1. Corn flour for nappy rash.
This is like magic as most baby powders have chemicals or fragrance in them and creams don’t allow the affected area to dry. For really bad nappy rash use a hair dryer to dry the child’s bottom properly then apply a layer of corn flour. You generally see the results over night just keep a little bowl next to the nappy changing table for each nappy change.
2. Bleeding lips and mouths.
Who hasn’t seen a child bump their lip or bite their tongue while learning to walk? Mouths bleed a lot for such little cuts and it makes it very hard to keep a child still enough to assess the problem. A teaspoon of white sugar stops the bleeding instantly and helps calm the child because of the yummy taste. This allows you to find out where the blood is coming from.
3. Feeding curious infants.
Children generally hit the stage where their dinner is like finger painting and they refuse to let anyone else feed them because they want to do it all by themselves but they can’t quite do it; parents often worry and get frustrated because if they don’t feed them the child won’t eat. Just simply give the child their own spoon or some finger food for them to hold onto – this way they feel like they are doing it themselves and you are distracting them enough to pop a spoonful into their mouth every so often.
4. Arguments over clothes.
To stop those horrible arguments and tantrums over picking appropriate clothes for the weather, kindi, school or to go out somewhere important divide their clothes into draws labelled “Winter” , “Summer”, “Special”, “Kindi” and have a picture on each draw (a cloud, sun etc). This works a treat and you can now allow the child to choose their own clothes that you will be happy with as well and teach them about the weather and seasons at the same time, you can also have a weather chart so you can decide together what draw to choose out of. It makes life a lot easier and mornings run a lot smoother.
During the teething stage children are generally exploring with their senses and everything goes in their mouths. If they have favourite toys (non toxic) pop them in the freezer over night. If the child is going to put it in their mouth you may as well make it cold and soothing.
Frozen yogurt cubes, carrot sticks or cucumber sticks are also fantastic frozen.
6. Coughing at night.
If your child is coughing during the night or has a cold pop a pillow under the cot mattress (bed head end) and this will reduce the coughing and enable your child to breathe more soundly.
To extend your child’s vocabulary get into the habit of repeating what your child has said with a few added words, for example if your child say’s “Cat black” repeat back with “The cat is Black”.
8. Consistency is the key.
For any transition, behaviour or routine consistency is the key if you put in the hard yards for as long as it becomes a habit you will not have to go back and “re-teach” your child.
9. Hands on the car.
When getting your children in and out of the car. Make it a rule for the “older” child to put their hands on the car while strapping the younger one in or out of the car seat. That way they have something to concentrate on and you can keep an eye on them.
10. Counting down for transitions.
If you give your child warning before all transitions then they will be more likely to follow instructions and transition smoothly. Although children have no idea about time it is still good to keep counting down so that they can prepare themselves for leaving their toys (or what they are playing with) to go brush their teeth, wash hands, go have a bath or go to bed etc. It gives a child time to process what is happening next. As adults we all plan our days and are aware of what is happening next, most of us would not like things to be sprung on us when we are busy.
For example: 5 minutes until bed time, 4 more minutes until bed... and so on or 3 more blocks then bye bye to that game.