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Sleeping issues!

My toddler is now 22 months old and I thought I had hit the jackpot approx 4 months ago when he decided to sleep through from 7pm until 6am – woohoo! I was finally feeling normal and getting a constant ‘block’ of sleep. I felt like a new person as he has never been a great sleeper. Most nights I was up with him 4, 5 sometimes more each night.

I became used to it and learnt how to survive on 5 hours of broken sleep and still function. When he woke I would have to re settle him as he just couldn’t settle himself. I would be in his room with him for approx 20 minutes each time he woke.

I have tried everything, white noise, control crying, shhh him, night lights, temperature control, you name it I’ve tried it!

I guess I just have in and assumed he would sleep through when he was ready. Guess what, he did, in his own time and it was lovely for the 4 months whilst it lasted.

It seems he has regressed and now doesn’t want to sleep again…. Last night we were awake for almost 2 hours from 3:19am. Admittedly he went down at 7:30pm after 30 minutes of me sitting in his room with him almost begging him to sleep. Then when he woke I tried every thing! He just did not want to go back to sleep. At 5am I gave in and put him in bed with me and he then slept until 7am.

I know I shouldn’t have given in and put him in my bed, however I was too tired and cold after 2 hours to confine the back and forth from his room to mine.

I’ve been following Nicole Johnson’s ‘The Baby Sleep Site’. She has great tips and for the most part they work.

Most of all though, they explain that children will sleep when they are ready and that we are not alone nor crazy!

I’ve found an article on sleep regression that I think is a great read.

Let me know your thoughts.

Noordinarymummy@gmail.com

Or log onto ‘The Baby Sleep Site’ and have a look at other helpful and interesting articles for yourself.

http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/baby-sleep-regression-phase-habit/

Sleep regressions – most of us consider them the bane of our parenting existence! But is a sleep regression the same thing as a growth spurt? And if your baby or toddler’s sleep suddenly falls apart, how can you tell if it’s due to a regression or a growth spurt?

4 Month Sleep Regression
This sleep regression is tough on parents – it can sometimes feel like you’re straight back to having a newborn again, especially if your baby was sleeping through the night and napping well before the regression started! The 4 month regression happens because your baby’s brain and sleep patterns are maturing and changing. Before 4 months, your baby’s sleep patterns are very different from yours; during the 4 month regression, your baby’s sleep patterns are maturing and becoming much more like yours. As a result, you may find that your baby wakes more frequently at night and too early at nap time; this is usually a result of waking between sleep cycles. You can read our original 4 months sleep regression article, or you can read a newer, updated 4 month sleep regression article as well.

8 Month (or 9 Month, or 10 Month) Sleep Regression
If you manage to get your 4 month old sleeping well after the 4 month sleep regression, you’re not out of the woods yet – you still have the 8/9/10 month sleep regression to contend with! The cause of this regression is pretty easy to spot, for most parents – at this age, your baby is going through major developmental milestones! From 8-10 months, most babies are becoming expert crawlers, they’re pulling up on furniture and beginning to cruise around, and they may even be starting to walk. What’s more, your baby is learning a lot of hand-eye coordination at this time – by 8 months, most babies are becoming able to spot a toy they want, creep/crawl over to it, pick it up with their pincer grip, and then inspect it closely (and perhaps try to eat it!). Truly, this window of time is an explosion of physical development for most babies. No wonder, then, that sleep is disrupted – their brains and bodies are learning so many new physical skills!

12 Month Sleep Regression
This sleep regression is less-common; not every child will go through this one. That may be because it has more to do with naps, and therefore doesn’t have the same overall impact on sleep. Specifically, this regression is characterized by a 12-month old suddenly refusing to take two naps, and refusing to sleep during the first morning nap. Lots of parents assume this means it’s time to transition from two naps to one, but we discourage this. Most babies aren’t actually ready for just one nap per day until between 15 months and 18 months. So really, this regression has a lot to do with your baby consolidating sleep differently – by 12 months, your baby is likely sleeping very long stretches at night, and getting just 2-3 hours of sleep in naps. This change in sleep consolidation can cause a brief “nap strike” right around 12 months of age. You can read more about the 12 month sleep regression here.

