Coping with Kids: Sunscreen reminder, push bike
No more guessing on sunscreen
A new wrist band on the market changes the way parents measure their children's sun exposure.
How much sun is too much sun? And when do you need to reapply sunscreen after initial application? Because the answers to these questions are not always clear, JADS International, a company that makes health-and-beauty products, created a wristband that helps consumers determine sun exposure and know when it's time to reapply sunscreen or seek shade.
Sunscreen Bands turn colors when activated and again when it's time to reapply sunscreen and when maximum exposure has been reached. The bands, which are sold in various themes for kids and athletes, work whether wet or dry.
They are available at www.sunscreenbands.com and sell in packs of 15 bands for $18.99 or 50 bands for $59.99.
KinderFeets push bike helps kids learn skills
A child's first bike is an iconic gift, and with KinderFeets, parents can give it for an even younger birthday.
Made for kids as young as 2, the KinderFeets push bike helps a child learn biking skills quicker, easier and at a younger age. The patented wooden push bike is a low-to-the-ground, small training bicycle without pedals that allows a child's feet to touch the ground and features wooden pegs for them to rest their feet on while they glide. The balance bike is a more natural way to learn bike riding than a tricyle or using training wheels.
It sells for $109 and is available at www.kinderfeets.com
WarmZe bottle warmer uses no electricity
The WarmZe baby bottle warmer, recently voted best travel bottle warmer on TopTenReviews.com, aims to give parents a portable way to warm baby bottles no matter where they are. The fabric warmers don't use electricity, but air-activated warmers. Each WarmZe can be used multiple times a day and stays warm for 10 hours. The warmers cost $14.99 and come in many colors and patterns, including geometric prints, green owls and pink elephants. They are available at www.warmze.com
Picnic Perfect app features food safety
The nonprofit Partnership for Food Safety Education has launched a free kids' app for iPhones and iPads called Perfect Picnic that is designed to help kids keep their food safe at picnics and elsewhere.
Perfect Picnic covers topics like washing your hands, using food thermometers, cleaning food-preparation surfaces and keeping ice in coolers so that food stays refrigerated. Kids build a park filled with outdoor kitchens, grills, trees and more and “earn income” by renting out barbecue spots and keeping visitors healthy.
Food safety slip-ups spoil the fun. The app can be downloaded at iTunes. The Partnership for Food Safety Education helps consumers keep safe food-handling practices in the forefront and take action to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
Fewer minority kids diagnosed with ADHD
Black and Hispanic children are half as likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder - as their white peers, according to a new study, reported by Reuters Health, which followed U.S. kindergarteners through middle school.
“We're seeing that the disparities occur as early as kindergarten and then remain and continue until the end of eighth grade,” said Paul Morgan, who led the study at Penn State in University Park.
Day care may benefit kids of depressed mothers
Children of depressed mothers are less likely to have emotional problems if they attend day care, a new Canadian study suggests. Researchers have known that depressed women are more likely to have kids who also develop depression and anxiety disorders, and that those problems can extend through the teenage years.
— Staff and wire reports
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