Sometimes entertaining a toddler is hard work. After all, they are curious little creatures who roam around your house, putting their hands in and on anything they can find. That’s why parents find themselves in the position of performing tricks to distract them from what they aren’t supposed to be doing, to something that they can be doing. It isn’t always easy, especially on days with low energy. Take some notes, because we will give you some awesome indoor and outdoor ideas for your job as a master toddler entertainer.
Montessori is an educational approach for young children that seeks to educate by developing natural interests and activities rather than using formal teaching methods. In her new book, The Montessori Toddler, author Simone Davies gives us a practical, step-by-step guide on how to raise self-sufficient, curious, independent toddlers while helping parents become more mindful, easy going and attentive.
Here are her Five Ingredients for Curiosity:
1. TRUST IN THE CHILD
Dr. Montessori encourages us to trust that the child wants to learn and grow, and that they intrinsically know what they need to do to develop. We can also trust them to learn the limits of their
bodies. They may have accidents while exploring the world around them but that is how they learn. We will be there if they want to be held. Are we constantly worrying about our child’s development or whether they will hurt themselves? Can we practice setting aside those worries about the future and enjoy where they are today? Continue reading
Written by Claire Stead, owner and creator of Oliiki.
Water and children, always a great combination! But is it just fun or is there more to a child having fun and splashing about?
From bath time to playing in the garden, paddling in a stream to swimming in it, children are fascinated by water and they love to play in it.
Water can be an amazing teacher – without your child even realising it, they could be carrying out a science experiment, working on numbers, developing an understanding of capacity, sorting, sharing out, developing language, gross and fine motor control skills, developing their senses all at an early age! So, what sort of games can you play with a bit of water and your little one?
A newborn: Using warm water and a sponge, trickle water on different parts of their body and look for their reaction. Talk about it, this is ‘serve and return’, a brilliant way to start getting them learning. Continue reading
Written by Emily Leary.
These delicious smoothie lollies contain only natural ingredients and can be whizzed up in minutes. Make sure the kids get involved in adding the spinach and watching the lolly mixture turn green. Remember, this isn’t about hiding veg, it’s about celebrating all the ways it can be used, and challenging our perceptions while enjoying our food.
PREP TIME: 10 MINS • FREEZE TIME: OVERNIGHT • MAKES 6 LOLLIES
- 4 tablespoons natural yogurt
- 2 bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- small handful of baby spinach
- 2 strawberries
- Granola, to serve
Understanding Sleep Regressions and how to handle them.
By Diane Pawsey, Family Sleep Consultant.
Children are constantly changing, growing and developing. Every child reaches milestones at different rates but when children are learning, their brains are processing a lot of new information.
Research has shown that when a baby has spent time developing a new skill during the day (such as crawling), their brain is still active when they go to bed. The part of the brain they have been using the most is still firing and lighting up like a firework display even after they go to sleep.
This can cause a child, who was previously settling quickly at night, to suddenly find it difficult to do so. They may refuse to nap, wake up shortly after falling asleep, resist falling asleep, wake up early, wake up but still appear tired or wake more at night.
This is known as a sleep regression. Continue reading
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart talks about what it was like to grow up with gay parents.
I was chatting with my step sister recently. We were discussing all things about everyday life, catching up. She’s still at school and I asked her how everything was going. She announced to me that there was another child in the year below who had two mums. I was so pleased to hear that she had an ally at school. This was something that I never had at all growing up.
It is not really that long ago that being a gay man was illegal in the UK. The de-criminalisation act of homosexuality was put forward 1967. It is so shockingly close to our noughties decade, that people are somewhat in disbelief that it took so long.
The world is changing and people are becoming more accepting than they were when my parents or I was growing up. I’m 30 years old and still get moments where people say to me, “I don’t think that I have ever met anyone with lesbian parents before”. It is still unusual. My parents were at the forefront of same-sex parenting in the late 80’s. They didn’t know anyone else who was gay or lesbian and had babies. I guess this is where you can say that the times have really changed. Continue reading
We have found some of the latest and funkiest products for making your travels with little ones that bit easier:
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub – £9.95
Make sure bath time routines are not disrupted by taking the Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub on your trip. The padded inflatable bath in the shape of a duck makes bathing comfortable for kids and the Munchkin White-Hot Safety Disc reveals the word ‘HOT’ when the bath water is too hot for baby. This is the perfect weekend away accompaniment for little ones 6 – 24 months old.
Available from Amazon
Written by Claire Zakks, aka Mama Zakss
Picture this – you’re lying on your pineapple printed beach towel, best Love Islander swimsuit, feeling the warm sand trickling between your toes, the sound of the sea swishing calmly in the distance, ice cold Fanta lemon, the ultimate summer drink, quenching your thirst… that’s what holidays are about right?!
Well that’s what they were about, until you throw a child or two into the equation and we have a very different scenario. Your towel is likely to be hotel issued to save on that essential packing space, you’ve gone for comfort over style on the one piece M&S swimsuit, grains of sand being kicked up all over you, on your towel and in your bag guaranteed to remain there forever, peace and tranquility has turned to ‘Mummy, Mummy’, tantrum, squeal, repeat and that Fanta lemon, well that has likely been kicked over, leaving a sticky mess attracting a line of the local Spanish ants. Continue reading
As you look to embark upon the adventure to make your own baby food for your child, there are several tips you need to keep in mind to be successful. While making homemade baby food is a healthy way to feed your baby, if it is not done right, it can cause unnecessary illness, which as a parent, you certainly want to avoid.
First, you must understand the reasons why you are choosing to make your own baby food. It can be a time-consuming process, but the results will offer your baby better food choices as well as more vitamins and nutrients in the food that they eat. Plus, you can easily acclimate your baby to solid foods easier and allow them to eat a pureed version of your family’s entire meal.
Before you start preparing homemade baby food, you need to be aware of these common mistakes that most parents make at the beginning of this adventure. If you avoid these mistakes, you will find that making baby food is a cinch. Not only will you feel satisfied with how you are caring for your baby, but they will love the taste and variety too. Continue reading
Millennial kids have been born at a time when technology has almost encapsulated their entire lives. With technology growing rampantly across the world, there are digital things for everyone – from babies and toddlers on up.
Young children learn from the environment that they are born and bred in and when they see other adults and kids so engaged in using something, they are automatically tempted towards that thing.
The tablets and apps that are made for kids to use are truly amazing, and there are lots of benefits in terms of learning opportunities and cognitive development… but there are also possible dangers when they are used excessively. Continue reading