July 4 are for fireworks instead of trick-or-treating, we don’t knock on our neighbors’ doors asking for candy on Thanksgiving, and we don’t dress in fun costumes on Christmas.

That said, if you want to make sure Halloween stays unique in a fun way this year, you need to stay safe. Kids can become exceptionally excited, making it easy to forget street-crossing safety or the fact that many of the people they’ll be visiting are indeed strangers. Therefore, it’s important to be especially vigilant as you accompany your kids on their spooky adventures.

The following are some of the top Halloween safety tips recommended by a spectrum of trusted organizations and publications.

  • Costume Precautions – ‘Parents’ magazine reminds us to take safety into consideration with costume choices. Non-toxic face paint looks great without the obstructed vision caused by most masks. Pay attention to wigs, helmets, hats and even high collars as they can reduce your child’s peripheral vision. Brightly colored costumes make your child easier to see in the dark. This isn’t just important when crossing the street, as it’s also important for you to be able to keep an eye on your little one as he or she moves in and out of the shadows. Choose only costumes specifically labeled as “flame resistant” since many Jack-o-lanterns are lit with real candles and the sweep of a cape or a baggy pant-leg near a flame could otherwise spell disaster. Don’t forget to add reflective tape and flashlights whenever possible.
  • Check the Loot – The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds us not to let kids snack on their treats while they’re out trick-or-treating. Wait until you get home to check and sort the treats. It is very rare for tampering to occur but every year news reports pop up. It’s far better to be safe than sorry. A responsible adult should give each piece of candy a careful examination.  Anything improperly wrapped, unwrapped, spoiled or simply suspicious should be thrown away.
  • Carve Carefully – KidsHealth provides a list of helpful tips for creating injury-free Jack-o-lanterns. Kids should never be allowed to use knives. Instead, let them use a marker to draw the design onto the pumpkin. Kids also love scooping the “innards” out of the pumpkin with their hands so you can let them do that, too, once you cut the top off. As you carve, keep kids at a safe distance to reduce the risk of accidents. Don’t forget to clean up carefully.  Pumpkin “guts” are slippery. The last thing you want to have happen is a slip and fall. Once your pumpkin is carved and gorgeous, use flame-free battery operated candle.
  • Be Safe Parents – Caring For Kids (a pediatricians info group) recommends that you accompany children on their trick-or-treat adventure until they’re at least 10 years old, but preferably older. Be aware of your children, the people around you, traffic and other factors such as tripping hazards. Remember that your child is very excited so even if he or she is usually great about looking both ways before crossing the street, it may be forgotten while out on a trick-or-treating adventure.
  • Drive Safely – SafeKids.org reminds us all to drive especially safely at this time of year. Take extra time to watch for crossing kids and remember that they may not wait for intersections to dart out.

Have a fun and happy Halloween!

 

 

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2 simple Halloween DIY’s the kids will love

Happy almost Halloween! What better way to get in the spirit than to make some Halloween crafts with your littles? Try out a couple of our favorite DIY’s that require just a few supplies.

Lollipop Ghosts 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Kleenex tissues
  • Round lollipops (we used Tootsie Pops)
  • Black sharpie
  • Tiny elastic rubber bands
  • Thin orange and black ribbon

How to make these super easy ghosts:

1. Take 2 full size tissues. Cut the second tissue into quarter size pieces.

2. Put 1 quarter size tissue in the middle of the full Kleenex. The double layer helps hide the color of the pop.

3. Pick a lollipop and set it in the middle of the tissue. Wrap the tissue around the lollipop and use one of the elastic rubber bands to hold it all in place.

4. Cut a couple of pieces of ribbon (color of your choice) and tie a bow around the elastic rubber band.

5. Use a black sharpie to draw two black dots for the eyes.

How easy was that? You have the cutest little ghosts that are perfect for decoration in just 5 steps!

 Paper Plate Black Cat

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 paper plate
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • 2 large green wiggle eyes
  • 1 small pink pom-pom
  • The pattern we used can be found here: download the pattern

How to make this purrrrfect craft:

  1. We all know painting can get messy, so make sure the surface you are panting on is covered so you can save from a big mess.
  2. Second, you’ll want to paint the entire front side of the paper plate.
  3. Use the pattern linked above to cut the cat pieces from the plate (this was a life saver) :-).
  4. Glue the head and tail on the body. Let it dry.
  5. Add eyes, nose, and whiskers.

You now have the purrrfect craft!