Five Ways to Cut Down on New Baby Costs

New and young parents are more likely to fall victim to common money mistakes like buying all the latest (and usually expensive) gear, gadgets and gizmos for their new bundle of joy. But there are ways to get around shelling out tons of money while still getting the products for your baby you desire. Check out these five ways to save on new baby costs.

  1. DIY – Social media platforms like Youtube and Instagram, and blogs have made it super easy to learn a new thing or two. Instead of running out and spending money, jump online and find free, easy tutorials on repurposing things you may already have to create new things for your nursery. It’s free or cheap, and it’s a fun project to tap into your creative side. Take a look at this armoire turned changing table. 

  2. Buy Second-Hand – It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of becoming a new parent and splurging on all things adorable and tiny that you pass in your favorite stores. But before you go into a credit card swiping frenzy, consider buying second-hand items to save a few bucks while still getting quality products. Babies grow quickly so spending loads on apparel can ultimately turn into a waste. There are tons of parents who are happy to pass on pieces their little ones have outgrown. Most likely the clothing is very gently used and sometimes never used at all! Check out this directory to find consignment shops and websites that fit your style.    

  3. Buy Convertible Pieces – If you do decide to splurge on bigger products, be sure to get the most bang for your buck by opting for convertible pieces. Why buy three separate items when you can get one that does all the functions you need? For instance, instead of buying a simple crib, invest in a crib that converts into a toddler bed like this 4 in 1 crib.

  4. Take Your Time – Before making purchases, especially big or bulk purchases, take your time to do your research. When you skip out on research, you miss out on deals, savings or even better products. It’s also important to take your time when buying multiples because sometimes buying in bulk can backfire. Every child is different so some experience growth spurts sooner, or some may reject certain products like baby bottles that others loved. 

  5. Sell – Selling doesn’t necessarily help you save but it can help you get some of your money back from new baby expenses. Consignment shops work both ways, so if you’ve found awesome products at a consignment shop, chances are other parents will love your gently used pieces as well. 

We know there is tons of temptation out there when it comes to baby products, but remember the bigger picture before splurging. You’ll be taking care of another human for at least the next 18 years and it won’t be cheap! If you’re not sure about something, it’s also a good idea to tap into your network of other parents for tips and advice on budgeting for baby and ways to save on everyday expenses as well. 

The third-party companies included in this post are not affiliated with KidzStuff. KidzStuff has not received any compensation for the mention of these applications and is not endorsing any of them. The mention of these third-party sites are merely suggestions.



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5 Effective Ways to Discipline Your Toddler

So your little one is well into the “terrible twos” and you’re struggling with discipline. We understand how hard it is to find the right balance of disciplining a child in an age and developmental stage appropriate manner, so we’ve compiled a list of effective ways to bring your little one into line. 

  1. Be firm – When your child is acting out, it is important that you are direct in your approach and stick firmly to your orders. This does not mean raising your voice or yelling but instead speaking clearly and maintaining eye contact. Also, it helps to use short and simple language such as, “Stop hitting. No hitting.” in repetition to allow your child to process what you are telling them. Lastly, a part of being firm also means following through with consequences. For instance, if you tell your child to stop throwing their toys or you will put them away for the night, but do not follow through, eventually your child will see through your empty threats, warranting continued misbehavior.

  2. Be consistent – The “just this once” notion seems harmless but let’s be honest, how many times has “this time” turned into “sometimes” and so on? This can be confusing and frustrating for your little one and can lead to temper tantrums down the road. In addition, be sure you and your spouse are enforcing the same rules and expectations for those same reasons. This also helps keep your child from seeing one parent as a meanie or bad guy compared to the other.

  3. Keep calm – Dealing with an inconsolable child or one who’s acting out can be increasingly frustrating as a parent, especially when you feel you’re not getting through to your little one. It’s important, however, to keep calm when disciplining your child because losing your temper can further trigger your child, making the situation worse. Not to mention, losing control of the situation gives your child the impression that you are no longer in charge.