If you feel like 3 sleep regressions in the first year of life is a lot, just wait until you see how many growth spurts you can expect in the first year:

7-10 days
2 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
4 months
6 months
8.5 months
10.5 months
12.5 months

Of course, your baby won’t experience growth spurts at exactly those times (babies aren’t nearly so predictable!) but you can use these as rough estimates. Baby growth spurts are short intervals (usually about a week) during which time your baby will have an increased appetite, and will often wake more at night to feed. And baby growth spurts affect sleep, too. During these baby growth spurts, your baby may also seem extra-sleepy, so even though sleep may be interrupted by extra feedings, you may find that your baby’s overall sleep amounts per day are greater during the growth spurt than they usually are.

So, is a sleep regression the same as a growth spurt? The short answer is no. For one thing, a baby will go through far more baby growth spurts during the first year than she will sleep regressions. Additionally, based on the information above, you can see that sleep regressions have much more to do with mental and physical development, and less to do with simple growth and weight gain. What’s more, the sleeplessness that comes with growth spurts has a cause – baby growth spurts cause babies to wake more often at night, and early from naps, because baby is hungry and needs to eat. But that’s not true of sleep regressions; during a sleep regression, your baby will wake more at night and have interrupted naps, but you may not be able to find a cause at all (indeed, because often there is no cause that you can see – it’s due to mental and physical development). Finally, growth spurts are usually short-lived (about a week) whereas a sleep regression can last up to 6 weeks (typically 2-4 weeks).

That said, if you compare the timing of each sleep regression against the list of baby growth spurts, you’ll notice significant overlap. Many of the baby growth spurts on the list coincide with the sleep regression stages. So, while sleep regressions and baby growth spurts are not the same thing – you can’t use the terms interchangeably – it’s likely that a sleep regression impacts a growth spurt, and that baby growth spurts impact sleep regressions.

Most parents find that they can survive baby growth spurts by simply offering more feeds and waiting them out. A sleep regression is tougher, though – it lasts a lot longer, and it’s not nearly as easy to comfort your baby during a sleep regression. We often find that sleep regressions drive parents to seek help from our team of consultants.
But be sure, as you consider baby growth spurts and sleep regressions, that you don’t chalk ALL of your baby’s sleep problems up to a sleep regression, or a growth spurt. The fact is, if your baby has never learned to sleep independently, and has sleep associations that involve you (like you rocking or feeding to sleep, or you replacing the pacifier), then your baby’s frequent night wakings and short naps may be a sign that it’s time to sleep train.

A great client of mine sent me this idea for an article about how to know whether your baby is going through a sleep regression or a phase. This is the same client who is a strong advocate of Attachment Parenting who contacted me over a year ago about her then 10 month old. She is now expecting a new baby, which is very exciting! This article will consider whether your baby is going through a sleep regression, a phase, or whether your baby or toddler simply has a bad habit.

This is very analytical, so it connect things that others may not, since my mind looks for patterns, even when I don’t mean to. I benefit from your experience and know the potential pitfalls to look out for, not only from my own experience, but from all of yours, too. It’s actually very interesting to put it all together!

4 months old – This is probably one of the biggest trouble spots for many new parents (though only some will consider it a sleep problem until 6 months, waiting for baby to “get over it”). The way your baby sleeps fundamentally changes and it never changes back!

8 months old – This one is another big one, but doesn’t always happen in the eighth month. This can be around 8, 9, or 10 months and usually related to a lot of development going on with your baby. This usually gets better a few weeks later, though it’s easy to develop new long-term habits trying to deal with it.

11 months old – I hear about this one enough to know I wasn’t alone, but not enough to say it’s a “big” problem for all families. Around 11 months old, I have found that some babies will start fighting one or both naps and then it will pass 2-3 weeks later.

18 months old – I have not written an article about this one (yet), but this is a common age to hear from parents about their toddler’s sleep, usually related to napping, night waking, and testing limits or questions about discipline.

2 years old – Around this age, I find many parents writing to me about bedtime getting later, which is common at this age, especially in the summer.
These are all very common trouble spots and, as I always say, the biggest “danger” with these times is to make new long-term habits such that something that would have been temporary becomes a long-term sleep problem for you and your baby.
Are there other challenging times? You bet! I would say the first two years (sometimes three) are difficult, regardless, but around 7 months, your baby begins developing separation anxiety, then there is teething, of course, and other issues like that come up here and there. Some will simply be more sensitive to all the changes than others.

