Your Toddler Snapback Guide

Your Toddler Snapback Guide

Snapbacks are what started it all at BinkyBro. What makes BinkyBro snapbacks our signature product? Here’s why each of our three toddler snapback styles is one of a kind.

The Standard Fit

Our infant Standard Fit snapback hat is what got us in the game. The Standard Fit is our OG design.

What makes it fit so well on little heads is a specially designed bulb-shaped bill. This special design feature makes the snapback fit just right on infant and toddler heads. The bulb-shaped bill is present in infant and toddler sizes, but the bill goes straight out starting in youth sizes for the right fit and look on older kids.

We call the Standard Fit snapback a classic for a reason—there are six vertical panels with eyelets on top and a standard snap in the back. With more than 50 styles available, find the Standard Fit snapback that’s just right for you and yours.

The Non-Structured

For a trendy twist on a classic, we have our Non-Structured snapback. In this style, the bill goes straight back instead of in a bulb shape because of the more shallow fit.

This low profile is a newer look in skate headwear. What makes this possible is a small mesh panel in the front that allows for flexibility and all the wear and tear your little guy (and your diaper bag) will put it through.

Most styles are available in infant to adult sizes, and some come with a vintage “grandpa rope” where the bill meets the base. Like the Standard Fit, there is vertical paneling, eyelets on top, and snaps in the back. With our Non-Structured snapback, your BinkyBro will be ready for the skatepark. And hopefully a nap.

The 5-Panel

The 5-Panel toddler snapback is BinkyBro’s newest addition. It has a more shallow profile and a straight bill similar to the Non-Structured, but with a throwback cycling-cap vibe. Is it possible to be both classic and edgy? The 5-Panel snapback says duh.

What makes the 5-Panel unique is the paneling. Three of the panels are horizontal with eyelets on the side, and there are two vertical panels. This trendy silhouette is the perfect cap for any season, any fit. Sizing is available for infants, toddlers, and youth. And of course, it wouldn’t be a snapback without the standard snap in the back.

Share your favorite snapback styles with us on Instagram @BinkyBro to be featured on our feed!

November 02, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Styling A Toddler Beanie

Styling A Toddler Beanie

Pumpkin-spiced everything, changing leaves, and beanie weather. Cooler temps and the insatiable need to watch Gilmore Girls are your signals to transition your and your binkybro's wardrobes for fall and winter.

Your kid’s closet likely already has transition pieces that will work for fall weather—all you need is a sweatshirt for the brisk mornings and evenings and a beanie to keep their cute little noggins warm. Here’s a few ways for your little one to wear a toddler beanie this fall and winter.

Transition to Fall

We’ve all been there—sweating in our sweaters on a “fall” day in the 70s or 80s just because it’s September or October. While the days are getting darker and temps are falling, early fall still enjoys amazing transitional weather.

Use toddler beanies to transition your kiddo’s wardrobe from summer to fall. A beanie isn’t just a winter weather accessory. Pair it with a long-sleeve tee and sandals or channel Princess Di and pair it with a sweatshirt and shorts.

Down with Brown

Deep chocolate and mocha brown hues are in. (Vogue says so.) This rich brown beanie is hitting all the right notes for fall. The fashion-forward color can be dressed up for an adorable accessory for your annual fall family photos. The neutral will look great with practically any color palette.

Be Bold

A bright, bold beanie like this tangerine or pink color block is an on-trend look that will add a California-casual nod to any outfit. In a world (and Instagram feed) full of neutrals, your little can be—and can wear—the rainbow.

Pair with Patterns

A solid beanie paired with a patterned top, or vice versa—a patterned beanie paired with something solid, is a great way to add visual interest, match with almost anything, and make a statement.

Shake Your Pom Poms

Toddler beanies with a pom pom on top are giving all things winter and ski lodgy coziness. As the weather continues to cool off, lean into the snowed in vibe with a festive pom pom beanie. There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a beanie with a pom as big as their adorable cheeks.

How do you style your littles in a beanie? Show us and show off your style tips and tag us on Instagram.

October 25, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Halloween Made Simple

Halloween Made Simple

Coming up with a toddler Halloween costume idea for your own little BinkyBro or BinkyBabe can be cute and easy with a few of our favorite products. Instead of spending for a costume they’ll wear just once, use it as an excuse to buy some cool-weather basics they’ll wear over and over again.

Here’s a few ideas of how to inexpensively transform BinkyBro basics into simple, adorable, and functional todderl Halloween costumes both you and your little one will be thrilled to show off on Halloween night.

