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Top Ten FREE Things To Do with Toddlers

Entertaining an energetic toddler with a short attention span can be quite testing at times so it is useful to have a few ‘failsafes’ in your pocket for when your little one needs entertaining and you’re low on ideas.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get outside, although I am a great believer in ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’ or money is tight which limits the options available.
I’ve included my top ten for things to do in these circumstances, they may not suit everyone but they work really well for us.

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Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay. Are they linked?

As a dentist and a breastfeeding mum this is an area that I did a lot of personal research into following the birth of my son and when I decided to continue breastfeeding beyond 6 months. During my training at dental school we were told that ‘extended’ breastfeeding beyond 18 months, especially at night, increased the risk of developing tooth decay. My 2 and a half year old son still breastfeeds and only stopped feeding at night after turning 2 so this is a topic that is very important to me.
Whilst researching this subject I was shocked by how little relevant, up to date, high quality research is actually available on the subject and this disappoints me greatly.  Surely, this is an important subject that deserves to be well researched especially due to the shocking number of children who are admitted to hospital in the UK to have teeth removed.

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Chronic Sleep Deprivation and How to Survive It

If you carry out an internet search on ‘coping with sleep deprivation for parents’ the majority of what you will find is targeted at the newborn stage.  Those early months with a brand new human are meant to involve significant tiredness and I think all new parents expect this.  What a lot of parents, myself included,  don’t expect is for this stage to last beyond a short while and anticipate that after a few months of a bit of tiredness they will get back to  their 8 hours of sleep a night, every night once again.

If you are one of those lucky folk (and I know you are out there!) then fantastic! That’s super! Just please, don’t go bragging to the mum of a two year old who has her top on backwards, dark circles under her eyes and a random empty yoghurt pot in her bag.  She will not be accountable for her actions if you do!

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Top Ten Tips for TLC of Tiny Teeth

We all know that looking after our children’s teeth from a young age is important but it often feels like a struggle.  Especially if you have a wriggly, resistant two year old who sounds like they are being murdered any time you try to get a toothbrush near them (trust me! I know what this is like).

As a dentist (as well as a mum) I want to share a few tips and products that I have found useful and that may be helpful for you.

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My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!

I don’t believe my son is perfect, but I also don’t believe in this idea that toddlers are terrible or deliberately naughty and disobedient.  I’m not just talking about my son either, I’m talking about toddlers in general!  I don’t like this idea that on the morning of their 2nd birthday all children instantly become ‘bad’!

My little boy is lovely, his laughter lights me up from the inside out, he gives the BEST kisses and cuddles, his curiosity and sense of adventure make me smile everyday and I really enjoy spending time with him. Continue reading “My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!”