5 Things to Take Camping with Kids This Summer

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Summer is here.

If you ask around at the end of the season, a general consensus of your friends will say one of their best family vacations was camping. This is due, they’ll say, to leaving the hectic pace of the city and enjoying quality time together in the great outdoors.  After a little planning of the location, the gear, and when to go, a camping trip is fun, affordable and memorable.

NurturedDad and I went camping together when we lived near the Rocky Mountains. Once we became parents we quit camping alone and began camping with friends and their daughter. Truth be told, we couldn’t have done that first trip without our friends nearby. Everything was more efficient in having fellow parents along for the adventure. The fire stayed stoked and dinner was made all while you stepped away to change a diaper.

This year camping season began for us over Father’s Day weekend. The boy’s school had just let out and I invited quite a lot of fellow parents to join us. In the end only one family booked and showed up, Jessica, a fellow Nurtured team member, her husband and their 3 kids. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, the bugs were minimal, and a strawberry moon was on the rise. It was a beautiful weekend of camping and we had the biggest laugh when Jessica and I unpacked many of the same camping items. Apart from the bug spray and sunscreen, here are five things we highly recommend taking along with a child[ren] in tow. You’ll love number 5.

  1. Kid friendly dishes– Years of use in the kitchen, and rave reviews from our customers in their cabins, our silicone Kinderville bowls and cups made everyone smile while camping.  These are durable, lightweight, stackable and even colour coded so every kid has their own. Silicone is forgiving in also letting the littlest one get to the very last drop. When Jessica brought out their stainless steel cups I couldn’t help but adore how appreciated they were. Her kids flocked around for their cucumber slice garnishes and oohed and ahhed over washing dishes and finding the rainbow cups to put in the rinse bucket. The edges in stainless steel products are not created equal. These dishes are finished in every detail to last through decades of use, handling, and handling varied temperatures. Check out these stainless steel cups, mugs, plates and straws.
  2. Potty – Let’s face it, no matter how big the little kids get, it’s nice to have a potty without the fear of falling in.
  3. Merino – Morning and night, this is what the kids felt great in.  Jessica marched her kids into their tent just after supper and out they came no hassle with their hats and pjs! Naturally, I had packed the same. We had a good laugh over how coordinated the range of colours ended up. As parents and natural fiber enthusiasts we know the beauty of merino.  I loved when a visitor to our site asked if the kids were wearing merino. His comment, “You won’t have to wash it for 100 years!” made everyone laugh and marvel just the same.  The next day on the beach a mom and babe duo was also intrigued, “Bright coloured merino in kid’s sizes?” “Yes.” “Even in baby sizes?,” she asked. I blushed. “Um, do you know Nurtured in Halifax? You can find it all there. It’s really great and easy to care for plus it’s made in Canada.” Did I mention you can buy it here, here and here?
  4. Mesh bag – Why everyone else knows this trick is beyond me. I did not until this year. Hang all your dishes just washed in a mesh bag (any general store should have one) over on a tree branch. For added organization give each child their own bag.
  5. Another Mother – Nothing made the trip more satisfying than when Jessica leaned in with a beaming smile of relief and said, “You know, it’s really nice to go camping with another mother. Someone else who just gets it.”  She was right. Here we were, transitioning the kids from one place to another, teaching them how to be safe around open flames, to be extra patient for meals, and take initiative in caring for their own dirty feet.  Just in case though, another mother stands by with a towel ready to dry off said dirty feet.

Even after sweeping out the tent, planning and executing the meals, washing the sweet, sticky s’mores faces and all the hikes to the toilet, camping is a grand vacation. It’s affordable, adventurous and provides a sense of accomplishment for making sure everyone returns home alive and enriched.

We always pack up our campsite a little more seasoned and make more plans to go again soon on the way home.

Do tell, where is your favourite campsite in the Maritimes?

Kid friendly sunscreen in Halifax

nurturedsunsafetyewg_blogCongrats to the top rated kid’s sunscreens making the coveted Environmental Working Group’s 2016 list!

Twenty-two sunscreen lotions made this year’s list and we’re so proud all of our options at Nurtured made the grade.

Do keep in mind the following 6 tips as EWG’s recommendation is that sunscreen is the last resort for a healthy balance in sun protection.

With a little planning you’ll be all set for enjoying all this outdoor time Canada earns such a great reputation for.

  1. Wear clothing
  2. Find shade
  3. Plan around the sun
  4. Don’t get burned
  5. Sunglasses are a must
  6. Check UV index

Both active and inactive ingredients are taken into consideration by the EWG rating.

