This post on Super Useful Dog Products Every Owner Needs is sponsored by BabbleBoxx, but all opinions are my own. Mathew and I will soon celebrate 9 years of marriage in December. Only 2 months after being married we welcomed Pearl into our home, and for Addie’s 3rd birthday we welcomed Winky. I’m pretty sure we would be more lonely without these two crazy dogs of ours. They make life more fun, and they make the best cuddle bugs. Our friends at Babbleboxx sent us this amazing box of super useful dog products and if you have a dog or plan on getting one soon, you won’t want to miss this roundup. Pumpkin Treats from Fruitables I’m really conscious about the products I buy for our family, and that includes the dogs. I look at the ingredients, see if they’re healthy or have superfoods, and more. We love the dogs as much as the kids and want them to live a long time, so quality ingredients are very important to us. Fruitables Pumpkin Spice Skinny Minis and the Fruitables Pumpkin & Cranberry Baked Treats passed Winky’s and my tests. Winky wouldn’t stop eating them out of my hand! The Fruitables treats smell like muffins right out of the oven. They’re also the perfect size for training dogs. Everyone wins! iDig from iFetch You want to talk about useful dog products? The iDig Stay by iFetch is my new favorite. Pearl loves to dig and scratch at things. It’s definitely her favorite thing to do and I hate it because sometimes she does it to the doors in the house. It’s been a hard habit to break and we’ve finally broken it with the iDig Stay. The iDig Stay has layers of flaps where you can add treats or toys. Digging gives dogs mental and physical stimulation, and finally Pearl can do it without me worrying about my furniture. Use code BABBLE15 for 15% off the iDig Stay or the iDig Go at iFetch and grab this useful dog product for your pooch! Kids n Pets Stain & Odor Remover As much as Pearl and Winky are little angels in our eyes, sometimes they like to make it known that they aren’t happy with us. Let’s be honest- accidents on furniture or carpet happen from time to time. Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover is non-toxic and uses enzymes to break down messes. You can use the Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover a few different ways- pre-treat fabric, spray it, pour it directly on, or even add it to your carpet cleaning machine. This is one useful dog product you won’t want to skip having! FloorRover Dash from Eureka Somehow I always find dead grass in my house despite our rule of not wearing shoes in the house. I figured out the culprits- Addie’s wheelchair and the dogs. Our house has a mix of wood floors and carpet, so a vacuum that can tackle both is important to us. This Eureka FloorRover Dash is amazing for powerful carpet and hard floor deep cleaning. I really like this Eureka pet vacuum because it has a multi-cyclone filtration system and HEPA filter for allergy-free cleaning. Both Pearl and Winky are hypoallergenic so we don’t worry about fur, but we always worry about our air because of Addie and her health issues. A good vacuum is really important for our house and we’ve needed a new one for a while now. I’m so excited to have this one! Lemi Shine Disinfecting Wipes If you’ve been around here at all, you know that we are a family that values toxin-free products. I usually make my own wipes, but I am glad to have Lemi Shine Disinfecting Wipes on hand for dog emergencies. We aren’t strangers to having Lemi Shine products in our home. Lemi Shine products are eco-friendly and use natural disinfectants- both insanely important in our home. We’ve been toxin-free in our home since Addie was in the NICU and it’s one thing we don’t budge on in this house. In any case, it’s hard to be upset about cleaning up dog accidents when you’ve got a chunky little dog giving you a sweet eye. I’m super happy to have all of these amazing products in our home to make pet life easier. Being that we’re so picky with the quality of ingredients in products, I love that Babbleboxx knocked this one out of the park. Every single one is a super useful dog product that’s perfect for our home, and I know it will be for yours too! So there you have it, so many super useful dog products every owner needs! Which is your favorite?
