TEACHING YOUR BABY TO WALK AND EXPLORE

Life lessons for your baby on an outing

Your baby has been walking around the house for a while and now you are eager to take him for a walk outside.

You want to show him the wonders of the beautiful world we live in.


Walking outside will be a brand new experience for your baby compared to the floors and boundaries of your home.

Outside the walls of the rooms are missing. Space is vast, and there is many more and new distraction.

Thus walking outside is a multi-faceted learning experience that you can take advantage of on a regular basis.

Babies love to go outside, so taking your toddler for a walk will bring joy to the both of you.

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FLAPPING ARMS – HEAD LAG – NO EYE CONTACT. IS IT AUTISM OR DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY?

UNDERSTANDING INFANT DEVELOPMENT TO RULE OUT EITHER


You went to visit your friends, and your baby was acting in a way that you have never seen her before.

Now you are worried.

Your 7-month-old baby got excited and started jumping in your arms. Then she suddenly started flapping her little arms. It lasted nearly a minute, but it felt like an eternity for you.


What if your baby is autistic or has developmental delays?

Like most mothers do, you most likely have heard and read about autism.

There is even a chance that you know someone who has a child with autism.

So you kind-of-know what to look for.
But you are not certain.

Naturally, you worry.
Worry that any behavior, movement or lack of it can be a sign of autism or developmental delay.

SO WHAT IS AUTISM?


Autism is a spectrum disorder.

On one end of the spectrum, there are children who behave almost like non-autistic children.

On the other end of the spectrum, some children are not able to learn even basic life skills.
And some can not control their behavior at all.

“Spectrum disorder” also means that not every child has the same symptoms/ signs/ delays/ challenges. Thus the diagnosis is given only to children who present with more than 1-2 signs.

So if your child is flapping their arms but has no other signs, he is most likely not autistic. 

Of course, there is a chance that you are not able to identify the other signs. That is why to be certain educate yourself as much as possible and seek professional help.

Knowing and understanding what the signs of autism and developmental delay is crucial for every mom.

THIS POST IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE READY TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT


This knowledge will empower you to assess and teach your baby.

It will also assist you to seek medical intervention when necessary and help your baby as soon as possible.

It will help you clarify that not all “weird” movements your baby does are a sign of autism. Some are naturally occurring milestone. And some are signs of developmental delay.

It will guide you to understand the naturally occurring infant movements, behaviors, milestones.

As a guide let’s use the signs and delays of autism.




The most common signs of Autism are:

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR YOUR BABY

IS YOUR BABY WEARING THE SHOES SHE NEEDS?

toddler trying mothers high heels


Your baby is pulling to stand constantly: in the crib, at the couch, at the coffee table and holding onto your legs. She prefers playing in standing leaning against the couch.

baby walking holding the crib


You notice that sometimes she lets go of the couch for a second or two and stands all by herself.

And she literally begs you to hold her hands to walk around the house all day long.

Is she ready to walk soon?
Should you buy walking shoes?

 
WHAT IS THE BEST SHOE FOR YOUR BABY?


And you heard it somewhere that barefoot is best. You need answers.

At this point you realize…

If you walk outside she will have to wear shoes, so you have to find the best shoe for her anyway. And while you are at it you will figure out if barefoot is best.

baby and mommy shoes


One night you tuck your little one in and plop yourself in front of the computer searching the web for information and the best shoes.

You stumble upon a variety of advice, guidance and feel more overwhelmed each hour passing buy although you barely notice the time eloping.

Around midnight you become extremely tired and stare at your computer's clock beaming the correct time at you in disbelief. You are exhausted and more confused than ever before!

Sounds familiar?

You are looking for a comprehensive article which will explain in simple English what is the best way for your baby to learn to walk.


toddler trying mothers high heels


WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOES TO WEAR TO AID HER IN DEVELOPING THE SKILL OF WALKING?


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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST STROLLER AND STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

What is it that makes a stroller great?

This is a tough question.

There are so many great strollers and several great reviews - How should you choose? It is easy to get lost.

Is a stroller a mothers tool or a baby accessory? Is it both?

Is a stroller a fashion statement?
Or functional device? Is it both?


A stroller is a baby moving device.

A baby bed and a baby chair all in one with wheels and a bar to push it around.

Today we have the luxury to choose from many brands and models of strollers to accommodate our lifestyles.

A great stroller is one that is very practical for mom, easy to maneuver and most importantly it is a stroller that supports the baby the right way as she grows.

stroller with thick rubber tires


Do looks matter?

“Oh, look at that stroller!? “- have you heard this before? - I have, from moms and grandmothers, many times.

What is it about strollers that make us look at them like that. Like what exactly?
Why do we notice strollers like man notice cool cars?

I don’t know, but it seems, that looks do matter.

My choice of a stroller has to look good of course, but how it looks, is very personal. What I like you might not like.
I will leave that to you. 

Best stroller

If you figured out the mystery of the “cool stroller” syndrome, please leave your analysis in the comments below!

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8 LIFE SKILLS YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD WITH ONE TOY

HOW TO PLAY WITH HEXACTLY- a toy review

a random shape built with HexActly


The first idea that comes to most parents mind when they see these hexagon building blocks is to build with it existing and imaginary structures. 

However, using this toy you can teach your toddler a variety of life skills even though it is recommended for preschoolers and up.

I introduce toys to children as soon as the child can play with them safely with my supervision.

At 12-14-months of age the child is ready to learn from this toy. Younger children put everything in their mouth and the single hexagon is too small to hand it to them.

A 12-month-old might still be mouthing so in that case do not hand them the single hexagon yet. However, you can play with the other, larger pieces.

Use this toy to teach them that they cannot mouth everything.

HexActly in box


If you want to hand the toy to the child to play independently with, than this toy should be given to children 3+. Just like the package says.

Probably even better to give it to a 4-5-year-old. The 5-year-old will have the interest, the understanding, the patience and the cognitive/motor capacity to disciple what this toy can offer.

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HOW DOES YOUR BABY LEARNS TO CRAWL?

baby crawling drawing


Rolling is the first way your baby starts to move around. Some babies will roll across the room to get to a toy, but most babies will roll around for fun and only 1-2 rolls.

This means crawling is the first way for most babies to get to a toy by themselves.

Some babies will belly crawl before they push up on hands and knees. Some babies will skip belly crawling and practice crawling with a plunge forward. Some babies will crawl backwards before they crawl forward. 

When a baby is crawling he holds his head up to 90 degrees, he pushes up on straight arms and pulls his legs under his belly. He then holds his trunk above the ground, and he maintains all of the above while he shifts his weight moving forward.


baby crawling on grass


Before your baby can crawl, he needs to master these skills:

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