Are your kids getting the proper sleep they need? #KidFitPillow

I remember when I was a kid, my first pillow was the “dead pillow”.

The "dead pillow"

This pillow became mine when my Mum retired one of her old worn out ones. It was flatter than a pancake and really couldn’t be classified as a pillow. I don’t know if they had the regulations for pillows for kids like we do nowadays, but chances are, since I don’t even recall using a car seat or a seat belt back then, the guidelines for kids and pillows was probably pretty grey.

When my husband and I felt that our daughter was ready for her own pillow, I decided to carry on with tradition. I gave her my “dead pillow”.

I’ve never seen a kid-sized pillow anywhere…until now.

KidFitPillow

The KidFit Pillow was designed to fit and properly support a child’s head and neck as they grow. It is built around a top-quality, perforated memory foam with holes that allow for airflow and better temperature regulation. This is great for us as both our kids are mini furnaces and ALWAYS sweat at night, even in the dead of Winter. The cover of the memory foam is removable and washable and the cover for the pillow itself, is ultra-plush, hypo-allergenic, and machine washable.

KidFit Pillows

Our daughter has been using her KidFit Pillow for almost a year now and she has slept so much better! Now our little Dude will be upgrading to a big kid bed, so I’d like to get him one as well.

The KidFit Pillow comes in 3 Stages:

Stage 1: for kids 2-4yrs old

Stage 2: for kids 5-7yrs old

Stage 3: for kids 8-11yrs old

Your kids sit in car seats made for them, so why would you let your kids not sleep on a pillow just for kids?

The KidFit Pillow is a recent PTPA Winner.

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When a moment feels like forever… #YMCCommunity

This past weekend we went on a much needed family vacation.

We chose to go camping in the interior, as the last time we went, our little miss was 2-1/2yo and the wee lad had never had the experience.

Photo credit : Gallagher Lake Resort

Photo credit : Gallagher Lake Resort

The campground was great!

There were options to bring your camper or RV, rent a small cabin or set up in tent village.

We tented…and it was fantastic 🙂

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The lake was quaint, but just big enough for all the guests of the park to enjoy. The beach sand was perfect and progressed at a nice grade so the kiddos could play in the shallows without concern. Out in the water there was a dock that you could swim to and jump off, which the girls enjoyed immensely…until the worst happened.

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It was a beautiful afternoon and the four weelets (ages 16 months to 4-3/4yo) hopped into our inflatable boats and floated out to the dock with the Daddies. They jumped off and swam about, climbed back on and jumped again, and again and again. A few more kids and their Dads swam out and joined in with the fun.

About a half an hour later, four teenage boys swam out to the dock.

They clambered up and their added weight to the existing group caused the dock to tilt and begin to sink. Eventually, the tilt was so great, that everyone started to lose their footing and slide into the water.

I would like to make note, that all four of our kidlets were wearing life preservers.

Once the dock righted itself, my sister-in-law did a head count…one of ours was missing!

Gurgles and screams were heard coming from under the dock!

Our daughter, the eldest, had been sucked under the dock when it tilted as she was climbing up the ladder on the opposite side. When it came down, it came down over top of her.

My husband and brother-in-law immediately swam underneath, located her (her bright yellow life vest was how they saw her in the dark water and limited light), grabbed her, pulled her down and pushed her out to safety.

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She sputtered out the water, but was fine after the ordeal.

I swam out at Mach 10 speed, but as you can imagine this seemed like an eternity.

The teenaged boys had swum away.

Daddy was overcome from the situation and suffered a mild scrape on his forehead, which caused great distress to our daughter. More so that her own predicament that she had just come out of.

She gets this from me. Caring more about others than herself.

After an hour or so, she was herself again, but said that she didn’t want to go back to the dock and that the boys were naughty for making it tip. We explained that it was an accident and that we learned from what had happened.

Lesson 1) The grown-ups should have been more aware and prevented the extra bodies from getting onto the dock. Although, my husband did yell for people to get off as it was tipping. Preventative is better than reactive.

