Naps help boost babies’ memory and learning

We all know that sleep is an important part of our lives -in fact we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping. When you are well rested you feel happier, more alert, and more energetic. In other words, sleep is necessary for the brain and body to repair and develop properly, and that is especially true during the fist years of life. Quality periods of sleep are just as important for your baby as the food you provide!

As parents, you may have witnessed first-hand the effects of a missed nap or a bedtime delay –it’s not a pleasant experience. The lack of sleep not only has an impact in your baby’s mood, but also in his attentiveness and concentration –which ultimately affects his learning and growth. When your baby is awake, every sound and movement is a new experience for which he will require energy to process.

We know that babies devote most of their time to sleeping, right? But have you ever wondered how much of what you and your baby do together during the day, especially the learning moments, he will be able to remember? Is there an optimal time during the day when you should be teaching him new skills?

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How-to: Know if my baby is ready to start potty training

It is very important to be able to identify if your toddler is ready to take this big step of independence, as toilet training is not only a physical matter but also cognitive and emotional one. Trying to train a child who is not ready can really extend the process.

Generally, parents begin potty training around the age of two, but don’t be surprised if your family pressures you to start earlier. Years ago, families began potty training at an early age, because diapers had to be washed by hand, and even boiled!

Before you start toilet training, the most important thing to know is if your toddler is ready. Experts say that for a child to succeed in learning how to use the bathroom, he needs to feel the need to go, be able to understand what this feeling means, and be able to communicate verbally that he needs help to get to the bathroom. Some toddlers start showing these signs at 24 months, but others do not show the slightest interest until they are three years old or more.

The best way to determine if your baby is ready to begin his potty training is to observe his behavior in general and his responses to any suggestion about using the toilet. Continue reading

Raising a reader!

An increasing number of studies show that promoting reading can have a great impact on children and their future. Among the benefits of reading for pleasure you have that literacy skills, vocabulary, and general knowledge increase, as well as the self-confidence and community participation.There are many things parents can do to promote reading and raise a happy reader! It’s pretty simple, really. It all starts with you, the parents! Research shows that reading books to your little one is the most important thing you can do to prepare him for reading and learning.

But why limit yourself to simply reading words off a page? Why not take it one –or a few– steps further? Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will certainly help you on your way to raising a reader! Continue reading

Kinedu 2.0 for Android is here!

We are thrilled to announce that Kinedu 2.0 is now available for our Android users.  You’ve never seen Kinedu like this, it’s better than ever!

Kinedu 2.0 for Android features a completely redesigned app. It’s never been easier to navigate the app and track your baby’s development! With that comes clearer progress report graphics that also make it easier for you to visualize your child’s evolvement. On top of that, with Kinedu 2.0 you are now able to access the Milestone Checklist, a list of developmental milestones that correspond to your child and you can update at any time.

What’s new in this version:

Improved Design:  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.

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Impact of gestures in language development

People all over the world, from different backgrounds and cultures use hand gestures when they speak. Hand movements are so natural and prevalent among cultures that researchers from different fields, like linguistics and neuroscience, have studied gestures to look for insights about language development. It might seem funny to think that gestures are important for language development, but just imagine this scene for a second: trying to explain to your kids how to tie their shoelaces or how tall a building is in comparison to another without using hand gestures. It would be pretty difficult, wouldn’t it? It’s such a simple action, but so hard to explain without moving your hands.

Hand gestures are part of the way we communicate, especially with children, and it’s how they develop their language skills. Children use their hands to communicate with others very early on. They point to the things they want. They know what they want to say, but they can’t say it with words yet. Continue reading

Did your activity plan expire?

Did your activity plan expire?

It’s easy to get a new one! Simply answer the milestones that are pending and correspond to your baby. To do this, just exit your daily training routine by selecting ‘click here to explore on your own‘  and then enter the milestones section on the main menu. There, you’ll be able to select the milestones that your baby has reached. We’ll then have the most recent and accurate information about his or her development in order to create a new activity plan that continues to be tailored specifically to his or her needs!

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