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Rain & Snow Day Crafts and Activities, Oh My!

Kids Crafts

Are you stuck in the house on a bad weather day?

Is it too cold to go outside, or maybe you don’t want to get drenched in the rain?

On top of that, do you have little ones?!

No worries! The Excellent Nanny Service is here for you! We have some rainy day and snow in day crafts and activities for the whole family to do.

Board games! Hello?! Monopoly! Sorry! Connect Four! Life! The list of amazing and timeless games do not cease there. Bring out some friendly competition and see who still has it after you brush the dust off of your board games. It’s a great and healthy way to embrace the competitive nature in everyone and see who will come out reigning supreme!

pastries

How about bringing the kids into the kitchen for some baking?! This is a great time to share one of those family recipes in the cookbooks, or just mix some box brownies, precut cookies, or bake a cake! It’ll get messy for sure, but it’ll all be worth it when you see how much fun everyone is having around the kitchen and laughing.

Reading is fundamental, but you can also make it fun! By doing this and reading one of the kids favorite books, it’ll keep them entertained all while being productive. They’ll learn something and be engaged the whole time, or at least part of it.

Back in the kitchen we go for this next idea! Cooking a meal together! Cooking together teaches teamwork, discipline, and patience. Not only that, but it shows how to listen to one another to reach a common goal. Why not gather in the kitchen to cook something easy that everyone would like? Spaghetti, or any kind of pasta really can be made quick and easy. You can make any kind of homemade soup, nachos, salad, hamburges, and the list goes on, but let’s not forget about homemade pizza!

Hello photos! Make a scrapbook and collage out of those photos just lying around with no home. It’ll be quite a trip down memory lane and you’ll have fun with the kids. You never know what they might have to say or questions that might arise! This is also a great time to intertwine a little bit of a family history lesson while doing this activity. It never hurts to learn!

Do I hear a spa day?! What better way than for everyone to pamper themselves in the house?! But out the robes, fingernail polish, face masks, cucumbers (for your eyes), and play some soft music. Not only will it get your little one to be in a calm state, but they’ll really enjoy being pampered.

movie

Finally, movie day! Why not spend the day snuggled up under blankets indulging in the best family movies that you call your favorite?! It’s a win-win for everyone and what great bonding time it’ll be for everyone. Make some hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and curl up in front of the tv while everyone enjoys togetherness! It’ll be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made!

We hope this list helped! Who doesn’t like spending time with their loved ones?! Let’s not forget, that most of the time, it does not matter what you do with your little ones but just that you’re with them. Whatever you decide to do, whether it be going out into the snow and enjoying winter, or spending the day in museums, or even being inside the house, your kids just want to spend time with you.

Why don’t you tell us some of your favorite things to do when you can’t go outside?!

The Dangers of Highchairs

If you are like most new parents, you are hyper-aware of all possible dangers and have taken every step to ensure that your little bundle of joy will be safe in any circumstance. Guests are given hand sanitizer and face masks if they might cough, car seat straps are double checked for proper fit, bottles and binkies are sanitized between each use and clothes are washed in special detergent before wear. While these steps are all great ways to protect your child, there can be unseen dangers lurking in the places that you least expect. In fact, one of the biggest culprits can be sitting right in your own kitchen: the baby high chair.

High Chair Dangers

Using a high chair at home or in a restaurant is a great way to keep your child upright and ready for a meal. It can also keep squirmy toddlers confined to make feeding times easier. While these are all logical benefits, there are several risks of high chair use that many new parents are not aware of. These can include injuries from falling as well as diseases from hidden germs.

Germs

You probably use hand sanitizer on your baby’s hands when you eat out, but placing your child in a high chair can introduce a host of new germs. The Daily Mail used swabs to test the high chairs in 30 different restaurants and made a startling discovery – there were several times more germs on a baby’s high chair than on the average public toilet.

In general, public toilets harbor eight bacteria per square centimeter. The average high chair among those tested was home to 147 bacteria per square centimeter. Some restaurants boasted high chairs with up to 1,200 bacteria in each square centimeter. A few of the germs found included E-coli. Staph aureus and enterococcus feacalis. Another study found that 60 percent of the trays on high chairs were contaminated with Coliforms, a certain type of bacteria that is left from soil, unwashed vegetables, raw meat and fecal matter.

While most restaurants will ensure that any spills are wiped off of high chairs after use, researchers reported that sometimes the cleanest looking seats actually held the most germs. The seat cushions proved to be the biggest culprit for harboring bacteria. Since young children generally eat with their hands while in high chairs, they are likely putting those germs straight into their mouths.

