6 Genius Baby Products

You may have noticed that there have been several posts about babies here on the blog of late. No, this is not because I am pregnant. (I’m NOT, by the way, not pregnant.) No, this is also not because I have baby fever! But there are many people in my life right now who have just given birth or who are preparing to give birth, so I’m simply trying to be as helpful as possible when it comes to preparation. Even though we all know you can never be fully prepared for a new baby…we can certainly try when it comes to baby products!

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It seems like we are always on the lookout for the next great baby product to simplify life as a parent. I’ve been to a lot of baby showers here of late, and there are some really neat items on the market! But what are some of the best, tried and true, actual genius baby products that every parent needs to keep in their arsenal of tools? Take a look at these top 6 favorite baby products that are nothing short of genius.

Owlet Smart Sock

Having the ability to monitor and keep an eye on your child is a great way to give parents some peace of mind. The Owlet smart sock is a fantastic tool, giving parents and caretakers the ability to monitor things such as your little one’s heart rate and blood oxygen level. It’s incredibly easy to use, functioning like a normal sock that you would put on a baby’s foot. Many wonder if it’s truly worth the expense- we say absolutely! 

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How to Wash Your Baby’s Clothes

As a new mom, you’ll notice how sensitive your newborn’s skin can be. From the soap you use at bath time to the detergent you use for their laundry, their skin’s reaction will tell you if you’ve got the right stuff. However, if you start to notice little small patches of skin irritation or dry spots, it could be that your baby needs something that’s a lot less harsh on their skin. A lot of times parents will switch their body lotion and soap without thinking about the detergent they are using for their baby’s clothes and blankets.

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To avoid these annoying skin allergies due to laundry issues, here are some tips on how to wash your baby’s belongings. 

Use a mild detergent

Scented detergents have a tendency to be hard on a baby’s skin. It’s best to choose fragrance-free options to avoid the extra chemicals and perfumes used to make the scent. Another thing to look out for when shopping for a detergent is the added dyes used. Added dyes are known to cause skin irritation among babies. The best detergent for your baby is something that is free of dyes, scents, and is hypoallergenic.

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The Home Away From Home Experience: How to Be the Best Vacation Rental Host

When most people go on vacation, they want and expect the ultimate treatment, especially when it comes to their accommodations. With hotel accommodations, guests can indulge in room service, in-house restaurants, and exceptional spa facilities… This type of vacation experience allows guests to not have to lift a finger.

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On the other hand, there are vacationers who want the ultimate vacation experience but enjoy it most in vacation rental properties. With this type of vacation experience, there is no room service or spa facilities (typically) like hotels provide, but people still enjoy it more than hotels.

Why?

Because it gives vacationers that “home away from home” experience. Yes, people want the luxury of not lifting a finger while on vacation but being able to stay in a property that’s nice with all the makings of home, without it being their actual home, is still a huge selling point to lots of travelers. That reason alone is why so many people are getting their feet wet in real estate investing.

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Life Skills You Should Teach Your Kids During the Pandemic

I guess the title of this post really should be just “Life Skills You Should Teach Your Kids”, since, if you’re a parent you’re kinda responsible for imparting knowledge to your offspring, but since we are all spending a bit more time at home and all together these days, well…we might as well be specific with the title!

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While your child may be cooped up in homeschool or other forms of distance learning, why not take this opportunity to teach them important life skills that won’t just get them straight A’s in school but also in life?

In this article, we’ll list some important life skills you yourself can teach your children while staying safely at home.

Basic Cooking

Not all kids (and to be honest, not all adults) would like the idea of working in a kitchen. However, let’s face it: one way or another your kids will most likely have to do their cooking later in life. So let’s teach them to enjoy the act of making delicious and healthy meals.

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How to Remove Stains, Without Removing Paint

Removing splatters from your wall can be a pain. I’ve rented a couple of houses in my lifetime, and each time the landlord came by to conduct an inspection I’d find myself stressing over stains. The wallpapers of my bedroom, kitchen…you name it, I’d stained it.

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If you’re reading this article, maybe you’re in a similar situation where the blemishes on your walls are getting a bit out of control. Luckily for you and I, there are lots of wall-cleaning chemical “erasers” readily available on the market. However, if you don’t have the money to spend on cleaning supplies, that’s fine too, as you can create your own stain removers at home with ammonia and water in a jiffy. But beware – things can easily go south and you can scratch off a layer of your paint if you aren’t careful, and I’m speaking from experience here. So what should you do to ensure that your bright, shiny coat of paint stays safe, whilst removing the stain at the same time? Check out these three common methods and select the one that suits you best. 

Before you try any of these methods, I’d strongly recommend that you find out what type of paint is on your wall. Different paints react differently to different chemicals, and a method of cleaning that might work for one type of wall might not work for another. Glossy surfaces, semi-gloss surfaces or enameled paint will respond​ well to cleaning, whereas eggshell or flat surfaces might not hold up as well.​   

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