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May 2021

5 Sensory Play Activities for Your Little One

Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers.

Sensory play is vital in your baby’s growth and development as it stimulates your baby’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. Not only that, it also helps in developing gross and fine motor skills. If you want to know more about sensory play and its benefits, you can read it in our previous post here. Sensory play is great for your little one to explore their senses, but one thing we all know about babies is that they like to put everything in their mouth and some things are unsafe for them. Hence, when you are thinking of doing sensory play for your baby, you want to ensure the activity is safe: taste-safe and not a choking hazard. Here are 5 fun sensory play activities that you can try for your little one.

#1 Edible Baby Sand

๐Ÿ“ท: Little Learning Club

What you need: Graham crackers and oatmeal

How to:

  1. Break about 25 pieces or so of graham crackers into smaller pieces
  2. Place them in a food processor or blender
  3. Do the same for 2 cups or so of oatmeal
  4. Mix the two together in a large container and ensure there are no large pieces of crackers
  5. Ready to play!

You may also want to hide some toys in the sand for a fun surprise for your little one.

#2 Exploring Temperature

A super simple activity to put together. All you need is two bottles – 1 filled with warm water and 1 filled with water and ice cubes. Then sit with your little one and introduce each bottle one by one and let your little one feel them and tell them what each one is. You may also want to encourage them to feel both at the same time!

#3 Rainbow Spaghetti

๐Ÿ“ท: The Imagination Tree

What you need: Cooked spaghetti, food colourings, and alphabet blocks

How to:

  1. Cooked spaghetti in a small pot
  2. Drain, toss, and add a couple teaspoons of oil and mix well
  3. Divide the spaghetti into five bowls
  4. Add food colouring to each one and mix well and leave to cool
  5. Once they are cooled, place all the coloured spaghettis in a container
  6. Add alphabet blocks for more fun
  7. Time to play!

For more fun:

  • Change the alphabets with numbers and ask your little one to search for them and name them one by one.
  • Ask them to find letters from their name or to spell out small, 3-letter words.

#4 Sensory Basket

Another easy activity to put together. All you need is a small basket and colourful, interesting objects. Ensure that the objects you put in have no sharp edges and no loose threads. You can also put in shiny and light-up objects such as metal measuring spoon set, a small handheld mirror, a large bouncy ball with lights in it. You can spice it up with anything you can find in the house, really!

Be sure to keep an eye on your little one while you’re playing with them.

#5 Mixed Beans & Peas In A Tub

Sorting and Sifting Sensory Tub

A fun and easy activity that can be enjoyed with the whole family. What you need: A medium size tub, spoons, scoops, cups, funnels, jars, and a mixture of dried beans, peas and lentils.

The best part is that this sensory tub can be re-used several times for future play experiences by storing the bean and peas mixture tub with a lid.

For more fun:

  • Scoop, sift, and pour the bean, pea and lentil mix.
  • Search for different colours and place them into different containers.
  • Layer different coloured beans, peas and lentils in the jars.

You may also want to conduct a little science experiment with your child by placing different beans, peas, and lentils onto a water soaked paper towel on a plate and watch what happens in next few days!

Hypoallergenic Products: What & Why

What Does Hypoallergenic Skin Care Really Mean and How Can It Benefit You?  | Science of Skincare

What Is Hypoallergenic?

If there is one important thing you need to know when buying skincare products for you or your child is to always read the labels on the product. And more often than not, you will likely come across the term hypoallergenic. So what does it mean? When a product is tagged as hypoallergenic, it means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction when being applied on the skin. The term has been widely used in the makeup industry as a lot of common ingredients in makeup were causing irritation to usersโ€™ eyes and skin.

A hypoallergenic product simply means it is lacking many of the allergens that are causing bad reactions and flare ups on the skin. In order to determine the products are hypoallergenic, they have to go through several tests. A patch test is conducted on 100-200 subjects and their skin reactions to the products are recorded. And this could take up to few days if not weeks for companies to gather the information.

