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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…)
When my youngest daughter was born, my husband told me not to fret about his expertise with child care. After all, she was “just an infant—feed ’em and change ‘em and they’re just fine.” I knew he knew better, but like most of us moms, I was a bit more obsessed with the details.
When my husband joked about sticking to the basics, he was reminding me that nature really runs the show in human development. We are hard-wired for thinking, speaking, and moving. Typically, developing babies will walk and talk whether they get practice or not. However, the research also informs us that there is nothing more motivating for a baby to use nature’s assets than the loving encouragement of a parent.
Okay, it can get a little boring, watching an infant think. Let’s face it; you’re doing all the encouraging talk, while baby just appears to be More >
When I knew that we were going to be giving our at-that-time 18-month-old daughter a baby sister around the time of her second birthday, I was nervous. As a stay-at-home mama, AppleBlossom was what my world revolved around. How in the world was I going to be everything I needed to be to keep her happy and provide for the new baby? I need not have worried. They are natural sisters and obviously each other’s joy.
The first sign was when we were in the hospital only a few hours after OrangeBlossom’s arrival and she went on an adventure to the nursery for a bath. AppleBlossom was alert and looking around and demanding that she be told where her baby sister was. OrangeBlossom was hers from the beginning and she is in charge, I just happen to be here.
With a toddler, they are curious and into everything, excited to learn about the world More >
Make St. Patrick’s Day fun for the whole family! Celebrate the luck of the Irish with games, crafts and delicious treats. Check out some of our celebratory ideas for you and your little one below and be sure to share your own traditions and ideas in the comments!
Get your little one excited with a treasure hunt. Hide gold coins (chocolate filled or not) around your house or yard. Lead your little one to the little pots of gold with clues and hints. If your kids are old enough, write out the clues otherwise play the guessing game to steer them in the right direction.
If you’re feeling crafty, make a hand print rainbow with your little one. This craft is fun for everyone and helps commemorate the holiday for years to come. This rainbow can be done a few ways; the first is by placing your child’s hand in paint, making each layer of the More >
While your new baby’s activities probably consist mostly of eating and sleeping for the moment, there are lots of fun things you can do to entertain him and help him start to discover the world around him. When baby is awake and calm, you can try introducing him to games that will appeal to his brand new senses. Here are a few activities you can enjoy with your newborn:
Hear Although baby is too young to be able to hold a rattle on his own, you can still use one to introduce him to the world of sound. While baby is lying down, gently and carefully shake a rattle near one side of his head, outside of his view (don’t get too close to the ears or it may be too loud for him). Stop abruptly, then shake again. Repeat a few times, watching baby’s face to see if he perks up to the sound. If it catches his attention, repeat on the other side. More >
Tummy time is an important strengthening exercise for babies, but it can also be an opportunity to play and bond with your little one. While your baby starts to gain control of her muscles, you can have fun together with some simple games. If your pediatrician feels the time is right, make the most of it with these tummy time tips:
Laying Down With Lullabies Lay down and put baby close on your chest so she can lift her head to look up at you. Once you’ve made eye contact, start to softly sing her a lullaby. She’ll be able to feel the vibration of your voice and feel soothed. You might also want to try holding her close as you rock very gently from side to side.
Delightful Distraction Not all babies enjoy tummy time, so if your little one fusses, try to incorporate something she likes as a distraction. Find a toy that lights up or makes More >