The benefits of crawling!

The traditional hands-and-knees or cross crawl is full of benefits. Not only is it your baby’s first official means of mobility and independence it is an important part of your baby’s physical, cognitive and social-emotional development! If you’d like to learn some of the many benefits, continue reading:

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Probiotics, prebiotics and their benefits

Probiotics and prebiotics are a very popular subject in health forums these days. The role they play in fostering the growth of friendly intestinal flora in your kid’s intestines is just now being given the credit it deserves.

What’s all the fuss about?

Both of these components care for your child’s intestine (where most of the food digestion occurs) preventing unwanted substances and food particles from entering the bloodstream. Probiotics and prebiotics assist in balancing the intestinal flora (making it resistant against infections), fighting the effects of slow digestion by avoiding gas and rebuilding the bacterial flora after diarrhea.

Specifically, probiotics are living microorganisms that aid in the overall intestinal health, promoting the development of beneficial bacteria, aiding the immune system and preventing diarrhea, constipation and excess gas. For these components to be effective, they must remain active in their transit through the digestive system so that they adhere to the gastric mucosa. What this means is that the probiotic must reach their site of action intact and in sufficient numbers for it to work effectively.

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are specialized plant fibers that help nourish the existing bacteria in your child’s gut, think of it as a fertilizer for the good bacteria. They help prevent allergies, strengthen the immune system and prevent digestive disorders (constipation, inflammation, etc.).

You can find probiotics and prebiotics in fruits and veggies and some growth formulas such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold. Be sure to include them in your one-year-old’s diet to ensure better health. When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we mentioned make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

It’s important to add that The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

Sources:

  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/probiotics
  • http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/probiotics/faq-20058065

The story behind DHA and proper stimulation

The first 3 years of life are crucial to your child’s brain development, during this period of rapid growth, your little one’s nutrition is key. It’s important to note that The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. In order to provide a healthy diet, it is necessary to consume nutrients such as DHA, a polyunsaturated omega – 3 fatty acid, found naturally in certain foods like fish. You can find DHA in some growth formulas such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold.

 Why is DHA  so important?

Between the moment of birth up until they reach the age of 5, a child’s brain increases approximately 3.5 times its total mass. During this period of rapid brain growth, it is necessary that children consume sufficient amounts of DHA in their diet to support brain growth and development. A study at Oxford University found that children who regularly ingested DHA were faster at processing information and had an improved short-term memory. 

Apart from nutrition, proper stimulation is also of paramount importance, Kinedu provides personalized activities that target key developmental areas: physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional. The activity plan we provide is tailored to boost specific abilities and milestones your little one needs to work on. If you haven’t tried us out yet, click here and let us guide you into enhancing your child’s development.

When choosing a growth formula that contains some of the key ingredients we mentioned, such as Nestlé ® Excella Gold ®, make sure to talk to your pediatrician to know which may suit your child best.

Sources:

  • http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/
  • http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2012-09-07-omega-3-fatty-acids-could-improve-reading-and-behaviour

Are pacifiers good or bad for babies?

Babies take everything to their mouths, from the smallest object they find to their own thumb, it is a stage where, through this activity, they discover the world. This primary reflex, which they use to adapt to their surroundings, is known as sucking. It is a way for them to calm down. Sucking is done in diverse situations: when they are sleepy, hungry, bored or nervous.

So, is it good or bad to give your baby a pacifier? The use of the pacifier has several advantages and disadvantages, which we are going to discuss next so you can keep them in mind when deciding whether or not to use it.

Pros

  • The use of the pacifier may decrease SIDS probability (sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby) when used during sleep.
  • It may relax your baby, reduce anxiety and help him or her calm down.
  • Reduces thumb suction time, which causes severe dental problems.
  • Its use can make any complicated situation such as air travel, blood tests, vaccines or injections much easier to take on.

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The first years: fine motor skills

Your baby will reach countless milestones during his first year. The most noticeable and exciting will be gross motor skills like turning, sitting, crawling, standing and maybe even those first steps! But don’t look past your little one’s fine motor skill development, or his hand and finger skills – they’re quite significant as well.

Fine motor skills require the use of small muscles in the fingers and hands. They refer to the ability to make precise movements with the hands like buttoning up a shirt, picking up a cereal flake off the floor, or writing. The development of these might be harder to notice if you’re not focused on them – but they are just as exciting as gross motor skills because they lead to exploration, independence and learning.

When your baby was born, you probably noticed his hands were clenched tight most of the time. If you placed something like your finger in one of them, he held on tight because of the grasping reflex. After a few weeks, and getting used to being outside the womb, you’ll see your baby open and close his hands. Try placing a small object in one of them and he’ll probably hold on to it, maybe even give it a shake by three months. Continue reading

How to ignite bilingual learning!

Researchers have now discovered a play-based educational program that is capable of helping babies learn a second language in just one hour per day!

Scientists and parents have always been interested in knowing the advantages of learning a second language. What are these advantages and how do they aid in cognitive development? Bilingualism has been shown to improve cognitive abilities, especially problem-solving skills.

One question that parents and teachers always ask is how can we ignite second language learning? Can babies from monolingual families start to develop bilingual skills if we give them the right kind of opportunities and experiences? Continue reading