Road trips are a cheap, easy way to travel with your family without breaking the budget. Unlike airplanes, you don’t have the long wait time at the airport and more importantly, you will have a car to use at your destination without worrying about having to loan a car seat. There are horror stories about car rental companies that provide old, expired car seats for rental. The problem with renting a car seat is that you have no idea whether those seats have already been in an accident and are no longer safe to use.
So let’s just say that you have decided to take the baby on a long road trip. The big question on every parent’s mind is ‘How do I keep my baby happy in a car seat for a long period of time?’ Continue reading
Do you remember the first time you got your first set of wheels? Were you crazy excited? Or nervous and nutty? For most of us, getting our first car signaled our independence and freedom.
However, your kid doesn’t have to wait till he or she hits 16 anymore! You can get your kid started on learning the basics of driving with ride on toys! These ride on toys will introduce your child to the basics of estimating distances, control of the steering wheel and braking. For safety precautions, we would suggest that you don’t let your child drive these unsupervised.
Nevertheless, there are so many cool ride on toys on the market now that you won’t be able to resist. Heck, some of them are even cooler than our cars! Continue reading
According to the ‘Journal of Nonsense’, babies can start crawling by 3 days. Haha. Just kidding. But there are some real world baby record setters (some are a bit ridiculous, to be honest).
The real answer to the question of when do babies start crawling is…when they are ready! Not very helpful, huh?
The average age for babies to crawl is around 7 to 10 months. However, a few rare babies may start crawling by 3 months.
On the other extreme, some babies keep their parents waiting and don’t start crawling till they are 17 months!
We remember meeting a parent whose daughter did not start crawling till she was 14 months. They looked embarrassed as they shared this but is there any reason to feel bad? Continue reading
If you are a new parent, you will be told to read and speak to your child from the day they are born and as often as you can.
As your child graduates from babyhood into toddlerhood, you will most likely find yourself talking to your child even more. Most of it will be things like, “No. Don’t put that in your mouth” or “Don’t hit others with your truck!” Occasionally, you will also find yourself saying positive things like, “I am so proud of you” and “I love you”.
We parents often have to remind ourselves to focus on the positive and not the negatives when bringing up our children. And gosh, that can be extremely difficult, especially if your toddler is experiencing the Terrible Twos or Threes. Continue reading
Your newborn is due to arrive in your life soon. You know that it’s a good idea to have something to engage your newborn with and since your newborn will be lying down most of the time, you need something safe that you can lay your newborn down on.
Will a blanket on the floor do? Or what about one of those fancy baby play mats?
Should You Get a Baby Play Mat?
The short answer is a resounding YES! Continue reading
Does your baby hate tummy time? Did you know that getting the right toys can make tummy time more fun and easier for your baby?
You may have a baby that naturally adores being on his tummy. However, more likely than not,
your little one needs some persuasion to be left on his cute belly.
If so, you are not alone. Most babies don’t start out liking tummy time.
Why not? Because it’s hard work!
But that’s exactly why you need to persevere and try to help your baby to like it. Continue reading
Magnetic building toys have become one of the hottest toys on the market now. Some have holes in the middle, some are larger and some come in more different shapes than others. Which ones should you get?
We decided to do the research for you.
In doing this research, we divided our research into the following categories:
The time has arrived. You can no longer put it off. Grandma and grandpa want to see your toddler. That is all hunky-dory EXCEPT that they live across the other side of the world. It will take almost a whole day’s worth of travel for you to get there.
You are not looking forward to it. You have heard horror stories of parents who have suffered through excruciating plane flights while their toddlers ran up and down the plane aisle, disturbing everyone on board.
You don’t know how you will survive but you swear that you will do everything in your power to be prepared in advance. Continue reading
Babies and music are like mac n cheese. They just fit really well together. We have yet to meet a baby who doesn’t love music. Yup, your baby even appreciates your awful out of tune singing. We know because we have heard some truly terrible tuneless rapping from dads and their kids still look mesmerized. Mesmerized.
In fact, not only do babies love music but according to a study, they also love to dance! Yeah, that foot stomping you saw your baby do for 2 seconds was real. They were really tapping to the beat, not just randomly shaking their foot.
This is all good news for us parents as some experts suggest that music also promotes their health, brain and verbal development and puts them in a good mood. Even if none of the other benefits existed, the last one is reason enough to introduce your baby to music! Continue reading
Do you ever wish you could help your child acquire useful skills that could pretty much guarantee him or her a job in the future? STEM is your answer. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Many establishments have identified these educational disciplines as the way to the jobs of the future.
There are some toys that are better than others if you wish to encourage your toddler towards STEM. STEM toys normally force kids to use their imagination and creativity on top of teaching STEM ideas.
There are a great many STEM toys for older kids but not so many for young toddlers. We scoured the net for appropriate STEM toys for toddlers for the purpose of this article and these are what we found.
Here are the best 5 STEM toys for toddlers. Continue reading