An Amusing Experience

One year ago I went on my very first amusement park ride. It was a carousel and I got to ride on a fancy horse. It was slightly frightening at first, understandable since I wasn’t even two yet, but I quickly got over my fear and by the end of the ride I was enjoying myself thoroughly. Now I understand what all the hype is about.

Toddler on a carousel horse at the Fantasy Fair

Getting over my fears

Although I have been on one other carousel ride since then, that was my only experience with an actual amusement park. It was all very exciting, although somewhat bewildering at the time. The place I went to is called the Fantasy Fair and it is Ontario’s largest indoor amusement park. Mommy promised to take me there again and I think a year is long enough to wait.

The Fantasy Fair is situated inside the Woodbine Shopping Centre. Although it is open to the mall, and there is no admission cost, it does have its own isolated section and you do have to pay for the rides. To get on a ride you will require tickets which can be purchased individually or in bundles. There are also various types of passes available. You can find specific information on the Fantasy Fair website.

The amusement park is not huge but it is packed full of rides and things to look at. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming to the unsuspecting eye. There are plants, structures, rides, attractions, and a sprinkling of dinosaurs throughout the place. It takes a bit of getting used to but once your senses adjust it can be a very interesting place to visit.

Toddler on a boat ride at the Fantasy Fair

Navigating a sea of stuff

The best thing about an indoor amusement park is that the weather has no effect on the fun. Fantasy Fair is open year round regardless of rain, shine, or even snow. The place is climate controlled so it’s always comfortable. The only time you have to worry about the weather is during your walk between the mall and your car.

While we were planning our first visit, we were a bit concerned because the Fantasy Fair has some negative reviews. Now that we have seen it for ourselves, we know which complaints have merit and which ones do not. Some people simply expect too much from an indoor amusement park that is free to visit. It’s certainly not Disney World.

The fact that Fantasy Fair is located inside a shopping centre is really very convenient. You can purchase just about anything you might need and there are a lot of food options. Fantasy fair has food vendors right within the park where you can purchase a meal or traditional amusement park treats. Alternately, you can take a short walk to the food court of the mall for more options.

Funnel cake at the Fantasy Fair

Funnel Cake with the works!

We planned our visit for a weekday when it wasn’t busy and we are very glad of that. Many complaints were related to long lines and the place being crowded. The somewhat small space and abundance of stuff crammed into it might become very uncomfortable in the presence of large crowds. The park can’t be blamed for being popular and they are making the most of the limited space they have.

The Fantasy Fair can’t compete with the big amusement parks out there but it is just right for little kids like me. There is a lot to explore, several rides I’m big enough for, and plenty of things for me to occupy myself with. It’s the perfect place to get that first amusement park experience and I can’t wait for my second visit.

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Guest Post: How to Deep Clean Your Refrigerator in 30 Minutes or Less

When you’re a toddler, the refrigerator can be many things. It’s a fun place to explore, somewhere to play, and if you’re creative it can even be a convenient place to hide. Of course, the refrigerator is also a wonderful place to find a snack when you’re feeling hungry.

In a busy family things tend to get a little messy and the refrigerator is certainly no exception. With all that food and those liquids things are bound to get a bit grimy in there. Grime leads to germs and we can’t have bacteria roaming around unchecked in the place where we store our food.

Toddler exploring the inside of a fridge

Looking a bit grimy in there.

The busier the family the faster that refrigerator tends to get messy and the less time there is to devote to cleaning. Luckily, today’s guest post is all about tidying up that refrigerator quickly and efficiently. Check out these handy tips.


Deep Clean Your Refrigerator in 30 Minutes or Less

When was the last time you took a moment to deep clean your refrigerator? Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a huge project! Giving your fridge a quick wipe down should be a part of your weekly kitchen cleaning routine. Just like you wash the dishes, your fridge needs some attention too. Even if your fridge looks clean, it could be hiding tons of mold, mildew and even dangerous bacteria.

In addition to normal wipe-downs, about twice a year your fridge will need a little extra attention. Giving your fridge a deep clean might sound like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to take all day. Thirty minutes is all you need to make sure your fridge isn’t a breeding ground for gross bacteria.

Woman cleaning a refrigerator

We promise that deep cleaning your fridge won’t take up your entire weekend. Here are five tips to help you get the job done in thirty minutes or less.

