March 2010 – Hot Stuff

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squeaky clean

For young kids, learning to care for themselves is a rite of passage. Several items and tips encourage independence in self-care.

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<img src=”/sites/default/files/Editorial/0310/htstff_bug-pod.png” width=”250″ height=”300″ align=”right” hspace=”10″ vspace=”10″ alt=”htstff_bug-pod.png” /><h2>cute as a bug</h2>
After your little one has finished his bath, it’s cleanup time! Use your Bug Pod by Boon. This cute bug’s body detaches, scoops up all the toys and stores them inside its body. Attach it to the shelf station and let them dry. It’s so easy, even your child can help scoop them up. $34.99 at <a href=”http://www.booninc.com”>booninc.com</a>.
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<img src=”/sites/default/files/Editorial/0310/froggie.png” width=”314″ height=”300″ align=”right” hspace=”10″ vspace=”10″ alt=”froggie.png” /><h2>bubblin’ over</h2>
Have extra fun in the tub with the Froggie Bubble Blower from International Playthings. The toad suctions to your tile wall and produces mounds of bubbles when you add soap and water. He also croaks three silly tunes to make bath time an enjoyable experience. Ages 3 and older. Available at <a href=”http://www.inplay.com”>inplay.com</a> for $24.99.

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<img src=”/sites/default/files/Editorial/0310/hotstf_whale.png” width=”295″ height=”300″ align=”right” hspace=”10″ vspace=”10″ alt=”hotstf_whale.png” /><h2>thar he blows!</h2>
kids love water fountains and need fluoride, too, so now they can have one in the house! Jokari’s Whale Faucet has been around a long time, but it’s been reissued to delight a new set of kids. Pop it on (fits all standard faucets), and hold the flap up to make the fountain effect. Let go of the flap for regular faucet use. It’ll have your child happy to brush and drink. $3.99 at <a href=”http://www.jokari.com”>jokari.com</a>.

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<img src=”/sites/default/files/Editorial/0310/pottytargets.png” width=”230″ height=”300″ align=”right” hspace=”10″ vspace=”10″ alt=”pottytargets.png” /><h2>ready, aim … fire!</h2>
Make your little boy’s potty training a little more exciting – and keep your bathroom cleaner! – with the inventive Potty Training Targets from Moms on Edge. A mother created these real looking targets after her son took aim on her bathroom wall. The colorful rice paper targets dissolve in water. Simply place one in the toilet, instruct your little one to aim for the target, then flush. Ages 2 and older. Available for $9.97 per package of 50 at <a href=”http://www.momsonedge.com”>momsonedge.com</a>.

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<h2>independence building</h2>
For kids, tasks can be broken down into a 1-2-3 process. In
the bathroom and elsewhere, encourage them to do everything
themselves by:
<br /><br />1. Gathering supplies needed to complete tasks.
<br /><br />2. Staying focused to complete the task and learning to say “No” to distractions.
<br /><br />3. Put things back where they go, switching off lights, flush the toilet, etc.

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