There are so many great ideas out there to help make a parents job easier and lots of fun. Below is a great range of ideas all the way from education tips to funky food ideas. Have fun using these ideas or using aspects of them to inspire your own personal way of always keeping a smile on your little one’s face.
Colour Fun July 28 2014
From the age of around 1 year, children are able to start identifying different colours, shapes and textures. Here is a simple idea to help your child learn their colours and practice their fine motor skills.
1. Find cheap coloured containers from a $2 shop or alternatively paint the lids of some clear containers.
2. Next cut a small hole in the lid of the container with a craft knife that is big enough to easily put a button in.
3. Buy some coloured buttons from a $2 shop or craft shop to put into the containers.
4. Hold up a button, say the colour and then put it in the matching coloured container. After modelling this a few times yourself, say the colour but get your child to try put the button in the right coloured container.
5. For older children aged 2+ who are learning to count in order up to 10, you can extend this activity further by getting them to sort the colours on the floor then put them in each coloured container, counting them 1 by 1 as they fill up each container.
Tip for learning to count: Count every physical thing around you at every opportunity. Stairs, fingers, toes, toys, etc. Make sure you point to each object as you count together and label it with a number so they learn to identify that a number represents a physical thing. :)
Top 10 Tips For A Pumping Mum July 21 2014
Here is a great list of pumping tips from Mums to Mums. There are many reasons that you may need to pump breast milk for your baby. Some Mums may do a small amount of pumping for back up when they are going to be away from their baby for more than 3 hours or if your baby is having trouble latching on. Other Mums who are back at work may be doing a lot more pumping up to 3 times a day to keep up with the demand. While pumping is not the most fun thing in the world these tips will help hopefully make it a bit easier for you.
1. Start Early
It may be the last thing on your mind when you bring your little bundle of joy home but it is worth it in the long run to start as early as possible. Pumping early helps to increase your supply and you begin to create a stash of milk that you can use at your beck and call.
2. Get A Good Pump
If you are someone who is going to be going back to work early and will be using the pump everyday, it is absolutely worth the money to buy a double-electric or hospital-grade pump. The cost is a little more but it's comparative to the money you would spend on formula. Visit the Breast Mates website for a great range of pumps.
3. Stay Hydrated
Nothing beats water to help cleanse your body and make you feel fresher. Being hydrated helps you to feel better but also helps your milk to be hydrated so in turn your baby is kept well hydrated too.
4. Pay Attention To Your Diet
Try changing up your diet to see any difference in milk production. Some Mums find that if you have a healthier diet with a good intake of vegetables, fruits and proteins there is an increase in their output. Make sure you are also eating enough food. It's easy to want to cut calories to lose excess baby weight but don't cut too many and negatively affect your production.
5. Develop A Routine
Finding time is a Mums hardest task. Once your baby is in a routine, work around their schedule to have your own breast pumping routine and try to stick to it as closely to it as you can to keep your production regular.
6. Get Comfortable
Make sure you are wearing baggier clothes that make it easy to attach the pump. The last thing you want to do is have to undress to pump. Also keep your mind busy when pumping to help time fly by. Make sure you have a book to read, your laptop, cellphone or some other form of entertainment. This will help you to relax and keep your mind off how much you are producing. To make the pumping even easier, you can buy a Hands-Free Expressing Bra online or at maternity wear stores.
7. Keep Clean
Remember to always keep your pump parts sanitised and clean. All breast pump parts that come in contact with breast milk, such as bottles, valves and breast shields, should be cleaned after each use. You can buy home Microwave Sterilisers to ensure sterilisation. Alternatively to keep parts safe and sanitary, you can thoroughly wash away germs and bacteria with liquid dishwashing soap and warm water. It is not necessary to clean breast pump tubing unless it comes in contact with breast milk. If you wash your tubing, make sure you hang it to air dry before attaching it to your breast pump. If small water drops (condensation) appear in the tubing after you have pumped, turn the pump on for a few minutes until the tubing is dry.
8. Get Organised
Find a storage system that works for you by identifying what you want to pump your milk into. Some Mums prefer to buy storage milk bottles while others prefer breast milk storage bags for the fridge or freezer. See Medela Breast Milk Storage Bags for great bags that hold more milk than usual bags and lay flat in your freezer. For milk that you are freezing for a later date try to date each bottle or bag and record how many mls have been produced.
9. Keep An Extra Set Of Parts
One of the worst things that can happen while pumping is that you get somewhere and realize that you don’t have all of your parts and you know you will explode if you don’t pump at some point during the day. It is a good idea to buy an inexpensive manual pump to keep in the car as well as an extra set of flanges, membranes and tubes for the days that everything is unfortunately still sitting in the dishwasher.
10. Stay Positive
Pumping takes time, energy, and dedication. You have to keep in mind that if you are pumping at work you will need to be sure your employer or co-workers understand that this is something you are committed to doing and that you need the time to make it work. Go into it knowing that some days can be hard. Some days you might be a pumping queen and other days you may barely be able to produce a 100mls. Don’t give up after just a couple of bad days. Take it one day at a time, try to stay positive and think about the wonderful nutrition you are making for your little one!
Balloon Ping Pong July 14 2014
Kids love balloons!! For a simple fun activity, make a game out of them and practice hand eye co-ordination at the same time.
Make Ping Pong bats out of paper plates, large popsicle sticks and masking tape.
Blow up a balloon, hold on to a ping pong bat each, throw up the balloon and have some fun. Play the game sitting down with your baby until they are a stable on their feet and can have twice the fun. :)
Baby's Email Address July 07 2014
How many adorable photos do you take of your little one each month of their life? I'm guessing somewhere in the hundreds.
As crazy as it may sound for a new born baby, a great idea is to set them up with their own email address. Every few weeks or months when you get those irresistibly cute photos, send them to the email address. You can also send photographs of notes they send you over the years, photographs of special achievements, small video clips, little notes from you about your proud moments with them or even a letter on each of their birthdays about the years highlights with them.
At an age of your choice, give your child the email address and password. Your child will just love looking at this wonderful collection of their life. :)
Exciting Meal Times June 30 2014
Children of all ages love having choices. Carefully selected choices made by you of course :)
To make meal times more fun for your children or to overcome fussy eater issues, try giving them an ice cube tray or similar style tray with a variety of exciting, healthy options inside. They will love the colourful array of food, have fun using their fine motor skills to pick the foods out and will be full in no time.
Obviously food choices are age dependent but from 7 months onwards any types of chopped fruit, raisins, dried fruit, chopped vegetables, chickpeas, small crackers, cheese, finely chopped meat, bread squares, pita breads, baby rice cakes and healthy cereals will go down a treat. :)
- Page 2 of 2