How to keep mittens on a Toddler

Keeping Mittens on a Toddler

"The struggle is real" it's an often used phrase on social media and it's what launched this company...struggle.  Kid gloves are hard to get on and sometimes even harder to keep on.  We all know that playtime lasts longer when little fingers are warm so here's some reasons why Mittyz by Veyo Kids STAY ON!

1. Mittens should go OVER a coat not under.  

This was a big deal for us in the design of our Mittyz...every coat sleeve is different why try to design a glove around a coat sleeve when we could design a mitten that worked with every coat.  By designing our kids mittens to go over a coat we ensured you have full control of keeping the mittens on your child.

2. Cinch em down.  

Most kids gloves come with a cinch strap but the key to keeping mittens on a toddler is having good, well located cinch straps Yeah as in more than one).  Our Mittyz come with one dual pull wrist strap as well as a bungee cinch cuff.  Mittzy are staying on and they keep the snow out.

3. Kids gloves your kids actually want to wear. 

Walk into your favorite ski shop or kids store and you see a sea of black mittens, maybe some pink or blue but overall how boring. Our Mittyz are designed not only to be functional but also FUN!  We here stories all the time of kids not wanting to take them off even when they come inside. (now that makes us happy)

Have some other great ideas on how to keep mittens on young children?  Leave us a comment below we'd love to hear about them.

 

Stay on mitten

Top Tips for Teaching Your Toddler How to Ski

I bet you didn't know this but Veyo Kids is run by two Dads who met years ago while teaching skiing.  Yours truly Chris "Jigidy" Jensen and founder/CEO Drake Munson.  We've stayed best friends for years now and learned a lot of great tips on how to teach little ones how to ski both from teaching our owns kids how to ski but hundreds or other kids.  Here's our top tips for teaching your kids how to ski.

First, if you don't feel comfortable teaching your kids to ski, then don't.  Put them in a lesson with other kids their age and a professional ski instructor.  They will have a blast, learn a bunch, and you get to go skiing!

Ok, if you're still with me here's some tips to make the process smooth and fun

  1. Practice at home!  Before you even hit the slopes put the skis and boots on at home.  Let your little one walk around on the carpet and get used to the weight, balance, and just walking around.  Have them practice their "athletic stance" leaning forward with knees slightly bent.  You can also practice making "pizza" shapes to stop and "french fries" to go.  You'll be miles ahead if you spend just 20 minutes doing this at home.
  2. It's all about the pizza.  Kids love pizza and the pizza shape is how you stop.  But, it's not the only way to stop. Make sure you teach your kids the "emergency stop"  What's that? Fall down!  You want to teach your child that it's not ok to run into trees, signs, or people and to fall down if they are about to hit something.  A lot of time it's hard for kids to make a pizza shape and actually stop, here's where a few pointers come in.  Get a pair of tip clamps or "edgie wedgies" these little devices hold the tips or your child's skis together so if they push their feet apart they automatically make a pizza.  The next tip...knees apart.  It's hard to make a pizza unless your knees are apart.  Tell your child to imagine they are riding a horse or have a beach ball between their knees...but always leaning forward with knees slightly bent (athletic stance).  Pro tip: If you're a good skier and can ski backwards in front of your child then use a ski pole to gently guide, speed up or slow down your child by placing your ski pole tip on the tip clamps. Once your child can stop comfortably on their own take the tip clamps off so they don't get too dependent on it.
  3. No ropes or harnesses.  These things are just silly.  Have you seen them? Parents with elaborate harnesses strapped to their kids following them around and pulling on the leash.  There are two things very wrong with these. First if you pull on the leash to slow your child down you are pulling them into the "back seat" out of the athletic stance so they lose all control. Second, it's going to take your child a lot longer to learn how to ski if they aren't skiing on their own.  Lose the harness and let them learn how to ski.  I had both my kids skiing on their own when they were just two years old...they don't need your help.
  4. Dress warm!  Always better to dress warm and lose a layer or two than to have cold kiddos.  A good pair of wool socks and a pair of Mittyz go a long ways in keeping hands and fee warm.
  5. Lastly and most importantly, Make it Fun!  If it isn't fun your kids won't want to go so make it the best day ever.  Put candy in your pockets, stop for cookies and hot cocoa and as soon as they are having the most fun ever, it's time to go home.  Don't wait until they are tired and cold...leave on a high note.

