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3 Ways to Keep your Baby Busy and Entertained

These days moms (and dads) are super busy and juggling so much, from working at a job, running a household to looking after a baby – all at the same time. It can be exhausting for sure.

So finding clever and safe ways to keep your baby entertained when you need a few minutes to get something done, can be a life saver.

1. Baby Bouncers

3 Ways to Keep your Baby Busy and Entertained

A baby bouncer or baby rocker is a great invention that will both keep your newborn baby safewhile bouncing happily. There are quite a few types to choose from, you get ones that are for newborn babies with built-in seats so they are safer, bouncers that vibrate if the baby kicks a little or even automatic vibrating baby bouncers that work using an electrical outlet or batteries.
Some bouncers also have a mobile arm on them with toys hanging from them which also helps give your baby something to play with. There are some great quality bouncers out there from brands such as Fisher-price, Graco and Chicco.

2. Walking Rings

3 Ways to Keep your Baby Busy and Entertained

Another genious baby entertainment option is the baby walking ring. These have been used for many years and while allowing your baby to roam around freely, they are quite safe in this sort of plastic moving chair on wheels. Many of them also have toys in the front for you baby to play with, some of which make noises for extra fun.

 

Some concerns have been highlighted that it might delay a baby walking, so I’d suggest not letting your baby be in these for too long though, usually for longer than 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Another option is to use a baby jumper.

3. Baby Play mats

3 Ways to Keep your Baby Busy and Entertained

A baby play mat is essentially a soft padded mat that you put on the ground and has some sort of play options or activity that you newborn or baby can do while lying on it. There’s a massive variety of play mats available including ones with sounds, lights, swings or other things that babies can touch and play with. They are also sometimes referred to by other names like baby gyms, activity mats, activity gyms, activity blankets etc and there’s so many different types I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that’s just right for you at your local baby store or online.

 

 

Find Language Resources for Bilingual Kids at Mammaprada

Raising bilingual children is really good as knowing another language can be helpful for them in future. Bilingualism is also important when the parents are not native English speakers or if parents speak two different languages. In my case, my kid started learning English at his early years, but now I surround him with the environment to learn ‘Sinhalese’ which is my mother tongue or the language widely spoken in Sri Lanka.

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However, when you raise bilingual children it is important to use the right teaching materials at the right time. I know this by experience. If we do not use the right methods to introduce another language for the little ones, they can be confused with two languages. This is where you need opinions and recommendations from other moms who actually use the educational materials for their kids. These opinions are always helpful for you to select the right language materials for your kids without worries.

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If you look for Italian, French, Spanish or German language materials for your kids, you will easily find those after searching online. But if you visit Mammaprada, you will find that language materials recommended by them are trusted and tested before introducing to others. With detailed blog posts and recommendations, you will find different products that you can use for teaching the above languages for your kids.

What are the things you can shop at Mammaprada?

Other than the language learning resources, you will also find recommendations for Italian lifestyle including travel and food (Limoncello) .Reading her blog posts about Italy is really interesting. Parenting products including books, toys, games and clothes will be sure helpful for you to select the best products for your kids.

Why Mammaprada is so special?

If you visit Mammaprada you will know why Mammaprada is so special to feature in this blog. Run by Kristie Prada who raises bilingual kids, Mammaprada is a valuable source of articles and products which are helpful for other moms and dads. Her Christmas shop is a collection of Italian Christmas products that will help you to select gifts for those who love Italian products.

Visit www.mammaprada.com to see more recommended products at Mammaprada! And say hello to Kristie Prada who raises bilingual kids with the mission of raising her kids to understand the cross cultural life!

Use The Stretch Patch To Get Rid of Your Stretch Marks

Pregnancy is a really exciting experience for any lady. After getting married most women wish to get pregnant and enjoy their time as a mom. It was same with me. But, do you know that pregnancy will change your body and the look? It can be sagging tummy, increased weight or stretch marks, pregnancy will keep you such signs even after the delivery.

