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Best Bathing Suits for Babies & Toddlers!

Did someone say summer? 
Hola Mamis!
Did you know that summer is right around the corner? Seriously, it is! Seemed like a long time coming but we’re almost there! With the UV rays getting kicked up a notch and the kiddies wanting outside water play, now is the time to start thinking about how best to protect the little ones’ skin whilst also thinking about fashion for their water activities!
Let’s go through the clothing options available for our little ones’ mermaid/merman lifestyle this summer.
‘Kini Klad:
Bikinis are great, but expose a lot of skin and provide minimal protection against sun damage. While they may look adorable on our tiny diva, they don’t serve the skin much justice from the sun’s wrath!
Mami scale: 1
gap.com rainbow dot bikini Gymboree.com flamingo ruffled bikini
Tank Yank!:
Tankinis are one of my favorites…they’re almost like a one piece, but better! The ability to easily access the diaper area makes changing sandy/wet babies a breeze all while baby’s top is covered. It also adds a little more sun protection than a bikini.
Mami scale: 3
Rashional Guard:
Rash guard two piece (*insert heart emoji like so:😍*), my favorite!!!! These rash guards have come a long way. There are so many beautiful designs available with ruffles, accentuated sleeves and gorgeous patterns. Aside from the fashion aspect, this type of swimwear provides maximum sun protection and also bug protection!  Just like it’s two piece counterparts the tankini and bikini, this also gives parents easy diaper change access. Major perk if your are faaaaar from a private area to change baby’s diaper. The rash guard, protects baby’s arms, back, belly and neck areas against rashes, scrapes and sun damage. This is definitely my go-to design!
Mami scale: 5
One and done:
In my opinion the one piece swimsuit is the most beautiful design of them all. How
ever, what I dislike is the difficulty in changing baby’s diaper. I mean having to remove the entire s
uit to access an unpredictable mess? Yeah, no thanks. This design I think complicates things, even for a potty trained tot. By the time you’re finished changing
baby and getting her out and back in the swimsuit, you’re pretty much over it and done! Love your beautiful designs one-piece, but not your drama!
Mami scale: 2
rashguard gray
Swim trunk funk?
Oh don’t be sad for your little guys, I didn’t forget about you. Although it may seem like there’s only one option for your boys (trunks), the patterns, prints and styles available for them are endless. I do preference trunks that have drawstrings in the event they are a little big you can easily adjust them for the right fit and still have the trunks for the following year! That’s called a Mom Win! Don’t forget to pair the trunks up with a rash guard to protect him from the sun.
Mami scale: 5
Let me know your thoughts on swimwear for baby and your experiences with the options out there! I’d love to hear from you!
Also keep an out for my review on best Sun Block lotions for babies/tots this week!
Cheers,
Mary

 

Red, White & Blue Gluten Free Snack & Cocktail

Today we celebrate the fallen soldiers of the armed forces of America, the brave men and women that have fought for all of us to be safe, free and the greatest country on Earth! It was not until after the Civil War that we started celebrating this day (normally the last Monday in May). This holiday was initially known as Decoration Day, as many started decorating their fallen soldier’s graves with flags and flowers, little by little businesses started closing on this day to conmemorate the soldiers, in 1971 it was made an official American Holiday. Today, many of us celebrate by visiting graves, memorials and gathering with friends and family. It has become the unofficial start of summer (history.com).

I love bringing my family together, and providing healthy and thematic foods (yes, I am pretty annoying). Pero nada, they love it! At my house we go through Greek yogurt like crazy, and lately all I do if find fun ways of feeding my two year old, Alegra.

Here is a quick, easy and gluten-free snack for both kids and adults:

Ingredients

Strawberries – sliced

Greek Yogurt (substitutes: Cool Whip / vanilla ice cream)

Blueberries

For instructions, please watch the video I have created for you, and please use your desired amounts per serving. I used about 3-4oz of yogurt.

I really hope you guys enjoy this special day and treats. Good Bless America.

Gracias y hasta luego!

 

Mary

Top 7 Things To Do When Your Baby is Vaccinated

vaccination day tips
Warning: this blog entry makes my skin crawl too! yesterday I took Eliana for her four month check-up and series of vaccines. Yes, “series” one oral and four injections (see cdc.gov recommended schedule). Now, I know the controversies around vaccines in infants… the mystery of Autism being related to these series of injections… not to mention that our little ones are just so little and the whole experience is terrible; I am for vaccination and believe in medicine and overall believe in doing anything possible to protect my children. Nonetheless…From the moment January came in, I kept looking at my calendar with
PDF schedule of infant vaccine schedule

Baby to Adult Recommended Immunization Schedule

that dusty pink dot on the 23rd (I had to reschedule and everyone in my crew has a color on my google calendar/OCD here). My heart ached, and I kept obsessing over the many times I have had to hold my daughters heads down and little arms up, while kissing their foreheads and humming “shush shush shush I am sorry, mami is here, it will be over soon” as nurse administers the cocktail. It’s like knowing that my heart will be broken on that day marked on my calendar and I know it. I kept hearing and imagining the piercing shrieks of my baby on that medical bed, and imagining her making eye contact with me with watered eyes. As I write this, my nose tingles and yes, my eyes are glossier that when I started this post. Gosh, it’s painful for me as it is for every parent and our babies. I did say that I am pro vaccines! no doubt… and I keep telling myself that so I get over it, and heal my heart back… as I do warm compresses on my infant’s sore thighs. I wonder and wonder what IF? What if Autism is really an adverse effect? What if my daughters have one of those 1 in a million reactions to a vaccine. So, as you can see my obsession does not end. I guess I will forever be worried, and forever will be heartbroken until these two are probably 45 yrs old asking me to sit down because I have a broken hip. I say so because these vaccines are every two months… just about 20 injections before they turn one years old… and not to mention the many many many worries in between. Ok, this post has been intense… my initial intention was to share some of the things I do to prepare for these doomed days:

  1. Be calm, speak in your normal tone and distract your baby.
  2. Ask doctor that you prefer to hold your baby during the process. This is help the baby feel safe and comforted. Some doctors will prefer to lay them on the medical bed (like mine).
  3. Have a bottle out and ready at medical bed so you can soothe baby with milk ASAP, immediately after shots.
  4. Give baby ibuprofen (or pain medication of choice)  immediately after or ask nurse to give it right before the oral vaccines, that way you use their meds lol and baby will ingest without crying. A drug-free pain management option is sugar-water.
  5. Dress baby in a nightgown (those long bedtime onesies with open feet for easy diaper access) this way you don’t fuss with baby’s sore legs… weather permitting then only a onesie.
  6. Don’t bathe baby that night. Let that baby rest. Instead, you can do warm compresses on the affected areas.
  7. If you are a working parent, try to schedule these on Friday when you can spend time with the baby and most importantly observe closely for the next 72hrs. Click here to read on possible side effects from vaccines.

This is exactly what I do every single time. Of course, please delay vaccinations in the event that your baby is sick… as we want a stronger immune system to receive the cocktail of vaccines. I hope my perspective on this subject can help you and your little one! Please share with someone you may think will benefit from reading this piece, with the icons below.♥