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These Toddler muffins, I call them “Sneaky Muffins”, they’re Sneakily healthy…. and are filled with bananas, carrots, and oats. They are healthy but…your toddler will never know! Take a look…
Prep - 15 m Cook - 15 m Ready In – 30 m
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 1 (4.5 ounce) jar baby food squash
- 2 carrots, grated
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini muffin cups or 12 standard muffin cups.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, squash, carrots, and eggs. Stir in the flour, oat bran, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until just combined. Spoon the batter equally into the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to two days, or freeze.
Recipe by: Lori “Mini muffins for finicky toddlers with the addition of fruit and veggies. My son is 2 and has been eating these for a year. I always keep a supply in the freezer, he loves them frozen especially when new teeth are coming in! Adults love them too. Great for play groups! Recipe makes 24 mini muffins or 12 regular-size muffins.”
I bet you can’t say that five times fast! So…I’ve done some research and pulled links from some informative sites that should help us all deal with our munchkins mini meltdowns. Take a look…
- Taming Tempers – KidsHealth – Click here!
- 10 Ways to Tame Your Kid’s Tantrums – Parents – Click here!
- Temper tantrums in toddlers: How to keep the peace – Mayo Clinic – Click here!
- Toddler Temper Tantrums | What to Expect - whattoexpect.com – Click here!
- How to Stop the Tantrums – Parents – Click here!
- Preventing Temper Tantrums in Children: Strategies and Tips for Parents – Click here!
- 9 Fast Ways to Stop Toddler Temper Tantrums – What to Expect – Click here!
- Preventing tantrums – Supernanny – Click here!
- Tantrums – How to Stop a Temper Tantrum When Kids Lose It – Click here!
We hope these links can shed some light on this issue and help you to maintain your sanity.
I know in some places (not Florida) it’s pretty cold outside, so I’ve come up with a list of links to some pretty great Indoor Crafts for Toddlers. Take a look…
20 best indoor kid crafts and activities for rainy days - ItsAlwaysAutumn.com CLICK HERE!
Indoor Activities - Parents.com CLICK HERE!
Top 10 Indoor Activities for Toddlers - HandsOnAsWeGrow.com CLICK HERE!
Indoor Activities For Kids - WhatDoWeDoAllDay.com CLICK HERE!
6 Indoor Activities To Keep Your Toddler Occupied This Winter - Babble.com CLICK HERE!
Now take these tips, and have some fun while stuck inside!
This is a lot of fun for the kids, they can shape the chocolate clay into anything they want, decorate, and eat it!
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon candy sprinkles (or any candy or edible topping)
- Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch.
- Stir in the corn syrup until smooth. Scrape the mixture onto a plate; cover with wax paper. Allow the clay to rest overnight at room temperature.
- Roll or shape the clay; decorate with candy sprinkles.
Once your done, take some pictures, and then enjoy!
“This is a fun and edible chocolate clay that kids can mold into little creatures and decorate with sprinkles and candies!! It’s great for parties.”
We all know that toddlers are infamous for tantrums and other behavior issues. To encourage listening and cooperation, follow these parenting tips.
Show your love
Make sure your displays of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or punishments. Hugs, kisses and good-natured roughhousing reassure your child of your love. Praise and attention also can motivate your toddler to follow the rules.
Rather than overloading your child with rules from the outset — which might frustrate him or her — prioritize those geared toward safety first and gradually add rules over time. Help your toddler follow the rules by childproofing your home and eliminating some temptations.
- Know your child’s limits. Your child might misbehave because he or she doesn’t understand or can’t do what you’re asking.
- Explain how to follow the rules. Instead of saying, “Stop hitting,” offer suggestions for how to make play go more smoothly, such as “Why don’t you two take turns?”
- Take ‘no’ in stride. Don’t overreact when your toddler says no. Instead, calmly repeat your request. You might also try to distract your child or make a game out of good behavior. Your child will be more likely to do what you want if you make an activity fun.
- Pick your battles. If you say no to everything, your child is likely to get frustrated. Look for times when it’s OK to say yes.
- Offer choices, when possible. Encourage your child’s independence by letting him or her pick out a pair of pajamas or a bedtime story.
- Avoid situations that might trigger frustration or tantrums. For example, don’t give your child toys that are too advanced for him or her. Avoid long outings in which your child has to sit still or can’t play — or bring along an activity. Also know that children are more likely to act out when they’re tired, hungry, sick or in an unfamiliar setting.
- Stick to the schedule. Keep a daily routine so that your child will know what to expect.
- Encourage communication. Remind your child to use words to express his or her feelings. If your child isn’t speaking yet, consider teaching him or her baby sign language to avoid frustration.
For more of these great tips visit MayoClinic.com
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com / ullftuser
Tips and info. in this blog are courtesy of MayoClinic.com
That’s a good question…What exactly does a Dapper Snapper do? Or should we say, what does it do, that other belts don’t do?