  4. Demonstrate – Depending on the age and developmental stage of your child, they may not completely understand why what they’re doing is wrong. This is where demonstration helps. Instead of just telling your child that throwing their toy at their playmate is wrong, try showing them how to share while explaining what you’re doing. For instance, saying things like “we don’t throw our toys at Jane, we hand them to her nicely, like this,” may be more effective.

  5. Encourage – For small children who are still developing communication skills, acting out or misbehaving is sometimes a mere cry for your attention. This is why it’s important to take notice and show your child when you are pleased with even the small things they do. This will help encourage and reinforce positive behaviors.

The earlier you begin to use these discipline methods, the sooner your child will begin to understand what is expected of them. Also, be sure to check your guilt at the door by reminding yourself why discipline is important for your child’s development.


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7 Winter Must-Haves for Baby

It has certainly been a cold winter thus far, even in typically warmer areas. Keeping your baby warm and healthy during this time of the year isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require a few extra steps in your daily routine. These 7 must-haves will help make protecting and keeping your baby warm this winter a little easier.   

  1. Humidifier – Using a humidifier in your baby’s nursery during winter months helps keep the moisture in the air. This is important to protect your baby from dry skin and lowers the risks of sore throat, dry sinuses, and congestion. Check out this list of the best humidifiers to help you decide which is best for you.

    1. Stroller Cover or Weather Shield – Protect your baby from precipitation and the cold chill of old man winter by investing in a stroller cover. This will keep the cold air and snow out but still allow enough ventilation for your little one.

    2. Kidzstuff Tempeze Romper – You probably already know the importance of layering up on clothing during the cold winter days, but did you know, there can be too many layers? Bundling your baby in too many layers can make them hot and uncomfortable. This romper has special ink that changes color when your baby gets too warm.

    3. Flannel bed sheets – Stock up on flannel bed sheets to safely add a little extra warmth to your baby’s crib. Be sure to get fitted sheets that fit snugly on the mattress.

    4. Blanket – Vehicle crash tests have shown the dangers of strapping your baby in a car seat wearing a winter coat, so opt for a blanket instead. These will keep your baby warm during your car ride without risking car seat safety. Remember to always avoid any product that is an add-on to a car seat, as they are not tested and can pose a safety threat.

    5. Sun Protection – The sun’s rays are still dangerous for your little one’s skin during the winter. Some sunscreen creams and lotions can be just as harmful to your baby’s delicate skin, so a great alternative is UPF-rated clothing. KidzStuff Sun Blocker Rompers are chemical and lotion-free, lightweight, and comfortable for your baby.

    6. Moisturizer – During the winter, your baby’s skin is more susceptible to drying and chaffing. Choose an unscented product with no artificial coloring or allergenic preservatives. It’s best to choose products with natural ingredients like olive, almond, and coconut.

For more winter tips for baby, check out our blog on Winter Skin Care Tips.

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Holiday Gifts Teachers Really Want

‘Tis the season for good tidings and spreading holiday joy. It’s no surprise that children and adults have already began working on their holiday gift lists. But before you start checking it twice, you’ll want to make sure you didn’t leave anyone important out when planning your presents to gift. No, no we’re not talking about your second cousin, twice removed…we’re talking about the one who is in charge of molding the mind of your little one. That’s right: teachers.

The holiday season is the perfect time to show your children’s teachers just how important they are to your family. Show your appreciation for their hard work by getting them a holiday gift that they can truly enjoy. Here are a couple ideas for your child’s favorite educator.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are the perfect gift if you’re not too sure what your child’s teacher truly enjoys doing in his or her spare time. Not to mention, it’s fast, easy and always appreciated! Pick up a Visa gift card at your local convenience store or grocery to make for a great present. If, however, you do know the teacher a little bit better, you can always pick up a gift card for their favorite store. After all, what’s better than getting someone a present that allows them to get what they REALLY want.

