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July 24, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Kelly

Summer is a lovely time with toddlers and babies as you can take them out to the park or if you are lucky, to the seaside and let your toddler run around while your baby can lie in the fresh air.

Just a few simple rules will help keep both of them safe. Remember in any sunshine that baby’s and toddler’s skin is very easily burnt so use a high factor sun cream. It is lovely for small children to have very few clothes on and this is fine as long as they are in the shade and protected from insects.

You will have to watch your toddler in case they put into their mouth things they shouldn’t such as sand, grass, earth and small stones. Luckily, small babies can’t yet do this. For them, put a good rug on the ground to protect them from anything that could irritate their skin and try to protect them from creepy-crawlies. An organic cotton blanket is ideal as the natural fibres are comfortable for your baby to lie on and organic cotton clothes are comfortable for a baby in the hot weather.

A toddler running around on a hot day will become thirsty so make sure you have a good supply of drinks for them, such as water or a diluted fruit juice to make sure they don’t get dehydrated.
And enjoy the summer while it lasts.

Going to events with your new baby

July 23, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Adam

Taking your new baby out to a family event, like a party or a wedding, can seem like preparing for an expedition to the North Pole. Instead of getting only yourself ready and remembering things like the car keys and front door keys, you have to think about nappies, cleansers, cream and spare clothes, as well as extras like toys and baby gifts. Then there is the baby seat, pushchair or buggy, and all this has to be fitted in the car and transported to your family ‘do’.

Although at first it seems like a bit of a nightmare and you can’t imagine how you will ever get the hang of it, it really does quite soon become second nature. It helps in the early days to write a list of all the things you will need to plan for – think through the day and what you will be doing, how many feeds you may need to give, how many nappy changes, how much time your baby will need to sleep. Check with the party organisers where you can go to be quiet and private.

You may be lucky enough to have been given a baby gift set with a bag that has a space for nappies and other items for trips away, and this will really make life easier to organise when you are out and about.

Tidying up

July 21, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

It doesn’t take very long for a baby or toddler to collect lots of toys. All the family and friends will want to give toys and games at Christmas and birthdays, and may bring back extra baby gifts from holidays. Your tidy home will come to look like a bazaar at times.

And on top of all this, it is well known that children are not keen on tidying up after themselves – they enjoy taking all the toys out but seem to lose interest when it comes to putting them all back.

One way around this is to use a toy box that is attractive and so encourages your child to keep their toys in it. You may be given baskets or bags as new baby gifts and these can be recycled as a toy box or bag. It is much easier to persuade a child to tidy up when you have a pretty or interesting basket to put everything in and you can make a game of filling the basket and seeing how much you can fit in.

It is nice-looking for your home as well, rather than having a functional looking cupboard to have a pretty basket or bag.

Going for a walk

July 20, 2009 — Category: Baby Ideas — Written by Adam

Now with the summer warmth, it is the time to take your baby and toddler out to explore the local area, shops and parks. Small children who are just learning to walk and run find nothing so exciting as being taken out to new areas where they can try out their new-found skills.

There are a couple of things to remember.

No matter how keen your toddler is, they will not be able to walk very far. You will need to take your pushchair with you, even if you are both walking to start with. As you go on, you will see when your toddler needs to have a rest and when they can get out and be energetic again.

It is a good idea to have them in the pushchair for the boring bits and for the busy roads. Then when you are in the park, you can let them walk and run around to their heart’s content.

Another thing to remember is the importance of protecting your baby and toddler from the hot sun. Tempting though it is to sit in the sun while your toddler runs around, they may become over-hot or sunburnt, so it is better to have your base in the shade and lots of cool drinks for them. And very importantly, don’t forget to keep them covered up and use sun-block.

Practical baby gifts

July 17, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Adam

Thinking of a gift for a new baby? It might be a good idea to talk to the new parents to find out what they need. You may be able to put together with someone else to provide a bigger gift, something that you could not afford on your own.

For some people, it is traditional for the grandparents to provide the pram, especially for the first baby in the family, and they will discuss with the parents-to-be what sort of pram or pushchair is wanted.

For other relatives, you may want to look at other baby gifts, such as a gift set or new baby gift basket that contains a selection of things like baby bath towels, blankets and body suits. Some of the things you see may be a bit of a luxury new parents who are coping with all the new necessities, but these could be exactly the gifts that are most appreciated, as these are the items parents could not have managed to buy for themselves.

If you look around, you will see all sorts of items you may not have thought of, from photo frames for the new baby to treats for the mum and dad and any older brothers or sisters. Special treats at this time will mean a lot.

