Victor Cetinic

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Victor is a trained Software Engineer with 20 years of experience working in the IT field as a computer programmer. He is also the father to 2 awesome children, Olivia and Spencer, and his amazing wife Alex. Along side his wife, he is a co-founder of Wriggly Toes in order to provide better information to parents on raising kids as well as raising awareness of cotton and its impacts on sustainable living.

Articles Written by Victor Cetinic

Why is rough and tumble play important? - Header Image

Children play in all different ways. Although it seems like just fun, it’s also how they learn a host of important skills - for now, but also to serve them well in adulthood.

To begin with, play consists of repetitive, gross motor movements in infancy (rhythmic stereotypies), and then develops into exercise play and rough and tumble play.

How often should a toddler poop? - Header Image

Toileting is such a big part of parenting in those early years. From their very first day of life, we’re asked to monitor our little ones’ poo and wee output to ensure they are taking enough breastmilk or formula.

And the monitoring continues from infancy into toddlerhood. You’ve probably wondered: did my child have a bowel movement today or was that yesterday? When should I start toilet training them?

And lately, you might be wondering: how often should a toddler poop?

What time should a toddler go to bed? - Header Image

Having a set bedtime is just one aspect of a consistent bedtime routine. But, it’s an important one.

After all, if you get the bed time wrong, you don’t just end up with bedtime battles that impact on your evening, but you might end up with unreasonably early wake times, and a cranky toddler throwing more tantrums, whining and making life a bit more difficult that next day.

Organised sports for toddlers: are they worth it? - Header Image

With increasingly sedentary lifestyles, it’s important to encourage our kids to take part in as much physical activity as possible. It’s critical for their ongoing mental and physical wellbeing, but also to develop essential motor skills.

So, what are the best types of physical activity? Should you be aiming for more unstructured play, or enrolling in organised sports for toddlers?

How much should a Toddler weigh? - Header Image

Toddler weight can be a cause for concern to some parents, but if your Toddler is eating healthy and active, then there is likely no cause for concern.

Even so, Keeping an eye on their weight is always going to be a good idea, to make sure they are their development progress is on track and to make sure there are no concerns about weight.

Toddler formula vs infant formula: 3 important things you need to know - Header Image

There’s so much to learn when you’re a new parent. And feeding is certainly high on the agenda in those early years.

For parents who aren’t breastfeeding or are mixed feeding, understanding infant formula is a must. Finding formula (and bottles for that matter) that work for your baby doesn’t always happen overnight. And before you know it, you’re looking at the tins of toddler formula on the supermarket shelf, wondering if you need to buy it.

Vitamins for toddlers: do they really need them? - Header Image

It’s easy to walk down a supermarket aisle and pluck a bottle of children’s vitamins off the shelf. Maybe you’re concerned your toddler isn’t eating enough fruits and vegetables . Maybe you’re tired of the endless bouts of sniffles that cold and flu season brings every year.

These are common reasons for supplementing toddlers’ diets with vitamins. But, are they medically valid reasons?

When can my baby sleep with a blanket? - Header Image

It's a chilly night, and your baby is all zipped up in their one-piece footie pyjamas. You lay them in their cot and they look back at you expectantly. You think of your own cosy warm bed, complete with sheets, blankets, and a bedspread or doona and you start to feel a little guilty. Why do you get to curl up and sleep with pillows and bedding while your baby has to lie alone in a cot with just a fitted sheet?

7 Incredibly Easy and Nutritious Toddler Lunch Ideas - Header Image

We’ve all been there: It’s five minutes before lunch time and you realise you haven’t planned a meal. Then your toddler appears, seemingly out of nowhere, to sit whining at your feet because they're hungry and need lunch NOW. It’s no wonder we tend to throw together an unbalanced meal for our toddler at the last minute, or end up feeding them the same lunch three days in a row.

Pragmatic survival guide to flying with a toddler - Header Image

Are you apprehensive about flying with a toddler? Many parents are. And not without cause because this is an entirely different experience than jetting off by yourself or with your significant other on a romantic holiday.

There’s no more packing at the last minute. No more relying on in-flight snacks to get you through. And certainly no chance you’ll be enjoying leisurely drinks at an airport bar before you board the plane.

Do Toddlers Sleep More When Growing? And Other Questions About Toddler Growth Spurts - Header Image

Everything changes once your baby starts moving around on their own. Not only is your once-stationary child now busy exploring the world (and keeping you on your toes!), they're also entering their toddler years. If you thought your baby grew a lot during their first year, be prepared for toddlerhood and the rapid growth spurts that come with it.

