Kristi Campbell is a semi-lapsed career woman with about 18 years of marketing experience in a variety of national and global technology companies. While she does work part-time, her passion is writing and drawing stupid-looking pictures for her blog Finding Ninee, focused on finding humor and support for her special needs son.
The word autism entered my heart as a whisper. It later entered my brain as a possibility. Later still, it entered my life. I think I knew, long before I knew.
I worried, bought a book on autism, devoured it, and then felt like that must not be what my son has. He was nothing like the boy in the book. Nothing. ”Maybe,” I thought, “he just has a language delay.”
I waited for him to start speaking more. For him to start playing in the way that he was supposed to play. He did play though, unlike the boy in the book, so certainly, his issues were different. Less “severe?”
Never mind that he had an egg-sized bruise on his forehead for six weeks at the age of 18 months from banging his head on the floor. As quickly as that behavior started, it went away. I stopped worrying about it. I mean, it no longer existed. Sure, he ran laps around the house. But only when he was tired. Don’t all kids do that? Don’t they all twirl their hair, around and around and around, while drinking a bottle?
I’ve mentioned before that parents and friends assured us that Tucker would catch up, and that his delays were likely due to me being at home with him as a baby.
They were wrong.
I was wrong.
I remember one day, when I looked at my son and with a fearful, time-stopping heart, I wondered whether he was deaf. He wasn’t responding to me that day. Then, I gave him a little at-home test, and he responded. I let myself believe that everything was fine. What did I know? I had no other child in the house to compare him to. He loves to snuggle, and, from what I’d read, autistic children do not. He looks at me in the eyes. Deeply. With meaning and intent. I’d already learned from Dr. Google that children with autism don’t make eye contact…
Here. Four years later. Does Tucker look like anything other than a little boy having fun in the snow?
Autism doesn't look like anything but the way it looks. It doesn't look like Rain Man. It doesn't always include hand-flapping, rocking, or issues with language. Sometimes, it does. But, sometimes, it doesn't.
Last night, I reached out to my IRL PAC tribe.
I asked them what they wish the world knew about autism and special needs and based on their feedback, I compiled this list of 10 things every child with autism (and their parents) wishes you knew:
10 Things Special Needs and Autism Parents Wish You Knew:
People don’t need to feel awkward when they’re around my son. Yeah, they may need to treat him a little differently, but I wish they wouldn’t be weirded out.
Not all autism is the same.
People seem to think that because my son isn’t like the one single other person they know on the spectrum, that he must not be autistic.
These kids love. They need love. They are wonderful and bring enormous joy and laughter to those who love them.
Knowing one child with autism doesn’t mean anything really – they’re all so different. Please don’t tell me my son doesn’t have it because he looks so different from the other kid you know on the spectrum.
Kids with special needs are smart. Talented. Creative, and thoughtful. It may not be obvious all the time – their minds work differently.
If my daughter is making strange noises, feel free to look. She’s just making them because she’s excited. Please don’t stand there and gape at us with your mouth hanging open.
If you see my son in a grocery store, he may be head nuzzling, chewing on the corner of his shirt, or spinning. He’s anxious. I will not scold him, so please do not look at me as if I should. He can’t help how his body receives stimuli. He is trying to cope with the way his body is affected by his surroundings.
From onlookers who think I am not addressing my child’s odd behaviors: I ask for a little empathy. Don’t judge. Try to understand that his environment strongly affects him.
Please accept our kids the way that you assume we will accept yours.
I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that what we really want you to know, what we’re screaming out loud, is that we, as mothers, are both terrified and brave.
Just like you.
That while our children may act differently from what you’re familiar with, they are our normals. That they’re full of emotion, fierce love, tender hearts, and hope.
Our special needs kids are here, on purpose, and OutLoud.
People have been wearing babies for centuries. We could learn a thing or two from our ancestors.
American women went away from babywearing a couple of generations ago when doctors preached that a baby who received too much love, touch, and attention would be “spoilt.”
