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Tried and True Parenting Hacks to Make Life A Little Bit Easier!

Our friends at Kids & Company have pulled together some parenting hacks to help with a smoother morning routine. They reached out to their staff and parents and here are some of the tried and true hacks they’ve discovered along their parenting journey.


Morning routine hacks:

  • Do you have a picky eater who refuses breakfast? Try making a frozen homemade yogurt popsicle! It can be eaten without much mess in a car or even on public transit. You can feel good knowing your child has eaten a healthy quick breakfast on-the-go and they think they're having a special treat! Win-win!

  • Struggling to get dressed for daycare? If getting your toddler/preschooler ready is like a reoccurring nightmare, don't sweat the small stuff. Simply pack an easy to change into outfit. You can pack sweat pants and a top, socks and underwear, this way your child can change into their day clothes at day care. If your child still refuses to change out of PJs, it’s okay! Just ensure they’re wearing their snow pants over their pajamas. Snow pants will keep them warm in the cold winter months!
  • Super early start one morning to catch a flight or first-thing activity? You can try this hack: put your child to bed wearing their “day clothes” so you can get up and go.
  • Another parent holds this hack dear to their heart. We have two alarms set. The first one is our five-minute warning. If we are in the car before the second one goes off my youngest son gets a Jube-Jube candy each day and my oldest son works towards $2 at the end of the week. (That’s my other hack, know that different kids have different motivations and should be involved in setting rewards/consequences!)
  • Another has a similar hack: We use a kitchen timer so everyone knows when we are supposed to leave. With 15 minutes left, I say ‘15 minutes’. I set the timer for another five minutes and when it goes off I announce ’10 minutes left.’ And when the next goes off again, we head for the door. 
  • Squirmy child in the morning? One parent shares this hack: I would put my child in her high chair and dress her, even if she was protesting! I could still get a shirt and jacket on her, hands-free, and then her pants, socks and shoes (the pants I just pulled all the way up after lifting her out of the high chair)
  • For those who live in a building, you can save some extra time by this hack shared by one of our parents: we are in a condo – all shoes and winter gear are put on in the elevator… we are high up!


Every day Parenting hacks:

  • Putting on a coat for a child can be a difficult task to handle.  To ease the frustration for your child, they can try the hack below:

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  • We have two kids. To help with organization I have a shoe bag (the one you hang in the closet with horizontal slots) in the kids’ room. I take out their PJ's and clothes for the week on Sunday and each outfit goes in its own slot. This saves so much time! 
  • I’ve been a mom for almost six years and only just recently realized onesie shirts have the shoulder folds to allow you to easily pull shirts down and over the body when there’s a blowout diaper rather than needing to pull over the head - not so much a hack as it is common knowledge maybe, but wanted to share in case there are other surprised parents like me :)
  • If your little ones are deep sleepers, consider trimming fingernails and toenails at night to avoid a squirmy and stressful process.
  • We never bring a diaper bag anymore but always stash some diapers, wipes, snacks and a change of clothes in each car. 
  • I don’t know why but kids lose one sock out of every pair on what it seems on average every 17 seconds. I’ve seen hacks like ‘wash them together in a mesh bag’ or ‘safety pin them together before washing,’ but the danger zone is before washing, when they’re still in the custody of my children. So now we just buy A LOT of the same colour, length and size and replenish as needed.
  • If you’ve got a little baby, have mini diaper change baskets in various areas of your house with some diaper cream, wipes, diapers and other necessities. Even a trip to the nursery to change a baby can feel tiring if you’re on no sleep with a newborn.
  • For toddler fingers learning fine motor skills, try attaching a keychain to their zipper to help them grab and hold easier and pull it up. Plus if the keychain happens to be a fun toy that motivates them to get dressed and going, bonus!
  • When stressed: Sing a song ♪ Children respond to song cues in childcare and the same can work at home. Try the cleanup song. Or transitions are easier with a song. Maybe a specific playlist/song can be used to cue your child when a transition is about to happen. A five minute song is preferable to, ”we need to leave in five minutes," for a child who has no idea what five minutes is.


No screen time hacks 

  • There is no app that replaces a parent's lap -- read to your child when using public transit or if someone else is driving turn off the radio and sit in the back with your child and read to them. Try bringing a small softcover book for reading in waiting rooms and line-ups.

  • When unable to read - when you're driving or in a loud bus or subway a great alternative is an audio book in your car or with your iPhone and children's earphones on transit - Stories encourage imagination, increases children's attention span and literacy!


Day care transitioning hacks

  • Older children often like the idea of "Big Kid School" so transitioning by having them choose a back-pack before moving from toddler to preschool can help them feel excited. Or go shopping for new shoes or an outfit or special t-shirt for their first day of preschool, much like the first day of kindergarten.

  • If your child has a favourite comfort item, have a back-up on hand (or two). Make sure to wash them together and offer a different one every time as children don't want a "new one for daycare.”
  • Label everything you bring into day care!

