Category Archives: Extended Family

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas With Kids That Everybody Will Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Sometimes the best gift is the time spent together. Here’s how to plan a date with your child.
The time spent together when you create memories with your child is the best gift you can give to your child. Here are five ideas that your child and you will both love.

  1. Visit an interesting place. Check out a museum you’ve never been to, pay a visit to a local fire station or a bookstore. If your child is into animals (who isn’t?), visit an animal farm or check out a pet store.
  2. Enjoy the food. It doesn’t get any more classic than this: cooking or cake decorating class together, cooking breakfast at home, or going to a restaurant of your child’s choice.
  3. Get outside. Sometimes you just have to get out for some fresh air: ideas for what to do outside are abundant. From going on a picnic, hiking, drawing with a chalk on a sidewalk, or riding bikes, anything done outside is always fun.
  4. Attend an event. Take your child somewhere she’s never been before: movies, ballet, sporting event, play, or a laughing yoga class.
  5. Have a home date. If you’re not feeling like leaving the house, you can have fun time at home. Play board games, read a book, watch a movie, or build a fort.

How To Introduce New Baby To A Sibling

A toddler boy hugging his baby brother and smiling while lying in the bedIt’s exciting to be bringing a new baby home. But if you have other children, you might be worried about sibling rivalry.

You must have heard the terms, ‘sibling rivalry’ and ‘sibling jealousy’. If you are expecting a new baby soon, it is time to take action to prevent this behavior.

It is critical to start before the baby is born, so that the transition is less stressful for your firstborn. Here are some tips you can incorporate in your daily life to reduce the possibility of sibling rivalry.

Before the baby is born…

  • tell your child s/he will be a big sister/brother. You can connect your due date to a holiday so that your child understands how soon the baby will arrive.
  • explain to your child how babies are different – for example, they need help to do things that your older child can do herself.
  • go through your first child’s baby pictures with your child so that she has an idea of what babies are like. You can also explain that you will be carrying a new baby a lot, just like you did with your first child when she was a baby.
  • get your child excited for the time you will have to spend apart while you’re in the hospital. Prepare her by letting her know who will be taking care of her and what fun things they will do in that time.

After the baby is born…

  • you can prepare a gift ‘from the new baby’ to your older child when she comes to visit you in the hospital. Tell her that baby loves her older sibling and is happy to have her as a big sister/brother.
  • explain baby’s behavior to your older child – for instance, if the baby grabs her sibling’s hand, it’s a way of showing love
  • assign your older child some baby tasks to feel more special and important – for example, ask her to bring a new diaper, inform parents if there is an alert on baby monitor, or help bathe the baby.
  • praise, praise, praise.

How To Choose The Best Pet For Your Child

Smiling girl holding a kitten
Are you thinking about getting a pet for your child? While you should think twice before committing to this responsibility, having a pet in the household is beneficial for children.

Studies have shown that when a newborn is brought home that has a pet in it, she is less likely to develop allergies or asthma. Pets also help to distress – something you might enjoy as well. Having a pet is a great way to learn about responsibility. Children who have a dog will spend more time outside and will be more active. Finally, having a pet means having a long-term companion that will be especially appreciated by children that do not have any siblings.

If you decided that you are getting a pet for your child, it might be tough choosing one. The most popular ones are of course, cats and dogs, but let’s take a look at other options as well.

Dog is perfect for kids who are looking for a friend. From all pets, dogs are the ones that develop the strongest bond with people. On the flip side, you should always monitor your child playing with the dog, and teach the child how to be safe around the dog.

Cat is an ideal choice for families with several children, and those kids who don’t mind a pet that will want some alone time. With children under 3 years of age, it is best to get an adult cat and not a kitten.

Hamsters are among the pets that are easiest to care for. They like to sleep during the day, so you won’t feel bad if you leave them alone for the whole day. The hardest part about caring for hamsters, mice, or gerbils is that you will need to commit to cleaning their cage quite often to avoid a strong smell of their waste.

Goldfish is probably the easiest pet to have. They can live in water without any filter or heating system. However, they die easily if overfed.

Among popular pets, parrots have the longest life expectancy, up to 22 years. If you think your child will enjoy a pet who likes sings, whistles and imitates human voice, parrots are for her. Keep in mind that parrots get jealous easily, and can bite a new or unfamiliar person.

Too keep an eye on your new pet and your child, you can use a baby monitor. With our iBaby Monitor M6, you can not only see all the fun in HD quality with great sound, but you can also take video clips and photos. The monitor will also allow a family member who lives out of town to check on your newest addition to the family.

Five Tips On Bringing Home Baby #2 That Will Make Your Life Easier

A boy with a newborn sibling in bed

What is your advice on bring home your second child?

‘We are expecting… again!’
You would think that the second time around should be easier, but it is not always the case. Not only you have to give your almost undivided attention to the new bundle of joy, but you also have to make sure your first child does not feel left out.
Luckily, these five tips will help you keep your happiness and sanity as a new parent.

  • Make sure your older baby is well-prepared for the change. Discuss what exactly will be different and ask how she feels about it. Explain why those changes are important for the new baby and praise her for understanding and support.
  • Explain to the older child the concept of child-proofing. She will likely be tempted to ‘show’ and ‘share’ all her toys with the new sibling, including the ones with small parts.
  • Let your older child be creative. Have the sibling pick clothes for the little one, take photos and videos, draw pictures of the family and help tasting baby food. Seek creative part in every task you give to the older child. That will shift focus from ‘baby’ to ‘fun’ and will help the older child feel involved and helpful.
  • Don’t make your older child a parent. While you can expect a certain amount of help from your first child, remember she is still a child. That means she needs playtime, cuddles and your attention too – even if the age gap between the children is significant.
  • Remember, it will not be perfect. No matter how well you prepare for the second baby, something is almost sure to go wrong. Accept that ahead of time and do not waste time beating yourself up. Concentrate on the positive.