In baby and children’s sunscreen look for Zinc as your only acting ingredient and steer clear of Oxybenzoane, a chemical filter that can cause allergic skin reactions, may disrupt hormones or even affect developing fetuses. From The EWG website; “Two European studies have detected oxybenzone and other sunscreen filters in mothers’ milk, indicating that the developing fetus and newborns may be exposed…. A 2010 study of Swiss mothers by Margaret Schlumpf of the University of Zurich found at least one sunscreen chemical in 85 percent of milk samples.” More on this can be found at: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/

Don’t forget to check out all our sun safety products at Nurtured for your growing family! (Sun hats, swim suits, swim tops and even carriers like the Beco Cool are rated for excellent sun safety.) Enjoy that good ol’ Vitamin D!

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Mother’s Day 2016

mothersdayblogHusbands, partners, sons and daughters….we’re SURE you remembered that this Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Perhaps you are stuck on how to show your appreciation for the hard-work, devotion, patience and love the mama in your life doles out on an everyday hourly basis.  Yes, us moms really do want to sleep in, have a mimosa-tinged brunch and get weepy over a handmade card.  But if you’ve got the the urge to wrap something up in one of our signature green ribbons than here’s a brainstorm wish-list from the moms on hand at Nurtured.

Books

mothersmessageNurtured has a brilliant collection of pregnancy and parenting books in store (as well as story books aplenty).  MOM’S MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE would be a touching read on Mother’s day — an inspirational collection of over 40 letters from mothers around the world to the people they love.  If your lady is still expecting, perhaps HUSBAND COACHED CHILDBIRTH could be your gift to mama-to-be. Written by renowned obstetrician Dr. Robert Bradley, this completely natural method, based on a calming pattern of relaxation, abdominal breathing, and loving teamwork between husband and wife, takes parents-to-be step-by-step through the prenatal stages and moment-by-moment through the first- and second-stage labour and the actual birth (note: don’t let the gendered title give you pause! Wives and partners can benefit from this book too!)

If Mom is a journal writer and avid note taker (or wants to improve these skills!), the HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR LIFE is designed to capture “bright” moments and important milestones in a child’s life. The hardcover book prompts parents to use the journal and their phone together with their children to create memories by snapping pictures, sending texts, and making short videos. So cool!

Skincare

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We carry the most gorgeous line of natural skincare here amongst our baby shampoos and diaper creams. It’s called ANOINTMENT and if you haven’t scrubbed down with their om shanti soap yet, you don’t know what’s missing.

If Mom is still pregnant, or newly nursing, their belly butter and nipple butter are staff favourites and being made of natural organic ingredients makes them the best baby-safe products. If Mom is passed those stages she definitely deserves a beautiful cosmetic pick-me-up too!  Rose Toner spray and Shea butter cream are luxurious products to freshen, balance and moisturize (You’d be hard pressed to find a Nurtured staff member without rose toner by their sink)!

Zzz

The most coveted item by us Nurtured Moms is definitely mattresses, pillows and comforters from Sleeptek. This Canadian bedding line is the stuff all natural, organic, hypoallergenic dreams are made of. Treat the Mom in your life to a new shredded rubber pillow for her sore shoulders, or tuck her in to a dreamy summer-weight wool comforter. We’ve also got bamboo daydream blankets from Aden&Anais, a fluffy lightweight queen sized blanket that gets softer with every wash.

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Mom-on-the-Go

We just got a fresh batch of CHIMPAROO WOVEN WRAPS back in stock. These versatile carriers are great for newborn-toddlerhood babywearing…plus everyone looks fabulous wearing a wrap!  For extra measure you could add a ONE-ON-ONE CONSULT with Jolyn, our babywearing expert, and ensure mom feels more than confident with her stylish new carrier.  Or, kick your diaper bag up a notch with our fave LASSIG NECKLINE BAG.  It looks SO GOOD you’d never guess it’s full of baby stuff that’s for sure! Design coupled with functionality is what makes Lassig the best diaper bag.  Each bag contains a changing mat, insulated bottle holder, hooks that fit all strollers and details you’ll fall in love with.  And when your bundle’s all toilet-trained, Mom will still have a beautiful bag.

And Of Course…

We carry LIFEFACTORY bottles for babes but did you know we also carry Lifefactory cafe mugs and WINE GLASSES? It’s Mother’s Day for goodness sake. Rub that woman’s feet and pour her a glass of vino!

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Our in-house editor is the one and only Meghan Hubley. A Nurtured Mama by day and playwright by night…though it’s never quite in that order. Wordsmith by trade, Meghan finds delight in telling you the scoop of what’s what at Nurtured.