What You Can Do

Many parents have found that the same covers used in grocery store shopping carts can work on restaurant high chairs to protect their baby’s health. You can also use a thin blanket to ensure your child does not touch any surface of the high chair, but the best advice experts can give is to thoroughly wash everyone’s hands before and after eating. If possible, you can even keep the child in his or her car seat or on your lap during the meal.

Falls

First, we’ll talk about falling. The Atlantic reports that one child will go to the emergency room every hour after a fall from a high chair, totaling 9,400 children each year. This number rose over 20 percent from the years 2003 to 2010, signaling the need to make some changes. While a fall can result in a simple scrape or bruise, bone fractures and brain injuries are also possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the highest rate of emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries occurs in those who are under four years old. Many of these injuries are due to falls, some from high chairs.

What You Can Do

Some experts suggest that parents place their children on the floor and forego high chairs altogether. If this seems extreme, there are other options you can choose to protect your baby’s health, including the following:

  • Place the high chair at a lower height. The farther your child falls, the more likely he or she will be injured and the more severe the injuries may be.
  • Do not place a child in a high chair until he or she is able to sit without support.
  • Secure wheel locks anytime the high chair is in use.
  • Check high chair recalls. If you have a damaged or defective high chair, your baby is more likely to suffer a fall. You can check the government’s official website for recalls.
  • If you buy your high chair secondhand, be sure that it has a 5-point adjustable harness and that all clips are in perfect condition. Tighten all screws and bolts and check for any cracks or tears.
  • Strap your child in correctly. Today.com states that two-thirds of parents who knew what their child was doing before the fall reported that they were standing or climbing in the high chair. Children can also slip or wriggle out of loose straps, so be sure they are fitted tight, especially the crotch strap.
  • Be sure your high chair has a sticker from the American Society for Testing and Materials or the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to prove that it has been tested and approved for safety standards.
  • Keep away anything that the child can use to pull, push or kick the chair over.

Maintaining safety can be a little harder when you are not at home. If you are in a restaurant and use a baby high chair, be sure that is has proper, working straps. If it doesn’t, feel free to ask the server for a new one.

Burns

Burns are another danger for babies who are in high chairs. If you push your child up to the table so she or she can eat with the rest of the family, be sure that there is no way a burn could occur. Make sure all pan handles are out of reach as well as any containers of hot food. Spills can also burn a baby, so it’s better to keep any hot liquids off the table.

While high chairs offer a host of benefits to parents, they also carry a fair amount of risks. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to avoid danger and keep your baby safe. For more tips and tricks from trusted parents, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Should I Get My Child A Pet ?

Your Child and Pet


Whether it’s playing with a pooch or petting a purring kitty, there’s no doubt that pets can bring their owners (young and old) plenty of joy. But the advantages of pet ownership go well beyond the fact that they’re cuddly and lots of fun. So if you’ve been wondering whether this is the right time to add a four-legged (or two-winged or multi-finned) critter to your family, here are a few reasons why getting a pet may be a very good idea:

THE BENEFITS OF PETS: THEY TEACH KIDS VALUES
With a pet in the house, even the youngest toddler can pick up a few pointers about responsibility. Of course you’ll take on most of the pet-care chores, but your tot will absorb a lot from your nurturing example, like the importance of being kind and gentle. He can even lend a tiny hand with the easier jobs, like pouring food into a dish. By pitching in, he’ll realize that pets, just like people, need food, shelter, exercise, and love, teaching him valuable lessons about empathy and compassion.

THE BENEFITS OF PETS: THEY BOOST SELF-ESTEEM
There’s research showing that kids with family pets have higher self-esteem. Why? Probably because they have a four-legged (or two-legged) creature to love who loves them right back, and a friend to talk to and play with when no one else is around. Later on, when your child starts school, your pet can even boost his academic skills. Studies show that reading aloud to a loyal (and nonjudgmental) companion, like a dog, can turn a reluctant reader into a self-confident one. What’s not to love about that?

THE BENEFITS OF PETS: THEY’RE GOOD FOR EVERYONE’S HEALTH
Experts say that children who grow up with pets are less likely to develop common allergies thanks to early exposure to certain bacteria. (Of course, some children are genuinely allergic to animals — so check on that before you take the plunge.) And some research shows that pet owners tend to get sick less often — in fact, a 2012 study determined that children who lived with dogs were generally healthier during their first year of life, with fewer respiratory problems and less frequent ear infections than kids without canines. Another pro to pets? Brushing, patting, or stroking a furry creature can lower stress levels — and that’s just as true for moms and dads as it is for kids.

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