Rest & Relaxation

If you think your job is stressful, imagine what teachers go through. Dealing with children or teens all day long, working long after hours (and sometimes even weekends) to grade papers, tutor students and provide a great education for your children. Sure it can be a rewarding experience, but what better way to show you care than by gifting some rest and relaxation! One of the best ways to do this is to stop by a local spa and gift them a massage. You can even round up some of the other parents and pool together funds to purchase a travel gift card for a much-needed getaway. If all else fails, some delicious chocolates or other treats are a great way to help them unwind.

Supplies 

For most teachers, classroom supplies and books are very limited. Schools usually provide the bare minimum, leaving educators to purchase any additional materials out of their own pocket. That’s why any teacher would really appreciate all the extra help they can get. Parents can easily help out by purchasing books to use in class or any other vital classroom supplies. Some examples of this include pencils, crayons, construction paper, notebooks, color pencils and more. It’s always a good idea to check with the teacher to see what’s needed so you can provide something the class requires.

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Tips for Holiday Air Travel with Kids 

 “Breathe in…then breathe out,” you tell yourself as you book those holiday travel tickets.

It’s time for the seasons travels to see relatives or simply get away from the cold. But parents all know the stress that comes along with air travel with children…pair that with the holiday madness, and you’re looking at a recipe for disaster (and probably more gray hairs). Plan for smooth, stress-free holiday air travel by using these tips.

 Pack Smart

By packing efficiently you’ll be saving yourself a lot of grief when traveling, especially if you are carrying on bags. To begin with, make traveling with presents a breeze by shipping them to your destination beforehand. This works especially well if you do a lot of your holiday shopping online. But most importantly, remember when packing for you and family members, not to over pack…but don’t under pack either! This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to pack light, but to simply be well-prepared without overdoing it. Take a close inventory of what you’ll each need for your trip and don’t forget the essentials like medicine and sugar-free snacks for your little ones.

Plan ahead

Before the big flight, plan ahead for any obstacles that may be presented along the way. One of the biggest woes of the holidays is the traffic. Remind yourself to check the traffic ahead of time so that you can leave with an ample amount of time to make it to the airport and reach your gate. The last thing you’d want is to be rushing at the last minute. It’s also a good idea to let your children know what to expect before they reach the airport, especially if it’s their first flight. Help them understand the process so they’re aware of the security checks and flight procedures.

If you’re flying out of the country, check ahead of time to see that every family member’s passport is up-to-date. In addition, remember to plan out some family games, to play in long lines or even in the air. This way the entire family will be entertained and accounted for to whole way through.

Stay Connected

The easiest way to stay entertained during those long flights is by staying connected! Luckily, this tip is applicable to kids and parents alike. You may have to switch your phone to airplane mode while flying, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come prepared with offline games to keep the kids busy and a playlist to keep you entertained while in the air. But don’t forget to pack an external charger for those longer flights, just incase your battery life gets zapped early.

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Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

November is here and holiday cheer is slowly but surely beginning to fill the cool fall air. That means longer nights, changing colors and celebratory events for the whole family. The first up? Thanksgiving. As the holidays roll in, families have already began prepping the big day to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. From the home décor to the guest list, each aspect and attendee is important! But for families, accommodating every guest can be tricky…especially the young, picky guests. But whether your little one loves vegetables or apple pie, planning some kid-friendly thanksgiving meals will only help the night go more smoothly. Try out these great kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes that any child (and even some adults) will swoon over.

 

Pull apart salt and pepper biscuits
This Kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipe comes straight from Food & Wine and is quick, easy and, most importantly, delicious! With only a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, it’s easy to whip these delicious biscuits together in no time. The recipe uses easy-to-handle ingredients like flour, baking powder and buttermilk! What’s even better about the recipe is that you can even get your little ones involved because of the simplicity of the preparation.

 

Mashed Potato scoops
Can’t get your child to enjoy a nice helping of potatoes? This kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipe from Parenting is your answer! By using food presentation to your advantage, your kid will fall in love with these tasty spuds. Grab those left over potatoes and prepare this creative dish that fuses potatoes and ice cream flavors. You’ll need sweet, red and white potatoes to begin. Don’t forget to use an ice cream scoop to complete the look.

