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How to: Teach good manners at home

Who doesn’t want well-mannered kids? After all, your child’s behavior reflects on you, right? As much as we would like our child to say “please” and “thank you” as soon as she starts talking, that’s probably not going to happen… but we can certainty start teaching toddlers how to be polite at a young age.

Teach your child how to be sensitive

At the root of good manners is respect for one another and it derives from our sensitivity. So teaching your child how to be sensitive will be the beginning. A sensitive kid will naturally care for others, which will lead her to become a well-mannered person. Essentially, a sensitive kid will be more prone to be more polite in a creative way and more heartfelt than anything she could have learned from a book of etiquette.

Be a good role model

Modeling behaviors is the best way to teach your child good manners. Essentiality, if you want a polite daughter you need to show her how to be polite through your own actions. Remember that your child learns through observation and imitation! So you need to be careful with your actions and words.

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Motor milestones: Why tummy time is so important

Did you know that research suggests that babies who spend time on their tummies crawl earlier than babies who don’t? Find out why tummy time is so important for your baby and get tips on how to encourage it!

Why is tummy time so important?

Tummy time will help your baby develop the neck, back, and shoulder muscles needed to accomplish most of his physical milestones, like lifting his head, crawling, and pulling himself up to stand.

While your baby is on his belly, he’ll have to work on some muscle strength because he’ll have to push up, turn his neck, and move around a bit to explore his surroundings. Tummy time helps prevent early motor delays and conditions such as flat head syndrome and twisted neck. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing babies on their backs to sleep and on their tummies to play! Continue reading

Motor milestones: Head control

Do you remember the first time you held your baby in your arms? It was probably an experience you will never forget, right? Surely you remember your doctor, nurse, or mom telling you to be careful with his head. All newborns have little control of their heads because their neck muscles are weak and they haven’t developed the motor skills needed to support their head. After a few months your baby will acquire this key ability!

One of the first and most important physical challenges your baby will face is learning to support his head and develop the neck muscles to do it. The acquisition of this skill is crucial since it will lay the foundation for other physical milestones like rolling over, sitting, crawling, and walking. Moreover, your baby needs to be able to support his head before you introduce solids to his diet.

We know that each baby develops at their own pace, and head control will be, without a doubt, a skill that your baby will acquire in time. However, it is important to understand the development of this ability and be able to identify any possible delays in development. Continue reading

5 ways to boost your child’s creativity!

We commonly think about creativity as the colors someone chooses for a painting or a drawing. But having creativity goes beyond just choosing colors, it’s also a way of thinking, solving problems, and applying knowledge.

Experts say creativity is ageless and timeless, but, more importantly, creativity can be acquired and fostered! From their earliest days, kids respond to contrasts, colors, sounds, and movements. How they integrate these various experiences will influence their development, especially in how they acquire their creativity. When creativity is fostered in the early years it can bring tons of benefits. A study made at UNC-Chapel Hill found that kids’ imagination and creativity specifically helped them to cope with pain. Creativity also helps children to be more confident, develop social skills, and learn more.

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Why being a dad is completely awesome!

Being a dad is awesome! And although those first few days (or months) were a bit hard, you always knew that everything was worth it. Being a dad is the best thing that has happened to you!

In celebration of Father’s Day we have come up with five reasons why being a dad is pretty amazing:

1. You become a kid again! Once you become an adult you know that playing like a kid can look a bit foolish – and we know that you secretly miss it! But with your kid at your side you can let your imagination run wild and become a kid again!

2. You become a professional photographer! As you see your little one grow up so fast you will want to capture every special moment. So your phone is probably full of baby pictures and videos! We even bet that you are thinking of getting a particular camera for all those awesome vacations you will take one day. So go ahead, capture every moment of your little one’s childhood, because they grow up so fast!