Pig

Like their favorite nursery rhyme, they can be your little piggy with our Brighton Block beanie in pink and tan color blocking. Our Canyons crewneck sweatshirt in pinky Mauve will keep them cozy all night. Use face paint or lipstick to draw on a pink, round pig nose. Safety pin a curly pink pipe cleaner onto the lower back of the sweatshirt for a tail. For a little girl, style their hair in pigtails that will look oh so cute under the beanie.

Bat

Our black thermal top and black beanie can be made into a bat costume by safety pinning some felt or construction paper triangles on the hat. For wings, there are tons of inexpensive elastic options available on Amazon. You can use an eye pencil to draw on vampire teeth below their mouth. Pair with simple black leggings on bottom—you probably already have a pair in their closet, but if not, check out Target’s selection.

Cat

Similar to a bat, pin or tape two black triangles onto our black beanie. Instead of wings over a black thermal top, buy a costume cat tail online. Use an eye pencil to make cat eyes and whiskers. Pair with black leggings and they’re ready to go haunt the neighborhood!

Spider

Using the same basics—a black thermal top and black beanie—you can make a simple and spooky spider costume. Stick two big googly eyes onto the black beanie and add a few smaller ones below them. Buy a big costume spider like this one with elastic to wear like a backpack, or a decorative one and pin on two pieces of elastic yourself.

Jack-o’-lantern

Our Brighton Block beanie in orange and yellow is a perfect topping for a fresh take on a classic costume. Pair it with the Canyons crewneck sweatshirt in burnt orange. Cut out simple Jack-o’-lantern shapes like triangles for eyes, a square for a nose, and a toothy smile and safety pin them onto the sweatshirt. Voila! You’ve never seen a more stylish pumpkin.


Tag us on Instagram @BinkyBro to show us how your family is using BinkyBro favorites this Halloween!

Also, check out our #skatinwithaskelly competition on our IG page to enter this Halloween season.

October 10, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Skate Inspired Toddler Shoes

Skate Inspired Toddler Shoes

Whether you were a skatepark punk back in the day or not, skater style has influenced fashion since the 90s. You’ve probably riffed on it in your favorite Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Vans—and so can your kids.

Skater-inspired toddler shoes make great kicks for kids because of generally flat soles and a variety of widths depending on the shoe. What’s key in a kid’s shoe is that they’re durable and easy to put on. Thankfully, many shoe companies make versions of your favorite shoes for adults in kid sizes that use elastic or velcro.

Converse has a whole page on their website dedicated to Easy-On styles. From velcro to slip-ons, they’ve got ‘em all. For sneakers, there is nothing that dresses up or down better than a pair of classic black All Stars, and they’re gender neutral so they work for little guys or gals. That’s a homerun for parents and kids.

Vans are a forever-cool look that parents and kids love. The elastic slip-on style is great for elementary-aged kids who can put their own shoes on but still struggle with laces. The velcro closure is perfect for smaller kids who still need help getting their piggies into shoes. These work especially well for small kids with wider feet.

Converse and Vans do fun brand collabs and are always releasing new patterns and colorways that will get even the most stubborn dudes and dudettes to try a new pair of shoes. And even better—you can subtly match your little without screaming it from the rooftops (or your Instagram story).


Adidas has also gotten into the toddler skateboarding shoe game. They blend an on-brand athletic vibe with a throwback, relaxed skater aesthetic. Their skateboarding shoes for kids all use two velcro straps. Whether you go with a character print or a subtle solid in black or ballet pink, your family will be ready to hit the skatepark . . . or just the park park.


Don’t forget to pair any skater-inspired shoe with crew-length skater-inspired toddler socks from BinkyBro. This three-pack in adorable (ahem, I mean, ~sick~) black-and-white checkers will complete a classic, relaxed look. The three-pack in Currant is a rusty pink that will add a softer touch for your BinkyBro or BinkyBabe. The three-pack in Indigo is a blue tone-on-tone for a classic back-to-school feel.

Complete a head-to-toe mini-skater look with a toddler beanie for Fall’s cooling temps. BinkyBro has a lineup of vintage-looking tees that pair perfectly with a pair of skater shoes. I mean, what’s more scene than this faded black Locals Only t-shirt for kids from six months to six years?

If your kiddo has grown up a size or two since summer began, don’t overcomplicate the search for shoes that he or she will love and so will you. Think ease and comfort. Thankfully, skater-inspired shoes have this balance figured out.


