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Back in Business

Days go by much faster since there’s 4 of us. I have been thinking if I should delete this blog or keep it for my daughters to have a laugh when they’re older. Looking back at the written articles makes me feel old and oh my, how much we have learned since the first post. Time spent with my daughters is the Best Kind of time, so I decided to keep a little journal of our adventures together, who knows, I might have some ideas that others might find helpful. But this time, I have back-up, my 4 year old daughter H. Well soon to be 4…this summer she is still my threenager! 

Summer time, our favorite (I love autumn, but that’s a secret) helped our Little garden grow bigger. This year we managed to harvest so many greens that every dinner has pesto ūüėź and every breakfast has tomatos. The last year ruccola plants have multimillionmultiplied and we don’t have enough family members to eat it. And probably All the houses from our street will have ruccola salad tonight. But this made me think that sharing is indeed caring. Even if we did not receive anything back, it made us feel Good. My girls are learning to share and by planting they learn that nature is everything… and so is love. So I tell my girls this:

Give. But don’t allow yourself be used

Love. But don’t allow yourself to be abused

Trust. But don’t be naive

Listen. But don’t lose your own voice

And because all that gardening and playing outside in the pool got us tired, I prepared a very fresh summer smoothie, green as we like it. Easy: 

  1. Handful Fresh spinach
  2. 2-3 slices of melon
  3. 2-3 cubes of Mango 
  4. 4 leaves of fresh mint
  5. Half cup Soy yogurt (you can also add apple juice)
  6. Ice cubes 

Sprinkle some Chia seeds and voila! Fresh mama ūüĎĆ

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‚ÄĚYEEEY‚ÄĚ for 2016

After a long break…*We have a toddler that talks nonstop, sings, eats well, uses the potty alone, and practices activities meant for adults. So excuse us for being absent for such a long time.

We are back with great news. 2016 came with the best present. Hess has been promoted to Big Sister and she already started practicing. Pregnancy with a toddler is not as hard as I expected, surprisingly it is more beautiful, because I¬†have a daughter that tells me every morning ‚ÄěYou have a baby in your belly, YEEEY‚ÄĚ. At 20 weeks pregnant, leaving aside the part that I¬†cannot hold her in my arms for longer then 5 minutes *sciatica pain needs to find another friend* everything is better that it was with the first pregnancy.

The moment you announce you’re pregnant, people start giving you food to eat, a chair to sit in. Everything you do you need to do it with extra care…and ¬†you have an excuse to bulk up! But it does not work that way. I¬†find it hard to explain it to people that we¬†do not need to eat twice as much as we¬†did when we¬†were not pregnant. What we need to do is eat smaller amounts, more frequently.¬†Eating well during pregnancy is more than simply increasing how much you eat. You must also consider what you eat.I found myself having an argument with my grandmother, she insisted I¬†do not eat enough and I¬†ended up explaining to her how my organs get squashes during pregnancy and how much does my stomach change in shape. You can read about it here. Surprisingly, in the first trimester I¬†had no craving at all, but as soon as I felt the baby move, they came like Boom.

The day starts with a smoothieDSC_0224[1].jpg and some cereals, then i usually have a soup or a salad. Around 2 pm I always eat a healthy big lunch. By 5 pm I am really hungry and try to come up with interesting meals, usually taken from Pinterest, but they never look as good :(. Dinner is served at 7 or 8 pm. Between all these, I eat fruits *fresh or dried, drink 2 l o  water, tea with a lot of ginger and psst, chocolate. My secret is: consume only healthy, organic food. That is it. Oh and sleep as much as you can.

Last week I heard a cosmetologist say ‚ÄĚIf I cannot eat it I¬†do not put it on my skin‚ÄĚ so, for my 2016 New Year Resolution I¬†threw away all my cosmetics and purchased some good old natural oils, butters, and powders. Plant-derived oils and naturally sourced fats and ingredients are better for your skin and body than chemical preservatives and stabilizers. You can also add essential oils¬†to your beauty bag because they are amazing.¬†Promised myself to use only natural organic products. It is cheaper, healthier and it gives you the ability to¬†mix¬†endless products, whichever suits you better…Ps.¬†You probably have most of the ingredients in your home.

