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Making Summer Travel Easy with Kids

Making Summer Travel Easy with Kids (well, as easy as it can be)!

Summer is the ultimate time to take a family vacation. If you are like most parents though, the thought of traveling with kids sounds more stressful than relaxing. Dealing with fussy and whiny babies on the airplane isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, and neither is dragging loads of luggage through the airport.

As someone who has done it more than enough times, I’d say the discomforts and inconveniences are no match for the fantastic time you will have in new places, the adventures, and the new memories. After all, you have less than 18 summers to do this with them, so make the most of it.

 With these tips for making summer time travel with kids easier, you will feel more confident as you get out of the door.

 

1.    Pack light

Trust us on this, the less you pack, the better. Whether you are traveling by plane or cruising in your car, nothing makes things more complicated than bags and bags of luggage. You can always do laundry in the middle of the trip or buy new stuff when you get there. As a rule, try to pack at most two suitcases that are easy to carry or drag through the airport. This is two or three days’ worth of clothes, and you can wash them as you go.

2.    Pack a small backpack for the kids

While children should not have their own suitcases, try to pack a small backpack with their special items. The items on the bag are strictly for entertaining and keeping them busy during the trip. Include a pencil case, Lego pieces, coloring book, tablet, and maybe one stuffed animal.

3.    Always have an umbrella stroller and car seat

If you have kids between 3 months and 3 years, a lightweight foldable stroller is a must-have. In the heat of summer, a stroller will serve as a good place for the baby to take a nap or rest when the rest of the family is taking walks. It’s also an excellent place for the parents to hang a diaper bag or store water and snacks. A car seat will also provide a safe place for the child to sit or lie down during the trip.

4.    Pack a carry travel bag

As you pack the suitcases, make sure also to pack a carry-on bag, so you don’t need to dig through the luggage during the trip. In the bag, put some baby wipes, refillable water bottles, snacks, and of course diapers. A change of clothes for you and the baby will also come in handy when someone spills juice on you or throws up all over you.

5.    Relax the rules

Traveling with children is as stressful for them as it is for you. Relaxing the rules a bit can make things much less stressful for everyone. They may not drink artificial juice at home or spend 5+ hours in front of the screen, but one day of doing so won’t kill them. By allowing them to do stuff they don’t usually do, they will be too busy to fuss and too excited to whine.

The secret to making summer travel easy with kids is planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to maneuver through everything on the big day. If it takes you one hour two get through the airport alone, give yourself two when you have kids.

 

The Coolest Apps for Busy New Parents

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Every job has a learning curve, and being a new parent is no different. Parenting doesn't come with an instruction manual, and there are no standard guidelines. However, thanks to new technology and some creative innovations, parents can take advantage of a variety of useful apps to help ease the way. With that in mind, Little Teether invites you to check out the following smartphone apps, which provide parents with the peace of mind and info they need to navigate their busy days.

 

Remember to Protect Your Smartphone

 

Before you start downloading any apps, you need to take a few steps to ensure that your helpful (and expensive!) smartphone or ipad stays protected at all times. Parents are excellent jugglers, but sometimes keeping all those helpful apps safe on their smartphones can be a real challenge. Babies are messy and prone to a variety of accidents. Thankfully, there are several waterproof cases available to protect your device while still providing you with the functionality (access to ports, buttons, screen, etc.) you need to get through the day. Also, if you happen to drop your device, most cases will protect your smartphone or ipad from falls. Not to mention dirt and debris. You should consider your options before investing in the case that works for you. Once your device is protected, you won’t have to worry about losing your lifeline.

 

Baby Sign and Learn

Even before babies can talk, they can learn to communicate through sign language. Signing is a visual language using simple gestures. The Baby Sign and Learn Lite app uses colorful animated characters to teach both parent and baby to say what they mean without using any spoken words. Studies have shown there are cognitive benefits to learning sign language at an early age. Baby Sign and Learn makes it easy.