When getting your littles ready for school, the park, or the skatepark, leaning into a skater-inspired shoe will let them play to their feet’s content, and look good while doing it.

October 03, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Back to School

Back to School

Preparing for a new school year is a whirlwind. Take out some of the guessing game and late-night online shopping with our easy guide for back-to-school gear. From toddler backpacks to lunch boxes to water bottles, you can start and end back-to-school shopping here with our BinkyBro gear guide. Let’s go!

Backpacks

BinkyBro

BinkyBro offers some of the best toddler backpacks in the game. It’s hard to find a small silhouette in a backpack without the obnoxious prints. BinkyBro has backpacks that fit just right for preschoolers and early elementary-aged kiddos. (Not designed to hold school binders.)

There’s blue and brown corduroy, canvas solids, and theeee cutest patterns in gender-neutral checks or feminine pink daisies and smiles. And the price point is just right at $30.

L.L.Bean

The Junior Original Book Pack from L.L.Bean is the definition of a classic, only in pint size. This backpack made for kids ages 4 to 7 comes in four bright and bold colors—neon pink, kelly green, red, and royal blue. Because it comes from one of the most tried-and-true outdoor companies, you can put this backpack through the wringer (AKA elementary school).


Retailing at $34.95, you can add a monogram to personalize your kids’ backpack for an additional $8.

Lunch Boxes

Herschel

Lunch boxes need just a few features: insulation, easy-to-clean material, and a closure. Simple! Herschel’s Pop Quiz Lunch Boxes do just that and keep it simple with clean features and cute color blocking, as well as kid-approved, trendy patterns.

Importantly, this lunch box will fit easily in almost any backpack, even toddler-sized ones. It retails for $30, but is sometimes on sale for $20.

Bentgo

A bento-style lunch box has dividers that separate food inside the box. This works especially well for small children because you don’t have to individually open food packaging once you open the bento box.

Bentgo’s Fresh box comes in six solid colors and is a great choice for preschoolers to adults. It’s available on Amazon for $30. (Hellooo two-day shipping!)

Water Bottles

Nalgene Kids

If you’ve gone on a hike before, it’s likely you’re familiar with big plastic Nalgene water bottles. But you may not realize they make the most fool-proof, leak-proof sippy water bottles on the market. The Nalgene Kids Grip-n-Gulp water bottle is practically indestructible and only has one simple removable valve part to clean.

It comes in several prints and solid see-through colors and is available on Amazon or any major outdoor retailer for $11 each.

CamelBak

Once your kid has graduated from a sippy style, a straw-style water bottle is a great choice. The CamelBak Eddy+ Kids is a highly recommended choice for a plastic water bottle, and it is also available in stainless steel, although it is more expensive and the heavier weight of steel may not be as easy to carry for little ones.

The plastic version is available on Amazon for $13 and $15 from REI. It comes in lots of color and pattern options, so your kid can choose a style they’re excited about to bring to school.

Getting back-to-school basics can be overwhelming—and sometimes expensive—but making stylish, solid choices that will last the school year will make both kids and parents happy.

September 15, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Packing light for a family adventure!

Packing light for a family adventure!

Once you have kids, packing for a trip isn’t as easy as throwing a bikini in your carryon. Multiplying the planning and packing logistics by the number of kiddos in your care can feel like the most math you’ve done since high school.

Thankfully, packing lighter and smarter is more doable than ever with technical fabrics and gear that packs down small for easier, breezier travel. Start with these light packing tips before you get to packing for your next family vacay.

  1. Pack Light & Versatile

The only thing worse than under packing on a trip is overpacking. Most family vacations aren’t in remote outposts or outside the convenience of, say, a Target within a 20-mile vicinity. And usually, mid-trip laundry is an option. When in doubt, leave it out. With many airlines expecting passengers to pay for even carry-on luggage these days, packing light is more cost effective than ever.

Even in the day-to-day, kids will often only wear a few staple outfits. Pack with versatility in mind when it comes to you and your kids. For example, dark-colored swim trunks like these from BinkyBro could work for your toddler whether it’s a day at the beach, a barbecue, or even family photos. Likewise, a mid-length t-shirt dress could work as a coverup for the beach, or be paired with a jean jacket for cooler nights or a restaurant dinner.

Whether you’re home or away, sun protection is key, but big structured sun hats don’t pack down well. A soft-structured toddler bucket hat like this one is light and can be rolled up to fit in a packing cube without losing its shape.

