Beach and children: How to enjoy your holidays

Beach and children: How to enjoy your holidays

Taking your kids to the beach can be a fantastic experience for the whole family: you have the opportunity to spend a relaxing day, your kids can play with the waves, the sand and you can teach them to swim and enjoy the water, creating bonds and memories that will last forever.  However, there are many things you should pay attention to, from the high temperatures and the sun to the tide and the animals that your children can find while playing in the water Follow this advice to be successful at combining kids and beach We offer you advice to enjoy a beach day whilst taking care of the safety and the well-being of your children. Sun: avoid the full exposure between 11 am and 4pm, as those are hours when the sun can hit harder on our skin, and make sure that your kids are fully protected with sunscreen. You should renew the sunscreen every 2 or 3 hours and after swimming. If possible, use a beach umbrella so that your kids can be protected from the sunbeams. Remember as well that a 6 months old baby shouldn’t be directly exposed to the sunbeams, and that the sunscreen can cause allergies and skin irritation, so choose the sunscreen wisely and always keep him&her under the sun umbrella. Water: first of all, make sure that is possible to get into the water and that there is no yellow or red flag. If your children don’t know how to swim, give them water wings or rubber rings, and make them stay where they can touch the bottom. Furthermore, this is a...
Summer camps: Getting Ready

Summer camps: Getting Ready

The D Day is approaching: the summer camps have been chosen and the children are counting the days off from the calendar and you are starting to get a bit anxious again.  Your problems are far from being over, and now is the time when you wonder, how do I pack? What is necessary and what is not? Well, don’t worry, we are here to help you. First things first: the essentials for summer camps. It is very likely that the organizers of the camp have already sent you a list with all the information about what you must and must not pack in the suitcase. If this is not the case, or the list was not very complete, we would like to propose a number of items that you cannot forget. First of all, regarding clothing, please use common sense. Both the kind of clothes and the amount will depend on where the summer camps will be taking place at, its length, the activities and the weather, among many others. Find out if the summer camp has a laundry service and don’t load up your children with stuff. Among the things that you should keep in mind when packing, please add a pair of hats or baseball caps, one or two pyjamas, a bath towel as well as another one for the beach/swimming pool, flip flops, sports shoes and hiking boots. Avoid getting brand new boots, and make your children wear them before going to the camp, so that the new shoes can adapt to the shape of their feet. Furthermore, please make sure that you add name tags...
Summer camps – What to do with the kids?

Summer camps – What to do with the kids?

The moment has come. Summer is around the corner and you need to choose a summer camp for your kids. For them, this is an opportunity to learn, have fun and make new friends. For you, a time off from them. However, before enjoying that moment you will need to go through the headache of deciding which summer camp you are going to send them to but… The offer is massive, and with so many options, how to choose the one that better fits your needs? 1. Beach or mountain? Ok, let’s start easily: if you live in the coast area, choose something in the mountain/forest. If you live in the mountain, go for the beach camp. At the end of the day, the goal is for them to see and do something new, so use this opportunity for that: to live in a place that they cannot access the rest of the year. 2. What type of summer camp? As we previously mentioned, there is such a broad and varied selection of summer camps, that choosing the perfect one can take days or even weeks. A few years ago, the summer camps meant to go to the mountain with hundreds of kids doing a bunch of different activities every day. However, nowadays, we can choose from a really wide range of options: camps for specific sport activities, for environmental education, for learning languages, for survival or even just a random mix of all of these. Our suggestion is, first of all, to ask your kids what are they interested in (and a summer camp about videogames is not...
Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging with your baby can be harmful if you are not using a properly designed jogger. What is Different About Joggers? Larger tires, better shock absorption, a five-point harness, and a reclined seat angle are among the many features that separate jogging strollers from traditional ones, making them perfect for active pursuits.  Larger pneumatic (air-filled) tires A jogger typically has 16″ or larger diameter wheels in the rear, and 12″ or larger in the front (double the diameter of many traditional strollers). These larger wheels roll over bumps easier, and transmit less stress to baby. The air-filled tires reduce the impact of bumps, taking some of the shock out. The large wheels also offer reduced rolling resistance, so your long runs involve less pushing effort. Effective suspension systems A jogger will include some kind of shock absorber system to further take the stress out of bumps in the road. Locking straight-running front wheel You would never know it unless you tried it, but if you try to jog with a traditional stroller, or even a properly designed jogger with the front wheel unlocked, you may find the front wheel(s) start wobbling dangerously. This creates strong vibrations and makes jogging uncomfortable. At worst, it can result in the wheels turning so sharply that the jogger tips over, a serious risk to baby. All joggers provide the ability to fully lock the front wheel, and the best allow tuning the front lock position for perfectly straight and true running. Joggers designed for serious runners rely on a fixed front wheel that is perfectly straight. While this means you must turn by...
How to Raise Active Kids

How to Raise Active Kids

Keeping kids active and healthy is a hard job for parents; follow these simple tips if you want to turn it a little easier Set a Healthy Example Your kids will model your behavior, so first of all you need to be active and healthy. That includes not only exercise but your diet and daily habits. Exercise as a family Take them with you to exercise as a family as much as possible. Run while they ride their bikes or bike all together, swim, walk, even share your Gym training or Yoga session. When they grow older it will become a part of their routine and a way of life. Do not compete with them Don’t stress your kids with unnecessary goals or objectives. Enjoy spending time with them and dont push them beyond their limits. Remember that this should be a game for them not a competition. Teach them to find Peace in Nature Whether it’s a hike or skiing or cycling through a forest preserve, teach them to value nature and be kind to it. This is one of the most valuable gifts you can do to your children. Joining Teams Instills Life Lessons Help them to learn what it means to be part of a team at a young age. There are so many lessons that they will pick up about the importance of teamwork. It is also the best way to make new friends with a similar life...
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