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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.

Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo 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.

Should You Give Your Baby A Teething Necklace?

By | Health, Parenting, Safety

As they grow babies experience many unpleasant side-effects from teething, such as drooling, fussiness, and the inability to sleep. You might be tempted to give your baby a teething necklace to help alleviate their discomfort. There are many varieties available, such as those made from amber, wood, or silicone. But are they safe?

Misconceptions About Amber Teething Necklaces

Lately, there’s been lots of hype about amber teething necklaces. If you’re interested in them, it’s important to know some important facts. First, the necklace isn’t really made of amber gemstones. As The Bump reports, it’s made of fossilized tree resin. Second, babies aren’t meant to actually chew on the necklaces. It’s said that amber necklaces release succinic acid that gets absorbed by the baby’s skin and this is what relieves teething discomfort because it works as a painkiller. Although there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim, some parents swear by these necklaces.

Teething Necklace | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Risks Of Teething Necklaces

There’s no doubt that you worry about putting anything around your baby’s neck as it can cause strangulation. There’s also the worry of babies chewing on beads that come undone and then choking on them. This is the case for all teething beads, no matter what material they’re made of.

There have been some reports of children getting harmed and even dying because of teething necklaces. In 2018, the U.S. Food And Drug Administration released a warning about teething beads and necklaces after viewing reports of children choking on beads that had snapped off. There was also the case of an 18-month-old baby getting strangled to death by an amber necklace while sleeping.

Although some necklace manufacturers insist that the beads are meant to snap off quickly and easily if they get tangled, if you’re going to buy a teething necklace, always make sure that the beads are fastened well and that you only let your baby wear it when you’re around.

Safer Ways To Ease Teething Discomfort

There are other ways to ease your baby’s discomfort during teething. These include light massage over the sore areas in your baby’s mouth and giving your children damp washcloths that can be gnawed on safely, as reported by Healthy Children. Some chew toys can also help, but always make sure that they don’t contain harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalate.

Giving your child a BPA-free sippy cup filled with cold water can offer relief. One that comes with a dentist-recommended soft spout is also recommended to keep baby’s teeth and gums healthy. All of our sippy cups are BPA-Free and are meant to help babies while they are teething. Find them in the shop.

 

Sources: The Bump, FDA, Healthy Children

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo 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.

YouTube for Infants & Toddlers | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Cara Berzins 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.

Navigating YouTube for Infants & Toddlers

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Navigating YouTube for Infants & Toddlers

What were you doing in 2005? Maybe your parents let you have an hour of TV after school, and then you went outside to play.

Screen time had barely become a blip on parenting radar. And yet, that was the year YouTube was born.

Put that together with the release of the first iPhone in 2007, and you have the makings of a brand new world for parents to navigate.

Fast forward to 2018. The number of screens and devices in our lives has gone through the roof.

It’s not just for us grown-ups anymore. We now have a whole new YouTubiverse designed for babies and toddlers.

How are we parents to navigate this universe?

Here are our favorite reasons to use your toddler’s carefully doled out screen time to bond with your child using the YouTube platform.

YouTube is Playful

YouTube is inhabited by super loveable characters like Baby Shark, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the entire Sesame Street cast, past and present.

Check out Sesame Street’s playful take on the Beatles: Cookie Monster sings “Hey Food”.

At Daphyl’s we are all about bringing iconic music into our children’s lives. YouTube can help old classics stay beloved.

YouTube is Creative

New favorites go viral all the time. Content for kids is often colorful and eye-catching. Take for example “Hey Bear’s” Baby Sensory Rainbow, where high contrast rainbow colored graphics float across the screen to familiar children’s songs.

YouTube is Educational

Just because it’s viral doesn’t mean it’s not educational. That same Baby Shark song that inexplicably hit 1.8 billion views (Yes, you read that right!) can help little ones develop fine motor skills as they dance along.

Warning-you will never be able to get this song out of your head again. Good thing it’s so cute!

YouTube for Infants & Toddlers | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearYouTube is Musical

Babies love music. Babies love to watch other babies. Put that together and you get “The Happy Song”, which C&G Baby Club UK call the world’s first song “scientifically tested to make babies happy”.

Playing music together, singing and dancing together, these are time-tested ways to bond with your baby. And YouTube makes that easier than ever.

YouTube for Infants & Toddlers | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearHow to Play it Safe

As with anything on the world wide web, parents should consider safety when using YouTube with young children. Two features designed to make YouTube safer for kids are the Restricted Mode setting and more recently, YouTube Kids. Use these if you are concerned about your child seeing inappropriate content.

But the best and safest way to enjoy YouTube with your baby or toddler is together. Bring your Linkster (the new catchy name for the kids growing up in the generation of social media, cell-phones, and apps) safely into this new universe. Navigate it well, and teach them to do so too!

Editor’s Note: Cara Berzins 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.

Colicky Baby | 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.

Making the Best of Your Colicky Baby

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Making the Best of Your Colicky Baby

Almost every baby has bouts of crying and fussiness here and there. But, a colicky baby is a much different story, as any parent who has dealt with one will tell you! Colic is really nothing more than abdominal pain, usually associated with gas or some type of obstruction in the intestines. Unfortunately, it can be extremely painful for babies, causing them to cry for long periods of time.

So, what can you do to soothe your colicky baby, giving them some relief and allowing yourself to get some sleep? Let’s take a look at a few tips!

Colicky Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Practice the “Colic Carry”

 The goal is to give your baby a bit of relief from gas bubbles. Carrying them a certain way can really help to alleviate their pain. The “colic carry” is as simple as positioning your little one on your forearm, so they’re laying on their stomach. You can support their head with your hand. It’s a simple maneuver that can make a big difference!

Colicky Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Reduce Stimulation

 Keeping your baby as calm as possible can actually help to soothe them. It may not take away the pain, but if you can calm them down enough by reducing things like outside noise, lights, etc., they may be able to get some rest.

Additionally, you might want to try playing some white noise. Something as simple as the sound of rain or a soft static can help to soothe a baby.

Give Them a Massage

 Sometimes, a gentle massage can help to ease the gas bubbles in your baby’s abdomen. Lay your little one on their tummy, and gently rub their back to alleviate some of the pain. You can also try “pedaling” their legs slowly, to help your baby release some of that pent-up gas!

Dealing with a colicky baby isn’t easy for anyone, and no one wants to see their child in any kind of pain. But, by using these simple tips, you can bring them some comfort, and find some relief, yourself!

 

 

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.