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How can a Pacifier Holder Help Save you Time and Money?

March 9, 2012

A pacifier holder attaches a pacifier to the baby’s clothes and it prevents the pacifier from falling to the floor or getting lost.  Most pacifier holders are made of cloth with either plastic ends like the picture in this blog, or metal ends. There are also others that are made out of plastic and some are  stuffed animals or toys. The most practical are cloth pacifier holders with metal clips are the best value. They are machine washable and they hold up longer than plastic clips.

Pacifier holders also help you save money , because when a pacifier is in a holder, there is less of a chance that the pacifier will get lost. Some parents have been known to lose up to five pacifiers a week! But after actively using a pacifier holder they don’t lose any! Since the pacifier holders are not touching the ground (and getting lost) there’s also less clean up involved. It is still receommended that you clean and sterilize your pacifiers once per day even when using a holder, but think of all the money you can save by not having to constantly buy pacifiers, soap and wasting water!

Pacifier holders can also help you keep your baby out of the doctor’s office for unnecessary checkups caused by germs and flus. With the current rise of health care costs almost every approach has to be taken to keep your child healthy and germ free. However, most parents will argue the safety of a pacifier holderand that they are safe as long as the child is being supervised. You should also not let you child sleep while wearing their pacifier holders and wash them regularly to keep them germ free.

Have a safe and happy day!

Michelle L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

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How to Clean a Pacifier

March 1, 2012

It’s inevitable that the binky hits the floor or lands in some other dirt! Then you wash it and hope it is clean enough for your baby’s mouth. How can you really be sure? Here are some tips to make sure your child’s pacifier is clean and safe to use.

  1. Sterilize the pacifier in boiling water. Drop it in the water and leave it there for five minutes.
  2. Clean the pacifier in the dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe. Put it on the top rack when you run the dishwasher and you’ll quickly have a clean pacifier.
  3. Wash the pacifier in the kitchen sink. Run a small amount of warm water and then add soap. Clean the pacifier and be sure to rinse it thoroughly to remove all soap.
  4. Buy the automatic Keep-It-Clean Pacifier. This unique pacifier has a cap that closes automatically when it leaves your baby’s mouth. This way you will never again worry about the pacifier landing on the floor.
  5. Keep a spare pacifier handy. No matter what cleaning method you use, babies always seem to find a way to dirty their pacifiers before you know it. Be sure to keep a clean one on hand at all times to be prepared.

We hope these suggestions will help you and that your baby will enjoy a safe and clean pacifier. When it is time to give up the binky, we are here!

Michelle L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

Teach Your Toddler How to Read

February 23, 2012

Are you trying to teach your toddler how to read?

Here are some suggestions to make the task easier.

Teach the sounds of the letters together with their names.
The sound (or sounds) of the letters often differ from the name of the letter. So in reading, it is the sounds that count. When you read to  your toddler, point to the letter C, for example and say; “the name of this letter is [see] and it makes two sounds: [kkk] like the word cat and also [sss] as in the word cent.” Then ask him to give you examples.

Please do not be rigid in how the child pronounces the sounds. Regional accents and weak auditory skills often make it hard for children to say most sounds correctly. Accept a reasonable effort. Recognize that learning sounds is just an intermediate step to learning to read.

Teach lower case letters first.
Have you noticed that nearly all ABC books for toddlers and young children teach uppercase letters first? Yet capital letters account for only five percent of all letters written the English language . This means you should pay more attention to teaching the lower case letters. Lower case letters tend to be far more important in developing reading skills.

Do not worry about grammar at this point.
Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders are very concrete in the way they think and cannot handle complicated concepts. It is not necessary at this stage to teach them about consonants, vowels, long and short sounds and such. They can learn to read just as well without these rules.

By age four, most English-speaking children already have an excellent grasp of grammar of the language and soon they will learn all the formal grammatical rules in school. At this point, you need to concentrate only on the mechanical skill of reading.

Happy Reading!

Michelle L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

 

How to Help Your Toddler to Say Complete Sentences

February 14, 2012

After your toddler accumulates their own storage of individual words, the next developmental step is for them to combine them into sentences. At first toddlers use two words to create short sentences, such as “Want juice!” for “I want some juice” and “What dat?” for “What is that?”

