If you are a Millenial you surely have tried or at least know about the wave of meal box services that have taken over most podcast and Facebook advertising spots in recent years. Have you tried one? They can be great especially for weeknights when you get home late from work or a recital and you don’t want to think about cooking from scratch. But the big problem is there is no way that your three-year-old is going to eat Spicy Polano & Enoki Mushroom Tortas. You know what they might eat though? How about Orange Chicken with Fried Rice or Peas & Cheese Tortellini! Simply put, kid food jazzed up a bit.
Nurture Life is a meal box service that is for your kids and your busy life. You simply enter your child’s age and their dietary restrictions and their team will curate a weekly menu plan for you. Then every week it shows up on your doorstep like some magical food fairy has blessed your house and cured your picky eaters once and for all.
The meals come cold ready to re-heat and in perfect healthy sized portions for your growing kids. You don’t have to worry about reading the sides of mac and cheese boxes to see if there is anything icky inside anymore. The Nurture Life “team of chefs and pediatric dietitian create meals that are designed and portioned to meet each child’s nutritional requirements. We prepare, cook and package all of our meals in our state-of-the-art kitchen, eliminating cross-contamination with the most common allergens.”
What we love the most about Nurture Life’s meals for our toddlers is that we don’t have to worry about them getting all of the nutrients from their meals what we pretend to give them normally. Yeah, you don’t have to pretend that those french fries you threw in the microwave are a suitable veggie. These meals are simply perfect for any family.
As a parent, you are always looking for a way to make bathtime more enjoyable for everyone involved. You have the bath books and a rotating array or rubber ducks that you have to toss when you start squeezing out mold and mildew. Tomy toys have created the ultimate line of toys that will propel your bathtime into fun family play time with Toomies. Tomy sent over some Toomies for us to try as a family and we can not get enough of them. These toys are so fun that we found our 4yo in the tub playing with them when it was dry. Here are some Toomies we love:
The foam cone factory is by far the favorite. You simply add a half cap full of your normal bubble bath and some water into the tank and then pull the lever as you make the most delish soapy soft serve cone you have ever seen. The imagination you kid uses as they sprinkle on jimmies/sprinkles with the included shaker is hilarious to watch. Hand up, dad made a cone in the shower the next morning and found it just as amusing as the toddler did.
The Bubble blast train is similar to the foam cone factory but instead of spitting out “ice cream” as the train choo’s down the track giant bubbles emit from the smoke stack. All aboard for a super fun bathtime with this toy.
The rocket blast fountain is equally fun and useful, your child will learn cause and effect and you will be able to rise that soapy hair with relative ease as they giggle at the water train raining down on them as the rocket blasts off in your tub.
If you have a kid under the age of 9 in your home chances are they know all about Nature Cat, the cartoon about the lovable housecat Fred who lives for his backyard adventures but has no skill at being an outdoor cat. One of our favorite brands TOMY has created a cute line of 8″ plush characters based on this popular PBS cartoon and they are adorable. They send us a couple and my girls fell in love with them immediately. “Nae-twer Cat!” These stuffies are the perfect size for your kids to take on adventures in the backyard and are ultra-realistic. They are so close to the actual cartoon it’s like they jumped from the screen into your house. It’s fun to act out scenes from past Nature Cat episodes or make up your own adventures with your family. Check them out and click the buy button below.
We’ll be honest we had never shopped on Swap.com before we were gifted a credit from them earlier this spring. Boy, have we been missing out. This site is amazing for everyone but especially parents. We have all been there, you know sliding hanger after hanger at the local consignment shop just trying to find something in 4T that is actually worth buying. How often do you leave empty-handed? If you are like us, you get skunked nearly every time.
Swap.com is the site for you parents. It was so easy to find some fun new “used” clothing for the whole family. Yeah, I got some sweatpants and buddy I have hardly taken them off. “Have you washed those yet?” asked my wife last night. Anyways, Swap.com has the type of granular shopping filters that one can only dream of. Do you want something in 6-9mo, gently used, girls, from a group of hand-selected brands like Baby Gap, Hanna Anderson, and OshKosh? You can get that specific. They even have an extensive collection of never worn clothing. We all have those kids clothes that people have given us, you know, the 2T sundress when your girl would be in 2T in December.
