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Breastfeeding a Teething Baby : What You Need to Know

Teething pains aside, there’s nothing more charming when your little one opens his or her mouth and gives you a gap-toothed smile. There’s just something about those little baby teeth as they come in one at a time, providing your bouncing babe with charm and personality like nothing else.

It’s generally recommended that, if you are breastfeeding, that you provide your child breastmilk for up to the first 2 years of his or her life. As most infants begin teething around their first year, it’s almost inevitable that your little girl or boy will be breastfeeding with growing teeth.

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Despite this, many mothers who breastfeed their children are wary of when their kid’s teeth start growing in. There are plenty of fears – many unfounded – about how breastfeeding while a baby’s teeth are growing will affect a child’s development. Here’s what you need to know about this hot-button issue.

No, It Doesn’t Hurt – Probably

Breastfeeding a Teething Baby

“Well, this is going to hurt now, isn’t it?” Almost every new mother has the same thought once their baby’s first few teeth come in. The truth is that no, a nursing baby whose teeth are coming in doesn’t hurt – as long as they’re latched on properly. Of course, the truth is that a child that’s not latched on is going to do a number on your nipple whether he or she has teeth or not.

It’s all in the positioning. When your baby is latched on to your breast properly, it’s physically impossible for him or her to bite you – your nipple is protected by the baby’s gums and tongue. However, if your child shifts positions while you’re breastfeeding them – possibly because they’re uncomfortable because they’re teething – this can lead to some discomfort or even pain from biting.

Tooth Decay Can Happen to Breastfed Babes

Once your baby begins developing teeth, this means that you’ll have to provide those teeth extra care while breastfeeding. In fact, it doesn’t matter if you breastfeed directly, if you pump and fill a bottle, or if you bottle feed from formula – new teeth need to be taken care of to prevent oral issues such as baby-bottle tooth decay (BBTD).

Breastmilk in itself doesn’t promote BBTD. However, baby-bottle tooth decay can occur when new baby teeth are habitually exposed to any liquid besides water. If your child typically falls asleep while nursing – and he or she falls asleep with breastmilk still in their mouths – this puts them at risk for BBTD as much as if they’re bottle-fed before bed. Removing your breast from your baby’s mouth if he or she falls asleep nursing is more than enough to help prevent BBTD.

Never Too Early for Good Oral Hygiene

Even if he or she is breastfed, once your baby does start getting teeth, it’s a great time to adopt some early oral hygiene habits. In fact, you can even start before the first tooth erupts, by wiping your baby’s gums with a damp cloth or a piece of gauze daily from birth. Once your baby starts teething, continue to wipe after feedings and before bed for best results.

Eventually you do want to switch to using a toothbrush and a reasonably small amount of toothpaste, possibly once your child grows enough to begin brushing with your aid. Worried about whether you should begin using fluoridated toothpaste on your child’s teeth? Be sure to contact your family dentist. He or she will be able to recommend whether you need to – and how much you should use – in order to provide the best oral hygiene for your baby.

 

 

Reasons why Baby Jumpers are the Best Toys!

If you have ever been to a store that caters towards babies, then you know that there are thousands upon thousands of toys that are made for small, growing children.

Once a child hits about 6 months old, the options of toys that help entertain, educate and stimulate the brain of a growing baby are numerous. You want to make sure that you purchase a toy that will engage the baby, educate the baby and allow the baby to have fun.

Reasons why Baby Jumpers are the Best Toys!

The perfect gift for the child in your life is a baby jumper. This article will help you understand why baby jumpers are the best toys for babies.

Babies Love to be Entertained

Reasons why Baby Jumpers are the Best Toys!

When you place a baby in a jumper, you will see a huge smile come across their face and soon hear the lovely sound of little giggles. Not only is this an entertaining time for baby, but it can be a relaxing one for mom. Because baby jumpers typically help babies stay engaged and distracted. This can allow time for mom to have a cup of coffee and sit back and relax for a little bit.

