While summer pastels are light and refreshing, there is something about timeless black and white that looks crisp, clean and modern. If you are shopping for a gender neutral gift, or just love the monochromatic look, here are some of our favourite black and white products to inspire your next purchase.
- Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Car Seat in Devoted Black and White
- Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair in Black
- Ju Ju Be Be Neat Legacy Bib – The Marquess
- Colibri Reusable Snack Bag – Large Paisley
- Baby Paper in Black and White Stripe
- OVer Company Alto Stripe OVer Cover
- Minimoc Infinity Shoe in Silver Dot
- Skip Hop Footie & Hat in Cloud
- Farm Hoppers Cow
- Little Unicorn Petite Manifest Bag in Obsidian
- Lulujo Bamboo Blanket in Hugs and Kisses
- Kid O Wobble Racoon
One of the most common questions parents of toddlers ask me is when their toddler should be transitioned to one nap and how to do it effectively. I firmly believe that naps are one of the fundamentals of healthy sleep and that well rested children are far more likely to sleep through the night than overtired ones. Sleep begets sleep – so that a child who gets enough rest during the day will sleep better at night than one who doesn’t. Toddlers taking two daily naps should still be getting between 1 and 1.5 hours of sleep at each nap. When removing one of the naps, it is important to remember that we aren’t removing the need for sleep – we are simply redistributing that sleep to bedtime and the other nap period. When the morning nap is removed, the afternoon nap usually increases to between 1 and 3 hours. Additionally, you may find that bedtime needs to be moved earlier for a period until your toddler adjusts to the new sleep schedule. Once your preschooler (3-4 years old) outgrows the need for daily naps, I strongly recommend keeping some quiet time in the former nap time slot to help them recharge (and give you a break too).
One of the biggest mistakes parents make regarding naps is removing them too soon. Before transitioning your child to one nap, watch them for a week or two and see if they consistently show these signs of being ready to transition to a single nap period:
1. Morning nap is pushed too far and disrupts afternoon nap – making it too late to be helpful.
2. Your child is consistently skipping the afternoon nap.
If your child is under 15 months of age, I strongly recommend waiting until they reach that age before making any adjustments as young toddlers often go through sleep regressions that can wreak havoc on nap times. Once they grow out of this phase, the child often goes back to sleeping on the same schedule they did before the regression. If the child is still going to bed early (anytime between 6 and 7 pm) with two naps, then they should stay on the two nap schedule. If your child is sleep sensitive, they may need to hold onto two naps for longer – even until they’re 18 months of age. You don’t want to rock the sleep boat unnecessarily. Even though a child may not need as much sleep from a developmental point of view, transitioning to one nap can cause sleep issues to creep up, especially if it is done too early. I advise parents to keep two naps for as long as possible as long as it is not disrupting bedtime or pushing it too late.
Once you have decided your child is ready to switch to one nap there are a couple of ways to do it:
1. Cold turkey. If you feel that your child will be able to handle the switch and move to a single afternoon nap at an earlier time (like 12:00 pm), then go for it. Remember that we want to redistribute the missing sleep time from the morning nap, so gradually try to lengthen the time your child naps until the missing sleep is accommodated. If your child was sleeping for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, your goal will be to make the afternoon nap period 2 hours.
2. If you’re not sure that the cold turkey method will work for your child, then try pushing the morning nap later by 15 minutes every day until you are at a 12:00 or 12:30pm single naptime.
By age 3 or 4, most children can successfully end all napping. The transition to no naps can be hard on everyone – parents and kids alike, and I recommend maintaining an hour or more of quiet time into the afternoon and keeping it until the child enters full day schooling. Not only will it help your child recharge, it’s a great break for the caregiver as well. I always suggest having some special quiet time toys that only come out during that period. Go to the dollar store or thrift shop and pick out a few books, puzzles, or toys without sound and put them in a box labelled “Quiet Time”. When it’s time for quiet time, have your child pick one of the special toys to play with in his room. He may even fall asleep! After quiet time, your child can put the toy back in the box to be played with again at the next quiet time.
