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“It goes by so fast,” goes the cliché that all the more experienced parents tell you. You blink, and suddenly you go from sleepless nights with a newborn to chasing a toddler who’s ready to explore the world on her own two feet! Here are Five Don’t-Miss Memories to Record with Your Baby or Toddler:
This is the obvious one, because you’re programmed as a parent to look for firsts. You’ve already watched for a first smile, first words, crawling, steps. If your child has special challenges, some of these firsts are especially precious and deserving of celebration. They’re all worth recording for the memories.
All those silly nursery rhymes set to music, nonsense songs that make your baby smile, quirky musical styles that you’ve shared with your baby just because it’s what moves you — those deserve some kind of spot in your family’s multimedia scrapbook. If you can capture even one verse of a toddler’s favorite song, in his or her own words, it’s priceless.
Grandparents, Sunday school teachers and helpful elderly neighbors will forever be a part of your child’s history. Yet, it’s easy to get too busy to overlook taking a photo with them. Better yet, get their permission for a short video of them reading to your child or sharing some family history with the baby on their lap.
Connections with Nature
We can never again recapture for ourselves the way we looked at the world when we were their age. We owe it to them to capture at least some of their untarnished perspective. Time spent outdoors is ideal for this, from the garden to the forest or just interacting with the family pet in the backyard. It’s also a great place to get comfortable photos in children’s play clothes or even covered in dirt, which may someday mean a more precious keepsake then the fanciest studio portraits.
Tasting first foods can be more fun when you explore together, keep a record of what your baby tried, and don’t take it all too seriously. Worry less about how much mess your little guy makes and take time for photos of your messy eater. Praise his successes and try a new taste multiple times. You will someday miss these trying times.
One of the firsts you may be experiencing with your toddler is his interest and growing ability to feed himself. That’s where our young friend tried Tommee Tippee feeding products so he could demonstrate his “I can do it” attitude! The placemat is designed to stay in place for easy cleanup. The bowl includes a cover plus a place to hold the toddler spoon. The cups are durable, and the bibs even roll up for packing into a diaper bag.
Our friend is transitioning from YoBaby to YoToddler yogurt, trying flavors from both of Stonyfield’s organic collections. The whole milk goodness offers real fruit and vegetable flavors, packed with natural DHA from fish oil in some of the YoToddler blends. DHA is the Omega-3 fatty acid that’s so critical for your baby’s brain development! The yogurt contains six live active cultures to promote good gut health. Of course, Stonyfield’s USDA Organic seal means none of the stuff you don’t want in your little one’s yogurt: no artificial colors, no genetically modified organisms, no questionable additives. A variety of flavors including apple, raspberry and strawberry give parents lots of variety for dealing with the pickiest eaters.
Thanks to Stonyfield Organic for allowing us to share some of their YoToddler goodness with our young taste tester and sharing the cool gear from Tommee Tippee, too. You can enter below for a giveaway of YoToddler plus Tommee Tippee feeding gear. This post is in cooperation with Stonyfield. Although I’m a #StonyfieldBlogger, my opinions are always my own.