November 8, 2011

November 7, 2011

Introducing the NEW Kushies Xp!

We are excited to announce our NEW Xp Pocket Diaper and Xp All in One.

These modern, cloth diapers have a soft, supple waterproof cover for supreme comfort and flexibility without compromising fit.  The fully adjustable hook and loop closures make changing quick and easy – no need to fuss with snaps!

The XP All in One Diaper features a stay dry micro-fleece lining designed to wick wetness away coupled with a patented built-in flap that acts as an additional layer for ultimate absorbancy.  Kushies’ cloth diapers are designed to help keep baby feeling dry, cool and comfortable.

The XP Pocket Diaper also has a thick and thirsty micro-terry insert included for ultimate absorbancy.

Kushies has been leading the way with cloth diapers since 1988 and the new generation of Xp diapers reflects the “experience” Kushies has gained along the way.  Experience Matters, especially when it comes to your baby.  Proudly made in Canada.   XP diapers are available in white, green, orange, pink, fuchsia and blue.  Sizes are small 6-14 lbs., medium 12-22lbs., large 20-35+lbs.

November 6, 2011

Kushies Wet bags: The perfect partner for our cloth diapers!

Kushies’ On the GO Wet Bags come in packs of 2 or as a single large wet bag with a bonus pacifier pouch.

Our wet bags are perfect for soiled diapers, dirty clothes, bibs, wet swim suits or anything else you want to keep separate.  They are the perfect partner for our cloth diapers and store conveniently in any diaper bag.

Available in baby boy print, girl print and neutral print.

November 5, 2011

Terrible Twos and Your Toddler – part one

Often referred to as the “terrible twos”  it is a developmental stage that usually begins sometime in the toddler years.  This stage can start anytime during the child’s second year – therefore anytime after their first birthday and sometimes even before.

This stage is characterized by toddlers being negative about most things and often saying “no”, the terrible twos may also find your toddler having frequent mood changes and temper tantrums.   To help parents cope with this normal stage in your child’s development, you should always remember that your child isn’t trying to be defiant or rebellious on purpose.  He is just trying to express his growing independence and doesn’t have the language skills to easily express his needs.  This can also be the reason why your toddler frequently gets frustrated and resorts to hitting, biting and temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way.  By learning about this normal stage in your child’s development, it can make it easier to get through it and make sure you are not contributing to more battles than are necessary.

Some tips to help your toddler during the terrible twos include:

  • Have a regular routine for meals, naps, bedtime, etc. and try to stick t them each day
  • Offer limited choices only i.e. “would you like apples or oranges for your snack”.  This helps toddler feel like he is making choices and has power over things, while not being able to choose unhealthy alternatives.
  • Learn to set limits and don’t be surprised when your child tries to test those limits to see what he can get away with.
  • Don’t give into tantrums
  • Begin to use “time-out” and take away privileges as discipline techniques
  • Provide your toddler with a safe environment that is well child-proofed to explore and play in.  It isn’t fair for your child to get in trouble for playing with something he shouldn’t play if you left it in reach.

Please look for part two in the December issue: “The Terrible Twos Countdown Calculator”

Sources: pediatrics.about.com, kidshealth.org

November 5, 2011

Getting Prepared for the Winter Months…

By Dr. Natalie Geary, MD

Winter months tend to bring on more illness for your children, but in fact just being at school or daycare can significantly impact on your child’s overall health risk, especially when they are first starting out. This is because children do not know how to practice health hygiene( many adults do not either) and many children are sent to school sick because of childcare issues.
In children who are vaccinated, most Infections in children are caused by common viruses. Imagine a crowded classroom, where children wipe their noses with their hand and then play with a toy, or sneeze and cough onto the activity table where others are sitting. The germs then land in the area and are easily spread to other children.

Similarly, a child who has diarrhea uses the toilet and returns to the classroom without washing his or her hands. Then anything the sick child touches can become contaminated with microscopic amounts of feces spread to other children who play with the same toy and then put their fingers in their mouths.

As always, prevention is the best form of medicine. Teach your children some very basic rules and reinforce them with the teacher.

Encourage the teacher to make visual clues such as pictures and signs about covering your nose and mouth, washing your hands and wiping down the shared objects frequently.

Bring hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes to the classroom

  • Do not allow your child to share food, glasses and water bottles, or hats and combs.
  • Remind your child not to touch his or her eyes and to keep their fingers out of their mouths
  • When your child gets home from school have him or her change out of the school clothes, wash up and put on “indoor clothes” that are fresh so they don’t carry home infections from school.
  • Consider having your child receive the flu vaccine which is now recommended for every child over 6 months.
November 4, 2011

Two Year Old Play

Two-year-olds are wonderful, exciting, busy and demanding.  They have developed a lot in two years and there’s much more growing ahead.  One of the joys of parenting is finding that zone of moderate challenge for your child, and setting up fun opportunities for her to teach herself through exploration and play.

