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How To Clean A Play Yard

Let’s think about everything that goes on in a play yard.  Babies eat, drink, drool, teethe, play, sleep, pee pee and poo poo, (yes, we said that).  All of this can create a germ-filled and pretty dirty play yard.

Cleaning a play yard is not so easy. Not only are we going to tell you how to clean them, we are also going to show you a video on how to clean them. This you have to see!

First, fill a bathtub with hot boiling water add baking soda, vinegar and laundry soap. You can’t use everyday cleaners — they may be toxic for babies.  Then put all the components of the play yard in the tub and soak it for about an hour. After an hour, go back to the bathroom to turn it over to clean the flip side. Oh and don’t be too grossed out by what you see!  The water will be dark brown and filthy.  To think your little one was sleeping in this! After you soak the play yard, bring it outside and rinse with a hose. Then, let it stay outside until it is dry. (Hopefully it isn’t winter and 20 degrees.) You may want to repeat!

Another option for keeping your play yard clean is pretty simple. Just use a washable COVERPLAY slipcover!! The COVERPLAY slipcover lines the inside and outside of the play yard, keeping your baby protected from ick and yuck.  After the COVERPLAY slipcover gets dirty, toss it in the laundry. It is that simple! You can choose from a variety of cool patterns and designs that really make the play yard look great.

COVERPLAY now offers their own brand of SAFE and affordable play yards that meet the highest safety standards. COVERPLAY play yards are JPMA certified!

Keep your little ones safe and happy and use the first play yard slipcover designed for your little ones. COVERPLAY, as seen on SHARK TANK, is MOM created and WOMAN OWNED.

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Summer Fun While Being Summer Safe

It’s that time of year again where we’re off to the beach, amusement parks, backyard pools and pretty much all outdoor activities.

While it’s important to use sunscreen, it’s equally as important to know what to use, and knowing the difference between UVA and UVB sunrays. Not all sunscreens on the market protect from both. The UVB is the more harmful ray.

Most people think the difference in the SPF makes the higher number stronger and therefore better. This is not true. Anything over SPF 50 there is actually no data that shows it makes any difference. It’s the amount of time you’re in the sun that matters. It takes about 20 minutes with no sunscreen for your child’s skin to burn. Factors like eye color and skin color also make a difference as the lighter you are the more often you should lather up again. On average you should reapply every 90 minutes or so, or after swimming and towel driving. SPF 15 and SPF 30 is probably a safer choice in terms of ingredients.

It’s also very important to get direct sun for about 15 minutes daily while only covering up about 40% of your child’s most delicate skin parts such as their face. This can be done with sunscreen or with the proper clothing like T-shirts, sunglasses and hats. This allows your body to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important and can prevent certain cancers that could strike years down the road. Rather then 100% sunscreen at all times where you’d be deleting your child of the much-needed Vitamin D. Most everything that applies to your kids also applies to you.

What to look for in a sunscreen and can be found on most labels. Make sure to look for “broad spectrum” protection, which helps guard against both UVA and UVB rays. If it doesn’t say “broad spectrum”, I’d suggest finding a product that does. Consumer Reports has a great list of the top sunscreens for kids should you need additional help.

While your reading labels, make sure the list below is not in the sunscreen.

Oxybenzone is one of the most hazardous ingredients you really want to try and avoid. It absorbs into the skin and can be toxic. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are always safe bets because they do not absorb into the skin.

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A palmitate). Yes we need Vitamin A, just not in our sunscreen.

Synthetic fragrance may contain harmful chemicals. It may be listed as Parabens, Phthalates and Synthetic musks.

Most importantly, have fun and have a wonderful, safe summer!

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Germs and Daycare

Germs are all over the place. And day care germs abound! They’re too little to see but we know they’re there. Youngsters can transmit germs with out ever acquiring ill themselves. They can catch common colds, ear infections, diarrhea and worse. More life-threatening sicknesses like chicken pox, impetigo and hepatitis are also spread by germs. Toys are an automobile for day care germs, so are unwashed hands of a caregiver right after diaper change or blowing a kid’s runny nose. Runny noses don’t constantly mean a kid is unwell, but the child can likewise be carrying some thing perfect beneath your nose as we say, and you will not know it for a few days until your signs start out showing. So how can you cut back on day care germs and lessen your kid’s ill days? Each toddler gets unwell eventually with the regular cold, but prospects of spreading it on the other day care young children and the ill kid’s loved ones can be greatly reduced by following a couple of uncomplicated rules when it comes to germs and daycare.

