Child care professionals have long debated the topic of safe sleeping standards for infants. As a parent, following basic guidelines will ensure that your young child enjoys longer, safe sleep. This blog will examine a few things parents can do to facilitate restful and danger-free sleep.
Positioning your newborn for safe sleeping
The most important action for a parent, is to place a baby on their back at bedtime. An infant who spends the night sleeping “belly-down” potentially can inhale stale air from the mattress or bedding. This significantly reduces the amount of oxygen a baby is able to breathe which potentially can be life-threatening.
Clear the crib of any unnecessary items or extra bedding
Less is always best when adorning your child’s crib and it should be reserved only for sleeping versus entertaining an infant with stuffed animals or other items. A crib needs just a firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet. While it may be tempting to place comforters, quilts, pillows, cushions, and favorite toys in the crib, it is advised against. These items can be pulled up around a baby’s mouth and nose, resulting in reduced oxygen intake.
The optimal room temperature for sleeping infants
Pediatric professionals have determined that the best temperature for a young child’s bedroom is between 60.8 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. To find what is best for your baby might take some experimentation. It is also important for a young child’s safety that the crib is kept away from space heaters, fans, and air-conditioning units to lessen fire hazards.
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There are a number of contributing factors to your child’s whining habits. These include simply not having the skills necessary for articulating frustrations, a primitive prefrontal cortex, or the feeling that no one is listening. While whining can be frustrating, it is happening for a reason and is perfectly normal. Here are some reasons why your preschool child may be whining during the day:
Your toddler’s prefrontal cortex is still fairly underdeveloped
There are many parts of your child’s brain that simply do not develop properly until much later. The prefrontal cortex is one part that takes a few years after birth to properly develop. This part of the brain is largely responsible for things like decision making, moderating behavior in social situations, and personal expression. It comes as no surprise, then, that your child may have difficulty expressing feelings in a way that is appropriate.
Your child simply does not have the vocabulary to express complex emotions
How many times have you found it difficult to explain exactly how you feel? Now imagine your four-year-old trying to explain his or her feelings with a very limited vocabulary. You can better understand why your child may become frustrated. Help build your child’s capacity for expression by providing some simple words when your child becomes frustrated.
Your child does not receive adequate attention
It is important for you to make time for your child whenever he or she has a problem. The more you tell your child that you will help later on, or that you will be with him or her in a minute, the more frustrated your child will become. Try to listen, understand, and help your toddler work through problems as they arise.
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Most of your child’s brain development will be biological in nature. However, your child’s daily experiences will have a direct bearing on brain development. Once your child is born, there are several areas of the brain that require ongoing development. These areas control memory, thinking, and social and emotional behavior. Below are some of the important factors to consider regarding ongoing brain development in your young child.
Maintaining a healthy relationship with your child is important in terms of brain development. Providing unconditional love and care helps to develop and stimulate the parts of the brain which are responsible for controlling the emotional and social aspects of the brain. Children who do not form loving bonds with their parents often grow up experiencing emotional and social problems as a result.
Your child will begin to absorb the environment around him or her and will do so through the five senses. The information gathered in this manner will support continued brain development. These sensory connections reinforce neural connections that will strengthen the brain. Therefore, you should allow your child every opportunity to engage all of the five senses, so that this sensory information can build stronger connections in the brain.
Proper nutrition has a direct impact on brain development, can help improve your child’s gross and fine motor skills and learning capacity, and will support a strong immune system. A complete and healthy diet needs to begin during pregnancy and should continue through the preschool years in order to avoid harm to the brain during these crucial developmental years. Discuss a healthy nutrition plan with your doctor or pediatrician.
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During the early years of your infant’s child care, nutrition is an important element leading to healthy growth and development. Different stages of growth have a variety of different nutritional requirements. It is important for parents to make sure that they know what the best choices are for their infant or toddler. An infant may be dependent on milk as a main nutritional source, but a toddler may need a wider variety of food groups to support development. Always make sure that you are familiar with the best nutritional needs to support brain development. Your pediatrician can advise you on your child’s dietary needs and suggest a meal plan. Proper nutrition also improves learning, concentration and behavior.