 

BabyTime

 

The BabyTime app is a thoughtfully designed tracking app that allows parents to recognize patterns and establish beneficial routines. The user-friendly interface monitors your baby's natural sleep and eating habits using simple graphs and charts to record activity. One unique feature of BabyTime is the ability to connect with other parents through its friendly community, which is a great way to share ideas and insights.

 

Cloud Baby Monitor

 

Cloud Baby Monitor turns your smartphone into a state-of-the-art monitoring device. It is designed to provide crystal-clear audio and video from longer distances than conventional monitors. The app has some cool features, including brightness control and night vision so parents can keep an eye on the baby without waking her. You can help your baby fall asleep by playing lullabies or relaxation tracks through the monitor and it doesn't get any better than that.  

 

WebMD Baby

 

Parents can give themselves a little peace of mind with some guidance from WebMD Baby. Besides providing comprehensive information, the trusted app also keeps track of your baby's schedules and milestones. The home page highlights handy tips and relevant articles specific to newborn and toddler well-being. Best of all, you can find answers to worrisome health problems including what steps to take or when to call your doctor.

 

Day One

 

Day One isn't geared specifically toward parenting, but it is the perfect choice for keeping a journal of your baby's progress and special moments. The easy-to-use app is like a personal blog on your phone, allowing you to easily add photos and thoughts without fuss. You can add categories or locations, as well as take advantage of customizing the appearance. The app will even record the weather on that day, helping to bring your memories to life.

 

Cozi Family Organizer

 

Cozi is all about sharing with the family. The must-have app allows you to set-up a customizable family calendar using different colors for each family member. Cozi Family Organizer keeps up with everyone's activities and appointments making it ideal for busy families on the go who want to keep track of each other. It's a great way to stay organized when the new baby arrives and to coordinate scheduling and shopping lists with all family members.

 

Parenting will require more out of you than anything you’ve encountered thus far, so it’s nice to have some help in your corner. By taking advantage of the helpful apps we’ve outlined above, you take a little of the stress out of parenthood while giving yourself some peace of mind.

 

 Emily Graham

Follow These Strategies for Penny-Pinching Pregnancy Prep

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Follow These Strategies for Penny-Pinching Pregnancy Prep 

After months of trying, you’ve finally received the wonderful news: You’re pregnant! As your mind begins to shift toward the future, your excitement may quickly turn to anxiety as you unravel the seemingly endless list of to-dos that must be tackled before the due date.

 

Have no fear: Nine months is more than enough time to prepare for your little one. Expecting couples operating under a strict budget can even breathe a sigh of relief, as this preparation doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

 

Little Teether is dedicated to providing top quality tips and merchandise to expecting parents. For affordable, fun, durable and safe teethers and information that will help you and your family, connect with us today.

 

But first, check out these effective strategies for cutting the costs of pregnancy prep.

 

Gently Used

 

Many expecting mothers are surprised to see high prices for new maternity clothing. These costs aren’t helped by the fact that you’ll need new clothes as your belly grows. Parents don’t get a break when it comes to baby gear either, as these items can be priced high as well. Bear in mind, though, that a great many people purchase these items brand new and then sell or give them away with plenty of life left in them.

 

Gathering these necessities from gently used sources like eBay and thrift stores is a fantastic way to reduce your spending while still getting what you need. Maternity shirts and pants are perfectly fine when purchased used, but mothers should stay away from used underwear and other personal items. Verywell Family points out you can often rethink non-maternity clothes for your nine months, too. And don’t forget to hit up your girlfriends whose babies are already growing up! Some might be willing to give or loan you whatever you need.

 

Four Walls 

 

Parents-to-be are always looking for ways to cut costs in order to bolster their savings before their newborn arrives. And with eyes towards the future, many decide that paying rent isn’t as wise as paying a mortgage, especially since you can always sell your house later on. Investopedia notes both renting and owning have their pros and cons, but it’s true that if you plan to stay in one place and are financially ready, homeownership has much to offer.

