It's thought that there are critical windows of opportunity for the various stages of development. Some of the windows open earlier and likewise, some relatively later. If you understand the time frame for optimal development, you'll be able to give your child the stimulation he or she needs.
Behavior & Development
Where does your child fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum? (And where do you?) Answer True or False to the following statements (True if it generally applies, False if it generally doesn't), then add up your True answers to find out.
Since 1994, the "Back to Sleep" national campaign to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death sydrome has dramatically decreased the number of infant deaths from SIDS. However, certain neck positional problems have increased. One of these is torticollis (wry neck).
Tummy time is very important for any baby. While many babies don't like this position at first, you can encourage your baby by joining him or her on the floor, for playtime. Remember, babies only need to be on their back when sleeping!
In order to have a nice round head, a baby needs to be placed in a variety of positions. Babies should be on their backs for sleep. But when they are awake, they need to have supervised "Tummy Time."
Over the last ten years, since the "Back to Sleep" campaign was introduced to reduce SIDS, there has been an increase in the number of babies with flat spots on the heads (plagiocephaly). There are many things you can do to keep your child from getting a flat head.
My definition of a potty trained child -- a potty trained child knows that he is to eliminate in a potty or the toilet; and will do so own his own when he has the urge to eliminate.
When it comes to purchasing toys and games for the Holiday season, well meaning parents and relatives go crazy. Keep the Holidays simple, fun and safe by following these guidelines. Share them with family and friends for a wonderful season.
"Hey Mom, there are lumps in my food!" Lumpier and chewier foods help develop your baby's oral (mouth) skills and build muscle tone. This important developmental step can influence how well your baby eats, speaks and makes facial expressions.
In recent years, as parents have been appropriately not allowing their babies to sleep on their stomachs (to prevent SIDS), there has been a dramatic increase in misshapen heads. If a baby lies on her back awake and asleep, a flat head will often result.