  1. Use Packing Cubes

Speaking of packing cubes—packing cubes compress the volume of clothes (or toys, stuffies, and whatever else your kids try to stowaway) you’re packing, and help to keep you organized. Each kid can get a cube or two, or give each kid their own individual set in a separate color to determine what is whose.


There are many, many options for packing cubes at every price point that all generally achieve the same purpose. This set on Amazon gives you six cubes for $25 and has four-and-a-half stars. This set is similarly priced and includes four cubes as well as a shoe bag and a laundry bag.

For higher-end options, you can find outdoor brands’ takes on packing cubes at retailers like REI like this one from Cotopaxi.

3. Determine Duffel vs. Tote vs. Suitcase

Once the packing cubes are locked and loaded, determine what to put them in. If you’re going on a road trip you have more options. You could put everything in hard-shelled suitcases, or a duffel that will pack easier in a trunk or rooftop cargo box. Alternatively, recommendation gurus, The Buy Guide, recommend using these laundry tote bags for road trips so you can easily see where everything is during those all-too-often rest stop breaks.

 

Another product rec Instagram account, Tried and True Moms, recommends this innovative duffel from Tobiq for traveling with kids. It has four equally sized compartments that you can use as a sort of packing cube–duffel hybrid to keep you and your littles in order amongst the travel chaos.


Once your kids are no longer in a stroller, they’re probably big enough to roll their own suitcase if you’re headed to the airport for a flight. And if they’re over two years old, they’re entitled to their own carryon luggage. You could get them their own smaller child-sized roller suitcase, or go for a standard carryon size to maximize storage. This one from Target has fantastic reviews and the right price point to boot.


Remember—if you’re flying with an infant-in-arms, you can always bring an extra personal item like an extra backpack or large diaper bag to help schlep allllll the stuff babies (and their parents) require.

Happy travels!

August 25, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Flying High with Trevor Aldridge

Flying High with Trevor Aldridge

Pilot Trevor Aldridge has done it all. He’s flown fighter jets, commercial planes, aerobatic planes—he’s achieved just about everything you can in the world of aviation. He’s also a dad to two. He sat down with BinkyBro to tell us how he reached the heights of his career.

Trevor, as a pilot, you’ve basically lived the dream of almost every little kid. How influential were your parents in your career path?

They were my mentors along the way. I grew up poor from a broken home, but there was lots of love. Even as a kid I knew I wanted to achieve something big, and I always had the emotional support of my family.

I imagine that was just the beginning of a long road to becoming a pilot . . .

Exactly. I was the first in my family to go to college. I was in the Air Force ROTC at Texas A&M where I got a degree in engineering. After graduation I got a spot as a pilot at Sheppard Falls Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. That’s where I learned how to fly F-15 Eagles, and I flew those for a long time.

I got married right out of college and my wife and I had lots of moves during my time in the Air Force including countries like Japan and England, but the constant was flying. Eventually I joined the Thunderbirds Air Force team.

Wow! What is the process like to become a Thunderbird pilot?

You need lots of letters of recommendation and a pilot history and career with no blemishes. Even then, you can apply over and over and never hear back. The third time I applied, I told my wife I didn’t want to have any regrets so I went for it again. When I applied we had just moved to England and my little boys were three years old and 1 year old. England was our dream location. But right after our move was finished I was called to join the team. So we moved all over again. It was a pretty crazy time in our life. 

One thing that is surprising to some about the entire process is that you don’t actually have to have any experience flying an F-16 when you apply. That seems to catch some people off guard who aren't familiar with the aviation world.

What is the process like to learn the actual airshow demo?

That process is intense. When I first arrived they gave me about three to four flights to get familiar with the F-16. After that, you fly with the flight lead for 20 or so flights to get more exposure to the demonstration. Eventually the team works its way to about 100 successful demonstration flights before the show season ever starts.  It’s a rigorous schedule, but such an honor.

What’s your favorite part of being a Thunderbird?

Definitely getting to talk to middle school and high school kids. They know what they want to do after high school, but they often don’t know how to get there. One thing I love about being a pilot is that no matter where you come from, everyone starts off the same. What matters is what you do and how hard you work.

You have two boys—if they show interest in being pilots, what will you do as a dad to support them?

Whether they want to be civilian or military pilots, my recommendation for anyone is to use high school to get ready mentally and physically to push yourself and to not quit. Playing a sport builds grit and physical toughness, and the team aspect is important as well. Find a sport and be the absolute best in it.

