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Portable Play Mats for Outings with Little Ones

Portable Play Mats for Outings with Little Ones 0

Have you ever been somewhere and wanted or needed to let your little one sit and play on the floor for a bit?  But you couldn’t because you didn’t have anything to protect them from the dirty surface?

In these situations, having a ready-to-use play mat with you can be really helpful!

Getting out and about with babies and toddlers requires some planning.  Sometimes we try to time it just right, when they’re fed, changed, and ready to nap.  But, sometimes, things don’t go as planned.  Sometimes, they’re not tired.  Or, they are tired, but won’t sleep.  Sometimes they don’t want to be in their stroller or car seat.  Sometimes, littles get antsy, and need to stretch their little limbs.  On the floor is where they want to be.  Right now.  Pronto. 

What they need is a mat that is large enough for a baby to lie on or a toddler or older child to sit on, spread out on, and stretch, play, read, snuggle, etc. 

A play mat can be a great protective barrier between a child and the floor or ground.  And while a blanket or towel can sometimes do the trick, there are times when you want a little bit of padding. 

Kabana Kids’ portable Beachy Play Mats were made with this purpose in mind.  They’re big enough to allow little ones to spread out, but compact and easy to fold and stash so you can take them with you.  And, they coordinate cohesively with Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats, making not only an adorable put-together ensemble, but also allowing you maximum portability and convenience.

Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats are made with soft cotton on top, water resistant nylon underneath, and light padding in between.  And, they’re sewn in panels, making them quick and easy to fold up and take with you.

They are perfect for those times when your little one needs a little floor time, no matter where you are – at a friend’s house, in a waiting room, at an older child’s sporting event or dance class, at the airport, in a hotel room, at the zoo, the park, at home, anywhere.  They’re also great for the beach, at the pool, on a picnic, or lounging in your backyard. 

Many Uses for Play Mats

Take your playmat with you wherever you go!  You can fold it up and put it in your diaper bag, and have it with you for when you need it.  It can come in handy in lots of locations and circumstances.  For example:

  • Multi-Functional -- Playmats are useful for resting, sleeping, tummy time, playing, picnicking, lounging, reading or looking at a book, coloring or drawing, diaper changing, playing a game, cuddling, and more. Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats are large enough for older kids too, for more than one child at a time, and for parents and kids to snuggle together. 

For Babies

  • Playmats offer several benefits, including fun and entertainment, a diversion and new perspective, a break for the little one and parent, and developmental benefits.
  • For babies, playmats allow them to stretch out on their back, roll over onto tummy, push up with arms (tummy time), practice rolling over, crawling.
  • You can lay your baby down, or sit them up (depending on age), and give them some toys, teethers, or board books to explore. You can also place an activity bar with dangling toys above them, or turn them over for some tummy time (with a support pillow and toys). 

For Toddlers and Older Kids

  • For toddlers, playmats are great for playing with all sorts of toys and looking at books. For older kids, playmats are perfect for lounging and reading a book, playing with toys, or playing a game.

For Gifts

  • Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats make a great gift. Pair them with some toys, books, or other items that go with their theme, and you have a thoughtful, unique, fun and useful gift set!

For Traveling

  • Play mats are great for traveling. When paired with a Kabana Kids Beachy Diaper Bag (also an amazing beach, pool, overnight and everyday bag), you can take your Beachy Play Mat with you everywhere you go! 

About Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats

Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats feature fun, whimsical, beachy prints, and they coordinate with, fit into, and pair perfectly with Beachy Diaper Bags.  Together, this combination is perfect for parents who like to get out and about with their children.  The mats fold up easily and fit inside these bags, which can also be carried as backpacks.  Families who like to travel, go on day trips or outings, and share fun experiences together will especially love these bags and mats.  Here is some more information:

Beachy Play Mat Highlights:

  • Convenient, Versatile, Multi-Functional, Multi-Purpose, Handy, Sustainable
  • Goes and grows with your family
  • Great for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Can be used for babies, toddlers, and older kids, even with more than one kid
  • Large enough for you to sit on with your child
  • Adorable, whimsical prints

Construction

  • Highest quality, safe materials
  • Exceptionally well made
  • Soft, 100% cotton on top, water resistant nylon on bottom, light padding in between
  • Sewn in four panels to fold up easily

Function

  • Portable
  • Fold up and pack into bag
  • For indoor and outdoor use
  • Machine washable

Aesthetics

  • Cute, colorful, whimsical beachy prints
  • Luxurious, soft fabric
  • Match/coordinate with our diaper bags

Multi-Purpose

  • Getting out and about with little ones
  • Traveling
  • Conveniently fit into bag, ready to use when you need it
  • Take it with you wherever you go
  • Comes in handy for lots of things
  • Great gift

See our Beachy Play Mat collection here.  See our Bag and Play Mat Bundles here.