1. Remove Everything

The first step to effectively cleaning your fridge is to take everything out. Don’t try to wipe around bottles or containers, as you’ll likely miss key areas. If you’re worried about spoilage, transfer everything to a different fridge or a cooler. This process should only take thirty minutes, so nothing should spoil in that time.

Take this opportunity to clean out everything that accumulated in the fridge over time. Throw out spoiled condiments or leftovers that were pushed to the back. These items make your fridge smell, and these smells can be absorbed by the other food.

2. Clean the Inside

Once everything is removed, wipe down the inside thoroughly and be sure to hit every corner, shelf, and drawer. We recommend using a gentle cleaner made of baking soda and hot water.

vinegar and baking soda

Safer alternatives

As we mentioned earlier, food can sometimes absorb smells, so it’s best to use something mild. You also don’t want to use a heavy bleach, since you’ll be placing food back in the fridge later on and it could become contaminated with chemicals.

3. Organize Everything

An organized fridge tends to stay much cleaner, so be strategic as you’re putting items back into the fridge. Make sure everything has a place and that you can easily see the contents. This way you’ll be able to see if something has spilled or if an item is expired.

4. Wipe Over the Outside

Once you have the inside cleaned, don’t forget to do a wipe down of the outside as well. The handles of your fridge can collect a lot of harmful bacteria from raw food.

5. Don’t Forget the Freezer

Since you’re taking the time to give your fridge some TLC, don’t leave out the freezer. Many people avoid cleaning their freezers, unless a major spill occurs. Freezers need to be cleaned out about once a year as well. Take this time to wipe down your freezer and throw away items that have been in there for too long.


This is a guest posts from Jamie Alexzander

Jamie runs Homelization, a house cleaning blog that strives to provide readers with natural, simple and DIY tips to maintain the cleanliness and organisation of the home.

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Repair Your Lawn in 3 Easy Steps

Over the summer Daddy and I have been busy with a fun outdoor project in our backyard. While Mommy spent the days sitting under the umbrella with my baby sister, Daddy and I did a major overhaul on our lawn. The goal was to replace the struggling grass we had with thick and lush grass.

The past couple of years have not been kind to our lawn. It all began when I was born and Mommy and Daddy found themselves too busy for lawn maintenance. Then the removal of two trees left the ground uneven and unsafe. Weeds began to take over and the lawn started to resemble a wild jungle. It was time for drastic measures.

Tummy time with the use of a nursing pillow.

Would you rather pull weeds or snuggle?

The entire project took several weeks but the end results were well worth the effort. With just a bit of work anyone can have a perfect lawn. Looking back it seems to me that the job can be broken down into three relatively simple phases. It really is quite easy and with the right attitude it can be lots of fun.

1. Prepare the Surface

The first step is to remove what is unwanted. In our case that meant digging up all the weeds and whatever grass managed to grow among them. It just wasn’t worth salvaging. Daddy and I used shovels to remove all plant matter.

This phase took a while to complete and every evening Daddy flopped down on the couch and complained of aches and pains. I felt great and had energy to spare. Daddy has a tendency to be overly dramatic at times.

Toddler digging in the yard

Who knew digging could be so much fun?

Once we were down to bare earth, the area needed some levelling. For this we used shovels and buckets to remove high spots and fill in low spots. There was quite a bit of digging involved but it was great fun. Almost like building sand castles at the beach. At the end we used rakes to smooth everything out.

2. Laying Down Grass

When we decided that we were happy with our work, Daddy arranged for a delivery of new grass. Apparently it comes from a farm where grass is grown specifically for this purpose. They cut out sheets of it, roll it up, and call it sod. A truck arrived and deposited rolls of fresh, thick, and lush grass ready to be installed.

The next part was easy. All you need to do is sprinkle a bit of topsoil on the ground, unroll the sod just like carpet, and put it in place. The edges need to be trimmed to fit the space and you’re done. Daddy said we’re not supposed to walk on it right away and for me the hardest part was staying off the freshly installed grass.

3. Keeping it Wet

This was by far my favourite part of the project. New grass needs to be watered constantly until the roots take hold. If it dries out it turns yellow and dies. We spent weeks keeping the lawn moist which required watering daily, if not multiple time per day depending on the weather.

Toddler playing with a sprinkler

Time to bring out the sprinklers!

We’ve had such a warm summer that most days we had to make use of sprinklers to give the grass a good soaking. This was my first encounter with sprinklers and I never knew how much fun they are. Running through a curtain of cold water is my favourite way to cool off on a hot day. I spent weeks giggling and shrieking as I danced around the sprinklers.

