THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR YOUR BABY

IS YOUR BABY WEARING THE SHOES SHE NEEDS?


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


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?

Go baby go!


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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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.


toddler walking



a 21 steps approach

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BABY’S FIRST BIG MILESTONE: HEAD CONTROL

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.

mama with newborn baby

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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