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Playing in the Snow | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Kyle Kirkland is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Do’s and Don’ts of Letting Your Kids Play in the Snow

By | Health, Parenting, Safety

Doesn’t everybody love to play in the snow?

It’s an experience everyone should have at some point.

With winter in full swing, you may be lucky enough to live where it snows, or maybe you and your family are planning a trip to somewhere that has snow. Your sense of joy can make you forget that planning a day in the snow requires just as much thought as planning a day at the beach. You don’t want your kids’ memory of snow to be a bad one.

Thankfully, we are here to help so you can experience a worry-free day in that magical powder.

Here are the “Do’s and Don’ts” of letting your kids play in the snow.

Don’t…

  • Don’t forget to take breaks
    1. If you and your family are having a blast, time will fly. Before you know it, hours have gone by and no one has taken a break. This can lead to exhaustion, the chance of someone getting injured, or “snow burns” (see below). Make sure to take regular breaks to give your kids a breather and a chance to use the restroom.
  • Don’t dress light
    1. If it’s snowing, then it’s cold. If it’s cold, your kids need to be bundled up. You may have the urge to “dress light” because they “might get uncomfortable.” However, I promise you any discomfort will end the moment they get to peg you with a snowball.

Do…

  • Do cover up their skin and put sunblock on any exposed skin
    1. The sun can reflect off the white snow, which is the same as if you were sunbathing in Florida in July.
    2. Cover up your kids’ skin, and for any skin left uncovered (nose, cheeks, etc.), use sunblock to prevent a “snow burn.”
  • Do dress your kids in waterproof winter gearPlaying in the Snow | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
    1. I imagine you’re saying “Sunblock? Waterproof gear? We’ll be in the snow, not the ocean!” Just like we learned in 2nd Grade Science Class: Snow is a form of ice, which can melt into water. You don’t want your kids’ hands becoming frozen 10 minutes into their playtime because they don’t want to stop making snowballs. Waterproof gear should have a material that feels like parachute pants on the outside, like this…
  • Do Play with them
    1. Imagine the memories you can have (and the pictures you can take) while playing with your kids in the snow. Who knows – you may even feel like a kid yourself.

Editor’s Note: Kyle Kirkland is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Sweet Dreams: Helping Your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep

By | Health, Parenting

Sleep is an essential part of your child’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, a lot of kids don’t love bedtime quite as much as their parents do. But getting your child to be well-rested doesn’t have to be a challenge! We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks for helping your child to get a good night’s sleep, so you can both start off the day bright-eyed and ready for anything!

Set A Bedtime (& Stick To It)

Kids love a routine they can rely on, especially when it comes to bedtime. Pick a time for your child to head off to sleep, remembering that on average they need nine to 11 hours of rest on average. Changing it around can prove confusing for children (and often lead to them fighting to stay up just a little longer). Sticking to the same routine will make bedtime easier for everyone involved.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Shut It Down

Once it’s time for bed, all electronics and other devices should be put away. They can distract your child, and in some cases get them so wound up that sleeping becomes impossible. Instead of surfing the web, read with them, or tell them a story while they snuggle up. Bedtime is a great excuse to really bond with your child, and ensure they’ll have sweet dreams.

Make Sleep-time Peaceful

Ensure that your child’s room is the ideal spot for a serious snooze session. The room should be kept quiet (unless your child prefers ambient noise to help soothe them), and dark enough to promote sleep. If your child dislikes the dark, you can set up a small night light to keep away anything scary. Make sure their favorite stuffed animals or comfort objects are handy, so they can cuddle up in comfort for a great rest.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Bedtime Time

If your child has trouble sleeping, a bedtime snack could be the solution to their issues. Children who are hungry rarely sleep well, so a small meal before bed often helps them get the rest they require. Make sure it’s at least half an hour before bedtime so they can start to digest before they hit the sheets, and opt for healthy choices that are nourishing. Graham crackers, warm milk in a sippy cup, or fruit and peanut butter are all great snacks that will leave them ready for a well-earned rest.