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We provide our unique Brain Waves™ Curriculum that encourages your child’s development and ensures that your child engages in the best age-appropriate activities, for excellent growth and optimal development. We are also accredited by the AdvancED™ Accreditation Commission, which recognizes that we provide the highest quality standard of educational opportunity for your infant, preschooler or toddler.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Township, our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy allows your infant or older child the benefit of child directed, loving, caring teachers. You are assured that your child receives one-on-one attention, and that we are always supporting each child’s unique needs as they proceed through various developmental stages. With our specialized Brain Waves™ curriculum, that supports optimal brain development, your child will be prepared for excellent future learning opportunities.
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Math skills are critically important for your preschooler's foundational education. Because the first five years of a child’s life are such an important time for learning, this is a good time to begin to build math skills. Your child can learn math in a number of different ways. The childcare experts at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Township have provided a list of activities to help your preschool child learn math in a fun and engaging way:
Paint by numbers
Your child will love to learn about numbers when using paint by numbers activities. Since almost every child loves painting, try helping your child create his own paint by numbers picture. Let your child choose a theme and help him or her to incorporate different shapes, lines, colors and numbers for a really fun, and educational, experience.
Playing and learning with blocks is a great way for your child to gain basic math skills. Counting blocks on a number mat or stacking blocks while counting can help your child’s math skills and brain development.
Fun times in the park
Take your child outside in the backyard or to a local park and count whatever he or she sees together. For example, you could count trees or bushes in the yard, or cars in the parking lot at the park. A trip to the grocery store can be fun when your child counts cereal boxes or people waiting in line. Any type of counting game will help your child develop his or her math skills.
Counting games online
There are many counting and number games for your preschool child online and many of these are free, so this is a good resource for parents.
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Role-playing, also known as pretend playing, is one of the most favored childhood games. Children like to mimic parents, pretend to be pirates or act out dramatic stories with toys. These games, however, are more than just entertainment for your child- they are essential to early brain development. They impact abstract thinking, math, literacy, problem-solving and language skills. The benefits of this type of play are:
- Understanding real life situations. For example, cleaning the house, visiting the doctor and going to school.
- Exploring the imagination. For example, imaginative play involving exploring the jungle, being a monster, conquering pirates and visiting fairies.
- Emphasizing social interaction and collaboration with peers, setting rules, limitations and boundaries while working in teams and competing.
- Developing a sense of empathy as your child places herself in the shoes and roles of others.
- Expressing oneself in a safe environment.
- Developing self-awareness along with awareness of others through creating different identities and distinguishing them from their own.
You can encourage this healthy play by participating in it with your child. Ask plenty of questions about what the child wants to happen, always letting your child take the lead so that their imagination is properly stimulated. Bring out a box of dress up clothes and age-appropriate props to spur the imagination and creativity. You can also encourage more elaborate pretend adventures with a trip to Fort Liberty Playland’s exciting wooden playground, lawns and picnic area.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Township, we know how important play is to your child’s early development. Our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum, for children between the ages of six weeks and five years, concentrates on fun, sensory play to stimulate optimal cognitive, language, physical and socio-emotional development. With age-appropriate group and individual activities supervised by caring, dedicated staff, your child will get a strong start to a lifetime of learning.
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Constipation is uncomfortable, especially for infants who are unable to tell you what is wrong. Not having regular bowel movements can cause discomfort and pain for the infant. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Township we understand the frustration of this issue for a new parent. Below is some child care advice to help ease this painful time in your infant's life.Constipation is uncomfortable, especially for infants who are unable to tell you what is wrong. Not having regular bowel movements can cause discomfort and pain for the infant. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Township we understand the frustration of this issue for a new parent. Below is some child care advice to help ease this painful time in your infant's life.
The most common cause of constipation in an infant is a change in diet. This may disrupt the flow of your infant's bowel movement function. When your child does not have a bowel movement regularly, or cries every time he/she has one, then he/she may be constipated. Here is a list of causes:
- Dairy may cause constipation (cheese, yogurt)
- A diet that is low in fiber
- Changing formulas, or changing from breast milk to solid foods
Treatment for constipation in infants
There are various treatments for constipation in infants. The treatment will depend on how old your child is.
- Make sure you are mixing the formula correctly.
- Give your baby a bath to aid in the digestive function, which will relax your infant.
- Depending on the age of the baby, you can give him prune or orange juice.
- Try gently massaging your child's stomach in circular motions.
Before you attempt any treatments at home, consult your child's medical practitioner for advice.
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