The transition to one nap and then to no naps can be hard on both parents and children, but by making sure your child is ready and adjusting their sleep so that they aren’t losing sleep, you can make the transition easier on everyone.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC) and serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) and when she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Canadian Living. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and Good Night Sleep Site at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and you can join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Snuggle Bugz/Nestled for her in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am.
Our Clearance Center Sales are now held on the first Wednesday of EVERY month, so that means this Wednesday, July 6th from 10am-1pm, Snuggle Bugz will be hosting your favourite sale again! As always, we must stress that this is a CLEARANCE sale and not a warehouse sale. And as much as we would love to have you shop at one of our beautiful retail locations, the Clearance Sale will be taking place in our Clearance Centre at 1040 Sutton Drive, Unit #1 in Burlington.
Product inventory is limited – meaning once we are sold out, that’s it – and products are SOLD AS IS. ALL ITEMS PURCHASED AT THE CLEARANCE CENTRE ARE A FINAL SALE & CANNOT BE RETURNED TO ANY SNUGGLE BUGZ RETAIL LOCATION.
This sale will feature strollers, stroller accessories, car seats, feeding, bedding, and some decor items all at amazing clearance prices. We will have also have a selection of Diono Convertible Car Seats on sale at 25 % off as well as several Britax Boulevard Car Seats in Laguna on for $100 off! All new and in the box, never opened. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.
1.Location. As mentioned above, the sale is at our Clearance Centre, not our store. 1040 Sutton Drive, Burlington. There is no street parking available for the sale.
2. Come On-Time. The doors open at 10am and will close promptly at 1pm.
3. Be prepared to wait. Come with a charged up phone, cool clothes and an expectation that there will be a line.
4. Dress for the weather. The line to get in is located outside, in our parking lot. With the sun out in full effect this week, be sure to wear clothes that will keep you cool but protected from the elements! And Sunscreen!
5. Food. Eat before you come, bring snacks and plenty of water.
6. Washrooms. We know we said bring water but we DO NOT have access to washrooms for public use. Please plan accordingly.
7. Strollers. This event is not particularly stroller friendly. Please leave any strollers in the car or at home and consider using a baby carrier if you are bringing your child with you.
8. Carrying your purchases. We do not have shopping carts, so come with free arms and hands.
9. Payment. We accept Visa, Master Card or debit only. Amex, Cash and Gift Cards are NOT accepted. All items are FINAL SALE.
10. Delivery. All items will need to be taken with you when you purchase. Please ensure you bring a vehicle that is capable of transporting what you hope to buy.
Please keep in mind that these products are sold AS IS. The inventory selection includes pieces that were floor models, discontinued items, items that have been opened or removed from their original packaging, etc. These are not items that you would find in one of our retail stores or online. All products are safe for use.
With expectations clearly set and helpful hints provided, your shopping experience at our July Clearance Sale should be that much better! We look forward to seeing you there!
Summer is here and nothing kicks off warm weather fun like a long weekend! Bathing suits are on, fireworks and cookouts are planned, and children (and adults) across the country are searching for a cool, refreshing treat that will result in sticky faces and satisfied tummies. We’ve found the perfect treat that is both easy to make and kid friendly!
Ice cream sandwiches are a great way to combine a cool blast with a crunchy treat. Sweet Pea Organic Cookies are a favourite among both young and old at our house and with their 100% whole grain organic ingredients, they are a great way to make a special treat a little healthier and are the perfect size to make a kid portion. Available in four different flavours, you can customize your ice cream sandwiches to build any combination of flavours you like, satisfying even the pickiest of palates.
A fun activity to do with kids, try making some this weekend (bonus points if you decorate them red and white for Canada Day.) My helper loved making these almost as much as she enjoyed eating them!
