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The Crayon coloring canvas moms already have at home: the high chair tray

My toddler is 15 months old and starting to get interested in coloring with Crayons.  Unfortunately, when I set down a piece of paper or canvas for him to color on, he thinks it is more fun to rip it up or shake it.  One day after feeding Alex in his high chair, I was trying to let him color and he accidentally marked on the high chair tray.  I always keep baby wipes around while feeding my son because he is quite the mess maker, so I immediately reached over and grabbed one to see if the Crayon would wipe off easily.  To my surprise, the Crayon mark came off with no problem!  I handed my son some Crayons, took away the paper and let him have fun.  Once he was ready to get out of his high chair to run around and play, I used baby wipes and wiped off the marks.  As hard as he pressed and as many lines as he made, I was sure that it would take quite a while to wipe up.  Other than a few spots where there had already been scratches in the tray, it all came off with 3 baby wipes and only took a couple minutes.  

One disadvantage of letting your little one color on the high chair tray rather than a piece of paper is that in order to preserve the artwork you have to take a picture.  Occasionally I buy a poster board or painting canvas for my son to draw on since it is thicker than paper and much easier for a toddler to handle.  As often as he likes to color, that does get expensive.  Having a high chair already, I did not have to spend anything on canvas or paper for my son to color on.  


Experiment a little:

Next to test out will be dry erase markers or washable markers on the high chair tray.  Crayons do not mark on clothing or a child’s skin very easily, so with my son being just 15 months old they are our favorite coloring choice right now.  

Take the high chair outside to your porch or yard for a change of scenery.  My son loves when his high chair is on the front porch and he can watch cars go by.  He can hear the birds and use all sorts of senses all at once!  Once he is a little older, I will point to objects outside and teach him to draw them.  

Create decorations by getting your little one to color all over the surface of a dresser, cabinet, table or other household object and cover it with lacquer or clear coat paint to preserve the art. You’ll have a unique piece that is functional, artistic and a great memory piece!





Review: S1 Aerolite Travel System

Features as listed from the Safety 1st website:



•     Multi-position canopy with airflow mesh panels

•     Ultra-compact, 1-hand fold and stand

•    Child snack tray with cup holder

•    Multi-position recline

•   5 point harness

•   Slide Guard® protection

•   Easy-access basket

•   Parent tray with 2 cup holders and fabric covered storage compartment


Infant Car Seat

  1. Air Protect® side impact technology which reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air.
  2. Base belt lock easily secures your vehicle seat belt during installation
  3. Carry Curve™ Handle features ergonomic design
  4. Customizable insert and low harness slots make the seat ideal for preemies and adjustable for                     growing babies
  5. Extended use from a tiny 4 to a full 35 pounds.
  6. Includes 17% more leg room than most infant car seats



Infant Car Seat accommodates child from 4-35 pounds and up to 32 inches in height.

Stroller accommodates child up to 50 pounds.

Assembled Size: 41.5” H x 25.25” W x 38”

Personal Review:

My little boy was born May 24 so we have gotten a lot of use out of our travel system.

We chose it because we loved the features and as a first time mom, I wanted a travel system that was affordable yet protective for my little boy!

The car seat is cushioned even enough for when my son was a newborn.  It snaps into the car just as easily as it snaps into the stroller.  It comes with a separate car seat base so all you need to do is fasten the base in once, which only takes a few minutes anyways.  Every time you use the car seat in the car, you just snap it in, and snap it right back out when you want to remove it.  It is secure, yet simple and easy to use.    My newborn boy was 7 lbs and the harness was able to secure his little body without hurting him.  As he has grown, the adjustable straps have been a great feature!

The stroller, even while I had a large pregnant belly, folded up with ease and fits inside my car trunk with no problem.  The car seat snaps in and stays in place much better than the other brandsand models I tried in store.  When the car seat is removed from the stroller, the stroller has plenty of space for a toddler. The basket beneath the stroller fits a diaper bag or large purse easily.

The only issue I see so far is the parent canvas storage compartment on the stroller.  The store model had one that would not stay in place, which I imagine could happen after months of use.  Mine has been fine so far but I have been very careful with it.


Image of travel system courtesy of Safety 1st.

This review is in no way sponsored by Safety 1st.

Review: S1 Premier Playard


S1 by Safety 1st Satellite Premier Playard – Pegasus

Babies R Us – $159.99




Features as listed on the Safety 1st website:

•                My Neat Storage features 3 roomy shelves and an easy-access hamper for laundry or toy.  Hamper is removable and  washable

•                Starry Night Mobile with rotating plush toys, twinkling lights and a nightlight, and classical and sing-to-me songs

•               Elevated changing table keep baby easily within arm’s reach during changing

•                Innovative, visible SecureTech™ lock lets you know play yard is in the properly locked position

•                Comfortable bassinet for baby’s nap time with easy snap-on bars and breathable mesh

•                Stop or Go wheels: Lift to Go or push down to Stop


Personal Review:

The Satellite Premier Playard took less than 10 minutes to put up! Since I had a big pregnant belly at the time, my husband put it together and had no problems at all.  After we completely set it up, we folded it up and followed the directions on how to put it into the travel bag.  It is a little heavy to carry in the bag as it does not have wheels like some of the other brands, but it fit well and was nice and compact.

After having the playard put together, I realized how easily the bassinet snaps in and out, making the playard perfect for either a newborn baby or a toddler.  The bassinet was sturdy and easily held my 25lb dog even when he was trying to walk from one side to the other and had it shaking around.  Another feature I liked was that it seemed to have some cushion.  Some of the others I compared to at the store were hard as a rock and I wanted something more comfortable for my baby.

The storage is not enough for all of my supplies but enough to keep a few things out and right there at hand when using the changing table.  The changing table is very sturdy, held by small metal poles that also help to hold the storage in place.  My little boy is now 1 month old and seems to almost take up the whole length of the changing table, so I do not know how easy it will be to use once he is even bigger.

Overall, the price was reasonable, the playard is easy to put together and take down, is sturdy and has some great extra features that many other playards do not have.



Photo Courtesy of Safety 1st

In no way was this review sponsored by Safety 1st

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