Healthy Snacking Tips for Kids On The Go

Children are busy little people – always on the run, always doing something. Snacking in between meals become essential, to help them get the nutrients needed and maintain a healthy weight. Some toddlers prefer to take small meals throughout the day, instead of the regular, three larger meals like adults.

When out and about with kids, it’s important to pack some snacks for when the need arises. Hunger and kids don’t go hand in hand, and while it may not be always easy to grab something healthy and child-friendly around town, it’s always good to be well-prepared.

Here are some tips on snacking by Supernanny UK:

• Watch out for foods which say ‘fat-free’ ‘sugar-free’ ‘low sugar’ and ‘low fat’. Check labels as these claims are made to encourage you to purchase the food, but they still may be full of calories.
• Don’t give children too many choices. Offer them the healthy food and say “Here you are”, instead of “Would you like…?”. This gives them the option to say “No”. If they are hungry and there is nothing else on offer, they will eat what you give them. Only offer healthy snacks though!
• Change the snacks each day – they will get bored with the same old chunk of pineapple!
• Be creative with the fruit and vegetables – cut them up into fun pieces.
• Be patient with your children. If you are trying to change their snacking habits, it won’t happen overnight.
• Offering your children healthy snacks throughout the day, especially fruit and vegetables, will ensure that at main meal times you don’t have to be so pushy in getting them to ‘eat everything on the plate’. Snacking on fruit and vegetable during the day is a good opportunity to supplement children’s diets as well as calm hunger pangs.
• If you combine at least two food groups in your snack, a protein and a carbohydrate, i.e. peanut butter and pita bread, you will not only give good nutrients, but it will be filling enough to tide them over until the next main meal. It’s the whole point of snacking anyway!
• Small containers and small plastic bags are also important to put the snacks in. Children like to have their own little containers.

Ideally, we would want to feed our kids with something healthy, organic and free of salt, sugar as well as preservatives. We like to pack these:

  • Fresh cut fruits or dried fruits
  • Vegetables such as cucumber, cherry tomatoes, carrot, celery and bell peppers
  • Homemade baked goodies such as banana bread and zucchini muffin
  • Boiled eggs
  • Snack mix such as a combination of nuts, pretzels, seeds, whole grain cereal, banana chips, and popcorn
  • Sandwiches and bread sticks
  • Cheese sticks or cubes

Just pack them in airtight containers and if need be, an ice pack to keep the food fresh. However, at moments when time is limited and we need to get out of the house as soon as possible, we find these grab-and-go snacks very comvenient:

Happy Family Organics

Happy Munchies Rice Cakes        Happy Puffs Happy Yogies happybaby-munchies
Only Organic

Only Organic Rice Cakes

Pigeon Baby

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Gerber
Gerber Crunchies

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Plum Organics
Plum Organics Little Cremes Plum Organics Super Puffs

Organix Goodies

Organix Goodies

Wakodo
Wakodo

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25 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Show Appreciation for Dad

DAD: A son’s first Hero, a daughter’s first Love

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Strong hands, soft heart. They are superheroes without a cape. From a burly, serious macho guy pre-baby times, men are transformed into a gentle, loving giant teddy bear once they become fathers.  Only their children have such magical powers on the Man of the House.

Dads may not like to show much emotion, but they love their kids just as much as mums! No matter how hard the day was at his office, my husband always walks into the house with a big smile on his face and a welcoming hug for the kids who would come running into his arms.

This Father’s Day, let’s do something extra special to commemorate the love and commitment of your husband as the dad to your children. Here are some simple and easy things the kids can do to show their appreciation for their daddy:

  1. Give him hugs and kisses.
  2. Draw him a picture.
  3. Make him a nice breakfast in bed.
  4. Make him a “Best Father of The Year” medal.
  5. Let him sleep in on the weekends (once in a while!).
  6. Thank him for working hard and keeping us comfortable.
  7. Make him a bookmark.
  8. Leave him a special “You’re the best!” note in his wallet.
  9. Make him a special delicious smoothie or cookies.
  10. Pack him a nice lunchbox for work.
  11. Clear his plate at dinner.
  12. Read books together.
  13. Throw him a mini tea party.
  14. Listen the first time.
  15. Write him a story or a poem.
  16. Sing a song for him.
  17. Wash his car!
  18. Go for a walk.
  19. Buy him a gift he has been eyeing on.
  20. Send him a lovely message on Whatsapp with your big, happy smile.
  21. Ask him anything. Dads like to share knowledge and feel smart!
  22. Take him out for a movie or ice-cream treat.
  23. Prepare a family movie night at home.
  24. Keep the house nice and clean.
  25. Be nice to Mummy!

Did we miss anything? Feel free to share your tips too!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL DADDIES AROUND THE WORLD! Dads rock! 

SALE: 15% off carseats

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If you have been looking at getting a carseat for your baby in the bump, or upgrading your little one’s car seat, NOW is the perfect time!

From now until 15th July 2015, we are offering 15% OFF for selected brands of carseats such as Cossato, Akarana Baby, Halford and Aldo. There’s also a discount of 10% for all carseats storewide. With a range of brands that we carry, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Feel free to drop by any Happikiddo stores to take a look at our range and if you need any further information, our team will be glad to help.

