The novelty of sorting through a stocking full of treats is enough to make any preschooler's heart pretty much explode with excitement and delight.
I can just see my 3-year-old's face now. Her cheeks with be rosy, her eyes will be sparkling, her fists will be clenched from pure excitement, and she'll say, "Mommy! Look!" again and again.
If you have a wee one (birth to age 5) to "stuff" for, here are a few ideas:
A toothbrush from Oral-B
Exciting? Yes, actually. Our 3-year-old thinks it's the *best* to go toothbrush shopping. If we take her to Walgreens to get a toothbrush, she thinks we're having this amazing outing together. It's the little things, you know.
I think the current consensus in the dental industry is that you're supposed to change toothbrushes every 3 months so you might as well stick a brush or two in the stocking. Oral-B offers brushes in 4 "stages" to ensure that you get a handle and brush that is suitable for your child's mouth. There are also power toothbrushes available for about 8 bucks for children ages 3 and up.
Oral-B also wanted me to tell you about their new Smile-Stages website, where you can create an online scrapbook of your child's "smilestones."
Body Wash & Conditioner from Jenerations Baby
Rub-A-Dub-Dub. Babies in the tub. Jenerations Baby offers completely natural & organic shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, baby lotion, and soap. It's 100% sulfate, paraben, and lavender free. And the light smell is clean + refreshing. At $13/bottle, it's on the pricey side...but it's also super gentle on your baby's soft skin.
Hair Gel by Le Baby
If you would have told me that I would buy hair gel for my child when my baby was teeny tiny, I probably would have laughed. But now I think it's quite a sensible thing to do. The truth is that my 3-year-old's hair can get a little bit cray-zee sometimes...even after combing. Just a little of this chemical-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free styling gel can chase away fly-aways with ease. I imagine it would work equally well for styling a little boy's hair...but I don't have any experience with that. A 2-ounce tube is $9.95.
A Rash Guard from Sun Protection Zone
It's not summer yet, but it will be soon enough (just think how quickly Christmas snuck up on you this year!). Sun Protection Zone offers stylish rash guards, shorts, and hats - all designed to keep your child's skin protected from the sun. I, for one, prefer sun protective wear to traditional swimsuits for my little girls - they are more modest and offer more coverage, plus...they are super cute! You can't go wrong.
The rash guards retail for just under $25. Matching shorts are also available. The company also sells super awesome Legionaire Hats that provide all-around coverage for the face, neck, and ears.
Sunglasses from Real Kids Shades
Did you know that "exposure to bright sunlight increases the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including malignancies"? Yep. That's straight from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Keep your child's eyes protected with a great pair of shades year-round. Check out all of the fun and funky options at Real Kids Shades. The shades retail between $14.99-$19.99 and are available for newborns all the way up to age 12. Now if only I could get my preschooler to actually keep them on...Any tips?
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