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Win Too Hot To Touch Labels

The Too Hot To Touch safety labels are a wonderful way to help teach little ones that something is too hot to touch! Each of our packs has 9 sticker labels per sheet and each sheet is sold separately. The labels are triangle shaped and are small.

Product Information

  • 9 Reusable Heat Sensing & Colour Changing Safety Labels
  • Ideal for Baby/Toddler or the Elderly to Avoid Burns & Scalds
  • Protection from burns and scalds in the home is a high priority.
  • Ideal for oven fronts, kettles, radiators, boilers, hot water pipes etc.
  • Colours change back so can be used again and again

Protection from burns and scalds in the home is a high priority. These self-adhesive safety labels change from black to a bright orange, warning you when the item that they are on has become TOO HOT to touch. Hot warning labels help to educate children visually and to remind adults, because most objects do not look any different when they get hot.

Ideal for oven fronts, kettles, radiators, boilers, hot water pipes etc. Just peel the self adhesive label off the card and place on the object. When the items cool down again the colour of the labels change back and so can be used again and again. Children will have fun watching the labels change colour, so will quickly become aware of hot surfaces. Produced specifically for baby/child safety and the elderly. These Hot warning labels can also be used in catering establishments, Schools, Hotels, Restaurants, Nursing Homes, Offices, shops and wherever stringent Health and Safety measures are required at a glance. A must-have for the family, baby toddler safety or the elderly.

To be in to win your own set of labels, simply enter using the Dango app below!

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Child’s Play Is Important Play

We’ve all heard the term, “Oh, that’s child’s play.” It implies something is easy, frivolous and unimportant in the overall scheme of things.  But to a child, child’s play is essential to their mental, social, emotional, and physical development.

We all know that children like to play. But what we may not know is the importance of play in a child’s life. Play is essential to every area of a child’s growth and development.

Benefits of a child’s play:

  • Play provides a means for energy to be put to use.
  • It strengthens and refines small and large motor skills, and it builds stamina and strength.
  • Sensory learning develops mostly through play.
  • Play is significant to physical development in that without it the body could not grow and develop normally.

Children possess a natural curiosity. They, explore, learn and make sense out of their environment by playing. Parents and educators alike can support this learning activity by ensuring age-appropriate toys, materials and environments are available to the child.

Dump Truck

Play enables children to know things about the world and to discover information essential to learning. Through play children learn basic concepts such as colors, counting, how to build things, and how to solve problems. Thinking and reasoning skills are at work every time a child engages in some type of play.

Child’s Play Builds Relationships

Children learn to relate to one another, negotiate roles, share, and obey rules through play. They also learn how to belong to a group and how to be part of a team. A child obtains and retains friends through play. Play fulfills many needs including a sense of accomplishment, successfully giving and receiving attention, and the need for self-esteem. It helps them develop a strong sense of self, and is emotionally satisfying to them.  They learn about fairness, and through pretending learn appropriate ways of expressing emotion such as anger, fear, frustration, stress and discover ways of dealing with these feelings.
So encourage your child’s play.  Color pictures, make finger paintings, build buildings and imaginary cities with blocks, and built a tent in the middle of the living room and go camping! And as we all know, childhood is fleeting, so let them enjoy being a kid while they are one!

Photo: Flickr

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Popular Baby Names

Now that 2013 has moved on and we are into 2014, all the interesting statistics come out. But the ones we want to know in this blog post are what were the most popular baby names in 2013?

According to Baby Names, the five most popular boys names in 2013 were: Liam, Noah, Oliver, Adian and Asher. The five most popular girls names were Charlotte, Amelia, Olivia, Ava and Aria. Ok, so neither of my boys fit into that – did your kids?

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Ok, so the favourite boy and girl names continue to appear on the 2013 list, but there was also the addition of some new names, such as Milo, Gideon, Iris and Daphne. Maybe we are seeing the return of old fashioned names nowadays?

When it comes to choosing baby names, many factors come into play and it is not as simple as choosing a name you like for some parents. As a teacher, I made it clear to my husband that we could not choose the name of any child I have taught as all teachers know that some names will stick in your head forever and sometimes for the not good reasons! So we had to wade our way through many a hundred or so names (felt like thousands) in order to find one we liked. Then came the middle name! And it was back to step one when we discovered we did not like the two names put together.

