Why playtime is so important to us…

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I always carry a first aid kit with me no matter where I go. It helps us live more active, more fun lives. Today’s post is a partnership with The Motherhood/BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand.

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We believe that playtime is one of the most important parts of life.

Our motto is work hard, play hard.

After school and everyday during the summer these two are out playing. Hula-hooping, playing catch with the ball, hiking, running… you name it… they are doing it! Playing is so much more than just being active though. It’s about creating life long skills. BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand understand that the ability to play, create and discover is crucial to development during all stages of life.

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After three kids I’ve learned that keeping the kids safe has to be balanced with letting them explore. And that often means a few scratches and bumps here and there. BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand provide the tools to get out there and tackle new adventures — and to treat the inevitable mishaps that happen along the way.

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Mishaps can happen anytime, anywhere, so it is important to always be prepared with a first aid kit with products that can treat your everyday cuts and scrapes and products tailored to your specific needs

First aid kits should contain:

    • Essential products such as NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment to help prevent infection and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages to cover and protect wounds from dirt and germs.
    • For more serious injuries, always keep items such BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Cloth Tape and a first aid guide on hand.
    • If you love to garden, you’ll want products that help treat itching from bug bites or rashes you may receive from certain plants, like BENADRYL® Extra Strength Spray, as well as tweezers for splinters.  If you love to cook, you’ll need products like BAND-AID® WATER BLOCK PLUS® Clear Bandages and ones that can help treat minor burns, like NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment.

At participating retailers, if you purchase three or more qualifying products – such as BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® Brand products, BAND-AID® Brand First Aid products and BENADRYL® Anti-Itch topical products – you will receive a free first aid bag.

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When we are traveling I always carry a box of both BAND-AID® Brand bandages and NEOSPORIN® with me.

These little accidents always seem to happen when you are away from home too! I’ve even got the kids trained to carry mini first aid kids with them. They keep some in their backpacks and pockets! If you have a little one of your own at home you know that they also can double as a fashion statement and they have the ability to make little ones happy even without really needing one. Aka. my little one has been know to use a whole box to decorate her body!

I can’t tell you how many times we have ended up needed these and I was so thankful that we had some on hand. Just last week Pete and my middle daughter were doing box jumps and my middle daughter slipped. What could have made them stop, and have to go home for treatment, was handled right then and there with some BAND-AID® Brand bandages and NEOSPORIN® thus allowing them to keep having fun!

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BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand are working with KaBOOM! to not only encourage active play, but ensure that families nationwide have the tools to get out there and tackle new adventures through the following commitment:

            • Donate first aid products to play spaces that need them across the country.
            • Contribute to new creative play spaces in 2015 by providing Rigamajig grants to KaBOOM! Playspaces.
            • Provide safety and preparedness tips for the inevitable bumps, bruises, cuts & scrapes that might occur during play.

Actress, talk show host and campaign spokesmom Tamera Mowry-Housley has joined this effort to help remind parents about the benefits of play. Join me and the #playon campaign as we share our commitment to helping families live more balanced, active and playful lives.

Did you notice these adorable BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages the little one is using… 

Johnson & Johnson® has recently partnered with lifestyle blogger Joy Cho, who will add a playful twist to two iconic first aid products–BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! and First Aid Kit by Oh Joy!, exclusively sold at Target stores and

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! feature bright, colorful patterns and designs, offering a fun way to protect cuts and scrapes. Features an assortment of 12 styles; available beginning in late May, only at Target stores and

Who says First Aid Kits need to be boring? The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! offers a stylish way to keep all of your first aid essentials organized and on hand for easy access. Store this stylish-solution in your home, car and office. Available beginning in mid-April, only at Target stores and  When you purchase three or more first aid products, you will receive the kit for free.

How does your family play?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • How fun! Neosporin was used weekly in our house when my kids were growing up. They just spent so much time out in the yard they inevitably would get scratches.