Constantly maintain up-to-date with your kid’s immunizations. Schools will not enroll young children in kindergarten without having the immunization records filled out by the family unit physician. The same requirements should be met for daycare enrollment at the same time. Maintain copies of your kid’s immunization records and have them prepared to give to the daycare provider. It is possible to request info on the other kids enrolled inside daycare facility as well. All youngsters enrolled in any daycare facility your youngster is going to ought to be inoculated.

You should always have a backup arrangement for days when your child is sick and can’t attend daycare. Even if you suspect your child is catching something, he ought to be kept at home. The other daycare mothers will appreciate your conformity with this and they ought to follow suit. But you’ll find occasions when some mothers and fathers disregard the customary considerations surrounding youngsters attending public environments and send their kids off to daycare sick anyway.

As one of the most popular infant items, play yards get heavy use and suffer the wear and tear of frequent spills. Coverplay is the only high-quality, decorative bedding that is pediatrician recommended for portable play yards. Our unique patented design fits snugly over the entire play yard, protecting your baby with a hygienic barrier that’s super soft and easy to clean. Toss the slipcover into the washing machine and it’s good to go.

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Toddler Travels — Tips

If you are planning a vacation to your favorite destination and want to have real fun and adventure, take your kids along with you. However, a number of things must be kept in mind about toddler travels. Therefore, to make sure the trip becomes pleasurable for both you and your kids, it is better to plan and prepare well in advance.

Plan Your Toddler Travels

Here are five valuable tips that you should follow to make your vacation with family a memorable one.

  • As kids tend to become restless during the flight, take along with you a variety of magazines, books, board games, radio, music, toys, and snacks to suit the likes and dislikes of your kid. These things will help you to keep the child happy and distracted even when confined in the airplane.
  • Make sure you bring along a warm blanket and a spare set of comfortable clothes for them to ensure they are comfortable in the flight. Besides, give due importance to making good sleeping arrangements for them at the destination. Plan in advance for this in accordance with the current weather conditions of the place you are planning to go to.
  • As children are more prone to accidents and small injuries, be well prepared with the first-aid kit, well equipped with tweezers, antiseptic lotion, bandages, ointments, pain relievers, cotton, gauze pads, mosquito repellants, cough drops, and a few prescription medicines for fever, throat infection, diarrhea, nausea, headache, and vomiting.
  • The luggage should be packed keeping in mind all the essentials required. This would depend on the climate of the vacation destination and the number of days for which you will be gone.
  • Travel games, to suit the age of your children, are a must to keep the kids happy and involved during long drives and road trips.

If you are traveling with the kids, Coverplay is great for germ-proofing hotel play yards or when borrowing gear from friends. In fact, Coverplay proudly supplies several hotel chains, including Hilton, Hyatt, Club Med, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, and more. It’s a must-have for kids on the go and perfect for daycare centers, too! And all our slipcover designs come with a matching tote so you can travel in style.

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Travel With Kids & Keep Your Sanity

Family vacations are a great opportunity for parents and children to grow closer and take a break from the stress of everyday life. However, traveling with children comes with a whole new list of stressors that must be taken into consideration and adequately planned for in order to have the best traveling experience possible. Although traveling with children may be difficult at times, if you plan for these difficulties you will be able to have an enjoyable trip while keeping your sanity.

Travel with Kids: the Inevitable Question

Long car rides are tough on children, as anyone who has endured the infinitely repeated question “Are we there yet?” knows. Many variables can be blamed for the impatience children experience on long car trips, and two of the most popular ones are boredom and discomfort. Active children naturally want to move around, to be doing something, rather than to be sitting in the backseat for hours on end.

To cure the boredom of children when going on a long car trip, make sure that you bring a selection of games and other activities that are appropriate for the car. Card games, dice games, and some board games are great ways to keep your children entertained while traveling. With technology becoming more and more advanced, and less and less expensive, you can also bring movies and video games to keep your children occupied while you drive.

Portable DVD players and personal game consoles will allow them to watch their favorite movies and play the newest games while you sing along to your favorite radio station. However, when planning what activities to bring, make sure you set the ground rules; although baseball or basketball may be a favorite activity among the children, it is not appropriate to play either while in the car. The activities that you provide should be entertaining, but must be safe.

Discomfort, the second of the two most common culprits responsible for endless “Are we there yet?” pleas, can also be easily fixed. First, make sure that you have packed your car in such a way that allows the children plenty of room to stretch out.

If you travel with kids, Coverplay is great for germ-proofing hotel play yards or when borrowing gear from friends. In fact, Coverplay proudly supplies several hotel chains, including Hilton, Hyatt, Club Med, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, and more. It’s a must-have for kids on the go and perfect for daycare centers, too! And all our slipcover designs come with a matching tote so you can travel in style.