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How Much Screen Time Is Healthy for Kids?

 

Have you ever wondered how much time your little one should spend watching television or playing with an iPad? Approximately 68% of children under the age of three use electronic media daily1! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that caregivers avoid exposing infants and toddlers to screens due to health concerns2. Research suggests that increased screen time negatively impacts young children’s weight, concentration, memory, academic achievement, mood, and language skills1,2,3,4,5.

Limiting screen time provides many physical and mental benefits for your child’s development such as a lower risk of obesity and speech delays4,5. In addition, turning off electronics in the evening can even improve sleep hygiene5,6.  Young children learn better from interacting with people rather than electronics3. Because screen time increases as children get older7, it is important to start creating healthy habits now! 

Click here to dowload a pamphelet about healthy screen time.

Written by ASAP Sitter Caitlin.

Floydfest, The Children's Universe, & The Parent Planet

Floydfest, The Children's Universe, & The Parent Planet

Floydfest is a 5 day family & eco-friendly music & arts festival held annually near Floyd, Virginia.

 
One of the things that makes Floydfest so special is their focus 

on families and children.  The Children's Universe at Floydfest is a wonderland that includes a playground and huge wooden arc, as well as jugglers, puppeteers, stilt walkers, and musicians! Kids' workshops this year include Animal Yoga, Taekwondo and a Global Village Painting party - there is also a talent show & parade! Another amazing amenity is onsite childcare in the Children's Universe provided this year by Blue Mountain School. 
 
ASAP Sitters is very excited to be a part of the Children's Universe and to be hosting the Parent Planet Tent which is generously sponsored by Hansen Kids, LLC. The Parent Planet at Floydfest will be place for mamas and daddies to rest with their littlest ones: to nurse & feed, change & clean, and relax and play with their young children. 
 
Through generous donations from our partners, the Parent Planet will have free samples of Hansen Kids eco-friendly premium bamboo Andy Pandy diapersEarth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Bottom Balm and Natural Nipple Butter, and Go Chews whole food snacks from momme meals.  A Kiinde bottle warmer will be available for use as will beautiful handmade toys from Snapdragon Toy Co. Raffle prizes include amazing goodies from Badger Balm BabyHappy Family, Earth Mama Angel Baby, and Kiinde.
 
 
 
 
Whether you come for a day or the week, the kids are certain to have an amazing time, and we're sure you will, too! We hope to see you there!
 

Andy Pandy: Bamboo Diapers for a Better Tomorrow

 

Bamboo Diapers for a Better Tomorrow

As parents, we worry about chemicals and toxins in our babies’ diapers. We wonder if cloth diapers or disposable diapers better for the environment. When we’re on the go, we want both convenience and conscientiousness. We’re happy to say that solving the great diaper dilemma just got easier.

Hansen Kids, LLC has perfected the Andy Pandy premium bamboo disposable diaper. Bamboo is a remarkable choice for eco-friendly disposable diapers, which are often made out of wood pulp fibers. Andy Pandy diapers benefit from the natural advantages of bamboo like moisture wicking & thermal regulating capabilities that keep baby’s skin dry & comfortable in hot or cold temperatures. Even more exciting is that it is 100% biodegradable, naturally hypoallergenic, and antibacterial.

Families that have tried Andy Pandy diapers love them because of their quality and pureness - “Not only do Andy Pandy bamboo diapers meet my criteria of being free of all the nasty chemicals, they are eco-friendly (even the packaging is biodegradable), and the quality is AMAZING,” says a happy mama. In fact, Andy Pandy diapers are guaranteed:

  • 100% Chlorine Free
  • No Alcohol or Preservatives
  • Free of Phthalates
  • No Latex, PVC, TBT, or Antioxidants

It’s no surprise that Andy Pandy Diapers were created by parents and advocates for green living, Steve and Jessica Hansen, the owners of Hansen Kids, LLC. Based in Michigan and founded in 2013, Andy Pandy has become fastest growing eco brands in the diapering industry. Their vision is simple:  a diaper that is 100% safe for babies and the planet.  

Want to know more about Andy Pandy diapers? Visit them at http://www.andypandykids.com/

"Choose Andy Pandy Today Because Your Baby Deserves A Better Tomorrow."

Hansen Kids & Andy Pandy Diapers are the generous sponsors of the Parent Planet hosted by ASAP Sitters at Floydfest 2015.

Babysitter Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

Babysitter Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

Keeping kids actively engaged is easy if you are prepared! Here are some suggestions for age-appropriate activities and games for babies, toddlers, and young children. It’s always good to plan ahead and have a list of ideas and imaginative concepts in mind to make sure you have a fun and creative time with the kids.

Activities for Infants (0 – 12 months):

Babies are learning about the world around them through all of their senses. Interacting with you, exploring their environment, and playing are all a part of babies’ social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. A warm, nurturing, and emotionally supportive environment provided by parents and caregivers is very important.

Help Support Mother Health International

Mother Health International (MHI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to respond and provide relief to pregnant women and children in areas of disaster, war and extreme economic poverty. We are committed to reducing perinatal mortality rates by creating culturally competent and sustainable birth centers using the midwifery model of care.

We run a sustainable, solar powered birth house located in Atiak, Northern Uganda. We are 20 miles south of the border from South Sudan. The closest hospital is 50 miles away. We are a government approved health center that employs traditional midwives, nurse midwives and trains local student midwives. 

In Northern Uganda a woman has a 1 in 25 lifetime chance of dying during childbirth. The infant mortality rate is 10 times as high as anywhere in the Western hemisphere. We have never lost a mother and our infant mortality is 9/1,000, compared to the national average of 54/1000. We do this through one on one care that integrates nutrition, counseling, and holistic support into prenatal, labor and deliver and post partum care. 

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