It’s the same academically—school might be boring, but if you want to be successful, you have to discipline yourself. Most fighter pilots are engineers, but it’s not a requirement. Some come from political science or criminal justice backgrounds. Something to consider is that you often have a better chance of getting a scholarship with a technical degree.

What about kids who are interested in airplanes, but have less experience around them?

Ask your local airport if they have part-time jobs available. Immerse yourself in the culture in whatever ways you can. Most flight schools have opportunities for teenagers to help out with sweeping or something basic.

Thank you so much for your time, Trevor! Before you go, tell us about your YouTube channel.

My YouTube channel is to get the next generation pumped about aviation. It’s great for kids who don’t have a lot of experience around airplanes.

And one last thing, we gotta know your call sign.

Dozen—the name of my YouTube channel is actually Dozen Duzit.

That’s the coolest. On behalf of BinkyBro, thank you for your service!

July 01, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Riding Spicy with Christian Peper

Riding Spicy with Christian Peper

Christian Peper is a pro downhill biker from Utah. He’s the founder and instructor of a complete online course, ride.Spicy, that teaches future mountain bikers how to take their riding to the next level. And in true BinkyBro fashion, he’s also a dad of two. He sat down with us to tell us how he got into biking and some advice for parents of young riders.

Hi Christian! Thanks for chatting with us! To start, tell us how you got into riding.

My dad rode bikes through college so he wanted to start me young. When I was three years old I started riding a little Walmart bike and by the time I was four my dad was taking me to BMX races. At five I was the state champion and then I started to compete on a national level till I was about 12.

Wow, impressive stuff. How did your dad help you develop as a biker?

I grew up in Alpine, Utah and there was some land behind my house. My dad and I started building jumps and we turned the land into a track. Bikers would drive over an hour to ride there. My dad was super structured in coaching me from a young age; we did sprints and racing on that track behind our house everyday. There were times I hated riding, but my dad made me stick with it.

My dad pushed me in biking and my mom pushed me in school. She felt it was more important I succeeded at school than at biking. I woke up early to do homework so I could ride after school. That balance is something I’m really proud of.

What was the next step with riding? When did sponsorships come?

When I was younger I would get sponsored by small local shops. I was at the peak of riding from when I was 18 to 22 years old, but I actually didn’t get paid to ride bikes until about two years ago. I currently ride for Cannondale and have a sponsorship through Zoic Mountain Bike Clothing. For my day job, I run client pages on social media.

(Picture @shmumpel)

Most BinkyBro customers are parents themselves; it’s very cool that you’ve adapted and continued to progress personally through parenthood and different phases of your career.

Adapting is something I’m used to. When me and my wife were married five years we realized having kids wasn’t going to be as easy as we had hoped. We already knew we wanted to adopt, so we adjusted the timing we had in mind and got matched super fast. Luckily we had the savings we needed and in 2018 we welcomed our son to our family. Two years later, we adopted again and our daughter joined our family.

That’s beautiful. As a parent, what’s the best advice you would give other parents who want to get their kids into riding just for fun?

For me, the approach should be to support kids to be the best at whatever they end up doing. If it ends up being biking, that’s great. If not, that’s OK too. Ask yourself, how can I support them and make it as fun as possible?

Strider bikes and pedalist bikes are something kids can pick up from the time they’re babies. They can walk around as an infant and then they can move faster and faster and even skip training wheels. Also, a product like Mac Ride is great. The idea behind their product is that a child's seat can be placed in the front of an adult bike (instead of the back like a traditional seat). This can helps kids get the idea of how to ride as well.

As kids progress and maybe show more competitive interest in biking, what would be the next step?

Get a coach—that’s part of what I’m doing with my online course, ride.Spicy. Encourage them to have a level of riders around them that make them better. Most of the battle in riding is a mental battle. It is a mental exercise to get over the mental barriers. It also takes trust that all the time you spend practicing will mean something.

Mindfulness is something that can help kids and adults. Learning breathing exercises to keep calm over your physical performance can help you do awesome things.

What aspect of riding are you most proud of?

I already touched on the balance that I’ve been able to have between biking and other aspects of my life. As far as the actual riding goes, I regularly get feedback that I’m a fluid, smooth rider. That means a lot. I get good amplitude and have control—I prefer that ability over any technical tricks.

Thanks so much, Christian! Looking forward to following along wherever your career takes you.