Weeks later our grass is strong enough that it doesn’t need constant watering anymore. It’s rather disappointing but it has freed up a lot of time to go out looking for fun beyond the confines of our fence. The sprinklers are still there for days when our new lawn needs a bit of extra water and I always make sure to remind Daddy to turn the sprinklers on when it gets hot outside.

Our struggling, uneven, weed infested, and sad looking lawn has been transformed into a green paradise. Now I can run and play without tripping over crabgrass or falling into a hole. This project was a lot of work and took a great deal of time but it was fun and rewarding. We now have the greenest grass on the block!

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Cowgirl Peachy

Several months ago, before the arrival of my baby sister, Mommy, Daddy, and I were busy transforming the spare bedroom into a big girl room for me. We were using that space for extra storage so between clearing out all the junk, renovating the space, and setting up my brand new furniture, there was quite a bit of work to be done. Months later and we just need some bed rails and a light fixture for my big girl bedroom to be complete. It’s a good thing because the baby is just about ready to move into the nursery.

The cleanup was probably the most time consuming part of the entire project and I was very much involved in the process. One day, sometime near the end of the cleanup, I found a nice piece of rope which inspired me to try something I saw on TV. I began swinging the rope around over my head while yelling “cowgirl Peachy!” and running around the room. Mommy and Daddy seemed very impressed and so a new game was born.

Ever since that day, whenever I’m holding anything that can be swung over my head there is a good chance that I’ll play “cowgirl Peachy” by swinging it around like a lasso. It’s really great fun and everyone who sees me running around twirling random objects over my head is thoroughly entertained. Sometimes simple things can bring such joy. All you need is a bit of imagination and to be brave enough to try something new.

This got me thinking that I’m really more of a cowgirl than most people know. In fact, I would say that I am meant to become a true cowgirl in every sense of the word. I do have the outfit for it. It might have been a Halloween costume but I think I can pull off the cowgirl look quite well. I must have been a believable cowgirl or people would have seen right through the costume and I wouldn’t have come home with all that trick or treating candy.

Peachy dressed up as a cowgirl and ready for Halloween

Cowgirl Peachy!

Clearly my lasso skills are superb and I practice my rope swinging all the time to build on my natural talent. I have also been working on prancing like a pony. That’s another thing I saw on TV that I knew I just had to try. It only took a bit of time and now I’m galloping around the house like a pro. It’s just another cowgirl skill that I’m naturally inclined to excel at.

That brings me to another cowgirl necessity. What lady can call herself a cowgirl without a horse? Last fall Mommy introduced me to a member of our family that I didn’t even know about. As it turns out, we’ve had a horse all along! Fate is showing me my calling and I am certain that the stars have aligned for me to be a cowgirl.

Toddler petting a horse

Nice to meet you

The horse used to belong to Mommy but since we are a family, the horse belongs to all of us now and that includes me. He’s a very big horse but that doesn’t stop me from sitting on his back. I just need a boost from Mommy or Daddy to get up there. Our horse is very cute and in a short time we have developed an excellent rapport. I love riding my horse as every true cowgirl would.

I’m pretty sure that I was born to be a cowgirl! I’ve got the look, the moves, the lasso, and the horse to prove it. Clearly it has always been my destiny and it is my duty to fulfill it. All I need now to make it official are some cows. I know what I’ll be asking for at Christmas this year.

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7 Ways a Toddler Can Keep Busy in the Kitchen

Every day Mommy spends time in the kitchen cooking up food and cleaning up after meals. Much of this happens while Daddy is at work which means that nobody is available to entertain me. Now that I’m a toddler I don’t require as much supervision while Mommy is busy, but that doesn’t mean I necessarily want to be left to my own devices.

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to do my own thing while Mommy is busy in the kitchen. I can play with my toys, watch TV, do some colouring, or play with the tablet. Other times I just can’t seem to think of any way to occupy myself. When that happens I hang out with Mommy and I try to be helpful in any way I can. Here are some ways that I like to keep busy in the kitchen.

Toddler helping in the kitchen

Are we cooking this box for dinner?

1. Parallel Cooking

Because I have shown such a keen interest in cooking, Mommy bought me my own cooking set. It consists of a pot, pan, plates, cups, and various cutlery. It’s brightly coloured, very pretty, and it even comes with a rack just like the one Mommy uses to dry the dishes. I’m very happy with my cooking set and I use it all the time.