When your toddler is able to signal her desire for a drink by saying “water,” you can encourage her to take the next step to further to sentences by saying, “Can you say ‘Water, please’?” Or you can respond with a full sentence (“You want some water.”) or with a more grammatically correct question (“Do you want some water?”) to help move her toward what is known as the toddler version of a complete sentence, “Want water.” You give her the cup even if the only reply is a nod, which means, after all, that she has heard and understood the question.

Similarly, if a toddler sees a cat and starts a conversation by pointing to it and saying, “Cat,” a you or your toddler’s caregiver can engage the baby in conversation by expanding on the subject he brought up. To do this, the adult might say, “Yes. It’s a cat,” or “Yes, it’s a big, white cat. And look at its long tail!” By giving them a verbal response as opposed to simply nodding when toddlers speak, adults encourage them to say more.

After all, if toddlers don’t receive a response when they initiate a conversation, there is no reason for them to talk! By responding with longer, more complex, sentences, adults can help build toddlers’ vocabularies.

Pacifier B Gone WORKS! It Really Does!

January 31, 2012

Dear Pacifier B Gone Blog Readers:

We are proud to share this success story with you about our product, the Pacifier B Gone system. I hope that you will enjoy reading this story, try our product, and recommend us to your friends!

Thank you.

Michell L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

Hi Michelle,

Well, UNBELIEVABLY it worked!!!

We began as I told you in the last message, and I had high hopes that it would work, but was truly just very skeptical because my son is very stubborn, and loves his paci, and I could not see how this was going to help. I figured once he realized that Sunny Duck had his paci in his tummy, that Caelan would tear the thing to shreds in an effort to locate the pacifier. I thought that once the reality sunk in that the duck meant the end of the paci, and that he would no longer be allowed the paci, that he would reject the duck and insist on the paci. Amazingly, not so! I will tell of our week below

We began day one in the morning, as opposed to the evening, as it worked better for us that way. We started the day by telling him all about how he was a big boy now that he was 2 yrs old (birthday was the 21st, which is why I wanted it for just after that time). We told him how he was getting too big to have a pacifier, and that we had a special thing for him. I pulled out the book and the sticker chart, and explained how it was going to work, and then we taped it to the wall opposite his bed. We read the book, and then I helped him put the sticker on Day 1. He happily said goodbye to all pacifiers except the one, as I told you in previous email. For nap and bedtime, we read the Binky Fairy book, and reviewed the chart, excitedly telling him all about how at the end of the week, the fairy would put the paci in sunny duck’s tummy and then Caelan would get the duck. My two older children (ages 5 and 4) totally got into it (believing that a real fairy was coming to give the duck), and actually helped a lot to reinforce what was being done.

By day 2, he had had the story read several times, and after I would read it, he would ask to read it himself, and would quote back what he had memorized. Each time I would get to the first page, he would say “look at all those pacifiers!” Then, he would say the number at the top left page, and I would read what it said. Every time we would get to the first page featuring Sunny Duck, he would kiss the duck on the page and say “Sunny Duck!” He speaks clearly, knows his numbers, letters, can sing ABCs, etc., so I knew he was at least somewhat understanding the gist of the book.

The rest of the days, we did the same thing as above. On night 7, we told him that the Binky Fairy would be coming to bring him Sunny Duck and that this was his last night of his pacifier. He said “No Sunny Duck!” and did not want to read the book. So we talked to him some more about how exciting it was, and he wanted to read the book, all except the last page that says “sweet dreams”. I think that somehow he thought that if he read that last page, he would be done with his paci, but by not reading it, he could have it…anyway, he went to bed that night, and we took the pacifier and put the duck in his bed.

He woke up the next morning and we all (very enthusiastically!) talked the duck up! He looked at it and told me to “open it”, and began tugging on the ruffling on the belly. My husband and I looked at each other, like “uh oh…he’s going to tear this thing up trying to find it”. He then threw the duck across the room, saying “No Sunny Duck!!” However, there were no tears, no arguments, and generally he seemed fine! A few times that day, he came up to me with the duck and wanted me to open it, and then would throw the duck across the room. He didn’t want to sleep with the duck at naptime, and asked for his paci (but only once). I just enthusiastically explained that “remember, you’re too big for paci now, so sunny duck is keeping it safe for you. I was stunned when he accepted this and had his nap without the pacifier. That night, same thing. Once requested, once denied. Sleep with no paci. We were expecting to hear him in the middle of the night, saying “where’s paci?”, which is what he does when he loses it in the middle of the night. We heard nothing. Next day, he didn’t even ask for the pacifier – at nap or night! He also took the duck into his bed and slept with it. He has slept with it every night since, and hasn’t so much as asked for the pacifier…has completely boggled my mind! Anyway, he is paci free for the new year, and doesn’t even actually seem to miss it and hasn’t looked for it.

