Posts made in April, 2014

Top Five Most Unforgettable Vacation Escapes For Families

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Travel | Comments Off on Top Five Most Unforgettable Vacation Escapes For Families

Peek at Baby’s Own Room’s suggested top 5 most unforgettable vacation escapes for families.

Both Spring and Summer vacation breaks are fantastic for bonding with your family. Whether you are out to get sunlight, recharge your body, or just want to enjoy the fun outdoors; you can never be short of places to visit. The following destinations give you a peek at Baby’s Own Room’s suggested top 5 most unforgettable vacation escapes for families.

1. Pacific Grove, California

A peaceful Victorian seaside city, Pacific Grove makes for a perfect family retreat. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is among the best places in the USA where you can see the most amazing marine life. Rent a kayak with your kids to get close to Asilomar State Beach, where you can view sea otters, surf or explore tide pools.

2. Fort Myers Beach, Florida

If you and your family are looking to enjoy spring break in a fun ocean setting, then this Gulf Coast town is the perfect place to be. It is possible for you and your family to spend the whole of your vacation outdoors- on a bicycle, on the beach or even inside a boat. While in a kayak, tour the mangrove forest surrounding the shore. If you are lucky, you might even see a manatee!

3. Smugglers Notch, Vermont

At Smugglers Notch, you can get your kids enrolled in Ski programs. For kids who want to snowboard in future, there is Burton snowboards fully equipped with beveled bottom as well as a softer flex. These help with the kid’s learning curve. For cross-country skiers, the perfect place to hone their skills is on the bumps.

4. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This great family vacation destination is a perfect dreamboat. Kid’s Vacation Center is a spacious facility and parents can use it to prepare their babies for the cold. There are lessons for kids as young as 2.5 years.

5. Paradise Island, Bahamas

At the Atlantis Kids Adventure (AKA), kids will be able to select adventure programs. There are culinary classes for aspiring chefs, and they can make pizza or twist pretzels. On the other hand, kids who hope to become architects can practice building in the amazing Lego Construction room. There is also a comfortable tree with quintessential nooks that allow aspiring wizards to read the latest magical tales.

So…Are you ready to get packed for a fun family trip? We bid you safe and fun travels from your friends at Baby’s Own Room!

 

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5 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Holidays | Comments Off on 5 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

5 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

5 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Since 1970, the world has been celebrating Earth Day every year on April 22nd. Celebrations are meant to spread awareness on environmental conservation. If you’ve been wondering how you will honor this year’s Earth Day with your family, this blog post is for you. Below are 5 family friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day.

1. Plan or attend a tree planting ceremony with your family.

This is one of the most common ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family and friends. Many schools and organizations plan tree planting ceremonies, check your local Community Center or newspaper for a schedule. You can consider attending such family friendly ceremonies with your kids. Alternatively, you can conduct your own tree planting ceremony in your backyard or farm and invite close family members and friends to honor the occasion.

2. Plan a local cleanup day.

You can consider cleaning up your local neighborhood with the help of family members, neighbors and friends. It doesn’t have to be a big exercise. You can simply walk around as a group picking up litter. Tip: You will need safety or protective gear i.e. gloves for this exercise.

3. Attend Environmental Education programs or classes.

If you don’t want to pick up dirt, you can consider attending educational programs in your neighborhood. Environmental Education Classes and programs that teach kids about planting flowers, trees and grass are likely to be planned for your neighborhood around Earth Day. Such classes are perfect for learning about conserving the environment as well as beautifying it. They are also fun and educational for all age groups.

4. Organize a fund raising event in your community.

This is another fun way to celebrate Earth Day with your family. You can engage your kids to draw up sponsor sheets and placards to be used outdoors in your fundraising event. The event should have an environmental friendly theme. You can donate the proceeds to any environmental conservation organization in your community.

5. Enjoy the outdoors with your family.

Families rarely get time to enjoy outdoor activities, which are important in reminding us the importance of conserving nature. You can choose to hike, take a walk or visit a nearby park with your family. This is a perfect way to enjoy all the wonders Mother Nature has to offer.

How will you be celebrating Earth day with your family? Baby’s Own Room hopes that you enjoy the day, and perhaps our 5 suggestions will guide you in the right direction.

 

 

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Paternity Leave – Are More Fathers Taking Time Off To Bond?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in General | Comments Off on Paternity Leave – Are More Fathers Taking Time Off To Bond?

Paternity Leave - Are More Fathers Taking Time Off to Bond With Their Newborn Babies

Thankfully it seems that times have really changed. Or, has it? Paternity leave is becoming a widely accepted norm, especially in Europe—but now North America as well. Just as many new mothers are eager to stay at home and care for their newborns, a good number of dads are too! There seems to be a trend where fathers are more inclined to take time off from work in order to bond with their child. 

When it comes to paternity leave, are more fathers taking time off to bond? Is fatherhood a priority to more men these days? 

This type of evolution in thinking has a lot to do with the rising number of working mothers who opt to go back to work earlier than they normally have to. In most cases, maternity leave can last up to two months, but some women are quite career oriented that they choose to go back to work a lot sooner. It’s a personal family choice, but nowadays both parents can each take a turn bonding with their newborn babies.