June 20, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Everyday Earth Tones

Everyday Earth Tones

Earth tone clothes are in for you and your kids. Neutrals have been trending for a few years, and now the style is expanding into warmer, earthy tones. Specifically, earth tones are hues that contain brown; but more loosely, earth tones are any colors found in nature. That could mean burnt orange, evergreen, rusty red, sandy tan, or even a murky blue.

That’s definitely our ~vibe~ at BinkyBro and we’re ready to fit your little binkybros and binkybabes in this trend that goes with anything, and can go anywhere.

Surf

These Breakwall Swimmies are a neutral, natural tan and white checkered pattern. They are a euro fit that are not only trendy, but growing-boy friendly—size up if your little guy is taller or in between sizes and the shorter length will work longer. (Restock coming very soon!)

Another toddler boys swimsuit in an earth tone is our Catarina Swimmie. These trunks are a solid tone in a darker, muddy brown. The BinkyBro in your life can throw on a shirt on top to wear around town or to the pool or beach. Other Swimmies in earth tones are the olive green Papakolea Swimmie and the Cangu Swimmie in an adorable sea turtle print.

Now that you have the trunks covered, keep the sun and surf out of his eyes with our matted Barney Patrol sun hat. This classic wide-brimmed lifeguard toddler sun hat is made of 100% natural straw—what’s more earthy than that?

Snow

Earth tone clothes for toddlers may seem more like a beachy sunset lewk than après-ski, but you and your little ones can rock earth tones all year round. Match your little one in our Tahoe Evergreen beanie that comes in sizes from infant to adult large. For brown tones, there’s the Tahoe beanie in trendy Tan or Camel colors.

Any earth-tone toddler beanie will pair perfectly with our cozy toddler crew neck sweaters and thermals. Think warm thoughts in The Canyons crew neck sweater in this Sage color that gives desert greenery when you’d do anything for a warm oasis. The Canyons sweater also comes in earthy Brown and Tan.

BinkyBro’s toddler thermals are perfect for colder temps and under snow gear. Our Timberline thermal long-sleeve shirt in Olive will fit the lodge aesthetic after a day teaching them to “pizza” down the slopes. For a cooler take on earth tones, try our Timberline thermal in muted blue.

Skate

Our baby and toddler snapback caps come in over 50 colors and patterns, many fitting an earth-tone palate. The Bintangs Snapback is a brown corduroy fabric that looks like it was plucked from your favorite VSCO filter.

The BirdRock Snapback is in a mustard twill that will stand out at the skatepark. BinkyBro’s leather logo on the front will ground this cap and tie it into any wardrobe. Pair one of these snapbacks with our olive-gray Miramar tee for a complete, earthy look.

For your BinkyBabe, we have our Honu cap in a dark olive color, or the burnt-orange Moana toddler cap with an embroidered setting sun. Don’t forget a pair of toddler sunglasses like The Phoebe goldenrod yellow that will make her look like the flower child she is.

No skater is ready to hit the halfpipe without the right socks on their feet. This three-pack of toddler socks in Charcoal Palms fits the aesthetic, or in Peach Leaves for a sunnier, more floral take on earth tones.

An earthy capsule collection for your BinkyFam is a perfect way to match your little ones and make it easy to choose an outfit for them. There’s no such thing as clashing when they’re decked out in earth tone clothes. 

No matter where you go or what the activity is, BinkyBro will keep your kiddos comfortable and stylish in our earth-tone clothes!

June 14, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Summer Hair Care Tips for Kids

Summer Hair Care Tips for Kids

It’s almost the season to play all day and ask questions like Does the pool count as a bath? Between sun, surf, and the pool, summer can be a doozy for hair. Managing kids’ hair is already a battle. Then throw sweaty, chlorinated tangles into the mix? You’ll find yourself Googling: “How to give an at-home buzz cut” in no time. 

Do yourself a favor and incorporate a few of these simple summer hair care tips for kids into your summer routine (or lack thereof) for more manageable locks and less tantrums for everyone.

Do: Get kids a pre-summer trim

The first of our summer hair care tips is to take your kiddos into the salon for a good summer trim to start the summer off right. This is the best way to combat tangles from the get go. When it comes to managing tangles, healthier hair and the less to work with, the better.

For a DIY option, The Haircut Box is a direct-to-consumer haircutting kit with everything you need to cut hair from your own home. There’s a box for girl haircuts, a box for boy haircuts, and a box for both. There’s even handy haircut guides you can buy or download from the site.

