Photos Galore

G.P. — You may call me a stage mom but I like making memories with my kids and taking photos of them. I share some of them on social media, but as for the rest of them, I make them into digital photo collages for the family photo album.

After making maybe a hundred of them, I have them printed at our local photo printing lab so that we can put them into physical albums. You see, while I also like digital photos, I still like the feel of prints. Also I like having photo albums.

So that I always have a camera with me as well as extra memory card and batteries.

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When is the Right Time to Move Your Child into a Bed?

Knowing when to transition your child from a cot to a bed is not always easy, but for some parents, making this move is necessary when their child has outgrown the cot or because the cot is required for a younger baby.

Typically, most children change from a cot to a bed somewhere between the ages of 18 months and three and a half years. The good news is that there are things parents can do to make this significant milestone easier, more comfortable and less traumatic – such as learning about and purchasing a quality mattress through Chiropedic Mattress Factory, building excitement and involving children who are old enough in the selection of bed linen and quilt covers.

What do parents need to know about moving a child into a bed?

If you need your child to vacate the cot because another baby needs it for sleeping, it’s a good idea to move the older child out of the cot six to eight weeks before your baby is due. Some children transition better when they are familiar and comfortable in their ‘big bed’ and are less likely to feel that their cot has been invaded by a newborn.

When their child can climb or independently jump out of their cot, some parents decide that it’s time to make the change to a bed. The benefit of a bed is that you do not have to be so concerned about a child being hurt, but this can be immediately replaced with the difficulty of keeping a child in the bed all night.

When these two will become bigger, what would it be? Two single beds or one big bed that can fit them both? Right now, they are having their day in our matrimonial bed.

No matter how keen a child is to sleep in a big bed, it is essential that a guardrail be positioned to prevent them tumbling out of the new bed. Also, the bed should never be positioned so that the child can access blind cords, electrical appliances including heaters and windows that can be opened independently.

Every child is different…

As with everything about children, there is no ‘one size fits all’, guide book or magical solution. While some children readily and easily adapt to sleeping in a bed, others do not. The fact is that every child responds differently and their response is often unpredictable.

Generally, firstborn children are most likely to protest about making this transition, because they may be quite attached to their cot and sleeping in a bed is just one of a number of changes occurring simultaneously. It is not uncommon for the transition from a cot to a bed to happen around the same time as significant changes such as: toilet training and starting kindergarten or preschool.

Ways to facilitate a smooth change:

To help your child accept the change of sleeping in a cot rather than a bed, putting the bed in the same place as the cot can be a very good idea. Also, some children find it comforting to sleep with the same blankets that they had in the cot, even though they are too small for the bed.

Mounting excitement about sleeping in a big bed (and even hosting a ‘Big Bed’ party) may help to allay some fears in your child. The reason for doing this is because some children’s excitement and positive anticipation of sleeping in a big bed will help the transition to be made smoothly. Reassuring your child and telling them that you are proud and love them very much can also support them to adjust well.

Just as a sleep time routine is likely to have been established and followed while your child slept in a cot, a new or modified routine will be helpful to a child who is making the shift from cot to bed.

What if moving from the cot to a bed does not go well?

Some parents soon learn that they have attempted to make the switch from cot to bed too soon for their child. This is quite common and in this circumstance, there is absolutely no harm in returning the child to the cot and treating this as a good change. There is nothing to be gained from viewing a return to the cot as a failure, a backward step or a reason for punishment. Parents should always remember that their child looks to their parents for cues.

While shifting to a bed is not often uncomplicated, a little difficult or the cause of some battles at night time, it is a significant milestone in a child’s development and yet another sign that your child is progressing from infancy to an older, more independent and capable child.

Preparing Your Kids for Summer Swimming Lessons

Dindin receiving instructions from her swimming teacher.

Many of us parents want our kids to learn to swim. After all, it is one of the basic survival skills if we want to enjoy the waters around us.

And this summer is just the perfect time to send our kids to swim class because there are no school lessons to think of and they can use what they have learned during family outings.

So how do we prepare our kids?

Good Health
In order for our kids to thoroughly enjoy their lessons, they need to be in optimum health. And so we give them vitamin and mineral supplements to increase their immunity. We also feed them well so that they will have energy. We also try to get them to rest before and after their lessons.

Kicking–the most basic thing that we need to know in swimming.

Psychological
There are some kids who are scared of the water. It will take a lot of talking and reassuring them about learning to swim. They might also need some videos about the benefits of swimming and how enjoyable the water is when they know how to swim.

Fashion
If you are like me, I like taking photos of Dindin, whether in the pool or not. So I like seeing her in different swimsuits. I got her pink goggles and I am still going to look for a pink swimming cap for her.

Protexin Protect for Dindin’s tummy.

For Tummy Health
And to top it all, I prepare her digestive health by giving her Protexin Protect. It is a probiotic supplement that comes in powder form. It boasts of seven strains of good bacteria that protects the tummy and strengthens the immune system. Today was the start of Dindin’s lessons and this morning I gave her a sachet of Protexin mixed with her milk. It is tasteless and odorless so giving it to kids should not be a problem. Just mix it with something that she can finish in one sitting.

Protexin will protect your child’s tummy in case she swallows some pool water that might be infected with God knows what. hehe I intend to give Protexin again two weeks into the lessons and another one afterwards. If your child has never had probiotics before, you may want to give for a longer period, like three days before the lessons will start.

How about you? How do you prepare your kid for swimming lessons?