 

Whether you’re already a homeowner and are looking for more space or if you’re just thinking about taking the plunge for the first time, research will help you make a sound decision. Look into your local housing market to get a feel for what to expect; for instance, homes in Phoenix had a median selling price of $335K last year. Check into the school systems and their rankings, and the crime rates in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Learn about the types of loans you might qualify for. Make sure that the timing is right for your family, and that the places you’re considering are a good match for your goals.

 

Bulk Up

 

Food can end up being an unexpected expense for expecting couples. With a new life growing inside, mothers not only need to eat more calories than before, but they’ll also experience intense cravings. There’s a prevalent myth that pregnant women need to “eat for two” when, in reality, they only need to be eating roughly 250-360 more calories depending on the point in the pregnancy. When you tack on those weird cravings, you’ve got a recipe for an expensive diet with multiple grocery store trips and last-minute take-out options.

 

Prepping your meals and shopping in bulk are great ways to cut costs without sacrificing the calories you need or the snacks you want. Plus, now is the perfect time to prep and freeze meals for when baby arrives. Then you can have food you can easily heat up without spending too much time in the kitchen.

 

Ask for Samples

 

Many pediatricians provide expecting mothers with free samples of varying maternity items. These samples are supposed to help patients become familiar with the different brands and determine which best suits their needs. Possible samples include baby shampoo, formula, diapers, and more.

 

Since these freebies aren’t advertised, you’ll have to ask during an appointment. Just let your doctor know that you’re interested in trying some samples. Don’t be afraid to ask for a decent amount to stockpile for when your baby arrives.

 

When you follow the right strategies, pregnancy prep doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. You can still get everything you need without letting your bank account take a major hit.

 Emily Graham

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The Best Christmas Gifts for New Moms

The Best Christmas Gifts for New Moms

Your bestie or daughter-in-law or your rock star of a wife,  just gave birth this fall and you are struggling what to get this new mama as a gift this year. We got you covered. We put together a list of a what new mom's dream to be gifted this Christmas. 

Teething Necklace by Little Teether - Their little one might not be going through the teething phase yet, but it is for sure coming in the near future. Let her feel prepared by gifting her with a teething necklace. She can wear it as a cute accessory and keep her baby busy while running errands or holding them around the house. 

Personalized Necklace by Sunshine Native - A personalized necklace makes for such a thoughtful, from the heart, gift. The one above is such for mamas or you can make it simple and get their new babies name on a necklace or their birthdate.

Ugg Slippers - New mamas are a home a lot and so gift her something to keep her toesies warm and that feels comfortable to wear around the hose is just perfect. The Ugg slippers are so soft but they also have a hard sole so if they need to walk outside quickly they can. 

 

 

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan - This robe feels like a warm cloud is hugging you! It is perfect for any breastfeeding mom trying to stay warm during this chilly months. The great thing about it is that is is comfy enough to wear at home but also out and about too.

Massage gift card - Every mama needs some good rest and relaxation! She will also love sneaking away for a bit and spending some alone time. Gift her with a massage or spa treatment, and be mindful that is close enough to her house so she doesn't have to drive too far. 

Nursing Cover by Covered Goods - For any nursing mom's a cute printed cover is a great idea. Our favorite is from Cover Goods, they are so soft and roomy, but can also double as a cover for car seats, highchairs, and shopping carts 

Dry Shampoo by DryBar - A new mom might not have time to shower but this dry shampoo will take care of that! This dry shampoo is the best that is out there and it will make her hair feel and look amazing again. 

Baby Brag Book by Kate Spade - For the mom that likes to document everything and scrapbook. This adorable book let's her notate down all the memories and keep for years to come. 

This holiday season spoil that new mama, she deserves all the loving and gifts! Enjoy your holiday season! 

 

8 Small Shops to Shop This Holiday Season

8 Small Shops to Shop This Holiday Season

When you shop small you are supporting a dream, a family, and supporting your local economy. Give a unique gift to your neighbor, a friend, a teacher, or your family this holiday by buying a gift from a small shop. Most of the time small shops support causes near and dear to their heart's too, so you will be giving a gift that gives back too. Little Teether put together a list of their favorite small shops to shop this holiday season.

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