My favorite homemade recipe is the exfoliating oats mask. Simple and efficient.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt

Directions:

Do facial steaming before applying this mask to open up your pores and enable the nutrients of the mask to sink deep into your skin.

Combine all the ingredients above and mix well in a small mixing bowl. Apply a thick coat to your face with clean finger tips. Let it settle for 15 minutes. When the time is up, gently rinse your face with warm water and ensure the entire mask comes off. Splash cold water on your face to close up your pores. Pat dry with a soft clean towel. You can use a wide variety of oils (my personal favorite is the avocado oil) to moisturize your face incase it feels a bit dry and stiff after patting dry your face.

Until next time,winterfun

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for Spring

Just let me say it one more time and I promise to stop…Spring is here!!!

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We can say goodbye to the cold dark winter, officially on the 28th of March when the clock springs forward. For about 2 weeks leading up to 28th March start putting your little ones to bed 15 minutes earlier. Do this slowly, shifting the time every 3 to 4 days. The aim is to move their body clocks so they are falling asleep an hour earlier than before. And just as importantly you will also need to wake your baby 15 minutes earlier in the morning! This will help to regulate their body clock and keep your plan on course. We always try to start our morning with a breath of fresh air, and it really helps. Light is the biggest influencing factor on our body clocks and the production of melatonin, so as soon as you can in the morning get the family outside into the daylight, this will help suppress the sleep hormone and wake your little ones up.

We all know that Spring symbolizes rebirth and can be an opportunity for you to change things in your life or awaken aspects that went dormant during the winter months. The fresh air and sunshine will inspire you to enjoy spring and anticipate summer.

What I found really helpful for my skin during this period is rice bran oil. For a couple of years now, I have been using only organic products and tried to move towards a holistic way of living. It has not been easy but I can definitely see the positive results. Rice bran oil extracted from the thin bran coating of brown rice has been around for centuries. Even today, it is extensively used in many Asian countries like Korea, China, Taiwan and Thailand for cooking, particularly in Japan where it is popularly known as the “Heart Oil” because of its many cardiovascular benefits. The benefits of rice bran oil however, are not limited to the heart. As researchers across the world are discovering, rice bran oil has many nutritive and curative properties that make it beneficial for our overall health. It absorbs really quickly into the skin when applied, which makes it perfect for toddlers (they do not get oil all over your walls). Also you can combine it with aloe-vera powder to form a mask, leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and see the immediate results.

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Rice bran oil has been known as the beauty secret of East Asian women, and of Japanese, Korean women in particular. In these parts of the world, the oil not only used in cooking but also applied directly to the skin and hair as a beauty regime.

This is my number one beauty tip for beautiful Moms and babies, this Spring. Oh and also, for its skin care properties rice bran oil is also used as a sunscreen agent. ūüôā

Ps. You can order the product from here.

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The Quinoa “fever”

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Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America which was
considered in the past , the Inca's Gold. Quinoa was considered sacred and was used by the Incas in their rituals ( because I am fascinated with the Inca culture, I had to write this).
Quinoa is a type of grain, rich in protein and amino-acids that can 
easily replace any type of cereal. Covered with saponin which gives the grains a bitter taste, it should be washed before cooking. What I consider very interesting is the fact that Quinoa can offer an important source of calcium for bones teeth and skin. This type of grain can be consumed by those who are allergic to wheat.


For today, we tried 2 recipes with this magic, sacred Quinoa.

The first one (for greedy toddlers) is, of course, for my daughter and as I could not help myself, I added a lot of green yummies... because it's cold and I miss Spring.

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For this, you will need:
- 1/2 leek or 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic clove
- a bunch of parsley leaves
- frozen peas (or fresh ones...yum)
- olive oil
-  1 cup Quinoa
For seasoning and garnishing you will need ~ lemon, yogurt, pink  Himalayan salt and any king of herbs, such as basil, rosemary, etc.~

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 Tip: try not to spill the quinoa
 (like myself), these little 
 ones will "dance" all over the 
 kitchen...
 they're unstoppable...really.  