Motor Skills

Babies brains are like sponges, they absorb information from every single thing they do or interact with. This is another reason why baby jumpers are one of the best toys for a child. Once a child is about 6 months old, they start to work on and develop stronger motor skills. These skills help them with walking, reaching for things, holding things as well as learning things like cause and effect. A jumper which includes things like toys, buttons, lights and sounds can help a child with all of these motor skills and emerging thought processes.

A New Addition to Their Environment

Anyone who has had to deal with an upset baby knows that they will do anything to help calm them down. Many parents have spent countless hours just driving around town because the vibration and motion of the car helps distract the baby and soothe them to sleep. Although this is something most parents are willing to do, it isn’t always practical or safe, and it is almost always an inconvenience.

This is why a baby jumper is a fantastic product for any parents and an awesome toy for a baby. The baby jumper will distract them, as well as providing them exercise, which will help tire the baby out. This will also allow a child who is typically wanting to be held by their parent all the time to learn that they don’t have to be physically attached to their parent all the time for them to be happy and have fun.  If you purchase a baby jumper that has toys, or the option to switch out toys, you can guarantee that it will always be a new, fun, and exciting experience that no child will ever grow tired of.

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

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

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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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Smart Ways to Get Rid Of Your Used Baby Stuff

Like many other moms, I also have the problem of having lot of baby stuffs that are no longer useful for the kid. My kid will be 4 years old in few days. But we still have his baby cot, baby stroller and lot of baby gears. All these baby stuff are in new condition and some stuff we used for really few months only. It is so sweet to see his stuff and remind the memories of my baby. But, actually these baby stuff take a considerable space of home.

I am sure this is same with most of the moms. If you have more than 1 kid in the family, these baby stuff are useful for other kids. But there is a day that we need to de-clutter home with lot of such baby gear.

Finally I started to get rid of these baby stuff  that we no longer use. I am sure these tips are helpful for you too if you are with such collection.

Here are the smart ways to get rid of your used baby stuff!

1. Donation

Smart Ways to Get Rid Of Your Used Baby Stuff

I always like to reuse any stuff giving a new life or new hand. Donation is one of the easiest ways to get rid of excess baby items. If your kids are already grown up, they will also understand the power of giving away.

There are sites that allow posting advertisements about free stuff. These sites are always helpful to find someone who really needs the items you own.

In Singapore there are charity services that collect used clothes and other small stuff for recycling purpose and also to donate to other African and Asian countries. I always use this opportunity to give away some of our outgrown clothes and shoes.

2. Re-purpose or Recycle

Recycle is one of the best ways to dispose some baby stuff which are no longer suitable for a second life. At the same time, it is always easy to re-purpose the existing baby stuff when your kid grows.

Getting Rid of Baby Gear

We re-purposed our baby cot as a place for reading and spending time for kid.We removed one side of the cot lowering the seating area to the lowest position.so it is easier for him to sit on the cot without help.

Out grown baby clothes can create a beautiful quilt if you are crafty enough. At our home we used our baby cot as a reading place after removing one side. Until recent this baby cot reading area was my kid’s favorite place to spend time reading a book or playing with toys.

3. Sell your baby stuff

Selling your baby stuff is another great idea to pass the items that are in good condition to a new hand. I use this method and usually it is easy to sell the newly bought items for a half rate.

While arranging a garage sale is a fun idea there are also market places that you can easily sell your used items.

AdYoYo is a video only market place which facilitates parents to sell their stuff using their app. Not only sell, you can also buy any stuff that you like using the AdYoYo market place.

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Currently this AdYoYo app is available in US and India which is helpful to bring the local community together providing an easy platform to buy and sell with confident.

Unlike other second hand market places that use photos of the items available for sale, AdYoYo is a video based app that users upload a short video of item to sale. You can easily download the app from both apple store and Google play store.

The money you earn by selling can be used for buying any new stuff you need for your kids at this moment. So, selling the unwanted but still in good condition baby stuff can be another great way to de-clutter your home.

Above are the tips I use to get rid of the baby stuff. Do you have any more ideas to add for this list? How do you get rid of your used baby stuff? Please comment below.

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Solve Your Toddler Sleep Problems with These Tips

Parenting is not an easy task.From potty training to teaching social skills,you also need to pay attention on toddler sleep problems and issues when your little baby grows up to an active toddler.

