Choosing baby names is never an easy task. And when you find out that you’re expecting twins and have to decide on two names that complement each other, things are twice as hard. And it just got harder when you are having boy-girl twins.
Check out our picks on the double-adorable boy-girl twin names:
Ever wondering what is the best way to encourage and enhance your baby’s growth? Try these simple but powerful development-boosting fun activities with your little one.
Place a toy or book under a blanket, leaving part of the object showing. Then ask your baby, “Where is it?” and encourage him to look for it. After your baby has mastered finding a partly hidden object, move on to hiding it completely under the blanket.
Take turns stacking the cups and knocking them down. You can also have a “race,” where you both stack cups at the same time.
Around her first birthday, your baby will be ready for large wooden puzzles like ones with colorful shapes or pictures.
Regularly read books to your baby, pointing to the pictures as you read and engaging her by changing your voice for different characters. Invite your little one to participate by encouraging her to laugh or act surprised by the story, touch the pictures, and turn the pages. This can help in developing their listening skills.
5. Clap with me
Around 6 to 8 months of age, your child will learn to clap.
Clap, clap, one, two, three
Clap, clap, clap with me.
Clap, clap, four and five.
Clap, clap, clap, bees in hive.
Clap, clap, six, seven, eight.
Clap, clap, clap, you are great.
Clap, clap, nine and ten.
Clap, clap, let’s do it again.
6. Rhyme time
Sing songs with real or made-up words that rhyme, like “thump, thump, thump, bump, bump, bump, jump, jump, jump.” You might feel a little silly, but all that rhyming is another way to boost your baby’s language development.
7. Shake the bottle
Fill the bottle with the rice or pasta, and glue the top back on so your baby can safely watch and hear what happens as he shakes, rattles, and rolls the container.
8. Disappearing cheerio
Create your own version of the old-fashioned shell game by hiding a Cheerio under a cup and seeing if your baby can find it. This simple activity reinforces object permanence, a major concept.
9. Light show
Turn on some mini flashlights, and drop them into empty water bottles, Tupperware, or any colored, lidded containers. Place your baby in tummy time in a dark room and let him explore the colorful lighted containers on the floor in front of him.
10. Baggy fingerprinting
Squeeze a couple of dark colors of washable finger paint into a zippered baggy and seal tightly. Add duct tape for extra security. Spread the paint around to coat the inside of the bag, then place it on the floor in front of your baby during tummy time. Show him how to make marks on the outside of the bag with his hand or finger.
11. Container play
Place a few toys in a container with an opening a bit bigger than balls or pegs, plastic links, or other smaller items. Hand the container to your baby, who will probably turn it over and over, causing some toys to tumble out. Reload the container periodically until your kiddo figures out how to do it on her own.
During the first six months of baby’s life are amazing time, as he transforms from a floppy-headed newborn into a tiny person. While your baby will develop at his own pace, there are ways you can encourage that growth.
Encourage your infant’s development stimulate your infant’s brain with these fun and easy activities.
Sing and talk to your child with exaggerated tones of voice. Watch your baby’s facial expressions and see how he reacts to different pitches.
While your baby is lying on her back, hold the toy in front of her face and, if needed, wiggle it slowly or gently touch her with it to get her attention. Then move the toy from side to side, and encourage her to follow along with her eyes. This is to enhance visual development.
Put on your favorite songs and, while holding your baby securely to your chest, gently move around together in time to the music.
When your baby is resisting a nap, sing him a lullaby in a soothing voice. Don’t remember any of the classics? No problem—you can find song lyrics online or just make up your own.
Show your baby her reflection in the mirror, then ask, “Who is that?” Repeat with your own reflection and a sibling’s or a stuffed animal’s.
6. Baby sit-ups
If your baby has good head control, lay him on his back, place your hands under his arms, and gently guide him into a sitting position. As he gains muscle tone and strength, do these sit-ups by holding his hands and slowly bringing him to sit.
When your baby is in a quiet and alert state, undress her down to her diaper and lay her face up on a soft towel or blanket in a warm, quiet room. Working in sections as her tolerance allows, gently but firmly stroke her legs, arms, and belly. This encourages boding with your little one, too.
8. Follow the leader
Do a series of actions and see how many actions your child can imitate in a row by tapping the table, opening and closing your hands, clapping, and waving. Tip: Start with something your baby is already doing, like banging a fist on the table.
Lay your baby belly-down across your lap, and place your hands around his midsection so he’s fully supported. Then gently lift him up and move him up, down, back, and forth, like a rocket jetting into space. For extra giggles, add sound effects.
