Back-to-School Must-Haves

Are you ready for the big day? School bells will be ringing and buses will be at bay. As the first day of school comes getting closer and closer, make sure you’ve got everything prepped and ready for your child as he starts school.

Step 1: Selecting the Perfect Backpack

MadPax Backpacks
SkipHop Backpacks

There are so many school bags out in the market but only a selected few are specially crafted for children. Other than having cute and spunky designs, specialized toddler and children brands craft the right straps, sizing and material to perfectly cater to a child’s physique with padded straps and limited weight capacity. Shop from reputable kids brands to make sure your child gets the backpack properly suited for him.

Step 2: Snack Time Essentials
Make sure your child enjoys a hearty meal by packing his lunchies with love everyday

3 Sprouts Insulated Lunch Bag

– Lunchbag: An insulated lunch bag keeps your child’s meal hot or cold to make sure he enjoys it fresh when the lunch bell rings

Monbento

– Snack Box: A snack box with a divider lets him gobble down a fun variety you can mix up for to surprise him with everyday

SkipHop Water Bottles

– Water bottle: Water bottles with flip straws are great for mess free drinks. They can even perfectly match his SkipHop Backpack.

Step 3: School Supplies
This lot may be tricky as the recommended supplies vary per school level but the most essential for all are: pencils/pens, notebooks, coloring materials, non-toxic adhesives and child-friendly shears.

OMY Coloring Pens

Step 4: Comfort Toy

Melissa and Doug Soft Toys

For some kids, starting school will be an adjustment either uncomfortable or exciting, make sure he has something dear to hold to help him with the anxiety he may face or something he can share around with new found friends.

Step 5: Just-in-case Checklist

Jottum

– Spare Clothes
Pack light clothing just in case of any spill or art-related accident that might come your child’s way

MiFold Grab-and-Go Car Seat

– Pocket-sized Car Seat
Unplanned carpools are nothing to worry about if your child always has a handy car seat booster in his pack

Preparing for school need not be nerve-wrecking and stressful! Get ready ahead of time and just follow these steps and cross of these lists, and you will be guaranteed a hassle-free first day for you and your child.

A Middle Eastern Summer: Tips for Babies & Toddlers

 

Summer is here, and it’s here to stay! Summers in the Middle East last for months, sometimes even half the year. But fear not, with these tips in mind, it will just pass like a breeze. Just stock up on these summer essentials and your little ones will have the time of their lives!

 

 

 

  1. Stay Hydrated Intense summer heat may be too overwhelming for your little ones. When outdoors, make sure to keep them hydrated to help keep their body temperature regulated at all times. Always pack boxed juice drinks whenever outside or fresh bottled juices or water, which would be much better. Stainless steel bottles are great for keeping drinks cool amidst the heat.

    Skip Hop Zoo Stainless Steel Straw Bottle
  2. Eat Up If you’re not a fan of the thought of taking too many potty trips, fruits are also excellent sources for hydration. Watermelons, grapes, and oranges are ideal and easy to pack. A great hack to take your summer pack further up a notch is freezing grapes and storing them in insulated lunch packs and viola- mini fruit lollies/popsicles that are not just fun, cool treats but also 100% healthy.

    3 Sprouts Lunch Bag
  3. Dress Cool Light mesh fabrics are perfect for summer; thin layers lets you stay cool and lightweight fabrics are very breathable and doesn’t trap any heat, allowing air to circulate & move freely through the fabric. Cotton, linen or chambray onesies and coordinates are also other good options. Opt for colors that are bright or white as these reflect sun light while dark colors absorb heat.

    Jottum One Piece
  4. Sun Protection Use hats, umbrellas or canopies as a protective layer against sun rays. Choose sunscreen that is specially formulated for babies and kids’ sensitive skin and uses natural ingredients. Though SPF lotions and creams may be a good option, an added external protective layer is still best. Clip on umbrellas and detachable extendable sun canopies for strollers are a definite must have accessories.
    Stroller Summer Cover

    Naif Sunscreen (for the sensitive skin of babies and kids)
  5. Indoor Fun Beaches and pools aren’t the only destination for families to cool down. In the Middle East, the heat may be intense but we adapt tremendously. Indoor theme parks, forests and adventure zones are a widespread and with summer at bay, so are promotions for entrance fees and packages that are better than usual. Also, why not stay creative at home with fun educational toys? A toddler’s imagination can travel so far with playful bonding with their mums and dads or toddlers alike.