So, how do you know if you are seeing a sleep regression or a phase?
First, I should explain that a “sleep regression” has been a term that people have used to say “Sleep really messes up at this time, but don’t worry it will go back to normal.” But, a “regression” implies that something will go back to how it once was and, in that regard, I would say only the “8 month sleep regression” fits the definition. 18 months is a close second, but if you aren’t careful, that strong independence-seeking stage can bleed into 2 and 3 years old and that’s a heckuva long “regression!” At 4 months, your baby changes how he sleeps and while some will then begin to sleep better without you changing anything, he will never sleep the same. At 8 months, this is generally a “blip” due to rapid development and the simple inability to sleep with so much going on in their minds. As long as you don’t inadvertently make some new long-term habits, your baby most likely will get past this in 3 to 6 weeks and go back to how he was sleeping before. If it was bad before, though, that may not be very desirable!

Every other “blip” in your baby’s sleep, I would call a “phase”. Anytime your baby or toddler is working on a new developmental milestone (whether you can “see” it or not), it may affect his sleep. This is going to be quite a lot of “phases” in the first few years. They learn a LOT in a short amount of time! Just to name a few, they learn names of objects, how to roll, crawl, pull up, stand up, sign language and/or hand gestures, walk, talk, object permanence, eat, cause and effect, and so on and there are likely lots of “little” things we don’t even realize. Some of the things we’ve taken for granted that we know we have to teach our kids. All of that can make some babies feel unsettled, insecure, happy, tired, over-tired, excited, over-stimulated or all of the above! No wonder they can’t sleep, sometimes.

There is no black and white as far as when you have a sleep regression, phase, or a habit, but my general rule of thumb is 2-3 weeks. If you have an abrupt sleep change, try to give your baby 1-3 weeks to see if something reveals itself. It could be a new tooth or a new “trick” or even an illness a few days later. There is no reason to feel alarmed that something has changed until it has “stuck” and then that’s when I tend to tell people to take action.

If your baby wasn’t sleeping well before and then starts to sleep worse, that would be another reason to start working on sleep. Sleep may not become perfect until the sleep regression is over, for example, but it could be a whole lot better if your baby WAS waking 3 times per night and is now waking 6-8 times per night, which is excessive even for a sleep regression.

In the end, you know your baby best and, although you may be a new mom or on your third baby and forgot everything from your younger one(s), your instincts will guide you more than you think. As soon as you start to feel resentment or that you can barely function or, worse, your baby can barely function, it’s likely time to do something about it. Although it may be your fault your baby won’t sleep doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Only some will eventually grow out of their sleep problems. I work with parents of toddlers all the time still waiting for their baby to grow out of the same sleep problems they had at 4 months old!

Baking soda beauty fix’s!

Baking soda beauty products?

Baking soda has been a kitchen staple for generations, but now more than ever it’s also a major player in the beauty world. Secrets of hairdressers, beauticians and make up artists alike, this very inexpensive every day product that most of us already have in our pantry works great for many DIY hair and beauty needs.

Deodorant
Mix baking soda with a little bit of water, so it turns into a moist paste, then apply under the arms as a deodorant. It’s great for preventing sweat stains and body odor.

Shampoo
Every now and then, our hair gains product buildup. Add a small amount of kitchen wonder baking soda into your shampoo and use as normal. It will clean all that buildup from your hair and give you great shine!

Teeth whitening
This is an old faithful – many people already do this trusty tip.
“Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 5 drops hydrogen peroxide, and a few drops of water. To make a teeth whitening solution, mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a small container until a consistent paste. Only add water if necessary,” Apply the solution to your teeth evenly with a toothbrush, and allow it to stay on the teeth for approx five minutes. Brush off with normal toothpaste and rinse thoroughly with water. For consistent results, repeat this process once a week. “If you’re not satisfied with the results, leave the mixture on for approx 10 minutes, no longer though, as you may get an uneven application and your teeth can become sensitive,”

Cuticles
Again create a paste from baking soda and warm water then rub gently on your cuticles. If you like, make a little extra and treat your hands with the same mixture.

