8 Ways For Kids to Self-Calm

Happy, excited, sad, frustrated. Angry, bored, disappointed, upset. Emotions are big feelings for children. Those who are guided by their parents to accept and manage their feelings since young usually grow up to be emotionally ready and healthy adults. We can help our children to regulate their emotions by acknowledging their feelings and thoughts, as well as teaching them ways to calm down on their own.

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Here are eight things kids can do to calm down:

1. Take a deep breath
This good, old way of self-calming is no stranger. Taking a deep breath or two can help them calm their nerves quickly.

2. Count to 5
Counting is a great way to help kids learn how to stop and think before reacting to their anger.

3. Identify sensations
Teach kids to identify the sensations they experience with each emotion. Is his heart beating fast? Does he feel a knot in the tummy? Get them to breathe ‘love’ into that part of the body.

4. Head to toe relaxation
Ask them to mentally scan their body, beginning from the head to shoulder, tummy, knees and finally feet. Get them to breathe into those parts of the body, or shake off the mads and sads as they go from part to part.

5. Blow into your hands
This way promotes deep breathing. By blowing directly into their hands, the child can feel the strength of their breaths.

6. Place hands in pocket
Or sit on hands or clasp them tightly. This method provides kids with physical restraint and pressure, hence offering a chance to think.

7. Squeeze and release
Just like using a stress ball, kids can also de-stress by squeezing their hands into fists, and release. Do it several times to release the tension.

8. Get a hug
A hug works wonders and melts the tension. Kids who are hugged more feel more loved and more confident in their emotions.

 

Nursery In Progress

Setting up a nursery for your soon-to-arrive little bundle of joy? We know the excitement! Whether you are choosing blue, pink or yellow as the theme colour, these are some of our recommended essentials and nice-to-haves for your baby’s room:

1. STOKKE HOME 
This chic range of furniture that grows with your child is certain to jazz up your nursery in an instant.

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2. PINTO 2-DOOR WARDROBE
Add on a simple and good quality wardrobe to store baby’s clothes and toys.

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3. PINTO BOOKCASE
This is not only great to keep the books organised but also perfect for storing toys and placing decorative items.

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4. BABYHOOD GLIDER CHAIR
Get comfortable in this rocking chair as you nurse and bond with your baby.

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5. BEBE AU LAIT X TOKIDOKI NURSING PILLOW
Brighten up the nursery with this limited edition nursing pillow with two sides – the soft side for nursing and the harder side as a pillow for your toddler in the future.

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6. PARKLON CUSHION MAT
Place your baby on this thick mat for tummy time or when you feel like rolling around with your bub. Also ideal for play time over the years.

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7.   4MOMS MAMAROO
The Mamaroo will rock and sway your baby to dreamland when you need the extra hands. Also comes with nature sounds to soothe baby.
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8. RED CASTLE COCOONABABY
Like its name, the Cocoonababy is your baby’s nest for the first few months, making him/her feel secure and cosy while sleeping.

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9. UBBI DIAPER PAIL
This diaper pail keeps the stench from soiled diapers from permeating the nursery, giving a hygienic environment.

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10. OOPS! HAPPY LIGHT
Turn the light on by pressing Mushee the Snails shell to soothe your little one to sleep.

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11. SKIP HOP TREETOP FRIENDS ACTIVITY GYM
Your baby will enjoy cooing to these treetop friends.

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12. BRIGHT STARTS AROUND WE GO ACTIVITY CENTRE
Once your baby can sit up unsupported, he/she will have loads of fun with this activity centre.

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13. OBALL SHAKER
Let your baby explore the world of sounds and texture with this fun rattle, great as first toy.

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14. LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME ROCKER
This rocker looks more than pretty in your nursery; your baby will enjoy riding it too!

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15. JELLYCAT BASHFUL BUNNY
Baby’s first buddy! This cuddly bunny made with luxurious material is sure to be your baby’s lovey for years to come.

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Pick from more choices in Happikiddo stores or shop online at http://www.happikiddo.com.my. Feel free to speak to our team for further assistance.

 

12 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Parent Should Remember

Hidden beneath the colourful covers of children’s books are some of life’s greatest lessons from which we can all learn, and ironically, most of us only discover this after we are all grown up.

