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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How WaterWipes Save My Daughter From Severe Diaper Rash

How WaterWipes Save My Daughter From Severe Diaper Rash

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Diaper Rash. The mention of the words makes me sad and empathetic towards babies. Do you know the feeling mamá?

I cringed at every diaper change hearing my daughter cry as I wiped her down. I did not want to imagine the pain her sensitive skin was experiencing at only 5 months old. And by no means, could I avoid changing her diaper, right? It would only create more severe diaper rash. Frequent diaper changes to keep her dry and comfortable are key.

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Other than smothering her bottom in anti-diaper rash ointment to seal out wetness at every diaper change (we were going through tube after tube at this point), I would also give her two daily baths. Two very long daily baths. Those two months she practically lived in the bathtub.

By the time she was 7 months old she was a total and complete water baby! She knew the routine to help her soothe her bottom. My smart girl.

Later, I realized I was not helping my daughter’s diaper rash, when I learned of all the extra chemicals found in baby wipes to add fragrance and help the liquid bind longer to the threads of the wipe. What? I was dumbfounded. I read ingredient lists for food, beauty, and hygiene products, but never stopped to read the ingredients on baby wipes! Have you been in this type of situation? Feeling relief to have found a solution, but upset because you knew you should have probably known the solution sooner.

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I searched for a better and safer alternative and found WaterWipes

Have you used WaterWipes before? Please let me know of your experience, if you have. Out of necessity, we sometimes use other brands, but we always go back to WaterWipes, especially when her diaper rash condition reappears. They’re perfect for her sensitive baby skin!

Water Wipes are made with only two ingredients: 99.9% Water and 0.1% Grapefruit seed extract. That’s it! Super safe and gentle! Free from chemicals and preservatives.

WaterWipes recommends using their wipes within 4 weeks of opening the bag and storing them in a cool dry place, since the lack of preservatives allows the wipes to dry faster, but that shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re like me, you use wipes for everything baby! Everything. haha

To remedy the water not binding to the wipes for long and staying at the bottom of the bag instead, simply squeeze the WaterWipes packet a few times while turning the packet upside-down to allow the water to redistribute throughout the wipes. Fairly simple, right?

A few more seconds of pre-work before a diaper change, but a lot more peace of mind knowing your baby’s skin is rash free! And no more crying at every diaper change! We see less irritation approximately after the third diaper change. *happy dance*

No wonder WaterWipes was awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Honestly, I didn’t even know the award existed, but I’m sure my Ellie agrees with the judges! And so do I.

The life of a mamá. It’s truly the little things that bring pure love and joy in life.

We found that subscribing to WaterWipes on Amazon Prime and have them delivered to our doorstep as frequently as we need them alongside other items on our list was a must and has worked out great!

If you’re not already an Amazon Prime-Mamá, Join Amazon Family 30-Day Free TrialYou’ll love it! It has saved me from so many trips to the store and up to 20% off diapers, baby formula, and more!

Happy Baby, Happy Mamá or is it Happy Mamá, Happy Baby…? I’ll let you choose Amiga!

Love,

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Top 9 Educational Toys Under $25 for Toddlers – Día De Reyes Gift Guide

Top 9 Educational Toys Under $25 for Toddlers – Día De Reyes Gift Guide

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We anticipate the Christmas season so much to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, but then New Year’s Day comes and it seems like Christmas is gone! However, if you’re like my family, you extend the joy of the Christmas season for twelve more day, until January 6 – El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos! Día de Reyes for short.

Per the Gospel of Matthew, the three Kings, Melchior (Europe), Caspar (Arabia), and Balthazar (Africa), followed a star and traveled the desert for twelve days to Bethlehem to find El Niño Jesus, the Divine Child, to present him with three symbolic gifts.

The symbolic gifts are as follows: Gold to acknowledges Jesus’ royalty as “King of the Jews;” Frankincense to demonstrate the divinity of Jesus’ existence as the Son of God; and Myrrh to foreshadow Jesus’ mortality and His future death to be our Savior.

This divine day is celebrated with family and with a special focus on our very own children by also giving them gifts on Día de Reyes, instead of, or in addition to Christmas morning. Gifts are traditionally placed in children’s shoes, instead of under a tree.

Will your little ones be leaving their shoes outside their bedroom doors, so the Three Kings can leave their gifts inside?

Don’t worry. These larger presents on my gift guide can be placed around their shoes! I’m sure your bebé will not mind and neither will your wallet! All of these educational toys are under $25!

My daughter is 18 months old and has played with all of these gift guide options. It’s never too early to learn while having fun.