Body Exfoliant
Baking soda makes a fabulous, all-natural exfoliant. Just mix a little with some water in your palm and scrub it all over your face. Instant dead skin cell remover.

Blackheads
A teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of distilled water makes an excellent solution for blackheads. “This is what many professional estheticians use (or they buy a pre-made solution which is basically the same) either with steam or with galvanic current prior to extractions. It helps draw out the blackheads and imperfections and also makes extractions come out more easily.

Stress Relief Bath
Baking soda also makes a great bath. Mix it with equal parts sea salt and add your favorite essential oil if you would like a scent (lavender or jasmine are proven for calming.)

Dry Shampoo
If you are out of dry shampoo or are on the run, baking soda can be a great substitute. Simply sprinkle approx half a teaspoon (or less, depending on how oily your hair is) onto your hair. You can always add more, but you don’t want to use too much. Then, just comb, fluff, and enjoy.

Bath paint?

Bath time fun!

Well my little one loves bath time. Weather he is taking a ‘big boy’ shower or having a soak in the tub, he doesn’t mind.

He has one thousand things in the bath with him which range from toothbrushes, to funnels, to Tupperware, anything he can really find that takes his fancy really, and who am I to stop him exploring and being creative?

So to enhance his creativity just a little more I’ve made bath time just that little be extra special by making bath paint!

Yep you heard it – painting in the bath!

With special paint of course, which doesn’t stain the bath and us easily washed away. How I hear you ask?

With shaving foam!

It needs to be the thick foam almost gel like but don’t waste money on expensive stuff, it all works the same except the more bubbly it is the quicker it dissolves.

So get a silicone ice cube tray.

Fill each hole with the shave foam.

Add different drops of food colour to each hole.

And there you have it!

A miniature paint pallet for bath time fun!

Ps – you can use your fingers to paint or an old tooth brush, or perhaps a real paintbrush, you can pick small cheap paint brushes up at the cheaper variety stores or even the local super market of hardware.

Mummy guilt.

Mummy guilt…

Let’s face it, being a mummy doesn’t come with a manual or handbook and nothing can prepare you for the unknown.

When I say unknown I mean, we all know that a baby cries, drinks milk and sleeps right? Yes we lean that from family, friends and pre natal classes. What we don’t lean is what each cry means and why they are constantly waking when they have a clean nappy, have a full tummy and are at perfect temperature.

If like me you have tried control crying, tried the shhh method, patting, night lights, baby monitors, white noise etc etc but sometimes after 2hrs of continuous toddler waking – for no apparent reason other than he calls out my name and thinks I should be sleeping in his room along side him. You snap…

Well last night I did. I had reached my teather of shhh, patting, white noise, coving in blankets and every other method known to mummy’s all over the world. I raised my voice at my 20 month old little man. The love of my life, my world. I told him ‘just go to sleep mummy is cold and tired and I’m over the constant waking’. He didn’t listen though and as soon as I left his room he started to stream and call out ‘mamma, mamma, mamma’. I eventually gave in as I often get ‘mummy guilt’ and feel bad for raising my voice at such an innocent little delight (delight when he isn’t awake at 2am!).

I gave in at 4am after 2 hours of back and forth from his room to my bed and put him in bed with me. He then slept until 8am. I know this is a terrible bad habit but I suffer ‘mummy guilt’ and this morning I feel terrible for many reasons.

1. I raised my voice at him
2. I ended up giving in to him and allowing him to sleep with me
3. I was to tired to get up and see my hubby off to work
4. It’s 8am when I’m usually up at 6:30am
5. His routine is now out by a couple hours all because ‘I gave in’

Does anyone else suffer from ‘mummy guilt’?

I’ve read all the sleep books, saving our sanity books, taming toddler books, healthy eating books but none of these methods seem to help my little one.

Perhaps he just has it over me?

I look at him with overwhelming love and stare into his beautiful brown eyes and feel besotted with love and adoration. Why am I yelling at him to sleep? Perhaps he is just ready to start his day? He did go down at 7pm. That’s 7hrs sleep, adults survive on that, is it enough? Then the little voice of reason kicks in, I hear it telling me – ‘no all the books say toddlers needs 14 hours of sleep’. So I’m confused and feeling ‘mummy guilt’ again.