Should I Let My Toddler Sleep On Floor? The Pros, Cons, And Reasons Why - Header Image

Have you ever crept into your child's room during the night, expecting to find them curled up in their cot or toddler bed, only to find your toddler sleep on floor?

As strange as it may sound, it's completely normal and relatively common for your toddler to suddenly express an interest in sleeping on the floor rather than in their lovely, comfy bed.

Can A Toddler Sleep In A Freshly Painted Room? - Header Image

People are spending more time at home than ever before. While some people are using this rare opportunity to get fit, try a new interest, or pursue a home-based business opportunity, others are tackling home improvement projects they otherwise would have struggled to find the time to complete.

If your home improvement project includes applying a fresh coat of paint to some of the rooms of your home, you may be wondering can a toddler sleep in a freshly painted room? The answer to this question depends a great deal on several factors including the type of paint you have chosen and the availability of ventilation in the room.

When To Say 'Na Na' To Banana: Can A Toddler Eat Too Many Bananas? - Header Image

Remember the good old days when your baby was happy having milk for every meal? Now your baby has turned into an active toddler with a much more varied diet. While some toddlers love trying new foods and others are already showing signs of being a picky eater, most toddlers agree that bananas are particularly delicious.

This comes as good news to parents, with bananas typically being easy to source, easy to serve, and highly versatile. But what happens when your toddler takes the love of bananas to the next level?

When Do Babies Start Walking? - Header Image

The first few years of a child's life are full of exciting milestones. The first smile, the first time they roll over, the first time they sleep through the night – sometimes it seems like your little baby is doing something new almost every week. Perhaps one of the biggest and most important milestones in every child's life is when they take their first steps and officially become a toddler.

When To Give Toddler A Pillow - Header Image

You've safely navigated those often worrying baby years, and you now have a confident toddler, full of imagination and increasingly ready to explore the world.

While common infant concerns like sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are no longer a worry, toddlerhood brings new questions and considerations to mind. It is widely accepted that babies should sleep without a pillow due to the risk of suffocation, but now that your baby has transitioned into toddlerhood, you're probably wondering when to give a toddler a pillow.

5 Not So Obvious Ways To Be A Good Dad - Header Image

Fatherhood is a social construct - one that has changed throughout history. In the 17th and 18th centuries fathers played a very active role in their children's upbringing, as any problems with a child were blamed directly on the father.

Industrialisation in the 19th century saw fathers move from a childrearing role to that of the family breadwinner and created the more familiar dynamic of the mother staying home to care for the children while the father worked long hours away from the home.

Organic Baby Formula - Header Image

While many mums will still opt to breastfeed as a first preference, this isn't always an option, and there are many reasons why formula feeding might be a necessity. Some mums aren't able to produce enough breast milk to meet the nutritional needs of their infants, and maybe for some breastfeeding isn't an option at all.

There are so many factors that come into play: time constraints, stress levels, returning to work, training regimes, travel, and more.

How Long Does Formula Last - Header Image

Baby formula is a relatively convenient way to feed your baby, it offers dad a way to step in and allow mum to skip a feed, and is a good substitute for breast feeding.

However there are moments when at some un-godly hour in the night you are staring at a hungry, tired and lets just say 'communicative' baby on one side and a bottle of formula on the other.

Will My Nylon Fabrics Shrink in the Dryer - Header Image

Fabrics can be more complicated than they seem, and it is very tempting to treat every fabric the same, but each fabric has their own unique properties that make them stand out.

Nylon Fabric (also called polyamide fabric) is a man made fibre made from plastic, unique for its strength and water resistance properties making it suitable for wide variety of garments.

30 Strange Pregnancy Symptoms You Won't Find In A Pregnancy Book - Header Image

Pregnancy wreaks havoc on a woman's body. And while most pregnancy books will tell you that most of the changes don't start happening until you're at least a few weeks along, anecdotally many women know that’s just not the case.

While a missed period is the first official sign of a possible pregnancy, there are plenty of strange pregnancy symptoms that can be experienced even before a period is due and before it's time to take a home pregnancy test.

From bodily changes to food intolerance, strange happenings in your mouth, and a whole host of things going on in the bathroom, a lot can happen to a newly pregnant woman.

Is It Safe To Microwave Baby Formula? - Header Image

Whether you intended to bottle feed your baby from the start or you had planned to breastfeed but had to supplement with or switch to formula feeding, you're not alone. A huge proportion of babies in the United States and around the world are formula-fed. The World Health Organisation found that 60% of babies are bottle-fed within four months of birth.