I was just glad to have a non-traumatic way to get rid of it, since he seemed to be much more attached to it than our first son (daughter in between sucked her thumb), and baby four is currently trying to decide between paci and thumb!

Thanks so much! Caelan is paci free!

Tara

 

Why You Need A Teething Pacifier 

January 10, 2012

Somewhere around the time your toddler reaches that point where they are a half of a year old they will begin to teeth. Any time after they are six months old they will start to have teeth coming in. This is often an uncomfortable experience for your baby, because the gums are sensitive and their mouths hurt a lot. Sometimes they can become so irritable that they just sit and cry because of their mouth pain. Other times they are just grumpy, not wanting to eat or sleep as they sit their in your arms and drool. It’s obvious that your poor baby needs some pain relief. What do you do?

Give your baby a teething pacifier. Teething pacifiers are made just a little different from a regular pacifier and they are designed to help to make your baby’s mouth feel more comfortable. In doing this, it will make your toddler happier and more relaxed. The teething pacifier is designed so that it can go into the freezer to be cooled down. The coolness will will be experienced later in your baby’s mouth and it will ease their discomfort.

The special fluid inside the teething pacifier freezes without damaging the pacifier nodule. It allows the nipple to expand as it unfreezes. After it unfreezes, it returns to its normal shape and it allows your baby to suck on a regular pacifier. Its relaxing motion is felt after the pain in your baby’s mouth has been eased. This will allow your toddler to finally drift off to sleep after a period of irritability and restlessness.

A small container usually accompanies the teething pacifier to allow it to be cooled without sitting right in the freezer. You can also freeze the pacifier can also be frozen by putting it with ice packs for traveling. When your baby requires their teething pacifier you can pull one out of the cooler for immediate use. This is a very useful tool to keeping baby happy when they are going through the stage where teeth are popping up and their poor, little mouths are sore.

Michelle L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

New Year’s Eve Fun Crafts for You and Your Toddler!

December 28, 2011

Shake it Up with Shakers!

For this cool little craft you will need to purchase several strong cardboard paper bowls or small plates. Help your toddler to decorate the plates with different kinds of art materials, such as felt and paper scraps, newspaper and magazine clippings, and so on. Write “Happy New Year!” on the outside of each the plates or bowls. To assemble, place a handful of dried beans on a plate or bowl, and then cover it with another plate or bowl, then staple it shut. Now your child will have a homemade noisemaker!

Capture Time with a Time-Capsule Noise Maker!

This craft involves making the same shaker as described above, and hiding a time capsule inside of it. For the time capsule, have your child draw a picture of the family, answer questions about themselves, and include their dreams or goals for the New Year. Tuck the paper inside the noisemaker before you staple the plates shut. On New Year’s Eve, let your toddler shake some noise into the midnight hour. Then, store the noisemakers away (for at least five years) and bring them out to enjoy in the future.

Rattle into the New Year!

To make rattles for New Year’s Eve, use two clear plastic cups and invite your toddler to make rattles with you by placing a handful of dried beans, rice, clean fish tank gravel, shiny pennies, or colorful beads inside one glass. Put the other glass on top, then tape the two cups together (rim to rim) with colorful plastic tape. You can also use this tape to make stripes around the rattle for decoration.

Happy New Year and have FUN! 🙂

Michelle Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

 

 

 

Safest and Best Toys for Toddlers for Christmas

December 17, 2011

Whether you are shopping for your own toddler or someone else’s toys are generally what most people think of buying. Toddlers LOVE toys! Toys come in handy too, because they support moms and dads in consoling their children or to distract their consideration while administering medical treatment, when necessary. There are also toys that support in building the pondering and understanding in the minds and therefore, the abilities of toddlers. Here are a few of the warm toys for Christmas that any toddler will absolutely like.

Fashionable Toy Vehicles

Toy motor vehicles of all different sorts have generally been amongst the top 10 for Christmas. The most desirable toy motor vehicles are buses, trucks, helicopters, ships and planes. Most of these toy motor vehicles are a fantastic visual cure for toddlers. Then there are other, a lot more expensive versions of these toy motor vehicles which operate by way of remote control. Parents can support their toddlers in this regard by showing them how the toy vehicle functions, even though this kind of toys is not usually ideal for toddlers. Usually older children are the recipients of remote operated toys for Christmas. Toy motor vehicles for toddlers often come in different colors which can be fascinating for young children.

