How to prevent ear infection in babies and toodlers

Prevent ear infections

Between 6 months old (right after flu shot) and 1 years old, my son had a chronic runny nose problem, that turned into ear infection multiple times. Those were hard times. I do not wish stuffy nose and congested upper respiratory system on any baby. Every time his nose started to run again, I tried every possible method, tip and trick to prevent it … [Read more...]

How to quickly peel potato skin

This is another video in Japanese, showinh how to quickly peel potato skin after boiling them. Make a cut around the potato before boiling. Prepare a bowl on cold water, preferably with ice. Put the boiled potatoes in to cold water immediately after boiling and wait for 10 seconds. Finally, take the skin off like a boss. It is very … [Read more...]

Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Cubes for Babies

Frozen vegetable cubes for babies

The practice of freezing food cubes is from the book called Super Baby Foods. When your baby starts eating solid foods, if you don’t have time to prepare fresh veggies and purees every single day, with this method, you can prepare batches of vegetables and fruits all at once, freeze it and thaw it out as you need it.  This way you can have two … [Read more...]

Cooked ground beef for 5-minute recipes

Yemekici

With my schedule as a working mother and my desire to eat home cooked meal, preparing batches of meal-sized, cooked ground beef is my life saver. We call this "base dish" in Turkish. You can cook any type of vegetables and prepare pasta, wraps, taco or burrito with it. Ingredients: Lean ground beef Yellow Onions Tomato or Red Pepper … [Read more...]

Homemade knee pads for babies

Evyapimidizlikler

If you worry about your crawling baby's knees, you can make your own knee pads. Take a pair of old socks. Preferably elastic, ankle-hi, sports socks for ladies, because they are smaller. Cut the toes. Take two nursing pads with adhesive bands. Put them in the heel, sticking the adhesive part of the nursing pads to your sock. Knee pads are … [Read more...]

Baby’s Sleep Music

After I recorded my own lullaby and soothing sounds album, I setup a CD/mp3 player and mini speaker system by my son's crib.  I used music to help him fall asleep and keep asleep. I used my old portable CD player and ancient mini PC speakers. Now there are many products that play CD and iPod with built in speakers and even attach to the … [Read more...]

Record your own Lullaby CD for your baby

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Before my son started falling asleep by himself, I used to shush and sing lullabies to calm him down and help transition to sleep for longer periods of time. Sometimes it would take him such a long time to wind down and fall asleep that I started to develop wrinkles around my lips from shushing for more than half an hour. As a solution, I decided … [Read more...]

Oral Thrush in Babies

This is one of those motherhood experiences, where I eventually had to accept my mom was right and she told me so. My son had thrush on his tongue, when he was about 2 months old. Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, also known as yeast. A common sign of thrush is the presence of creamy white, slightly raised lesions … [Read more...]

Motherhood by the book

I read one too many books during my pregnancy and the first months after my baby was born. I've decided to apply all the rules and lessons I've learned but real life taught me otherwise. Here is what I've read and what I say now based on my actual experience: 1. I read that: When a baby is born (s)he should be given only breast milk or the … [Read more...]

Exciting Beginnings

I was told “children turn parents’ lives upside down” when I was pregnant. It was a completely different story before that, but the moment you announce you are pregnant, everyone starts to advise you to “enjoy these last quiet moments”. Being obnoxiously positive-minded, I never took this in a pessimistic way. Life changes, love grows and … [Read more...]