How to Brush Your Toddler’s Teeth

When the pediatrician asked me if I was brushing my daughter’s teeth at her 12-month check up, I looked at her like she had two heads. She only had four teeth! But the doctor assured me that I should start getting her used to it and brush her gums, so I had my new task.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to get my daughter to let me brush her teeth, so I started by letting her watch me brush my teeth. When she started becoming interested in what I was doing, I introduced her to Raffi’s “Brush Your Teeth” song. The song was an instant hit; my daughter loved the “ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch…” part.

Next, I put a little Earth’s Best Organic Toddler Toothpaste (in strawberry banana) on a toothbrush and let her taste it. She immediately accepted the taste and let me put the brush in her mouth and move it around while I sang, “Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch…” Beginner’s luck.  

We worked at our new chore everyday, and what started as not much brushing and plenty of screaming has slowly developed to a few seconds of actual brushing. She thinks it is a little game; I brush her teeth while singing, and when I am done she brushes her teeth while I sing, finally “all done” and off to play. It’s a process, but we are making progress, and I know I have Raffi to thank for his ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch…

Lyrics to Raffi’s “Brush Your Teeth”

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More Than Just Disney

People who aren’t from here think of Orlando as Disney, and they can’t imagine a “normal” life here. But Orlando is my hometown, and while we love to go to Disney, there is much more to O-town! As a first-time mom of a 16-month-old, I am learning about all of …

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Netbooks – Wife APPROVED!

Dad’s hobby is tech gadgets. Some of these gadgets make our life easier, some I think are just in the way (even if he still loves them).

For all those Moms out there who are looking for a good tech gift for Dad, check out these “Wife Approved” articles writen by my hubby! (Or send the link to your hubby for something he might be interested in.)

If you have been looking for a new portable computer, or have been reading anything about computers during the past year, you’ve probably heard of a new class of computers dubbed netbooks.

Netbooks are generally very small, light weight, inexpensive and energy-efficient portable computers targeted to be used for online activities such as browsing the Internet, checking email and instant messaging. They are not intended to replace your desktop computer due to their low-power processor, but can make a great second, portable computer. They can certainly handle most basic tasks, including word processing, but most users will not want to spend their days typing of them due to their small screen and reduced keyboard size.

Most major computer manufacturers currently offer a netbook in their lineup. This includes HP, Dell, Lenovo, MSI, Acer and ASUS. When you look at the different offerings from these manufacturers, you’ll notice they all have similar components. They almost all use the Intel® Atom™ processor, have a 8.9-10.2” screen, weigh 2-3 lbs, 3-cell battery, 512 MB to 1GB of memory, integrated Wi-Fi and a 80GB hard drive. Different models include options such as SSDs (Solid State Disks) to replace traditional hard drives, media card readers, Bluetooth, integrated web cams and larger 6-cell batteries. You also have a choice of operating systems on different models. Windows XP® Home has become a standard offering on most, while a custom Linux version is also offered to keep the cost down.

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I Love Entertainment Books!!!

I don’t get one every year, but every year I get one, I ask myself why I don’t get one every year. The Entertainment Book is a fantastic book of coupons worth buying because it always pays for itself and then some in savings – at least in my house! …

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Important Car Safety

After a field trip to the local fire station today, they offered a car seat check. Since I have never had my car seat checked, I decided to have mine checked out. The good news is that the car seat is in there “nice and tight” and was just how …

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UPS Goes Green

I guess I have been a bit out of the loop, since I don’t spend much time in the office any more, but UPS has introduced a Reusable Express Envelope. I love it! I have always hated those 1-time-use packs, bringing them home with me to be recycled. Now you …

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