Cozy Fall Must-Haves for Your Kids

You blink, and there goes summer! It’s officially time to trade in those tiny polka dot bikinis, floaties, and popsicles for knit socks, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, and all things fall. Is your family ready? 

There’s a reason why the anticipation surges for the pumpkin-spice-everything craze each year. There’s just something about autumn! It’s the perfect season of transformation…for you and the kids.

While the leaves outside are changing, and the sun starts to disappear earlier and earlier each day, your family also has to transition into a new routine. 

Whether you have kiddos who are getting into the swing of a new school year or you have toddlers at home who are entering their first season of mom-and-me gymnastics, you’re going to need fall cozies to keep your family warm and oh-so-snug this season!

Before you bundle up, make sure your family is equipped with essentials that will ensure autumn is the absolute coziest time of the year! 

Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket 

Nursery rhymes, late-night fairy tales, lullabies—what’s your favorite way to ease your little ones into a blissful night’s sleep? While the wind beats on the window on a chilly night, they’ll need extra warmth so they can sleep tight. 

Tuck your loves in with a Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket! It’s so incredibly delicate to the touch—made of extra warm materials—each blanket has faux fur with a satin border for added softness. And as usual with Peekawhoo, you can get personal! Add a monogram or your little ones’ name to make them feel special every time they grab their blanket. 

From whimsical dandelions to minimalist pinstripes, and even a special Heart Army blanket that benefits kids and babies in need with every piece sold, you will have a blast picking the right blanket for your kiddos! 

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Little Giraffe Luxe Blanky 

Are you sitting on the sidelines of your little soccer star’s game with baby in tow? The Little Giraffe Luxe Blanky is the perfect sidekick for your bundle of joy—no matter where you go! 

Its small size makes it easy to bring along to grocery store trips, doctors appointments, or brisk afternoons spent shopping. Its poly microfiber and suede finish are so soft to the touch; your baby won’t want to put it down. 

Choose between creamy colors of white, blue, silver, and pink, and of course, add a special touch with your baby’s initials! 

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Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Baby Towel

Suds, toys, and bubbles, oh my! There’s nothing more fun than bath time with baby. But when you have to take baby out of the warm water into the brisk bathroom air—brrrrr—that’s no fun! 

With adorable ears on the hood and a super-absorbent cotton terry, you’ll love swaddling your baby in a Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel for extra comfy, squishy warmth after an evening bath. Get yours on sale now before they’re gone!

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Can you smell pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in the oven? Now’s the time to snag your fall essentials before the temperature really dips!  

What are you looking forward to the most this season? We’d love to know!

Sleep Simplified: How to Get Your Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Sleep Simplified: How to Get Your Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Are you ready to get your bundle of joy into the habit of that whole sleeping thing? After four or five months of broken up sleep for you and baby, you’re probably spinning your wheels to develop some daily routines that organically ease your little one into a solid schedule.

Kids are joy, laughter, happiness, and love! But, fussy babies on the late-night shift can turn the entire household upside down. Here are a few simple tips that will ensure both you and your bundle of love wake up energized and ready for a day of cuddling, cooing, and crawling! 

Make Naps a Priority 

There’s generally not a one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to napping. Just know that babies between 3-12 months should be getting around two to three hours of daytime sleep. 

Where your little love naps is just as important as how often they nap. Experts say that the best naps take place in the crib! So although it might be tempting to let your little one snooze wherever they crash, it’s important to create a cool, comfortable environment so they can enjoy every minute of uninterrupted rest. 

When it comes to naps, timing is everything! You don’t want the last nap of the day to go too late, but you also don’t want your baby to be cranky throughout dinner. Find your sweet spot so that the entire house can get into a rhythm that feels right! 

Keep an Eye on Patterns 

In the beginning, you’re going to have to do a bit of research on your snoozer to log which hours your baby gets the longest stretch of sleep. Once you get a good idea of your baby’s sleeping trends, you can start their bedtime routine at an hour that organically aligns with the time they’re ready for some shut-eye. 

If your baby’s natural sleeping rhythm starts at 9 p.m., you’re going to want to start your nighttime routine at about 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.! You’ll be amazed by how easy sleep can be when you actively work with your baby’s natural rhythms.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Think about how wonderful you feel each night when you’ve had time to unwind with your evening routine. Whether it’s a face mask, a cup of tea, or slowly reading a chapter in your book, it helps your brain and body get ready for sleep. The same is true for your baby! 

Creating a calming bedtime routine is such a special way to bond with your little one. Ease those tiny muscles with a warm bath that’s totally free from fillers, synthetic fragrances, and chemicals! 