If you have a toddler who doesn’t sleep throughout the night then that is not only your kid. It is common that many parents complain about their toddler sleep problems. Many moms wake up few times during the night as their toddler does not sleep through the night. Last year I was in this same  situation. So I know how painful the life is without a proper night sleep!

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But, finally I am happy to say that my kid sleeps throughout the night giving me too a comfortable sleep. Below are some of the things we did to help our toddler to sleep comfortably throughout the night. I hope these tips are helpful for you too if you look for ideas on getting toddler to sleep!

Night Weaning

If you are a mom who breastfeed at night or even bottle feed at night, then you know how many times your toddler wakes up during the night time. Night weaning is one of the best ways to help your toddler to sleep.

When you wean completely during the night time, your toddler will start to sleep throughout the night giving you some relax. We experienced this. When I stopped breastfeeding him completely, my kid started to develop his night sleeping habit. It took few days for him to adjust. But after the first few days, he started to sleep continuously until the next morning. This was really a relief for me as I was really tired without having a good sleep!

Establish a Bedtime Routine

We established a bedtime routine for our kid when he was just 1 year old. Before that, we had a routine for him, but he was so young to understand the routine though he followed.

Before the bed time, I help the kid to get ready with his night pajamas after brushing teeth. When we started potty training, a potty trip is added to his bedtime routine.

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My kid loves to read a bedtime story book before going to sleep

We established the habit of reading a bedtime story before get into sleep. So after getting ready with night pajama, my kid goes to the bed with few story books which he likes to read before sleeping. Reading a book helps him to calm down forgetting all the toys and activities he did throughout the day.

Buy a good Toddler pillow

Toddler Sleep Problems

A comfortable pillow is always helpful for a good night sleep. However, if you just use any pillow that is small in size thinking that is the best pillow for your toddler, check the pillow again.

A toddler pillow is designed especially considering the toddler age and sleeping needs. Therefore invest on a good toddler pillow which is specially designed for the right age. A good toddler pillow will ensure your little one a good sleep making him comfortable. You can buy a soothing pillow such as any Organic Toddler Pillow which can help your kid to ensure a good sleep. You can even look for designs of Organic Pillow for Toddler as organic items are always a healthy solution.

Avoid distractions from the bedroom

If you have lot of toys and other distractions including a TV in your bedroom, consider removing those. These items will disturb your toddler’s sleeping pattern and will not help your kid to calm down.I always arrange his bed by removing toys.

Toddler sleep problems

We converted our baby nursery to a toddler room removing all these toys and distractions when the kid was in toddler age.

Having a dim light will also help the toddler to sleep in a better environment forgetting all the distractions.

We tried all above tips when our kid was a toddler. All these ideas helped him to sleep continuously throughout the night. When he has a good sleep during the night time, he wakes up fresh in the next morning. So, a good night sleep always makes the next day beautiful for the toddler.

As a preschooler now my kid sleeps throughout the night.I am glad we followed all above tips at the right age to establish him a good sleeping pattern.

Do you have any experience with toddler sleeping issues? Please share your ideas below.

 

 

3 Best Activities for Toddlers to Keep them Entertained

Toddlers are always with curiosity. They love to learn new things and they can grab the basic concepts easily. I remember last year when my son was a toddler. He was so active and energetic. He could easily grab concepts such as colours, numbers and letter when I used simple methods to introduce him such concepts.

Below are 3 activities which I did with my toddler. He loved those activities, so I know these are easy and fun activities to do with any toddler.

 

1. Colour sorting game

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For this game, you don’t want to spend hours with crafty items. Instead find colourful cups and building blocks. Mix it up and ask your toddler to sort out the clours into the matching cup. This activity will keep him busy while giving the opportunity to learn colours.At the same time this is a good way to improve motor skills of any toddler.

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2. Bowling with empty bottles

best Activities for toddlers

Not only for toddlers, this is even a fun game for a preschooler too. We used empty milk bottles from our recycling bin for this game. Once the game is over put back the empty bottles in recycling box and send for recycling.