You start by chopping the leek (or spring onion), garlic clove and the parsley leaves into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a pot and add all the ingredients mentioned above. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they are softened After this, you can add the quinoa and the peas and cover with water. (I reckon you should use 2 cups of water). Leave on medium heat,for 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa starts sucking up the water.

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Then add the seasoning you want. 
For the seasoning I used a mix of condiments:          

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turmeric, sage, basil, oregano,
garlic powder, 
ginger powder and rosemary. 
You can purchase it online from the
www.pastaidevanilie.ro website (it's called FOOD BRAIN)
Also, I always add a bit of pink Himalayan salt  to my daughter's meals beacuse Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body, that alone is quite impressive...

When it's finished, serve in a bowl leave it to chill, add a spoon of yogurt on top (I used homemade yogurt) and a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Enjoy little ones!
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Tomorrow I will reveal the other Quinoa recipe...but this time, spicier,more colorful, more... for adults.
I'll give you sneak peek (pic) of it. 

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Until tomorrow...
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Back in Business

It’s been a very long time and I do apologize for not writing for such a loooong period of time….but we are back and we have some exciting news and very interesting new projects.

Mummy’s been very busy with work and Little Miss Sunshine’s been very busy with growing up…and learning so many new things, so fast! She can count, she can sing, she recognizes her favorie music¬†videos, and we recently learned to jump. ¬†Yesterday she turned 17 months and Oh My, we still wonder where the time flew?!?!

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We cannot wait for Spring, to be honest I kind of had enough of this cold winter. Besides, Hessy¬†has¬†many¬†S/S outfits that need to go out of the closet…and they need to be worn fast… size 12-18months¬†is turning dangerously slim fit.

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As we passed the puree period, struggles¬†with the finger food and crunchy, munchie recipes appeared. Because I am a sucker for¬†everything that’s called, or thought to be¬†healthy, I tried a variety of recipes for toddlers.

So, for today’s lunch we tried a really great half invented- half taken from a book recipe.

Red Lentil, Sweet potato & Apple quick stew.

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You will need:

Soybean Oil (chiefly a poly-unsaturated fats rich vegetable oil. Linoleic acid (omega-6) is the major poly-unsaturated fatty acid found in it. Additionally it is low in saturated fats, and free from cholesterol; making it as one of the healthiest cooking oils.

1 apple, 1  small size sweet potato, 1  small cup of red lentils

1 garlic glove

1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

Seasoning & Spices ( I used: pink himalayan salt, cardamon,  cinnamon, basil,

Cooking method:

Leave the cup of lentils to soak in cold water, for 20-30 minutes

Chop the sweet potato and the apple in small cubes. ¬†In a cooking pot add a little ( 1 tablespoon) of soybean oil and heat it. Chop the garlic clove in small bits and add it to the oil for aproximately 1-2 minutes at low to medium heat. Add the chopped ingredients¬†in the pot over the garlic and drain the lentils from the water they’ve been soaked. Over the ingredients, add 300 ml water into the pot. ¬†Add the lentils, the¬†grated ginger and the spices you want. Leave it to boil on medium heat for aproximately 15 minutes ( until the lentils are cooked).

Enjoy and let the Toddlers get messy. ūüôā

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Summer Laziness

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”

 

Please¬†excuse us for not posting anything these last weeks but the heat got us all. During this season ¬†we spend most of the hours outside. My beautiful earth child, I am in awe of her love of nature…For me, teaching your children to love nature is the second most important thing in life, after Love.¬†Being outdoors helps create a sense of wonder in¬†children, which they can carry over to other aspects of their life.Outdoor activity offers¬†children¬†the opportunity of fresh air and exercise. And I am sure we all know both are important to help¬†children¬†keep physically and mentally fit.

Modern life is too regimented and deprives children of the opportunity of exploring and learning by themselves. In this context, the role of nature to stimulate their curiosity is even more important.

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In a couple of weeks we are going away on vacation in Croatia. This will be our first long drive ( 8 hours) and to be honest Mamma’s very stressed. At 10 Months my daughter loves her car seat but we never drive more than half an hour with her in the car so I guess I¬†cannot say what ¬†her reaction will be. We decided to departure somewhere early in the morning (I’m thinking 05.00 am).

