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Things You Should Know Before Buying Birthday Presents for Children Online

 

 

 

Receiving a gift that you love certainly makes your birthday even more special. But when it comes to kids they have different tastes and choices making it difficult for adults to choose the gift that they would love.

Gift-choosing, fortunately, has now become very easy with the availability of internet. You can now browse through gifts sitting at home and choose the most appropriate gift for your young ones.

For choosing an appropriate gift, you should have some basic information about what attracts an age group. To give a fair idea, here is a list:

Toddlers:

New-borns and those till age of 2 are at the age of learning. They observe their surroundings constantly and try to learn new things every day. For toddlers, toys that move or have some action is a good choice.

Young ones

Kids between the ages of 2 and 4 have a developing mind and they love toys that require some activity to be done, such as building blocks or a tricycle.

Mid aged

Children aged between 4 and 9 have their own personal tastes and interests developed. The usually love toys that are intellectually challenging.

Early teens

Choosing gifts for early teens is sometimes easy because it is usually evident what they love. Generally, early teens love trending toys like fidget spinners, while some prefer gifts that are based on their hobbies like a basketball set.

Choosing a good online gift store

There are many leading online gift stores which provide a wide range of gifts to choose from. Parents try to find the best website with a big list of gift category and affordable prices. Whenever you are purchasing from a website, always look for the following features so that your experience of online gift purchasing remains best

What good will it be if you have to pay additional charges as well to buy a gift? A good kids’ gift website should offers free shipping
Won’t it be amazing if you often purchase from a gifts store and in return get reward for being a loyal customer? A good toy website offers reward points.
What if you feel that choosing a gift yourself will be like imposing your choice on your young one? Some great gift websites offer the functionality of gift cards. Just give your young one a gift card and let them choose whatever they want from the website.
Unique toys are another important thing which is scarce on the internet. Only a few websites offer great toys for children which they will especially love.
Categorization by age, sex and brand really helps when you have to do research on what gift to buy.
Online stores goodtoplay.com are leading the way by offering all the above mentioned features to ensure a pleasant and thorough online shopping experience. It offers discounts as well if you subscribe to its newsletters and has some items placed on sale and discounted prices as well.

Delivery date:

When you are buying gifts online, make sure that you know when the order will arrive because you will not want it to arrive after the birthday or too early to hide from your young one.

Back-to-School Tips for Parents


Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.
If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.
With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

 

10 Ways to Stay Safe at the Waterpark

Water parks across the country are the hot spots for people to cool off and beat the heat in the summer. All these water attractions, cooling sprays, waves, and wild rides are great fun, but it’s important to stay safe when you’re visiting a water park. So, before you head off to your local water park, make sure to read over our 10 ways to stay safe.

1. Dress for the day.

You’ll be outside, in the heat, most of the day. You need to dress appropriately to keep from getting sunburned, experiencing heat stroke, or getting dehydrated. This includes wearing water shoes, a hat and a loose t-shirt when you need a break from the water, and sunglasses. Be sure to keep a close eye on younger children and monitor how much time they have in the direct sunlight.

2. Wear sunscreen.

Along those same lines, be sure to apply waterproof sunscreen 30 minutes before you arrive at the park and reapply it throughout the day. Waterproof sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 80 minutes if you’ve been in the water, especially if you’ve dried yourself off with a towel in between applications. The FDA also recommends using a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher while in the sun.

3. Stay hydrated.

Being in the sun all day and playing in the water can get your body dehydrated rather quickly. Drink plenty of water and try to avoid any caffeinated sodas or drinks with artificial sweeteners. These beverages will contribute to dehydration, so water is always your best option. You’ll need more water than you usually drink when inside because you’ll perspire out a lot of the hydration.

4. Keep an eye on your kids.

You need to know where your kids are at all times at the water park. Even if there is a lifeguard on duty, don’t depend on them. Always watch your children or be in the water with them. Lifeguards are responsible for scanning large areas and can sometimes miss things. Plus, it’s not their responsibility to baby sit children and should only be used in case of emergencies, which you don’t want to encounter.

5. Know the four “toos.”

There are some “toos” that can quickly turn to dangerous circumstances if not monitored correctly. Don’t get too tired, too cold, too far from safety, or too exposed to sun. If you notice your children mentioning any of things or if your instincts tell you the family has been in the sun too long, take a break in a shady spot or go indoors.

6. Wear a life vest.

According to an American Red Cross survey, 30 percent of parents think floaties are an appropriate substitute for supervision. No matter how old your children are, a life vest should be worn and an adult should supervise at all times.

7. Know the rules.

Each park has different rules, so be sure to read all posted signs before sending your children off to enjoy the fun. Water parks are filled with different features and slides, each appropriate for different ages. Read all safety procedures and precautions relating to height, age, swimming ability, and medical condition. Be sure to follow the rules and ask the lifeguards or staff if you have any questions.

8. Don’t run around the pool.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, but it’s important to remember not to run around the park to keep everyone safe. Running on slippery decks or sidewalks can be very dangerous. Avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room for stitches or a broken leg by simply walking instead of running while in the park.

9. Know how to swim.

Every member of the family should at least know the swimming basics before going to the water park. The best thing for anyone to do to stay safe in water is to know how to swim. Both adults and children should know how to swim to help avoid drowning accidents. Teach them at home if you have a backyard pool, or consider signing your children up for swimming lessons to help get them comfortable.

10. Keep young children in shallow areas.

There are different areas with varying water depth levels at most water parks. Keep younger children and toddlers in the shallow play areas. Most water parks have zero-depth entry pool with sprays, fountains, and water games that may be better suited for your younger children than going on any of the water slides or in the pool.
What safety tips do you have for water park fun?

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