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Music vs Reading | Daphyls Iconic Baby Gear

Can Music Trump Reading for Babies?

By | Music, Parenting

Most parents know the importance of reading to their babies and toddlers. Reading helps to develop language skills, it helps babies to recognize patterns, and it even helps with other areas of cognitive development.

But, recent studies have found that music may have benefits that go above and beyond what reading to your baby can offer. While you absolutely shouldn’t stop reading to your child, you might want to consider making some informal music with them, too!

Informal vs. Commerical Baby Music

You’ve probably heard about parents playing Mozart for their babies, or investing in ‘baby music’ programs for their little ones to watch over and over again. The concept is the same: Music helps with cognitive development, and it can help your child to develop better social-emotional skills.

But, you don’t have to give into the hype behind the commercialized baby music. In fact, your child may benefit more from the two of you making up a song together. It could be something as simple as you singing a tune or playing it on the piano. Or, let your child listen to some of your favorite songs and have a dance party with your baby!

Making informal music with your child in their toddler years can help with literacy, emotion regulation, increase their attention span, and boost their social skills by the time they’re five.

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Make It A Part of Their Day

You don’t need to buy into all the hype surrounding the “right” kind of music for your baby. While there certainly are benefits to listening to things like classical or songs with repetition, it isn’t the only way to introduce the world of music to your child. It’s the informal type you make together that will have the biggest impact. Combined with reading to your child everyday, you’re preparing them to be successful in every way – just by having fun together!

Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske 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.

Indoor Activities for Kids | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

3 Easy Indoor Activities to Keep Toddlers Busy

By | Parenting

Winter is in full swing, and that means snow, ice, rain, and cold days! While getting outside with your little one as much as possible is always fun, sometimes it’s just not possible due to the weather.

Unfortunately, that can make both you and your toddler a little stir crazy. So, what can you do to keep your baby from getting bored indoors? Check out these three easy indoor activities to keep your toddler busy for hours!

  1. Shaving Cream “Snow”

If your toddler is interested in the snow but it’s too cold to go out and play, mimic the look of the white stuff with shaving cream. Simply spray a can of shaving cream onto a baking dish or pan, and let your toddler have fun! It’s a great sensory activity that lets them explore different textures.

For a bit of extra messy fun, add a few drops of food coloring to the shaving cream. Your little one will love swirling the colors around (just make sure they’re wearing an old t-shirt!).

  1. Tape a Tightrope

Use colored tape to create different patterns and lines along the floor. You can start off with a straight line, then do fun zig-zags or turns. Have your toddler try to balance on the line, even as they get tricky to navigate. It’s great for their coordination, and they’ll have a blast trying to balance. Get creative and have them walk the lines backwards, too!

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  1. Cardboard Boxes

One of the oldest and most effective solutions for keeping a toddler busy indoors is with a simple cardboard box. If you have a large box, let your toddler’s imagination run wild. You can help them decorate the box with markers and stickers if they want to turn it into something like a space ship, building, etc.

Or, you can leave the box blank and let them imagine it’s a variety of different things. A cardboard box can entertain a child for hours, and you’ll love watching all the things they can come up with.

Being stuck indoors with your toddler can actually be a lot of fun for both of you! Use some of these suggestions the next time you need a bright idea for some indoor activities your child will love.

Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske 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.

Prevent the Flu This Winter | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Prevent Your Kids From Getting the Flu This Winter

By | Health, Parenting

Winter is finally upon us, and that means cold and flu season is in full swing. No one wants their children to suffer by getting the flu, or spending days miserable in bed.

Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help prevent the flu from taking over your household.

Use these useful tips to keep your kids from getting the flu, and help them stay happy, healthy, and active all winter long!
Prevent the Flu This Winter | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Wash Their Hands

 Hand washing is probably the most important and effective way to fight off the flu. Have your kids wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after playing with toys, sneezing, using a tissue, and before they eat.

One good rule of thumb is to have your child sing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing their hands. It’s a great way to make sure they’ve washed long enough to get rid of cold and flu germs.

 

Avoid Sharing Drinks

 Kids like to share food and drinks, and can even end up drinking from the same cup/straw half the time. Try to prevent drink-sharing as much as possible. During flu season, it’s an easy way to catch harmful germs. But, it can also lead to more harmful conditions later on in life, such as meningitis. Letting your child know it’s not okay to share sippy cups or straws now will help them develop healthier food and drink-sharing habits later on in life.

Eat, Sleep, and Exercise

 One of the best ways to keep your child healthy this winter is to practice a healthy lifestyle! Don’t wait for them to get sick in order to start eating and drinking right and making sure they get enough sleep.

A healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise, and several hours of solid sleep each night will boost your child’s immune system naturally. That makes it easier for them to fight off harmful flu symptoms.

By keeping these tips in mind, your child will be at a lower risk for getting the flu this season, so they can have fun and feel great all winter long.

Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske 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.

Colicky Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

Making the Best of Your Colicky Baby

By | Health, Parenting, Safety | No Comments

Making the Best of Your Colicky Baby

Almost every baby has bouts of crying and fussiness here and there. But, a colicky baby is a much different story, as any parent who has dealt with one will tell you! Colic is really nothing more than abdominal pain, usually associated with gas or some type of obstruction in the intestines. Unfortunately, it can be extremely painful for babies, causing them to cry for long periods of time.

So, what can you do to soothe your colicky baby, giving them some relief and allowing yourself to get some sleep? Let’s take a look at a few tips!

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Practice the “Colic Carry”

 The goal is to give your baby a bit of relief from gas bubbles. Carrying them a certain way can really help to alleviate their pain. The “colic carry” is as simple as positioning your little one on your forearm, so they’re laying on their stomach. You can support their head with your hand. It’s a simple maneuver that can make a big difference!

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Reduce Stimulation

 Keeping your baby as calm as possible can actually help to soothe them. It may not take away the pain, but if you can calm them down enough by reducing things like outside noise, lights, etc., they may be able to get some rest.

Additionally, you might want to try playing some white noise. Something as simple as the sound of rain or a soft static can help to soothe a baby.

Give Them a Massage

 Sometimes, a gentle massage can help to ease the gas bubbles in your baby’s abdomen. Lay your little one on their tummy, and gently rub their back to alleviate some of the pain. You can also try “pedaling” their legs slowly, to help your baby release some of that pent-up gas!

Dealing with a colicky baby isn’t easy for anyone, and no one wants to see their child in any kind of pain. But, by using these simple tips, you can bring them some comfort, and find some relief, yourself!

 

 

Editor’s Note: Stacey Blaske 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.