Now we know better: babies desperately want to hear the sound of your voice and the beating of your heart. They also have a very good sense of smell; just the scent of mommy or daddy is enough to calm their nerves. In fact, one study showed that infants who were carried/worn during the day cried and fussed 43% less (overall) and 51% less in the evening hours (4 pm to midnight)1. Yes, please! Sign me up for that.
The Tula Baby Carrier
Babywearing is also a practical logistical solution: wearing your baby allows you to go about your day like a normal person.
In the early days (before your baby can sit unassisted), babywearing is the only practical way to do things like grocery shopping, where you really need your hands free to push a cart. Things like getting the mail, walking the dog, going through airport security and boarding a plane, doing housework, or navigating through a crowded street market becomes infinitely easier with a baby carrier.
Nay, downright enjoyable!
As with strollers, there is no one carrier that is perfect for every situation, so my advice is to decidehow you will primarily use the carrier, then go from there. Meaning… will you use it for shorter periods of time, for doing things around the house, taking short walks around the neighborhood – OR – will you use it for longer periods of time, like going on long walks or hikes. Or both.
Speaking of lifestyle, excuse me while I grossly overgeneralize and stereotype people, but I really have noticed that there are two very different types of moms out there: the walkers and the drivers.
The walker is a mom who lives in a city or walkable suburb. They walk to neighborhood parks and cafes and take public transportation sometimes (or a lot). Perhaps they also go hiking, visit street markets/festivals, and generally have more of a metropolitan lifestyle. These moms greatly benefit from longer-term babywearing. (I just described all of my mommy friends in San Francisco.)
The driver is a mom who lives in the suburbs and rarely gets from A to B on foot. This mom mostly drives everywhere and her baby/toddler tends to spend most time away from home in her car seat or stroller. Perhaps this mom also has a long commute from work and doesn’t tend to leave the house again once she arrives home. These moms will be just fine with a “small baby” carrier and probably won’t need/use one after 6 months or so. (I just described all of my mommy friends in Atlanta and Tampa.)
After living in both environments, I can tell you that the needs of these two groups are very different (sorry for overgeneralizing, but it’s kinda true). (Yes, I know you can fall somewhere in the middle, just humor me.)
Picking an Infant Carrier
Infant carriers are smaller and meant to be worn anywhere from 0-4 to 0-9 months, at which point you would switch to a larger “soft structured carrier,” which will take you well into toddlerhood.
Nesting Days Newborn Carrier
You could also skip the infant carrier and go straight to a soft structured carrier to save some money – with the understanding that young babies (0-6 months) tend to get swallowed up in most SSCs.
Furthermore, many of the soft structured carriers (Ergo, for example), require the purchase of a newborn adapter in order to use it with a young baby (0-6 months). The newborn adapter is often about the same price as some of the infant carriers below, so…. you’re better off just getting an infant carrier that’s appropriate for young infants. Your choice.
Lucie's List (Meg Collins)2. Best Baby CarriersFollow On
Yes, she’s wearing socks on her hands. Sue me, it was cold…
For me, this is hands-down the easiest carrier to take on and off, especially if you leave it in its semi-intact position after taking it off. In the Bjorn, your baby can face in or out, which is fab. It can also be used very early on for newbs without needing a special newborn adapter. Lucie loved facing out in the Bjorn so she could watch the world go by.
However, this is not Sweden’s finest piece of engineering… the downside for the parent is the ouch-factor: think of carrying a heavy backpack on the front of your body. This carrier exerts a great deal of pressure on the lower back and the straps tend to dig into your shoulders. This results in a condition I call “Bjorn back” or “Baby back” (you may also be stricken with Baby wrist, Baby hips and knees, or Baby shoulder — none of which are pleasant). The BabyBjorn Miracle is slightly easier on the back, but for that price? I think you can do better.
People also love to hate on the Bjorn because it’s a dreaded “crotch dangler” [drink!], which means the baby is not in an ergonomically correct position and, in theory, could develop hip dysplasia. With casual use, I don’t think this is a real issue. However, for baby’s sake, I would not wear it heavily. Speak to your doctor if you have concerns.
