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In the US it is common to see young babies wrapped tightly with their arms held close to their body. Swaddling advocates say it mimics the tight hold of the womb. Claims are made that swaddling reduces the startle reflex resulting in better sleep and an easier transfer from arms to bassinet. Not to mention…

Learning Through Play

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As an early childhood professional I often find myself saying over and over, “Children learn through play.” I defend play as not only a way to learn, but the best way for children to learn. I was reminded recently of a simple study that shows how important play is for young children. Fifty years ago…

Baby’s Nutritional Needs – 6 to 8 Months

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If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start your journey into food. After age six months, neither breast milk nor formula have sufficient iron for baby’s nutritional needs. The extra calories and density of solid food may help your child to stay full longer and sleep in longer chunks. During this age, food will be…

Baby’s Nutritional Needs – 4 to 6 Months

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You can start offering food between four and six months. Follow your child’s cues, if your child is noticing, reaching for, and curious about your food they may be ready. Earlier is not better, it is no rush. At this age food is all about exploration and it is not necessary for baby’s nutrition. Even…

Teaching Children To Get Your Attention

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“Attention, actually shared attention, is a fundamental human need. Adults and children thrive when they have relationships rich with experiences of shared attention.” Young children can need a lot of attention from their caregivers and it is common for children to develop really irritating methods for getting your attention. Children are in fact very good…