It’s always practical and very responsible of us to keep an additional booster seat in the car, on days when you pick up another child from school for playdate or after-school activities, or when your little one is carpooling with someone else. That’s why we love the BoostApak – it’s sturdy, doubles up as a backpack and is easy to bring around. Just keep one in your boot for everyone’s safety.

What’s more, when you avail of any of the Balik Kampung promotion deals, you’ll get a FREE Edison straw cup and Wel.B fruit snacks worth a total of RM36.80, perfect for your balik kampung trip next month!

For more information, please drop us a PM in Facebook 🙂

9 Ways to Cope When Your Baby Refuses The Car Seat

This post is part 4 of 4 of Happikiddo’s “Buckle Up No Excuse” road safety series. #buckleupnoexcuse

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For some parents, a car ride is a guaranteed nap for their baby but for others, it can be a stressful scream-fest instead. Trying to drive while your little one wails and cries at the top of her lungs is challenging, to say the least.

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A mum shares her frustration with us:

“My 3-month old baby hates the car. The crying begins as soon as I start driving. We’ve tried everything: adjusting the straps, using a blanket, not using a blanket, hanging toys from the handle but nothing works. Occasionally he’ll cry himself to sleep, but for the most part driving with him is a nightmare. I’m about to give up. What can we do to improve his experience with car seat?” – Helen Wee, mum to Oskar

Crying is usually less severe than thought; it’s a baby’s way to communicate. Although it’s tough to deal with, always remember that you and your baby’s safety come first. No matter how tempting it may be, never take a crying baby out of the car seat. It’s extremely dangerous and counterproductive, making it even more difficult for your child to get used to riding in her car seat.

The good news is – with time, consistency and a few trials and errors – your baby will eventually become a happy traveller. Just don’t give up and give in!

Here are some tips we found useful:

Tip #1: Make sure baby is comfortable

  • Dress baby lightly. Car seat is akin to an insulated bucket and crying makes baby even warmer.
  • Remove baby’s hat to prevent overheating and having it drift down over his eyes.
  • Make sure the air-conditioner is not blowing directly on baby’s face.
  • Take out the U-shaped “head support” especially if you’re living in a tropical climate as it can get really warm.
  • Make sure your baby hasn’t outgrown his car seat too. A too-tight harness is not fun.
  • Put up a sunshade in the window. Just make sure to avoid any hard ones that could come off and bop your baby during a quick stop.

Tip #2: Establish familiarity
This may sound a little cumbersome but try bringing the car seat into the house and let your baby sit and play in it at the beginning. Once she gets used to it, she may be happier to sit there in the car.

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Tip #3: Entertain with toys or images
You can keep your baby occupied in the car by doing the following:

  • Keep a special box of soft, safe toys such as furry friends or foam blocks, specially for car rides only. These may hold baby’s attention for a while during the journey. Avoid hard toys because they could cause injury in an abrupt stop.
  • Tape or hang lightweight toys at where your baby can see. Place them just at arm’s reach so that your baby can bat at them from his seat.
  • Hang a baby-friendly picture poster with colours like black, white, red and bold primary shades on the back of the seat that faces your baby. Change the pictures regularly. You can also take a photo of your face, with a nice and big, happy smile. Blow up the picture to about A4 size and position it where your baby can see it.
  • Sucking or chewing on a small, soft toy can help pacify your baby. Stick to objects that are large enough not to present a choking hazard.

Tip #4: Music and sounds
Music has a calming effect on some babies. Play lullabies or sounds made especially for young children. Keep experimenting until you find a favourite. You can also opt to play ‘white noise’ such as those of calming nature sounds. Or wind down the windows by just a little. Fresh, cool air and the whooshing noise may help.  Easiest still, talk to your baby – mummy’s voice is the best!

Tip #5: Practice makes perfect
A few pleasant experiences may help set a new pattern. Take advantage of times when your baby is in a good mood by practising with short drives. Have someone sit near her and keep her entertained.

Tip #6: Driver-baby mirror
Get a special driver-baby mirror that allows you to see each other. Seeing a familiar face will help baby to overcome any separation anxiety she may be feeling. Be careful not to keep checking on your baby though; your focus should be solely on the road and everyone’s safety.

Tip #7: Snacks
For toddlers, you can keep them occupied with some safe, choke-free treats in the car.

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Tip #8: Plan ahead
Try to consolidate trips as much as possible to avoid lengthy car rides. Since your baby’s discomfort over a wet diaper or a little gas can be intensified by sitting in the car, timing your journeys properly can make all the difference in the world. You may want to give him a bottle right before you go out, burp him, and rock him till he drifts off a little before putting him in his car seat. During lengthy road trips, stop by a rest area to take a break every 1-2 hours.

Tip #9: Rule out health issues
If your baby only recently starts crying in the car seat when she’s been okay all the while –  or if she has been particularly fussy at home – she may have an ear infection or other illness. Visit your pediatrician to rule out any possible health risks.

Do you have any other tips to share with new parents?