My husband, Gary Busey and I received a jar of Baby Butz at an Academy Award gifting suite and we LOVE it!
When I received my first jar of baby butz, I had no idea it would be such an amazing cream. I have tried all the natural ones on the market because my little one has super sensitive skin. In fact one morning he woke up with the worst diaper rash I’d ever seen, he was red front and back and even on his legs, it looked so bad I thought I might have to take him to the doctor. I put baby butz on him and the red disappeared within hours and the next day you could barely even tell he had a rash. There is no cream like it and to top it off, it’s all natural.
It seems once kids are old enough to speak, they start to voice their opinions when it comes to the food they are eating or in some cases not eating. They look at what you have created and their faces change as their noses wrinkle up and mouths turn upside down. It is hard to feed them and coming up with new ways to trick them to eat healthy gets harder and harder. There are several easy to incorporate tips that you can easily adapt to help your eater eat better.
- Relax when it comes to meal time.
It is important to understand that even if you have a picky eater, they are getting nourishment even if it seems like to you they are not. Don’t worry if they have only eaten two meals a day instead of the recommended three meals. Continue to tell yourself that you can relax at meal time and not make a big deal about it.
- Create a positive outlook and praise your child when they try new things.
Sometimes trying new things can be scary for a child, by not making a big deal about it and having a relaxed approach may help them to try it. When they do give it a little taste, congratulate them for trying something new; offer it as a new adventure.
- Create kid friendly options.
The Internet certainly allows for a lot of different search engines to locate fun and interesting ways to play with food. Making ships or creating funny faces gets kids excited about food in a whole different level. Kids often have taste buds that are more pronounced than adults and by changing the flavoring components kids are more likely to enjoy eating the items.
- Offer choices that make them feel like they are in control.
By allowing them to pick between different plates (the blue plate or the green plate) or different forks to eat with they are feeling they are involved with the decisions and are less likely to not want to eat the food put on their plates.
- Have kids help.
By having your kids help in the kitchen and in the store and in the garden, they get to be involved. By having them test things along the way and asking them what it might need and allow them to really get involved; they will enjoy trying the food they created and will want others to try it to.
Having picky kids can be challenging and overwhelming as you turn your wheels to get them to eat foods that are healthy for them but by following these easy to adapt tips, you can have an entirely different outlook on your kids eating patterns and meal times can be more enjoyable as a family.
The baby registry; what to scan, what to skip and what stores to include. With so many different options in different colors and patterns that the entire baby registry process can be quite overwhelming especially for new moms. What does your baby really need besides a loving home and gentle parents? Bottle warmers, wipe warmers, diaper holders, diaper cans, bottles, diapers, the list goes on and on and sometimes you have a hard time wrapping your brain around the entire thing. In this modern day it would be so nice if you could include the essence of time from your friends and family members on your registry instead of the commercialized products that you probably won’t use anyway.
- Premade meals
Once your baby is born, your level of energy seems to decrease immensely as night time feedings and diaper changes become your new routine. It is so handy to have premade meals stocked up in your freezer waiting for that perfect moment to pop into your oven and enjoy. Having a well stocked freezer with meals would be a better gift then a wipe warmer.
- Spending time with new mom and baby
Having a friend or family member take time out of their day to come and visit is surreal. New moms can get overwhelmed with the idea of not being able to go out and do the normal day to day things as having a baby and taking the new baby out can be quite an adjustment. By having a scheduled friend or family member visit, they can help mom do things around the house, talk to them about how things are going or just hold the baby for a little break.
- Offer to babysit
New parents need to connect once the baby is at home and a perfect opportunity for that would be scheduled weekly visits from friends and family members who can easily watch the little one for a few hours while the two of you can step out and catch a movie or go out to dinner.
While setting up your baby registration or purchasing gifts for a baby shower, thinking about other things that new moms may need such as friendship and encouragement can be really helpful when the little one finally arrives.
With dirty diapers, endless feedings, cuddling and nurturing, it is no wonder your partner may start to feel a little left out and hinder even resentment and jealous feelings. When you bring your baby home, your baby needs you and their needs often do end up coming first before everyone else’s including your needs and the needs of your partners. Finding time to hang out with your partner after your baby is born can be challenging at first, but with a little effort from both parents; staying connected can be achieved. There are several easy tips that you can incorporate everyday that will allow you to reconnect with your partner.
- Put forth the effort
Realizing right away that every relationship, no matter how big or small takes work to maintain and by acknowledging that it is going to take a little effort to have the relationship that you are looking for.
- Get up when your partner gets up to go to work and have a cup of coffee or tea.
Getting up seems like a daunting task on days when you have been up all night changing diapers and feeding, but those extra 20 minutes of connection time in the morning make a difference in both of your days. After your spouse leaves, you can easily go back to bed.
- Schedule a weekly date every week on Sunday.
Sit down on Sunday like you were scheduling and balancing the bills and make a date night for the upcoming week. Schedule a babysitter and get into a routine of writing it into your planner. It is just that important to take time together.
- Write sticky notes
Probably the easiest to do and the most effective. Writing a note and sticking it to the mirror or putting a note in their lunchboxes or hiding them in places they would normally look; makes them feel loved and special.
- Text them throughout the day
Similar to writing notes, sending a text message throughout the day will also help you to reconnect.
- Have dinner on the table to sit down and chat about the day and the upcoming events
The meal certainly doesn’t have to be fancy, just have it ready when they arrive. If you are running late, cut up and onion and sauté them in butter on the stove. The aroma of the onions cooking will be enough to tide them over until the rest of the meal can be completed.
It doesn’t matter what things you do together, it is just a matter of getting up and doing it. Your relationship depends on it!