Sometimes when Mommy is cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I fetch my own cooking set and join her. I put my dishes on the counter, pull up a chair, and practice my cooking skills. I don’t even require ingredients. It’s nice to have someone to cook with and It’s great to have a second mouth to taste test my creations.

2. Spice Rack Overhaul

Mommy has a wooden contraption that she uses to contain all her jars of spices. It sits on the counter and has a mechanism which allows it to spin freely. It holds small glass jars filled with various coloured powders and what appears to be a variety of crushed leaves that mommy sometimes sprinkles onto our food.

Toddler playing with a spice rack

Important work in progress.

I love the spice rack! I push a chair over to the counter, get up on it, and spin the spice rack again and again. Then I take all the little jars out and line them up on the counter. Next I put the jars back in the spice rack and give them another good spin. Then I repeat the process.

3. Stirring

Never underestimate the simple pleasure of stirring. It’s amazing how much fun you can have with a spoon, and if you add a bowl you’ve got yourself the tools for a real kitchen activity. The hard part is getting Mommy to give me something to put in my bowl that can be stirred. Most of the time I end up with rice and dried beans but if I’m really good Mommy lets me have some water too.

I pull up my step stool and stir my ingredients until they’re nice and blended together. After that, I continue stirring. I never really get tired of this activity and it just about always ends up in tears when it’s time to clean up and move on to something else. Maybe that’s why Mommy is generally so hesitant to give me ingredients to stir.

4. Drawer Diving

All of the kitchen drawers have locks on them but Mommy lets me investigate the ones that don’t have anything pointy inside. My favourite is the one which contains all of our gadgets and gizmos. This drawer is not new to me as Mommy has been giving me items that live in it to investigate since I was a baby.

Baby with a whisk

A younger me exploring the whisk.

Even though I have seen to contents of this drawer so many times, whenever I explore in there I find something new. It’s a good way to pass the time. If I get bored of utensils, I move on to the bottom drawer which contains dish towels and oven mitts. Mommy says that dish towels don’t belong on the floor and oven mitts don’t go on my feet but I insist on doing things my way.

5. Pass the Potato

The truth of the matter is that I generally just want to be involved in whatever Mommy is doing. Chopping, stirring, scrubbing, carrying around heavy pots full of water, everything she does looks like so much fun! Sadly, there aren’t that many kitchen activities that Mommy lets me get involved in. It’s always “That’s hot!”, and “That’s sharp!”, or “That’s not for Peachy.”.

One of the few activities that Mommy allows me to be involved in is peeling potatoes. I love it! I get on a chair right next to Mommy and I pull all the potatoes out of the bag one by one. This helps Mommy select which potato she wants to peel next. Then I put the unpeeled potatoes back in the bag.

Next I take all the potatoes out of the bag again and repeat the process until Mommy declares that we have enough potatoes peeled. That’s when I carry each peeled potato, one at a time, over to the sink and chuck it in. While I do that Mommy washes the potatoes. I’m a big help! Mommy says so.

6. Refrigerator Inventory

Here is a kitchen activity that I have been enjoying since I’ve been able to walk. When Mommy opens the refrigerator I push my way to the front and take inventory of its contents. I take stuff out, put stuff in, and generally move things around. I get free roam of the entire refrigerator, except for the eggs. Mommy always removes the egg carton before I can get good and in there.

Peachy is the kitchen helper

Back when I couldn’t open the deli drawer.

Sometimes I leave some toy blocks for Mommy to find in the fridge, and sometimes I squirrel away some cheese in the crevices of the couch. Occasionally I get hungry and eat a cucumber or some yogurt I find. I make a bit of a mess, and I often bruise the produce, but Mommy says it’s a small price to pay. Not sure what she means by that.

7. Being a Good Helper

Sometimes I’m a terror in the kitchen. I run around like a whirlwind knocking things over, being noisy, making a mess, and leaving chaos in my wake. Other times I’m genuinely a good helper and a pleasure to have around. It depends on my energy level, attention span, and mood.

When I’m in a helping mood I am the fetcher of dish towels, chooser of tomatoes, retriever of wayward cutlery, and quality control expert. Sometimes it’s surprising how helpful I can be when I’m given a task that’s within my means. I’m also skilled in the art of announcing that dinner is ready. Most importantly I am excellent company and when I’m in a good mood no task feels like a chore.

