Going On a Road Trip with Kids – 5 Must Haves!

“WE’RE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP!” Those words could bring up a lot of mixed emotions. Are you excited? Frustrated? Already feel like pulling your hair out? I just got back from doing a road trip to the beach with kids and I thought there are many like me that could use some helpful tips that I have learned along the way. It isn’t easy going on a road trip with kids and toddlers, heck even 30 minutes can be a handful! Nonetheless, road trips can also be fun if you go prepared. There are a few must haves when going on a road trip with kids.

  1. Pack Food! But, not just any food – Have you noticed how you feed the kids right before going somewhere and the minute they get into the car they ask you, “what’s to drink?” or “what can I eat?” and you’re like I JUST GAVE YOU FOOD AND DRINK – which you did not finish because you said you were full. Well yes, this is going to happen all the way through until you arrive and even the moment you walk into your hotel. Oh, and also during your stay and on the way back home. What I am trying to say is pack all their favorite snacks and drinks and have them handy. Your kids may even go through 3 juice boxes in one go so pack enough. You could even go with a little more than enough. You just never know.
  2. Favorite Cuddle Crew – Make sure you have their favorite teddy bears and favorite blankets. This comes in really handy when they want to sleep during the road trip which you might appreciate and also helps a lot when your toddler has a nightmare and need some comforting but you are too far away. Little brown bear to the rescue! It always amazes me how their favorite teddy bears soothe them instantly when they fall or get upset.
  3. Electronics – We have to admit that we are amongst Generation Z and electronics are always life savers especially when it comes to dealing with little kids. Pack all the electronics you have that the kids are allowed to play on. What really helped on our road trip was that we hooked them up to the Wi-Fi on my phone so they had internet to download and watch videos, if you do not have that function then the next best thing to do is download the videos and games ahead of time, games usually work without internet and it reduces the ads too. Brownie points for mom and dad.
  4. Charging cables – Electronics are great until they run out of battery and then the screaming begins. Make sure to pack enough cables and extra plugs that allow you to connect more than one cable at a time. If your vehicle has the outlet option in the trunk, make use of it! A great idea is to connect a multi-outlet extension cord to the outlet that will allow you to plug in at least 3 cables and setting it directly behind your kids so that it is reachable and they are able to play whilst it is charging. It is like World War when electronic access is cut off from the kids and there is not much you can really do when you’re stuck in a car for a few hours.
  5. Wet wipes, paper towels and a few plastic bags – Spills have become a screaming emergency and sticky hands mess up everything; phones, windows, seats, clothes. Having wipes and paper towels handy help diffuse that problem quickly. Carrying a few plastic bags serve as trash cans to dump all your trash instead of creating a huge mess on the floors of your car. It also means a quicker clean up when you’re back from your road trip.

I love road trips! And if done right, it really can be a lot of fun. It is a great way to spend time with the family and get in touch with your creative side. Times have changed, but it does not mean you cannot kick it old school, play games like I-Spy or count how many red cars drive pass. The kids may not be interest but, there is no harm in trying. Happy kids = Fun, laughter, peace, less grumpy adults and many more.

Caring for your baby’s teeth – Why, When and How

All you think is “MY BABY’S FIRST TOOTH!” and it definitely is something to make note of and remember. Your little baby is growing up already. Excitement is in the air and we don’t really consider what comes next except for just brushing their teeth right? I thought that was enough until we visited the dentist and found that the little one, at age 2 and a half, needed 4 crowns due to decaying teeth. I thought we were doing it by the book and brushing twice a day but, it was taken for granted. A little baby going through root canals is not fair on him/her. So, I did some research and found that there is more to caring for your baby’s teeth.

Why are baby teeth important?

Baby teeth assist your baby in chewing their food and also play a role in those cute little smiles. Importantly baby teeth hold a space for permanent teeth that are developing within the gums. Ever heard someone without any teeth speak? Baby teeth also help your baby in speech development, helping them to speak and sound out words easily. If baby teeth are not taken care of correctly and they fall out sooner than their time then permanent teeth may pop up and find their home in empty spaces that do not belong to them, this leaves no room for the teeth that actually belong there, messing up the whole structure.

