Best Foods to Give Your Teething Toddler

Best foods to give your teething toddler

Taking care of your child is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in the world. Part of raising children means teaching them right from wrong. Being a parent can also mean countless sleepless nights and a lot of nappies. But most of all, parenting involves raising a happy and healthy child.

Children begin getting their first teeth around 7 to 11 months of age. It is a painful process where your little one might cry uncontrollably at night and may even stop eating. While some parents turn to metaphysical elements, such as the healing properties of amber gemstones, others may opt for over-the-counter medications for assistance with pain management.

Whatever way you choose to handle the situation, it is important for you to know the right foods to feed your kids during this ordeal, as to avoid causing them further distress while maintaining their health and well-being. Listed below are some food items that have been reported to be both nutritious and comforting for your baby during the teething process. Read more

5 Questions to Ask Yourself before Buying Toys for Your Baby

5 Questions to Ask Yourself before Buying Toys for Your Baby - toys for boys

There are countless choices available when one visits the kid’s aisle in a shopping mall. There are multiple fuzzy little stuffed toys, some manly plastic solider kits, shiny card and train sets and colourful educational books with in-built sensory learning equipment. What makes it so hard for parents to pick one is that every toy insists it’s the best. Your little one would love cars, soldiers, puzzles and stuffed toys alike. So what to get him as a present for his birthday?

We understand the dilemma all parents put themselves through when they go shopping for toys for boys, which is why, we are going to leave you with some tips and tricks to choose the best for your child. Consider these 5 questions as a means to guide you to choose between the countless toys you see.

  1. How Many Parts Does It Have?

As a parent, you may be included towards getting your little boy a puzzle or a Lego set, but before you do, think about all the pieces it comes with. The more they are, the likelier the chances of them getting misplaced or worse, get stuck in the vacuum cleaner. So, the first tip? Choose toys that come with limited parts so that the toy doesn’t become useless in case one gets lost.

  1. Is It Safe To Leave Your Child Alone With?

Although, most of the toys are safe to leave your child with, it depends on how age-appropriate they are. Even if your child has outgrown the age of taking everything into the mouth, if you believe he might do it again when left alone, it is best that you don’t choose toys that come with components small enough to be swallowed. Secondly, you also need to ensure that they don’t make you or the kid utter profanities out of pain when sat on or walked upon. Lastly, also see that the toy can’t be used to hit others in case of a fight between a younger and older sibling.

  1. Does It Get On Your Nerves?

Is it a rattle or a multi-sensory toy that sings aloud a song whenever touched? Technically, the sound of both shouldn’t get on your nerves because that will most probably be the only sound you will hear in your head when taking a shower, doing the dishes or sleeping. If you think you will be okay with that kind of noise for at least a week or until your kids gets bored of the toy, you can purchase it.

  1. Does It Do More Than A Single Thing?

It should do more than just light up or sing. If the goal is to keep your kid engaged in it for a few hours, it is best that to get something that comes with multiple in-built sensors. These toys come highly recommended for the kids with special needs as they help them reduce stress and stop unwanted behaviours etc.

  1. Does It Boost Learning?

A toy may make noises or light up, but unless it stimulates your child’s brain and boosts learning and creativity, don’t invest in it. The cost of raising a child can be in thousands which is why smart buying should always be focused on. Choose toys that help your child learn new things. Let the toy help the child solve some problems or allow for some creative juices to flow.

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Little House of Science – Classes for Curious Minds

Jacob is at that age now where it feels like he asks 500 questions a day, about anything and everything. He is such a curious little person, and with his brother wanting to do everything he does, he is closely following in his footsteps. We do a lot of learning activities and crafts at home but one thing we don’t really focus on is science.

Of course, we encounter science absolutely everywhere in our everyday lives and unless we start teaching our children about it from a young age, they just think things “work”. Obviously there is science behind how everything works but I must admit, science wasn’t my favourite subject at school and I have limited knowledge so I’m not the best equipped to teach my children about it. Read more

Weaning faces and an Organix giveaway #realfoodface (CLOSED)

Weaning faces Organix giveaway

With my boys being two and four years old now, we are way past the weaning stage but I still remember those first weaning faces like they were yesterday! When we first started weaning Jacob, we started on purees but gradually moved to baby led weaning and we used many Organix products. I will admit, if I gave J a new food and he pulled a face and/or spat it out, I probably wouldn’t try him with it again and I think it turned him into a fussy eater!

A weaning survey carried out by Organix showed that over half of mums were put off encouraging their baby to try a new food after the first time because of faces they pulled. As a new mum I did feel quite discouraged when J wouldn’t try new foods introduced to him and it did become quite stressful as I thought he was never going to eat anything I gave him! The one food that was quite popular with J to begin with though was banana; I think possibly because it was soft, and he could mush it about in his hands which is always fun for a baby! Read more

Review – Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

The Milton Mini portable soother steriliser is a brand new product from Milton for cleaning & sterilising on the go. Anyone who takes a dummy out & about will know how frustrating it is when the dummy is spat or pulled out, but you can’t give it back because it’s been on the floor, so you end up having more than one with you. Now there is no need to take more than one dummy. 

 


In the pack you get the Mini, a carry strap, instructions, and 10 sterilising tablets to start you off. The instructions are very straight forward to follow, so after the first time using it you won’t even need to read them again. You just fill the Mini with water, add the tablet, let it dissolve, add the sponges and then in goes the dummy and screw the lid on. The Mini is then ready to use after just 15 minutes. The unique sponges absorb the solution so there are no spills, plus it helps to remove dirt from the teat, so no need to rinse. 


 
The Mini stays sterile and reusable for 24 hours, so is incredibly handy for long journeys, or even to take on trips away or holidays. The carry strap will attach to practically anything, so the pram frame, car seat, handbag, or changing bag, to name but a few. This ensures you always have a sterilised dummy directly to hand.


 
We took it out on an adventure yesterday and attached it to the clip inside of my changing bag.




The Mini comes in 3 different colours, the lovely purple shown here, and a fantastic blue & green. It retails at £6.99 at a variety of stores, and stockists can be found here.

Disclosure 

I was sent this product free of charge to review, but all thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.