Beyond the Bath

So now you have a clean baby, how do you get him ready for sleep? After the bath, how about a lullaby? A lullaby doesn’t have to be a traditional song about going to sleep. Any soft song will do. It might be an old childhood favorite, a nursery rhyme for which you know a tune it’s been set to, or a popular song with a gentle rhythm and a slow tempo.

Too many parents are inhibited about singing to their babies because, at best, they have poor singing voices and, at worst, they can’t carry a tune. But the reality is that your baby is no music critic. He cares only that his mom or dad is singing to him and holding him or singing to him and touching him as he lies there his crib. He’s not listening to your critically.

Besides singing a lullaby or some other soothing song that can serve as a lullaby, you can talk to your child or tell her a story. Though some parents think that telling fairy tales to a child six months old seems silly, many others understand that it’s actually very wise and helpful.

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The Little Helper

I so love this photo of Barry and his grandma. He was helping his grandma sweeping the floor, and it looks so cute of them. Well, the truth was; he wanted to get out of the house, so the grandma tried to look for a way that he will forget of getting out of the house.

Barry and Grandma2

Make It Your Baby’s Own

Even if your baby is sharing a family bed with you, you will probably want him to have his own room or to have a place in his older sibling’s room. Although he may not sleep there for several years, as he grows older it’s good for him to know there’s a place he can think of as his, where he can sleep when he gets older. On a more practical level, you will need a place to put a chest of drawers or other piece of furniture in which to keep his clothes, a closet in which to keep clothes that hang, a toy chest or other suitable furniture in which to store toys, and perhaps other furniture and belongings as well.

Room Fresheners

Ready-blended home fragrance spray, available in a wide variety of scents, including floral, citrus and spicy blends, is another instant way to refresh and scent your surroundings. It also helps mask the smell of tobacco smoke, pets or cooking. Simply spritz it into the air or spray it onto carpets, curtains or bed linen. Formulas that contain alcohol should not be used on fabrics that might fade. You can mix your own room sprays by adding 2 drops of essential oil to 150 ml of warm water in a clean plant mister. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antiviral, so it can be included in a room spray to reduce the spread of colds or flu. Use this mixture to wipe door handles and telephone receivers, too.

Things that you can do at home.

The easiest way to exercise and spend quality time with the kids is to put on some upbeat tunes and get down. Believe me; the kids will also dance with you. You are not burning your calories only, but you will be setting a fit example of the kids. The best part is, it doesn’t feel like you are doing an exercise. You might forget the time also while having fun with your kids. Your time is valuable, so multitask, mama! While you are waiting for the washing machine to stop spinning, make a little exercise like bending, stretching, or jumping jack.

After a day spent sitting in front of the computer, nothing feels better than twist. This twist helps to promote relaxation while improving blood flow and posture. Sit at the edge of your seat with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Put your left hand on your right thigh, and exhale gently twists to the right of the chair. Every exhalation, rotate slightly deeper into the twist. Complete a few breath cycles, then slowly return to center. Repeat on the opposite side.

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My Handsome Nephew and the Pacifier

He’s my youngest nephew, and the youngest son of my brother. This boy is so good and never gave headache to anybody at home. He probably got his very silent behavior from his mother, because my brother when he was a little boy, he was so annoying kid.

Anyway, it was my sister-in-law who sent these photos to me on my inbox. I was so happy to see him again. We didn’t see him in person yet. They are in Canada, and the family has planned to visit us hopefully early next year.

 

Sleeping with his pacifier.

Toddler sleeping

 

Playing with a pacifier on his mouth again. Huh! He can’t live without it.

Barry

Driving Your Car Forever

One of the best ways to keep your car running longer and with fewer trips to the repair shop is to drive it properly. If you follow these tips, you’ll put less strain on the engine and other parts, and take less money out of your pocket replacing them.

Warming Up
It may come as a surprise, but not only do cars require very little time to warm up, but letting them warm up for too long puts extra strain on the engine. Idling, or running the car in neutral, for more than 30 seconds is bad for your car. That doesn’t mean you should just start your car in the morning and race off, however. Take it easy and drive slowly for the first few miles. Also, never rev the engine during warm up.

Even in the winter, it is not necessary to warm up your car for more than 30 seconds. Just drive cautiously. In cold weather, oil takes longer to reach the cylinders, and hard driving can cause parts to fail, resulting in premature damage to engine bearings. So take it easy and wait about three minutes before turning on the heat or any other power-hungry accessories.

Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Balboa Park is one of the world’s best zoos–and one of the few places in the U.S. to see giant pandas, rare sun bears, and Australia’s adorable koalas. If you are looking for a park, visit Panda Trek first or last in the day, when crowds are lightest, to see the zoo’s black and white superstars, as well as red pandas. Don’t miss: Elephant Odyssey, where the pachyderms often have pool parties; and Northern Frontier, to watch polar bears swimming underwater. Summer “Nighttime Zoo” hours mean you can stay till 9 pm for special shows and animal encounters. Want to camp out overnight? Check out the Family Sleepovers, available on select dates. You can bring your babies, toddlers and gradeschoolers here.

 

San Diego Zoo

How Babies Sleep

A baby’s sleep pattern early in life typically involves from two to four hours of sleep at a time, followed by a period of wakefulness, a pattern that may recur around the clock with no regard to whether it’s day or night. Your baby has spent the first nine months of her existence in your uterus, where it is always dark, and it will take her a while to associate light with activity and with being awake and alert to what’s going on around her.

Miko and Barry

Differences in sleep patterns among adults are very normal. The same is true among babies. Though certain patterns are average, a deviation from that pattern is usually still quite normal. Just like everyone else, babies are individuals. Most babies begin to demonstrate a rudimentary but recognizable personality at an early age. You would hear your friends say things like:

“She is a happy baby.”
“He is a fussy baby.”
“She is a placid baby.”
“He is so alert and interested.”

They also show their recognizable differences in other ways, and one of these is in sleep patterns. So if you know someone with a baby the same age as yours who sleeps more, or less, or simply at different hours, don’t worry about it. We’re all different, and babies are too.

Teach Your Child Skills for Coping

Are you finding that your six-year-old daughter/son still has many temper tantrums and episodes when she/he loses control? Think she/he should be “over it” by now? Is she/he very compliant and quick to calm down and respond to your guidance? Can you easily help her solve problems and manage the crisis, when you’re there? But the problem is, when you are not around, she/he can-not control her own behavior? You know you will not be able to hover over her/him every waking moment. What can you do?

Helping Your Child with Self-Control

Much of parenting is about connecting with your child and guiding your child’s behavior. You must intervene to stop or redirect your child when her/his behavior is inappropriate or unsafe, much as a police officer would. Children without self-control may behave appropriately in your presence but continue to act out or sneak things when you are not there. Of course, you cannot always be there; eventually your child needs to make independent choices and control her own behavior. This is the goal of self-control, to internalize rules and standards of behavior.
There are many skills for your child to master to learn self-control. In many cases, you can provide experiences of direct instruction to promote self-control. You do not have to wait for opportunities to occur naturally.