Lifestyle » Vol. 33

For the Grandkids

Help baby nap with safety and style

grandkidsphotosunshadeIt’s a significant challenge to make sure babies get in much-needed naps while on the go. SnoozeShade Deluxe ($39.99) sun and sleep shade is designed to fit strollers and car seats so babies can find rest in a shaded place and have their delicate skin protected from the sun and other weather elements.

SnoozeShade Deluxe is a more upscale alternative to the SnoozeShade Original fabric. Designed with smooth, silver exterior fabric and new safety-certified snaps instead of traditional Velcro, the SnoozeShade Deluxe protects from 97.5 percent of UV rays while projecting a sleeker look. It’s available in the same styles as the classic line: SnoozeShade Original, SnoozeShade Infant Car Seats and SnoozeShade Plus.

SnoozeShade Deluxe Original fits all joggers and strollers and encourages sleeping by blurring visual stimulation that may keep baby awake through the zip-up shade. SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus also provides a “snooze mode” screen in addition to a “lookout mode” window, which filters UV ray lights but lets baby see what is going on outside of the stroller.

SnoozeShade Deluxe Infant Car Seat conveniently fits most car seats and also features a lookout panel that protects babies from 80 percent of UV rays while allowing them to watch surrounding activity. To create a darkened and soothing environment, just put up the outer layer to remove visual stimulation, so that babies can ease into nap mode without distractions.

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Sleep can be blissfulforthegrandkidsmommyblissphotob

A restful night’s sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Infants have a hard time falling asleep and often wake many times throughout the night. Due to the lack of quality sleep, infants can become cranky and fussy during the day.

Mommy’s Bliss, makers of the No. 1-selling natural colic remedy in the United States, has just released the Sweet Slumber line of bedtime routine products for infants. The new lineup includes a baby wash, a nightly massage cream and a calming bedroom mist. All three of these new releases contain essential oils that are historically associated with relaxation and sleep, including English lavender oil, German chamomile extract and ylang ylang flower oil.

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Baby Wash
The troubles of bathtime can sometimes become a daunting task, especially if the little one is cranky or fussy. The Sweet Slumber Baby Wash combines the benefits of a body wash, shampoo and bubble bath in one convenient bottle, allowing for an easy and soothing bathtime before bed. This tear-free formula contains no drying agents and won’t irritate sensitive skin. $7.99 for 11.75 fl. oz.

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Massage Cream
The Sweet Slumber Massage Cream is a gentle, moisturizing cream used to relax children while nourishing their delicate skin. This non-greasy cream absorbs quickly into baby’s sensitive skin without irritation. $6.99 for 8.25 fl. oz.

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Mist grandkidsglowbug
A peaceful and soothing bedroom is sometimes just what a child needs to fall asleep smoothly. The Sweet Slumber Mist creates a calm and familiar bedroom environment that prepares children for a relaxing and easy sleep. This gentle, calming bedroom mist is ideal for baby’s blanket, pajamas and bed ~ all without containing any alcohol or artificial fragrances. $5.99 for 3.25 fl. oz.

The Sweet Slumber line is 100 percent vegetarian and vegan, and the packaging is 100 percent recycled with post-consumer resin. Products can be purchased at Walgreens, and

A special blanket for grandparents’ house

Zoobies, the award-winning plush animals that turn into pillows with blankets inside, now offers Glow Bugs!

A quick recharge under a light will bring more than 30 minutes of glow-in-the-dark magic to any unlit room. Glow Bugs transform from cuddly bug characters into snuggly pillows and comfy coral fleece blankets, complete with nightlight glow material, making them the perfect 4-in-1 plush bedtime companion.
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Jelly Belly now offers snow conesforgrandkidsiceshaver2

The fun of Jelly Belly’s jelly beans is available ice cold, with the Jelly Belly Snow Cone collection.

Featuring items such as the Jelly Belly Portable Ice Shaver, decorating kits and flavor syrups in the Top 10 Jelly Belly flavors, grandparents and grandchildren can have fun making flavorful and fun creations in the home.
The Jelly Belly Electric Ice Shaver is a smart, portable electric appliance that makes snow cones instantly and conveniently. All you need is ice! The cone holder is removable, which makes cleaning easy and simple. This portable ice shaver machine comes with two ice molds, four disposable snow cone cups and spoon straws.

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Give someone’s grandchild a book

The seventh annual book drive by Worcester: the City that Reads Committee to collect books for summer reading has begun. The committee was founded by John and Anne-Marie Monfredo eight years ago to promote literacy in the community and the importance of being a lifetime reader. In six years, the committee has given out more than 154,000 books to Worcester-area children.

Traditionally, the books are distributed to low-income students, social agencies and groups with summer school programs. In addition, books have also been given to schools and groups during the year for special projects.

According to the research on literacy, challenges not only exist in Worcester but across the nation. Sixty-one percent of low-income families in the nation have no children’s books in the home. In low-income neighborhoods, there is an average of only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
Studies indicate that children in homes that have books are more likely to succeed in school, while children who don’t have adequate reading skills are much more likely to drop out of school.

A recent study found that the ability to read well is the single best indicator of future economic success ~ regardless of family background.
Donate new or gently used books, pre-kindergarten to grade 8, at the following sites through May 15:

People’s United People’s Bank ~ all six city branches and branches in Shrewsbury, Marlboro and Leominster
Commerce Bank (all four city branches) and the Holden branch
Bay State Savings Bank (all branches)
Bank of America (at Tatnuck Square)
TD Bank (all branches)booksforkids
Worcester Public Library
Stop and Shop on Lincoln, Grafton and West Boylston streets.
Shaw’s Market on West Boylston Street and Webster Square
RSVP and the Senior Center on Vernon Street
Worcester Credit Union
Starbucks Coffee on West Boylston Street
Panera’s on West Boylston Street
Light Labs on Shrewsbury Street
DCU Center and the Worcester Sharks
Jewish Community Center on Salisbury Street
Leader’s Way ~ Kung Fu Academy on Burncoat Street
Greendale YMCA
St. Vincent’s Hospital at the entrance door on Summer Street
CVS on West Boylston Street
Barnes and Noble Book Store on Lincoln Street
Worcester Public Schools School Committee Office, 20 Irving St.

For more information, call John or Anne-Marie Monfredo at (508) 853-3444.

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