How To Solve Mealtime Mess [Guest Post]

If you feed your baby by yourself and you are holding the spoon, meals usually don’t end up that messy. But the moment you give your infant the spoon or let him eat some foods with his own hands, the situation may become out of control. Cleaning after every meal can become a tiresome and tricky task for every mum. There are some things you can do to protect your baby’s clothes and the things around him as well as learn your toddler of some discipline.

One thing you can do to protect the clothes of your baby is covering them with a bib. There are bibs that stretch over the entire garment of the baby, which are perfect if he is in the stage of feeding himself. This way you won’t need to wash and change your infant’s clothes after every meal. Some foods like bananas, peaches and others are slick and easily fall all over the place. Dip them in some cereal to be easier to grab and hold.

You can protect your floor from the mealtime mess your baby usually leaves by buying a high chair with mat for food splashes or any floor covering which is easy for cleaning. Shower curtains are very appropriate as they protect very well the room. High chairs are very necessary for providing a clean eating and covers for them are the best way to save as much as possible from the mess your infant usually leaves when eating.

Another way to solve mealtime mess of your baby is using a suction plate or pot, which is protective to some level and restrains the throwing of food parts in the room. Place a little quantity of food in the bowl, in which he eats. The most part of the food keep next to you. This way you can control how much he eats and if he is throwing more than he eats, you can help in his feeding. Use sectioned plates or bowls and arrange his food neatly to your baby or toddler. Give him one pair of utensils and hold the other pair in your hands to help and support him.

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If your toddler is just starting to eat with spoon, use thicker meals, which will stay in his spoon and don’t splatter in the room. Thicker soups, vegetable or other mashes will stay in your baby’s spoon and be easier eaten. The mess and the regular cleaning and maintenance after the meal is eaten will be less. Before setting his high chair with food be sure that your toddler is hungry. Remove the food the moment he finishes eating.

Some babies start throwing food when they don’t want to eat any more. Teach your babies from early age to show when they have eaten enough. You can teach them to show some signs or say something if they can, instead of throwing their food on the floor and everywhere else. Don’t let your children throw food just for fun. Explain them that you don’t allow this. Some babies throw food when they need attention. You can give them the attention they require by telling some tale during the meal or doing something else they find interesting and amusing. Most babies won’t understand if they are punished because of throwing or spoiling food, so use milder methods and ways to show them you don’t agree with their actions.

Cleaning should be done after the meal is over. If you protect most of the place you will spend less time and efforts in cleaning. If you are prepared and equipped with the right materials for covering most surfaces, you won’t spend most of your time in cleaning after every mealtime mess, that your baby makes.

On Having A New Room For The Little One

Happy Monday my loves…

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Since yesterday I have been having migraine. I know this is partly because I have my monthly period. This always happen and I don’t know why. And it can also be partly because I am so stressed with the mess inside the house. We are having a minor home renovation. We had changed the tiles flooring on our bathroom – from blue to white. It is actually cool. I used to have a problem with my bathroom floor as the tiles weren’t done properly. The water gets stuck just below the toilet bowl and I have to mop many times a day to keep the floor dry. This is just so tedious for me. So finally, the floor is fixed and I recently bid bye bye to my ever loyal bathroom friend – the mop :)

And another thing that we had done in the house is a new bedroom for my little one. I know he should have had his own room years ago but I am just a clingy mommy and I don’t want to sleep without my son beside me.

The room that we made for him is actually an extension of our room. I initially planned to keep the room open so that any time he wants to sleep with us, he can. However, I realized that there should be a door because just in case he doesn’t want to use the room as his bedroom, then I can just make it as my walk in closet.

You see, this is the issue right now. My baby boy doesn’t want the idea of having his own room. He doesn’t like it at all. He wanted to stay with me and his daddy. I don’t really mind except for the fact that our room is not that spacious and we can only fit one big bed which is not enough for the three of us. I wanted to buy him his own bed but there is no more space in the room. I have plenty of drawers and cabinets all around the room.

So this is what I am thinking right now. If ever I can’t convince my little boy to have a room of his own, I’ll just move all my drawers and cabinets inside the new room and make it my own closet. I can even set up a make up space there with matching lights and stuff.

As of now, the room isn’t finished yet. The walls are done and the workers are currently putting the tiles on the floor. I chose light gray tiles for the floor tiles so that I can easily see the dirt. This is how OCD I am when it comes to cleaning. I am also planning to paint the walls white. I am also planning to paint this verse on the wall:

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I think this is a very good reminder for us to put our hope and faith in HIM alone.

I’ll keep you posted and may probably share some of the pictures of the room after it is done. Enjoy your Tuesday my dear mommies :)

Mommy Challenge: How to Improve Child’s Behaviour [Guest Post]

Happy Wednesday my loves…

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Nowadays children interact with a lot more people than they did in the 1960s. A 21st century kid lives in a more complicated world, a busier world. It is a place where everything happens so quickly that if you stop and stare for a while you may end up missing a whole lot of things. As a result our children’s behaviour has changed.

Today our offspring faces a great deal of stimuli, which they don’t know how to respond to. If not paid attention to, this may lead to problems with your child’s behaviour. It’s really hard to raise a child these days when there are so many other parents that just let their offspring do what they want. How can you explain to your 4-year-old kid that he/she cannot have a tablet when the mother next door has already bought her little girl one of these gadgets? It’s true that you can’t control everyone, but you can try to improve your kid’s behaviour in many ways rather than spoil him/her as other parents do.

Looking for help with this? Being a parent is not an easy job. Here we would like to share with you a few tips to improving your children’s behaviour. Be sure to check them out.

