www.familychildcaresf.org2013-05-18T00:00:00Zhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/feed/atom/adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=172013-05-03T21:17:38Z2013-05-18T00:00:00ZSmarter babies grow into successful adults. That is why parents should understand that the music a babies listens to can make them smarter. Everything from classic rock tunes to classical selections can help babies learn. For instance, songs by the Beatles have a rhythm that directly links to a babyâ€™s mathematical ability. Listening to classical music, such as Bach, has been linked to improved grades for college students.
Music is a relaxing tool that helps babies sleep. This is another advantage to the learning experience. The better rested a person is, the more capable of retaining information he or she is. Anything is possible with music because it feeds the soul like nothing else can.
0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=162013-03-13T21:14:17Z2013-03-27T00:00:00ZIt is a common belief that playing music for a baby is a method of improving his or her mental development. Although scientific studies are inconclusive on that idea, it is true that a baby can hear before he or she is born. Playing music for a baby, before and after birth, is a fun activity for parents. The key is selecting music that is appropriate to the situation.
The music that is best when trying to soothe a baby or get a baby to sleep are the classic lullabies and soft sounds. The soothing sound of a piano that is played softly or an option that has the sounds of ocean waves in the background are great options when a baby is restless because it helps soothe the baby to sleep or a calmer state.
When music is part of a game or played while a baby is active, it can provide upbeat cheer that chases away a bad mood. Playing something that has a happy tune and upbeat drums can provide children with stimulus that encourages them to explore and enjoy the sounds.
Music plays a significant role in the lives of humans, including newborn or unborn children. Although parents can play anything that is personally appealing, picking out music based on the goal and the activity in mind can make it easier to identify the best sounds.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=152012-05-19T21:30:48Z2012-07-20T00:00:00ZIf you are like most parents, you are probably concerened about how to give your child a developmental edge. You may find yourself lost in the toy aisle wondering what product is truly the best for your little bundle. While all the available options can make your choice a difficult one, there are also a lot of guidelines that can help you.
Once your baby has better head control, you may want to opt for a baby play saucer or a stationary bouncer. These items are loaded with extras that will help boost your baby’s brain power. At this age you can also start introducing blocks, board books and other large toys. You may notice that your child likes to put things in his mouth. The reason for this is because the tongue is more sensitive than fingertips, so when your child puts toys in his mouth he is just trying to discover texture.
Once a baby learns how to crawl and pull up you can really introduce a wide variety of toys that will engage his mind. He will be interested in things that light up and make noise. Choose toys that help him learn cause and effect and develop his natural curiosity.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=142012-05-19T21:30:45Z2012-07-05T00:00:00ZTransitioning from breast to bottle feeding can be quite easy if both the mom and the baby are prepared for it. After nursing for any length of time the baby is used to that type of routine and comfort. To make the transition more smoothly the nursing mom can start pumping and putting the milk into bottles. She may have to try different types of bottles in order to find which ones the baby likes the best. Holding the baby as she did when she was breast feeding will help with the transition, until the baby can hold the bottle completely on it’s own.
Most babies transition to bottle feeding rather quickly, once they know that they will still be getting milk from the bottle too. Once they are aware and know they will be just as happy to receive the bottle as they were with nursing. Older babies may have a harder time, but swaddling them in a blanket that they really like can help keep them calm and still feel nurtured.
The last thing to remember is that all kids are not the same and some will adapt better than others, but they will get there on their own.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=132012-05-19T21:30:43Z2012-06-23T00:00:00ZSome simple tips and techniques can make each diaper change quick and easy. The first thing to remember is to make sure you have all of your supplies before you begin. You will need a diaper, wipes, and diaper rash cream just in case. Lay the baby down on the changing table or mat tummy side up. If you have a fussy baby, give him or her a small toy or play peek-a-boo to keep them occupied during the diaper change. The next step would be to unfasten the tabs on the diaper. From there you will slowly pull the diaper out from under the baby while lifting their bottom in the air a little by their legs.Confused? Here â€˜s a little help . You can use the clean part of the diaper to wipe away any leftover stool. Fold up the diaper and set it aside. Take a wipe and wipe the baby from genitals to buttocks. Put the clean diaper under the baby and position it so there will not be any leaks. Apply rash cream or cornstarch if necessary. Fasten the tabs on the diaper and you will be all ready to throw the soiled diaper away and go on about your day.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=122012-05-19T21:30:38Z2012-06-08T00:00:00ZWhen you have small children, one of the things that you will need is a stroller. The type of stroller that you buy will depend on what you need the stroller for. If you want to walk after the baby is born, then you should get a stroller that has a place to put a car seat. You can place the car seat on the top of the stroller so that you can look at the baby while you are walking. As the child gets older, they can be placed in the stroller itself. If you plan on running after you have your baby, a jogging stroller would be the best thing to get. A jogging stroller has three wheels instead of four. It can be used to walk with, but they are mostly used to run or jog. The tires are made so that it is easy for the parent to use when they are running. They have a better grip than normal strollers.
