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Random Toddler Tips

Dear Readers,

Mimi has assembled some random toddler tips for your consideration.

Tip #1:  This info is from the article “Eat Smart” by Jean Carper.  “Preschoolers who ate yogurt every day for a year had shorter episodes of diarrhea.  And Yale experts see strong evidence that yogurt bacteria help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Tip #2:  Ms. Carper also writes about childhood allergies.  “Children who ate 3-1/2 ounces of yogurt containing the bacteria L. casei a day for a year had fewer attacks of allergic rhinitis or hay fever” according to an Italian study.  “New Finnish research shows that women who ate probiotics found in yogurt from the eighth month of pregnancy had babies who were less prone to allergies”.

Tip #3:  Have you ever taken your little ones for a professional photo and realized that their hair won’t lay right because of static electricity?  Just take a dryer sheet with you and rub it on their hair and it stops misbehaving.  Got this tip from a good friend of my sister!

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Recently read an article entitled “Eco-Toys for Your Tyke”.  It was very informative so I’m going to quote from most of the article.  By the way, the author is Natalie Ermann Russell.

“Last holiday season, parents were paralyzed with fear as they tried to buy toys free of lead paint.  Now, the toy industry has branched out with eco-friendly, toxin-free options.  Here are a few:

Sprig Adventure Series (sprigtoys.com) These toy vehicles are a composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic – no paint (so no lead).  They’ve tested negative for potentially harmful chemicals BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates.  Best part?  No batteries.  The LED light and sound features are powered by your child pumping the vehicle.

Green Toys (greentoys.com)  These are made 100% in California, so parts aren’t shipped from overseas.  All the toys are classics – the kind that rely on imagination, such as a tea set or gardening set.  And they’re made from recycled milk containers, which contain no BPA, phthalates or lead”.

Speaking of recycled toys, have a cute story from Pa about this.  He told us that every year about a month or two before Christmas, his wagon would mysteriously vanish.  It would then  re-appear on Christmas morning painted a different color!  His Mom knew the benefits of recycling toys, especially when there were 10 kids to provide toys for.  Pa always went along with the ploy but he did admit to us that he got pretty tired of that same ole wagon year after year!!!

Keep smilin’!

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