Her car seat is Kinderkraft and I find it magical.

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CAR SEAT SMART KINDERKRAFT

SMART car seat is certified for use with ECE R44/04 for Groups 1/2/3, for children from 9 to 36 kg.

  • Height adjustable headrest and safety harness
  • Five-point safety belt
  • Beaded back, taking care of the growing spine
  • Special pages Security
  • Easy installation: just put the car seat and lock three-point harness
  • Long life for use: one seat for children from about 12 months to 12 years
  • Removable Cover
  • spacious seat
  • High quality materials (no sweating)
  • modern Design
  • comfortable armrests
  • Detachable backrest

Age: 9-36 kg

I thought of summarizing 3 esential ideas on how to prepare on a long car journey:

  • Have enough baby necessities on board. Think of diapers, wipes, baby food, and so on. Whatever is age-appropriate, just make absolutely sure you don’t run out.
  • Have a high-quality car-seat for the baby. This is the single most important thing for the safety and comfort of your baby.
  • Ensure the long-duration comfort of the parents.¬†They¬†are going to have it the hardest, not the baby. This includes sitting in front if that’s the most comfortable (it usually is, in most cars), adjusting the seat properly, having enough food and drink for yourselves or just stop everytime you need, taking a leg-stretching break at least every 2 hours, and so on.

One of the most important things is pit stops. They are a key way to keep a baby happy on a road trip. Make frequent stops, so children can stretch their little legs and  during these stops: emphasize that frequent pit stops are a key way to keep a baby happy on a road trip.  Make sure to play. Get them laughing and tire them out a bit.

My daughter loves to play with water, we also went to a swimming-pool for babies only and she loved it. But will the salty water change her mind? What do we need to make our babies feel comfortable for the first time at the seaside?

It may seem as if need everything but the kitchen sink simply for a day on the beach with your baby. But, as you know, it’s tricky to travel light now you are a family. Here are some items you’ll need to have with you:

  • windbreak
  • picnic blankets
  • towels
  • sun tent
  • umbrella
  • cool bag with water and food
  • formula feeding equipment
  • sunscreen
  • sun hat¬†and long sleeved tops
  • spare clothes for when they get wet, sandy or blown away
  • jelly or beach shoes for¬†toddling babies
  • swimming costume for you and your baby
  • first aid kit
  • armbands, rubber ring or float suit
  • bucket, spade, beach ball

And of course, take a camera to¬†capture¬†your baby’s trip to the seaside!

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We will be back with more info and stories in  early August. Happy Summer Vacation to our readers!

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Secret Wonder Baby Products for Mom to use

“Sure, you can pretend that they’re for baby, but once you’ve indulged in that yummy-smelling lotion or super-mild shampoo, deep down you know who’s really going to enjoy using it. And, why shouldn’t you? The best baby lotions, oils, and powders work well on moms, too…Especially when some products that are intended for wee ones work better than what you’ve been paying a premium for in the “adult” aisles?”

Did you know that there is a much cheaper alternative to dry shampoo? If you are in a hurry and do not have time to wash your hair,or you just simply want more volume…Ladies, Use Baby Taclum Powder. It works when you use it on the roots of your hair, but make sure you¬†shake it off properly after 1 minute [Especially if you have dark hair]. I use it when I want my hair to be voluminous. Probably I am not the only one using this method, but to make sure I searched a bit on the internet and, trust me…we are not few ¬†:). The powder will¬†absorb the excess oil and make the hair¬†temporally look less greasy, however do not use talc instead of washing!

Also you can remove greasy stains from a carpet with a combination of talcum powder and patience. Just cover the affected area with talcum powder and wait at least 6 hours for the talcum to absorb the grease. Then vacuum the stain away. Baking soda, or cornstarch may be substituted for the talcum powder. If you have ketchup or bloodstains on fabrics, form a paste out of talcum powder and a bit of water and apply it to the spot.

