Perfume for Little Girls

My little girl loves wearing perfume but I would prefer she wear something less expensive than my Chanel No. 5. When a kid gets hold of an aerosol they have no idea how to conserve it. They just keep squirting perfume on themselves until the bottle is empty. Thank God there are children's perfumes out there that are cheap and that come in giant bottles to satisfy their youthful gluttony for scent.
Children's perfumes as a general rule are non-toxic and irritant free. This makes them appealing to parents who worry about their child (or a younger sibling) ingesting perfume or makeup, or having an adverse reaction to it. However, some kids still do experience allergies from kid perfumes.

It is not so much asthma that is a problem. It is rashes on sensitive skin. If you do not want your kid to have a reaction do not buy kiddie perfume products with geraniol, eugenol and hydroxycitronellal.
One very safe product is made by Mattel. It is called Barbie Princes Perfume and is a very demure mix of flowers, wood and mandarin notes. It is described as a very 'girly' scent. It comes with a bonus Barbie watch too.

Those two adorable twins Mary Kate and Ashley have been marketing perfume for tykes for years. They also make makeup for little girls including an eyeliner!

Warner Brothers created a perfume for the Powerpuff Girls. Named after one of the main characters, Buttercup is a combination of vanilla, musk and mint. You can also get scents named after the other two characters – Bubbles and Blossom.

For boys there is a scent called Superman! This is a neutral eau de toilette spray fragrance that comes with a bonus watch with the superhero's image on it. A lot of these scents seem to come with watches. It is as if the manufacturers want you to smell good as well as teach your kids how to tell time.

Believe it or not Mickey Mouse is a unisex fragrance for kids although it is marketed for boys. It comes as a seven ounce spray. It has a strong citrus scent that really makes your kid smell like he was eating a lot of tangerines. It is packed in a metallic lunchbox that can be taken to school.

The great thing about these fragrances is that they are not that expensive. Most of them clock in at under twelve dollars in terms of cost.

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The Sippy Cup Rumor

I am a little perturbed because I keep hearing that sippy cups can cause speech problems in children. However I am not the only one that is thinking that this must be an exaggeration as Teresa Zwierzchowski who writes for Pensacola News Journal is wondering the same thing – 'Is this a fact or a rumor.' If it were a rumor by the way, who would start it? Bottle manufacturers. This is why at first I was inclined to thin it was true.

I don't know where the rumor started but basically the valve on the sippy cup is supposed to lead to developmental speech delays. I have a four year old who uses a sippy cup and he is a litte slow with the speech so now I am wondering what I have done? However this is a boy and boys are supposed to be slower learners than girls so who knows what the truth of all of this really is.

The threat is supposed to be that if your child is not off the sippy cup by the age of 18 months he or she is likely to develop problems. It is supposed to be even more damaging than thumb sucking.

Teresa Zwierzchowski who has a two year old looked all over Dr. Spock's book and could not find anything on the subject. Neither than I. There also doesn't seem to be much on the web about this except on in which a woman named Denise Mann penned an article in February of 2007 that claimed that toddlers that use these cups could develop lisps from using them. Mann is not a fly by night mom with an opinion like me or like Theresa Zeierzchowsk. She is a certified specialist. An orofacial myoligist from Coconut Creek. Her opinion is that staying on that sippy cup causes problems with articulation and clarity of speech in some children.” Thank God it is only some children and not my child. Right?

So what do you do if you think have a child that you suspect has this problem? You are supposed to trade in the sippy cup for a straw. This way the tongue is not misplaced causing a speech impediment.

So are sippy cups such a bad thing. To tell you the truth I am a mystified. There does not seem to be any studies done on this. However should there not be some studies done at least by the companies that make these things so that we know the effects on speech from the prolonged use of a sappy cup? Why shouldn't this be done? After all there have been hundreds of studies done on breast-feeding and on using the bottle and the effect of those on speech.

Don't think you will have much luck talking to your child's doctor about this. It is unheard of. However I bet my dentist has something to say about it that makes more sense.