As your baby grows and you wonder where the time goes; it is important to keep your little ones safe. Accidents unfortunately do happen but there are little things you can do in your home to minimize the likelihood of them happening to your precious babies. As your baby starts rolling, scooting, crawling and pulling themselves up it is time to take inventory of your home and fix areas that may be potential hazards to your newly mobile baby. There are several easy things you can do that take only a matter of minutes to ensure your little one is safe as they continue to grow and become curious about the world around them.
- Change water heater temperature to less than 120 degrees F.
Water temperature has been known to cause several burns in small children while taking a bath. By simply changing the setting on the water heater to a lower temperature you can regulate the temperature somewhat of the bathtub. To ensure correct bath temperature you can always purchase a tub thermometer that will let you know exactly what the temperature is and if it is safe for your little one.
- Move crib mattress to the lower level.
As your little one starts rolling and crawling it is important to remember to put the mattress down a level in the crib to ensure they don’t pull themselves up and over.
- Keep stuffed animals and excess blankets out of the crib.
Similar to lowering the level of the crib, it is important to not keep extra things in the crib as they can use them to make themselves taller and hoist themselves over and out of the crib.
- Do diaper changes on the floor.
As babies begin to roll around, the thought of being made to stay still is daunting. By changing them on the floor and perhaps giving them something they can hold onto while you change them; you don’t have to worry about them rolling off and falling onto the ground.
- Move things away from their reach. Babies will grab anything and everything.
- Put proper baby gates up.
Simply measure the openings and purchase a gate that will work best for you and your family. There are so many different gates with different knobs and directionalities that you can find exactly what you need. By following the directions, you will be ready to protect your little one from falling down the stairs or climbing up the stairs.
- Purchase special safety knobs and gadgets for doors, cupboards, appliances and windows.
There are so many companies that offer different safety knobs and gadgets for your doors, cupboards, appliances and windows that many stores have an entire aisle devoted to safety. By scanning your house and making a mental note of all the safety hazards, you can easily purchase supplies that you need to make your house safe for your little one.
Keeping your baby safe is easy to do, if you take the time to set up your house so they won’t be in any danger. You will sleep better at night knowing you have a baby proofed house.
Can It Get ANY BETTER?!!! Rachel Florio PR just asked me to send Baby Butz cream for North West! Kim Kardashion and Kanye West new baby girl!
Big Day for Baby Butz cream today…Thanks to Rachel Florio PR,
I just got the OK to gift our miracle cream to Channing and Jenna Tatum’s new baby named Everly!
I am heading off to Edmonton, Alberta to attend the Canadian Paediatric Conference. I will be introducing my Baby Butz cream to the Canadian Paediatricians in attendance. More and more Doctors are recommending Baby Butz cream to their patients because it’s made with all-natural ingredients, licensed by Health Canada with an NPN (Natural Product Number) and is the safest and most effective diaper rash rash available without a prescription, AND, it’s Made In Canada!
I would like to Congratulate Jennifer Thomas the winner of the Baby Butz/ Shoppers Drug Mart Contest!
Jennifer won the Mom & Baby Gift Basket valued over $250
I want to thank everyone who bought a jar of Baby Butz cream from selected Shoppers Drug Mart locations and entered their receipts.
Jennifer with all her Goodies!
Technology plays such a vital role in our daily lives. We use technology to manage our finances, plan our meetings and schedule play dates for our kids. Now, take a minute to think about how technology is part of your child’s life. Let us pose a question to you. Does your two- year-old know how to use your iPhone better than you? The fact is that video games and electronic devices provide endless hours of entertainment, but at what expense? What is being sacrificed? Sadly, it may be our children’s imaginations.
Imaginative play creates a foundation for children to learn how to engage with others. It builds social skills, language skills and thinking skills in ways that electronic devices cannot possibly provide. Nurturing your child’s natural ability to be creative and imaginative is easier than you think. Mediums such as art, music and storytelling are natural, age-appropriate outlets that allow your child a safe, nurturing environment to express themselves.
All young children enjoy music. When young children are exposed to music they learn rhythm, they connect emotions with different styles of music; they learn how to create their own unique sound. Here is a fun activity to try with your child.
Pick an instrumental piece of music. It can be a fast song or a slow song, the speed and style does not matter. Listen to the selection together and encourage your child to create a story in his or her own head based on how the music makes them feel. Ask your child to tell you the story they created. You may be shocked by how detailed and creative their story will be from just listening to a short selection of music.
Some children find it easier to express their imagination through arts and crafts. Arts and crafts form excellent ways for young children to learn how to expand on a thought or an idea. If you have a young child who loves to create using their hands, it is important to praise your child on their creations and not offer unsolicited suggestions or critiques. For young children art is about the process, not the outcome.
Do you recycle? If so, let your little artist raid the recycle bin and create recycled art. Again, provide only safety directions, like making sure no sharp objects are used and that jugs are cleaned thoroughly. Otherwise, step back and let them be inventive.
Some children prefer to use their imaginations to create fantastical worlds. These children thrive on using their ingenuity to create intricate plotlines that involve their teddy bears, imaginary friends and even inanimate objects like trees. The sky is the limit!
One way to engage with your storyteller is to create a story together. Visit your local library for story time. While you are there browse the shelves for picture books like Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rantham. This classic children’s story is told completely through pictures. Encourage your child to tell the story to you. Books that provide your child the opportunity to create a story within a story feed your child’s imaginative appetite.
Video games and other electronic devices will be a part of your children’s lives. Given the society we live in today, it is difficult to completely eradicate them from the landscape of your child’s daily experiences. There is nothing wrong with allowing your child to play a LeapFrog game, or passing them your phone to keep them happy while waiting in a long line at the grocery store. The challenge is to learn how to balance innovation with imagination.
How do you encourage imaginary play with your children?