Archive for February, 2009

Baby Sleeping Bags – New Grobag Designs

February 26, 2009


Breaking news! This just in!  Lol, just kidding!

New from Grobag,  the experts in baby sleeping bags are the Pretty Petal and Classic Tractor designs.  These two new designs come in tog 1.0 only, just in time for summer (will it ever be warm?)



These new Grobag designs are not just adorable but they are easy to dress and give you added peace of mind for a safe sleep.

Teething Biscuits – The Homemade Kind!

February 24, 2009


Today is teething day at!

In addition to the previous information posted about teething I thought you may like to try your hand at making homemade teething biscuits.  If you are already making homemade baby food you will be sure to find these teething biscuits a wonderful addition to your recipe collection.

Most babies that are in the early teething stages are not yet eating eggs.  With that in mind I picked this recipe for eggless teething biscuits.

1 cup flour
1 cup dry infant rice cereal with bananas (or other flavored or
unflavored infant cereal)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
ice water

Preheat oven 425F
Mix flour and cereal.
Gradually stir in oil. Mix a little ice water at a time (start with 1/4 cup) until dough begins to form a ball and pull away from the bowl.
Roll out to the thickness of a cracker on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 10-12 min. or until lightly brown. Cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. (you may want to try 1/2 plain and 1/2 flavored baby cereal as the taste when using full flavored baby cereal is very strong!)

Teething – Natural Remedies

February 24, 2009


My granddaughter has started teething! At first we didn’t think teething was the issue but very soon came to realize that those tiny, baby teeth were causing not so tiny discomfort.

Maia was complaining, not crying but complaining. She was waking up a few times at night which was unusual and her little cheeks were very flushed.  I kept putting feeling around for those tiny, telltale bumps but none were to be found.  Then on the weekend I took Maia to lunch with a friend of mine ( her first ladies lunch!) and my friend said “she’s teething”.  I couldn’t believe it, all my poking around in her mouth and no signs of teething.  Cheryl takes one look at her and diagnosis the complaining.

True enough, three days later her little teeth started coming through.  In the interim I have researched remedies for teething tots.


When babies are teething, they tend to put any new item directly into the mouth. Partly curiosity and partly an attempt at pain management, infants feel the urge to bite and chew. As the teeth are growing, the cells in the gum tissue above the teeth begin to break down, which helps the teeth slide through. The urge to bite or chew is a good thing, because the added pressure helps break down the gum tissue. Give your child something to chew on! You can find homeopathic ice pops, teething cookies, tablets and gels to help relieve your baby’s teething pain. Some remedies sound exotic, using strange ingredients like whole honeybees or infinitesimally small doses of belladonna; others include the use of chamomile or pulsatilla (pasqueflower). They are all quite safe.

Other natural remedies include herbs and oils, which can alleviate pain or help your baby calm down and get to sleep. One common remedy for the pain of toothache and teething is clove oil. Cloves contain oils that have warming, numbing properties, so that even holding a whole clove against a sore tooth with your tongue can ease the pain long enough to get to your dentist. Clove oil can be rubbed on sore gums to relieve pain, but only use a tiny amount: too much can upset your baby’s stomach. Other homemade remedies include letting your infant chew on a natural licorice stick (the herb, not candy!) You can find natural licorice in health food stores: real licorice feels cool and also numbs the gums when your baby chews on it. Wild fennel, a relative of licorice, grows in disturbed areas in Northern California and other parts of the country: you may be able to harvest it yourself along the bike paths. The feathery, fern-like leaves and hollow stalks can be chewed or sucked for a cooling, licorice-tasting treat.

Some parents find that rubbing a little pure vanilla extract on the baby’s gums can soothe the crying child: this home remedy may work in three ways. First, merely rubbing baby’s gums can ease the pain by creating opposite pressure; second, the alcohol in vanilla extract will create a warm sensation that is temporarily comforting. The third way this remedy may work is in the calming properties of vanilla itself. Vanilla is known as a soothing yet energizing agent that reduces anxiety and promotes feelings of well-being. Besides that, vanilla has long been used to cure stomach distress: a baby whose stomach is mildly upset from crying or swallowing large amounts of drool may find vanilla soothing to the tummy as well as the nerves.

