YourFreeParentingTips.com http://yourfreeparentingtips.com Parenting Tips, Baby Stuff, Kids Toys Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:37:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 Teach Your Baby to Spoon-feeding http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/teach-your-baby-to-spoon-feeding/ http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/teach-your-baby-to-spoon-feeding/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:03:42 +0000 admin http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/?p=78 Teach Your Baby to Spoon-feedingPsychologists affirm that it is a mother, who determines an age when her child begins to eat with a spoon independently, as all matters of upbringing fall on her shoulders. Some babies could eat with a spoon even before 1 year old, whereas a baby of a too anxious mother could not eat by himself even at 2 years old. The result depends on the fact when parents allow their child to try eating at the table. And the earlier this happens, the better result will be for child.

Parental task is to support their baby’s pleasure while eating. A majority of children show a wish to eat with a spoon at 9-11 months, and, if parents encourage such independence of children, then, by 1,5 years the most persistent ones will be able to “wield a spoon” perfectly without any help.

Training for independent spoon-feeding begins at 6 months already, when a child tries to eat by himself, holding a cookie or cracker in his hand. Then at 8 months, when a baby can already sit confidently, you can seat him at the table in a children’s seat and give him a spoon. If you do not do this in time, then sometimes you can see a baby snatching a spoon from a mother’s hand by himself, as he feels a necessity to learn eating by himself. A mother can miss this opportunity in time or treat it as whims during a meal. However, if such thing happens during next spoon-feeding, it is better to give this spoon to a baby, and take another one for yourself. The main is to keep a baby’s pleasure while the process of eating.

Some useful advices

Before each spoon-feeding fulfill a ritual of hands washing. Firstly, like any other adult member of a family, a baby also needs to wash his hands before having a meal. Secondly, this will dispose a baby to the process of eating.

It is better to buy unbreakable crockery with bright colored pictures for your baby. Put your baby’s food in a special plate. On no account put all food at once on the table, as you may distract your baby’s attention and he will begin requiring only what he wants.

Be ready that your baby will smear food firstly, after you give him a spoon, and then he will begin flapping the table and plate with a spoon. So, put a small apron on your baby for sure, and cover the floor with a bog oil-cloth.

If a baby throws a spoon on the floor, trying to eat with his hands – do not rail at him. Probably, he wants to eat by himself, but a “mate-spoon” seems to be a “wrecker” for him – it fails to bring food to the mouth, or throws food down the floor, or smears the food on the walls… Of course, in such case, it is easier to have a meal without a spoon. And in several days, your baby will try “taming” his disobedient spoon, looking at his father.

A child quickly discovers that it is not enough yet just to pick up a spoon. He will need several weeks more to learn scooping food and other several weeks to bring food to his mouth, not overturning a spoon. It is clear that a baby gets tired of this difficult work, so he begins playing with food. In such case you should put away everything from table, leaving just several bits of meat on a plate, so that he will have something to experiment with.

Even if a child tries hard to eat with a spoon, he will dirty himself and everything around all the same. If you nip all such impulses in the bud, then he will not be able to learn anything for a long. So it is better to provide yourself with unbreakable crockery, patience and sense of humor – and you will be glad seeing your baby’s new skills and abilities every day. Moreover, his intellectual development will be much more successful, if you do not constrain it with endless prohibitions.

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Teach Your Baby to Roll Over http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/teach-your-baby-to-roll-over/ http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/teach-your-baby-to-roll-over/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:05:12 +0000 admin http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/?p=90 Teach Your Baby to Roll OverOne of the most beautiful moments in life is the first time when your baby rolls over without help. This usually happens between the age of quarter and half year. It is important to know that generally it is more difficult for an infant to roll from back to front than the opposite direction, so it take at least 7-8 months for an average baby to learn both. Despite that toddlers usually learn this on their own, it can be very useful for a mom or a dad to know how to teach their baby to roll over.

I first understood the importance of helping our baby in learning how to roll over when our baby was around half year old. He started to turn from his stomach to his back during the night. Unfortunately, he could only sleep comfortably on his front, so after rolling over unintentionally, he started to cry in the middle of the night, asking for our help. You can image how tired we looked in the next morning. In such cases it makes things easier when parents can teach their toddler to turn from back to front.

I have found an easy method which help us a lot:

1. Place your baby on a comfortable carpet, making sure he’s leaning on his back.
2. Grab his attention with any of his favorite toys, for example a rattle.
3. Put the toy next to him to the floor, while he’s following it with his eyes. Make sure that he cannot reach it without having to turn.
4. Slowly rotate your baby by his leg on the opposite side of the toy, so that his knee would finally touch the carpet.

5. At this point your baby is turning on his side, this is enough for the stronger babies to finish the rolling over by themselves.
6. If your baby needs further help, also rotate his arm on the opposite side of the toy, gently pulling it towards the other side, until the baby finally rolls over by himself.
7. Allow him to enjoy playing with the toy.

Do this a few times a day. Given that your baby is in the right age and physically prepared for this movement, he’ll very soon learn how to roll over. When your toddler has already learned one of the directions (probably it’ll be front to back), it is enough to practice the other one.