  • Now they we’ve moved to Florida we plan to do A LOT more outdoor playing. I’m really excited to get out there and explore!

  • We have first aid kits in both cars. We always keep Neosporin and Band-Aids on hand.

  • I now take my little first aid kit with me everywhere. It never fails when I didnt, my kids would fall, scrape or get hurt to the point bandaids were needed… now? They don’t. Funny how that works.

    Playtime is SO important, I try to make sure my kids get a lot of playtime!

  • Oh when you have kids you can’t have enough band-aids and neosporin. It seems they’re always falling, and getting bumps and bruises. Ouchies were almost an every day occurrence in my home when my kids were young.

  • We enjoy family play time at our local parks as well as around our neighborhood for adventure walks with our dog or some skateboarding. Those special Band-Aids for blisters in your photo are an absolute MUST for our house!

  • I always have a huge supply of Neosporin and Bandaids in my cupboard. With 2 active boys and a little girl who tries to keep up with the boys….well….I’m always using them!

  • funny you should mention bandaids my Bella bumped her head today and I almost thought we would need one for her hand but there was no blood. Sometimes bandaids even if there is no blood helps make owies better.

  • Neosporin and band-aids were always in my medicine cabinet when my kids were growing up. Now I keep them around for the grands.

  • Yup… we love playtime. Even when the kids don’t have practice, we are all out there kicking around the soccer ball and having some fun. Which is why we always have neosporin on hand, as well. HA!

  • Oh, yeap. My son is at that age where I have to start carrying a first aid kit. As long as we can avoid broken bones I can fix it, haha.

  • Yes! playtime is really important, my grand kids and I were had playtime every weekend and its so fun, this is great idea too.

  • I like your tips on what a first aid kit should include. It can be so easy to forget something.

  • Hi Heather, Yep Band Aids and Neosporin are what I think of for hurts, and blisters – keeping them handy in my car, first aid kits, purse, home – it is a must! It’s fabulous that BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand are working with KaBOOM! reminding us all to play together as a family and also be prepared

  • I don’t have any children, but as a teacher, I’ve found that playtime is an important time for children. And yes, it’s imperative to have that first-aid kit prepared!

    • I think that outdoor activities are a must for young kids! They are still developing and they need to develop their imaginations as well!

  • Bandaids and Neosporin are an essential part of my household. Growing up as a kid I would fall the time and it’s the first thing my mom would tell me to get so I could go back and play.

  • We always carry a set of first aid kit as well especially that I have a son who is always full of energy. I work with Kaboom before, they are a great company.

  • Our son plays soccer and I always carry a first aid kit with me during his games. I can’t wait for warmer temps so we could spend more time outside and play.

  • I keep a little first aid kit in my purse. Band-aids, Neosporin, wipes and aspirin are always in there!

  • My almost 3 year old daughter is so accident prone (just like her parents) that these essentials are definitely a must have! I even carry a first aid kit in the car.

  • I have a few first aid kits. I keep one in the car and one in each bathroom. You never know when you will need something. It is always good to be prepared.

  • Love these, I have to keep all of these products stopped up because the boychld is always having boo boos. They have always worked for me so I couldn’t see buying anything else.

  • My kids love to be outdooors, so normally we play in the yard.
    But this just happened… We live across the street from a school and one of the administrators walked. He told me anytime my kids want to play on the field, they are welcome. That way they won’t have to play in the street. Huh? My kids have never played in the street! Regardless, I’ll take him up on it because they’ve got a good soccer set-up!

  • Thanks for the reminder. I need to restock and remake our first aid kits. We have used some items and some have gone bad. Band-Aids are always a staple.

  • With 5 kiddos running around we always have a kit in each vehicle and on us if we are hiking, ect. So important to have first aid. Great post!

  • My husband and I are the only ones living here, and we are grandparents now. I keep Neosporin and BandAids on hand for him, because he is such a clutz. He is always banging into something or scraping something. Neosporin is good for all ages.

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