Did you choose the name of your baby before they were born or did you wait until they arrived. I know of several parents who believe that they will know their child’s name when they see them and get to know them during the first few days or weeks after their birth.

Are you still curious about finding out what other baby names were popular in 2013? Then check out the rest of the top 100 boys and girls baby names at www.babynames.com

 
 

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How To Make Mealtimes Fun For Everyone

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When you have young children, particularly fussy eaters, mealtimes can seem like a chore. Here are 10 tips to make mealtimes fun for everyone!

  1. Get children involved in the preparation of the meal. It can be as simple as asking them if they would prefer carrots or peas, or mixing ingredients in a bowl. Young children are more likely to want to taste something they have prepared themselves.
  2. Make faces or animals when placing food onto a young child’s plate. Cut round shapes for eyes, noses and ears, while long thin shapes will suit mouths and other features.
  3. Grate food into mountains. A mountain made of cheese or carrots may tempt a toddler to try it!
  4. Accept the mess and prepare for it! If you are less stressed about messy eating, your child will be more willing to try to feed themselves. Try using adapted cutlery like the My Spoon, which has a curved handle to make it easier for toddlers to feed themselves.
  5. Invite a friend around, preferably one who is a good eater. Role models are important in encouraging good habits and ones the same age are too!
  6. Use squeezy bottles for sauce or dressing. Children may go overboard and cover their food, but if they eat it – so what?
  7. Let them dish their food out and put it on their own plate – with assistance when needed. Toddlers like to feel in control and this gives them an opportunity they don’t usually get.
  8. Use fun cutlery, such as Construction Vehicles or Fairy Garden tools. Being able to use something a little bit different adds sparks to mealtimes. They can be used as a reward for good eating too!
  9. Turn off the tv, don’t answer phones or texts – mealtimes are for family and socialising. Children are very good parrots and if you are not showing how important it is to eat, they won’t either. Cut different shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. There may be some wastage, but you could try making a picture with the remaining food.

Hopefully you find these tips useful to make mealtimes fun in your house. Let us know how you get on!

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Kai Carrier Recipes And Ideas

Kai Carrier Recipes and Ideas

Kai Carriers are a fantastic reusable food pouch. They are made from a 100% safe BPA free, Phthalate free and PVC free plastic food pouch. So you can save money and know exactly what you are feeding your children – double bonus! Make sure you have got yours from 2Cute!

Recipes to use with a Kai Carrier

Creamy apple pie

  • 1 cup prepared baby cereal or baby porridge 
  • 100g Greek yoghurt
  • 2 Tablespoons of apple sauce (or 1/2 a  stewed apple)
  • Dash of cinnamon 
  • Blend cereal, yogurt and applesauce (or stewed apple) together adding a dash of cinnamon 
  • Place this yummy treat in your Kai Carrier and serve

Sunday Roast

  • 1-2 slices taken from the family roast – chicken, beef or lamb (make sure you remove the crusty outer pieces and all meat is well cooked)
  • ½ cup of roast veges – kumara, parsnip, pumpkin, potato
  • Gravy/water to get the right consistency
  • Place meat and veges into the food processer and blend until smooth. Add small amounts of the gravy or water to get the consistency right (you want it to be a think smooth puree)

 COTTAGE CHEESE TREAT

  • 50g cottage cheese
  • ½ steamed pear or 1 tinned apricot
  • Blend together and serve in Kai Carriers – an easy way to get protein into your child’s diet

 SPICED PUMPKIN AND KUMARA

Nutmeg is a spice known to contain health promoting properties. It is traditionally used in Chinese and Indian medicine to treat illnesses relating to the nervous and digestive systems – so if your little one is suffering tummy cramps due to all the new foods they are trying add a little nutmeg to their meal to assist in alleviating their pain

  • 100g pumpkin 
  • 100g kumara 
  • Couple of pinches of nutmeg
  • Cook pumpkin and kumara on stove top 
  • Place in food processer and blend until smooth – adding water to get a smooth consistency
  • Add a couple of pinches of nutmeg and blend. Fill your Kai Carriers.

