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5 Things to keep in mind when starting potty training

Timing Is Everything

If your baby is around 18 months or older maybe you’re anxious to start potty training or maybe you’ve already tried in a few less-than-successful attempts. However, you must remember that timing is everything, not only you have to be ready but so does your child. You can check out our Kinedu blog to know what are the developmental milestones your baby most achieved before starting potty training.

Another time factor you must consider is you, as you will be the one potty training!  If you have a trip planned for the next few weeks or if you’re planning to move to a new city, it’s better to postpone potty training until your child’s environment is stable and secure.

Choose a potty

Once you have decided you and your baby are ready for potty training, is time to decide on a method and a potty. The two basic potty options are a Standalone, and a toddler-size potty chair with a bowl. If you choose to modify your toilet seat, consider getting a stepping stool for your little one so that he or she can reach the seat comfortably. Some moms say that the transition between a regular toilet is easier if you adapted in the first place during potty training. Continue reading

Playdates 101

If you are thinking of organizing play dates…Congrats! That means you have mastered the diaper changing and feeding, and, hopefully, you’re getting some sleep and even managed to start showering every day.

So probably now you have a bunch of questions about play dates, is my baby ready for play dates? How long should it last? What are some do’s and don’ts I should know? Don’t worry, we will give you some tips and try to clear the air around all of your questions.

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If you have an infant, playdates ten to be more about you, the mommies. It is important you find mommies that you can relate to so that you can talk about the daily routine, breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and even funny or not-so-funny stories. Don’t worry, they will totally understand as they are on the same page as you. During these playdates babies will be able to profit from being exposed to new toys, an unfamiliar environment, and even another small person lying next to them, even if they sleep most of the time. Continue reading

Happy Parents, Happy Kids: What can I do to strengthen my romantic relationship?

If you’re like most new parents, then you probably focus most of your energy and attention towards your new baby, as you should, but what about your relationship with your partner?

Between the baby’s naps, your post-baby body, and the exhaustion of taking care of a newborn, be careful, you could be neglecting your relationship with your partner! Numerous studies show that new parents are the most uniformly dissatisfied group when it comes to marital happiness. But anyone who’s had his or her party of two crashed by a magical (but exceptionally demanding) third wheel doesn’t need to read the research, since he or she is probably going through it.

If this is your case, don’t worry! It is totally normal; most couples that have a new baby have been through this stage. The important thing is to recognize that you may need to put in a bit more effort in your relationship. With this in mind, here are some tips on how to keep it going: Continue reading

Baby on the move: Learning to stand up

Has your baby mastered the art of sitting and crawling? Then he will probably be ready to stand on his own feet soon! Learning to stand up will be a major milestone on the way to your baby’s first steps.

Before your baby learns to stand up he will need to gain muscle strength and coordination, and first be able to roll over and sit. Once your baby has mastered these skills he will be ready to stand up, which will require more muscle strength in his legs, for him to learn how to bend at the knees and be able to shift his own weight.

When will my baby learn to stand up?

Around month 4 and 7 you will notice that your little one starts to spend more time trying to sit up, this is a great moment for you to help him try and stand up for the first time. While sitting down gently pull him up from the arms, you will notice your baby may stand up, needing lots of help and support from you. Around month 6 your baby may be able to bear weight on his feet and bounce up and down actively, so try practicing this on a hard surface like the floor.

Between month 6 and 9 your baby might try to pull himself up and succeed for only just a few seconds before he falls backwards. Remember to keep an eye on your baby during this phase; although he might learn how to stand up fairly quickly, sitting back down again is another matter. You may find your little one clinging on to furniture and even crying because he can’t work out how to sit back down again. Help him during this transition, instead of picking him up and sitting him down again, show your baby how to bend his knees. Then encourage him to try again and reassure him that it will be ok.

By the time his first birthday comes along, your baby will probably be able to stand up by himself and will be ready to take his first steps. Always remember that babies develop at different paces, if you are concerned about your baby’s physical development make sure to talk to your pediatrician about it.

How can I help my little one learn to stand up?

  • Give him safe furniture to pull up with. Remember your little one will try to help himself up with anything he can reach, so make sure the furniture at home are sturdy pieces he can hang on to without it falling over. Prevent accidents, baby-proof your home.
  • Use the stairs to teach balance. Learning to stand up is all about confidence and balance! The short height of a step makes it the perfect spot to practice pulling up. Place your baby in a sitting position next to the step and encourage him to pull himself up by using the edge of the step. Make sure you are always supervising this activity.
  • Place his toys up high. Encourage your baby to stand up by placing some toys on the sofa; when he pulls up on the sofa, he’ll be so intrigued with the toy that he’ll remain standing there for a long time, helping him practice balancing.
  • Bounce your baby up and down. Place your little one standing up in front of you so he can bounce up and down while you hold his hands. This activity is fun for both you and your baby, and will help him strengthen his leg muscles and learn how to bend his knees.

 

If you’d like to learn more, visit these web pages:

https://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/pages/default.aspx

http://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/standing-up/

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a25012679/developmental-milestones-standing

Motor Milestones: Learning to roll

Has your baby mastered head control? He’ll soon be ready to learn how to roll over, this is an important milestone for your baby because it marks his first big movement all by himself. As strength in his arms, back, and neck increases, he will begin to discover new ways of moving his body.

When should I expect my baby to start rolling over?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies should be able to roll over in both directions by 7 months. But around 3-4 months your baby will develop enough upper body strength to turn from his tummy to his back. It may take him until he’s about 5 or 6 months to flip from back to front, because he needs stronger neck and arm muscles for that movement.