Here is how we made our Sweet Pea Ice Cream Sandwiches:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone non stick mat like Silpat.
2. Line up bowls of your favourite ice cream toppings to decorate with.
3. Pick your favourite Sweet Pea Cookie flavours (we especially love the Strawberry Vanilla and Sweet Apple) and line an even amount of them with tops facing down on your baking sheet.
4. Using a 1 Tbsp Ice Cream Scoop, place a scoop on half of all the cookies. Using a scoop will help keep a consistent amount on each cookie and will also keep the ice cream contained. Work quickly because this can be melty business!
5. Once you have placed the ice cream on the first set of cookies, top each scoop with a plain cookie, pressing gently to spread/flatten the ice cream to cover the bottom cookie surface.
6. Place the entire tray in the freezer to firm up for at least an hour (the waiting is the hardest part!)
7. Once your sandwiches have firmed up, take them out of the freezer one by one to decorate. You can roll them in sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, fruit- just about anything you like to pair with your ice cream! Cover the surface of the ice cream sides and then place it back in the freezer while you continue to decorate the rest.
If you try out this recipe this weekend, leave us a comment or a picture and let us know how it turned out! As a special treat, all Sweet Pea Organic Cookies are on sale this weekend so grab them while you can! If you have don’t like ice cream
we can’t be friends the cookies are also delicious on their own! Cheers to the long weekend! Happy Canada Day Everyone!
Summer is finally here! I know it’s been elusive all over Canada, with just the right amount of teasing to drive us insane. Summer is a wonderful time but comes with some safety concerns, just as winter does here in Canada.
The first of these concerns: the sun. A little sun is always great, but be careful not to overdo it, especially when your babes are quite little. The best way to keep your little ones protected from the sun is to avoid the peak times of the day – the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 4pm. If you have a toddler, that’s usually lunchtime and nap time so that works out nicely.
A few more sun tips:
For infants over 6 months, use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays – bonus points for a sunscreen that isn’t full of a bunch of garbage. You can check the EWG rating for one that is free of junk ingredients.
Those sweet little one or two piece traditional swimsuits for girls (especially) are so cute but provide hardly any coverage and therefore sun protection. When kids are in and out of water, it’s hard to ensure that their sunscreen is always perfectly applied. Make sure they’re wearing a hat (ideally with a full brim) and a swimsuit that actually covers their skin.
Get in the shade! Our backyard has hardly ANY shade during the peak daytime hours so sometimes I had to create my own, although somewhat crude. I suggest something more sustainable than holding an umbrella. You can get swimming pools and outdoor toys with canopies on them. Don’t discount the value of the shade! What if you’re a sun goddess? Well I used to setup the blanket so half was in the shade and half was in the sun.
Stay hydrated! I’m looking at you, breastfeeding mamas! Keep in mind your little ones may be a bit thirstier than usual, may “ask” (demand) milk more often. It’s important to stay hydrated in the sun at the best of times, let alone when you have someone stealing all your liquids. Help your older children to stay by offering water often and making sure it is always nearby. We bought a Skip Hop Straw Bottle that my son loves the act of drinking out of and it helps him to get more water with less effort than his Wow Cup (although we still adore the Wow Cup). And psssst, if you’re out and your child drinks all the water you brought, or it was just one of those days and you forgot it, any coffee shop will happily oblige with some water for a little one.
Water table, backyard pool, splash pad, sprinklers… incorporate water play into your outdoor activities to help cool off. Never leave little ones unsupervised around water – I wrote a whole blog post on this and you can find it here.
Lots of homes around the country don’t have air conditioning (I’m looking at you, Alberta!) because the need for it is so slight that it is an unnecessary cost to the homeowners. So what to do when it’s hot inside and hot outside? Well that’s a dilemma indeed! You can try going to a movie, depending on the age of your kids – perhaps the “Stars and Strollers” afternoon movies would be best. Go to the mall, indoor play places or run a few errands in air conditioned stores.
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