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Editor's Note: Cara Berzins 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.

Navigating YouTube for Infants & Toddlers

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Navigating YouTube for Infants & Toddlers

What were you doing in 2005? Maybe your parents let you have an hour of TV after school, and then you went outside to play.

Screen time had barely become a blip on parenting radar. And yet, that was the year YouTube was born.

Put that together with the release of the first iPhone in 2007, and you have the makings of a brand new world for parents to navigate.

Fast forward to 2018. The number of screens and devices in our lives has gone through the roof.

It’s not just for us grown-ups anymore. We now have a whole new YouTubiverse designed for babies and toddlers.

How are we parents to navigate this universe?

Here are our favorite reasons to use your toddler’s carefully doled out screen time to bond with your child using the YouTube platform.

YouTube is Playful

YouTube is inhabited by super loveable characters like Baby Shark, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the entire Sesame Street cast, past and present.

Check out Sesame Street’s playful take on the Beatles: Cookie Monster sings “Hey Food”.

At Daphyl’s we are all about bringing iconic music into our children’s lives. YouTube can help old classics stay beloved.

YouTube is Creative

New favorites go viral all the time. Content for kids is often colorful and eye-catching. Take for example “Hey Bear’s” Baby Sensory Rainbow, where high contrast rainbow colored graphics float across the screen to familiar children’s songs.

YouTube is Educational

Just because it’s viral doesn’t mean it’s not educational. That same Baby Shark song that inexplicably hit 1.8 billion views (Yes, you read that right!) can help little ones develop fine motor skills as they dance along.

Warning-you will never be able to get this song out of your head again. Good thing it’s so cute!

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Babies love music. Babies love to watch other babies. Put that together and you get “The Happy Song”, which C&G Baby Club UK call the world’s first song “scientifically tested to make babies happy”.

Playing music together, singing and dancing together, these are time-tested ways to bond with your baby. And YouTube makes that easier than ever.

YouTube for Infants & Toddlers | Daphyl's Iconic Baby GearHow to Play it Safe

As with anything on the world wide web, parents should consider safety when using YouTube with young children. Two features designed to make YouTube safer for kids are the Restricted Mode setting and more recently, YouTube Kids. Use these if you are concerned about your child seeing inappropriate content.

But the best and safest way to enjoy YouTube with your baby or toddler is together. Bring your Linkster (the new catchy name for the kids growing up in the generation of social media, cell-phones, and apps) safely into this new universe. Navigate it well, and teach them to do so too!

Editor’s Note: Cara Berzins 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.

10,000 Toys | 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.

I Have 10,000 Toys, Now What?

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Birthdays and holidays never fail to bring the exact same gift to your kids, year after year:

Toys. Lots and lots of toys.

Before you can even decide that something needs to be done about all the action figures, stuffed animals, and baby dolls invading your personal space, you’re speared through the sole with a Lego.

Enough is enough, you decide.

Below are some tips and tricks that will take hardly any time at all before your house is back in order.

Put the Toys into Storage

Perhaps your child isn’t emotionally ready to give up their toys just yet.

Rather than rushing to the nearest Goodwill to dump them off, consider placing their toys neatly into organized storage bins. This way, the toy is there if your child remembers it exists and insists on having it. If not, you’re spared the pain of pedal impalement. Everybody wins.

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Ask Your Child Questions

Just like adults, there are some children who have a hard time letting go of certain things, and some who don’t. Go through ten items a day, and ask your child if they would prefer to keep or give away.

You might be surprised to learn that your seven-year-old feels she has outgrown her favorite toy from just last year. Taking 15 minutes out of your day for this simple task might end up making a huge difference by the end of the week.

Choose a Designated Toy Location

Teach your kids basic organizational skills by insisting the toys be kept in a designated place, whether it’s drawers, bins, shelves, etc. At the end of every day, make sure your child puts each toy back in its place. If the toys aren’t all fitting, your child will just have to decide what needs to go.

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Put Your Foot Down

It’s common for kids to develop unnecessary attachments to toys, but as the parent, you are the ultimate decider. If your child isn’t cooperating with the cleanup rule, or if it’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to decide which toys to donate, make the call yourself.

It’s your home and your space. Getting organized will make your home a less stressful environment for you and your kids.

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.

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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.

Colicky Baby | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
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.

Making the Best of Your Colicky Baby

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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.