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Terrible Twos


Last weekend, I watched my friend’s toddler have a meltdown at a birthday party.

No. No. No. He did NOT want to play the game. He did NOT want the green cupcake; he wanted the BLUE cupcake. He did NOT want to sing the appropriate song to the birthday boy.

It was terribly frustrating, and I’d dare say embarrassing for his parents, yet, at the same time, entirely developmentally appropriate. They certainly weren’t the only ones in that same position. (Sophie had to be taken to the car when there weren’t any PINK cupcakes.)

About the time your little wonder wall hits age 2, they begin to develop defiance, and that’s okay. He’s learning to test his limits, and he’s learning what he likes and does not like. He’s also learning how it’s appropriate to vocalize those likes and dislikes, and it’s up to you to teach him how to set those boundaries.

When your toddler screams with rage when it’s time to leave the playground because he doesn’t want to, it’s not your place to give in. It’s time to leave the playground. You might want to manage his expectations by giving him a countdown. “Joshua, we’re going to leave in 2 minutes.” (Toddlers don’t have a great concept of time, but a countdown can help prepare them). “Joshua, we’re going to leave in 1 minute.” Then, you leave. Don’t backtrack on what you say you’re going to do; be consistent.

If there’s not a pink cupcake, give Sophie options. “You can have the green cupcake, or you don’t get a cupcake. What do you choose?” Chances are, Sophie will pick the green cupcake. Remind Sophie that it’s Bryce’s special day, not hers. When it’s HER special day, SHE can pick the pink cupcake.

Also, keep in mind that your toddler needs to go into situations well-rested and well-fed. Keep him on his schedule. If you’re going to a birthday party, make sure he’s had his nap first and eaten his lunch. If you’re going to an unfamiliar house, pack his favorite foods just in case he needs a backup. (See Gerber’s Lil Entrees, below.)

TIP: Gerber’s Lil Entrees are great meals for your toddler to not only feed himself but also get great nutrition. Gerber’s recipes, with entrees like Chicken and Brown Rice with Peas and Corn, are designed specifically for toddlers, with a taste your little one will love, an easy-to-eat texture and the perfect size for easy self-feeding. If your little one doesn’t like his food touching, like my older son didn’t, Gerber made these entrees with two compartments that keep food separate.



The pincer grasp


The pincer grasp is a big deal for your baby to develop during the latter half of their first year.

The pincer grasp, or using their thumb and pointer finger to pick up objects, is a handy movement used for feeding and grabbing objects when playing.

To encourage use of the pincer grasp, give baby small bites of food, like Cheerios if your baby is ready for that kind of food or soft bits of fruits or veggies otherwise, and let him pick them up off of his high chair tray or plate and eat them. Food is always a good incentive!

Board books with peekaboo flaps are also good for using the pincer grasp as baby has to open the flaps to see what’s inside. Activity boards with slider windows, buttons or other knobs also help develop this skill.

TIP: Organics Happy Baby Clearly Crafted Stage 2 pouches are perfect foods for your little one to enjoy. Thick and smooth, these are specially formulated for the child aged 6 months and up exploring the world of solid foods. These foods are all certified USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, gluten-free and kosher without artificial flavors. They do have delicious flavors like Bananas, Sweet Potato and Papaya; Pears, Squash and Blackberries; Apples, Kale and Avocados; Apples, Guava and Beets; Pears, Pumpkin and Passion Fruit; and Pears, Zucchini and Peas.



Cradle cap


One of the most common ailments for newborns is cradle cap. It kind of looks like dandruff for your baby, which might strike you as kind of weird to see your precious, perfect newborn with a scaly scalp. Don’t worry; it’s totally normal.

Cradle cap looks like scaly or yellow crusty patches on your baby’s head. It doesn’t imply illness or that your baby is dirty. It just happens.

It’s not harmful, and it will resolve itself, usually by six months but almost always by baby’s first birthday.

To help healing along, all you need to do is treat cradle cap at home, with products you can find at Brookshire’s.

About an hour before baby’s bath, rub his scalp with Top Care Baby Oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly to help loosen the scales or crusty parts.

Then, when you’re ready to shampoo with Top Care Baby Shampoo, get his scalp wet, and then gently scrub the scalp with a soft bristle brush (a soft toothbrush actually works really well!) for a few minutes to remove the scales. Wash with baby shampoo. Rinse well, and towel dry.

TIP: OXO On-The-Go Wipes Dispensers are a must-have for your diaper bag, your car, your stroller, your travel tote, your beach bag, your briefcase or anywhere else baby might be. These sleek, streamlined, waterproof and leak-proof cases are perfect for carrying extra baby wipes for when you need them most. They fit into your purse or portable pack, and they are essential for carrying wipes for cleaning emergencies. The best part? You really don’t even need a baby to need baby wipes.



Family Matters: Utensils


During these years, your toddler will stop picking up his food with his fingers and learn to use utensils.

You’re going to want to encourage this new-found skill by providing him with easy-to-use, toddler-friendly starter forks and spoons.

Whether you choose plastic or a coated metal, find kid-friendly products in the baby aisle at Brookshire’s.

Toddler utensils are shorter, making it easier for your little one to navigate his food into his mouth.

They’re plastic or coated metal, so in case he misses, he can’t hurt himself (or you.)

Often, they’re curved to help him negotiate the space between his arm and the angle to get the food into his mouth.

Having contoured handles or grips also helps your toddler hold on to his fork and spoon more easily.

Generally speaking, your toddler might start out “dipping” his utensil into his food before he starts scooping or spearing his food, but that’s developmentally appropriate. He’ll work up to the finer points of eating with utensils. Just keep providing them for him, modeling the correct way to use them, and he’ll be a pro before you know it.