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Keeping My Feet Dry Under the Sea

I love visiting new places, exploring, and having amazing experiences. Mommy and Daddy are always trying to think of activities that I can do and places where I can go. Apparently not all locations are toddler friendly and finding suitable activities that are both safe and fun isn’t as easy as it sounds.

We have quite a bit of fun in our own neighbourhood just visiting local parks and playgrounds. I love going to these places but once in a while it’s nice to try something new and out of the ordinary. Last fall Mommy and Daddy had one of their best ideas and we went to the Ripley’s Aquarium. It really is fun for the whole family and they’re not even paying me to say that!

Toronto city skyline with CN tower

Right in the heart of the city

The Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto is located right in the heart of the city. Sadly that’s a bit of a drive for us so we can’t make this a weekly visit but going every once in a while is certainly not impossible. It takes a couple of hours to tour the aquarium if you go at a leisurely pace and that leaves plenty of time to make it a day trip and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the area.

The fun starts as soon as you get into the aquarium. You walk into a dimly lit world with floor to ceiling walls of glass. Most of the lighting comes from the tanks themselves which contain a variety of creatures. Each tank is beautifully designed and truly a habitat for the lifeforms that call it home, all 20,000 of them.

An exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto

Just one of the amazing exhibits

There are, of course, fish of every shape, size, and colour that you can imagine. Ripley’s also has a number of other marine creatures. My personal favourite were the jellyfish and they had an entire section devoted to them. Mommy liked the octopus and the seahorses. Daddy’s favourites were the sharks and the stingrays.

Ripley’s aquarium also has several touch exhibits where you can interact with animals such as Daddy’s favourite stingrays as well as horseshoe crabs, sharks, and scarlet cleaner shrimps. I tried out the horseshoe crab touch exhibit but I was too distracted by the water itself to feel any crabs. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time. I am bigger now and quite a bit more mature.

Horseshoe crab touch exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto

The water was very wet!

Nearby was a huge water table with all sorts of activities and I played there for quite a while. By the time I was ready to move on I was thoroughly soaked. If you’re anything like me I would strongly recommend bringing a change of clothes which I will certainly do on my next visit. Luckily the aquarium is quite warm and my clothes were dry before we made our way to the exit.

Mommy, Daddy, and I all agreed that our favourite exhibit was the underwater viewing tunnel. It is the longest of it’s kind in all of North America and a definite highlight of the aquarium. It consists of a moving sidewalk which transports you through a tunnel where you are surrounded by 5.7 million litres of water. This allows for a truly magical viewing experiences of all the creatures who live in the exhibit and if you want to take a closer look, you can step off the moving sidewalk at any point and get back on when you’re ready to move on.

Underwater viewing tunnel exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto

It’s like being a part of the exhibit

Another fun thing to check out are the dive shows. People in diving equipment make presentations from within the tanks and you can learn all sorts of interesting facts and see the animals interacting with the divers. These shows are performed every two hours so each visitor is sure to see at least one during their stay.

It’s best to go during off hours as the aquarium can get busy and then you’ll have to wait your turn at the more popular exhibits. Ripley’s is open late and operates all year long so there are many opportunities to go when other people are less likely to be there. It’s also a good idea to order your tickets online since it’s hard to wait in line when you’re excited to get going. Time you’re not waiting in line can be time you’re exploring.

Toddler inside the underwater viewing tunnel exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto

Amazing experience!

The Ripley’s Aquarium is incredible and I would recommend it to everyone, but especially to eager explorers and to families with curious toddlers. If you find yourself near the downtown Toronto area you really need to make time to check out this place. Otherwise you should find the nearest aquarium to wherever you call home and have an underwater adventure of your own.

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5 Activities a Toddler Can Do With a New Baby

In these past couple of months and I have been learning what being a big sister is all about. Babies are a lot of work but they can be a lot of fun too and my baby sister is certainly a little cutie. There are times when having a baby around can be challenging but it’s important for all of us to remember that she is a little person and a member of our family.

My baby sister might not be able to run and play the way that I do but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun together. Family bonds are important and it’s never too early to work on those relationships. It’s only through our interactions that we can get to know each other and build those family ties.

Peachy accepting her Liebster Award Nomination

Family is important

Mommy feels that I can be a bit rough sometimes and that some of my attempts at interacting with the baby are too much for my little sister to handle. On occasion there have been some tears shed but no real harm done. Under Mommy’s watchful eye I have been learning safe ways to play with my baby sister that we can both enjoy. Here are a few of my favourite activities that we can do together.