Fun, Beachy Printables Brighten Up Rooms

Fun, Beachy Printables Brighten Up Rooms 0

Download and Print These Adorable Beachy Prints, Frame Them, and Add Them to Any Room to Give it a Bright, Beachy, Summery Boost!

beach baby printable art

Here’s a fun, simple and inexpensive way to add a whimsical summer touch to a nursery, kids’ room, or any other room!  Kabana Kids has several adorable, beachy artwork designs you can download and use as you wish. 

hula girl baby room printable art

 

beach baby printable art

Print them out (on a color printer), frame them, and display them on the wall or on a shelf.  Group them with other related prints and/or some props or decorative items in a similar theme and you have a whole new look!

beach baby girl printable art

pink flamingo baby room printable art

 

You can use these printables in any room – nursery, child’s room, play room, powder room, family room, classroom, office, etc. – or as party décor, as part of a craft or invitation, or other project.  The options are limitless!

pink dolphin printable art

Our printables feature Kabana Kids’ own original whimsical artwork.  Themes include: beach, surf, mermaids, dolphins, Hawaii, pineapple, and more.  Click here to see all designs.

 

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

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Here are some fun, festive, kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day party ideas. 

St. Patrick's Day Menu

  • Pot O’ Golden Nuggets – chicken nuggets in a big black pot

  • Shamrock pasta – tossed with olive oil

  • Mini shamrock sandwiches (cut out with a shamrock cookie cutter)

  • Rainbow fruit tray – with clouds (mini marshmallows) and gold (gold wrapped chocolates) on ends

  • Veggie tray (carrots, celery, cucumbers, and cauliflower) and ranch dip in green bell pepper

  • Tortilla chips and guacamole

  • Potato chips and dip

  • Beverages: Gatorade, water

  • Plus (not pictured) slow cooked Irish stew (beef, potatoes, carrots, onions) in Guinness beer, served with Irish soda bread

  • Sweets table: assorted green and shamrocks cookies and short bread, and a variety of green and rainbow candy

The table spread features all the fun and festive St. Patrick's Day food!  The house is decked out in green, shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, gold coins, rainbows, and signs of good luck.  

Decorations include a large blow-up leprechaun, Irish blessing print outs, hanging shamrocks, banners, pot of green beads, St. Patrick's Day children's books, gold coins scattered around, white and green string lights, banners, green sashes, rainbow streamers, and fun props.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Diaper Bag Inspired Outfits

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Kabana Kids’ Beachy Diaper bags can be inspiration for a variety of outfits and looks.  While these bags great for moms, they’re not just for moms.  They are really versatile and go way beyond diaper duty.  You can use them for anything you’d use a large bag for – travel, overnight bag, big purse, beach bag, pool bag, yoga bag (you can fit a yoga mat inside and still have room for other items), family bag, school bag, work bag, adventure bag, sports bag, picnic bag, you name it.  They are also wearable as backpacks, making them even more convenient. 

We’ve styled a few looks based on the Beachy Diaper Bags.  These looks are great for the remainder of winter and well into Spring.  We’ll do a summer look book a little later as well.  As you can see, our bags (which are elegantly casual) work really well with jeans and booties, but they also wear really well with office attire. 

Diaper Bag Inspired Outfits

  

 

Coconut Beachy Diaper Bag (shop)

This warm, cinnamon brown bag with brown vegan leather on the bottom is perfect for winter looks.  Here, it’s shown with a warm sweater, brown leather jacket, and pretty scarf.

Tropical Green Beachy Diaper Bag (shop)

This jade green bag, with brown vegan leather on the bottom, looks really good with neutrals – tans, cremes, browns, off whites – and various shades of green.  We paired it with jeans, booties, a soft green top, and chunky oatmeal sweater.