Lesson 2) ALWAYS have your children wear life preservers. Get bright yellow or orange, as we discovered, being in darker water, blue or purple vests make it difficult to see the wearer.

Lesson 3) Comfort your children after an occurrence such as this. We didn’t want our children to become afraid of the water or the dock. It was an unfortunate experience, but the outcome could have been far worse.

The rest of the weekend went off without a hitch and the kids were even taken back out to the dock to see that everything was OK once again.

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Have you ever experienced a heart-stopping event where your children were involved?

A little peace of mind for that “just in case” moment. #SafetyTat

Our daughter was a dream when she was a toddler.

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Although she was very active, she always stayed near Mum and Dad when we were out and about. Even when we were at a busy place, like the playground or spray park  during the Summer, the grocery store on a weekend when everyone else in the neighbourhood was out shopping too, or a local attraction where there was lots of distractions, noise and what appeared to be a forest of legs in eyes of a person under three feet.

Photo credit : Pop Sugar

Photo credit : Pop Sugar

Now that we have two kids, our daughter is almost five and the little Dude is nearing the two year mark, whenever we head out on an adventure, I am more uneasy when it comes to keeping eyes on two mites, especially when they take off at Mach speed in two different directions. Our daughter still stays close and makes eye contact every so often so she knows where we are, but when you have to chase Captain “Watch How Fast I Can Run Away a From You”, you can quickly lose track of the other kid.

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My fear isn’t that she will run off, it’s that a stranger could grab her and disappear.

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With Safety Tat, my fears are more at ease during that “just in case” moment.

Apply Safety Tat to a clean, hair-free area of your child’s arm, where they’re not likely to remove it, write down your mobile phone number on the Tat using the enclosed marker and let your littles go play.

Watch the video on how to apply and remove Safety Tat here.

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Safety Tat has a variety of products available, such as Allergy/ Medical Alert tattoos, pre-printed Anywhere Labels to label your kid’s things, Write-On Tats, multi packs, travel packs, Tat Kisses, Birthday packs and Tats for Seniors. Click here to shop online.

So, the next time you’re heading out with the kiddos and you are concerned that they could potentially get separated from you or their caregiver, be sure to apply a Safety Tat, just in case they do.

Help keep the kids from getting too crispy this summer! {Giveaway-2 Winners} #SunscreenBands

Do you remember when you were a kid, a sunburn was just part of Summer?

Sunburn

I don’t ever remember having sunscreen being applied to me before I headed out for a day in the sunshine. My Mum used to slather on the Ban de Soliel deep tanning oil and go lay outside for hours.

Now that I’m a Mum, I wouldn’t thin twice about applying sunscreen to my kidlets before we went out. Even on cloudy days.

Cover your kids in sunscreen

We are now aware of the dangers that can come from too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause some serious skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. It is so important that we protect our skin by wearing appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreens that have a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or over.

UV rays and their effect on skin

Sunscreens should be applied 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and should be reapplied regularly, after swimming, exercise or excessive sweating. For more information on how to use sunscreen correctly, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.

A great tool to help remind you to reapply your sunscreen are Sunscreen Bands.

Sunscreen BandsSunscreen Bands are a safe, non-toxic, recyclable product that is used along with your sunscreen. They help monitor your exposure to the sun by way of it”s colour changing abilities.

Put on a Sunscreen Band, apply a sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher to your skin AND on the band. Go play or work outside and as time goes by, the band will change colours, reminding you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen and when you need to cover up or get out of the sun completely.

Colour changing abilities

This technology is so great, that now I feel safer going out in the sun with my kiddos knowing that even if I lose track of time, the Sunscreen Band is there to remind me when it’s time to refresh our application or head for the shade.

It’s also a great way to get the kids to head home from a day at the park and hopefully avoid any meltdowns that normally occur when Mum and Dad say that it’s time to go 😉

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Sunscreen Bands are to be used with your own sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater and are not recommended for children under 3.

