Guest Blog: Promoting Breastfeeding Awareness in Young Children


K-BEU Mom nursing her baby

K-BEU Mom nursing her baby

By: Dominique Goh

Breastfeeding is one of the best gifts you could give your child. It is not only nature’s gift of the best nourishment for your child but also a chance for you to build up your bond between mother and child. Many moms these days are pro-breastfeeding and I’m proud to be one of them.

Introducing breastfeeding to a young child need not be a difficult or awkward topic to approach. Here are some ways which my friends and I have used with our kids to increase their awareness of breastfeeding:

1. Explaining to them straight up that mummy’s breast produces milk for the baby to drink and how the baby drinks by latching on.
2. Let your child see documentaries of mammals feeding their young and how to other creatures breastfeed their young. By doing so they will know that it is normal for babies to be breastfed and besides humans other mammals do it too.
3. Answer truthfully any questions which your child have about breastfeeding and let them know that it’s okay for them to be curious about it.

I breastfeed all my children and am still breastfeeding my girl who is currently 17months old. I’ve had my elder boys ask me many weird questions. They range from the following:

– How do you know that she gets enough milk?
– So if you eat chocolate the baby will have chocolate milk?
– Can she eat other stuff like we do?

I had to think quite a bit before formulating a satisfactory answer which would both educate and fill his curiosity.

Question 1: How do you know that she gets enough milk?

Answer: Mummy’s milk is produced when the baby suckles at the breast and the amount of milk produced will be enough for each feed as it is based on demand and supply. If baby is still hungry she will suckle longer at the breast till she has enough. The nutrients in mummy’s milk is enough to satisfy the growing needs of your baby sister so she doesn’t need any other supplements like formula milk.

Question 2: So if you eat chocolate the baby will have chocolate milk?

Answer: No. It doesn’t work this way. There is no special flavoring like chocolate, strawberry or banana. Milk produced by mummy has a slightly sweet taste which makes it delicious for the baby to drink. (I did tell my son that if he too wanted to try mummy’s milk as he may have forgotten the taste I would express some for him to drink. Feeling embarrassed he passed on the offer.)

Question 3: Can she eat other stuff like we do?

Answer: Unfortunately no. Your sister is still young and doesn’t have teeth yet so she is unable to process other type of food in her tummy besides mummy’s milk. She will have to wait till she is 6 months old before we will try other baby foods like purees with her.

How would you promote breastfeeding awareness to your young child?

Dominique Goh, Singaporean elementary school teacher, freelance writer and mom of three who is passionate about parenting and educating kids. In her free time you can see her dabbling in photography, cooking and cake decorating and blogging at Dominique’s Desk.

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K-BEU Dad featured in Amy Porterfield’s Valentine’s Guide


In this great video, Amy Porterfield of Womentorz features K-BEU Dad and shows how you can use his big heart to send a loving message this Valentine’s. She also features other awesome women invented products as gift ideas

 

Our Best Review Ever: Everything You Need to Know About Silly Creatures


Opening K-BEU MomThis review by Robin McCoy in her Blog, Inspired by Savannah explains so well all the features pros and cons of the Silly Creatures that I don’t think we have anything better than this.

Please read, learn and enjoy.

Silly Creatures Review

I have to say, I have never seen a toy like this in retail stores or online, before I heard about Silly Creatures.  Being a health educator, this educational toy would have come in handy when teaching school-age children about the human body… (read more)

Guest Blog: Eight Entertaining Ways to Teach Your Kids About Healthy Eating


By: Anne Mercado, our Guest Blogger this Week

Obesity rates among children are on the rise in both developed and developing countries, which is why teaching the value of healthy eating is needed now more than ever.

Remember how boring math or science classes were? You’d try hard to keep your eyes open but would succumb sleep’s call. Before you know it, you’d nod off into dream land.

Well, that’s probably how your child will feel if you start lecturing her on the benefits of eating right. However, that can be remedied! Want her to be more engaged? Use these tips below.
Here are 8 Entertaining Ways to Teach Your Kids About Healthy Eating:
1. Use printables or games to teach your kids about the 5 food groups

Free printables or interactive free games from Nourish Interactive should do the trick.

2. STAR of the week

Choose a veggie or fruit, list down 7 health benefits and teach your child about one for every day of the week. For older kids, you may also choose a food group to focus on each week.