New mums get together

July 16, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Kelly

How about a get together with other new mums to share the experiences of your new babies? No-one will understand better what you are feeling than the other new mothers you met and got to know during the preparation time.

This would be a good opportunity to use the new pram or buggy and to dress your new baby in some of the lovely new clothes and baby gifts you may have bought or been given. When you are in a group of other new mums, or with just one other, you can laugh together about all the little things that you are finding difficult; from nappy fastening to how you get bootees on tiny feet and how to put on a sleepsuit. Things that seem designed to foil you when you are on your own suddenly become something to enjoy defeating.

There is nothing like sharing challenges with other people to make it easier to meet the challenge and more enjoyable too. You will end your get together feeling much more positive about all the things that have been niggling at you. Spending some time together getting the hang of all these new baby things will enhance your confidence for managing when you are on your own.

Taking out the baby and toddler

July 14, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

It’s a shock to your toddler to suddenly have to share you, even though you’ve done your best to prepare them – small children can’t really understand the concept of a new baby until it arrives. Going out, which is always a bit of an expedition with a small one, becomes even more of an adventure, as the things that you’d forgotten you’d need as your toddler grew older, become necessary again.

Your toddler may become impatient with all this as they are used to you only having to get them ready and you will need to find a strategy to manage both their needs. It’s surprising how much it can help to just talk to your toddler and tell them what you are doing. Toddlers really want to be part of your world and are soaking up information like a sponge.

If, instead of just trying to get everything ready around a grizzling toddler, if you tell them what you are doing, such as ‘let’s get the pushchair out now, do you like the blue cover?’ or ‘We’re going to take the baby out, do you want to help me put their bootees on?’, you may find that they take an interest in getting ready.

Why not also let your toddler give gifts to baby? Being included will make your toddler feel cheerful and involved, and will lead to them being much more amenable to getting their own coat and coming with you happily.

New toys

July 13, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Adam

Once you have your new baby home with you, you will have to deal with the need for attention from your older child at home. It is surprising how grown up a toddler suddenly seems to you as you carry in your new baby, but it is important to remember that they are really still the small child you left a couple of days ago.

They need the same amount of love and attention from you that you were giving during the days before you had the new baby. It is difficult to work out how to spread yourself, particularly in the early days when you are still tired from the labour and learning about the new baby.

One way of making it easier for yourself is to have some new toys ready to give to your toddler once you are home with the new baby who will have received many baby gifts. There are all sorts of lovely toys to give them, from teddies to pirates and dinosaurs to bath toys that they can play with, then they will have something to occupy them when you are unable to spend time with them.

Even while you are looking after the new baby, you will be able to talk to your toddler about their toy and the stories they are making up, and your attention will reassure them that they are still loved.

Meeting the new baby

July 10, 2009 — Category: Baby Ideas — Written by Kelly

The first time your older child sees their new brother or sister will be a precious time for you, although your child almost certainly won’t know this. They will probably be pleased just to see you, as they will be wondering what is going on, having been whisked off to grandma or had someone staying in your home with them. With any luck, your contingency plans will have all worked well, but your child will still want to be with you again.

So they will be excited when they see you and will want to tell you what they have been doing with grandma. A whole new excitement will be waiting for them as they are introduced to their new brother or sister.

You will need to give them time to tell you their news, and to let them know how important they are to you. You will have prepared them beforehand for the new arrival, so now is the time to continue on this and let them meet the new baby bringing their gifts for baby. Some photographs of the two of them together in a special baby gift photo frame, will be a lovely memento of the occasion and will remind your child of how important they are to you.

Getting a helping hand

July 9, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

If you are expecting a baby and know that you want to get everything organised, but have the usual problem of a busy life and no time to spare, how about asking your friends and family to give a hand.

Most of your relatives and friends will be excited that you are pregnant, and will enjoy being part of your preparations for the big event. You could ask those who are good at organising to help you with lists of things to buy and in planning what needs to be done.

People who would not like decorating or shopping for the nursery furniture, could be asked to provide refreshments for everyone. You could choose to have a big happening during which you plan to get the nursery decorated and lots of baby clothes and nappies and all the other items bought – such as the baby gifts – or you could have more than one smaller events, for people to help you out in a smaller way.

You might feel a bit uncomfortable in asking people to help, but it is surprising how much people like to be involved with the preparations for a new baby – it’s an exciting time. They will have satisfaction in visiting you after the baby has arrived and knowing that they were part of the preparations.

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