 The Stretch Patch To Get Rid of Your Stretch Marks

As I experienced all these things I know how frustrating it is to see the changed body after the delivery. Stretch marks are one of the major concerns for most ladies after the delivery. Do you know that 80% of pregnant ladies suffer with stretch marks or post-delivery scarring? This sounds scary, isn’t it?

But, now there is good news regarding the stretch marks. With The Stretch Patch you can easily remove the stretch marks in few easy steps.

What is The Stretch Patch?

The Stretch Patch

The Stretch Patch is a self-adhesive patch that helps to remove the post-delivery scaring or stretch marks. It is combined with heat stimulation and will increase the circulation. As a result, skin pores will open and help to deliver the formula into a deep layer of skin.

How to use The Stretch patch?

Use of The Stretch Patch on your post-delivery scars or stretch marks is really easier than you think.

You only need to place the patch over your clean skin which is also free with any lotion. After 5-10 hours using, you can remove the patch. However you need to test the patch on a small area before you use it for the first time.

Manufactured in USA, The Stretch Patch is a patent product. It is also manufactured in a FDA approved facility to give the best results for its customers. To find more details on The Stretch Patch, please check the website by visiting www.thestretchpatch.com .You can also order the products from their website.

Best Tips for a DIY Kids Birthday Party

I really love to throw DIY Birthday parties. With beautiful Birthday banners, themed decorations and birthday invitations, actually a themed DIY birthday party is a fun way of celebrating the birthday of little ones.

After organizing few DIY and themed birthday parties, now I have some experience on organizing birthday parties especially for kids making them exciting about their party and the birthday celebration. Some people think small kids, especially those babies who celebrate their first birthday don’t really understand or they don’t actually enjoy it. It is wrong. It is an excuse for some who don’t want to organize a birthday party. With my experience, I found DIY birthday party is the best way to celebrate it with the kid.

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Here are few tips for you to organize a DIY birthday party which your kid would love to talk for long time.

Select a theme

You need to have a theme for your kid’s birthday party. If you search online, you’ll find tons of birthday party themes. But, don’t go for a birthday party theme which you like. Instead, be on alert of your kid’s interests. If your kid is above age 3, then sure they will suggest the party theme. If your kid is a toddler or infant, then decide a theme with his interests.

Pororo themed Birthday Party

our Pororo themed Birthday Party table

For our first birthday party, we decided animal theme because my son loved animal songs and animal toys. For his second birthday, we decided train theme simply because of his interest on his train toys and some YouTube nursery rhymes which feature a train(Bob the Train). Both times, my son enjoyed the party, his cake and decorations.Our Pororo themed birthday party was a hit when the kid was three years old.

Create DIY decorations and Birthday party invitations

Once you decide the birthday party theme then decide on the decorations. DIY decorations are always beautiful and unique. You can create birthday banner, birthday invitations, door banner and other decorations according to your theme.

How to make animal themed DIY Birthday Banner

Our DIY 1st Birthday party backdrop.

If you are creative enough, then you know how to create DIY birthday party decors. But, most of the time it is easy to buy printable party decorations. Once you buy printable party decorations, then you only need to customize it with your kids name and print it. Your themed party decorations are ready in few minutes.

Check for Cake designs and food ideas

When you have a theme for the birthday,it is easy to select the cake design.If you contact a cake decorator,they will show you tons of ideas suit to your theme.Otherwise,you can also make your own cake and decorate it with matching theme.I sometimes order birthday cakes.For some birthdays,I decorated store bought cakes with simple cake toppers.Cake toppers are easy to buy if the theme is related to toys.Otherwise you can easily make some DIY cake toppers for birthday.

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For food ideas,you can easily check online.Kids love candy and sweets.Other than that colourful fruits will make the birthday table beautiful.To make the dessert table match with the theme,use some figures or toppers with your theme in between food plates.That will be really cute and will create a beautiful dessert table!

When you are ready with all these ideas,it is time to order and start planing your DIY kids birthday party!