Having just talked all that smack, I have to admit I LOVE the Bjorn for its easy on/off, around the house convenience. Need to throw it on to unload the dishwasher, get the mail, or tend to another child? YEP! For 0-4 months or so, this is a very handy carrier indeed. Closeted, crotch-dangling mothers around America agree. But after baby hits the 15 lb mark? Forget it, your back will be DYING. It absolutely pains me to see moms or dads carrying around older infants or even young toddlers in a goddang Bjorn. Ouch, people! It makes me want to have an impromptu baby carrier intervention.
I’m not sure I would buy one new, but if you can borrow one from a friend for the first few months, you’ll be glad you did. It’s all about options! BabyBjorn introduced a new carrier, the Baby Carrier One, named so to be “the only carrier you’ll need from birth through toddlerhood.” This is a pricey (but pretty nice!) carrier that behaves more like a traditional soft structured carrier, like the Ergo, but with the convenience of easy in and out that Bjorn is known for. Read our complete review of the BabyBjorn One.
The Moby is the bizzaro Bjorn: difficult to get on, but a pleasure to wear. The closeness and comfort that you have with a Moby is like no other, mainly because you are literally wrapping baby to your body so you move together as one unit.
The Moby is a single, long piece of stretchy fabric that you tie around you and your baby and, like grits, is an acquired taste. It takes a bit of practice to tie it correctly, but once you do, you’ll be in love. Unlike the Bjorn, it’s great for wearing for long durations because it doesn’t cause back fatigue. Seriously though, I would never have figured out how to tie it if I had just read the manual.
I made an instructional video here:
Just remember: it takes some practice and patience. If you lack both of these qualities, see #3. The Moby is totally perfect for your 0-6 month old baby and at ~$45, it’s very affordable.
A lesser known, but similar wrap is the Boba Wrap. Many moms like it better because it’s more stretchy and less bulky (and cheaper!).
Ergobaby released the Ergobaby Wrap in March of 2014. This wrap has a built-in pocket to store all the fabric so it doesn’t drag on the ground. It’s about $80 though; almost double the price of the others. So unless someone else is buying… see my review here.
The K’tan is the Moby without all of the intricate tying – the best of both worlds if you ask me. Your baby can face in or out (yay!), and can be carried on your hip when they get older. Unlike most other carriers, the K’tan is not one-size-fits-all. It is sized to fit the wearer (you), not your babe. Therefore, you may not be able to share it with your partner if there is a great size difference (which there usually is). This is the biggest downside.
For a video on how the K’tan compares to something like the Moby, click here.
Pay close attention to the sizing recommendations. If you are at all in-between sizes, get the smaller one. The material is quite stretchy.
It comes with an extra piece of fabric that you can tie around to give you extra support (more like a Moby) if you feel like you need it. Some people forget about this piece then complain it isn’t secure enough. It’s there – use it.
The Nesting Days carrier is different because you wear it around your tummy, like a shaper, which makes it very secure, comfortable, and totally hands free. This carrier also gives much needed tummy support after giving birth, especially for C-section moms.
Snug as a bug
The creator of Nesting Days, Julie Arvan, is a nurse and postpartum doula who also worked in the apparel industry. With the Nesting Days carrier, she brought together the best of both worlds. The fabric’s are soft, stretchy, and completely machine washable.
This has become my go-to gift for new moms and the friends who received one can’t stop raving about it. See our demonstration video here.
Nesting Days is ‘made-to-order’ in small batches in San Francisco. Immediate delivery is $99. Pre-orders that ship in 4 to 6 weeks are $89. Sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy dress size. They run a little small, so size up when you order. Wrong size? Nesting Days sends you the right size in a few days, and a pre-paid envelope for the return. Made for newborns 5-18 pounds. You’re going to love going skin-to-skin!
Beach and Pool Products!Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun.
Sharkbanz $59; Sharkbanz.com Sharkbanz is a new wearable that uses patented magnetic technology to interfere with sharks’ sensitive electroreceptors and deter attacks. Simple to use, store, and durably built for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and general beach-going. Sharkbanz use no chemicals, batteries or electricity to deter sharks. The wearer just straps it on any time they’re about to head into the ocean, and they comfortably fit on children. “Easy to put on, stays on well and so far we have not had any problems with sharks so it works great!” says Gavin.