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The second secret ingredient I’m constantly taking from my baby’s beauty box is Vitamin D oil. Our pediatrician recommended 2 drops of Vitamin D oil for my daughter for her bones and joints. I also found out that VItamin D does miracles for my skin. To back up my theory:¬†¬†‚ÄúVitamin D is a key ingredient for beautiful looking skin,‚ÄĚ says¬†Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and creator of his namesake skincare line. ‚ÄúSkin, like all organs, needs vital vitamins to function properly‚ÄĒand vitamin D is one of them.‚ÄĚ

I just purchased a little bottle of Vitamin D oil from the health food shop. I ¬†apply it on my face and neck, combining it with my avocado extract oil (which is the best). Avocado oil is full of collagen which we all know is good for the skin’s ¬†elasticity.¬†It is rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin. Antioxidants like vitamins A, D and E in avocado cause the skin to be suppler, and are thus particularly good for dry or aged skin. I am seriously thinking of using it every day this summer so I can proctect my skin from the harsh sun rays.ulei_avocado_50_ml_adams_vision

 

Fianlly, and I know I am not the only one…I use baby cleaning wet wipes (Pampers Sensitive) for everything. Makeup removal,¬†spot cleaning the spit up on my pants,cleaning the counter,¬†wiping off scuffs on my shoes and of course wipping off the dust.

I know I’m not alone in using kids products for myself

~what products do you use?~

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Sun Safety and Fun

Summertime ushers in many new activities for you and your babies. Since this lovely weather turned a bit above 20 degrees, we moved outside with all the artilery.

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As much as I love her golden in the sunlight, I am aware that¬†babies under six months old should not be exposed to direct sunlight and should only be given minimal amounts of sunscreen if absolutely necessary. My baby is now 7 months and a half and we are still a bit scared to leave her play in the sun for more than 5 minutes. With all the fuss around the solar explosions, I think I have some sort of paranoia. Everytime I look at the sun (with my eyes shut) it hurts, so I imagine what it does¬†to my little baby’s eyes.¬†So, when it comes to baby sun safety, how much sunlight is enough sunlight? Experts recommend that individuals with fair skin get about ten minutes of sunlight each day. People with darker skin tones will need slightly longer amounts of time in the sun in order for the body to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Most importantly, for the body to make enough vitamin D, the skin must be bare and free from sunscreen. I say direct sunlight is important, so go outside and skip the baby sun protection for about ten minutes each day. Under you can see my baby has slightly darker skin tones and we noticed that after 10 minutes of playing in the sun, she was showing a lovely tanned skin color. Because her father has no problems getting sunburnt in the summer, I think she gets it from him…

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But still, I¬†do not care about how much Vitamin D she is getting from sunlight…I am scared. When we first noticed she is getting a tan we thought the time spent outside was too much, but everytime we go in the park or just stay outside she looks so healthy. So it must be doing her good… not to mention how well (and peacefully) she sleeps. We did a test. One day we did not go anywhere, all the activities we had were inside the house. Well…I can post a picture so you can see her reaction :))

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Bored, and tired!

I will give you some tips on outdoor activities and Sun Protection:

Hydrate. Make sure your baby is sufficiently hydrated to withstand the heat and sun exposure.

Put a hat on that baby. Make sure your baby is wearing a wide-brimmed hat that provides sufficient shade and protects the ears and neck, two critical areas that are not covered with a baseball hat.

Keep your baby in the shade. If there is no natural shade, create shade with an umbrella, canopy, or even a lightweight blanket.

Avoid certain times. Avoid the peak times of sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take baby for an early morning or later afternoon/evening walk instead. You’ll avoid the hottest part of the day and, since infants don’t sweat well, will make it easier for them to stay cool.

Use sunscreen sparingly. Limit sunscreen use to areas that cannot easily be covered or shaded, such as the hands and face. Young babies have thin skin, which can more easily absorb ingredients from sunscreen and which also is easily irritated‚ÄĒespecially by chemical sunscreens. When you do use a sunscreen, consider one that physically blocks the sun‚Äôs rays; look for the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as these do not usually irritate delicate skin.

…and other things such as protecting the baby’s skin when riding the car¬†because¬†glass does not block the UVA rays.

Keep your baby safe and enjoy the Summer like we do!

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Who doesn’t like Sundays? Fun with your infants.

