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Giulia Simolo

Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Should You Give Your Baby A Teething Necklace?

By | Health, Parenting, Safety

As they grow babies experience many unpleasant side-effects from teething, such as drooling, fussiness, and the inability to sleep. You might be tempted to give your baby a teething necklace to help alleviate their discomfort. There are many varieties available, such as those made from amber, wood, or silicone. But are they safe?

Misconceptions About Amber Teething Necklaces

Lately, there’s been lots of hype about amber teething necklaces. If you’re interested in them, it’s important to know some important facts. First, the necklace isn’t really made of amber gemstones. As The Bump reports, it’s made of fossilized tree resin. Second, babies aren’t meant to actually chew on the necklaces. It’s said that amber necklaces release succinic acid that gets absorbed by the baby’s skin and this is what relieves teething discomfort because it works as a painkiller. Although there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim, some parents swear by these necklaces.

Teething Necklace | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Risks Of Teething Necklaces

There’s no doubt that you worry about putting anything around your baby’s neck as it can cause strangulation. There’s also the worry of babies chewing on beads that come undone and then choking on them. This is the case for all teething beads, no matter what material they’re made of.

There have been some reports of children getting harmed and even dying because of teething necklaces. In 2018, the U.S. Food And Drug Administration released a warning about teething beads and necklaces after viewing reports of children choking on beads that had snapped off. There was also the case of an 18-month-old baby getting strangled to death by an amber necklace while sleeping.

Although some necklace manufacturers insist that the beads are meant to snap off quickly and easily if they get tangled, if you’re going to buy a teething necklace, always make sure that the beads are fastened well and that you only let your baby wear it when you’re around.

Safer Ways To Ease Teething Discomfort

There are other ways to ease your baby’s discomfort during teething. These include light massage over the sore areas in your baby’s mouth and giving your children damp washcloths that can be gnawed on safely, as reported by Healthy Children. Some chew toys can also help, but always make sure that they don’t contain harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalate.

Giving your child a BPA-free sippy cup filled with cold water can offer relief. One that comes with a dentist-recommended soft spout is also recommended to keep baby’s teeth and gums healthy. All of our sippy cups are BPA-Free and are meant to help babies while they are teething. Find them in the shop.

 

Sources: The Bump, FDA, Healthy Children

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Eggnog in a Sippy Cup | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Eggnog In A Sippy Cup? – A How-To Activity

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Eggnog In A Sippy Cup? – A How-To Activity

Eggnog is synonymous with the festive season, but that doesn’t mean your toddler can’t get in on the fun. By choosing a non-alcoholic, healthy eggnog alternative for their sippy cups, children will have an enjoyable treat during the holidays. Interested in making your own baby-friendly eggnog? Here’s how.

Put A Spin On Traditional Eggnog

Traditional eggnog isn’t safe for babies. Alcohol aside, cow’s milk can cause intestinal bleeding in children under the age of 12 months, while raw eggs pose a salmonella risk, as Fatherly reports. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own eggnog which your kids can safely consume.

The key is to remove adult-only ingredients, such as rum and raw eggs, from your child’s eggnog sippy cup. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remove the eggs from the recipe altogether. Just cook them. Yes, really! As for the milk and cream elements of eggnog recipes, make sure your baby is older than 18 months before feeding him/her dairy products – and that goes for non-dairy milk as well, such as rice or almond milk.

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Delicious Eggnog Recipe

Trial and Eater has an easy recipe for kid-friendly eggnog that contains cooked eggs.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 egg yolks
1 ½ cups cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of ground nutmeg

 

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Mix the cinnamon and milk in a saucepan, and place it on low heat for a few minutes to warm it up.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together.
  3. Pour this egg mixture into the saucepan. Cook it over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes until it is thick.
  4. Take the saucepan off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  5. Add the vanilla, nutmeg, and cream. Whisk it well together.
  6. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours.

What If Your Baby Can’t Eat Dairy?

If your toddler is allergic to dairy, you can swap the milk for rice milk. The cream, on the other hand, can be made by rice and water as described on the Food52 website. You’ll need five cups of cold water and two cups of whole-grain germinated brown rice. Soak the rice in three cups of water overnight, then rinse it off and place it in a blender with the other two cups of water. Blend on high speed for five minutes to create a beautiful and thick cream, no dairy required! Tastes great in a Daphyl’s Sippy Cup!

