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For Kids: Imaginative Rain Gear

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide on Traveling with Baby.  From now until February 14th, you’ll find great Valentine’s gift ideas for the whole family.  You’ll even have the opportunity to win some of the products featured on the Gift Guide–isn’t that lovely?

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A couple weeks ago, we had too much rain, and my son could have worn his new Kidorables Dinosaur rain boots indoors to keep his toes dry.

We haven’t had much rain since then, but we’ve had GOBS of snow.  If you live in central Virginia, you may have heard the terms Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse used to describe last weekend’s two foot onslaught (on top of all the other snow we’ve already had this record-setting winter).

So, instead of splashing in rain puddles, Calvin’s been wearing his rain boots everywhere, and especially tracking through the snow.  I love the great rubber gripping treads in slushy or packed snow.  He loves the dino teeth and  eyes.  His favorite part?  He can slip them on all by himself.  He proudly stomps around and announces this feat every. time. he puts them on. every. time.

Although 14 degrees is still too cold to head outdoors with a thin rain coat, he’s armed and ready for the rains of spring in his matching dinosaur rain coat. I like the wooden dinosaur hanger that comes with the coat.

Don’t you just love the orange spikes on the shoulders? It gets better.  Check out the pockets.  Look at this little guy on the right side.  Adorable!  There’s more…

See this one on the left?  That’s one cute brontosaurus.

But, they’re not nearly as cute as the little guy wearing the coat.

After an afternoon of sliding through the snow fort and cobbling together a snow baby, Calvin likes to head indoors for a cup of warm lemon-blueberry tea followed by a soak in the tub to warm up his fingers and toes.

After the bath, he roars around our home in his dinosaur towel.

I just wish the photo above had sound…can’t you just hear him roaring?  There’s little pockets in the top claws where he can grab on to create the perfect dino dude.

See what I mean?

And when he’s not pretending to be a dinosaur, then he just walks around in a very big green hat.

The towel arrives rolled up and secured with a pretty white bow. It’s tucked nicely in a reusable plastic bag with a canvas strap so you can keep it dry when you haul it to the pool in the summertime.

If you get a lot of spring rain in your neck of the woods, Kidorables creates fun ways to present your valentine with an imaginative and practical gift.  Besides dinosaurs, they also feature their classic ladybug and frog designs.  Not into dinosaurs?  How about pirates, firefighters, mermaids, or pink cats?

If you’re going to have 6 more weeks of winter, check out the knit scarves, and gloves & mittens available.

WIN IT!

One (1) winner will receive a Kidorable umbrella of choice (retail value $13.50)!

To enter, please visit the Kidorables website, and leave a comment describing your favorite style and item on this post prior to February 14th at 11:59 p.m.  Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.

FOR A SECOND ENTRY:Become a Facebook Fan of Kidorables, then leave a comment telling me you did so.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Follow @drdolly and @kidorable on Twitter for a coupon code and another opportunity to win a Kidorable umbrella.

FOR A FOURTH ENTRY: Tweet (include @drdolly) about this giveaways or the Valentine’s Day gift guide, then leave a second comment telling me that you did with a link.

FOR A FIFTH ENTRY: Blog about the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or this giveaway, then leave a comment with a link to your post.

FOR A  SIXTH ENTRY: Enter another contest on the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, and leave a comment telling me which one you entered.

*I received product samples from Kidorables for the purpose of this review.  Read my full disclosure policy.
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*UPDATE* Congratulations to #21, CherylW!
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40 Responses

  1. I really love the Lotus boots and umbrella! So cute! However, to appeal to my daughter’s sense of style, I’d probably pick the butterfly umbrella!

  2. I’m a Facebook fan of Kidorables!

  3. I’m following @drdolly and @kidorable on Twitter!

  4. Tweeted (@sazzyfrazzy) about the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide at http://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/statuses/8671616899

  5. Entered the Fuji Enviromax battery giveaway!

    sazzyfrazz(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I am in LOVE with the butterfly umbrella! Close second being the zebra…

  7. I’ve been following your blog for awhile because your posts have been full of interesting information regarding healthier products (BPA-free bottles for example) and healthier approaches to family lifestyle. So you can imagine how surprised I was to find you promoting these raingear products. Between the raincoat and the boots, you are literally enveloping the child in polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is highly toxic to the planet and especially to children. (See http://besafenet.com/pvc/documents/2009/Fact-Sheets/110909%20Top%20Ten%20Reasons.pdf for more information or simply google PVC for a ton more.) The phthalates emitted by PVC have the same effect as the BPA that you are trying to avoid – the introduction of estrogen-mimicking chemicals into the body. For the sake of your family and the families that follow you, please check this out. Many thanks, Malena

    • Hi Malena. Thanks for sharing the article on PVC and its relation to asthma in regard to PVC and related fumes from flooring, wall coverings, etc. I’ll never promote PVC-filled products used for beverage or food consumption. As much as I think it’s awful to have anything other than hardwood or tile floors, that’s definitely not a luxury that I can enjoy since we rent an apartment that leeches estrogens from carpet and carpet padding–since I know for certain the carpet is less than 10 years old.

