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This is my little sister in a yoda hoodie can we just take a second to appreciate that


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weeLove: A Baby Monitor that goes Above and Beyond

Cubo AI Plus

Smart Baby Monitor

Worrying about your baby when he sleeps keeps a new parent up at night (and this is exactly why you’re exhausted enough to put the car keys in the fridge). A great baby monitor can help you rest easy, especially when it’s a Cubo Ai Plus Smart Monitor.

Developed by parents and a pediatrician, the Cubo Ai Plus connects to your smartphone and uses artificial intelligence to detect when your baby’s positioning may be unsafe. (No more tiptoeing up to the crib a zillion times a night to check!) Face Detection and Roll Over alerts let you know if your little one’s mouth or nose is covered by a blanket or if he rolls over onto his tummy when he’s not able to safely roll back on his own. Better yet, these smart safety features go well beyond the crib… As your kiddo grows, relocate the monitor and set up Danger Zone alerts so you know if your adventurous kiddo heads into an off-limits area of your home.

Cubo Ai Plus comes with 3 different stand options: Crib Attachment, Floor Base, and a Mobile Stand. For infants, be sure to use the floor base or crib attachment so that the camera is directly above the crib and facing down at your baby. This provides a full crib-view so Cubo can work it’s AI magic and accurately determine the baby’s position. Cubo uses a professional grade security camera lens with 1080p HD Night Vision, so everything you see is crisp, clear, and detailed. Another feature parents love: automatic photo snaps of your sweet baby snoozing or exploring the crib. Plus, there’s 18-hour playback, so you can always catch up on what you missed. And the room temperature and humidity level display is helpful to keep tabs on.

Now if only there was an alert to stop you from putting the keys in the fridge again…

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You make my heart melt


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Cute ass babt


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That smile melts my heart!


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“I’ve heard you say you’re such a big boy 47887546 times today, I’m over it”


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Is your child irritable after playing on her phone or tablet? This is why…

Whether you believe it’s ok for your kids to be on smartphones and other electronic devices, or whether you believe they should be avoided at all costs, it seems even the strongest critics have made exceptions and relaxed the rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But as the pandemic continues around the globe, it’s a worry that experts are observing that more children are showing symptoms of mobile addiction which is causing behaviour problems for parents.

According to a report, a senior psychiatrist at the King George Medical University said he has been getting cases from parents concerned about their children who “were getting irritable, losing their appetite and also complaining of headaches and eye problems.”

According to the report, psychiatrists at the Moti Lal Nehru hospital in India have also “noticed an increase in the number of parents bringing their children with problems of mobile addiction and behavioural changes.”

Commenting on the report, local creative parenting expert and parenting author, Nikki Bush, who is also a mom of three children, affirms that from her experience in lockdown, parents have doubled, and even tripled the amount of screen time they’ve allowed their kids.

“Mostly, it’s been a coping mechanism – to keep the kids busy while you get your own work done,” she says.

ALSO SEE: Mom, why you shouldn’t beat yourself up about screen time during lockdown

How mobile addiction is affecting kids’ behaviour

While Nikki says it’s generally accepted that in the short term, all this extra screen time is not going to be the end of the world for our kids, she says there’s no denying it is affecting their behaviour.

“With lockdown, everyone has been online to keep up with what’s happening, to work and connect with family and friends. As a result, boundaries have slipped,” she explains. “By being left unattended, to entertain themselves with your phone or iPad for long periods of time, our kids are getting used to doing things at their own pace, and in their own time. So, when they’re suddenly expected to do something, for example, taking the cup to the kitchen, it’s very likely they’ll be resistant or irritated.”

Likewise, she says that if they’ve been watching inappropriate content, for example, something scary or violent, they’ll react by being irritable and angry.

Many games kids play, she adds, are designed to be extremely immersive and you have to realise that kids tend to get lost in that world. When they have been playing for long, and they have to come out of that exciting world, they suddenly realise they don’t have control anymore, and they become frustrated.

ALSO SEE: 6 tips to deal with your toddler’s cheeky behaviour

What can parents do?