 

Turkey Nuggets

Don’t forget about the protein! No Thanksgiving meal is complete without some tasty turkey. Give your children’s table a kid-friendly spin that they can even help prepare! The Parenting recipe only requires a few ingredients that you’ll already have on your shopping list for Thanksgiving like turkey slices, milk, honey and bread crumbs. Be sure that an adult handles the baking part of the preparation, but these turkey nuggets will ensure that your holiday dinner is an unforgettable one!

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Fun Fall Activities for Kids

With changing seasons on the horizon, there’s a lot of great fall activities to enjoy during Autumn. It’s the perfect time to bond with family members and make the most of the blooming holiday season. So why not stop, take a second and appreciate the things that matter most…especially the little ones. Commit to making a new tradition and new memories this season with these fun fall activities for kids and parents to enjoy together.

 

Crafting
Whether you’re getting crafty with stationary or creating some Fall accent pieces with pumpkins or gourds, Autumn is the perfect time to express some creativity with your children and create something magical. Make the perfect holiday greeting cards to share with loved ones by creating hand-traced turkeys or by gifting a custom autumn inspired picture frame for those perfect memories. All you’ll need is some unfinished wood frames, paint and whatever decorations you and your little one like!

 

Take your crafting project to the next level with some inspiring decorative pumpkins to complete your home’s festive, Fall look just in time for Thanksgiving! Pumpkins are easy to pick up during the season and are a great way to create something beautiful with a little creativity! Whether you’re doing a minimal chevron carving to your pumpkin, melting crayons on a gourd, or using finger paints to express some colorful creation, nothing says Fall fun like a dazzling pumpkin!

 

Baking
They say one of the best way to trigger memories is through the sense of smell. So what better way to celebrate Fall than by filling your home with the smell of something delightfully delicious? Warm up any Autumn afternoon by baking delicious treats with the assistance of your little helper! Finding the perfect, kid-friendly dessert recipe is simple!  Our favorite is the chocolate-banana mini loaves using ingredients like banana bread mix, cocoa, chocolate chips and more!

 

Decorating
With the holiday season slowly arriving, Fall is the perfect time to begin getting into the spirit with some home decorating! Remember those beautiful pumpkins we talked about decorating earlier? Now is the perfect time to liven up your home with your new creation. You can even set aside some time with your child to get started on holiday wreaths! This great Fall activity by Alphamom is a creative and fun way to put a new, kid-friendly twist on the classic decoration! What’s even better is that you can customize the design to your hearts content!

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Trick or Treat: Halloween Safety Tips for Children

Halloween is such a fun holiday to spend together as a family. With kids dressing up as their favorite super heroes, spooky house decor and everyone stocking up on candy, Halloween safety for children is easily overlooked. Keep these Halloween safety tips and suggestions that will ensure you and your kids have an epic (and safe) Halloween this year!

We all know that gathering as much candy as possible is most kid’s priority during Halloween, but their costumes are second in line! Although your kids’ costumes may be perfect as they are, they may not be easy for cars to spot while they are trick-or-treating. To make sure they are safe while crossing the street, add some reflective tape to costumes and candy bags so that cars can easily see them. Holding a flashlight while trick-or-treating is also another option that not only lets others see you but it also lets you see others. Sometimes children get so excited when you first purchase their costume that they neglect comfort. Prior to Halloween, have your kids wear their costume around the house for a few hours to make sure there isn’t any uncomfortable fabric or costume parts that are too loose or too tight. If your kid’s costume incorporates face paint, test it on a small area first to ensure they wont have an allergic reaction to it. Any costume props that they will carry while trick-or-treating should be soft and flexible to avoid any possible accidents.