With a bit of practice your little one's will be out skiing you!  Here's my 4 year old daughter on "Screaming Cheetah" at Grand Targhee, Wyoming.

Get kids outside for better health!

Veyo Kids was started while our founder, Drake, was simply trying to get his two twins outside to play.  Drake grew up in Rigby Idaho where playing outside, no matter the weather was the norm.  He created Mittyz to fill that need both for parents and kids to make it easier and warmer for kids to put on mittens and #getoutandplay.

Now bear with me while I tie this all together.  I'm an avid runner and keep coming across articles about all the benefits running and exercise in general have not just on the body but the brain.  This got me thinking about kids these days and the benefits of not just exercise but simply playing outside.  After a few evenings of reading, here's a quick list of the many benefits just playing has for our children.

  1.  Reduces stress: Yeah even kids have stress and if you have stress and exercise you already know the drill here.
  2. Stimulates the imagination: For better or for worse we are all "stuck" in this age of technology and kids have so many entertainment opportunities they are losing their imagination.  Remember just playing "cops and robbers"?  Get those kids outside and away from the screen and see what they come up with.
  3. Vitamin D:  We all need Vitamin D and just 15 minutes out in the sun provides a daily dose to prevent bone problems, diabetes and even heart disease.
  4. Social Skills:  Getting kids outside for some "unstructured play" forces kids to just figure it out.  Interacting with friends, even strangers, or soon to be friends teaches kids how to act and interact with others.
  5. It's just plain fun.  All the benefits aside we all remember how much fun it was cruising around the neighborhood on a snow day right?  

That's enough screen time for me...time to #getoutandplay

 

Pink Tiger Mittyz sledding

5 Dad Tips for Easy Summertime Play!

Did you know Veyo Kids is operated by two Dads? Drake, the founder and President of #GETOUTANDPLAY and Chris, Vice President of #GETOUTANDPLAY.  The company's mission is to make it easier to...you guessed it #GETOUTANDPLAY.  In that spirit here's a few tips from Chris to make it easier to get out and play this summer.

Living in the Mountains of Idaho our family is all about playing outside; skiing, biking, hiking, running, camping, fishing, you name it we like to be out doing stuff!  With the changing of the seasons I've been thinking a lot about what we do as a family to make it easy to get out and play.

  1. Bike racks and Pickup trucks:  I think you'll notice a theme with some of my ideas here.  A lot of them revolve around storage.  When you are a Dad you move a lot of gear and few things have made moving gear easier for me than my pickup truck and a good bike rack. I had a bit of a mid-life crisis a year ago and drove all the way across Idaho to trade in our Suburban for a 4 door long bed pickup.  It's huge and I love it.  With the 8 foot bed and topper there's isn't much I can't put back there and with a hitch rack on back (or the front) for the bikes loading and unloading is quick and easy.  Take a look at bike racks from Allen Sports we love ours!
  2. Leave one car out of the Garage for the Summer: This is one that I never thought I would be saying but while I love having a snow free vehicle all Winter, I've traded the truck for gear storage in the summer.  It's just too easy to leave the bikes, boats, shoes, fishing gear etc. in one side of the garage rather than try to keep it all put away.  Maybe I've "Given up" a little but it saves time and makes it easy to go when we are ready.
  3. Deck Box: Have you heard of these?  I hadn't and the first time I saw one I was like "I need that"  It's essentially a giant trunk made of wood or plastic, ours is big enough that I could get in it.  As the name implies our is on our deck and it's filled with kites, balls, rollerblades, golf clubs, frisbees, etc.  It's all in one place and keeps it all handy where you need it.
  4. A Camper: We call our camper "The Escape Pod".  We love to camp and for years were just fine tent camping but all the loading and unloading really took it's toll and my wife suggested that if we had a camper it would be so easy to just hook up and go.  We'd seen it with other families as well.  When you have all the pots, pans, sleeping bags, utensils etc. already in the camper you hook up, hit the grocery store and you are off.  A used pop up camper can be found on Craigslist for less than a few thousand dollars plus you'll have somewhere warm and dry to hangout if the weather doesn't cooperate.
  5. Block out those weekends: Ok I'll admit it, I'm not much of a planner but thankfully my wife is.  She knows how busy we are and how quickly those summertime weekends can go by.  Now we sit down months in advance and block out weekends on our shared Google "Family Calendar".  For years I tried to plan trips around the weather but now we plan trips and just go for it.  Knowing those camping weekends are coming up gives us something to look forward to and we've gotten out much more.