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5 Best Toys For Your Child’s Rapid Development: Newborn to Six Months

I realized it could be so easy for parents to get so overwhelmed with the variety of toys at the shops and even online. Do we even have the right perception about these toys? Do we know which ones to pick up for our children and which ones we should wait for another time?

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Because of this dilemma, I decided to make a series of blogs that would talk about the right kinds of toys that we should consider for our children depending on their age. For this post, we will look into some of the best toys for newborn babies until they reach six months.

1. Baby’s Music Player for Soothing Emotions, Stimulating Hearing Senses and Developing Intellect 

Untitled-1Ever heard of the Mozart Effect? This is the popular belief that listening to classical music most especially those by Mozart can make your babies a lot more intelligent. Actually, a study by Rauscher has found out that college students who got to listen to Mozart music before their test were able to increase their IQ scores.

But apart from the potential intellectual benefit for our children, buying them music players that we can place at the side table of their room can help them stimulate hearing senses. It is worth noting that hearing is actually among the first senses to ever be fully developed in humans.

It has also been proven that infants respond emotionally to the pitch of the music. So when you get a music player for your newborn, make sure that it has built-in classical music or it is something where you can choose to play parent-approved music that can soothe your baby’s emotions most especially when she is crying. Remember, not all kinds of music are great for newborns. Be wise in choosing and playing only classical and soft-pitched music to your precious baby.

2. Activity Mat with Arching Toys Overhead also called as Activity Gym for Tummy Time & Visual Stimulation 

Activity mats are great to stimulate the visual senses of your infant. You can buy an activity gym even before you give birth, but it is recommended that the arching overhead toys be removed on the first few weeks of your child’s life because these can be quite overwhelming to them. On the first couple of weeks, the colorful mat itself can suffice as a good place for your child’s exciting tummy time.

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You have to know that your baby also needs to be given opportunities for exploring his body’s capability to stretch out, move, and turn. Give her an exciting space for movement to strengthen her body. Also, place her on the comfortable and colorful mat for happier tummy time.

Once your infant turns a month old, you can now put back the clip-on overhead toys to ignite her visual curiosity. Remember to spread out the toys across the arches to encourage frequent head movements.

3. Crinkle Toys and Ring Toys for Improved Grasping 

Do you notice that babies can really hold your baby ring toys, newborn wooden ring toysfingers so tight? Well, that’s one of their early powers! But kidding aside, giving them crinkle toys and ring toys as early as two months old can make their ability for grasping objects a lot more developed. Crinkle toys are basically soft but make sure that they are of the right size to prevent suffocating in case the toy drops to your child’s face. When choosing ring toys, I would suggest that you go for colorful and light ones for visual stimulation and safety in case it drops right to your infant’s head.

 

4. Rattles for Sound Alertness and Visual Curiosity 

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Rattles can be exciting for babies four to six months. They ignite a child’s curiosity as the rattle creates cool sounds for every movement of the arm.

5. Soft Teething Toys to Comfort Your Baby’s Pain 

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Teething is among the most difficult phases that your infant would ever go through. Lighten her pain by buying teething toys that you can put on the fridge for a cooling sensation and which are really soft for easy gnawing.


Here are cute toys from our store for your little ones


Organic Wooden Teether
Organic Wooden Teether
Baby Musical Toy Ball
Baby Musical Toy Ball

 

Happy Baby Rattle Toy
Happy Baby Rattle Toy

 

 

 

Baby Silicone Mitts Teethers
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Sunny Days & Swimming Times: 4 Ways to Protect Your Children from Drowning

Yah! It’s the summer season and it’s the best time to have some water adventures! But wait, do you know that there are about ten people who die from accidental drowning every single day? And 20% of these are children ages 14 and below. How devastating, right?

But let us not dwell on these unfortunate circumstances. Let’s learn to better prepare ourselves for a safe yet super fun swimming adventure with the entire family!

So here are the top four ways that you can make sure that your children are safe from drowning:

1.Create Physical and Conceptual Barriers

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If you have put up an inflatable pool in your backyard or if you have constructed a swimming area in your property, then you better install four-sided isolation fences and barriers to prevent sudden jumping and diving of your kids into the pool.

Apart from physical barriers, I would also urge you to create a conceptual barrier. But what exactly is it? Well, consider it as an imaginary “No” signage. It is an understanding between you and your child that pools are not to be immediately jumped into. Let your child know that swimming into the pool requires asking permission first and receiving an affirmative “Yes” from you.