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Introduce Music to Your Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Never Too Young: How to Introduce Music to Your Baby

By | Music, Parenting

How to Introduce Music to Your Baby

Music hath charms…

There’s little doubt that music crosses cultural, ethnic and social lines. Many of us are in some way touched, influenced and possibly even motivated by our musical tastes. They might not all be the same of course; hip-hop for some, country for others, pop for still other segments of the population. But there’s no denying that music in some form has touched and continues to touch our lives in an impactful way.

Musical tones can be very soothing and engrossing for even newborns. Babies, of course, love to be rocked and sung to sleep, for instance. The sound of singing and music can be a great source of comfort to an infant. But it doesn’t always have to be mom or dad singing a lullaby. If you have a newborn at home, start playing some tunes.

Infancy is a great time to introduce your child to music. Is he/she ready for Metallica or Linkin Park? Maybe not at the blasting levels you’d like to play those and similar artists, but at a low volume? Why not? If you enjoy this music, play it. Your child will learn to love those sounds.

There’s also plenty of benefits to go along with introducing music to your infant. Music can help build communication and cognitive skills, reduce stress and help with emotional development.

Musician and music educator/researcher Robert Cutietta once told PBS Parents, “This internalizing of musical patterns is most often accomplished by singing and movement at an early age.” Cutietta explains the importance of singing with your child, holding your child and swaying to the music, and having music as a “constant ‘soundtrack’ in the home.”

Introduce Your Baby to Music | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearLet’s Get Ready to Rock!

Now you might be convinced of the importance and benefits of music to your child, so where to start?

Here are some tips for introducing music to your baby:

  • Play music at bedtime: of course, soft music will be best here, but whatever it is, play it low as a source of comfort and familiarity to your baby
  • Use a variety of music: throughout the day, play some Van Halen, some Garth Brooks, some Mozart, even. Your child will let you know what music she likes and what she doesn’t. Expose her to a variety and see the reaction and, hopefully, the joy
  • Use music as bonding time: be with your baby when the music is playing. Watch their reactions. Engage with them and bond with them
  • Take time from TV to turn on the stereo: television can be a great tool for engaging children and helping them develop communication and cognitive skills, but there’s a reason it’s called the ‘idiot box’. Use it sparingly, and turn on the tunes instead

From Pink Floyd sippy cups to Grateful Dead strollers, our baby products have been inspired by legendary rock bands that you and your child will love as much as you love the music!

Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Prevent the Flu This Winter | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Stacey Blaske is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Prevent Your Kids From Getting the Flu This Winter

By | Health, Parenting

Winter is finally upon us, and that means cold and flu season is in full swing. No one wants their children to suffer by getting the flu, or spending days miserable in bed.

Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help prevent the flu from taking over your household.

Use these useful tips to keep your kids from getting the flu, and help them stay happy, healthy, and active all winter long!
Prevent the Flu This Winter | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Wash Their Hands

 Hand washing is probably the most important and effective way to fight off the flu. Have your kids wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after playing with toys, sneezing, using a tissue, and before they eat.

One good rule of thumb is to have your child sing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing their hands. It’s a great way to make sure they’ve washed long enough to get rid of cold and flu germs.

 

Avoid Sharing Drinks

 Kids like to share food and drinks, and can even end up drinking from the same cup/straw half the time. Try to prevent drink-sharing as much as possible. During flu season, it’s an easy way to catch harmful germs. But, it can also lead to more harmful conditions later on in life, such as meningitis. Letting your child know it’s not okay to share sippy cups or straws now will help them develop healthier food and drink-sharing habits later on in life.

Eat, Sleep, and Exercise

 One of the best ways to keep your child healthy this winter is to practice a healthy lifestyle! Don’t wait for them to get sick in order to start eating and drinking right and making sure they get enough sleep.

A healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise, and several hours of solid sleep each night will boost your child’s immune system naturally. That makes it easier for them to fight off harmful flu symptoms.

By keeping these tips in mind, your child will be at a lower risk for getting the flu this season, so they can have fun and feel great all winter long.

Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.