If your baby is formula-fed, you would know just how time-consuming it can be to prepare, heat, and clean all the bottles your baby needs on a daily basis. When you're stressed, low on sleep, looking after other children, and juggling all your other commitments, you're probably looking for any time-saving tips you can find to prepare your baby's bottles.

Is It OK To Give My Toddler Gatorade - Header Image

The typical image that comes to mind when thinking of Gatorade, is that of a sweaty adult completing their half marathon in desperate need of replenishing their lost liquids. So why would you consider giving Gatorade or Powerade to a toddler.

Gatorade, like any other drink labeled a 'Sports Drink', is considered a rehydration therapy intended to to replace lost water as a result of physical activity formulated especially for adults.

Is swaddling safe for your little one - Header Image

Often thought of as the perfect way to soothe a newborn, swaddling has been used to calm and comfort babies for centuries. Swaddling involves wrapping baby loosely in a breathable blanket. With the shoulder and head left free, babies allegedly feel calmed by the feeling of warm, gentle enclosure which swaddling can give.

With the benefit of modern knowledge regarding the practice, we take a look at whether it's of benefit, as well as consider how best to swaddle baby for optimal comfort and safety. Our team also tell you when to stop swaddling, making sure baby has the freedom to develop their motor skills when the time is right. If you are considering swaddling, this could help you make the decision that works for you and your little one.

Effects of Screen Time On Toddlers - Should You Be Worried? - Header Image

With smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and gaming consoles in most Australian households, our kids are certainly growing up in a digital age.

Show any child a screen and they are mesmerised (much like we are). That’s what makes it so easy to flick on ABC Kids when you need to get dinner in the oven, or pass them your phone at a cafe so you can enjoy some adult conversation.

How to Know What Babies Should Wear to Sleep? - Header Image

Babies spend a lot of their time asleep, so it’s important you’re confident dressing them appropriately for sleep.

But, when it comes to babywear, it’s difficult to know where to start. After all, there’s just so much choice!

The most tempting items to buy as a new parent are often the most impractical. Once you’ve had bub for a few weeks, you’ll quickly realise what works and what doesn’t for easy nappy changes, a comfortable baby and no-fuss washing.

Should Kids Take Probiotics and What are They Really - Header Image

Probiotics certainly have the tick of approval for use by adults. In fact, you may have tried them yourself to remedy anything from gastrointestinal symptoms, to try to reduce the number of colds you get or to rebalance your good bacteria once it has taken a hit from antibiotic use.

But, should kids take probiotics too? The few studies into the use of probiotics in kids show mixed results so it can be difficult to know. And there are also a few caveats on who can and can’t take probiotics safely.

Reason's For And Against Cloth Diapers - Header Image

Every parent knows that from the moment you bring your little one home, convenience wins over everything. That's why disposable diapers (someties called nappies) are the go-to for many parents who want to keep their babies (or non-potty-trained toddlers) clean.

But, fun fact: Disposable diapers (or single use diapers) aren't the only convenient choice in the book. Cloth diapers (or re-usable diapers) are also a viable option, especially for eco-conscious parents wanting to be more sustainable, and those looking for more skin-friendly baby products.

How to get a Toddler to Eat Veggies - Header Image

The fact that kids should eat their veggies is as old as time. Even the government-based website, ChooseMyPlate.gov , agrees with that, advising parents to fill half of their children's plates with produce. Why? Because they simply need them to get enough nutrients, grow strong, develop their brain function, and build a robust immune system that'll tackle any disease, from obesity to cancer.

Teaching your Baby to Read-  Header Image

You may have seen those phenomenal ads that boast about teaching your baby to read. There’s a smiling mother and a bubbly infant cuddled together in front of a pile of cards. The mother holds up a card and, amazingly, this tiny genius reads the word aloud.

As this scenario plays over and over again, you are soon convinced that these miracle cards are a must-have for your own child. Now before you pull out your wallet, let’s stop and think about a few things.

Is there really a product that can teach your baby how to instantly read like a pro? Should there be such a product? The quick answer is: no. Like the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. The truth is that early literacy skills develop over time. There really isn’t an effective way to turn your baby into a child prodigy overnight.

How Much Does Cotton Shrink -  Header Image

All fabrics are different, but the one thing they have in common is that they are made from woven fibres. One of the most important distinctions between fabrics is whether they are natural or synthetic. As you may recognise, polyester, nylon and acrylic are all synthetic fabrics, while cotton is a natural fibre.

