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Lauren Saccone

St. Patrick’s Day Fun for the Little Ones

By | Parenting

How You Can Teach Your Little Ones About This Holiday

Get ready to go green — St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  This holiday is a great time to teach children all about Irish culture and history in a fun and exciting way. Looking for some tips on how to have some educational fun with your little ones? We can help!

We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids. Whether you’re looking to teach them something new or just have them celebrate in style, we’ve got a host of great St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids.  Pick out your favorites and get ready for an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day with your children.

Cook Up Something Special

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, bring your children into the kitchen and help them cook up a feast for family and friends! You can teach them the ins and outs of cooking classic Irish cuisine, like corned beef and cabbage. As you cook, you can teach your little ones fascinating facts about Irish history and food, feeding their bodies and their minds at the same time.

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You can also opt for some sweet treats at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, by baking shamrock cookies with bright green frosting. Your children will love decorating their shamrocks and sharing them with loved ones! You can finish off your delicious meal with a beverage served in their favorite Pink Floyd sippy cup – we suggest adding a little green food dye to their milk for a colorful and fun concoction kids will love.

Make Leprechaun Traps

Your little ones will love learning about Irish history as they hunt leprechauns! This fun tradition is a great way to get your children excited about the past while stretching their creative muscles. First, tell them the rich history of the legend of leprechauns, and how it’s become a part of Irish culture. You can even tell some old fairy tales to get them in the spirit of the celebration!

Afterwards, it’s time to catch some leprechauns of your own (or at least pretend to)! Have your children design fun traps using their favorite snacks as bait. They can construct traps out of pipe cleaners, building blocks, or construction paper and rubber bands. Let their imaginations run wild! And remember, if they do catch a leprechaun they get a pot of gold or three wishes — so be sure to ask them to think of what they’ll do if they manage to find one!

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Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone 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.

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Keeping Your Toddler Occupied On Sick Days

By | Health, Parenting

Sick days: they happen to even the healthiest of children from time to time. You’ve given them medicine and let them stay home to recover, but how do you keep them busy the whole day through? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your toddler occupied on sick days, while still ensuring they get the rest and recovery they need. Read on for some helpful hints on making the most of sick days with your toddler.

Reading Time

Grab a stack of beloved books, curl up with blankets and stuffed animals, and start reading! Older children can help read along, while younger ones will be soothed by the sound of your voice and their favorite stories. If your child wants to participate but hasn’t quite mastered reading, let them tell you some stories! The two of you can make them up together for a fun time that will get their imagination going.

Set Up Play Time

Create a play-station for your little one that will keep them entertained for hours. You can set up different stations throughout a room, each with a different theme. You can put their stuffed animals in one spot, coloring books and crayons in another, and interactive toys (like this Pink Floyd Play Mirror) in another. It just takes a few minutes to set up, but can keep your child happy and occupied for hours during sick days.

Go Camping

Enjoy all the fun of camping without ever having to step outside! Instead, set up a campsite right in the middle of your living room. You can make ‘tents’ out of blankets and pillows, have outdoorsy snacks like chopped veggies or trail mix, and sit around telling stories. You can watch a nature-themed movie together, and even make microwave S’mores if your little one is feeling up for something sweet.

Start Cooking

If your child loves food and cooking, now’s the perfect time to encourage it! If they’re feeling up to it, you can help them make easy treats (there are tons of great YouTube tutorials). Kids will love tasting things they’ve created, and be distracted from feeling unwell.

If your child is feeling especially unwell (or you don’t want to risk spreading disease), put on a cooking show for them! You can channel your inner Julia Childs and show them the ins and out of creating a delicious snack while they relax with their Pink Floyd sippy cup. Your little one will love learning how to make simple, delicious snacks with you, and might even learn a few things along the way!

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Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone 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.

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Sweet Dreams: Helping Your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep

By | Health, Parenting

Sleep is an essential part of your child’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, a lot of kids don’t love bedtime quite as much as their parents do. But getting your child to be well-rested doesn’t have to be a challenge! We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks for helping your child to get a good night’s sleep, so you can both start off the day bright-eyed and ready for anything!