*Taken from

p.s.  Sophie the Giraffe also soothes gums , Maia loves Sophie!

Increasing Children’s Vocabulary

February 19, 2009


Being a doting grandmother of one beautiful baby girl I am constantly reading and researching.  Anything that will give me some insight and tools to be the very best grandmother that I can be!

I came across a very interesting article regarding the “secret” to raising a child’s vocabulary.  Here is a small excerpt from the article posted in the Toronto Star.

“Don’t just talk to your toddler – gesture, too.  Pointing , waving bye-bye and other natural gestures seem to boost a budding vocabulary. Gesturing also seems to be an important precursor to forming sentences.”

Simple, isn’t it!  I started today, Maia came for a visit, I waved hello.  I pointed to the wind-chimes (which she absolutely loves) and said wind-chimes.  I pointed to Pacey (our dog) and said Pacey  I pointed and verbalized, verbalized and pointed.

Two hours later I waved (and said) goodbye.  I was absolutely exhausted!  Pointing and talking had certainly taken its toll.   I will continue with this experiment and let you know at what age she talks and how those sentences are forming.  Keep in mind she just turned 8 months!


This is a picture of Maia watching me point to the leaves of the tree peeking though the window…she doesn’t look very excited about this does she?

CityLine TV loves Zoobies

February 18, 2009


City Line had a parenting show today and Zoobies ( available at were featured!


Ok, I know the picture isn’t great, I am working on that but the Zoobies are circled.

Random Thoughts

February 17, 2009


Life seems to be taking different turns for most people today.  The world seems to be spinning out of control and it seems to me that we need to go back to basics.

Communities need to help each other, neighbors need to rally around.  We each need to do our part to make a change.

So I sit here at my computer, same as I do everyday and think about how I can make a change.  Ok, I did make a change…a selfish one.  When I turned 50 instead of buying a convertible or having an affair, I quit my job ( after over 20 years).  I did have the support of my family and friends ( without that support I would have stayed and been miserable).  I decided to try something new.  Something in which I had no idea of how to do it.  I decided to learn as I go and opened  Why, because I love children…..if I had had my way I would have had a dozen ( but settled on three).

I have been plugging away, sometimes thinking I am too old to learn all that needs to be learned.  It took me over a year to figure out how to blog!!!!!  Now it seems so simple.  Lol… next challenge is facebook.  I see everyone is using facebook for business but truthfully I don’t get it.  I will plug away and when I “get it” I will be sure to let you know.

I have decided that from now on my blog will be more to help parents find information.  I will try to post a few times a week items of interest and answer questions.

If you have any questions or would like information on certain subjects please feel free to ask.

As for giving back to the community I am still doing therapy work with Pacey.  We go to an Autism class on Thursdays and every now and then see slight breakthroughs with the children.

Pacey the therapy dog

Pacey the therapy dog.

Personalized Children’s Gift

February 12, 2009


I wanted to stock personalized cd’s for kids that you can personalize yourself.  Petiteposh started carrying Name Your Tune digital.  I thought this was great but you proved me wrong 🙂

More requests for ready made personalized cd’s out weighed the requests for digital cd’s that you could personalize for children yourself.

I think I got it right this time!  Petiteposh is proud to offer Name Your Tune, the personalized children’s cd.  Name your tune personalized childrens cd comes in a personalized cd cover and not only do the songs have the childs name inserted but the cd itself has the phrase of your choice..for instance…Happy Birthday Maia!

The perfect ( and inexpensive) gift for any toddler.


7 Ways to Save Money When You Have A Baby -Tip #1

February 6, 2009


Saving money when you have a baby is no easy task as we all know.  Our top tip on saving money when you have a baby is design your own nursery with refurbished furniture.  Refurbishing furniture allows you to give the nursery your own distinctive designe and sense of flair!