When and how to start oral care?

Now that we know why baby teeth are so important even though they are just going to fall off anyway, we should try our best to take care of them until they are ready to fall off.

  • Gum care – Oral care is important even before your baby’s teeth start to break through. Taking care of your baby’s gums gets your baby comfortable with the cleaning process making it much easier for you and less resistance from your toddler when you actually have to brush his/her teeth. Having clean gums make stronger, healthier gums too. You’re taking one for the team and you will be glad you did so. At around 4-5 months you should start wiping your baby’s gums with a warm, damp washcloth. Wrap the washcloth around your finger to make it easier to get into your baby’s mouth and wipe it. You do not need to use any toothpaste, just a clean wash cloth and warm water.
  • Incoming teeth – You can start brushing your baby’s teeth from as early as the first tooth popping up. Be gentle and stick to warm water. Your baby will not be able to open their mouth wide enough at your command therefore, using a finger toothbrush is an excellent way to reach the teeth all the way at the back. It is important to clean the hard-to-reach places because plaque loves to build up in back.

How regular should you clean your baby’s mouth?

We all have been taught you should brush your teeth in the morning and before going to bed however, with babies you should try to clean their mouth after every feeding as well as sticking to the twice a day standard. As they grow older you can do away with cleaning their teeth after every feeding.

Some tips

  1. Brush twice a day
  2. Spit when brushing
  3. Once you are able, start flossing and show your child how to floss. Allow them to try on their own under your supervision.
  4. Use a soft bristled toothbrush for your child 
  5. Use a low fluoride toothpaste
  6. Only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
  7. Do not swallow the toothpaste

Everything gets easier once your child is capable of doing things on their own but, it does not mean they are doing it right. Supervise your child’s teeth cleaning habits until they are at least 8 years old, encourage them to brush twice a day and make sure they are cleaning their mouth thoroughly. They might hate you for being a nag but it is for their benefit and one day they will thank you. I still thank my mom for all the ways she raised me even though at the time I did not like it all. It isn’t easy being the bad guy but, it must be done.

Reusable Absorbent Training Underwear Review

Pull-ups are great and convenient, much easier to put on when you have to change your toddler in a public restroom. However, pull-ups sort of make your toddler feel like he/she is still using a diaper and finds it better to just go in his/her pull-up instead of using the potty. There is a significant decrease in the mess when compared to normal underwear and I found that pull-ups really did not help when potty training. What if there was an inbetweener. Something in between pull-ups and actual underwear? There is.

Reusable Absorbent Underwear.

The title says it all. Reusable absorbent underwear is great because it feels like actual underwear and at the same time minimizing the mess involved.

Your toddler realizes he is actually wearing underwear and need to run to the potty, what he doesn’t know that you do is that the underwear protects from any accidents. You will be thankful that there is nothing dripping down his/her legs into the shoes and overflowing onto the floor. Also been there.

Because of the material used it still allows your toddler to feel the wetness and thus causing him/her to feel uncomfortable. The best part is that it is REUSABLE. Does that turn on any light bulbs? You get to save loads from not buying pull-ups.

My review

For these reasons, I found the training underwear to be great. My toddler thought he was wearing underwear like a big boy (which technically he was, we could call it an underwear with super powers) and found it super easy to handle by himself. It encouraged him to use the potty regularly by the uncomfortable wetness, see the difference he felt between the pull-up and the reusable underwear was that with pull-ups it was all warm and mooshy and this wasn’t the case with the underwear. It helped me out big time because it was absorbent so I got to cleaning controlled messes instead of messes all over the floor and footprints that was not from water. I dreaded normal underwear because, I knew I would be spending my day cleaning and this was frustrating. Thanks to the training underwear, we are comfortable handing him his regular underwear.

My only con for the underwear is that it has fun colors but not as much as I would like to choose from.

I hope my review helped you and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.

 

Natural Curve Nursing Pillow Review

Your baby is growing every day and each time you have to breast feed your hand goes numb. I can personally attest to those pins and needles or no feeling at all. Since i favor my left hand over my right, I stick it out till the end instead of switching and distracting the baby.

