When you get right down to it, many parents have their eye on one target: making sure their kids are smart. And if I gave them a minute by minute schedule for the first six months of life they’d take me up on it. But come on, we are talking about infants here. How much planning can you do? (more…)
When babies are born, whether they are full-term or preemies, they’re really not finished enough to live outside the womb. From the moment of birth their brains are instantly put to work to direct them to breathe, eat, and see. The breathing part is easy, at least in the majority of births. The eating part, especially nature’s way, is ironically a bit of an effort. Both baby and Mom may need assistance getting the nursing process on auto-pilot. And then, there’s seeing. (more…)
One of my friends has a written policy posted on the door from her garage to the house. It reads: “If there is not a home in this house for whatever is in your bags, put it down, take it back, or give it away.”
Even if you are not a neat freak, I took the policy as an inspiration. I wanted to avoid the “I can’t take it anymore” state of mind about toy clutter. But more importantly, there are two very important reasons why managing clutter is important to your child’s development. (more…)
When you have stuff to do and need for baby to go it alone for a little while, it’s time to revive a concept I had declared “obsolete.” It’s parallel play, except the difference is the participants are you and your baby, not two babies playing side by side. One of the great things about parallel play is your child really can learn from toys and play. (more…)
For at least 50 years scientists have been interested in the impacts music can have on the human brain. We know for a fact that during pregnancy infants enjoy classical and other forms of music as a soother. And whether or not you played music to your belly while you were pregnant, all babies seem to enjoy music and many even have favorite instrumental and vocal selections. Just watch any one of hundreds of singing and dancing babies on YouTube. (more…)
After an hour or so wandering through a big baby products show last month, I was in awe of the number of baby-wearing garments that had entered the marketplace. There were scores of slings, wraps, and carriers, in a wide array of colors and fabrics, held together by every imaginable fastener. I was very impressed by one that approximated the look of a classic “wrap dress.” But the one that really took the cake included a built-in “Boppy” pillow with a detachable nursing canopy so you could carry and nurse a set of twins while on the go.
Have we taken multi-tasking to an extreme? Do we really mean to “wear” vs. carry our babies? I feel there’s a new sociological conspiracy going on to find even more ways to suck moms into the corral of guilt-ridden inadequacy. (more…)