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My Big Fun SoCal Summer Guide and Giveaway!

Memorial Day kicks off the summer season, and here’s your guide to a fun family vacation with lots of great stuff for you and little ones to explore the great outdoors, stay cool at the pool, bum around the beach and look fabulous doing it. Enter to win some of our featured products. See contest rules below.

The Great Outdoors

Hit the trails of Griffith Park and introduce the next generation of nature lovers to the outdoor lifestyle with the lightweight and functional Kelty FC 3.0 backpack kid carrier. Adjustable for parents of different sizes, the comfy two-layer padded waistbelt and load-lifter straps help keep weight forward for better support. A five-point harness keeps kids up to 50 pounds snug and secure. A zip-off diaper bag makes changing stops a breeze while the auto-deploy kickstand makes loading and unloading easy. Includes a sun/rain hood, child-view mirror, changing pad and cell phone pocket. $200. Available at REI and Babies R Us.

Head out to Malibu with the Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade, your own private cabana for getting out of the sun or an on-the-spot changing room. It has two zippered doors, floor mat and two hanging pockets inside. With a bit of practice it can be set up in about 10 minutes. $49.99. Available at Target.

Baby Voyage

If you’re heading out of town, the elegant and adorable Le Petit Voyage Overnight Bag by Timi and Leslie is designed for kids on the go — and mommies and daddies who appreciate great styling and functionality, complete with baby essentials, such as a changing pad, bottle holder, diapers/wipes carrier, adjustable shoulder strap and a separate zipper compartment for shoes or laundry. Comes in cream/brown, teal/brown, and brown/teal color combinations. $250.00. Available at www.annabean.com.

Fun in the Sun

A bad sunburn before age 10 can increase the chances of skin cancer by 50% as an adult. That’s why the inventors of Sun Smart UV Protection Swimwear make kids swim suits from stretchy quick-drying, lightweight ffabrics that block 97% (50+SPF) of UVA & UVB rays, in fun and fashionable styles kids want to wear, like the Superman UV two-piece suit with a towel cape. $39.95. Available at www.SunSmart.ca

For cool looks out of the water, Lands’ End’s new SunLife SPF Wear line of UV protective clothing for men, women, and kids comes in great patterns and styles like the Toddler Boys Leaf Print shorts ($22.50) in Vintage Olive Floral or the girls SunLife Tee Shirt ($12.50) in Seaside Pink. Available at www.landsend.com or by calling 800-800-5800. Win SunLife Wear. See contest rules below.

MD Moms’ Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes, developed by pediatrician-moms, come saturated with a gentle, sweat-proof, broad spectrum SPF 30+ hypoallergenic sunscreen that protects against UVA and UBA rays, with just enough sunscreen to cover baby from head to toe, ages 0 and up. 15 pack $26. Available at www.mdmoms.com.

For the future fashionista, protect her baby face from the sun with an adorable floral print hat such as the Baby Lulu Birds Organic Knit Roll Hat. $23.50. Available at www.forgetmenotkids.com.

Better than Barefoot

Geox are “the breathable shoes†perfect for summertime because they combine fashion with comfortable technology. Geox offers the innovative and patented porous sole with a fibrous insert that draws sweat from the foot while keeping water out and feet dry and cool. So kids can jump in puddles and still have dry feet! Cute styles like the Snake $55 and Buggy $59.95. Find retailers at www.geoxusa.info.
Eco-Friendly Scooter Bees StoryTeling Shoes feature different pictures on flaps that fold over to create four different shoe designs, made of PVC-free and phthalate-free photodegradable materials, including soda and water bottles. Sizes 0-24 months. $38. Available at www.scooterbees.com. *Win a pair of Scooterbees. See contest rules below.
Handmade Cape Clogs will make you and the tykes stand out in a crowd. Inspired by the casual Cape lifestyle, each shoe is individually crafted from Northern Europe Alder wood, breathable leather and a lightweight non-skid rubber sole and adorned with stylish prints and solids for mom and dad or adorable kid’s patterns, like the Dinosaur Blue. Kids sizes $20-$50. Men’s and women’s $78-195. Men’s sizes. Find a retailer at www.capeclogs.com.
Ride Like the Wind

Every kid should have a little red Radio Flyer Classic Lights & Sound Trike, tricked out with a dashboard that features blinking turn signals, a honking horn and music to peddle by as well as a sturdy steel frame and non-slip wheels. Age 2-5 years. $69.99. For a list of retailers visit www.radioflyer.com.

