The importance of a bath routine and reviewing PortiaM baby products

The importance of a bath routine and reviewing PortiaM baby products

 

A bath routine can set your little one up for a goodnight’s rest (and for you). It also is a great time for bonding and simultaneously learns about body parts and their functions. I strongly believe that bath time should not be rushed.

I always add the PortiaM Baby Oil in the bath water for extra moisture for the skin. I allow my little one to help me with that. It is part of our routine and this step never gets skipped. Even if I forget, he reminds me.

 

While we wash his body I label his body parts and apply deep pressure to ensure that his tensed up muscles start to relax. We love using the baby wash. It is very lightly fragranced and the pump function of the bottle always turns into a fun game “pump-pump squeeeeeze”.

After bathing him I pat his skin dry with a towel and play a game of “row-row your boat” while rolling him in the towel so he can dry. I then start to massage him with the PortiaM Baby lotion. It smells clean and lingers for a while on the skin.

I end this bath routine off by sealing the lotion on his body with the PortiaM Baby jelly. Here we label body parts again and talk about their functions. His favourite part to rub the jelly on is his knees. On that note: let me give you a fun fact. Did you know babies don’t have kneecaps until they reach pre-school age? Me neither! I only learned about it recently.

 

Please note that all products are dermatologically tested and are available at most retailers or on their website here.

Our routine ends with brushing teeth and reading a book or 7.

Please share some of your bath routine essentials with us.

 

Should toddlers do chores?

Should toddlers do chores?

 

In short, yes. Most importantly is to let them do chores they love. Forcing chores on children they dislike is an unhealthy way to build a relationship with chores.

 

I know sometimes our toddler want to do the chores and it will take longer than usual, let them be. This makes them feel important and also give them self-confidence to do things by themselves. They also imitate what we do and watching us do daily chores is a great way to get them on their path to chores.

If your child can sit up by himself it is likely that they will start to pack toys in baskets, once walking they will do much more.

 

How to engage kids with chores?

  • -Be realistic about their ability
  • -make it fun
  • -don’t bribe them with materials, they would want a reward every time they did a chore
  • -praise them when they did a chore, this reinforce positive behaviours

There are also many benefits to doing chores:

It helps reinforce respect

Our kids often sees us working hard around the house. When they are assigned chores and have to clean up after themselves, they are more likely to respect the work of our hands and those of others. It also teaches them to respect their environment.

It teaches them life skills

It is a fact that they won’t be young forever and these teaching them life skills from an early age will be beneficial for them once they go out into the big world.

Helps them to build a strong work ethic

Bosses and teachers love this trait so let’s start them young. Children know that after cleaning there is a reward e.g outside play (I suggest not rewarding with material things at an early age). This helps them to understand that you reap rewards when you work and would thus awaken a strong work ethic within them.

Teaches teamwork

Team work is easily modelled at home for kids. It also teaches them how to work on a team and that there are consequences if expectations are not being met. When they go to school they know the value of teamwork.

Improves planning and time management skills

It helps them to understand that there is a time for everything. When they are older this will become a habit and it will be beneficial for them to make wise decisions in terms of time management.

Learn responsibility and self-reliance

Assigning chores to your child teaches them responsibility. It also makes them feel mature because you trust them to do chores.

Gives family a chance to bond

Doing chores together can create special moments between families. It also makes children feel important when they are included in tasks.

 

BELOW ARE SOME AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR YOUR TODDLER TO DO:

 

Happy cleaning! And remember, let them do chores they really enjoy.

Coated cake balls (recipe)

Coated cake balls (recipe)

 

This recipe creation has such a silly story. I wanted to warm Benjamin’s oats in the oven  (it was stillwarm after I used it) and it came out like a literal cake.

Then the idea of making these cake balls for him came to life! Ofcourse I had to test it out first before I could share it with you.

The ingredients are simple and so is the method. Feel free to make your own flavours and coatings.

This is just a basic recipe for Benjamin as he really loves theses. Let’s get started!

FIRST, put the oven on 200°C

Ingredients:
-1 cup raw instant oats (I used FutureLife Smart Oats)
-50ml of milk (I used Buttanutt Oat milk)
-pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon raw honey
-2 squeeze packets/ 65g of Buttanutt nutspread
-you might need a little hot water to add to your mixture for more moisture if needed

METHOD:
-Mix all ingredients together except for the nutspread. You want a firm texture to roll into little balls

-Grease a baking tray

-Roll mixture into balls and place on tray

-Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown

-Let it cool

-Coat with nutspread

-Decorate with sprinkles or shredded coconut

-Put in fridge for spread to set or enjoy as is!

NOTE: Feel free to add a scoop of protein to your mixture if it is for yourself and enjoy as an post/pre workout snack.

Be sure to check out the Buttanutt website for great and healthy deals! (www.buttanutt.co.za)