My first bike! #MammaCangura {Giveaway} #YMCCommunity

Kids and bikes go hand in hand.

Kids on bikes

When I was a kid, I rode my bike EVERYWHERE! And this was before the helmet laws were in affect. I even rode my bike to places that I should have never gone, like from my home in North Vancouver, over Lions Gate Bridge and down to Second Beach in Vancouver. Not a huge deal to me because I LOVED my bike and I was an awesome bike rider. I was probably 12 years old.

Now as a parent, I want my kiddos to learn how to ride their bikes as well as I did and get just as much enjoyment out of it.

We had a tricycle for our daughter when she was smaller, but never really had the opportunity to pull it out as we live in a condo in a neighbourhood where there is a lot of traffic. The underground parking that we have also wasn’t the ideal location to practice and the parks nearby didn’t have the best conditions for learning to ride a bike.

Over the past few years, I’ve seen a significant increase in the number of balance or stride bikes that the little kids are zooming around on. There are metal ones, wood ones and even plastic ones. How do you decide which to choose?

MammaCangura

We chose the MammaCangura B-Bip Balance Bike.

Here are the features for this bike:

  • Reviewed by Prôtegez-Vous!
  • Non-toxic certified plastic frame, lightweight, sturdy and easily washable
  • Removable and washable soft padding on saddle and handlebar
  • Wide range of saddle height settings
  • Synthetic anti-puncture tires; full rim to avoid finger traps
  • Stickers set included. The child will enjoy placing them on the toy, without any health risks: our stickers enjoy the non-toxicity certification.
  • Flush bolts to avoid scratches and injuries
  • Steering lock to prevent sudden turns on uneven ground
  • Hand guards protection

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Our little guy is loving his B-Bip! At 22 months, he’s still using his tippy toes to sit on it, but everyday he’s getting taller and a bit more brave and as soon as we know it, he’ll be taking off and Mum and Dad will certainly get a great workout trying to keep up with him.

MammaCangura has provided a Raincity Parent with s B-Bip Balance Bike ($149 values) to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway runs from July 7th-13th, 2014 and us open to residents of Canada and the US only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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MammCangura made in Italy

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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Boys and their cars…a favourite toy at any age. #tobotoys #YMCCommunity

I grew up in a house full of females.

I was the tomboy, and my sister had a vast array of Barbies, dolls and girly stuff. I was happy with my Tonka Jeep and cap gun.

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I liked to ride my bike through giant mud puddles and play army guy in the nearby forest. A remote controlled car donned my Dear Santa list for several years until I finally got one, but by then, my interest in them had diminished and moved on to video games.

We had a few board games, but I always enjoyed toys that you got to build and then occasionally destroy. I even had an amazing car track that was super fun to play with.

Recently, we received the Tobo Track from Tobo Toys to test drive.

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This cool little track system comes with a wooden car and can be used in conjunction with other toys, such as Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends, Brio and other cars and trains.

The Tobo Track is made from only the safest non-toxic materials. Wood. It contains no toxic chemicals, metals, paints, plastics, epoxies, or synthetic binding agents. So, if your child puts it in their mouth, it is completely safe.

Our wee little lad has recently discovered his love of toy cars, so Tobo Track is an awesome addition to his assortment of favourite toys. We build a little roadway for him and he drives his little cars around on the track and if he wants something different, we take the pieces apart and build a new pattern of streets for him to manoeuvre his cars around. We could even get several sets and build our own little town in our play space. The sets even come with their own little handy dandy mesh bag to keep the pieces stored all together.

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If you’d like to purchase your very own Tobo Track, please click here.

Tobo Toys has offered Raincity Parent readers a 15% discount when they purchase a Tobo Track. Please use codes TOBORCP or TOBORCM when you check out.

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