How to Deal with Sibling Fighting (Guest Post)

Sibling rivalry is natural, and it is expected in every family with more than one child. However, sometimes things get too serious and parents have to deal with the problem. In fact, the sooner parents handle the problem, the better.

Here are some simple ways to deal with sibling fighting:

Never Point at Just One

It takes two to tango! Never hold only one child responsible for a problem. Accusing just one, even if it is his/her fault fuels more fury. Doing so will give the other kid a reason to call names and bully the child in question. Therefore, handle the problem by disciplining both of them together. Set up rules that will keep them both in check. For example, if either misbehaves, everyone goes to bed early. Be clear that both will be held accountable, it doesn't matter whose fault it was.

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Three Top Tips to make New Mum Feel Good (Guest Post)

If you are a new Mum you may be experiencing a roller coaster of emotions as your hormones rebalance after the birth of your little bundle of joy. Some days might be plain sailing with the house immaculate, a contented baby, the washing done and tea on the table domestic-goddess-style whilst others could be car crashes of weeping and wailing – you and the baby – mess everywhere and takeaway pizza for dinner.

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Need to Occupy Your Children Using Only One Hand? Try These D.I.Y. Face Paint Tricks (Guest Post)

If you are a stay-at-home mom, you have most likely discovered that there are just not enough hours in the day. If you’re an at-home mom currently nursing, you have also noticed that you never have enough hands available to get anything done! This is when it comes time to break out the one-hand wonders of activities. Face paint is an easy way to give your toddler some attention while holding your infant; and the best part is, you only need one hand!

Face paint can easily be purchased at most grocery or convenient stores, but it is also really fun, cheap, and easy to make at home. In fact, you probably already have the ingredients available in your medicine cabinet now.

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What to Do When Baby Refuses to Nurse (Guest Post)

Babies are finicky little creatures, and sometimes even those who’ve been breastfeeding for a while will suddenly decide not to latch on.

Why won’t she nurse?

There are lots of reasons a baby might suddenly stop nursing as well as she previously has lowered milk supply, Mommy’s tension, too hot or cold, distracted by the increasingly interesting world around her…the reasons are actually endless. Sometimes there is really no good reason at all, just as sometimes you just don’t feel like eating breakfast some random morning.

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A Greener Demeanor for a Healthier Family (Guest Post)

Baby proofing is a common topic. Everyone knows they need to pad corners, gate off stairs and remove any potentially dangerous objects. However, there are several other areas that need to be taken care of. Follow these tips to help make your home safer while still keeping things green.

Green Cleaning Solutions

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It's a common mistake for the overly nervous parent to get a little disinfectant happy. A lot of cleaners are harmful for the environment and this means they are harmful for you too. Homemade cleaners are easy to make, cheaper than store bought solutions and are harmless for you, baby and the great outdoors. Baking soda, vinegar, table salt, white distilled vinegar, olive oil, natural soap, lemons and a few essential oils are all you need. For an all-purpose disinfectant, mix two cups of water, 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender oils and a few drops of natural soap. You can spray this mixture directly on tables, cutting boards and anything kids touch. There are many other recipes for green cleaners online. There are even some that don't need the essential oils. Using these homemade alternatives is better for your wallet and the environment.

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One in Four Parents to Face a First Aid Emergency (Press Release)

– New online training campaign to help improve parents’ first aid skills –

81% of parents in the UK don’t have the knowledge required to administer basic first aid to a baby or a child although one in four will have to deal with an emergency first aid situation.

New research* by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club also reveals that 72% of parents wouldn’t feel confident in administering first aid. 60% would worry they would do something wrong, 54% would panic and 47% fear they would cause more harm.

The survey marks the launch of the fifth Tesco Baby & Toddler Club BabySafe campaign – an initiative to offer free, basic first aid training to parents, grandparents and carers. To reach as many parents as possible, this year’s sessions will be run exclusively online via a series of short videos, Twitter chats and webinar. Experts from the British Red Cross will teach invaluable lifesaving skills to help deal with bumps to the head, falls, meningitis, burns, choking and what to do if a child is unconscious.

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Natural Merino Baby Sheepskin Rug (Product Review)

I've just recorded a review (below) for the most fantastic Natural Merino Baby Sheepskin Rug that I purchased from The Little Green Sheep online store just before my baby daughter was born and which we've been making great use of over the past 11 weeks.

Not only does Sophia sleep on it in her crib every night, but she has also had numerous photo shoots on it!

When choosing a sheepkin for our daughter, I did quite a bit of research and ended up choosing this particular one from The Little Green Sheep because it hasn't been treated with any harsh chemicals or dyes. It was also great value at £64.95 when compared with other stores selling similar products and a good size at 90cm x 100cm. 

Sheepskin is known for helping regulate babies' temperatures, keeping them cool in summer months and cosy in winter time and this was my primary reason for wanting a sheepskin. I am absolutely thrilled with it and must admit to being delighted that it arrived so quickly after I'd ordered it - it was here within just a couple of days!

Anyway, have a watch of the video and let me know what your thoughts are on sheepskin rugs!

 


BabyCam Car - The Safe Way To Monitor Your Baby When Driving (Product Review)

BabyCam CarI think I've just found one of my very favourite review products - BabyCam Car, a Storage Options baby monitoring system for use in the car (or home). It's a simple idea, but one which makes life so much easier for the parents of young babies and small children.

The product is made up of two parts: a little wireless camera and a little wireless screen! The camera is attached by a suction cup to a window in the rear of the car. The camera is then pointed at the child you wish to monitor and live video is transmitted to a small companion screen also attached by suction cup to your car windscreen - similar to satnav. This enables you to keep a close eye on your child whilst driving without the need to turn around and potentially lose control of your car in the process. The product has an automatic day and night function mode, both of which show extremely clear images of the child being watched. There is also a volume control wheel which can be used if necessary. The device is powered with built in rechargeable batteries and is easily charged via your vehicle's cigarette lighter. Each charge lasts around 4 hours.

 

On my first attempt at trying BabyCam Car I was naturally a little wary of the product in case it became distracting. However, I very quickly found that this wasn't the case. In fact, I actually found that when using BabyCam Car I tended to look at the camera only whilst sitting at traffic lights or when parked.

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Keeping Your Children Safe in Your Home (Guest Post)

By nature, children are inquisitive and want to explore. As a parent, you don't want to squelch this natural curiosity, but you do want to keep your children safe wherever they may journey. Employing security measures around your home, whether you're investing in an alarm system or childproof locks, is invaluable when it comes to protecting your family.

Home security systems serve a number of purposes. In addition to guarding your property while you're away, most alarms will sound when a window or door has been opened, which can help you feel more secure when you're at home. The small beep or chime you hear will be helpful for families with small children who can get to a doorway before parents can catch up, as well as announcing the arrival of adolescents trying to sneak in after curfew. Some systems also feature carbon monoxide detectors, a smart measure that can alert you to otherwise undetectable dangers. As an added bonus, the installation of an alarm system might mean discounts on your homeowners' insurance, making it easier to save for future expenses like your children's college education.

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