Archive for June, 2007

Jun 29 2007

Porridge with Dates a Breakfast Hit!

Published by under Toddler Recipes

It is often difficult to find food that is nutritious and that toddlers will eat and enjoy.  Recently, I have come across a winter breakfast hit – porridge with dates.  I love it and Ben, my 18 month old also loves it.  Cook porridge on the stove as normal and add 4 – 6 cut up dried dates (without pips).  Add the dates as early as possible in the cooking process.  You will end up with a naturally sweet and yummy breakfast!  No need to add any brown sugar.

Dates are extremely nutritious, containing more natural sugar than any other fruit.  Dates contain protein, Vitamin A, potassium and some of the B vitamins they also contain dietary fiber so are a great breakfast starter.

Jen

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Jun 24 2007

Sultana’s – In one end, out the other!

Published by under Parenting Stuff

Poo is a topic that parents of baby’s talk about openly and frequently.  So I was surprised that I have never been warned about sultana’s…  The other day Ben ate a large bowl of sultanas and in the evening I thought he was constipated as his nappy was full of small pebbly bits of poo.  When I looked closer I discovered that it was not actually poo but whole, swollen sultanas that were perfectly formed.  They looked perfect enough to be put back in the sultana jar and eaten again.  I wonder if any nutrition came out through the sultanas journey through Ben’s digestive system.

Jen

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Jun 22 2007

Toddler Bully

Published by under Parenting Stuff

At 17 months old Ben has become the victim of a big, bad, bully!  It has been awful to watch.  A 22 month old boy at Toddler Jam has targeted Ben as his victim and each week for the past few weeks has been sneaking up and hitting him.  Luckily these hits have been painless.  But last week the bully got a little more courage and pushed Ben so hard in the chest that he flew backwards and landed on the floor.  This happened twice.  Poor Ben who normally joins in with all the singing and dancing at Toddler Jam just sat on my lap sucking his fingers….  Not sure what I can do about this, the bully’s mum was very apologetic and made the bully apologise etc but this still did not make me or Ben feel any better.

Jen

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Jun 20 2007

Wet Sandpit….

Published by under Great Baby Gifts Ideas

Having a sand pit in the back yard keeps Ben occupied for ages.  Last week when we came home Ben was ready to play in the sandpit, but when I lifted the plastic lid off it was full of water (and it was not beach weather).  He would have froze if he played in the sandpit that day, so instead we spent half an hour scooping out the water.  A week later, after leaving it open and in the sun to try and dry out (and covering it up when the rain comes) it is still not dry!!   No one told me that sandpit’s were such high maintenance.  So if you do get one, try and put it somewhere under cover so that it does not flood when the rain comes.

Jen

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Jun 18 2007

Always Check the On / Off Switch!!!

Published by under Great Baby Gifts Ideas

I feel a little silly… Ben was given a pull along beetle for his first birthday.  This is a plastic beetle on a long string with buttons, lights and music.  When we first received it – it did not work.  I tried to get it fix it, changed the batteries etc but the lights and music just did not work.  I thought it was faulty so had it on my list to take it back to the shop to swap it.  Instead I put it in the cupboard and forgot about it.  Today I was desperate for something new to do.  Searching through the cupboard I came across the beetle.  I thought that Ben might like to play with it, even without the music and lights he could enjoy pulling it along.  Again I changed the batteries just in case it would work – it didnt.  Then I noticed a small on / off switch.  I moved it to the on position and the lights & music started up!!!  I felt a bit silly but Ben enjoyed the toy even more!

Jen

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Jun 16 2007

Blister Gone

Published by under Parenting Stuff

Ben’s blister on the finger he continually sucks has finally gone away.  I am relieved that it did not get worse.  We now play a little game where Ben swaps from sucking his 2 fingers on his right hand to sucking the two fingers of his left hand, but he always prefers the right hand.  As he swaps hands his mouths moulds into a little smile around his fingers….

 Jen

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Jun 12 2007

Parenting Tip for a Relaxing Talk on the Phone

Published by under Parenting Stuff

Most toddlers get very loud once you are talking on the phone, and suddenly become very interested in playing with the phone while you are talking.  This can be frustrating and annoying when all you want to do is chat.  A tip to help with this is to take a wet washer with you when you chat on the phone, most kids do not like having their face washed so every time your toddler comes up to grab the phone off you just try and wipe his face with the washer and he will probably run away!

problem solved!

Jen

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Jun 10 2007

Involve Your Toddler in the Kitchen

Published by under Creative Baby Ideas

It is never to early to get your toddler involved in the kitchen.  Most toddlers are curious and interested in what ever mum and dad are doing and just want to join in.  If you can find a way to involve your toddler in what you are doing you will help to decrease tantrums and crying.   Try these ideas:

1. If you are peeling vegetables do it at a low table that your toddler can see and get her to put the peelings in a container that can be taken out to the compost.  The peeling will probably go in and out of the container many times, but make her feel like she is helping.

2. Make sure you place all your child’s (unbreakable) crockery in a easy to access cupboard and ask your toddler to set the table for each meal. 

3. Get your toddler to help stir a cake mix or to play with a little pastry while you make a pie.

Giving your toddler jobs to do will make him feel useful and involved.

Jen

for more creative parenting ideas visit www.baby-patch.com/parentconcepts.html

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Jun 07 2007

“Hurt” Sign Useful

Published by under Baby Sign Language

We have taught Ben the sign for “Hurt”.  For this sign you put the two index fingers together and point them towards the part of the body that hurts.  This has been a very useful sign, when Ben falls over or hurts himself the crying stops very quickly when we ask him if it hurts or is sore.  He then does the sign (which distracts him from the crying) and we can then see what has happened.

For more information on baby sign language visit www.baby-patch.com/sign.html

Jen

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Jun 04 2007

Finger Sucking Creates a Blister

Published by under Parenting Stuff

Ben loves to suck the first 2 fingers of his left hand when he is tired.  It has not really been a problem up until now and it actually looks quite cute.  But, now he has a blister on his finger which is not getting any better as it is constantly in his mouth.  We ask him to either not suck his fingers or try sucking the other hand – he tries this for 10 seconds but obviously does not like it and quickly swaps back to the left hand again.  I have searched the internet for information on how to stop a toddler sucking his/her fingers but it seems that people only try this at age 4 or 5.   So I think we just have to hope the blister heals itself…..

Jen

for other parenting ideas visit www.baby-patch.com/parentconcepts.html

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