Check out all the amazing brands and clothing that your whole family can shop. Where else can you get a toddler dress from Tea, a LulaRoe dress for your wife and a J.Crew Button-down shirt for under $100? Nowhere. Just click on over to Swap and take a look and see what you can find for your growing family today. Save money and shop like a boss.
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We’d say owning this bloom coco lounger for your darling baby is keeping up with the Joneses but we heard that even the Joneses got their bouncer at a liquidation sale at the baby gear depot. How gorgeous is this modern lounger? Your baby will slumber in so much style and grace in this beauty. Sporting a baltic birch wood frame, no assembly required convenience and choice of padded cushion what’s not to envy.
This is the big dog, bad boy, mother of all that is holy, shut the front door, check yo self, shut it down diaper bag of all diaper bags. When you need a bag that holds more than what you need for a simple trip to the grocery store THIS is the bag you need. Baby K’tan has long been one of the premier brands in the baby gear world and this weekender bag is no exception. Boasting (huge breath in) nine compartments, a wet bag for dirty diapers, a changing pad, wipes dispenser, a damn COOLER pocket for keeping things cold, binky pouch (gasp in) antibacterial nylon, secure velcro opening, laptop compartment and 100% cotton exterior, oh baby give daddy one of these. The only thing this beast doesn’t come with is a baby but you can work on that right guys? read more…
We have been having a toddler getting out of bed 2-3 times a night problem for a while now. First, it was the scary AC kicking on in her room, then it was because she was thirsty and most recently it was to check on her little sister. We have compromised with leaving the door open a crack, buying her new Frozen sheets, like Anna and Elsa Frozen, not actual sheets that freeze her into her bed although that is a pretty good idea no? What has actually worked for the time being was buying her an awesome new night light. This birdcage night light was just cute enough that she was both excited to get it but it also was a good incentive to stay in bed. She loves the two different brightness options and the fact that it stays lit all night on a single charge. Check out how cute this thing is and click the BUY button below.
One of the great hassles of parenting is shoe shopping. It’s a nightmare, and we have to do it seems every other month at the rate these kids are growing. It’s a constant battle of sizes not being in stock, the little ones wanting the cheap ones with cartoons on them, and finding shoes that fit the season. When we went looking for some quality made yet affordable shoes for our toddler we hit all of the stops around town and stuck out. Another day was wasted and her toes were still crammed into the ends of her dirty sneakers that stopped fitting weeks ago. That is when we pulled up Pediped online after doing some research on the best shoes for kids. Mercy, this site had everything we wanted in shoe shopping. A vast selection, handy sizing guides, and shoes for every season, style and age. Not to mention we could do it all online which saved us another afternoon in box store hell. So whether it is back to school shopping, or just the need for new summer kicks for the kids check out Pediped. As they say, they are the next best thing to bare feet!
Summer is here and as we all climb out of our winter cocoon and shake off the Netflix binging to explore the warm weather some additional tools are needed. On a recent road trip that included an overnight at a hotel with the whole family we had the need to wash and dry some bottles for both baby and big sister. Ultimately we had to lay them out on a couple of those standard scratchy white hotel towels but who really knows how sanitary that was. That night I found the perfect solution to our on the go bottle drying woes, the b.box baby travel drying rack. Ingenious right? This 6 bottle rack folds almost flat so no need for extra space in the trunk. It is so portable that you can bring it along to the inlaws for the weekend, or for a long afternoon at the buddies house and have a safe place to store your drying bottles until your little one needs them again.
b.box baby’s awesome diaper wallet was born as all great parenting tools are, while under stress trying to wrangle a newborn in a foreign spot. This time is was on a flight to New Zeland when the need to a simple portable all in one diaper/wipe storage device was desperately needed. As parents, we all can attest that yes, that would make life easier while on the go. “All in one” is such a beautiful phrase isn’t it? b.box is short for baby box and this diaper wallet holds the most important items for baby when you are out and about. A handful of spare diapers a changing mat and wipes cleverly separated but all in one hand spot. If you want out relevant dad pro tip, grab two of these for your backpack, diaper bag, car, wherever and in the second store a change of clothing. You will always be prepared with the b.box baby diaper wallet.
