The Happy Toddler is back from sailing!
April 7, 2016
We actually got back from sailing in Thailand a little over a week ago, but the flu hit our house (compliments of 24 hours in the air I am sure).
We had a great trip and look forward to sharing some of our adventures, packing successes and failures for sailing trips, and tips for a 24 hour flight with a toddler.
Here is a healthy sailor boy photo! We beat the flu with smiles. I don’t know how that happened, but it did. I will also share my tips on getting your toddler to take the dreaded Tamiflu! You won’t know until it is too late, but Tamiflu is nasty!
Also, the bandana bib with the anchors on it is from #pashoshibaby Bandana bibs are the only bibs Donovan will wear. We love the pashoshi baby bandana bib because it is super soft and nautical!
Fun with Food! Fruit Kabobs!
March 7, 2016
While Donovan doesn’t need to be coaxed into eating more fruits, I find it super adorable watching him bounce around the house with his fruit kabobs.
I use craft sticks instead of skewers because of safety concerns. I chose the jumbo sticks, but I am sure the regular ones would work, as well. My concern with those was that they might break and become sharp.
Anyhow – just cut the fruit and add it to the skewer. It is as simple as that.
You can even make skewers of cucumbers or cheese. If I could skewer some broccoli, I would. He eats anything I put on the skewer. However, watermelon and fresh mozzarella (with balsamic vinegar) is his favorite.
Teddy wears a diaper! Pre-Potty Training Readiness Tips
March 6, 2016
One day Donovan grabbed a diaper and insisted that his teddy wear it. It was so adorable.
It got me to thinking about potty training, etc. Most children seem to be scared of the potty. I was determined early on that we were not going to have that problem.
Here are a few things that we do that will help ease him into potty training when the time is right for both of us:
Stop the Tantrum – No yelling, bribing or distracting!
March 5, 2016
A lot of moms have told me (and I used to believe) that the ultimate way to stop a tantrum was to distract your child. I will admit that it does work. However, this technique does not teach your child anything about patience. It does not teach your child that what they are upset about matters and sometimes it can infuriate a child causing all kinds of embarrassing situations.
What has been working for us when Donovan goes toddler-crazy, is:
Music, Youtube, and Short Films for the Happy Toddler
March 3, 2016
While we limit all electronic entertainment for our son, we also find value in periodic entertainment. We also read to him several times a day (which he loves). But as a mom, I see zero harm in dance parties, animated songs that teach, and short films that calm.
Here are a few of our family’s favorites.
Homemade Bath Paints – Sensory Play
February 29, 2016
If you haven’t made toddler friendly bath paints yet, then you do not know what you are missing. We had so much fun.
It is super simple to make. I just used a leftover egg carton, put some shaving cream into each egg spot and added one drop of food coloring. Mix it well.
Toddler Approved Superfood Acai Bowl
February 28, 2016
Acai bowls and Buddha bowls are all the rage on Instagram these days! The pictures are like artwork. Essentially an acai bowl is just a deconstructed smoothie in a bowl with an artist’s touch. I love them. You can even add things you normally wouldn’t blend like almonds, goji berries, and granola.
For Donovan, I kept it simple and nutritious. He loved it. Here is the recipe which takes only a few minutes of prep.