"She's not walking yet?" 

    No. Nope. No. She is crawling. Very efficiently. Dr. Sears is quoted that babies reach this miles stone between nine and sixteen months.  Walks alone, walking up steps and run don't hit the CDC's milestones in action list till 18 months. 

    So why the big rush? Well, I can't answer that. Some things that I have learned as we follow the path of this little is that we can do things our way.  

    Barefoot. We are barefoot all the time in our house - no not in stocking feet - barefoot. Socks are slippery and don't allow her toes to do all that they can.  I model tippy-toes and rocking on my heals.  I support her as she grabs the ground with her toes. 

    Crawling shows a ton of coordination.  By crawling she is getting a chance to explore her environment from a secure steady position.  She is building strength in her core, shoulders, and hips.  

     

     

     

    (https://www.askdrsears.com) (AAP) (CDC)

    Oh My Feeding Baby!

    How do I have time to make baby food, have a full time job AND run a diaper import business you ask? 

    The baby pot.

    • Metal Pot
      • It is a lobster pot perfect for sitting in.  Add a wooden spoon and you have a happy baby that can see what you are doing.  It works better than most of the "baby" seats because she can move around and the one that I use is deep enough to keep her upright and stable. 

     

     We make baby food together.  It is an activity for both of us.  The dogs also help.

    Things that I love when making baby food. 

    • WeeSprout Pouches
      • Buy a 6 pack of extra caps.  You will need them.
      • A collapsible funnel is also helpful but not required for success.
    • Immersion blender
    • Food Processor
    • Babyfood jars - When we buy babyfood we choose Beechnut. Although Gerber is more cost effective I prefer that we can reuse the jars and they have very simple ingredients. 

    For the food:

    Must haves

    • Frozen pees, greenbeens, peapods and other lovely high flavor options. 
      • Why Frozen? Throw the frozen veggies into the food processor and see what happens.  Compare that to fresh from the fridge and you will see the difference.  
    • Flaxseed
    • Yogurt
      • If you serve cow products to your little - grab a quart of whole plain yogurt.  Mix with pureed fruit, a little sugar (if you want them to eat it) 

     

    Our first battery powered toy entered the Little's life today and I wanted to give a glimpse into her play area.

    The attempt to reduce the number of toys that she plays with that are activated by some outside source came from watching so many of my students stuck to their phones and devices.  I wondered was it possible to raise a kid with an imagination these days?  This is not a commentary on other peoples choices.  It is a commentary on my choice on what I want for my child. I was a reader and I have an insane imagination.  I loved to play with interactive toys that sparked my imagination.  We didn't have the flashing lights and buttons that made a toy play music in my house growing up.  I want the same for my child as possible. 

    The Little at 9 months old has a lot of toys.  Some of our favorites:

    • Fisher Price Classic Xylaphone
      • She uses a wooden spoon to hit the keys because the string isn't long enough with her developing gross motor.
    • Fisher Price Rock-A-Stack
      • She is pretty sure that the top one (the rattle) and the largest ones are the only useful pieces.  She enjoys trying to put her hands through the rings.
    • Brio Musical Drum
      • This one is amazing.  She loves to hit it with anything that she can find. The mallet is a perfect length for smaller babies.
    • Brio Magnetic Blocks
      • These are wonderful.  The learning curve on understanding that they stick together is steep but fun to watch.
    • Infantino Twist and Fold Play Gym
      • We love the Go Gaga line of baby items at Target.  The twist and fold gym takes no batteries and has plenty of items to engage.  We added some of her other favorite toys to it.
      • We also love the Jitter Fish, a discontinued twist rattle, and the Texture Balls (we have 2 sets because the youngest dog loves them too)
    • Tomy Lamaze Toy Line
      • We have a range of these stuffed activity toys.  They hang on the "walls" of the baby "cage" - they are engaging and perfect on the go since many have hang clips. The Firefly is a go to grab when you need to get her engaged.
    • eeBoo Noisy Ball
      • A fun engaging toy but hard to find.  It is billed as a "Traditional Fold Form" -it has a bell and crinkle paper it soft and she can really stick her hands and feet in it.
    • Darice Bell Ring
      • A simple bell ring. Loud and wonderful. (A tambourine without the drum part)

    The Play Area:

    Our play area defied space with textured floor mats over the hard wood floors.  It is a gated community for the young at heart... Okay it is a baby cage to keep her safe from a wood burning stove and 3 boxers.  (The boxers steal her toys and think that her face is made for kissing)

    The play area also has a range of other toys.  All battery-free.  Favorite stuffed toy? Kohl's Cares Curious George.

    Outside the Play Area

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Cloth Diapers are not as time consuming as many will lead you to believe. Unless you like to sit and watch your washing machine do the work you don't have to spend all your time washing cloth diapers.  

    • The average cloth diaper family has to do 2 loads of diaper laundry a week depending on the size of their stash. 