It’s not only with his sleep I feel guilt, it’s also with his eating. We all want our children to grow up healthy and as my father used to say ‘big and strong’ and we were drummed in that vegetables and meat made us this way. ‘Eat your veg then your meat’ my dad used to say every night at the dinner table and it was a ceremony of us all sitting down to eat together. So I feel guilty that my little one eats alone at 5pm as to keep to his nightly routine of dinner, bath, bottle, story and bed.

I feel guilty about what if he isn’t getting enough nutrients or fruit and vegetables? I still do purée veg for him to endure he eats veg every night and I do them in weekly batches and freeze then in Snap lock bags, mixing up the veg so that it’s not boring and ensuring he eats a variety of different things. I know a few children who are almost teenagers who still don’t eat veg and I think it’s because it wasn’t encouraged as toddlers.

Your taste buds and also habits evolve on a 30 day cycle so you can either beat a habit or learn to enjoy something if you stick to it for 30 days. Now I’m not saying eat the same veg for 30 days straight but encourage healthy eating from a young age and when ten reach 8, 9 or 10 even older they will enjoy certain veg. Don’t get me wrong we don’t have to love all veg but at least like 1 of every colour. He eats meat every night and I ensure he is having enough dairy such as cheese, yogurt, custards, milk etc. I don’t allow too much excess or un necessary sugars and although I allow treats, I try to minimise chocolate, chips, lollies and biscuits to a special occasion.

I’ve listed some veggie and fruit colours below that I try to have at least one veg from each colour in his weekly cook up. I freeze these in 1 cup lots then thaw for the day and cook fresh meat each evening.

Orange / Yellow = pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, corn, squash, rockmelon, oranges, lemon, mango, pineapple.

Green = broccoli, peas, beans, Brussels sprouts, green capsicum, spinach, asparagus, avocado, green apple, green grapes, limes, kiwi fruit, pear.

Red = tomato, red capsicum, radish, cherries, rhubarb, red grapes, raspberries, strawberries.

Purple / Blue = beetroot, purple asparagus, red cabbage, eggplant, blue berries, mulberries, black berries.

White / Brown = cauliflower, mushroom, onion, peaches, nectarines, garlic, banana, potato, ginger, brown pears, dates.
I know I’m not the perfect mother, I wish I was but what is ‘perfect’? I try my best to raise my child to be the best person he can be. Encouraging him to try new things, be brave, show leadership skills, be kind and caring, fun and happy, help others but most of all I encourage him to be himself. Strive for what he wants rather than what I want him to be.

Perhaps I just have too high of expectations on what is being a good mummy?

Nappy rash – be gone!

I have read this article numerous times as my little guy is teething his nappy rash is terrible…!

These tips have really helped me and I hope they help you also.

12 tips to ensure nappy rash doesn’t ruin your child’s fun again
BY AMANDA SZTAR
Disclaimer – This article is only to be used for informational purposes only, and does not replace the need to consult a health care professional to discuss the most suitable treatment for your child.

Pharmamum’s Ultimate Guide: Nappy Rash

Nappy rash unfortunately cannot be avoided, unless your baby does not wear nappies. No matter how vigilant you are as a parent with changing nappies, nappy rash is inevitable. I think as a parent, it’s important to be educated in nappy rash and have a good understanding of what causes it, what makes it worse and how it can be prevented as much as possible. With that knowledge, you will be in the best position in understanding how best to treat it and how to hit the problem ‘on its head’ when it first presents before it gets worse and at a point which causes the baby/toddler to be very uncomfortable or in a lot of pain.

So what is nappy rash?

Nappy rash occurs when the skin on your baby’s bottom becomes irritated as it is exposed to wet or dirty nappies for too long. The constant moisture and rubbing against the babies skin is what causes the skin to become red and sore. What does nappy rash look like? The babies bottom looks quite red, swollen and spotty. There can be a fungal component to nappy rash which is quite common and I often get asked ‘how can i tell if there is a fungal component?’ The best way to tell is if you are applying a simple barrier cream to the area and there is no improvement and/or the rash is shiny, bright and red with an obvious outline edge with red spots spreading out.

