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Getting your Toddler to Listen and Cooperate

Getting your Toddler to Listen and CooperateEncouraging your toddler to listen and cooperate can sometimes be a challenge. So many parents tell me that their little ones have suddenly started saying “no” to everything, have difficulty sharing, have become picky eaters and throw tantrums when they don’t get their own way. It can be a tough time for parents, but these behaviours are developmentally normal and healthy. Toddlers begin to independently explore their own identities, separate from their parents. Pushing boundaries is their way of exploring how the world works.

It’s also worth remembering that children of this age are going through a critical period of brain development, with 90 per cent of the brain developing in the first three years of life and more than a million neural connections being produced each second. Additionally, toddlers won’t have developed attention skills yet, so they have difficulty maintaining focus for very long. Their language skills are generally limited and their thinking is very literal, making it hard for them to understand and process everything you say to them. Continue reading

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play in

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play InGuest post by Ella Hendrix, a freelance writer.

Kids love to hide away in their rooms and play computer games with their friends online. If they are not doing this, there is a good chance they are traipsing around the house, only paying attention to the tablet they are carrying. It’s fine for kids to enjoy this type of fun some of the time, but they also need to spend some time outside.

Running around outside helps kids to keep fit and healthy. At a time when childhood obesity is a major concern this is important. However, if your kids do play outside, you need to make sure that they are safe. Play areas that are not well-planned and that are not created using safe materials, are a risk to any child.

Why is it so important to consider safety?

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5 Top Tips for Successful Dog & Baby/Toddler Interactions

Dog and BabyBy Gemma Abbott, Expert & Educator in Dog & Baby and Dog & Toddler Dynamics.

We would all love for our little ones and canine family members to have a great bond and relationship but the reality is sometimes miscommunications can happen between even the best dogs and little ones. Here are some top tips to set all family members (human and canine) up for success!

1. Learn About Canine Communication
Becoming familiar with and understanding how dogs communicate via body language will enable you to read, recognise and respond to them to help keep them comfortable. Subtle signs of stress that dogs display include lip-licking, yawning, turning away, sudden sniffing or scratching, showing the whites of the eyes (whale eye/half moon eye) amongst others.

2. Active Supervision
We all know to Supervise right?! But do we know exactly how we should be supervising effectively to keep everyone safe and any interactions within comfort levels of both the dog and baby/ toddler. Family Paws Parent Education offer a great description of the ‘5 Types of Supervision’. ‘Active Supervision’ is full awake present supervision focusing on your little one and dog and any interactions that may take place between them, as an adult try to remain in between your dog and little one and keep excitement levels low. Continue reading

Ear Piercing For Babies and Toddlers…Should It Be Banned?

Ear PiercingWritten by Laura Chesmer from www.autumnsmummyblog.com

Whether you pierce your baby or toddler’s ears is a personal choice that most parents have strong opinions about. The argument for banning it ignites online and in the media every once in a while, and petitions for making it illegal it garner thousands of signatures. Some people even claim it’s a form of child abuse.

Why do people pierce their baby’s ears?

Cultural Expectations and Gender Reinforcement

In many parts of the world, it is a cultural expectation that a baby girl should have her ears pierced. In fact, to this day some hospitals in Spain carry out ear piercing within hours of a girl being born.

In such places, even if a girl is dressed in obviously feminine clothing, she may be continually mistaken for a boy due to her unpierced ear lobes. There is also the possibility that this may trigger bullying when the child reaches school age as they are likely to be the odd one out. Continue reading

Making Your Blinds Child Safe

Blinds By PostGuest post by Stephanie Hudson from Blinds By Post.

It is important that everyone is aware of the dangers within our homes, especially when it comes to ensuring our children’s safety. Window cords are often a dangerous hazard for children in your home, as they are either long or end in a loop. This meaning, that within just a few seconds, your baby or toddler could end up wrapping themselves in it and causing them self some severe harm.

Quick Ideas To Make Your Blinds Safer:

  • Install Safety Devices
  • Decrease The Chance Of Temptation
  • Cut The Loop Out Of The Cord
  • Tuck Cords Out Of Sight & Reach (Temporary Fix)

Ensuring Your Blinds Are Significantly Safer

Rest assured there are a huge number of ways to improve the safety of all the blinds within your home. Not only this but, wherever your child may go too, such as their grandparents or any holiday homes you may have.

