Teething Tips and Tricks: Simple Ways to Soothe Baby When Teething

We’re chatting teething tips and tricks, in partnership with Orajel™. If you have a baby or toddler who’s in teething hell, we have a few great ideas to try to reduce the stress and pain of teething on both child and parent. 

Teething Tips and Tricks

If you’ve raised children then I’m pretty sure you’ve dealt with teething. It can be a nightmare at times. But there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain for both the child who is teething and the parents who have to care for the child.

First I’ll start off with the symptoms of a typical teething child. I want to warn you that some babies do these things even when they aren’t teething (especially the drool and crankiness). My middle child started drooling when she was 3 months old and didn’t have a tooth until almost a year old. Every child is different. And always remember to consult your pediatrician when using medicines with your child to ensure proper dosage.

Teething Tips and Tricks - signs of teething

Classic signs and symptoms of teething often include:

  • Drooling, which may begin about two months before the first tooth appears
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Swollen gums
  • Chewing on solid objects
  • Fingers in mouth constantly
  • Waking more frequently at night

Teething Tips and Tricks with a Toddler

Teething Tips and Tricks

Now that we’ve gone over the symptoms, what’s the best way to soothe sore gums? If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these simple teething tips and tricks:

Rub your baby’s gums.

Use a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp washcloth to massage your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort. My daughter loves when I take a frozen wash cloth and use my finger to rub it all over her gums. The massage helps alleviate her pain and sometimes I catch her grabbing a washcloth and trying to use it herself.

Offer a teething ring.

Try one made of firm rubber. My children all thoroughly enjoyed Vulli teething rings and Sophie the Giraffe as well. The liquid-filled variety of teething rings may break under the pressure of your baby’s chewing. If a bottle seems to do the trick, fill it with water. Prolonged contact with sugar from formula, milk or juice may cause tooth decay.

And if you are on the go, I highly suggest investing in a few pieces of teething jewelry. I own a pendant necklace and a bangle bracelet and love both. My son and daughters use them not only for teething but as entertainment when we’re in the store, out to dinner or simply going on a car ride. I’m surprised with how much my kids love these items especially because the jewelry is so cute.

Keep it cool.

A cold washcloth or chilled teething ring can be soothing. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold may hurt, doing your baby more harm than good. If your baby’s eating solid foods, offer cold items such as applesauce or yogurt. When we’re dealing with a teething toddler, we like to freeze yogurt tubes and give as a treat.

One of the best things I’ve found to use for my young teething infants is the use of a mesh feeder filled with frozen fruits. My son especially loved frozen melon in his mesh feeder. He would quickly get sick of his cold teething rings and this feeder would save my sanity some nights.

Dry the drool.

Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent rashes and possible break outs, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin. You might also make sure your baby sleeps on an absorbent sheet.

Try an over-the-counter remedy.

If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) may help. I’ve had good luck with Baby Orajel™ Homeopathic Teething Gel with my third child. And with the soothing power of Chamomilla (commonly known as Chamomile), Baby Orajel™ Homeopathic Teething Gel offers safe, effective, and naturally derived teething pain relief for your baby. I love that I can grab this and take it with us so that while we’re traveling or at Grandma’s, we can soothe the pain teething can bring to her. Especially the eye teeth she is getting right now. Oy!

Teething Tips and Tricks with Baby Orajel

What are your best teething tips?

Sources: The Mayo Clinic, Kelly Mom, Ask Dr. Sears

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Baby Orajel™, however all opinions are my own.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Baby Checklist

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Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Baby

When you have 3 kids, you get very familiar with your medicine cabinet. And having it stocked up on all of the essentials is quite important. Because when something happens, you don’t want to have to drive to the store to take care of it. Over the years our medicine cabinet has mostly stayed the same. Save for a few new items from brands we’ve come to trust, you can find just about everything we stocked for baby #1 is still there for baby #3. It helps that I have a retired nurse for a mother-in-law! We’re sharing our list of medicine cabinet essentials for baby.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Baby - Little Remedies line

Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Baby Checklist

What to add to your medicine cabinet

Creams, Lotions & Gels

  • Diaper rash cream Diaper rash is inevitable for all babies. Look for a product that contains zinc oxide, which is best for soothing irritated skin. Now there’s even diaper rash spray so you don’t have to worry about a mess on your hands.
  • Hydrocortisone cream This anti-inflammatory salve is sold in pharmacies in 1/2- or 1-percent strengths. Both are mild enough for infants and are used mainly for eczema; dry, itchy skin; or to treat bug bites.
  • Triple antibiotic ointment Once your child is crawling and walking, he’s likely to get minor cuts or scrapes. This topical cream can be applied to scratches, cuts, or abrasions to prevent infection.
  • Petroleum jelly Besides working wonders on dry skin and eczema, this cheap, tried-and-true moisturizer can be applied to diaper rash to shield the skin from contact with irritating urine and stool. We’ve also had to use it when our children have constipation issues to help things along.

Tummy Troubles

  • Probiotics If your child has tummy troubles, or has been prescribed antibiotics, it’s a good idea to consider a probiotic for them to help rebuild their gut bacteria. Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes contains 5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, which helps keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function.* Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes also contains electrolytes to provide vital minerals and nutrients to help support hydration.* Plus, there are no artificial flavors, artificial dyes, or parabens and it is a great berry tasting dissolving powder. You can pick up some in the Digestive aisle at Target! 
  • Simethicone (Mylicon) drops This over-the-counter gas remedy stays in the gastrointestinal tract and is not absorbed into the body. It doesn’t always produce results, but it’s safe to try.
  • Gripe Water 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Pain Relief

  • Acetaminophen We always have a bottle of infant Acetaminophen at the ready just in case our littles are experiencing pain or we’re trying to bring down a fever. And on our fridge is the exact dosage we can give to our child depending on their age and weight. Read the label to check the dosage, and use the dropper that comes with the product or another dosing instrument.
  • Ibuprofen As with acetaminophen, ibuprofen infant drops or liquid can relieve pain and fever. Never give it to a child younger than 4 months old without your doctor’s consent. We’ve used this when our littles were teething and inconsolable by alternating between Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen as directed by our pediatrician.

Feel Better Essentials

  • Medicine syringe or dropper These little suckers will end up in just about every room of your home. But never when you need it. They are essential to ensure that you’re giving your child the right amount of medicine. Syringes, which are measured off in teaspoons and milliliters, are best. They don’t drip and are easy to direct into the mouth of a squirming baby. Make sure to clean it out after every use and put it away where you’ll find it to reduce the chance of a minor freak out occurring when its the middle of the night and you need it.
  • Nasal aspirator ditch the one they give you at the hospital! It isn’t as efficient and gets gross pretty quickly! We love the type that you physically suck on to get everything cleared out. Sure it sounds gross but it works 10 times as well. There are a few types out there and they even started selling them at major retailers like Target.
  • Saline nasal drops or spray Made from pure salt water, these drops help loosen and clear baby’s stuffy nose. They can be used alone or with a nasal aspirator (I highly suggest using these before using the nasal aspirator). A cool-mist humidifier will also soothe upper respiratory infections and loosen up the “gunk” in there.
  • Cotton swabs Use swabs to clean the folds of the outer ear. Never insert them into the inner canal of baby’s ear; you risk perforating the eardrum.
  • Bandages Don’t leave a child younger than 2 years old alone with a bandage on unless you’re sure it’s securely in place or that he can’t reach it. Bandages can become choking hazards!
  • Digital thermometer Now many experts and pediatricians claim that you should be taking your baby’s temperature rectally until they’re about 6 months of age. And I have to tell you… I’ve never done this. But neither has my pediatrician. We like to use the forehead thermometer that doesn’t even have to touch our kid and gives a reading instantly. Not only is it non-evasive but if you’ve ever had to comfort a sick child, it’s a lot less of a stressor on them as well!
  • Nail clippers Infants grow so quickly, they may need their nails trimmed every five to seven days. Use clippers designed specifically for babies, and be careful not to cut their fingertips. If your baby is resistant, try clipping her nails while she’s sleeping or otherwise occupied. I’ve also gotten away with using a small nail file.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Baby - whats in our medicine cabinet

