Of all the rooms in a family house, the children's room or nursery is by far the most fun room to
OK, maybe not once they're tweens and teens and demand something hideous such as a black paint job
or walls papered with posters. However, if your kids are still of the malleable sort (a.k.a babies,
toddlers and grade-schoolers), now is the time to let your imagination run amok. Decorating the room
around a central theme is definitely the way to go for an unforgettable children's room. And what
theme you say? Anywhere your imagination takes you and believe it or not, this time the sky is not
the limit. Fairies and spacewalkers definitely hold a spot high in the realm of theme bedrooms.
So you chose a theme. Now what? Read on for the most stupendous and astounding theme decorating
8 Activity Ideas to Keep Kids Busy When Mom is Sick
The life of a mom is not easy. Taking care of her little ones, teaching them the basics of life and loving them unconditionally at all times is rewarding but can also take its toll. As strong as they may be, mothers are still human and fall ill sometimes. So what happens when a child’s closest companion is sick and cannot spend too much time engaged in physically exhausting games and activities?
We’ve got a list of 10 games, ideas, and activities to keep your little one busy when you are sick.
1. Playing House:
This is one of the most enjoyable and engaging activities for children. Role play is a huge part of a child’s cognitive and social development and should definitely be nurtured. Fortunately, once they get closer to 4 years old, they begin to enjoy role play games, the most popular being “house.” So take advantage of this! Encourage them to make a fort using pillows, sheets, and cushions, or better yet, set up kids playhouses for them to play in. even if your little one is an only child, this can keep him/her occupied for long enough for you to grab a quick nap!
2. Printable Coloring Sheets:
Coloring sheets of differing difficulty levels can be found online and printed out quite effortlessly. Apart from coloring being a fun independent activity, it is also fabulous for developing fine motor control, which is an essential skill to master when one is learning how to write. Depending on your child’s age you can give them different mediums like crayons, color pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, poster paints, etc. You print out pictures of your child’s favorite cartoon characters and let their creativity run wild.
3. Bubble Ninja:
This is a fun game which can be played in the backyard. All you need to do is sit and blow soap bubbles while the children try to pop them using foam swords. One of you can keep score, and whoever pops the most bubbles wins the chance to make mommy a glass of juice! But jokes aside, this game is a great way to expend energy children and is also a great way for siblings to bond.
There is no better way to enhance your little artist’s painting skills, than letting them paint like a professional. Make an everyday activity seem like something new and interesting with a kids art easel. Just provide the paints and paper (or canvas), and let their little minds run free, painting new masterpieces, every day. Mommy can sneak in a nap while her little Picasso is at work.
5. Bed Time Story:
Here’s a fun twist to the traditional reading routine—have your little one read to you while you are in bed! Even if he/she can’t fully read yet, pick a book that you both like and are familiar with and have your little one read to you. Then encourage them to “put you to bed” so to speak so you can rest while they read in bed next to you. Reading stories at bedtime is not only a big part of every child’s bedtime routine, but is also a great way to bond and keeps your child feeling safe and secure. There is no need to skip this step when mommy is ill, simply switch roles and you are good to go!
6. Jigsaw Puzzles:
Jigsaw puzzles are one of the oldest tricks in the book to keep children busy, no matter how old they are. The great thing about these is that they come in varying difficulty levels and so every child and adult can enjoy them. Not only does this activity do wonders for concentration and attention, it also sharpens spatial ability.
7. Stories from Pictures: This one requires a little bit of prep but it’s definitely a great one to keep up your sleeve. All you have to do is show your little ones a set of pictures, and ask them to come up with a story based on the pictures. You can give them complete freedom to arrange the pictures in whichever order they want. Rearranging the order can give you a new story each time. You will be amazed at what they come up with. This is one of the best ways to put their imagination to work.
8. Watch a Movie: Desperate times call for desperate measures. For those of you who are very particular about how much screen exposure your little ones get, this idea might make you wince. But, stay with us. Pick a movie which involves thinking and one with a great message. Sit down with them and watch the movie together. But remember, this is the last resort for mommies who are ill and exhausted by 7 pm. If you happen to doze off, happy endings for everyone!
Now that you have a few ideas under your belt, falling ill need no longer be stressful! These ideas will allow you to catch up on some much-needed rest while your child is otherwise productively occupied.
Summary: what does a mother do when she needs a lot of rest time to replenish her health, during sickness, but she also wants to see her kids have an enjoyable fun and playtime. Here are 9 activities ideas to keep kids busy when mom is sick.
We can all agree that immunization shots hurt! Even though they are very important and they protect against dangerous diseases, taking them can be quite a stressful experience for parents and children. Fortunately, there are some very helpful ideas you can try to make the experience less nerve-racking for both you and your little one.
As they say, it's the little things that matter the most. How you talk about shots, how scared or stressed you appear before they get their shots, how you can distract them from the sting of the syringe, all play a role in making the experience better or worse.
Here are eight ways to make your child's shots less stressful:
1. Remain Calm: This is the first, most important way to keep your child relaxed. Children are very intuitive and pick up on tension and bad "vibes" instantly. This influences how they react to any situation. So, a parent's emotions have a direct effect on their child's emotional state. If you start to get anxious about your child's experience, she will begin to feel insecure, and eventually, stressed about the situation. But if you remain calm and relaxed, the child will get feel a lot more secure and at ease while getting the shot.
2. Carry a Security Blanket:
Kids usually form bonds with some items that they use regularly. It could be a favorite pacifier, a stuffed toy they like, an item of clothing, or even a blanket. Taking these objects along when going to get a shot will help keep your little ones calm because they will have something familiar with them in a new and intimidating environment. If your child doesn't have an obvious favorite, let her pick something to take along, regardless.