This Beddy’s bedding was gifted to Addie from Beddy’s, but all thoughts are my own. As a kid, did you ever make your bed every day? I didn’t. I loved sleeping in until the last second, rushing to get ready, and then I’d run out the door. Although Addie physically can’t make her bed before she starts her day, I really appreciate when her bedroom is neat and tidy. It just makes her room look so clean and it gives us all less anxiety. Addie has a twin day bed that turns into a king, and it made it difficult to make the bed. The comforter would be shoved into the side with the back, and the rest would hang down the front. It just always looked sloppy no matter who made it. Not only that, but when we pulled it out into the king, we never had enough comforter for both mattresses. We would always have to drag a blanket into her room, and that was a pain. We discovered Beddy’s bedding after hearing about them through other friends on social media. It was like someone finally answered our prayer on making Addie’s bed! Beddy’s bedding reminds me if a fitted sheet and a sleeping bag had a baby- and it’s amazing. Here’s why I love it- each Beddy’s has a patented design and there’s nothing else like it on the market. The Beddy’s bedding is all one piece and goes on like a fitted sheet. Each Beddy’s bedding has a zipper all around the top that opens up to the blanket and sheet. The blanket is made of that super soft minky fabric and the sheets are equally as comfortable. When you’re done sleeping, you just zip it back up and put the pillows on your bed. Literally so easy that a toddler could easily make their own bed. Genius. I still wondered how we would like the Beddy’s bedding on nights we didn’t have a nurse because we would have to pull out her bed. Beddy’s sent us two Beddy’s sets and it was such a game changer. We pulled out her bed and the Beddy’s stayed on each mattress even better than fitted sheets. Both ones were easy to unzip, cozy into, and rest. I won’t lie- I found it insanely cozy and was so jealous we didn’t get a Beddy’s set for Mathew’s and my bed. We fell in love with the Daydream (Minky) set for Addie’s room. It’s a beautiful light blue and white striped design on the outside. When the Beddy’s is unzipped it has a soft white minky blanket. The sheets are white with the most adorable small light blue hearts. It’s such a sweet set. It also comes with a white and blue heart pillowcase and a blue and white striped sham.If you know Addie though, you know we are always “extra.” Beddy’s also sent us their “Over the Rainbow” pillow cover, “Hearthrob” pillow cover, 2 feather pillow inserts, a “Marshmallow Fluff” pillow, and the Rainbow Crush blanket. Everything just fit perfectly together. The best part is- even with the pillows it takes me less than 1 minute to make her bed each day. Isn’t that wild?! I definitely think this is one purchase that any family with little ones all the way through teens should have. Heck, they have Beddy’s bedding that goes up to king size, so even if you don’t have kids, it’s worth getting. I honestly can say I want to have Beddy’s on every single bed in my house now. I’m not joking. As an adult I still hate making my bed. If I can make Addie’s in less than a minute, I would happily do it on our bed too. They have a ton of great designs for all ages, are super comfortable, and I can’t believe we didn’t get Beddy’s sooner. Next up- Lawson’s room, because his comforter never stays on his bed! Grab Beddy’s for your kids (or yourself- hey, I don’t blame you!) but don’t forget the discount coupon! Use code MATHEWSBAMBINA for 15% off! Want to know more of our favorite stuff for kids? Don’t miss the kids archive! There are so many amazing toys, books, clothes, and more for kids that you won’t want to miss.
