HANDWASHING STATION IN THE BATHROOM

Sharing with you our handwashing station in our son’s bathroom. See, all the bathrooms in our house are small – plus, the walls are marble so we cannot really drill and easily put shelves or whatever. They are the hardest to decorate for me to accommodate my child’s needs, so while we still figure things out, I’m happy we’re making little progress – in this case, how to help our child successfully wash his hands with no or minimal assistance. […]

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PEELING ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son is at the stage where he loves to peel, rip, peel, rip! I usually don’t mind when he does those because that means he’s also working on his fine motor skills. For books, I have observed that he likes ripping books with glossy pages (think magazine type), and thankfully, we only have a few of those out, so for now, since he started flipping pages, he has only ripped 2 books in total (and both bought on sale, […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF OUR DRINKING GLASSES

In Montessori, infants and young toddlers are encouraged to use glasses from the start. This means no sippy cups, no plastic wares, and no-non-breakable materials for drinking. Why on Earth would you want that? Can babies even handle it? In this blogpost, let me share our experience with our son. But first things first… Maria Montessori advocated using fragile, breakable weaning cups/glasses because this is the way children learn. It’s simple, really – the concept of natural consequence. Yes, there […]

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BOODLE FIGHT: BABY + TODDLER EDITION

Boodle Fight is a popular activity for adults in the Philippines. Basically, the idea is to put different kinds of put on a banana leaf and eat together using your hands! It’s some sort of a (fun) competition when adults do this, because they have to move fast to get the food they’re eyeing for (most especially if that food is limited). When my son was 7 months old, I thought of making one for him and his then 3-year-old […]

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MAKING BANANA + MILK DESSERT WITH A TODDLER

Summer is officially here! It’s been so hot lately that I’m starting to crave for iced desserts. In the Philippines, HALO-HALO is a favorite for many Filipinos. It’s a mix of different textures and tastes put together with milk, ice, and if you’re lucky, ice cream and our beloved leche flan. In our household though, I grew up with this simple banana and milk dessert. And since I was craving for it after lunch earlier, I decided to introduce it […]

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CLOTH DIAPER STAINS 101

I get a lot of questions about cloth diapers. In our family, this is what works for us: P wears cloth diapers whenever we are at home or just going around the city. However, whenever we are out traveling, we switch to disposable diapers. Diaper space (especially for air travel) is always a challenge, plus the time factor in washing clothes. Speaking of washing, in a gist, a breastfed baby’s stool is usually very easy to clean because it’s mushy/soft, […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: GARDEN RAKING

We had a visitor the other night. My 3-year-old godson slept over our home without his parents for the very first time. And I thought it was a great opportunity for my 11-month-old and him to bond together. When he arrived from school that afternoon, we talked about what he wanted to do. I offered him choices. Did he want to visit a nearby gym play area? Or did he want to stay home? Did he want to eat already, […]

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