The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is a great help in times like those for the reasons below

  1. Your baby is absolutely comfortable and it puts him/her in a relaxed position. This is a benefit to your baby and yourself, everything goes much better when your baby is happy and comfortable and most importantly when you are breast feeding. Those little jaws can be strong.
  2. The pillow is firm. It doesn’t need constant buffing up or adding pillows underneath it. Otherwise, you could just use about ten pillows.
  3. You can use it in many ways, whichever is comfortable for you and your baby. It is also great for tummy time or as a support for your baby when he/she is playing on the floor.
  4. It has a handle. A handle always comes in handy and make things convenient when you are trying to juggle your grocery bags, baby bag and laptop bag all at once.
  5. It keeps your baby close to you creating those special bonding moments and helps keep eye contact with your baby because of the positioning. Body-to-body and eye contact between you and your baby creates a lasting connecting and helps your baby feel loved and cared for. These emotions are important for your baby’s well-being.
  6. The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow also helps prevents slouching which in turn helps with your back minimizing back pain.

In my opinion, the nursing pillow is a great place to start and helps in so many ways that is beneficial to you. You can use it as many times as you need for as many children that you have or might want to have. It has excellent quality and is true to its word.

I hope my review helped in any way possible and if you have any questions or would like to leave a review, please comment below.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

Some moms love breastfeeding and some moms are not comfortable with a little being biting on her nipple. We understand, all moms are different and they all have different emotions and experiences. Although, it is totally up to you, I felt it would only be fair if we educated ourselves on the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby before making any decisions.

The Milk

I strongly believe that everything our body does is for a reason. Kind of a fight or flight response to literally everything we go through on a daily basis. Our bodies are working 24/7 to make sure we survive and thrive in our environments. Backing up into the ages where there was no formula, no feeding bottles and fancy equipment. All women could do was breastfeed and I think our generations way before us turned out pretty fine.

Milk is produced when pregnancy hormones fluctuate and everything in your body goes ding, ding, ding. These pregnancy hormones cause your milk ducts to grow significantly larger and Prolactin allows the alveoli on your breasts to produce milk using fat, sugars and protein from your blood.

It is important to note that the more you breastfeed, the more milk you produce. If, you do not breastfeed then you will not produce very little to no milk at all.

The benefits of breastfeeding for babies.

Whether you are 5 and looking for your favorite toy or 20 and looking for your socks, we all end up going to mommy. In the same way, mommy has all the nutrition for a baby. After all you have been carrying, feeding and caring for your baby for nine months without additives.

  1. Nutrition – Your breast milk is like the superman of all the nutrition you can give your baby. It is packed with the essential vitamins and protein your baby will need for a healthy lifestyle as he/she grows.
  2. Health Benefits – Research suggests that breast milk decreases the risk of certain medical conditions such as diabetes and obesity. It also helps to prevent and fight off any allergies your baby might have and prevent frequent diarrhea.
  3. Weight Gain – Because, your baby receives the correct amount of nutrition, fat, proteins and vitamins from the breast milk your baby gains a good amount of weight that is not too much or too little.
  4. Higher IQ – Although, not proven yet. Studies are putting a lot of effort into proving babies who have been breastfed having a higher IQ even in the long term.

There is no way you can go wrong with breastfeeding as your body is designed to know what your baby needs from day 1 of pregnancy and instinctively as a mother. If, you think about it, all those cravings and feelings when you think something is not right or everything seems to be going peacefully well. It is your body communicating to you about the needs of you and your baby.

The benefits of breastfeeding for mommy.

It’s always good to do things that benefit your baby in more ways than you can imagine but isn’t it even better when there’s a reward for mommy too.

  1. The number one reason why moms are breastfeeding more is because it works as a miracle worker for losing all that pregnancy weight.
  2. It helps your uterus return to its normal size and elasticity before pregnancy and birth.
  3. It decreases the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
  4. Decreased menstrual and postpartum bleeding.