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US does not set standards for companies to meet, many companies have different views on the true definition of what a hypoallergenic product should be. Hence, testing done may vary from one company to another. To help overcome the inconsistencies in the testing, you should always check out the ingredient list.

The best thing to do is to get help from a dermatologist or doctor regarding your allergy concerns. With all the information given to them, they will draw out a list of ingredients to avoid and ingredients you should be using.

Why Use Hypoallergenic Products?

Even if you are someone who does not have allergies or does not currently have sensitive skin, you can still benefit from hypoallergenic products. The lack of allergens in a product can help your skin to minimize the chance of experiencing inflammation as allergens in products could increase the risk of irritating the pores in your skin.

As you age and your diet changes, your skin will change also in reaction to that. You might not suffer from sensitive skin now, however in the future, you just might. Therefore, finding the right hypoallergenic products that you know and trust from the start can be helpful!

Here are some hypoallergenic products that can be found on Babydash:

Find out more on our site!

5 Mom Cleaning Hacks That Make Life Easier

Easy Cleaning schedule for working moms - Women Fitness Magazine

Trying to juggle being a parent and a home minister at the same time can be tricky. On one hand, you have to attend to your tiny human needs, and on the other hand, you have to keep your lovely abode all spick and span. But fret not parents, we’ve got your back covered with cleaning hacks that are going to make your life easier!

#1 Remove crayon from your walls

Having a little Van Gogh at home with loose crayons at hands can be terrifying! There’s nothing quite like coming home after a long day at work to find your little artist new masterpiece all over your walls. Before you go into panic mode, there is a safe, non-toxic way to remove them from your walls. To create this ‘magic’ solution, you only need to mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1/8 teaspoon of lemon essential oil. Not only the crayons are gone, but you will also feel relief and relax as it will leave your home smelling so fresh and so clean! Alternatively, you can also use a surface cleaner to save time.

#2 Organize kid’s artwork

I know sometimes your kid’s colouring pages can end up all over your living room and pretty much anywhere your kid’s inspiration takes place. And of course, it can be annoying, to say the least picking up after these scattered pages. To help you curb the mess, all you need is a drying rack. Yup, your average drying rack! The coated wire cushions are great to place colouring books and loose pages. If you have a diaper caddy that’s just sitting in the room, you may use it to store crayons, colour pencils, and other artsy stuff.

#3 Have a place for everything

If you have watched The Home Edit on Netflix, you would already know this! Invest in storage containers or baskets to organize every room in the house. Not only they look cute, but they are also the best catch-all place for your kids to toss stuff in. Focus on storing like with like. For example, organize the books together, toys together, and etc. Place a name sticker on the basket so your kid knows everything that belongs to them should be in the basket at the end of the day.

#4 Baby wipes – a life saviour

The ultimate hack must-have for moms is baby wipes! You can use them for absolutely everything from wiping off countertops, to removing makeups, to cleaning dirty bums. They can also be used to dust, to wipe off bathroom faucets, or to clean up stains on rugs. The best part of all? They are super handy and cheap!

#5 Clean as you cook

Get in the habit of cleaning the kitchen as you cook. Wash the bowls, knives, and cutting board once you are done using them. Discard food scraps and trash. Wipe down the countertops and stoves after use. You will save a lot of time by doing this and you will never want to see dirty dishes piling up in the sink ever again!

And mommies, keeping a house clean is teamwork and you should get everyone involved. It’s never too early to teach your kids to clean and tidy. Get the little ones to clean after their own toys and books and your husband to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen every night. You may also want to plan a cleaning schedule for everyone in the house. You know what they say, teamwork makes the dream work!

5 Fun Family Activities To Keep The Raya Spirit Alive

Enjoy Ramadan Together by sharing cooking recipes and joining a virtual  karaoke session

With the rising cases of COVID-19 everyday, it is best to just stay home this Raya to keep ourselves and family safe. It may sound bleak to spend Raya away from our loved ones as it is always full of joy with family gathering and road trips to balik kampung. But, let’s scratch the sorrow away and turn it around. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your kids to ensure the Raya spirit lives on!

