Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position. ||Put a photo of a face – yours – on the side of the cot for your baby to look at. Human faces fascinate babies ||A great deal of body heat is lost through a bare head, so make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||Always keep the number of Poison Centre posted beside your phone ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||Don’t forget to put labels with date and time on your expressed milk bottles to check expiry dates ||Children who gain weight quickly during their first six months are more likely to be obese or at risk of obesity by age 3 ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||
Is it wrong for us to watch TV during our kids playtime?


Parents often watch their favorite television show while young ones play nearby. But is that background TV affecting your child as he or she plays with toys, even if they don't seem to be interested in the program?

 

Studies shows that even having the television on in the background can disrupt toddlers as they play with toys; causing them to lose focus during play.

One research was done on 50 children between 1-3 years, spending 1 hour in playing (on the 1st half television was turned on and on the 2nd half television was turned off).

Children were video taped and when the TV was on, the amount of time spent on toy playing was shorter. This was the case even if the toddlers didn't seem to be interested in the game show.

 

Now you may ask, is the child play worthy all this arguments? SURE it is. Play is important to healthy brain development as it allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It also allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate and to practice decision-making skills. Above all, play is a simple joy to our children.

 

Studies conclude that “Background TV, as an ever-changing audiovisual way of distraction, disrupts children's efforts to sustain attention to ongoing play behaviors. They recommend that Parents should limit their young children's exposure to background television.

 

Needless to say that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen media at all for children under age 2.

 

Source: Schmidt, M. Child Development, July/August 2008; vol 79, Issue 4.


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