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Why You Should Get A Pet If You Have Children

Introduction

Did you know there are currently more than 300 million dogs and cats being raised in households around the world? People choose to have pets for many benefits they offer. In this post, we will elaborate on the compelling reasons why you should get a pet if you have children.

Why You Should Get A Pet If You Have Children

Why You Should Get a Pet If You Have Children

Pets Encourage Learning

This is the sight that everyone, especially parents, loves to see when it comes to children and animals: A child curling up in the bed surrounded by warm blankets, pillows and cute pets, excitedly reading a book to the four-legged friends.

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Scientists have discovered the magical effects that therapy animals can bring to children whose mental development is slow. Letting those children play with therapy dogs, especially six safest dogs for children, is one of the most successful ways to guide their mental development on the right path.

But now, scientists are seeing clear evidence that animals not only help struggling children. They also make a good source of influence to normal children of any ages. Studies show that kids feel much less stressed out when they are asked to read for animals than for their peers or adults.

For kids who are just starting to read and being aware of their shortcomings, it is best to let them read to animals. We should not intimidate them by pressuring them to read to people. Doing that will only scare them away from reading. So, in a word, pets can encourage children to learn and practice something new in a way that no humans, even parents, can.

Pets Bring Comfort

Studies have also found that a lot of children believe one of the best ways to socialize is to have a pet. Young pet owners, examining their own experience, think that any kinds of pets (dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, horses, etc.) can give shy kids more comfort in making new friends and blending with their environment. The reason is simply because pets make a great conversation topic among kids. Children who keep themselves to themselves can find a common ground or a shared interest with strangers by discussing pets.

Another way in which pets provide a great source of comfort for children is listening to them. Children do have big secrets they wish to share with someone for sympathy or releasing pressure. Many kids do not share with close people around them because people are not good at listening without being judgmental. Whereas animals just listen and seem to know how to comfort children during their secret conversation with each other.

Pets Teach Children Care

We all know caring for each other is an important skill and aspect in life. Many people think the ability to nurture other beings comes naturally and instinctively to all humans. But if a child is not taught about love and care, it is not going to deliver those things well later in life.

Another common misperception is that a child can learn how to care through the way it is looked after by adults. While it is true that love from others can give a child an idea of what affection is, the child still needs to practice care itself to really believe in the importance of love.

Pets give children a great chance to learn about caring for other beings. Most young pet owners develop a sense of responsibility and acquire important caring skills that will come in handy in later life.

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Conclusion

So, pets do not only make great learning buddies to children, but they are also helpful companions and inspiring teachers of care. Those are great reasons why you should get a pet if you have children. No wonder why many modern parents create a pet environment for their children at an early age.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for reading!

Blurb Launches Layflat Photo Books

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Creating memories using photo books is something I do for almost all special events. Some of the events I created photo books include baby’s first month from the birth, his first year moments, birthdays and also preschool years. Other than these events, I also prepare a photo book each year using our family photographs of the year.

A page from my son’s photo book of his journey to the world.It is not a layflat photo book,but I created this photo book with Blurb.

Blurb is one of the photo book companies I use for creating photo books. For my son’s first baby book, I used Blurb. However that time I used a soft cover photo book which is still a good piece of memory.

What is new with Blurb photo books?

Blurb finally launches the layflat feature. Among many photo books I created, I always like layflat photo books than the other photo books. Now with Blurb’s new Layflat photo books I am excited to say that you will have beautiful photo books that are gorgeous in its final finish.

 

With the layflat feature, now you can use full spread of images across two pages without losing any portion of the image to the center.

To check more designs and features of Blurb’s layflat photo books, check here. If you haven’t prepared any baby book or birthday photo books for your kids, now it is time to start!

How to Make Potty Training Fun for your Kid

If you are about to start potty training with your toddler I am sure you are bit nervous. Specially if you are a first time mommy same as me, you will look for lot of tips and ideas before actually starting potty training. It is true that potty training needs lot of patience and care. I started potty training my kid when he was around 2 years old and it was a really exciting experience for us. We did not try to train our kid so fast. We expected accidents and yes it happened. However, potty training was not a struggle for both my kid and me. Now, at the age of nearly four, we are almost done with potty training. We don’t have night time bed wetting or we don’t use diapers anymore!