A small stroller is fine if you do not plan on getting outside that much. You should keep a stroller in your car so that you can push your child in a store if the store does not have carts for children to ride in.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=112012-05-19T21:30:36Z2012-05-27T00:00:00ZWhen you have a new child in the San Francisco area, it may seem that your opportunities for getting out and exercising could be limited. However, due to the many hills and beautiful weather throughout the year, one of the best ways that you could still exercise would be to go on a walk while carrying your baby. Not only is walking a great form of exercise and to reduce stress, carrying a baby around will add extra weight resistance, which can make the walk more challenging. While carrying a baby while walking can be a great form of exercise, there are ways that you must carry the baby to ensure that it is being help appropriately and safely.
When walking around with a baby, especially a new one, it is extremely important that you keep the babyâ€™s head supported at all times. Babies do not have the physical strength to keep their head up for at least their first month. If you do not keep their head stabilized, it will fall to the side which could cause an injury and will make them very uncomfortable. If you plan on going on long walks with the baby, the better option may be to use a baby bjorn, which is a carrying device that allows you to walk with the baby without using your hands.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=102012-05-17T21:36:45Z2012-05-24T00:00:00ZColic is very uncomfortable for a baby, simply stated it is trapped gas. Holding the baby in a semi upright position and firmly massaging his stomach and back while pressing in a firm upward motion is helpful. You can actually feel the gas bubbles moving with your hands but this is a very slow process and the baby’s cries can jangle the nerves and tempt you to give up.
However, the most effective method is an old-fashioned remedy-plain peppermint tea or melted peppermint candy. It is best to use the red and white striped peppermint disks that are sold in most grocery stores or drug stores. One simple way is to make a mild peppermint tea, sweeten it with honey or if none is available use a little sugar. Make it tepid and use a clean 4 oz, bottle; make sure it is not too hot; test it on the wrist. Give it to the baby in little sips; initially he will resist the liquid but will quickly become accustomed to the taste.
Another method is to take a round peppermint candy and melt it in a cup of water in the microwave. Let it cool until it warm or lukewarm and give it by a bottle, a dropper, or even a teaspoon. Simple tilt the baby’s head back and dribble it in the baby’s mouth. You will not be met with serious resistance, as babies love the sweet taste. The peppermint soothes the tummy and gently releases the gas. Soon you will hear a burp, which is the gas releasing.
Placing a hot water bottle on baby’s stomach is also very soothing as is placing the baby on his stomach across the knees and gently bouncing him after you give him the peppermint; it works a little faster and is also very relaxing
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=92012-05-17T21:36:42Z2012-05-23T00:00:00ZKeeping your newborn safe and healthy is always the primary concern of any new parent. An inconsolable child is one of the hardest things to deal with as a new parent. Is she hungry, wet or tired? Sometimes your inability to console this small bundle of joy has nothing to do with its primary needs and instead is due to colic. Colic is a condition usually found in newborns at about two to three weeks of age. Loud and continuous crying for periods of one to four hours is one indication that your child may suffer from colic. Other symptoms that may indicate that your child is suffering from colic are flushed and red face, distended and bloated bellies, small clenched fists, cold feet and legs that will alternate from flexed to extended straight. Your child will clearly appear distressed. Your child’s fussiness may increase after eating. Although these are all symptoms of colic, you should always consult with a doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. Your doctor will be better equipped to put you on a correct course to console your child during these difficult months. Although you may be frustrated as a new parent during this time, your child should outgrow colic within a month or two.
]]>0adminhttp://www.familychildcaresf.org/?p=82012-05-17T21:36:35Z2012-05-22T00:00:00ZThere are many things that a new parent needs to know about car seats. Buying a car seat can be daunting to anyone. The questions that people ask are what kind should I buy? How much money do I really need to spend? These are just some of the top questions. There are also new recommendations from the Association of Pediatrics. This is that children should be in a rear facing car seat until the age of 2 years and the weight of 40 pounds.
What kind should a parent buy, before going shopping read the reviews of the car seat that interests you? Make sure to do some research to insure your babyâ€™s safety. Check the weight on the car seat, most weights goes in between 22 and 35 pounds. A new parent does not need to spend a bunch of money to have the best car seat. Some of the best car seats are not 300 dollars. Many of the deaths of babies in car accidents are because the baby is not properly restrained. Once the baby reaches into the toddler stage and past the weight they move into the convertible car seats and then the booster seats.