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Final post on Rock ‘N’ Rattle

Final post on Rock ‘N’ Rattle

It is with excitement and sadness that I write my final blog post on Rock ‘N’ Rattle. Excitement for the new writing projects I have on the horizon, but sadness that I am officially ending the chronicles of my early child-rearing years with you. I […]

7 timeless Christmas crafts to make with your kids

7 timeless Christmas crafts to make with your kids

It’s that time of year again: warm fireplaces, bright lights, egg nog, and of course, some crafting with our kids. By now, your Christmas tree is probably up, donning all those special ornaments and decorations you’ve kept over the years. The ones that you hold […]

Three ways to reduce your baby’s vaccination pain

Three ways to reduce your baby’s vaccination pain

As a new parent, taking your baby to the doctor for her first set of vaccinations can be a nerve-wracking experience. In fact, some parents consider delaying their baby’s vaccinations because of the pain it can cause. This can leave a baby exposed to serious diseases. 

Because every parent wants a happy, healthy baby, I asked Dr. Shirley Blaichman, a community-based pediatrician and member of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Public Education Committee, what parents can do to prepare and reduce the pain. 

1. Prepare ahead of time

When making your appointment, ask the doctor what you can expect on the day of your baby’s vaccinations. You may want to ask how many needles she will receive, and what you should bring.

Some items may include: your baby’s vaccination record, a pacifier, a cosy blanket and a numbing cream or sugar water to reduce needle pain.

On the day of the appointment, you may also want to consider what your baby wears. 

recommend parents try and dress their baby in an outfit that is easy to take off and put back on, such as an outfit with few snaps, said Dr. Blaichman.

2. Dull needle pain

To ease the painyou can give your baby a topical anesthetic cream, gel or patchsuch as EMLA™, which is safe for newborns. 

Some creams can take up to an hour to work and may need to be applied ahead of time,” said Dr. Blaichman. “For children under one year, you’ll want to apply the cream to the upper, outer part of each thigh.

Ask your doctor to recommend a numbing cream if you are unsure which is best to use.

Another option is sugar water. Mix one teaspoon of white sugar with two teaspoons of distilled or boiled water and give it to your baby two minutes prior to receiving the needle. Use a dropper or syringe to place the sugar water in her mouth, or dip a pacifier into the water and give it to herbefore, during and after the needle.

3. Distract your baby

Distracting your baby can take the focus away from needle pain, but it’s best to use age-appropriate methods. For example, a newborn is best distracted by being held and fed, while a one-year-old may be better distracted by blowing bubbles or watching a video on your cell phone.

“One of the best things you can do during the procedure isbreastfeed your baby,” said Dr. Blaichman. There’s sugar in breast milk, and because you’re holding your baby, you’re providing extra comfort.”

Another way to distract your baby is to hold her close and calmly sing a nursery rhyme or tell a storyRocking her gently afterwards will provide additional comfort as well.

Remember, babies reflect their parent’s reactions, so the most important thing you can do is stay calm and positive before, during and after the needle.

More information on reducing your baby’s vaccination pain is available on the Canadian Paediatric Society’s website caringforkids.cps.ca

Zoocchini training pants review & giveaway

Zoocchini training pants review & giveaway

Whenever I’m asked about potty training, I find it hard to remember the exact method I used for my daughter. Some tactics worked, while others did not. However, there has always been one game-changing piece of advice I happily dole out whenever a parent mentions […]

How I taught my daughter about inclusion

How I taught my daughter about inclusion

My four-year-old daughter thinks everyone is her friend. Not just the older girls in the neighbourhood, whose heels she follows around endlessly like a little puppy — everyone. Her “swim buddies” at the pool, who she just met, the kids at the playground, even teenagers […]

DIY 3-ingredient slime

DIY 3-ingredient slime

My two-year-old son has been begging me to make him slime ever since he broke free from my arms and grabbed his first fist-full at his sister’s preschool. I was reluctant at first, picturing my couch and carpet splattered with sticky goo, but I relented because he seemed to love it so much.

My daughter’s preschool teacher mentioned that she used liquid starch, an ingredient near impossible to find here in Canada, so I searched the internet for another recipe. I wanted a recipe that was easy and called for ingredients I could find around the house — bingo.

I came across Meghan Splawn’s recipe on The Kitchn.

What I love the most about this recipe, is that the slime moves, but is not the type to linger on your finger. It’s easy to clean up, doesn’t stain clothes and lasts a few weeks (if properly stored).

Recipe:

Here’s what you’ll need for a cup of slime (enough for two little hands). We stayed pretty true to the original recipe with some slight variations.

  • (8-ounce) bottle of washable white school glue (we used Elmer’s and found bigger bottles at the dollar store)
  • 10 drops of food colouring (optional). The more food colouring, the more vibrant goo colour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons saline solution (I used my contact solution)

Directions:

  1. Pour the glue into a medium-sized bowl (not to worry, it will wash out later)
  2. Add food colouring and stir
  3. Add the baking soda and saline solution and stir some more
  4. Knead slime for a minute — enjoy!

A few things you can add:

Slime is pretty awesome on its own, but here are a few things you can add to it to make it even better.

  • Sparkles (1/4 cup for the recipe above)
  • Googly eyes (for good monsters)
  • Larger confetti sparkles (stars, pumpkins, hearts) for special themes
  • Hidden treasures
  • Rainbow sprinkles (because why not)
  • Bits of foam for more of a crunchy feel

Slime is great for sensory play, and it also makes for great birthday party favours if you’re on a budget. Happy crafting!

Easy potato stamps for kids

Easy potato stamps for kids

One of the fondest memories I have of kindergarten is making potato stamp pictures with my classmates. While I was peeling potatoes the other night for dinner, the memory popped back into my head and I decided to make a few stamps for the kids […]

4 important things to do once baby arrives

4 important things to do once baby arrives

Life can be one big blur of diaper changes and spit-up once your baby finally arrives. And when you’re just trying to survive the day, it’s hard to think about the essential things you need now that you’re officially a family. Here’s a handy to-do […]

Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers Giveaway

Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers Giveaway

The first time I thumbed my way through a Best of Bridge cookbook, was when I moved out of my parents house a decade ago. I had no idea how to cook, and I would call my mom at least once a day to ask her questions like, “how do you know when bacon has gone bad?” That Christmas my mom gave me the complete set of the Best of Bridge cookbooks. Books that have probably saved my now husband’s life.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to try out their all-new collection of recipes. Their Sunday Suppers cookbook is filled with meals that celebrate what’s on the table and who’s around it. Meals that you can take your time with and sprinkle with extra care and love — everything for a special occasion, or a nice family sit-down.

“The idea behind this book is about sharing our favourite recipes for classic dishes and family favourites. These are recipes that we make for our own family and friends,” says Elizabeth Chroney-Booth, one of the book’s authors.

Enter for a chance to win:

* This giveaway is now over, thanks to everyone who participated *

I love the Best of Bridge so much that I am pleased to giveaway a copy of Sunday Suppers to one lucky winner.

How I keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom

How I keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom

Transitioning from my daily corporate gig to a full-fledged baby raiser has certainly been an eye opener to say the least. It’s been a little over two years since I traded in my blazers for baby bottles, and while I don’t miss the daily grind […]