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If you really want to potty train your kid without much struggle, then make it fun! If your potty training is fun and interesting to your kid, it will be an exciting adventure for your little one. I used the same idea and our fun and interesting potty training sessions end up making my kid with no more diapers.

Thankfully, nowadays there are lot of interesting products and tools for potty training. These products also make potty training a funful activity for both parents and kids. We used such products too to make our potty time special!

So here are the best ways that you can make potty training fun for your kid!

Also read this Step by Step Potty Training Guide

How to Make Potty Training Fun for your Kid?

Read books about potty training

Toddlers and young kids love reading. So, books are one of the best ways to convey any message. Potty training is another milestone that you can get the help of interesting potty training books. These stories always make the kid as a hero. So, that will easily convey the message.

Buy a cute potty

Potty is the main attraction for the kid. At first potty will be like a new toy. Nowadays there are cute potty designs available in the market which are colourful too. Consider buying such cute potty before you starting potty training. If your kid is a bit grown up toddler or a preschooler, you can ask the kid to select his or her favorite potty. I found beautiful and cute potty designs at My Teeny Weeny which is an online shop for both moms and kids. They ship worldwide. So you don’t have to worry about the location you live.

Use Potty training charts and rewards

Potty Training in 3 Days

Potty Training in 3 Days -Rewards charts and potty training fun

This is another trick I used when I was potty training our kid. Potty training chart is a smart way to encourage the kid to go to the potty when they need to pee or poo. I also used stickers as rewards. Those stickers could make a smile on my child right after a successful potty session till he trained completely.

Use potty training apps and songs

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Potty training apps and songs are another fantastic way to make potty time attractive for kids. We used a potty training song from the YouTube and my kid loved watching it while he was sitting on the potty.

Make it a playful activity

When we started potty training, I created fun activities which my kid could engage. We decorated our potty corner with his arts and crafts. That was so much fun and our potty corner had some personal touch of my kid. So, he loved to spend his time on this space.

Above are some of the tips that you can make potty training fun. Such activities and tools will sure help to make it interesting for the kid. As a result potty training will be much easier!

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Bricraft Wallet Review – Women RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet

The RFID blocking wallet I received from Bricraft is not only gorgeous, it also provide the security for my cards with the RFID blocking feature. Instead of starting this Bricraft wallet review, I like to share some of the details I came across about RFID blocking wallets because this is such a secure wallet.

Bricraft Wallet Review

Bricraft Wallet Review

Well, what are the features that you look in any wallet? For me my wallet should be stylish, at the same time it should be big enough to carry my all cards, cash including both notes and coins securely. If any stylish looking wallet which is comfortable on my hand and gives extra security with a feature such as RFID blocking facility, I will definitely go for that. Bricraft wallets are RFID blocking secure wallets that are also stylish and comfortable for the hands. That is why I really like the wallet I received from Bricraft.

What is a RFID blocking wallet?

Although there are wallets in the market that come with RFID blocking facility, some of you may not know what a RFID blocking wallet is. Let me explain a bit!

You already know how important it is to secure your credit card details and other identity details. But, there are many incidents of credit card fraud and identity theft which somebody standing next to you can easily steal your information without your consent.

Bricraft Wallet Review

Bricraft Wallets are with the RFID blocking feature

Although this sounds scary, this can be done by someone next to you. If you carry credit cards that come with RFID chips embedded, it is convenient to use. You can easily make payment with credit cards that are with RFID chips simply by touching it on the scanner. It is a convenient way to make payments with a contactless method.

But, imagine a person next to you who easily scan your sensitive data without your consent! This sounds scary!!

This is where a RFID blocking wallet is really important. When you use a RFID blocking wallet, others cannot scan your sensitive data from RFID chips that are embedded in your cards.