Rolling over for the first time usually comes as a surprise for both you and your baby. It’s a new experience for him so it may be scary at first, but don’t be surprised if rolling soon becomes one of your little one’s favorite tricks. Continue reading

Baby on the move: Different crawling styles

Is your baby ready for crawling? Around 7-10 months most babies master the hand-and-knee crawling method, but others develop alternative styles of crawling that work well enough for them that they never progress to the traditional hand-and-knee crawling. Here are some types of crawling your baby can adopt.

 

Not all babies crawl in the traditional way- alternating hands and knees- some babies use their belly to move, others scoot on their bottoms using their hands to propel themselves forward, and some babies use one leg down in crawling position and the other foot in a standing position on the floor to move forward. But no matter what method your baby adopts, remember that the important thing is that he or she is showing a desire to move independently and explore his or her surroundings.

 

These are the different styles of crawling according to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics):

Classic hands-and-knees or cross crawl.

Your baby distributes her weight on her hands and knees, then moves one arm and the opposite knee forward at the same time. This is the most common type of crawling.

Bear crawl.

It looks like the classic crawl, but your baby keeps his or her elbows and knees straight, walking on hands and feet like a bear.

Belly or commando crawl.

Your baby moves his or her body forward while dragging his or her belly against the floor. This can be an efficient way of moving around but it will definitely result in dirty clothes!

Bottom scooter.

Your baby scoots around on his bottom using his arms to move himself forward. This type of crawling will never be as fast as the classic hands-and-knees crawl, but it gets the job done. Bottom scooters are also often babies who have really resisted tummy time.

Crab crawl.

Your baby will move backward or sideways like a crab, propelling herself with her hands. This type of crawling usually occurs when your baby is just learning to crawl. This phase usually doesn’t last longer than a week or two. 

Rolling crawl.

Your baby gets to his or her destination by rolling from one place to another. While not strictly crawling at all, some babies become so efficient at rolling that they never really develop the crawling stance because they simply roll over and over until they get to their destination.

 

Take in consideration that atypical crawling patterns do not necessarily indicate a problem, but asymmetry in crawling can be a red flag so if you have concerns about the way your baby is crawling, talk with your pediatrician or have your baby evaluated by a pediatric physical therapist.

 

If you’d like to learn more about crawling, visit our blog Crawling 101 or the following sites:

 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Crawling-Styles.aspx

http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-milestone-crawling_6501.bc

http://www.kidspot.com.au/baby/baby-development/milestones/baby-development-all-about-crawling

 

Mouthing: Why does everything end up in my baby’s mouth?

Does your baby put everything (or almost everything) she can find in her mouth? And you can’t get her to stop? Well actually, you won’t be able to and you shouldn’t! Mouthing is an essential part of your little one’s development and exploration.

Oral exploration is a key developmental stage. It allows your baby to discover the taste and texture of the different objects that surround her. So when your little one grasps an object and then brings it to her mouth, it means that she wants to explore it further “Is it soft or hard? Can I eat it? Does it make a sound?”

Keep in mind that mouthing won’t be the only way your little will explore her world, in the first years of life babies explore their surroundings through all their senses – seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting- and the more they are able to explore, the more they will learn.

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About developmental delays and red flags during the first year

Are you worried that your baby might be a bit behind? Before making any conclusions remember that each child develops at his or her own pace and the range of  “normal”  is actually quite wide. However, it is helpful to be aware of red flags for potential developmental delays in children.

What does “developmental delay” mean?

This term is used by doctors when a child has not reached an expected milestone in his or her time period. For example, if the normal range for learning to walk is between 9 and 18 months, and a 20-month-old child has not begun walking, this would be considered a developmental delay. There are many different types of developmental delays in infants and young children and they can occur in one or more areas such as: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, language skills, cognitive skills, self-help skills, social skills and more. It’s important to mention that if your baby is temporarily lagging behind, that is not necessarily called a developmental delay. Remember that children develop at their own pace, so it’s important to identify some of the red flags you should be looking out for.

How can I know if my child has a developmental delay?

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3 Mistakes you might be making during bedtime

Bedtime can be such a challenge for some babies, but what if you’re only making it harder? Sometimes as parents we are not aware that what we do may affect our little ones – even the little things. Here are 3 bedtime “no-no’s” you should be aware of.

  1. Letting your baby stay up late

Believe or not this is a very common mistake, some parents like to play with their baby late at night because they don’t have much time with him or her during the day or they developed the habit of putting him or her to bed just before they go to sleep. A late bedtime will lead to an overtired and fuzzy baby who will most assuredly have trouble drifting off to sleep, which can also increase night awakenings.

What to do: Did you know that most babies actually display signs of sleep readiness between 6 and 8 pm? Be aware of signs like, droopy eyelids or eye rubbing, before your baby gets a bit fuzzy. If you get him or her to bed when he or she is drowsy but not overtired or completely asleep, it will be easier for him or her to learn to fall asleep on his or her own. Continue reading

Separation Anxiety – How can I help my baby?

At some point during your baby’s development he or she will experience separation anxiety. This is completely normal, and the good news is that for the vast majority of babies, separation anxiety happens in phases and doesn’t last that long. Here are some tips that may help you and your baby!

Why does my baby have separation anxiety?

It all starts when your baby realizes that objects and people still exist even if he or she can’t see them – the concept that we call object permanence. Your baby realizes that the person that protects and cares for him or her has gone away and is currently existing somewhere else. Since he or she doesn’t know when, or if, you will return, anxiety kicks in!

Separation anxiety is a normal emotional stage of development, however we know it can be difficult for parents to cope with a baby who gets panicky and upset when they’re not around. So here are some ideas and tips you can try at home. Continue reading