Baby, Back to School 2017, Food, Gift Ideas, Parenting

SnackPals Portion Control Snacking

This feature is in partnership with WowCup for SnackPals

From toddler to teen portion control is always a snack factor. With our teenage boys it’s about catching them before the entire box of crackers goes to the bedroom with them where they are bound to polish it off. With our youngest at 9 it’s about taking a few and remembering to close the box back up or they will go stale. Then with my youngest nephew (below) it’s about controlling the fistfuls they take and the trail they drop into the next room. Snack time needs some control and WowCups has SnackPals for your child.

These cups are about portion control and safe keeping of snacks. How it works is that you fill the cup with snacks. The top chamber is empty until you turn it upside down and give it a shake or two to dispense the perfect portion. It is easy enough for a toddler to use and allows their little fingers to grab the food.

They come in 3 colors- blue, pink and green. These cups will cut down on eating too fast, spills and organization. They are safely made BPA & PVC Free: 100% guaranteed food safe materials. Keep snacks clean while they are maintained in the bottom portion. Yes, they are dishwasher safe too.

You can find SnackPals at WowCup and on Amazon. I suggest buying them now so they are available right when you need them. Don’t forget daycare and preschool teacher gift ideas. These are great for groups in a toddler and preschool crowd.

Baby, Gift Ideas, Parenting

Chicco is Helping You Train Baby off Bottle to Cup

Thank you to Chicco for the partnership and samples for feature

If you have raised an infant and toddler you have heard of the name, Chicco. From car seats to sippy cups, Chicco knows how fast baby grows. It was 9 years ago that I had a baby but I remember shopping for him with the thought of ‘growth’ in mind. I wanted products that would grow with him. Not only to shop with value in mind but it was easier to train him into new phass with products he had already been using and was familiar with. The Chicco Natural Fit Isulated Flip Top Set helps transition your toddler from bottle to cup.

Fist things first-it does not leak! That is always our concern with cups and bottles. To add, it comes apart completely for easy cleaning and with an integrated slide cover the straw stays clean.

The design allows for the best grip of little hands as they learn to sip and set in cup holders. It is also insulated so that drink can stay cool while walking the zoo or beach on a hot day.

It is BPA, PVC and Latex Free so no chemicals to worry about as well. The style? These cups have all NaturalFit lids, valves and cups are interchangeable with 6 spout and 3 cup styles to choose from! That means you can keep the corresponding cups you may already have and use these lids on those too. They come in a blue and pink pattern. See more at an you can purchase at

Baby, Food, Parenting

How To Make Feeding Your Baby As Simple As Can Be

How To Make Feeding Your Baby As Simple As Can Be

Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding your baby (and many parents use a mix of both feeding methods), it is always a good idea to know a few tips and tricks to make feeding time go much more smoothly. Follow the guide below to ensure that feeding time for you goes as well as it can do, even single time. 

1. Get The Right Equipment. 

If you are bottle feeding your baby, purchasing express pumps, bottles, a good bottle warmer and sterilizing equipment, and practising using them before you use them with your little one, will ensure that feeding time goes well.

2. Stay Attuned To Your Baby’s Moods.

If your baby is feeling cranky and irritable, this is probably not the best time to teach them something new. Save those rusks or new bottles for another day and go with what has worked best in the past.

If your baby gets cranky before, during or after feeding time, remember that almost all parents have to cope with this. Don’t blame yourself, just stay calm and try one of the tips on this list (be that a change of position or a little time out) to get things running smoothly again.

3. Get The Right Position When Breastfeeding. 

When breast feeding your baby, you need to find out what works best for baby and for you. Your baby might like to be cradled in your arms as they breast feed, or they may prefer to flop on your stomach.

Using a towel and a sling will help you to angle your baby’s head more easily as they feed. Sometimes a quick shift of position is all that you need to make feeding more comfortable both for yourself and your baby. 

4. Moving on from milk? It’s time for variety!

Get your little one interested in all kinds of food from an early age, and particularly in healthy foods such as fruit and veg. Bright colors, a wide variety of different foods from day to day and lots of easy to consume textures early on will all make transitioning from milk to solid food much more fun and enjoyable for both of you.

Make mealtimes a big event, with your baby’s own plastic spoon, bowl and covered plastic drinker so that it becomes something that they get excited about! Let them pick out a cute bib to wear too. Encourage them to experiment and to discover new foods for themselves, so that they can tell you what it is that they like best!

5. Be Aware Of Allergies. 

Some babies should not eat certain foods due to allergies. And, if you are breastfeeding, it it crucial to cut those foods out of your own diet, too.

How do you tell if your baby has an allergy? Seek out your doctor and ask them to run a few tests and to explain common allergy symptoms to you. Dairy allergies can manifest themselves in the form of a red rash, for example, though this is not the only symptom.

6. Don’t Give Up.

It can be easy to feel frustrated if your baby is not latching on to your breast when you are breast feeding them, or refusing point blank to eat carrots today when they were eating them with gusto yesterday. Frustration can be your enemy if you want to make eating fun and feeding your baby relaxing and enjoyable for you. After all, feeding your little one ought to be one of the most powerful bonding experiences that you two share together. 

So, have some tactics ready to hand that you can use to calm yourself down when you are feeling stressed and frustrated. This might involve taking time out to grab a quick sip of water, or getting a back massage from your partner. It might involve counting down slowly in your head or putting on a favorite song. Find what works for you to ease any tension and create a calm environment for you and your baby to enjoy.

Follow these great tips and you will find that feeding your baby is so much easier. The result? One happy baby!