Here are some tips I found on a site called make your own baby stuff.

Saving Money When Furnishing a Baby Nursery and DIY Baby Bedroom FurnitureDIY baby nursery furniture does not mean getting out the wood and building the furniture yourself. You can save a lot of money by simply knowing where to shop, finding used or unfinished furniture, and painting, staining, and/ or finishing it yourself. DIY Nursery furniture means creating new unique and chic pieces of furniture from old,unfinished, and used furniture.

The best thing about doing-it-yourself is that you get to completely customize every piece of furniture in your baby’s bedroom to match whatever your style or theme is. If your aim is to go out and buy furniture that is made to match a certain theme, you’re talking big bucks. The DIY way is a way to save a substantial amount of money and still get very stylish and chic baby bedroom furniture.

DIY baby bedroom furniture – ways to customize your baby nursery furniture:

thrift-store-rocking-chair Stripping, Sanding, and Staining – Find used and old wood furniture in need of a little TLC. All you have to do is strip off any old paints or bad finish coating. Sand the surface to create a nice smooth surface. Stain you newly smooth wood surface to create beautiful natural wood furniture. Apply a finish coat of clear polyurethane. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Using Paint – OK, so maybe you’re not into the natural wood look. Make bright and beautiful furniture, or classic furniture with clean lines by adding a new coat of paint to some old furniture.

Buy unfinished wood furniture – You will find so much value in a wood mill store. The furniture will not always be on the cheapest side but what you will get is furniture to last a lifetime for a fantastic price. Paint or stain the wood to your liking or pay the store to do it for you.

Add Custom Hardware – Shop at home improvement store to buy new and stylish hardware to old furniture.

Sewing New Cushions and Seating – Refurbishing and old changing table or rocking chair? Use hip new fabric textiles and padding to create new pillows and seating cushions.

Where to shop for used and unfinished baby bedroom furniture

shopping for used baby furniture Thrift stores – Check out used and second hand stores like the Salvation Army and consignment shops. Check local listings as well. Many times you will find a consignment or second hand store that carries children’s items and furniture exclusively.

Used furniture Stores – This is the ultimate place to shop for your baby bedroom furniture. Think outside of the box when you are shopping. Do not only look for furniture that was made especially for babies or children. Keep an eye out for furniture that is simply built smaller than most. Look for items that may not have been intended for a baby, but can made to do the job. For example, I went shopping for furniture for my daughter, mainly to look for someplace to keep some of her clothes. I ended up buying a night stand

cute baby chair from thrift store that was really just an unusually tall piece of furniture and had a lot of drawers. It may not have been meant to be a baby’s bureau, but it sure does do the job. I took it home and gave it a new coat of paint. It already had really great antique hardware on it, so it was super easy. I just added some cute drawer liners. The whole project cost me $20.00.
Other great examples of thinking outside of the box – turn a set of shelves into a baby changing table and diaper changing station by adding a little bit of a bigger table to the top and creating a changing pad. You can even match the fabric of the changing pad to something hip to match the baby room. You could even change a wardrobe bureau into a changing table.

Natural Wood Mill Furniture Store – This is the store where they sell all of the furniture and items unfinished. You can opt to pay more for the items and have them painted or stained at the store in the color or finish of your choice. Or you can bring it on home and do it yourself. These stores are great because each and every piece that you buy is quality. These stores usually sell furniture made out of really nice wood that will last you a very long time. Go here if you want real quality and value.

iVillage Thinks They Are Stylish & So Do We!

February 4, 2009


Heelarious!  That is what we thought when we first saw these adorable baby booties.

iVillage agrees that these are the perfect accessory for you fashionista baby. Here is an excerp from “Stylish Finds for Baby ” from iVillage.

Move over Carrie Bradshaw—a new, pint-sized fashion diva just crawled into town. Believe it or not, these itty bitty stilettos are for babies. They come in pink, black and leopard-print satin, and add a funny flair to your little one’s wardrobe without jeopardizing her precious tootsies for the sake of fashion”