Start by having a splish-splashing good time with Jack N’ Jill Bubble Bath—a plant-based, hypoallergenic, aromatherapy blend loaded with all of the calming goodness to get baby in the sleeping mood. 

Next, you’ll want to soap up your little one with Jack N’ Jill’s Simplicity Shampoo & Body Wash! Made with Soap Bark, which acts as a natural foaming agent (an alternative to scary SLS-Sodium Lauryl Sulphates), and a range of native extracts and organic oils, your baby will be smooth, clean, and nourished—naturally!  

This gentle formulation contains antioxidants for anti-inflammatory benefits and loads of essential amino acids and vitamin B2 to help strengthen connective tissue and promote hair growth.

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Finally, swaddle your sweetie, and enjoy the last ten minutes of their bedtime routine by reading a story about fairy tales and far away adventures. Now, you can rest easy knowing that your precious one is clean and oh-so-sleepy with our planet’s purest ingredients. 

What steps do you take for your nightly routine? Our community would love to hear them!

The Science Behind Why Your Child Adores Their Lovie or Security Blanket

From a snuggly, oh-so-cozy blanket to a doll that’s been through it all (no, seriously…through it all!), do your kids have that one thing they refuse to let go of? 

Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or sitting on the sidelines of their older brother’s soccer practice, children want to bring these items wherever they go! You can certainly remember being a little tot who was always photographed with a bear or blankie. 

Matter of fact, we get pictures from our community all the time of adorable babes who just can’t put down their Angel Dear Lovie Blankies! But what’s the science behind kids’ attachment to their stuff? 

In a recent study, researchers found that children picked their favorite bear or blanket over an identical duplicate. No surprise to you, right? 

Kids become emotionally attached to lots of things. It could be a cuddly blanket, an ultra-plush toy, or even a random item that was found somewhere in your home. In the scientific world, these items are often referred to as transitional objects (T.O.s). They provide little ones with a sense of security, especially as they grow as toddlers and start exploring the world around them.  

No matter how hard your child resists letting go of their favorite item, just know that there’s nothing to worry about…most of the time! Between the ages of two-five, most kiddos lose their need for attachment to their favorite items. But in the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the benefits and challenges of of these snuggly-soft items.

Benefits

  • Attachment items such as blankies and Lovies allow your child to feel safe and secure in their surroundings, often pushing them toward new, “scary” things they might not do otherwise.
  • A bond with an attachment item can be a reminder of love and security! 
  • Blankies and Lovies make the transition into new settings easier. 
  • One study found that children with strong bonds to these objects have a stronger attachment to a parent. They’re happier than those without one.
  • Blankies and Lovies can help children cope with situations that cause stress or anxiety.
  • Blankies and Lovies are tools that can boost a child’s confidence level!

Challenges

  • If your child only wants to snuggle their favorite item rather than play with other kids or engage in outdoor activities, you might want to consider checking to see if there are underlying issues such as stress at home. 
  • An attachment item that sticks around for a little too long might make the transition into kindergarten more challenging—when the child has to leave the beloved bear or blankie at home. 
  • Older kids and teens who need attachment items may have more problems handling their mental health. An older child that needs to sleep with their baby blanket may have some unresolved challenges that need to be addressed.

No matter if we’re 1 or 101, we’re all humans, and we crave comfort! Enjoy every minute of your child’s growing years, and be sure to keep their favorite blankie or doll in a treasured keepsake box, so you never forget the memories.

To ensure your kiddo has the squishiest, softest, most adorable blankie around, be sure to check out our Angel Dear Lovie collection! Angel Dear Lovie Blankies have been baby and toddler (….and mama!) favorites for years, bringing comfort and security to little ones when they need it most. At 13×13, they’re big enough to love and snuggle, yet small enough to easily pack and bring along, anytime, anywhere.

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From now until September 6, you have the opportunity to win a personalized Angel Dear Lovie Blankie! Entering is easy. Simply subscribe to our email list and you’re in. Good luck!

Non-Toxic Toys & Tools to Help Soothe Teething Babies

No matter how old they get, as a parent, nothing hurts more than seeing your baby in pain. And once your little one hits the uncomfortable teething stage, it can feel impossible to help soothe and relieve their discomfort!

No need to reach for scary over-the-counter pain remedies where you can’t pronounce half of the ingredients or plastic teething toys that can leach harmful chemicals into your growing baby’s system, we’ve got the goodies you need right here. 

Are you on the hunt for all-natural, non-toxic products that work wonders for fussy, teething babies and their growing bodies? You’re in the right place! 