Stuffed Toys

Stuffed toys are a very popular present for toddlers for Christmas. Toddlers appreciate stuffed toys and can get somewhat emotionally connected to them. The most common stuffed toys for toddlers are animals, but they can also be a cartoon character, or a famous superhero. Dolls and miniature action figures can also make fantastic presents, but please be sure that there are no tiny elements that the toddler can choke on. There are stuffed toys that can move too, but these are again meant for children who are older. Stuffed toys for toddlers come in so many different colors and varieties that there is most certainly a single one that your toddler will like. Teddy bears and dolls are what they commonly favor, but there is no rule about what your toddler will like.

Big Colorful Balls

Toddlers like balls of all sizes, shapes and colors that have desirable patterns on them. Most young children like anything colorful. The simple fact that balls roll about make these straightforward toys even a lot more fascinating to toddlers. If you give a ball as a gift, be sure to that it is not also weighty enough to harm your baby or so tiny that it will pose a choking hazard. Be warned even though, that even when presenting him with this kind of a present, it automatically usually means that your toddler will need anyone to engage in with him, or he might end up crying when the ball rolls away from him.

Rattles

Toddlers usually like objects that do something. Objects that move, or exhibit light or sound are most enjoyed by them. Dazzling, colorful rattles, a set of rings connected jointly, and tiny scaled musical instruments that make sound are all fantastic options that toddlers usually like. Be sure that these toys have no tiny elements that can be swallowed by toddlers, and that they are designed from products that are risk-free for children.

Other than the above mentioned options, toys that can be great gifts for toddlers include things like developing blocks, jigsaw puzzles (with huge items), and a rocking horse. Security, of both, toddler and the toy, are the most critical issues that you have to keep in your head while giving a gift to a toddler.

These are our best suggestions for the best toddler toys for Christmas, but you can also go forward and purchase some other toys if you deem them fantastic and sufficient for your toddler. The recollections of playing with these toys will generally be with you and your baby permanently.

Merry Christmas to you and your toddler!

Michelle Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

Baking Snowman Cookies with your Toddler

December 12, 2011

Snowman Cookies

He’ll melt in your mouth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Microwave canned white frosting on high for 10 seconds.

2. Dunk 24 plain doughnut holes in frosting; allow to set.

3. On half of the holes, squirt on eyes and a mouth with chocolate tube frosting.

4. Stick in a dried papaya triangle for the nose.

5. Make a hat with half an Oreo Mini and a piece of an Oreo Cookie Stick.

6. Place a fruit-leather scarf on top of an undecorated doughnut hole. Top with the face.

Have fun!

Michelle L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com

How to Make Christmas Dinner with your Toddler

December 7, 2011

Here’s how to let your toddler join in the fun and tradition of preparing the holiday meal.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Gather your supplies and all of the necessary ingredients ahead of time. Get everything ready and decide beforehand what your toddler can help you with, thenen you won’t have to turn your back on your curious toddler while looking for ingredients.

2. Look for simple recipes and follow them. Let your toddler help with recipes that you find require little effort, such as tearing bread for stuffing or scooping flour for bread. Keep the more complex recipes for yourself.

3. Start your toddler with a simple task. Any task that requires simple steps, such as scooping or mashing, are best for first-time helpers. Also, be smart and give your toddler tasks that will take some time to complete. This will allow you to put together the other ingredients or work on other recipes while they are busy. If your toddler has cooked with you before, then you may want to experiment with pouring and stirring.

4. Explain to your toddler what you are doing. Tell them what steps you are following and what will come next. Talk about the specific amounts of ingredients you are using – 1 c. milk, 2 tbsp. cinnamon. Ask questions like, “What will we do with this flour? What is happening to the potatoes when you mash them?”

5. Be sure to point out the textures and smells of the ingredients you are using. Let your toddler explore with safe cooking ingredients.

6. Plan other kitchen activities for your toddler, such as washing safe objects in the sink which is a chore that toddlers love to do, especially if you have a sink hose. Use some pretend or safe dishes your toddler can pretend to cook with while you are preparing food.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

Michelle Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone

www.pacifierbgone.com