Don’t forget anything! make sure to take this Medicine Cabinet Checklist with you when you head to the store. That way you won’t have to run back for one last thing in the middle of the night. You can laminate it and keep it adhered to the inside of your medicine cabinet for quick reference. I’ve added a spot to include the expiration dates of the items you are using so there’s no risk of using an expired product. Make sure to check with your baby’s pediatrician before administering any medication.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Baby Checklist

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Plus, the list can double as a packing checklist in case you and baby are travelling! We’re heading to a conference later this week so I packed everything I needed in a first aid kit so we’d have everything ready to go just in case.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby - on the go

Need to stock up on your medicine cabinet necessities? You can find everything you need at Target. Print this helpful checklist so you won’t forget anything!

And while you’re at it, take advantage of the Buy 1 Little Remedies product and get a $5 Target Gift Card offer starting 4/24 at your local Target store. This deal runs through 5/14 so stock up now!

Little Remedies at Target

What essentials do you keep on hand at all times?

Simple Holiday Bento Box Ideas

Simple Holiday Bento Box Ideas

My kids have fallen in love with bento boxes (affiliate link). I started making them when I started packing my lunch (even though I work from home) and they look forward to seeing what I’m going to pack them next. Gone are the days of wanting the same thing for lunch every.single.day like before.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do elaborate bento boxes for my kids lunches. Instead, I choose one thing to make special or cut up and then the rest just goes with the theme of the bento I’m doing. And I always include foods my kids will actually eat. Because even if the baby eats seaweed, the big kids refuse it.

Luckily coming up with simple holiday bento box ideas isn’t difficult. And when you really get down to basics like I do, you can turn just about any classic lunch into a cute bento idea. Just grab a protein, a snack, some fruit and a few veggies and you’re on your way to an awesome bento lunch for your kids.

You can find these simple ideas featured today on Bentgo’s blog.

How do you add a little holiday cheer to your bento box?

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Top 5 Questions To Ask the Orthodontist on the First Visit

My baby is growing up. And that means starting to do big kid things like visit an orthodontist for the first time. This post sharing our questions to ask the orthodontist on the first visit is sponsored by WildSmiles Braces.

Top 5 Questions To Ask the Orthodontist on the First Visit

My oldest is quickly approaching age 7 and I do not know where these years have gone.  From watching him get his first tooth, to just recently losing his fourth, and everything in between there’s one thing that doesn’t change. That amazing, radiant, toothy smile. It’s something I get to see everyday and I am so blessed for it. And he’s losing teeth left and right now – two more are becoming more loose only shortly after he lost his fourth (and first front) tooth. 

We started taking him to the dentist at age 18 months. He had most of his baby teeth come in by then and they all seemed to have come in correctly so we weren’t too worried. Just like anything that has to do with our children, the perfect time to see the dentist ranges from 6 months after the first tooth appears to after 1 years old. And some people wait until later then that. Now that we’re pass that stage and focused on how his adult teeth are coming in, one thing is clear. His obsession with his thumb will mean heading to an orthodontist sooner rather than later. 

Preserving My First Car For My Son

And as I recently found out, age seven is an excellent time to have your child evaluated for the first time by an orthodontist. This is the age when the first permanent molars and the incisors should have come in properly. And at the rate my son is going with losing his teeth, he’ll probably be ahead of the game once he reaches his 7th birthday. But why go to an orthodontist? 

Orthodontists are braces specialists that do not treat regular dental patients. They receive 2-3 years of specialty training after completing dental school and have a more efficient system to produce excellent results. This makes the braces treatment cost lower, especially if you consider the shorter time in the office. Orthodontists often offer affordable payment plans. Plus the cost of braces varies little these days from community to community so one of the important factors is to find an orthodontist you feel comfortable with.

Early evaluation allows for proper diagnosis and treatment, if necessary, of possible risk factors. Orthodontists can determine if there are any problems that may develop in the future, giving the parent and doctor an opportunity to plan future treatment. The American Association of orthodontists recommends age seven for the first orthodontic consult. So we’re planning for our first visit early next year. And that means research. Making sure we’re going to the best orthodontist for our family and we know what to prepare for and ask at that first visit. 

