Toddler YouTube Storytime: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen

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Best Gymnastics Classes in Orange County

Wildfire Gymnastics (Tustin and Lake Forest, CA)

The gym itself is huge and has tons of awesome equipment, that even the parents would love to jump around on.  The long trampoline, the foam pit, the regular trampoline, etc. really make this place one of a kind.  The teacher for the Parent and Me class in the evenings is engaging and so sweet.  The facilities are somewhat distracting for our toddler, with so many other students of all levels running around, in what is very organized, but also makes it hard for our toddler to resist not running off.

We’ve been to a 4 year old’s birthday party there though and it was great.  They have teachers who lead the kids in different activities interspersed with some free time for them to run around.  They are careful not to let any accidents happen.  Upstairs, they had the tables set up for the pizza, cake, and presents.  The kids looked like they had a lot of fun.

Monkey Business (Lake Forest, CA)

Miss Lynne is an excellent gymnastics coach, especially for the little ones with shorter attention spans and maybe a loose idea of queues, following directions, and going with the flow.  She gives the parents guidance and makes structured obstacle courses that teach the kids balance and practices their physical movement skills, but also emphasizes manners and the rules of society, like waiting their turns, moving in the same flow of traffic, and saying please and thank you’s.  It’s a much calmer environment than Wildfire with only one age group or class at a time, and Miss Lynne is very conscious of protecting their heads and necks from getting injured when doing different moves, like somersaults and cartwheels.  We took a tumbling tots class through the community center at Irvine Heritage Park and it definitely wasn’t the same thing.  The teacher was more rough and less concerned with protecting their little necks when they were tumbling.  It was a bit disconcerting.  Anyway, we love Miss Lynne.  There is very low turnover, which is unusual for kids classes, I’ve found, and it’s been great to see the same kids in her class get bigger and have those familiar faces around.

Cal Elite Kids

We only went to an open gym (from 12 to 1 pm, if I remember correctly), and got to peek around and try some of the equipment.  It was okay.  It was too far for us coming from the Irvine area, and the area wasn’t as nice.  It was surrounded by auto repair shops and whatnot.  I felt that, after looking at the pics and reviews online, that it would be a lot nicer than what I saw when we were there, that it was a bit of a disappointment after being to Wildfire, Monkey Business, or Waterworks Aquatics.  I don’t think we will be going there, but it might still be worth checking out if you live close to Rancho Santa Margharita.

Indoor Play / Exercise Area for Kids by Gorilla Gym

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The Gorilla Gym Kids Deluxe with Indoor Swing, Plastic Rings, Trapeze Bar, Climbing Ladder, and Swinging Rope is a genius idea.

Everybody has had the over the door pull up bar before.  This is an adaptation of that except its secured with different hooks and made so that it’s screwed in and stable.

It’s perfect for burning off unexpended energy on those rainy or sunny days when you can’t get out of the house.

Science says Kids who Eat their Boogers are Boosting Their Immune System 

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There’s some evidence the mucus in snot could defend against respiratory infection, stomach ulcers and HIV.

According to Austrian lung specialist Prof Friedrich Bischinger, people who pick their noses are healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies.
He suggested the social stigma around it be removed, and instead parents should encourage children to pick their nose.
“And eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system. Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do,” he said.
“In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.”
 It’s actually full of good bacteria that helps your teeth.  According to a study, mucus, ie snot, forms a barrier against bacteria.

Toddler YouTube Playlist

Mental note for posterity:

I Am A Gummy Bear (English)


Pop See Ko


Boomerang

Sunscreen for Kids with Eczema 

So, after trying out La Roche-Posay’s Gentle Kids sunscreen, the next day, she had a raised coin-shaped red mark on one of her cheeks.  I noticed it the morning after, but still put it on again the next day thinking it was maybe from something else.  Anyway, her dad is convinced that it’s from the sunscreen.  He already thinks I take the whole sunscreen thing too far anyway, so we are on opposite sides of the spectrum.

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I haven’t been using any sunscreen because of the rash, but did pick up two other ones from CVS that I want to try when her skin calms down.  The babyganics has both titanium dioxide (3.0%) and zinc oxide (6.0%).  It also has a third ingredient octosalate, which isn’t exactly safe but less risky than oxybenzone.  My niece uses it with no problems apparently.  A nanny at the playground also mentioned that the mom had no issues when using it on her ezcematic child.

So many of my Facebook friends all said they used thinkbaby.  I tried it before, and didn’t like it at the time.  It made our eyes burn in the shower when we would wash it off.  I’m willing to try it again though, after hearing so many people list that as their top choice.

The rash has calmed down a lot since and we haven’t been using anything.  In any case, I ran into the beauty manager at CVS outside, and we started talking about the rash and the different kinds of sunscreens out there.  She said the La Roche-Posay gentle kids sunscreen was the latest and the greatest out there currently, and that it was the only one that didn’t have a certain nasty carcinogenic chemical in it that all of the other ones had in it.  She didn’t recall the name, at the moment, but showed me all of the brochures that she had and said that she went to school to study exactly what we were talking about.  The school, when I asked, was taught through Loreal, which owns pretty much every single make-up brand out there, according to the beauty manager.  It even owns La Roche-Posay, which happens to be the number one selling cosmetic in France, she said.

When I asked her about the rash, she said her grandkids had gotten that too and that the doctor had said it was a fungus from the sun.  A sun rash.  I haven’t looked into it, but I’m going to.  Wouldn’t she still be getting it though on the days I wasn’t using sunscreen though?

It was a pretty cool though to hear how stores like CVS pick what they have in their stores.  It’s still a bit confusing, but at least if I run into her again, I’ll learn more next time.

Favorite Picture Dictionaries

We read these the most and probably got the most use out of these books when she was younger:

 

Sesame Street: Elmo’s ABC Lift-the-Flap

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (Giant Golden Book)


 

 

My Big Animal Book (My Big Board Books)