Practical Parenting Tips – General

May 21, 2011

If your child doesn’t like the taste of medicine, dip a lollypop in in and give it to them. Repeat until the dosage is gone.

All bath toys grow mould inside eventually. To avoid this plug the hole with silicone sealant.

Lint rollers are great for picking up glitter!

Get used to waste and mess. When you have a baby you will have to get used to throwing away perfectly good food that s/he turns her nose up at and see beautiful clothes destroyed by food / mud / paint. The sooner you get used to it the sooner you’ll relax into your new role as a parent.

It’s handy to have a changing area upstairs and downstairs so if you can buy two changing mats and two sets of barrier creams / talc and wipes / cotton wool & water.

Use cloths under your babies head at night to catch posset. It means you don’t have to wash the bed clothes as often.

Before the baby arrives it’s a good idea to stock up on lots of tea, coffee, biscuits and chocolate. The chocolate is for you but you’ll need the rest for all the visitors.

If the cot blanket is too big and needs to be folded over, place the folded section across their feet and not across your baby’s chest. It will help keep their feet warm and prevent them from accidentally pulling the folded section over their face during the night.

It’s very hard to know what toys your child is going to be into. The best way to find out is to let him/her test drive other kid’s toys at play dates. Then you’ll know what he really likes or what he just has a mild interest in. Toys that you really can’t go wrong with are blocks, lego, playdo, stackable cups, play phone.

ld adult-sized T-shirts are great and inexpensive aprons for painting are. They cover pretty much everything and can just be thrown in the wash afterwards.

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