Thumb Sucking

Here are a few things to ask on that first visit: 

Top 5 Questions To Ask the Orthodontist on the First Visit

  1. Does my child have any missing or strangely shaped teeth?
  2. Do the jaws and teeth match with each other?
  3. Will my child benefit from early treatment? Why?
  4. Will my child require complete orthodontics later? Why? When?
  5. Do you have university orthodontic training after your dental school graduation?

Once you’ve visited your orthodontist, check out WildSmiles braces! WildSmiles is the first and only proven corrective appliance that allows patients to design their custom smile. With specially designed orthodontic brackets that come in a variety of fun shapes including Stars, Hearts, Sports Balls, Footballs, Flowers and Super Diamonds, WildSmiles is available nationwide to moms and kids. Plus? They’re available online!

Have you visited an orthodontist before? How old were you?

Back to School Healthy Checklist

As we head back to school, I wanted to share this back to school healthy checklist, sponsored by Kinsa, as a way to keep everyone healthy over the first few weeks back in the classroom.

Back to School Healthy Checklist
I feel as if sickness has been coming through a revolving door this summer. We all get better and then WHAM! something else hits. From colds, to ear aches, and runny noses, our family has been hit with it all. And now that I’m sending the kids back to school next week, I need to make sure I’m doing everything I can to stop the cycle in this house.

We’ve been working on trying to keep our home sickness free and I’ve come up with a checklist for the kids so that they’re reminded of what to do to stay relatively healthy. Since the first weeks of school mean exposure to a whole new lot of kids, an a whir of germs, we want to be in tip top shape when we return. And that doesn’t just mean staving off illness, it also means doing routine check ups that may help prevent illness.

Back to School Healthy Checklist - what to do

Back to School Healthy Checklist

  • Wash, wash, wash your hands! Keep reminding your kids to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. I have my kids hum happy birthday two times when they’re washing (similar to how they brush their teeth) so that they wash long enough. Make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. I’ve found that a lot of classrooms have hand sanitizer that they use but since my daughter has eczema, hand sanitizer burns her. 
  • Medications and Allergies need to be mentioned to your child’s school. If medications are needed during the day, make sure the school has what they need (with prescription/note from doctor if needed) and that they know of any allergies or conditions that your child may have. We had to make sure my son’s inhaler was ready to go for the new year! You might also want to mention any allergies to the room mom, if you have one, just in case.
  • Keep emergency contacts up to date! Make sure that the school has the correct emergency contact information for your child. A contact may have moved or changed phone numbers over the summer.
  • The most important meal of the day! Plan to give your child a delicous and healthy breakfast before leaving in the morning, such as oatmeal (made in a rice cooker!), smoothies, yogurt with fruit or scrambled eggs.  This will provide much-needed energy for the day. A great make-ahead option for busy mornings are these delicious egg cups!
  • Buy your child a comfortable, ergonomic backpack with thick straps. You don’t want the stress of a large load of books to hurt their shoulders or back. 
  • Make sure that your child’s shoes fit properly so that they get the support and comfort they need for all-day wear. With kids growing so quickly, make sure your child knows that they should speak up if their shoes are getting tight or their feet are hurting. My son grew 1.5 shoe sizes over the summer! Talk about a growth spurt. 
  • Has your child had a vision screening? This will ensure that he/she can see the board in class and will help with writing and reading.
  • Schedule a dental checkup to ensure that your child’s teeth are in good condition to start the new school year.
  • Concerns about hearing or speech? In the first few weeks of school you can bring your concerns to the teacher to see if they observe anything in the classroom. Or have your child’s doctor observe and make recommendations. 

And the #1 way to keep everyone healthy: Keep your child home when they’re sick! Let them rest and recover so that they feel 100% and the illness doesn’t spread. A sick kid won’t be as alert and ready to learn. They’ll be much more comfortable resting at home.

Kinsa Thermometer

But sometimes illness is inevitable. And having the right tools in the medicine cabinet is important. And Kinsa has those tools.  Kinsa has built something truly revolutionary for parents – the first smartphone-enabled thermometer designed for your peace of mind. Kinsa automatically remembers fever, symptoms, medications and notes for each child or family member, and helps you take action when fever and symptoms are cause for concern. Users can also join groups for their child’s school to see the “health weather” of the school and know what symptoms and illnesses are circulating.