Something can is simple and easy, as well as being able to be completed straight away is tucking up the cords in a high place. This removing the ability for your child to reach it, even if they were to stand on something to raise their height.With a loop cord acting almost like a noose if your child was to end up falling with it wrapped around their neck. Continue reading

Review: Ella Organic Muslin Set, £19.99

Vensoure Ella MuslinReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Parminder Randhawa.

The Venosure muslin squares are an amazing product.

The muslin squares are of a really good size so they can be used for multiple purposes; on a nappy changing mat, for burping your little one or for cleaning up baby sick or milk dribble, we even used it as cover in the sun on holiday.

The muslin squares are made of a very good quality material too and are very absorbent, allowing for the muslin cloth to be used quite a few times before it needing to be washed.

My little one has very sensitive skin so I’m very cautious about what I use on or against his skin but as these muslin squares are very soft they caused no issues on his skin at all.

The muslin squares can be washed normally in the washing machine and can also be put in a tumble dryer and they still remain in excellent condition after doing so.

I would highly recommend this product to mummies.

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5 Amazing Apps for New Mothers

5 App for New MumsAs a new mother, you barely have the time to think, let alone rest. The endless burping, feeding, crying, disturbed sleep, and changing wears down on your energy levels over the months following the birth of your child.

Save yourself precious time and improve your parenting by downloading a few parenting apps to assist you with your daily baby care tasks.

Do I have to sell my J5 to run these apps? Well, that depends on your device, but these apps are available on both Android and iOS.

Install the apps and play around with them for a few days before making your final judgment call on their efficacy.

1. WebMD Baby

If you think your baby may be ill, there’s no need to rush off to the hospital right away if it’s not an emergency. WebMD Baby has plenty of useful information on a wide variety of adverse health conditions that affect infants. Enter the symptoms and receive an accurate answer approved by medical professionals. Continue reading

Should it be Illegal to Smack Children?

Controversy Corner SmackingBy Raymond Arthur, Professor of Law at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

With Scotland set to become the first UK country to make it illegal  to smack children, the debate has opened up about whether  the rest of the UK should follow suit.

What is the Current Law on Smacking?

The current laws in Britain today prohibit adults from smacking, pushing or shoving other adults. They also protect pets from violence. However, parents are allowed to use physical force to punish their children, provided the punishment does not escalate beyond ‘reasonable punishment’.

In England and Wales, under section 58 of the Children Act 2004, parents who are accused of causing Actual Bodily Harm to their children cannot invoke the defence of reasonable punishment if their smacks cause mental harm, bruising, scratching or reddening of the skin. Continue reading

Early Signs of Autism Every Parent Should Know

You can start noticing signs of autism in your child as early as 6 months old.

You can start noticing signs of autism in your child as early as 6 months old.

Guest post by writer, Annabelle Short.

Worrying that your child is developing differently to their peers can be very frightening, however it’s important to take action early to ensure your child maximises their potential and gets help with anything they find challenging.

Learning your child may have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may sound like bad news, yet many people on the Autistic Spectrum live full and happy lives, with successful jobs, hobbies, partners and families of their own. ASD is a developmental disorder that comes in varying degrees and manifests itself in early brain development. Outcomes can be very different when parents take the initiative to get a diagnosis and apply strategies to assist their child, removing invisible barriers and obstacles that neurotypical children don’t encounter. Continue reading

Rock A Bye Baby

Rock a Bye BabyGuest post by Bea Waterfield, Director of Baby College UK.

An introduction to understand your baby’s sleep patterns.

The issue of sleep when there’s a new baby in the house can be such a pressing need that any advice offering a glimmer of hope seems to be worth a try.

It is the “magic diet pill” or “elixir of youth” subject for many parents that leaves us vulnerable to spending money on books and seeking advice that may or may not be helpful and actually may just make us feel guilty and inadequate.

There is no guarantee that what “worked” for someone else’s baby is going to work for your unique (and very special) baby.

If you are looking for a magic solution here to get back to sleeping like you did before you had a baby

then look away now. But, if you would like to start to understand why babies sleep like they do and a little about normal sleep development then read on…

Why do babies sleep like they do?

There are many factors that affect how well and how long a baby will sleep. One fact that is inescapable is the size of their little tummies of course but there are other factors to consider… Continue reading