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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.


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Productive and Positive Potty Training

Your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. That’s great! But now, where do you start?

Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the big kids. Tell him how the potty works and let him try flushing himself. Explain that they will be wearing underwear and not diapers.  Find some educational and entertaining videos of their favorite characters learning to go potty. Be sure to involve other family members in the process and emphasize the importance of consistency during this process.

Make a special trip to the store and purchase new underwear with your toddler.  Let them have a voice in what you get. The underwear will have much more significance if your toddler helped choose them.

Overalls, pants with lots of buttons, snaps or zips, tight or restrictive clothing and oversized shirts will all be an obstacle to your child during this process. Put these kinds of clothes away for the time being.

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Decide whether or not you’re going to use pull-ups, training pants or regular underwear and try to stick with this decision so your child has consistency and isn’t confused. Think about whether or not you want to use rewards or not. Figure out a strategy on how to handle potty issues when you’re away from home.

If your child is in child care, ask your provider for their advice and make sure there aren’t any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue. Let them know that you’re going to start and enlist their help with the process.  

Praise your child for each successful trip to the potty, and comfort them when accidents happen and try to remain patient and calm when they do.

Avoid using candy or other treats as reinforcement. Let them know that it will take a while to get the hang of using the potty, and encourage and praise each attempt they make.  With consistency, encouragement and praise, they’ll soon be completely trained.


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Getting into the Basics: The “Whats” of Positive Parenting

You all know that I am an advocate of positive parenting. But not all parents would actually understand what positive parenting is, while some would even have a misconception about it. That’s why I have decided to dedicated a series of posts that answer some of the most important questions regarding the topic.

For this article, I would like to delve deeper into the real meaning of positive parenting. What is it really?

1.What is the simple explanation for positive parenting?

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Positive parenting is basically a concept of child-rearing or the way that we bring up kids. It is an idea with the premise that our children are inherently good with the intention to act righteously. It is a method of child-rearing that builds mutual trust between parents and children, respects the unique individuality of kids, and reinforces the love and connection in the family.

2. What are the keywords in positive parenting?

  • pexels-photo-936120Individuality – This is basically the acknowledgment that your child is a unique human being with her own talents, skills, and capabilities.
  • Goodness – It is the expectation that your child has a good heart with pure intentions and a desire to always do what is good and right.
  • Communication – This is an essential part of positive parenting that emphasizes the need for connection through verbal communication and physical contact. It is the ability to be able to explain and not simply state your rules and consequences to your child. Communication is also the ability to listen to your child intently so as to understand the reasons for her actions and behavior.
  • Respect – This concept shall apply to both parents and children. One of the very foundations and beautiful results of positive parenting is the establishment of mutual respect between parent and child. It can never be one directional because respect always has to be earned and never just demanded.
  • Discipline – For every rule and consequence, there has to be a corresponding explanation of why they have to set and implemented. Also, the discipline has to be consistent, firm, and appropriate to your child’s age.

3. What are the challenges in positive parenting?

The main challenge in the successful implementation of a positive parenting approach is yourself. If you are serious about positive parenting, you have to be determined in various aspects such as in changing your perspective, setting aside your own personal issues, managing your expectations, and calming your emotional storms.

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It is normal for all parents to experience meltdown at times most especially when their children misbehave. To be able to successfully carry out a positive parenting approach, you need to work on yourself first. Be ready to take the challenge and embrace the exciting journey.

4. What are the benefits of the positive parenting approach? 

  • Strong relationships between parents and children
  • Healthy development of children’s mental, emotional, and social capacities
  • Better behavior among children in different settings
  • Children’s confidence and their ability to value their own unique individuality
  • More accepting, more peaceful, and happier relationships within the family\

 


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15 Easy DIY Meal Design Ideas for Toddlers

Toddlers can be fussy eaters who refuse to try a new food at least half of the time. Approximately half of all toddlers fit this description, so it is no wonder that food issues are a source of stress for parents.

Establishing healthy eating patterns is important to avoid problems such as obesity and eating disorders later in life. Various strategies can help your child accept a wider range of foods. One of such effective strategies is showing your creative side and experimenting with meals, snacks fruits and vegetables.

Did you ever hear them say yuck over carrots or apples? Then what has been your initial response? Most parents would choose to keep the “yucky” vegetables or fruits out of their children’s eyes to prevent them from showing disgust over what has been prepared on the table.

But if you really want to let your kids eat a particular “yucky” food, then you better start normalizing the experience of eating such. A subtle way of doing this is by making different forms of one particular food and letting them try these. For example, if your kids don’t like simple boiled carrots, why don’t you mash them with butter, process them with burger patties, or make differently shaped carrot fries? Let your creativity fly during meal preparation.

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4 Effective ways to Get Your Kids to Stop Whining

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It’s irritating, it’s frustrating and it gets on your last nerve. Though it’s obnoxious and unacceptable, it’s actually effective for your child to get your attention. It’s whining. But, like other bad habits, you can nip it in the bud early with a few simple strategies to teach your child there are other appropriate, effective forms of communicating with you.

  1.  First, try limiting the situations that trigger it. Avoid extra errands when the kids are hungry.  Don’t let them get involved in a frustrating game or project prior to bedtime. Pay attention when your child is talking, as sometimes whining is a reaction when a child feels you aren’t giving them your full attention. Praise them for not whining and talking in a normal and understandable voice that allows you to fully understand what they are saying to you.
  2.  When the whining begins, don’t overreact. Keep your response simple, calm and neutral.  Ask your child to repeat the request in a normal tone. When giving in seems inevitable, don’t delay. If you must finish the grocery shopping so you can put dinner on the table, for instance, and your child starts whining for a snack, offer something healthy right away.
  3. Once a limit has been set, parents should follow through. It’s imperative that both parents are on board with this limit and fully follow through when the whining rule has been violated.
  4. If you have an older child that’s developing a whining habit, suggest they come up with a solution to their perceived boredom or other voiced problem.  If you suggest possible alternatives, it might just prolong the child’s whining.

Sometimes whining can be the result of trauma and trouble in their life. A divorce, serious family illness or problems at school may be at the root.  Additional positive attention and quality one-on-one time may be just the medicine your child needs at a time like this. Your pediatrician can also suggest alternatives to curb whining should the positive attention and disciplinary actions be ineffective.


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