Secure those valuable trikes and bikes with Wordlock Bike Lock, which uses an easy-to-remember letter or word combination, such as B-I-K-E or F-A-S-T, so kids and ‘rents get the fun of choosing their own secret code from 10,000 possibilities. $14.99-$19.99. Available at Target or www.amazon.com. *Win a Wordlock Bike Lock. See contest rules below.
Protect your cappy with the new “True Fit†Helmet from Bell Sports, featuring an innovative technology that provides a more secure fit and comfort. And it’s easy to put on with a single position strap. Sizes for Toddler, Child, Youth & Adult. $17-$26. Available at Target and Toys R Us. *Win a True Fit Helmet. See contest rules below.
Summer Stylin’

Keep your babe cool and comfortable in hot European styles with German-made Hessnatur Clothing from the designer’s new 100% organic and natural baby collection, with gorgeous colors from toxin-free dyes. including china blue terry dungarees ($35) with a matching aquamarine striped onesie ($20). Sizes 3 months to 3 years. Available at www.hess-natur.com.

For chilly nights on the beach or boardwalk, kiddies can keep cozy in the hooded Lapsky Jacket, sporting an organic cotton twill exterior and lined with warm natural organic cotton fleece, and featuring exquisite details like a pre-shrunk kid-friendly zipper and kangaroo pockets for tiny treasures. Sizes for 2 to 8 years. $85. Available at www.theultimategreenstore.com.

What I Did Last Summer

Capture your memories in the making with the 1.3 megapixel Disney Pix Junior Digital Camera from Digital Blue. Designed for preschoolers (ages 3-5), it features simple buttons, rubberized grips and a large display screen, and includes software to include favorite Disney characters into photos. Comes in Mickey Mouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh and Disney Princess styles. $49.99. Available at Target, Toys R Us or www.disneyshopping.com.

You’ll never have to say “How quickly they forget†when you store your family vacation snapshots on the tke-along Coby DP-152 Digital Photo Viewer key chain, which can store over 60 photos in a variety of formats transferred via an included USB cable and also features a digital clock and calendar. $29.99. Available at drug stores or www.amazon.com.

For the ultimate coffee table book, transform your favorite vacation memories into a photo book at the Photo Center at CVS/pharmacy. Printed on premium Kodak paper in one of three sizes, the books can be created right at the in-store kiosk with your memory card, CD or USB flash drive. $5.99 – $14.99. Locate a store near you at www.cvs.com.

Sittin Pretty

Spread out on the beach or at the park with the GoBaby OutMat water resistant, machine washable play mat. When fully opened, it offers a large, soft terry surface for picnic or play, and quickly rolls up into its own bag for easy transportation on your shoulder or stroller. $39.99. Find retailers at www.GoBaby.com. *Win a GoBaby OutMat. See contest rules below.

Hanging out never looked so good as on the Softspot ($119) by designer Amie Wozniak. This comfy portable fold-up mat goes wherever go, for lounging with baby, TV time or anything you do on the floor, and you can choose from a variety of changeable covers ($39.99) in gorgeous patterns, like Retro Baby. Available at www.softspotbywozzy.com.

Surf and Sand

So fabulous you’ll want to show it off in the front yard, the Badger Basket Cabana Sandbox features solid cedar four-inch seating all around and a canopy top with four mesh side shades that clip tight when playtime is over to keep out debris and the neighbor’s cat. $249. Available at www.CSNstores.com, with free shipping.

Heading for the shore? Take along the Infant UV Play Shade by Schylling. Made of waterproof polyester, it pops up in seconds to protect children from the sun with 50+ UPF. Packs away quickly in its own go-anywhere travel bag. Ages one month and up. Get the lowest price ($36.49) at www.MarkdownAlert.com, the online shopping site for brand name and boutique products on sale.

Prevent the “mine, mine†syndrome with lots of sand toys to share. The Spielstabil Backpack Sand Play Set comes with a smorgasbord of high-density and durable plastic sand toys including a bucket, watering can, molds, a shovel and a handy backpack to carry it all. $28.79. Available at www.Diapers.com

For kids who can’t get enough of water and sand, there’s the iPlay Sand and Water Table, a full sensory experience of colorful funnels, spinning wheels and lots of toys for scooping and pouring, and a floating boat. Also has a cover for when playtime is over. $85. Available at www.Amazon.com.

Hydrate or Dry

Perfect for travel in re-useable, non-spill BPA-free sippy-bottles, First Juice organic juice for toddlers contains 50% less sugar than the leading fruit juice and comes delicious flavors including Apple+Carrot and Peach+Purple Carrot – that’s right purple carrots, the way carrots originated in Ancient Persia. Available in 8 oz. ($1.99) or 32 oz. multi-serve refills ($3.49) at Whole Foods and Target. *Win a gift basket of First Juice. See contest rules below.

For hiking, biking, road trips or other adventures, take along plenty water in SIGG Water Bottles, first in class for kids water bottles with delightful designs and a water-based, non-toxic polymer bottle liner which won’t leach into the bottle. $18-22. Available at www.mySIGG.com or through www.ptpamedia.com, the site for parent test and approved products for kids.

