child development, family time, momblog

13 Best Free Nursery Printables and Wall Art

Preparing for a baby is an exciting time for any parent. In addition to picking out the tiniest, cutest clothes, there are all the things for the nursery! Colors, themes, and schemes make the nursery a place you’ll all love to be.

Once you have your theme in mind, it’s time to start decorating! The process of decorating the nursery is so much fun and you don’t even have to spend a ton of money on wall art! I would like to share with you these free printables so you can create a beautiful themed gallery wall on budget and in no time!

1. Colorful Unicorns

Unicorn themed nursery

Click here to download Free Unicorn Printables PDF !

2. Watercolored animals

Nursery watercolor animals

Click here to download Watercolored animals free printable!

3. Animal Family

animal family nursery

Click here to download Animal Friends Free Printable!

4. Happy Monkey

monkey themed nursery

Click here to download Happy monkey free printable!

5.  Cute Bunny

nursery bunny

Click here to download Cute Easter Bunny Free Printable!

6. Elephant Family

Click here to download Elephant family free printable!

7. Meow Cat

Nursery cat 1

Click here to download Cat Meow free printable!

8. Unique Whale

Click here to download Unique whale free printables!

9. Woodland

woodland girl nursery

Click here to download Woodland Free Printable!

10. Sea Creatures

sea animal nursery

Click here to download Sea Creatures Free Printables!

11. Tall Fox

tall fox nursery

Click here to download Tall Fox Free Printable!

12. Adorable Panda

panda nursery

Click here to download Adorable Panda Free Printable!

13. Cartoon Animals

Click here to download Cartoon Animals Free Printable!


1115170878106304.VpltTucCmKszmwtCd9bk_height640

 

Download this FREE ebook to discover how to develop your child’s brain whilst they easily drift to sleep.”

child development, momblog, Relationships

Tips for an Easy Transition from Baby Crib to Toddler Bed  

Some life transitions are exciting while others are daunting. How do you view the transition of your child from a crib to a toddler bed? Don’t worry, there’s no need to answer that question with a categorical yes or no. In reality, most parents would feel a combination of excitement and fear as they prepare their little children to go on their own toddler beds. It’s totally fine to have both emotions. After all, parenting is almost always characterized by a roller-coaster-kind of ups and downs, sad times and happy times, fears and surprises, and so much more.

Here are some of the tips that you can use to make the transition from a baby crib to a toddler bed a lot easier:

1. Establish a positive mindset about the transition – remove the if’s and but’s.

twin-bed-sheets-for-toddler-boy-guard-rail-girl-size-frame-toddlers-frames-fresh-bedrooms-enchantingAdmit it or not, but there are times when we just become more afraid for our children’s growth than how they should feel themselves. If we allow the negativity to fill our minds, it will surely crawl onto the other areas of our life and even affect our own children. Before we can prepare our kids to slowly see the real world and be able to gradually learn how to conquer it, we must also be ready to allow them to grow. See the change as positive – a proof that you are raising a healthy, able, and wonderful child who will soon have the capacity to carry on life’s challenges – all because of your passionate care and pure love.

2. Ease your safety concerns – install rails and mats.

Safety is among the primary concerns of parents when letting their babies transition to a toddler bed. With the advent of better industrial technologies and manufacturing practices, it is no longer impossible to find the perfect rails and mats for your child’s bedroom. You can even have your rails and mats customized to go along with the room’s theme and properly fit the bed’s perimeter.

3. Let the transition be acceptable – be patient with explanations.

twin-bed-set-for-toddler-girl-davinci-full-size-rails-sheets-transitioning-a-to-big-kids-parenting-bedrooms-glamorous-story-kid-transitioni

No matter how young or old your child is, you need to understand that she is her own persona with an ability to process thoughts and emotions. You cannot discount the fact that your baby can actually understand so much from everything that happens around her. Any sudden change can cause mental worries, emotional trauma, and behavioral disruptions.

You will need to be patient with the explanation. Don’t ever think that your child won’t understand the concept of independence. You might just be surprised by how much your child can openly accept something that has been fully explained to her.

4. Create an exciting environment for change – offer activities that promote acceptance. 

bedroom-decoration-high-toddler-bed-novelty-beds-for_single-bedroom

Dealing with changes is usually daunting to both parents and children. In order to make things a lot easier, you will have to exert effort and use creativity in making the transition as exciting as possible. You can start introducing the concept of toddler beds by reading bedtime stories about it or watching videos that include such scenes. You may also start doing role-playing activities to stimulate the interest of sleeping on a toddler bed.

