Spring has Sprung – It’s Time to Play!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a serious case of cabin fever lately. The twins are now four months old, and I feel like we never get out of the house. In fact, the only times the babies get out of the house is for church, or for a doctor’s appointment. Sad, right? Well, with the change in the weather, it’s about time we start to change that.

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Last week, for the very first time, I took the twins out for something other than a doctor’s appointment. We went to the ZOO! And we had a great time too. We only stayed to see a few exhibits, and the outing was anything BUT stress-free, but it was still fun.

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Some helpful tips for the next time you bring infants to the zoo:

  • Bring their bibs. Better yet – have a checklist of everything you need to bring. Somehow I forgot their bibs, hand sanitizer, thin blankets, and a few other items. I totally should’ve made a list.
  • Keep the sunscreen out of your baby’s eyes. Not proud of this one, but it happened. I think she must’ve rubbed her face while the sunscreen was still wet, and rubbed her eye at the same time. We got LOTS of stares during her scream-fest. Be real careful about this one.
  • Related – Keep babies out of direct sunlight. Another one of the things I forgot was sunhats, and the car seat covers I had were made out of thick material. It was TOUGH to keep them out of the sun. According to Dr. Dyan Hes, mom and medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics, babies younger than 6 months, like mine, should be kept out of direct sunlight. You can protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
  • Don’t visit the zoo alone with infant twins. I had my mom with me, and there’s no way I would have survived the day without her.

Overall, though, it was a really good trip. Seeing some animals with the family, and being able to bring the twins was awesome. And the warm, sunny day sure didn’t hurt either.

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Although I’m loving the fact that the weather is getting nicer, I am aware that the spring season brings more allergens to the air and rising temperatures can trigger skin irritations for little ones. Keeping this in mind, it’s important that we seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. My kids are no stranger to this either. They’ve had sensitive skin since birth, and I’m afraid the change in seasons might further irritate their skin. Couple that with our recent zoo trip where I forgot their bibs and they got super-dirty. All my fault, of course. But regardless, parenthood and babyhood is messy. But those messy and imperfect moments are often the most memorable and thanks to Dreft, we, as parents, can embrace the mess of #Amazinghood. Because, let’s face it- parenthood is pretty amazing.

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Thankfully, we do use Dreft* for all our baby laundry. Did you know that Dreft is the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians and the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for baby clothes? Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Cleaning our babies’ clothes with a gentle, hypoallergenic product, like Dreft, is one of the ways we help keep them comfortable, and their clothes clean, during the spring season.

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