How to Outfit Your Child for a Dip in the Water!

Does your toddler love to splash around in the water?

Just a few weeks ago, we talked about how bath time can be a massive point of contention for children. Some love them; some don’t. So, it’s kind of funny that there is rarely that sort of “debate” about kids going to the pool!

Whether you are heading to a community pool or you’re checking out the hotel pool on a trip, children of all ages absolutely love to go for a dip! Depending on their age, you might need to restrict them to the kiddie pool or be with them at all times. If you have an older child around 5 to 6 years old, they might even enjoy going to swimming lessons. Regardless of the situation, heading to the pool is usually a great time! 

But if you want to make sure that the maximum possible amount of fun is had, your children need to be appropriately outfitted. There are some genuinely hideous swim trunks and swimsuits out there, so make sure you buy some pairs that your kids will love! And if you want to make them extra special, get them monogrammed!

Bathing Suits

For girls, we have two different swimsuits, depending on their tastes. The first is our Monogrammed Pom Pom Swimsuit. This has a fun seashell-like pattern that we call “Mer-mazing!” The swim top strap criss-crosses in the back with a slightly flared bottom. There are also ruffle accents! If that isn’t to their tastes, you could also check out our WB Monogrammed Girls Swimsuit. These come in two patterns, perp stripe (black and white horizontal lines) and summer paisley (colorful shapes and swirls). The top of those swimsuit doesn’t have the same flare as the Pom Pom, but there are still the accents on the bottoms!

Both swimsuits are available in small (2T-3T), medium (4T-5T), and large (6-6x), and are 82% nylon and 18% spandex with a polyester liner. If you really want to give them ownership of their swimsuit, we highly suggest getting an embroidered name or monogram on it (Camp Monogram or Tipsy Font are outstanding picks)!

If you have a boy, you’re going to want to take a look at our Boys Monogrammed Swim Trunks. They come in two potential patterns: Oh Buoy (covered in buoys! Get it!?) and Finn (lots of little blue fish). With these trunks, a faux drawstring ties in the front to guarantee an excellent fit. This also means that you will never have to go hunting in the trunks for a lost drawstring that got pulled too far out on one side. 

These swim trunks are made from 100% polyester with a polymesh lining. They come in small, medium, and large, and, of course, can be monogrammed with initials or the name of your child, giving them ownership over the trunks! We would recommend Stacked Monogram or Tipsy font for the boys.

Time to Dry Off!

Of course, all good things must come to an end, and that includes pool time. When they get out, you want to get them dry as soon as possible so they won’t get chilly. 

To do this, why not check out our Kids Monogrammed Hooded Swim Towels! These personalized hooded towels are perfect for the beach, pool, or anywhere you go for a swim. Made from 100% cotton, they also match the patterns of one of the trunks (Oh Buoy) and one of the swimsuits (Mer-mazing). Just like the bathing suits, they can be monogrammed with your child’s name or initials. The towels measure at 30″ H x 50″ W. Hood 11.5″ H with a 10.5″ depth.

Going for a swim is one of childhood’s great joys. It gives kids a sense of freedom and fun. And heck, who doesn’t love doing a cannonball into the pool, regardless of their age? To make sure that your children really make a slash, Peekawhoo’s bathing suits and towels are the perfect pool-side clothing and accessories!

So, do your kids love swimming? Or are they still a little shy of the water? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

Make It a Safe Halloween for Your Kids

Many people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But if you’re a kid and love dressing up, chances are that Halloween takes the crown!

Halloween has something for everyone! If your kids love pretending, then they get to put on a fun costume and run around the neighborhood. If they love candy (and what kid doesn’t?), then they get to knock on strangers’ doors and ask for treats! It’s a super fun time!

That said, there are also some dangers associated with Halloween. If you want to make sure that your kids will be protected this upcoming October 31th, check out some of these Halloween Safety Tips:

Avoid Fully Black or Dark Costumes

Halloween tends to be associated with dark colors. We think about scary witches and black cats as fantastic costumes, but here is the problem: no one can see those colors in the dark.

One of the biggest Halloween safety tips you can put into action with your kids is to help them pick a costume that can be seen by cars or other passers-by at night. If they’re dressed in a witch costume, there isn’t likely to be a lot of light reflected from cars that will tell them your little one is crossing the street. 

That said, they can still go out as a witch or a black cat; the costumes only need a little bit of adjusting. You can quickly put reflective strips on their back and around their arm and leg cuffs. These won’t spoil the effect of the costume, but it will allow people to see them from far off.

Another way you can make them seen is by making sure their Halloween bags include bright colors. When designing our Personalized Halloween Tote Bags, we made sure that all of them included at least one large patch of bright, light-reflective color. Check out our Frankenstein Halloween Tote Bag. It’s instantly identifiable in a bright green color that people can’t help but see! Our Witch Tote Bags are actually white, making them impossible to miss. Even our “Black Cat” Halloween Tote Bag includes a bright orange section and green eyes that can easily be seen. These tote bags are another way you can augment traditionally dark costumes in a way that is thematically-appropriate, while also making sure that no one will be able to miss your kid in the dark.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Planning makes perfect, especially when it comes to a logistically-packed holiday like Halloween!

You want to hit as many houses as possible in the shortest amount of time. After all, you don’t want the kids to be out past their bedtime (or at least not TOO far past it!) One of the best ways you can do this is by utilizing Google Maps (or whichever mapping app you use) to plan yourself a Halloween route that will get you around the neighborhood in an efficient manner.

It’s important to remember your kid’s age here. Little ones might not have the energy to do much more than a block or two, while pre-teens might have enough energy to do half the town. If people get tired, you don’t have to strictly stick to your plan. If your kids (or you) start to get tired, you can always head home with your sacks full of candy. 

And don’t feel that you need to force your kids to enjoy Halloween. Some kids simply don’t much care to knock on strangers’ doors to ask for candy. If they aren’t enjoying themselves, don’t force them to stay out. Instead, abandon the plan and head home. I’m sure there is plenty of leftover candy there for them that can be found there!

Make Sure You Can Track Them

If this is one of the first Halloweens that your child is doing on their own, you’re going to be a nervous wreck. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Being a nervous wreck is just part and parcel of being a parent.

To calm your nerves a bit, you can do something that will help give you peace of mind on a night where your kids are knocking on the door of every stranger from blocks around. If they have a smartphone (and they should if they are heading out on their own), then you should have tracking features turned on. You can find these features in the “Family Link” app on Android and the “Find My” app on iPhones.

Now, there are some parents who feel that tracking features intrude on their kids’ privacy, and there is some truth to that. But there are occasions when turning on family tracking is justified, and Halloween is such a holiday. Make sure that the feature is activated on your and their phones. Then, at any point in the evening, you can see where they are located at a glance. This can give you peace of mind that they’re safe and not heading into an unknown or unsafe area. 

They should also have instructions to text or call you on their phone at periodic intervals, just to check in with how things are going. If they miss this check-in (Halloween can be fun and overwhelming, after all), don’t feel shy about interrupting their night by calling them. You don’t need to get angry with them for missing their check-in, but be sure to remind them that it’s a condition of them heading out in the future. 

Aren’t smartphones great (sometimes)?

These are just a few of the ways that you can ensure your kids have a fun and safe Halloween. If you’d like to check out some other ways you can enhance the holiday, we invite you to take a look around the Halloween section of our website! There are tons of great Personalized Halloween Tote Bags that could make your kids’ costumes even better. And don’t forget to take a look around the rest of the site for some great tote bags you could carry full of candy as you walk alongside them this Halloween!

What are some of your favorite Halloween safety tips? Please share them in the comments below!

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!

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?