Breastfeeding does come with a lot of benefits that are worth it for you and your baby but, it definitely is not an easy task. Your nipples get bit and swollen and your hands start to hurt. On the bright side you get to work on those arm muscles. Thankfully there are creams you can use and nursing pillows to make sure you and most importantly your baby is comfortable. Happy baby, Happy life.

Improving Your Baby’s Balance – Walking Prep

Your baby’s first steps are always a milestone to remember and even have it on tape if you’re lucky. Your baby goes through many stages before actually taking those first steps and as a parent I know you want to make sure your child reaches his/her full potential in everything they do from the time they are born and it never ends. Whilst they are in their early walking development stages – which is sitting and crawling – there are different techniques you can try to help the process. Improving your baby’s balance not only helps you prepare your baby for walking but, it also goes a long way into adulthood.

The Vestibular System.

Ever heard of the Vestibular System? The Vestibular system is the part of the inner ear that plays an important role in balance and coordination. It consists of three semicircular canals; Posterior, Lateral and Anterior, and two otolith organs; Utricle and Saccule.

The entire system is responsible for

  • Head direction
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Acceleration or slowing down
  • Movement
  • Posture

The Vestibular system and balancing go hand-in-hand because it sends information to your brain which processes it and sends the information to the correct organs that need to be activated in any given situation. Essentially, without the vestibular system you will be bumping into everything and have no sense of balance.

The benefits of improving your baby’s balance.

Do you ever wonder why your friend has better balance than you? I have many times, I am one of those kids that is good at balancing but only to a certain degree whilst my friend is busy being a ninja. Gotta love those ninja courses at trampoline parks. I have also seen babies fall more than others and not just because they are playing but also randomly just standing and next thing you know he/she is on the floor.

Working on balance development with your baby sets him/her up for life and not just the time-being. It stimulates your baby from now and carries into adulthood.

  • Your baby will have excellent balancing and posture control which will last a lifetime.
  • It strengthens your baby’s muscle and helps your baby become aware of what muscles need to be used for whatever he/she is trying to do.
  • Coordination. Activities used to improve balance involves a lot of vestibular activities which teaches your baby to make use of his/her sensory organs. This helps your child recognize spatial orientation. To know where he/she is, how far he/she is from certain objects and how much he/she will have to move to avoid or get to those objects.

Activities to improve balance.

There are a lot of Vestibular Activities and fun games you can do with your baby that are definitely worth your free time, your baby having fun will encourage him/her to do it more. You will find your baby trying to do these activities by him/herself which is great in developing their whole body. The fact that they are engaging helps stimulate their brain and actually trying to do those exercises go a long way in developing their muscles.

  1. Personal walking assistant. Be your baby’s PA, stand behind your baby and hold his/her hands and motivate your baby to walk. This makes use of your baby’s leg muscles as he/she is trying to walk and balance as well as helping your child stay upright by holding him/her which help your baby understand a correct posture would be upright instead of leaning forward.
  2. Couch potato. Have your baby stand and hold onto one end of the couch and grab a bag of your child’s favorite snack. Sit on the other end and let your baby walk toward you, she will instinctively use the couch as a helping hand but he/she will be doing all the work stimulating leg and hand muscles.
  3. Tuck and roll. Any toy or game that allows your baby to roll over and spin around safely helps develop the vestibular system. Engaging in playtime that is fast paced or energetic allows for excellent coordination development. Get creative, sit on the floor and let your baby run around you or have him/her twirl around while holding your finger. If you have a pet, let them join in the fun.
  4. Swings. Swings with a little seat works great in helping your baby sit upright and also stimulates your baby’s spatial awareness. Your baby develops the ability to understand when he/she is moving fast and slowing down. This is an excellent way to stimulate coordination.
  5. Get up and sit. Let your baby sit on the floor up against the couch and encourage her to stand up using your hands to help him/herself. Repeat this until your baby runs out of enthusiasm. Do it every day and you will find your baby will no longer need you to help stand up. This targets the muscles, coordination and posture.

Almost anything your baby actively engages in can be regarded as an exercise to help your child’s development because, your baby is constantly working as he/she is new to everything. These exercises just help in improving your baby’s balance and with so many benefits why not give it a shot. Your baby will thank you.

