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5 Products to Pack when Heading Out with Kids

Have fun without worrying about the elements or any untoward incidents - make sure you have these with you all the time.

mom and babyBonding with the kids is an activity that both parents and kids love, especially when done outdoors. Make sure your outing isn’t spoiled by untoward incidents. Here are some products that can help you keep the kids safe while outdoors:

1. Car seat
Have your kids use a car seat when travelling. We don’t know when accidents will happen. Car seats reduce the chance (by over 95%) that your baby will be harmed or killed in a vehicle accident because they are designed to spread the force of a crash evenly over a baby’s body, according to the book First-Year Baby Care. It was also mentioned in the book that it’s best to put babies or children in the car seat than hold them or seat them in the lap. Sudden stops or a crash can cause the person holding the baby, or the weight of the person holding the baby might crush and hurt the baby badly.

Babies and toddlers should be placed in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old or until they reach the maximum height and weight limits for their car seat according to the updated guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Only after their second birthday should they be allowed to use forward-facing car seats which should still be placed at the back of the car, never in the passenger’s seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends guidelines on the use of booster seats as well. “They said that children be placed in a booster seat once their height or weight exceeds the limit for their forward-facing car seat. Children should remain in a booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly. According to the AAP, this typically occurs when a child reaches 4'9" in height -- between the ages of eight and 12.” In other countries, one cannot travel with babies and small children unless they are strapped properly in car seats.  

2. Child Safety Harness
Kids love to explore and sometimes they get carried away in their exploration that they don’t notice they are already wandering away from their parents. A lot of times, kids would just dart from one place to another, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the one watching over them to track where they went and run after them. This could be scary for any parent who suddenly could not locate his kid especially in a crowded place. Kids run fast and they are small so locating them can be very challenging.  Moreover, no matter how much you try to warn a child about straying away, they can easily forget this when they see something that piques their interest or curiosity. Products such as a child safety harness would be very helpful in having a stress-free and peaceful trip to a fun yet crowded place like a mall or when walking outside where there are roads or streets nearby. These kinds of products help you keep your child safe and close to you while giving the child some freedom to explore his surroundings. This is highly recommended for kids who have so much energy and who resist to be held by hand like my very active three year old.

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3. Anti-bacterial Wet Tissues
We used to bring a small bottle of our baby’s dishwashing liquid whenever we would go out of the house to wash our baby’s teether, spoon and fork, and toys with. It was a little inconvenient especially in places where water is not available, so I was very happy when wet tissues became easily accessible, as I can clean anything with them. These make them great companions when travelling or going out of the house.

4. Anti-mosquito / anti-bug products
Enjoying nature and the great outdoors is a truly relaxing activity for the entire family. It gives the kids the opportunity to appreciate and learn more about nature and to have plenty of space to run around in. But if you’ll be constantly swatting mosquitoes or worrying about your child being bitten by them, I doubt if you’ll ever want to go out of the house again even in your own backyard or village park. Recently, I discovered Pigeon’s anti-mosquito wipes. I have always associated baby wipes for cleaning the hands, mouth or baby’s bottom, but then, I found out that there are baby wipes that repel mosquitoes. I like these wipes for they are deet-free, convenient to use, and the protection they give can last up to six hours. You simply need to wipe it gently on the child’s skin and you can focus on enjoying the great outdoors with your child.

5. Sunshade
This product can help protect your children from the harmful rays of the sun while in the car during trips.  The heat of the sun can be painful on the skin even inside an air conditioned car especially from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Sunshades help reduce the heat that goes inside.

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Photo by Katie Tegtmeyer from flickr creative commons

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