To purchase Sunscreen Bands, please click on this link to find a retailer near you. Or to purchase online, click here. There currently no retailers carrying Sunscreen Bands in Western Canada, but you can purchase them online here. Use promo code “SAFESUMMER” and receive FREE shipping in Canada and the US, and as an added bonus, you’ll receive a bonus sample pack! Sunscreen Bands will be available from Amazon.ca soon!

Sunscreen Bands have generously provided a set of 5 packs of bands to giveaway to 2 lucky Raincity Parent readers. This giveaway runs from June 27th-July 4th, 2014 and is open to residents of Canada and the US only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep! {Giveaway} #KidFitPillow #YMCCommunity

I remember when I was a kid, my first pillow was the “dead pillow”.

This pillow was one of my Mum’s old pillows. When she upgraded her own, I got the hand-me-down.

It was flatter than a pancake and really couldn’t be classified as a pillow. I don’t know if they had the regulations for pillows for kids like we do nowadays, but chances are, since I don’t even recall using a car seat or a seat belt back then, the guidelines for kids and pillows was probably pretty grey.

When my husband and I felt that our daughter was ready for her own pillow, I decided to carry on with tradition. I gave her my “dead pillow”.

I’ve never seen a kid-sized pillow anywhere…until now.

KidFitPillow

The KidFit Pillow was designed to fit and properly support a child’s head and neck as they grow.

Girl sleeping

 

The KidFit Pillow is built around a top-quality, perforated memory foam with holes that allow for airflow and better temperature regulation. This is great for us as both our kids are mini furnaces and ALWAYS sweat at night, even in the dead of Winter.

The cover of the memory foam is removable and washable and the cover for the pillow itself, is ultra-plush, hypo-allergenic, and machine washable.

Our daughter has been using her KIDFIT Pillow for the past week and she’s had a much better sleep. She’s not waking as often and when asked in the morning, she says that she feels well-rested.

The KidFit Pillow comes in 3 Stages:

Stage 1: for kids 2-4yrs old

Stage 2: for kids 5-7yrs old

Stage 3: for kids 8-11yrs old

Your kids sit in car seats made for them, so why would you let your kids not sleep on a pillow just for kids?

KidFit Pillow has generously provided Raincity Parent with a KidFit Pillow to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US only and runs from May 14th-21st, 2014. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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The KidFit Pillow is a recent PTPA Winner.

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HELP! My child is choking! #YMCCommunity

Have you ever been feeding your little one and all of a sudden, they begin to choke on their food?

Choking Child

Photo credit: What To Expect

Would you know what to do if this were to happen?

Did you know that Infant/ Child CPR is different than Adult CPR?

It would very beneficial for every parent and child care provider, including grandparents and babysitters, to know how to perform Infant/ Child CPR. Choking is ranked as a leading cause of unintentional death in children.

There are several options throughout the Lower Mainland for Infant/ Child CPR courses:

Safe + Sound First Aid Training

Link 2 Life

Vancouver First Aid

There are also some helpful how-to’s and videos that you can find online.

Baby Center has a step-by-step instruction on their website.

Here is a video from The Doctors TV show.

 

Are you prepared? {Giveaway} #Beesafe

With the deep freeze going on east of us, I can’t help but think, “Is my family prepared if this happened here at home?”

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If we were suddenly with out power, how long are we really prepared for if the power is out for more than a few hours?

Do we have enough food and water? Will we be able to stay warm?

My husband and I could manage, but now we have a 4 yo and a 1 yo to look after, so having enough food, water and warm clothes is essential.

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Did you know that you should be prepared for 72 hours? It could take this long for emergency responders to get to you. Follow this link for more information about being prepared.

I am planning on putting together a “tote” chock full of the essentials that we would require to survive for a week in the event of a serious catastrophe.

I’ve poked around the internet and there are kits that you can purchase from companies like: Beesafe Solutions, 72 Hours, Costco, or you could build your own with this list provided by the Canadian Red Cross.

Beesafe Solutions has generously provided an Emergency Kit to give away to one lucky reader. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will run January 1st – 7th, 2014.

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