3. You never thought you could love someone that much! From the moment you held that little baby, you knew that your heart was taken. Now every time you see your little one sleeping, eating, laughing, or just looking at you your heart completely melts for him or her. Just wait when he or she grows up and asks for the car! Continue reading

Crawling 101- FAQ answered

Seeing your baby grow and achieve all of his milestones can be very exciting! But the moment you see your little one start crawling you know that the real fun has begun! As you experience all of this excitement, some questions may come up!

Here are our answers to FAQ about crawling:

When should my baby start crawling?

Typically babies crawl at around eight to ten months, but at around six months most babies start trying to move around. As they figure out how to do that arm-leg-arm-leg crawling movement, they sometimes go backward first and then learn how to crawl forward.

It’s important to remember that all babies are unique and will develop skills at different rates, some more quickly than others. (Note: If your baby is premature he will probably take longer than other babies to start crawling.)

The process of learning to crawl is actually pretty complex. Babies need to coordinate their arms and legs and develop muscle strength in their arms, shoulders, and legs to support their weight. But learning to crawl not only concerns gross motor skills; by crawling, babies develop different abilities and skills like balance, spatial awareness, coordination, and confidence.

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Why being a mom is completely awesome!

As a mom, you probably know about all the kind of struggles new parents face, but the truth is that after all the chaos that the day brings, being a mom is the best thing that has happened to you! You never thought that you could love someone that much and even become a better person for him or her. Being a mom is simply AWESOME!

Here at Kinedu we came up with some great reasons why motherhood is amazing, check them out and let us know what you think.

  1. You are more empathic. Probably every time you see a mom with her newborn crying you remember those good old (scary) days! Rather than feeling annoyed because the baby won’t stop crying, you empathize with the mom. Motherhood has given you the ability to step into other parents’ shoes, and appreciate the giant job they undertake with their own kids. Becoming a mom has given you a new, essential life perspective, and your compassionate side has blossomed.
  1. You are super productive. Can you even remember those days that you didn’t have anything to do? Now you probably have a million things to do… but don’t worry, motherhood has made an efficiency expert out of you! You probably had a routine planned out for today… a week ago. Those daily naps are glory and you make them count every time! With this new ability now nothing is impossible!
  1. Being a mom helps you make great friends. You probably thought that after college making that kind of good friends would be really hard. Now, as a mom you meet new friends everywhere! From birthing class to your son’s school. You may not have the same background but you share one key element: motherhood, and it’s really easy to bond and learn new things from each other because of it.

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Learning to walk: Your FAQ answered!

Your baby will achieve tons of milestones, but his first steps will definitely be one you won’t forget! Walking is a mayor achievement in your baby’s physical development and, if you are like most parents, you may have questions about the subject and how you can encourage this milestone.

When will my baby start walking?

Generally babies take their first steps between 9 and 15 months, but remember that babies develop at their own pace. So be patient if your little one is taking his time; some babies start walking later on, at around 18 months, and it’s fine!

Did you know that babies are born with an innate knowledge of the movements needed to walk? They just lack the strength in their legs to do it. If you hold your baby in an upright position you will notice he instinctually moves one foot in front of the other in a walking-like motion. This is called the stepping reflex, which disappears when babies are 4 months old.  Continue reading

8 things you should know before you start breastfeeding

Breast milk is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. It’s packed with nutrients and antibodies that boost your newborn’s immunity, aid digestion, and promote brain development! But as a new mom you probably have some questions and anxiety about it, so we have come up with 8 things you should know before breastfeeding your baby.