Supportive husbands now have the chance to care for their baby during the first few months. Especially those with jobs that allow for flex time or those enjoying home-based opportunities. More men are realizing just how precious this period is, and that they can never get it back once their child start growing like a weed. Remember when new father, New York Mets baseball player Daniel Murphy, was criticized on-air for taking a mere three-day paternity leave? What are your thoughts on how we can make it the norm for new dads to embrace fatherhood early on–with the early bonding experience of paternity leave?

Baby’s Own Room Tip: Since paternity leave is now allowed and recognized by many companies, fathers are given the same opportunities that women get when they have just had a baby. Check with the Human Resources department to learn about the paternity leave benefits that work for your family. Do this early on in the pregnancy so that you can plan ahead of time.

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How to Plan a Fun Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Holidays | Comments Off on How to Plan a Fun Easter Egg Hunt

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It’s time to plan a fun outdoor event because Easter is just around the corner. What’s really nice is the fact that the whole family can participate in this event. You can make it as memorable as possible by filling it with fun activities for all ages. However, making time to plan such an incredible Easter egg hunt can be a problem. Baby’s Own Room wants to share how to quickly plan a fun Easter Egg Hunt that doubles up as a bonding experience for the family.

 

Set the Time and Carefully Consider the Ages of Your Guests

The more the merrier when it comes to how many family members and friends should participate in your Easter Egg Hunt. This will make the egg hunt livelier and more adventurous. This also means that you will have various age groups joining in the fun. You should set a date and time for the hunt that accommodates everyone.

Quick Tip: The egg hunt should take into account the various age groups of the participants. For example, you should hide Easter eggs in the lawn for toddlers or in bushes for the elderly. This way both age groups will be able to reach the Easter eggs quite easily. 

Determine the Location and Set a Boundary Line 

A good location is important for any successful egg hunt. You do not want to be at the mercy of the elements while you are having fun. For example, it may start raining during your Easter Egg Hunt. This is why you should have a backup plan. Your backyard is a wise choice for a location because you can move the fun indoors if the weather becomes unfriendly. Set a boundary after you determine the location. A boundary is important because it keeps the children within sight.

Make a List of Hiding Places and Have Some Prizes 

A hunt is all about treasure and as such, an Easter Egg Hunt without prizes would not be fun! You should have prizes attached to the Easter eggs. These prizes could be in the eggs or certain eggs can indicate certain prizes at the end of the hunt. For example, you can have chocolate candies or jelly beans in the Easter eggs. Remember to make a list of all the hiding places. This will help you to direct children to eggs that are hard to find during the hunt or help you collect unfound eggs after the hunt.

Bonus Tip: You should also have a surprise prize for the person who found the least eggs. Doing so ensures that everyone is happy at the end of the Easter Egg Hunt. What fun ways do you celebrate Easter egg hunts with your family? Baby’s Own Room would love to hear from you! 🙂 

 

 

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How To Tame Public Toddler Temper Tantrums

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Toddler, Toddler Tips | 18 comments

Toddler Tips - How To Tame Public Toddler Temper Tantrums

There’s no way to get around this one, as 9 out 10 toddlers will throw a mild to severe tantrum in public at least once. However, what moms and dads may not realize is this. How you choose to deal with it determines if they happen again, how often they occur, and how serious the next one may be.

Baby’s Own Room is featuring parenting tips this week. We love being able to share real tips by real moms! Courtney, mother of a toddler boy, shared the following experience on how to tame public toddler temper tantrums with our readers.  

“My son is almost 2 years old and is quite clever. I’m sure that most parents can decipher whether or not their tike is pushing buttons, or truly having a meltdown. Either way, there are different tips that my husband and I use for dealing with these public temper tantrums.”

Here are our Top Three:

The “Look” – Now, while this may only work on the “older” toddler, most children know and recognize the “Look.” If you even sense that your child is on their way to a tantrum or misbehavior, the “Look” should stop them dead in their tracks or at least slow the behavior down.

❥❥Attention Diversion – Sometimes, small children tend to get frustrated easily. It’s up to us as parents to diffuse that energy and divert their attention elsewhere. Introduce a book if at the restaurant table, encourage them to answer a question that they identify with as being comforting to them. These efforts almost always yield a positive result, and the toddler often forgets why they were on their way to a tantrum in the first place.

❥❥❥Stern, Calm Discipline – I would reserve this for the ultimate tantrum. Sometimes even toddlers need to be reinforced with clear discipline. It is important to be consistent in this area, and to always follow through. A firm touch of the toddler’s hand, or a stern voice to get their attention– can go a long way. If this is something that you can exercise a few times, it has proven to limit my son’s tantrums so that I can pay more attention to the “Look” and “Attention Diversion” techniques.

All in all, I’m sure that most parents would agree that there is no right or wrong way to reign in a misbehaving child. At the end of the day, it depends on what works for your family. It’s important to spend time with your toddler, find out what makes them uncomfortable, and work on teaching them patience in those areas. I believe that a strong combination of the 3 tips above offer a great balance between love, care, and reinforcement – all vital things that children can benefit from in the long run. Tantrum free toddler = happy mom!

Toddler Tips by Courtney Blogger Mom Small Business Owner

We thank Courtney of Born Unique Baby Guide for sharing. We’d love to hear from you about how you handle public temper tantrums. What works for you and your family? Thanks from your friends at Baby’s Own Room!

 

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