How-to: Enhance your baby’s social skills

From the moment your baby was born, he started to learn to respond and adapt to the people around him. He will eventually start to enjoy seeing other people, but he will still always prefer his parents’ company. Research has shown that babies thrive on the relationships they establish with their parents and others, and that these relationships are the building blocks of healthy human development.

It is important to acknowledge that each baby is born with his own social style. Some may be more outgoing or extrovert, while others may be a bit shy and quiet. Generally, when a toddler turns two years old he begins to enjoy playing with children his age, and by three, he’ll be on his way to making real friends. But like any other skill, he will need to learn how to socialize by trial and error.

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Our Christmas themed activities are here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is right around the corner! These holidays, remember to pay attention to what really matters: spending quality time with your family and making new memories together. With our new Christmas themed activities, you’ll all be having fun while boosting your child’s development! Our 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 Christmas activities!

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We hope you enjoy these new activities!

Happy Holidays!

Separation Anxiety: Get through it in a fun and insightful way

Just around their first birthday, most kids develop separation anxiety. It’s different for every kid, but, in general, it means that children get upset when a parent wants to leave them with someone else. This is a completely natural part of early childhood, but it doesn’t make it any less troubling!

If their needs are being met, most babies younger than six months have no problem being around other people. But between four and seven months, babies develop the notion of object permanence. Therefore, they begin to understand that things and people exist even when they are out of sight. That’s when your baby begins to realize that when he can’t see you, it means you have decided to go away. Since babies don’t understand the concept of time, they don’t know if or when you’ll return and it makes them rather uneasy.

Understanding what your child is going through and having a strategy to deal with it can help you both. Here are some tips to help you and your baby get through separation anxiety. Continue reading

Health Corner: Pinkeye – causes, symptoms, and treatment

Does your child have pink, itchy, or watery eyes? He may have conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis, better known as “pinkeye”, may sound a bit scary but it’s actually the most common eye infection among children. Pinkeye is an infection of the conjunctiva, the membrane coating the eyes and lids. The main symptoms of the infection are when the white part of the eye turns pink or red, as the eye’s blood vessels become inflamed. You might also notice your little one has dried secretions around his eyelids or some swelling.

One thing you should be aware of is that not all pinkeye infections are treated equally. There are three types of conjunctivitis – viral, bacterial, and allergic– and this is what each of them does:

  • Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a virus and is very contagious. However, the good news is that it usually clears up in a week or so without treatment. Remember to gently wash your baby’s eyes with warm water and rub any dried discharge. If your baby’s eyes do not improve after a week, let your doctor know.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria and is also contagious. If untreated, it can cause serious damage to the eyes. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotic drops for you to use on your baby’s eyes for about a week.
    • Tip: if you are using drops and your baby’s eyes are closed, the easiest thing to do is to target the inside corner of your baby’s eye. This way, when he opens his eyes, the medicine will go inside.
  • Allergic (or environmental) conjunctivitis is caused by eye irritants such as: pollen, pet dander, or dust. This type could be triggered seasonally or all year-round.

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

Having a baby is not an easy task! Yes, it’s beautiful to see them grow and get to know them more every day, but it can certainly become a challenging experience, especially since during the early years, you and your baby will be in constant change and adaptation. One of the biggest changes and adjustments is sleep and all that it entails.

Sleep habits are crucial for both the healthy development of your baby and your continued health. Without a full rest both you and your baby’s performance, health, and mood will be affected, so it is very important to try to always meet this basic need! There are many techniques that you can follow to help your baby sleep, some are more effective than others, but they all depend on your baby’s personality and preferences. There is no exact recipe to ensure a quick and effective way to get a baby to sleep, that’s why it’s important for you to get to know your baby and learn what works for him. There are ways to set parameters to identify and anticipate effective techniques. Here are some methods you might want to try out to get started on forming healthy sleeping habits! Continue reading