And even better? They’re giving back to the community in a huge way. With their new FLUency program, Kinsa is choosing 100 deserving schools this fall and providing all families in each school with free Kinsa stick thermometers ($30 value). To nominate your school email fluency@kinsahealth.com. You can learn more by watching this video here.

 How do you keep the kids healthy during the school year?

Tips For A Gassy Baby

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Tips for a Gassy Baby

We’re almost 6 months into our new lives as a family of 5 and I have to say that it’s gone a lot smoother than I thought. Sure the baby doesn’t really take a bottle well, and the older two smother her just about every single waking minute of the day, and travel logistics just got a little more complicated. But for the most part I’ve only seen our lives grow richer. Richer with love, compassion, and joy. Oh yes, definitely joy.

With the first few months of having our youngest, there were challenges. I’d constantly get worried when she’d puke, again, after nursing. But always non-challant or with a smile on her face (for those of you who aren’t parents… they call that a “happy puker”). And just like with the other two, for a few weeks we also dealt with tummy troubles. Little gas issues that would leave her squirming and crying in discomfort. Luckily I knew exactly what to do and what to get to soothe her tummy.

Tips for a Gassy Baby - quick, natural relief

Each of the other kids had tummy troubles until they were about 8 weeks as well. I quickly learned about the world of gas relief drops and gripe water. And any time we went anywhere, even as they got older, we still brought our Little Remedies with us in the diaper bag. The same holds true for this time around.

As we prepare for a week of fun family-filled staycation adventures, I know exactly what I’ll be packing along as we visit local theme parks, zoos, parks, and pools.

Do you have a gassy baby? Here are some tips from registered dietician Bridget Swinney:

Tips and Tricks for a Gassy Baby

Having a brand that I know and trust on hand keeps parenting a bit easier when we run into tummy troubles. Little Remedies® Gas Drops quickly relieves tummy pain from excess gas. It’s a safe remedy to gently ease stomach discomfort or bloating. And my little one always ends up with a smile on her face when her tummy stops hurting.

And during our witching hour when the little ones were newborns, the Little Remedies® Gripe Water was the only thing that would ease tummy pain for them. Natural, effective relief for your baby’s upset stomach. This duo is always in my diaper bag.

How was your transition to multiple kids?

What to Stock in your Medicine Cabinet

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Preparing for Cold & Flu Season - What to Stock in your Medicine Cabinet

One of the worst things to happen is to wake up with a sick child and have nothing in the medicine cabinet to help them out. Midnight runs to the pharmacy are not ideal and most likely avoided with a little planning.

One thing I try and do is plan ahead and make sure I have everything on hand for these situations. Sometimes its as easy as a seasonal check in the medicine cabinet to remove expired products and stock up on stuff we’re missing.

Here are a few suggestions on what to stock in your medicine cabinet to reduce the chance of that midnight pharmacy run and get that little one back in bed snoring away when a cold hits.  [Read more…]

Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips

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Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips

Packing lunches can start to feel monotonous really quickly if you don’t have a lot of variety. This year I’ve been challenged to really thinking outside of the lunch box when it comes to packing healthy foods for my kids.

And since it’s the first official year I’ll be packing my son’s lunch for Kindergarten (and not just a day out like last year) I’m kind of excited to find new ideas to keep things fresh and exciting for him. Since we also have to send along a snack, I’ve included some snacks in here as well.

And, of course, I’ll be sending along some cute lunch box notes for my son to read as well when he’s munching on his goodies.

If your brain is really stuck on what to pack this year then check out some of these tips:

Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips

Keeping Things Bright

To mix things up this year, I really wanted to do something colorful and healthy. That’s where I got the idea of parfaits for their school lunches. Have the kids help make their school lunch parfaits the night before if that gets them excited.

You can use easy to open containers to help keep things from getting too messy at lunch time. I like to use whatever organic fruit I have on hand, which can get really colorful.

Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips - parfaits

From Left to Right Clockwise: Broccoli, Grapes, multi-grain crackers, Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch, vanilla yogurt parfait with granola and strawberries, almonds, Applegate ham, Organic Valley sharp cheddar

DIY Lunchables

I’ve always loved the idea of how easy store bought lunchables are, but sadly they’re not very healthy. I’ve recruited my whole family into loving the idea behind DIY lunchables.

All you really need to complete this fun and healthy lunch idea is to have a container with trays or at least separate containers to give the lunch that ‘lunchable’ feel.We LOVE our Laptop Lunches bento box to make things easy at lunchtime. I pack organic juice, crackers, lunch meat, fruit, and then a “bakery” treat. My kids really love the variety that a DIY lunchable brings to the table.

Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips - pizza lunchable

From Left to Right Clockwise: Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch, Cucumbers, Annie’s Bunny Grahams, Applegate Farms Turkey Pepperoni, Marinara Sauce, organic string cheese, french bread slices, peach

Mix It Up

If you are really having a hard time finding things to pack for your child, consider trail mix. My kids really love the idea behind trail mix because it’s yummy and I love it because it’s easy. And only includes 3 simple ingredients: granola, almonds, and raisins!

Even if your children can’t have nuts, there are a variety of items you can mix together to create the ultimate trail mix for your little one. Think of other dried fruits, maybe some mini chocolate chips if they are looking for a small treat? The possibilities are endless.

Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips - trail mix

From Left to Right Clockwise: fruit salad, carrots, Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch, trail mix, bagel with cream cheese

Dip it Good

One thing we’re discovering this year is yummy and healthy dips to pack in lunches. Let’s face it, packing veggies and fruits can seem bland, we are mixing it up with various dips. Hummus is one dip your children might love trying.

You can also create yummy fruit dips out of organic greek yogurt and chia seeds. With this base, you can add a variety of items to your fruit dip, like chocolate chips and peanut butter. This really brings variety and fun to any school lunch (plus it keeps it healthy).

Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips - dips

From Left to Right Clockwise: cantalope, ants on a log (with almond butter), Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch, french baguette, pasta with marinara sauce

Multiple Fruits & Veggies

I’ve noticed that when I pack my kids a variety of fruits and veggies it gets gobbled up. My kids love opening up their lunch to find a garden full of fruits and veggies. Of course, I like to arrange it so it’s more fun to eat. I might make the container represent a forest with broccoli as trees and little grapes as the bottom part of the forest.

If I want to make things bright, like a rainbow, I’ll pack cut up a green and red apple, peel an orange, and add red and green grapes. Eating with color is always more fun, especially when it’s arranged to look cool.

How do you spice up school lunches while keeping them healthy?.

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Dental Care Tips for Parents

Dental Care Tips for Parents

Teaching a child about oral care can be like pulling teeth. They would rather go play with their friends, not brush their teeth. Considering your child will need those pearly whites for many years to come, it’s important that you help them take care of them now.

With help from Oral B – and the awesome Precision Black 7000 electric toothbrush I’ve been reviewing – I’ve been using my own new dental care routine and have noticed a huge difference in my daughter’s interest to brush her own teeth now that I’m visibly showing her my routine. here are a few dental care tips that may come in handy with kids!  [Read more…]

Anatomy for Kids: Teaching Our Children About Their Bodies

This post is sponsored by Anatomy for Kids.

Anatomy For Kids Teaching Our Children About Their Bodies

From when my children were a very young age I decided that we’d try and be as open and honest about our bodies as we could. So when I started to think about the words we would use to describe our bodies and body parts, as well as what we would share with our children when they asked, we decided to stick with the anatomically correct terminology.

As the kids are getting older it isn’t all about penises and vaginas anymore. These little inquisitive minds are coming up with some more difficult questions. And yes, they’ve already asked extensively where babies come from. My mother-in-law was always one to make sure the kids knew that a baby grew in a mom’s uterus and not in her belly.

But because they don’t always take what we say as the absolute truth, I’m glad I now have a new series of books to share with them. Anatomy for Kids, written by Dr. Shelley Metten (or Dr. M for short), is a book that focuses on what kids want to know in an age-appropriate language. [Read more…]



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