APRICOT CHICKEN

  • 1 SMALL CHICKEN BREAST
  • 1 CUP CHOPPED KUMARA
  • 1 CUP WATER
  • 2 FRESH APRICOTS OR 3-4 DRIED APRICOTS
  • 1 TBSP OLIVE OIL 

Heat olive oil in a saucepan and add diced chicken pieces. Cook for a few minutes until chicken is sealed and brown. Add water, kumara and quartered apricots (stone removed). Bring to the boil then simmer on reduced heat for 15-20 minutes (or until apricots and kumara are soft). There should only be a little bit of water left. Pour all ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth. Fill your Kai Carriers – this recipe is perfect for freezing

FOUR FRUIT COMPOTE

  • 2 PLUMS
  • 2 APRICOTS
  • 1 APPLE
  • 1 PEAR
  • ½ CUP WATER 

Peel, core and dice apple and pear. Remove stones from plums and apricots. Put all the fruit in saucepan with water and bring to boil, then simmer for 20-30 mins (until fruit is soft) Drain excess water and allow to cool. Blend all ingredients together then fill your Kai Carriers

Ideas for when to use a Kai Carrier

  • Kids triathlon
  • Cycling races
  • Dance lesson break
  • Long car journeys
  • Supermarket trips
  • Soccer game half time
  • Rugby training
  • School lunch boxes
  • Kindy lunch boxes
  • Movie snack
  • Sick in bed

There really is unlimited potential for using a Kai Carrier! Adults can also use them to take their soup to work for lunch or to keep in their bag as a little snack when shopping!

 

 

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How To Keep Cloth Nappies Looking And Working Good

Bambino Mio Birth to Potty Pack

When you use cloth nappies, you do need to wash them. Unless of course you hire a maid, use a nappy laundry service or have Your Royal Highness before your name. Which is probably not most of us!
With my first son, I brought some second hand, but not used, cloth nappies off of Trade Me to use. I was not sure if cloth nappies were the way I wanted to go and I really did not want to make the investment into a total cloth nappy system until I was sure they worked. But I actually liked using them and found the task of washing them not too bad. For starters, I did not need to do any soaking and the invention of wonderful things called nappy liners made life much easier. Then as my second son came along, I brought some new cloth nappies, but am using a fitted 2 piece nappy system called Bambino Mio. I like these a lot.But anyway….

here are my tips on how to get the best from your cloth nappies:

  1. Soak new nappies in cold water for 24 hours and then wash like normal in the washing machine. This will make them more absorbent.
  2. Don’t use bleach, vinegar or baking soda. These things actually shorten the life of your cloth nappy and who wants to go out and buy more when one set will last two or more babies?
  3. Use a nappy liner. Some liners are flushable, meaning you can just scoop out of the nappy and put it straight into the toilet! Awesome! But some aren’t so just check what your ones say on the pack. Nappy liners are great at catching poos and keeping your baby’s bottom dry as they only have a one way liquid flow thingy in them.
  4. Use a non biological washing powder to wash your cloth nappies in. The enzymes in some washing powders may be great at getting out stains, but will also shorten the life of your nappies. No, we don’t want that!
  5. Don’t worry about stains too much. Yes they will happen and most of the time, I found that they just wash out anyway. My cloth nappies are not pure white, they are off white and have the odd little brown patch, but they have lasted the distance and saved me money!

I hope that some of these tips you have found useful! 2Cute sell Bambino Mio nappies and these are very good quality ones, great for using with more than one baby too!