     

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    • But She's Not Walking
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      "She's not walking yet?" 

      No. Nope. No. She is crawling. Very efficiently. Dr. Sears is quoted that babies reach this miles stone between nine and sixteen months.  Walks alone, walking up steps and run don't hit the CDC's milestones in action list till 18 months. 

      So why the big rush? Well, I can't answer that. Some things that I have learned as we follow the path of this little is that we can do things our way.  

      Barefoot. We are barefoot all the time in our house - no not in stocking feet - barefoot. Socks are slippery and don't allow her toes to do all that they can.  I model tippy-toes and rocking on my heals.  I support her as she grabs the ground with her toes. 

      Crawling shows a ton of coordination.  By crawling she is getting a chance to explore her environment from a secure steady position.  She is building strength in her core, shoulders, and hips.  

       

       

       

      (https://www.askdrsears.com) (AAP) (CDC)

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    • Seats - Eating - Food...
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      Oh My Feeding Baby!

      How do I have time to make baby food, have a full time job AND run a diaper import business you ask? 

      The baby pot.

      • Metal Pot
        • It is a lobster pot perfect for sitting in.  Add a wooden spoon and you have a happy baby that can see what you are doing.  It works better than most of the "baby" seats because she can move around and the one that I use is deep enough to keep her upright and stable. 

       

       We make baby food together.  It is an activity for both of us.  The dogs also help.

      Things that I love when making baby food. 

      • WeeSprout Pouches
        • Buy a 6 pack of extra caps.  You will need them.
        • A collapsible funnel is also helpful but not required for success.
      • Immersion blender
      • Food Processor
      • Babyfood jars - When we buy babyfood we choose Beechnut. Although Gerber is more cost effective I prefer that we can reuse the jars and they have very simple ingredients. 

      For the food:

      Must haves

      • Frozen pees, greenbeens, peapods and other lovely high flavor options. 
        • Why Frozen? Throw the frozen veggies into the food processor and see what happens.  Compare that to fresh from the fridge and you will see the difference.  
      • Flaxseed
      • Yogurt
        • If you serve cow products to your little - grab a quart of whole plain yogurt.  Mix with pureed fruit, a little sugar (if you want them to eat it) 

       

      Written on %AM, %01 %395 %2017 %08:%Jan in Lifestyle Be the first to comment! Read 163 times
    • Battery Free Baby
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      Battery Free Baby

      Our first battery powered toy entered the Little's life today and I wanted to give a glimpse into her play area.

      The attempt to reduce the number of toys that she plays with that are activated by some outside source came from watching so many of my students stuck to their phones and devices.  I wondered was it possible to raise a kid with an imagination these days?  This is not a commentary on other peoples choices.  It is a commentary on my choice on what I want for my child. I was a reader and I have an insane imagination.  I loved to play with interactive toys that sparked my imagination.  We didn't have the flashing lights and buttons that made a toy play music in my house growing up.  I want the same for my child as possible. 

      The Little at 9 months old has a lot of toys.  Some of our favorites:

      • Fisher Price Classic Xylaphone
        • She uses a wooden spoon to hit the keys because the string isn't long enough with her developing gross motor.
      • Fisher Price Rock-A-Stack
        • She is pretty sure that the top one (the rattle) and the largest ones are the only useful pieces.  She enjoys trying to put her hands through the rings.
      • Brio Musical Drum
        • This one is amazing.  She loves to hit it with anything that she can find. The mallet is a perfect length for smaller babies.
      • Brio Magnetic Blocks
        • These are wonderful.  The learning curve on understanding that they stick together is steep but fun to watch.
      • Infantino Twist and Fold Play Gym
        • We love the Go Gaga line of baby items at Target.  The twist and fold gym takes no batteries and has plenty of items to engage.  We added some of her other favorite toys to it.
        • We also love the Jitter Fish, a discontinued twist rattle, and the Texture Balls (we have 2 sets because the youngest dog loves them too)
      • Tomy Lamaze Toy Line
        • We have a range of these stuffed activity toys.  They hang on the "walls" of the baby "cage" - they are engaging and perfect on the go since many have hang clips. The Firefly is a go to grab when you need to get her engaged.
      • eeBoo Noisy Ball
        • A fun engaging toy but hard to find.  It is billed as a "Traditional Fold Form" -it has a bell and crinkle paper it soft and she can really stick her hands and feet in it.
      • Darice Bell Ring
        • A simple bell ring. Loud and wonderful. (A tambourine without the drum part)

      The Play Area:

      Our play area defied space with textured floor mats over the hard wood floors.  It is a gated community for the young at heart... Okay it is a baby cage to keep her safe from a wood burning stove and 3 boxers.  (The boxers steal her toys and think that her face is made for kissing)

      The play area also has a range of other toys.  All battery-free.  Favorite stuffed toy? Kohl's Cares Curious George.

      Outside the Play Area

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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