Private or One-to-One Swimming Lessons – High Anxiety Kids

“I wanna go swimming” said your 5-year old and yeah that sounds like so much fun. It’s hot and a dive in a cold pool would be a great way to cool off after a long day. Unfortunately, going swimming is not an option for your 5-year old because, firstly he doesn’t know how to swim and secondly he’s having a lot of tantrums from his high anxiety. Toddlers learning to swim also go through these stages of development and learning what works best for them. I have found that private swimming lessons work great and here are the WHY’s.

Why group lessons won’t work

Group lessons are great for social skills and boosting confidence when other kids are doing the same thing as you but, they are not for every child. Here are some reasons why group lessons become too much for some children especially for those who prefer to be alone and have trouble processing.

  1. Too much going on – Sometimes children find it difficult to focus when there are a lot of interactions and things happening in all directions. It is highly distracting and confusing for them so whilst trying to process the noises and what is going on and staying focused on the task at hand they become frustrated. This leads them to throwing temper fits because they do not know how else to deal with it.
  2. Not enough attention – When your child is in a group and trying to learn how to swim, the instructions from the teacher to the student gets lost somewhere in between or they are unable to see clearly how to do a certain thing. This, in turn, means the teacher does not have clear visibility or constant sight of all children at the same time. It’s impossible. Then what happens? Your child starts to have a bad experience, dislikes it and loses interest in learning how to swim altogether.

Some children go above and beyond in group swimming and that is awesome but, the children who find it difficult to deal with normal life situations for their particular age will associate any experience they have with a certain thing, swimming in this case, every time the topic is brought up.

Why private lessons bring progress

At the end of their group lessons last year, they were still extremely afraid of getting in the water and getting their hair and ears wet. They had no traumatizing experiences whatsoever to blame anything on. They were just not comfortable getting in the water and learning how to swim in a group. This led to many screaming tantrums and running away.

After switching the boys from group lessons to private lessons we have seen a huge improvement in their swimming.

Here’s what we have noticed since they started one-to-one swimming lessons:

  1. Building a relationship = being comfortable – With private or one-to-one lessons, the boys have one instructor each and the same instructor every time. It took about two times for them to warm up to their instructors and they started getting to know each other. In no time, the boys built a relationship with their instructors and trust them every time they need to get into the water.
  2. One-to-one attention – Each boy has the full attention of their instructors and vice-versa. They do not have to struggle to hear their instructors nor struggle to try to see over other children as the instructor is right there next to them. This definitely minimized the tantrums and left the boys feeling more in tuned instead of helpless.
  3. Better control – In the event of one of the boys not being able to do something it inevitably led to a tantrum but, because of the one-to-one attention the instructor is able to calm the boys down easily using the different things they know the boys like, instead of them running all over the place and dangering themselves. The instructors go out of their way to shy away from tantrums and ease your child back into it which helps a lot instead of giving up and losing a session where your child could have learned something.
  4. Progress reports – This is a benefit to the parents. The instructors gave us a brief rundown after each session of how it went, where the boys have improved and what needs to be worked on.

In case you are wondering, the boys are 3, 5 and 6-years old. Since we have switched them to private swimming lessons they get in the water quicker than you can get your slippers off, they have learned how to hold their breath, they can float and are working on their strokes to actually swim. If you ask me, I would say that is a lot of progress compared to not even being able to get them in the water.

Children who cannot cope in group swimming can still become excellent swimmers.

Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty – It’s Go Time!

I talked about potty training tips you may want to implement but, for the parents who want to potty train their kids as soon as they are born, how do you know when your child is ready to potty?

What is the Age Range for Potty training?

Children start to gain interest in pottying at different ages. If your child is 1-year old and want to potty or feels uncomfortable when he/she has gone in their diaper that is great but, if your child is 3-years old and has no interest in pottying or does not seem to grasp the concept yet, do not worry. The readiness of your child can range from 1-year old up to 5-years old.

Children usually become aware of their need to potty around 12-18 months, they start to develop the ability to control their bowel movements and become aware of what needs to be done. Be sure to show them how to potty when they need to.

