Introducing Tummy Time to Baby

Introducing Tummy Time and why it is Important

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Introducing Tummy Time to Baby

Tummy time happens when your baby lies on his tummy with weight on his forearms and can either take place on the floor or by placing baby tummy down on your own chest. You can also try placing baby on his tummy over your legs while you are sitting or on a bed next to you. Tummy time is essential from day one to help your baby grow strong. When starting out your baby may fuss or cry when you put him on his belly. If this occurs you may want to start out with just a few sessions daily, each lasting three to five minutes until he becomes used to being in that position. Overtime sessions can become longer and be done several times a day.

Prior to placing baby on the floor you may want to lay down a playmat or blanket to help make the area comfortable and safe. Be sure there are no small objects laying close by. Sometimes it helps to prop babies up, giving them a better look at their surroundings. Try placing a rolled-up baby blanket under your child’s chest, increasing the size of the roll as your little one grows and gets stronger. 

Provide entertainment for your baby. Place some toys such as a noisy rattle, stuffed animal or interesting objects that can be found around the home. Offer a variety of items of various colors, shapes, and textures. Parents can spend some time getting down with their baby to bond and interact. You can lay out some brightly colored picture books and read or point out the objects in the books. Mirrors are also a great choice as babies are fascinated with watching their reflection. This will help keep him interested.

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Tummy time is important and beneficial to a baby's health and development. It gives the baby's head a break in an effort to prevent flat spots from forming.Tummy time builds head, neck and upper body strength for when baby is older. All of this is needed in the stages of a baby's physical development including rolling over, pushing up and, eventually, crawling. It also helps promote sensory development, allowing babies to see the world from a whole new perspective.

Do you schedule tummy time with your baby?

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Stella & Dots Covet Line

Shop Accessories from Stella & Dot's Covet Line 

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Simple Ways to Make Bath Time Fun

12 Simple and Creative Ways to Make Bath Time Fun for Children 

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Simple Ways to Make Bath Time Fun

After a day of play and adventure the time comes to be cleaned up. For many children it is the worst time of the day. Maybe it’s because they know that its getting close to bedtime hour or maybe they just don't like getting wet. As parents we must ensure that we bring our children up knowing the importance of hygiene. This requires keeping them clean either by giving them a bath or shower. A bath seems to be the number one choice when it comes to toddlers and preschool age children. 

In these early years it can be very difficult for children to understand your reasoning. This is where as parents we have to get on our thinking caps and come up with creative and fun ways to entertain our little ones while they are having a bath.

Here are some bath ideas that will help to encourage children to jump on in.

1. Bath toys. A few ordinary rubber squirter duckies and other rubber squirter toys will add some fun to plain bath water.

2. Water balloons. Fill balloons with colored water. Let your child play with the balloons and pop them to see what color is inside.

3. Colored ice cubes fishing. Give your child a small net or mesh strainer and let them fish the ice. Encourage them to hurry and catch all before they melt.

4. Float or sink. grab different waterproof toys or other objects from around the house and guess whether they'll sink or float in the tub.

5. Art. Give them bath paints or bath crayons and let them decorate the bathtub and nearby tiles

6. Plastic containers. Let them fill cups, bowls, and containers with water and the pour it out over themselves.

7. Water guns or spray bottles. For extra fun fill with colored water.

8. Bath salts. A great sensory and smell activity. They feel like sand and kids can mix and match them.

9. Bubbles. Playing with bubbles is a silly, fun way to get clean. Be sure you add a couple extra caps of bubble bath so that there are plenty of suds to play with.

10. Surprise ice cubes. Freeze little toys inside ice cubes and watch the kids excitement as the ice melts and reveals their little toy!

11. Throw a pool party. Let them wear bathing suits or swimming trunks. Fill an inflatable pool and add some inflatable toys beach ball, and let them have a special tropical juice drink.

12. Treasure hunt. Find some items around the home that will sink to the bottom of the bath tub. Let your child wear goggles and use sight to find the different items.

Do you have children who hate having bath or shower? How do you make bath time more fun and enjoyable for them?

Simple Ways to Make Bath Time Fun

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Introducing the Kidzpop Limited Edition Fashion Collection from Crazy 8

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Health Benefits of Honey

12 Reasons why you Should eat Honey 

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Health Benefits of Honey

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. It is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing lasting energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. The following are reasons why honey is good for your body and mind.

1. Strengthen the immune system. It's antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Raw, organic honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which protect the body from bacteria and boost the immune system.

2. Brain booster. The sweet nectar is loaded in antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. The brain needs calcium in order to process thought and make decisions and honey has the ability to help the body absorb calcium. 

3. Regulate blood sugar. Although honey is sweet, it has a fairly low glycemic index. The natural sugars in honey have a “slow-release” effect, which means it does not cause the sharp peak in blood sugar that other sweet substances (like refined sugar) do. The sugars in honey are therefore more slowly absorbed and metabolized. Despite its sweetness, honey will not cause blood sugar levels to spike as high or as fast as other high-sugar foods.

4. Prevent cancer and heart disease. Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

5. Boosts energy. A healthy, whole-food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy, but if you're looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey can suffice.

6. Helps digestion. Honey helps reduce constipation, bloating and gas, thanks to it being a mild laxative. Honey is also rich in probiotic or “friendly” bacteria such as bifido bacteria and lactobacilli, which aid in digestion, promote the health of the immune system, and reduce allergies.

7. Relieve morning sickness in pregnancy. Organic honey is also effective in relieving morning sickness for pregnant mothers. A warm tea made with honey and ginger is highly effective at calming a pregnant mother’s tummy.

8. Sooth a cough or sore throat. Add honey to a glass of warm milk and sip slowly to help suppress a cough or soothe the throat.

9. Treat dandruff. Honey diluted with a bit of warm water, every second day can significantly heal the scalp of dandruff and itching.

10. Clear skin. Milk and honey are often served together, since both of these ingredients help in creating smooth, beautiful skin. Consuming this combination every morning is a common practice in many countries for this very reason.

11. Lose weight. Though it has more calories than sugar when honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly, honey with lemon juice or cinnamon help in reducing weight.

12. Help you sleep. Mix a half glass of warm water with 2 tablespoons of honey and the juice of a lemon and an orange. The darker the honey, the better this works.

Health Benefits of Honey

Do you eat honey?