Fun activities with the family pet(s) to get outdoor and active
Your faithful family companion is a great way to get your family out and about!
You can start with something simple like walks. After a few hikes or runs you can start adding in little exercises along the way for a quick workout. Consider fitting in lunges, jogging intervals, squats, and so on while your dog takes a potty break. This is a great way to get in a simple workout. Maybe even challenge yourself by using your jogging stroller to run alongside your dog.
Use your dog’s need for exercise as an excuse to go to the park and play fetch! Visit a large park or field where your dog can go off-leash so you can throw longer distances. It’s a better workout for all of you! If you and your dog really love the Frisbee, you can get involved in “disc dog” competitions. Or there’s flyball, a team sport for dogs. Participants take turns jumping a series of hurdles, retrieving a ball, and running back over the jumps to return the ball to the start line.
If you want to be a part of your local community, grab your travel system and head to your local art walk or farmer’s market. These outdoor activities usually permit your dog to accompany your family. Sheknows.com notes that outdoor art walks and festivals are a great place to bring little ones along, and it’s a great opportunity for exercise. Before you know it, you’ll have walked a couple of miles just by strolling the sidewalks and checking out the art offerings.
Sheknows.com also suggests taking the family along to do some community service. If you and your family enjoy giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate, consider enrolling your pet in a pet-facilitated therapy program. This program incorporates the use of dogs and other pets to improve the physical and mental health of patients with certain acute or chronic diseases.
Did you ever think car seats could expire? Just like mattresses, phones, and other things we use everyday, car seats wear down with use over time.
Why do car seats expire? Car seats have an expiration date because overtime safety standards may change depending on new laws or vehicle re-designs. Also, over time there can be degradation of the plastic shell on a car seat or parts may lose their integrity or break.
The general recommendation for car seat usage is about six years; however each car seat’s lifespan is determined by the manufacturer.
Where to find the expiration date? Baby Trend product information can be found for various products on this FAQs page.
Baby Trend infant car seat/base information can be found on the underside of the car seat or bottom of the base. Recommended use is usually up to six years past the manufacturer date.
If your car seat is expired, and you are buying a new one, look for trade-in events at you local store, or cut the straps before throwing it out to prevent others from using an expired car seat.
Staying Sane and Entertained
From restlessness to hunger, you’ve seen it all when travelling with newborns. How do you stay sane and keep things under control during your road trip? Here are some solutions to help you keep your cool.
If you are travelling with your partner or friend, assign one child per adult. Dadsguidetotwins suggests packing a bag for each baby and handing that bag to the adult that is holding that twin. Since you’ll have your hands full with a pair of newborns, check all the luggage you can. You can even check your car seats. Many airlines have large plastic bags that you can hold a car seat to protect them from dirt and damage during transit. On that note, if you’re using a double stroller, you can check that at the gate, right before you get on the plane as well.
When on the plane, make sure your twins have something to eat, drink, or suck on during take off and landing. This will help alleviate any pressure in the ears and will prevent extended pain-induced crying fits.
After you’ve decided where to go, it’s helpful to do a “test trip” a few weeks before your planned trip. A “test trip” could be putting your newborn twins in the car and driving to a location about two to four hours away, and then returning home the same day. This will help you get an idea of what to expect and what you can do to improve your travel preparations! Thetwinsource.com suggests planning the trip around the twins’ sleep schedule, “Most babies fall asleep in the car. In the twins’ early days, if you can travel at night—beginning your journey right on schedule with the babies’ bedtime—they will easily fall asleep in the car. You can also plan your departure around a nap time and make a rest stop at about the time they should wake up.”
Since things can get lost during travel and preparation is key, it’s best to prepare all the food. Consider pumping your breast milk if you breastfeed or put together a few bottles of formula beforehand. An extra bottle drying rack, bottlebrush, pacifier or whatever else your twins need might also be helpful.
Speaking of preparation, don’t forget to stock the car ahead of time. Fill the tank with gas, load up on drinks and snacks for the adults, and have the car packed and organized before putting the twins in the vehicle.
If possible, have cribs waiting at your final destination, or carry easy-to-carry playards for nap times if you have a pit stop.
Using Local Produce to Warm Up Your Summer Recipes
Summer means fresh vegetables and refreshing fruits to cool down your palette. Head to your local Farmer’s Market with your family and make a trip of it! Find your favorite yummies, pack them in your tote bag, and head on home to cool down with some local freshness.
Interested in what’s hot for your tots? Curious about what’s in style? Want to know what accessories made the cut? Here’s what hot in the world of tots:
Dressing up our children is like playing with our Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe’s when we were kids, except they’re little replicas of us! It’s fun to help your child grow into their sense of style, so here are some style suggestions to inspire you!
All aboard! This nautical style is making its comeback this summer! Make a splash with cool anchor themed accessories and clothes with clean blue and white finishes.
Janie and Jack Sailor Pant / Rare Editions Infant Sleeveless Nautical Dress / Splendid Nautical Stripe Tune & Legging Set / Striped Anchor (Coral) Needlepoint Key Fob / Mini Blues 3-Piece Cardigan & Short Set / Classic – Tiny Slip-On (Baby, Walker & Toddler)
The water trend continues from nautical wear to the beach! Want some fun sunbathing outfits for your kid or just something to look cute in while playing in the water? Here are some ideas!