With my children, my eldest daughter got nappy rash really quite severe, whereas my youngest daughter did not. It does depend on their skin type and if they have sensitive skin. It is known to affect babies more who are prone to eczema/dermatitis.

What is the best treatment?

1.With nappy rash, prevention is the key. However, once treatment is started it usually takes 2-3 days to settle. I cannot stress enough the importance of a barrier cream. There are a lot of brands of barrier creams available ie Sudocream, Desitin, Nappy Goo etc. For the first four to six months of your babies life, changing the nappy before every feed is a great routine to get into (as it helps wake the baby up, so they are not so sleepy to feed). Using a pea size amount of a barrier cream in the nappy region, especially over night when your baby may not be changed for six or so hours (depending on how long they sleep for overnight) would be recommended. Urine and faeces are not so irritating to the skin at this early age in their lives. However, once your baby starts solids and goes through teething I would increase the pea size of barrier cream to at least the size of a 20 cent piece as you will notice a big difference once they start solids. When your baby starts solids and starts teething, the urine or faeces can really be quite irritating to the skin, if their nappy is not changed frequently. For disposable nappies they do say change them at least every four hours. I unfortunately learned the importance of a barrier cream the hard way with my eldest daughter. I would put a small amount of barrier cream on her after each nappy change because in the back of my mind I thought ‘oh what’s this really doing?’ but when the nappy rash got really red raw, and I could hardly touch her to change her nappy, I re-thought about using the barrier cream properly. I started to use the barrier cream at every nappy change and put a great big dollop of sudocrem on her nappy region, almost like you are ‘icing a cake’ and that is how thick it really needs to be. I could see it in my daughters face the relief the barrier cream gave her. The barrier cream contains zinc which is not only a barrier to the harsh irritating chemicals but also healing to the skin.

2.It is important to air the bottom, so having some nappy free time. If this sounds like your worst nightmare, allowing your baby to roam the house without a nappy on, you can place a nappy quite low down on your baby’s hips so that the air can pass through without the nappy having contact with the skin.

3.When cleaning the nappy region, it is best to use warm plain water and cotton wipes but if necessary use a sensitive alcohol free wipe to get the remains out of the nappy region. I personally found Curash sensitive, alcohol free wipes were really great at removing remnants of a dirty nappy.

4.It is best to avoid talcum powder because it is an irritant to babies lungs.

5.Another great tip I found to work well is to lower the bath temperature (only when your child has a bout of nappy rash) and it is causing her a great deal of discomfort. Just by lowering the bath temperature by a couple of degrees, will allow your child to actually sit down as otherwise the water can really sting your baby’s bottom and feel almost like a burn.

6.If there is a fungal component and you need to use both an anti-fungal whilst still using a barrier cream, it can be a little confusing to know when to put which cream on first and do I mix them etc. The anti-fungal cream needs to be applied two to three times a day. The best way I found worked for me was using the anti-fungal cream first and letting it absorb for half an hour to an hour. Then apply a thick layer of barrier cream so you are still protecting the skin from their excretions. Do this during the day at least two or three times. At night before you put them down to sleep I would just apply a very thick layer of barrier cream as your baby will be sleeping 10-12 hours (hopefully) and this will give there nappy region a good chance to repair and heal as well as protect from excretions overnight. The next day repeat the process until the rash has settled.

7. Once the nappy rash has disappeared, I would keep applying a large dollop of barrier cream at every nappy change to always protect the skin and prevent nappy rash. Then you will get to the point that you can judge for yourself with what is happening in your child’s life, ie if your child is teething and you notice their stools and urine irritating their nappy region more than normal, and the skin starts to appear slightly more pinkish and irritated, just apply that little bit more barrier cream along with changing the nappy more frequently and the irritation should calm down and settle nicely.

8. Nappy rash is made worse when teething. When you see that first tooth appear be sure to put extra barrier cream and more frequent nappy changes, and this will reduce risk of nappy rash appearing.

9. Some nappies are more absorbing than others, you find you go through nappies so quickly and the cost adds up. So one thing I did is buy a cheaper brand of nappies and use them during the day but at night time I would make sure I put the best quality, most absorbing nappy on, and I personally found huggies nappies to be the most absorbent out of all the brands that I tried.