We all know what a belt does, but a Dapper Snapper isn’t your average, old school belt. It’s a belt (half belt) specifically designed for babies and traveling toddlers. The Dapper Snapper fits on the back of your toddlers pants, shorts, swimsuits or skirts, even if they don’t have belt-loops, and it keeps their pants up, so you don’t have to chase after them and keep adjusting, pulling them back up, practically lifting their little feet off the ground. (Admit it, you’ve done this, we’ve all done this).
Take a look:
Here’s an “ADORABLE” little boy who could really use a Dapper Snapper…
He’s just doing his job, being cute…totally oblivious to the fact that he could be walking around in a stylish Dapper Snapper with his pants in check.
Here’s another picture of the same adorable boy, he’s about to be walking around in his skivvies…
He’s too cute to lose his drawers. Now let’s take a look at what it looks like when a Dapper Snapper is worn…
Join with us and chant “No More Droopy Drawers”! Unless you’re after the extra calories burned from chasing after the little ones, just to catch them to pull their britches up endlessly. I love calorie burning, but seriously, Let them play, let them be free, well….as free as they can be with our eyes on them. Join the Dapper Snapper revolution and say “No More Droopy Drawers”! #NoMoreDroopyDrawers
If you’re joining us and you have yet to get your Dapper Snappers…you can grab one, or ten… Click here!
*The top two adorable images are courtesy of the talented “Hannah Sons Photography”! You can check out her Facebook page here: facebook.com/HannahSonsPhotography
Thanks for reading and have a Dapper Day!
My kids aren’t toddlers anymore but I know very well how important a good night’s sleep is, not just for your child but for you as well. I hope these tips help all of you groggy Mom’s and Dad’s out there get a better night of sleep for your child and you…
1. Waking up bright and early: “A reasonable wake-up time for a child is anywhere from 5:30-7 a.m., but some children are up before that time wide awake or their wake up time is too early for mom and dad,” says Jenn Kelner, a Certified Child Sleep Consultant who runs a business called BabyZzz.
Solution: “Room darkening shades to block out morning light, white-noise machines to block out morning street noise, a timed light or child alarm clock that changes color when it’s time to get up, and an earlier bedtime. It’s counter-intuitive, but the earlier a child goes to bed, the later they will sleep in.” Amen. I saw it with my own kids. Now sleep mom and dad!
2. Giving up the nap when they still need it: If your child misses a nap because of older siblings’ activities or for some other reason, it actually becomes HARDER for them to nap. Over time, this overtiredness has a cumulative effect, which may cause the child to refuse to nap altogether.
Solution: “Start an earlier bedtime to help make up that sleep deficit and make it easier to nap,” says Kelner. “Get the child outdoors in the morning for fresh air and exercise, very soothing routine before naptime, and leave the child for 60 minutes to give them the opportunity to fall asleep without stimulation. Once the nap has been re-established, bedtime can be moved a little later.”
3. Difficulties in falling asleep: “Many children have difficultly falling asleep on their own if they are used to being rocked to sleep, or if they have been falling asleep next to their parents,” Kelner says.
Solution: Make sure the bedtime routine gets the child nice and drowsy. Turn off all electronics 60 minutes before bedtime. Leave the room slowly if they need you. For instance: Day 1-3, sit by the child’s bed or crib until they fall asleep. Day 4-6, move the chair to the middle of the room. Day 7-9, move the chair to the doorway. Day 10-12, move the chair outside the doorway.
4. Getting up in the middle of the night: Waking during the night is normal, but it becomes a problem when the child cannot return to sleep unassisted, Kelner says. It’s especially hard if the child calls out for mom and dad and everyone is losing sleep.
Solution: “Have a consistent soothing routine in place to get the child nice and drowsy. Ensure the child is getting enough sleep, as over-tiredness leads to frequent night waking,” says Kelner. “Make sure the child is able to self-soothe, and implement some sleep training/coaching if necessary.”
5. Asking for mom and dad 15 times after “good night”: We all know that kid (or have that kid) who wants one more kiss, one more hug, one more snack, one more AGH! This is a classic tactic that delays bedtime, which makes the child overtired, which then makes it more difficult for the child to fall asleep the next night.
Solution: “During your soothing routine, set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes, and explain that once the timer goes off, it’s time to say a final goodnight,” says Kelner. “Ensure that before the timer goes off, you anticipate what that child may ask for — so get them a drink, take them to the bathroom, and give the child lots of hugs. If the child is still requesting extra attention, start some sleep rules with consequences, or simply ignore their requests.”
6. Inability to self-soothe: Some children have more trouble than others soothing themselves into sleep when they are upset and especially when they wake up in the middle of the night alone.
