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  • 6 Ways to Strengthen the Bond Between Parent & Child

    quality time ideasFor any family, it’s important to set aside time to be spent doing various activities together. These activities, whether they last all day or only an hour, are valuable bonding experiences that a family can thrive from. Here are some of the best parent-child bonding activities:

    1. Charity Work 

    Planning a day of charity work with your kid is beneficial for many reasons. Not only are you getting the chance to spend quality time together, but you’re also helping your community and those less fortunate. The best part about this activity is your children learn valuable lessons along the way. Look into volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or find a marathon-style event to raise money for a good cause.

    2. Family Breakfast 

    Starting the day off as a family is a great way to get some bonding time in. If you want to have a family breakfast during the week, get the food going while your child is getting ready for school and your spouse gets ready for work. Better yet, save the breakfast for the weekend so you can take your time and enjoy together!

    3. Watch Home Videos 

    Breaking out the home videos for a viewing is a timeless family activity. The best part about this bonding activity is that you and your child get to reminisce on some of the best memories you had together. Treat it like a movie night, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the laughs and good times as a family. 

    4. Date Night 

    Plan a typical date night but instead of planning it around your significant other, do so for your child. After you get some dinner together, find something fun to do like bowling, a movie, or miniature golf. Another alternative would be having a home-cooked dinner and then playing a fun board game with the family instead. No matter which you choose, you’ll have a great time conversing and bonding.

    5. Host a Party 

    Hosting a family get-together is one of the best ways to get your children, and the entire family, together for great bonding time. Invite as many aunts, uncles, and cousins as you can and have them bring a dish to make for a big family feast. Plan various fun activities that everyone can partake in, like Frisbee or family game of soccer. You can even buy poster board and everyone can take turns filling in their part of the family tree!

    6. Family Vacation 

    If possible, planning a family vacation is a guaranteed fun bonding experience. Research the best destinations that have families in mind in terms of the activities, events, and venues they offer. An obvious choice would be Disney, where both parents and kids will be able to have a great time together. Your children will be grateful to have spent all that time together in such a fun place.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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  • 6 Ideas for Bonding Time with Baby

    Ideas for Bonding Time with BabyAs soon as the new baby arrives, parents almost have no other thoughts aside from their child. They want to take care of him/her, play with them, and get in as much bonding as possible each day. Luckily, there are so many different ways you can enjoy bonding activities with your little one. Here are some of our suggestions for doing so:

    1. Nursing

    Breastfeeding baby is not only a healthy way to engage in feeding time, but it’s one of the most beneficial bonding experiences between mother and child. This activity allows you to get an up close look at your child’s facial expressions and body language as well. Even if you’re unable to nurse, or you’re a dad, bottle feeding with a bunch of talking and interaction is just as good!

    2. Sleep Nearby

    If you still can’t get enough bonding in during the day, have your child sleep in his/her bassinet or crib in your room at night. This is also a great way to be ready to take care of any issues that arise in the middle of the night for a newborn. You can rest assured that your baby will be safe and comforted.

    3. Interpret the Cry

    While it may be tough to examine while you’re trying to ease your child, interpreting their cry is another great bonding technique. As your baby develops, you’ll learn to figure out the reason behind their crying a lot easier. This will help a lot in terms of fixing any issues that arise.

    3. Baby Massage

    Giving your little one a gentle massage is a great bonding activity for you two. On top of the bonding, this will also help to relax their muscles, increase circulation, and reduce stress in the process!

    4. Playtime

    Giving your new baby constant stimulation and play opportunities is not only beneficial to their development and growth, but for your development from parent to child as well. Even if they’re too young to do much with baby toys, you can still have fun with them waving fun objects around and appeasing their sense of sight and touch.

    5. Baby Carrier

    If you can implement the use of a front baby carrier into your daily routines, you’re killing two birds with one stone! You’ll be able to go about your daily tasks and get important duties finished while also bonding with your child. This technique allows you and baby to be face to face and interacting all day long.

    6. Singing

    Let’s be honest – we weren’t all blessed with great singing voices. With a new baby however, this doesn’t matter at all! Your child will love to hear the sound of your voice, and singing rhythmic tunes to them is an awesome way to bond with baby.  

    footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

    Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son's diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby's pajamas.

    Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son's pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby's entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby's comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

    One night while feeding her son she thought of "Zippyz." Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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  • 20 Fall Family Adventures To Do This Weekend

    Fall is here. The crisp weather is upon us; pumpkins are in season; fresh apple cider is being pressed. Kids of all ages love going outside and playing.

    It's the opportunity to continue enjoying life together as a family.
    Here are some of our top ideas for this weekend to enjoy fall.
    1. Pick apples at an apple orchard
    2. Go to the park
    3. Ride bikes
    4. Go to the zoo
    5. Go see the colors on the leaves change
    6. Carve pumpkins
    7. Pick pumpkins at a pumpkin patch
    8. Go watch a football or soccer game
    9. Make s'mores
    10. Go camping (even if it's in your backyard)
    11. Play a game outside
    12. Make pictures from the clouds
    13. Have a photo shoot with your kids using your smartphone and dress in your favorite outdoor attire
    14. Horseback riding
    15. Hiking
    16. Go on a restaurant adventure stopping to eat something different at every stop (especially great for food trucks)
    17. Eat fresh made donuts on a crisp evening
    18. Go to the local fairs and festivals
    19. People watch
    20. Have a bonfire with the family and friends
  • Labor Day Barbecue Meal Ideas

    Labor Day weekend is here and that means barbecues, picnics, family, friends as we gather for the end of summer celebrations.

    For parents, we see an extra day off of work to "relax" and enjoy with our families. We know how busy it can be visiting all of the family and having people over; so we decided to help you out with some barbecue meal ideas for the weekend. This way you can check one thing off of your list easily.

    Appetizers and sides

    Caprese Salad


    Chips and Homemade Salsa

    Pesto Zucchini Pasta



    Peach Barbecue Short Ribs


    Italian BLT Grilled Cheese



    Blueberry Cheesecake Galette

    Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream

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    Giant Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Nut and Gluten Free)


  • 40 Activities for Family Time Tonight



    Some days it can be difficult to find activities that the entire family will enjoy. When one child wants to play a certain sport and the other wants to play dress up, what do you do as a parent when it's time for family time?

    No matter what the age from infants to teenagers there is something on this list that you can choose for family time in your house and adapt for your child's age.

    1. Family dance party 
    2. Game of pitch and catch
    3. Cooking together
    4. Sidewalk chalk
    5. Story time
    6. Create your own story (One that everyone gets to add to the story)
    7. Walk outside
    8. Bike ride
    9. Movie night
    10. Obstacle course
    11. Paint outdoors
    12. Magic sand
    13. Make art out of molding clay
    14. Finger painting or Painting on canvas for older children
    15. Pictures in the clouds
    16. Hopscotch
    17. Freeze tag
    18. Hide and seek
    19. Simon says
    20. Dodge ball
    21. Shadow puppets
    22. Play H-O-R-S-E
    23. Build a fort
    24. Fly a kite
    25. Play a game of cards (Go Fish, Rummy, etc)
    26. Family game night
    27. Dress up
    28. Go for a hike
    29. Bake in the kitchen together
    30. Blow bubbles
    31. Tic tac toe
    32. Chess or Checkers
    33. Crosswords or Seek and Find
    34. Play charades
    35. Tell jokes
    36. Camp indoors or in the backyard
    37. Outdoor sports (basketball, swimming, baseball, tennis, golf, etc.)
    38. Pictionary
    39. Gardening and watering the plants
    40. Play restaurant or office

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