  1. Amiga, the words “Reusable” and “Washable”! The My First Crayola® Dry Erase Activity Mat by Crayola is only $6.79 is just gives loads of art time over, and over, again! It includes 12 reusable activity sheets and four washable, easy-to-grip dry-erase crayons. We use the fold-up activity mat at home, in the car, at the doctor’s, and at restaurants! Life-saver. So easy to take anywhere because of its built-in storage.
  2. The Bath Letters and Numbers by Munchkin are only $4.49 and are the best during bath to identify the alphabet, learn to count, spell simple words, or group by color, but also work anywhere else you can think of! I keep an extra set in the car because I love that they’re small and light-weight enough to fit in my bag and be taken on-the-go!
  3. Want a toy that doesn’t require batteries, but keeps it poppin’? Brilliant Basics Corn Popper Push Toy by Fisher-Price is $9.59 and it’s the same awesome classic Corn Popper that you probably grew-up playing with, but with a sleek new design. As your bebé learns to walk and pushes the Corn Popper along, the rainbow colored balls will pop around inside the clear dome! Ellie loves it! The faster your bebé moves, the faster the “poppity-pop”sounds go! This toy will definitely help you tire baby out just in time for their next nap!
  4. Hungry? So is Luke! This Baby Alive Super Snacks Snackin’ Luke by Baby Alive is $11.09 and ready to be loved, fed, and taken care of by your little one! If you want to foster their empathy and big sibling instincts – this is the toy for you! You’ll love to watch all of the pretend play and the subtle reminders of YOU! Your little one will start imitating your parental behavior! Oh, and please be warned, Luke “poops” in his diaper! ¡Gracioso! Have fun!
  5. It’s My Pal Violet by LeapFrog and is $14.89. With the help of your phone, tablet or computer, you can help personalize Violet by helping her learn your bebé’s name and favorite things, as well as help her teach first words, feelings, emotions, counting and colors to your little one! What’s not to love of such a cute and cuddly friend. My Ellie keeps hers at Grandma’s house for the added comfort from the soothing bedtime music during nap time.
  6. Like I said earlier, never too early to learn! Mr. Pencil’s Scribble & Write by LeapFrog® is $16.39 and comes with six activities that will introduce writing, drawing and spelling. Plus, Mr. Pencil will also show step-by-step instructions on how to write numbers, shapes, uppercase letters and lowercase letters. Don’t be afraid to allow your little one to venture on their own, but this is definitely a toy you want to spend time guiding your child with in the beginning. ¡Divirtiénse y aprendan juntos!
  7. Laugh & Learn Puppy’s A to Z Smart Pad by Fisher-Price is $20.49 and so awesome! My Ellie has been playing with this one since she was 11 months old and we love the sing-along songs! Smart Stages technology lets you select the stage that’s best for your little one – there’s 4 levels! The Smart Pad teaches creative thinking, letters and numbers, large motor skills, shapes and colors, but my favorite is the little clock with rotating hands that teaches them how to tell time! So valuable in a digital world!
  8. Table manners are a must and Laugh and Learn Say Please Snack Set by Fisher-Price is $23.49 and helps you with that value, plus matching and sharing! We love that the Snack Set knows which of the fruits, veggies, and treats are served and what’s missing on the table and depending on which of three levels it’s set at your bebé can interact differently with Puppy and Sis. This toy is more fun when played by two, so get ready to have a fun, yummy, and lovely meal with your bebé. I would recommend this toy to encourage sibling play-time.
  9. Do you have a dancing queen or king? Bright Beats Learnin’ Lights Dance Mat by Fisher-Price is also $23.49 and teaches ABCs, numbers, colors, shapes and encourages dance moves all around! Its always awesome when toys can grow with your bebé. The large, soft mat was perfect for Ellie when she was just sitting and crawling, but now it’s just as great for dancing and continued learning!

As you wait for the arrival of the Kings, I hope you get to enjoy the Rosca de Reyes (or Kings’ Bread) with your familia and friends! And remember, if your slice of bread has El NiñoJesus (or “Baby Jesus”) figurine baked inside, you’ll have to host on the Day of the Candles, Día de la Candelaria, on February 2 and prepare tamales for everyone in attendance! ¡Ay!

Trust me, it’s a blessing!

I hope the gift guide was helpful and your toddler wakes up with one of these fun and educational toys next to their shoes!

¡Feliz Día de Reyes, Amiga!

Love,

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#WeAllGrowFAMILIA • Grow With Love • 2017 Event

#WeAllGrowFAMILIA • Grow With Love • 2017 Event

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It was such a gift to have been invited to #WeAllGrowFAMILIA, a one-day, invite-only event with 175 multicultural influencers and creative entrepreneurs in the parenting space! On October 28, 2017 Latina Millennial mamis and papis gathered for the second consecutive year at the awesome Munchkin, Inc. headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. #WeAllGrowFamilia’s theme this year was Grow With Love. The day’s topics were centered around committing to help grow ourselves and our children’s future.


When I arrived at registration I was welcomed with a smile and a #WeAllGrowFAMILIA swag bag filled with gifts from the event’s awesome parent-focused sponsors before entering through the Munchkin headquarters’ doors and into the whimsical outdoor lounge designed by Celia of @prettylittlethings.

This lounge’s positive vibes allowed for me to meet and have great conversations throughout the day with great and inspiring women, including Martha (@mrscastro), Linda (@luz_warrior), Delfina (@soylatinafit), and Jacqui (@babyboybakery).  Forever thankful for your time amigas!

Soon after registration we were served breakfast sponsored by Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh. So glad there were vegan options for this plant-based mama! And they were delicious, too! I heard there was a cubie-wall decorated with  delicious cupcakes! I unfortunately was probably in a daze full excitement and completely missed it!

