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Proper Nutrition | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Julia Miglets 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.

Make Sure Your Picky Toddler is Getting Proper Nutrition

By | Health, Parenting

As children begin to verbalize, they exercise power over their thoughts when realizing they have the ability to express them, and with this comes picky eaters. After the first birthday, a child’s physical growth will slow down, and they will only gain about five pounds each year. Their need for food will lessen, so they won’t be as open to the idea of eating as they may have been in the past. Even though your toddler does not need to eat as much, they still need to be getting the proper nutrition. But how can you accomplish such a daunting task with such a picky eater on your hands?

Make Meals Fun

 For the parents with a creative side who have a few extra minutes on their hands, prep meals with a little flair. Make a face with hummus and veggies, or use stencils to create animal-shaped pancakes. This will take no more than five minutes to do, and your kid will be much more excited about lunch-time.

Proper Nutrition | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Feed Them High-Calorie Foods

 Given that they are high in nutrients, high-calorie foods will have a deeper nutritious impact on what your child is eating. These foods can include hummus, avocados, brown rice, whole grain pasta, almond or peanut butter, chicken breast, eggs, Greek yogurt, or cheese.

Even if your child decides halfway through lunch that they aren’t hungry anymore, they will at least have taken in more nutritious calories than empty ones.

Make Smoothies

 You shouldn’t liquify every meal, however, it’s a great way to sneak some fruits and protein into your kid’s day. Strawberry mango, blueberry banana, and chocolate peanut butter are popular flavors among kids.

If your child is still in the sippy cup stage, check out some of Daphyl’s sippy cups here. If you are feeding them smoothies through a sippy cup, give the smoothie a few extra minutes to soften so it comes out easier.

Proper Nutrition | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Have Them Help Out with Meal Prep

Kids love feeling a sense of pride in their accomplishments. Consider having your child help you out with some of the smaller food prep tasks.

Getting items from the pantry, pouring, and stirring, are among the simple tasks your child can do easily. Helping out with meal prep will make your toddler excited to eat the food in the hopes that everyone else will be excited, too.

These are just some of the tips we think will help your toddlers get the proper nutrition as they grow and change their eating habits.

Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets 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.

New Years Eve | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Julia Miglets 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.

How to Include Your Little Ones in the New Year’s Eve Festivities

By | Parenting

New Year’s Eve is one of the most stress-free holidays to celebrate—no gifts, no cards, and (usually) no travel. You have all the more reason to make your holiday into a fun family evening with the kids.

Before you had kids, maybe you were used to going to bars with friends or attending crowded public events. But after you’ve had kids, it’s often easiest to stay in (but just as fun!).

Here are some simple yet memorable ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve at home with your little ones.

Party in Style

Head to the party store and pick up all the cliched yet classic New Year’s accessories: hats, huge glasses, party horns, mardi gras beads, crowns, bow ties, etc. Your kids will get a kick out of playing dress-up, and the pieces will make for a very cute photo op.

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Invite Other Families for a Game Night

Know other couples with kids? Invite them to your New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Your children will love having other kids to hang out with, and you’ll enjoy being able to have grown up talk with the other parents.

To keep the kids occupied, host a family game night. Games could include indoor bean bag toss (or outdoor, if you live in a warm climate), Pictionary, musical chairs, Jenga, telephone, memory, or Twister.

Playing games and learning rules is beneficial to kids—plus, these games are plain fun for everyone involved.

Have a New Year’s Eve Sing-Along

Kids love to sing in front of people (before the social awareness creeps up on them). Teach your kids the words to Auld Lang Syne (or something reminiscent of it, since most of us don’t speak Scottish), or perhaps they have another song they love. Host a karaoke session and let your little ones belt out their favorite tunes.

Ring in the New Year (Before Bedtime)

If your kids are used to going to bed rather early (and are prone to narcoleptic episodes if kept up any longer), host a faux ball dropping ceremony in advance. Hold a countdown, blow into your noisemakers, and pour celebratory apple juice in their sippy cups (check out our sippy cup selection!). Acquainting your kids with the traditions of the holiday will make the evening extra special for them.

New Year’s Eve is a celebratory holiday, so let go of the idea that the holidays need to be stressful, and let your kids have as much fun as they can. They will hold these memories dear to their hearts for years to come.

Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets 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.