Toys are important to the growth and development of children.  Because of their increase in size and coordination, toddlers are ready to play with many toys and materials.  Through play, children use their muscles, develop their imaginations and learn about the world around them.  Some toys and materials which toddlers enjoy include:

For active play and physical development:

  • Large hollow blocks (can be made from milk cartons with ends taped closed)
  • A wagon large enough to climb in and out of
  • Small tricycles
  • Blocks that can be joined together
  • Push and pull toys
  • A sand pile
  • Stackable toys
  • A large container of water with items that float, sink and pour
  • Pots and pans from the kitchen

For imaginative play:

  • Dolls – unbreakable and washable
  • House play materials: brooms, mops, a table and chairs
  • Unbreakable dishes
  • Stuffed Animals

For creative and constructive play:

  • play dough
  • Paints (nontoxic), brushes, sponges, large pieces of paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Large wooden beads
  • Large crayons

It is important to remember that toddlers are happiest when they keep moving.  They have short attention spans and are always switching from one activity to another.

Experimenting with materials and toys, without input from adults, is a great way for little ones to learn about the world.  You may want to  show a child how to draw a house or where to put a puzzle piece, but try not to.  Let them figure it out on their own.

At this stage of childhood, your child will learn more by just holding a paintbrush and spreading paint onto a large piece of paper – toddler’s don’t care about the final product.  They are more interested in the process – how things look, feel, smell, taste and change.  Don’t expect your toddler to finish a painting or anything else.

What to say:

What do you say about a smeary painting?  Children see right through phony compliments.  So don’t say “How lovely, it’s just beautiful!” unless you really mean it.  The best way to praise your child’s work is to talk about what he has done.  For example:

  • “Look at the circles.  The go round and round.”
  • “Let’s try to name each colour you used.”
  • “I can see you’ve learned to  make a triangle”
  • “I like the way you twisted the clay”
  • “You must have worked hard to cover the whole piece of paper”

Getting along with other children:

A toddler is only mildly interested in other children.  Adults often wonder if their toddlers are “normal” because they don’t play well with children their own age.  At this stage of development, toddlers seldom play with other children.  They may play near them, and this is called parallel play.  At about three years of age, a child will still play well with others.  Still, even then, children hoard their toys and refuse to share.  They cooperate and play together for only short periods.

Toddlers learn more from their play when they are left to work out their own “squabbles” and “let them go” to work through situations on their own.  This is one way they learn about other people’s behavior and feelings and learn to get along in the world.

Sources: Kidshealth.org, incc.org

November 4, 2011

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Sweetpea’s Special Aioli (for Toddlers)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C)

2 cups     Organic sweet potatoes, skin on, cut into finger size wedges  (2 sweet potatoes)

2 tbsp      Organic extra virgin olive oil     30 mL

2 cubes   Sweetpea Baby Food Lentils & Root Veggies, thawed

2 tbsp      Organic mayonnaise            30 mL

1             Basil leaf, finely chopped

1. Preheat a non-stick baking sheet until hot, about 5-7 minutes. Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, place on the baking sheet and roast until golden brown and soft, about 25 minutes.  Remove from heat.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine Lentils & Root Veggies, mayonnaise and basil; mix well to incorporate.

3. Serve the wedges with the aioli on the side and enjoy.

This is an incredible way to use Sweetpea Baby Food! Infuse your mayonnaise creating a gourmet snack for your toddlers and you.

Chef Jordan’s tip:

Preheating the baking sheet helps to prevent the potatoes from sticking.

Chef Jordan Wagman

Executive Chef, Sweetpea Baby Food

Author, Easy Gourmet Baby Food

 

Reprinted with permission from Sweetpea Baby Food & Organic Snacks www.sweetpeababyfood.com

November 1, 2011

Going Green: An Environmental Approach to Diapers

The choice between re-useable cloth diapers and disposable diapers has long been the subject of research and debate.  There are numerous factors to consider when making the choice and parents need to be fully informed in order to make the best decision.

While it is important to consider the convenience and effectiveness of our choice we also need to look at the environmental impact; after all we need to do what is best for our children now and in the future.

Government research shows that disposable diapers are the third largest individual constituent of municipal solid waste accounting for probably somewhere between 1.5% and 4% of the total amount.  There are various estimates on the amount of waste the average child wearing disposable diapers is responsible for but the most conservative estimate is about a quarter of a ton per year and climbing.

While some argue disposable diapers can be composted it is important to note that there is an estimated 82,000 tons of plastic consumed by disposable diapers in the US annually that cannot be composted.

Both re-useable diapers and disposable diapers consume fossil fuels for energy. While manufacturing of disposable diapers and the cleaning process of re-useable diapers are both pollutants; the energy consumption from washing diapers still remains much lower and continues to decline as washing machines become more efficient.

In summary choosing cloth diapers over disposable is still the most environmentally friendly choice.

Why Use Cloth Diapers?

  • Natural fabric – no chemicals
  • Lots of savings
  • Potty train faster

Why Kushies?  Experience Matters.

  •  Proven for over 20 years
  • Most economical all-in-one on the market
  • Quality – Our diapers last and can be passed on to siblings
  • All in one systems and organic flannel available

sources: diapernet.org; livestrong.com; Scientific American.com

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