I did, however, enjoy a delicious warm tea in the morning and a cafecito in the afternoon provided by @cafesanto. They are known for their signature Cafe de Olla and Chocolate Oaxaqueño.

During this time I was able to meet IRL (in real life) some more women I had been chatting with on Instagram already, including María (@lacooquette), Fely (@missfely), and Gemma (@gemma_marin). We shared laughs over new mami moments — the beautiful and the not-so-fun, but always with a full heart.

One of my highlights was meeting and sharing a selfie with the ever-wonderfully-kind and creative Susie Jaramillo (@canticosworld)! I love that she has created a bilingual nursery rhyme book collection rooted in all of the Latin-American canticos! You can sing-along in English and Spanish! How awesome is that!

Mami Tip: If your baby loves singing and dancing you can watch the Canticos rhymes on YouTube! This works even if you’re a no-screen-mami. Just leave the audio on and dance in the kitchen with your little one! I may have done this! haha

During her keynote session, Susie shared and explained to us how to build a family-oriented brand that is easy and fun to love and partner with families and large family brands already successful on the market.

Cascade Ice, flavored sparking water, had an amazingly fun and colorful space perfectly decorated to “Live a Flavorful Life.” They were so kind and their Cascade ice mixed-drinks (non-alcoholic) were super delicious!

I’ve made my own mixed-drinks with Cascade Ice at home since then and they have been a hit with my guests! If you haven’t tried them, yet check them out @cascadeicewater on Instagram for more information and to find a location near you to purchase.

The #WeAllGrowFAMILIA panel sessions were began by a warm welcome from Munchkin’s CEO, Steven Dunn, and Munchkin’s Instagram Director, Karla Ortiz.

The first #WeAllGrowFAMILIA  panel (Christina Soletti of @ergobaby, Frances Barajas of @readconmigo, Tracey Del Moral of @carters / @OshKoshB’gosh) let us in on how brands market to millennial moms and dads.

After the panel, #WeAllGrow’s Melissa Bailey interviewed Jacqui Saldana, founder of @babyboybaker, as she shared with us all about The Art Of Creating Family Memories! Jacqui — you go girl!

I took so many notes in our new #WeAllGrowFAMILIA custom mint-colored journal by the planning queen herself, Erin Condren (@erincondren)! It’s beautiful!

I was so in love with Melissa’s dress, I had to let her know when she sat next to me after the panel! haha

It was great to tour the Munckin Headquarters and admire Steven Dunn’s unique art work collection.

One of my favorite keynotes was from Laura Fuentes, founder of @momables. She shared her personal experience with mompreneurship — the highs and the lows with so much realness and gusto! I was so happy to be able to be part of her Mentor Roundtable session! (We had the opportunity to sit down in a small intimate group setting with three of the nine awesome speakers and ask specific questions in 20 minute sessions.) Her insights were tangible and that makes a huge difference for a mom just starting out to make her ideas into a brand!

To end the Mentor Roundatables on a yummy note, we headed out to enjoy a light and delicious lunch and hydrated with the deliciously fresh @aguavidapremiumwater alkaline water made in our very own Los Angeles! You’re also able to reuse, refill, and rehydrate with their cute little glass bottles. Look how awesome the custom tags look on the bottles!

During lunch I enjoyed the creative spaces of @wordpressdotcom and learned a few tips and tricks to maintain my website and create my great looking blog posts!

Have you been able to play with a Baby Alive doll? I took a moment to experience the magical Super Snacks Snackin’ Luke and Sweet Tears Baby by @hasbro who creates the world’s best play experiences! These dolls will definitely teach your baby empathy, as they need to provide love and nurturing to keep them fed, healthy, and happy. What a concept!

Can you relate mamá? 😉

I had the best time throwing confetti in front of @timemachinevideo‘s camera! There’s nothing like letting go a little bit and acting silly for a great slow motion video!

If only my 16-month-old Ellie could have been there to enjoy it with me! She’s the reason I’ve learned to let go and be silly at the toddler playgrounds with her! LOL No Kidding mamas!

Al fin del día and after all the love of parenting and entrepreneurship was spoken into us, we gathered for the closing fiesta — COCO themed — thanks to the amazingly talented team of  Disney-Pixar’s Coco!

What do you think? Will COCO win an Oscar next year at the Academy Awards?

It was quite the experience to hear Alanna Noël Ubach speak as the closing keynote speaker. If that wasn’t enough, I was able to meet @alannaaubach at the after-party! She did a superb job lending her voice to COCO’s Mamá Imelda.

Let’s talk about the snacks! Yummy cotton candy by @twistedforsugar, juicy eloteschurros dipped in chocolate, flavorful hot chocolate, agua de horchata and beautiful COCO-inspired cookies baked and decorated by the amazing @aliciasdelicias. Aren’t they the cutest!

It was great catching up with Martha and meeting Ruby (@la_mamacitas), and of course, an after-party is not complete without a photo booth!

Immensely thankful to @WeAllGrowLatina for inviting me to such a heart-felt community event.

¡Viva la familia!

Love,

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