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May 19, 2024

Things We Like: Winter Sanity Savers

Try out these winter sanity savers to make this chilly, dark season doable with the kids!

Information provided by Lacy Gambee, a former television news producer, a publicist and busy mother of three.

Buckle Me Baby Coats: Experts rally each year warning parents to take coats off in the car seat citing the dangers they pose in a crash, but experts aren’t around for epic parking lot meltdowns! Here is a coat that is actually designed for their car seat! Fashion meets function with Buckle Me Baby Coats which are not only fun, fashion-forward and on-point this season, but they are also safer, super easy to use and winter warm! The front panel simply pulls to the side and the shoulder seams are set back. That way the car seat straps are under the coat and on the child’s chest where they belong. There’s no excess fabric in the way and the line has even been crash tested and approved. That means no more having to put on and take off coats when getting in the car! Head to the website and check out several adorable styles the company offers at

Buckle Me Baby Coats

MangataLites: During Winter, the Northern Hemisphere points away from the sun, resulting in fewer hours of sunshine which means it gets dark faster! MangataLites are a great way to allow kids to see and be seen when they’re playing in the yard or headed to the bus stop during low light times. These gloves are wearable, and have rechargeable safety lights built right into gloves that make lost flashlights and dead batteries a thing of the past! Keeping kids safe means putting parents minds at ease all year round (not just the Winter.) Plus, these gloves look super cool and come in various colors such as Super Hero Batty Black, Spidey Red and Volt Blue! For more details, go to


The Better Ice Scraper:  Winter is here, but you don’t have to let snow and ice buildup on your windshield slow you down – especially when you’re trying to get the kids to school, sports practice or you are headed to the store. The Better Ice Scraper is a faster, smarter, easier way to clear your windshield. It’s unique design makes it efficient, and its compact size lets it stow away easily. Plus, it’s ergonomic grip makes it more comfortable to use. This new design with enhanced stability puts less strain on your wrist, elbow and shoulder, but knocks out ice in no time! A parents time is valuable, and no one wants to spend any more of it chipping away at ice. This season get it done faster and better thanks to this awesome parent sanity saver! For more details, go to

Better Ice Scraper

The Keepsie: This time of the year means colds, flu and lots of germs! Yes, every time a baby’s pacifier gets tossed on the floor, it’s one more time kiddos are being exposed to sickness. With The Keepsie, you can keep your precious baby’s pacifier safe and clean from germs, airborne elements, animals, insects, pollen, dust and more when it’s not in use! This mom-invented product is made with air holes to increase air flow and safe drying, and secure snaps, which remains closed when tossed in purses or diaper bags. The loop on the back attaches to pacifier strap/lanyard, and it’s easy to wipe clean. Covers pacifiers with attached plush animals and silicone protusions.  Made in U.S.; chemical and toxin-free; FDA & EU food safe. For more details, go to

Tick Tock Turtle: Tick Tock Turtle is a must-have for parents during the dark winter months, especially if you plan on traveling. Even the grumpiest morning risers will be saying, “Rise and Shine!” Tick Tock Turtle is the only sleep trainer that uses sleep detection and light therapy to gently wake up your child. During the night, we go through cycles of sleep where the lightest stage of sleep is linked to body movement. This sleep trainer watches your child’s movements 30 minutes before your set alarm time. It will then wake them up in their lightest stage of sleep. This is as close as it gets to waking up naturally, which means your child will be more alert and ready to start their day! Check it out at

Tick Tock Turtle

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.