Spring is coming which means many families are making their way outside. The beautiful weather comes with the desire to get out and hike, camp, head to the beach, or simply grill out in the backyard. Being outdoors with kids comes with its challenges though, especially when it comes to mealtime. Ciao Baby Portable High Chair and BugBand have truly been game-changers for our family. We now use the portable high chair whenever we’re outside, and I no longer have to worry about the baby crawling through ant piles or putting dangerous things in his mouth.
We’ve also been enjoying the outdoors more with the use of Bug Band, especially here in Florida. When I moved here, I didn’t realize how many types of bugs about that I never even knew existed. Bug Band has certainly been making these spring evenings outside more relaxing.
About Ciao Baby
Co-inventors Kim Strong and Jamye Baker are thrilled to bring you their innovative, unique and patented portable high chair, ciao! baby®!
Kim and Jamye each have children and understand that families are busy and involved in many different activities. Often mealtime is not spent at home. They realize that families with small children need a solution that will make life easier during mealtime and snack times. Kim and Jamye created ciao! baby® with this in mind. The ciao! baby® portable high chair is a lightweight flexible high chair with an attached tray that requires no assembly.
As a mom myself, I’m grateful that these women saw a need in the marketplace and filled it. After countless mealtimes on-the-go trying to feed a squirmy baby on my lap, I feel like someone finally understands the struggle!
About Bug Band
EES, Inc. (Effective Environmental Systems), manufactures, packages and distributes BugBand insect repellents. With its decades of experience developing odor-control products, EES, Inc., partnered with the University of Florida, Gainesville, which was undertaking a long-term study on the effectiveness of Geraniol as an insect repellent. EES is now the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of products using the patented technology under the BugBand brand.
BugBand offers an array of insect repellent products such as wristbands, towelettes, spray lotion, bead bags, diffusers, spreadable repellant, and bed bug spray.
My Review – Ciao Baby Portable High Chair
As I mentioned before, our family lives in Florida, so this time of year is prime time for outdoor activities. It’s not yet unbearably hot so we love to cook out or head to the beach in the afternoons and evenings. We have a preschooler, a toddler, and a 10-month-old, so one of the struggles is making sure all of the kids are safe and corralled wherever we go. This is especially true with the baby putting everything in sight in his mouth.
When the portable high chair arrived in the mail, I felt like I could finally be outside with the kids worry-free. The chair is lightweight and comes in a convenient carry bag. This means I can throw it over my shoulder with ease whether we’re just heading outside to play catch or hauling gear to the beach. I also loved that it was simple to set up, even with one hand while I held the baby in the other. It literally just unfolds, and I was so thankful there was nothing to attach or assemble. Who has time for that when your toddler is running in the opposite direction?
The other feature I thought was genius was the attached vinyl tray. It’s super easy to wipe down, which is important to me because my baby insists on feeding himself. The chair includes a built-in cup holder and, of course, straps to securely buckle in the baby.
We are going on an extended family vacation this summer to visit family, and it will be so convenient to have this chair at other people’s houses, on-the-road, around the campfire, and at the beach. They come in an assortment of colors, including ones with collegiate sports team logos!
While I was outside giving the portable high chair a spin, I noticed that the bugs were biting and thought it was a perfect time to bring out the BugBand. First, we set up the portable diffuser which runs on AA batteries. All you have to do is insert the cartridge and turn the diffuser to the “on” position for the fan to start running in order to release the Geraniol scent.
My husband and I kept commenting on how nice it smelled, and that the scent was not overpowering at all. It had a nice far reach, covering our whole yard. We also brought it with us onto our screened-in porch so we could enjoy dinner outside without having to worry about swatting bugs. The diffuser is completely safe around food and is deet-free.
We also tested out the BugBand towelettes and lotion spray. We were playing outside in the grass wearing sandals, which usually results in multiple bug bites on our feet and ankles. No bug bites this time! I loved the towelettes for children since it’s almost impossible to get them to sit still long enough to spray and rub.
My husband and I used the lotion spray on our legs and feet, and it had a nice pleasant smell. This company is clearly environmentally conscious because the bottle has a pump sprayer instead of an ozone-harming aerosol spray. The product dispensed easily and was not sticky once applied to the skin.
Ciao Baby Portable High Chair and BugBand products are must-have items for families planning to be outside this spring and summer with young children. They make travel and outdoor adventure so much easier!
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