3. Have veggie and fruit-themed activities

This can be an added activity for the previous number. Here’s how: look for activities (drawing or coloring), videos and pictures of your chosen STAR of the week for your kid. This should drill in the point and make for fun learning.

4. Play a game

Playnormous.com is site dedicated to teaching kids all about health. They have a game called Lunch Crunch that will help your child understand the concept of healthy eating basics such as fruits, non-fruits, vegetables, non-vegetables, etc. Oh, sign-up is free.

5. Silly Creatures

The best and most engaging activity you can do with your child is a live visual presentation on how the digestive system works. No cutting up of animals required especially if you have one of the Silly Creatures.

Dr. Deborah Gilboa of AskDoctorG.com uses K-BEU Dad plush toy to show her young patients what happens when food is eaten. Emphasis is placed on the importance eating, since the food goes into the digestive tract and gets absorbed by the body.

Your kid will love the idea of being able to see what happens after food is swallowed. She can even feed the toy and follow the “pebble” down to the very end of the digestive tract. This sure beats learning from a book or computer!

Feeding K-BEU Mom

Feeding K-BEU Mom

Exploring K-BEU Dad's digestive tract

Exploring K-BEU Dad's digestive tract


                         
6. Play food BINGO

If you have other kids around this is perfect. The first one to complete a row of the same food group or a balanced meal wins. For instructions on how to play food bingo, click on the link and scroll down towards the middle.

7. Create interesting healthy food

Instead of handing your kid plain old boring fruits, introduce them to new (and easy recipes) to encourage healthy eating.

How do Banana, honey ricotta and blueberry muffins sound?

8. Explain serving sizes in a clever way using simple objects

An article from EHow.com suggests to cut a tennis ball down the middle and present half of it to your child so she understands what a half cup serving looks like. Use dice to demonstrate that each piece is equivalent to 1 ounce.

You can teach your child about healthy eating by using a lot of creative ways. Of course by modeling good behavior and involving your kiddo in buying, preparing and cooking healthy meals, you pass on a valuable lesson to her: the importance health. This is one of the best ways to fight obesity.

Visit Anne Mercado’s blog at Green Eggs & Moms for more clever tips to keep moms with young kids SANE.

Silly Creatures Had Fun in the Northwest Snow Storm


K-BEU Dad and K-BEU Mom with Baby in their igloo

K-BEU Dad and K-BEU Mom with Baby in their igloo

This week in the Northwest we had the biggest snow accumulation in 16 years. Most businesses were closed and there was no school the whole week.

Not being able to go anywhere and having nothing else to do, we spent lots of time outside, building snowmen and igloos, sledding and just admiring the sights.

 This is how the K-BEU Family had fun in the snow (as much as we did). They got an igloo to play in!

Wondering what Silly Creatures can do? A graphic description of K-BEU Mom Pillow


Silly Creatures K-BEU Mom Pillow Puppet Educational ToySilly Creatures K-BEU Mom Pillow Puppet Educational Toy

Find out how kids can have fun with an organic pillow

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2011 Year in Review


For our new friends, as well as for those who have been following us for a while, here is a review of our first year.

The Most Viewed:

Has your child ever delivered a baby?

Teach children how babies are born with K-BEU Mom with Baby! Playtime becomes meaningful and stimulating when children are encouraged to learn in a fun and simplified way.

Most Viewed on Organic Party:

Our Organic Party of 2011

Pictures of the bash we threw at the Farrell McWhirter Park in Redmond, complete with Treasure Hunt, Pony Rides and Pinata, with all organic food, reusable tableware and eco-friendly decorations.

The Most Liked and Talked About:

The K-BEU Family getting ready for the Holidays, a Family Portrait

Lovely photo by Andrea Espinar, which was voted by all as our new profile picture.

The Sweetest Deal:

Plum District Sweet Deal: $20 for $40 toward Silly Creatures toys

Plum District Seattle helped us promote our products with this amazing deal.

Our 5 minutes of fame:

I Choose American shows Silly Creatures K-BEU Mom on ABC News

A hilarious depiction of K-BEU Mom with Baby on TV, as part of the American made products featured by I Choose American.

Looking forward to a great year 2012!