Bricraft wallets with RFID blocking feature

Bricraft is a popular brand that sells stylish wallets with RFID blocking feature. Bricraft wallets are made of genuine leather which is durable and comfortable. Also these wallets come with enough credit card slots for your cards and enough space for everything that you need to carry in your wallet. I am happy to review this Bricraft Trifold clutch which is with features including RFID blocking facility.

Bricraft wallet review -Women RFID Blocking Trifold Clutch Wallet Oil Wax Leather

The wallet I received from Bricraft is a trifold clutch made of oil wax leather. The design is really gorgeous which I really like to carry with me. The wallet is with around 14 credit card slots which are enough to use all my cards easily. This wallet is also with a section of zip closure which is convenient to use cash and coins. It is made of 100% wax oil genuine leather which makes it a durable wallet.

Bricraft Wallet Review

Bricraft Women RFID Blocking Trifold Clutch Wallet Oil Wax Leather

Here are the main features of this Bricraft RFID Blocking Trifold Clutch

  • It is a safe wallet which protects your important data from identity theft and RFID card frauds
  • It is convenient to use. This wallet is with 14 credit cards slots, a pocket for currency and a zipped space for coins.

  • This wallet is fashionable. Although it comes with many slots, it is not bulky when in use. Instead, it is a stylish wallet on my hand when I use it with all my necessary cards and cash in it.
  • It is made of 100% genuine wax oil genuine leather
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This wallet comes with the care instructions which is helpful for keeping it in good condition

  • It comes with a guarantee. If you purchase a wallet, it is good to buy a wallet that comes with a guarantee. This Bricraft wallet comes with a guarantee that will make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase.

 

Bricraft wallets are available in many stylish designs to choose for both men and women. What I reviewed here is a women trifold wallet. But, if you like a small wallet or if you look for a wallet that is suitable for men, you can check Bricraft for more designs.

Check www.ibricraft.com for more details and for more designs.

 

Disclosure : I received the above RFID blocking wallet from Bricraft for the purpose of review.However all the opinions are my own.

Futon Mattress vs Regular Mattress

Comfortable sleep is a must for anyone. It is common to hear that lack of sleep can cause lot of health problems. There are several reasons that affect your sleep. Poor sleep can be due to some health conditions too. While heavy work load, stress and other health conditions can cause sleeping problems, your bed and pillows can be the culprits too. If you don’t have a comfortable bed then you will not enjoy   comfortable sleep throughout the night. You may keep waking up during the night for few times. You will also experience pain on your body due to the wrong selection of your bed, mattress and pillow.

Few weeks ago I experienced a neck pain which lasted for around one week. That was an awful time because I couldn’t turn my neck without pain. This can be due to the wrong pillow I use. However the experience reminded us to check our beds and go for new mattresses and pillows as we didn’t change those for a long time. During the past few years my concerns were more on the growth of the kid forgetting some of other stuff at home. My concerns were always about sleeping problems of kids than comfortable sleep for us as the first few years are really important for any kid’s life.

Futon Mattress vs Regular Mattress

But, why am I talking about Futon mattress and regular mattress in this post? Reason is simple. Living in Singapore, we own a small apartment/flat which we need to consider space usage when we buy anything. And if we buy new furniture we always need to discard or sell the used ones to save the space. Having our bedrooms furnished with beds and regular mattresses, we are considering options of buying a sofa bed or folding bed which we can keep in our living room and to use as an extra bed when there is a visitor. A kind of sofa bed will save space while we can use it as a seating space during the day time.

What is a Futon Mattress?

Futon is the Japanese word for ‘traditional bed’. However, nowadays the word ‘Futon’ is used to identify ‘sofa beds’ or mattress that can be used as a guest bed. A futon can be converted to a bed when you want and to a sofa bed when you want to use it as a cushion or seating space. A futon with high quality mattress will help to sleep comfortably and will not give back pain.

What is a regular mattress?