Bake Raya cookies

What is Raya without its yummy cookies? This the time to get your apron on and flour those countertop surfaces cause it’s time to get messy! Some of our classic favourites include Biskut Suji, Biskut Sarang Semut, and Biskut Florentine. But of course there are so many other Raya treats that you can make. You might also want to make them in big batches and give them to your neighbours, family, and friends. It is the perfect gift to lift their Raya mood up!

Make DIY Raya cards

A lovely way to feel a bit more connected with your family and friends other than linking up through technology is to send them Raya cards. Take all your kids’ crayons, colour pencils, and marker pens out cause it’s time to get crafty! Make a personalize card with the recipient in mind. You may also want to dress up and include your latest family photo in the card – great for relatives and friends to keep!

Decorate as festively as possible

Since you are going to spend a lot of time at home this Raya, you might want to go all out on the Raya decor. Putting up the colourful fairy lights, hanging the ketupat shells, and lighting up the pelita will instantly fill your home with Raya vibes. I bet you your Raya photos will look amazing with these decor up!

Sing Raya karaoke

Family who sings together, stay together. And you don’t need to be vocally on point to have fun singing with your kids! Put on some Raya classics and sing your hearts out together. To make it more enjoyable for the kids, you can also get them a xylophone, drum set, or percussion set.

Host a virtual Raya gathering

Just because you can’t have a get-together with your family and friends physically, doesn’t mean you can’t see them this Raya. Send everyone a Zoom link and host your gathering online. You might want to send over some Raya food for them to eat during the call – to get that Raya open-house feels! Be sure to glam up and put on your nice Raya outfit!

Ideas to Celebrate Your Baby’s First Raya

98 Hari Raya Greeting Videos and HD Footage - Getty Images

Being a parent in this day and age, we try to document the memories through photos and videos using our smartphones especially over the first year of your baby’s life. And the firsts of anything with your baby are major moments and very valuable but there’s nothing quite like their first Raya! Though it is a tradition to give out duit raya, however your baby is too little to get amused over it, and they are probably more excited over the attractive patterns on the Raya packet than the value of the money. Instead, focus on the little things and start a new tradition if you will, to make sure the festivity happiness continues to live on, not only in photos but in your heart too! Here are some ideas for how to make your baby’s first Raya celebration a memorable one.

Get baby a matching outfit

What better way to celebrate your baby’s first Raya other than dressing your baby up in a baju kurung/baju Melayu set that matches mommy or daddy! Totally adorable for pictures and definitely Instagram worthy! #justsaying ๐Ÿ˜† Doll up your baby with hair accessories from Baby Island and Bows & Blings.

Immortalize baby’s hand/footprints

Of course you will have photos to look back on, but there’s an extra special value that holds these hand/footprints. You can preserve them in salt dough or paint them using watercolour to remember how tiny your baby was when they had their first Raya. You can even turn it into a nursery decor! Get a kit from Pearhead.

Buy baby a special gift

Your little one is not going to remember their first Raya and what you gave them, but that does not mean they won’t enjoy playing with a present! Need not to be extravagant, something as simple as rattles or soft toys can easily bring joy to your baby! To make it more special, you can even pick up an heirloom gift that your child can cherish when they are older.

Compile a Raya time capsule

Get a keepsake box to store the remembrances from your baby’s first Raya. Things like: the Raya packet that your baby received, wrapping paper or bows from their Raya gifts, photos from the day or even the outfit that your baby wore. Then mark the box with the year and keep it somewhere safe until you’re ready to revisit the memories in a decade (if not sooner!).

Take a family Raya photo

This is a must! You can’t let Raya go by without capturing a Raya photo of your little babe and the rest of the family. Trying to get a picture with an infant or toddler is a lot work! Try to even snap the candid moments too. Definitely something to laugh about when you look back later on and it will be ones for the books!

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