5. Improve the design and functionality of your child’s bedroom – add lamps, glow-in-the-dark stickers, etc.

If it is your child’s first time to be in her own bedroom, then you will have to be very careful in making sure that nothing makes her terribly uneasy and afraid. Before even introducing the idea that she will soon have to transfer to her own room, make sure that you have already created a loving atmosphere in her space.

MK-Kids-Interiors

You can do this by putting glow-in-the-dark stickers of planets, shapes, and stars on the ceiling. You may also use a lampshade to prevent total darkness from creeping into your child’s soul. Another wonderful addition to your child’s bedroom is a sleeping monitor which is an imaging device that you can use to check on your child as she sleeps a few meters away from you.

Transitioning from a baby crib to a toddler bed can be made easy and less stressful when you follow these tips. If you have other cool ideas, feel free to comment below or send me a message. I would love to hear from you!


how to keep your sleeping baby safe

 

 

Get a  book by the author Bakshi Sidhu

child development, health, healthy food, momblog

5 Proven Tips to Solve Your Picky Eater Problems

If you have a picky eater at home, do not be worried because picky eaters are normal members of millions of households across the globe!

But why do we even have picky eaters? Is being picky a sign of disobedience? Basically, children are considered to be neophobic. This means that kids could easily become fearful of whatever is new to them such as food tastes or appearance. Since the majority of our children have this tendency to become picky eaters, a lot of parents would simply give in to their demands just to let them eat and never starve. But doing this could compromise not just our children’s health but also their behavioral development.

Here are six proven tips to solve your picky eater problems:

1.Involve your children in kitchen stuff.

cooking-with-kids-1

Don’t we all agree that the kitchen is a dangerous place for kids? But that could only always be true if we never organize our kitchen stuff. Surely, you don’t cook your meals 24/7, right?

It is best for children to be involved during meal preparation so that they could also feel the excitement in whatever they have helped with. Maybe you could let them soak some veggies in a bowl of water? Or you could also let them drizzle some dressing over salad? You can actually involve them in almost everything except for the obviously dangerous activities such as when you are using the knife or when the fire is already turned on.

2. Show your creative side and experiment with fruits and vegetables

Did you ever hear them say yuck over carrots or apples? Then what has been your initial response? Most parents would choose to keep the “yucky” vegetables or fruits out of their children’s eyes to prevent them from showing disgust over what has been prepared on the table.

But if you really want to let your kids eat a particular “yucky” food, then you better start normalizing the experience of eating such. A subtle way of doing this is by making different forms of one particular food and letting them try these. For example, if your kids don’t like simple boiled carrots, why don’t you mash them with butter, process them with burger patties, or make differently shaped carrot fries? Let your creativity fly during meal preparation.

3. Never consider mealtimes as power struggle.

Mother's Hand Feeding Food to a Young Girl (13-14) Who Is Making a Face

One of the frequently forgotten facts in parenting is our children’s natural tendency for power struggles. The power struggle becomes evident once our children reach the toddler stage. It is during this time that you would often hear them say “no” to so many things including food.

Do not compete with your kids. The power struggle may seem real but you need to know that it is only part of their development as human beings. Never force a specific dish to your children because they could grow hating such meals. Instead, you can talk to them in a gentle and reassuring way about the beautiful things that they could get from eating what they may initially hate.

4. Model what you preach.

Cliché? Yes, but this cliché still remains relevant in daily parenting. If you want your children to eat vegetables, then eat the same thing as your kids on the table. A lot of parents force their children to eat something that they themselves don’t even want to eat. This can cause a lot of trouble and confusion to our kids because they don’t want strange stuff. They need familiarity, thus they need to see you eating the same thing that you ask them to taste.

5. Monitor your children’s eating habits, weight gain, and other body reactions.

Some picky eaters are unfortunately suffering from allergic reactions to certain foods while others are facing medical conditions. As parents, we all need to closely monitor our children’s body reaction to what we serve them. Do your kids suddenly feel itch after being exposed to peanuts or eggs? This may be a sign of food allergy.

allergies-learning-adhd-sensory-facebook

It is also very important to keep a record of your children’s weight and appetite condition. If your children are losing significant weight and are almost always lethargic, then you better consult your pediatrician immediately. Some picky eater problems can be caused by certain medical conditions. Be sure to communicate such eating problems with a professional who can help you and your children.


how to effectively breastfeed babies

 

Get a  book by the author Bakshi Sidhu

child development, momblog

Help your Child Kick the Thumb Sucking Habit

via Help your Child Kick the Thumb Sucking Habit

fhk

Thumb sucking is a concern many parents have. Toddlers suck their thumbs because it’s comforting and calming. It’s probably something they did before they were born and revert back to it when they are nervous, agitated, scared or ill.  They may also use it to lull themselves back to sleep in the middle of the night.

