Development of our darlings: Isa, Dora and lil I..
Come have a sneak peek at the snippets of our children's development with us. I basically write about their milestones, our growth as a family and a little of myself. My new fave: homelearning and fitness.
Have a baby or toddler and having tooth brushing woes? Fret not!
Let Connie Mama share with you some easy peasy lemon squeezy tips..
Child #1 - Isa:
8 yrs old - enthusiastic brusher
History: no decayed tooth and only dropped one milk tooth so far.
Been brushing his teeth with assistance since 12mths.
Child #2 - Dora:
3 yrs old - not so enthusiastic brusher
History: no decay tooth so far either cos we stick to "brush 2 times a day" rule!
Been brushing teeth quite independently since 15mths
Child #3 - lil I:
coming 5 months old - not known
Quite toothless as yet.
newborn to 12mths
TIP: start oral hygiene from young.
TIP: you may wish to clean their gums during shower time.
12 mths to 24 mths
TIP: Brush teeth with just water (you may use drinking water if you wish)
TIP: Brush teeth during shower time (introduce flouride-free toothpaste and encourage spitting out during shower time).
This age group is relatively easy and it is the best time to inculcate a positive habit so remember to make teeth brushing a fun session!
24mths- 6 yrs old
Children of this age group are gaining their independence so consistent reminders and some facilitation from adults are really important for these children.
TIP: have a cute tooth brush or cup
TIP: have children standing in front of the mirror to allow them to see themselves.
We usually encourage Dora to brush her teeth independently but under close supervision as she still needs to stand on a stool to reach the basin for toothbrushing.
6yrs and above
Children at this age should be able to be able to brush their teeth independently.
TIP: Make the brushing accessories accessible to children's height.
Just take a look how Isa is preparing to brush all by himself.
On top of their current range of toothpaste
Aquafresh First Teeth baby toothpaste (3 – 24 mths)
We are very pleased to share with you that Aquafresh has just newly launched two new series of toothpaste for young children.. which is perfect for my children's age.
Aquafresh Little Teeth products(3 – 5 years):
Your child’s milk teeth hold the spaces for their permanent teeth that are waiting in the gums. The thinner enamel on first teeth makes them more vulnerable to decay and if they aren’t cared for, permanent teeth may not come through healthy and strong. Aquafresh Little Teeth products are specially designed by dental experts to encourage healthy brushing habits and protect precious first teeth – just for kids 3 years to 5 years.
Aquafresh Little Teeth toothpaste is a gentle cleaning fluoride toothpaste to care for those precious first teeth and helps permanent teeth come through healthy and strong.
Aquafresh My Big Teeth products (6+ years):
Their new adult teeth may look big and strong but the enamel on their new teeth is more vulnerable to decay for several years. Mixed adult and first teeth also create awkward gaps which are hard to clean, creating “plaque traps.” Because getting new teeth is a big deal, Aquafresh My Big Teeth products are specially designed by dental experts to protect mixed teeth while you begin to encourage them to look after their teeth for themselves – just for kids 6+ years.
Aquafresh My Big Teeth is a toothpaste with foaming action to help it get around the mouth whilst actively targeting softer enamel to keep it strong.
App for toothbrushing
On top of all these new range, here is another step that you can make toothbrushing even more fun!
Download your app and see how kids can jiggle to the music while toothbrushing!
Just that day, I had parents of my students asking me: so how are you coping with 3 kids? I felt a lump in the throat but I didn't hesitate to say,"Good!"
Time flies. It has been about 4 and half months since I became a mum of 3. *gasp*
Well if you were to ask me if it's easy? I sure say no.
And I really wonder how you all brave mothers of a brood do it all!
I am not a good planner for sure but this time round, Ray papa and I had try to make lots of plan way ahead as we knew for sure things are definitely not going to turn out as it is going to be.
Many moons ago.. Here were the few options we could thought of:
Hiring extra help
Putting Lil I in infantcare
Putting Isa in student care
I work half days
was the easy way out but thinking of having an extra person in our downsized flat is not the ideal choice. Plus it will definitely bring up the overall costs in the household as we would be having an extra mouth to feed. But those friends out there with 2 helpers, is it really easier? I am still tempted really.
Good option but as I was doing full breastfeeding, I would rather stick this lil fellow to my chest and not let him go off so soon. Already so heartpain to know that I went back to work when he was only 2.5 months, I guess this was not the preferred choice. Anyway there isnt any vacancies in the infantcare with the area I stay. It is how interesting God has plan for me.
It is a "I would if I could" choice but alas the student care in Isa's P school was not willing to accept him as they only take in children without extra help (aka no helper, no grandparents staying with them kind). Unfortunately, I belong to both categories. I did scout around for other choices of student care but they just didn't appeal to me at all. Ah Xiu yee yee, why your student care so far....? Keeping my options open still.
A very big sacrifice indeed as I will suffer a paycut (read huge) but I knew this will be in return for quality time with the kids. I'm still pondering over this still.
This was the last and the quite impossible choice I would make unless circumstances force me to. I would love to but guess I can only opt for this provided that I have to let go of my helper maybe. I guess not possible for the time being and Ray papa and I made a pact: we will choose to have a stay in helper until Lil I is big enough to take care of himself (mayb when he is 8-10?). We don't know either.
No prizes to win for guessing correctly which option I take.
My cheeky kids.. Oh such a love and hate affair.
As for now, we only have one stay in helper, no extra tuition for Isa and no enrichment for Dora either as our strings are really tight but guess nothing beats having a home you call your own.
Amazing sight at sunrise.
Calming moment for sunset.
And oh, I do have special arrangements from work that I work only half days on Mondays, with full days on other days. Yes it comes with a pay cut but I know I am contented.
And for whatever I have, I still have the Lord to thank for.
Pardon me for the irregular updates here as we are still settling down in our new abode. (I only have less than 10 cartons to go!) Work has been kind to me and I am very thankful. Kids have been keeping me on my toes as handling a 8 yr old boy, a threenager and a lil baby had indeed prove to be very challenging indeed.
I am definitely pushing myself (always) over my limits (or so I think I am jumping over the edge sometimes) but I am very glad our brood of 3 is a very good number for our humble family.
And as we count down to usher this year of the Ram, the Low family would like to wish everyone ahead:
Happy Lunar New Year and
May good health stay with you always
a lil lady for a lion head accompanied by a bandit tail.
this is just one of the post dinner-pre CNY activities that we do at home.
Since Isa started primary school last year, it has always been on my thought that I should perhaps place Isa in a student care so that the helper can concentrate on the chores and the baby. Well I was only more than glad when we were offered a slot in the holiday program from The Giving Treehouse (TGT) last December!
You see, being the education line, choosing a school for the kiddos is a big thing for me. Even when my child is only going there a short while. But when I looked at TGT's holiday program, I knew they are definitely the right one!
I always believe that providing a child's education is important but what really impressed me was that TGT's holiday program not only covers the basic program of taking care of children, they also looked into nurturing a child's character building. How often do you have a student care bringing children to an old folk's home.. or even a flag-raising event?
This was the message that I saw at TGT on my first day of arrival with Isa.
Not only the children get to "create", they get to "play" and also to "love".
Little works of children.
Love the positive vibes in the centre.
And of course, not forgetting the enthusiastic boy.
Although Isa only attended for 2 weeks, he was totally awed by TGT's program and he raves about what he did at TGT when I went to fetch him at the end of the day.