Because the weather was really bad, this Sunday was all about cooking and family fun time. I decided to call my new recipe for my almost 7 months old daughter: Basil Blast

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We are used to taking long walks everyday, but when the sky looks like this

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we considered staying in is a better option… So for the easy recipe you will need the following:

  • 5-6 fresh Basil leaves
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 2 small sized zucchini cut in cubes¬†Image
  • 10ml of extra virgin olive oil¬†
  • Pink Himalaya salt¬†Image

As usual the preparation of this is really easy and quick. First you cook the garlic and the cubes of zucchini in the olive oil. After 5-6 minutes you add water, around 200 ml,  and a bit of Himalayan salt (I usually put 2-3 crystals). After the water has evaporated a bit and the zucchini is soft you can add the basil leaves and leave it another 3 minutes. In the end blend everything and Enjoy!

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So what can you do to keep your baby entertained when there is no possibility of¬†walking in the park, visiting grandparents or enjoying the sun? I noticed that every time my baby sees a book she starts screaming and laughing. Last night I¬†was reading in my bed, listening to some music and she was right by my side. The second she saw my book she just grabbed it and started looking at every inch of it. She turn it around and started laughing. What I find interesting is that she never takes a book to her mouth like she does with everything else…

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So as a fun activity, every time I read she “reads”. I give her all sorts of books, the more colorful the better.

Another fun activity we had this Sunday was the baby hand and foot print in clay.¬†Clay impression kits make taking your baby’s footprint or handprint in super soft impression clay so quick and easy.¬†A beautiful memento for any new parent, the clay handprint kit allows the memory of your newborn to stay with you forever.

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You can easily find them on-line just search for “baby handprint kit”.

While playing, It may take your newborn several seconds to respond to you or he or she
may not respond much at all. Be patient ‚ÄĒ you may need to keep trying
or wait a while for your baby to enter an alert, responsive state.Three to six month olds begin to pay more attention to the world around them. Positive interactions, filled with language and sensory exploration, are beneficial to your baby‚Äôs learning. If your baby is interested and involved in an activity‚ÄĒand having fun‚ÄĒhe/she is learning!¬† It isn‚Äôt necessary to ‚Äúteach‚ÄĚ very young children. Treasure these early days of playing and cuddling with your little one‚ÄĒit is exactly what he/she needs to grow and learn.Six to nine month olds are explorers. They like to try things to find out what happens (cause and effect). They are beginning to move with some skill, sitting up, crawling and even beginning to stand. Babies of this age are interested in new things and people but, at the same time, often are afraid of strangers. They enjoy watching and responding to the things going on around them and like to repeat sounds and actions. I usually explain everything to my¬†baby girl even though I know she does not understand yet…but she will and I do not want to let these beautiful moment slip away.

