Moogles: Head Bobbing, Head Banging & Finger Painting

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Here a few ‘Mummy Googles’ from the past week, the first sent me into a slightly hysterical state…

Is head bobbing normal?

So, in the last few days, my little man started this gentle bobbing of the head. I’m not talking heavy metal head action (although that is Daddy’s preferred music and whilst brewing in my belly, he did go to a few of his gigs, so maybe?). He does it with this smile on his face, so to start with I smiled and did it back – not really acknowledging it, but grinning along. After a few days, we went to the grandparent’s and I heard Nonna, laughing, exclaiming, ‘What is this head nodding business he has started? I shrugged it off and replied, ‘I know, he is nuts. Maybe it is his way of talking.‘ It was, however, starting to niggle me, because although he looks pretty happy, it does look strange!

The nodding, however, continued and eventually Daddy asked if something was wrong. What? No? There’s nothing wrong! Does it look like there’s something wrong? Enter Google. This was the first thing I found:

I worry that it could be Tourrete’s, or epilepsy, or worse yet, a brain tumor or something equally serious.

What? I let panic sink in momentarily before convincing myself that I had stumbled across a super paranoid Mum extract. I tried, at this point, to tell him to stop. He didn’t stop – maybe he couldn’t hear me over the bobbing. I rapidly clicked on every other possible site I could, including trusty Net mums!

Everyone else in the Mum-sphere was telling me that at around 10 months this is completely normal and they are pretty much just getting in touch with their bodies and experimenting with their movements. Phew! All of the above problems do not develop until they are older, and would not come to light at 10 months old. What I thought was a crazy Moogle had been Googled by hundreds of other mums and many have convinced me that this is normal development, however nutty baby looks!

Obviously, if you are more concerned about their movements, call a doctor, but I think the happy, smiley nodding that my little fella does is development. When Daddy came home and gestured to the bobbing I confidently told him not to panic, let him nod away! One mother suggested that maybe they are imitating pets, which, I think, is a little bit cute.

What to do when baby bangs his head?

We have a stone garden, what a nightmare! Now, we have some soft mats outside because one traumatic afternoon, whilst hanging with baby friends, my little man decided that the stone flooring was the perfect place for a forehead plant. We had been having a little inside picnic, but even the snacks were not enough to keep him from wanting to be in the sunshine!

He had very, very carefully managed to manoeuvre himself over a small step and once he had done that I thought that was the hardest part. Therefore, I turned away for split second and I heard a ‘booof.‘ Evidently, he had carried on crawling slightly too enthusiastically and slipped, banging his head.

Silence. Really sad face. CRYING.

Now, I am a very chilled out parent, perhaps too laid back at times, but I can tell you now, that I was concerned.  Even the mother that I was with grinned worryingly and exclaimed, ‘He will be fine, just keep an eye on him.’  Funnily enough, she was on Google before I was, telling me that he just shouldn’t sleep. In time of emergency, I had been out-Googled.

He had fallen straight to sleep. OH MY GOD! This must be serious. And look at the size of it! I sent a picture straight to Daddy who responded – ‘that is bumpnot small Mary’ – Great, that made me feel worse. I already felt like I had ruined his perfect little face.

After moogling on many, many sites these are the top things to keep an eye out for with a head bang.

  1. You can not tell how serious a head injury is in a baby, so keep an eye on them for 24 hours.
  2. Put a cold compress on the bump – frozen peas wrapped in tea towel will do (if they let you.)
  3. Watch out for vomiting, seizures dizziness and irregular breathing.
  4. Stay away from rough and tumble play for a bit (lots of cuddles I say).
  5. Try not to worry, it does not make you a bad parent. I felt horrible for days, but things happen.

It turns my little man was absolutely fine, and when he woke he was back to grinning like a loony, resisting the ice pack, but happy. It seems, according to Google, bumps happen ALL THE TIME, DO NOT PANIC.

Can you buy edible finger paints?

I loved the idea of messy play. I was, however, having the issue that my soillittle man is still eating/chewing everything. I tried jelly – wanted to eat it. I tried spaghetti – wanted to eat it. I tried sand – successfully ate it. Nonna even tried playing with him the other day with soil and he actually loved it, so I tried it at home – he found a snail and tried to eat it. I’m not sure if part of it was actually eaten, I like to pretend it was just an injured snail and had lost some of its shell previously

Anyway, I got an invite to a ‘finger painting party’. I immediately started looking at where I could buy these magical paints. Now, on maternity wage I cannot afford to splash out and it seemed that these paints were a fortune. Texting my friend, she told me I can make them! Naively, I had never thought about that. So, for all you mummy friends that are stuck for ideas and, yes, I am stealing the idea (but isn’t that what being a mummy is about?) here are a couple of links to help.

There are actually lots of different methods, but here is one that I used, using corn flour which costs about £2.00 (which you can probably find down the back of the couch). It’s stolen from the imagination tree. I did find, however, that it can go slightly stodgy and obviously cleaning up is tricky because cornflour and water make a sticky gloop; this is messy play though. Just make sure that you do not over heat it too!

If you are not concerned about your baby eating sugar, then this is a little tastier (see to the right) and is equally simple to make. I actually used brown sugar because I had no white in, which made it that little bit more crazy. I also used corn flour instead of corn starch. finger paints

There are also some lovely ideas on learn play imagine, including using yoghurt and fruit! It goes to show that fun can be inexpensive! I read that you can use chocolate to let them paint with, but knowing my little greedy guts, he would eat the whole lot!

Signing off…

So, if any mummies have any great messy play ideas that are cheap and cheerful, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

And please do not worry if your child is going through any quirky habits, it doesn’t matter, because it seems that all children do at some point; it is just the way they are. I just nod back at my little fella now and it makes him laugh!

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