About The Author


Crystal is the founder of MakeYourBabyLaugh. She wrote the blog to help parents who are struggling to raise their children. She hopes that her experiences in child-rearing can inspire and help parents overcome their parenting struggles

Baby, Parenting

Save on Diapers with these 2 LUVS coupons

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Save on Diapers with these 2 LUVS coupons

What is your diaper brand of choice? When my son was in the diaper stage it was LUVS. I am not just saying that because I am partnered with LUVS for this feature. Instead, I chose to partner with LUVS because I really mean it when I say they were the only diaper I used. The value was fantastic, rarely did I have rash issues and leaks.

What LUVS didn’t have back then was the NightLock Plus feature. This larger absorbency area locks away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs. That means they are even better then I remember!

Ready to save!

You need to get to the store fast, but FIRST!You will need these coupons of $2 off of a box of diapers and there are 2 ways to get your coupon! First, check this Sunday’s paper! On May 28th there will be a $2 LUVS coupon you can cut.

Don’t get the Sunday paper or don’t want to wait until May 28 to save? From May 24-27, you can print a $2 coupon to use. On May 28th, this printable coupon will go back to a $1 savings. allows you to print 2 coupons at a time so you can stock up!

Baby, Beauty, Earth Friendly, Education, Giveaways, Healthy Living, Natural, Natural Beauty, Parenting

Is Your Sunscreen Safe and Effective? #GiveChemicalsTheBird – GIVEAWAY

Thank you Goddess Garden for partnering with Parenting Healthy to sponsor this post

Before you shop for this years sunscreens and browse the never ending selections on store shelves, let’s work together to #GiveChemicalsTheBird. What do I mean by that? Try making a safer sunscreen choice by buying mineral-based sunscreens. Why? They are effective and do not contain chemicals your skin must absorb for it to be effective.

Your skin is your largest organ of your body. More and more it is becoming highly recommended that we consider the creams, soaps and lotions we use on ours and our children’s skin. Goddess Garden sunscreen varieties do not contain the PABA, parabens, phthalates, BPA, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Petroleum or toxic chemicals that most brands may contain and absorb through all of the skin layers. Check the labels!

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Let’s break this infographic down a bit. Look at your sunscreens in your home right now…go ahead…then come back to this. Do you see the ingredient, Oxybenzone? This chemical is well-known in sunscreens and absorbs through your skin layers and will enter your blood stream. This chemical is in the same class as BPA, only stronger. Yikes!

Do you see Parabens? These are in many sunscreens, bath products and beauty brands. It is a preservative and is genuinely linked to cancer and add in the sun UVB rays to get damaged DNA and an increase in skin aging. Moving down the ingredient list, do you see Phthalates? These and your hormones DO NOT get along. Guess where you won’t find these ingredients? In mineral sunscreens like Goddess Garden. There are so many topics to educate you on ingredients and facts on their blog.

What is Goddess Garden?

Goddess Garden was born from a Mom with a daughter allergic to most synthetic ingredients who needed a safe product in the sun. Most natural sunscreens were like paste and left you feeling greasy so she worked hard to create a safe, organic sunscreen that goes on and blends in well. I can tell you my son always reaches for this brand and I have tried others. He loves how easy it blends. Then she grew to other skincare products, listening to customers suggestions and you can find lip balms, aromatherapy and more that are natural, safe and effective. Visit Goddess Garden to see them all! And don’t forget to #GiveChemicalsTheBird this summer.

Find the closest Goddess Garden retailer to you.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a 3.4oz Facial tube, 6oz Kids Tube, and a 0.6oz Kids Sport sunscreen stick from Goddess Garden. Ends 6/7 and open to US. Good luck-enter below.

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Safe Cleaning For Home and Family with Dapple

Thank you Dapple for partnering with us on this feature. Opinions are my own

Safe Cleaning For Home and Family

 When you become first time parents you quickly realize how much cleaning is involved with having a baby. Then they become toddlers and the cleaning of nursery, high chairs and bottles give way to sippy cups, fingers and plastic plates. When using soaps with synthetic ingredients you get residue and lingering odors after some time, especially in the cracks of those bottles and sippy cup parts. Dapple has your plant-based and baby-friendly solution for a better cleaner.

dish dapple

When it comes to standing at the kitchen sink which you will do a lot…like all of the time, you need a bottle and dish soap that is safe and effective. Having it smell good is a bonus too. Dapple has some new Bottle & Dish soaps. They now have a foam soap option and new scents for their dish soap such as grapefruit, tangerine and pomegranate. I use it to even scrub my pots and pans and it is effective on any mess. I love how sudsy it gets while cleaning.

Dapple wipes

Even at 8, you are still dealing with sticky fingers like my son after his popsicles. At the older age you tend to not have to be on top of them at all times. However, there are times like I have where they are playing away on the computer keyboard and you look down at the sticky mess of fingers they have! Time to break out the Dapple Pure N’ Clean Everything Wipes.

laundry dapple

Have you ever had baby in one hand and tried stuffing a washer and dryer and pour laundry soap to add? How does that work out for you? With Dapple, you grab a strip. That’s it. They have baby-safe laundry detergent strips you toss in the wash and it is hypoallergenic and free of the SLS, Parabens and formaldehyde you can find in some commercial products. You’ll only pay under .50 cents a load too!

safe cleaning

Dapple was created by Mom’s who wanted the best for their own babies while scrubbing bottles and cups and maintaining the rest of the household chores. Like us, they are not fans of odor and residues left behind on our everyday baby products. I found Dapple on Amazon and you can see their locator on the website for other retailers to buy from. Visit Dapple to see the entire line of products.