Other than an activity that keeps kids engaging and active, this is a good way to teach them the concepts such as recycling and upcycling.

Read our post about Bowling with empty bottles!

 

3. Simple Science experiments

best Activities for toddlers

Science for toddlers?  Don’t worry! I am not going to talk about lab experiments. But do you know toddlers are the best age for teaching the basic concepts? Do some fun activities which shows them the science around home. These will be fun and interesting. They will love to do it again and again.

Make some ice cubes from water to explain the concept of liquid stage to ice stage. Add some colour to water and experience the change of colour. There are many ideas!

Check this post on Simple Science experiments with toddlers

You will find many ideas to do with your kid!

 

Above are 3 activities which we did at our home. Even now, I do these activities with my preschooler. Best thing is that these are really easy activities which mommy doesn’t need much time to prepare!

Complete Step by Step Potty Training Guide

A potty training guide can be really helpful when you are into the challenge with your little kid. Specially, if you are a new mom potty training may sound like a challenge. But, it is not. I was in the same doubt, but with easy and simple steps we could potty train our kid completely when he was 3 years old.

Although I have shared posts before for each of our potty training steps, in this post I want to gather all the posts. Check each post starting from the first post. All these are with our experiences and tips on potty training.

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Step by Step Potty Training Guide

Step 1:

Know the right time to potty train your kid! When the kid is ready, you are ready to start potty training.

Check this post for how to start potty training.

Step 2:

Now you know how to start potty training.The next step is to collect all the essentials for potty training.

Check this post for detailed descriptions and list on essentials for potty training.

Step 3:

Once you are with all essentials,plan your potty training.I potty trained my kid in 3 days and it is possible.Consider starting your potty training during a weekend or on a long holiday.So you can fully attend with potty training.

Check how to potty train in 3 days.

However don’t forget to make potty training a fun activity for the kid!

Step 4:

Continue potty training for a period of time till he or she is completely trained and no more accidents.During the potty training period,you will experience accidents.However,encourage your kid.Don’t blame or discourage the kid from sitting on the potty.Once they are used to the routine,they will start going to the potty.When you reach this step,you are almost done.

Step 5:

Special Training for boys 

Actually,nothing special.But,boys will still on the potty when they need to pee.Start teaching the boys on how to go to the potty time like a boy.

Check these tips on how to potty train a boy.

Step 6:

Once the kid is trained for potty during day time,it is time to start night time potty training.In my case I still used diapers during the night time till my kid was completely trained during day time.

Check how to potty train at night.This post will give you all the necessary steps to potty train your kid during night time.

Once the kid is fully trained for night time,you will not need any more diapers!

Hope this complete guide for potty training is helpful for you.Read each post for detailed steps.With this potty training guide,you will sure have wonderful time with your kid!

Easing Allergies for Kids

Americans spend a lot of time inside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency believes that people spend 90 percent of the time indoors. That’s a problem because pollutants are up to five times higher inside. You’re breathing dirty air, which is bad for you and even worse for your children. Kids don’t have fully mature lungs. That’s why they’re more vulnerable to nanoparticles. When the air in your home is unclean, your kids are more susceptible to allergies and asthma attacks. You need to become an allergy warrior and fight back against air pollution.

The most important aspect of your home is the indoor air quality (IAQ). Your HVAC system will circulate air no matter how clean it is. You need to make sure that your vents are clear of dust mites and other allergens. Fortunately, you have plenty of options to improve your IAQ. One smart strategy is to buy allergy-proof bedding for your mattress. Several brands of comforters, bed sheets, and pillows have smaller holes in the fabric. It’s a design choice to reduce the gaps where dust mites would otherwise fit. You can even buy mattresses that reduce the spread of allergens.

You should also hire a professional HVAC worker to do maintenance on your vents. This person will clean your HVAC unit and its outlets and also replace the filter. You should also ask for suggestions about other ways to improve IAQ. For example, a filter with a higher MERV rating will spread cleaner air throughout your home. You should contact an HVAC professional from Freedom Heating and Air to discuss the situation. It’s the best way to combat air pollution

Easing Allergies for Kids

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