Tips for Fun and Safe Biking with Toddlers!

Tips for Fun and Safe Biking with Toddlers!

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Did you love spending quality time in the outdoors prior to having children?

You don’t have to wait until they’re past five years of age to continue that part of your life. Thanks goodness!

Continuing to exercise activities that bring you joy and a great dose of healthy endorphins should be celebrated and shared with your child. You will be setting an excellent example of self care.

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There are many ways to bond with your child outdoors throughout their life, but I’m sure actual bike riding wouldn’t have been on your list during their infant and toddler years! No training wheels needed!

⇒ You always wear a well-fitting helmet! ⇐

Child should wear seat belt, use foot rest, and have a good backrest for stability!

It brings a smile to my face to know that I can share this experience with my Ellie — going tandem!  ¡Pa’lante! Let’s go!

It’s a personal choice, if you decide to bike ride with your child rear mounted vs. front mounted.

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Let’s explore the pros and cons!

REAR Mounted Child Bike Seat

PROS:
  1. Age ranges from nine months (they can hold their head up) through six years old
  2. Maximum weight is 40 lbs. regardless if over six years old
  3. Parent has more range for leg movement for peddling
  4. Compatible with more bike models
CONS:
  1. Parent is not able to see and verify child’s well-being without stopping
  2. Parent is not able to try to protect child in a fall or accident
  3. Child faces their parent’s back/No view of scenery
  4. Lack of interaction for bonding

FRONT Mounted Child Bike Seat

PROS:
  1. Ability to try and protect child in a fall or accident
  2. Child faces the front and is able to view scenery
  3. Interaction and bonding is increased
  4. Bike ride has more stability
CONS:
  1. Age ranges from nine months (they can hold their head up) through four years old
  2. Maximum weight is 35 lbs. regardless if under four years old
  3. Parent has less range for leg movement for peddling
  4. Not easily compatible with many bike models
  5. Child may want to steer handle bars

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If it’s a short ride, I do not bring along a small backpack with the essentials, but I do wear this super lightweight waist pack to carry my home/car key, chapstick, a small snack, and my phone for the music (and emergency calls). Ellie loves to sing and dance as we ride!

We enjoy a special Spotify playlist we created for Ellie. The playlist includes her Top 5 Jams: The Wheels on the Bus, Let It Go, Elmo Slide, Recuérdame, and The Greatest Show… yep, I bet you didn’t see that song coming! She has inherited our love for musicals!

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I usually ride 5-7 miles to find a different park each day we bike ride. For the most part, I look up park locations before heading out the door and let a family member or friend (and always my husband, if he’s not with us) know where I’m heading!

However, there have been times, I’ve encountered a small community park during my travels and decide to stay for a while. For the longer rides, make sure to always bring water with you, there may not be a working water fountain at your destination.

I believe that by having the end destination be a fun place to play and learn will allow your child to be more excited during the bike ride, and less fussy!

Libraries, museums, beaches, indoor play areas, they all work great, too!

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Once at the park, we both stretch out our legs and back, and then run to the jungle gym!

You best believe I’m the mom running around with her child, and suddenly not being able to outrun their tiny little legs! haha

Until it’s time to bike ride back home (or to the car)!

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I have to share that Ellie chose her outfit this morning — this little lady loves her skirts! She was sporting her t-shirt and leggings, when she spotted the skirted-overalls on the “too small” pile of the closet. I will let you know, these overalls are size 12 months, but they can definitely still be worn over cute leggings!

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I swear she enjoys her bike rides (or anything for that matter) a lot more, when she gets to choose her outfit!

I hope these fun tips allow you to safely venture out and bond with your child on a nice bike ride and enjoy the blue skies, green landscaping, and the sounds of our world!

Don’t forget the snacks!

Love,

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#TeachItMamas CPR, AED, and First-Aid Training

#TeachItMamas CPR, AED, and First-Aid Training

This post is not sponsored. Photos taken by event photographer Rachel Carillo of L.A. Momma Photography and provided by Teach It Mamas are specified (including featured image). Thank you so much for your time and support!



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Alex Andrade and His Grace Instructor, Jose L. Chavez. Photo by L.A. Momma Photography.

On Sunday, May 20, 2018 Alex Andrade, founder of Teach It Mamas on Instagram, an inclusive motherhood community and support group, hosted her first community event for us mamas and it was one that would bring so much value to our daily lives: Adult & Child CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) / Standard First-Aid Training!

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The private group training, organized by Alex, met Sunday at 8:00 AM at the His Grace CPR & First-Aid Training (His Grace) located on 13112 Hadley Street, Unit 103, Whittier, CA.

Mamas were met with a cute black canvas swag bag, customized with #TeachItMamas embroidered on the front and filled with goodies, including a composition notebook and pen to take notes during the training!

And some yummy breakfast snacks and drinks to share during their attentive and supporting conversations between them before the training began and on break.

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How many of you can say you are, or have been, certified in CPR, AED, and First-Aid Training?

I now can, thanks to Alex and His Grace. It’s something I have had on my to-do list for many years, especially after having my daughter two years ago, but just never got around to do it.

I’m sure it had a lot to do with knowing that my husband has always kept his CPR certification current during the past fourteen years!

The best part, I not only signed myself up, but my mamá, too! It was such a special bonding experience for both us.