Parents shouldn’t concern themselves unless it continues after the age their permanent teeth begin to appear, around six years old. Experts say that it’s the intensity of the thumb sucking and the tongue’s thrust that deforms teeth and makes braces necessary later. Children who rest their thumb passively in their mouth are less likely to have difficulty than children who suck aggressively. If you’re concerned, closely monitor your child and analyze his technique. If they appear to be sucking vigorously, you may want to begin curbing their habit earlier.

Punishing or nagging your child to stop won’t help because it’s usually an automatic response. Attempting to curb it by putting an elastic bandage on his thumb or another method will seem like unjust punishment, especially since they indulge in the habit for comfort and security.

Try to wait it out. Children usually give up thumb-sucking when they’ve found other ways to calm and comfort themselves. Consider offering them other alternatives to comfort themselves such as a soft blanket or lullaby toy

The key is to notice when and where they are likely to suck their thumbs and offer an alternative.  If it happens while they are tired, try giving more naps.  If they suck their thumb frequently while watching television, try to distract them with a toy that will keep their hands occupied.

Older children may need gentle reminders to curtail thumb sucking while in public, and praise should be given freely when the child finds and uses an acceptable alternative.  Your child’s pediatric dentist can offer other suggestions for helping your child kick the thumb sucking habit.

child development, family conflict, momblog, Relationships

6 Easy Methods for Preventing and Controlling Tantrums

In one of the previous posts, I gave you reasons why tantrums are not at all bad. By acknowledging that tantrums are perfectly normal for our young children, we could now start making proactive steps to help our kids overcome their feelings of stress, emotional insecurity, and fear.

Here are some of the proven ways to keep meltdowns at bay and effectively controlled:

1. Let your child have a positive emotional foundation

empathetic-with-boundaries-in-post-2

Do you know that it has been proven that consistent parent and children bonding activities such as playing together can offer positive and lasting impact on the emotional foundation of children? Even story-telling sessions can help reinforce discipline and patience which result in less emotional meltdowns among toddlers and preschool kids.

2. Do not be triggered by your child’s behavior.

1270234No matter how much annoying, stressful, and embarrassing the situation is, do not ever be triggered by your child’s tantrums. Once you react negatively to a child’s meltdown, then you only aggravate the situation. Remember one of the most frequently offered advice to couples about the need to be composed when one is feeling bad or angry? The same goes for our kids.

3. Be able to understand where he is coming from.

Reality-of-Being-Pregnant-and-Having-a-Toddler

Tantrums have certain triggers. Surely, one cannot behave annoyingly without any reason at all. If your child is over three years old, then it could be much easier to handle tantrums because you can effectively converse with her regarding what she wants, how she feels, and what makes her sad. But if you have a toddler who has a very limited vocabulary, then you can start training her to express herself through actions and signs. This way, you will be able to have a clue if she wants to have a certain toy, whether she is hungry or not, or if she is feeling sleepy.

4. Give him the space to vent out.

Don’t ever try to contain the stress, worry, and sadness of your child by stopping her from crying or screaming. Little children have a very limited capacity for managing their emotions. When they are frequently stopped from releasing their negative feeling, then their very mental health could be affected really badly. If they are having tantrums, give them two to three minutes to let them vent out.

5. Be creative – offer other objects of interest.

imgIf your child still hasn’t overcome her meltdown in three minutes, then you could try diverting her attention to something of interest. If she cries over ice cream, why not point to her stack of blocks or her cute dolls? Use your environment to stimulate her interest. Even a family picture can suddenly turn things around. Talk more about her siblings or even herself. Let her pour down her mental faculties in being amazed by her surroundings.

6. Offer the physical comfort of your mommy or daddy embrace.

Dad

Our little children best understand love through physical means. There is nothing more comforting to our kids than our cuddles and hugs. Embracing your children can stimulate the release of more oxytocin or love hormones which will then allow them to feel much happier and less stressed.


how to be the most loving parent the smart way

 

Get a  book by the author Bakshi Sidhu