How-to: Get your baby to sleep through the night Pt.I

Sleep deprivation is one of the most frequent things parents complain about – and we are sure that a least 99% of all parents may have some levels of sleep deprivation. That’s why we have found the most common methods used to create sleeping habits that will help your little one sleep through the night and as a result you will get some much-deserved rest too!First of all, you should know that babies have different hours of sleep depending on their age. Newborns up to three months sleep approximately 18 hours a day. This means that this will be the time where you sleep less – and not because you are staying out late! The good news is that between four and six months of age, most babies are capable of sleeping “through the night”, which generally means up to 8 to 12 full hours. This is great news for you, because then you would be able to sleep more and feel well rested in the morning.Pediatricians recommend that parents begin implementing a sleeping habit for their babies at around four months, giving them a chance to develop a more regular sleeping pattern. Keep in mind that every baby has his or her own unique developmental timetable. The best way to know if your baby is ready to form sleeping habits is to observe how he or she reacts to your sleep training. If he or she doesn’t seem ready, slow down and try again in a few weeks.Here are some methods you may want to try out. We have enlisted some pros and cons. Remember that no single approach will work with all babies all the time (or even all the time with the same baby!). If one “sleep training method” isn’t working for your family, just drop it and take time to find and develop a nighttime parenting method that works for you! Continue reading

Health Corner: Teething safe remedies and dangers

Babies usually show signs of their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age, although some early developers may begin to show at 3 months. This milestone is considered one of the most exhausting and frustrating for parents. When a baby’s teeth start to come out, he tends to be very fussy, which means he might be crying more often than usual and may even get a fever. Some common signs parents can look out for are: irritability, decreased appetite, increased drooling, and inflamed gums. Far too often, parents use fast-acting numbing medications to soothe their baby’s pain and although this might provide a quick fix, by doing so they might be using harmful drugs that can in the worst cases even be fatal.Health officials, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently issued a warning about the dangers of using oral anesthetics to help babies relieve their teething pain. In fact, the FDA notified caregivers to discontinue the use of viscous lidocaine and benzocaine products for children under 2, an ingredient that is commonly found in popular products such as: Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Hurricaine, Viscous Lidocaine, and Orabase. Although most of these items are over the counter products and claim to provide instant pain relief, they can put your baby’s life at risk. Continue reading

Coming Soon – Kinedu 2.0 is better than ever!

We are thrilled to announce that Kinedu 2.0 is almost ready for its launch! You’ve never seen Kinedu like this – we have listened to your thoughtful feedback and are proud to present a new and improved version of our app.

What’s new in this version:

Improved Design: We redesigned Kinedu 2.0 using Apple’s new Swift language for a faster and better experience. The new app has performance improvements and a more intuitive interface so that parents can easily navigate the app and track their baby’s development.

New Progress Report: Improved graphics make it easier for you to visualize your baby’s progress since the initial assessment.

Milestone Checklist: With the introduction of the Milestones checklist, you can now access the list of developmental milestones that correspond to your child and easily update them at any time.

Tracks Programs: Our Tracks program is designed to support your baby’s development by working on a specific skill. These skills include crawling, walking, building social skills, saying his first words, and many others! Our catalogue includes 19 fun tracks for you and your baby, with a total of over 270 activities!

Seasonal Activities: We have added 149 new activities that include Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas themes. Seasonal activities are available for 0 to 2 year olds, and as usual, they are not only fun, but also work to strengthen a specific skill or developmental area.

Stay tuned for more news about Kinedu 2.0 and updates on when you can download this awesome new version of our app!

Coming Soon 2.0

The go-to tool to teach emotional intelligence

Books can be effective tools to help your child identify different emotions and learn how to cope with complex feelings.

The first years of your child’s life are normally an incredibly happy time for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that your baby does not experience other feelings. Current research suggests that a baby is born with around nine different emotions: interest, enjoyment, surprise, distress, anger, fear, shame, disgust, and dissmell. Over time, those feelings combine with each other and with experiences to form more complex ones. At times, babies and toddlers have trouble expressing their more difficult feelings, they have to cope with anger and fears as they grow. Those feelings can stem from challenging experiences like moving to a new home, losing a loved one or having a new brother or sister join the family. These changes often cause confusion.

As a parent, it’s tough to not be able to understand how your baby is feeling – after all, he or she is not able to put into words what he or she is going through. That causes frustration, imagine not being able to explain or even understand what you are feeling! Books can be useful tools to help your child identify and make sense of those feelings, and they help parents teach children how to deal with difficult feelings and situations. There are a lot of great books out there that were designed to help babies and toddlers begin to distinguish between different emotions. Reading them, and then talking about them together will certainly help!
I would like to recommend two books that I have found very useful – and am personally very fond of:

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I Am Happy: A Touch-and-Feel Book of Feelings by Steve Light is a great book for both babies and toddlers. It invites the reader to “touch” and “feel” different emotions by offering a variety of textures to touch. For example, the last page says ‘Every day I feel loved’ and has a picture of a baby tucked in bed under a soft blanket. The softness of the blanket represents the emotion of love. Your little one will love this special hands-on experience every time!

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When I Am/ Cuando Estoy by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza is another great addition to your toddler’s collection. The text is in both English and Spanish, so you can read both or choose one. The pages capture what a child could do when he or she experiences different emotions like happy, sad, angry, worried, scared, and surprised. Your child will easily relate to the common situations that are presented on the pages.

 

 

Do you have book recommendations of your own? Please share them by writing a comment below! Keep coming back for more information about the perks of reading to your child and suitable book suggestions!

More reasons to love the fall season!

Are you as excited about the fall as we are? We’re excited to announce that new seasonal activities are here! Themes for these 149 new activities include Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Seasonal activities are available for toddlers 0 to 2 years old, and as usual, they are not only fun, but also work to strengthen a specific skill or developmental area.

Check out this short video to get a preview of the Halloween activities now available on the Kinedu app for premium users.

 

 

… And here’s an exclusive release of one of our favorite Kinedu Halloween videos!

 

For more information on our seasonal activities or Kinedu, shoot us an email at hello at kinedu.com.

We hope you enjoy these new activities!