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Do Your Kids Need Kids Beds? http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/do-your-kids-need-kids-beds/ http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/do-your-kids-need-kids-beds/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:02:44 +0000 admin http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/?p=173 Do Your Kids Need Kids BedsOften parents find themselves wondering at what age they should invest in kid’s beds. While there is no perfect age across the board, your child should be able to tell you when they are ready. If they are sleeping through the night and you wouldn’t have to worry about them roaming the house there is a good chance they are ready to be moved out of the crib. If they’re climbing out of the crib anyway, or seem to big for it, you still may want to invest in a bed for them and figure out something that will help with keeping them in their room at night once they figure out they can get up and roam.

One thing you can do to help you child stay in their room is be sure to make it a fun room for them, that reflects their personality and a fun environment to be in both during the day and at night. If you can accomplish this, you’ll likely have a child who sleeps soundly through the night once you bring their new bed home to them and tuck them in for the first time.

Keep in mind when looking for kids beds, Sydney has plenty of stores that offer beds suited to your child’s size. For their first bed you may want to select something lower to the ground to avoid risk of the getting injured if they fall out of bed. If you need kids bed, Melbourne may also be a great place to look. With any luck you will be getting your little one to bed in their brand new bed tonight.

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The Dangers of Toy Guns http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/the-dangers-of-toy-guns/ http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/the-dangers-of-toy-guns/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 07:25:02 +0000 admin http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/?p=120 The Dangers of Toy GunsInnumerable kinds of toys exists: robots, things that spin and blink, educational toys, stuffed animals, dolls, and even construction sets to build your own toys. One of the most common kid toys in the United States is the toy gun. Toy guns have been around for a very long time, changing over time to reflect changes in weapon design. A lot of these only make noise and sometimes blink, but some can fire darts or pellets. This kind of toy gun can be particularly dangerous.

Many groups-and for that matter parents-take issue with toy guns. Some people believe that toy guns encourage violence, and some studies have concluded that toy weapons correlate with an increase in violent behavior with kids. Although by and large these claims remain controversial, toy guns are still ubiquitous and most kids will encounter one at some point.

Toys that fire projectiles are also rather common. Some of us owned pellet guns at one point and may even still keep one. Pellet guns are weapons and have the potential to severely wound or in rare cases even kill children and adults. Unlike toys that fire foam darts, pellet guns can often easily kill small animals and should never be pointed at people. Only young people who are responsible enough to handle a weapon should be allowed use of one.

Most toys that fire foam darts will not cause injury. Very often toy manufacturers explicitly say not to fire the darts at others, although in practice this does not discourage children from firing them at each other. Some toys fire hard plastic darts, which do pose a greater risk of injury if fired fast enough. And of course any dart, if it hits a child’s eye, has the potential to cause damage. Smaller pieces can also present a choking hazard to young children.

Water guns are a similar case. Although low-pressure jets of water are not likely to cause injury, a high-pressure jet of water could cause eye or ear damage if it hits directly. Any gun filled with chlorinated water could, like all chlorinated water, cause painful irritation of the the eyes and mucous membranes. As with all other projectile toys, water guns should only be given to older children who are responsible enough to use them safely.

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Top Toys for Babies Learning to Walk http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/top-toys-for-babies-learning-to-walk/ http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/top-toys-for-babies-learning-to-walk/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:53:13 +0000 admin http://yourfreeparentingtips.com/?p=70 Top Toys for Babies Learning to WalkTeaching a small child how to walk can be a challenging and frustrating task for new parents. While it is a struggle for all babies and most learn to walk at different ages, if you want to help them along, you might consider one of the following two toys. There are many other available, but these two are favorites with many parents. Both have received really good reviews all over the Internet. If you want to help teach your child autonomy while they are learning to walk, both of these are really good ideas.

The Step 2 Walker Wagon with Blocks is a great wagon system that is pushed, not pulled. This can help a young child learn to walk by giving them something to support themselves with. In addition, the storage area makes a great place to clean up toys so they don’t end up all over the house. The Walker Wagon is just the right size for toddlers learning to walk. Included is a set of 16 foam blocks that will give them something easy and safe to put into the wagon so they can walk around. The wagon was designed with extra stability in mind. A child playing with this wagon can have fun and learn to walk – on their own – at the same time.

The Step Start Walk-N’-Ride is another wonderful toy to help a young child learning to walk. It was specially designed to teach two unique coordination skills. For one, there’s the walking. As with the wagon, this gives your small child support so they can walk around on their own. When they’re tired, they can “hop in” and ride around, improving their hand and eye coordination. At a great price and built with safety in mind, this is a great toy for babies learning how to walk.

There are many other push and pull toys out there designed to teach your child to walk. The biggest feature you should be after is stability and safety. When it comes to price vs safety, your child’s safety should win. There are plenty of other toys out there to help teach toddlers how to walk, but these two are ones they will love while you’re able to have peace of mind. Built with safety in mind, these “walking helpers” for children are bright, colorful, well designed, and loads of fun for babies wanting to walk on their own. That said, it is very important to always supervise your small child when they’re using the walker. With more mobility, they may be able to reach a hot stove or other danger in your home. Watch your kids when they’re learning to walk, especially with a walker.

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