If you want to carve pumpkins with your kids to decorate the house, have them draw on the pumpkin with a marker but make sure an adult is handling the carving. Once you and your kids are satisfied with the spooky pumpkin, make sure you place it on a sturdy, flat surface away from flammable objects. Using a flashlight or glow stick is a great alternative to using a candle, which can definitely be a safety hazard if it is left unattended. Remove anything from the porch that visiting trick-or-treaters could trip over, such as garden hoses or Halloween decorations. While your pets may not necessarily try to harm kids who visit your house for some candy, they may get excited and jump on a trick-or-treater and accidently scratch them or make them fall, so having them restrained or put away is a must.

While candy may be the most exciting part of Halloween for kids, it can cause the most accidents if certain precautions are not taken. Although it may be tempting for your kids to start eating their candy as soon as they receive it, it is best if they only eat the candy once they are back home. By doing this, an adult can examine the candy and throw away any that appear spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious. By following these safety tips and precautions, you can ensure your children have a memorable, accident-free and fun Halloween!

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Fall Sports – Safety Tips For Your Child

Looks like Fall is in the air once again! That means we can look forward to changing leaf colors, cooler temperatures and Fall sports for your little one to enjoy. But whether your child is excited to participate in sports like football, soccer or basketball, one thing is for certain: accidents and injuries are more likely to occur when playing sports if caution is not exercised.

This can be a parent’s worst nightmare because at the end of the day, there’s nothing more troubling than watching your child in distress. But while injuries are never 100% unavoidable, there are preventative measures that parents can take to ensure that kids are properly protected during Fall sports.

1. Don’t forget to stretch and warm up

One of the most important ways to avoid sports-related injuries is to always begin and end with thorough stretching, focusing especially on areas that will be placed under more stress than usual. After your child’s first stretch, ensure that he or she properly warms up with some light jogging or something comparable. By taking about 10 minutes to stretch and warm up, built up muscle tension is released and the risk of being injured is dramatically reduced.

2. Stay hydrated

We simply cannot stress how important it is for children to stay hydrated when partaking in Fall sports. As the weather cools down, it’s easy to forget to grab a drink. However, it’s absolutely vital to always remember that children are more prone to dehydration and heat illness than adults, especially when exercising. Encourage your children to stick to a schedule of regular intervals to stop and grab a drink of water to help them stay on their A-game!

3. Maintain a nutritious diet

When children live an active lifestyle, it’s important that their diet reflects that as well. Be sure to adjust your child’s meals accordingly so that he or she is getting enough carbohydrates and protein to fuel their Fall sports. Be sure to also include lots of vegetables and fruit wherever possible for additional nutrients. Most importantly, remember that eating a few hours before playing sports is vital to a healthy lifestyle.

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Kid Friendly Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane

Hurricane season has arrived. With storms like Erika and Danny already announced, it is important to think of anything that could possibly happen before a storm hits. With that come the necessary precautions in order to keep families safe. The basic necessities such as batteries, non-perishable items and water are a given. However, we encourage families to include kid-friendly supplies in their emergency kits in order to help ease them through the possibility of a storm happening. Below is a list of helpful tips to aid your family in dealing with an emergency.

  • Establish a safe room or the safest area in your home for a hurricane hazard

  • Discuss the types of hazards that could occur such as storm surge or floods

  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet

  • Provide comfort items such as stuffed animals, doll, toys and pacifiers for children

  • Stock up on personal products like baby wipes, diapers and formula

  • Have activities for children during the storm like books, puzzles and games

  • Load up on family medicine including infant/children fever reducer and ointment

  • Have a list of emergency contact phone numbers by your telephone

  • Must sure to have a family contact who will not be effected by the disaster

  • Have a plan in place for pets in case you need to evacuate

  • Stay informed by listening to local stations on a portable radio or television

In the event of an emergency, it is important to remain calm and help ensure that your child feels safe and comfortable. One of the ways you can do this is by listening to your child’s concerns and fears. Offer them reassurance. After an emergency has occurred, provide a structure and routine in the home. Protect them by keeping the media exposure to a minimum. In the end, the best way to prepare for an emergency is by creating a family plan that keeps everyone safe and doing their part.



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