For the Grandkids: June/July 2016
Have a seat
What’s a Pebble Pouf? It can be a play table for your young grandchild or a seat for your older grandchild. Even better, since it’s designed with kids in mind, it has a removable Pebble Wrap – available in six colors – that is stain-resistant and machine washable. Plus, it’s made from nontoxic items like eucalyptus and organic cotton. $190; nooksleep.com.
For the fashion-forward
Love having tea parties with your grandchildren? Have some big adventures planned for the summer? Check out Love Made Love, a line known for its unconventional kids fashion. You’ll find unique prints and a design that combines comfort and quality. With sizes for infants to children, for boys and girls, Love Made Love is setting the bar for children’s fashion around the world and here in the U.S. So, whatever you’re planning to do with the grandchildren this summer, add some love. Prices vary; lovemadelove.com.
Finally! Healthy, Paleo-friendly snacks that the kids will love. Snackin’ Free creates foods that are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, peanuts, yeast and artificial ingredients. These delicious foods fit the needs of people looking for foods that fall into a low-glycemic, Paleo and autoimmune-protocol diet. So whether you have a grandchild with food allergies or just want to provide healthy snacks, check out Snackin’ Free. Prices vary; snackinfree.com.
Keep it clean
We’ve heard the stories about mold and bacteria in sippy cups – ick. But there is a brand that’s easy to clean. Poly Sippy Cups parts are secured to the inside of the lid and come apart for easy cleaning, no brush required. Plus, they come in three playful nursery rhyme designs: Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Hey Diddle Diddle to promote early reading skills. Every grandparent should have a set in the cupboard. $17.95; usapoli.com.
Learn a lesson
One common method parents use to teach children responsibility is pet ownership, where kids help feed, clean and generally look after pets. As important as instilling a sense of responsibility is, there are many more lessons pets can teach us, according to Cheryl Smith, public defender and a rescue-animal advocate who founded a nonprofit that assists pets in need.
“Our courtroom deputy found a scared and thin little Chihuahua alone on the street; I had to adopt the little guy, who I named Oliver,” said Smith. The incident was the impetus for her to write Oliver’s Heroes: The Spider Adventure and Oliver’s Heroes: Two Paws Up. Oliver and his dog friends teach children about acceptance, overcoming fear and gratitude. $9.95, oliversheroes.com.
Since babies and children need significantly more sleep than adults do to support their rapid mental and physical development, it’s vital that we find ways to help our children get the sleep they need, and Swedish-designed DockATot does just that. The DockATot baby lounger gives grandparents a safe, snug spot for little ones to comfortably relax, play and get in tummy time and sleep, and it’s also perfect for diaper changes. Plus, it’s portable, which means that if your grandbaby has gone home, you can store it until it’s needed again. $185-290; dockatot.com.