Category Archives: TIPS for babies and toddlers

Siblings and gender

Siblings and gender

Encourage baby love. From the birth of new baby onwards, assume that your children love each other and want to be friends. Give older children a gift when the baby arrived, let them be involved during the early days (kids need to bond too) and show them how important they are in making their little sibling happy. Observe, praise and reward their kindness, and put them centre stage as the great starts of the event.

Let siblings be friends. Avoid programming your children to fall out. Comments such as “They jut don’t get on, they can not help winding each other or they have nothing in common” endorse and reinforce sibling rivalries. Try to elicit warm feelings with positive comments, such as “It’s unlike you two to argue at making up” Clearly you can not ignore fisticuffs, but you can play own minor disputes.

Make sure to have their photos together often. You might find that you have a lot of individual photos but not many photos of them together. The kids grows up very fast and you don’t want to miss out the opportunity to be passed. Book your photographer today for your life time memory.

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Simplify bedtime

Simplify bedtime

If your kids try to spin out bedtime – ” I am still hungry” ” I want a drink”  “Bring me a tissue”
or the perennial ” I can’t sleep”  make it clear that they need to ask for everything they want before a certain time. After that it’s too late for requests and complains; they just have to lie in bed resting until they drop off. Once they have got used to this rule, bedtimes should be less stressful for everyone and your kids should get off to sleep more easily.

Compensate for delays. If bedtimes tends to be protracted event, put your kids to bed half an hour earlier so they still get to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Enjoy sweet awakenings. Wake your children gently and in a kind way. Tell them you love them; tell them it’s a beautiful day; tell them they are the sunshine! They are usually too sleepy to be embarrassed, and will be buoyed up for the rest of the day by such a happy start.

Keep regular bedtimes. If you have one childrens bedtime for weekdays and another for weekends, children intend to get confused. (jet lag!)

Speaking of that, newborn baby needs to be photographed within 10 days they were born.
So let them sleep before your baby photographer turns up.

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Turn off the light

Turn off the light at night. Some children prefer to sleep with the light on, but scientists fear that this may disrupt the body’s natural rhythms and in inhibit the production of melatonin, a powerful antioxidant that is thought to help prevent tumours.

If children must have a night-light, dim red or yellow toned lights are preferable to blue or green because the latter have a more negative effect on melatonin levels. Any bright lights at night – even those put on for a brief trip to the toilet – will be interpreted as day by the brain,causing melatonin levels to fall. Putting the lights out also works as a clear signal to your kids that it is now time to switch off for the night.

If you have any concerns whatsoever about your child, the first thing to do is to make sure that they are getting enough sleep. It’s the cornerstone of their health and happiness. Without sufficient sleep their behaviours, learning ability and mood will all suffer.

For newborn baby, they usually sleep very well first 10 days they were born. If you are thinking about having your baby photo session done, please contact Katsu while you are still pregnant as the newborn session needs to be done within 10 days!

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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Buy an extra toy

Buy an extra toy

Kids can fall so passionately in love with a particular soft toy that it’s a good idea – as soon as you notice the attachment  to buy another identical one as an understudy. If, happily, it’s not needed, it can be given away as a gift.

Get a pop-up play house. Cheap, easily assembled, adaptable to all sorts of games and usable throughout the year, an indoor playhouse is great fun for small children. Allow them to fill it with blankets, cushions, boxes and other paraphernalia needed for imaginative games – and dont enter unless given express permission! Children love to have little nooks and crannies that are entirely their own.

Bring home an unusual gift for your kids if you go away without them. Find something exotic that they may not have come across before a miniature magic lantern, a length of sugar cane some leaf, or an shell – whatever will delight and intrigue them. As you present it, weave a traveller’s tale.

Don’t forget to photograph those moment when you give them presents. You will have an opportunity to capture beautiful smiles of your children. Get your camera ready!

Hope this article was helpful.

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Eat safe

Eat safe

It pays to know the basics of food hygiene (which are mostly common sense). Always wash your hands throughly with soap and warm water before preparing food. Wash fresh fruit and vegetables, wrap or cover raw meat and store different foods separetly. Keep all food preparation surfaces and equipment clean and use a separate chopping board for raw meat for your children.

Don’t be too keen to wean. Health professionals now generally recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Since babies develop at different rates, however you may wish to consult your healthcare professional about the best time for your baby to start solids. Wearing before 17 weeks is always inadvisable as the baby’s kidneys and digestive system are still too immature to cope with solid food.

Have simple fare. First foods should be soft, smooth and sloopy is texuture. Breast milk or formula can be blended into the food to give it a runny consistency. Start with a very simple food, such as baby rice, and introduce others slowly, one at a time so as to observe whether any produce an allergic or intolerant reaction in your baby.

Don’t forget to photograph your babies on a regular basis as they grow up so quickly.
Obviously, you can always contact me for some great professional photos.

