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.

a great stroller


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

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.

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?

Go baby go!

baby crawling in grass

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 in grass


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

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TEACHING KIDS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY WALKING

My success rate teaching kids to walk significantly improved when I changed my goal setting method. Instead of step by step goals, I now have one goal: walking. This allows me to focus mostly on activating and strengthening muscles and muscle groups that keep the body upright and move the body forward in a standing position. The beauty of this approach is that the children learn to sit, crawl on their own or with relatively small intervention.


a 21 steps approach

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BABY’S FIRST BIG MILESTONE: HEAD CONTROL

sweet newborn with mama

Head control is essential because all of the following motor milestones depend on it. Your baby can not roll, sit, crawl or stand without head control. Babies who have difficulties with head control will either need professional help, or they will learn to hold their head with compensation. This compensation could affect the whole body, the developing movements, and skills.

sweet newborn with mama

MILESTONES OF HEAD CONTROL: STAGE ONE
DAY ONE TILL THREE MONTHS OF AGE

YOUR FULL-TERM NEWBORN BABy

Your full-term newborn baby’s whole body is in a “flexion pattern” which means that the head, shoulders, arms, back; legs are all in the bent/forward position. When you place your baby on her belly, she will not be able to straighten her arms, legs or back. This makes it a bit challenging to lift her head up. Learning of motor skills and being out of the womb will help your baby’s flexion pattern disappear by the age of ~two months.

Full-term newborns have a reflex that helps when learning head control. If you place your full-term baby on her belly, – face forward onto the mattress – your baby will turn her head to one side to assist herself breathing easier. This reflex will help your baby learn to lift her head up. 

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7 SKILLS YOU CAN TEACH YOUR BABY USING PUZZLES

puzzles are fun for all ages

Puzzles are not a toy that we can hand our babies to play independently with. Puzzles have many obstacles for a mind that have not seen puzzles yet. Playing with peg puzzles engages new sensations – new smell, new images, new movements, new concepts ext in the baby’s developing mind.

 

puzzles are fun for all ages

Puzzles are versatile toys and educational tools
“They are fun for all ages.”

The beginner puzzles are peg puzzles. The large knob puzzles are a good toy from age 6-7 months. The small peg puzzles can be introduced at 10-11 months of age.

I prefer the small knob puzzles. The large knob is good for someone with weak hands and severe muscular challenges. Babies with no challenges usually graduate to the small peg puzzles in 2-3 months.

What do I do with peg puzzles?

First of all, I consider them tools, not toys.

  1. Teach imitation
  2. Teach matching
  3. Teach vocabulary
  4. Teach sounds and words
  5. Teach concepts i.e.: colors, counting
  6. Teach bending the knees and other motor skills
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