1. Sing Circle

I have always been musically inclined and at only two and a half years of age I know the words to quite a few songs. I especially enjoy the songs that have animated hand gestures to go with the words and Mommy and I have added certain actions to our favourite songs to make them even more fun. Singing songs has always been something we have done every day.

Here’s a good one from The Wiggles.

With the addition of a baby to our family, we have another person to join in our songs. Granted, she doesn’t know how to sing just yet, but we all have to start somewhere. Mommy and I have been teaching my little sister our songs by the use of a song circle.

We put the baby in her bouncy chair so that we can all be at floor level. Then Mommy and I sit on the floor with the three of us forming a circle so that we can see and hear each other clearly. Mommy and I sing our songs while the baby watches. She seems to enjoy our animated gestures and the sound of our voices and we have fun with it too.

2. Story Time

Books have always been a large part of my life and for as long as I can remember Mommy and I have been reading together. Reading is part of our bedtime routine and a fun way to spend time snuggling on the couch together. The love of books is something that I am eager to share with my baby sister.

Peachy reading to her baby sister

Sister reading group

At bedtime I have Mommy all to myself and we have our routine reading time together but during the day the baby often joins us on the couch for a story. As long as I have my daily alone time with Mommy, I really don’t mind sharing Mommy with the baby during the day. In fact I like sitting next to my little sister and enjoying her company.

Sometimes when Mommy is busy I take it upon myself to be the storyteller. I don’t quite know how to read yet but that doesn’t stop me from telling stories. I pull up a chair to where the baby can see me and sit down with one of my favourite books. Then I talk about the pictures while my sister listens.

3. Toy Box Treasure Hunting

Turns out, there was a time when I was a baby. As unbelievable as that sounds I know it to be true because Mommy has shown me photos. There is also evidence in the form of an impressive collection of baby toys. Now it is time to pull those simple toys out of hiding and share them with my sister.

Baby in a nursing pillow

I used to be much smaller.

Babies don’t know how to play with toys so it’s up to me to teach my little sister what toys are all about. Mommy places the bin of baby toys on the floor and she puts the baby in her swing or bouncy chair. We sit around the baby where she can see us and we take turns pulling out toys from the bin. We show each toy to the baby demonstrating it’s use and making sure to point out all of fun and interesting features of that toy.

The first few times we did this my baby sister showed little interest in the toys. Now she looks at them much more attentively and lately she has been making some effort to touch the toys we show her. It’s very rewarding to watch my little sister learn and grow. I get a sense of pride knowing that I helped teach her how to play.

4. Dance Party

One of my favourite activities consists of dancing along with YouTube videos. I love it when we play my favourite songs on the big TV so that I can dance around the living room. It’s even more fun when Mommy and Daddy join in! Then the three of us twirl around the room together trying to invent new dance moves that we can all try out.

My favourite YouTube video.

My baby sister doesn’t know how to walk yet but that doesn’t mean she can’t experience the fun of dancing. While she sits in her bouncy chair I demonstrate some of my best moves for her. She seems to enjoy the music, the bright colours of the videos, and all the action and excitement of my dancing.

Sometimes while I’m dancing Mommy scoops my baby sister up in her arms and holds her tight while she dances. Then Daddy joins in the fun and the next thing you know the whole family is dancing together in the living room. Then we’re having a real dance party and that’s my favourite way to dance.

5. Mommy’s Helper

There is a time for fun and games, and there is a time for serious business. Babies are a lot of work and they require a great deal of attention. I take the job of being a big sister very seriously and Mommy has been teaching me how to take care of my baby sister. It’s important work!

Peachy and her baby sister

I’m here for you

Mommy has taught me that the baby cries because she is sad and needs our help. I know that my little sister likes her pacifier and I know how to get it gently into her mouth. My baby sister likes her soft blankie and I’m becoming an expert at tucking her in and making sure that her face isn’t covered. There is a lot to know when taking care of a baby and I’m still learning.

Whenever I hear my little sister crying, I immediately alert Mommy and Daddy to the fact the baby needs us. I am the bringer of tissues when Mommy is feeding the baby and I am the fetcher of dropped pacifiers. I have an important role in taking care of the baby and my little sister knows that she can count on me.

It’s never too early to start building family ties and my sister and I are well on our way. We’re going to be the best of friends!

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