Set A Bedtime (& Stick To It)

Kids love a routine they can rely on, especially when it comes to bedtime. Pick a time for your child to head off to sleep, remembering that on average they need nine to 11 hours of rest on average. Changing it around can prove confusing for children (and often lead to them fighting to stay up just a little longer). Sticking to the same routine will make bedtime easier for everyone involved.

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Shut It Down

Once it’s time for bed, all electronics and other devices should be put away. They can distract your child, and in some cases get them so wound up that sleeping becomes impossible. Instead of surfing the web, read with them, or tell them a story while they snuggle up. Bedtime is a great excuse to really bond with your child, and ensure they’ll have sweet dreams.

Make Sleep-time Peaceful

Ensure that your child’s room is the ideal spot for a serious snooze session. The room should be kept quiet (unless your child prefers ambient noise to help soothe them), and dark enough to promote sleep. If your child dislikes the dark, you can set up a small night light to keep away anything scary. Make sure their favorite stuffed animals or comfort objects are handy, so they can cuddle up in comfort for a great rest.

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Bedtime Time

If your child has trouble sleeping, a bedtime snack could be the solution to their issues. Children who are hungry rarely sleep well, so a small meal before bed often helps them get the rest they require. Make sure it’s at least half an hour before bedtime so they can start to digest before they hit the sheets, and opt for healthy choices that are nourishing. Graham crackers, warm milk in a sippy cup, or fruit and peanut butter are all great snacks that will leave them ready for a well-earned rest.

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone 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.

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Can Your Kid Rock A Seasonal (Ugly) Sweater?

By | Kids Fashion, Parenting

Can Your Kid Rock A Seasonal (Ugly) Sweater?

Kids Ugly Sweater | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearThe holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes one beloved and fun tradition: the wearing of ugly sweaters. This trend has rapidly become an institution; some people even host parties where everyone has to dress up in their favorite ugly sweater. It’s no wonder that a lot of parents want to get their kids in on the fun! But do these popular seasonal sweaters really look cute on your kids? They can, if you follow a few guidelines when dressing them. Here are some great ways to ensure your kid looks their best (and has fun) when wearing their ugly sweater this holiday season!

Keep it Comfortable

Kids are generally not fans of uncomfortable outfits — and who can blame them? When decking out your little one in their festive gear, make sure the sweater is comfortable and cozy. You want it to fit well and look good. After all, it will be hard to snap a bunch of cute photos if your child refuses to wear their sweater.

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Not all humor is created equal. There are some hilarious ugly sweaters out there that are decidedly adults-only. You don’t want your kid missing out on the joke because it goes over their head! Luckily, there are tons of age-appropriate ugly sweaters that are fun, festive, and perfect for the younger set. Save the more mature humor for your own grown-up ugly sweater festivities.

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Give Them A Voice

Kids have their own unique opinions and interests — let them celebrate in their own style! If your child loves comics or science fiction, grab them a sweater that shows off their interests. Have a little one that’s wild about unicorns? There’s a seasonal ugly sweater for that, too. By getting them involved, kids will have more fun with their holiday outfits (and be way more likely to let you dress them up when the time comes).

Throw A Party

If you and your child are really into the whole ugly sweater tradition, go all out! You can host a party where the dress code calls for ugly sweaters. Kids will love showing off their outfits, and you can hold a competition (complete with corny prize) for who has the best — or worst — sweater in the bunch. Make sure there are games and snacks galore, and the good tidings will roll right in. Parents can dress up too, if you want to ensure the fun has no age limit. You can even have the whole family wear matching sweaters for maximum enjoyment.

Make The Call

Seasonal sweaters aren’t for everyone. While a lot of people enjoy the fun and good holiday tidings, others would rather give this tradition a miss. If you or your child aren’t feeling the holiday cheer, there’s no shame in skipping this one. If your kid prefers a less flashy sweater (or a different outfit entirely), don’t stress about it! The holidays are meant to be a time of fun and celebration, and nobody is going to enjoy themselves if they’re stuck in an outfit they don’t like. Whatever you decide, make sure you celebrate the holiday season in a way everyone can enjoy — no matter what they choose to wear.

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone 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.