 

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How To Teach A Baby To Use A Cup

Doidy-cup-Orange-side

Teaching babies to use a cup is messy, there is no other way to say it. But the mess can be reduced by following these eight simple tips on how to teach a baby to use a cup;

  • Use a thick liquid such as a yogurt or puree. Thicker liquids move slower and when the baby tips the cup to drink, they will have more control and are more likely to get it into their mouth.
  • Only put a little bit of liquid into the cup. This means there is less to spill at a time.
  • Practise lots with a helper and by themselves. Babies need a lot of practise to master all new skills and drinking from a cup is no exception. Allow them the time to play with the cup by themself, exploring all the parts with their mouth.
  • Show them how to hold the cup by positioning their hands in the right places. Gently guide the cup up to their mouth, but do not tip the contents in their mouth. Instead simply place their lower lip on the rim. They will figure out soon that there is something inside the cup, be it with their hands or tongue, or even when they spill it over themself!
  • Use a cup with a rim such as the Doidy Cup, not a sippy cup. Sippy cups can lead to tooth decay, poor chewing skills and speech problems.
  • Babies from 3 months and younger can be introduced to a cup containing expressed breastmilk if they are breastfed. This is because the mouth action is the same as used when the baby is breastfeeding. Bottles do not need to be used.
  • Babies from about 5 months an older will attempt to use a cup without help. Each baby is different, so use your judgement as to how much help you will need to give them to drink from a cup.
  • Use a cup with a slanted design such as the Doidy Cup. The slant of the Doidy Cup allows the baby to see the contents, so they can drink easier as they do not need to tip their head back or forwards.

 

 

 

 

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MUMS Review of the Doidy Cup

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2Cute are providing 5 lucky readers and bloggers from MUMSreviews the chance to try out the fantastic Doidy Cup. If you would like to be one of the lucky Mum bloggers that gets the chance to try out the Doidy Cup, head over to MUMS Reviews and sign up for your chance to have us post you out the cup for free.

The Doidy Cup, which is a trademark of Bickiepegs UK, is the unique feeding cup. It is suitable for babies aged from 3 months up, as well as being the perfect choice for elderly or disabled people who struggle to use an ordinary cup. The handles are adjustable for wider fingers, simply place both thumbs ontop of the flat pieces on the handles and gently spread the handles outwards.

The Doidy Cup is microwave safe and top rack dishwasher safe. It is also BPA free, PVC free and Phthalates free!

Our youngest son is a very tricky baby to feed. He refuses bottles, sippy cups and teats. However the first time I introduced the Doidy Cup to him, he took to it like a duck to water. The two handles on the side are easy for him to hold and he finds it easy to control how fast the liquid flows out of the cup. It is especially fun to blow bubbles when you are drinking from the Doidy Cup – they make a highly satisfying noise and Mum stays happy as the bubbles stay in the cup!

Young infants from 3 months find the Doidy Cup easy to drink from because;
* the contents are visable to them
* due to the sloping design, there is no forward or downward movment of the head
* they do not have to tip the cup up as they can see the contents when drinking
* teaches them to drink from an open cup and also to put it down correctly
* they will not overfeed, baby sets the pace and the quantity

 

 

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Hi everyone!

my spoon and my bowl set

Welcome to the new blog for 2Cute!

My name is Jackie Procter and my husband Matthew and I are the new owners of 2Cute. We are looking forward to continuing the excellent customer service and product range that Michelle has done. We are also going to stock some new products, some of which 2Cute is the only stockist in New Zealand of.

My Spoon and My Bowl are taking America by storm. They are a feeding bowl and spoon aimed at older babies and toddlers who are feeding themselves.

My Spoon is specially shaped to allow the child to get the spoon to their mouth easily. This is great news for all us Mums as we know that young children struggle to bend or move their wrists to get spoons near their mouths.

My Bowl is a curved rectangle shaped dish with a non slip base. It’s clever design and shape appeals especially well to toddlers.

The My Spoon comes in both left and right handed versions too! We are currently stocking the My Bowl and My Spoon set here at 2Cute. This set contains both a left and right handed My Spoon and the My Bowl, perfect for young children who have yet to develop a dominant hand.

The My Spoon and My Bowl set has a special introductory price of $30, regular price of $35. Get in quick, they will not last long!

We have also ordered single My Spoons in both left and right handed styles. So keep an eye out here at 2Cute for your chance to be one of the first people in New Zealand to get your hands on one! Or your toddler to be one of the first to get their hands on one! They will have a normal retail price of $9.50 but for a limited introductory offer they will be available for $8.