Potty Readiness

Being aware of pottying and actually being ready to potty are different things, Although, they go hand in hand. Being aware of pottying is when your child knows he/she has pottied but only after the deed has been done..in the diaper. Your child may know that he/she needs to potty but, is unable to connect the dots of needing to potty to an actual toilet. There is no mental readiness.

These signs can help you check off your child’s potty to-do-list.

  1. Your child is able to walk to the potty without your help. This is an obvious one, when you need to potty you need to potty and your child needs to be able to move those little legs and get to the potty. It will be helpful to have a step stool in the bathroom to save time and avoid carrying him/her onto the potty every time.
  2. Your child is able to pull down his/her pants and underwear and pull them up again. Again, to be speedy when nature calls you can practice undressing drills with your toddler so that he/she is able to do that when it’s potty time. Otherwise, prepare for a mess and lots of laundry.
  3. Being uncomfortable with a wet diaper. Nobody likes feeling uncomfortable especially if you’re going to be wet in places that need to be dry. You will notice your child pulling at a dirty diaper or feeling irritated by it, he/she may even throw tantrums when faced with full diapers.
  4. Shying away. Your child starts to become aware and a little embarrassed by pottying, he/she will move away from people and quietly find himself in a corner to pee or poop. This is a good indication that your child is starting to understand the process and privacy of pottying.
  5. Is your child able to communicate to you when he/she needs to potty. It doesn’t matter how as long as he/she can tell you “Mom, I need to potty now!!!!” Whether it is playing easy charades or using bathroom slang, no need to be formal.
  6. You’re saving money. You’re actually saving money or rather spending less. You are not changing that many diapers because your child is staying dry for longer periods. This could indicate your child is developing the ability to control his bowel movements. .

If your child seems to be ready and display all the signs but isn’t getting it or refusing to potty then give your child a two-week break, sort of like hitting the reset button. It will seem to be new again and your child may develop an interest in doing it. Try some potty training tips that might help.

Make sure your child knows what to do when he/she needs to potty and most importantly help him/her understand that if you do not remind him/her to potty it does not mean that it is okay to go in his/her pull-up or underwear. An excuse I hear every day is that “You didn’t tell me to potty” and “I didn’t know”. He/she should know that when nature calls and he/she has not been prompted he/she should go to the potty him/herself and call you if he/she needs help.

Natural Remedies for a Teething Baby – DIY at Home

Teething babies are no fun and it is especially no fun when you have your baby chugging medicine that you are not totally informed about. You do not REALLY know what is in there and what the long term effects can be on your baby. My grandfather always loved to say, “Prevention is better than cure”.

Although, most doctors know what they’re doing there is no harm in trying natural home remedies for a teething baby first. Here are a few that you can try on your baby to alleviate the pain.

1. Everything cold

Instinct gets you running to the freezer for an ice pack every time you or your child gets hurt. Please don’t try to fit an ice pack into your baby’s mouth.

Instead, you can have your baby suck on an ice Popsicle, I know you’re thinking “she did say natural but popsicles are mostly ice, food coloring, and some sugar I guess” (I do not really know, I haven’t been a fan of popsicles). What I do know, is that you can make your own Popsicle or Smoothie and freeze it. You and you baby will absolutely love it. Try making popsicles out of fruits.

My personal favorite is a mixed berry smoothie. We decided to go smoothie crazy one day and got our blender out. We added blueberries, raspberries, banana, and some watermelon (sounds a bit weird and could be yucky tasting right but the kids were doing it so I let it slide). It actually turned out pretty good.

Another thing you can do is feed your baby frozen veggies through a mesh feeder which is totally safe and prevents your baby from choking on veggie chunks. Its merely just acting as something cold for your baby to chew on. You could consider it an organic Teether.

Consider chucking a few of your baby’s pacifiers in the freezer to use whenever the pain is almost unbearable. Your baby will appreciate a frozen pacifier to chew on since they’re chewing on them anyway. It keeps baby quiet and relieves him/her off the crazy pain associated with teething.

2. Anti-inflammatory Food – Putting the Fire Out.

Pain in a certain part of your body basically means that part is on fire. Fortunately, we have discovered foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.