The Freezable Carryall Lunch Bag $19.99; PackIt.com This stylish tote is a great option for all your lunch needs. Whether it’s a big pasta salad or a hearty meal to bring to an outdoor event, this bag has the room to fit it all. The front storage pouch provides extra room for utensils or any other personal items. "I love that you can just pull it out of the freezer, throw your lunch, drinks and snacks in and head to the beach!" says Laura.
Mad Hippie Facial SPF $24.99; MadHippie.com Chemical-free and all natural 30+ facial SPF utilizes zinc oxide—the safest and most natural physical blocking agent available. Combined with naturally photoprotective oils, red raspberry seed oil, avocado oil and carrot seed oil, plus vitamin C + E + Ferulic acid, this hydrating blend offers broad-range antioxidant protection from photo-aging. "Nice and thick and not greasy at all," says Michelle. "Rubs in really well so I feel my kids are completely protected for a day at the pool."
Ro·Sham·Bo Baby's waterproof baby sunglasses $20;roshambobaby.com Designed specifically for babies and children’s use, abuse and love of putting things in their mouths, Ro·Sham·Bo's waterproof baby sunglasses, like these bright blue baby sunglasses, are so durable that they can be bent, stretched, pulled, stepped on (they have even been run over and survived!) and bounce right back to shape. Ro·Sham·Bo Baby shades come in baby, junior and adult sizes. They block 100% of UVA/B rays, have a shatter resistant lens and are small parts tested, so safe for babies. Full lens and damage replacement is guaranteed if lens or frames break or get damaged. "Genius! Indestructible children's sunglasses! They look great and I can throw them in our beach bag and go," says Suzanne.
Nautica® Beach Chair and Umbrella $39.99-$49.99; BedBathandBeyond.com This stylish, lightweight beach collection from Nautica is perfect for staying cool and relaxed when at the shore. Features a 5-position beach chair and 7-foot beach umbrella. "Durable, different colors and designs to choose from and easy to carry as a backpack," says Robyn. "Perfect chair and shade for the beach or a soccer game."
Swimmer Jr Speaker $39.99; PolkAudio.com At the approximate size of a racquet ball, the Swimmer Jr. by Polk BOOM is Bluetooth speaker that delivers surprisingly loud, high quality sound. It is also waterproof so your teens and tots won’t have to worry about dropping it in the pool while you’re on vacation this summer- plus, it will make shower time a lot more fun. Features a celebrated flexible tail design that can be hung, looped or attached to any object such as a backpack, a belt loop, bike handlebar, etc. All you have to do is link the speaker to your smartphone via Bluetooth and the kids will be jamming in no time. "My son attaches it to his backpack so he always has a speaker with him," says Tracy.
The Great Plate $15; GreatPlate.net The Great Plate is an innovative plate and cup holder in one. It is the perfect companion for every occasion, from slumber parties to popcorn and movie nights. Easily allows kids to hold both their snacks and beverage comfortably, keeping inevitable spills at bay. BPA-free, dishwasher/microwave safe, reusable and recyclable. Sold in a set of four in bright, cheerful colors. "Great for outdoor snack use and they float!" says Craig.
Chill Factor™ Drink Bottle $18.99; http://thechillfactor.com/drink-bottle Stay hydrated when playing outdoors during the summer with the Chill Factor™ Drink Bottle, a color changing water bottle for both kids and adults! Simply place the water bag in the freezer prior to use, and when ready to hit the park, the trail, or the beach, pour in water or any room temperature drink. Use your hands to squeeze the water bottle and in seconds, your drink will be chilled, staying cold for up to two hours. When cool, the new hyper color function shows you how cool your bottle is. "My kids love this," says Tracy. "And they are easy to grab and take to the pool."
Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 8 oz. Airless Pump $33.99; BeyondCoastal.com Beyond Coastal's top-rated 100% natural sunscreen provides shelter from UVA rays with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. SPF 30 effectively blocks 97% of UVB rays, which cause sunburn. This ultimate skin care is moisturizing, water resistant and hydrates skin with aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamin C. "Easy to apply and stay on whether the kids are in the pool or at the beach," says Laura.
Super Soft® Water Trotter $129.99; BedBathandBeyond.com The kids will jump for joy with this adorable Super Soft Water Trotter pool toy. They'll have so much fun racing around the pool with this ride-on horse, featuring built-in safety handles to help kids keep their balance. Perfect for the horse crazy kid. Vinyl coated for durability. Recommended for ages 5 years and up. "This is my kids favorite pool toy!" says Ramona. "Everyone loves to play with it, regardless of age."
Shore Jr Sandals $39.99; us.Hi-Tec.com Going on an adventure in the sun? Need to splash through some water? The Hi-Tec Shore JR is the perfect sandal for every kid. This sandal is constructed with a soft synthetic upper for comfort, durability and breathability. A shock cord and adjustable heel strap ensure a customized and secure fit. The EVA midsole absorbs impact for all-day comfort and a rubber outsole provides grip on any terrain, making the Shore Jr. the ultimate kid's summer sandal. Adult shoe selections also available. "Perfect for the beach or tidepooling," says Erin.
Derby Duck $59.99; DerbyDuckFun.com Taking the form as a classic yellow rubber ducky with sunglasses, this 72-inch-long stylish inflatable duck is made with durable, heavy-duty vinyl and has a recessed seating area that's comfortable for lounging. It has two built-in handles on its sides, giving passengers plenty of stability as well as a convenient cup holder to keep drinks cool and fresh. The Derby Duck pool float can hold multiple people, making it the perfect way to combine relaxation and recreation in every backyard swimming pool. This Derby Duck is the perfect item to have at every pool party during the summer! For ages 6 and up. "I love the built-in cup holders," says Craig. "Great for lounging around in the pool on a hot day."
Too Cool Key West Aloe $10; KeyWestAloe.com Summer weather can damage and diminish skin by drying out precious moisture and nutrients. But adding back what you lose with a little spritz of hydration may be the remedy to your woes. Infused with hydrating properties from 80% of Aloe Vera and the protection of Red Algae, skin will soak up the moisture and keep it locked in for the months ahead. "Feels refreshing on my skin after a day in the sun," says Tammy.
Springtime is probably my favorite time of year when it comes to fashion. Kids ditch the heavy winter coats in favor of floral prints, polka dots and bright rain boots. Here’s what all the cool kids are wearing this season. Plus, a little something for mom, too!
I couldn’t have discovered kidpik.com at a better time. My daughter is totally into fashion right now and, without hesitation or prompting, would describe her style as “fabulous.” But even if your girl is more sporty, glam or modest, the beauty of kidpik is that it’s completely tailored to her. Girls (sizes 4-14) can choose which colors, patterns and styles they love to wear and within a few days, a box of clothes and shoes arrives at the door. Parents with commitment phobia will love that there’s no subscription fee, shipping is free and you only pay for what you keep. However, if you do decide to keep the whole box, you get a 30 percent discount. I’d call that pretty fabulous.
Come spring, kids can’t wait to ditch the closed-toe shoes and set their piggies free. Cute sandals that are comfortable and well-made are worth their weight in gold. Add in the fact that Umi shoes are made from eco-friendly materials and genuine leather and I’m planning on my girls living in them all season long. In my house, we’re loving the Celia and Cora styles. And boys will turn heads (and still be able to play rough and tumble) in the Mason and Nolan styles.
As a proud member of the four-eyes club, it’s exciting to see how far eyeglasses designs have come. I think back to the bent up, wire-rimmed frames I began wearing in third grade and I cringe. Kids today are so lucky they have cooler options like the new Picklez line from AC Lens.Bright colors and fun, trendy shapes allow kids to express their personalities.They even come in non-prescription lensesfor those kids who like the playful look of glasses but don’t have the medical need to wear them.Best of all, they’re super durable (a must with kids) and the scratch resistant lenses come with a protective UV coating.