A special thanks to our parents and teachers who submitted their tried and true parenting hacks. Sharing your tips has made the lives of many parents a lot easier!

Natasha Carr is the Events and Marketing Coordinator for Kids & Company. She is a mom of two young children who constantly find ways to make her and her husband laugh on a daily basis. 




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Why is that all other lice products say you have to re-treat again in 7-10 days and Ladibugs does not?  
 
The Ladibugs formula is specially designed to kill the adult lice and loosens the eggs, so there is no need to reapply 7 – 10 days later when the eggs are expected to hatch. 
 
This is great news for parents that want to avoid harsh pesticides and it makes life much easier with one simple application. 
 
The Ladibugs Pesticide-Free Aromatherapy Hair Cleansing Kit offers a two bottle solution that will eliminate both the live bug AND the nit/egg.  

The Mint Serum will eliminate the live louse within just seconds. 

The Nit spray is then applied and will soften the glue that adheres the nit/egg to the hair shaft making them easier to comb out of the hair.  Once that glue bond is broken, the nit/egg is no longer viable.  
 
Ladibug also makes a full line of preventative hair care products, including a shampoo, conditioner and prevention spray. All of these products have the signature minty fresh scent!
 
When lice are detected, it’s important to treat them as soon as possible to avoid infestation. If you prefer a natural product like Ladibugs, you may wish to stock up just in case!
 
Read more about what to look for when you suspect your child has lice here.
 
Ask your stylist how you can prevent lice in your family today.
 



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Getting Ready For Baby’s First Haircut


 

Baby’s first haircut can be stressful for new parents and at Beaners Fun Cuts we make haircuts fun for all ages. Our specially trained stylists are fast, fun and masters of distraction. We’ve put together a list of tips to help even the most pro parent prepare for the big moment: Baby’s First Haircut at Beaners.

 

Timing Is Everything

Some babies don’t enjoy having their haircut because they are not used to it. It helps to start cutting their hair at an early age. Even if you only need a trim, it will help your child get used to having their haircut if you bring them in while they are still a baby.

The time of day that you book your appointment is also important. Consider baby’s nap schedule and what time your baby is feeling most content and plan your appointment so that it doesn’t run into the “danger zone”. Remember that you can always reschedule your appointment if your child is not in the right mood. We encourage parents to call their preferred location to make their first appointments and discuss with our staff suitable times. Plan ahead considering your child’s temperament and understand Saturdays are our busiest days and can be noisier than other days.

Tip: arrive early to allow your baby time to adjust to the surroundings and have a diaper change or feeding if needed.

 

Practise Makes Perfect

Before you bring your baby for their first haircut at Beaners, you’ll want to get them more comfortable with the various tools we will be using. You can make this a fun game and pretend you are at a hair salon.

Try using combs, brushes and a spray bottle of water, to get them used to having their hair “done”. Try using a gentle detangling brush that doesn’t pull too hard on your child’s hair. If they don’t enjoy it, try using a doll or toy.

During this time you can talk to them about what it will be like and tell them how much fun it is to get their hair cut.

 

All The Buzz

If you are planning a haircut that involves clippers, you may want to get them accustomed to the sound of one at home. If you have an electric razor at home, you can show it to them and allow them to feel the vibration of the “tickle machine” by touching the handle to their arm. Beaners uses ultra quiet clippers that are safe for wiggly kids, but it doesn’t hurt to try to introduce your baby before your first visit.

 

Plan Your ‘Do

If you have an idea what type of hair cut you want, that’s great.  If not, just ask your stylist for suggestions based on your child’s hair type and head shape. Keep in mind that hair texture, thickness, cowlicks, crowns and head shape all play a role in the type of haircut that will work best on your child.

 

Play Favourites

You will want to bring your baby’s favourite toy or snack to use as a distraction. They might get a little hairy but will help if your baby gets fussy.

Make A Clean Getaway

Consider bringing a change of clothes in case baby does not want to wear the cape or if their clothes become “itchy”.

 Baby Girl's Haircut


When Things Go Sideways

You might be wondering what will happen if your baby is fussy during their haircut. Our specially trained stylists are masters of distraction and are very fast at what they do. If problems arise, our stylist may ask you to assist by holding your child or distracting them. And when all else fails, we have lollipops! Most importantly. We understand and are here to help.

 

Make Memories

Be sure to take pictures or video of your child’ first haircut so that you have a keepsake to go along with the “Baby’s First Haircut” certificate and hair lock that you will receive. “Before” and “After” photos are always fun too. Bonus: if you #share your photo on social media and tag @BeanersFunCutsForKids, you are eligible to win a $25 gift card!

 



Baby’s first haircut doesn’t have to be scary, and at Beaners we do everything we can to make your experience fun. Feel free to stop by any of our locations to see what we are all about or to ask any questions that you might have. To find a Beaners Fun Cuts For Kids location near you, or to book an appointment online, click here.




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