Halloween safety and fun!

It is that festive time of year again: Halloween! Having a family is largely about establishing fun traditions to share with one another, to embrace together. Halloween will certainly hold some of the most fun memories for years to come.

So how are you going to spend the holiday? Still not sure yet? Well you’re in luck, because today Dreamtown Kids is going to give you the low down on some fun Halloween activities, as well as some tips to partake in the fun safely! Let’s go!


Halloween Fun

But first a PSA: Kids are meant to be dressed up during Halloween, so take every measure possible to ensure optimal cuteness, adorability, and preciousness and leave no kid un-costumed…
…Because that’s kind of the fun of it! Right?!

So as a parent now, you have become immersed in the parenting world and community. That being the case, make Halloween a social one for you and your toddler. Get together with some other parent friends, and treat it as a play date for your little ones, full of holiday fun!

Trick-or-Treating
If either you or your friends have children at the trick-or-treating age, great! Take it to the streets, enjoy the fun, and take it as an opportunity to get out. By doing so, you give yourself a night out, and even more, you get to meet some other families with kids in your area, meaning a chance for your kiddos to socialize!

On the chance that everybody involved has toddlers too young to go trick-or-treating just yet, also great! Enjoy a night in with some fun activities (you don’t have to go out to have a blast)!

Saftey Note: Something to bear in mind, whether you head out or stay in, is this. Halloween has a strong tendency to encourage candy consumption. For toddlers 2-years old and under, avoid the hard candies as they can be a choking hazard. As a rule of thumb for your children, big or small, place restrictions on the amount of candy consumed, keep it in moderation.

Coloring
Studies show that 9 months to 1 year in age is a good time to introduce kids to coloring. That being the case, start the coloring in a festive seasonal setting! Halloween coloring books, online print-offs, or just plain construction paper are great ways to get your kids having a good time.

Crafting
If your toddlers are up for it, take it step beyond just coloring! Paper cut-outs, gluing, popsicle stick puppets, the list of crafting project possibilities goes on. Get your little ones having some fun making some Halloween crafts, plus, it’ll be a nice holiday keep-safe to hang on to in your kids’ memory boxes as they grow up!

Safety Note: Be sure to keep close supervision while coloring and crafting are taking place. Crayons and paste can often be confused for a gooey treat by a toddler, and colored pencils and scissors are obviously sharps. All this to say, make sure the fun stays safe!

Reading
Books are super fun, and it’s a great way to spend some time in on Halloween! There are tons of great kids’ Halloween books out there, here is a list of just a few that may be fun this year, so give them a whirl. If possible, look into books that could also allow your toddler to do some of the reading, so that they improve on that skill, and also books that incorporate math. These will all be very educational, and masked in the fun of the Halloween season… get it?.. Masked!

Sleep at a reasonable time

One final note is to be mindful of sleep. Halloween can be a lot of fun, but what’s not fun is throwing off your toddler’s sleep cycle… for them AND for you! As the night progresses, stay aware of the time, and don’t let it get carried away to where it could affect anyone’s sleep. To further improve sleep conditions, the best quality bedding is huge, especially a good toddler pillow for your little one. Have fun on Halloween, but don’t forfeit good sleep consistency.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Halloween is a great time of year to enjoy a night of fun with your little ones. From dressing up, to going out, to creative projects and more, there’s no shortage to the amount of fun you can have with your little ones on Halloween. Try some of these fun activities this year, and remember to have a safe and fun Halloween, from all of us at Dreamtown Kids!

Benefits of cotton and synthetic fabric

When it comes to your baby, you’ve given just about EVERYTHING you’ll need for them ample thought! Diapers, an obvious front-runner. Nutrition, totally of major importance. Fabric used to produce baby items, ABSOLU— okay, maybe this one didn’t necessarily come to mind right away.

The materials that you use for your children’s things, namely their bedding, is actually of more importance than you may think. So what exactly are good fabrics to look for in baby products, and why? Let’s dive in!

Cotton

Cotton is obviously a crowd favorite for many people. It is a trusted material for many and is widely used, and for good reason! And it goes without saying that this is without a doubt a fabric that you want to have in your trusted arsenal of materials for your baby products. Here’s why:

Soft
“Oooh” and “aaaah” are words that come to mind when you don a nice cotton garment or slip into a cotton blanket! Right?! This is what makes cotton such a wonderful material to have in the mix for your baby’s bedding. Put it this way, if something feel rough or scratchy to you, you’ll notice that you don’t throw a fit over it… Your baby, on the other hand may have an entirely different response!

Flexible
So thinking of a fabric, especially when it’s being used for an application such as bedding, there are things to keep in mind. Part of what makes babies so adorable is their squirminess by nature. Rolling, crawling, etc, and that doesn’t stop once they go to bed, oh no! To have a bedding material that can ebb and flow with your babies nighttime movements will be a good thing to ensure optimal comfort for your baby and protection against wear for those sheets.

Environmentally Friendly
Let’s not forget about the great fact that cotton is a natural material! From the Earth it comes, making it low impact in production. In being a natural material, this also means that it is biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and will not linger around the planet after it has run its course.

Synthetic

While cotton is a great product that we have all come to know, love, and trust, there is also a lot of merit to synthetic products such as Polyester, and more!

Durable
To have to constantly buy replacements for things, especially for your baby, would become EXTREMELY expensive and would prove to be EXTREMELY wasteful! That being the case, synthetic materials are a great supplementary addition to products like bedding, and they will give the added edge of durability and longevity.

Quick Drying
When you have a baby, one thing you can know for certain is that you are going to be doing a lot of laundry! Between clothing, diapers (if reusable), and bedding, your washing machine will be put through the wringer. A great relief would be having materials that could dry quickly and get back to work right away. Synthetic materials give you exactly that!

Inexpensive
Parenting can be an expensive endeavor, and being able to save wherever possible is a win! That being said, synthetic materials can have a tendency to be more affordable and overall less strenuous on your wallet. Then you can apply those savings towards other things that you’ll need for your little one! Can’t argue with that!

Conclusion

In conclusion, you may not have given much thought to the materials being used in your baby’s bedding in the past, but it’s good information to know that could help in terms of getting the most out of your products, doing it at the best price point, being environmentally aware, and much more! To get the best in baby and toddler bedding, look no further than Dreamtown Kids!