Tuck one or two sheets of new or used tissue paper under the cushion of a sofa or upholstered chair so that it hangs down to the floor like a curtain. Remove baby’s socks, and place her on her back, with her feet against the tissue and her knees slightly bent.
11. Grabbing basket
Fill the basket or pan with the paper tube rings, and place it in front of your baby while she’s in tummy time, propped on a pillow, or sitting on your lap with hands free to play. Encourage her to push and bump her hands up against the rings or use use the wall of the container to help her grasp them.
Learning to use the potty is a milestone in your child’s life. There is no universal fixed time to start potty training, but many children will show signs that they are ready for potty training between 18 and 36 months. Bear in mind though that you don’t have to wait for your child to have every single sign to get started.
But toilet-teaching can be an extremely frustrating phase, so be patient. Most children are able to master the potty between the ages of 2 and 3.
You are eager to start potty training just like most parents. Check out our handy list to see if you little one is ready.
1. Started to show interest in using the potty.
2. Able to follow simple instructions.
3. Can tell you when they need to pee or poop
4. Stays dry for at least two hours during naps
5. Can walk or even run
6. Can sit still for two to five minutes
7. Can pull pants up and down
8. Dislikes the feeling of dirty diapers
9. Recognizes success
No matter how ready your child is, do expect some setbacks and accidents along the way.
If you’re looking for a new and delicious dinner to feed your kid and you can only find chicken in your refrigerator, then please try out these great kid-friendly chicken recipes.! Make chicken in a way that your kids will actually eat and like.
1. Chicken Parm-asaurus
2 12 oz. boxes frozen dino chicken nuggets
1 c. marinara or pizza sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
2 c. shredded mozzarella
Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400º.
In a large baking dish, layer frozen chicken nuggets.
Spoon over marinara and season with salt and pepper.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook 8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Transfer to a plate.
Add remaining oil, onion and celery; cook 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Cook, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil.
Add potatoes, carrots, green beans, remaining salt and pepper. Cover; cook on medium-low, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Stir in chicken, parsley and sage. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
Unroll phyllo. Place 1 sheet on top of chicken mixture; lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the cheese. Repeat layering. Tuck edges of phyllo inside rim of baking dish.
Place baking dish on a baking sheet; bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until filling is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.
1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes with onion and chiles, drained
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 1 pound)
2 scallions, chopped
If making chips from tortillas, heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut each stack of tortillas into sixths. Spread out 1 package in single layer onto 2 large sheet pans. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Season lightly with salt.
Bake at 400 degrees F, 10 to 12 minutes, until browned and crisp, rotating pans from front to back and switching oven positions. Transfer chips to bowl. Repeat with second tortilla package.
For cheese sauce, melt butter in medium-size saucepan. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk, until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbly and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in cheese until smooth. Stir in tomatoes, chiles, salt and red pepper.
Spread half of chips on ovenproof platter or large pan. Top with half the cheese sauce, half the beans and half the chicken. Repeat with remaining chips, beans and chicken. Cover with remaining sauce.
Bake in 400 degrees F oven 10 minutes. Cool slightly. Top with chopped scallions. Serve warm.
1 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast half (about 6 ounces)
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add chicken; cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until juices run clear and chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Let cool completely. Coarsely chop chicken, and transfer to a medium bowl.
Bring 1 1/2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan fitted with the steamer insert. Add broccoli; cover, and cook until broccoli is just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Let cool completely. Coarsely chop broccoli; add to chicken in the bowl. Add cheeses, and season with salt and pepper. Toss well.
Place a packed 1/2 cup of chicken mixture in center of each tortilla; shape filling into a horizontal oval. Fold in right and left sides about 1/2 inch, then tightly roll up.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pockets seam down on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake until crisp and beginning to turn golden, about 12 minutes. Cut in half crosswise, and serve.
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 13×9-inch pan.
In large bowl, place 1 lb cooked and drained penne pasta, 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce and 1/2 cup ranch dressing. Stir to combine. Pour mixture in pan; spread evenly.
Sprinkled 6 slices chopped cooked bacon evenly over top, then sprinkle with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz).
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
When your children are sick and you need to give medicine to your kids. What if the “Here comes the airplane” tactic fails to work. You will need to find alternate ways to get them to take the medicine.
Here are some ways around the medicine issue.
1. Bypass the taste buds
The reason why it is difficult to give medicine to your kids is because they tend to spit out bitter-tasting medicines. To overcome this, some parents will use syringes and droppers. This is so that you can squirt the medicine along the inside of your kid’s cheeks and keep it off the tongue.
2. Give kids some control
If your kids are old enough to understand, explain patiently to them as to why they need to take medicine. If there is a choice of flavors for the medicine, let them choose the one they like.