The Benefits of Reading to Children -  Header Image

Reading to children has long been recognised as playing a significant positive role in their development, for all sorts of reasons. Numerous scientific and observational studies show that children who have been read to regularly from an early age enjoy a host of advantages, including higher educational attainment, enhanced confidence and even improved cognitive development.

Sustainability Activities for Preschoolers -  Header Image

It’s never too early to get your child thinking about what it means to be sustainable. Pre-school, in fact, is the perfect time to start this conversation; when your child is open, understanding, receptive and, most importantly, creative. Not only does this time window provide an opportunity to instill sustainable values that can carry through for your child’s whole life, it’s also a fun time to get creative with it!

A Comprehensive Guide to Napping -  Header Image

Napping is a perfectly natural (and, indeed, necessary) part of your child’s development, particularly around the infant and toddler stages. As any parent knows, even minor sleep deprivation can result in crankiness and tantrums, and even has the potential to disrupt an entire household. In some ways, naps are a great time for busy parents to get things done without interruption.

What Does Sustainability Mean -  Header Image

Solar power, composting and recycling, buying organic produce, biking to work. You’ve likely seen “sustainable” options everywhere. From how we eat to how we sleep to how we commute, it sounds like “sustainable” is the latest craze taking over. But it’s more than just a trend. And its increasing presence in our products, our conversations and our lives marks an important shift. So what does it mean to be sustainable? And why should we even care?

Cotton Pesticide Statistics Header Image

Buying cotton items for your home and family seems like a good choice. After all, it’s a natural fibre, so it must be better for our bodies and the environment. Right?

But unfortunately, depending on how that cotton has been grown and then produced into your purchased item, your choice might not be as safe as you’d hoped. You see, the growth of what we’ll call conventional cotton has developed over time to include some harmful practices, the effects of which have only relatively recently begun to be understood.

Best Bedroom Color Schemes for Kids Header Image

Decorating your child’s bedroom can be such fun - whether you’re in the nesting stage of pregnancy and creating a space for your newborn, or as something you and your child are doing together as they grow.

One thing we’ve noticed is that it’s easy to get swept up in the latest trends, themes or your child’s favourite colour of the moment.

Care and Maintenance of Cotton Fabric

Deciding to invest in organic cotton garments, bedding and other soft furnishings is a wise. After all, organic cotton is:

  • Soft, durable and resilient
  • Good for the planet: sustainably farmed with minimal impact
  • Safe for your family: non-toxic with no harmful dyes
  • Socially-responsible: farming and production use ethical labour
  • Great for those with sensitive skin and respiratory concerns
  • Great for temperature moderation in our warm Aussie climate

What is Oeko-Tex

As consumers, we've all noticed from time to time the various product labels that appear on our product purchases. Paying closer attention to these, you will uncover a number of logos and identifiers that all communicate to consumers a degree of trust in the product which allows us to make more informed decisions about our purchases.

Kid lying on bed smiling and looking directly at camera

When it comes to our kids, terms like natural, organic and safe are music to our ears, because buying products with these labels helps us feel like we’re giving our kids the best start in life. The trouble is, all that we see, read or hear, cannot necessarily be believed. Terms like these, including the much-beloved ‘organic,’ may be loosely regulated. That’s why it’s important to be informed, so you know how to tell a truly organic product from a misleading one. When it comes to organic cotton, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the bees-knees. So, when it’s GOTS certified, you know that every part of a cotton textile product is exactly as it should be - 100% safe for your little ones. Here are 5 reasons why it’s worth choosing GOTS certified bedding, for the good of our planet, our people and of course, your kids.

The Australian Childhood Foundation

The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is a non-profit/non-governmental organization that helps children who suffered abuse heal from their trauma in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Abused children are often caught up in a downward spiral of low self-esteem, stress, trust issues, and internalized trauma. The more a child feels alienated, disconnected, and misunderstood, the more they withdraw. Their learning skills and ability to concentrate suffers at school and this unleashes another wave of low self-esteem, stress, and other issues. Around 68% of the children referred to ACF trail their peers in academic development by at least two years.

Dyes of multiple colors in tubes

We spend a great deal of time caring for our children, making sure their seatbelts are buckled, keeping them warm in winter, keeping them well-fed and happy. We tuck them in with a kiss goodnight, relieved that they are safe for another good night’s sleep and the promise of a new day ahead. But, you might be shocked to hear that their soft, pillowy bedding isn’t the safe haven you thought.