A tired Mom needs something to perk up with and we all know what powers coffee can have on our mood and patience. If you want a new type of coffee to wake up with in the morning and afternoon you should try Turkish Coffee. You can make it with any coffee you have at home and make sure to include lots of sugar!
The mud that forms in this type of coffee will sink to the bottom of the cup so just wait a bit before you start to drink. By the way, kids also love this coffee so be careful not to let them in on it too early or you’ll have to watch your cup where it stands for kids that want to drink it! They will not know the difference between the tasty coffee and the sticky mud so be aware.
In this video, Expert Mom shows you how to make Turkish Coffee with the most basic ingredients and tools. Have a look and perk up!
Forget about everything people say about car seats and take a moment to think about what really matters to you. Car seats for children are first of all about the safety of your child. To get too involved in design of fabrics and fancy brand names is only silly not to say dangerous. Here are 3 steps to how to pick car seat for your baby. Read them and sort your mind out. It can save you money by helping you focus on what really matters!
The first thing is safety. If you are buying a recognized brand you can count on the tests and trials by real people to back up the safety of the product. This doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive brand. Just look for safety marking on the product description and see what the reviews of the car seat have to say about it. You can get a used car seat but you must check if it went through any accident. If it did it could be damaged and therefore not as safe as you would wish.
In the safety category is also the installation. Look for car seats that are easy to install. When you install the car seat right in your car it will stay as safe as the manufacturer promises so this is not a small thing to consider. A car seat that jumps out of place is a danger so you must consider this a crucial part of how to pick car seat for your baby!
Long legs need a lot of space and short legs grow. Your child should be comfortable for more than a month in the car seat that you pick. Look for ample space and a snug fit and room for your child to grow and develop. It is also important to pick a car seat which is easy to clean. If you can’t clean the seat fast to use it again within the day or next morning it won’t be very comfortable to use the chair. This is especially so if you’ve had an ice cream feast with trails all over the car seat!
The size of the car seat will also matter depending on your car. Don’t be fooled to think that larger models are safer and offer better comfort to your child. A smaller model can be just what you need and leave you ample space in your back seat. Check in reviews of car seats how the seat fits into a smaller car and if it can be used both in front and in the back.
These are the 3 steps to go through when you want to buy a car seat. There is always more to think about but if these 3 are all in place you should get a seat which works well both for you and your child!
If you allow food and snacks in the car you will soon have a mess building up in the back seat and maybe even up front. Your kids are having a party with summer ice creams and while you look back at them and smile about clown faces the real fun will begin later. If you like taking the baby seats out of the car every month, by all means, continue the sticky behavior, if not you need to re-think your car policies.
No Food in the Car Means Clean Seats
If you decide to totally ban all foods from your car (groceries are fine) you will not see brown, yellow and grayish patches of something that once was edible. Before you let anyone into your card you need to act policeman and discard anything that could constitute as food. You should also give adult passengers strict instructions about your food policies and make sure that they adhere by them. No one will love you but, man (sorry woman!), will your car ever be clean!
As you glance back at sour faces looking for a little snack you should just turn the car stereo on high volume and think about the hours of cleaning you are saving yourself!
Just Deal With it!
Car seats for kids are meant to become messy and dirty and if you can’t act policeman of the car you’d better just accept this fact. Learn how to clean baby seats, boosters and regular car seats and do it with joy! Remember that ice cream, cake, chewing gum and other edibles do come out with some water and soap and scrubbing. Don’t get angry about this task but approach it with love and dedication.
Yes, seriously, by learning how to clean your kid’s car seats with love you can actually work on yourself and your attitude in life. Having said this you can still exclude certain substances from your car, marijuana included! It gets easier when all you have to do is vacuum crumbs and wash off some ice cream from the baby car seats.
Another simple trick is to cover your car seats with towels before you put in the baby chairs. This should also let you relax more when the party gets going in the back seat. You can look back at them, smile, and just throw that towel into the laundry later. Smile again, and live a long, happy and clean life!
It is becoming quite common to find children way past their 3 year old birthday and still in diapers. They know just when and what they want to do and they simply refuse to do so without a diaper. So how can you potty train a toddler that refuses to stop with diapers? There are several ways to make the transition easier but the most important is to keep relaxed about it and not make your toddler feel stressed about getting out of diapers.
If you haven’t tried a reward system this is your first stop. Explain to your child that each potty make equals a sticker, small toy, chocolate or something else that you know that they desire. Don’t forget about encouragement and showing appreciation and joy when your child chooses to do in the potty or toilet instead of in a diaper. This is a most essential step when you want to figure out how to potty train a toddler that refuses to stop with diapers.
Invite Older Kids
Invite older kids and have them show case how to go on the toilet. Let your child observe how it is done by peers that are close in age but yet a bit older so that the impression will be more effective. This is something that can really get the potty training going. You can also let the older child talk to your child about potty training by simply asking questions about how they go to the toilet when your toddler is listening.
Standing for Number 2
Many toddlers get used to, and find it easy, to do number 2 standing. It can be hard to switch from this position to a sitting one on the potty or toilet. To transit from diaper to toilet you can place a plastic bag on the floor and let the toddler do on this. This way they get to experience what comes out and how and you don’t have such a big mess to deal with. After this you move to standing on a foot stool to do the same over the toilet and eventually your child will find that it isn’t such a big deal to just use the toilet.
Get rid of the Diapers Early!
If you are already past the 3 year birthday the tips above can be very helpful for effective potty training but the very best advice is to start early. Most children can understand already around their first birthday and if you find a good and trusted method for potty training and go by it you can save yourself a lot of money and make your child’s life a whole lot easier!