According to Nikki, even though you’ve extended screen time during COVID-19, your kids still need firm boundaries. For example, you can say, “You can play on mommy’s phone for x minutes while she finishes this report, but after that, I expect you to do XYZ, or we’re going to have a cup of tea together, or start supper together, or take Patches for a walk.”

She adds that it’s important that you also commit to getting offline to spend time together with your kids. “Give them something to look forward to,” she says. “Try to pull them out of that enticing world with something interactive and exciting. Remember, they’ve just been entertained, so you’re not going to get a positive reaction if you just tell them to put your phone down and go play outside. You have to make it appealing. “You can say that at 6pm you’re going to shut down and you’re going to challenge them to a game of XYZ. Winner gets a special dessert.”

Nikki points out that what our kids have been craving during COVID-19 is company. “They’re human after all, and they thrive on social interaction and love.”

ALSO SEE: 16 fun and simple at-home activities for kids

That doesn’t mean you have to be your kids’ full-time entertainer, she says, but “it does mean that you have to show up for them – to fill that hole that used to be filled by sport and activities at creche. You have to provide the magic, wonder and surprise!

She says 4 to 6-year-old kids will generally require you to set something up for them, so she suggests you always have at least five activities at the back of your mind to entice them away from too much screen time. “You need to dangle that carrot in front of them for the path of least resistance,” she concludes.

More about the expert:

Award-winning speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, helps individuals and teams to win at life and work. Her passion for connection and relationships, and how to maintain them in a fast-changing world, is at the core of everything she does as a human potential thought leader. Nikki is admired and respected in business, education and parenting circles for her work in raising human potential through leadership, engagement, resilience, connection and teamwork. She helps to create mission-ready individuals and organisations for everyday and future disruption. Learn more about Nikki Bush here.  

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WATCH: Terrifying moment toddler gets caught up in kite

A 3-year-old girl got the fright of her life on Sunday when she ended up soaring about 100 feet up in the air at a Kite Festival in Taiwan.

According to a report, the kite was supposed to drop candy over the festival goers, which they believe may have attracted the toddler to investigate closer. She somehow became wrapped in the kite and when a sudden strong gush of wind came up, and she was swept up into the air with it – being tossed around violently. In the video you can hear her mother screaming.

Festival workers desperately try and get the kite down to the ground as the little girl is being thrashed around in the air by the tail of the kite – in the video you can see something falling from above – perhaps a shoe…

After what feels like agonising hours, the little girl is finally lowered to the ground and adults run to catch her.

According to Taiwan News, the little girl only suffered mild scratches to her face and neck.

We’re so glad she’s okay!

Watch the video below:

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WATCH: Toddler drifting on inflatable unicorn in middle of ocean saved by passing ferry

A 4-year-old and her inflatable unicorn went on a little adventure last week Monday in the sea area off the town of Antirrio in the Gulf of Corith.

According to reports, the little girl was playing in the water with her unicorn when a strong current swept her out to sea. Her parents took their eyes off her for a second and when they looked again, she was nowhere to be found. They immediately contacted port authorities who alerted the captain of a local ferry to look out for the little girl.

Captain Grigoris Karnesis told Greek City Times that he didn’t expect the child to be so small. He said she was frozen from her fear because the current was very strong. She was more than 500 metres from the shore.

Luckily the rescue mission went well and the captain managed to safely get the little girl on the ferry. “She was very scared. She did not speak at all, but cried perhaps out of despair, when she saw the big ship approaching her,” he said.

Watch the video of the rescue below:

Water safety

Kids are extremely busy and can slip out of your vision in under a couple of seconds. Summer is around the corner and whether you’ll be spending time at the pool, the beach, a dam or any other form of water, it’s always important to keep a close eye on your little ones and never leave them unattended in the water. The ocean can be very unpredictable and toddlers aren’t strong enough to fight against the strong currents should they get swept away.

ALSO SEE: Swimming safety tips for kids

The Western Cape Government has these tips for families to stay safe at the beach this summer:

  • Only swim where there are lifeguards on duty.
  • Only swim where there are signs that say it’s safe to do so.
  • Make sure you stay between the flags and that the lifeguards can see you.
  • Don’t swim outside of the red and yellow flags, or where other people aren’t present. There could be dangerous currents and tides you’re not aware of.
  • Teach your child to raise their arms if they’re in trouble to get the lifeguard’s attention.
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8 make-ahead breakfasts and lunches for busy moms

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially for growing children with hours of brain work ahead of them at school. We know, trying to get everyone up, dressed and ready for school is challenging. But, this doesn’t mean you or the kids have to skip breakfast.