Discuss matters

Conversation is a key factor. You have to talk to your children, tell them what’s right and what’s wrong. Share your emotions. Discuss problems. If you, for example, have told a lie and your kid is feeling confused about it, explain matters to him/her. Tell them how bad you feel for this and that cheating is not a good thing. Talk about what you could have done differently in this case. Admit your mistakes. Teach your child that to err is okay, but only if you draw a lesson from it and not let it happen again.

Relationships

How can you teach your child to love and respect the others if you don’t do it yourself? You are the main figure in your children’s life. Whatever you do, they repeat it. If you want to teach them to love their family, to treat the others equally and to be willing to negotiate, you have to do this in return with your own parents and loved ones and everybody else. The way you treat the others gives your offspring essential lessons. So if you want them to be compassionate, polite and understanding, you first need to take a look at yourself. How do you treat your spouse? If after coming back home you only shout at each other, your child will draw the wrong conclusions. On the contrary, if you don’t say a word either and isolate yourself, that is not the best thing to do either. It’s okay if you need to be alone for a while, but after that just let your loved ones know that you are available.

Be polite

Be polite on the phone or in stores. How you interact with strangers has an impact on your child as well. It is your responsibility to teach your offspring to be nice to people they don’t know and the ones they do, of course. They should know that politeness is part of communication and it’s also a matter of etiquette. Being nice and showing consideration to others is what every human being should be able to do.

Teach your child to clean up after himself/herself

It’s hard to clean all the mess that children leave every single day. And while you find this to be ‘normal’, it’s okay to try to change it. Teach your children that they have to clean their mess. Establish some cleaning rules for them to follow. If it is too difficult to keep their attention, try a few games that will make cleaning funnier for them.

Author Bio: Olivia Moore is a busy working mom of two girls. She is a professional cleaner and if you don’t have enough time you could contact her for help for cleaning your rented home.

Common Cold Remedies For Children

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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It’s the start of the cooler season here in the Philippines and this means that it is also the beginning of the cold epidemic especially for children. Even I was not spared of the cold. I have been having headaches and clogged nose since last week but last night was the worst. I couldn’t sleep because my throat was so itchy and if I could just reach it with my hand, I’ll spend hours scratching it. I know it’s gross but I wouldn’t have second thoughts about it.

Come to think of it, if it was that uncomfortable for a grown up person like me, how much more does our kids suffer, right? So I would like to share with you, my lovely parents, these easy and very effective cold remedies for children:

1. Cliche as it may sound but the kids need plenty of fluid intake. Water is the ultimate remedy for cold. If your kid is water-hater (which I believe many kids are), you can squeeze them some fresh orange juice. Other natural fruit juices will also do.

2. Use steam to prevent clogged nose. Saline nasal spray is very useful too. If you don’t have a vaporiser for the steam, you can improvise. This is how I do it: I heat water in a deep pan and close the lid tightly. Then I let my son sit and then put a blanket over him. I slid inside with the hot water in the pan and right after I open the pan, I put a spoonful of *Vicks vapor rub on the water.

3. Let the child blow his nose very gently to remove mucus. This will help the child breathe easier.

4. Let the child rest. This is very important. It allows the body to recover on its own. In fact, I noticed that most cold syrups or medicines induce sleep. I know as I have taken a few over the past couple of days and I’ve been nodding off at church just last Sunday.

5. Gentle massage will also help the child feel better. Cold can cause serious headache to children and a massage ease the pain.

There you go my loves..I hope these parenting tips will help you and your kids safe and healthy this cold season.

Fever Care For The Little One…

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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My little boy is sick. He has fever and I assume it is because of the cough and colds that he has. The weather over here in our place is unpredictable. One day it’s too hot and the next it’s raining cats and dogs. I guess this is the reason why my son got sick.

He was not able to go to school today. It’s too sad that he will be missing his lessons but I decided he needed to rest to get well. I already gave him paracetamol and decongestant for his stuffed nose. Just this morning he still has fever but I noticed that this afternoon he is already feeling a little better.

For those of you out there who has a sick little one as well, here are some fever care tips which you can follow:

* Always use the correct dose for medicines. The dosage will depend on your child’s age and weight. It is best to consult a pediatrician.

* For children 2 years and older, you can give acetaminophen and for children 6 months and older, give ibuprofen.

* To relieve fever, use cold compress on your little one’s forehead. There are also fever reducing patches out there which you can use.

* Sick kids feel cold. So if there is a need to give him a bath or sponge bath, use lukewarm water.

* The room where the child rests should not be too hot nor too cold. Even if the child is feeling cold with the chills, avoid over layering the clothes and blankets. The temperature should be on a comfortable level.

* Hydrate. Let the child drink plenty of water.

Well, there you go my loves. I hope everyone is safe. And pray for God’s healing always :)

Psalm 30:2

O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

Envy Rots The Bones…

Happy Monday my loves…

Proverbs 14:30 says that a heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones. There are people who will keep track of everything you do and say not because they admire you but because they want to find anything that they can use against you. I don’t understand people like these.

In my case, there is nothing to be envious of. I live a simple life. I struggle to make both ends meet for my family. I am far from looking good. My house is far from being a palace. And I don’t even have the luxury of rest. But there are people who seem to be too affected with everything that is going on with my life.

I keep mum about everything because I believe vengeance is not mine. But there comes a time when the fuse is out and my cup overflows. I am not one who will stoop down my level to theirs so thanks to this blog that I have an outlet where I can say anything I want and no one will judge me.

I’m far from being angry as well. I pity them actually. They are so overwhelmed with envy that they don’t notice that they are ruining their own lives. My heart is at peace knowing that I have not done anything against anyone. I fear the Lord and I believe His justice.

Anyway, let us enjoy a peaceful life my loves…