Monday, September 22, 2014

Stocking your kid friendly first aid kit

One of the most important things that you can do to prepare yourself as a parent is to ensure that you have a quality first aid kit. You could go many months without needing one at all, but when the time comes that your child has an accident you will be so grateful that you invested the time and money creating one before you needed it. During those moments when you need to be there for your child, the last thing you want to be thinking about through the haze of panache and rush of emotions is where was that ice pack? Do I have any band aids left? Or worse, having to rush out to the chemist while your little one is in pain.

The quickest and easiest way to build your kit is to buy a pre-made basic family kit and add to that. First aid kits are widely available from most outdoor or home improvement stores and even Big W usually stock a variety or kits. We picked up both our home and car kits from Super Cheap Auto for a fairly reasonable price. Buying a pre-made kit first, ensures you don't have to think of everything and will ensure you have most of the necessities such as bandages, alcho wipes, tweezers, slings, eye wash, dressing, gloves, a first aid guide... the list goes on. 

Once you have a good basic kit then you can start adding the other important stuff that are really essential when you have kids around. I personally added:

  • Burn Aid- for burns.
  • Antiseptic cream and powder.
  • Stingose- for those stings and bites.
  • Migraine Kool'n'soothe sheets- for fevers and temperatures.
  • Character bandaids- (believe me... these work wonders keeping bandaides on toddlers who will pull regular ones of immediately)
  • After sun lotion/gel/spray- for those days when you get caught with no sunscreen.
  • At least two icepacks- for bumps and bruises. (I strongly recommend a novelty character one as well. My toddler outright refused to use our regular one. I invested in a "Hootabell" one and she actually likes using it now)
  • Nurofen and panadol.
  • A heat/wheat pack- for aches and pains.
  • Hydralyte iceblocks- for mouth injuries and in case of dehydration.
  • A good thermometer.
  • Kids cough, cold and throat lollypops.
  • Vicks vapor rub- for those sniffles.
I know those last few are more for illnesses but I think it is really worth while having those on hand as well because your child can go to bed one night feeling fine and wake up the next morning with a full fledged cold. (Check out my Illness Bible post)

Finally once you have your contents get a recognizable container or bag to put it all in and place it somewhere easily accessible and easy to find so in those times of emergency that is one less thing you have to think about.

Something else to remember is that when you run out or use something from your kit, always replace it straight away. That way you don't forget or get caught off guard the next time you encounter a similar incident. And I can not stress enough the importance of taking a first aid course. Most towns offer courses regularly through their ambulance or specialty training businesses. They usually cost around the $120 mark and is usually a several hour class, but you will be thanking yourself if you ever find yourself or someone you care about in a situation that needs help. 

What do you have in your first aid kit that I might have forgotten?

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Hi, my name is Teagan. I am a mother of two beautiful little girls. A two and a half year old (Hannah) and a brand new bubby (Amelia). I am a former child care educator of six years and am currently studying my Bachelor of Education- Early Childhood so that when I return to work I can be a primary school teacher.

Parenting and studying aside; I am really interested in food, photography and continually changing my lifestyle for the better, so you will find these topics will be what a lot of my posts on this blog will be about.

As a parent I want to raise my children to have the best possible opportunities in life and to have positive role models to guide them. This is why I am "Leaning" into a healthier family lifestyle. By leaning I mean gradually making small changes to improve our lifestyle. Through this gradual change I hope that I will be more likely to stick with it then what I would have had I gone cold turkey and made drastic changes.

Some small goals I am hoping to achieve which you should read about over the next few months include introducing a Meat Free Monday, Technology Free Tuesday, reducing our sugar intake and minimizing the use of chemicals in our household. 

Follow along in our journey or even join in with us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thinking outside the block

This morning I posted on The Mumma Next Door Facebook page

"I know I'm a bit of an evil mum, but when I'm playing blocks with Hannah & she has sorted them all into their colours... I secretly love taking one from each group and putting it in the wrong pile just to watch her figure it out & fix it up. I just got told "don't do it again!" Ha ha"

Shortly afterwards Hannah wanted to try and build the construction that was pictured on the box. This is not the first time this has taken her interest, and as much as we have tried a few times to do it before, it is a little difficult for a toddlers developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. 

I had a quick perusal on the internet to see if anyone has posted some construction templates or patterns that we might be able to copy, and with no luck what so ever I thought to myself... maybe I am over thinking this and we could create a template together by placing some of the blocks on the photocopier and printing out our own patterns.

Hannah loved the whole experience, from watching the picture come out of the printer- through to exploring them with the blocks... it was definitely a success! The only glitch was that instead of trying to construct the patterns we had made, Hannah opted for putting the blocks on the matching picture on the page. I figured if that is what makes her happy then I can run with that too. 

What great ideas have you come up with while playing with your little one lately?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Android Apps for Toddlers

I got thinking about my first ever blog post Android Apps for Little Ones recently. Most of the apps we were using then when Hannah was around one-ish are rendered irrelevant these days now her abilities and interests have increased. So I thought you might like a little update on apps we are using now that suit a 2 and a half year old. 

The big star all time favourite app at the moment is Zoodles- kids mode
It came free on my new phone. It is also secretly my favourite app as well as it locks your child in the game and they can no longer access any of the phones other buttons or capabilities outside of the game (even the home key doesn't work... well on the HTC anyway). It has loads of features including artwork, stories (which you can record and film yourself or other family reading) and if you are connected to wifi or your mobile data it accesses the best of educational Youtube clips without you having to do a thing. Then if you have set up your account it sends you a weekly wrap up of what your child has learned, engaged in and how many minutes they spent doing so. It also sums up what areas of development your child has been practicing. I think it is so wonderful that I have installed it on all our devices.

We are also using the Macleans Nurdle Time for brushing teeth. Brushing Hannah's teeth has been a nightmare! So I downloaded this app and it worked a treat... for a while. When she started loosing interest we started using the family time option which allowed us all to have a "Nurdle" and they all danced along together which gave Hannah enough of a kick to play along again! What it is: You create a profile for your child in which you select when you would like to brush and it dances around to a catchy tune for 2 minutes while you brush. If you complete your 2 minutes you get 20 points which you can then use at the shop to pick an outfit for your "Nurdle".

Slightly less then before, but still occasionally Hannah likes to play Toddler Counting 123 Free. Great for learning to count. It progressively increases in numbers from 1 up to 20 (or less, it gives you the option to stop it at any number) the child touches one of the items and it counts it out loud, they touch the second one and it continues to count until all the items have been selected.

This next one is just for tablets. Trace and share is great for fine motor development and also social skills. It allows the child to practice tracing straight, diagonal and curved lines. It also has a sharing option which allows the child to place for an interval before prompting the child to pass it on to the next child.

Finally the Kids ABC Phonics lite has has several different games which develop the child's understanding of many language and word/letter concepts. One of Hannah's favourites is the "make words" puzzle which says the letter sound as you select it and then identifies the word when it is complete.

These are just some of our favourites we are using at the moment. I would love to hear what are some apps that you are using that you can recommend?

Sharings caring!!!

Boltic Amber Beads

After using them with Hannah, I remained skeptical but they might have helped. I have just gone out and brought a replacement bracelet for Amelia to try. After only 24hrs her drooling has decreased & she isn't putting her hands in her mouth as much. A coincidence???

We are having a discussion on The Mumma Next Door Facebook Page. Join in! I would love to hear who has tried Baltic amber beads & what do you think of them? Do they really help with teething?