Solution: “Giving your child a special transitional object, such as a teddy bear or ‘lovie’ to snuggle and go to bed with during the bedtime routine can help them learn to use this object to help themselves get back to sleep when they wake in the middle of the night,” says Jennifer Metter of Jenni June Certified Sleep Consulting in Los Angeles.
7. You are co-sleeping without wanting to: This is me. My kids always end up in bed with us and neither my husband nor I can remember how they got there.
Solution: “Using an uneventful quick and silent return to the bed without payoff can help eliminate this behavior. Sleep consultants call this, ‘The silent return’. Consistency is key here,” says Metter. “It requires a bit of work and perfect consistency from parent for successful results, but uneventfully and silently returning your child to their bed the moment you notice they are out of it will help teach them to remain there until it is time to wake for the day. Children won’t continually do what doesn’t work for them.”
Good luck and Good night!
Image and information courtesy of thestir.cafemom.com
With Summer just about a month away and temperatures already spiking, I thought I’d address the safety issues for parents so we all hopefully have an incident-free Summer. Pools, water parks, hot tubs/spas, splash pads, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!
Swimming is one of the most popular sports activities in the United States. And just 2.5 hours of water-based (or other forms of) physical activity per week has health benefits, we each need to do our part to minimize the risk of illness and injury.
Swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials can minimize the risk of recreational water illnesses (RWIs).
RWIs can be caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, water playgrounds, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can be a wide variety of infections, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections.
Most outbreaks linked to the water we swim, relax, and play in are outbreaks of diarrhea. These outbreaks are caused by germs like Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), Giardia, Shigella, norovirus, and E. coli O157:H7.
These germs—sometimes millions at a time—can spread when someone who is sick has diarrhea in the water. Other people can get sick if they swallow the germy water—even just a mouthful.
Pool chemicals, like chlorine or bromine, are added to the water to kill germs. But they don’t work right away. If used properly, they can kill most germs within a few minutes. However, some germs, like Crypto can live in properly treated pool water for several days.
The job of pool chemicals is to kill germs. But when pee, poop, sweat, and dirt rinse off our bodies and into the water, the chemicals break down these other things instead of killing germs. This uses up the chemicals’ power, which means there’s less to kill germs.
Remember, we share the water—and the germs in it—with everyone. To help protect yourself, your family, and your friends from germs, follow these easy and effective steps each time you get in the water:
Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and germs out of the water!
- Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
- Shower before you get in the water.
- Don’t pee or poop in the water.
- Don’t swallow the water.
Every hour—everyone out!
- Take kids on bathroom breaks.
- Check diapers, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area—not poolside—to keep germs away from the pool.
- Reapply sunscreen.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
Check the free chlorine level and pH before getting into the water.
- Pools: Proper free chlorine level (1–3 mg/L or parts per million [ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) levels maximize germ-killing power.
- Hot tubs/spas: Proper disinfectant level (chlorine [2–4 parts per million or ppm] or bromine [4–6 ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) maximize germ-killing power.
- Most superstores, hardware stores, and pool-supply stores sell pool test strips.
FREE Healthy and Safe Swimming Resources
- CDC Healthy Swimming brochures (available in English or en Español)
- CDC Pool Chemical Safety posters (each available in English and en Español)
- Water Quality & Health Council (WQHC)’s Healthy Pools page.
Remember: Think Healthy. Swim Healthy. Be Healthy!
Image and Information courtesy of www.cdc.gov/
As you know Spring has Sprung and Summer is just around the corner, us Mom’s (and Dad’s) need to keep the little ones busy. Here’s some creative and fun ideas that promise to do just that!
1. Stone Faces – Use this FREE printable to turn a collection of stones into funny stone faces. These face part stones are quick and easy to make and once made you can get creative making all kinds of funny stone faces. Toddlers and Preschoolers will love making these silly faces on stones, you can place them by your walkway, in your garden or give as gifts. Click image for step by step instructions and printable.
2. Make your own chalk paint for awesome outdoor fun! This is super easy to make, with very little ingredients. Your children and toddlers will have a blast expressing their creativity outdoors (or indoors if you’re brave). It’s also safe, nontoxic and the best part…it will wash off with a hose or the next rainy day! Click the image for step by step instructions.
3. Make Enormous Bubbles - Oh my! Science does not get much cooler than this, you have to see the size of these bubbles! You might enjoy this even more than the kids will. This is a very simple and fast mix, in no time at all you will be creating the most amazing bubbles. Click the image for instructions.
4. Alphabet Bug Spray - All you need for this fun project is a spray bottle and chalk! Draw on the sidewalk or driveway, a bug with a letter inside of it and well, it’s super easy and kids seem to love it and they forget they are learning. For game instructions click the image.
5. Magic Sidewalk squirt paint - You don’t need to purchase much for this one either. The clear plastic squirt bottles are about $1 each. The kids will love this and beg for a refill when their bottles are finally emptied. What a fun way to spend some outdoor time! Click the image for full instructions.