Creating a Green Playroom: Non-toxic Play Tents

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Green Products, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I have been slowly but surely designing and adding to Lexi’s playroom over the past year making it into a comfortable space that is also non-toxic. As always, the last part has proven itself to be pretty difficult.

I keep struggling deciding whether I want to go for what looks cute, is cheaper and easier to get OR making sure that it’s as non-toxic as possible, even if that means sacrificing looks and price. Of course I want the first one. I want Lexi’s playroom to look really cute, but in the end I always end up doing the right thing, even if that means getting natural wood bookshelves instead of gleaming white ones.

At this point the playroom is virtually complete minus the art work and some lighting that is coming in soon, so I thought it was time to start highlighting the choices, items, toys, products and ideas for it with the final post being a “reveal” of the playroom itself.

You can see the earlier stages of it starting with rug, monitor, gates, etc here:
Playroom In Progress: Set Up

I’d like to start with tents, since there is a bit of a back story here.

Sun and Fun: Konfidence

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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Third post in the Sun and Fun series!

For the other posts, go here:

Submarine Kids

Petit Crabe

 

KONFIDENCE

I have mentioned Konfidence in passing, but I never really dedicated a whole post to them. And they definitely warrant a whole post.

This is a company from UK that makes some amazing swim products designed to help children develop skills necessary to learn swimming. I met their reps at the ABC Expo last year and we have been using their products since.

Sun and Fun : Petit Crabe

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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Second post in the Sun and Fun series!

For the other posts, go here:

Submarine Kids

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Petit Crabe is another one of those discoveries that I am super proud of :) haha

I am not sure how I even found them but when I started looking through their swimwear, I was instantly IN LOVE.

It is so simple and understated, yet packs a real punch with the colors and contrasting zippers and back graphic. I don’t know what it was about it but it just sang to me. I wish I could show you all the colors they carry ( the yellow is YUM!), but I guess that is just the reason to visit their website.

All swimwear has built in sun protection and most have a matching hat.

Sun and Fun: Submarine Kids

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Fashion and Outfits, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I am super excited about getting this series started.

Aside from the fact that we live in Florida with eternal sunshine, UV rays, SPF, UPF and swimsuits, I am just really stoked about the swimsuit companies I have found and have been using that I want to share with you.

Submarine Kids Swimwear

This has to be my favorite children’s swimsuit company. I have never seen such unique and colorful designs.

2nd Birthday Party Outfits: Swan Lake

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Fashion and Outfits, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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So I have a lot of photos from Lexitwin birthday party.

In order to share some of them, I decided to break the posts down into parts, just like before.

You might want to read:

Planning, Decor and Favor Bags

With this part being all about our party outfits which was a big part of party planning.

LEXITWINS’ OUTFITS

Outdoor Painting

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, PRODUCTS

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About two months ago, I decided to explore the idea of painting on a bigger canvas than a notepad.

I brought out a big roll of paper, Crayola washable tempera paints with brushes and let Lexi explore it.

Painting on paper quickly got old and she proceeded to color all over her body. She was probably one of the most fun and creative activities that can be done with a toddler. Lexi is usually very active and prefers either doing something physical or reading. Drawing or painting wasn’t something that kept her attention for TOO long.

However taking it outside and making it messy opened a whole new world of possibilities for her. This is the activity we do virtually every day. Sometimes she gets VERY messy, other times she paints on paper, but she always gets some paint on her and around her which makes our patio the perfect place for it.

Because tempera paint isn’t supposed to be used on skin (even though we wash it off almost immediately), I bought the Crayola Finger paint to be used for this activity. It’s not a nice and bright as tempera but it certainly is good enough.

Custom Books

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I have been really digging making custom books for Lexi and seeing her response to them.

 

Since at this age, their world revolves around their own self, it’s helpful to show their days and experiences from their standpoint, featuring their names and pictures. Aside from  helping kids develop a sense of self, it keeps their interest longer and more intense. I started making custom books at about a year old. Creating one after another based on the struggles or interests we were having.

There are some books that are pre-made for you and only need minor personalization, and others that require more time, photos and creativity to make it a story or a lesson.

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Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PREGNANCY, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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As I mentioned earlier on Facebook, we are ready to expand at Daily Mom, which means adding new team members and contributors.

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Don’t mistake the goofy photos in this post for lack of seriousness. We are fun bunch, but we also take what we do seriously. Photos for this post are from a Daily Mom editors meet in 2013. I never got to post about it so at least sharing some of the photos in this post seemed semi-appropriate :) We value our team and how big Daily Mom has gotten, but we would not have been half the team we are without the humor and the craziness and all the fun we have together online and in real life. Also these are just a few of our team members, as well as some honorary ex-team members. Current staff is slightly different from the pictures below.