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The Toddler Times, Issue #003 -- Welcome Summer!
June 09, 2009

Summer is Finally Here.... Yeah!




Summer is here! I love the month of June because it is my toddler's birthday and it is official, he is no longer a toddler:( JeNoah turns 4 this month. It is amazing how fast they grow up. That is why you must enjoy every moment of their precious little lives! Happy Birthday JeNoah Lee! I am excited about this month because it is the start of Summer and the weather is changing! Thank You for that. So let's take a look at the tips I am going to share with you this month!

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Welcome Summer! Issue 003


Table of Contents for this issue:

  • How to find the best Swimwear for your toddler
  • Are you buying the proper sunscreen for those days in the sun? My tips will tell you what you should be looking for when buying toddler sunblock.
  • A Fun Summer toddler recipe for Homemade Ice Cream sandwiches that the whole family will enjoy making!
  • A Contest For June! Parents we want to Hear the best toddler tantrum story and you can win a prize!




How to find the best swimwear for your toddler.


Toddler swimwear is the key to those hot summer days. I know my son loved to be in his pool. He could be in there all day long if I would let him. That is why I always keep plenty of swim trunks on hand. There is always room to have extras with EVERYTHING especially when you have a toddler.

You know that there is actually swimwear on the market that is for sun protection. I did some research on this type of swimwear.

Sun Protection Swimwear

If you're concerned about your toddler's sun exposure the sun protective swimsuit is a great way to be sure your child has SPF 50 sun block on most of his or her body when you're at the pool or beach. The extra cost of these suits are made up in the comfort and durability of the fabric and the extra peace of mind you have knowing that you don't need to reapply sunscreen to prevent a sunburn. Add a matching swim hat and your toddler will be protected nearly from head to toe!

Pros of this swimwear:

  • Sun block stays on your toddler since it is part of the swimsuit. No need to keep re-applying.
  • The two piece design allows for easy diaper changes.
  • Thick, durable fabric stands up to baby and toddler water play.
  • Breathable and comfortable fabric with built-in SPF 50 sun protection.
  • Wide range of baby and toddler sizes and styles with coordinating accessories.

Cons of this swimwear:

  • Costs more than average baby swimsuits

My son could never wear the one piece type of suit. Just because he is so picky about what goes on his body. So I have to make sure he is covered in sun block and wears a hat.

Additional Tips For Buying Toddler Swimwear:

Comfort:

Remember you want your child to be comfortable. Pick out suits that fit them well. I know you want them to be cute, but you do want them to not worry about fit either.

How Is The Suit Made?:

  • Where are the straps located?
  • Is it an elastic waist or drawstring?
  • Are the trunks too long or short?
  • Is there pockets?
  • What material is the suit made out of?

Price:

It is possible to find exactly what you want at a price you can afford. It is truly not that difficult.

Quantity:

Again, keep extra suits. Buy at least 5 or 6 for a season. You will get great use out of all of them. Trust me!

So there you have it. Remember to have a Fun Summer!


What Is The Best Sunscreen Lotion To Use ?

I recommend choosing a "physical" or "chemical-free" sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide — look for one of those ingredients on the label. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which may cause irritation or allergic reactions because the skin absorbs the active ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on top of the skin, forming a barrier against the sun's rays.

Also, sun blocks with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide start protecting as soon as you put them on. Any sunscreen that contains the physical blocker zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. This information I researched and learned from dermatologists and pediatricians.

What Should The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Be?

The sun protection factor (SPF) should be at least 15, but you generally don't need to go above 30: Higher than that and you're getting smaller and smaller amounts of added protection — which, in a chemical sunscreen, means a higher dose of unwanted chemicals. It is fine to use a "children's" sunscreen, but don't go out of your way to buy one of these since they're usually no different from the adult versions. WOW!

TIPS On How To Put Sunscreen On Your Toddler:

  1. Lay it on thick, making sure every part of his body gets a good covering.
  2. Pay special attention to burn-prone areas like the ears, nose, back of the neck, and shoulders.
  3. Reapply sunscreen often. Waterproof sunscreens may be slightly hardier than other products, but don't trust a label that promises to protect for eight hours.
  4. Your toddler will need more sunscreen every two hours or every time they get wet or is dried off with a towel.

So depending on whether your toddler wears a sun suit or wears trunks and sun screen. It is important to think about how your child will be protected from the sun.




Toddler Recipe for Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches..Yummy

What is Summer without ice cream? I must admit it is a weakness of mine. I love ice cream and children love it as well. Next time, let the ice cream truck pass your house! Make some of these great treats for the entire family. They are not only FUN to make but easy too!

* Home Made Ice Cream Sandwiches *

Toddlers can make this treat easily. The great thing about this treat is that any child will love to make these. Every one will love to eat them too.

Ingredients:

* Graham crackers any flavor (we prefer the Chocolate ones) * ice cream (any flavor) * plastic wrap

Description: Allow the ice cream to sit out and get to a soft stage. Take your graham cracker and spread with about ˝ cup ice cream. Put another graham cracker on top and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze for about 3 hours. These great treats are good for up to about 3 weeks! Honestly they are so delicious they won’t last one day!!! LOL!!!:)

Our June Contest Is Here!

Thank You for joining us this month! I want other parents to share their toddler tantrum "horror" stories with my visitors! Click on the links below and start sharing!

We are going to run a contest for this month and the winners will be announced in next month's e-zine. Whoever has the best submitted tantrum story for the month of June will win a free E-bay E-book! I have a great book with Buying and Selling Tips that I wrote. This is a $12.00 Value!! We are going to be running a new Contest each month so stay Tuned!

Share Your Tantrum Story



Join us next month when our July e-zine will feature:

  • Fun Summer "Indoor" Activities Just in case you have a rainy day.....
  • The Greatest "Free" Activity to do with your toddler in the Summer.
  • Our feature recipe for the month of July will be "Bugs On A Log". This snack is the best to have on your 4th of July picnic.
  • Our June contest winners will be revealed and our July contest will be announced!

Take Care and I ask for Blessings to be poured over you and your family! Enjoy your Summer and see you next month....

Ingrid :)

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