I am in week 4 of being a new dad again and I can safely tell you that sleep deprivation is no joke. It’s in the early morning sleepless hours that mistakes happen. Like putting the orange juice back in the dishwasher or dropping your older kid off at school on a Saturday. Getting your infant to sleep more than 2-3 hours clips is key to everyone’s sanity and happiness in those first few months of life and that it why we love, love, love Ergo Pouch. This award winning Australian company offers a large line of sleepwear for your babies at all stages of need. They even have a super helpful buying guide that lets you pinpoint the best Ergo Pouch products for your baby. We have been using the ErgoCocoon Summer Swaddle for our nearly month old and have seen a few five hour sleep nights which have been AMAZING. It’s pretty great that when we are ready to pop our little girl’s arms out of the cocoon later in the summer we don’t have to buy a whole new system. It’s the little things that help parents that are the most ingenious right? Check out Ergo Pouch and get your sleep system or one for your pregnant friends today. (Yes, these make the perfect gift for the parent to be.) How to get your baby to sleep longer…get an Ergo Pouch by smashing that BUY button below or clicking here.
Well, maybe the kid needs a bit more but what is not to love about this oversized whale blanket. The blanket is oversized, not the whale. The whales are small and cute and a perfect compliment to your cooing tummy timer. Also, since the blanket is oversized it will grow with your child and/or come in hand for a dad nap on the couch. Trust us, these blankets are super comfortable for everyone. Invest in this heirloom quality blanket and love it for a long long time.
We were gifted this book while on a trip to Maine last summer and instantly fell in love with it, and we totally believe that you and your family will too. The Circus Ship is a delightful new children’s book that captures the readers and the listener’s attention from page one. Your kids will love the vivid illustrations and the enthralling storyline and you will love reading this tale “one more time please”! Click buy below.
When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community — and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages. via Amazon.com
Do you think the Modern Bunny likes Modern Love? Silly questions, of course, it does, everyone likes modern love. More importantly, your kids will love playing with this unique stacking toy. Stacking toys are an essential to every nursery whether it be for a hip focal point on the bookshelf next to the Dr. Seuss books or on the floor with your little crawlers. Also, fear not parents all these parts from Petit Collage are safe for your little one to chew and suck on.
I mean when we start something with a Dad joke you just know the product we want to share with you must be awesome right? What’s the joke you ask? Well, we got a chance to check out some of the amazing products from ezpz (Less Mess, More Fun) and let me tell you they rock. Not just the cool silicone tableware but the people at the company too. (Just look how good their inventions are for kids with special needs!)
Their flagship product is the Happy Mat which is available in a few different colors, this patented mat suctions to your table with its food grade silicone and is much fun to eat off of as it is to look at.
We also fell in love with the super versatile Happy Bowl mat’s in our house because you can put ANYTHING in them so keep mealtime and playtime cleaner. Yeah, we said playtime because these mats are so super easy to clean that we thought hey why not fill them with Play-Doh or finger paints? You can easily wash off any mess in seconds or even throw it in the dishwasher for harder jobs, or if you are lazy like us.
Listen, these mats are just amazing in so many ways. All of your kids will love them no matter what their needs are. Mealtime can be a challenge and ezpz helps alleviate the mess and contain your kid’s food. If only they could ezpz the floors and walls you might have a spotless house after that mac & cheese dinner.