One question I get a lot is how parents can teach kids about peers with disabilities. I’m a mom to a kid that has a wheelchair, trach/vent, Hydrocephalus, a heart repair scar, and a cochlear implant. I see the curiosities. I see kids asking their parents about Addie. I see parents darting their eyes, unsure of what to say. I’m here to tell you- it’s not as complicated to teach kids about peers with disabilities as you think. Not every family may agree with my views, but I think many families will. Educate Your Kids With Basics- One of the best things you can do to introduce and teach your kids about peers with disabilities is to get your hands on books about special needs. Books are a great way to learn about engaging with disabled. Books about varying special needs have preferred language and are a great way for kids to make the connection between books and their lives. Teach Your Kid Everyone Is Different- God created every single person with purpose. You, me, Addie, and everyone else are all uniquely made. Playing with kids of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, and abilities is one helpful way to start this process. Look for ways in your community that you and your family can spend time with peers with special needs. In the Waco/Central Texas area we are blessed to have No Limitations Athletics. It’s an organization free to special needs families and they are always looking for volunteers to help! If you’re local, it’s an amazing organization to be a part of and a great way to learn about various special needs. Be Curious, But Kind- There is nothing wrong with curiosity. Curiosity is how we naturally learn. There is a line though between curiosity and rudeness. Encourage your child to ask you, the peer with special needs, or their parent/caregiver their questions. More than anything, special needs families would rather you ask questions out of curiosity than stare, make ugly looks, or shoo your child away.Asking questions is a great way to learn. Many times kids have seen Addie and have said, “Why does she have those cords?” or “What’s that around her neck?” Since Addie is non-verbal, I’m always happy to answer, especially when a parent is unsure. I might chime in (especially when the parent has no idea what to do), “This is Addie! These cords help Addie breathe because she can’t on her own. Do you see how you breathe? Take a big breath! This machine does that for Addie. Isn’t it cool?” Immediately kids seem more at ease, less worried, and find it is pretty cool! Please know that it is not the duty of the peer with special needs or their family to educate you, but typically many families will be happy to share more if you ask kindly.What should you do if your child asks a rude (or seemingly rude) question? Honestly- correct them. Correcting your child is key to helping them understand the best ways to address special needs topics. Shaming never needs to happen, but calmly reframe their question in a kinder way. Saying nothing when asking a rude question does not help one bit though. We all understand that (especially younger) kids lack tact. How you calmly react and help them will go miles. You may feel embarrassed, but know that you’ll go FAR in our book if you make it a teaching lesson on how to say things in a better way. Find Common Ground- This has been hands down one of the best things I’ve found to teach kids about peers with disabilities and varying special needs. In many situations, I help break the ice since Addie is non-verbal, but it’s so refreshing when others break the ice first. Addie loves wearing bows in her hair, so if I see a little girl curious about her, I say, “Hi! This is Addie! What’s your name? I see you have a bow in your hair! Addie loves bows too. Doesn’t she look great with it?” Sometimes people find their own common ground without us initiating. They’ll say things like “This little girl has a pink wheelchair! You love the color pink too. Let’s tell her we like her wheelchair!” Something as simple as an icebreaker with common ground goes a long way in beginning the foundation. Include Them In Activities- A child with a disability or that has special needs is still a person and including them in activities is always appreciated. They enjoy activities just as much as other kids and want friends just like anyone else. As your child grows up, encourage them to invite their peers with special needs to play, hang out outside of school, join extracurriculars, and more. If your child is worried about logistics or accommodations, encourage your child to ask you, a teacher, or the parent on the best ways to include their friend with special needs. Allow Them A Safe Place To Ask Questions- The best thing you can do for your child is to give a safe place. Allow open conversations in your home. Read those books with kiddos that have disabilities or special needs and talk about them. When you don’t have these conversations and when you don’t allow your child to spend time with peers that are different, fear-based hate can be created. If you aren’t sure how to answer your child, do some research and come back to them, never assume.Bullying is a big deal and is a great topic of conversation within your safe place. Is your child seeing others that are different being made fun of? Encourage them to be a friend and not a bully. Ending bullying is an awesome thing, and when your child helps quash it, it is a beautiful thing. Educate Yourself Too- As a parent, it’s your job to teach your kid about many things. We know that learning starts at home, and in order to help your child, you need to be more informed. Your child doesn’t need to be lectured or overwhelmed with facts about disabilities or other special needs. They just want you to help them understand what’s going on and how to be compassionate. The more you know, the more confident be when your child has questions. Inclusion means contributing, not just passively watching, but participating. Education absolutely helps inclusion. Remind Your Child To Be Themselves- The best thing your child can do is just be themselves. Just because a peer has a disability it doesn’t change that they’re just a person. A non-verbal kid like Addie may not be able to participate in some things, but they enjoy your child just being themselves around them. Have a quiet kid? Maybe they can offer help to their disabled peer during activities. Have a more outgoing kid? Maybe they will want to chat with their peer or be silly with them. Whatever their personality, it is best to encourage your child to just be themselves. I hope this guide has been helpful! 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