Sydney Treasures Photography by Katsu – babies, children and family photographer

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Connect

Connect

If you and and your baby or children are in a wonderful place, stop what you are doing, stand or sit still and simply focus on sensory inpressions. Guide your kids to be aware of the sounds around them, the light colours, movement and smells. Ask them to describe what they can see, hear, touch or even taste. Ask them to describe what they can see, hear, touch or even taste, they may teas you for being intense but they will find it rewarding all the same.

Choose a wishing tree. If there’s a particular tree your child likes, make it their wishing tree. They can touch it to make a wish. Or, it the tree is in your own garden, they can write wishes and stick them to it, or tie a ribbon around its trunk or branches as a symbol of a wish.

Make an autumn display of as many differently shaped and coloured leaves as your children can find. Arrange them in a vase or stick them on to paper or card to create a beautiful nature collage.

Make sure that you take photos of those moments as one of your life time treasures.
Obviously, you can book me, so I can photograph your baby, children and family to be remembered forever.

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Nature Trails

Nature Trails

Go to Taronga Zoo! You don’t need to take the kids to Africa. Children are obsessive and love to pulse an enthusiasm. Whether it is birds, bugs, flowers, cars, trucks, or trains, take them out to Taronga Zoo to see what you can spot.  Don’t forget to take your camera, binnacles, notebook and pencil.

Go dippy. Pond dipping is fun for all ages, but little ones need close supervision to avoid going for a dip themselves. You will require a fishing net and a plastic container, preferably shallow and flat bottoned. Put a little pond water in the bottom of the container, drag the net through the shallows at the edge of the pond, them tip its contents out into container and see what you can find. During the summer months, most ponds will yield many different bugs.

Visit a local pond in the springtime to try to find tadpoles. If you strike lucky, revisit the pond from time to time to watch them develop into froglets, then frogs. Children of all ages enjoy frog-spotting in the wild.

You can always hire me as your photographer so I can photograph you and your children when they are playing with beautiful animals in Sydney.

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Chat away to your baby

Chat away to your baby

Whatever you are doing – nappy changing, going around the shops, tracking chores, tell your baby what’s going on. And if you are reading while breastfeeding, why not read aloud? The intonation of your voice and your speech patterns will be fascinating to your young baby.

Don’t be surprised! All little boys fiddle with their willies. Gone (thank goddness) are the days when outraged parents punished this terrible “sin”. But there is nothing wrong with telling children not to fiddle in company, just as you might tell them not to eat with their mouths open or not to wipe their noses on their sleeves.

Keep toddlers close when you go out to eat. Kids crawling underfoot and waiters with trays of hot food and drinks make a poor combination.

Rein them in. Two years old don’t think leading reins are demeaning if a toddler is an uncertain walker, or likely to wander off a run away, they are essential. Choose harness style reins rather than a wrist strap as these are more comfortable and offer better security.

Take heart. Having a new baby is an emotional challenge for both parents. Accept that you may not get on with your partner perfectly all the time, and try to take the occasional spat in your stride.

If you are planning to have your newborn photo shoot with me, please try to book me while you are still pregnant, because newborn baby shoot is ideal to be done within 10days after they born.

Hope this article was helpful.

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Newborn Baby Tips – Share your baby

Newborn Baby Tips – Share your baby

Let your baby be held by other people. Babies who get liberally passed around tend to be less clingy and more ease when looked after by others. Moreover, if other people take a turn, you can take a break.

Position the buggy so that, when stationary, it has its back to the sun or oncoming wind, is as far as possible from exhaust emissions and gives the baby or toddler a reasonable view of what is going on.

Positions car seats and bouncing chairs on the floor where there is no danger of them failing a high surface if they shift with the baby’s movement.

Treasure little tootsies. Babies bones are soft and malleable so should not be restricted by footwear. More ever, there are masses of balance receptors in the soles of the feet. When learning to walk, a child should ideally be barefoot, although this is not alwaysparactical. Until your baby is walking unaided, let them wear soft baby socks or booties that have ample space around the toes. First shoes must be fitted properly and only worn outdoors. When your child is inside, revert to socks and booties.

For your photo shoot, I can organise a professional stylist on the day, so your babies and children would look extra cute!

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Newborn Baby Tips – Noise

Newborn Baby Tips – Noise

Allow noise. A baby should be  able to sleep through noise, so allow a reasonable hubbub in the house. Babies like to know that they are near to people and haven’t been abandoned.

Make a mobile out of objects that will attract your baby’s attention, in bright colours, with strong tonal contrasts.
Suspend these from a frame made of a couple coat happens joined at right angles, and keep the mobile well out of baby’s reach.

Use baby books with babies of all ages, including newborns, start with cloth or board looks containing vibrant patterns that your baby will find interesting. Prop the books open around where your baby is lying so that they can gaze at them.

Use toys at changing time. From about four months of babies can get tremendously wriggly during changes. Distract your infant by putting a baby-gym frame over the changing mat so that they can play and give vital seconds in which to change nappy.

Stay in the swim of things. Even though you’ve had a new baby. It’s still possible to stay in touch with the outside world. Put on the radio, watch a bit of TV, scan the newspapers, and chat to friends on the phone. You will get interrupted, but you will still feel better for it.

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