Family Matters: Teethers


Around this time, your baby is probably getting teeth.

For some little ones, this is a painless process. For others, they will spend the next several months drooling, fussing and chewing on everything in sight.

This is where the selection of teethers at Brookshire’s comes in handy. Pick up a variety to see which ones your baby prefers to gnaw on to relieve some of their discomfort.

Teethers are made from materials such as silicone for softer versions and plastic for harder varieties. They can come in different textures, too, with ridges, bumps or swirls that baby might like against his tender gums. Some types can be chilled to add some gentle relief to swollen or sore gums. Other varieties vibrate gently when baby applies pressure, which also feels good as baby is cutting teeth.

When choosing a teether, make sure it is phthalate-free and BPA-free, as well as made of only non-toxic materials. Only buy teethers new in packaging, and sterilize before use.



Family Matters: Bottles with Disposable Liners


One of the very best inventions for your infant, in my opinion, are bottles with disposable liners.

Sold in bulk packages, these pre-sterilized liners drop into plastic baby bottles to hold formula or expressed breast milk. They are disposable, making cleanup instantaneous.

As your baby eats, the liner gently collapses, just like mom’s breast would. This air-free feeding helps to reduce gas in your baby, which in turn helps reduce colic. Because baby takes in less air as he feeds, he has less gas, colic and discomfort.

The collapsible liners also mimic natural breast-feeding more closely by simulating the same suck, swallow and breathe patterns as breast-feeding, so your baby breathes more naturally during feeding.

Again, because these are pre-sterilized and disposable, you can rest assured that they are safe and clean. You spend less time washing, assembling and preparing your infant’s meals.

Liners are BPA-free and fit most standard-sized bottles.



Family Matters: Snacks


Toddlers LOVE snacks.

In fact, snacks are pretty much their love language.

While you don’t want your child to snack all day and not eat his meals, it’s perfectly fine for him to enjoy some healthy, targeted snacks to help him get through the day.

Brookshire’s is full of great snacks for your toddler to enjoy that will nourish their body and mind.

Some snack ideas your toddler might enjoy include:

  • Whole-grain cereal or oatmeal with milk
  • “Stir-fry:” Bite-sized pieces of leftover cooked beef or chicken and cooked vegetables
  • Milk or yogurt-based fruit smoothies
  • Yogurt with pieces of fresh fruit
  • Applesauce with whole-grain crackers or graham crackers
  • Rice pudding made with milk
  • Dessert tofu with fresh fruit
  • Small cubes of cheese with whole-grain crackers
  • A small whole-grain muffin with fresh fruit and grated cheese or a natural nut butter
  • Whole-grain crackers, toast or rice cakes thinly spread with a nut/seed butter or mashed avocado
  • Milk or yogurt popsicles blended with fruit
  • Banana bread thinly spread with nut or seed butter
  • Whole-grain pita bread triangles and bean dip
  • Mini cheese quesadilla
  • Parfait layered with yogurt and fresh fruit
  • Cottage cheese
  • String cheese

Whole-grain waffle wedges with nut butter



Family Matters: Finger Foods


When your little one is about 9 months old, he’s about ready for finger foods.

Before you start your baby on finger foods, make sure he is working on fine motor skills already, can get objects successfully from his tray to his mouth, and can chew or gum food well enough to handle bigger textures.

Be sure to introduce new finger foods one at a time, to be able to determine if your baby is allergic. If he has an unusual reaction to a food, discontinue it immediately and consult your physician.

Some good first finger foods include small pieces of lightly toasted bagel, chunks of ripe banana, well-cooked and cooled spiral pasta, teething crackers, low-sugar O-shaped cereal, eggs (scrambled or hard boiled are great to pick up), very small pieces of softly cooked (poached) chicken, boneless fish, tofu or beans with soft skins (such as pinto, black or Great Northern). Other soft fruits such as peaches without their skin and medium-soft cheeses, such as Monterey Jack, are also good.



Family Matters: Tippy Toes Babysoft Diapers


When I was about to have a baby, I was so overwhelmed with everything I needed to get.

I’d walk into the store and want to walk right back out again. It was so mind-boggling.

The one thing I knew I needed, though, was diapers.

Every baby needs those!

Luckily, Brookshire’s makes it easy to feel confident about diapering your baby’s bum with a high-quality, super-soft diaper that has superior leak protection that is gentle on your baby’s skin.

Available in sizes 1-6, Babysoft Diapers by Tippy Toes offer comfort and protection with an extra soft touch. As an added bonus, they come in packages of 112 because I quickly learned how fast you’ll go through diapers, especially in those little sizes.



Family Matters: Tippy Toes Puffed Snacks


The latter half of your baby’s first year is about the time they will start to gobble everything in sight! At least, that was the case with my boys (and wait until the teenage years, but that’s another blog post!).

Tippy Toes by Top Care for Brookshire’s makes a line of baby’s first foods that I could feel good about giving my boys. I loved to make homemade baby foods with fresh, organic foods from the produce department, but it wasn’t always practical to have a refrigerated, vacuum-sealed jar of homemade food with me. It was practical and easy to have a canister of Puffed Snacks!

These little snacks are good first foods because they’re easy for your little one to pick up, encouraging fine motor skills. They’re fun for baby to eat on his own, keeping him entertained and giving him a sense of accomplishment. They come in blueberry, strawberry-apple and banana flavors, and puffed snacks are made with whole-grains and no artificial flavors.

They’re easily portable and great for on-the-go!



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