Do you know Sophie the Giraffe? 

Sophie the Giraffe is an adorable, oh-so-soft character that will quickly become your baby’s go-to toy! She’s made of 100% natural rubber and is dyed with food paint. That means parents like you can kick back worry-free while their babies gnaw, chew, and teeth on Sophie the Giraffe’s super squishy ears, legs, and horns! 

What started as one cute and friendly giraffe has now transformed into a collection designed to fit your growing family’s needs. 

Which Sophie the Giraffe product is right for you? 

  • The Original Sophie la girafe

The Original Sophie la girafe was designed and created in France over 54 years ago, and it has been loved ever since! 

The dark, contrasting spots all over Sophie la girafe’s body provide visual stimulation and make her easily recognizable to your baby. Her squeaker keeps baby amused while stimulating hearing and helping create an understanding between cause and effect.

Sophie la girafe is perfect for baby’s small hands. With her light body and long legs & neck, she’s easy to grip—from home to the park and back again! 

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  •  So’Pure Sophie the Giraffe Teether

The So’Pure Sophie the Giraffe Teether is the perfect toy for families on-the-go. The two rings have different textured surfaces for baby to choose from according to their age and needs. The rings also make it easy to attach Sophie the Giraffe to a stroller or car seat, so she doesn’t tumble away while baby plays.

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  • So’Pure Colo’ring Teether
    Catch baby’s eye with the So’Pure Colo’ring Teether! It comes with four geometrical and colorful shapes to encourage little ones to slide the pieces around the main ring. With numerous soft parts to chew and a variety of textures, babies can enjoy different massages while relieving sore gums. 

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  • So’Pure Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy

Splish, splash Sophie the Giraffe is taking a bath! The So’Pure Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy makes bath time soothing and fun. This toy floats and is totally water-safe. You don’t have to ever worry about water, mold, or bacteria getting inside!

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Teething happens!

If you’re looking for a functional yet stylish piece that will help you soothe your baby’s aching gums, you’re going to want to snag an Itzy Ritzy Chewable Necklace!

Made with non-toxic, 100% food-grade silicone and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead and cadmium, if your kiddo is going to yank on your necklace, let it be this one! 

With a breakaway plastic clasp and individual knots between beads for added safety, this dishwasher safe piece is an absolute essential for trendy mamas on-the-go! 

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Keep Calm, Gel On! 

If your tiny tot is really going through it, relieve their discomfort with a soothing formula of chamomile and calendula oil! Jack N’ Jill Teething Gel provides natural relief for babies using some of our planet’s purest botanicals. You don’t have to worry about unnecessary gunk or harmful chemicals, just honest to goodness ingredients that will help soothe your teething baby! 

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We want to help you make every stage of parenting a blast—whether your kiddo has a gummy smile or is ready to enter their freshman year of high school! We’d love to know, what are you favorite non-toxic toys & tools to use to help soothe your teething baby?

Kids Tooth Care That’s Organic, Eco-Friendly, and Non-Toxic!

How do you get your kids excited about oral care? You’ve got to put FUN in every single brush! From flossing to gargling kid-safe mouthwash, instill your little ones with healthy habits to keep their pearly whites shining from ear to ear. 

That said, stellar oral hygiene is about more than bright teeth. Our teeth are our bodies first line of defense against yucky bacteria, harmful disease, and poor digestion! 

Let’s help our kiddos care for their chompers by using eco-friendly, non-toxic products that make oral hygiene a breeze. 

Toothbrush Time

Once your children’s teeth start to come in, it’s time to start brushing. The easiest way to get your children excited about their morning and evening toothbrushing session is by letting them pick their favorite brush!

Say ‘bye-bye’ to single-use plastic with Jack N’ Jill’s Bio Toothbrushes! These toothbrushes are specially designed with little paws in mind. Made from 100% non-GMO cornstarch, these toothbrushes are PVC & BPA free—totally biodegradable.

With extra soft nylon bristles, a small head size, and four adorable characters for your little one to choose from, finding the ultimate kid & mom-approved toothbrush just got a whole lot easier! 

Toothpaste that’s Tasty

When picking a toothpaste for your kids, you’re usually left with two options. Either you have to buy a ‘regular’ toothpaste that’s packed with fluoride and other whitening agents, plus a flavor that’s far too harsh or you have to grab a kids’ toothpaste that’s packed with artificial dyes. Yikes!

What if you could find a toothpaste that looks fun, tastes good, and isn’t filled with harmful additives, dyes, and chemicals? 

