Toddlers are indeed always on the move and on the go, and I remember saying that I did the bulk of my marathon training chasing after my toddler at the time.
Toddlers are not only more mobile than babies, but they’re more curious, more interactive and more independent, and they’re also touching more things, putting lots in their mouth and having “dirtier” play. This is where Johnson’s Baby comes in, with their recently launched Gentle Protect range, which is a safe and mild everyday germ protection range for toddlers on the go. Johnson’s approach is “Yes to exploring, no to germs”.
Gentle Protect washes away up to 99% of dirt and germs, while being gentle to delicate baby and toddler skin. The new Johnson’s Baby Gentle Protect range is enriched with natural ingredients including honey, rooibos and green tea extract, which are known for their germ-reducing properties.
Johnson’s is giving away two hampers of Gentle Protect products, worth R350 each, for you to experience how wonderfully working and smelling they are (see details on how to enter at the bottom of the post).
Johnson’s believes that since toddlers have a natural curiosity to learn about their world through play, that we should encourage this exploration. How do we do this? Here are some tips to encourage play and promote development:
- Go for walks and chat about what you’re seeing and doing
- Encourage sandbox time. Fill the box with sand toys that encourage manipulation.
- Encourage water play (always supervised): A paddle pool, running hose or sprinkler make for opportunities to splash, run and chase.
- Make an obstacle course in your home with cushions, cardboard boxes, toys or other found objects that your child can run around and climb over.
- Play ball – games that involve kicking, throwing, and catching are great practice.
- Play music. Expose your child to different styles of music and play instruments with them.
- Put on a puppet show with sock or finger puppets, or toys.
- Try finger painting, drawing, colouring-in, dressing up, role playing, action play with animals and figures, visiting museums and shows.
- Keep them curious, and ask questions. Simple questions such as “Where is your mouth?” and “Where is mama?” keep toddlers excited and thinking. As they get older, keep asking questions that require them to think even harder, for example: “What would you eat if there was no vanilla ice cream?”, or “If it was raining, what would you take
- Encourage the following physical movements: pushing and pulling, rocking and rolling, throwing and catching, balancing and climbing, running and jumping, and swimming and splashing.
To enter to win one of two Gentle Protect hampers worth R350 each
Comment below and your name will go into a draw. The giveaway closes on Friday November 6 2015 at 9am, after which the winners will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page and then emailed. This giveaway is open to South African residents only, and to everyone (not just moms or dads!).