10. Other remedies to use and add extra healing, is an oatmeal bath oil/wash ie adding Dermaveen oatmeal bath wash to the bath. Another option is cutting an old stocking (about 20cm long) and putting a cupful of oats in the toe area, tie a knot at the top, and leave it in the bath whilst your baby is bathing, as oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties.

11. If the nappy rash is really quite severe and causing a lot of pain, Hydrocortisone cream which is a mild steroid is available over the counter,(ie Sigmacort or DermAid) and can be applied two to three times a day which will reduce the inflammation. You may need a health professional to help you assess whether there is a fungal component to the nappy rash, as just using a cortisone cream on a nappy rash, will make the rash worse, so using an anti-fungal cream and a cortisone cream together is the best way to go. You can get from the pharmacy a combined product called Hydrozole which is a combination of an anti-fungal called Clotrimazole and a mild cortisone called Hydrocortisone.

12. If your baby is unwell or has a fever or there is any pus, weeping, broken skin, blisters or yellow crusts, a doctor should be consulted. Also if the nappy rash is just not going away after a week please seek further medical attention.

Please feel free to leave comments on this blog and if there are any questions I am more than happy to answer them. Also if you tried a remedy that worked well for your children that was or wasn’t mentioned above, let me know. I hope this information does help.

Entertaining little ones.

Keeping your little one entertained.

Let’s be honest here, we sometimes wonder ‘what next?’ What can we do now? How can I occupy my little one?

Well I have also often have these thoughts, so here are a few of my favorite things to do with my little man.

1. Outdoor exploring – my little one loves the outdoors so we often go exploring in the gardens. Showing him flowers and various plants, insects, trees etc not only keeps him busy but also teaches him about his environment. Get involved and smell flowers, walk on grass, sit and play with dirt, lay on the ground and make picture out if the clouds in the sky!

2. Drawing with chalk – again outdoors. Get some giant chalk sticks and let your children’s explore on the drive way or pavement. Chalk is not permeant so easily washed away with a bucket of water or with the hose. Unleash your creative side and your little ones also! Draw animals, write words, create shapes – anything is possible – explain as you go and your little will will absorb all your knowledge, remember they are sponges!

3. Singing and dancing – every night when little man is in the bath we sing songs. This is a little special time for us and it keeps him in the bath a little longer than 2 seconds. Which is his usual. So if your little one is too busy to bath – get singing. Lots of nursery rhymes have hand actions and clapping and stomping are great for motor skills communicating. Our favorite is ‘eyes,ears,mouth and nose’ – ‘gloop gloop went the little green frog’ and ‘Open shut them.’ These are super easy and fun. Keeps both occupied and promotes language skills. Of course you don’t need to do this in the bath you can do this in the lounge room or anywhere.

4. Cooking – I know this sounds dangerous but I never give him sharp objects or anything that he can be harmed with. When I am preparing any meal I pop my toddler in his high chair and let him watch me. I give him a bowl, spoon, whisk and other plastic non shape utensils and allow him to imitate. This really helps with their development and learning abilities.

5. Sensory games – cheap and cheerful. Get some small containers from your Tupperware cupboard. Go to your pantry and pull out some rice and pasta, then head to your driveway and collect some pebbles approx 20mm in diameter then a small jug of water. Put the rice in one container, pasta in another, pebbles in another and finally the water in another. Allow your little one to sit and play with these. Not only is this another form of exploring but it’s teaching them different texture, shape, size and materials.

6. Reading books – my little guy loves to read! So every day we sit down and read at least 2 books. Not only is this quiet time, it also helps him to learn words, objects, images, colors and turning pages. He also sits by himself and turns the pages in his books chatting away to himself.

7. Chases – this can be indoors or out. Play catchies! You chase them then allow them to chase you. Also allow them to catch you and when you catch them. Make it special – give a little tickle or kiss. Guaranteed this will be fun for all involved!

If these don’t keep you and your toddler busy I’m not sure what will. 🙂

Remember they are only little for a short time so embrace their ability to learn and allow them to crate and learn to their full potential.