When you are a new dad or a seasoned dad for that matter, you will often stand like a creeper above your kid’s crib just watching them sleep. You could do it for hours. What do you think about? What they are dreaming about? Who they might become, where they might end up in life, what amazing adventures might they embark on? Maybe you just watch over their sleeping little bodies and wish for them to travel the world. We love the artwork of Jessie Husband (cool name) there is just something magical about her creations. We hope that when our children are dreaming at night, they dream in the style of her artwork, vibrant, colorful and full of adventure. Check out this wonderful infant one piece (and toddler t), it’s everything, isn’t it? “Someday I Am Going To Travel The World.” We hope so.
The almost two-year-old and I were killing some time in downtown Montpelier Vermont last week while on vacation because “mummy” was off pillaging a Zutano that was closing it’s doors forever. We stumbled into Bear Pond Books which has an amazing children’s section upstairs if you happen to be in the area ever. Once I got the kid out of the tree fort long enough to sit on my lap to read one of the many new books we found she instantly gravitated to Little Houses: A Counting Book by Helen Musselwhite. Sure, we have all seen counting books but Little Houses is so charming that we want you to add it to your must-read list with your toddler. Each page has the appropriate number of little houses and then other sets like cats, birds, bikes etc. I am happy to report that the book does work, we spent the rest of the trip hearing the toddler call out “won, tew, twee, foar, five, icks, evan, ate, nwine, tewn” from the backseat on an endless loop. Thanks, Helen, and thanks, Montpelier Zutano, our credit card bill should be interesting this month based on the number of bags my wife was carrying.
We have all been that couple standing in the middle of Babies-R-Us testing all the different strollers feeling completely overwhelmed. Stroller shopping is maybe the most stressful part of maternity next to you know…financial planning. Here is something that can help you out in both departments, get a Mia Moda 3-in-1 Marisa stroller. Not only are Mia Moda strollers sleek, not only are they affordable, not only are they a time saver, they are also so very versatile. Versatile is a golden word when it comes to all things, toddler and baby. You want that flexibility to lay your kid flat for nap time on the go. You want that versatility to fold the stroller flat and compact for trips to stores with tiny aisles, you just want options because if option A results in hysterics (for you, your wife or the baby) you want the versatility to move on to option B, and C, and D. Parenting is just 18 years of laying out options for your kids, why not give them as many as possible?
“Carrots?” “Noe Dadd-ie.” “How about some beans, you love beans?” “Mummy, noooo.” “Ravioli?” “Noe!” “But, listen, you loved ravioli last week just try some okay?” “Noooooo.” What if I put it in this cool fish placemat?” – – – “More…pwease?” If you have a kid over the age of one you know the joys of dinner time, right? Nothing will make it easy unless you want to serve up Lunchables every night so you have to find fun ways to introduce new foods and sometimes that included the foods presentation to the toddler. Hexnub has created a really great silicone placemat/plate that not only makes your life easier but will entertain your fickle kid too.
If you have a kid over the age of one you know the joys of dinner time, right? Nothing will make it easy unless you want to serve up Lunchables every night so you have to find fun ways to introduce new foods and sometimes that included the foods presentation to the toddler. Hexnub has created a really great silicone placemat/plate that not only makes your life easier but will entertain your fickle kid too. “The Fish Placemat is easy to transport and stack. Mats can be rinsed with warm soapy water or placed in the dishwasher. Our placemats are also oven & freezer safe, made out of the highest quality silicone that meets all safety standards (BPA, fishPVC, lead and phthalate free).” We encourage your kids to play with their food on this non-slip placemat. Move those peas from the tail to the eye, stack the eggs along the edge and fill the fish eye with syrup so they dunk those pancakes! We have been using this placemat in our home for a few weeks and while string beans can still be a challenge, things have gotten a lot smoother.
Today is #NationalBookLoversDay, well, maybe not today it really depends on when you are reading this. Caveat time, we think every day can be book lovers day right? Science proves it, your parents proved it, time has proved it, reading to your kids is super important. One of the best books to a dad can read to their kiddo is Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli. We also suggest grabbing the English/Spanish version Faster! Faster!/Mas Rapido! Mas Rapido! because there is nothing cuter than your son riding daddy horsey yelling “Mas Rapido daddy!” Buy it today and your own personal #NationalBookLoversDay can be any day you choose.