2. Establish Swimming Routines as Early as Possible

What do you do first upon reaching the resort venue or hotel swimming area? Do you just allow your kids to immediately jump into the pool? Maybe you should reexamine your swimming routine?

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To prevent accidental drowning, it would be best to establish a pre-swimming routine which includes putting on a swimsuit and other gears, applying sunblock, going into a shower, and of course, asking your permission first.

3. Never Feel Confident About Floaters and Life Jackets

Let me be clear about this, having fun in open waters and natural bodies of water such as seas, lakes, streams, and rivers require that your child wear life jackets to prevent life-threatening situations when sudden natural circumstances occur.

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However, you shall never feel confident about just having floaters and life jackets even when you are merely in a swimming pool. Many of the drowning incidents happen just because parents have felt a false sense of security so they left their children afloat with such devices without thinking that these floaters could fall off or be broken.

4. Eyes on Kids at All Times

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Even when you are enjoying a barbecue time at the backyard or some chatter with your spouse, do not ever let a second pass without looking at your child. Even when your kid knows basic swimming moves, still she could be in danger of drowning because of cramps or other unexpected situations most especially when other children are also playing with her.

Let this summertime be among the best memories of your family life. Do not let fear keep you from enjoying the pool. Follow these tips and don’t forget to keep the special moments in your heart and captured through photographs!


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Encouraging Play Encourages a Child’s Development

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We’ve all heard the term, “Oh, that’s child’s play.” It implies something is easy, frivolous and unimportant in the overall scheme of things.  But to a child, child’s play is essential to their mental, social, emotional, and physical development.

We all know that children like to play. But what we may not know is the importance of play in a child’s life. Play is essential to every area of a child’s growth and development.

Play provides a means for energy to be put to use. It strengthens and refines small and large motor skills, and it builds stamina and strength. Sensory learning develops mostly through play.

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Play is significant to physical development in that without it the body could not grow and develop normally.

Children possess a natural curiosity. They, explore, learn and make sense out of their environment by playing. Parents and educators alike can support this learning activity by ensuring age-appropriate toys, materials and environments are available to the child.

monica-gozalo-138999-unsplashPlay enables children to know things about the world and to discover information essential to learning. Through play children learn basic concepts such as colors, counting, how to build things, and how to solve problems. Thinking and reasoning skills are at work every time a child engages in some type of play.

Children learn to relate to one another, negotiate roles, share, and obey rules through play. They also learn how to belong to a group and how to be part of a team. A child obtains and retains friends through play.

Play fulfills many needs including a sense of accomplishment, successfully giving and receiving attention, and the need for self-esteem. It helps them develop a strong sense of self, and is emotionally satisfying to them.  They learn about fairness, and through pretending learn appropriate ways of expressing emotion such as anger, fear, frustration, stress and discover ways of dealing with these feelings.

So encourage your child’s play.  Color pictures, make finger paintings, build buildings and imaginary cities with blocks, and built a tent in the middle of the living room and go camping! And as we all know, childhood is fleeting, so let them enjoy being a kid while they are one!


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7 Ways to Make Christmas Magical for Kids

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Christmas time is really the most wonderful and magical time of the year especially for children. It is important to get prepared for it together. Here are some basic steps how to get prepared for the holiday season and decorate your home with your little ones.

1. Let the Music Play

Before starting, turn the classic Christmas songs on to create the festive mood. Music is great for every occasion, but for the holidays it’s extra magical. Here are some music ideas.

2. Choose Your Colour Scheme

Choosing the perfect Christmas decorations is far simpler with a colour scheme in mind. You can choose traditional red and green combo or go further and pick new contemporary colour combinations.

Here are some Christmas colour palette ideas.

The main attraction of the holiday season is the Christmas tree, so this should be your first port of call when you look to decorate your home for Christmas. It is very symbolic to use old ornaments from your childhood and tell stories and explain why those are special to you. Tell them that they can make a wish while hanging the first Christmas tree ornament. Make this process as fun and meaningful as you can. In case you need some ideas for Christmas tree decoration check out my special Pinterest board.

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4. Deck the Halls and Kids Room

There are many simple touches you can add to the rest of your home to create a stylish festive look. A Christmas wreath is an essential festive accessory not just for the front door, wreaths can also be used throughout the home, suspended on mirrors or on internal doors. A small variety of garlands and other ornaments can also be utilised to decorate your halls or kids room.

Do not forget about windows. Here are some Christmas windows decorating ideas for you so you’ll never forget to furnish those windows, whether it is small, big, has wide window sills or not. Such simple windows would be magnificent and ready for the festivities in no time.