 

 

Deep Navy Beachy Diaper Bag (shop)

This deep blue bag offers lots of outfit possibilities.  You can wear it with jeans, cute dresses, work attire, and more.  We included a few different looks: super casual and comfy with jeans, a plaid shirt and boots; fun and springy with a navy top and print palazzo capris; and cute and flirty with a white and navy striped mini dress and denim jacket.

 

Sand and Navy Beachy Diaper Bag (shop)

We’ve paired this natural nautical bag (with a touch of navy) with a workwear outfit to show what range it has!  This outfit includes a classic tan blazer, skinny navy blue slacks, a silky red blouse (for a pop of color), and natural colored pumps.

 

Coastal Sky Beachy Diaper Bag (shop)

This bag is so soft and summery.  It’s also great for spring, and can be worn with a lot of different looks, with blues, denims, white, off white, tan, and neutrals.  It looks really cute with jeans or white pants, capris or shorts.  Here’s a simple outfit to wear with this bag: jeans, white jacket, blue top, sandals, and chunky silver jewelry.

Pink Sand Beachy Diaper Bag (shop)

This bag makes any outfit bright and cheery.  Here it is with white jeans, light blue denim jacket, soft pink top, pink scarf, and neutral sandals, and also as inspiration as a Valentine’s Day outfit with a red top, tan booties, and a fun red and pink heart scarf. 

These are just a few of the many ways you can create an outfit with each Beach Diaper Bag.  If you’ve created an outfit with a Beachy Diaper Bag, please share!  We’d love to see it!

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What to Pack in Your Diaper Bag

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Diaper Bag Packing Tips

Diaper bags were made for getting out and about with little ones.  Kabana Kids’ Beachy Diaper Bags were made for families who love to get out, explore, have adventures, and enjoy life together!  They were made to be beachy, breezy, and bright, casual yet stylish, and colorful and fun.

While you can use our bags for just about everything, here are some ways to use them as diaper bags.

First of all, our diaper bags were meant to be used along with our Beachy Play Mats.  Our bags are large and roomy so you can fold up the play mat (sewn in panels for easy folding), put it inside, and still have lots of room for your other diaper bag essentials. 

It’s a great idea to bring a play mat along on your adventures with little ones because it can come in very handy in a variety of situations – at the beach, park, playtime at home or at someone else’s home, inside, or outside.  You can use it as a changing pad, a picnic blanket, a shopping cart cover, or as a barrier between your child and any surface.

What to Pack in Your Diaper Bag

Ok, what to pack in a diaper bag is generally pretty straight-forward.  But beyond the basics, everyone’s got their own style, twist, and preferences.  What you pack in your diaper bag is going to depend on your baby, child, or children’s age/s, where you’re going, how long you’re going to be gone, how prepared you like to be, and so on. 

Our bags have pockets outside and inside.  You can also use additional pouches and organizers with them if you'd like.

In addition to packing up your Beachy Play Mat, here are some diaper bag items you might want to pack.

 

Diaper Bag Essentials

  • For changing diapers – diapers, diaper rash crème (such as A&D or Desitin), wipes, bags or something to put dirty diapers in, baby lotion, diaper changing mat (or play mat)
  •  For sanitization – face wipes, hand sanitizer
  • For feeding – bottles, sippy cups, formula, water, nursing cover, baby food, snacks for your kids and for you, bib
  • For comfort – blanket (such as a swaddle blanket), socks, change of clothes, pacifier and carrying case
  • For protection – sun hat, sunscreen
  • For fun – toys (plush, rattle, teething toys, etc.), books, play mat to crawl, sprawl, sit, lie, play, rest on
  • Extras – bags or pouches to put things in

Helpful Hints

  • How many diapers should you have with you?  Bring however many you typically go through in an hour times how many hours you think you’ll be gone, plus a few extra.
  • Carry wipes in a resealable package, a case, or  a food storage bag

Kabana Kids’ diaper bags are extra large and roomy.  Because they’re also soft and flexible (made of cotton canvas), they aren’t bulky, and don’t have to take up a lot of space.  They can hold a lot!  They have pockets inside and outside, but not so many sections or compartments that they become limiting.  This allows you to pack it with whatever pouches or containers you want.  This lends to them being light and bright and airy.

Please share your ideas for what to include in a diaper bag.

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