Do: Consider your child’s hair type

Is your child’s hair fine? Is it thick? Is it textured? Answering those questions and figuring out products and a haircare strategy that works best for their hair is key. Knowing their hair type will help you find the right products to keep their hair healthy and knot-free.

Your child’s hair might be  a completely different texture than your own, so doing a little bit of research about their hair type will help you know how to manage their hair best while maintaining your sanity, and it can give your child confidence as you teach them how to take care of themselves and love their hair.

There are great resources and media for teaching kids to love their hair, like the Oscar-winning animated short film, Hair Love, available on YouTube, and its accompanying picture book.

Do: Brush out tangles in the bath

For those rare summer days your kids do get a proper bath, brush out stubborn tangles while there is conditioner in their hair already. That will help coat the strands for less breakage and less pain on their end. (And less screaming in your ears.)

Try this Shea Moisture Kids conditioner for hair of all types. And make sure you use a wide-toothed comb or a detangling hair brush like this one from Crave Naturals. Detangling hair brushes are truly a godsend for parents who have gone to hell and back while brushing out their kids’ knots.

Do: Use leave-in conditioner

Whether your child’s hair is straight, wavy, or curly and textured, leave-in conditioner will help manage tangles before they start by coating the strands of hair with conditioner.

This leave-in conditioner from Cantu Care for Kids can be applied after the bath when your child’s hair is still wet. Avoid the crown of their head and start by applying on the ends and brushing it through their hair with a wide-toothed comb or your fingers. You can let their hair air dry or style as usual.

Do: Find the right detangler spray

When knots do appear (and they will), having the right detangler spray on hand is a must. Also from Cantu Care for Kids is their top-rated Conditioning Detangler spray. And it’s at an affordable price point of under eight dollars. This detangler spray will work on all hair types.

Another favorite summer hair care tip is the Honest Company’s Conditioning Detangler spray—every scent smells amazing and it will work particularly well on fine hair types. Another is Sun Bum’s 3-in-1 spray that acts as a leave-in conditioner and detangler, and it also works for adults with color-treated hair.

Don’t forget to check out BinkyBro’s sun hats that will keep heads and hair protected from hot, summer rays. (Yes! Even hair can get sunburned!) And most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff this summer—keep the tangles away so you can focus on living your best life with your kids!

June 01, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Calling All Skaters with Shaun Hover

Calling All Skaters with Shaun Hover

Shaun Hover is a pro skateboarder, the founder of Calling All Skaters, a Christian ministry for skateboarders, and a dad to three young kiddos. He spoke with us about exposing his kids to skating and how he has balanced, and blended, his career with having a family.

How did you first get into skateboarding?


I grew up near Detroit as the baby of my family. I started riding at 12 and I was hooked from the first time I landed a tre flip 


How involved were your parents with getting you into skating?


They were involved in that they were totally down with it. I got some of my neighbors into skating and they would have to sneak out, but my parents were supportive. As I got more into filming and skating, they didn’t stop me. I would go into downtown Detroit all day as a 16 year old so I could skate with better dudes and they didn’t get in the way.


What were some major breakthroughs in your skating career?


My first sponsor was a local skatepark, Landslide Skatepark, and they got me DC shoes. From there I got board sponsors, shoe and clothing sponsors, and things started flowing. I started winning skating contests when I was about 20 years old and I got out of Michigan and moved to Los Angeles.

What does your career look like nowadays?


For the last 12 years I’ve been traveling, speaking in churches and to youth groups, and teaching Bible school. I founded an organization called Calling All Skaters that is a youth Christian ministry for skateboarders. I’m passionate about ministry, skating, and supporting my wife so she can have the career she wants.


What are you most proud of in your professional career?


What I’m most proud of professionally is that I’m still progressing at 35 years old—23 years in and three kids deep.

That is a serious accomplishment. Tell us more about how you balance what you’re doing while having kids.


I have a daughter who is 6, a son who is 2, and a daughter who is 1. There is nothing better than having a kid. Giving my wife as much time as possible to work has allowed me to have an awesome connection with my kids.


To manage my time, I try to only spend time doing things I won’t regret. I will never regret time spent skating, serving my wife, and it will always be worth it to spend time with my kids. My wife, Jess, has a YouTube channel and her time is valuable. She manages building an online community while supporting me and our kids too.

Are your kids interested in skating yet?