DIY projects with your little ones teach valuable hands-on skills that are even more important in today’s screen-heavy environment. First of all, they get the satisfaction of creating something with their own handsthey become more patient and creative. Also, this is a perfect activity for the season of gratitude, they can make ornaments or gifts on their own for the others. What can be a better way of gratitude than by making something for them. The creative act, paired with our appreciation of others, is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the people who do so much for us. DIY with kids is the best way to teach them all these values through play. Kids DIY projects that you can start right now.

6. Letter to Santa

Writing a letter to Santa can be such an exciting activity for kids. This is a great time of year to show your children the joy of kindness and empathy. Writing a letter to Santa, beside personal wishes, can include a request for someone else – a good friend, sibling or less-fortunate child. Ask your child who they would like Santa to help this season. Empathy is a new feeling for small children and must be supported by their parents. Let children know that Christmas isn’t just about getting stuff. Teaching your child that empathy is at the root of love and faith can be folded into a wonderful tradition that includes writing a letter to Santa Claus.

Here are free printable templates for Santa letter

7. Family Movie Time

When all the decorations are up and you’re ready for some quality family time amid the chaos of the season, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with some Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and a holiday flick. Don’t know what to watch?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • “Harry Potter” Series
  • “Elf” (2003)
  • “The Polar Express” (2004)
  • “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)
  • “A Christmas Carol” (2009)
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
  • “Home Alone” (1990)
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Have fun!

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7 Ways to Make Christmas Magical for Kids

tree

Christmas time is really the most wonderful and magical time of the year especially for children. It is important to get prepared for it together. Here are some basic steps how to get prepared for the holiday season and decorate your home with your little ones.

1. Let the Music Play

Before starting, turn the classic Christmas songs on to create the festive mood. Music is great for every occasion, but for the holidays it’s extra magical. Here are some music ideas. 

2. Choose Your Colour Scheme

Choosing the perfect Christmas decorations is far simpler with a colour scheme in mind. You can choose traditional red and green combo or go further and pick new contemporary colour combinations.

Here are some Christmas colour palette ideas.

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3. Christmas Tree

The main attraction of the holiday season is the Christmas tree, so this should be your first port of call when you look to decorate your home for Christmas. It is very symbolic to use old ornaments from your childhood and tell stories and explain why those are special to you. Tell them that they can make a wish while hanging the first Christmas tree ornament. Make this process as fun and meaningful as you can. In case you need some ideas for Christmas tree decoration check out my special Pinterest board.

christmas-tree-ideas-lia-griffith_1vintage-glass-Christmas-ornaments

4. Deck the Halls and Kids Room

There are many simple touches you can add to the rest of your home to create a stylish festive look. A Christmas wreath is an essential festive accessory not just for the front door, wreaths can also be used throughout the home, suspended on mirrors or on internal doors. A small variety of garlands and other ornaments can also be utilised to decorate your halls or kids room.

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Do not forget about windows. Here are some Christmas windows decorating ideas for you so you’ll never forget to furnish those windows, whether it is small, big, has wide window sills or not. Such simple windows would be magnificent and ready for the festivities in no time.

5. DIY with kids

DIY projects with your little ones teach valuable hands-on skills that are even more important in today’s screen-heavy environment. First of all, they get the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands, they become more patient and creative. Also, this is a perfect activity for the season of gratitude, they can make ornaments or gifts on their own for the others. What can be a better way of gratitude than by making something for them. The creative act, paired with our appreciation of others, is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the people who do so much for us. DIY with kids is the best way to teach them all these values through play. Kids DIY projects that you can start right now.

6. Letter to Santa

Writing a letter to Santa can be such an exciting activity for kids. This is a great time of year to show your children the joy of kindness and empathy. Writing a letter to Santa, beside personal wishes, can include a request for someone else – a good friend, sibling or less-fortunate child. Ask your child who they would like Santa to help this season. Empathy is a new feeling for small children and must be supported by their parents. Let children know that Christmas isn’t just about getting stuff. Teaching your child that empathy is at the root of love and faith can be folded into a wonderful tradition that includes writing a letter to Santa Claus.

Here are free printable templates for Santa letter

7. Family Movie Time

 

When all the decorations are up and you’re ready for some quality family time amid the chaos of the season, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with some Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and a holiday flick. Don’t know what to watch?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • “Harry Potter” Series
  • “Elf” (2003)
  • “The Polar Express” (2004)
  • “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)
  • “A Christmas Carol” (2009)
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
  • “Home Alone” (1990)
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Have fun!