Christmas Cards | Holiday Activities | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Julia Miglets 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.

Fun Holiday Activities for the Little Ones

By | Parenting

The holiday season is all about making the extra effort to spend fun, quality time with family. Look back on your childhood, and consider when some of your happiest memories took place.

You probably thought of Christmas-time.

Kids, of course, tend to be a little rambunctious, so we’ve put together just a few fun, yet uncomplicated holiday activities. No matter how simple, if you put in the effort, your kids will remember it forever.

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Play Christmas Charades

Charades is a classic, hilarious game that requires no cleanup—only now it takes on a Christmas theme. Cards can say things like, “Chopping Down the Christmas Tree,” “Santa Coming Down the Chimney,” or “Christmas Shopping.” Get creative. Your kids will find joy in a little competition combined with a chance to express themselves.

Visit Santa at the Mall

An oldie but a goodie. Provided your kid actually wants to see Santa (don’t force it), sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him what they want for Christmas is a magical experience for any kid. Plus, it’s a great photo op! You can also knock out some of your gift shopping in the same trip.

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Drive Around to Look at Christmas Lights

Pack all the kids in the car and head to the neighborhoods where elaborate light displays come to life. To make it extra special, stop for some hot cocoa on the way, and play Christmas music in the car. Force your kids to unplug from their tablets for a couple hours for a cozy, fun drive around town.

Donate Their Old Toys

 Use the Christmas season as an opportunity to teach your kids about giving back. Go through their old toys with them (take no more than 30 minutes—kids get restless). See what they’re willing to give up, and remind them that their toys will be going to a child who has no toys. Your kid will feel warm inside when they think about how happy they’re making another kid, and that’s a valuable life lesson.

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Send Christmas Cards

Break out the construction paper, markers, and stickers. Send Christmas cards to family and friends, and let your kids be a part of that. Let them draw silly Christmas pictures and sign their names to let others know you’re all thinking of them. Assigning your kids small, yet purposeful tasks will teach them social etiquette at an early age, and they’ll have fun doing it.

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From our Daphyl’s family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!

Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets 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.

Editor's Note: Julia Miglets 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.

How to Wean Your Child Off Of the Pacifier

By | Health, Parenting

The transition from baby to toddler is filled with lots of changes, and while some kids adapt easily, others might need alternative methods of convincing. One of the things your child might have the most difficult time letting go of is their pacifier.

Some kids simply just lose interest or want to prove something by not using their binky anymore. But for others, the emotional attachment is hard to break.

Once your child turns two, it’s time to start slowly weaning them off the pacifier with the intention of avoiding dental problems in the future (why pay for braces if you can avoid them?).

By four years old, your child should not be using their pacifier at all.

If your child is being stubborn and will not give up the pacifier, it’s time to start considering alternative techniques.

Wean Your Child off the Pacifier | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearGive the Pacifier a Sour Taste

Dipping the pacifier in lemon juice or vinegar, then allowing your child to use it, could turn them off to pacifiers for good. Toddlers can be some of the pickiest eaters around, so the unpleasant taste they associate with pacifiers is enough to get them to move on.

You might also try cutting the silicone part off their pacifier, leaving your toddler with nothing but the backing. They will soon lose interest in the pacifiers now that their favorite part is gone.

Wean Your Child off the Pacifier | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearTransition to Sippy Cups

 You should start acquainting your child with sippy cups between six and nine months of age. They don’t necessarily have to be drinking from them, but you can use them as a bath-time toy (mess-free!).

The idea is to get your child acquainted with the mechanisms of the sippy cup so that when you’re ready to take away the pacifier (at about two years old), your child is mentally prepared to start using a sippy cup. This way, they won’t have such a hard time making the switch, and might even be welcoming of it.

Check out some of our sippy cups, which can help them get rid of the pacifier with their silicone spouts.

Quit Cold Turkey

 Some children don’t respond well to being coddled, which often seems to nurture their attachment to inanimate objects. If you’ve reached a high level of frustration, give your toddler no other option but to leave their pacifiers in the past.

Encourage your child to move on by stressing that pacifiers are for babies, and your child should want to be a big boy/girl.

Expect torrents of tears and tantrums, but above all, do not give in. Eventually, your kid will forget all about their pacifier and revel in the glory of becoming a big kid.

Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets 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.