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In my Hispanic culture abuelitas and abuelitos bless us with care taking for their grandchildren, but we seldom arm ourselves with training above personal experience that could save our children’s lives and even our own.

Please take the steps I did and sign-up with your parent(s) (or your current babysitter) for a CPR and First-Aid Training as soon as possible!

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We had a great experience with Jose of His Grace. He was professional, knowledgeable, and very accommodating with providing enough pauses during his instruction to allow me to translate from English to Spanish for my momma.

You may contact His Grace CPR & First-Aid Training by phone at (562) 519-1595 or by email at hisgracepr@yahoo.com to register for your training and receive your Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) certificate and wallet card.

And in the spirit of Teach It Mamas: Teach, Learn, Connect, Empower.

Love,

P.S. Here’s a sneak peek inside the goodie bags, just in case you were curious!

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Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday: A Gathering for Women to Stand in Their Light

Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday: A Gathering for Women to Stand in Their Light

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Only two months into 2018 and I already know this will be a year of pure growth for me — low days included!

I was having one of those low days, when Super Self-Love Saturday was announced and described as a “morning to refuel yourself, practice self-care, and dive into self-love and self-compassion. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life and join a community of like-minded women.” I just knew I had to attend! Plus, I had been following Avenue Mama on Instagram and really felt I had to meet its founder, Annie Vovan, in real life and give a her hug after so many virtual fist pumps and high-fives! Have you experienced that type of human connection before?

Our morning began with introductions, while enjoying a few tasty homemade tidbits by Annie and her adorable children — how awesome is that! The women easily approached each other and seamlessly came and went within multiple circles of conversation. It was beautiful to see and experience.

The Super Self-Love Saturday hosts, Avenue Mama founder, photographer, and former pharmacist, Dr. Annie Vovan, and Embraced Podcast host and psychologist, Dr. Whitney Dicterow, led the women into the studio to begin the event.

SELF-CARE

We began with a Self-Care Yoga Session lead by Rachelle Tratt. Her personal story, her choice of music, inspirational quotes, and yoga movements, all energized the room. So enjoyable! Do you practice yoga? I enjoyed that towards the end of the session she allowed us to have a moment to take our practice at our own pace, so we could concentrate more on our personal intention(s).

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We then transitioned to Self-Love Journaling led by Annie. We sat in a healing circle on these lovely and comfy bohemian-styled pillows with our gifted flowered-journals adorned with the quote “She believed she could. So she did.” Love it! Annie shared her story and slowly and organically opened-up a space for vulnerability without judgement. We went around the circle as every woman in the room shared a portion of herself. I learned, we have many journeys throughout life and sometimes we have multiple journeys working simultaneously with each other.

SELF-COMPASSION

During our self-love journeys, we need support and guidance for ourselves, so Embraced Podcast host, Whitney, taught us the Pillars of Self-Compassion through mindful meditation. I have always found meditation simple, yet not easy, to say the least. The challenge is to stay in the moment of each present breath — however, your mind is always wandering! And that’s just it, you shouldn’t react and become frustrated. Allow yourself grace and compassion. Getting to know yourself deeper brings many emotions, but also clarity for your future-self.

From there, there’s only pa’lante! We must keep moving forward!

At the end (or is it the beginning) superfood snacks were provided by Philosophie founder, Sophie Jaffe, a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert (insider scoop: she has worked with George Clooney!). The nutritious smoothies she prepared for us were a great way to replenish our bodies and minds.

The day’s event was hosted at WMN Space (10764 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232); and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

WMN Space Founder and doula, Paula Mallin, says, “WMN Space is a conscious space for women to gather in service to their own healing as an offering to the community. The intention of WMN Space is to support women wherever they are on their journey of womanhood and motherhood. We offer healing modalities that include; doula services, spiritual counseling, pre and postnatal classes, bodywork, massage therapy, workshops and women’s gatherings.”

Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday and WMN Space coming together was the best collaboration for the women in attendance — the healing energies were aligned.

I have seen time, and time gain, that finding people whom share common ground with you bring calmness and provide support for your self-care. The relationships that are formed are not forced, and they assist with positive reinforcement of personal growth.

 

“YOUR
VIBE
ATTRACTS
YOUR TRIBE.”
— unknown

What I have learned:

Making yourself a priority is not selfish.

Taking small steps to embrace every season of our lives is key. How many times have we heard, “It is not a sprint, it is a marathon.” We must take our time to evaluate all the components, in and out of our home, that make up who we are and who we are becoming.

It is okay to create space between something or someone that does not positively serve you, or your family.

However, I must say, do not allow this journey, to seek love for yourself, bring you more stress and anxiety.

Getting closer to self-acceptance is a life journey you can enjoy.

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“you carry
so much love in your heart.
give some. to yourself.”
— r.z.

 

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“Choose, everyday
to forgive yourself.
You are human, flawed,
and most of all
worthy of love.”
— Alison Malee

 

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“Allow yourself to transform
as many times as you need
to be fully happy and free.”
— yung pueblo

 

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Here I am after the Avenue Mama Super Self-Love Saturday. I could feel my inner light shining and I wanted to document it. This is a photo taken by my lovely iPhone timer and Ford Edge.  ; )

Taking a few minutes each day to yourself will make a world of difference for you!

Don’t forget to love yourself, amiga. Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup.

 

Love,

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