3. Play the doctor game
If your kids like to play pretend try the doctor game. Let them pretend to give their stuffed toys medicine before she takes hers. This will ease the process with taking medicine for your kid.
4. Medicate while they are sleeping
If you have a sound sleeper, this is worth trying. Drop a small amount of medication into her mouth while she’s peacefully sleeping . Be sure to watch it over the course of 5 minutes or so to ensure she doesn’t choke.
5. Hide it!
If you’re lucky enough to have a kid who can be bribed with things like chocolate pudding, chocolate sauce, strawberry milk, etc., slip the medicine inside. And there you go to have the medicine down.
6. Give a visual reward
When your kids are old enough, they will often respond to a reward system. Other than verbal praise, give them a sticker and put it on a calendar every time after they take the medicine. They will feel rewarded and also able to observe their own progress visually along the way. Until they complete the cycle, give them a real reward to encourage them.
Do you have trouble getting your child to try vegetables or finish his lunch? One way to attract her to eat all group of food is to increase the fun factor. Try these simple ideas for making everyday meals easier.
1. Provide choices
When you are preparing food for your kids, give them choices.
“Eggs or a grilled cheese sandwich?”
“Pancakes or toast?”
Be careful with how you pair them. For example, if your goal is to get her to eat veggies, do not give her a choice between pancakes and peas. You know the trick right?
2. Make sure she is hungry
It is not a wise choice to get your child who isn’t hungry to eat something they don’t like. You can spread out your child’s snacks appropriately so she will be hungry when she sees those green beans on her dinner plate.
3. Offer something she likes
Worse case scenario is that you put a bunch of alien food in front of a picky eater. But you can always try mixing the combination, say 3 things on her favorite list and 2 that is not.
4. Get her involved in food preparation
When your child is old enough, you can get her to help you out in the kitchen while preparing the food. It may be dangerous or her to chop vegetables but she can help to wash the veggies. It seems that kids are more likely to eat food that they are involved in preparing.
5. Get creative – Try different settings
Kids love new things and they are willing to try new foods if you put them in a plate that is themed to the characters they like. If there is absolutely no way to get your id to eat certain food group, try hiding them in the food that she likes.
It’s worth a try!
6. Make meal time fun
One way to get your little picky eater to eat is to increase the fun factor over the dining table. Try to play some music in the kitchen and engage in as mush conversation as possible.
It may not always get those peas down her throat, but at least there’s a chance!
7. Teach by example
Let your curious little one try the food on your plate. The more she sees you eating those foods she doesn’t like, the more chances that she will eat it when you put it on her plate the next time.
Cleaning your toddler’s teeth is going to be your routine task as a parent and it was never an easy one. Tooth-brushing is not always an enjoyable activity for most toddles. You often need to wrestle with your kids in order to get this task done.
Try our picks on effective ways to make too-brushing a more enjoyable time for your kids and in turn encourage them to have a better dental habits.
1. Brush together and set good example
Brush your teeth the same time as the kids. Be a good role model to your kids and brush your teeth in front of them everyday. It is going to be helpful because your little ones can watch how you do it, the proper way to move the toothbrush and mimic it.
It is not a bad idea to get the whole family involved, too.
2. Take turns
In order to make the brushing session more interesting, you can let your toddler brush yours and then you can brush theirs. Make it a team effort. This can help to stimulate them to pick up their toothpaste on their own every time.
3. Use a fun (and effective) toothbrush
Let them choose their own toothbrush. A fun toothbrush will appear to be a fun an interactive toy to your kids. Once they like it, they will be more excited about brushing their teeth every night.
4. Make it fun
Use pretend play. Counting the teeth while brushing their teeth may work sometimes, too. Or sing a song. Or make it a contest to see who can race up to the bathroom and get their toothbrush the fastest and who can brush the longest.
5. Choose the right toothpaste
Don’t let toothpaste get in the way. You can choose toothpaste that are themed to your kid’s favorite character or the flavors they like.
Kids are always delighted to see their favorite characters appearing on the outside of the toothpaste. In this case, they will look forward to using the toothpaste to brush their teeth, every day and night.
6. Reward them
Create a chart for the year and every time your kid successfully completed a brushing session without fuss, give them a sticker to stick on the chart. If they successfully fill up a full month of the chart with stickers, reward them with an even bigger reward, like a toy he has also wanted.
This is to reward them for brushing well and encourage them to keep up with the good work.
7. Make it a routine
Make it a routine for your toddlers on tooth-brushing. Be consistent on the brushing session at least two times a day. One time should just be before bedtime.