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.
Since the beginning of time fathers and kids worldwide have had one thing in common, they all know that tooting is funny. Sure, moms get in on the action from time to time but in our experience, they are NOT amused. But, every relevant dad knows that the quickest way to make a kid laugh uncontrollably is to toot. Bad mood? Toot. Smiles. Meltdown in the back seat? Radio down, toot, laughter. Is the sermon a little boring this week? Toot. Okay, that one might be crossing the mom line…but
t it’s still funny. “You don’t have to be smart to laugh at a fart…but you would have to be stupid not to.” says Louie C.K. and he’s right. We all find them amusing, from day one of life even. “Oh look he’s smiling at us!” say the naive new parents only to be corrected by the veteran nurse on her rotation “Oh, no that’s just gas, honey.” Oh, toot. So of course Toot by Leslie Patricelli will be your new favorite book to read to your kids. read more…
The RD team has all been taking some time off the past few weeks to spend some quality time with all their respective families. Hiking, biking, laying on the beach and filling buckets with sand one tiny plastic shovel full at a time. Needless to say, we have all spent a ton of time in the Sun of late so we cannot endorse the ro•sham•bo baby sunglasses collection enough. These super lightweight cool baby sunglasses are chewable, bendable and can seriously take a beating. We all know how gear for infants likes to be dropped, stepped on, thrown into the ocean and then chewed on for the whole ride home right? Well trust us, our product testing toddlers took these sunglasses through their paces and it is safe to at these ro•sham•bo sunglasses are still standing strong protecting our little one’s precious pupils. Like they say “Families that shade together, stay together”!
When my wife and I were finally alone in the wee hours of the morning after our daughter was born we didn’t know what to do. Was this real? There she was, this beautiful sleeping human that we had created had my wife had given birth to all day the day before. Here we were, this new family, worn out, blissful, and totally unable to calm down to sleep. So, we put on JJ Heller’s album I Dream Of You which is a gentle collection of lullabies not only for a new life but for a new family. JJ and her husband Dave have heard many such stories over the past couple of years of new families in peacefully moments, happy moments and incredibly sad moments in those early days in the hospital playing their music to help families love and grieve. Now they have started a mission to get their album into as many children’s hospitals nationwide because music is love, it is life and it brings us all a little bit closer in times of joy and need. So, for every album that you buy, they will donate one to a hospital in need. – Relevant Dad Shawn (iTunes, Amazon, or shop.jjheller.com) read more…
If your kid entered the world with perfect hair and white vans on they probably already own a Surfer Bear Onesie. For the rest of you, you can create a faux California kid by checking out this chill onesie from Headline Shirts. The slightly improved take on the California flag boasts the best of what Cali has to offer, bears, surf and a cool ride to the beach. Now that summer has officially hit your baby can ride those waves…or water table splashes in style. Don’t worry there is also a tee shirt for the older kids, we don’t want them to be left out. So, crank up the Best Coat, slip on the Babiators and have a dance on the beach. read more…
If you are a new parent you are swimming in dirty baby laundry. Listen, guys, you just have to be better than that mesh laundry hamper that you got at Target when you were single and in your 20’s. This is your kid’s nursery we are talking about, class it up with some of these charming laundry hampers. Without them, you will quickly get lost in a pile of dirty onesies and cute little socks. Seriously, baby socks are hitting a 10 on the cute meter aren’t they?
3 Sprout Laundry Hamper – Lion ($20)
Grey Bee Laundry Hamper – Racoon ($20)
3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper – Octopus ($20)
The brand new Sesame Studios (Youtube Channel) is like the SNL Digital Shorts of the children’s television world. In short, it’s awesome. We spent some time after work with our kids and all the testers in the Relevant Dad extended family loved these videos. Your kids will continue to get the same Sesame Street quality nuggets of wacky fun and worthwhile educational tips and you as parents won’t have to feel guilty for plopping them down in front of the tube for longer episodes of tv shows. Short and sweet, Sesame Studios is sure to be a perpetual hit in your household.
The makers of Sesame Street welcome you to Sesame Studios, a brand new YouTube channel hosted by Marvie. Original stories and songs, full of new friends, all with the same educational goodness you’d expect from Sesame Street. Learn humongous words with the Puffballs, dance along to fun songs that will have you moving and grooving, and play along with Marvie: your lively host and new best friend.
While some of the dads who work here at Relevant Dad have older kids, the guy writing this has a toddler who wants to explore every square inch of my house. Yes, we are talking about peeking under couches, into the back of closets, behind books and in every, let me spell that out… E-V-E-R-Y cabinet and drawer she can find. Recently, this adventurous little toddler of mine came out of the bathroom with a roll of toilet paper, a nail file and a bottle of nail polish remover in her hands squealing “yaaaaay” at her newly plundered treasures. So, it was totally time to find the best baby safety locks we could find for all of the cabinets within her reach. This is a wholehearted endorsement of Safety Pwease’s Baby Safety Locks. They are super simple to install and just as easy to open even one handed when you have a crying kid in your other arm because you took away their new found toy the bottle of unused shampoo. To install you don’t need screws and you don’t even need time. Just open the box of locks, peel off the adhesive backs and stick them where you want them. With Safety Pwease’s locks, you won’t have to worry about your child’s safety any longer and the only “pwease” you will hear is you kid crying because their treasure chests are now off limits. (Note: We received a set of Safety Pwease Baby Safety Locks at a discounted price for use and review.)