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In May, my mom came for her bi-annual visit to Seattle. At about the same time, my kids discovered CloudPets™ on TV. They quickly figured out how they worked and began asking their “Nanni” (my mom) for them. Somehow, we managed to distract them.
I found out that CloudPets™ were available at select Walmart stores shortly after my mom decided to have Sebby and Quincy come to her and Poppi’s house for two weeks of “Nanni Camp” at the end of the summer. (Mom since I know you are reading this – you’re really brave – and it’s too late to back out THE FLIGHTS ARE BOOKED!) You’ll be able to find CloudPets™ on a big pallet display at your Walmart soon, and don’t forget you’ll also need three AA batteries! There are 5 adorable pets to choose from, including a Walmart Exclusive Unicorn (which sadly our Walmart did not have), a Bear and a Bunny, but we came home with two Kitty CloudPets™ and a Puppy.
Mom and I thought that the CloudPets™ would be a fun way to get the Sebby and Quincy excited about their trip to “Nanni Camp” plus a fun way to keep in touch when they come home. It’s the technology of voice messaging incorporated into a stuffed animal. The kids love their CloudPets™!
Using the free app, my Mom can send a message to the kid’s pets. The kids can hear messages from her or anyone that sends them on their CloudPets™ and then record a message back. We gave it a test run and it’s going to be a hit! The app also has parental controls so you can easily control who sends messages to your app, and also to keep your kids from changing the settings. This is AWESOME for me because Sebby is NOTORIOUS for deleting things.
The CloudPets™ were the easy part in getting the kids ready to visit my mom. I did some other things to help prepare the kids and I hope they will help you out to when your kids visit grandparents.
Tips to get ready to visit grandparents
Send a box ahead of time with clothes and toys so everything is already there and ready. Don’t forget toothbrushes, any special soaps etc.
If you aren’t staying with your kids while they visit grandparents, make sure you leave a medical treatment release so they can be treated at a hospital PLUS copies of their insurance cards.
Consider a “how-to” manual or check-list of likes/dislikes and routines – similar to what you’d leave for a sitter. It’s helpful for grandparents to know favorite toys, snacks etc. I even created an online wish list of snacks and toys so my mom could by them and have them on hand,
Bedtime routines. Do what you can to keep this similar to whats at home. Send favorite jammies, blankets and books. (Mom – I’m going to point out here that if you keep doing Word Wagon as part of the bedtime routine when they are with you, you’re going to have to move out here.) I love that I can send bedtime messages to the CloudPets™ while my kids are visiting.
Do not forget security items. Blankets, CloudPets™, special drinking cups. All of these things are super important to my kids, so they are going in the carry-on luggage. Can’t risk them getting lost.
I admit, this will be the longest I’ve been away from Sebby and Quincy. I know they’ll have a great time and I know they’ll love that I can send them special messages on their CloudPets™, just like they’ll be able to send their Nanni and Poppi messages when they come back home.