PHOENIX -- Anything that can help make a parent's life just a little easier is always a welcome idea, especially in the summer. On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, lifestyle expert Andrea Toch had some tips for us about some gadgets that can make life easier for moms and dads.
Many ideas come from The Happy Trunk. The company produces and delivers monthly project boxes filled with age-appropriate crafts and science projects with all materials included. Each box contains projects perfect for ages 3-7 and 8-11, and all are gender neutral.
"It's actually a box that comes directly to you in the mail," says Toch. "It's ready to go. It's perfect for moms and dads to just open up and spend that quality time with their kids."
The first month costs $19.95 and there are discounts of subscriptions of future months. For more information visit http://thehappytrunk.com.
How about an easy way to make sure your kids are protected in the sun? (Because parents know how tough it can be to put sunscreen on squirmy kids!)
UV Skinz specializes in UPF 50+ certified sun wear that is chemical free, breathable and stylish. The entire UV Skinz clothing line blocks over 98% of the sun's harmful UVA and UVA rays to protect baby's skin from harsh rays. The line includes hats, sun wear, swim shirts, water shoes and more.
"My little guy is five months old an he absolutely loves this," she says. "It's easy to put them on. And there are chemicals in sunscreen, so this is an easy way to avoid it."
Summer is also a great time to get organized! PRK Products organizers put commonly used parenting items within reach for safe and instant access whenever needed. For information visit www.uvskinz.com.
The Universal Baby Bottle & Sippy Cup Organizer stacks baby bottles and dispenses them one at a time. The organizer rests at an incline so a new bottle is dispensed instantly once one is taken. They are dishwasher safe, compact and adjust to accommodate different sized bottles as the child grows.
"It hold up to 12 bottles or sippy cups of all different sizes," says Toch.
The Universal Baby Food Jar Organizer dispenses baby food jars instantly. The unit is stackable, dishwasher safe and can be adjusted to accommodate all three stages of standard baby food jars. Regain control of your kitchen and make space for plates, bowls, cups, and food again! For more information visit www.prkproductsinc.com.
Zipit Bedding is a patented all-in-one bedding system that combines the sheets with the comforter via zippered sides so blankets never become a tangled unruly mess. Even very young children can easily make their own beds simply by pulling the zippers closed, fostering independence and giving moms and dads one less this to nag about. Zipit sets are made of all hypoallergenic materials and are completely machine washable, too. www.zipitbedding.com.
SafetyTats are fun temporary tattoos for children that serve a purpose. The custom-made tattoos read 'If Lost, Please Call' and list a parent or guardian's mobile phone number. Designed to be worn on a child's arm or hand, SafetyTats are easy to apply and are perfect for amusement parks, the beach, shopping at a crowded mall, or even while traveling through a busy airport. www.SafetyTat.com
EZ Squeezees are washable, refillable, easily packable food pouches that are perfect for taking your own healthy (and perhaps even homemade) snacks to the pool, a day at the beach, out to camp, or wherever your family adventures take you. Because they're reusable, they're also eco-friendly and more cost effective than store bought, single-use squeezable snacks. Each container holds up to 6.5 oz, can be refilled up to 15 times, and is dishwasher safe. Visit www.ezsqueezees.com.