Right now I’m focused on exposing them as much as I can. I want them to be around skating and comfortable with it. Skateboards are everywhere and always available. I take all three of them to the skatepark—strollers and all.


That’s great advice. Are there skating products you recommend for kids?


Definitely give them fingerboards. My kids love to play with them while we watch skate videos. My six year old has a penny board, which is the world’s safest skateboard. Even scooters are great and a part of the learning process. Getting on the skateboard at a rubberized playground or on the grass is a safe way to start.


What would be the next step if your kids show a lot of interest?


Skating is so different than it used to be. It’s in the Olympics! Parents used to think skating couldn’t be a career and that’s all changed. I would hate to take away the essence of skating by becoming a skate mom or dad, although I would want my kids to excel.

 

YouTube is a great place for kids to learn skills. There are also people who give one-on-one lessons. The best way to learn is to go to the skatepark when they’re ready and encourage them to find friends who skate at a similar level. It’s an organic way of making friends and naturally pushing each other to improve.


You get your crew; you film; you post videos online; you get better and better. That’s what skating is all about.


Shaun, thank you so much for your time and words of wisdom. BinkyBro is cheering you and your family on.

Go Give Shaun Hover a follow!

@Shaunhover

May 20, 2022 — Matthew Fisler
Best OC Beaches for Families

Best OC Beaches for Families

At BinkyBro, we live by surf / snow / skate. With summer around the corner, we’re packing up our cold-weather snow gear and setting our sights to the West Coast. (Best coast??) Few places epitomize surfing culture more than Orange County, California. And there are few places with more easily accessible family-friendly beaches for the groms to learn to surf. But what are the best Orange County beaches for families?

Whether you’re an OC local or you’re headed there this summer for the surf, sand, (and maybe Disneyland while you’re at it), hit up these top Orange County beaches for kids and families. We’ll start south and work our way north up the PCH.

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1. Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
 
Named after an oil tycoon, Doheny State Beach was California's first state beach. It is also one of its most popular because of its day use as a surfing beach with a robust surfing history and community. It’s also popular because of its southern-end campgrounds with some sites that are just steps away from the beach. This beach is popular for families with kids because of the tide pools and a visitor’s center with an aquarium on site.


Salt Creek Beach Park, Dana Point
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With an expansive lawn and cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, there’s not a prettier beach in the OC. But even more than a ‘Grammable locale, Salt Creek Beach Park in southern Orange County has some of the best surfing along the coastline because of an offshore reef.

Your kids will love the protected tidepools and the large beach, perfect for setting up shop for the day. Parking is a breeze with a large parking lot—you can even pay a few extra bucks to take a tram directly down to the beach if you’re not up for the schlep. No trip to southern Orange County is complete without a stop here.

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3. Baby Beach, Dana Point
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Also in Dana Point is paddleboarding oasis (and aptly named), Baby Beach. This beach gets its name because with its serene waters and soft sand, it’s the perfect for the youngest of BinkyBros and BinkyBabes. This southern Orange County spot has views of Dana Point Harbor, iconic West Coast cliffs, and picnic shelters for an easy beach day with the fam.

4. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach
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This California state park is encompassses 3.2 miles of protected Pacific coastline. It’s  a short drive north of Dana Point on PCH toward Newport Harbor. There are actually four different beaches in the park that each have their own vibe.

The draw to Crystal Cove isn’t just the wide, sandy beaches, but the unique campsites and backcountry wilderness. Your visit to Crystal Cove State Park could be a day at the beach or a weekend camping adventure.

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5. Little Corona del Mar Beach, Newport Beach
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Also known as Poppy Avenue Beach to locals, the walk to this beach does not have any stair steps, which makes it wagon and stroller-friendly—a must for families with kids. Even better is there is a public restroom. (Can I get an Amen?!)

Little Corona is protected by cliffs and rocky reefs that make this a relaxing place for parents who don’t want to worry about strong waves and surf. A bonus is that this protected beach is one of the best spots for diving and snorkeling. Buoys keep the water free from boats and jetskis to protect the reef, snorkelers, and little swimmers.

No matter which OC beach you explore—or heck, why not all of ‘em?—keep your babes covered and cool with the right toddler swim gear. Our wide-brimmed Barney Patrol sun hat is a beach classic that will keep the sun off their heads and shoulders. They’ll play all day in comfort wearing our Tamarindo sunglasses in polarized wayfarer-style Citrus or a gender-neutral, blacked-out round shape.

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Beach on, BinkyFam.

May 18, 2022 — Matthew Fisler