Whether you have a six-month-old or a six-year-old…and beyond, Jack N’ Jill’s hypoallergenic kids toothpaste is flavored with organic fruit extract, packed with organic calendula oil to sooth young gums, and is safe if swallowed. What more could you ask for? 

Free from fluoride, color, and SLS, your kids will love choosing between banana, strawberry, and blueberry flavors!  

Rinse & Repeat

Tired of tacky plastic cups cluttering your sink area? Jack N’ Jill’s Bio Rinse Cups are made from natural bamboo and rice husk, so they’re sure to match your bathroom decor!

They’re handmade, biodegradable, compostable, and even dishwasher safe! Use them to store your little one’s toothbrush and toothpaste or as a rinse cup for all that tooth brushing fun. 

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Baby & Toddler Care

Little gummy mouths need care, too! It’s important to care for your child’s teeth before they even come in.

From Natural Teething Gel to Baby Gum & Tooth Wipes that you can take with you wherever you and baby might go, these no-fuss products make oral health easy. 

Jack N’ Jill’s Natural Teething Gel helps fussy babies with growing pains. This homeopathic gel is made of chamomile for irritability, calendula for inflammation, and calcium for dentition, plus a mild vanilla flavor that tastes good for your little tot.

Our Jack N’ Jill Tooth Wipes are suitable from birth so that you can help prevent cavities without the use of preservatives, fluoride, or parabens! Oh, and they’re individually wrapped, making it easy for you to pull them out in the car, after daycare, or at a restaurant. Just give those gums a gentle wipe, and you’re all set! 

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Welcome the Tooth Fairy!

Once those healthy baby teeth fall out, celebrate the tradition of the tooth fairy with Jack N’ Jill’s Tooth Keeper. This adorable tooth keeper is made from organic cotton, ensuring your growing kid can use it again & again!

Wondering when it’s the right time to take your kids to the dentist? You should schedule an appointment long before your first visit from the tooth fairy! 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children see a dentist around their first birthday. Getting a check-up from a young age not only gives the dentist a chance to look for early problems, but it also gets your child comfortable with oral care! 

Back to School Essentials with a Personal Touch!

Busy families know that summer is full of loads of fun and lots of laughs! But just as quick as you can scream ‘Marco Polo,’ it’s already time to pack up those pool noodles, goggles, and floaties for back-to-school prep! 

Whether you’ve got a new kindergartener (we’re not crying, you’re crying!) or have a tween heading to middle school, you’ll want to get your kiddos on track for a year of success. 

School essentials don’t have to be boring! Add a personal touch to your kids’ day-to-day gear with some of our back to school necessities.

Lunchtime Favs

Pack ‘em full of nutritious goodies, sneak in a lovely note (and maybe a sweet treat, too!), and leave your child’s lunchbox by the door for easy access. What you’ll love most about Peekawhoo lunchboxes is that you can personalize the design with your child’s name or initials, so you never have to hear about a lost lunch again. 

From Viv & Lou’s green gators to oh-so-adorable paisley print, these lunch accessories are downright vibrant and will never get left behind!

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Tidy Tools

Markers, crayons, colored pencils, erasers—you name it—pencil holders help your scholar stay organized. Made with sturdy polyester and easy to clean insulated lining, these pencil holders are especially nifty for art class! 

Go wild with the print and add simple initials to give a pop of color to your kiddos’ school day. 

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Backpacks in Style

Your middle schooler is going to need lots of room for textbooks and binders. Help ease the load with our personalized backpacks! The Viv & Lou backpacks have three main compartments, multiple pockets, and an exterior elastic pocket for water bottles, providing everything your student needs for a successful day.  

With endless varieties for personalization, your growing kid can show off their individual style with this everyday essential. 

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Toddler Essentials

We would never forget about your tiny tots, no way! Our Viv & Lou toddler backpacks are perfect for daycare or preschool. Super soft straps are reinforced to ensure your child is comfortable after a long day of playing and learning. 

Our little shoppers especially love customizing the puppy dog ear backpack! 

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Keep it Classic

Looking for simple, classic prints that will go with just about any outfit—especially those neutral-toned school uniforms? You’re going to love the Mint collection! 

Who doesn’t adore seersucker!? The Mint collection of back-to-school essentials is bright & fun yet timeless to ensure your kids will want to use these pieces for years to come. 

With small and medium-sized backpacks to fit your child at any age, plus two types of lunch boxes, your student will be eager to show up on the playground on the first day of school! 

Spot any gear you love? Start customizing today! Personalized pieces with monograms, initials, and even names are details that make a big difference. Happy back-to-school!