From what I can personally vouch for turmeric works like a bomb. FOR EVERYTHING. Turmeric is phenomenal when it comes to relieving pain anywhere and your baby might not like the taste but he/she will be thankful

Mix some turmeric with water to form a paste and rub it on your baby’s gums.

You can also do this using ginger which works great for calming your baby’s nerve endings within the gums. Having your baby chew on some ginger or gently rubbing it on the gums will help too.

3. Baby Spa

Everyone loves a good shower or relaxing bath, massages – heck, we even pay for them, and immense relaxation.

Your baby loves it too. Put your baby in a warm bath with bubbles and his/her favorite toys. Just the fact that your baby is in warm water is good enough. It will take his/her mind off the stresses and pain of teething.

After your baby is done in the bath, treat him/her to a full body massage and make use of some relaxing essential oils. Massage your baby all over, trust me babies love massages. Fun fact: I am Indian so I basically really only know what happens in an Indian household and a major part of baby’s bath time is massaging your baby and kind of doing mini stretches for your baby. It almost looks like they could fall asleep in the midst of it.

Face time giggles
are always fun, especially for the parents. It gives you extra time to focus on making your baby laugh while working on the “knots” in your baby’s face. Massage your baby’s face, working from the temples down to the lower jaw and be sure to make funny faces and voices in the process. Your baby will enjoy some extra giggles and the gentle massage will help with the pain.

Anything involving pain is tricky and teething ranks high on the list. It is definitely stressful for all parties and the good news is it is temporary. There are many routes you can take to alleviate pain and help your baby cope with the teething process. Thank goodness for mother nature providing us with natural remedies for a teething baby and most of these remedies are inexpensive so no excuses mommy and daddy. It will be over soon, hang in there.

 

 

How to Teach Your Baby to Walk – First Steps

  1. The wait is almost over and your baby is reaching the age where he/she should start walking. Oh wait, but there’s more. Now it is all about not missing your baby’s first steps, so how about you be the one to teach your baby to walk. That way you have front row seats to your baby’s major accomplishment.
  2. Bouncy Baby – A great way to prepare your baby for walking is to sit on the floor and hold your baby up and let him/her bounce on the floor. You can even have your baby on your lap, whichever is more comfortable for you. This will help your baby feel confident about standing on his/her feet. The more you do it the more your baby will be at ease and attempt to do this on their own. Make it fun, make funny faces and talk to your baby – this encourages your baby to do it more. Practice makes permanent.
  3. Walking Rings – Walking rings help babies move their feet, this helps to develop their little tiny feet and legs to make them stronger. Sort of like baby exercise. It also boosts confidence and fun. Your baby will be like “hey these feet actually get me places, lets do more!!”
  4. Baby, get up – Have your baby stand on his/her own in front of you. Make sure there is nothing around that could hurt your baby because, your baby will fall. The best place to do it is on the carpet. When your baby falls encourage him/her to stand up by themselves or hold their favorite teddy or toy above them and encourage them to stand up and grab it.
  5. Baby’s first steps – By now, your baby should be excited and confident to start walking. Stand your baby on one side of the room and quickly run to the other side. Now cheer your baby on to walk towards you, if you want you can hold up a reward for your baby to come and get. Again, your baby will fall. If it is safe and you see that your baby is fine do not run to his/her aid. Let him/her get up on their own and continue to walk toward you.

Speaking from experience, this definitely works and it is really fun! I especially enjoyed being the cheerleader and when he finally took his first steps it was the best moment on earth. It should feel like the best moment on earth so make sure you make a big deal out of it and make sure your baby feels that you are celebrating him.

Rewards, celebrations and really emphasizing your child’s achievements go a long way. It makes them feel better about what they are doing and really gives them that confidence boost. They start to believe in themselves and begin to reach for higher levels in their development.

One more thing, before I leave you to teaching your baby to walk. Remember your baby will be walking soon – and even climbing, that means he/she will be able to reach those toys you put up on the kitchen island or should I say those kitchen utensils.

So, that being said. Happy hunting for higher places to set sharp objects and important things.