Big Gay Summer Vacation Guide and Giveaway
Hydrate or Dry
Perfect for travel in re-useable, non-spill BPA-free sippy-bottles, First Juice organic juice for toddlers contains 50% less sugar than the leading fruit juice and comes delicious flavors including Apple+Carrot and Peach+Purple Carrot – that’s right purple carrots, the way carrots originated in Ancient Persia. Available in 8 oz. ($1.99) or 32 oz. multi-serve refills ($3.49) at Whole Foods and Target. *Win a gift basket of First Juice. See contest rules below.
For hiking, biking, road trips or other adventures, take along plenty water in SIGG Water Bottles, first in class for kids water bottles with delightful designs and a water-based, non-toxic polymer bottle liner which won’t leach into the bottle. $18-22. Available at www.mySIGG.com or through www.ptpamedia.com, the site for parent test and approved products for kids.
Get into bikini (or Speedo) shape and stay strong with zero-sugar, two-calorie Zenergie DrinkTabs, 100% natural, vitamin-packed tabs that dissolve in water, perfect for travelers and adventurers on the go. $6.99/tube of 10 tablets. Available at Whole Foods, Ralph’s, and www.zenergizehealth.com.
Fish are Friends
Babies take to the water with confidence in the Swimways Ultimate Rescue Boat with its unique non-inflatable design, sun canopy, adjustable seat, steering wheel and drink holder. Ages 9 months to 2 years. Available at www.poolcenter.com, a great resource for everything to do with swimming and pools.
Get junior into the swim of things and explore all the physical and mental benefits of swimming with The Gentle Revolution’s How to Teach Your Baby to Swim, From Birth to Age Six, by Douglas Doman, a specialist in mobility development for well and brain-injured children. $14.95. Available at www.squareonepublishers.com.
For a versatile, easy-to-pack along toy, Wet Wheels by Munchkin can go from floating in the tub or pool to rolling on dry land. Dolphin and turtle characters come in bright colors with a clear window on their back filled with mini sea creatures and wheels filled with beads for visual stimulation and cool sounds. $7.99. Available at www.Amazon.com and Babies R Us.
Out of the pool or bath, wrap your water baby in the plush 100% cotton hooded Terry Robe by All About Baby, in cool colors and patterns for babes and older kids, and even get it monogrammed. $30 to $80, Available at www.allbaby.com. *Win one of two books from the All About Baby book collection, “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle” or “A is for Adam.” See contest rules below.
Old Fashioned Fun
If you choose a stay-cation this year, you can still take a trip -- down memory lane, with toys with a past from the Vermont Country Store, like good ‘ol Original Lincoln Logs ($49.95) with 115 wooden pieces for creating cabins and great memories, or the Silly Circus Push Toy Rattle ($22.95) with an endearing, cheerful melody that you will always remember. Available at www.vermontcountrystore.com.
Toddlers Still Love Pushing This Tin Chime and Hearing Its Cheerful Melody
- Colorful barrel is real tin, handle is smooth plastic
- An ideal toy for children ages 18 months and up
Like the ones from your youth, this tin push chime creates a beautiful melody.
What’s summer without a bar-b-que, and with the so-cute realistic Classic Burger by Small World Toys ($9.99), with bun, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, patty and cheese, even little ones can get in on the action. This and other pretend food sets available at the www.ToyBakery.com.
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