These make-ahead breakfasts can be enjoyed on the way to school in the car:

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Sunny side muffins

These eggy muffins are a great option for make-ahead breakfasts, and they keep well in the freezer, so make in bulk and take out to defrost as needed. These are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfasts and are great additions to lunchboxes too.

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 eggs
  • ½ tin corn
  • 1½ cups of your little one’s favourite vegetables (baby marrows, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, sweet peppers, tomatoes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Beat together the eggs, corn and vegetables.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and pour the mixture into a non-stick muffin pan.
  4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until set.

Blueberry pancake smoothie  

If you don’t have a smoothie maker, a handheld blender will also do the trick. If you’re using ice, crush it with a rolling pin before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp raw oats
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon.

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together. Add water or ice as needed until the desired consistency is achieved.vPour the smoothie in a kid-friendly bottle for the next morning.

ALSO SEE: 7 healthy smoothies that moms and kids will enjoy

Overnight carrot cake oats

This can be served with a spoon in the car on the way to school, and kids love the combination of cinnamon, honey and carrot.

How to make it:

Mix together 4 tablespoons of oats, ½ cup yoghurt, one grated carrot, cinnamon and a squeeze of honey. Spoon into containers or jars with tight-fitting lids. Close and refrigerate overnight.

Breakfast parfait 

Place in a glass jar or any other container with a lid, and grab on your way out of the house in the morning.

How to make it:

Alternate layers of fresh fruit like banana, apple, mango or berries with yoghurt and muesli or oats. Top with a sprinkle of nuts and seeds.

Quick-and-easy lunches

Sweet chilli chicken wrap 

To prevent the wrap from getting soggy before break time, spread large lettuce leaves over the wrap before topping it with the filling, and wrap it in foil.

How to make it:

Arrange a line of chicken-breast strips about 3cm from the edge of a wholegrain wrap or roti. Add your child’s favourite veg (chopped tomatoes, cucumber, carrots). Drizzle with sweet chilli sauce and roll up the wrap.

ALSO SEE: Stuffed pita pockets

Lunch in a bowl

Children love the surprise of fun and interesting lunches and as bowl food is very trendy, this is a winner. Bowl-shaped containers with lids are easy to find, but square lunchboxes work just as well.

How to make it:

Arrange one row of protein, one row of veg, one row of carbohydrates and a row of salad, side by side in the container. The protein could be leftover lean mince, shredded chicken, tuna, beef strips, chickpeas, red kidney/baked beans or chopped boiled egg. Great veg options are diced carrots, tomatoes, red onion, peppers, corn, courgettes, cauli rice or a mix of your child’s favourites. For carbs, try leftover brown rice, couscous, samp, mieliemeal or rice. For the salad row, add chopped green salad, grated cabbage, diced cucumber, tomato or a combination of these. Top with a dollop of plain yoghurt.

Tuna pasta salad 

Cold pasta salads are filling and tasty. Don’t forget to send with age-appropriate cutlery.

How to make it:

Mix tuna (in brine, drained) with half mayo/half plain yoghurt. Mix with wholegrain pasta of your choice and serve on bed of leafy greens like lettuce or baby spinach..

ALSO SEE: 5 quick and easy pasta dishes the whole family will love

Finger lunch

Finger lunches work well for children with smaller appetites. For example, yoghurt + fruit and wholegrain crackers, or carrot sticks, baby tomatoes, celery and hummus (to dip).

How to make it:

Choose one option from each food group: lean protein like. boiled egg, sunny-side muffin (see above), biltong, leftover meat balls, falafels, leftover chicken strips, yoghurt of choice, hummus and high fibre starch like wholegrain crackers, wholewheat toast or pita fingers or ruit and your little eone’s favourite veggies like baby carrots, cucumber sticks, sweet pepper strips, baby tomatoes or gherkins..