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References: Fatherly, Trial and Eater, Food 52

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Car Seat Safety - Twisted Car Seat Straps | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

That God-Forsaken Twist In My Car-Seat Harness

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Twisted car-seat straps are every mom’s worst nightmare, especially on busy mornings. They can also be dangerous. Hintmama explains how tangled straps can prevent the force of impact from being spread across the harness straps correctly. During an accident, this can cause injuries to your child. Thankfully, there are easy ways to keep harness straps neat and prevent them from making you frazzled.

Stick To Good Daily Harness Habits

By keeping an eye on your harness straps, you can prevent them from becoming a mess. Dr. Alisa Baer, a car-seat expert, offers Hintmama these quick and easy tips to keep harness straps untangled. First, remove the shoulder pad covers that attach to the straps with Velcro as these can cause tangles to occur. Next, put your child into the car seat when the straps are loose. By tightening them each time your child’s in the seat, you’ll prevent them from becoming twisted.

Use The “Fold Over” Method

Car Seat Safety - Twisted Car Seat Straps | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearA good way to untangle those straps quickly when they’re especially problematic is to follow three easy steps from ERF Mission. First, fold the car seat harness strap over onto itself, as if you are folding it in half. Then, pull the plastic connector bit over this fold. Once you’ve pulled it all the way down, you’ll see that it has straightened out the twisted straps. Phew, now you’re ready to go.

Make Them Snug

A common culprit for twisted car-seat harness straps is if they’re too loose. A good tip is to try to pinch the harness webbing – if you can do this, then it’s too loose for your child. This makes it easier for the straps to tangle and twist. As pointed out by Kids Health, make sure the straps fit snugly over your baby, especially over their shoulders and thighs, to prevent tangles. Doing this also provides the right protection for your child in the case of accidents.

References: Hintmama, ERF Mission, Kids Health

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Cold Weather Snacks for Kids | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Cold Weather Snacks Means No More Ice Cream

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Cold Weather Snacks – Transitioning Away from Ice Cream

Now that the weather’s getting cooler, ice cream’s out of the question when it comes to baby treats, but that doesn’t matter. There are lots of healthy food choices that babies will love digging into, like these comforting foods and drinks that make chilly days so much more fun.

 

Delicious Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love hot cocoa? Make it healthier for your baby by choosing dark chocolate – the darker the better! – as this contains more nutrients, such as iron and zinc, than paler milk chocolate varieties.

Cow’s milk often goes into making hot chocolate, but make sure you only introduce it into your baby’s diet once they’ve hit the one-year mark as they can’t digest it. The American Academy Of Pediatrics reports that by the age of two, your baby can happily drink two cups of cow’s milk (or other milk products) every day.

Soft ’n Sweet Potato Fries

Snacks like sweet potato fries are great for giving baby a warm, sweet treat that’s also nourishing. Peel potatoes and cut them into small strips. Sprinkle them with cinnamon, olive oil, and brown sugar, then place them on a baking sheet. Bake them for approximately 40 minutes in the oven so that they’re tender enough for baby to eat.

Broccoli And Cheese Nuggets

Broccoli & CHeese Nuggets | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Here at Daphyl’s we believe that snacks can be healthy and tasty! That’s why this recipe from Momtastic features more delicious vegetables. To make these nuggets, you’ll need a few cups of broccoli, one cup of bread crumbs, one-and-a-half cups of shredded cheddar cheese, three large eggs, and olive oil.

Mix the ingredients, except for the olive oil, together. If you don’t want to use eggs, such as if your baby’s got egg allergies or is under the age of one, you can substitute the egg for fruit or vegetable puree. Use your hands to shape the mixture into nuggets. Place them on a baking tray that’s been coated with olive oil. You should bake these nuggets for approximately 15 minutes, then turn them around so they bake well on both sides.

Juicy Juices  

You want to boost your baby’s immune system while giving him/her something tasty to stay hydrated in the dry, cold winter months. That’s where juice come in! It’s always better to squeeze your own fresh juice to avoid the high sugar content in store-bought juices. Be creative, trying lots of different fruits to appeal to your baby’s taste buds.

If your baby’s fussy and doesn’t like juice, get him/her used to it by first using fruits instead of veggies in recipes as these taste sweeter. Spare a thought for presentation too. Fun and colorful sippy cups, such as our Rock ’n Roll-inspired ones, will make nutritious juices so much more fun for babies and toddlers!

Freshly Squeezed Juice for Kids | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Sources: Baby Center, Momtastic

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.