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Baby walkers Myths

A baby walker is a device designed to help babies who cannot walk yet maneuver around their homes. The idea behind this concept is that it will keep the baby entertained for long periods of time and possibly give the baby exercise. Most of these walkers are made of plastic with a wheeled base on the bottom. Now this is the part I don’t really like…the plastic. While seeing my friend’s baby bouncing in a very colorful, eye-hurting¬†walker I cannot help thinking if it’s doing something good or bad¬†something to my baby’s¬†leg muscles, is she going t walk on her toes, will she be able to walk by herself without that cloth seat in the middle of the walker…? Well, I still do not know one hundred percent, which walker I should purchase for my daughter but I did some research and though it would be helpful if I sum up the huuuge amount of ideas and opinions people have. Image This is among¬†of the first and most commonly used models of baby walkers, from the 1920s…Although it looks pretty…yeah, for a vintage fair display, it is obviously not comfortable for the baby. Image Aside from the entertainment this toy gives a child (not the one in the picture above, obviously), parents give other reasons for using the walker such as promoting walking and providing exercise. However, up to one-third of parents have said they use the walker because they feel it will keep their infant safe. Unfortunately, none of these are true. The few studies that have been done looking at the how walkers affect development have shown that they do not affect the time at which a child learns to walk. I am sure you have seen numerous articles about walkers being bad for your children, but did you know they are actually banned in Canada? Surely, there must be something fishy about them…Putting a baby in a walker is like giving a teenager a Ferrari — definitely not recommended. That’s why, as of April 2007, Canada has banned the sale, importation and advertising of all¬†baby walkers. It’s against the law to even sell a used baby walker at a garage sale or flea market. The purpose of the use of this tool is for increase the baby walk ability, although some pediatricians do not agree with that opinion because they think walking is a process of adaptation that will accrue in accordance with age children and the doctors also claimed that this is merely a way of¬†producers to¬†increase sales¬†of their products.¬†To support the claim, these doctors have done studies and reviews that show that¬†Baby Walkers¬†did not increase the infant’s ability to walk but it makes the baby suffered injuries.¬†Warnings have been issued to parents by the American¬†Academy of Pediatrics¬†and some other organizations about the use of Baby Walkers.¬† Now, these articles are all citing the same issues, but lets be honest… the problem isn’t with the walkers. The problem is using a walker in an unsafe environment and for too long. It should be more than half an hour when your baby is under 9 months. In my opinion that is the main issue with the walkers. The few studies that have been done looking at the how walkers affect development have shown that they do not affect the time at which a child learns to walk. And in fact, most studies have shown that if there is any effect on walking, it is a delay of a few weeks. Babies who use a walker tend to have an abnormal gait at first, but this tends to resolve quickly with time. Because I am going to buy our first baby walker I did some research and¬†Parent-assisted baby walkers are the way to go. Try the Juppy Baby Walker and skip the traditional baby walker.¬†Babies learn to walk in part by watching and understanding how their¬†feet and legs¬†move. If a walker has a tray, they can’t see what’s happening with their lower body and don’t get the information they need about their motor development .Image In this case the role of parents is needed to keep their babies pay attention when using the jumper walker.¬†Never leave your baby in a wheel walker to roam the possibility that your baby is running towards something interesting that can cause accidents resulting in injury.¬†Also, do not leave the baby in the walker to roam close to the toilet and kitchen.¬†If you have a¬†swimming pool¬†keep your baby away to a safe distance from the pool.¬† In general, baby walkers have gotten safer since the early 2000s, when the U.S.¬†Consumer Product Safety Commission¬†worked with manufacturers to¬†develop better safety standards¬†for these products. Walkers on the market now should have “stair-fall protection” ‚ÄĒ either a gripping mechanism that keeps the walker from going over the edge of a stairwell or a design that prevents the walker from fitting through a doorway. However, some manufacturers continue to ignore these standards. Also, older walkers (such as those bought secondhand) may not have these safety features. “A few minutes spent and a few steps safely taken in a walker each day won‚Äôt harm baby, but¬†too much time in his first¬†little car¬†is neither safe nor healthy. We discourage the use of walkers or any device that encourages baby to rely on outside assistance for locomotion rather than on his own creativity or initiative.¬†Walkers reverse the normal process of neurological development, giving the lower half of the body an ability that the upper half is not yet ready to cope with. Studies have shown that infants who spend a large portion of their day in walkers may exhibit¬†delayed motor skills, especially in learning to walk correctly.‚ÄĚ~¬†Dr. Sears at¬†AskDrSears.com

All in all,¬†Every child is different. Just like everything else, if it’s used safely and in moderation, it probably will not effect a child’s walking. I will try the jumper walker at first because my daughter tries to transmit us “it is time you teach me walk!”. But I will use it only a few minutes a day. When she will be around 9 months i will try to buy a wheeled baby walker so she can have a bit of¬†independence. The question that remains, are walkers a no-no or is it just a matter of opinion?¬†¬†I will keep you updated and see the¬†progress¬†after we purchase the walker.¬† Your very best alternative? Floor time! In today‚Äôs busy world, many babies have an immense lack of floor play time, not just due to using exersaucers (which I have just found out is a¬†stationary play center)¬†or jumpers, but going from the car seat to the bouncer seat to the swing to the exersaucer to the high chair and back again! Playing on the floor is the the best place for a baby to learn and to stimulate his visual, sensory, gross, fine and cognitive skills. What makes it even better is if you get down on the floor and play with him!

Image While we wait for our jumper and walker…we exercise on the sofa. (.cont)