    Melissa & Doug Corner Kitchen

JustKidding Recommends: Top Car Seats for Newborns, Babies and Toddlers

Top Pick for Newborns
Newborn to 1 year


 

Pebble Plus

The Maxi-Cosi Plus is a best seller for its cocoon-type seat that gives a very comfortable and secure womb feel for your newborn baby

 

 

 



Top Pick for Babies
Newborn to 4 years

 

Britax First Class

Britax First Class features super comfy removable cushioning that lets the seat grow with your child

 

 



 

Top Pick for Toddlers
4-12 years

 

MiFold

A wallet-sized booster that packs maximum safety that is 10x smaller and just as safe

 

 

 

 

Kidsriver Booster Seat

Most convenient way to make sure your child is safe at all times is Kidsriver Booster seat that easily adapts to any car seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kidsriver Alant

A full seat that gives your child maximum safety, the Kidsriver Alant makes sure your toddler is safe, secure and comfortable

 

 

 

 

Top Pick Innovative Car Seat
Newborn  to 1 year

Doona Car Seat and Stroller

The only car seat with integrated wheels, the Doona Car Seat and Stroller lets you convert your car seat into a stroller with ease


 

 

Brain-boosting activities for toddlers

brain boosting activities for kids

Ever wondered what’s going on in your toddler’s head? A lot, is the simple answer. According to infant-development experts the first years of a child’s life is when they are primed to learn. From colours, sounds, smells, movements and touch, they are literally soaking up the richness of their environment like little sponges. As parents it’s our job to enhance their experience and knowledge. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about square-root lullabies or the three Rs. Instead, it’s much more important for bub to learn through play. Here are five fun brain-boosting activities for toddlers.

Continue reading “Brain-boosting activities for toddlers”

Toddler Bedtime Wars: 8 Ways To Avoid Them

Getting a bed-resistant toddler to go to sleep can be extremely frustrating. From endless wailing to constantly getting out of bed, those little munchkins really know how to play the game when it comes to nighttime struggles. Fortunately there are some techniques you can use to avoid toddler bedtime wars. We’ve put together a list of suggestions for mastering a smooth, hassle-free bedtime routine for toddlers.

Continue reading “Toddler Bedtime Wars: 8 Ways To Avoid Them”

10 Things Your Toddler Wants You To Know

things your toddler wants you to know

Most toddlers start to say their first words by the time they’re 14 months old. But while speech is the single most powerful way for small children to interact, it’s a long road from those first few babbles to verbal communication. Consequently, parents still have their work cut out as they try to figure out what their toddler is trying to say. With this in mind we thought it might be fun to put together a list of things your toddler wants you to know, but can’t yet say. If nothing else, we hope it gives you a giggle.

Continue reading “10 Things Your Toddler Wants You To Know”

Babyproofing Your Home

babyproofing home

When Baby Boo first started crawling I was beside myself with excitement. However, that euphoria was quickly replaced by dread when I realised that pretty much every area of our house posed some kind of threat to her. In the months since I’ve gradually turned what was a hazardous home into a safe haven. Read on for my top tips for basic babyproofing.

Continue reading “Babyproofing Your Home”

10 tips for celebrating baby’s first Christmas

baby's first christmas

A first Christmas is an exciting time for the whole family. While your little one is probably too tiny to partake in many of the family traditions, such as putting milk and cookies out for Santa or decorating the tree, there is something heartening about introducing them to the warmth and goodwill of the festive season. With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 great ideas for making your tot’s first Yuletide season as special as possible. Merry Christmas everybody!

Continue reading “10 tips for celebrating baby’s first Christmas”

Christmas gift guide for mums & mums to be

baby's first christmas

 

While I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need much – quite frankly they’re happy with a bottle and a tummy rub – try explaining that to new grandparents and aunts and uncles who are just itching to race down the aisles of their nearest baby store this Christmas. My little one isn’t even born yet, but I’ve already been inundated with requests from well-meaning family members who’d like to pop a little something under the tree, in anticipation of her arrival.

Continue reading “Christmas gift guide for mums & mums to be”