Any fashionista will tell you that if the ‘do isn’t right, nothing is. Glitzies stick-on hair jewels add a bit of shine and shimmer to everyday hairstyles. Silver sparkles accent fishtail braids, pearls add sophisticated glam to your girl’s top knot and try cheetah-print hearts for when she’s really feeling adventurous.
If babies in tiny sunnies don’t make you smile, you’ve got a cold, cold heart. Beyond upping your little’s cuteness factor, Ro·Sham·Bo Baby is making sure those baby blues (or browns or greens) are protected right from the start. Their stylish kids' glasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection and are light, flexible and virtually unbreakable (seriously, just check out this video). A portion of all sales benefits the Autism Research Institute in San Diego and just in case you’re not already crushing hard, the shades come in names like “Kelly Kapowski” (hot pink), “Ice Ice Baby” (bright white) and “McFly” (tomato red). Be still my ‘90s heart.
Ro·Sham·Bo Baby stylish kids' glasses and sunglasses retail for $20.
Kids seem to grow out of clothes faster than you can blink sometimes. Runchkins--a new personal shopping service based in Chicago--promises to buy back their items once your child outgrows them. Unheard of! Here's how it works: For a nominal subscription fee, hand-picked items for girls and boys (up to age six) are delivered to your door. Choose what you love and send back what you don’t. Simple! Prices are comparable to higher-end boutiques, but keep this on your radar for the future: you can soon choose to receive gently-used items in your box, which will reduce the final cost to you significantly.
Your kiddos will have the cutest bums in Chicago in Doodle Pants leggings. And as we’ve all seen, spring in Chicago can mean snow (really, Mother Nature?), so having a few options to keep those chunky legs warm is a good idea. The 75+ designs are fun and creative, and most importantly, they’re comfy, with extra room in the seat (perfect for cloth diapers!). If you love them, you’re in good company; celebs such as Olivia Wilde, Jessica Simpson and Jenna Dewan-Tatum do, too.
Nobody, kids included, wants to be uncomfortable when they’re sleeping. Skylar Luna’s short sleeve pajamas sets are perfect for warm spring nights. Wrap your kids up in softer-than-soft Turkish organic cotton as they drift off to sleep. The sets are so cozy in fact, don’t be surprised if, come morning, your kids want to stay in their jammies all day long.
Chasing after toddlers, running behind new bike riders fresh off training wheels and walking big kids to school. Face it: moms have to be on their feet a lot. BZees line of sporty footwear aims to make that time as comfortable as possible. The lightweight slip-ons, strappy sandals and wedges (my personal favorite) are made with a special air-infused outsole and free foam footbed which make you feel like you're walking on air. Say goodbye to aching feet at the end of the day. Bonus: They're machine washable!
Ro·Sham·Bo Baby, the leading brand for flexible glasses frames for kids and infants, is proud to announce the formation of a new charitable partnership with Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization committed to aiding children on the autism spectrum by providing surfing lessons in a safe and comfortable environment.
The partnership is a natural fit: The Ro·Sham·Bo Baby company name is derived from the rock, paper, scissors game most of us played as kids - and this game is actually proven to have a calming effect on kids with autism.
Pro surfer Israel Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because his son, Isaiah. has autism, and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else. The founders of Ro·Sham·Bo Baby grew up in the beach and surfing culture and love what Surfer's Healing is doing, so a percentage of all their sales sold in 2016 will go to supporting the inspiring work of Surfers Healing.
Surfers Healing has been at it for over fifteen years, and we hope we can be a very small part in helping them continue for another fifteen. Each year, Surfers Healings’ volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach. Attending a Surfers Healing camp positively impacts children with autism, instilling confidence and calm. It also can have a profound impact on the parents. Autism parents are always told what their children cannot do, but at Surfers Healing, it’s all about what their kids can do.
Check out the full blog here: http://motherhood-moment.blogspot.com/2016/03/caring-causes-ro-sham-bo-baby-and.html
CHARLOTTE, NC — Easter is right around the corner and today’s Zell or Zilch has some cool Easter basket gift ideas for kids of all ages.