There is nothing to explain. We use regular mattresses in our beds to experience a comfortable sleep. With layers and with springs and coils inside, a quality regular mattress gives a firm bed making it comfortable to sleep. However, a regular mattress is heavier than a futon and also it is more expensive to buy when comes to a high quality mattress.

Anyway as my requirement is to find a mattress that is easy to use as an extra bed, I prefer to go for a futon which I can use in the living room. In such I like to consider both quality and aesthetic value by selecting a good design for a futon. After comparing few futon designs I am thinking of a futon that comes with a wooden frame due to the beautiful look of it as a sofa. On the other way, timber frames are durable and will create a firm bed.

Futon Mattress vs Regular Mattress

How to buy a Futon?

Before you buy a Futon mattress, there are several factors to consider.

First, think of the place you use it. Will you keep it in a bedroom or in living room? Are you going to use it regularly or once in a while? Will the futon matches with your current furniture or style of home?

Above are some questions that you need to ask from yourself before starting to check different futon designs. Once you have the basic idea of a futon, a well explained futon mattress buying guide will be really useful to select the most suitable futon for your home comparing the quality of mattresses.

Things to know before you buy a futon mattress

Below are some specific things and considerations about futon which you need to know before you buy a futon.

Be sure to know the space you have because futons can be larger than you expected when it is unfolded. Therefore, know the measurements before you buy.

Check the type of frame of futon when you decide on the futon. If it is a steel frame, it will not take much space than a wooden frame.

Futons are available as bi-folds and as tri-folds. Consider the best option for your home when you select a futon.

Don’t forget the mattress. As there are beautiful futon designs available, you may end up selecting the beautiful design that gives the best look as a sofa. But, don’t forget the mattress. It should be comfortable, thick enough and durable. After all, a futon will serve as a comfortable bed. That should give a pain free sleep making it a comfortable bed when need.

Final words

After comparing the options of a futon and a regular mattress for my home, I already decided to buy a futon as it saves the space. Before buying a futon it is necessary to check the type of frame, size and mattress quality in order to select the best futon matching with the needs.

Do you own a futon? Please share your experiences below.

 

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Singapore Lantern Festival and Dazzling Paper Lanterns

Mid-Autumn festival is one of the festivals that I came across in Singapore. However other than mooncakes, I didn’t know much about festive celebrations until the recent participation for the lantern festival. With my preschooler, now I get all sorts of opportunities to learn bit about the culture in this country because his school allows us so many opportunities to participate with such events. While these are great opportunities for the kid to learn about other culture, I also find it as a way to join with the community.

Working full time and most of the time stay late at the office to complete my work load, earlier I didn’t have such opportunities to look around. But now as a self-employed person, I find it is relaxing and it is easy to plan my schedules while spending more time with the kid. This lantern festival was held in a park near our place, so we could enjoy our time walking there at the night.

Here are some highlights from the lantern festival!

We found our Zebra paper lantern at the first set of lanterns! Kid was so happy to see his lantern among others..

Do you remember the Zebra lantern which we decorated at home for the preschool? That paper lantern decoration was for the Mid-Autumn Festival (Lantern Festival) in our neighbourhood.

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Other paper lanterns decorated by preschool kids.

The lantern festival was glowing with the beautiful paper lanterns decorated by preschool kids around the neighbourhood. It was a colourful night that dazzled by lanterns.

Singapore Lantern Festival

It was a good collection of paper lanterns which proved the crafting talents of these little kids.Some were decorated with stickers.Some were decorated with paintings.All were equally beautiful and colourful.

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Red lanterns

Other than the paper lanterns decorated by the kids,there were also other red lanterns to make the festival colourful and cheerful.Though I don’t have photos to share,the event was full of  other games that allowed both kids and adults to participate.

Singapore Lantern Festival

Lion Dance costumes

Not only the games,we also found cultural shows such as Lion Dance during the festival time.It was such a good night that we spent together around our neighbourhood!

Do you like such festivals that celebrates as a part of culture?

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