  1. Breastfeeding may hurt initially. We’re not going to lie. Those first days, you might feel what experts call extreme tenderness -and what some moms call pain. But once your baby is properly latched, discomfort should fade during each nursing session and go away completely with time. Your nipples need to adapt, push through the pain and in 2-3 weeks your body will adjust.
  2. The best position for breastfeeding. There’s no correct position for breastfeeding, but probably while you’re still learning, you may find it easier to use the same hand for both breasts. This means you will hold your baby across your lap to feed from one breast, and then, to feed him from the other breast, you’ll hold your baby under your arm. *If your baby is having reflux, it’s best to choose an upright position.
  3. Can I eat fish? You may hear that fish contains mercury, a common pollutant that’s a known neurotoxin that affects your baby’s brain. But don’t worry, most of the time the health benefits outweigh the risk! The exceptions are shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel. These fish contain the highest levels of mercury, so eliminate those foods from your diet completely.
  4. How about alcohol? You will probably like to have an occasional beer or a glass of wine; after all you haven’t had one for nine months! It’s okay to have a glass, but if you have a bit too much wait until the alcohol has cleared from your body before breastfeeding.
  5. Can I drink coffee? Caffeine is okay too, in moderate doses. So go ahead and enjoy your morning coffee, an afternoon tea, or even the occasional soda. As long as you limit your caffeine intake to no more than two or three cups of a caffeinated beverage a day, you and baby will be just fine!
  6. A nursing pillow is essential. Once your baby is latched onto your breast and nursing, you won’t want to stop because your back hurts or your arms are tired. A nursing pillow may save you from the pain! It will help you position your baby correctly and stay comfy.
  7. How long do I have to breastfeed? The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, with continued breastfeeding along with complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. But, ultimately, you’ll have the last say. It’ll all depend on how you feel emotionally, as well as your personal circumstances. Discuss with your doctor and partner how long you want to breastfeed for.
  8. Perfect for bonding time! Breastfeeding will not only provide your baby with good nutrition, it will also give you a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy a bonding moment with your little one. Try talking, singing or even reading a book. Even when your baby is just a newborn, he will still be absorbing language skills every time you speak or sing.

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Fun activities that will help you potty-train your toddler!

Looking for fun ways to teach and encourage your little one to go potty? Here are a few fun activities that will help you teach your toddler to go potty in an exiting and new way!

My potty chart

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Create a chart of the week, like a calendar. Each time your toddler uses the potty successfully let him paste a sticker on the chart. At the end of the day his chart will (hopefully) be filled with stickers and he will see how successful he has been. This simple activity can help you reinforce good potty habits and will encourage your toddler to use the potty.

Some Tips!

Be creative when making your toddler’s chart, you can use some of his favorite TV or book characters to decorate it; remember that the idea is to get him engaged in the activity. You can even go together to the store to buy the stickers and the material to decorate the chart. Don’t forget to place it where your toddler can see it, so he is motivated to use the potty every time he sees it.

 It’s magic!

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This activity is really helpful to teach boys how to go pee-pee. First dye the toilet water with red or blue food coloring. Then when your boy goes pee-pee he will see that the water changes to orange or green. This fun activity will motivate your boy to learn how to aim!

Some Tips!

When dying the toilet water, make sure you use colors that you know will change of color when your toddler uses the bathroom. Red and blue works perfectly!

The road to potty

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Design a fun path that takes your toddler from his room to the potty or to the bathroom. Every time your little one feels like going, he will see the path and remember to go potty!

 Some Tips!

Creating a fun path is key! You can try putting footsteps so that he can follow them or decorating the path with his favorite TV or book characters. Try making the path out of bright colors so that at night he can also follow it.

 

Pimp my Potty!

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Personalize your toddler’s potty with fun stickers and glitter. This can be a fun activity before starting potty training. Since day one your toddler will love his potty and will be very exited to train!

Some Tips!

Personalization is key when decorating his potty! So try using his favorite things to decorate it like stickers from his favorite TV or book characters, colors, or you can even write his name on it.

Read All About It

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Books can motivate your toddler to start potty training. So it’s good to read books like “Toilet Learning” by Alison Mack or “Once Upon a Potty” by Alona Frankel to help him understand the process. Using books can really make the process of potty training go much smoother, plus it’s more entertaining for him!

Some Tips!

Make a trip to the bookstore and have your little one pick out new books, but let him read the special potty books only when going to the bathroom. You can even make a little shelf in the bathroom for his special books!

 

Want more ideas? Check out these activities from Huggies and Parents.com.