3. Be Honest: This is very important, especially with older children. Let them know what to expect. Explain to them why the shot is necessary and be honest about the fact that the shot is going to sting. Reassure them that this pain won't last long and will go away in a day or so. Knowing what is coming helps children mentally prepare themselves for the experience, no matter how old they are.
4. Use a Sweet Distraction:
If there was ever a time that bribing children with candy was okay, this would be it! Actually, it's not so much a bribe as it is a reward for being brave. Let your little one pick out any candy of their choice on the way to the clinic and let them nibble on sweet treats after they get their shots.
5. Use Laughter:
Laughter is the best medicine, they say. In fact, as a parent you probably know there are few things that bring relief as quickly as laughter does – it the best distraction there is. Use your funny side and make your child laugh off the pain. Using jokes, funny stories and songs will keep your little soldier distracted and hopefully, you all can leave the place laughing instead of crying.
6. Offer them a Good Reward Time: Giving your little one something to look forward to after the shots are done is a great way to keep them motivated. It can be a toy they have been wanting, a book, a new set of crayons or even a small budget shopping excursion. Be sure to choose something that is a guaranteed motivator for your child.
7. Always Go to the Same Place:
A lot of parents make the mistake of going to different clinics to keep their kids in the dark about shots for as long as possible! But going to the same place is a better bet. Telling your child she is going to get shots at a familiar clinic will turn out to be much more comforting for her.
Familiar places are less likely to stress children out and you have a higher chance of having a calmer experience. If possible, try to get the same doctor or nurse to administer the shots each time.
8. The Aftermath: The stress doesn't end with the shot. How you comfort your child after the shot, is what she will remember the next time she needs vaccines!
For older kids, you can have a bit of a "de-briefing" by asking them to describe their experience. Encourage them to tell you how they felt at the time and ask them for ideas on what you can do differently next time to make the experience better for your little one. Younger children will need rewards, treats as explained above, and some quality cuddling.
Making shots less stressful won't happen if you just do one thing - it's all of the above! It's about being there for your child, and keeping her involved in the complete experience before, during and after.
Now that you have these tricks up your sleeve, getting shots shouldn't be as bad. Be assured that your little one will leave the clinic with the fewer tears shed. All the best!
How to Select an Organic Mattress Pad for Your Child
Organic children's mattress pads are gaining a lot of popularity as people are becoming increasingly aware of chemicals and treating agents found in generic mattress pads. These are much more dangerous for children than adults, as children have more fragile immune systems.
Furthermore, children's bodies don't detoxify as efficiently as adult bodies do. A child's sleep time is meant for replenishment, healing, and development of his little body and so choosing a mattress pad that doesn't get in the way of this healing is imperative.
Choosing the right mattress pad need not be an easy task, especially when you get bombarded with so many different options and styles. Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right organic mattress pad:
1. Consider the Style: There are different styles which are available when it comes to organic mattress pads. Take a look and see which one best suits your needs.
- Fitted: These are usually quilted. Like a fitted bed sheet, they come with elastic to wrap around the lower edges of the mattress. They are the most common variant. They help prolong the life of your mattress.
- Flat: This is a flat pad, which may or may not be quilted, with corner straps. These corner straps go around the corners of the mattress to keep the mattress pad in one position as your little angels toss and turn in their sleep. They work in the same manner as the fitted ones.
- Waterproofed: These are usually flat pads with a waterproof barrier under the porous layer. This barrier keeps the mattress from getting stained. Waterproofed mattress pads are useful for children who are still being toilet trained.
- Stretched: This type of mattress pad is a fitted knit pad which stretches across your mattress and stays well fit while protecting your expensive mattress and providing comfortable sleep to your child.
All of these are compatible with inner spring and natural latex mattresses.
2. Consider the Outer Material: There are three most common materials that are used in mattress pads. Depending on where you live and what your budget is, you can select any of the following:
- Organic Cotton: Cotton mattress pads are thin and quilted and are very easy to wash, but they are less durable as they can be more prone to dust mites and mold if not cleaned regularly. However, cotton is probably the best material for your baby's skin.
- Organic or Untreated Wool: Pads with woolen covering are slightly thicker and more durable than cotton ones. They are resistant to dust mites and mold as they are very absorbent. Surprisingly they are found to be more useful during warmer months because of their high level of absorbance, which helps to keep your child cool while he sleeps.
- Natural Latex: Similar to the woolen mattress pads, latex mattresses also are resistant to dust mites and mold. In fact, latex is one of the most durable materials used in mattress pads. Pads lined with latex can last more than 20 years!
3. Consider the Inner Material (Fiber): The inner material contributes the most to comfort, absorbency, and softness. There are two largely used materials:
- Certified Organic Cotton: This fiber breathes and absorbs, and is free of any chemical irritant. It's also quite easy to maintain and keep clean. Just a machine wash once or twice a month is enough to keep it clean and free of dust-mites.
- Certified Organic Wool/Untreated Wool: This fiber is mostly used in felted flat pads. If it is densely felted it can absorb almost 30% of its weight in moisture, then release it slowly. It also deters dust-mites effectively. It can be cold washed in a machine, for easy cleaning. You can also find fitted mattress pads with woolen batting.
4. Consider the Thread Count: Thread count is the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric. The thread count is a sign of quality, texture, and durability. A higher thread count simply means a tighter weave, therefore it'll keep the fiber in and dust and debris out.
5. Things to be Cautious of Many mattress pads use memory foam as the middle layer. Memory foam provides a much more comfortable surface than wool or cotton, but it could contain potentially harmful substances which defeat the purpose of buying an organic baby mattress pad in the first place.
To conclude, buy the mattress that you know fits your child's need best. It is always advisable to invest in an organic mattress pad. Make sure all the materials you find in your mattress pad are certified organic by a valid certified.