Fish are Friends

Babies take to the water with confidence in the Swimways Ultimate Rescue Boat with its unique non-inflatable design, sun canopy, adjustable seat, steering wheel and drink holder. Ages 9 months to 2 years. Available at www.poolcenter.com, a great resource for everything to do with swimming and pools.

For a versatile, easy-to-pack along toy, Wet Wheels by Munchkin can go from floating in the tub or pool to rolling on dry land. Dolphin and turtle characters come in bright colors with a clear window on their back filled with mini sea creatures and wheels filled with beads for visual stimulation and cool sounds. $7.99. Available at www.Amazon.com and Babies R Us.

Out of the pool or bath, wrap your water baby in the plush 100% cotton hooded Terry Robe by All About Baby, in cool colors and patterns for babes and older kids, and even get it monogrammed. $30 to $80, Available at www.allbaby.com. *Win one of two books from the All About Baby book collection, “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle†or “A is for Adam.†See contest rules below.

Old Fashioned Fun

If you choose a stay-cation this year, you can still take a trip — down memory lane, with toys with a past from the Vermont Country Store, like good ‘ol Original Lincoln Logs ($49.95) with 115 wooden pieces for creating cabins and great memories, or the Silly Circus Push Toy Rattle ($22.95) with an endearing, cheerful melody that you will always remember. Available at www.vermontcountrystore.com.

Animal Madness

Kids may say “see you later,†when they get a hold of this Plan Toys Dancing Alligator pull toy and are charmed by its rhythmic click-clack when pulled. Not only is it cute and clever, its is safe and eco-friendly, made of discarded rubberwood trees, non-toxic glues and water-based dyes, this eco-friendly toy. 19 months and up. $19. Available at www.theultimategreenstore.com

Learning has never been so fun or musical, than with the Leapfrog Baby Learn and Groove Animal Sounds Guitar, with engaging sing-along tunes in English and Spanish that teach counting skills and animal names and noises. Ages 12-36 months. $21.99. Available at www.leapfrog.com.

Pampered Baby

Be sure to pack all the essentials for baby’s skin on vacation, such as Belli Skincare. The collection includes Calm Me Hair and Body Wash ($18), Nourish Me Enriched Body Cream ($19), Pamper Me Talc-Free Powder ($14) and Protect Me Diaper Rash Cream ($12). Available at www.belliskincare.com.

Minimize your Baggage

Flashbags are fashionable and functional totes made of eco-friendly materials with cool slogans and designs, perfect for outings to the beach, pool or farmer’s market, Available in S, M & L, $29 – $49 at www.Flashbagsonline.com.

L-Bags, the eco-friendly answer to plastic produce bags, are perfect for packing bathing suits and other delicates in your luggage, then re-use for shopping. Made by hand, the durable mesh fabric allows clerks to read price stickers but will not add weight to your order. In two sizes, short for $2 and long for $3. Available at www.l-bag.com.

Olive Smart Sack is a bundle of colorful reusable bags in one small sack, designed to fit into a car cup holder or purse, made of washable supplex nylon and can hold up to 20 pounds each. Great for laundry when you travel. Get six bags for $39, or a half sack with three bags $24. Available at www.olivesmart.com.

Handy Dandy

Kill germ on shared toys, hotel phones, Internet café keyboards and other germy surfaces with the Purely Products Pocket Purifier, which uses germicidal ultraviolet light to deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. The specially designed UV-Lid helps avoid any harm of ultraviolet light to eyes and skin. $29.95. Available at CVS and other retail chains.

Clips-It-All is an easy-to-attach all-purpose clip for securing blankets to strollers or holding down picnic table cloths and tarps. $19.95 for a four pack. Available at www.clipitall.com.

When those grocery cart seatbelts just won’t keep ‘em in, try a little distraction with OnTray, a BPA-free tray that easily attaches to the cart handlebar to hold snacks or small toys. $7. Available at www.ontray2go.com.

Keep in touch with the kids or nanny with a simple handset like the Virgin Mobile TNT by Kyocera. It’s easy to program with emergency contact numbers, and it’s pay-as-you-go with no contracts or bills, so you can keep track of the cost of calls. $14.99 at Wal-Mart or www.virginmobileusa.com

*To enter a random drawing to win a contest item above, send an email to outwithbaby@aol.com with the name of the item in the subject line, i.e., “Wordlock Bike Lock.†For clothing items, please enter size and boy or girl. All winners will be notified by email. Winners are responsible for shipping/handling or pick-up of items in Los Angeles within 14 days of notification.
Le Petit Voyage Overnight Bag
SunSmart UV Protection Swimwear
Geox Breathable Shoes for Kids
GoBaby OutMat
The Badger Basket Cabana Sandbox

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