RO·SHAM·BO BABY — Protect your child’s delicate eyes with some cool junior and baby Wayfarer sunglasses from Ro·Sham·Bo Baby, like these fun purple color changing sunglasses! Ultra durable, extra bendable, unbreakable, will float in the water, and are safe for teething. A portion of the proceeds also goes to autism research. Price: $20 RoShamBoBaby.com
MY BOO AND YOU — Cute and comfy Easter clothes that are eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton, and available in onesies and tees for babies and kids up to 6 years old. Tags can also be re-purposed as flower seeds. Price: $24 MyBooAndYou.com
SleepingBaby.com brings you adorable Easter One Pieces designed by the creator of the Shark Tank hit product the Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sack! Sleepingbaby.com offers lots of cute and innovative baby products like their Zippy OneZ baby outfits featuring a Zipper inseam, the Zipadee-Zip Sleep Sack and their Trendy Teethers brand featuring clip-on teethers and teething necklaces for mom! Price: $8 per one piece SleepingBaby.com
Saw the picture and thought “Nice sunglasses!” huh? Luckily for you, Ro•Sham•Bo Baby makes some pretty nice adult sunglasses too, so don’t fret. This post, however, is more “everyday carry for the everyday dad.” As winter is on the retreat and the summer approaches, we all bust out our shades. Although, for the parents out there with babies – your shades are in grave danger. My son, just about 10 months old, seems to be on a never-ending quest to take and destroy my glasses and sunglasses. So, for the sake of my (slightly more expensive) sunglasses, and protecting my son from harmful UV rays (first priority of course), there are Ro•Sham•Bo Baby's bendable baby sunglasses.
RSBB shades are, of course, for your baby – which solves the “I have to take dad’s” problem. They are also durable – and not just durable in the traditional sense of the word – these shades are nearly (if not completely) baby-proof. You can check out a video of the creator trying to destroy the frames himself on their website – to no avail. This solves the “find and destroy” problem. Additionally, they are bpa free and small parts compliant (fancy way of saying there are no bad chemicals and no small parts that might fall off and be a choking hazard for your little one!), and block 100% of UVA/B rays. Better still, they are guaranteed for a year against any breakage, and should your little one lose a lens, they’ll replace it (music to parents’ ears). Else, a portion of every sale goes directly to autism research at the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California. Learn more and see the full line up of baby, junior, and adult shades here.
The Best Baby Sunglasses and Surfing in Sourthern California!
ro∙sham∙bo baby is proud to announce the formation of a new charitable partnership with the Surfers Healing charity, a non-profit organization committed to aiding children on the autism spectrum by providing surfing lessons in a safe and comfortable environment. The partnership is a natural fit: ro∙sham∙bo baby is a family run company in San Diego, California, and the founders grew up enjoying the benefits the beach and surf culture can afford. As we have done with our other autism charities, a percentage of all sales from our kids' sport sunglasses sold in 2016 will go to supporting the inspiring work of Surfers Healing. And if you want to make sure that Junior's glasses stay on even when tumbling in the waves, check out our kids' glasses adjuster and head strap!
Each year, Surfers Healings’ volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach. Many children with autism struggle with sensory overload; simple sensations can overwhelm them. The weightlessness and rhythms of the ocean offer a therapeutic experience, a respite from the constant assault on their senses. As their website puts it:
Through the simple act of riding waves together, we’re defying the status quo. When we help kids get up on a board, we’re challenging preconceived notions of capability. When we encourage participants to dive in, we’re empowering them to engage the world. And when we ride the waves together, we’re affirming that every person is a gift.
Attending a Surfers Healing camp positively impacts children with autism, instilling confidence and calm. It also can have a profound impact on the parents. Autism parents are always told what their children cannot do, but at Surfers Healing, it’s all about what their kids can do.
Surfers Healing has been at it for over fifteen years, and we hope we can be a very small part in helping them continue for another fifteen. For more information or to get involved, visit www.surfershealing.org.