      It is true that the PVC raincoat may have some harmful gasses, but I haven’t yet found a raincoat alternative on the market that not only keeps my child dry from a torrential downpour and is also without PVC. If you’ve found one, PLEASE share it with me. Thankfully, my son doesn’t chew on his raincoat. He doesn’t wear it more than a few minutes at a time–so, he’s not “wrapped” in it all day long with it right next to his skin. I don’t think I’ll ever send him outside in a raincoat with nothing else on underneath.

      To my knowledge, the rain boots are made from rubber, not PVC…no other way could he get that incredible traction on snow without totally biting it into a mogul.

      You’re right, I’m not a purist when it comes to being green and healthy, although I strive awfully hard to do as much as I can as often as I can with what’s within our financial means as a family and what makes practical sense while living in a modern city in the United States. Often, we yearn to launch our homestead in the country where we reside in a log cabin and raise a few head of cattle and chickens for our family’s needs. Until that day, I’m ever striving to find as much green and healthy balance as possible.

      Again, thanks for reading!

      Warmly,
      Dr. Dolly

      • Dear Dr. Dolly,

        Thank you for your thoughtful response.

        I too am not a purist – as you note, it is hard to live in this world without getting exposed to this stuff. Since I have boys, I am always on the lookout to limit their exposure to vinyls and other phthalate-emitting sources (conventional cleaners and detergents, perfumes, etc.) because of their estrogen-mimicking properties that have been shown to cause reproductive problems. You are right in that we can’t avoid driving a car or getting exposed to it from the plastic flooring, but when folks are informed, it is amazing at how much we can avoid.

        It did take me awhile to find non-PVC raingear for my kids. Though not as cute as the Kidorables line, Lands End has a line of waterproof nylon raincoats for children – most of which are quite a bit less expensive than the Kidorables products. They also have the rubber boots (these are cuter). I have also had luck with REI and The Children’s Place, but you have to read the labels carefully.

        As more folks become informed about the toxicity of PVC products and the availability of safer alternatives, we will be able to slowly eradicate these toxic items. Thank you for bringing this important information to light on your blog!

        Many thanks, Malena

      • Melena,

        Thanks so much for the tips on those other brands…I’ll definitely have to check them out!

        Dr. Dolly

  8. I like a lot of the styles! I think my favorite overall style is the Space Hero one, but my favorite item are these pirate gloves.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  9. I’m following both @drdolly and @kidorable on twitter as @my_twitraccount.
    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  10. I entered the Fuji’s Enviromax Batteries giveaway.
    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  11. I tweeted about the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide here (and included @drdolly): http://twitter.com/my_twitraccount/status/8879763416

  12. I absolutely love the polka dot umbrella-too bad I am too old for it ;)

  13. FB fan of Kidadorable-Julie A Scott Laws

  14. I entered the Rise and Shine CD contest

  15. From the kidorable site I love the Mermaid Umbrella, boots, rain coat and especially the bath towel. My daughter would flip over the bath towel.

  16. Tweet

    I follow both you and Kidorable on twitter @HeartnSoulmom

  17. I follow kidorable on Facebook

  18. sorry meant to post that I follow you and kidorable on twitter on a separate post from the tweet

    @HeartnSoulmom

  19. our favorite is the butterfly umbrella.

  20. I signed up to be a facebook fan

  21. I love the Ladybug umbrella.

  22. Oh cute!!!! I like the Bee Knitwear Set best, but the boots that match are just precious. great stuff.

  23. I entered the sunshine sweets valentine’s giveaway

  24. I really like the frog umbrella.

  25. The Space Hero backpack is so cool!

  26. Entered your Lady Bugs n’ Butterflies giveaway!

  27. I like the Space Hero collection. Like those boots.

  28. The bee raincoat is so cute!

  29. I entered the Surf Sweets giveaway!

  30. I entered the Fuji Enviromax giveaway.

  31. My grandson saw the site and he picked out the Dinosaur umbrella.

  32. Personally, I love the Fairy rainboots, but the kinder loves Lucky Cat. Lucky Cat everything!

  33. I am a Facebook Fan of Kidorables

  34. I follow both on twitter – choochoo428

  35. that was interesting!!

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