Here are some of our favourites:

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A member of staff at Sotheby's auction house holds a first American edition of 'The House at Pooh Corner', by AA Milne, dating from 1928, part of a collection of Winnie the Pooh illustrations and books which will be sold at auction on 17th December.

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It may be hard to agree on the best quotes, so add your own; there’s always room for more!

Joy Ride! Choosing The Right Bike For Your Child

It’s a lovely day — the sky is cloudy, the birds are chirping. What could be more perfect than a stroll around the park in a bicycle? But wait! Before you head out to buy a bike for your child, let’s find out how to choose a suitable one and stay safe on two wheels.

Getting your child a bicycle requires more understanding than perceived. In general, kids bikes are smaller with sturdy frames and thick tires. They are great for riding on flat and hard surfaces where the child can focus on riding, instead of navigating the terrain. The simplest style is called a balance bike which has no pedals, has very small wheels and intends to teach balancing skills. From there, the bikes get bigger, with more features to accommodate the child’s growing skills, coordination and confidence.

So, what do you need to consider before making a purchase? Read on:

> Weight
As children are smaller, lighter and have less strength, weight makes a big difference. Make sure it’s not too heavy for your child to maneuver.

> Cranks
A crank is a bicycle component that converts the reciprocating motion of the rider’s legs into rotational motion used to drive the chain, which in turn drives the rear wheel. As a rule of thumb, get your child to sit on and ride the bicycle to check ease of maneuverability. Children need cranks that are about 20% their inside leg length.

> Wheels and brakes
Avoid buying big wheels for small riders, as they will be heavier and the steering will be less responsive. Large ones make it a little more difficult to control than one that fits.Brake slevers must be within easy reach of the bars and easy to operate with only the little finger of each hand.

> Reach
How far away is your child from the handlebars? Most children are happier in a riding position that’s more upright than you would adopt, so they need the bars higher and closer.

> Suspension forks
For children, air sprung forks are best. They’re lighter and can be easily adjusted to suit a growing rider’s weight.

Children’s bike sizes are determined by wheel diameter, not seat height and frame size as is the case with adult bicycles. The chart below should help you narrow your search, but always seek the assistance of an expert to help you find a bike that is most suitable:

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Bike safety for kids:

⦁ Make sure both their feet are flat on the ground when they stand straddling at the seat of the bicycle. There should be 2.5cm – 7.6cm of space between your child and the top seat.
⦁ Make sure the seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly.
⦁ Check and oil the bicycle chain regularly.
⦁ Check the brakes to be sure they work well and aren’t sticking.
⦁ Check the tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure.
⦁ When riding, make sure that nothing will get caught in your bike chain, such as loose pant legs, ⦁ backpack straps, or shoelaces.

Let’s check out the range of children’s bicyles Happikiddo has in store:

Breeze Bike
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Made of lightweight steel frame, it’s a balance bike that comfortable rubber grips, integrated footrest, and adjustable cushioned seat. It comes with aluminium rim and air tires, as well as a cute bike bell. Available in red or blue and suitable for 1.5 to five years old.
Y Velo Junior
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This balance bike helps kids develop an early sense of balance and control. They can then progress to a normal bicycle at the age of three of four without having to use training wheels or stabilizers. Suitables for ages 18 months to four years.

JDBug Balance Bike
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Made from ultralight aircraft-grade aluminium alloy weighing only 3kg, it comes with a 12-inch mag wheels and air tyres for a smooth ride. These models have an optional pedal kit for when the child is balanced and ready to pedal. It includes an adjustable seat and rear drum-type hand brake. Suitable for ages three to five years.

 

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Kiddimoto Pastel Dotty Kurve

Gorgeoous little bike for the adventurous girls, the bright pastel dotty is painted with non-toxic childsafe paint. Its seat is adjustable to three positions and upright riding position allows similar experience to regular bike. Suitable for ages three to six years.
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Kiddimoto Blue Target Scooter

Retro with award-winning British design, this wooden bike can be personalized with a name and number. Handgrips are sculpted to fit little hands and footboards for free-wheeling fun. Its steering lock restricts turn to 30 degrees so it will never jack-knife and 12-inch tires have inner tube. Suitable for two to six years old.

Bring your little one for a test-drive in stores or PM us for more details.